Economic Prospects for 2017: Andrew Simms – New Economics Foundation

Posted Posted in Bank of England, Banks, Books and articles, Economics, Finance, Renewable energy

              As John Nightingale who sent the link says, this ‘reads well’:  Each year the Financial Times conducts a survey of leading economists on the UK’s upcoming prospects. The New Weather Institute is part of that survey and predicts a bumpy ride. A lot of the FT material sits behind a paywall, so for interest here are the answers we […]

Post-Brexit we need to build an economy for the many

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, EU, Government, Local economies, Local government, Planning, Regional economies, Transition

‘Home-grown solutions’ Yesterday, Ann (West Midlands New Economics Group) sent a link to an article by Neil McInroy (right), chief executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies. CLES focusses on economic development and regeneration, ‘promoting and implementing new progressive economic activities which create positive environmental, health and social outcomes’. It was recently published in the New Start magazine under […]

Localism: a rescue plan for British democracy

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A notable omission from Localise West Midlands’ extensive range of articles about, or with references to localism, is a review of a book by Simon Jenkins: Big Bang Localism: a rescue plan for British democracy. In this book he attributes the decline in British voter interest and participation to the over-centralisation of power in Whitehall, ‘one of the most centralised governments in […]

Update: International Alliance for Localisation

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Environment, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Procurement, Trade, Transition

Early in December this blog reported that Local Futures has gathered a cross-cultural, North-South network of thinkers, activists and NGOs – the International Alliance for Localization (IAL). It already has members from over 30 countries and Localise West Midlands is one of the member organisations. In the wake of the Paris climate talks, Local Futures has released a 16 page […]

Transition town focus

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Local economies, Localisation, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition, Transition Network

A transition town is a grassroots community project that seeks to build resilience in the face of peak oil, climate destruction and economic instability. Local projects are usually based on the model’s 12 ‘ingredients’. The first initiative to use the name was Transition Town Totnes, founded in 2006. Between late 2006 and early 2007 the Transition Network was founded as […]

Human-scale, decentralised technologies

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Economy, Energy, Environment, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Transition

In Lean Logic, the late David Fleming recalls that in in 1995, the Times Literary Supplement placed a book by E.F. Schumacher, the chief economic advisor to the UK Coal Board for two post war decades, among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. Small Is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered has been […]

A lesson for Britain: Brazil promotes food security and local food procurement, strengthening family farming

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Low carbon, Planning, Poverty, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition

Vested interests replacing the now defunct Flying Matters, a lobby group funded by the aviation industry, vigorously defend the profitable import of food from countries with malnourished people. A better way forward, socially, economically and environmentally is offered by the Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Jose Graziano da Silva (Extraordinary Minister for Food Security), one of […]

Has Secretary of State (Elizabeth Truss) visited the LWM site?

Posted Posted in Books and articles, City council, Economy, Employment, Energy, Food, Government, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Planning, Procurement, Transition

A Lancashire farmer sends news of a ministerial statement made by the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss.  On 21st July she launched “A Plan for Public Procurement of Food and Catering Services”, which includes an emphasis on Government procurement opening up the public sector market to small and local businesses: “It will allow […]

Relocalisation: an under reported issue in the French elections

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Economy, Employment, Environment, EU, Export-led growth, Finance, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Tax, Trade, Transition

  In the French election, left wing socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon has stressed the need to relocalise Europe’s economy and to do so by limiting imports. This has brought Melenchon increased votes in a country where 70% of the population favour some form of protection for domestic production from cheaper, lower waged competitors. This French election trend prompts a call for […]