Providing a secure and affordable alternative through new co-operative and community-led housing
Yesterday, Tonic Housing made history - new funding secured from the Mayor of London means they will become the UK's first LGBTQ+ retirement community. Their success is a powerful testament to the power of communities co-operating together to find solutions to the problems they face.
Nine in ten private blocks with Grenfell-style cladding are still covered in cladding - meaning leaseholders are stuck in unsafe homes with significant bills. These voters need Labour - work with the Co-operative Party on leasehold reform and commonhold tenure are a good start.
This month Student Co-op Homes have launched a share offer to radically change the face of student housing for the better.
Supporting and developing a mutual and co-operative approach can be an important part of the solution.
To put Britain’s lack of co-operative housing in perspective, there are more co-operative housing homes in Vancouver than the whole of Great Britain. With the shortage of affordable housing in Wales, we cannot afford to not take every possible opportunity to increase the number of properties available.
Labour’s leasehold announcement today is welcome – not only does it end the misery faced by too many leaseholders exploited by unfair ground rents, but it provides new democratic ways for homeowners to manage their properties together through a reform of Commonhold.
Councillor Caroline Kalu, a Co-operative Party member and Board member of Lewisham Homes, writes about her own community’s response to tackling food poverty in Evelyn ward in Lewisham.
Based on conversations with Britain's growing army of private renters, IPPR's latest report is a timely reminder of the scale of the crisis—one that co‑operative solutions can play a key role in solving.
Roy Kennedy on yet another government housing bill that fails to live up to the hype
It wasn’t until I discovered the growing national movement in community housing that I believed that it was possible to make a difference to London's housing crisis.
Scottish Co-operative Party MSP David Stewart has achieved a major victory in his campaign to secure that sprinklers are included in all new build social housing.
While it’s right that we tackle unfair lettings fees, the Government’s new bill doesn’t go far enough to protect private renters.
The Co-operative Party has written to Prime Minister calling for her to re-establish the National Tenant Voice organisation that was disbanded by the Coalition Government in which she served.
In two years, communities have worked together to build hundreds of permanently affordable homes. But policy changes could put Community Land Trusts (CLTs) at risk.
The time has come to create a national body for student housing co-operatives. With your help, we can make it happen.
House prices in London now increasing in value at twice the average yearly earnings. A group of co-operators in East London are working to put home ownership back within reach of the rest of us.
The benefits of co-operative housing are screamingly obvious. But what will it take to make it snowball in the UK?
As the Government's Housing and Planning Bill progresses through Parliament, Labour and Co-op politicians are standing up for co-operative housing.
With the housing market and student finance broken, students across the UK are doing away with landlords and setting up their own not-for-profit housing co-operatives
Party Chair Gareth Thomas works to ensure the government's Housing Bill gives equal treatment to co-operatives
Michael Owen is CEO of Merthyr Valley Homes Co-operative
Friday sees the launch of Wales' largest housing co-operative. Here its CEO explains more
The Co-operative Party's Chair Gareth Thomas MP has introduced a private members' bill calling reform the housing market.
We need to change the laws of tenure in the UK so that truly co-operative housing can be a reality
Co-operative housing models play an important role in the UK’s current housing crisis and have proven to be affordable alternatives. Housing co-operatives have helped many families that were struggling to get a foot on the housing ladder and we must be committed to providing them with the full backing of the law, says Jonathan Reynolds MP, who is leading a debate in Parliament this afternoon on the subject.
Last Wednesday, co-operators gathered in Westminster with Labour's Shadow Housing Minister to discuss Labour & Co-operative MP Jonathan Reynolds’ private members bill on co-operative housing tenure, reports Daniel Carey-Dawes.