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Council Tax

Council Tax is paid by every person who lives in or owns a property.

The majority of dwellings are subject to Council Tax. There is one bill per dwelling, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented. It is an important part of the financing of Local Government and other local services.

Your Council Tax goes towards the cost of services provided by Babergh District Council, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner and your local Parish/Town Council. We collect all the charges and then pass the required amounts to the other services.

The money raised by Council Tax is used to make up the difference between the money we get from central Government and the money we need to deliver all of the services needed by you.

Council Tax was brought into effect on 1 April 1993 and is governed by legislation. It is an annual tax based on the value of your property and assumes that two people live in the property. The bill is not increased if more than two people live in the household, but if only one lives there, the bill is reduced by 25%

A Guide to your Council Tax bill 2014/15 (PDF, 240Kb)

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