Non-profit trusts to play greater role in providing services

Non-profit schools, co-operative housing and mutual hospitals will increase across the UK, according to Mutuo, a think-tank for the mutual sector.

A six-month consultation involving seven other think-tanks and the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU) predicts that these are the likeliest areas to be released from direct local authority and government control.

The consultation, based around the web site www.themutualstate.org, has already had an effect, claims the coalition. It cites the Government's plans to transfer control of well-run hospitals to non-profit social enterprises or foundation trusts. The report also predicts the creation of more non-profit schools and mutual hospitals.

Mutual childcare associations are being set up around the country and the Government's programme of selling off housing stock is likely to be influenced by both the report and the Welsh Assembly's recent adoption of a mutual housing model, said Oliver Fry, communications officer at Mutuo.

A Bill allowing mutuals to run public services will become law this summer.

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