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Local Democracy

22 November 2017

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Local Democracy Week (LDW) is a pan-European campaign which aims to raise awareness about local councils and encourage people to take part in local democracy.  Now in its 10th year, the theme for 2017 is ‘Citizen participation, consultation and commitment; for a thriving local democracy’. 

Cllr John Aldridge, Chairman of Essex County Council said, “Essex County Council is offering a range of opportunities to schools, colleges and citizens to learn more about and get involved in local democracy.” 

“The Council believes that educating young people about the ways they can participate in democratic processes will contribute to a thriving local democracy in the years ahead. We’ve encouraged schools to invite their county councillor to visit them and to access live and saved broadcasts of Council meetings.”

Why should you get involved?

Essex County Council exists to make a positive contribution to the people, businesses and communities of Essex by providing the most effective and efficient services for our residents.  
We are responsible for services across the whole of the county, like education, libraries, social care and transport.  In 2017/18 we expect to spend a budget of £1.824m (including schools), with a capital programme of £263m.

How can you get involved?

You can’t contribute to a thriving local democracy if you don’t know who your local County Councillor is. Make the most of our councillor search to find out who represents your interests.
Find more information about how you can attend or listen live to a meeting online, including the Full Council meetings.
Find out how you can have your say through public consultations, petitions and feedback 
There are currently live consultations on our Mobile Library Service and on the Essex Autism Strategy for Children & Young People.

The Young Essex Assembly is the elected youth council for Essex and is supported by the Essex Youth Service. There are 75 YEA members, representing all districts across Essex, who decide on the priorities for young people and campaign to make a positive difference.

Elections will be held in the autumn term of 2018 and you can find out how to apply to stand for election on their website.

Members of the YEA have the opportunity to be heard by members of Essex County Council as well as other youth groups working to improve the life of young people in Essex.


All 75 Essex County Council seats were contested on 4 May 2017.