Kirklees, set in the heart of West Yorkshire, is a district of contrasts - 70% green belt, thriving towns, and rural villages. It has a growing population of 423,000 (source: Kirklees Fact Sheets, Population and households (PDF 161kb), June 2011) and with the two major centres of Huddersfield and Dewsbury, also encompasses the smaller towns of Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite.
We are a metropolitan single tier authority, the 13th biggest local authority in the UK in terms of population and the 4th not based on a major city.
Kirklees Council has an elected Leader and Cabinet structure. There are 69 councillors from 23 wards. There are currently four Cabinet portfolios.
The council employs around 14,000 staff (not including schools) (source: Kirklees Fact Sheets, Population and households (PDF 161kb), June 2011). We have a very talented and dedicated workforce across five directorates:
- Public Health
- Children and Adults - with a focus on families
- Place - with a focus on economy, skills and environment
- Communities, transformation and change
View our Directors, assistant directors and department structure.
The corporate plan sets out the vision and priorities for Kirklees. It outlines the work of the council and how we work with our partners.