We respond to a variety of consultation responses to make the case for co-operatives and co-operation in Wales. Read our latest responses and find out how to get involved.
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The Fair Work Commission was established by Welsh Government to recommend how to encourage fair employment practices across Wales. Our response highlighted indicators to suggest that the social economy is a fair work sector, trade union and co-operative solutions for self-employed workers and the potential role for public procurement.
Welsh Government established the Affordable Housing Review to examine whether more can be done to increase the supply of affordable housing in Wales. Our response highlighted how community-led housing can make a real contribution to the target of 20,000 new homes in Wales and should be given increased priority.
The Law Commission consulted on leasehold enfranchisement reform. While our response welcomed proposals around collective freehold acquisition, we called for the ‘nominee purchaser’ (those collectively purchasing freehold) to include co-operative societies and not just a companies limited by guarantee. We have worked with the Confederation of Co-operative Housing to develop model rules for co-operative leasehold trusts which could be adapted by other leasehold schemes. Our response highlights the characteristics of the co-operative model which make it particularly suited to this role.
Welsh Government’s consultation set out definitions of loneliness and isolation and its suggested approach to addressing the issue in the future. Our response highlighted the role that co-operatives and co-operation can in building resilience to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. We demonstrated how digital technology can also be used to tackle loneliness and isolation.
The National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee held an inquiry into access to banking in Wales. Our joint response with the board of Banc Cambria considered the impact on communities of bank closures and the increase in ATM charges. We also considered the impact of bank closures on small businesses. Our response also the benefits of community banks and the process for establishing such as bank in Wales.