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Moving Assets & Services Into Social Enterprise

Developing spin outs and moving assets into community ownership and/or into social enterprise.

Many assets held for the benefit of the public and the community are already held by charities and trusts and using other legal models.

In recent years there has been a shift in policy to encourage moving services and assets into different ownership and management arrangements under the control of voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and charities.

For further info please see our factsheet on public services and social enterprise


Policy development

The Quirk Review Report: Making Assets Work explored some of the issues connected with transferring assets. Under the present Government there has been an emphasis on a more active civil society. The publication of the Big Society agenda, which aimed to find a bigger role for more citizen involvement, achieve greater decentralisation and the recent Localism Act are some measures taken to assist this, including the Community Right to Bid.

Other initiatives include the Department of Health right to request scheme.


Asset transfer

Asset transfer arises where there is a shift in management and / or ownership of land or buildings, from public bodies, (most commonly local authorities), to communities, (community and voluntary sector groups, community enterprises, social enterprises, etc). The Locality website provides information and resources about asset transfer.

Social Value Ethos published by The Transition Institute focuses on the journeys of public sector entrepreneurs involved in spin outs.

The Right to Run: A practical Guide for public sector staff thinking about setting up a mutual or social enterprise is published by Social Enterprise UK is produced by Social Enterprise UK.

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