Decommissioning happens in a wide range of circumstances, including:
- Ending a service completely i.e. no re-commissioning of a service occurs;
- Combining parts of existing services into a new, different one;
- As part of wider service redesign, where a service is no longer provided and is decommissioned or combined with other services;
- Budget cuts which lead to re-commissioning a new service.
Decommissioning not only applies to contracts and grants but also includes decommissioning of in-house services.