May elections

You must register to vote in the upcoming May elections before Wednesday 17 April. If you cannot attend the elections, you can apply for a postal vote before 5pm on Wednesday 17 April. Find all the key dates on our election news page.


Death notification

We know there is a lot to organise when someone dies.

If you are a member of the family, the executor, the solicitor or simply a friend, who is dealing with the estate of the deceased, please contact us to let us know.

You can contact us on 01279 446655 or visit us in person at the Civic Centre.

You will need to bring an original copy of the death certificate when you come in - we will make a copy.

You can register a death on the Essex County Council website.

Once you inform us, we will update our records for:

  • benefits
  • Council Tax
  • housing and garages
  • voting and elections
  • bins and recycling

For advice on applying for Council Tax exemption, look at our Council Tax section.

For advice on ending your tenancy, look at our council tenant section.

Bereavement related benefits

When someone dies there may be bereavement related benefits and payments that you may be eligible for: