Co-Op launches mutuals advice service for local councils

By David Bicknell

The C0-Operative Group has launched a new ‘one-stop-shop’ offering to help local councils set up new mutuals to provide local services.

‘Public Service Mutuals’ is aimed at directors of services in local government and public sector bodies. It will offer practical assistance and examine the potential for mutualised services in six stages.

You can find out more from this article in Public Finance

Meanwhile a new guide, Co-operative Business District, has been published by Co-operatives UK, the national trade body for co-operative enterprises, and Mutual Ventures, a social enterprise which provides support to front-line staff groups, to reflect the journey that staff will embark on – from learning about the benefits and risks of ‘spinning out’ to taking practical steps to set up an independent enterprise.

The Guide is available here

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