15th September 2017 / Posted By CCIN

The Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network held its annual meeting in Oldham and looked at alternative solutions to local problems. Is there a role for local residents to play in designing services they will be using? Across the UK, local councils are adopting co-operative approaches to deliver services in their areas. Read More

Made Open to evaluate Croydon Council’s social value practices

26th June 2017 / Posted By CCIN

Croydon Council have selected Made Open, alongside their strategic partners Perform Green, to evaluate their social value practices. Made Open, a social innovation practice with their own interests in creating community change, will explore what social impacts have been achieved by Croydon Council (and the effort that has gone into various initiatives) since the launch ... Read More

Cllr Warren Morgan: Delivering the results (Fabian Society)

26th April 2017 / Posted By CCIN

Labour’s manifesto should be bold on local government. Councils are on the front line of delivery on social care, housing, the environment, economic growth, community cohesion and doorstep issues that matter most to voters. What local government does impacts on all of us, every day. Read More

Councils urged to be bold and use devolution to empower citizens

15th March 2017 / Posted By CCIN

From Co-operative Councils to Co-operative Places is the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network’s (CCIN) latest report which sets out a strong statement of intent about the future direction of the co-operative council approach.  It is increasingly time for councils to be catalysts of place, working in equal partnership with local people to shape and strengthen communities ... Read More

How a cash crisis gave birth to a new co-operative model for local government (Co-operative News)

10th March 2017 / Posted By CCIN

The Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network (CCIN) brings together 22 local authorities to devise responses to central government austerity – and the list is growing all the time, with Birmingham the latest council to express an interest. Whatever the demographic differences between member authorities, they share a common aim – to provide a national voice for ... Read More

Edinburgh launches community-owned solar project (the Herald)

28th May 2015 / Posted By CCIN

Council buildings across Edinburgh are to be fitted with community-owned solar panels. Edinburgh Council will work in partnership with the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative (ECSC) to deliver the panels to 25 council buildings across the city. The initiative is believed to be the largest community-owned urban renewable energy project in the UK. Read More

BBC Radio 4 – Feeding Britain

17th December 2014 / Posted By CCIN

Following a pilot in Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire, a new ‘community shop’ providing surplus food to disadvantaged people has opened in Lambeth, as part of Lambeth Council’s Food Flagship Programme. Read More

Paul Wheeler: Runners and riders (The MJ)

17th September 2014 / Posted By CCIN

As Scotland votes on whether to leave or stay in the UK, regardless of the outcome the issue of devolution of powers and responsibilities from Whitehall is now firmly established as a political priority for all parties. Read More

Labour must trust local leaders (the Guardian)

11th July 2014 / Posted By CCIN

In this letter to the Guardian, leaders of Cooperative Councils call for a strong agenda for devolution, urging Labour to respond to the local government innovation taskforce findings by trusting local leaders, sharing power and working with councils to deliver the future communities want. Read More

Jon Cruddas’s speech on power and belonging

30th April 2014 / Posted By CCIN

Jon Cruddas MP, who is heading Labour’s Policy Review, argues that in our globalised world renewing the country begins in local places. The speech, delivered at the ACEVO Gathering of Social Leaders, mentions innovative practice in Oldham Council. Read More