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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.