• Lead Member Plymouth City Council
  • Participating Members Bassetlaw District Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Oldham Council, Plymouth City Council
  • Year 2017
  • Status Policy Labs

Principles met

  • We will capture and ‘expand’ the experience and learning from individual projects and approaches in order to encourage broader application of co-operative principles within individual member Councils and across the Network.
  • As a membership organisation, we will make this statement of our principles operational by: • Co-operation among members: Our members work together to help each other implement our values, sharing experiences and learning. • Openness of membership: Full, Associate and Affiliate Membership is open to any qualifying Council, organisation or individual who shares our values and is committed to putting them into action. • Co-production of the Network’s work: Members help shape the Network’s work programme and the content of events and written products. • Action-focused: The network is a vehicle for helping councils translate co-operative values and principles into policy and practice. •Membership-based: The network is majority funded by modest membership subscriptions from its member Councils, Associates and Affiliates. •Non-party-political: Members share the belief that working co-operatively within and across communities holds the key to tackling today’s challenges.

About the project

What is a co-operative peer review?

Co-operative peer reviews are improvement focused. Peer challenge has been a core element of healthy local government organisations for many years and is considered an integral part of local authorities sector led improvement. The concept of peer challenge is based on the following principles: „

Councils are responsible for their performance; „

Greater accountability leads to greater improvement; and „

Councils have a collective responsibility for performance in the sector as a whole.

The ambition of a co-operative peer review is to help support co-operative councils in improving their organisation’s ability to respond co-operatively to local priorities and issues.