Innovative council leading the way

The Conservatives are once again leading the way in ensuring that council services are delivered as good value for the taxpayer.
A recent editorial in the Shropshire Star commented:
“Faced with financial black holes, the knee jerk response from councils is to slash and burn, and put up what prices they can get away with.
Shropshire Council is looking at whether it can do its business in a different way. And business is the key word.
The council has a vast talent and skills pool spanning a wide range. Staff are working to serve the council taxpayers. But their skills are also a business asset which is going untapped in the business sense.
The council says it is planning to run some services for profit by forging partnerships with private companies – going into business with them.
This is a logical extension of the way councils have been going. They are multi million pound enterprises, run by highly-paid managers who are expected to arrive at deals which represent best value for money.
It would not, it says, be privatisation, as the council would always keep a controlling 51 per cent stake in any new firm.
Such entrepreneurial thinking is to be welcomed. This is a go-forward, modern approach to the challenges which councils are facing.”

The Conservatives are once again leading the way in ensuring that council services are delivered as good value for the taxpayer.A recent editorial in the Shropshire Star commented:“Faced with financial black holes, the knee jerk response from councils is to slash and burn, and put up what prices they can get away with.Shropshire Council is looking at whether it can do its business in a different way. And business is the key word.The council has a vast talent and skills pool spanning a wide range. Staff are working to serve the council taxpayers. But their skills are also a business asset which is going untapped in the business sense.The council says it is planning to run some services for profit by forging partnerships with private companies – going into business with them.This is a logical extension of the way councils have been going. They are multi million pound enterprises, run by highly-paid managers who are expected to arrive at deals which represent best value for money.It would not, it says, be privatisation, as the council would always keep a controlling 51 per cent stake in any new firm.Such entrepreneurial thinking is to be welcomed. This is a go-forward, modern approach to the challenges which councils are facing.”