Rochdale in running for Co-op council of the year

Date published: 09 June 2019

Rochdale Borough Council has been nominated for a national award for the innovative services it delivers to residents across the borough.

The council is one of six local authorities vying to be crowned Co-operative council of the year at an awards ceremony in Manchester on Friday 21 June.

Rochdale Council secured its place on the shortlist through its to implementing Co-operative values at a local level.

Council success stories that impressed the judges included the award-winning In Bloom initiative, a doubling of local spend and a dynamic partnership approach for delivering housing and health initiatives.

There are over 30 Co-operative organisations in the town and, in a further boost, a council enterprise hub is planned to support ambitious Co-operative policies in the coming years.

Councillor Allen Brett, leader of the council, said: “As the home of the Co-op movement, we are proud to have been shortlisted for this top award.

“Our pioneering spirit burns as brightly today as it did when the Co-op party was formed in our town all those years ago. 

“We have worked in partnership with organisations across the borough to deliver award-winning services, like the In Bloom initiative, housing and health partnerships, armed forces support networks and many others.

“Rochdale has always led the way with forward-looking progressive policies, so I would ask people to vote and help give us the honour of being crowned Co-operative council of the year.”

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