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Iain Neville AWM Community Asset Transfer Seminar March 23 2010


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Iain Neville, Head of economic Inclusion at Advantage West Midlands, slides on why and how they got involved with advancing Community Asset Transfer in the region.

He was speaking at a conference in Birmingham on March 23rd 2010 which was part of the learning from the Birmingham City Council Community Asset Transfer development Programme funded by AWM, which began in January 2009 and ran through until March 2010.


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Iain Neville AWM Community Asset Transfer Seminar March 23 2010

  1. 1. Community Asset Transfer Iain Neville Head of Economic Inclusion
  2. 2. Advantage West Midlands – why us? <ul><li>AWM as leader for the West Midlands Economic Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>20% of regional output gap due to economic exclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Third sector has critical role in addressing the gap </li></ul><ul><li>We asked DTA to undertake some research for us to confirm the potential for community asset transfer in the region, and where the Agency could play a part. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Research Conclusions – key issues <ul><li>The first was “front end” – around the case for local authorities and the relationship between the local authority and community organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Based on that, we provided funding to Birmingham City Council - to enable them to develop; and complete the work they had already started. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Key Issues (2) <ul><li>The second was around the way capital investment could be provided to apply the lessons and process from the first stage </li></ul><ul><li>That is why we contracted with Birmingham to provide the capital funding for Norton Hall Children and Family Centre and Perry Common Hall (WLCA) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Key issues (3) <ul><li>Later stages of business operation </li></ul><ul><li>Advice, guidance and access to financial support to ensure sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>These are areas that we might need to come back to </li></ul>
  6. 6. Agency as Funder of Pilots <ul><li>An appropriate role for the Agency in this policy area </li></ul><ul><li>Try out something new; learn the lessons (good and bad) ; share with others; and push to have the good practice embedded and taken up by others </li></ul><ul><li>Applied elsewhere - e.g. Connections to Opportunities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Conclusion <ul><li>This project and seminar perfectly fits that process </li></ul><ul><li>We are keen to continue to facilitate learning </li></ul><ul><li>AND </li></ul><ul><li>We have played a part to help two community organisations to help their communities </li></ul>