Disused council property could be sold to community groups for as little as £1 under a government scheme to revive local facilities. BBC

Councils will be asked to identify unused sites, such as old hospitals, empty pubs and disused police stations for sale to local groups in a pilot scheme.

Communities secretary Ruth Kelly will launch the initiative in Sheffield at a former Victorian school that has been transformed into a community centre.

A £30m fund will support 20 pilot projects across the country.