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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, children in or leaving care and health

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 and deaths, 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

It could be the best thing you’ll ever do. We best match children to your family. Training is local, support is 24/7 and your family could receive up to £483 per child, per week. Foster with our support. Think Fostering. Think Essex County Council.


First community tree planting is a success

First community tree planting is a success

Find out more about how we're building the Essex Forest

20 February 2020

Who Will Care? Awards 2020

Who Will Care? Awards 2020

Nominations are now open for the annual awards

17 February 2020

“A budget for all and a budget of hope”

“A budget for all and a budget of hope”

Find out more about the council’s 2020/21 budget

11 February 2020

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