News, opinion and stories from across the Party and wider co-operative and labour movements. All views expressed here are those of their respective authors, and may not be representative of Party policy.
Co-operative values have never been more important, because tackling this crisis will take more than one institution or single area of society.
Victims of modern slavery are more vulnerable during the Covid-19 lockdown, so last week's publication of the Government's first modern slavery statement is a welcome development. But it is clear that to eradicate the scourge of modern slavery for good, a lot more work is needed.
Community shops make sure those who can't travel to supermarkets can still get the food they need - but they are concerned about their supplies during Covid-19. Find out how you can help your local community shop continue to support their vulnerable customers.
As a Labour and Co-operative Party Councillor, I always try to do my best for people. So when I was asked if I’d be happy to help support the Central England Co-operative during the current pandemic, I happily said yes.
Last week I wrote to the Government asking for better support and guidance for the childcare sector and nursery workers - they provide a crucial role through this crisis and will be vital to regrowing our economy when the COVID-19 lockdown finishes,
It is clear that it will be these households that will bear the financial brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic and that there exists the clear and present danger that these households may slip into poverty.
In these difficult times we will be supporting our fellow co-operators in the food retail sector and supporting their trade unions as they make the case to be allowed to continue to feed the country.
Co-ops being different from usual businesses helps them make a difference in their communities. Never has that difference been more stark or more necessary.
The Government is yet to provide the support that the UK's 5 million self-employed workers need during the Covid-19 outbreak - putting their health, livelihoods and homes at risk. We're working with the trade union movement to call for urgent support and protection for those workers.
We’ve all being asked to keep our distance from each other, but it’s possible to be more together whilst staying apart.
Ted was a co-operator through and through.
Our movement provides answers where there is need, and social care is no exception; there are already practical examples of a more caring system that values the care users and carers.
The outbreak of Covid-19 has shown the world what we in the co-operative sector already know - that our retail workers are heroes. Through thick and thin, they continue to go to work on tills, stocking shelves and making deliveries - ensuring we are clothed, fed and safe.
it isn't an easy job, especially in the current circumstances. In the spirit of co-operation, we can make sure we're making small changes to our daily lives to make sure we don't make their job harder.
We enter this crisis with an economy ill prepared - not only did this week's budget fail to repair a decade of austerity, it was a missed opportunity to reshape our economy for the better.
For most of us in the UK, Coronavirus has elicited the first genuine concerns about our ability to feed ourselves and our families. But for many families, food insecurity is an every day experience.
Town centres are the beating heart of communities - but they are struggling to survive, especially in our most deprived neighbourhoods. Business rate reform is critical to save the sector and support our town centres.
Co-operation offers an antidote to many of the economy's failings, from poor productivity to corporate tax avoidance - so this budget should learn the lessons offered by the co-operative sector.
We are told that the has never been a better time to be a woman in politics – but if this is true, why are we still so underrepresented at every level?
Harassment, violence and abuse for performing your job? A new report out today shows that this is the reality that 424 shop workers on average have to face each and every day.
Wales was the first in the world to become a Fair Trade Nation, and we will continue to work with women producers until they get what #SheDeserves.
Fairtrade Fortnight should be a time to celebrate the success of just trade – but the potential closure of DFID and the Government’s post-Brexit trade agreements threaten to open countries up to more exploitation.
It is time for a fair deal for local government that will allow councils to provide the vital services that communities badly need.
For a body dealing with consumer issues, it is important that consumers are represented.
Nine in ten private blocks with Grenfell-style cladding are still covered in cladding - meaning leaseholders are stuck in unsafe homes with significant bills. These voters need Labour - work with the Co-operative Party on leasehold reform and commonhold tenure are a good start.
It is high time that the SNP Government provided councils with the resources that they need and bring an end to the age of austerity in our councils.
It is important that co-operatives and mutually owned businesses are recognised and encouraged through the Scottish National Investment Bank.
Our first chance to bounce back after the General Election is a resounding win in the GLA elections - so we are engaging with Sadiq’s team to make sure we have an ambitious manifesto to help make that happen. And we're clear that it’s not just what you do, it’s the way that you do it.