Ask The Expert
Mette Le Jakobsen is the Partnerships Director at Optalis Local Authority Trading Company
How can established spin outs help Local Authorities avoid â€˜reinventing the wheelâ€™ when setting up an alternative delivery model in adult social care?
It is by now well understood that all local authorities are facing pressures to their budgets like never before. In the world of social care, the Care Act and the Better Care Fund are marching towards us fast, creating an unprecedented set of challenges for Councils and a need for decisive solutions.
There has been no shortage of innovation in the field to date: a range of Mutuals, Social Enterprises and more than a dozen Local Authority Trading Companies have sprung up around the country â€“ a quiet revolution is happening in social care.
Deciding to spin out your in-house social care service is a big step, and frankly, not for the fainthearted. Spinning out takes a great deal of focus, energy and investment and comes with a degree of risk with respect to quality, financial performance, staff morale etc.
A model which is increasingly taking hold is that of partnering with an already proven entity. Why go it alone if instead you can partner with an organisation which has already spun out successfully, and has shown that it can achieve success financially and in delivering quality adult social care services?
Partnerships can offer a local authority access to a trusted partner and guide, thereby significantly reducing the risks, the investment required, and offering the prospect of achieving success in a shorter timeframe.
A Partnership can still present a locally-focussed solution. The features of the Teckal Exemption, for example, allow an already established LATC to partner with a local authority to create an entirely new entity designed to respond to the needs and ambitions of the specific Council and its communities. In this way, a LATC partner â€“ like my organisation Optalis â€“ can offer a Council the benefits of experience, expertise and established resources to more smoothly deliver the innovative change and lasting solutions needed.
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Mette Le Jakobsen
Partnerships Director at Optalis
Local Authority Trading Company