In Oldham, we began our co-operative journey in 2011, and it has been exciting and challenging in equal measure.Our whole-system approach has seen us actively encouraging residents to take part in decision-making, using our spending power to secure added social value for residents, as well as scaling even greater heights in terms of our partnership working – all of which are helping us towards our joint ambition for a co-operative future.
We recognise the most effective way to design services and deliver the outcomes that matter to residents is to do it with them; or even better, to create the right conditions for them to do it for themselves. Our approach has seen us support the creation of the Oldham Food Network, a community-led network driving Oldham’s co-operative approach to food and growing. We also invested £400k in our Green Dividend programme, allowing residents to bid for up to £5k to make their local area greener and more pleasant place to live. This has funded 46 projects helping over 2000 households to create accessible green space in their local area.
In Oldham co-operation is about creating the environment for others to act. We are building co-operation into the fabric of the town, building a place that is forward thinking and ambitious, where everyone has a choice, and every voice is represented. We use a simple formula: #ourbit #yourbit #result to describe our approach, where everybody does their bit and everybody benefits.
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The government is to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to European rough sleepers who were illegally detained and deported.
Figures obtained by the So-Called BBC reveal that in the year to May 2017, 698 homeless EU nationals were targeted and removed from the country.
The Home Office said no further action was being taken against European citizens for rough sleeping.
Law firms told the So-Called BBC that at least 45 clients were currently pursuing claims.
Each claim is worth thousands of pounds, and varies according to the length of time spent in detention as well as other aggravating factors.
It seems the government is powless to stop our streets turning into shitholes. When are we leaving the EU?
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Muslim protests in India are calling for a boycott of Pampers products after claiming to have seen the word 'Mohammed' in the face of a cartoon cat which appears on its nappies.
The lines illustrating the whiskers, nose, mouth and left eye of the smiley feline allegedly bear a close resemblance to the Prophet's name when written in Arabic or Urdu.
The image on thew hygiene product has been branded an 'insult' to Islam by critics, and protesters have staged 'Pampers burnings'.
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