CCIN Members’ Update – October 2022

  • 1st Oct 2022

Welcome to the October edition of Update

With inflation at a 40-year high and increasing energy costs, many families are having to choose whether to heat parts of their homes or eat hot food.  As during Covid, local authorities are working with communities and the VCSE sector to respond to the cost-of-living crisis.  Colleagues are establishing warm, safe places (Warm Banks) ready for the colder months ahead.  This month we report on Oldham Council’s Cost of Living Summit held in July, and there is an invite to attend the Cost of Living Summit to be held by the Royal Borough of Greenwich later this month as members discuss how to ensure that the most vulnerable in society don’t pay the ultimate price over the months ahead.  For those looking for an immersive cooperative experience, Cooperative Ways Forward will be holding their annual conference ‘Cooperation for Climate Solutions’ in Manchester later this month.

We’re delighted to promote the first of several workshops organised by Rochdale MBC as part of their Policy Lab on ‘Democratising Policy Solutions’.

2022 sees the 10th Anniversary of the CCIN.  We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you at our Annual Conference, which takes place in Telford on 23rd and 24th of November.  The theme this year is ‘Being a Co-operative Council’ and registration is now open.  If you have any ideas for speakers, do get in touch.
We feature two blogs this month.  The first is from Mark Cook from Anthony Collins LLP, which looks at ‘maximising public benefit’ via the Procurement Bill, and the second is from Nick Plumb at Power to Change, who reflects on their latest report on community ownership for Britain’s high streets.

Next week a delegation from across the Network will visit Mondragon, in Spain’s Basque Country, to see for ourselves what a Cooperative Region looks like.  

Finally, I would like to welcome Cllr Andrew Western, Leader of Trafford Council and Co-operative Lead for GMCA. 
We look forward to seeing our Associate Members in London for the NALC Conference and hope to see everyone in Telford.  I hope that you enjoy this edition of Update.
Best wishes