Influencing policy

We want to help build a more co-operative economy, where people share ownership and control of the means to meet their needs and aspirations. This economy cannot be created through government policy. It is up to co-ops to demonstrate what is possible and work together to bring more people into the movement. But our governments, national and local, will either help or hinder our progress. We need governments to play a smart facilitating role - to recognize our value, understand our needs, and know when to intervene and when to get out of the way. 

Through membership of Co-operatives UK co-ops support our policy work, so that together we can campaign and lobby on behalf of the movement. We seek to influence government policy to get the best possible business environment for co-ops of all shapes and sizes. 

Below you will find tabs taking you to pages focused on key aspects of our policy work, such as legal frameworks, regulation and finance. You'll also see we have pages focused on policy development in some key sectors.