Mutuals: asking the right questions to pick mutual winners in local government

By David Bicknell

Francis Maude’s recent pronouncements on mutuals, the launch of the Mutual Pathfinders report and the availability of the mutuals information service offer the prospect of greater activity around public sector mutuals, though the MoD’s decision not to consider a mutual option for its Defence Equipment & Supplies arm doesn’t say much for joined-up government.

With local government in the throes of reorganisation, this article perhaps provides some insight that could help councils measure the suitability of a service to operate as a mutual, and how they can determine if that service could run as a successful, stand-alone business.

The work that the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham has done in setting up its mutual might serve as a good benchmark.

Hammersmith & Fulham mutual Pathfinder on track

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