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Revenues & Benefits

Revenues and Benefits is an award-winning department with over 65 members of staff delivering a range of statutory services on behalf of Herefordshire Council. The majority of our work is based on strict legislation; with Central Government and Department of Works & Pensions (DWP) instructions and initiatives covering everything from billing and collection of Council Tax, through to processing and administration for free school meals.

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Our services

  • Debt Collection & Invoicing

    Our experienced and knowledgeable debt collection team use proactive systems and procedures to ensure efficient debt recovery. This includes the recovery of overpaid Housing Benefit, making sure it is recovered effectively whilst paying special care and attention to vulnerable claimants.

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  • Council Tax

    The efficient and friendly team recover overdue Council Tax in accordance with legislative requirements, ensuring that entitlement to discounts, exemptions and Council Tax Reduction are claimed, as well as identifying new dwellings and property changes that need referring to the Valuation Office Agency.

    Find out more about council tax
  • Business Rates

    The team work with individual and business taxpayers to manage their payments in accordance with statutory requirements. This can include anything from issuing annual bills and identifying new non-domestic properties, to processing discounts and exemptions where relevant.

    Find out more about business rates
  • Housing Benefit

    We process claims and changes to help people with their rent payments if they are on a low income. We also process Discretionary Housing Payments for people suffering financial difficulty.

    Find out more about housing benefits
  • Council Tax Reduction

    We process the reductions in Council Tax payments for households on a low income, who are therefore eligible for this scheme. Find out more to see if you are eligible.

    Find out more about council tax reduction
  • Free School Meals

    We deal with the administration and processing of free school meal applications for Herefordshire schools, providing prompt assessment of all applications and processing confirmation of entitlements. Our specialist software captures the relevant entitlement information and links into the DWP and HMRC systems.

    Find out more about free school meals

Read our reviews

Herefordshire citizen

With your section, I have always encountered helpfulness to the point of kindness, for which I remain very grateful. It meant a lot, not just financially.

Herefordshire citizen

Can I say a personal thank you for the way that you and your colleagues have handled things over the past three years. It has made a potentially stressful process smooth and worry free due to the clear advice and excellent communication.

Herefordshire citizen

A benefit claimant has just called and wanted to thank the whole team for all our hard work in the pandemic and that is so appreciated.

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