By David Bicknell
Just spotted a tweet from Allison Roche from Unison on Twitter about the Communities and Local Government Committee’s inquiry into ‘the co-operative council’, including the services role played by mutuals.
You can read more about the inquiry here
The Committee is seeking answers to the following questions:
- What is the difference between a co-operative council where services are supplied via not-for-profit businesses and other local authorities?
- What arrangements need to be put in place to deliver services by not-for-profit businesses such as employee-owned mutuals? More specifically, what are the barriers to establishing not-for-profit businesses to supply services; what role does the local authority have in promoting and incubating a not-for-profit business; and where does accountability lie?
- What are the advantages of and drawbacks to providing services via not-for-profit businesses?
- Where services are delivered by a not-for-profit businesses what difference will the local resident and local taxpayer see?
The closing date for submissions is 11th May.