Bradford Council is a public sector organisation which is responsible for a range of services which benefit people living in the Bradford district.

Bradford Council is a metropolitan council, one of 36 in the country. This term is used to describe a council which serves a large town or city and its surrounding population. The total population of the district the Council serves is approximately 537,200 (ONS, July 2019) and covers an area of approximately 141 square miles. This includes Bradford city centre, the towns of Shipley, Bingley, Keighley and Ilkley and many other communities including Addingham, Baildon, Burley, Cullingworth, Denholme, Eastburn, Eccleshill, Haworth, Menston, Oxenhope, Queensbury, Silsden, Steeton and Thornton.

The services the Council delivers are paid for out of the public purse: through Council tax, business rates and also grants from the Government. We may also attract grants from organisations such as the European Union.

We are committed to ensuring that every part of the district and everyone who lives in it is equitably served and no one feels excluded or is unfairly favoured or disadvantaged.

This means ensuring that everyone can access services regardless of their background, that we embrace our different communities across the whole district, and that we build an inclusive organisation.

Promoting equality is one of our core principles and is at the heart of everything we do.

We want to be an organisation which actively recognises the contribution that people from different backgrounds make to all aspects of the Council’s work and the district’s communities.

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