Demonstrating Best Value

Any Asset Transfer Request submitted under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 will be assessed by the relevant authority that owns that asset, alongside any other proposals for the related asset to enable a Best Value judgement to be made. This will be a judgment that takes into account the financial implications alongside the wider benefits that will accrue in pursuing local or national priorities to deliver improved outcomes for Scotland.

Public bodies are often asked to assess proposals and implement plans based on the social value or best value of a service. This is difficult when much of what they do is driven by financial constraints.  

  • All relevant authorities have a duty to secure Best Value in their operations, including when disposing of or letting property.
  • Best Value does not always mean the highest possible price.
  • Public bodies can sell, or lease, at less than market value where there are wider public benefits to be gained from a transaction.
  • Delivery of Best Value is considered across the public sector as a whole.

When completing an Asset Transfer Request communities should take into consideration and address all of the relevant points for each of the 7 criteria in the the guidance notes from the Scottish Government. 

Best Value Theme Summary Information Required

Vision and Leadership

An organisation will have in place a clear vision and plan for what it will do to contribute to the delivery of improved outcomes for Scotland. This may be linked to one or more local or national priorities e.g. the Scottish Government's National Outcomes.  A clear plan for achieving the intended outcomes, ideally showing links to local or national priorities. Members of the community transfer body would also show that they have the relevant skills and experience to deliver the intended objectives. 

Effective Partnerships

An organisation will show how it, and its partnerships, provides a collaborative approach to the challenges that communities face.  The detail of any partnerships in place to help ensure successful delivery of the intended benefits. Community support is vital and can be shown through a variety of metrics such as surveys, consultations or ballots. 

Governance and Accountability

An organisation will be able to demonstrate structures, policies and leadership behaviours that support the application of good standards of governance and accountability.  An outline to illustrate that the appropriate structures and policies are in place to help ensure success in the longer-term. 

Use of Resources

An organisation will show how its effective management of all resources (including staff, assets, and information) is contributing to the delivery of specific outcomes, highlighted in the national outcomes. Explain how the body's current and future resources will be used as part of a medium to long term plan (5-10 years). This could include the numbers of employees or volunteers and the maintenance of any asset. This could also include the funding requirements of the group and the sources of funding already in place.
Performance Management An organisation will ensure that robust arrangements are in place to monitor the achievement of its desired outcomes as well as any reporting arrangements.  Outline the way in which a community transfer body will be able to monitor the achievement of its objectives, whether that be recording volunteers time or the amount of benefit achieved as part of the overarching vision. To demonstrate openness and transparency it will be important to report performance to the community. 
Sustainability An organisation will demonstrate an effective use of resources in the short-term and an informed prioritisation of the use of resources in the longer-term in order to contribute to sustainable development. The goal of Sustainable Development is to enable all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations. 

There are five broad principles of sustainability:

  • promoting good governance;
  • living within environmental limits;
  • achieving a sustainable economy;
  • ensuring a stronger healthier society; and
  • using sound science responsibly.

A community transfer body could demonstrate how its future funding or self-financing arrangements are to be achieved. Any proposal could also include any positive impact on the natural environment. 

Equality An organisation will demonstrate that consideration of equality issues is embedded in its vision and strategic direction and throughout all of its work.  The community transfer body should establish that the different groups within the community have had their different needs taken into account. Any request should include where a proposal may be reducing inequalities of outcome from socio-economic disadvantage. 



Related Resources

Asset Transfer Guidance for Community Transfer Bodies

This guidance has been developed for both relevant authorities and community bodies.  Relevant authorities are required to have regard to guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers in carrying out their functions in relation to asset transfer.

There is more guidance for community transfer bodies on completing the request form, and more for relevant authorities on the acknowledgement and notices they have to issue following receipt of a request.

PDF icon Asset Transfer CTB Guidance Notes.pdf