North Lincolnshire Council agrees policy for making extra cash by selling its services
A new commercial policy will be introduced by North Lincolnshire Council to help it generate additional income through trading.
The move was agreed by councillors at a meeting of the authority's cabinet.
The policy identifies areas the council will target for trading opportunities, such as schools, public sector bodies and small businesses.
Outlining the document, Jason Whaler, the council's assistant director for business support, said: "Our vision is to be a dynamic, high-performing council, giving the best possible value for money.
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"Central to this is the development of new commercial capabilities.
"Given the backdrop of public sector spending cuts and increased need to identify new sources of funding and services, it is self-ending."
Councillor Neil Poole, cabinet member for policy and resources, said a commercial manager would be appointed as part of the plan.
He said: "We are in the process of interviewing to find the person for that job.
"We are also looking to create a post regarding contract management."
Councillor Rob Waltham, cabinet member for people, said the new policy would help the council continue to have links with academy schools.
He said: "We want to be innovative, we are looking at relationships we have with schools and we want to keep building relationships that other local authorities are losing.
"It is an important part of how we keep our relationships with schools as we move forward."
Schools which choose to become academies have greater control over their budget and are no longer limited to using council services.
Councillor Tony Gosling, the opposition Labour group's spokesman on children's services, said he could see a problem if converter academies did not sign up to the council's service level agreement.
But Mr Waltham said the policy would be crucial to persuading academies to continue buying services, such as school meals, from the council.
Mr Poole added the policy would allow the council to be more pro-active in trading outside the region.
He said: "We will look to tender for things like school meal contracts as and when it is in the best interests of North Lincolnshire."
At the meeting the result of the Ofsted inspection of the council's fostering team was also noted and the "outstanding" judgement welcomed.
Members of the press and public were excluded from the meeting while a report on the council's residual waste treatment service procurement project was discussed.