Mutual and Co-operative Approaches to Delivering Local Services
HC 112, Fifth Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Communities and local Government Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Mutual and Co-operative Approaches to Delivering Local Services (HC 112)' finds that efforts by the Cabinet Office to promote the development of employee owned cooperatives, must be married more effectively to the work of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) - to deliver localism reforms before mutual models of local service delivery can flourish.
The Committee concludes that a number of significant barriers must be removed:
Advice - the Government and local government itself should provide 'off-the-shelf' models and guidance to reduce confusion and risks that deter local authorities currently from considering using mutual or co-operative models for service delivery.
Leadership - co-ordination between the Government's Mutuals Support Programme, the DCLG and the Local Government Association must be improved to gather and disseminate evidence on the operation of mutuals and co-operatives in delivering local services.
Financing - the Government must do more to inform and educate financial institutions about lending to mutuals and co-operatives, and it must examine tax support for mutuals and co-operatives.
Accountability - all new organisations must remain accountable to the local Council (usually through a contract) and be transparent in their operations; authorities must prevent services from fragmenting and protect the operation and ownership of local public assets through commissioning and oversight processes.
Procurement - rules must be drafted to confer maximum flexibility in tendering for services so that mutuals and co-operatives can compete fairly with large companies and in-house providers.
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