Affordable warmth
Biodiversity

Explains the importance of biodiversity and describes how Kirklees Council and its partners will meet the objectives set out in the Biodiversity Action Plan.

Biodiversity Action Plan

Identifies the local habitats and species of principal importance (also known as priority habitats and species). These are the species and habitats taken from the UK National Biodiversity Action Plan that occur in Kirklees or those that are of sub-regional importance. These habitats and species have individual action plans that enable us to prioritise biodiversity work in the district.

Grasslands:

Uplands:

Forest habitats:

Arable and pastoral areas

Wetland and riverine habitats

Urban areas and previously developed land

Species action plans

Biodiversity Opportunity Zones

Kirklees has a varied natural environment, ranging from the remote Pennine uplands of the west, to the intensively farmed agricultural land to the habitat zones across the district.

Children and young people
Climate Local

We recognise that we can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure the district is prepared for a different climate via a number of routes.

These include: stimulating local green economic growth; providing affordable warmth in our homes; becoming a lower cost, natural resource-efficient Council; greener transport and transport management; waste prevention and management; and enhancing the natural environment. We can do this by managing our own resources, and working with other public sector bodies, businesses, residents, communities and voluntary sector.

Action plans

Inclusion and diversity

Our workforce

Our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion

The council is modernising its approach to equality, diversity and inclusion. Our requirement and commitment remains to meet our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty ; however, our Inclusion and Diversity Statement is the first step in placing a greater emphasis on moving from equality to inclusion. We will incorporate this positive approach more effectively and routinely in everything we do through respecting diversity, valuing different perspectives and supporting inclusion.

We will be using improved intelligence and insight from our communities and employees to help ensure services best meet the needs of the residents of Kirklees. The council will seek to go beyond minimum legal compliance and actively promote diversity as an asset for the way we work. We will continue to explore new and innovative ways of working based on inclusion which will help improve services, employment practices, productivity and the overall quality of life for all our communities.

Information technology (IT)

Promoting digital connectivity to support our economic and health and wellbeing strategies and ensure Kirklees can benefit from all of the potential positive impacts.

Pay policy statement

The Pay Policy Statement meets the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 (sections 38 to 43), and covers the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 . It covers a number of matters concerning the pay of the authority's staff, principally Chief Officers. This policy statement does not cover or include school staff and is not required to do so.

Tackling Poverty
Whistleblowing

This whistleblowing policy is designed for Kirklees Council employees. But we will investigate any complaints made by employees of partner organisations, contractors and suppliers, services users, or anyone else, using the principles of this policy.

The council's whistleblowing policy is independent and confidential. It can be anonymous if you wish. We will make sure that you will not be victimised or suffer disadvantage if you report your genuine concerns.