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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

This summer, as part of the Essex Year of Reading, we want families to share their photos of the weird and wonderful places they love to read. Use the hashtag #ReadingInUnusualPlaces on Twitter and Instagram or tag @EssexCountyCouncil on Facebook.

Latest News

 Social care receives a multi-million boost under the Nightingale scheme

Social care receives a multi-million boost under the Nightingale scheme

Funding will see Nightingale Care Bursary extended and expanded for three more years

14 hours ago

Major solar energy milestone reached

Major solar energy milestone reached

Significant landmark reached in our journey to reach our goal of becoming net zero by 2050.


Keep reading this summer

Keep reading this summer

Find top tips and ideas to help children discover the joy of reading over the summer and prepare them to go back to school.

5 August 2022

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