Welcome to Essex


Cost of living: find out about the cost of living support you could be eligible for.

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

Leisure, culture and local heritage

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

Running the council

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

Make a payment

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

Did you know there are a range of fostering options available? You can make a big difference to a child's life from as little as one weekend a month. We provide 24/7 support, bespoke training and a competitive financial package per child.

Latest News

New careers magazine launches to support Essex residents

New careers magazine launches to support Essex residents

You can now access Essex Careers, a printed and digital magazine showcasing growing sectors, job opportunities and training.

22 hours ago

New learning and play space to be created at Colchester Library

New learning and play space to be created at Colchester Library

£337,500 secured from Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England’s Libraries Improvement Fund.


DigiGo celebrates first birthday

DigiGo celebrates first birthday

Our on-demand sustainable public transport service has served more than 11,500 passengers in its first year.


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