CCIN Conference in Plymouth – ‘Making it Real’
In June 2014, the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network and Plymouth City Council hosted a conference exploring the ways in which cooperative councils have been radically transforming their approach to public services, with a series of workshops focusing on Co-operative Energy, Co-operative Economies, Co-operative approaches to financial inclusion and Co-operative Education. This page holds a range of resources and outputs from the day, including videos of key speeches and material from the workshops.
Dame Pauline Green OBE – opening speech
The conference opened with a speech from Dame Pauline Green OBE, Chair of the International Co-operative Alliance. In her speech Dame Pauline underscored the importance of co-operative values and organisations to our economy and society, and emphasised the potential of co-operative approaches to public services. A video of the speech can be found below.
Cllr Tudor Evans – introduction to the conference
Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council and Vice Chair of the CCIN, delivered a welcome speech. Separately, he also spoke in detail about how cooperative localism promises the opportunity to transform local public services. Both videos can be found below.
Tracey Lee – Becoming a ‘brilliant’ cooperative council
Tracey Lee, Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council, described how Plymouth is transforming the way it works by embedding cooperative principles at the heart of its approach to service delivery and political and economic leadership.
1. Co-operative Energy
Alistair MacPherson, Plymouth’s Low Carbon Team Leader and Jackie Wilson, Head of Co-operatives, Policy and partnerships from Oldham presented two different case studies on innovative energy solutions. This workshop was chaired by Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Environment.
2. Co-operative Economies
Gareth Hart, Chair of Plymouth Social Enterprise Network, Amanda Ratsey, Enterprise and Inward Investment Manager, Plymouth and Councillor James Alexander, Leader, City of York presented case studies on their approach for creating the environment for a co-operative economy. Plymouth specifically focused on how it created the Local Economic Strategy using core co-operative principles. This workshop was chaired by Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance.
3. Co-operative approaches to financial inclusion
Darin Halifax, Cities of Services Chief Officer and Laura Griffiths, Financial and Social Inclusion Officer from Plymouth were joined by Bob Outram, Head of income Collection and Debt Coalition, Islington and Tracey Cunningham, Co-operative Policy Development Officer at Glasgow City Council to present their case studies. Plymouth talked about the decision to become one of first cities to ban pay day lending along with its unique approach to financial inclusion in the city. This workshop was chaired by Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives, Housing and Community Safety.
4. Co-operative Education
Judith Harwood, Plymouth’s Assistant Director for Education, Learning and Families and Mervyn Wilson, Chief Executive and Principal of the Co-operative College presented. The workshop discussed the skills and learning that will be required to deliver the co-operative agenda in our schools.
To access additional resources, go to Plymouth City Council’s ‘Making it Real’ webpage by clicking here.