We’re proud to make Luton a borough without boundaries. It means every single person works hard to achieve remarkable things. That’s quite something. So we count ourselves lucky to have such dedicated and like-minded teams, whose bright ideas are not only valued - they’re vital.
minutes by train to London
£1.5 billion in private investment
% of young people are in education, employment or training
million people flew through London Luton Airport in July 2017
Moving as one team is crucial to the way we work. It’s about understanding our shared goals and realising Luton’s vision together. That’s how we’ll make powerful changes – not only within the council, but across the whole borough.
So we prioritise our people, making sure they feel supported, empowered, and engaged. We recognise their sheer determination and commitment, and are big believers in learning and development.
Our vision for Luton in 2040 is a vibrant town built on fairness, where people lead good lives and achieve their aspirations. Everyone will be able to achieve their potential and inequality will be reduced. A town where no-one lives in poverty.
Ensuring that no-one is living in poverty by 2040 is a bold ambition, but it is something we are absolutely determined to achieve. It’s become the council’s number one priority as poverty is at the heart of some of the biggest challenges the town faces.
Everyone benefits from a Luton without poverty. Residents will live happy and healthy lives. Businesses will profit from a thriving economy and highly-skilled and high-performing workforce. And pressure will ease on public sector organisations and charities who are currently overwhelmed by service demand.
Luton is a vibrant, interesting, ever-evolving place, with many diverse communities calling our borough home. As a result, thousands of people depend on our services and bring us fresh challenges every day. So it’s never boring here. In fact, it’s incredibly fast paced.
We offer stability and security, flexible working, and tailored career development. We’ve also got a really open culture – one where everyone mucks in and happily lends a helping hand. No-one is afraid to suggest ideas, because they know we’ll take them seriously.
As somewhere to live, Luton is inspiring and forward-thinking. With award-winning art galleries, beautiful Chiltern views, and second-to-none transport links, there’s a lot going on here. It’s also very affordable, with house prices being below the national average.
Nestled in an area of outstanding beauty, 30 miles north of London, Luton’s got excellent road, air, and rail links. Just off the M1, moments from the M25, and close to the A1 – we’re really well connected.
By train, you’re 22 minutes away from London, and just over an hour from the Midlands. Then there are our useful bus routes all around the borough, and a rapidly expanding airport connecting you to the rest of the world.
We believe our organisation will be a better, more creative and innovative place to work if we can harness the benefit of lots of different perspectives. We value and celebrate the diversity that exists within our community and look to see it reflected in our workforce. Luton is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition.
Collaborative, Ambitious, Respectful, Empowering and Supportive – ‘Luton - a council that CARES’
Our Values will guide the behaviour of all our people. They will influence strategic and operational decisions, helping us to set the organisation apart from others to really demonstrate that Luton ‘CARES.’
Luton Council is chock full of incredible people. Here are our five directorates, and what they do, at a quick glance.
You can also take a look at all our different job areas across the council to see where you'll fit in.
We establish policy and performance standards – helping council members to provide the very best quality of service for Luton.
In this team, our portfolio includes: strategic community services, democracy and electoral services, business and member support, communications, marketing and digital, the Prevent Agenda, and investment strategy.
We manage the council-wide transformation programme, implement the ICT contract, lead the Business Intelligence function, as well as develop the savings and efficiency programme.
Here you’ll find our business support functions, which aim to deliver even better services to the council and customers. We’re also responsible for managing Housing Services.
We help make sure that affordable, high-quality housing is readily available around Luton. And as a landlord, we provide a range of services for our 8,000 tenants.
Our teams oversee recovery of debts, insurance, payments, and accountancy, as well as audits and fraud.
We give support and advice across the council on everything from recruitment and organisational change, to payroll services and training or performance matters. Plus we provide legal support in areas such as employment and family law.
We manage the collection of business and domestic rates, and are responsible for the payment of housing and council tax benefits. We’re an award-winning team, having won ‘Most Improved Team of the Year’ at the recent Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation annual awards.
We support vulnerable children in our communities, and provide education services.
We help children, young adults, and their families, lead safe and happy lives. Our teams include the Family Safeguarding Service, Child Protection and Assessment, and Corporate Parenting.
We have five, dedicated teams – Children with a Disability, Children in Need, Intensive Support, Early Help, plus the Youth Offending and Targeted Youth Service. We step in at the right moment to help children and families turn their lives around.
Here, we help with everything from school improvement services and admissions, to health and home education.
We’re responsible for the quality of Luton’s environment, as well as helping businesses create job opportunities and build a skilled workforce.
We oversee planning applications and building regulations to make sure all town projects are controlled, safe, and secure. Plus, we cover all aspects of what happens on our roads – keeping traffic flowing freely, and maintaining parking facilities.
In this team, we look after anyone who buys or sells through our trading standards. It’s also about ensuring businesses have the right licences to serve their customers.
We're responsible for the council's corporate procurement and contracts. As part of this, we continually quality assure the services that have been commissioned.
We oversee the effective management of the council’s property assets and services. It sees us lead commercial negotiations, and deliver an efficient, customer-focused development and building control system.
It’s our responsibility to manage services for local residents and businesses, such as parks, cemeteries and crematoriums, street cleansing and refuse, passenger and fleet transport, and highways.
We help reduce inequality in Luton, and aim to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live here.
Made up of four teams - Safeguarding, Community, Learning Disabilities, and Hospital Discharge, we help improve the wellbeing and quality of life for vulnerable adults.
We commission services for vulnerable adults – including everything from mental health promotion and workplace health, to safeguarding and nursing homes.
We aim to influence the lifestyle behaviours of those at risk of long-term ill health. Our key responsibilities include leading areas such as: children’s joint commissioning, health lifestyles, sexual health services, NHS Health Check programme, health protection, and emergency planning.