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Four steps to an inclusive economy

The last year has laid bare widespread disillusionment with the status quo and significant discontent with where our economy and society are going. That’s why all parties seem to agree that the UK...

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General election 2017: co-operative view on the party manifestos

This page will update regularly with comment and analysis of key developments for co-operatives in the UK General Election. The 2017 general election is an opportunity for political parties of all...

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General Election 2017: Four steps to an inclusive economy

After a year which laid bare widespread disillusionment with the status quo, people in the UK need to be offered an optimistic vision for the future, backed up by pragmatic options for how they can...

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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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New book: a short history of co-operation and mutuality

When was the first co-operative or mutual? The spread of customer owned co-operatives in nineteenth century Britain is well-known and celebrated. Yet there are also precursors of co-operation and...

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New figures show the 30 year rise of ‘precarious’ work and housing

Figures released today highlight the long-term rise in the number of people in self-employment and living in private rented accommodation over the last three decades. The figures are published as an...

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Northern Ireland industrial and provident society transfer to FCA confirmed

In a move that has caught everyone on the hop before Christmas, the Treasury yesterday (19 December) laid before Parliament the legislation that will transfer the registry of industrial and provident...

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Not Alone - trade union and co-operative solutions for self-employed workers

With more than 15 per cent of the workforce self-employed (some 4.6 million) and projections that this is set to grow this year, the rise of freelancing signals a fundamental shift in the nature of...

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Professional training for co-operative practitioners

The only event of its kind, the Practitioners Forum offers professional training for people operating in key roles in co-operative businesses large and small.

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Record numbers of self-employed enter new tax year

The new tax year, starting on 6 April (2016) will see record numbers of self‑employed workers, according to new data published by Co-operatives UK. The Not Alone report tracks current levels of self-...

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Speaker profile: Richard Murphy on tax, ethics and economics

With tax avoidance again on the news agenda, the leading tax expert Richard Murphy looks at tax, ethics and the challenges co-operatives are likely to face in the coming years.

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Storms and floods appeal surpasses £136,000

More than £136,000 has already been raised by the UK’s co-ops to support long term co-operative reconstruction in areas hit by floods and hurricanes last month. The emergency appeal was launched by...

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The co-operative economy 2015: an ownership agenda for Britain

The 2015 co-operative economy analyses the performance and main trends of the co-operative sector and shows how co-operatives are offering people a chance to take control of things that matter to...

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The Co-operative Option report

What if people had more control over the things that matter to them – their workplace, their football club, their mobile phone provider? What if they had influence over the big decisions made by the...

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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act - June update

Changes to the way co-ops submit annual returns and the introduction of a new register came into effect at the end of June 2016 as part of the phased implementation of the Small Business, Enterprise...

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