To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the Asset Transfer Unit; what is its purpose and relationship to the Government; how it is funded; and on how many occasions in each year since its formation it has provided advice and support to schemes for the transfer of assets from the public sector to community bodies.
From 2008 to 2012 the Government grant funded Locality to manage the Asset Transfer Unit to promote best practice across England and provide independent advice and expertise on matters relating to asset transfer to community ownership and management. The unit also managed the Advancing Assets for Communities demonstration programme (which completed in March 2011) which has supported the development of local asset transfer strategies, policies and procedures aimed at communities taking over local authority assets, by providing tailored support to 92 local authority/community partnerships. An independent evaluation in 2011 found that the unit supported 30 asset transfer projects each year. In total the grant funding amounted to £3,849,577.
In April 2012 Locality was part of the consortium that won the contract to manage all three of the Community Rights support programmes, Community Ownership and Management of Assets, Right to Challenge and Right to Build. It has now established the My Community Rights service which also deals with community asset transfer queries.