Submitted by linda.barlow on Mon, 29/04/2013 - 16:54
This is April’s blog on legal and governance issues from Linda Barlow, in Co‑operatives UK’s legal team and provides a refresher on audit requirements for IPSs.
Submitted by Mark Simmonds on Mon, 29/04/2013 - 15:37
Co-operatives UK member, the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) has been granted planning permission to develop three affordable residential smallholdings for new entrants to ecological agriculture. The group were originally refused permission by Mid-Devon councillors for their proposed development at Greenham Reach, despite the council officers recommending that permission be granted.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Wed, 24/04/2013 - 07:49
So, the deal between Lloyds and the Co-operative Bank is off.
It held the prospect of being a game changer in banking, simply by extending the branch network for the Co-operative Bank across a far wider reach across the country. In addition to 630 branches, over four million customers would have come across, the result, ultimately, of a decision by the regulator that Lloyds, for taking the shilling of the state, needed to sell some of its branches, to limit its sway.
Submitted by john.atherton on Thu, 18/04/2013 - 16:27
The Worker Co-operative Code is a guide to running a co-opertive and has been translated into many different languages..
Submitted by jacqueline.warn... on Thu, 18/04/2013 - 10:42
Are you working on an innovative or big idea? Or can you advise other co-operators on best practice or new ways of working? Perhaps you're in a band or a theatre group, and would like to perform to an engaged audience.
We're looking for ideas for workshops at Congress 2013. The workshop programme takes place over the weekend of 28-30 June at SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, as is aimed at Congress delegates, or members of the public who are welcome to come along to the exhibition.
We're looking for either:
Submitted by linda.barlow on Fri, 12/04/2013 - 12:29
Are you the best of the rest? A shining example to the Co-operative Movement?
Yes? Then what better way to show the world than winning an award?
To celebrate outstanding contribution to the co-operative economy, Co-operatives UK is calling on co-operators across the country to enter The Co-operative Awards 2013.
Submitted by Ed Mayo on Tue, 09/04/2013 - 11:34
“What we think, we become. My father always said that…” was something that Margaret Thatcher said and signed up to. Given the influence of her ideas on political and economic life, it seems right, on her death, to consider what we think and who we are.
Her idea that society is simply the sum of individuals was clumsily put and widely and probably unfairly pilloried, but it is a prompt to think about something fundamental, which is the extent to which we act alone or act together. Martin Buber, last century, characterised this as looking to the ‘I’ or the ‘we’.
Submitted by jacqueline.warn... on Thu, 28/03/2013 - 12:11
Congress 2013 takes place 28-30 June, Glamorgan Cricket Club, SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, where government is driving co-operative innovation through the Welsh Co-operatives and Mutuals Commission.
Submitted by linda.barlow on Tue, 26/03/2013 - 11:38
Linda Barlow from Co-operatives UK, Co-operative Advice Team, provides an introduction to the Changes to Part 25 of the Companies Act 2006, relating to company charges as at 1st April 2013.
Submitted by linda.barlow on Wed, 20/03/2013 - 10:03
The March 2013 Budget saw a commitment by the government to consult on two important changes to the legislation governing Industrial and Provident Societies (IPSs). On the assumption, that the changes receive favourable public support, many co-operatives registered as industrial and provident societies will be asking, “what does it mean for us?”
Linda Barlow, a Legal Officer in Co-operatives UK's, Co-operative Advice Team, offers an outline of the changes below.
Increase in the cap on withdrawable share capital