We want to see community-ownership of businesses, assets and services feature as key points of discussion in the lead up to the Welsh Assembly elections. We are already encouraged by the dialogue being seen in the public domain, as there is a clear commitment to community and social enterprises in Wales. Furthermore, we want to see a continuation of the support for infrastructure bodies and partners that are already making a huge difference in terms of the support for small, community-owned businesses and the Plunkett members we support.
From reviewing the manifestos, all parties appear to support either community ownership, co-operative initiatives, or the social economy in some form. However, a comprehensive agenda combining legislative change, financial support, and collaboration with existing networks of community organisations is still needed.
If you are an existing community business in Wales, or a developing group we’d love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts about the election and feed in your comments, hopes or concerns for post 6 May via our Information Hub Manager, Georgina Edwards email@example.com.