The Guardian reports that the government is today announcing a ‘mutual manifesto’ as it unveils plans to allow people to own and run a range of local services including council estates and SureStart centres. The dossier includes measures to allow users to take over the running of their local services. It has been known for some time that the government would put mutualism at the centre of its manifesto, but not that the government would extend their aspiration to mutualise health and social care to council housing and SureStart.
Publishing the document, the Cabinet Office minister,Tessa Jowell, said: “This is the moment for mutualism. In the wake of the global financial crisis and the parliamentary expenses scandal, it is clear that people are no longer prepared to trust large organisations over which they have no control. Our response means a new approach and a new relationship between the institutions of government and the people that they serve.”