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Alternative inflation report – Living standards in the West Midlands

None of our current inflation indices register the unique house price inflation the UK has had. Had they done so...
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Manufacturing

A correspondent in the Stirrer asks if the coalition government cares about manufacturing:  “. . . it must be obvious...
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Is there a job in the Green Economy for you? LWM's latest speaker event

Birmingham Green New Deal and beyond: How the green economy can kick-start Birmingham out of recession and create a sustainable...
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Interest in Birmingham’s Green New Deal

Evo Energy and Professional Polishing Services recently asked for information about this development. These are the sort of businesses which...
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Lessons from the Thatcher/Reagan years – an Alternative inflation report

The new government have inherited the highest inflation rate in the G7. And as they consider any sort of increase...
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Own Goal: Lessons for the West Midlands in the Globalisation of Football Finance

Localise West Midland's latest report: Own Goal: the Globalisation of Football Finance, has officially been launched to the press today!...
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Why do local economies matter?

Anna White of Share the World’s Resources explains, referring to the work of Localise West Midland’s co-founder, Colin Hines. Some...
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Setting up locally owned and run pubs and shops

Co-operative and Community Finance has pledged to provide up to £2m of new loans to help 50 communities set up...
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Buy locally grown fruit and vegetables

Earlier in May, though the Co-op store in Evesham and Pershore was stocking asparagus grown in the Vale, local people...
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Finditinbirmingham.com: re-launching the local economy?

Three days ago as I entered a rather impressive marquee I was greeted by hundreds of councillors, businessmen and influential...
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How the banks need to be split up – and how not

The Liberal-Conservative coalition agreement involves the setting up of a cabinet committee on Banking which will be chaired by George...
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The market is in control, not the politicians

On the Today programme this morning, Terry Smith, chief executive of the City broker Tullett Prebon, was brought in to...
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Electoral reform – now! and the stock market as an inverse indicator of progressive activity

I did wonder if the world (or this corner of it) really needs another commentator on the election right now,...
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Who's afraid of democracy? – from Avaaz

If like me you're sick of hung parliament scaremongering, you may like the following from Avaaz... Karen With the election...
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Will the local economy movement and the 'climate movement' converge?

One of many organisations promoting locally based alternatives known to LWM is the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) - a non-profit...
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The Pound after the election of a hung Parliament – lessons from the WM

Last time we elected supposedly strong governments both in 1979 and 1997, the following few years saw the Pound go...
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No fun at the airport…

The volcanic ash saga gives us a taste of what things will be like if we don't develop markets and...
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A refreshing take on the cost of 'efficiency' – public debt as investment

Back in November I wrote on our website about the Trades Unions Council conference I attended for LWM at which,...
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Where is Mark Kinzley now? LWM would like to hear from him.

Some years ago, Devolve’s Mark Kinzley wrote about the devolution of the economy:   “The globalised economy is the export and...
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LWM is now blogging…

Hello from Localise West Midlands, the small thinktank, campaign group and consultancy promoting a localised approach to trade, money flow...
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