Category Archives: Co-operative News

News received about East of England and Midcounties co-operatives

In a recent post we quoted MEP Molly Scott Cato: “The Co-operative shops have not been as successful in(sourcing locally) as I would like because of their centralised distribution system, but my own Midcounties Co-op has been building up its … Continue reading

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Co-operative Bank update

As Paul Gosling writes in the May 17 issue of Co-operative News (hard copy only), the Co-operative Bank’s customer numbers and deposits have held up ’amazingly well’ and interest is reported in several parts of the business. One account holder speaks for … Continue reading

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Cooperative Councils Innovation Network: a response to austerity

. With a very different approach to WMCA, the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network is a collaboration between local authorities who are committed to finding better ways of working for, and with, local people for the benefit of their local community. … Continue reading

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Political recognition and support needed for ecological land co-operatives

  The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) is working to make land accessible for new entrants to small-scale ecological farming in England. It has identified two key barriers for those who wish to live with the land – high land prices and … Continue reading

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Investment boutique Rothschild advises Co-op Group, Members Council ‘toothless’

In August some disturbing news was published in the Letters columns of the Co-operative News. The first letter, from Robert Jones of Chelmsford, deplored a lack of co-operation leading to competition between co-operatives; the second came from John Macbeth, Stoke-on-Trent … Continue reading

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Manifesto places not-for-profits and co-ops at the heart of Corbyn’s plans for a “publicly run, locally accountable energy system”

, The latest issue of the Co-operative News follows up earlier reports that Jeremy Corbyn has launched an environmental manifesto that outlines his plans for the UK to achieve 65% of energy from renewable sources by 2030 – without fracking. He has … Continue reading

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Failing housing market – a co-operative solution?

Update In June the Co-operative News informed readers that the UK Co-operative Economy 2016 report records – in eye-catching graphics – that around 17.5 million people are now owners of the country’s 7,000 independent co-op organisations – up from 17.4 million … Continue reading

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