Co-operative Party Conference fringe: Cooperative localism – putting people power at the heart of devolution

Date / 12th October 2014

Time / 12.00pm

Location / Trade Union Congress, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Cooperative Localism – putting people at the heart of devolution

WITH

Rt Hon John Woodcock MP, Labour Co-operative MP for Barrow and Furness and Chair of Progress
Louise Baldock, Labour Co-operative Parliamentary candidate for Stockton South
Cllr Tony Newman, Leader of Croydon Council
Cllr Chris Penberthy, Vice Chair of CCIN and Cabinet Member for Cooperatives and Community Development at Plymouth City Council
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth at Lambeth Council

Other speakers TBC.

The Scottish referendum on independence has galvanised democratic debate about the nature of power in the UK. As calls grow for a new settlement between Whitehall and regions across the UK, we must ensure that devolution doesn’t become a technocratic exercise in the redistribution of state power, but instead provides a platform for building a fundamentally new relationship with communities and citizens across the UK.

This event will examine how cooperative localism provides an opportunity to put people power at the heart of devolution. Cooperative councils across the UK are beginning to transform their thinking and practice around their role and relationship with communities, and how co-operative values and principles can underpin a new settlement between citizens and the state. We will explore how far this agenda has gone, what the challenges have been, and how it can provide a future direction for the debate on devolution.