Freedom of information response

The authority’s Community Asset Transfer (CAT) policy

Publication date: 
Monday 7 October 2019
Request: 

1.  Does the authority have a published Community Asset Transfer* policy?
*Community Asset Transfer enables local authorities to transfer the ownership/management of their assets to community organisations at less than full market value in order to achieve a defined public benefit.

a. If yes, please provide a web-link to the policy.

b. If no, is Community Asset Transfer (CAT) integrated into another policy within your local authority – such as wider asset management strategies or VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) policies? Please provide a web-link to this, if so.

c. If no, does the authority have a CAT policy that is not-published / only available on request? Please provide a copy if available, if so.

2.  If the authority has a CAT policy (whether integrated into another strategy or a non-published policy), when was this last updated or reviewed?

The volume of Community Asset Transfer over the last five years
3.  How many land or building assets has the authority transferred to community ownership* through Community Asset Transfer in the following time periods (financial years): 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, and 2018/19?
* For the purpose of this question, please provide the number of assets that have been transferred using the General Disposal Consent (England) 2003 (Local Government Act 1972), which enables the transfer of assets at less than best or nil consideration to achieve a defined community benefit. 

4.  Of those assets that have been transferred, how many are on:

a) A freehold agreement
b) A long lease of at least 25 years or more
c) A lease of between 5 years and 25 years
d) A lease of less than 5 years.
Please provide this information for the same time periods as Q3 if possible.

5.  Currently, how many land or building assets does the authority own in total? Please exclude social housing assets from this total.

6.  How many of the authority’s land and building assets are currently identified as potential assets available for CAT? Please state if you do not review assets available for CAT in this way.

Response: 

1. The Council does have a Community Asset Transfer policy but this has not been published. The document in which the policy can be found is the July 2016 Cabinet report, Item 23, which can be accessed at: https://democracy.thurrock.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=129&MId=5030.

An update version of the policy is currently being developed and will be published in the future.

2. Please see response to Question 1.

3. One Community Asset Transfer has been processed and completed by the Council. Bulphan Village Hall was transferred on 12th June 2019 for a period of 99 years

4. Please see response to Question 3

5. This information can be found on the Council’s website at: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/land-and-premises-in-thurrock/local-authority-land-and-premises.

6. The Council does not review assets for CAT in this way.

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Request reference:
FOI 9356