Cllr Mehboob Khan
Putting local people first - a message from Cllr Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council:
Everyone knows these are very difficult times, but Kirklees Council is maintaining a clear focus on its biggest priorities.
We are continually striving to protect and improve our services against a backdrop of severe financial challenges caused by a cut in government grant.
Our key priorities are:
Enhance life chances for young people
- working in partnership to improve health and educational attainment to enable them to reach their full potential.
Support older people to be healthy, active and included
- focusing on preventative work,
while empowering those with long term conditions to live independent lives to the full and be in control of making their own decisions.
Business growth and jobs
- creating the right conditions for business to sustain the Kirklees economy,
facilitating investment in skills, jobs and homes and providing pathways into work.
Provide effective and productive services
- ensuring services are focused on the needs of the community and delivering excellent value for money.
The Cabinet will continue working with all our partners to improve Kirklees as a whole. We want our district to become even better, even more attractive. The council is always looking for innovative ways to develop services and deliver excellent value for money.
And even when we are making some very tough decisions about how to spend a reduced budget, we recognise the clear need to invest in long-term prosperity for local people and local business.
A strong economy is essential to Kirklees and our anti-recession strategy, which safeguards jobs and attracts new investment, has been praised at national level.
We are moving forward with confidence and strong leadership – and always putting local people first.