This Government, like its predecessor, wants to see more public services ‘spinning out’ of public control and becoming independent social businesses. In particular, Government has been encouraging the creation of employee-led mutuals. Capital Ambition has supported a project - ‘Enterprise Solutions’ - to look at what this means in practice. For local authorities, what might be the advantages and disadvantages of mutualisation? Is it a route to better services that are more agile and accountable to their communities; or is it prohibitively complex and a route to fragmented services?
RSA 2020 Public Services and colleagues at the Transition Institute have worked with Lambeth, Lewisham, Kensington and Richmond councils to explore what value mutualisation might or might not bring, or whether other enterprise solutions could better meet local needs and circumstances. The learning from their journeys is captured in this series of reports and resources, and we reflect on where mutuals go from here.
Barriers and Solutions (report)
Spinning Out Toolkit Design Workshop:
This video documents the work reffered to in 'A Practitioners’ Guide to Spinning Out'
Public service mutuals:
The story of a spin-out: This animations gives a fictionalised account of what teams can expect if they decide to form an employee led mutual, based on the real experiences of projects within the Enterprise Solutions project.
Library services, faced with rapid technological change and severely tightening public budgets, have been in the forefront of innovation. The experiences of library services trying new models of ownership and control to meet these challenges – including mutualisation - are explored and contrasted in the following filmed roundtable event.