Monthly Archives: March 2015

Cllr Lib Peck: Lambeth’s pledge for local apprenticeships

29th March, 2015 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Lib Peck Leader of Lambeth Council and Chair of Commission on Community Resilience, Jobs and Growth I recently chaired the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network’s policy commission on community resilience, jobs and growth. In our commission report, Unlocking Our Wealth: a cooperative deal for community resilience, jobs and growth, we show how locally-led and cooperative approaches to ...

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Cllr Andy Hull – Working Better Together: Islington’s local plan for cooperation

29th March, 2015 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Andy Hull Executive Member for Finance at Islington Council Despite its many millionaires, Islington is actually the 14th most deprived local authority area in England. This is mainly because of the borough’s high level of unemployment, making it the place in the country with the highest proportion of kids growing up in workless households. ...

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Cllr Jim McMahon – Oldham’s deal for community resilience, jobs and growth

26th March, 2015 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Jim McMahon Leader of Oldham Council and Leader of the LGA Labour Group A few weeks ago the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network launched their first report “Unlocking our wealth: A Cooperative Deal for Community Resilience, Jobs and Growth.” Setting out three principles of a new deal with citizens, government and business, the report outlines ...

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Cllr Tony Newman: Inspiring Social Partnership in Croydon

4th March, 2015 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Tony Newman Leader of Croydon Council Social Value and Corporate Social Responsibility have become increasingly more important. It is now seen as an important feature of successful business. However we wanted to take this a step further in Croydon and build a strategic alliance with businesses, the community and other public sector organisations to ...

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Cllr Andrew Burns: Local authorities need more control of our own destiny

2nd March, 2015 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Andrew Burns Leader of City of Edinburgh Council and Chair of the CCIN Councils across the country are embracing the opportunities presented by cooperative models of service delivery. But these approaches also need local government to be given meaningful powers over economic policy and funding.  The assertion that local government had been unnecessarily stripped ...

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Cllr Lib Peck: We’re challenging Westminster – local problems require local solutions

2nd March, 2015 / Nicola, CCIN

By Cllr Lib Peck Leader of Lambeth Council and Chair of Commission on Community Resilience, Jobs and Growth The Cooperative Councils Innovation Network is a collaboration between local authorities who are committed to finding better ways of working for, and with, local people for the benefit of their local community. In September 2014 we launched a commission to ...

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Abigail Melville: Devolution will bring opportunities and challenges

2nd March, 2015 / Nicola, CCIN

By Abigail Melville Secretary to the Commission on Community Resilience, Jobs and Growth As momentum for devolution gathers pace, local government must consider what it would do with new powers. Are councils ready? Co-operative councils argue that power should not simply be devolved to local areas but should be shared with citizens. Co-operation represents a challenge ...

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Jonathan Schifferes: The economics of co-operation

2nd March, 2015 / Nicola, CCIN

By Jonathan Schifferes Senior researcher at the RSA Existing centralised systems are least effective when tackling issues faced by people furthest from the labour market.  We’re in a peculiar period of economic history. This year headline economic growth has gathered momentum, but those at the ‘bottom’ end of the labour market will hardly feel the benefit, ...

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