Doubling

SCDG response to NEF

Based on the need to restore economic democracy and accountability, Sheffield Cooperative Development Group offers an alternative approach to the New Economics Foundation (NEF) reports “Cooperatives Unleashed: Doubling the Size of the UK’s Cooperative Sector” (Lawrence et al., 2018) and “Sustainable Social Care: What Role for Community Business?”(Bedford and Harper, 2018). Following the political rupture with the Cooperative Movement under the 1997 and 2001 Labour Governments, Labour and Conservative policies for cooperatives and the wider third sector have emphasised a marketised direction. Third sector organisations are now ex- pected to compete in a market against the private sector to win contracts for delivery of public services to reduce their cost.

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