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This article focuses on information specific to the United Kingdom. Please see our Towards sustainable economies page for a topic overview.

British co-operative movement[edit]

The United Kingdom is home to a widespread and diverse co-operative movement, with over 3 million individual members. Modern co-operation started with the Rochdale Pioneers' shop in the northern English town of Rochdale in 1844.

Co-operatives UK is the central membership organisation for co-operative enterprise throughout the UK. This is a co-operative of co-operatives: a co-operative federation. Most kinds of co-operatives are eligible to join Co-operatives UK. W


Fair Tax, "Fair tax is the new fair trade... All it takes is for consumers, people who are taxpayers themselves, to back the companies that pay what they owe." Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK.

Move Your Money, UK, "national campaign to spread the message that we, as individuals, can help to build a better banking system through our buying power."


Citizens data initiative[edit]

A minimum income standard for the UK in 2013, Joseph Rowntree Foundation


reFund v. 1.0, UK REconomy Funding Database

How to's[edit]

  • How to Set Up a Community Co-op, May 17, 2017 @Shareable


Sharetown Nesta

Other resources[edit]

  • Community-led economic development, Oct 2017
  • Five steps to REconomy,
  • Open Co-ops: Inspiration, Legal Structures and Tools, Josef Davies-Coates STIR (date not found)
  • Infographic: The Preston Model @TheNextSystem, Feb 5, 2018
  • Public-Common Partnerships: Building New Circuits of Collective Ownership, June 27, 2019
  • Starting a Transition Enterprise, REconomy, December 23, 2014


“There is a groundswell of support for an economy in which people have more power over the decisions that affect them, whether that’s housing, jobs or local high streets. Community economic development has the potential to be truly transformational, offering an effective tool to turn the inclusive growth agenda into practical action.

What we have learnt, though, is that for community economic development to be effective some fundamental changes are required. In particular, community-led economic plans need to have a legitimate and recognised place in the way that local authorities and other decision-making bodies approach economic development so that the community’s vision can form a key part of the strategy for the local economy.”

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK


Creating good city economies in the UK,

Solidarity Economy Association


News and comment[edit]


May 22 Imagining a new social contract [1]

Avenue of trees in St George's Park -

Apr 24 Trees, woodland and forest UK: Is there a zebra in your community woodland? [2]

Above Langdon Brook -

Mar 6 Lancashire: In an era of brutal cuts, one ordinary place has the imagination to fight back, Aditya Chakrabortty [3]

Putting banking back in the hands of the people, Jan 3 [4]


Jan 3 Towards sustainable economies news: Nesta's 'ShareTown' interactive shows what a cooperative, tech-enabled economy might look like [5]


Oct 27 Citizen-led Economic Transition – a four point framework for guiding action [6]

Forget profit. It’s love and fun that drive innovation like Parkrun, Aug 29 [7]

Sustainable social care, Aug 23 [8]

Aug 6 How to test and deliver a Universal Basic Income [9]

Pathways towards economic security and Universal Basic Income, Feb 16 [10]


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Social inclusion UK: UK's first report on Universal Basic Services published, Oct 11 [11]


London news: Plan unveiled for London to become a world-leading circular economy, Jun 19 [12]

Kidoop: A Childcare Co-op App Takes Shape in the UK, Feb 15 [13]

World could enjoy utopian future with sustainable development, year-long study finds, Jan 16 [14]


“I am citizen, I have a Citizen’s income, I, Daniel Blake.” by @anthonypainter, Oct 28 [15]

Co-production: why it’s more important than ever before, Jul 6 [16]

The hidden value of unpaid work, Apr 15 [17]

Budget 2016: What we are facing isn't a financial crisis, but a crisis of the imagination. Mar 16 [18]


Food waste cafes and urban orchards: five ways people are building a new economy, September 17 [19]

People, planet, power: towards a new social settlement, Anna Coote, February 17 [20]

NEF’s proposals for a new social settlement – a framework for deciding how we live together, what we expect from our governments and what we want to achieve for ourselves and others. It builds on the strengths of the post-War settlement inspired by the Beveridge Plan, but moves on – because the world has changed profoundly – to offer a bold new approach to the challenges we face today.
The new social settlement has three goals: social justice, environmental sustainability, and a more equal distribution of power. All three are intertwined and must be pursued together.



See also[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Basic income in the United Kingdom

External links[edit]

NEF was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) with the aim of working for a "new model of wealth creation, based on equality, diversity and economic stability".
The foundation has 50 staff in London and is active at a range of different levels. Its programmes include work on well-being, its own kinds of measurement and evaluation, sustainable local regeneration, its own forms of finance and business models, sustainable public services, and the economics of climate change. W
  • Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR), promotes the ethical practice and use of science and technology. SGR is affiliated to the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES).
SGR's main areas of concern are arms and arms control, including military involvement in UK universities; effect of excessive greenhouse gas emissions on climate; the nature of war and reducing barbarity; topsoil and water shortages resulting from modern agricultural methods; depletion of species of fish due to over-fishing; continual spread of nuclear weapons, and reduction of occurrence of serious nuclear accidents.
SGR evaluates the risk of new science and new technological solutions to older science-based problems and threats, while recognizing the enormous contribution science, design and technology has made to civilisation and human well-being. W
  • People Powered Prosperity (date not found)
  • Social Enterprise UK
  • Stir to Action, "community organisation that publishes a quarterly magazine, runs workshop programmes and short courses, produces how-to resources for setting up co-operatives and community enterprises, commissions original artwork and facilitates social economy start-ups."


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  1. New Economics Foundation
  2. Shared Assets
  3. The Guardian
  4. RSA
  5. Shareable
  6. Enterprising Ecosystems
  7. The Guardian
  9. @LSEpoliticsblog
  13. @Shareable
  17. New Economics Foundation
  18. Transition Network
  19. The Guardian
  20. New Economics Foundation