Julian Le Grande has released (yesterday) the Mutuals Taskforce report “Public Service Mutuals: The Next Steps”.
Amongst a comprehensive rang of recommendations it is suggested that Government, led by the Cabinet Office, should continue to negotiate for greater clarity of and improvements to EU public procurement rules that support newly formed public service mutuals and for clarity on existing rules. In particular the Cabinet Office should:
– Press for a temporary exclusion for mutuals.
– Ensure ‘in-house’ provisions continue to provide a route for the development of mutuals, where
– Ensure use of the innovative partnership approach
– Ensure that any changes (to part B Services) continue to allow for flexible approaches to the procurement of these services.
The full text of the report appears below: