What is We Own It?
We Own It is a campaigning organisation. We are against privatisation and we make the case for public ownership.
We love public services. Trains, water, energy, care work, council services, the NHS. We believe they make life better for you, me and everyone. They are super useful and really important, for our children, parents and grandparents, our friends, our colleagues and our communities. We all use public services every day.
But privatisation is damaging our public services. We've been told myths about privatisation for over 30 years. We don't believe them anymore, if we ever did. It's time for a new common sense about the public services we love.
Do you love public services too? Join us.
We believe that...
Public services all have something in common
So we're here to join the dots
What is a public service? We think there are three key ingredients: it meets an important need for society as a whole, it should be democratic and it tends to be a natural monopoly (where there isn't much real competition). Trying to create an artificial market in public services doesn't make sense. That's why - whether you're talking railways or the Royal Mail, care work or council services - we see a pattern with privatisation: higher costs, lower quality, less accountability.
Privatisation has failed
So we're here to bust the myths
There are lots of right wing thinktanks and vested interests arguing for privatisation. We know they're wrong, so we take them on. The evidence shows clearly that privatisation has failed. We Own It will shout this from the rooftops until our decision makers see sense.
Public ownership is awesome
So we're here to spread the word
When people get together to create public services, funded by all of us, available to all of us, improving our lives – that is literally awesome. No wonder it's also very popular. Polling shows the public are already on side. We Own It tells the stories that show public ownership is not just possible, it's the new common sense.
What have we achieved so far?
Since launching in 2013 we've
- Got our message out in the media, appearing on Channel 4 News, Sky News, Radio 4 and in the Mirror, Guardian and Financial Times
- Won campaign victories, helping to stop privatisation of Network Rail and the Land Registry
- Made the case that selling off profitable public assets doesn’t make sense – in just 10 years’ time we’ll be losing money on the Royal Mail sale
- Carried out new polling – on buses, parks and outsourcing - to show that people want transparency, accountability and public ownership