Insights from the Anthony Collins Briefing Notes: Exploring the Future of Co-operative in Care

04 Apr 2024
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In the second Anthony Collins Briefing Note for the Law Commission Review of Co-operative Law, a spotlight is cast on the care sector, delving into crucial questions surrounding the presence and impact of co-operation on care in the UK. 

The briefing note traces the historical role of co-operation in the UK, drawing attention to its influence in the provision of care in the UK today. It sheds light on the contemporary challenges faced by the care sector, particularly in the face of the growing dominance of for-profit care provision and the inherent conflicts with the core values of care and human kindness.

The article underscores the necessity for a legal framework that fosters and supports collaboration, community benefit, and sustainable alternatives within the care sector. It also highlights the existing false dichotomy between co-operatives and community benefit societies in how those terms are interpreted, and the need for this to be addressed.

By sparking conversations and reflections on potential changes to UK co-operative law, the briefing note aims to pave the way for a future where care services are delivered in alignment with the fundamental principles of cooperation, collaboration, and meeting human needs.

The third Briefing Note: "Local Government" can be found here.


Cliff Mills | LinkedIn  One of the early members of ICA Global Network of Cooperative Lawyers. He is a co- author of the ICA Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade, UK expert under the Coops4dev Legal Framework Analysis, and an active participant in the International Forums on Cooperative Law and contributor to the International Journal of Cooperative Law.

David Alcock | LinkedIn Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors

Mark Cook | LinkedIn Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors

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