Members’ Update July 2024

  • 26th Jun 2024

Some good news: last month, we reported that May’s Local Election results saw two of our Associate Members transition into Full Members after election success for Adur Labour Group and Tamworth Labour and Cooperative Group. Since then, we have seen a by-election in Peterborough and are pleased to announce that the Labour Group has taken control there too, so we’d like to welcome Peterborough City Council to the Network.

We’ve been looking forward to catching up with everyone in Harrogate for next month’s LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition.  However, because of the GE, it has been pushed back until October 22 – 24.  Our Stand has been confirmed and we look forward to seeing many of you there.
The online session for new and not-so-new members has now been confirmed for 3pm—4pm on Tuesday, July 16th. The mailing with the event link went out to all Members last week. Thank you to everyone who has already booked—we’ve had an excellent response, and I look forward to seeing many of you on that call.
Congratulations to Birmingham City Council, Liverpool City Council, Newham Council, and Westminster City Council, which all scooped LGC Awards earlier this month. These accolades are hard-fought, and we’re thrilled to see your hard work recognised. We’d love to see Case Studies on each of them on our website!  
In June, the Values & Principles Board held a hybrid meeting, with several members travelling to Birmingham for a meeting hosted by Anthony Collins Solicitors. The Board approved the Work Programmes, Communications Plans, and Budgets for our latest tranche of Policy Lab projects, which now triggers 50% of the payment. You can read more about those three projects in this edition of Update.
With just days to go before the General Election, we’re looking forward to promoting how Cooperative Councils have been searching and developing innovative ways to meet their communities’ social and economic needs to members of the new Government.  Our latest Case Studies Pack highlights where those cooperative practices have been implemented successfully and we’re excited to get your news out.
Finally, we’re delighted to welcome Oxfordshire County Council to the Network. Below, their Leader, Cllr Liz Jeffman, explains why they have joined.
Good Luck to everyone involved in the General Election. We look forward to working with you on the other side!

Best wishes