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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14405557

Councils must publish lists of their assets to show which ones can be sold instead of cutting services, the government says.

The coalition has produced a map of buildings and facilities belonging to 87 councils in England.

Among them are restaurants, pubs, golf courses, stadiums and an airport.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles urged a "good hard look" at assets. But the Local Government Association said councils were saving "millions".

The publication of the map follows several disputes between Whitehall and town halls about the impact of spending cuts outlined since the coalition came to power last year.

Seriously how long do they expect the holes to be plugged for doing this? Once the assets are gone there's nothing else to sell and you would hope many of these assets are profitable for the local council.

Yet another short term policy which causes an even bigger long term problem.

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Many councils have millions stored away, remember the fuss about the 'invested' money lost when Iceland went tits?

They then turn around and slash essential services the second cuts are announced, never mind implemented. Pure Washington Monument Syndrome.

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I would like to know how a council became the owner of a pub or resturant. Both are run sucessfully in the private sector so its not like they were needed because private couldn't provide it.

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Yet another short term policy which causes an even bigger long term problem.

It's not a problem for the people who are going to be able to buy these assets on the cheap is it?

The spivs and specs want the lot.

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I was half asleep, but the BBC said earlier councils are forbidden from selling assets to pay for front line services.

Yes. These assets are reserved for back office management bonuses and pensions. :lol:

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I would like to know how a council became the owner of a pub or resturant. Both are run sucessfully in the private sector so its not like they were needed because private couldn't provide it.

Oldham council bought the Roxy Cinema as a going concern. For an undisclosed sum. FOI won't get that figure.

They then shut it and knocked it down.

The owner retired - thanks to the generosity of the council. Presumably they paid more than he wanted else he'd have put it for sale on the open market?

They own land ALL over the place. Was wondering about a FOI request to find out just how much.

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Councils must publish lists of their assets to show which ones can be sold instead of cutting services, the government says.

No mention of cutting the areas of excess wages or excess bureaucracy (I imagine a lot of it "ideologically motivated") - of course.

Oh and while they're at it they should publish the exact amounts spent on the new fad of roadside planters and flowers that are virtually everywhere in some areas whilst thousands of winter potholes remain unrepaired.

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Seriously how long do they expect the holes to be plugged for doing this? Once the assets are gone there's nothing else to sell and you would hope many of these assets are profitable for the local council.

Yet another short term policy which causes an even bigger long term problem.

Yes when stuff is gnoe it is gone. We could always sell our gold.......... oh wait a minute!!!!!!!!

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It's quite right that they should publish the assets as they should be taken into account in the assessment of council taxes and so on - seeing as going back in time the assets will have been paid for by peoples rates and council taxes and such like.

That aside even though the assets are said to be worth billions and billions of pounds the government NOW insisting that the figures be published (they could have insisted on that years and years ago) is very much the sound of a pretty empty barrel now being scraped.

Like most other things taxpayers were never able to vote on whether councils should be buying such assets funded by taxpayer's rates and council taxes.

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Seriously how long do they expect the holes to be plugged for doing this? Once the assets are gone there's nothing else to sell and you would hope many of these assets are profitable for the local council.

Yet another short term policy which causes an even bigger long term problem.

Who says they have to sell them? They could lease them for example. Are they really 'sweating' all the assets they have, as effectively as they could?

(Do they even know what assets they have and the status of these assets? :unsure: )

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I was half asleep, but the BBC said earlier councils are forbidden from selling assets to pay for front line services.

They can't sell assets to pay wages...that's a first, what did they do with the money from the sale of council housing? :unsure:

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They can't sell assets to pay wages...that's a first, what did they do with the money from the sale of council housing? :unsure:

it probably went straight into the central govt coffers.

Councils need to be totally self funding. (coincidentally they could collect VAT and it would even out almost perfectly)

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I was half asleep, but the BBC said earlier councils are forbidden from selling assets to pay for front line services.

I would hardly call lesbian outreach diversity coordinators front line assets

.besides,a lot of public money is being hoovered up into these so-called "trusts" which are nothing of the sort.

...and not on the public books,other than by way of "donations"

oh what a tangled web we weave.........

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