Community asset transfer in Northern Ireland: summary

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Murtagh, Brendan; Bennett, Elaine; Copeland, Lisa
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
1 November 2012
Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This research reviewed community asset transfer in Northern Ireland, examining why practice in the region seems to lag behind the rest of the UK. There are various forms of asset transfer; from small-scale, peppercorn rents and licenses to the legal transfer of title to enable larger-scale social enterprises to develop. In Northern Ireland, transfers tend to be small-scale, where ownership is retained by a statutory sector landlord. Successful asset transfer can bring social, environmental and economic benefits, stimulating wider regeneration processes as well as more sustainable community businesses. Asset transfer also has the capacity to address the physical separation of Protestant and Catholic communities, reduce wasteful duplication of services and build shared resources, trust and relationships, even in the most divided communities

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