PUBLICATIONS

CULTURE OF INTIMIDATION

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Terrier Magazine Spring 2021

“Arrests, intimidation, dubious contracts and squandered millions - how England’s 10th biggest local authority failed the people it was supposed to serve.” That was the opening line in a recent story in the Independent on the report issued in March 2021 into the goings on at Liverpool City Council, including some rather dodgy looking property deals. There is no question that the reputation of Liverpool has hit a low. 

ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANS: ADAPT OR DIE

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Terrier Magazine Autumn 2020

One thing is certain over the recent months - that is the unprecedented use of the word unprecedented!

As I see it, there are 2 fundamental areas where the local authority asset management plan needs radically to change. The first is the scope of the plan. The second is the form of the plan.

LOVE WILL FIND A WAY: LOCAL GOVERNMENT’S PASSION FOR PROPERTY UNDER PRESSURE

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The Public Accounts Committee has criticised government for failing to manage the risk of local authorities investing in commercial property. For many councils, external sources of income are an essential ingredient in their finances.

ASSET STRATEGIES - TOP 10 CHALLENGES (PART 2)

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Terrier Magazine Spring 2020

Execution is an odd word. On the onehand, it means “the carrying out of a  plan or course of action.” On the other, it means, “the carrying out of a death sentence.”

CHANGE MANAGEMENT

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Terrier Magazine Autumn 2019

"When property asset management stalls, it is because of a failure to embrace the changes that are needed to make things happen."

IT COULD BE A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH

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The Voice Summer 2019

"Training and development is critical to keeping people safe on school premises."

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DEVELOPING A CAPITAL STRATEGY FOR YOUR ASSETS

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Terrier Magazine Autumn 2018

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"The context and requirements for developing an authority’s capital strategy. He includes practical advice for surveyors to consider and follow – it’s a potentially daunting list to deal with effective asset management for informed decisionmaking, and comply with the capital strategy requirements by the deadline of 1 April 2019."

IFRS13 – LATEST CHANGES IN THE WORLD OF LOCAL AUTHORITY ASSET VALUATION, PART TWO

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"Detailed guidance for valuation practitioners for local authority accounting purposes, Part 2."

PROPERTY INVESTMENT AND PWLB

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Terrier Magazine Winter 2020

Does this sound familiar? You have seen central government grant support to your local authority fall by around half over the past 10 years. To help fill that gap you have developed a capital and investment strategy that seeks to invest partly in commercial property acquisition.

Will that still be possible?

SLIDING DOORS

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Terrier Magazine Summer 2020

What will society look like in the future?  How will people want to draw upon services in the future? 

For those in the property teams within those organisations, the big question is what property assets will the organisation need going forward, and how will the assets we retain be used? 

ASSET STRATEGIES - TOP 10 CHALLENGES (PART 1)

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Terrier Magazine Winter 2019

Execution is an odd word. On the one
hand, it means “the carrying out of a  plan or course of action.” On the other, it means, “the carrying out of a death sentence.”

CAPITAL STRATEGY

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Terrier Magazine Summer 2019

“It is critical that those involved in both
managing and developing strategy on the property portfolio are involved deeply in the
development of the organisation’s capital strategy.”

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MONOPOLY PROPERTY PURCHASES ENDANGER COUNCILS

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The ALARM Journal Autumn 2018

"Property investments can be so risky they can potentially threaten the financial viability of councils."

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COMFORTABLY NUMB – ARE WE GETTING LAZY WITH OUR ASSET MANAGEMENT APPROACHES?

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Terrier Magazine Spring 2016

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"practical advice about better ways of approaching
asset management plans to make them
more effective. For authorities: what is
their policy, what is their strategy and
what is their action plan?"

IFRS13 – LATEST CHANGES IN THE WORLD OF LOCAL AUTHORITY ASSET VALUATION, PART ONE

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"Detailed guidance for valuation practitioners for local authority accounting purposes, Part 1."

BUILDING OUR INVESTMENTS –
HOW SOME LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE
EXPANDING THEIR PROPERTY INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

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"Commercial property acquisitions are of growing importance to many councils, as austerity measures bite ever deeper."

SPLIT DECISION - DETERMINING THE LAND AND BUILDINGS SPLIT IN LOCAL AUTHORITY ASSET VALUATIONS

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"As a response to the Editor’s awareness of a confusion among valuers about land and buildings split for valuations for capital accounting purposes, here is compelling useful guidance.