Mutuals Partnership Support Programme

A pilot programme during 2018 that aimed to support a small number of public service mutuals to form partnerships with other organisations as a route to growth.

Applies to England

The way public services are being commissioned continues to change rapidly across England. One of the characteristics facing many Mutuals is that contracts are becoming wider in scope geographically, and require a more integrated, multi-discipline approach to service delivery.

This pilot programme aimed to better understand and test the appetite, opportunities and barriers to Mutuals that want to collaborate with other organisations as one route to supporting their capacity and capability to bid for these expanding contracts, as well as supporting their long term overall sustainability.

It started with research into the need for support forming partnerships, and supported three projects across housing, health and social care. You can read the evaluation and case studies of the pilot programme below to find out more about the experiences of the three recipients.

If you’d like to find out more about public service mutuals, please take a look through the research, case studies and resources available, or get in touch with the Mutuals Team at

Updates to this page

Published 12 January 2018
Last updated 4 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Publication of the Mutuals Partnership Support Programme Evaluation and Case Studies.

  2. First published.

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