Monthly Archives: October 2014

Cllr Lib Peck: Devolving power to our communities

27th October, 2014 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Lib Peck Leader of Lambeth Council The idea of devolution has been talked about a lot since the Scottish referendum a few weeks ago. The feeling that the current balance of power needs to change – in some way yet to be defined – has really captivated people. Personally I do think that change ...

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Cllr Barbara Brownridge: Becoming a co-operative council means embracing transformation

21st October, 2014 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Barbara Brownridge Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and co-operatives, Oldham Council Before coming to power in 2011, Oldham’s Labour Group set out a clear co-operative ambition for Oldham focused on building a sustainable economic and social future for the borough. We entered administration with a clear ambition to become a co-operative council, reconnecting the Council ...

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Cllr Paul Stewart – Radical solutions to the challenges facing public services

6th October, 2014 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Paul Stewart Sunderland City Council The extremely challenging circumstances currently facing local government provide an impetus for evermore radical and diverse approaches to the delivery of services and development of economic opportunities that are of practical benefit in our communities and for local people. The main driver of this approach here in Sunderland is ...

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Can co-operation reduce energy costs?

2nd October, 2014 / Nicola, CCIN

By Gerard Couper and Andrew Shadrake (CAG Consultants) We have just been through a wave of enthusiasm for energy switching schemes, but these have generally failed to provide help where it is most needed – for people in fuel poverty and older or vulnerable people generally.  There are effective alternatives, including helping set up community-owned energy co-operatives.  ...

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Cllr Lib Peck: Doing our bit to tackle the housing crisis

1st October, 2014 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Lib Peck Leader of Lambeth Council Various Coalition government policies have made it harder not easier for us to deliver the new and affordable homes we need in Lambeth – not least the 50% cuts to our funding – but we remain more committed than ever to doing so. Lambeth is already one of ...

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