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Outsourcing – or insourcing?

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) has some unwelcome news for the recently formed National Outsourcing Association.  The NOA...
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Sustainable Communities Act proposal to bring better evidence to local planning?

This could be the most enticing thing to come out of Suffolk since St Peters' organic ale.  Through the Sustainable...
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Barter: ‘Money unmade’

People living in the forests of India, urban Russia and rural England, are bartering goods and services instead of using...
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Financial Collapse and the Reversion to the Local

Apocalyptic? Redemptive? Earlier this blog carried news of arch-localiser Julian Rose who developed his farm as a mixed organic enterprise...
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Import substitution – a low carbon project

Local agencies are to produce low carbon, cheap to run housing for local people. The Accord Group - Accord, Ashram, Caldmore...
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Local renewable energy schemes to benefit from Enterprise Investment Scheme

Local renewable energy schemes to benefit from Enterprise Investment Scheme

A Treasury decision that renewable energy initiatives benefiting from the feed-in tariff would no longer qualify for the Enterprise Investment...
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In Geneva: fair prices for farmers, local products given priority, rejection of GMO, developing food sovereignty at a local level

More market heresy? News from European Milk Board’s Nicolas Bezencon, Uniterre. In 2001, Uniterre and Jardins de Cocagne (a vegetable...
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Dark clouds over the rollercoaster economy

A letter to the Guardian sent by Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM, is being copied far and wide – most...
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Our government co-operates to further the corporate desire for the cheapest labour

Building up resilience: economic, social and environmental  In March BBC News reported that Sir John Holmes, former emergency relief co-ordinator...
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Failing Growth – it’s the prices stupid !

With the recent disappointing GDP growth figures, the government's hopes for growth are clearly in difficulty. . This is largely...
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Clancy’s proposals would enhance ministerial decisions

Clancy’s proposals would enhance ministerial decisions

With caveats, John Clancy commends two decisions made by Communities Minister Eric Pickles in his recent announcement: . a LEP has...
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West Midlands Local Authority Low Carbon Economy Programme Press release: Community Renewable Energy Mentors wanted

West Midlands Local Authority Low Carbon Economy Programme Press release: Community Renewable Energy Mentors wanted There is still time to...
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The value of sustainable development – and a planning system that provides it

The former farmland land occupied by Lammas Eco-village used to bring the farmer between £2,500 and £5,000 a year through...
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Cooperative model could enable young to create sustainable enterprises

Rianne ten Veen sent a link to the message from the United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban ki Moon on the International Day...
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Birmingham – capital of community transport?

High Speed 2: comment received from local sustainable energy and transport  consultant   "I think that the Chambers of Commerce etc,...
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Birmingham – capital of community action on climate change

Birmingham’s Carbon Saving report for 2010/11 shows not only that the city surpassed its target but also highlights the critical...
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Support available for WM’s community energy schemes

Press Release                                                                                      no embargo Community Strand of the West Midlands Low Carbon Economy Programme Up to £40,000 of in-kind funding...
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Proximity Principle 2

 The Irish Foundation for Sustainable Economics [FEASTA] recently published Fleeing Vesuvius, Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse.  In...
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Things the Bank of England need to be reminded of.

In May our UK Consumer Prices Index was running at  4.5 % on an annual basis, and on the same...
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Is the free-market dream over?

In the Guardian on Wednesday Colin Hines agreed with columnist Martin Kettle that Europe's free-market dream is over – adding, "not...
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