Is Cooperative Localism the key to community resilience, jobs and enterprise?

Date / 21st September 2014

Time / 6.30pm

Location / Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA

Launch of Cooperative Councils Innovation Network Policy Commission: Is Cooperative Localism the key to community resilience, jobs and enterprise?

Manchester Town Hall, September 21st, 2014.

WITH

Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Minister for Employment
Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council
Cllr Andrew Burns, Leader of City of Edinburgh Council
Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth and Chair of the CCIN Policy Commission on community resilience, jobs and enterprise.

Other speakers TBC.

Growing criticism of an over-centralised state and demands for “people power” are fuelling demands for devolution. But what kind of devolution? Without radical reform, power can shift from the central state to a local state without changing the relationships with citizens.  The Cooperative Councils Innovation Network believes we need a transformation in our relationships with citizens.

Cooperative Councils are working towards a new kind of localism based on cooperative values of self-help, equity, solidarity and democracy. So what does this look like in practice? The Network is launching a new policy commission to explore how  cooperative localism can help create communities which are resilient and enterprising – where local networks and collaborative public services work together to support people, where the young and long terms unemployed are helped to access jobs and skills, and where entrepreneurship is developed and supported to secure economic growth and social outcomes.

For more information on the event, please contact atif.shafique@rsa.org.uk.