MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Urban Regeneration and Employment:

      The Council should appoint a Co-operative Development Officer.

      The Council should examine setting up a Barnet Co-operative Development Agency.

      The Council should consider setting up a Barnet Community Re-investment Trust in partnership with the private sector.

Finance Initiatives:

      The Council should continue to support community-based Credit Unions.

      The Council should consider helping to set up a Leaseholderís Credit Union for the Councilís leaseholders.  These would mainly be former tenants who have exercised the Right to Buy.

Housing:

       The Council should continue to develop its Tenant Participation Programme and should pro-actively encourage the setting up of Tenant Management Co-operatives.

       The Council should encourage primary housing co-operatives to develop Affordable Housing for Key Workers in the Borough.

       The Council should assist leaseholders who wish to establish Right to Manage companies or Commonhold Associations under the new Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill.

Social Care:

      The Council should encourage the setting up of Care Co-ops to provide domiciliary and residential care.

      The Council should encourage the development of childcare co-ops, breakfast clubs, food co-ops/box schemes and LETS.

Internet and Communications Technologies

      The Council should consider using the facilities offered by Poptel and the Phone Co-op.

Externalisation of council services:

      Where the Council decides to externalise any of its services a co-operative option should be considered first.

Social Enterprise in London :

      The Council should work closely with the Greater London Authority, other London Boroughs and organisations such as Social Enterprise London , London Business Link and the Learning and Skills Development Agency to promote the social economy in London .

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