Despite a lot of interest, there’s only a small amount of co-op housing in the UK. Most non-profit housing is charitable housing associations. Large housebuilders have a hold of the market overall.
"the Swiss example shows how these non-state and non-capitalist actors can build quality housing at a mass scale, if they’re encouraged — and that they can create a model of housing provision that moves beyond speculation into something more democratic and innovative."
@neil my friends run a housing co-op in Ipswich. It took them a *lot* of time, effort and pooling resources (including doing a lot of their own building work) and unfortunately the amount of time and energy it takes means they rarely have time to update their online presence (or do anything other than simply surviving). I might try and visit them again some time this year as I haven't seen them for a while..
@vfrmedia I can imagine... It seems like there's not much support provided at an institutional level (either local or national) to grow housing coops.
@vfrmedia They sound great
"We are a group of Ipswich residents who got together to buy a property in which to live communally, in an ecologically sustainable way so we can take action for positive social change. We are Ipswich’s first housing co-operative."
Huge respect to all the effort that went in to starting it up!
@neil they had to get some kind of shared mortgage which allows the members to be changed (as and when some come and go), it wasn't an easy thing to do at all.
Even in 2013/2014 they were trying to avoid corporate social media, which has the issue that a project like this can easily disappear into the background.
They used to host regular gigs/parties and events, I've not heard of one for a while this might be for security reasons in the post-Brexit climate..
@neil i have a major problem with this article: It assumes that Housing Coops in general are neither capitalist not state-driven actors. Here in germany that is really wrong, the very much liberalised the conditions under which housing coops can act, so a few big ones do act as normal profit driven actors in bigger cities. It matters what is written in the Coop Laws and in the statutes of the coops...
it happened when people voted for Thatcho, most Council Housing got replaced by semi-privatised housing associations in the 1980s. Even when I was a boy in the 1970s people in council houses were looked down on as "scum" or worse, and housing builders would make two sets of houses on estates, the Council ones were smaller and used cheaper materials (my own estate is like this and if I lived just 1km away in the "council" bit my car insurance would likely be higher)
The unholy trio of thatcher, reagan and mulroney strike again.
I did not know there were no more council houses until today. Thanks for filling me in.
And Thatcher also brought in Right to Buy, which transitioned council housing stock in to private ownership.
* 1980 – 42% of the population live in council housing – Right to buy scheme introduced
* 2017 – Less than 8% of the population live in council housing – 40% of ex-council flats sold via Right to Buy are now rented out more expensively by private landlords
"with the election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 the housing sector underwent rapid privitisation. Local authority architects’ departments were disbanded, public land was sold off, and millions of council homes were bought"
Agreed with Bob that the legal frameworks are important though. When I found out what the terms are for rent-controlled housing in SF I was not amused.
@michel_slm What's Monocle magazine? Not come across that.
@neil it's a "global affairs and lifestyle" magazine (in their own words). Print only, expensive (it's my guilty pleasure for airport reading).
Sorry, brainfade, meant to link to their story (the magazine article itself is not available, I think, but here's the companion movie)
He also took pride in a small garden, which at some point was made smaller by the council to make space for more houses I think, to some chagrin.
A feeling of ownership and autonomy was the bait I suppose. A shame that community and affordable housing was lost in the process.
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
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