Co-production of resilience to cope with and recover from COVID-19

13th October, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

Covid-19 has already been a tragedy for hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. We need to ensure that we very quickly learn the lessons from these past nine months – and, even more, that we rapidly apply these emerging lessons, so that the next nine months are not so dreadful. So, what are ...

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Birmingham City Council becomes our 75th Member

25th August, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

I am absolutely delighted that Birmingham City Council has become one of the newest members of the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network and now is an opportune moment to do so. In recent times we have been faced with challenges both new and old. Covid-19 is a human tragedy, new to the world. The scale of ...

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Building Back Greener

29th July, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

As we emerge from lockdown and look towards a future post-COVID-19, many people are talking about ‘Building Back Better’.  A rallying call to make sure that lessons are learned from the crisis and that we embrace this opportunity to ensure our recovery is a green one.  The anticipated economic shock of COVID-19 is a warning ...

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The COVID-19 recovery plan requires co-operation

5th June, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

Amongst the tragedy COVID-19, there have been a few reasons for optimism: the new-found appreciation for the work of our public servants; the speed at which partners came together to respond and save lives; and the sense of collective action from communities up and down the country. As we now move beyond the initial crisis ...

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Building a Cooperative Recovery – Greater Manchester Cooperative Commission

14th May, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

A different world Nobody foresaw a pandemic when we published our Co-operative Commission report in January.  Nine Commissioners and two councillors, all holding a conviction that principles of cooperation should help shape the future of Greater Manchester, spent quite a lot of time and energy advocating on behalf of a rather unfashionable approach to business. If we’d ...

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#ProudtoSupport South Tyneside’s approach to Covid-19 challenge

9th May, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

For many of our communities, the past weeks have brought unprecedented challenge. For so many coping in self-isolation, managing health and wellbeing concerns, or experiencing financial hardship caused as a result of our collective response to this crisis, this experience has no doubt been unsettling, disorienting and isolating. Yet at the same time this crisis ...

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Local Government – no way back?

9th May, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

In just a few weeks we’ve seen the Public sector come together and respond with positivity to one of the biggest challenges of our generation. But when the situation improves and public sector returns to a more recognisable patterns of work, what comes next. Whist we don’t have a crystal ball, we can learn from this ...

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Give Councils Our Fair Share

6th May, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

Two weeks ago I wrote about Universal Credit, and how it was an example of the coronavirus pandemic shining a harsh spotlight on economic and social issues which have already existed for a number of years. Today I want to return to that subject with the consequences the pandemic has had for local government finance. ...

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Community spirit, cooperative solutions

27th April, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

These are unprecedented times.  In a matter of weeks, we have become a country of self-isolators and self-distancers, wary of everyone we come into contact with.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to our colleagues working on the front line, as they risk their health to help others.  However, there is co-operation amidst this crisis, ...

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