Lambeth publishes co-op council report

January 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

by Claire McEneaney

Lambeth Council have just published their report The Co-operative Council – Sharing Power: A new settlement between citizens and the state. Their vision is about giving residents more control and involvement in the services they use, by putting council resources in their hands.

As a Lambeth resident, I’m really heartened to see this bold move by my local council. I’ve watched the development of the idea with great interest, and participated in community consultations. I think its incredibly encouraging to have a council that sees community involvement as more than volunteering.

The Innovation Unit also believes wholeheartedly in the power of co-operatives and mutuals as a route to transform public services and staff and citizen engagement. Check out our thinkpiece The Engagement Ethic for more.


Entry filed under: Big society, Local Authorities, Local Innovation, Public Services.

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  • 1. John Craig  |  January 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Thanks for this, Claire. I actually went and contributed to the Commission as a witness, so very interested to see the final product. I think it was a great process, that managed to combine meaningful conversation with Lambeth citizens and experts from across the UK.


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