Policy Labs 2019

1. Co-operative Approaches to Sustainable Food – Lead: Oldham Council

Coop approaches to sustainable food

Led by Oldham Council this project will show how Co-operative Councils can address their food poverty and healthy eating objectives (building on the Sustainable Food Cities principles) through local partnerships with sustainable local businesses (often, but not always, co-operatives or other social enterprises).

It will show how such initiatives can contribute to local job creation, the local food economy and improved health outcomes. The proposal involves a series of workshops, research opportunities, learning and exchange visits, case studies and producing a final report/video that is to be presented at both the CCIN Annual Conference and the Sustainable Food Cities Annual Conference in 2019.

Contact: Jonathan Downs: [email protected]




2. Co-operatives Unleashed – as seen from the grassroots – Lead: Plymouth City Council




3. Co-operative Neighbourhoods – Lead: Stevenage Borough Council

Led by Stevenage Borough Council this proposal will test trailblazer neighbourhood/locality pilots to demonstrate the value of co-operative councils further developing their mechanisms to work at a very localised level with their residents as co-producers of local communities and neighbourhoods. Our policy lab will test:

  • increased economic value in terms of more effective service delivery and improved outcomes for local residents as a consequence of meaningful neighbourhood working.
  • the benefits of increased democratic engagement of local residents at a local level, as citizens become more involved in co-producing outcomes in local communities.

Contact: Rob Gregory – [email protected]




4. Promoting Cities of Service model of social action to CCIN members – Lead: Plymouth City Council




5. Achieving Social Outcomes – Lead: Peopletoo

Peopletoo Social Value proposal

This project is being sponsored by Peopletoo, Affiliate Members of the Network. Peopletoo wishes to support the increased awareness and understanding of social value and maximising social outcomes across local government.  Social value should be mainstreamed in local government. The public sector pound can generate substantial social value without increased cost and in many cases can deliver lower costs and improved service sustainability whilst contributing positively to local communities.

Although there are pockets of best practice across local government, it is inconsistent and requires increased awareness and a systematic approach across organisations to ensure that social value is one of the core outcomes measured and evaluated.

We believe that there are a range of opportunities to generate social value and would be keen to explore these and additional areas in more detail:
Employment, Assets, Support Vulnerable Groups, Local Communities, Local Businesses, Sustainable Services, Environmental Impact, Regeneration & Economic Development.

Contact: Michael Curnow – [email protected]