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Councillor Shabir Pandor – A year of cooperation in our Covid-19 fight

24th March, 2021 / Andrew

This week marked a year since the first national lockdown and it’s been a time where we’ve all reflected on what has been one of the most challenging and testing times for everyone. The many lives lost, the restrictions we’ve lived under and the time we’ve had to spend apart from those we love are ...

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Councillor Helen Holland – We Work for Everyone

4th March, 2021 / Andrew

I was chatting to a local resident over the weekend who was telling me that his job disappeared at the beginning of the pandemic, but that he is now working as a Blood Delivery Driver. Then on one of my regular walks the other day, I saw an advertising hoarding with the fabulous #changelives campaign ...

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Councillor Tom Hayes – Co-operative Solutions to our Climate Crisis

24th February, 2021 / Andrew

Indeed, there isn’t a problem facing local government today to which there isn’t a co-operative solution, and that’s especially true of our climate crisis. Oxford City Council is proud to be a climate leader. We stand alongside our community of co-operative councils in proposing co-operative and hopeful solutions to our shared crisis.  A few days ...

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Steve Reed OBE, MP – Making Britain more equal isn’t just a moral imperative; it’s our patriotic duty

5th February, 2021 / Nicola, CCIN

Local government has done an extraordinary job in getting communities through the Covid-19 pandemic.  In a very real sense, they have become the fourth emergency service – but they have been hampered by a Conservative government whose incompetence and indecision has held them back and let them down. They have wasted £22bn of taxpayers’ money ...

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Mayor Paul Dennett – Co-operatives could re-build the heart of our Communities post-COVID-19… with the help of Co-operative Councils

30th January, 2021 / Andrew

At the same time as local and city-regional government has been dealing with the immediacy of the COVID-19 pandemic response(s) we’ve also been actively considering in parallel how our nation will make its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and begin to rebuild our national economy and society. We know that the task we face ...

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Dan Ebanks – Viability assessments… a cautionary tale

30th January, 2021 / Andrew

“Stack ’em, pack ’em & rack ’em” – the industry-standard approach to Social Value is undermining the whole movement – but things are changing… This issue remains unresolved by our Social Value ‘stewards’ and is fundamental to the success of Social Value as public policy. Here are our chief exec’s thoughts.   Social Value in ...

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Paul Morris – Action Learning on Covid-19: A Scottish Perspective

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

Like the rest of the world, every aspect of daily life in Scotland has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The response to the virus has been seen at all levels of government: local, Scottish and UK, as well as internationally. Health is a matter entirely devolved to Scotland and the national leadership in this ...

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Fiona Gibson – Action Learning on Covid-19: A Welsh Perspective

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

The Welsh Government is responsible for the public health response to the coronavirus pandemic in Wales. The nature of the devolution settlement in the UK has allowed for a nuanced approach to managing the pandemic. On 15 May, the Welsh Government published Unlocking our Society and Economy: Continuing the Conversation, the national framework for moving ...

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Councillor Ian Ward – 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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