An additional £1.7m will be available to public sector bodies wanting to create public service mutuals, the minister for sport and civil society has announced.
Of the allocated funding, £1.2m will be used to help establish new mutuals or strengthen existing ones by providing access to advice.
The remaining £500,000 will be used to pilot programmes which encourage mutuals to collaborate with social enterprises, or voluntary and community organisations, to broaden the public services they offer.
Public service mutuals are organisations which have left the public sector but continue to deliver public services, with a significant degree of staff influence in the way they are run.
Sports and civil society minister Tracey Crouch said: “Mutuals are run under the influence of employees to support the delivery of public services and we want to help them thrive.
“This £1.7m funding will deliver training, support programmes and mentoring to expand the high quality services mutuals provide to communities across the country.”
The fund builds on an original £572,000 awarded in 2017, with this round available until March 2020. Mutuals will be able to apply for a share if they are in their first five years of operation, or delivering their original contract without it having be retendered. All funding must be matched by the organisation in cash.
Mutuals will have access to advice on areas such as legal, financial, and marketing strategies, human resources, and business planning. There will be a one-to-one mentoring scheme for new mutuals, as well as a peer support network to help share insights and expertise.