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The Contribution of Cooperatives and Mutuals to the Economy

Published Friday, June 21, 2019

A Backbench Business debate on a Motion on The Contribution of Cooperatives and Mutuals to the Economy is scheduled in the Chamber on Thursday 27 June 2019. The debate is sponsored by Gareth Thomas MP


Parliamentary proceedings

Representations to the House of Commons Backbench Business Committee by Gareth Thomas MP and Steve Baker MP, 26 March 2019

Parliamentary proceedings on this issue 2015- [Intranet]


Press/Blog articles

Social enterprise bodies call for European ‘Buy Social’ campaign in list of demands to MEPs, The Pioneer, 12 June 2019

Preston model: Bringing democracy to local economy, BBC News, 7 June 2019 [Video]

Co-operatives have key role to play in supporting the economy, Western Mail, 10 April 2019 [Intranet link]

'It's going to be our little paradise': can co-ops solve the housing crisis? The Guardian, 27 March 2019

Politics interfering with every part of our lives is the last thing we need, The Telegraph, 22 March 2019 [Intranet link]

Euro Coop to maintain a close relationship with UK retail co-ops after Brexit, Coop News, 28 February 2019

Co-operatives get new lease of life as contract workers join up, Financial Times (£), 2 November 2018

Labour emulates international schemes with worker shares plan, Financial Times (£), 27 September 2018

Unfound: these platform co-operatives are creating the tools for a worker-owned economy, The Independent, 5 June 2018

How do we double the size of the UK’s co-operative economy?, Coop News, 4 July 2018

The history of the British co-operative movement – timeline, The Guardian, 29 January 2014


Press releases

Co‑op Fortnight 24 June to 7 July 2019, Co-operatives UK

New 'Social Value' contracts to revolutionise government procurement, Cabinet Office, 19 November 2018



All-Party Parliamentary Group for Mutuals

Common Wealth [UK think tank]

Co-operatives UK

European Commission - Social economy in the EU

International Cooperative Alliance - Facts and figures



Further reading

Business with a Purpose: the UK mutual economy report 2019, All Parliamentary Group for Mutuals, 2019

Co-operatives unleashed: doubling the size of the UK's co-operative sector, New Economics Foundation, July 2018

Public Service Mutuals: the state of the sector, UK Social Enterprise [for DCMS], April 2018

The Co-operative Economy 2018, Co-operatives UK, 2018

World Cooperative Monitor 2018, International Cooperative Alliance, 2018

The Hidden Revolution, Social Enterprise UK, 2018

Capital Gains: Broadening company ownership in the UK economy, IPPR, December 2017

A cooperative vision for the collaborative economy, Cooperatives Europe, November 2017

Community Economic Development Lessons from two years’ action research, Co-operatives UK, 2017

Alternative models of ownership, Labour Party, 2017

 A short history of co-operation and mutuality, Ed Mayo, Co-operatives UK, 2017

Social Enterprise, House of Commons Library, July 2016

Mutuality: Towards a Renewed Welsh Economy & The Renaissance of a Radical Welsh Politics, Bow Group, May 2016

Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0166

Authors: Fintan Codd; Oliver Bennett

Topic: Companies

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