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It was racial discrimination in 1960s London which led to the setting up of the first credit union in Britain fifty years ago. Credit unions have existed in the Caribbean since the 1940s, and immigrants to Britain from Jamaica and Trinidad decided upon their arrival in the UK to set up a self-help organisation so they could get the financial services they needed.
The General Election in 2010 saw a major landmark in the development of the Co-operative Movement. For the first time ever, the three largest political parties all made glowing reference to the role of co-operatives in British society and how they would support them if elected.
Mutual and employee-owned organisations (MEOs) are public and private enterprises, which have the potential to provide social, as well as economic, benefits. As a philosophy, mutualism is a set of ideas and principles governing the relations between individuals; as an organisational practice, mutuality is characterised by distinctive ownership and governance structures which express the values of equality, fairness and mutual respect through democratic decision-making.
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