As they launch guidance on public sector spin-outs, Co-operatives UK and the TUC, led by Frances O'Grady, say that staff should be balloted about mutualisation
The latest attack on the government by Labour’s rejuvenated shadow civil society team concerns its programme on mutuals – the £10m drive launched by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude to prompt a million public sector workers to spin out as mutuals or cooperatives by 2015. Here we group the key Third Sector analyses and news stories on the subject, with a selection of commentaries below.
Models used by the modern mutuals
Twenty-one organisations are in the government's pathfinder programme for mutuals. David Ainsworth looks at their progress and interviews the chair of the Mutuals Taskforce
Jane Gray, director of nursing and development at the mutual, talks about her experience turning the organisation into a social enterprise
The community interest company, which became a mutual in 2010, was named as one of the government's pathfinders
The man tasked with making the mutuals work believes labour-intensive services will be most suited to control by staff
- Gareth Thomas says government's employee-led mutuals project is failing
- Francis Maude unveils details of £10m mutuals programme
- Shadow minister hits out at plans to create mutuals
- Social enterprises are losing NHS contracts to the private sector, says Labour peer
- Tessa Jowell calls for 'community-led commissioning'
- MPs and Lords warn ministers over mutuals programme
- Your Square Mile launches mutual offering volunteers public liability insurance
Comment & Interviews
Craig Dearden-Phillips: Cry freedom - no third sector convert wants to return to the public domain Old-style public services will sooner or later run out of road and the third sector has to be part of the solution to the problem, says our columnist
Interview: Gareth Thomas The new shadow civil society minister tells John Plummer why he thinks the sector needs more protection from cuts
Interview: Nick Hurd Programmes and initiatives for the voluntary sector have multiplied since last year's Tory gathering focused on the big society. Kaye Wiggins asks the Minister for Civil Society about his priorities and John Plummer looks at the policy details
Editorial: Mutualisation is delicately poised There is tension in the government about whether to push ahead rapidly with public service reform, including mutualisation, says Stephen Cook
Interview: Lord Glasman The adviser to Ed Miliband says the last government funded the sector well but charities became distant from communities
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