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Premises for the Third Sector in London

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  1. Premises for the Third Sector in London Background • Current policy frameworks in each London borough. • The support available in each London Borough to groups who had premises needs or projects that they wanted to pursue. • The perspectives of both London Boroughs and umbrella Third Sector organisations on the premises needs of the sector and any barriers or issues that they felt needed to be addressed. • Current initiatives or projects being pursued by both the Third Sector and local borough councils.

  2. Premises for the Third Sector in London Online Data Collection: London Boroughs • Polices related to the use of Council land and buildings that it owns or manages • Policies set by Borough councils that impact on the cost of premises to Third Sector organisations • Policies related to funding , support and joint working with the Third Sector where it was relevant to premises.

  3. Premises for the Third Sector in London Online Data Collection: Councils for Voluntary Service in London • Training • Advice • Publications • On-line directories or other resources

  4. Premises for the Third Sector in London Interview survey • Telephone or form • Boroughs - Officers from property or voluntary sector • CVS’s - Chief Executives or relevant staff • Responses 25 out of 30 CVS’s and 22 out of 32 Boroughs

  5. Premises for the Third Sector in London Context • Austerity • Property Market and Publicly owned assets • Localism - community rights and neighbourhood planning • Community Infrastructure Levy • Tax Increment funding • Business Rate changes • Power of Competence • Big Society

  6. Premises for the Third Sector in London Policy and Policy Development • NDRR • Asset Management • Asset Transfer • Procurement and Commissioning Support, Partnership and Projects • Support – demand and access • Partnership and projects – what is happening where

  7. Premises for the Third Sector in London Findings: Policy and Policy Development NDRR • Transparency and access to information generally poor • Huge variations in policy and amounts of discretionary rate relief awarded

  8. Premises for the Third Sector in London Findings: Policy and Policy Development Asset Management • Policies are very difficult to find and they do not include all relevant policies • There is a lot of individual project development going on but again not easy to find • There is limited development of cross sectoral, cross Borough or inter departmental discussion forums about the use of assets and the Third Sector.

  9. Premises for the Third Sector in London Findings: Policy and Policy Development Asset Transfer • Huge flux – partly due to community rights • No consistent approach in relation to inclusion in Asset Management Plans nor across policies that exist

  10. Premises for the Third Sector in London Findings: Policy and Policy Development Procurement and Commissioning • Approaches to fixed overheads and full cost recovery not consistently applied • Historic subsidy means some groups are more competitive than others • Rent subsidy mainly linked to delivery of council services

  11. Premises for the Third Sector in London Findings: Support, Partnership and Projects Demand for Support • Lots of evidence of demand for support from Compacts, London Wide Property Advice organisations, London Boroughs and Councils for Voluntary Service in London

  12. Premises for the Third Sector in London Findings: Support, Partnership and Projects Access to Support • Limited at local level • Specific gaps are training, awareness of existing sources of support, information on locally available premises and co-location and sharing promotion and advice.

  13. Premises for the Third Sector in London Findings: Support, Partnership and Projects Support Needed • Sharing premises • Support on practical premises management issues • Rent levels and lease negotiations • Capital Funds to address the condition of council buildings occupied by Third Sector organisations • Available suitable premises within Council property portfolios

  14. Premises for the Third Sector in London Findings: Support, Partnership and Projects • Significant partnership project activity on the ground • Mixed picture on strategic partnership working within local councils, between councils and with the Third Sector overall

  15. Premises for the Third Sector in London Progress since 2007 • A lot more policy exists though is a state of flux most of the time • All Boroughs who responded were working on individual projects with specific groups, particularly “hubs” • Improved baseline data and service provision from Councils for Voluntary Service • Continued Lack of strategic involvement of the sector on asset planning overall

  16. Premises for the Third Sector in London Recommendationsfor London Boroughs and Councils for Voluntary Service • Principally related to improvements in transparency of decision making processes and access to information • Inclusion of Third Sector in strategic planning and policy making

  17. Premises for the Third Sector in London Recommendationsfor London Boroughs and Councils for Voluntary Service • Better Cross departmental working and officer up-skilling on property issues

  18. Premises for the Third Sector in London Recommendationsfor Third Sector Premises Group • Developing model policies and procedures relevant to Third Sector organisations • Work with professional institutes on valuation of community buildings • Borough based work on investment strategies for community buildings portfolio

  19. Premises for the Third Sector in London Recommendationsfor Third Sector Premises Group • Using strategic planning mechanisms like the Local Development framework to address issues of supply of premises • Working with funders on new regimes for capital investment in buildings for the Third Sector