Councils invited to apply for One Public Estate funding

The next phase of the One Public Estate initiative has been launched, offering councils up to £500,000 to support the delivery of ambitious property based initiatives.

Councils are being urged to apply for a piece of £31 million worth of funding, announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement, aimed at making public land and property work better for local areas.

The initiative is a joint project from Local Government Association (LGA) and the Cabinet Office Government Property Unit and provides funding and support to help councils deliver property based projects that boost local growth, deliver more customer integrated services, generate capital receipts and reduce running costs for the public sector.

Lord Porter, LGA chairman, said: "Through One Public Estate, councils have shown that they are in the perfect position to act as leaders of place and deliver effective cross public sector asset management. Councils are already the most efficient part of the public sector, and they have reaped impressive rewards for their communities through their leadership on the programme, unlocking land to create vital homes and jobs, helping services to work better together, and bringing in money while generating savings for the future.

"With this latest phase of the programme, we'll edge closer to achieving our ambition to have all councils signed up by 2018, driving growth in their areas through the strong local leadership that we've already seen in the early phases of the programme."

Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said: "The One Public Estate programme is going from strength to strength - making a big difference across our local communities by delivering more integrated services and at the same time saving taxpayers money. It shows the Government in action, working together to improve local communities.

"This fourth phase will go even further - delivering more growth, more transformation and better use of land. It will support a record number of local authorities to be more ambitious than ever before."