A local authority in the north-west has appointed lawyers to advise it creating a social enterprise.
Warrington BC is working with the Newcastle office of Bond Dickinson as it considers launching a mutual to deliver adult care services.
Lawyers will advise Warrington on business transfer, regulations, real estate and corporate law among other areas.
Warrington operational director of adult social care Steve Reddy said: “We are currently progressing plans for the creation of a social enterprise for our social care services here in Warrington.
“In the summer of 2013, we undertook an options appraisal to look at different operating models for the adult social care in-house services.
“The preferred option identified was the creation of a social enterprise with benefits particularly around sustainability, finance, procurement and stakeholder engagement.”
Following a period of consultation, a further report on the creation of a social enterprise is to be presented to the council’s executive board later this year.