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Raise or scrap limits on maximum investment by individuals in co-operative businesses.

Comment 15th March 2013

The maximum legally-permitted investment by an individual in a co-operative business is currently £20000.

My idea is to raise this limit, either to a higher fixed value, or annually in a way which is index-linked to the cost of living; or to scrap this limit altogether.

Why does this matter?

Co-operative businesses encourage principles which are beneficial to society, including: self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity.  They also often contribute to the communities in which they are based, and encourage sustainable environmental practices.  Limiting investment in co-operative businesses thus limits their ability to make a positive contribution to society and a sustainable environment.  It also places them at a comptetitive disadvantage to other forms of business, which do not have such investment limits.

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