EOA supports DCMS public consultation to help better define and understand public service mutuals

The EOA is supporting the DCMS to help the government better understand the needs of public sector mutuals.

The consultation, which is the next step in the development of the public service mutual model, aims to determine if the current definition of a Public Service Mutual is still fit for purpose.

The DCMS and the EOA are urging all public service mutual to take part in the public consultation ahead of it closing on the 18th of October. The consultation document can be accessed on gov.uk 

The association’s CEO Deb Oxley supported the development of the consultation facilitating two workshops, through her role on the DCMS Mutual Strategy Group.

The EOA has also set up a task and finish group to better understand and support public service mutuals in its membership. There are also a number of opportunities for mutuals to be involved and informed at the EOA Annual Conference on November 18 and 19

Deb Oxley OBE, said: “In our membership, we have a number of shining examples of social enterprises that have spun out from the public sector. These businesses are delivering huge impacts for the communities in which they operate with a demonstrable social return on investment by directly re-investing their surpluses back into the business to deliver greater benefits to regional communities.

“For us to continue to benefit from more of these type of businesses in our economy we have to understand what best defines them, which is why we are urging people from these type of businesses to take part in the consultation.”