Barnsley Council set to trade in bid to make money

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Barnsley Council departments will be able to generate income by exercising trading powers – after the ruling cabinet approved the idea.

The Local Government Act 2003 allows a local authority to trade services for profit through a limited company wholly owned by the council.

The governance structure of the council’s trading company would see Cabinet in the equivalent role of a shareholder, with members of the senior management team acting as directors.

All profits made will go back into the council.

The first service to trade through the company will be human resources.

It will use the trading company to offer its services to schools, academies, other public sector bodies and the private sector.