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Where your Council Tax goes

We collect Council Tax to pay for local services. Your Council Tax bill is split between:

Council Tax breakdown

This table shows a breakdown of how much of your Council Tax goes to each authority from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025.

Table
Council Tax breakdown
Band Essex County Council Harlow Council Essex Police Essex Fire and Rescue Council Tax total
A £1,015.02 £192.60 £164.28 £55.08 £1,426.98
B £1,184.19 £224.70 £191.66 £64.26 £1,664.81
C £1,353.36 £256.80 £219.04 £73.44 £1,902.64
D £1,522.53 £288.90 £246.42 £82.62 £2,140.47
E £1,860.87 £353.10 £301.18 £100.98 £2,616.13
F £2,199.21 £417.30 £355.94 £119.34 £3,091.79
G £2,537.55 £481.50 £410.70 £137.70 £3,567.45
H £3,045.06 £577.80 £492.84 £165.24 £4,280.94

Although we collect your Council Tax, Harlow Council only keeps around £13.50 out of every £100 of Council Tax collected.

Table
Council Tax £100 breakdown
Service £100 breakdown
Essex County Council £71
Harlow Council £13.50
Essex Police £11.50
Essex Fire and Rescue £4

We spend the money on services like bin collections, street cleaning, park maintenance, community safety, environmental health, planning, licensing and services for young people.

You can see how much you pay per week for our Harlow Council services:

Table
What you pay per week for Harlow Council services
Band What you pay per week
A £3.70
B £4.32
C £4.93
D £5.55
E £6.79
F £8.02
G £9.25
H £11.11

You can find out more about how we spend your money in our Council Tax spend 2024 to 2025 (pdf)

Essex County Council spend the money on services like schools, adult social care, highways and social services.

You can find out about how Essex County Council spend your money on their website.

You can also find out how Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue spend your Council Tax.