Following concerted lobbying by Co-operatives UK and the Cross Party Group on Co-ops, Scottish Government has included housing co-operatives in its ‘Housing to 2040 strategy.
The strategy sets out a vision for housing in Scotland to 2040 - and a route map to get there. Its ambition is for everyone to enjoy good quality and affordable homes that meet needs in the place they want to be. And co-ops are set to play a role.
Scottish Government will develop a new rented sector strategy in 2021/22, which it suggests could include specific measures for housing co-ops in both the social and private rental sectors.
Co-operatives UK is eager to bring together a coalition of partners in Scotland – housing co-ops, experts, supportive politicians – to ensure we convert this opportunity into tangible new policy support.