Creating sustainable communities
Doing so requires trusting people to make decisions over the services that they use, as well as the control of public services.
From tackling climate change to building new affordable homes, co-operative and mutual organisations can deliver new and radical changes to the society in which we live. The role of the co-operative sector is crucial as we seek to move to a more sustainable society.
The Co-operative Party will campaign for:
- Transferring power to communities through community-based and new mutual organisations running local services, tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, engaging young people and regenerating run-down neighbourhoods. >> find out more about local communities
- Tackling climate change and bringing down the cost of energy. Our ‘Collective Power’ model allows people to come together to save money and help tackle climate change through purchasing their power collectively. >> find out more about energy
- Delivering high-quality affordable housing through our ‘New Foundations’ model – a new form of intermediate home ownership that can ensure families have access to a decent home they can afford. >> find out more about housing
- Establish a ‘community right to try’ to end the decline in rural services. With pubs and shops closing at a faster rate than ever before, a ‘right to try’ would give them the option of a community social enterprise and time to consider taking over a service. >> find out more about rural issues and community assets
- Tackling crime and disorder through local crime-fighting partnerships. Introducing a broad-based and open membership to these bodies can drive further reduction of the level of crime within our communities. >> find out more about crime
- Promoting better public transport and sustainable travel with our ‘People’s Rail’ campaign. This would give the British public real power over Network Rail. We believe the Government should also create a new mutual provider of train services as a public sector comparator to the other train operating companies. >> find out more about our vision for transport
- Reforming the important institutions in culture and sport to ensure they put the needs and interests of their fans and enthusiasts first. We believe that by giving ordinary people a say over the way that organisations like the BBC are run is the best way to ensure this occurs. >> find out more about our views on culture and sport