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NLGN is holding a roundtable discussion exploring how community asset transfers (CATs) in local government can promote regeneration, reduce budgetary pressures and re-empower communities.
Many councils are beginning to recognise the opportunity that CATs provide to transform neglected buildings and land into thriving hubs of culture, business and innovation. By transferring management from public bodies to community groups CATs can rejuvenate and improve overlooked public services such as parks, libraries and arts centers, and enhance local authority finances.
At this high-level roundtable we will discuss how to seize upon this opportunity. We will explore previous projects, challenges within the sector and examine how austerity may affect future CAT strategies. This roundtable will feed in to our research analysing the challenges and opportunities the current fiscal and policy environment present for community asset transfer strategies.
Confirmed speakers currently include Barry Quirk CBE, Chief Executive of London Borough of Lewisham and chair of The Quirk Review into making community assets work.