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Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

Update 30 Nov 2021: In England, temporary measures have been put in place to respond to the Omicron variant to slow its arrival and spread. Check the guidance on GOV.UK for what this means for you.

Update 29 Nov 2021: Targeted testing has been introduced in Brentwood following a confirmed Omicron Covid-19 case. For more information, go to our news story.

For information on getting tested, vaccines, coronavirus news and data, and support for businesses and residents, go to the Coronavirus hub.

Essex County Council Services

Adult social care and health

Includes social care help, advice on disabilities and health conditions, Blue Badge, paying for care and support for carers

Children, young people and families

Find services for children and young people, including social care, adoption, fostering and health and wellbeing

Schools and learning

Includes school admissions, early years and childcare, post-16 options and adult learning

Jobs and apprenticeships

Find jobs, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities in Essex

Births, ceremonies and deaths

Includes weddings, civil partnerships, births, deaths, Coroner's service, citizenship and other ceremonies


Renew, reserve or search for a library item. Join the library, volunteer or search for an event.

Roads, streets and transport

Report a highways problem, get updates on travel, transport and roadworks

Planning, land and recycling

Includes planning applications, recycling centres and Essex Energy Switch


Includes business licences, supplying the council, trading standards and support for businesses

Running the council

Find your councillor, Council Tax, what happens at council meetings and how the council is run

Leisure, culture and local heritage

Includes cultural events and activities, historical records, archives and building conservation

Make a payment

Pay social care and sundry invoices, penalty charges and licence fees

The draft ‘Everyone’s library service 2022-2026 plan’ details how we intend to transform the Library Service over the next four years into a modern, vibrant and sustainable service for all. Read the full plan and have your say.

Latest News

Carers urged to share their experiences to improve support

Carers urged to share their experiences to improve support

Carers have been asked to share their experiences of caring to help shape the support they need in their caring role.


Changes to full council meeting announced

Changes to full council meeting announced

Essex County Council agrees reduced attendance and agenda for meeting on Tuesday 7th December after advice from Public Health colleagues.


Omicron Covid-19 case

Omicron Covid-19 case

Latest updates from ECC following a confirmed Covid-19 case involving new Variant of Concern in Brentwood.