Cooperative Councils have caught our eye here in the Our Society Planning Group. Lambeth Council have a great area on their website explaining aspects of their cooperative approach. We were particularly interested in their 7 key principles:
The cooperative council sets out seven key principles that provide direction for public services. They are:
Principle 1: The council as a strong community leader.
Principle 2: Providing services at the appropriate level personalised and community based.
Principle 3: Citizens and communities empowered to design and deliver services and play an active role in their local community.
Principle 4: Public services enabling residents to engage in civil society through employment opportunities.
Principle 5: A settlement between public services, our communities and the citizen (this is what we provide, this is what you do for yourself) underpinned by our desire for justice, fairness and responsibility.
Principle 6: Taking responsibility for services – regardless of where they are accessed or which agency provides them.
Principle 7: Simple, joined up and easy access to services – location and transaction i.e. “one place to do it all”, “one form, one time to do it all” – providing visible value for money.
Dudley Council have set up a Localism Steering group which will take forward activity in relation to changes through the Localism Act in relation to Planning, Housing, Governance, Community Rights, and more. Our Society activity is also part of what the Localism Steering Group considers, and may help to shape the direction for public services and relationships between Dudley MBC and citizens and communities.