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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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Co-operating for Community Dividends

4th February, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

The Co-operative 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.  Our work recognises the need to define a new model for local government built on civic leadership, with councils working in equal partnership ...

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Health and Social Care – our 2020 funded projects

28th August, 2019 / Nicola, CCIN

We are rapidly approaching the time of year when a call will be made for members to submit proposals for Policy Labs and Policy Prototypes.  Each year the Network has made funding available to support members to use co-operative values and principles to explore and develop innovative approaches to issues facing local government today.  Reports ...

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So what does being crowned ‘Cooperative Council of the Year’ actually mean?

25th June, 2019 / Nicola, CCIN

As South Tyneside Council are announced as Co-operative Council of the Year 2019 we talk to Council Leader, Cllr Iain Malcolm, about just what the accolade means. With the public sector facing unprecedented financial challenges, the vital role played by volunteers, community groups and other third sector organisations is becoming increasingly important. That is why ...

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