Notice of public right to Audit

Dates have been set for when the public can request an inspection of the Council and Pension Fund's accounts and supporting records for 2019 to 2020. The public may also question the auditor during this period. Read our notice for further details.

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 will receive in 2020 to 2021 £m
Income and grants 1,030.4
Council Tax 707.8
Revenue and support grant 18.6
Business rates 180.1
Collection fund surplus 7.1
We will spend in 2020 to 2021 £m
Education and skills 667.6
Health and adult social care 620.0
Children and families 149.8
Environment and waste 86.9
Public health 63.9
Infrastructure 63.8
Other 292

2020 to 2021 Council tax increase

The Council has set the 2020 to 2021 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 2% Adult Social Care precept offered by the government and increase in general council tax by 1.99%.

Information for bill payers

The legal option to use the adult social care precept is included in the offer from Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the legislation.gov.uk website.

In relation to the year beginning in 2020 and any subsequent year, the following statement applies:

"The Secretary of State 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."

More information

You can find out more about Council Tax and Spending in our 2020 to 2021 Council Tax information leaflet (PDF, 580KB)

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