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     Location: East of England

     Population: 1,455,300 (2016)

     Interesting fact: The mystery of Thomas Richman’s buried treasure has gone unsolved since 1780. It is suppose to be buried somewhere in Essex



Essex is a member of the Rural Services Network and falls
under the branch of our service called SPARSE Rural.
A list of all the SPARSE Rural members (from the Predominantly Rural Councils) can be found here.



Essex Information

Phone number
08457 430 430
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
- Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough
- South East
Frequency of elections
Every 4 years
Number of councillors
Political composition
Conservative - 56
Liberal Democrat - 7
Labour - 6
Canvey Island Independent Party - 2
Independent - 2
Green - 1
Independent Loughton Residents Association - 1

Basildon and Billericay - John Baron (Conservative)
Braintree - James Cleverly (Conservative)
Brentwood and Ongar - Eric Pickles (Conservative)
Castle Point - Rebecca Harris (Conservative)
Chelmsford - Simon Burns (Conservative)
Clacton - Douglas Carswell (Conservative)
Colchester - Will Quince (Conservative)
Epping Forest - Eleanor Laing (Conservative)
Harlow - Robert Halfon (Conservative)
Harwich and North Essex - Bernard Jenkin (Conservative)
Maldon - John Whittingdale (Conservative)
Rayleigh and Wickford - Mark Francois (Conservative)
Rochford and Southend East - James Duddridge (Conservative)
Saffron Walden - Sir Alan Haselhurst (Conservative)
South Basildon and East Thurrock - Stephen Metcalfe (Conservative)
Southend West - David Amess (Conservative)
Thurrock - Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative)
Witham - Priti Patel (Conservative)
Decision making structure
Leader and a Cabinet
Population change
Population change
One Year Population Change
+ 0.8%
Ten Year Population Change
+ 7.3%
Police Authority
Essex Police Authority
Fire Service
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
Health Authority
East of England Strategic Health Authority
367,000 Hectares
Rural Output Areas
1201 rural OAs from 4605 OAs in total
Audited by
Central Region (Audit Commission)
Rural Classification (Birbeck)
Significant Rural
Population by Area- (Density)
3.97 people per hectare
Number of Parishes
Number of Parish Meetings
Number of Parish Councils
Number of Town Councils
Average house price
Basildon - £230,000
Braintree - £230,000
Brentwood - £342,000
Castle Point - £247,750
Chelmsford - £274,995
Colchester - £217,500
Epping Forest - £380,000
Harlow - £227,500
Maldon - £250,000
Rochford - £270,000
Tendring - £175,000
Uttlesford - £340,500
(Median price paid by local authority, year ending Q4-2015 - provided by UK HPI data published by Land Registry © Crown copyright 2016)
Outsourced Services
Information yet to be supplied
Average age of population
40.9 (2011 Census data)
Main Towns and Cities
Asheldham, Audley End, Barling, Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Bobbingworth, Borley, Bradwell-on-Sea, Braintree, Brentwood, Brightlingsea, Buckhurst Hill, Burnham-on-Crouch, Canvey Island, Chelmsford, Chigwell, Clacton-on-Sea, Coggeshall, Colchester, Crays Hill, Epping, Felsted, Grays, Great Dunmow, Hadleigh, Halstead, Harlow, Harwich, Hockley, Hornchurch, Ilford, Ingatestone, Kelvedon Hatch, Lamarsh, Langham, Leigh-on-Sea, Loughton, Maldon, Manningtree, Marks Tey, Nazeing, Pilgrims Hatch, Pitsea, Purfleet, Rayleigh, Rochford, Romford, Saffron Walden, Shenfield, Shoeburyness, South Woodham Ferrers, Southend-on-Sea, Stanford Le Hope, Stansted, Thaxted, Thundersley, Tilbury, Tiptree, Tollesbury, Waltham Abbey, Walton-on-the-Naze, Westcliff, Wethersfield, White Roding, Wickford, Witham, Writt
Unemployment rate
0.9% (JSA claimants for July 2017)
Current Council Tax
(amount reported is the amount received by the Council - no other services are included)
2013/2014 Council Tax - £1,087.00
2014/2015 Council Tax - £1,086.75
2015/2016 Council Tax - £1,086.75
2016/2017 Council Tax - £1,108.35
2017/2018 Council Tax - £1,163.70

Percentage of households socially rented from council or local authority
7.9% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population who have reported they are in very good health
47.1% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population which provides unpaid care
10.5% (2011 Census data)
Employment by Occupation
Percentage of people aged 16 and over who are in Social Major Group 1-3
43.0% (ONS annual population survey - April 15-March 16)
Average annual wage for full time employees
  1. 2014 Workplaced Based Median - £26,499
    2015 Workplaced Based Median - £27,374
  2. 2014 Workplaced Based Mean - £32,054
    2015 Workplaced Based Mean - £32,467
  3. 2014 Resident Based Median - £30,272
    2015 Resident Based Median - £30,390
  4. 2014 Resident Based Mean - £39,235
    2015 Resident Based Mean - £38,419
Percentage of those employed in full time employment
39.1% (2011 Census data)
Cars or vans owned per household
(2011 Census data)
No cars or vans - 18%
1 car or van - 42.1%
2 cars or vans - 29.6%
3 cars or vans - 7.4%
4 or more cars and vans - 3.0%
Local Newspapers
Information yet to be supplied
National Park/AONBs
Dedham Vale (AONB)

Detail and Analysis for Essex

localcommunitiesRural Services Community

As a result of your Council's membership, parishes within your area are entitled to membership of the Rural Services Community.  This provides them with some access to our information and analysis and in particular the Neighbourhood Planning Evidence base where information is available down to parish level.

For more information about the Rural Services Community click here

For our Neighbourhood Planning Evidence base click here

fairer Funding - individual pagesFairer Funding

We provide a wide range of analysis and information to support our position with our fairer funding campaign.  This ranges from information for Members of Parliament to enable them to take part in high profile parliamentary debates to
information for local authorities to better understand their financial position or initiatives from Government.

For our dedicated mini-site on Fairer Funding click here

Performance - individual pages Local Authority Performance

We believe that when benchmarking against other services you should always compare like for like. Delivering a recycling service to an inner city area is significantly different to a sparsely populated area and needs to be benchmarked accordingly.  We provide a service that enables you to benchmark your performance in key areas against other rural authorities and your family authorities.
Family authorities are those which you share similar characteristics.
We often provide in year analysis which enables you to understand your performance ahead of year end to assess how well you are doing. 
We currently provide analysis for Waste and Recycling, Benefits Processing and Planning Turnaround times.  Each of our analyses provide drop down options where you can select your authority to view your latest performance.

For more information and to access the analyses click here

funding your authority - indiv.pagesAnalysis of Local Authority Budgets

We provide a detailed analysis of Local Authority Budgets providing separate work on RO and RA budget information provided by Local Authorities.  This enables authorities to compare their expenditure in different areas over a period of years with similar authorities.

For the full list of our current RO or RA analysis click here.

economy-individual pagesEconomy

We provide an economic analysis service which looks at a range of different types of data related to the economy.
This includes an the Economic Profiling Service which considers a range of factors in a matrix including Wage levels, the current stock of public sector jobs, the number of JSA claimants and the percentage of the population which is working age.
We also provide a quarterly analysis and comment on two key factors, JSA Claimant Flows and JSA Claimants as a % of the working population

To visit Economy section click here

ObservatoryObservatory Section logo - thumbnail

The Observatory opens the window to a statistical view of rural life. It provides analyses and comment on key service provision and issues affecting rural communities, as well as evaluating your Local Authority's performance.  It also provides you, the Member, the opportunity to direct the areas of data analysis that best serve your needs, through the 'Your Observatory' service.

To visit the Observatory section click here

Deprivation2015 English Indices of Deprivation analysis tool

(Produced by Oxfordshire County Council)

The Research & Intelligence Unit of Oxfordshire County Council have produced an interactive tool that present the 2015 English Indices of Deprivation on a map of England to make it easier to explore the data for your areas of interest, and have kindly made this tool available to members of the Rural Services Network.

The analysis works through your web browser, and can be accessed for the East of England Region here
For a summary of the Rural Services Network and more information about our work click here
(All factual information on these pages is updated annually by the RSN)
(Information given via links will however be updated as new information becomes available)