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 2021 to 2022 £m
Income and grants 1,119.1
Council Tax 717.5
Revenue support grant 18.7
Business rates 159.0
Collection fund deficit (0.3)
We will spend in 2021 to 2022 £m
Education and skills 691.2
Health and adult social care 635.4
Children and families 155.6
Environment and climate change action 93.5
Public health 64.2
Infrastructure 67.6
Other, which includes services such as Libraries, Coroners, Registrars and Country Parks 306.5

2021 to 2022 Council tax increase

There is always a balance between investing in and protecting services and asking people to pay a little more. This year, we will be taking up 1.5% of the 3% Adult Social Care precept offered by the government to raise income for social care. We will not be increasing our general council tax precept this year.

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 It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20.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 2021 to 2022 Council Tax information leaflet ((PDF, 615.42KB)

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