The future definition of public service mutuals – consultation now open until 18 October 2019

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation on proposals to revise the definition of public service mutuals.  Anyone with an interest in public service delivery – whether within charity, social enterprise or local government; or as staff, users or commissioners of public services – should consider responding to the consultation by 9.00am on 18 October 2019.

This is an opportunity to shape the future role of employee led organisations in public service delivery.

The current definition of a public service mutual is an organisation that:

1.     Has left the public sector (has ‘spun out’);

2.     Continues to deliver public services; and

3.     Has a significant degree of employee ownership, influence or control.

Public service mutuals play an integral role in the delivery of services including children’s and adult services, leisure, libraries, theatres and museums, amongst others and in the communities where they are needed.

The aim of the consultation is to determine whether the definition should be revised in order to create a more robust definition and brand identity for public service mutuals.

Bates Wells worked with the government and its Mutuals Advisory Group to develop the proposals, which we hope will strengthen the impact that public service mutuals can deliver.

You can find more details about the consultation and information on how to respond on the DCMS website here.

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of August 23, 2019.