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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.

4 What scope is there for existing co-operatives and mutuals to expand their operations in Wales and to assist other co-operatives to set up and grow?

4 What scope is there for existing co-operatives and mutuals to expand their operations in Wales and to assist other co-operatives to set up and grow?

It may be helpful for Commissioners to know that the following questions have been sent to a Social Services Director and XXXX - an English based worker co-operative:

            1.         Can XXXX operate outside of the LA block contracting process?

            2.         Why should there be a focus upon block contracts if the intention is for the local authorities to move strongly in the direction of Direct                              Payments?

            3.         Where is the capital cost coming from, and what would be the estimated start up costs for (a) Newport, (b) XXXX Cymru?

            4.         What experience do XXXX have of involving service users and local community interests?

            5.         Could XXXX Cymru be established separate from XXXX England?

            6.         How do XXXX terms and conditions of employment vary between English block contracts, and how do these compare with Welsh LA                          terms and conditions of employment? (Do employees receive extra payment for unsocial hours, zero hour contracts, allowance for                          travel time, etc?)

            7.         In respect of TUPE transfer, how will future employment liabilities and pension arrangements be funded?

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