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Time to “buy less from abroad, switch to home-produced substitutes and develop home-based competitors”?

Recently Lord Skidelsky stated, in the Financial Times, that figures show current UK inflation is driven by increases in prices...
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Using Feed-In Tariffs And Pay-As-You-Save To Tackle Fuel Poverty

How can we make sure that CO2 reduction programmes such as Birmingham Energy Savers benefit the most vulnerable people at...
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Alternative inflation- the globalisation of inflation

Inflation across the Eurozone at 2.2 % is now above the European Central Bank target of   '2 % or less'. ...
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Exponential growth is not the best measure of a society’s success

Letter curtailed with permission from the writer, Kenneth Obel, Wilmette, IL, US.  He writes: “I am a lawyer in Chicago....
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Conventional economic growth requires cheap oil so . . .

"The end of cheap oil means the end of easy economic growth" So said Jonathon Porritt in Capitalism as if...
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The Green New Deal in Northern Ireland

LWM’s co-founder, Colin Hines, continues his work as convenor of the Green New Deal Group with Larry Elliott, Tony Juniper,...
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Localism bill – more on the dog’s breakfast

For our forthcoming sustainable and resilient planning event in Herefordshire, a couple of us from LWM met today with a...
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Outlaw protection of the local, or adopt new end goals ?

In December it was reported that US trade officials, prompted by a petition from the United Steelworkers union, said they...
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Our political leaders and mainstream economists should learn from Sonia Gandhi and Amartya Sen

On 19th December, James Lamont in New Delhi, who writes for the Financial Times, reported that Sonia Gandhi, President of...
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Alternative Inflation Report – better indices under consideration…better policy possible

Our reports in the last half of 2010 have underlined the trend for the UK to have the highest level...
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LWM response to planning aspects of Localism bill

Article written by LWM for New Start Magazine and reproduced here with their permission The name Localise West Midlands suggests...
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Will another lost generation be created?

In the 80s Michael Heseltine wrote:   The waste and hopelessness of unemployment both defy measurement. If the physical cost is...
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A green end-goal for QE

At noon on Thursday 9th December the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting’s decisions will be announced. LWM’s co-founder, Colin...
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Strengthening the local economy

An LWM associate recently sent news of Birmingham’s Green New Deal to a senior Labour politician seeking policy input, with...
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Stabilising a Europe of tottering regional banks

In September the Independent Banking Commission appointed by the Cameron government published an issues paper and we have responded by...
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The Economics of Happiness

Helena Norberg-Hodge, who recently sent an evaluation of the Food Section of LWM’s Extending Localisation  project, kick-started the local food...
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Alternative Inflation Report – Bank of England failure ?

The highest rate of inflation among the original G7 members, is our UK inflation rate. Although there is much doubt...
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Public sector procurement: fresh, sustainable and locally sourced food?

Labour MP Joan Walley Stoke on Trent North) tabled a Private Members Bill Public Bodies (Sustainable Food) setting nutritional, environmental...
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Comments on the Green New Deal/Energy Savers from industrialist Kirsty Davies-Chinnock

She spoke at the Council House just before the Attwood Awards were given: Three subjects close to Attwood’s heart and...
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Awards to project champions from LWM, Encraft & the Council

Jon Morris, Matthew Rhodes and Keith Budden, who jointly developed and promoted the innovative Birmingham Energy Savers scheme within Be...
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