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New Report Calls for More Housing Co-ops in Scotland

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Co-operatives UK report, Shared space – how Scottish housing co-ops build communities; notes that the report identifies significant benefits delivered by co-ops through the key themes of affordability, empowerment, community and stronger social housing; recognises that the report states that Scotland has just 11 registered housing co-ops, compared to 685 across the UK, at a time when 150,000 people are on council house waiting lists; agrees with the report’s findings that the decline of social housing stock in Scotland and parallel rise of the private rented sector has created a major challenge for those looking for affordable homes in the social rented sector; understands that the report highlights the excellent work of West Whitlawburn Housing Co-op, based in the Glasgow region, as an example of a housing co-op creating "a safer estate with warmer, more attractive homes"; notes that the report has recommended an eight-point policy plan to help deliver more housing co-ops, and notes calls for the Scottish Government to encourage more housing co-ops in Scotland in order to create safer and stronger communities that offer affordable rents and more power to tenants.

Supported by: David Stewart, Monica Lennon, Andy Wightman, James Kelly, Jackie Baillie, Neil Findlay, Graham Simpson, Jeremy Balfour, Gordon Lindhurst, Neil Bibby, Colin Smyth, Lewis Macdonald

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 12/06/2019
Bereavement Support

That the Parliament notes the Sue Ryder report, A Better Grief, which suggests that 56% of people in Scotland are scared of saying the wrong thing to someone who has been recently bereaved and that only 40% consider that they know what kind of support to offer; further notes the report, Bereavement Support in Scotland, which the charity published jointly with Hospice UK; acknowledges that this recorded that, although 31% of bereaved people said that they needed support in addition to that from friends and family, just 6% received this; recognises the impact that bereavement has on feelings of loneliness and isolation at what is already an extremely painful time; acknowledges the view that a national conversation is needed so that everyone feels more comfortable talking about death and dying, to allow people and communities to be empowered to better support loved ones, neighbours, friends and colleagues who are dealing with a bereavement, and notes the calls for health and social care partnerships in Glasgow and across the country to be equipped with a range of bereavement support, from the informal to the formal, including a compassionate communities model.

Supported by: Annie Wells, Iain Gray, Monica Lennon, Jackie Baillie, Pauline McNeill, Rona Mackay, Miles Briggs, John Mason, Alexander Burnett, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Neil Findlay, Alex Rowley, Ruth Maguire

Current Status: Fallen on 09/05/2019
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