Co-operatives UK was commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to explore options for the mutualisation of Post Office Ltd as suggested in the report ‘Securing the Post Office Network in the Digital Age’ and enabled by the Postal Services Bill.
It is clear that in considering any mutualisation we are talking about Post Office Ltd and not the many individual branches which make up the network. The project has run over several months and has involved a number of distinct stages including:
- Understanding the Post Office Ltd business model
- Identifying the key groups of individuals and organisations involved in the business and conducting independent research with those interested parties
- Researching aspects of existing mutual organisations which may be applicable
- Exploring mutual models with the interested parties
The findings from each stage of the project have been used to inform our proposals and are summarised in this report.