Insert main title here. New Ways of Working East of England LGA May 2011. Martyn Allison National Advisor Culture & Sport LGID. [email protected] Are new ways of working really new?. Contracting out Social enterprises & trusts Grant aiding Volunteering
The difference now is the need to build sustainability that is not dependent on
on-going public funding.
• Taking ownership can enable community organisations to :-
What is the problem under consideration? Why is government intervention necessary?
“People value their local facilities; however in many local areas these have been closing down, leaving towns and villages without vital amenities such as local shops, pubs, libraries and leisure centres. Community groups that want to take over these and run these and other local assets or transform them into new uses, find that they lack the time and resources to prepare to buy them and cannot compete against other bidders, often losing those amenities permanently.
Government intervention will give communities the time to bid to buy and manage these assets. This will enhance the sustainability and local independence of those communities, as they are able to use more viable business models unavailable to private or public sector owners or operators. These new opportunities will encourage culture change in communities which take on these assets, contributing to long term behavioural change where individuals take increasing responsibilities within their own communities.”
Successful asset transfers tend to be underpinned by a genuine commitment to partnership between the council and the community.