This is a guide written from the practitioners’ point of view. It gives an honest, realistic and open account of what a commissioner or senior manager is likely to experience in the journey from in-house public service to spin-out mutual.
For public services considering mutualisation, finding the right advice can be a problem. Councils that have participated in this project have used the growing literature of guides and toolkits, but criticised a lack of easily accessible information for staff members, or guidance that honestly captures the frustrations, complications and excitement of the transition.
A Practitioners’ Guide to Spinning Out addresses this gap, and is based on a co-design workshop with frontline professionals.
Public service mutuals: the story of a spin-out: This animation 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:
Our Toolkit Design Workshop: This video Spinning documents the work referred to in the report:
Central government and local authorities are recognising that new and more strategic approaches to commissioning are vital for ensuring the long-term sustainability of public services.
Barriers and Solutions looks at the range of challenges facing services considering spinning out. It considers how solutions other than straight mutualisation.