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The Department for Transport is in the early stages of developing a framework for assessing applications for employee co-operatives. Applications to form employee co-operatives will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Officials across the Department are working closely with the Cabinet Office, which is developing central guidance for Departments in this area.
No formal assessment of barriers to entry for co-operatives within the (a) rail, (b) bus and (c) ports industry has been made, though we recognise that many of the undertakings in the transport sector are private companies, and in such cases public sector co-operatives might not be relevant.