“Would you be willing to sign and share the petition we are launching to narrow the gap between rich and poor through action to share wealth and ownership in a co-operative way? You can do so online at www.uk.coop/yourstoshare/petition ”
I want to narrow the gap between rich and poor, through action to share ownership and wealth in a co-operative way.
The gap between rich and poor is widening. One half of the UK population now owns just one percent of the wealth. A generation ago, they had twelve per cent.
Unlike bankers’ bonuses, giving employees, consumers and residents a wider share of ownership and wealth is good for society and the economy.
Co-operatives and mutuals are businesses that are owned by members and share their profits.
We are calling on government to support action to share ownership and wealth in a co-operative way by:
- encouraging business to share profits with staff, customers and communities more widely;
- promoting community ownership as one way to save lifeline services, such as village shops and pubs, and enable people to take action on housing, arts, sport, land, finance and green energy;
- cutting red tape so that it is as easy to start a co-operative as any other form of business.
Over to you!