Enterprising councils: getting the most from trading and charging


With the new General Power of Competence being introduced following the Localism Act, councils will have a greater degree of freedom to trade and charge. This will allow them to think innovatively about new products and services and how to offer existing services more cost effectively.

In the past, councils have too often been prevented from using trading to deliver better services and generate funding for more services. For example, in 2009 a group of councils were prevented from forming a mutual insurance company that could have saved money and reduced risks for councils in delivering services.

This guide focuses on how councils, on their own or working with other public bodies, can be enterprising by increasingly trading and charging. It also highlights some of the innovative approaches that councils are using already, which others could look to replicate, should this be appropriate locally.

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Published by:
Local Government Association
Reference code:
L12-247