Principles met

  • We will explore ways for councils to act as a platform for helping the community to contribute to local outcomes, and to re-think the role of councillors as community connectors, brokers and leaders.
  • We will promote community-based approaches to economic development that focus on supporting the creation of jobs, social enterprises and other businesses and providing an environment for co-operative and mutual enterprises to thrive.
  • We will embrace innovation in how we work with local communities to drive positive change.
  • In exploring new ways of meeting the priority needs of our communities we will encourage models, such as co-operatives and mutuals, which give greater influence and voice to staff and users. in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • As a membership organisation, we will make this statement of our principles operational by: • Co-operation among members: Our members work together to help each other implement our values, sharing experiences and learning. • Openness of membership: Full, Associate and Affiliate Membership is open to any qualifying Council, organisation or individual who shares our values and is committed to putting them into action. • Co-production of the Network’s work: Members help shape the Network’s work programme and the content of events and written products. • Action-focused: The network is a vehicle for helping councils translate co-operative values and principles into policy and practice. •Membership-based: The network is majority funded by modest membership subscriptions from its member Councils, Associates and Affiliates. •Non-party-political: Members share the belief that working co-operatively within and across communities holds the key to tackling today’s challenges.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise that those who Serve, or have Served, in the Armed Forces, along with their families, should be treated fairly and face no disadvantage when accessing public and commercial services.

Telford & Wrekin Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012 and has developed a strong infrastructure including an outward facing Strategic Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Board, two elected members including a dedicated Armed Forces Champion and a Cabinet member with responsibility for the Armed Forces Covenant and an Armed Forces Covenant Co-ordinator.

In July 2023, the Council approved a proposal to treat Armed Forces Service in the same way as the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics as part of our obligation to reduce, limit and remove disadvantage to our Armed Forces community.

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