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New research sets out benefits of community ownership

31 August 2011

Communities which own their own assets are better placed to develop and manage services to meet the needs of local people according to research published this week by the Big Lottery Fund.

The research, carried out as part of a five year evaluation of BIG Scotland’s Growing Community Assets  programme, also indicates that community owned buildings or equipment are valued by communities themselves, leading to a decrease in vandalism and other related anti-social behaviour.

Jackie Killeen, the Scotland Director of the Big Lottery Fund welcomed the publication of the research, saying: “This research demonstrates that investment from our Growing Community Assets programme has helped Scottish communities equip themselves with greater self confidence and increased autonomy, and has allowed communities to develop services to meet the changing needs of people in their local area. On top of this, communities have used Lottery funding to create new jobs and locally based businesses at a time when many communities are facing challenges in this area.

“Community ownerships of assets present real benefits to communities, whether this asset is a piece of land, a building or equipment. I’m pleased to also see that our projects report that this is also a factor in reducing the level of anti-social behaviour such as vandalism directed towards such facilities.”

In 2008 BIG commissioned SQW Consulting to carry out a five year evaluation of Growing Communtiy Assets.  These are the findings of  Phase Two of the evaluation carried out between 2009 and 2011.

A full copy of the of the evaluation can be found here

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