Ahead of the Scottish parliamentary elections in May 2021, Co-operatives UK has created a document outlining four national programmes that, if implemented, will deliver a more inclusive and sustainable Scottish economy, while also helping to build a fairer and more just society.
We have written to each party leader asking them to include co-op development in their manifestos.
If adopted by the new Scottish government, the co-op economy could grow further through four key programmes:
- An entrepreneurs’ scheme aimed at establishing new worker co-ops;
- A job recovery scheme designed to protect the livelihoods of workers threatened by business sale, restructuring or closure;
- More support for housing co-operatives to help local communities develop more affordable housing;
- A boost for community funding via a scheme aimed at making institutional investment in local assets easier.