In Your Hands
Recent rhetoric from both Labour and the Conservatives has shown a great deal of interest in the concept of co-operatives and mutual societies. Much hope is placed in their ability to reform public services, and to increase productivity, efficiency and to give the owners of the services a real stake in their improvement. So, in this edition of Policy Platform we discuss the benefits and challenges of moving towards such a system, with more employees and service users taking control of public services.
We have articles written from three different perspectives, including Mary Rayner from Co-Operatives UK ? an umbrella body for co-operatives; Karen Wilkie from the Co-Operative Party, and; Simon Randall from the Conservative Co-Operative Movement.