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.


Hate crime

We treat hate crime very seriously and will investigate reports of hate crime.

You can find out what is classed as hate crime from Essex Police

If offenders are going to be punished, hate crimes need to be reported to Essex Police first.

You can report hate crime to Essex Police by calling 101. If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 999.

As a council, we meet regularly with other partners in the town such as the police's Victim Support and Youth Offending Team on Harlow Hate Crimes Panel.

The panel works to organise support for victims, prevent future crimes, and bring offenders to justice.

To report hate crime to us, you will need:

  • the date and time of the incident
  • the location of the incident
  • a description of the incident
  • a photo of the incident (if you have one)
  • any details you have of the perpetrator
  • whether you reported the incident to the police
  • your name, address and contact number

Once we receive your hate crime report, we will:

  • acknowledge your referral within 3 working days
  • carry out an initial assessment of your referral within 10 working days

You can get more advice about hate crime at Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

If you have been affected by hate crime, you can get support from Victim Support.

You can get specific LGBT hate crime support from anti-violence charity Galop.