Papers for 1st July 2013 - evidence, John Restakis' previous visit

Below are notes from John Restakis' previous visit, plus Evidence submitted by the Welsh Progressive Co-operators to the Welsh Co-operative and Mutuals Commission

John Restakis’s visit to Wales: Key Points June 2012

1.  John welcomed the emphasis placed in the forthcoming Social Services Bill on the need for services to be user-centred and user-directed, the need to increase service users’ access to information and the need for early intervention.

2.  John argued that to put this vision into practice it is necessary to ensure that users participate as equals in the governance of the body providing services and that this can best be achieved in a co-operative model.  This equalises access to information on finances, performance statistics, quality standards, development priorities etc. and also provides service users with a social network based on reciprocity which enhances their social capital and sense of well-being. READ MORE

Evidence to the Welsh Co-operative and Mutuals Commission  ‘Voice, Choice and Control for Older People – a Co-operative Future’  submission by Welsh Progressive Co-operators

You can comment below each paragraph and the Appendices and any questions before the event will be considered for discussion.

2 What role should co-operatives and mutuals take in the delivery of public services in Wales?

2       What role should co-operatives and mutuals take in the delivery of  public services in Wales?

Our belief that Member Controlled Enterprises are the best vehicle for the provision of quality, cost-effective social support services is backed up by international experience in countries such as Canada and Italy - respectively   and  This is especially true where the enterprise has 3 membership categories – the service users/informal carers, the workers or service providers and community supporters.

The challenge is to be clear about some of the deep-seated problems in social care and health and to clarify the practical solutions which co-operative models can bring. This needs detailed work in disentangling some of our present complex structures and funding mechanisms in supporting a co-operative social care model, which would work in Wales and which could help to resolve some of the seemingly intractable problems in social care and health services in Wales.

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