Skills and Experience
The process of asset transfer and subsequent running of a pubic service can be a complex business. In some cases it can take many months, if not years for an initial transfer, especially if there are any building and refurbishment elements associated. Community organisations should consider if they have the appropriate skills and capacity in place, to understand if any gaps exist, and how relevant experience can be developed and leveraged.
Local authorities should also consider if they have all the necessary skills and capacity in place to manage a smooth asset / service transfer process. There should not be too much reliance on one junior officer in one department. It is unlikely that they will posses all the skills and experience, or have the delegated decision-making powers that will be required at different stages in the negotiation. Consider setting up a project team that brings together individuals and departments that each have a stake in the transfer.