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Social economy campaign to influence local elections

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A campaigning body is seeking to make social enterprise a key issue at this year’s local elections.

Social Economy Alliance is to hold workshops in Manchester in March to help members gear up for the council elections in May.

The alliance is building up to launching a social enterprise manifesto ahead of next year’s general election.

Director Celia Richardson told LGC: “It is important that when people are on their way to local and national elections they understand this agenda.

“We will have a social enterprise manifesto in place for the general election and we are working at a local and regional level to hook up social enterprise groups to influence local elections.”

She said councils could do more to promote community energy production, housing co-operatives and socially focused disposal of local authority assets.

“A lot of what we need has to happen at a local authority level,” said Ms Richardson.

The alliance – made up of 24 third sector bodies – wrote an open letter asking social enterprises for their recommendations for the next government.

The letter stated: “For years now, social sector organisations like ours have been growing the UK’s economy, creating jobs, wealth and tackling the most pressing issues of our time.

“We’re now part of a mass movement that is at work all over the world. The UK is at the cutting edge of this, but our mainstream political parties are being slow to wake up to it.”

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