District council’s legal services to be provided by Harrow authority

AVDC offices, The Gateway, Aylesbury
AVDC offices, The Gateway, Aylesbury

‘Costly’ legal services for Aylesbury Vale District Council is to be provided by Harrow Council, if approved by councillors.

As outlined in a report, the cost of legal services has been slashed from £742,000 to £600,000 since 2013.

But the recommendation to delegate services to a third party will help ‘address budget pressures’.

With a 2015/2016 budget for legal services of £616,800, the proposal will provide ‘as efficient as possible legal service function’.

Harrow Council’s shared legal service, HB Public Law, will provide all legal services from September 1 if the council gives it the green light.

HB Public Law is already providing interim provision for AVDC so the transition to full provision should be ‘straightforward’.

A decision on legal services will be made at the district council’s cabinet meeting on July 14.