Tag Archives: Co-operatives Legislation

Following up my post of 31.01.2017, the 2017 March budget includes plans to relax audit limits for societies. Another triumph for Co-operatives UK lobbying for societies. See https://www.uk.coop/newsroom/lobbying-success-growing-co-ops Hopefully the pressure will keep up to get primary legislation to change the Accountant’s Report requirement … Continue reading

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In 2013, I wrote about Co-op Law reform proposals in the Republic of Ireland (ROI). They led to this 2014 legislation  which just dealt with some key problems like capital limits. The old industrial and provident societies  legislation from the 1890’s … Continue reading

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This is my Response to the FCA’s June Consultation on their revision of their 2014 draft Guidelines on the registration of Co-ops and Community Benefit societies. As Cliff Mills and David Alcock have pointed out in the Co-op News, it is a big … Continue reading

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I’ve just added a very late reply on this to my post of last December on committees, boards, officers etc under CCBSA 2014 and I thought it might be worth highlighting it with a post of its own. It’s a … Continue reading

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Last April Dave Hollings of Co-operative and Mutual Solutions Limited asked me two questions. He’s kindly given me permission to shares the Q & A’s on here. Both questions are about co-operative societies. Apparently they were raised by a co-operative … Continue reading

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 Last April Dave Hollings of Co-operative and Mutual Solutions Limited asked me two questions. He’s kindly given me permission to shares the Q & A’s on here. Both questions are about co-operative societies. Apparently they were raised by a co-operative … Continue reading

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Words such as “officer”, “director”, “board” and “committee” are often used in an apparently contradictory way when co-ops and community benefit societies are discussed. The position on those labels in societies can be confusing, so here is my attempt to … Continue reading

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Ian Adderley of the FCA Mutuals Team writes: This is a short update to sponsoring bodies and advisers highlighting some developments in the world of mutual societies registration. Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 You may be aware that … Continue reading

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Many of you will have heard about the legal changes that have come into force this year. At some point I’ll tidy up this website to give them more prominence as a resource for readers, whether lawyers, co-ops, bencoms or … Continue reading

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On Friday, phase 1 of the deal to rescue and demutualise the Co-op Bank was finalised. It was supported at all necessary meetings of classes of creditor and shareholder and approved by the Court. Effective majority control of the Bank has now … Continue reading

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Now that I’m back from Brussels it’s time to have a closer look at the use of the word “Co-operative” in the name of a bank 70% owned by Stock Market investors and 30% by the Co-operative Group. I argue … Continue reading

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Co-operatives UK have issued a brief indication of their response to the HM Treasury Consultation Document “Growth Through Co-operation” that came out on 26th July and their fuller response to the technical questions is available to download there as well. … Continue reading

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On Monday afternoon Lord Naseby introduced a private members’ bill in the House of Lords which will, if passed, be very helpful to co-ops, friendly societies and mutual insurers. It removes some of the technical legal obstacles that limit their use of shares to raise capital. … Continue reading

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Here is a recording of the Co-op Fortnight Law Lecture and Discussion in mp3 form for you to download if you have an hour to spare or trouble sleeping…..If you look at the slides while listening, it may make more … Continue reading

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International Co-operative Alliance UK and Blueprint

This link gives an up to date account of the relationship between the ICA’s Blueprint Plan on legislation and this year’s UK developments. Essentially, we have the consolidation which it is hoped will become law by late 2013 (see My … Continue reading

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