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Housing: Voluntary Organisations

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she is giving to local authorities on the implications of the Government’s policy of promoting the role of the third sector in delivering services for the transfer or sale of buildings and other assets to voluntary organisations. (157579)

As part of the Government’s response to the Quirk Review on community management and ownership of public assets, Communities and Local Government intends to publish new guidance on local authority asset management in general, and including specific guidance on transferring physical assets to community management and ownership, in spring 2008.

The Cabinet Office is directing specific funding support to partnerships of local authorities and third sector organisations to facilitate the transfer of physical assets from local authorities, through its £30 million Community Assets Fund.