Kirklees Council is set in the heart of West Yorkshire and is the 11th largest local authority by population in England and Wales and the 4th largest not based on
a major city.
Kirklees has a growing population of 407,000 (source: Kirklees Fact Sheets,
Population and households (PDF 161kb), June 2010) and includes the settlements of Batley,
Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite.
We are one of the largest employers in the area with 19,000 staff, including those based in schools (source: Kirklees Fact Sheets,
Local authority resources (PDF 245kb), June 2010). We have a very talented and dedicated
workforce across four directorates:
The Chief Executive and four directors form the Directors Group, along with a Director of Public Health jointly appointed with NHS
Kirklees Council has an elected Leader and Cabinet structure. There are 69 councillors from 23 wards. There is currently a minority Labour administration. No one party has had overall control since 1999. The current political composition is 24 Labour, 20 Liberal Democrat, 19 Conservative, 4 Green and 2 Independents.
There are four Cabinet portfolios covering:
- Children and young people
- Well-being and communities
Find out more about the Cabinet and its priorities for Kirklees.
- Children and families
- Regeneration, environment and transport
- Adults and communities.