William Eichler 01 October 2015

Report highlights 'uncertain future' for BAME community assets

Report highlights uncertain future for BAME community assets image

The government must help Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) organisations take over community buildings to ensure future generations benefit from them argues a new report by Ubele Initiative and Locality.

The urban uprisings in the 1980s in areas such as Brixton (pictured), Tottenham and Bristol led to the emergence of many community organisations and spaces being leased to diaspora communities.

Over the last five to ten years, however, the groups claim local authorities have failed to renew many of the leases on these community assets, which has led to BAME groups being forced from the centres where they traditionally meet, work, learn and celebrate.

The report, A Place to Call Home, highlights the vulnerability of these neighbourhood centres. According to data from a total of 150 organisations across England, 54% of respondents said the future of their community buildings was ‘insecure’.

Locality chief executive, Tony Armstrong, stresses that while the report reveals some inspirational stories of community leadership, it also 'underlines the uncertain future of community buildings primarily used by BAME groups and stresses the struggles and losses that many have faced in recent years'.

'The Government needs to act', he continues, 'to ensure BAME groups are supported, take on and retain the important community assets which mean they can make a difference to the people in their neighbourhoods.'

It’s now or never for modern democracy image

It’s now or never for modern democracy

The electoral landscape is now ‘more crowded than ever’, while council resources have been ground down, says Laura Lock – and she warns that professionals do not have limitless capacity.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Project Manager

Leicestershire County Council
Up to £50,823 per annum
The role of this post is to oversee the project management, development and implementation of the County Council’s Major Transport Projects.. Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicestershire County Council

Programme and Change Delivery Manager (Spatial Planning and Urban Design)

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£43,833 - £53,115 Depending on skills and experience
Are you a change delivery manager with expertise in England’s local government spatial planning and urban design sector? Wandsworth, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Early Years Practitioner

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£26,544 - £30,618 per annum pro rata
This is a diverse area and we have high aspirations for all our children, starting with... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Programme Manager - Association of Directors of Children’s Services

City of York Council
£50,000 to £60,000 pa
This role will help to shape an annual SLI work plan and variously oversee, facilitate, commission or directly deliver and... York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

School Wellbeing Worker

City of York Council
£27,614 to £30,602 per annum
The role will involve providing schools with consultation and advice, training, direct work in... York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue