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A new future for Co-operatives in the Community. Councillor Cammy Day - Vice Convener Health, Social Care and Housing City of Edinburgh Council 11 March 2014. Co-operative Capital – Building Capacity. In 2012 the Council’s Capital Coalition set out a vision to

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A new future for co operatives in the community

A new future for Co-operatives in the Community

Councillor Cammy Day - Vice Convener Health, Social Care and Housing

City of Edinburgh Council

11 March 2014


Co operative capital building capacity
Co-operative Capital – Building Capacity

In 2012 the Council’s Capital Coalition set out a vision to

“build a co-operative, more prosperous Edinburgh in which every resident and community benefits”


Why is the council taking this approach
Why is the Council taking this approach?

  • To become a Council and a City which does things ‘with people’ and stops doing things ‘to them’;

  • To reflect and respect local input and avoid the more traditional ‘top-down’ approach; and

  • To radically transform the way that services are planned, managed and delivered.


How are we doing this
How are we doing this?

  • Development and agreement of framework – 6 key themes

  • Co-operative Development Unit

  • Expert Working Group

  • Co-operative Housing Political Sounding Board

  • Working with our partners

  • Working with other councils


What are our specific c o operative pledges
What are our specific co-operative pledges?

  • Examine ways to bring the Council, care home staff and users together into co-operatives to provide the means to make life better for care home users

  • Encourage the development of Community Energy Co-operatives

  • Establish city-wide childcare co-operatives for affordable childcare for working parents

  • Encourage the development of co-operative housing arrangements


What are we doing in housing
What are we doing in Housing?

Encouraging and supporting existing and emerging co-operatives

  • Community co-operatives – 21C Homes

  • Energy switching project

  • Student housing co-operative

  • Craigmillar Eco Housing Co-operative

  • Embedding co-operative working


Where next
Where next?

  • Embedding co-operative thinking into the culture of the Council

  • Identifying key areas to adopt model

  • Building on pilots – expanding models/ knowledge sharing / capacity building

    “It is not only about setting up and supporting co-operatives. It is also about embedding this into the way that we go about our work”


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