How decisions are made

Find out about decision making, council meetings, committees and our constitution

Full Council

A meeting of all 75 elected councillors is known as Full Council. This is where big decisions about the Council’s budget and overall policies are taken. There’s normally 5 Full Council meetings throughout the year.

These meetings take place in County Hall in Chelmsford and are open to the public. You can also watch on our ECC Democracy YouTube channel.

The Full Council also elect an impartial Chairman, who makes sure Full Council meetings are run properly, and represents the Council at events and special occasions.

In addition to electing a Chairman and appointing a Vice-Chairman, Council also adopts and amends the Constitution, decides the overall policies of the Council, sets the budget each year, appoints the Leader of the Council, appoints members to committees and debates motions proposed by the councillors.