What does the Council do?

Suffolk County Council is responsible for major services which are provided countywide, including:

  • Education and learning: schools, evening classes for adults, youth clubs and higher education grants.
  • Environment: conservation of the countryside and public access to it, waste disposal and archaeological services.
  • Leisure and culture: archives and support for arts and museums.
  • Public safety: Fire & Rescue Service and emergency planning advice.
  • Registrars: registration of births, marriages and deaths.
  • Social care: care for older people who are physically or mentally infirm, or have a mental health problem, those with physical or learning disabilities, and children and families who need protection and support.
  • Trading standards: protecting consumers and giving advice.
  • Transport and streets: maintaining and improving Suffolk's roads, footpaths and public rights of way, road safety, and public transport co-ordination.

Suffolk County Council’s priorities for 2019/20 are:

  • Inclusive growth: Suffolk needs to improve its economic productivity and levels of educational attainment, and build more homes – ensuring that everyone benefits, including people who are vulnerable and facing disadvantage.
  • Health, care and wellbeing: Caring for Suffolk’s vulnerable residents, enabling everyone to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives. Thriving families and communities and thriving economies support each other.
  • Efficient and effective public services: At a time of diminishing resources, increasing demand, and changing customer expectations, we need to change the way that we operate to meet our customers’ needs and balance our budget.