In 2009, the independent Commission for Co-operative and Mutual Housing, set up to analyse the sector and make recommendations for its expansion, concluded that “The UK needs to bring co-operative housing options into our national housing policies”
With research carried out by the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Urban and Regional Studies and the Human City Institute, the Commission found that Co-operative and Mutual Housing provided an alternative not just to state provision of housing but also to market provision.
Some of the benefits of co-operative and mutual housing identified included:
- establishing effective local community businesses
- as good as, if not better, service provision – with high satisfaction rates
- the development of strong and sustainable local communities
- benefits for individuals involved – helping many develop skills helping them into employment
- the potential for local support for the development of new housing schemes