Supporting thousands of co-operative councillors to give power back to local people in their communities
Midlothian Council has become the 30th Council in the UK to sign up to Councils for Fair Tax declaration thanks to a motion put forward by my Scottish Labour and Co-operative Party colleague Councillor Russell Imrie and myself.
I’m really proud to tell people that I’m standing on a joint Labour and Co-operative ticket. They’ve been curious to learn about the relationship between the two parties, as well as our belief in shared wealth and power.
The Co-operative Party co-hosted yesterday’s fringe event as part of Anneliese Dodds’ policy review, Stronger Together - showcasing the brilliant examples of co-operation across the UK.
Seeking to reduce the risk and harm of modern slavery as a local authority is something that we’ve been committed to for some time. One of the ways in which we do so is by looking closely at our supply chains and procurement practices.
It is not too much to ask to get companies which are looking for public contracts to pay their way and pay the correct rate of tax, at the correct time and in the correct jurisdiction.
Newly elected Co-operative Councillor Joel Bryan has overcome challenge after challenge to become a local councillor. Here, he discusses how he won in a swing seat and how co-operators can make a difference in local government.
This week, Birmingham has committed to being part of a growing network of local councils that support responsible tax conduct.
Councillor Rosa Bolger speaks up on the importance of co-operative representation on town and parish councils.
Labour & Co-operative Councillor in Cheshire East for Broken Cross and Upton ward and Champion for Young People
Whilst Marcus Rashford is pushing on national issues such as free school meals, local councils like Cheshire East are also taking action now.
We live in the sixth-richest nation in the world. No one, least of all children, should be going hungry. But while the UK is committed to eradicating hunger by 2030, the injustice of food poverty is growing, not abating.
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.
It is time for a fair deal for local government that will allow councils to provide the vital services that communities badly need.
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.
Truly, there isn’t a problem facing local government today to which there isn’t a co-operative solution. That’s as much the reality for our climate crisis, which councils are increasingly recognising, as it is for anything else we councillors are facing.
Labour & Co-operative Councillors are celebrating 25 years of commitment to Fairtrade.
Join us at Labour Party Conference, as we discuss the growing issue of violence in our shops and communities.
Transforming a regional economy is not an easy task. But this is my ambition for South Yorkshire and I want co-operation and mutualism to be at the heart of this programme of regeneration.
Labour & Co-operative Leader of Cheshire East
We can set the agenda. We can change behaviours. We can change minds and hearts. Or we can carry on as we are and change the climate for the worse.
This Thursday is election day for over 500 co-operative candidates across England from Swale to Sunderland. We took a look at some of their manifestos to see the difference that co-operative councillors could make…
The local elections are still a few weeks away for many Labour & Co-op Candidates, but Christopher Foxon has already been elected.
The Labour and Co-operative Parties, as two of the most powerful and successful social movements in the country, have a fantastic and exciting opportunity in the weeks ahead to make the case for our shared values, principles and politics.
Councillor Caroline Kalu, a Co-operative Party member and Board member of Lewisham Homes, writes about her own community’s response to tackling food poverty in Evelyn ward in Lewisham.
In Rochdale, anchor institutions are coming together to build community wealth and grow their local co-operative economy. This case study explores how their initiative, Rochdale Stronger Together, is creating the jobs that people want, the services that they need, communities where people want to live and opportunities for young people to aspire and achieve.
This is a campaign we wish we weren’t having to fight.
We need to work to restore common decency for all and that starts with the fight for food justice. Help us to make it happen.
Greater Manchester has a proud tradition of co-operation and an already thriving co-operative sector. The launching of the Co-operative Commission is another important step towards building a better, stronger and more co-operative society.