‘The Moment for Mutualism’ published

New Mutualism report cover
HM Government today announced the publication of a new report entitled ‘the Moment for Mutualism’.

The report recognises that over the past two years confidence in some of the longstanding financial institutions has been significantly undermined and there is widespread feeling that organisations and leaders have lost touch with the people they serve.  People want more control and not just over financial services or the political system.  Whether in healthcare, schools, policing or a range of other public services, people want to have a greater say in how services are run.

Extending and enhancing the role of ‘mutuals’ in the delivery of public services is one important way to enhance and increase citizen engagement.  Mutuals are organisations controlled by and run for the benefit of their members and are characterised by democratic governance arrangements.

This report considers the value of enhancing and extending the role of mutuals in the organisation and delivery of public services, in particular the potential for mutuals to encourage and facilitate more citizen participation and engagement, building stronger relationships between citizens and public service professionals.

The paper highlights three specific examples of how the development of mutualism could be encouraged and facilitated across the following key public services:

  • Health and social care;
  • Children’s Centres;
  • Social Housing.

For further information and to download the report, please use this link (PDF 156 KB) to visit the HM Government website.

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One Comment

  1. Posted 25 June, 2010 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    This seems an excellent approach but it’s vital that third sector partners maintain a consistency with the wider public sector so stakeholder communications and engagement must be a priority.

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