What policies will the Co-operative Party take into the general election campaign?

The Party's manifesto pledges to build an economy ‘where power and wealth are more equally shared’, with proposals ranging from regulation to energy

The Co-operative Party is a voice for co-operation in Westminster with its 28 MPs and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. It co-sponsored 28 MPs with Labour, prior to this election. Its manifesto sets out proposals to grow a co-operative sector by “building an economy and society where power and wealth are more equally shared”.

The Agenda for a Co-operative Britain draws on a number of proposals submitted by its members. Specific proposals include:

  • Establishing Britain as the best place to start and grow a co-operative business. The first step to achieving this is a level playing field on regulation and bureaucracy between co-operatives with other business types
  • How to fulfil Labour’s commitment to double the size of the co-operative sector

Related: What can co-ops expect from the next government?

  • Ways to reform corporate governance to give workers and consumers a stronger voice in the boardroom and ensure the proceeds of corporate success are more widely distributed
  • The need to improve the competitiveness of the financial services market with continued support for credit unions and building a new generation of community banks and building societies
  • Ideas for replacing the Big Six energy companies with thousands of community-owned energy co-operatives
  • Learning from the Welsh Labour & Co-operative government’s work on promoting new co-operative housing as an affordable and secure alternative to the private rented sector

Related: Co-op sector’s wishlist for the election campaign

  • A vision for delivering a reformed social care market which puts care workers, care recipients and their families at its heart and reduces profit-leakage from the system
  • Build on the innovative work emerging in local government, in areas including Preston, on how to ensure that public procurement generates maximum benefit for local economies including building new co-operative businesses to fulfil public sector contracts
  • Re-building solidarity in our labour market through the development of new co-operatives of self-employed workers.

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