Tag Archives: contracts

The capital, contractual, governance and leadership questions facing creative councils over mutuals

By David Bicknell

There are some good points raised in this article in about the challenges facing creative councils who may be considering the adoption of new mutual models.

It raises some useful questions around capital, governance, contracts, relationships, management, growth, leadership and how the private sector can help.

Worth a read.

Public service mutuals and their single contracts

By David Bicknell

The Social Enterprise Summit last week carried more words from the wise about the dangers of mutual spin-outs relying on one contract.

“Mutuals need to steer clear of relying on one contract for all their business and income” – that was the warning, apparently, from delegates and speakers at the Guardian’s Social Enterprise Summit.


Maybe I’m missing something, but how many organisations in business are happy relying on one contract for all their business and income? No business – company, sole trader, never mind mutual – is going to rely on one contract. Those mutual spin-outs that have one are out there pushing for more. They know that putting all your eggs in one basket is asking for trouble. The notion that they would rely on one contract is inaccurate. They may have the one for now, because they’ve spun out, but believe me, they’re not complacently relying on it; they’re out there hunting for others. And yes, to accommodate that hunger, contracts and procurement will have to change.

A webinar on legal, procurement and contractual issues around public sector staff mutuals

By David Bicknell

This Thursday, 20th October, Local Government Law.tv is hosting a webinar on procurement and contracts issues arising out of the government’s encouragement of  the formation of staff mutuals by public sector employees to take over the running of services from their employers.

The course will cover the following:

•    Outline Government policy towards transfer to mutuals
•    Explain the provisions of the Community Right to Challenge under the Localism Bill
•    Outline issues which may arise under Public Contract Regulations
•    Consider  the ability of such a body to discharge a statutory function
•    Look at possible contractual issues  to be considered
•    Examine potential Governance issues which may arise