CCIN Action Learning: Co-operation through Covid-19


The unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on communities throughout the UK has meant that councils have had to respond in swift and innovative ways. The government’s initial centralised, Whitehall driven response was insufficient in getting support to those people who needed it quickly and effectively. Local government mobilised quickly to fill that gap.

For Co-operative Councils this played to their strengths and brought to the fore the values of community leadership, co-production and social value.

Countless examples are emerging throughout the Network, of councils establishing food distribution hubs, new partnerships with the local VCS and businesses, tackling local shortages of PPE, providing swift hardship support to those that have needed assistance and providing strong local leadership as communities went into lock down. As recovery efforts get underway Co-operative Councils are looking at opportunities to re-balance local economies, pro-actively tackle climate change and emerge as modern, digital and responsive organisations aligned to the emerging needs of our communities.



It is proposed to draw together a set of case studies and an action-learning set to articulate how Co-operative Values & Principles have underpinned member response and recovery efforts. In doing so we hope to demonstrate the role councils can and should continue to play in local civic life. We hope to share these findings with the LGA and those outside of the network to support sector-wide transformation as local government establishes a “new normal”.

Steering Group:

An officer steering group representing Bassetlaw, Brent, Cardiff, Kirklees, Oldham, Stevenage and Telford has been formed to take this piece of work forward

Take part:

We are inviting all members to express and interest in contributing to the learning set through the production of case studies.

The link below is to a simple Expression of Interest Form. The template outlines a number of themes. If you have learning that you would like to share, that can demonstrate the co-operative difference please state the name of your council and in no more than 50-75 words describe your experience. You may offer more than one contribution.

The steering group will meet to review to ensure we have a sufficient spread of case studies across themes and will come back to you to invite you to submit one or more case studies outlining your experience.

We plan to share the learning through a publication in Autumn.


Given the desire to share this learning swiftly the below timetable has been proposed:

  • Friday 7th August  5pm – Deadline for EOI to be returned to
  • Week commencing 17th August – Councils notified and invited to contribute case studies of approximately 300 words
  • Wednesday 9th September 5pm – Deadline for case studies
  • 6th October – Launch at our Annual eConference