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Schools, nursing teams and job centres could be run by co-ops, say Tories

15 February 2010
Shadow chancellor George Osborne

Shadow chancellor George Osborne told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that public sector workers would have the right to set up their own service-delivering co-ops under a Tory government

The Conservatives today refreshed their plans for locally-driven public services by announcing that, under a Tory government, public sector workers would have the right to set up and run their own public service-delivering co-operatives.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today, shadow chancellor George Osborne said the opportunity for employees to own and run their own services was the 'biggest power shift' since the 1980s when council house tenants were given the right to buy their homes.

He said the co-ops, or as he termed them 'not-for-profit social enterprise co-operatives', could be established to run services such as primary schools, community health services and job centres. Any financial surpluses would be reinvested into the service and the staff who work there, rather than distributed to external shareholders.

'It's not a free-for-all, but it is a dramatic power shift,' Osborne said.

The services would continue to be state funded as long as they met national standards, but Osborne added it was an opportunity to 'get away from top down bureaucracy'.

But cross-party peer Lord Victor Adebowale, CEO of one of the UK's largest health service social enterprises Turning Point, said the Tory policy was nothing new.

Social Enterprise has frequently reported on the government's 'right to request' scheme for health services, which gives frontline staff the right to set up their own service-providing social enterprise, and the call to extend the initiative to all areas of public service delivery.

Adebowale said: 'It's not a new idea and I'd be sad if it was claimed to be one. New Labour has introduced the right to request for NHS services and I have called for it to be extended as a means to give both clients and providers some choice, as well as the means to invigorate.'

He added: 'While this appears an extension of right to request, I wouldn't want the model to be used as a political gimmick. This is about people, better value and better outcomes.'

The Tories also announced in October that locally run social enterprises would be paid by results for public service delivery in what former shadow chancellor Oliver Letwin called 'part of the Tory's 'rehabilitation revolution'.

 

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As someone deeply committed

As someone deeply committed to a strong sense of pride and engagement in the work I do, I would like to reiterate my support to the principle of co-operatives and community involvement in enterprise.

My comments previously quoted, in the article recognised that the principles have been around for sometime but that it is indeed positive that the Conservatives have recognised the vital role that they can play, particularly where the employee has a shared vision for their organisation.

For a long time I have argued that the ‘Right to Request’ should be extended and I fully support the need to invigorate the work place through, enterprise, innovation and reinvestment back into the service being provided.

Not for profit social enterprise cooperatives?

I agree with John above, but what on earth is Osborne talking about? I've never heard of a not-for-profit co-operative. If they trade, they do so for profit and for the benefit of their members.

In the SEIF we have a fund for supporting not-for-profit social enterprise exclusively, which would appear to exclude CICs or anything like it which trades for profit and invests that profit for the benefit of the community. That's how new revenue flows are created for the benefit of all.

Jeff Mowatt
People-Centered Economic Development

p-ced.com
people-centered.net

CIC should be included in the discussion

CICs ability to trade widely and provide an asset lock for any assets transferred to community ownership fit quite neatly into these ideas, and should be included in the solution mix

John Mulkerrin