Plunkett Foundation boost for cooperative pubs

The charity will work with 82 communities that applied for revival scheme hatched under Labour but closed by the coalition government

Britain's first cooperative pub, the Old Crown at Hesket Newmarket in Cumbria
Britain's first cooperative pub, the Old Crown at Hesket Newmarket in Cumbria

The Plunkett Foundation has pledged to continue supporting groups that applied to a defunct £3.3m government programme aimed at helping communities buy local pubs.

The foundation said it would team up with other cooperative organisations to continue to provide support to the 82 communities that had approached the scheme for help. The initiative was put in place under the Labour government but axed shortly after the election.

The foundation’s decision comes after a summit meeting at the Old Crown in Hesket Newmarket, the first cooperative pub in England.

Peter Couchman, chief executive of the Plunkett Foundation, which created the original support scheme said: "The cooperative movement will be developing a package of support to help the 82 communities that have asked for help with saving their locals.

"The support will not be at the same level as it would have been, but those choosing to go down the cooperative pub route will receive support from highly experienced cooperative developers."

Further details of how the new scheme will operate are expected to be announced at the start of October.

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