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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.

Response 1 - Voice, Choice and Control for Older People

RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS POSED BY THE WELSH CO-OPERATIVE AND MUTUALS COMMISSION

1.    What opportunities are there for developing and growing co-operatives and mutuals in Wales?

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?

3 How can the Welsh Government support the formation and growth of co-operatives and mutuals in Wales?

3   How can the Welsh Government support the formation and growth of  co-operatives and mutuals in Wales?

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?

5 Have you ever considered setting up or converting to a co-operative or mutual enterprise?

5 Have you ever considered setting up or converting to a co-operative   or mutual enterprise?

6 If so, where did you go for information and support and did you receive appropriate advice?

6 If so, where did you go for information and support and did you   receive appropriate advice?

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?

8 What constraints are you aware of in establishing and expanding co- operatives and can you suggest ways of getting around them?

8 What constraints are you aware of in establishing and expanding co- operatives and can you suggest ways of getting around them?

9 Are there ways in which the use of information technology and social media could be used to strengthen the co-operative and mutual economy in Wales?

9 Are there ways in which the use of information technology and social media could be used to strengthen the co-operative and mutual economy in Wales?

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