This guide provides an overview for councillors and officers in local government with an interest in or considering ‘spinning out’ their internal service teams into an external mutual organisation, and for councillors scrutinising existing mutuals.
The policy agenda behind community budgets is, of course, not new. For over twenty years central government and local government have preached joined up government: to break down departmentalism and to bring together budgets around people and places rather than functions, organisations and structures. This guide brings together a series of LGiU briefings on community budgets.
After research showed that the well-being power was under-used and had generated little confidence, the government used the Localism Act to introduce a more general power. The guide is a summary of the Act as of September 2012.