The Government is committed to supporting the creation and growth of public service mutuals (PSM) and considerable success has been achieved with 71 relatively new mutuals now live and trading. In a climate where more and more public services are being provided by a diverse range of providers, mutuals offer an interesting and important option. A PSM is defined as an organisation that has spun out of the public sector, but continues to deliver public services, usually under contract to the organisation from which it spun out. The professionals who have left the public sector therefore continue to use their skills and expertise to deliver public services. Importantly, PSMs have a significant degree of employee control built in.

Strong entrepreneurial drive, the ability to run and grow an organisation so that it is sustainable and delivers high quality, responsive services, is required. That’s why the Cabinet Office leads the Mutuals Programme to support and encourage fledgling mutuals. Tom Shirley is part of this team. At this seminar, he’ll be discussing the substantial benefits to be gained, as well as how the Cabinet Office sees the vision for the future. With more and more local authorities considering the business case for PSMs and a wide range of other services moving ahead, such as in probation services, it’s a fast moving field. Join us for this lunchtime seminar, and learn how the future of public service mutuals might affect your work.

To attend this event, RSVP to events@youngfoundation.org. Please feel free to bring your lunch; light refreshment will be provided.