|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Braintree District Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||James Cleverly|
|• Total||236.18 sq mi (611.71 km2)|
|• Rank||68th (of 309)|
|• Rank||129th (of 309)|
|• Density||650/sq mi (250/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||95.% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||22UC (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
Braintree is a local government district in the English county of Essex, with a population (2011 census) of 147,084. Its main town is Braintree.
The main centres of population are Braintree, Witham and Halstead.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the urban districts of Braintree and Bocking, Halstead, and Witham and (for list of parishes) Braintree Rural District and Halstead Rural District.
The council is controlled by the Conservatives who hold 34 of the 49 seats.
Further information: Braintree District Council elections
There are 26 wards: