The Co-operative Option report


Type: Research  |  Topic: About co-operatives  |  Format: 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 businesses they use or work for? What if there were more organisations that gave people, not just a say in what they do, but a real stake?

This short report highlights new evidence of people’s discontentment with the amount of control they have over the economy, their workplaces and their local communities. And it finds that people see co-operatives as an answer, whether as a way to have more influence over large businesses or as a way to save local services in their community.

Based on research conducted this month by You Gov, the report highlights include:

  • 59% of people feel they have no control over the economy and 62% said the same for the businesses they use.
  • 69% of people would like their library, leisure centre or family’s care elderly care provider to be a co-operative, and 68% of people say the same for their supermarket and healthcare provider.
  • Whereas 62% of people see co-operative businesses as fair, only 11% say the same of PLCs.
  • 68% of people in work feel they have no control in their workplace, a 10% rise since last year.
  • 72% of people have, or like the idea of, clubbing together with other people to save a local service or asset, particularly historical buildings, public parks, and local shops and pubs.