Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cllr Jim McMahon: In praise of cooperation

14th July, 2014 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Jim McMahon Leader of Oldham Council, Chair of the CCIN and Leader of the LGA Labour Group If we are honest the last 12 months have not been great for advocates of cooperation. The debacles at the Co-operative Group and Bank have cast doubt on the value that cooperative principles bring to the lives ...

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Leaders of Cooperative Councils: Labour must trust local leaders

11th July, 2014 / Nicola, CCIN

This letter was originally published in the Guardian. A link can be found here. On Monday, Ed Miliband launched the report of Labour’s innovation taskforce, proposing a new deal between central and local government. A radical shift of power and resources to local communities is essential. Nationally and locally we have to share power rather than hoard ...

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Cllr Andrew Burns: Repairing the breakdown in trust with the electorate

7th July, 2014 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Andrew Burns Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council I think you’d need to be inhabiting a wholly different world from the one I live in not to be aware that trust between the electorate and those of us either elected, or employed, to serve that electorate, has broken down badly in recent years. ...

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