If/when the day comes when I require practical assistance to continue living in this cottage – I would much prefer that it was provided by a social enterprise co-operative than a for-profit company. In Italy and Spain, such social care co-operatives are the norm – jointly owned by the providers and recipients of care – but the UK lags way behind. This piece, from last week’s Independent, references positive moves from England and Wales – but nothing from Scotland. As a matter of urgency, Scottish govt. should fund a small task group to pilot three social care co-operatives around Scotland; we need to get this kick-started.