About the Council

We Are Calderdale is: 

Calderdale is at the Heart of the Pennines working in the midst of spectacular scenery at the historical crossroads between Lancashire & Yorkshire. We have more public rights of way than roads that serve to link our breath-taking countryside, and are only a short trip away from the two great Northern cities of Leeds and Manchester. It's a place that has inspired poets, novelists, painters and musicians. Yet it's also been called the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. It's a place of contrasts, and of great diversity, but still a place where there's a real sense of community.

The Council is made up of two groups. The first is the body of 51 elected Councillors or Members. The second is our workforce employed to deliver and commission local services. Below is a brief outline of how these two groups work to improve Calderdale.

The Councillors

Councillors are elected by the people in their ward to serve for four years before further elections take place. The role is demanding. Councillors have many responsibilities but they can be broken down into broadly four areas:

  • representing local citizens;
  • overseeing Council compliance with the laws, regulations and statutory guidance set down by Parliament and ministers;
  • to establish local policies for Council services within the framework of the law; and
  • monitoring the performance of services provided by private sector contractors and the Council's own staff.

Councillors operate through four types of committee:

  • Full Council: This group comprises of the full 51 elected Councillors and sets the local policies and the Council's budgets.
  • Cabinet: This group of seven Councillors are charged with political oversight and decision-making within the policies set down by the full Council of 51 members.
  • 5 Scrutiny Panels: A large number of Councillors sit on one or more of these panels. They are charged with analysing policies and practices of the Council and making recommendations for improvements.
  • Quasi-judicial committees: These committees deal with specific legal responsibilities, such as, planning and licensing.

Membership of a political party is not required in order to be elected as a Councillor but, in practice, most are. This reflects the general picture of local authorities throughout the country.

For further information about Councillors, see: Councillors and decision making .

The Workforce

The second group of people often referred to as the Council are its workforce. Calderdale Council is a large organisation responsible for a complex range of services and the workforce deliver or commission the services that the local community receives. Calderdale Council is currently made up of five service areas, known as Directorates, and the Chief Executive's Office. Within these Directorates, Council staff have delegated authority to progress the hundreds of individual services that the Council delivers.

Calderdale is the second largest employer in the area, employing in the region of 3,700 people (excluding school's based staff) who work in a wide variety of occupations, including social work, building surveyance, catering, cleaning, gardening, customer service and much more.

Whatever the job, Calderdale Council has the experts at hand who believe in making a difference in our community. Together they provide the range of skills, abilities and expertise necessary to deliver high quality, value for money services to the people of Calderdale.

We take care to match the right people with the right skills and attitudes to the right jobs. Simply put, we believe in recruiting the best. Calderdale Council employees not only have a chance at a rewarding career, with opportunities for personal and career development, but also the chance to be part of a team that is shaping the future of Calderdale.

For further information on what the Council does, see: Directorates and service areas .

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