Thirty-eight buildings to transfer to charities, Angela Smith reveals

Community Assets Programme will see their transfer from local authorities by 2011, says third sector minister

A total of 38 buildings are expected to be transferred from local authorities to charities and community groups under the Government's £30m Community Assets Programme, according to third sector minister Angela Smith.

In response to a parliamentary question from shadow charities minister Nick Hurd, Smith said: "Thirty-four third sector organisations have received a full grant award to date and are working in partnership with their local authority to refurbish or extend community buildings with a grant from the Community Assets Programme."

Smith said a further four buildings would be transferred by 2011 under the scheme, which allows councils to transfer disused properties to local community groups if they feel they will be used more effectively.

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