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Housing Co-Operatives

Volume 114: debated on Wednesday 8 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many housing co-operatives are funded by the Housing Corporation and at what annual cost; and if he has any proposals to increase the number of such cooperatives.

The Housing Corporation has registered 20 housing co-operatives in Scotland, all of which are thereby eligible for funding. In 1986–87, in addition to one single co-operative funded at a cost of £0·43 million, the three associations (including two registered co-operatives) in the community ownership programme received £4 million. In the current year, projected expenditure is £0·85 million by two co-operatives and £4·5 million by the associations in the community ownership programme.The promotion, registration and allocation of funds to individual housing associations are matters for the Housing Corporation. Scottish Office officials are, however, discussing with local authorities, the Housing Corporation and other interests the best means available of meeting local housing aspirations, including proposals to establish further community co-operatives.