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

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 is more…

#CATJRF: Scoil an Droichid and the downside of asset transfer?

In case anyone was under the impression that community asset transfer is being pushed here as a panacea for all ills and all occasions then what Scoil an Droichid are currently going through should serve as a dire warning of some of the risks involved. It’s not that the school is not in general terms more…

#CATJRF: Wind powered community development coming to Fermanagh?

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 concept more…

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

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 to more…

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#CATJRF: Summary of week one conversations…

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 the more…

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

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 Ervine more…

#CATJRF: Community Asset Transfer: Live Blog

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 tweeting more…

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

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 take more…

Subsidy and a major capital asset in Wales…

Being preoccupied recently with lot of the discourse of community asset transfer, this story from south Wales struck me as an interesting snippet to throw into the mix. It concerns the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire, which was one of many capital projects floated via public funding around the time of the millennium. more…

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

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 reasons. more…