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Suma and Cooperatives at the Heart of Politics

Submitted by on June 15, 2010 – 10:24 amOne Comment

Suma member, Bob Cannell, found himself at the heart of the Tory/Liberal coalition’s Big Society politics on Wednesday. Bob (who is a Cooperatives UK board member) was in a meeting of European cooperative representatives in Brussels when news came through on Twitter from the UK Cabinet Office that messrs. Cameron and Clegg were serious about using worker coops to deliver public services.

Bob asked the delegates if they would help us and received an enthusiastic Yes from several countries and the news twittered and blogged it’s way back to the UK within minutes of the original announcement. Hows that for reaction time!? Cooperatives UK now have pan-European support to promote proper cooperatives to the government as the way forward.

Note – It is common in Italy and Spain for public services to be delivered by ‘social cooperatives’ which are owned and controlled by a mixed membership of workers, users and funders. They find this to be a safer way to use public money to provide good services and good jobs. We only have a few coops like this in the UK.

If you’re interested in cooperatives have a look at Bob’s cooperatives blog  and read his news on Twitter.

And also Coop UK’s worker coop officer John Atherton explains things coop and European on his blog and Twitter

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  • Pauline O'Flynn says:

    to whom it may concern, i’ve just started researching the possibility of setting up a food co-op where i live here in co.down in northern ireland. i’m wondering if you deliver here and if not if you know of a wholefood wholesaler that does?

    kind regards

    pauline o’flynn

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