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Essex stands with Ukraine: read the latest updates on what you can do to help, and information for sponsors and guests on the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

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

Exciting new content is now available on the Essex Year of Reading app. There are top tips to support your child to read, recommended short reads for adults, plus new stories for children and lots more! Download for free on your app store.

Latest News

National award win for Essex Housing

National award win for Essex Housing

Essex Housing is Essex County Council's housing development arm.

an hour ago

Essex Forest Initiative wins prestigious award

Essex Forest Initiative wins prestigious award

A Green Apple Environment Award has been presented to the Essex County Council initiative ahead of the coming planting season.

3 hours ago

Call for public to respect recycling centre staff

Call for public to respect recycling centre staff

“Those most at risk are those who are engaged in helping to provide an essential service.”


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