Confederation of Co-operative Housing

  • West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative

The UK organisation for housing co-operatives, tenant-controlled housing organisations and regional federations of housing co-ops. Our aims are

  • to promote co-operative and tenant controlled housing as a viable alternative form of tenure,
  • to represent the interests of housing co-ops and other tenant-controlled housing groups,
  • to provide a forum for networking between housing co-ops nationally.

Since 1993 The Confederation of Co-operative Housing was constituted in the United Kingdom in 1993. CCH membership is open to all housing co-operatives, tenant-controlled housing organisations and regional federations of housing co-ops. In creating a national confederation of housing co-operatives, the CCH recognises that there are many differing views across the country and the CCH attempts to reach a broad consensus from these views.

Tenant controlled housing, while providing value for money in terms of management costs, also provides significant other non-quantifiable benefits to the community, such as increased tenant satisfaction, greater involvement and pride in the community, enhanced training and employment opportunities, and a greater degree of enfranchisement for tenants. Autonomy and control The CCH believes that the greater the degree of autonomy and control within housing co-ops, the more effective they will be at providing benefits. Therefore the CCH believes that full control of housing should be available to all groups of tenants, and will campaign to make that achievable.

CCH is a non-party-political organisation. However the CCH, while welcoming the 'stakeholding' principles introduced by the present administration, is concerned that these principles might not lead to genuine support for co-operatives, who have been successfully practising 'stakeholding' for a long time.

Funding for the future

While the CCH is committed to seeking funding for the development of ownership co-ops from a variety of public and private sources, we are deeply concerned by the low levels of support given to ownership co-ops since the 1988 Housing Act. We are also concerned about the future of the 'Right to Manage' legislation, and therefore the future of Tenant Management Organisations, and other tenant controlled housing. The CCH believes that housing co-ops will only thrive if there is funding available for training for members, and if there are support agencies from which they can receive specialist advice. CCH will campaign as widely as possible to promote the development of housing co-ops. 

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