Asset management

  • Council flogs land to raise £1m

    15 November 2017

    Swansea City & CC has sold a former school site, its old transport depot and two acres of land to raise more than £1m.

  • Creating conditions for empowered communities

    13 September 2017

    Cllr Clare Coghill urges councils to think before they sell off old buildings or parks. There might be members of the community with the drive and vision to transform it.

  • What’s on the box?

    14 March 2017

    Times are tight for local government and we all know selling off assets is a great way of getting quick cash.

  • Cash-strapped councils are in need of a lending hand

    08 March 2017

    It is now more important than ever for councils to be given greater borrowing freedoms if they are to rescue their beleaguered budgets, writes Rob Whiteman.

  • London borough faces legal review of regeneration vehicle

    21 February 2017

    Haringey LBC is facing a possible judicial review of its controversial decision to transfer £2bn in assets to a public-private regeneration vehicle.

  • Push to pool more assets could lead to LPP expansion

    14 February 2017

    The Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) is open to expanding in order to pool more assets beyond the £14bn already committed, The MJ understands.

  • Tenants urge council to ditch partnership plan

    13 February 2017

    Haringey LBC tenants have urged the authority to ditch its planned ‘hand over’ of £2bn in assets to a public-private partnership.

  • Active fund management 'expensive folly'

    02 February 2017

    Active fund management of the local government pension scheme’s (LGPS) assets has been an ‘expensive folly,’ a new report has claimed.

  • Transferring the power to change

    16 November 2016

    Transferring council assets to the community can offer new opportunities to transform outcomes. Abby Gilbert examines the results of a new survey of council officers and investigates where local authorities are already undertaking innovative work

  • Innovative housing management – the key to a thriving community

    07 November 2016

    Residents must be recognised as a valuable asset to councils, says John Gibson

  • Funds scorn boycott proposal

    21 September 2016

    Local government pension funds have spoken out against the prospect of legislation to prevent them from divesting on political or ethical grounds.

  • One Public Estate

    30 June 2016

    The One Public Estate has proved one size does not fit all on asset management, says Clive Bleasdale

  • Capital spend warning for councils

    15 June 2016

    Auditors have warned the risks from shifting council investment in capital programmes must be better understood by the Government.

  • An asset to local government

    07 June 2016

    With councils set to come under far greater scrutiny under the Housing & Planning Act, Kristian Scholfield considers how authorities can use assets creatively to lever economic growth

  • Government reassurance after pensions petition

    20 April 2016

    Councils will not be forced to invest their pension funds into infrastructure schemes, the Government has confirmed.

  • Green light for pension poolers

    11 April 2016

    Two local government pension schemes have been given the green light by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to pool their assets.

  • Councils must detail flog off plans

    11 March 2016

    Councils will have to develop a dedicated strategy document to show how they plan to use the proceeds of selling surplus assets.

  • Footfall fever

    16 February 2016

    Diary doesn’t want to come across as a frightful snob, but we could not help raise an eyebrow when we received an email from Carlisle City Council about a deal to bring a major retailer into a shopping centre.

  • ‘Think very carefully before you borrow for MBA,’ councils told

    10 February 2016

    Councils have been urged to think carefully before agreeing the paperwork that would allow them to borrow from the Municipal Bonds Agency (MBA).

  • Land of hope and glory?

    03 February 2016

    Christopher Plumley examines local authorities’ use of property assets and encourages us to polish the family silver – not sell it