A summary of findings and conclusions
This research was undertaken towards a PhD at the University of Manchester. It aimed to establish whether Community Asset Transfer (CAT) could work as a tool for the empowerment of local communities by enabling them to provide facilities and services, on a neighbourhood level, that local authorities and other official bodies were unable to offer.
The study focused on West Yorkshire. The initial phase involved an analysis of the relevant policies and other publicly available documents from each of the five authorities in the county, and an attempt to compile as comprehensive a list as possible of the transferred assets in each. This task proved difficult, however, as Community Asset Transfer is not a statutory requirement and each local authority interprets the term slightly differently. Nor do they all publish (or have available) accurate lists of the transfers completed. An element of detective work was therefore required to conclude that 57 transfers had taken place in West Yorkshire as at the end of November 2017.
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