Public Sector: Mutual Societies

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Maude of Horsham Lord Maude of Horsham Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what public service mutuals have been created since May 2010; and what is the current status of each one.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Public service mutuals are under no obligation to notify the Government’s Mutuals Team, based in DCMS, when they are created or if they cease operating. There is therefore no formal register of the number of public service mutuals. However our records show that 119 public service mutuals have been created since May 2010. Of these, 110 continue to be active. Nine no longer operate, with their services either no longer delivered, or now delivered within the public sector or by another private sector organisation.

The government has committed £4 million between 2017-2020 to support the growth and development of the mutuals sector.

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