Principles met

  • We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • 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.
  • We will capture and ‘expand’ the experience and learning from individual projects and approaches in order to encourage broader application of co-operative principles within individual member Councils and across the Network.
  • We will support the development of a framework and criteria for social value, giving substance to the concept and supporting Councils with the tools to ensure better local social and economic outcomes.
  • 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.

Since September 2018, Stevenage Borough Council, in collaboration with partners throughout Hertfordshire, have been working collaboratively through the Hertfordshire Growth Board, an alliance consisting of the Leaders of all the Local Authorities and the Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership.

In November 2021, Stevenage Borough Council, on behalf of the Community Wealth Building Pilot Group, was awarded Community Renewal Funding via the Hertfordshire LEP to pilot various CWB approaches. As part of this, each district and borough council were encouraged to build a bespoke approach that best addressed key local challenges rather than a more rigid county-wide approach. through co-operation between local agencies, information sharing, promoting good practice and developing practical responses to community needs.

In Stevenage, a key focus of our project has been on the development of our Social Inclusion Partnership. This is a group of key local VCSE organisations who are committed to working together to tackle social exclusion and augment the support structures that are in place throughout the town

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