Established in 1974 and initially based at East Suffolk County Hall, the Council was located to Endeavour House in Ipswich in 2004. In September 2010, the council announced that it would seek to outsource a number of its services, in an attempt to cut its own budget by 30%. In 2011 controversy surrounding the CEO Andrea Hill featured in local and national press (including £122,000 spent on management consultants), leading to her disciplinary hearing and resignation.
Suffolk County Council is responsible for major services which are provided countywide. These include:
Business and trading standards: enforcing fair trading laws, protecting consumers and giving advice.
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: library services, archives and support for arts and museums.
Public safety: fire fighting, rescue and emergency services, safety advice.
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.
Transport and streets: maintaining and improving Suffolk's roads, footpaths and public rights of way, road safety, public transport co-ordination.