Council Tax pays for local services such as education, street cleaning and policing. The money collected is divided between the organisations and authorities that provide those services. In West Suffolk, Council Tax is shared between:
Parish and town councils can raise money from people who live in their area. They can do this by 'precepting' the 'principal authority' which in this case is West Suffolk Council. This means that parish or town councils have instructed the principal authority to collect money on their behalf. This money is collected through the Council Tax.
The pie charts below illustrate how your Council Tax is split between all the different organisations and authorities - these percentages may differ from year to year and are to be taken as a guide:
Your Council Tax will be added to the overall income for each authority. This money will be used to pay for services as well as any administration costs in providing those services.
They take the largest share of your Council Tax. This money goes towards providing services for the whole county, listed below:
Find out more about their services at Suffolk County Council - Council directorates, services and senior officers
To find out in more detail what SCC spends on services, visit their website page: Suffolk County Council - Where we spend the money you can also read their statement of accounts by following the link: Suffolk County Council, statement of accounts
They will put their share of your Council Tax into their overall budget to ensure policing levels are maintained and to carry out any priorities and strategies. You can look at their statement of accounts to see how they manage their money from their website page: Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, group and PCC statement of accounts
We put your Council Tax towards paying for services such as rubbish collections and maintenance of public spaces. You can find out more from our page: How your money is spent
They will spend their share on providing facilities and activities that benefit and bring together local communities. This could be the maintenance of village halls, community events or keeping children's play equipment in good condition.