• Lead Member Newcastle City Council
  • Participating Members Mutual Ventures, Newcastle City Council
  • Year 2021
  • Status Policy Labs

Principles met

  • We will promote community-based approaches to economic development that focus on supporting the creation of jobs, social enterprises and other businesses and providing an environment for co-operative and mutual enterprises to thrive.
  • We will support the development of a framework and criteria for social value, giving substance to the concept and supporting Councils with the tools to ensure better local social and economic outcomes.
  • In exploring new ways of meeting the priority needs of our communities we will encourage models, such as co-operatives and mutuals, which give greater influence and voice to staff and users. in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.

About the project

Community assets enrich our lives, help to create strong and resilient communities, and support the effectiveness of public services. As we continue to manage the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, community assets have never been more important.

Whilst some local areas have seized upon asset transfer as an opportunity, others have not. The Network wanted to find out from its members what has worked well, what has not worked so well, and why. This report aims to learn lessons from these experiences and use them to strengthen practice around asset transfer within local government and its partners.