Housing co-ops have so much to offer. They deliver affordable housing in a climate where both house prices and rents are rising. They help to control and build powerful communities, offering tenants far greater control over the things that matter most to them.
This report commissioned for the Cross Party Group on Co-operatives in the Scottish Parliament, contains case studies which demonstrate how housing co-ops in Glasgow and Edinburgh have delivered benefits for Scottish communities. However, the sector is still very limited, with just 11 registered and several more unregistered housing co-ops in Scotland, compared with 685 across the UK.
We need to do much more.
By highlighting successful housing co-ops in Scotland and what they can achieve, this report is the first step in achieving our aim to put the sector firmly back on the policy map. Recommendations are outlined in an eight point plan to deliver more housing co-ops in Scotland.