1. About us

The Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network (CCIN) is a collaboration between local authorities committed to transforming the way they work with communities and is a Special Interest Group of the Local Government Association. It has always been the purpose of the CCIN to share our developing good practice and to support one another in our co-operative aims and values. We welcome feedback on how we can improve and where something goes wrong your feedback will help us to put it right and improve our working practices.

1.1 We aim to:

  • Strive to ensure that our member councils uphold and strengthen co-operative values and principles.
  • Build an equal partnership with local people, based on the values and principles of the International Co-operative Alliance.
  • Define a new model for local government built on the founding traditions of the co-operative movement: collective action, co-operation, empowerment and enterprise, with councils working in equal partnership with local people to shape and strengthen communities.
  • Provide a national voice for co-operative councils, informed by real experience and practice, with the aim of drawing on, influencing and framing national policy and political debates about the future of public services, local democracy, and communities across the country.
  • Work together to learn, share and develop innovative new approaches to turning co-operative principles into local practice that makes a tangible difference across our communities. 

The Network is open to all UK councils regardless of political affiliation who can demonstrate innovation and a willingness to drive forward the co-operative council agenda. We also welcome affiliate members from professional bodies, policy groups and other associations.

2. Code of Conduct

2.1 Local government members and Associate members Councillors serving on the CCIN’s member structures, or otherwise undertaking CCIN business, are required to operate in accordance with the councillor code of conduct of their home local authority.

Under the Localism Act 2012, Councils must adopt a code of conduct for Members that is consistent with the seven Nolan principles of Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership, and put in place local arrangements for handling concerns that a Member of the Council has failed to comply with the code. All Members are subject to the code adopted by their local authority.

In the event that a CCIN member is under investigation for a serious offence either by the home standards committee, or the Standards Board in England or Commissioner for Local Administration in Wales and is temporarily suspended by his/her home authority, then that member will also be suspended from membership of the CCIN.

2.2 Affiliate Members Affiliate member organisations serving on CCIN boards or otherwise undertaking CCIN business, are required to operate in accordance with their organisation’s code of conduct.

3. Complaints Procedure

3.1 What can you complain to us about?

You can complain to us if we have not acted in accordance with:

If your complaint relates to a Councillor serving on the CCIN, or otherwise undertaking CCIN business, then this should be referred to their home local authority and their complaints procedure followed. If this is not satisfactorily resolved, then you can refer your case to the Local Government Ombudsman.

You cannot use this procedure to complain about individual council decisions or requests for access to information made under data protection or freedom of information legislation.

If your complaint relates to an individual from an affiliate member organisation serving on CCIN boards or otherwise undertaking CCIN business, then their organisational complaints procedure should be followed.

If you have a complaint about the working practices of the CCIN please see how to make a complaint in 3.2 below.

3.2 How do I make a complaint?

The CCIN seeks to resolve concerns through collaboration and conciliation. If you have a complaint about the working practices of the CCIN you should:

  • Submit your complaint by letter or email to the Chair of the Values and Principles Board (or in their absence the Vice Chair). The contact details are listed in section 4 at the end of this document.
  • In order to help us to investigate and resolve any area of dissatisfaction, you should notify us of your concern within three months of its occurrence.
  • Once you have raised an issue of concern, the Chair of the Values and Principles Board (or in their absence the Vice Chair) will acknowledge receipt within 10 working days.
  • If there is a case to answer the Chair of the Values and Principles Board will work collaboratively with all parties to resolve the matter and fully inform you of the actions being taken within 20 working days (for example through peer support to develop improved working practices).

3.3 What can you do if you think our decision is wrong or unfair? 

  • If you do not feel that your concerns have been satisfactorily addressed after this period of time, then you may refer your case to the Chair of the Executive and Oversight Committee who will make the final decision.
  • Once you have followed the stages set out above and the decision is final, there will be no further internal review of the same matter. Unless you raise new issues that we consider significant, we will not respond to you further.
Cllr Joyce McCarty - Chair of the Values and Principles Board

Cabinet Member for Inclusive Economy
Cabinet Office
Newcastle City Council
Civic Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8QH

Cllr John Fahy - Vice-Chair of the Values and Principles Board - Full

Chair of Corporate Finance and Performance Scrutiny Panel
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Town Hall
Wellington Street
Woolwich
London
SE18 6LJ

Cllr Sue Woodward - Vice-Chair of the Values and Principles Board - Associate

Leader of the Council
Town Council
The Old Mining College Centre
Queen Street
Chasetown
Burntwood
WS7 4QH

Augustus Della-Porta - Vice-Chair of the Values and Principles Board - Affiliate

Partner
Bates Wells
10 Queen Street Place
London
EC4R 1BE

Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE - Chair of the Executive Oversight Committee

Leader
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
SG1 1HN