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Can smart city thinking be cohesive to urban Councils?

30th October, 2018 / CCIN

As nearly every city authority in the country has either looked to, or is implementing their own smart city project could this kind of smart thinking translate to an urban area? Like many post-industrial areas in Great Britain it has its own share of social issues with unemployment and deprivation. In the last Multiple Deprivation ...

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Co-operative Councils: The Way Forward

9th October, 2018 / CCIN

It was a pleasure to visit Croydon for the CCIN annual meeting on 4th October, opened by Sharon Taylor the Leader of Stevenage Council and Chair of CCIN who reminded us of all the great work that has been done during the year and the significant growth in membership.   I am not sure what ...

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People power is the antidote to populism

7th October, 2018 / CCIN

People feel alienated and remote from politics.  The financial crash led to a decade of austerity.  Austerity has ripped the heart out of communities with the loss of shared spaces like libraries, pubs, youth and community centres.  Good jobs have been lost to automation.  Inequality has grown deeper even though the economy’s grown bigger because ...

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How councils can generate social value from facilities management

5th September, 2018 / CCIN

Often, a Council’s Facilities Management (FM) function can be seen as a means to an end; necessary to the continued functioning of the Council’s property portfolio but providing limited wider benefits. The focus has been on reducing Facilities Management costs with little consideration of social value. Given the nature of Facilities Management and it being ...

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How councils can Keep it Local

26th June, 2018 / CCIN

On 9 June, I spoke at the Co-op Party’s local government conference in London. We were asked to consider how councils can procure for social good, and learn the lessons from the collapse of Carillion. At Locality, we believe there are many lessons to be learned, but primarily that the tide is turning on large ...

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Building a co-operative city that leaves no one behind

29th May, 2018 / CCIN

To me, a co-operative council is a system that reflects the honest truth about politics locally, and indeed nationally; the council does not have all the answers. And if we want to help the maximum number of people, in a time of dwindling resources, the only way forward is together. The days in which Town ...

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Too Big to fail; Too Nice to Fail?

17th March, 2018 / CCIN

We are all aware of the phrase ‘too big to fail’ from back in 2008/09 when we saw the first signs of the economic crash. Lehman Brothers was considered OK to be let go but the insurance giant AIG was just too big a failure for the system to swallow and that set the tone ...

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Co-operative Education for All

15th February, 2018 / CCIN

Mention the word education and for many it will conjure up the image of the classroom.  Depending on your experience of this it may be a happy memory and something you wish to repeat or something you are glad is over and to be avoided at all costs in the future. There is of course ...

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Bringing Principle 7 to life as austerity continues

30th January, 2018 / CCIN

I am pleased to have the opportunity to be the guest blog writer for the February 2018 newsletter of the ‘Cooperative Councils’ Innovation Network’.  I am a local Councillor and community activist from the Halewood area of Knowsley. Now, more than ever, there is a necessity for elected members to become more involved in offering ...

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