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News received about East of England and Midcounties co-operatives

In a recent post we quoted MEP Molly Scott Cato: “The Co-operative shops have not been as successful in(sourcing locally) as I would like because of their centralised distribution system, but my own Midcounties Co-op has been building up its Local Harvest offer (below) in recent years and I’m surely not the only customer who looks to see whether the vegetables on the shelves have been grown on the Co-operative Farms”. 401 more words

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The  sale of the Co-operative Bank

News of the sale of the Co-operative Bank was a shock to its customers. In the Guardian Patrick Collinson, ‘money editor’, summarised the situation: the Co-op Bank is the only UK high street bank with a customer-led ethical policy, covering a range of issues from the environment to animal welfare.  486 more words


Social care system in crisis: the co-operative model offers a good way forward

“Our social care system is in urgent need of reform. Private companies profiteer, whilst older people, those who rely on social care and the staff that deliver it, pay the price. 682 more words

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Failing housing market – a co-operative solution?


In June the Co-operative News informed readers that the UK Co-operative Economy 2016 report records – in eye-catching graphics – that around 17.5 million people are now owners of the country’s 7,000 independent co-op organisations – up from 17.4 million the previous year, and showing an increase of 1.3 million over the past five years. 310 more words

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British movement plans its co-operative strategy

I haven’t yet offered any sort of reportage on the Co-operative Congress on Friday and Saturday, and I guess I need to rectify this omission. 431 more words


Yes, Unity does work

On Friday afternoon and yesterday the British co-op movement met together for the annual Co-operative Congress, held this year in Wakefield.

I’ll post some comments here in due course about the event itself, but my first blog has to be about the venue. 197 more words