The Case for Co-operative and Mutual Housing for Older People

This submission to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care’s inquiry into the future of retirement housing is from CDS Co-operatives.

It suggests that since HAPPI (2009) (opens new window) progess has been disappointing and presents its case that co-operative and mutual housing is particularly suited to meeting the needs and aspirations of many older people.

It contains recommendations on;

  • funding to support innovation and new models of provision
  • the potential of the localism agenda
  • mutuality as a driver of better design
  • the scope for new partnerships
  • research into the added value created by co-ops and mutual housing organisations
  • further opportunities for international learning exchanges