By David Bicknell
A recent piece in the Guardian local government network has come up with the intriguing idea that mutuals can help drive down demand for public services.
The article, by Ross Griffiths, a partner at law firm Cobbetts, suggests that if as a service user, you are dealing with a provider that is your mutual, you are more likely to think twice about the demands you are making on it, and the effect that might have on the service and other users. It argues that this is the ‘Holy Grail’ of the mutual project – allowing providers to deliver services more cheaply not by making cuts, but by reducing demand.
The piece asks whether in today’s local government, where efficiency must be a big part of any changes to services, this is something that mutual structures can deliver. Or are they, as the article asks, ‘little more than a frivolity that should be saved for less straitened times?’
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By David Bicknell
There are a number of public sector events coming up in May. Here is advance warning of a couple that the Campaign4Change has come across.
This one, by Westminster Briefing on 12th May, in Westminster, the latest in a series of briefings all about mutual ownership models in public services, discusses the issues for local authorities, employees and communities and has invited the head of the government’s mutuals taskforce, Julian Le Grand, to take part.
The Trustmarque TE2011 Customer Event, ‘Efficiency Through Technology’, on Friday 20th May at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, features two keynote speakers, championer for British Business and former CBI Director-General Lord Digby Jones and author and futurologist Richard Watson.
The event will provide the first opportunity to discuss with Trustmarque and see demonstrations of some new Cloud based services it is offering, and will also feature informative seminars, and provide practical advice for customers. One of the highlights will be a Q&A session with Lord Jones and a selection of Trustmarque customers, setting the scene for a discussion around some of the key issues arising from the IT industry at present.