We collect Council Tax to pay for local services. Your Council Tax bill is split between:
- Essex County Council
- Harlow Council
- Essex Police (called Police Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex on your bill)
- Essex County Fire and Rescue (called Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority on your bill)
Council Tax breakdown
This table shows a breakdown of how much of your Council Tax goes to each authority from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.
|Band||Essex County Council||Harlow Council||Essex Police||Essex Fire and Rescue||Council Tax total|
Although we collect your Council Tax, Harlow Council only keeps around £14 out of every £100 of Council Tax collected.
|Essex County Council||£71|
|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:
|Band||What you pay per week|
You can find out more about how we spend your money in our Council Tax spend 2023 to 2024 (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.