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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.

7 If you have received business advice in Wales, were you provided with information about the co-operative and mutual business models? How helpful was that advice? In what ways could it be improved?

7 If you have received business advice in Wales, were you provided with information about the co-operative and mutual business models? How helpful was that advice? In what ways could it be improved?

Improvement: One of the best ways of promoting such developments is through the development of local networks, resources, and community partnerships that enable communities to provide a variety of elder care services where people already live. Given the scale of development required over the next two decades, I envisage the local creation of Co-operative Development Agencies (CDAs) in partnership with local authorities, which was the pattern in Wales prior to the Wales Co-operative Centre. This would be supportive of maximising local accountability, social capital and reciprocity, effectively accessing local resources and the promotion of the Co-operative principle of ‘Co-operation between Co-operatives’, which is exemplified in the evolution of a strong Co-operative economy in Emilia Romagna (Italy), for example. Please see question 6.

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