'Remove hurdles' for schools keen to be run as co-operatives, MP says

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It should be easier for co-operative trusts to run schools and nurseries, Labour and Co-operative MP Meg Munn has said.

On 17 April 2013, Ms Munn said her private member's bill would enable schools to register as Industrial Provident Societies and amend the Education Act 2006 to enable nursery schools to be established as school trusts.

"Much is said about choice in education but if this is to become a reality we need to allow co-operative school trusts to flourish and remove the hurdles that make that difficult," she told MPs.

"At the moment the legal forms of co-operatives are determined as Industrial and Provident Societies or co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and there is no provision in the relevant acts for co-operative schools.

"They have to work around the existing legislation in a clumsy and a confusing way."

The MP for Sheffield Heeley's Co-operative Schools Bill was given an unopposed first reading, but is unlikely to make further progress without government support.

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