Shared ownership in practice
There is a major drive at national and local levels to increase the use of cooperatives, mutuals and other models for employees, users and communities to take over ownership of public services. This has resulted in the Cabinet Office’s ‘mutual pathfinders’, and plans for new ‘rights to provide’ to allow public sector employees to take over ownership of services. This report presents findings from in-depth case study research with public services that have already made the transition to employee and/or community ownership. These include employee-owned leisure services in Oldham, community-owned children’s services in Lambeth, and health care services in Hull.