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Local Government Services: Public Participation

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local community groups on accepting community transfer of libraries and other facilities. (253739)

There has been no specific guidance issued on the transfer of library facilities. General guidance was published by the Department in July 2008 on Managing Risks in Asset Transfer. The Asset Transfer Unit, which is hosted by the Development Trusts Association and funded by the Department, opened for business in January 2009 to raise the profile and importance of transferring assets to communities, and will respond to requests from community groups and public bodies for information and advice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the transfer of facilities to community groups. (253741)

The findings of the Quirk review of Community Management and Ownership of Public Assets was published in May 2007 and made available to every local authority in England. In July 2008 every council leader and chief executive in England was sent a copy of ‘Managing Risks in Asset Transfer: A Guide’ which is a practical guide on managing and minimising risk. Additionally the Department has funded the Advancing Assets demonstration programme where 50 local authorities and community partnerships have been supported to facilitate community asset transfer and 60 more will be supported between 2009 and 2011.