Since 2011 there has been a Cabinet approved agreed Birmingham CAT Protocol and Way of Working for city council owned assets (buildings and land). This means for Voluntary and Community Groups in Birmingham there is a consistent and transparent pathway from the initial expression of interest to any agreed point of transfer.
Community Asset Transfer ( CAT) is not an automatic right like some of the recent ones that have come into legislation ie Community Right to Bid and Community Right to Challenge but based on an individual business case. Please remember not all buildings are available for CAT.
In Birmingham CAT means …..
- Transfer of buildings and/ or land
- Leasehold not freehold – generally on a full repairing lease and up to 25yrs (negotiable)
- Economic Rent offset by Valuing Worth
- to bona fide “not for profit” community organisations (not for commercial profit making purposes but community benefit) eg Charity, CIC , Social Enterprise
A not for profit organisation can be defined as one which uses its surplus revenues to realise its social goals rather than distributing them as profit or dividends plus an “asset lock ” and clearly stated social goals/ focus on community benefit.
The up to date Forms are available on the Tab – BCC Protocol and New Way of Working
You may find the stories on the website from Community Organisations and Officers useful if you are thinking of undertaking a CAT.
(Please note some of the information may now be slightly out of date).