Map of parishes in Chelmsford district (Chelmsford City Council)Q: How are parish / community councils funded?

A: From charges for services, grants and a small amount of Council Tax.

Example

Writtle Parish Council 2020/21 (green area [left] on map) - full budget details at this link

Income total £176,000 Expenditure total £168,000
Council Tax

£126,000

Admin staff £51,000
Grants £16,000 Handyman £8,000
Rents £14,000 Environment & Playing fields £50,000
VAT Refund £12,000 Allotments £1,300
Other £8,000 Various other items £57,700

Springfield Parish (orange area [right] on map) has a much larger population and so a larger budget but with similar activities - details at this link

Central Chelmsford (white area on the map) has no parish councils, and so Chelmsford City Council carries out the parish-type services for the central urban area (playgrounds, open spaces, allotments). The City Council charges an additional amount of Council Tax just to people in that area to pay for them - £43.02 for 2020/21 and £33.57 for 2021/22.

Chelmsford City Council also delivers some services only in specific parishes and so charges for them only in those areas - £10.26 in Writtle and £34.56 in Springfield.

Council Tax for 2021-22 (columns headed yellow below)

Below is the list of Council Tax amounts levied for 2021-22 across the Chelmsford District, for a Band D house.

If you live in central Chelmsford (without a parish council)
Essex County Council £1340.91
Essex Police & Crime £ 208.53
Essex Fire & Rescue £ 73.89
Chelmsford City Coun £ 179.10
CCC for unparished area £ 33.57
TOTAL COUNCIL TAX £1836.00
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If you live in Writtle Parish Council area
Essex County Council £1340.91
Essex Police & Crime £ 208.53
Essex Fire & Rescue £ 73.89
Chelmsford City Coun £ 179.10
CCC services for Writtle £ 2.34
Writtle Parish Council £ 67.59 (which raises the £126,000 shown above)
TOTAL COUNCIL TAX £1872.36
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If you live in Springfield Parish Council area
Essex County Council £1340.91
Essex Police & Crime £ 208.53
Essex Fire & Rescue £ 73.89
Chelmsford City Coun £ 179.10
CCC services for Springfield £ 31.86
Springfield Parish Coun £ 51.93
TOTAL COUNCIL TAX £1886.22

Chelmsford - City Council and Parish Council taxes