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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.

Current political composition 

Political groupSeats held 
Conservative25
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Labour10
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Independents5
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Wickford Independents Free From Party Politics2
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Total number of seats42 


Governance model

At the Annual Council Meeting held on 26 May 2022, the Council resolved to change its form of governance from the Committee system to a Leader and Cabinet model. Further information about the way the Council works can be found in the Constitution.