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  • 21st September 2012Seven cities across England will receive a share of £12m today to help them kick-start the Green Deal in their regions. The cities - Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield - have put forward ambitious proposals to lower their carbon emissions and this new funding will support their plans to test key elements of the Green Deal.The Green Deal helps people pay for home improvements like insulation through savings on their energy bills. Energy Secretary Edward Davey said, "These cities have really ambitious plans to lower their emissions, reduce energy use and help people save money on their bills. I've been really impressed by their plans to start testing the Green Deal and transforming our homes and buildings."This funding will help them get up and running, and I look forward to seeing a number of properties across whole communities get the energy efficient improvements they need."Earlier in the year, the Government announced that cities would be given greater freedoms, powers and tools to help them go for growth.This new funding will be a key opportunity to test elements of the Green Deal framework like assessment and installation, and provide early feedback. The proposals received include retrofitting properties across whole communities and initial indications suggest that the cities expect to deliver to around 2,500 retrofits to households and non-domestic properties.All of the cities are also proposing to generate match funding and/or provide direct support themselves. It is claimed this work will support future Green Deal activity in these cities, raise awareness of the Green Deal significantly through community engagement and show homes, and provide support to local supply chains including trained Green Deal advisors and registered installers.
  • 21st September 2012Seven cities across England will receive a share of £12m today to help them kick-start the Green Deal in their regions. The cities - Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield - have put forward ambitious proposals to lower their carbon emissions and this new funding will support their plans to test key elements of the Green Deal.The Green Deal helps people pay for home improvements like insulation through savings on their energy bills. Energy Secretary Edward Davey said, "These cities have really ambitious plans to lower their emissions, reduce energy use and help people save money on their bills. I've been really impressed by their plans to start testing the Green Deal and transforming our homes and buildings."This funding will help them get up and running, and I look forward to seeing a number of properties across whole communities get the energy efficient improvements they need."Earlier in the year, the Government announced that cities would be given greater freedoms, powers and tools to help them go for growth.This new funding will be a key opportunity to test elements of the Green Deal framework like assessment and installation, and provide early feedback. The proposals received include retrofitting properties across whole communities and initial indications suggest that the cities expect to deliver to around 2,500 retrofits to households and non-domestic properties.All of the cities are also proposing to generate match funding and/or provide direct support themselves. It is claimed this work will support future Green Deal activity in these cities, raise awareness of the Green Deal significantly through community engagement and show homes, and provide support to local supply chains including trained Green Deal advisors and registered installers.
  • New guidance to help local authorities in England improve the energy efficiency of their residential housing has been published yesterday. The guidance, issued under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA), asks local authorities to publish a report on their plans to achieve improved energy efficiency by 31 March 2013.Local authorities will be required to identify practicable and cost-effective measures likely to result in significant energy reduction in all residential accommodation in their area.The guidance also asks local authorities to consider the role key local partners, such as social housing providers and community organisations, can play in supporting their plans.The Green Deal, which allows the cost of new energy efficiency measures to be attached to a building’s electricity meter, will be significant in helping local authorities to achieve their aims.Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:“ Local authorities have a vital role to play in improving the energy efficiency of residential homes in their areas, and helping us meet our ambitious energy targets.“This new robust guidance will support and encourage all local authorities to realise the significant benefits of upgrading homes. The Green Deal will be a fantastic tool to help with this, and I look forward to hearing how local authorities are using it to enable people to save energy and money.”The Government strongly believes that local authorities are best placed to assess the green needs and ambitions of their areas, which they know better than anyone else. A well developed report in response to HECA, highlighting key opportunities, will help attract potential funding partners to work with the authority and other local community groups and stakeholders to the benefit of local residents and businesses.The new HECA guidance will provide a clear outline of what is required, and local authorities will have to report on progress in implementing their proposed measures every two years.Notes to editors:Details of the new guidance can be found on the Green Deal pages of the DECC websiteHECA Guidance filetype:pdf filesize: 148.72Kb Size: 149 KB File Type: .pdf

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  • property The Localism Act - Transparency & The Community Right To Bid.Series 37 (03/2012)
  • Networks and Advisory Services David Bentley Head of Asset Management Jane Lowrie : 01332 559780 Advisor - Property Services : 07710 368711 : 01508 494025 : david.bentley@cipfa.org.uk : 07827 242346 : jane.lowrie@cipfa.org.uk Chris Brain Senior Advisor Denise Edwards : 01275 878378 : 07919 018753 Business Support Manager: chris.brain@cipfa.org.uk : 01244 394600 : denise.edwards@cipfa.org.uk Susan Robinson Advisor - Property Services Kirsty Sanderson : 01207 529576 Senior Business Support Officer : 07825 247600 : 01244 399699: susan.robinson@cipfa.org.uk : kirsty.sanderson@cipfa.org.uk
  • www.cipfa.org/property
  • National Conference (London – 14/11)Speakers include• Latest from DCLG• How health is changing and what it means for property• GPU• Who sold all the gold – a councillors view on AM• Somewhere to – Young Champions• Olympic Legacy• The legal pitfalls of the Localism Act• Success stories from the West MidlandS
  • What is driving public property• Budget cuts (office rationalisation)• Economy, Efficiency, Effectiveness• Social Value• Localism Act – Community Rights• Transparency Agenda
  • In briefFive key measures intended to decentralise power: General power of competence Community Rights (Challenge, Bid and Build) Neighbourhood planning Housing Empowering cities and other local areasWhen does it come into effect?
  • Voluntary or Community Body NeighbourhoodListing Planning Forum Parish CouncilProcess Nominate Land or Local Authority asks Building of owner for comment Community Value Local Authority Local Authority decides decides to list asset not to list asset Owners objection No objection from Owners objection successful owner unsuccessful List of land nominated Added to list of Community Local Authority by unsuccessful Value and Local Land publicises and community Charge Register (5 years) maintains list nominations (5 years?) List of Assets of Community Value
  • Owner decides to sell listed asset and informs Local Authority Window of opportunity starts 6 weeks when LA is Owner can sell to community group LA informs nominator informed by owner and publicises to of intention to sell community Interim window of 6 months Community groups opportunity endsNo community express interest ingroups express bidding interest Community groups prepare business plan and finance Full window of Owner free to opportunity endssell asset afterinterim window Owner can sell to of opportunity whoever they choose at end of full window of opportunity 18 months
  • Department of Communities and Local GovernmentTransparency• Attribute Programme• DCLG – 20th October 2012 issued consultation on transparency of data & including consulting on local authorities publishing more information on land and property holdings• Mandatory?• Timescale? http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications /localgovernment/makingthecode
  • Intended to include1. UPRN2. Unique Asset ID3. Name of building4. Street Number5. Street Name6. Postal Town7. Postcode8. Easting and Northing
  • Intended to include9. Asset Tenure10. Asset Owner11. Type of Asset (Building, Land or Building with Land)12. GIA m213. Services offered from the asset14. Reason for holding asset
  • Intended to include15. FTEs (Offices only)16. Asset Condition (A-D rating)17. Rateable Value18. Total Operational costs per m219. Required Maintenance20. Functional Suitability21. Energy Performance Rating
  • So why is any of this important? Supporting the release of surplus Local Authority land and property?  Public authorities should know what they own and know why they own it (not just office accommodation)  They should regularly challenge whether they need the property  They should work with the community and other partners to use assets most effectively to deliver services But  Is there a danger of property release getting bogged down?
  • So why is any of this important? Getting bogged down?  Bureaucratic approach of the community right to bid  Delay in sales?  Transparency agenda could raise individual challenges rather than a business led approach
  • Where are you? Have you got a system for community right to bid?  Is it proactive or reactive? Can you produce the transparency information on all your assets?  Will it create constructive challenge or red herrings? Is this part of your strategy for ensuring that your asset base is fit for purpose now and into the future……….. Or are you just reacting to the latest emergency?