If you meet the Council Tax criteria as a Suffolk resident, you have to pay Council Tax to support funding for:
- Suffolk County Council
- Suffolk Constabulary (more information is available from the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner)
- your local district or borough council
- your local town or parish council (where applicable)
Your district or borough council collects your Council Tax. It is then distributed to the organisations listed above.
How to pay Council Tax
Each Council Tax year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Before the start of each Council Tax year, your district or borough council will send you a single bill which details the amount of Council Tax owed to the organisations listed above.
You will not receive a separate bill from Suffolk County Council for its portion of your Council Tax.
Find more details of the Council Tax billing and collection arrangements for each district and borough council:
- Babergh District Council
- Mid Suffolk District Council
- East Suffolk Council (formed by the merger of Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council on 1 April 2019)
- Ipswich Borough Council
- West Suffolk Council (formed by the merger of Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury District Council on 1 April 2019)
You can enter your postcode on GOV.UK to find your local council.
Council Tax changes for 2020-2021
Suffolk County Council agreed its 2020-2021 Budget and 2020-2023 Capital Programme at its meeting on Thursday 13 February 2020. For more information, see the Budget message from Councillor Matthew Hicks (PDF, 34KB).
As part of this, the council agreed to increase its portion of your Council Tax by 3.98% in 2020-21.
This comprises a 1.98% rise to fund services provided by the council, and a further 2.00% specifically to fund the increasing costs of delivering adult social care (the Social Care Precept).
See details of how its portion of your Council Tax has changed between 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 below.
How Council Tax has changed between 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
|Property Band||2019-2020 Council Tax (SCC portion only)||1.98% general increase||2% adult social care increase||2020-2021 Council Tax (SCC portion only)|
You can check your Council Tax band to find out what band your property is assigned.