Spending and Council Tax

What Council Tax pays for

Your Council Tax funds a number of different organisations, and can vary depending on who provides local services where you live. This will normally be broken down for you on your Council Tax bill.

Council Tax pays for:

  • Essex County Council
  • your district, borough or city council
  • Essex Police
  • Essex Fire County Fire and Rescue Service
  • your parish or town council (if you have one)

Alongside council tax, we raise money through business rates, Government grants and commercial services we provide. You can see how this money is spent in the tables below.

We receive £m
Income and grants 1,585.2
Council Tax 671.3
Revenue and support grant 18.3
Business rates 180.5
Collection fund surplus 8.7
We spend £m
Education and skills 1,244
Health and adult social care 596
Children and families 142
Environment and waste 88
Public health 67
Infrastructure 61
Other 266

2019 to 2020 Council tax increase

The Council has set the 2019 to 2020 budget against a backdrop of significant reductions in central government funding, price increase, population growth and increasing demand for services, particularly social care.

Given these pressures, the council has decided to use the 1% Adult Social Care precept offered by the government and increase in general council tax by 2.99%.

More information

You can find out more about Council Tax and Spending in our Council Tax information leaflet (PDF, 654MB).

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