Rochdale Boroughwide housing logo - it reads "RBH all together better living"

Three recent stories from Co-op News cover the criticisms levelled at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH). And why did they report on the social housing provider's failures? Because the organisation was set up as a type of co-operative.

RBH was created as a mutual housing society to manage former council housing stock owned by Rochdale Borough Council. Tenants voted to transfer council homes to the organisation in December 2011 and the stock transfer was completed in March 2012. At the time, the formation of RBH was heralded as an exciting new development in the provision of social housing, lauded as the UK’s largest housing co-operative, and the first tenant and employee co-owned housing mutual society.

Over the years, Co-op News has reported on RBH’s achievements and activities, generally casting the organisation in a positive light. But now that the organisation’s problems have resulted in a child’s death, the cracks behind the facade are finally showing. Click on the links below to read Co-op News’s three latest stories on RBH, of a very different tone to previous coverage.

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