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Local COVID alert level: high

Essex is on the high alert level, this does not include Southend and Thurrock who are on the medium alert level.

Check the latest guidance on what this means to keep yourself and others safe.

For information, advice and support, visit 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

Nicola and Tony say fostering a child with disabilities is the best thing they have ever done. Tony says: “I quickly got used to the child and their individual needs. Plus, I have amazing support from Essex County Council.” Watch their video.


Support to Essex Businesses ramps up

Support to Essex Businesses ramps up

Essex leaders are supporting local businesses following a challenging summer

23 October 2020

County Council announces support for families this half term

County Council announces support for families this half term

Extra support for food, supplies and wellbeing

23 October 2020

County Council welcomes Government support for Essex businesses

County Council welcomes Government support for Essex businesses

The news follows lobbying from business leaders and Essex councils

21 October 2020

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