What is We Own It?

After 30 years, privatisation of our public services has failed. It's time for public ownership. 
We use it, we pay for it, we own it.

Our mission

We Own It campaigns against privatisation and for 21st century public ownership. We believe public services belong to all of us - from the NHS to schools, water to energy, rail to Royal Mail, care work to council services.

Privatisation keeps failing - but there are lots of brilliant examples of public ownership we can learn from in the UK and around the world. Public ownership is incredibly popular. It will save money for the public purse, improve people's lives and help us tackle the climate crisis.

We Own It is an independent organisation, not connected to any political party and mostly funded by individual donations.

Our impact

With a small team of five, supported by our Board and advisors, we punch above our weight! Since launching in 2013, our achievements include:

WINNING CAMPAIGNS with others to stop the privatisation of Network Rail, the Land RegistryNHS Professionals and campaigning successfully to bring probation and the East Coast line into public ownership.

MAKING THE CASE FOR PUBLIC OWNERSHIP, influencing Labour's local government policy with our Public Service Users Bill proposal, developing ideas for democratic public ownership in our latest report, When We Own It and sharing our message in the media, on Radio 4, Channel 4 News, Sky News and in the Mirror, Guardian and Financial Times​.

We need YOU to make public ownership happen

 

Our founder Cat Hobbs explains why she cares about public ownership:

 

Do you believe in public services for people not profit?

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