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How Basildon Borough Council works

Basildon Borough Council has 42 elected members representing 16 wards.

The Councillors are elected by thirds - there are Borough Council elections 3 years out of every 4, with an Essex County Council election being held in the fourth year.

Political composition following election on 6 May 2021

Political groupSeats held 
Conservative22Small image of the Conservative Party Logo 2021
Labour12Small colour image of the Labour Party Logo 2018
Independents4Blank image - No Political Group Logo
Absolute Independents2Blank image - No Political Group Logo
Wickford Independents Free From Party Politics2Small colour image of the Wickford Independents Party Logo 2018
Total number of seats42 


Governance model

At the Annual Council Meeting held on 25 May 2017, the Council resolved to change its form of governance from the Leader and Cabinet model to a committee system. Since then all decisions of the Council are made by the Council and its Committees or are delegated to officers. Further information about the way the Council works can be found in the Constitution.

Borough Town, Parish and Village Councils

Local (Town, Parish and Village) Councils are statutory bodies created in law and which have to abide by the law and work within it.

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