Democratic public ownership for the 21st Century

Posted on 18-06-19 by Ellen L. View image Number of votes: 10 | Number of comments: 35

On behalf of We Own It, an independent, not for profit organisation which campaigns for public ownership of public services, I submit our report 'When We Own It: Democratic public ownership for the 21st century' to the policy forum. 

You can find the full report here:

Privatisation has failed - it's a fringe, extreme ideology. A majority of us believe public services should work for people not profit. But how do we make sure public ownership is efficient, effective, accountable, caring, green, innovative – and so wildly successful that no future Margaret Thatcher can ever dismantle it? And what would make it feel like we really do 'own it'?

This report attempts to answer those questions. It looks in particular at public transport, water, energy, Royal Mail: industries where we have to start from scratch and recreate them in publicly owned form.

All publicly owned organisations should have the following duties:
A duty to decarbonise our economy
A duty to ensure access for all to public services
A duty to work closely with communities
A duty to steward and protect public assets and land
A duty to maximise public scrutiny by being entirely transparent

Citizens, civil society and workers should be at the heart of the governance structures in new publicly owned organisations
A new, independent, democratically accountable organisation should be created with statutory powers to represent public service users, hold publicly owned companies to account and prevent future privatisation attempts

Public services should foster a participatory culture where everyone is able to be involved in public services in whatever way, time and place is best for us

New checks, balances and accountability mechanisms should be created and enforced to give the public more power

Public ownership and participation should be embedded at the local level and connected to community projects, spaces and priorities.

Referring to: Economy, Business and Trade

The Economy, Business and Trade Policy Commission develops Labour's economic and business policy, including industrial strategy and international trade.

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