Delivering differently 'vision' for the council
Local councils have to transform if they are to meet the modern needs of their residents in a radically different world of technological, social and economic change.
At the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead we took a set of decisions to move from a council directly delivering statutory and discretionary services to residents and business to a commissioning council. This means just under 65% of the council budget is in a group of companies and all of our statutory functions of adults and children's have been delegated to two companies Optalis and Achieving for Children (AfC) in which the Royal Borough is a shareholder.
This was the only way to make a leap forward in not just protecting but actually improving and investing in important services, and ensuring that we could offer council taxpayers an even better return on the investment of public money.
This decision was built on the firm foundations of strong and well-managed finances, a range of excellent services and a history of sharing services effectively with our neighbours and partners.
To find out more view our materials from the National Children and Adult Services conference which was recently held in Bournemouth: