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Community asset transfer in Northern Ireland

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Community Asset Transfer (CAT), introduced by the New Labour administration and strengthened by the Coalition, aims to provide local groups with the opportunity to own public sector facilities and related services. It is a contested concept, with critics seeing it as another strategy in welfare displacement and state disinvestment, while for others it offers communities an opportunity to acquire collateral and take control over services affecting their lives. This paper explores CAT in Northern Ireland and suggests that while there are important practices, the region lacks the policies, legislative framework and skills to develop it in more progressive and inclusive ways.
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Keywords: ASSETS; LOCALISM; SKILLS; SOCIAL FINANCE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: April 1, 2015

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