Tag: co-operatives

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A new Co-operatives Act for Northern Ireland

Co-operatives UK has welcomed a new Bill that has passed through its final stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly, with Royal Assent due at the end of April. The Credit Unions, Co-operatives and...

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Agricultural co-operatives briefing 2015

A short briefing document for policy makers outlining the background, benefits and opportunities for agricultural co-operatives in the UK.

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BBC Breakfast, co-operative focus 24 June 2015

BBC Breakfast focuses on co-operatives for the launch of The Co-operative Economy 2015. It features an interview with Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operatives UK, and coverage of Torrs Hydro, a...

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Brexit: taking back control the co-operative way

As the dust begins to settle on the vote to leave the EU, we set out our position and plans on how co-operatives can fit into a post-Brexit Britain. Read it online here or download the PDF . Two...

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Budget 2017: Back our call

Sign our call for government to scrap tax breaks for executive shareholders and invest in worker ownership. Co-ops need to hold the government to account on the Prime Minister's Inclusive Economy...

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Case study: Co-operative Wealth

It is safe to say the reputation of the financial services sector has suffered something of a battering in recent years. Austerity measures cut deep – and continue to seriously impact on communities...

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Co-operative society legislation

The law governing co-operative and community benefit societies changed on 1 August 2014. Here are the key changes: The main governing Act, the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1965 was...

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Co-operative themes from the Conservative Party conference

As part of our ongoing work to put co-operatives on a level playing field with other businesses, Co-operatives UK attended party conferences, including the Conservative Party conference last week. We...

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Co-ops face another year of unfair pension fees

Some of the UK’s largest co-operatives will continue to be hit by "arbitrary and unfair" extra Pension Protection Fund (PPF) charges of up to £500,000 annually. Despite concerted lobbying from sector...

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Co-ops strike winning chord: Swindon Music Co-operative

The Musicians' Union (MU) estimate that between a quarter and a third of a 12,000 strong workforce of musical instrument teachers lost their jobs between 2009 and 2015. It is a seemingly depressing...

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Expert advice: employment law changes to look out for this year

With recommendations on big issues like the National Minimum Wage and regulation on gender pay reporting expected in 2016, a number of key developments in employment law are coming up that will...

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Expert advice: People with significant control

Does your co-op need to comply with new rules on people with significant control? The PSC (people with significant control) regime is being introduced in order to make it easier to find out who is...

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Expert analysis: How might pay change over the next three years?

We are in a period of significant change for pay levels, as the economy gradually picks up and the National Living Wage (NLW) comes into effect, writes Tim Knowles, Co-operatives UK's Head of HR...

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Expert analysis: making digital governance work for your co-operative

The rapid development of digital technologies provide opportunities for co-operatives to connect with their members. Drawing on the learning from a new report on digital governance, we highlight five...

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Guest blog: participatory care services for the twenty first century

In the run up to our next forum on co-operative approaches to care, one of the UK’s leading authorities on participation in public services, Peter Beresford, argues for user and worker led social...

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Join us at the Practitioners Forum

The only event of its kind, the Practitioners Forum offers professional training for people working in key functions in co-operative businesses. An annual event, it takes place this year on Thursday...

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Keep Britain Tidy backs the Big Co-op Clean

The UK’s leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy , has backed this year’s Big Co-op Clean. The Big Co-op Clean is the campaign theme of Co-operatives Fortnight , which runs from 18 June to 2...

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Legal Forms

A ‘legal form’ is the type of entity that an organisation is considered to be in the eyes of the law, for example, a company limited by guarantee or a society. It is really important to make sure...

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MPs and policy makers back co-operative innovation

The chief executive of The Co-operative Group , a director of the social care co-op Leading Lives and the head of Co-operative Energy joined politicians and policy makers at a roundtable on 2 July (...

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New Bill to level playing field for small co-ops begins passage through Parliament

A series of proposals to help put smaller co-operatives on an equal footing has begun to move through Parliament. Describing them as “small but important changes” in his speech to Parliament , Adrian...

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