What does Council Tax pay for?

The Council Tax you pay helps support a wide range of services provided by:

  • Norfolk Constabulary - '"our priority is you"
  • Norfolk Fire Service - "making Norfolk a safer place"
  • Norfolk County Council - Children's Services, Community Services (including libraries), Environment, Transport and Development (including street lighting), Social Services and Public Health are a few of the services covered. Whilst Norfolk County Council continues to be responsible for Social Services, the cost of this services is listed separately on your bill.
  • Town & Parish Councils - each Town or Parish Council has different responsibilities
  • Breckland Council - a few of the services covered include Environmental Health, Housing, Planning, support for local businesses, wheelie bin collection and street cleaning. Icon for pdf Read more about our Plans for 2019/20 [1.08MB], which includes a Visual Guide to your bill

We all live in the district and benefit from many of these services so every household gets a bill.

Brecklands Icon for pdf Spending Plan [271.32KB] focuses on our four priorities:

  • supporting Breckland to develop and thrive

  • providing the right services, at the right time and in the right way

  • developing the local economy to be vibrant with continued growth

  • enabling stronger, more independent communities

TheAnglia Revenue Partnership provides Council Tax and Benefit services for Breckland and their website provides a wealth of detailed information on how the bill is calculated, including; what is Council Tax and how is it calculated, discounts, property bandings and appeals.

Town and Parish Precepts

The portion of your bill that goes to your Town or Parish Council (known as the Town or Parish Precept) varies from place to place. Larger Councils such as Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Watton are required to publish Icon for pdf Budget Details [40.29KB]

Dereham, Thetford and Watton Town Councils have special arrangements for the payment of street lighting under the heading of Icon for pdf Special Expenses [74.06KB]

A list of allIcon for pdf Town and Parish Precepts [157.45KB] including a comparison to the last financial year is also available.

In relation to the year beginning in 2017 and any subsequent year, the following statement—

"The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has 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 is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional "precept" on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this "precept" at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20."

Last updated: 21/03/2019 13:12:21