The fifth meeting of the UWS-Oxfam Policy Forum took place last Wednesday. The Forum heard a report from Steve Talbot and Geoff Whittam on their research project looking at the role of cooperatives in local economic development. It also heard from Danny McCafferty about the development of the innovative ‘Foodshare’ initiative in Clydebank. The Forum agreed support for a new research project in which Drs Darryl Gunson and Lawrence Nuttal will continue their collaboration with Amina. Finally, the Forum agreed the creation of a short-term working group to develop an action plan for the Partnership for the period ahead.