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Where your Council Tax goes

Your district council is responsible for collecting Council Tax for the district, although the total amount collected is divided between the district council, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner and your town or parish council.

East Suffolk Council Tax breakdown

What you pay for services

Band County Police District Per week Per year
A £895.74 £148.50 £114.18 £22.27 £1158.42
B £1045.03 £173.25 £133.21 £25.99 £1351.49
C £1194.32 £198.00 £152.24 £29.70 £1544.56
D £1343.61 £222.75 £171.27 £33.42 £1737.63
E £1642.19 £272.25 £209.33 £40.84 £2123.77
F £1940.77 £321.75 £247.39 £48.26 £2509.91
G £2239.35 £371.25 £284.45 £55.69 £2896.05
H £2687.22 £445.50 £342.54 £66.83 £3475.26
The average total cost for a band D property is £1810.23 per year, which includes town and parish councils

Each town or parish council can set its own precept to fund its planned spending and this is collected by East Suffolk Council as part of your Council Tax bill. If your town or parish council has set a precept your bill will give you full details or you can find out by following the link below for town and parish precept requirements.

Adult Social Care

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. ('Adult social care authorities' are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly).

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional 'precept' on its Council Tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

Where your Council Tax goes

In 2020/2021, people who live in East Suffolk will pay £159.10 million in Council Tax. This money goes to:

  • Suffolk County Council - £118.09 million (74.2% of the total).
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk - £19.58 million (12.3% of the total).
  • East Suffolk Council - £15.05 million (9.5% of the total).
  • Town and parish councils - £6.38 million (4.0% of the total).

These authorities also get money from the Government, from fees and charges and from business rates, to pay for the services they provide.

Business rates (Non-domestic rates) collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. Under the Business Rates retention arrangements introduced from 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the Business Rates paid locally. This provides a direct financial incentive for authorities to work with local businesses to create a favourable local environment for growth since authorities will benefit from growth in business rates revenue.

The money, together with revenue from Council Tax payers, revenue support grant provided by the Government and certain other sums, is used to pay for the services provided by your local authority and other local authorities in your area.