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Councillors at Essex County Council

13 March 2018

The following page explains the role of our councillors. Here you can find information about:


What councillors do

Councillors make decisions about the services which are provided by the Council. Their role includes liaising with people and groups within the local community and campaigning for the issues which affect them.  


How councillors are elected 

Each councillor represents an area known as a “Division”. They are elected in local elections, based on their policies and political affiliation. They serve for a period of 4 years. The last election was on 4 May 2017. The next election is scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021. Find out more about becoming a councillor and how to register to vote

Code of conduct 

Councillors have to follow a local Code of Conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties. This includes making a declaration of any financial interests, gifts or hospitality that could influence the decisions they make. You can also view a copy of the code held in County Hall in Chelmsford by contacting Democratic Services.
As part of the Code of Conduct, councillors are monitored by the Standards Committee, which also trains and advises them.

Council meetings 

Councillors meet regularly to make decisions about how the Council is run. These meetings are often open to the public, although you will usually not be able to speak. Through this website, you can find details of upcoming council meetings, as well as agendas and minutes of those which have passed.


Councillors do not receive a wage, but they can claim expenses to cover the costs incurred in their duties, for example travel and accommodation. Details of how much councillors claim are published monthly.

Find and contact your local councillor 

You can find contact details for your local councillor by using our search facility. Here you will also be able to find details of your next councillor clinic, where your councillor will be available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. 

Becoming a councillor 

Councillors are elected by the community to represent the interests of local people. To find out more about becoming a Councillor visit the How to become a Councillor web page.