How should co-operatives feature in Scotland’s Community Wealth Building agenda?
Co-operatives UK invites you to the next meeting of the Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Co-operatives. This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about Community Wealth Building, Scottish Government's plans and MSPs' views on the subject, and to give your views on how co-operatives should feature.
Broadly understood Community Wealth Building is a set of policies and programmes that aim to generate and crucially keep more wealth flowing within a locality. This includes a strategic effort among 'anchor institutions' such as councils and universities to channel more of their procurement spend towards local businesses. It can also involve empowering communities to achieve their own economic aspirations.
This will follow on from previous discussions at Cross Party Group meetings on public procurement and grassroots co-operative development.
18:00 Welcome and introductions - Johann Lamont MSP
18:05 – 18:10 Update on cross-party group business - Johann Lamont MSP
18:10 – 18:45 Community Wealth Building, theory and practice – Neil McInroy (chief executive of Centre for Local Economic Strategies), followed by:
- Input from Scottish Government
- MSP discussion with Q and A from the floor
18.45 – 18.55 Community Economic Development, lessons learned from action research – Co-operatives UK
18:55 – 19:35 Panel-led MSP discussion with Q and A from the floor
- How can Scotland’s co-operatives contribute to community wealth building?
- How should community wealth building initiatives support the co-operative economy?
- How can the Cross-Party Group influence the development of Scotland’s Community Wealth agenda?
19:35 – 19:45 Summing up and next steps
NOTE: delegates are advised to arrive at the parliament building 20 minutes before the start of event to allow time to get through security.