Move to expand cooperative housing

A group of social housing charities and umbrella bodies have clubbed together to investigate how the use of tenant-controlled housing can be expanded.

The Commission on Mutual and Co-operative Housing, which includes trade body the Chartered Institute of Housing, housing association umbrella body the National Housing Federation and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust, will examine how the use of cooperative housing could grow.

The commission will receive evidence from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Urban and Regional Studies and think tank the Human City Institute over a 15-month period.

The commission is also supported by the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Co-operatives UK, the Co-operative Development Society and a group of social housing providers.

Adrian Coles, director general of the Building Societies Association and chair of the commission, said it planned to develop a long-term strategy for growth in cooperative housing. "The UK has a small but flourishing cooperative housing sector," he said. "The commission's aim is to move housing cooperatives closer to the centre of national policy debates by gathering evidence across the country to see how best to expand their future role."

The commission will put out an interim report in autumn 2008 before publishing a final study in summer 2009.


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