Working together for better communities, jobs and growth

Published on: Thursday, 26-February-2015

Knowsley Council is one of 23 councils that make up the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network (CCIN) – a collaboration between local authorities who are committed to finding better ways of working for, and with, local people for the benefit of their local community.

In 2014 the CCIN established a Policy Commission on community resilience, jobs and enterprise.  Knowsley Council played an integral role in shaping this work and provided evidence to the Commission on the issues affecting Knowsley, specifically focused on the needs and skills required by local businesses.

The culmination of this work will be published on 26 February 2015 in a report entitled ‘Unlocking our wealth – a co-operative deal for community resilience, jobs and growth’.  The report sets out how local communities, the Government and businesses will better work together for the benefit of local areas.

Cllr Andy Moorhead, Cabinet Member for Corporate and Customer Services, commented “The co-operative deals outlined in this report are a positive step forward for us.  It will help the council to build on our co-operative principles, which include enhancing community leadership, partnership working, retaining jobs and investment locally and empowering our residents to have active roles within our communities, as well as building on the recent examples of co-operative working in practice here in Knowsley”.

An example of co-operative working in Knowsley includes looking at alternative delivery models for the council’s Leisure Management services, encouraging community ownership and commitment.  This approach follows the successful transition of the council’s youth services to Knowsley Youth Mutual, an employee and young person owned and driven community benefit society, which opened its doors almost a year ago.

Other examples of co-operative working in Knowsley include the Employability Skills Project, which is connecting local schools with employers and training providers to develop and deliver work related skills.  This will ensure our school leavers are equipped with the right skills to meet local business needs. 

For further information about the report, visit www.coopinnovation.co.uk