Posts Tagged ‘Valueing Worth’

Norton Hall Mums, Shazia and Shabnam

Posted on 11th July 2010 by

Two Norton Hall mums, Shazia and Shabnam share their thoughts on Norton Hall, what it means to them and their families and the “new look”.  This short interview is a measure of how deeply people value this community lead place.

Jane Edwards Community Asset Transfer in Birmingham

Posted on 24th March 2010 by

Jane’s remit is to work with third sector organisations in a role that engages with each of Birmingham’s ten constituencies, Birmingham Property Services and Legal Services. She shares her thoughts on the progress of the Asset Transfer Development Programme:

The scope of the development programme

  • it was apparent that Birmingham City Council needed a simplified and clear model for Asset Transfer
  • Birmingham City Council was one of the first Local Authorities to work with the Development Trust Association and act as a catalyst to work at how the process might be changed
  • Birmingham didn’t just look at the transfer of a single building but the whole policy and procedure of Community Asset Transfer

Agreeing a lease and reducing costs

  • it is crucial for organisations to get around a table (preferably with their lawyers as part of the conversation) from the outset to agree terms
  • by carefully agreeing and drafting detailed Heads of Terms, the time and cost associated with drafting a lease can be greatly reduced

What is “measuring value”?

  • Birmingham City Council is bound to charge market rent for property. Currently this is offset by grant but can only be agreed on an annual basis
  • As part of the programme, the Council have developed a tool to appropriately assess the ‘added value’ of an organisation against local and national objectives which is then offset against the market rent
  • ‘valuing worth’ assessments can assist organisations in applying for external funding

Advice for similar projects

  • Consultation – speaking to people is crucial. Speak to as many stakeholders as possible, as widely as possible, from the very start
  • Building trust and working together is so important to achieve much better outcomes for everyone
  • Third sector organisations are very savvy and have great capacity to achieve high quality work especially working with public and private organisations which have very different structures