Co-Operative Consultation

LocalGov Digital are considering plans to become a community co-operative, and have launched a consultation to understand your views about how we can make this happen and work for you.

Currently an informal volunteer network, LocalGov Digital would seek to change to a model that incorporated formal membership of a co-operative, asking for a financial donation from individual members with membership also being available for organisations and supporters too.

Why does LocalGov Digital need to change?

We have achieved so much already, and now it’s time to think about the next iteration.

LocalGov Digital wants to:

  • keep growing our network and welcoming new members

  • find new ways to work together

  • work more effectively with partner organisations

  • keep developing the network as a real driver for change in local public services.

Moving to a co-operative membership model will give us the framework to be clear about who were are and what we want to achieve. It also provides opportunities for the network to potentially seek funding. The most important thing for us is that we are essentially asking people to sign up to the principles and values of the cooperative as part of joining and becoming a part of LocalGov Digital

Proposal:

  1. We seek to create a community cooperative to provide a vehicle for LocalGov Digital during the first quarter of 2017

  2. We seek to introduce a membership offer for individuals

  3. We seek to introduce an individual membership fee in the form of a financial donation - the current thinking is £1 to ensure everyone has an equal stake as a member

    Additional considerations:

    1. The membership fee would be a one off payment, or

    2. The membership fee would be an annual recurring payment

  4. We seek to develop and introduce an offer for organisations building on the LocalGov Digital Service Standard sign up process

  5. We seek to apply criteria for accepting sponsorship to align with the Values and principles of the cooperative and the LocalGov Digital Service Standard.

Tell us what you think

We need to know what you think about these proposals.

Please let us know by tweeting @localgovdigital or emailing feedback@localgovdigital.info, before Friday 16 December.

You can read individual views from Network members on this proposed changes here and if you'd like to blog about your views, we'll link to it.