An underwater disco at Bramley Baths in Leeds, which was transferred to community ownership in 2013 The community asset transfer movement will stall without investment, says Stephen Rolph The time to reset the community ownership agenda is now. In my eight years at Locality I’ve seen ambitious examples of community organisations using an asset-based approach to strengthen and improve the places and spaces that people live, work and play in. But, as our new report Places and Spaces – The Future of Community Asset Ownership shows, it is becoming increasingly difficult for community organisations to embark on this journey. The odds for success are skewed in favour of public and private owners, national programmes of support have ended, and local authorities are under pressure to sell off their surplus assets to generate revenue. This is why Locality is urgently calling for a £1bn investment plan to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Stephen Rolph

Stephen Rolph is head of community assets and enterprise at Locality