Category Archives: Co-operatives UK

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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The  sale of the Co-operative Bank

News of the sale of the Co-operative Bank was a shock to its customers. In the Guardian Patrick Collinson, ‘money editor’, summarised the situation: the Co-op Bank is the only UK high street bank with a customer-led ethical policy, covering … Continue reading

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Social care system in crisis: the co-operative model offers a good way forward

“Our social care system is in urgent need of reform. Private companies profiteer, whilst older people, those who rely on social care and the staff that deliver it, pay the price. The market in social care services is broken – … 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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John McDonnell MP: build an entrepreneurial state at a local level – help to create fairer and more prosperous local economies

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking at the TAS Partnership, an employee owned transport company, described Preston council as a model of an innovative local Labour administration starting to think and act creatively to secure sustainable economic growth. Preston … Continue reading

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A report on new economic strategies for Wales offers useful leads for England

In 2015, the Wales Co-operative Centre and Co-operatives UK asked Pat Conaty to report on the social and co-operative economy innovation in Wales and to set this in a policy context, as uneven growth and imbalanced recovery from the downturn … Continue reading

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