Money matters: Cooperatives and credit unions, the Charity Investors Group and the Social Enterprise Coalition

David Ainsworth's round-up of what's happening in the finance world

A private member's bill to align the law governing cooperatives and credit unions with the law on financial institutions has had its second reading in the House of Commons. The Co-operative & Community Benefit Societies & Credit Unions Bill, introduced by Labour MP Malcolm Wicks, will require new industrial and provident societies other than credit unions to be registered as cooperative or community benefit societies.

The next meeting of the Charity Investors Group will be on 22 February at Fidelity in Cannon Street, London. It will feature an assessment of the likely impact of the election on charity investment, carried out by former minister John Redwood.

The Social Enterprise Coalition has announced that it is constructing a national inventory of social enterprises that offer post office and postal services. The inventory is being developed in partnership with the Plunkett Foundation.

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