A former managing director of John Lewis says council owned care homes and other local services could be made into co-operatives similar to the famous store, according to The Times.
Andy Street, (above) who is standing for the Conservatives in the first West Midlands mayoral election, wants a new generation of co-operatives partly owned by employees.
Mr Street believes the John Lewis model could be equally applicable to improving local services such as care homes.
“Given the challenges this sector faces, the increased service levels and enhanced efficiency of co-operatives could be invaluable,” he said.
Nadra Ahmed, chairwoman of the National Care Association, described Mr Street’s proposal as “something worth looking at”.
“We all know that the sector has recruitment and retention issues as well as a very significant funding shortfall,” she said. “Any solution that would help those kinds of problems would certainly be worth examining.”