Our Co-operative roots are the gateway to future prosperity

29th March, 2017 / CCIN

Councillor Richard Farnell, Leader of Rochdale Borough Council and a Vice Chair of the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network explains how Rochdale’s co-operative roots are the gateway to future prosperity. Turning around 50 years of long term economic decline is never easy. Ever since Rochdale lost its textile manufacturing base to cheap foreign imports in the ...

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When it comes to CCIN – what’s in a name?

28th March, 2017 / CCIN

Nick Matthews, Chair of Co-operatives UK asks when it comes to CCIN what is in a name? Our Network has three important terms in its title. The ‘Co-operative’ and ‘Councils’ may be self explanatory. The actors in our Network are Councils and we are suggesting they could improve the lives of the people in their ...

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Edinburgh a Cooperative Council

1st March, 2017 / CCIN

Councillor Joan Griffiths MBE, Vice Convenor Health Social Care and Housing of Edinburgh Council, shares the speech she gave at the Joint CCIN / Co-operative Party Fringe event held on Saturday 25th February at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Perth. A Council that does things ‘with people’ rather than ‘to people’. Thank you for the opportunity to speak ...

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Croydon’s Community Housing Commission

1st December, 2016 / CCIN

We are in the midst of a housing crisis. The housing market and existing policies have failed to meet the housing needs of local communities.  We need new approaches that involve community resources and commitment as part of the solution. Many of us involved in tackling this critical issue have spent many a long hour ...

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Putting our co-operative values in Newcastle into practise

23rd September, 2016 / CCIN

Ask someone to outline their co-operative vision to meet the challenges that communities, individuals and organisations face up and down the length of the United Kingdom, to define co-operative values and principles which they hold to be the most important – and you’ll get a different answer from each person. Within the co-operative movement, ‘co-operativism’ ...

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Co-operative Leadership in a changing world

7th September, 2016 / CCIN

Society is at a crossroads. Political structures are being challenged. Economic systems are failing. People are feeling increasingly isolated and marginalised. The largest multinationals seem to be calling the shots and individuals seems less able than ever to influence what is going on around them. Whilst the world becomes increasingly a global village its citizens ...

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Edinburgh’s Cooperative Capital Framework: Year Three Progress Report

14th December, 2015 / CCIN

Edinburgh’s Cooperative Capital initiative has recently provided an update on the significant progress achieved to date, including: creation of 16 coops in the area including two social care cooperatives; launch of a community solar energy share-offer; citizens/service user influence is being evidenced in the design of community service; and cultural change within the Council and ...

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Power to the people…! A Co-operative funding model with a difference.

2nd October, 2015 / CCIN

Power to the people…! It is now a widely accepted truth that local authorities need to do things differently. The severity of the reductions to budgets means that they need to think more innovatively, work in closer partnership with other sectors, and reshaping the relationships with residents to encourage them to be more active in ...

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