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In recent weeks, the church and its investments have dominated the headlines. Archbishop Justin has spoken of his desire to harness our resources to compete loan sharks out of existence. He has also welcomed ResPublica’s new report on Holistic Mission: Social action and the The Church of England – a report which shows how much the C of E is doing to promote the common good, but also highlights how much more we could do if our resources were better stewarded.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) call for evidence on ‘community energy’, which closes today, sets out a series of questions regarding the capacity of the sector, and the various barriers faced by communities across the country who wish to become collective producers of their own energy.
Chatting with an Anglican vicar last week I was fascinated to hear his views on how the Church could be the agent for social transformation. His understanding was that, as pews became established within churches the perception of these buildings changed from being community resources for the benefit of everyone to solely being places of worship.
This last month has seen a resurgence in activity on banking reform. In the space of a week we were privy to the publication of the Banking Commission’s long awaited report, the Chancellor’s Mansion House speech, and were informed of the departure of both Stephen Hester from RBS and Paul Tucker from the Bank of England.
Wednesday 26th June marks the last formal step in the transition of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) from municipal to mutual ownership. This is the point where our transitional governance arrangements end and RBH becomes a true mutual, owned solely by its tenant and employee members.
Our collective breath was taken away by the bravery of the women who guarded Lee Rigby’s body, the soldier murdered in Woolwich on 22nd May, especially Ingrid Loyau-Kennett who engaged directly with the killers, bloody weapons still held tight in their hands.
With the publication of Lord Young’s report the government has reminded us that it still holds Small Medium Enterprise (SME) growth central to the economic recovery. But by taking a One Nation approach and encouraging the creation of supply chains, small businesses would be able to grow, develop and compete together.
Three years ago Dover stood on the brink. The port was on the verge of breaking forever its historic links with the town and surrounding communities and passing into the hands of unknown private owners.
It is admirable that the Secretary of State for Education wants to place history back at the centre of the national curriculum. It is similarly admirable that he wants to see it taught in a coherent and where possible chronological way which can reflect how events and topics meaningfully interrelate, rather than leaving the student unprepared in the face of an imposing and confusing compendium of mismatched material.
The Co-operative College has over recent years worked with the Co-operative Party and schools to develop a distinct co-operative trust model that enables schools to embed co-operative values into the long term ethos of the school.
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