As part of our programme of ongoing change and modernisation, AVDC will be seeking approval from council on 2 December, to develop a new trading capability which will enable a more commercial approach to providing a wider range of services to Aylesbury Vale residents.
We have been taking an increasingly commercial approach for the last few years, which has seen a departure from the more traditional council model. This has included changes such as renting office space, running our own conference facility and setting up our own consultancy business, all of which are generating new income streams to protect key services.
This approach has enabled savings of £11 million over the last five years but with continuing cuts from central government, the council still has to save £9 million by 2020.
As part of this programme, we have embraced technological change, including the use of cloud technology and our recently launched new website. The improved website, which has received very positive feedback so far, means a number of services can be accessed 24/7 and across a range of mobile devices.
Councillor Janet Blake, Cabinet Member for Business Transformation said, “Understanding how we can improve the quality of life of residents and businesses is at the heart of our thinking. We already provide a wide range of services but there may be more that we can do. We are at the early stages of this work and will start to see the benefits within the next six to twelve months”.
The report brought to the cabinet meeting on 10 November can be found here.