We are delighted to host an interactive workshop looking at how local government can harness technology-driven infrastructure. Alongside data analytics and networks, these innovations can enable councils to shape the future of public services and better leverage the resources of people and places. This will contribute to a report due to be published next year in association with Engie, setting out a vision for smarter, integrated, and networked places.
Community Asset Transfer (CAT) gives local communities the right to take on ownership or stewardship of public assets and deliver public services themselves. Services run by and for local people should ideally be more responsive and deliver wider benefits such as improved community cohesion and empowerment.
We will examine how the fiscal and policy environment are affecting the operating context for community businesses seeking to use CAT; and set out a clear programme for local government to help optimise the resilience of CAT projects over the long term.