Shared space – how Scottish housing co-ops build communities
The study, published in 2019, says housing co-ops help to build stronger and safer communities, offer affordable rents and empower tenants – and calls on the Scottish government to encourage more of them. With 150,000 people on council house waiting lists, Scotland has just 11 registered housing co-ops, compared to 685 across the UK.
The report, launched by Co-operatives UK for Scotland’s Cross Party Group (CPG) on Co-ops, features case studies including West Whitlawburn Housing Co-op, Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op and Ploughshare Housing Co-op.
The authors recommend an eight-point plan to deliver more housing co-ops in Scotland. This includes a three-year pilot programme to aid the development of housing co-ops in the social and private rental sectors, consultation of Scotland’s social tenants and work to lower the costs and increase the scale of community-led housing.