Vote Kirklees for Co-operative Council of the Year

Kirklees Council has been shortlisted for Co-operative Council of the year for the way it has worked with local people during the Covid-19 pandemic – and we need your vote.

The Co-operative Council of the Year recognises best practice as demonstrated by co-operative local authorities and also celebrates the great work delivered at a local level.

This award is sponsored by CCIN, the Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network, and Kirklees has been shortlisted for its work with local people, businesses, partner organisations and community groups in the borough’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic over the last year.

In particular, the council has been recognised for its role in Kirklees’ collective effort to help local people in the height of the pandemic, right the way through to supporting as many people as possible to get the Covid-19 vaccine. And how it did this in cooperation, and as part of a team, with new mutual aid groups, local businesses, partner organisations and local people.

As part of this team Kirklees approach, the council’s frontline workers, such as bin operatives, kept Kirklees running and staff from services that had to halt, such as libraries, were redeployed to support those that needed it most. Leisure centres and housing associations did the same so we could all work alongside local volunteers and community groups, as one Kirklees team.

Local business stepped up to the plate in Kirklees, with greengrocers, for example, leading mutual aid responses for their villages and when the businesses had to close, we saw the community and voluntary sector incredibly take on challenges in a way we’ve never seen before. It’s this truly cooperative approach that has seen Kirklees shortlisted.

You can vote Kirklees Council as Co-operative Council of the Year online now and read its nomination in full. Voting closes at midnight on 1 June and the winners will be announced online in early July

How to vote

  • Voting is free and you can vote once in each category.
  • Click on each co-op name to read why they think they should win.
  • Select your favourite by clicking the button below the description in each category.
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  • Click the green ‘vote’ button.
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Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:

“The many lives and livelihoods lost, the restrictions we’ve lived under and the time we’ve had to spend apart from those we love are just some of the reasons the last year has been so tough.

“But it’s also been a time where councils and their communities have dug deep to keep local people safe and there are so many positives we can take away from this.

“Kirklees Council may have been shortlisted, but this recognises the whole of our borough and the truly inspiring way we’ve pulled together in such difficult times. I’ve never be so proud to be from Kirklees. Our communities, volunteers, all public sector and NHS and the many private sector firms that pulled together is something we can be proud of and build upon.

“We know that through this work, we’re already better placed to deal with future crises or incidents in a collective way.

“In Kirklees, I have been absolutely blown away by the power of our community’s response to the pandemic, and never have our cooperative values been more important and impactful.

“Our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic could never have been Kirklees Council alone, we could only do it with our partners and our communities.

“The pandemic shone a light on inequalities and the families that are just about managing and we now need to take this work forward to ensure we build an economic recovery that doesn’t leave anyone behind. That’s where I feel we can do more in supporting co-operative values that will begin to address the imbalance we see.”