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Essex County Council Publication Scheme

22 February 2019

The Essex Publication Scheme was created to meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, using the model publication scheme approved by the Office of the Information Commissioner. The scheme sets out the different classes of information Essex County Council routinely makes available, which can be divided into seven distinct areas: 

Who we are and what we do

Organisational information, structures and contacts. 

What we spend and how we spend it 

Financial information about projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement and financial audit. 

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews. 

How we make decisions

Decision making processes and records of decisions.

Our policies and procedures

Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities.  

Lists and registers

Public registers and registers held by Essex County Council as public records.

Services provided by the council

Information about the services the council provides.

The Essex County Council publication scheme links to key information available from the website. If you cannot find the publication you want from our main website you can contact us directly to obtain it.

Most of our information is available free of charge and can be downloaded from the website. However, some information made available under the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, The Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2005 and other relevant legislation does incur a charge.

The Essex County Council charging policy outlines the occasions on which charges will be made, and the amounts charged. Where information is obtained from the Essex Record Office, charges may be incurred. See the Essex Record Office page for further information.

We attempt to provide the majority of information electronically via the website, but in those instances where information can only be accessed in other ways, this will be stated explicitly.

Information can be translated and/ or made available in alternative formats on request. Call ContactEssex on 0845 7430430 for more information.

Faiilure to provide information

It is not always to possible to provide information requested. There are a number of reasons why we may be unable to provide information:

  • We do not hold the information requested.

  • The information is exempt under one of the FOI exemptions or Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs), or its release is prohibited under another statute.

  • The information is archived, out of date or otherwise inaccessible.

  • It would be impractical or resource-intensive to prepare the information for routine release.

Further guidance is available from the Office of the Information Commissioner.

Making a complaint 

If you wish to make a complaint about the Publication Scheme or the way we have dealt with your request for a publication, please use the complaints procedure.

If, after following our complaints procedure, you are still not satisfied, you are entitled to take your complaint to the Office of the Information Commissioner.  

Who we are and what we do

Council Contacts

Essex County Council is located at the following address: 

County Hall,
Market Road,
CM1 1QH.

Tel: 01245 430430

County Hall is open to the public at the following times:

Monday – Thursday: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Excluding bank holidays.

The opening times for other Essex County Council Offices may vary.

If you need to contact the emergency services within Essex, a list of contact numbers is provided.

Library locations and opening hours

Details of library locations and opening hours are located on the Find My Nearest Page. 

Mobile library services

A timetable of mobile library routes is available on this website. 

Essex County Council Constitution

Access the Essex County Council Constitution, which sets out how the Council works, how decisions are made and the procedures that are followed. 

Council democratic structure

Find out more about the political structure of Essex County Council. 

Council function area structure

Find out more about the chief executive and senior officers of the council. 

Find your councillor 

Find out information about elected councillors, what their roles are within the Council and which political party they represent. 

Election results 

The results of the most recent elections are published online. 

District and borough councils within Essex 

Find information about your local district and borough council. 

Essex Partners

 A working relationship between representatives of organisations who deliver services to the public across Essex. 

Office Holders

There are a number of Essex County Council officers with specific statutory responsibilities, for example: 

  • Monitoring Officer - has a broad role in ensuring the lawfulness and fairness of council decision-making, ensuring compliance with codes and protocols, promoting good governance and high ethical standards. Essex County Council’s Monitoring Officer is the Director, Legal and Assurance.
  • Section 151 Officer - has a number of statutory duties, including a duty to report any unlawful financial activity involving the Council.  Essex County Council's Section 151 Officer is the Executive Director, Corporate and Customer Services.
  • Head of Paid Service - responsible for reporting to the Council on how staff are organised and deployed and how the council is co-ordinating its work. The post is held by the Chief Executive
  • Lead officer for children’s services – takes lead responsibility for child protection in the education service across the authority. The post is held by the Executive Director: Children and Families.
  • Scrutiny Officer - the role of the Scrutiny Officer is to improve governance, democracy and involvement in local government.  Essex County Council's Scrutiny Officer is the Head of Democracy and Transparency.
  • Data Protection Officer - the role of the Data Protection Officer is to monitor, inform and advise on data protection obligations, provide advice regarding Data Impact Assessments and be a point of contact.  Essex County Council's Data Protection Officer is the Director, Legal and Assurance.

What We Spend And How We Spend It

Financial statements, budgets and capital expenditure

This explains how the council intends to spend its resources through the delivery of services. A detailed analysis of the planned spending through each service is contained in the Budget and Corporate Plan. Spending for the previous financial year is contained within The Statement of Accounts, which also outlines the financial position of the council. 

Councillors’ allowances scheme

The basic and special responsibility allowances payable to elected councillors are outlined in Part 6 of the Essex County Council Constitution. 

Councillors’ allowances and expenses

The allowances and expenses claimed by councillors at Essex County Council are published quarterly in table form. 

Procurement procedures

Information about supplying Essex County Council with goods and services, and the procedures in place for acquiring goods and services.

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Essexworks priorities and Corporate Plan 

Every year, Essex County Council sets out a series of pledges that are based on what is important to residents. The pledges for 2009-2010 will be tested against how far they offer real value in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. 

How we make decisions

Council decisions and meetings

The Calendar of Meetings contains the listing of forthcoming meetings and Agenda for the Council, the Cabinet, the Council’s Policy Development Groups and the Development and Regulation Committee.

The decisions option contains listings of decisions taken by individual Cabinet Members and at Cabinet and Council Meetings. You can search by issue, person making the decision, or date. You can also view the Council’s Forward Plan of Key Decisions. 

Young Essex assembly

A forum to give all young people in Essex a voice, by working in partnership with young people and organisations throughout Essex. 

Public consultations

Details of consultation exercises with access to the consultation papers or information about where the papers can be obtained. The results and outcomes of consultation exercises are also available.

Policies and procedures

Essex County Council Constitution

The Council’s constitution, which covers codes of practice, memoranda of understanding, council procedure rules, information about the division of responsibilities between committees and delegated responsibilities, protocol on member/ officer relations.

Working for Essex County Council

A recruitment website for all temporary and permanent roles within Essex County Council. 

Customer service

Contact details for making complaints, compliments and comments on the services we provide. 

Your right to know

Essex County Council seeks to make all relevant information accessible to the public, in line with information security policies and in compliance with Freedom of Information and Data Protection legislation. 

Personal information

How personal information is protected under the Data Protection Act. The Data Protection Act also gives you the right to see personal information we hold about you and ensures that your information is protected from being seen by people who should not see it. 

Essex County Council website disclaimer

Covers a range of information about data on the website. 

Whole Essex information Sharing Framework (WEISF)

An agreement between organisations across Essex to share information. The framework is supported by sets of rules (known as information-sharing protocols) that set out the details of sharing information. 

Essex County Council charging policy

Information about charges made for freedom of information requests.

Lists and registers

Heritage at Risk Register

Contains information about buildings, scheduled monuments and all other sites at risk through neglect or decay, or at risk of becoming so. 

Essex Historic Environment Record

A computerised database, accessible online, of all known historic buildings and archaeological sites in the county. There are over 30,000 entries on the database, backed up by records, photographs, drawings and written accounts. The Record can be accessed at the Unlocking Essex’s Past website, or at County Hall during normal office hours. 

Property database

Essex County Council has a comprehensive database, known as a property terrier, of the land it currently owns or previously owned and current leases. Initial enquiries should be made through the Council’s retained property advisors Lambert Smith Hampton. They can be contacted by the following means: 


Telephone: 01245 215521 

Registration of common land and village greens

Essex County Council is responsible for the registration of common land and village greens. To make an appointment to view the register, call ContactEssex on 0845 743043 or write to:

Common Land and Village Greens
Essex County Council
County Hall
CM1 1LX 

Register of skip operators

Essex County Council Maintains a register of skip operators holding Public Liability Insurance of £5 million.

Services provided by the Council

A-Z of public services in Essex

You can access the A-Z of services online to find out about the full range of services we provide to the people of Essex.

Information requests

A monthly updated list of FOI and EIR requests.


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