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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

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Local Authority

Contact Info

Phone Number
+44 1702 215000


Victoria Ave
Postal Code
Main city or town, IE London

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is the local authority of Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.The council is currently run by a rainbow coalition of Labour, Independent Group and Liberal Democrat councillors following a no confidence motion that was passed on 3 June 2019.The council had previously been run by the same coalition between May 2014 - May 2016.Apart from these occasions, since the 2000 election the council had been run by a Conservative administration.In 2007, Southend Borough Council was criticised as one of the worst financially managed local authorities in England by the Audit Commission report for 2006/7, one of three to gain only one of four stars, the others being Liverpool and the Isles of Scilly.In March 2012, Southend Borough Council was awarded the title of 'Council of the Year 2012' by the Local Government Chronicle.

"We are a mid-sized unitary authority in South East Essex with around 1,800 FTE roles, serving a population of 182,500 residents. We were very proud to be awarded LGC Council of the Year 2012 and have received a number of other awards including Stonewall Top 100 Employer, RoSPA level 5 and Silver IiP. An important conversation has been happening right across Southend-on-Sea since the summer of 2018. Called ‘Southend 2050’, it’s been an opportunity to explore what kind of place we all want Southend-on-Sea to become and to understand what we all need to do to create it. The year 2050 can seem like a long way off when you’re working hard to meet the challenges of today. But being clearer about our long term aspirations can help us think about what we can achieve in the here and now.
We exist to create 'A better Southend'​, our aims are for that to be 'Safe'​, 'Clean'​, 'Healthy'​, 'Prosperous'​ and lead by an 'Excellent'​ Organisation.
We are very proud of the differences we make and would welcome you considering joining one of our nationally recognised, award winning teams of talented and hard working individuals."


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