PEOPLE are being encouraged to give their views on how the council can work more closely with local communities to deliver better services.
Tameside Council is aspiring to become a member of the Cooperative Councils’ Innovation Network (CCIN) - a membership based, non-party political network established to promote the delivery of local services in a co-operative or co-productive way.
In the face of funding cuts, Co-operative Councils aim to transform local public services from a top-down system to a co-operative approach involving collective action, co-operation, empowerment and enterprise.
Some of the ways Tameside Council is already involved in co-operative action include working with local charities at the Grafton Centre and Together Centre, working with national initiatives such as Cash Box Credit Union and Home Start, and working more closely with partner and voluntary organisations as part of the Partnership Engagement Network and PACT.
Although the precise model varies by service, it is believed that co-operative approaches can be applied to almost every aspect of local government, including community regeneration, economic development, youth services, housing, leisure, social services and education.
The co-operative approach is about giving people choice and control over the public services they use, as opposed to turning all services into co-operatives or replacing professionals with volunteers.
Co-operatives models offer more flexibility for residents’ and workers’ needs and may help secure local jobs and investment. Co-operative values can contribute to all aspects of the local economy and put long term social benefit ahead of short-term private gain.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to work more closely with community groups and partners to provide new, flexible, personalised and more effective ways of delivering services to local people. We welcome people’s views and ideas on areas where we could develop the model further and work more collaboratively with the community and our partners.
People can provide their views on the principles of co-operative councils and suggestions for further ways of co-operative working via the feedback survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ccintmbc
More information on current local co-operative projects can be found here: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/examplesofcoopworking
More information about the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network can be found here: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/coopcin
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