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Community Asset Transfer

#CATNI: Empowering Communities – Asset Transfer in Northern Ireland

Mon 28 January 2013, 10:25am

Tweet Tomorrow we will mostly be live blogging and digitallunching in Crumlin Road Gaol. The focus is unremittingly going to be on policy, and probably of most immediate interest to Stormont insiders is the question of whether there needs to be a legislative framework to allow for set arrangements for floating assets from the state […] more »

#CATJRF: Remain focused on your mission (forget the glitz of having the asset)…

Mon 12 March 2012, 11:08am

Tweet Colm Bradley of Community Places argues that not every community group is going to want to own assets. He also notes that asset transfer as a policy proposition needs officials and civil servants with receptiveness, foresight and commitment to the community. He also thinks that many community organisations are now more far sighted than […] more »

#AssetTransfer: ‘Meanwhile space’ gives a short term feel for long term solutions…

Wed 7 March 2012, 4:46pm

Tweet How do we restore our town centres into exciting and bustling destinations? How do we build the new start-ups  that will provide jobs for our young people? How do we create the social enterprises, sustainable businesses and creative manufacturing that will add real value to our economy? Anyone who says they have the answer […] more »

#AssetTransfer: Investing in schools in order to help meet community demands…

Fri 2 March 2012, 1:02pm

Tweet One of the issues in Belfast is the crumbling leisure infrastructure. The (relatively speaking) cvast number of centres were built in thick of the troubles in the late seventies and early eighties as a large scale capital investment programme. They were located in specific areas in order to take account of the physical separation […] more »

#CATJRF: Lough Neagh and the importance of timeliness in transferring assets…

Thu 1 March 2012, 4:44pm

Tweet Not much more than a curio at this stage, but Francie Molloy, Micheala Boyle and Oliver McMullan have laid down down Stormont’s equivalent of an early day motion (No Day Named Motion) addressed to two of their party colleagues in the Executive: Establishment of a Working Group to Consider the Return of Lough Neagh […] more »

#CATJRF: Putting community budgeting on the agenda for the citizens of Northern Ireland

Thu 1 March 2012, 8:34am

Tweet Economic and social prosperity in Northern Ireland depends on our public services – well-educated young people; an effective health service; welfare services that support and incentivise the unemployed and disadvantaged; and safe streets and communities. As the crunch on spending looks set to continue beyond this spending round and well into the decade, it […] more »

#CATJRF: Taking over the local pool? Get your business plan sorted before taking the plunge!

Tue 28 February 2012, 5:09pm

Tweet There’s no doubt taking on the ownership and running of a community asset is a daunting task. If you don’t think it is then you haven’t thought it through properly! On the flip side it can be hugely rewarding and if you plan it right it will be well worth the effort. There’s no […] more »

#CATJRF: Wind powered community development coming to Fermanagh?

Tue 28 February 2012, 12:05pm

Tweet Last week, I was lucky enough to catch up with Lauri McCusker of the Fermanagh Trust to talk with him about a relatively recent project, which is no so much about asset transfer as asset development by developing a revenue stream for rural, often very isolated, communities. At the core of it is the […] more »

#CATJRF: Why the quality of investment matters to people…

Mon 27 February 2012, 2:08pm

Tweet Interesting piece by Julian Dobson on why the quality of investment in assets matters: Go to Greece and see what happens when the investors and lenders have no interest in the welfare of those they have lent to or the quality of their lives. Or, if Greece seems like a distant world, go down […] more »

#CATJRF: Summary of week one conversations…

Mon 27 February 2012, 12:17pm

Tweet I suppose Community Asset Transfer is not the sexiest subject in the world around which to convene a conversation, or more accurately a series of small conversations. It’s true also that what I personally knew about asset transfer (community or otherwise) before the last few weeks you could have written on the back of […] more »

#CATJRF: Is there is a ‘new politics’ underlying the transfer of capital assets to communities?

Thu 23 February 2012, 6:14pm

Tweet I’ll be very interested in FitzJamesHorse’s comments on this morning’s seminar on Community Asset Transfer. Lisa’s more authoritative account(s) will follow. Here’s some quick thoughts of my own. One, this ‘community’ is rather different to the one that many of us associate with the major imperatives of conflict resolution (or conflict management as David […] more »

#CATJRF: Community Asset Transfer: Live Blog

Thu 23 February 2012, 8:42am

Tweet Community Asset Transfer Okay, the first session won’t begin for about another hour. Not sure of the wifi capabilities of the venue, so I may be feeding this with content from Twitter, both my own and others on the hashtag #catjrf. I’m hoping for quite a lively session. Not sure how many will be […] more »

#CATJRF: Opportunity for creating permissive rules for Northern Ireland?

Wed 22 February 2012, 4:55pm

Tweet Whilst I’m being single-minded about this, one of the issues identified by Maurice Kinkead is why are civil servants so cautious about handing over assets? Now bear in mind that Treasury rules don’t directly apply to the NICS, but these HMT guidelines from 2008 go some way to explain why in England and Scotland […] more »

#CATJRF: What the sector is looking for is support around the skills needed to move forward on Asset Transfer…

Wed 22 February 2012, 2:04pm

Tweet There are plenty of good examples of asset transfer to community and voluntary organisations right across the region but what the sector now needs is adequate support and advice around the skills required to move this forward.  Within the right policy and legislative framework and with the right skills set and access to social finance, the sector can […] more »

#CATJRF: Using ‘meanwhile space’ to test viability of community assets?

Wed 22 February 2012, 1:56pm

Tweet Here’s an interesting project in England which takes up the idea of the ‘pop up’ shop to the community level. Northern Ireland has some major assets some of which have been left unused (and therefore without a viable market test for years in some cases). Meanwhile Space is: Meanwhile use’ is the temporary use […] more »

#CATJRF: How asset transfer can blur the boundaries between rival communities…

Wed 22 February 2012, 12:07pm

Tweet This is another case study interview, about another pretty impressive long term well managed community resource which is, thirty year after it began with the issue of community bonds (each costing £75m, but purchasable in weekly instalments of a pound), the Ashton Community Trust. The trust, headquartered in the nationalist New Lodge area is […] more »

#CATJRF: Ownership of assets is tempered by the extent to which you have control…

Tue 21 February 2012, 7:19pm

Tweet Ballybot House is one of the earliest examples of Community Asset Transfer in Northern Ireland. It’s an old warehouse type building in the centre of Newry in an area that was once called Poor Town… the name is an anglicisation from the historic dialect of the Irish spoken in the south Armagh area of […] more »

#CATJRF: A evolution of ‘community right to buy’ in Scotland?

Tue 21 February 2012, 12:13pm

Ian Cooke outlines some of the changes brought about by the Scottish government that made it easier for communities to take on and use assets for the benefit of local communities, but pushing the capacity to make such decisions down from ministerial level to local authorities. With a new bill on the cards, there is scope for creating further opportunities by recognising asset transfer and community right to buy as a way of ramping up community-led regeneration. more »

#CATJRF: A property asset is much like any other asset…

Mon 20 February 2012, 12:25pm

Tweet Most prominent examples of asset transfer in Northern Ireland tend to be to ‘stewards’, i.e. where ownership is retained by a statutory sector landlord leaving the group to concentrate on delivering community services. Government in Northern Ireland has been traditionally shy of transferring the title to pre existing physical assets, for a range of understandable […] more »

#CATJRF: An open discussion on community asset transfer…

Mon 20 February 2012, 10:09am

Tweet As promised last week, today marks the beginning of a discussion (debate is probably too grand a term for what we have in mind) of Community Asset Transfer… If you are confused as to what that means, it refers to the transfer of title or services from some form of statutory ownership or management […] more »

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