Who can vote

How members become eligible to vote.

We're owned by our members. And our members have a say in how we’re run.

Eligible members can vote on motions, attend our AGM, and elect Member Nominated Directors and Council Members.

Like every other co-op, we're guided by our values and principles.

Eligibility to vote is based on a 12-month cycle, starting in January each year (some exclusions apply).

To be eligible to vote, you must be at least 16 years old, have been a Co-op Member for a year or more and meet 1 or more of the 6 Rules below:

Spend £250 at the Co-op

Rule 1: The Individual Member has recorded a minimum spend of £250 over the 12 months immediately prior to the calculation date in one or more of the following businesses:

  • Co-op Food
  • Electrical Buying Group (E-Store)

Spend on Co-op Legal Services, Co-op Funeralcare or Insurance

Rule 2: The Individual Member has been the named holder of a Co-op Insurance policy within the 12 months immediately prior to the calculation date.

Rule 3: The Individual Member has made any purchases from Co-op Legal Services within the 12 months immediately prior to the calculation date.

Rule 4: The Individual Member has purchased a Co-op Funeralcare or a Fairways Pre-paid Funeral Plan as at the calculation date.

Rule 5: The Individual Member has purchased a funeral or memorial masonry from Co-op Funeralcare or a funeral home operated by the Co-op within 12 months immediately prior to the calculation date.

Bank with us

Rule 6: The Individual Member has recorded a level of trade with The Co-operative Bank plc equating to 250 or more membership points up to and including 31 December 2018.

From 1 January, 2019 onwards, we will no longer award points for trading with The Co-operative Bank or Smile. Any points you get for banking with The Co-operative Bank and Smile until 31 December 2018 will still count towards your eligibility to vote.

See our terms and conditions for full details on how points are calculated.

Find out more

Read the full eligibility criteria in our purchases regulations (PDF, 19 pages, 834KB).