Time Banks summary

Posted Posted in Banks, City council, Democracy, Economy, Government, Local economies, Social Enterprise, Transition, Uncategorized

Assembled because of the 15th October, Public Timebanking event in Birmingham The world’s first time bank is said to have been established in 1973 by a Japanese woman. The benefits that older time bank members derived included formation of new friendship networks to replace those lost by retirement and the chance to use old skills and learn new ones. Time […]

Community energy solutions: Plymouth

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Microfinance, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Renewable energy, Transition

In 2012 Plymouth’s co-operative city council established a Low Carbon City Team, which helped to identify the city’s potential for community energy solutions and forge partnerships. The council funded pre-development, initial community engagement and business plan development. In 2013 it joined forces with local residents to form Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) which then set up a second Industrial & Provident […]

Could Brummie bonds fund house building?

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Banks, City council, Devolution, Economy, Finance, Government, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Transition

City councillor John Clancy, who once worked in the venture capital market, explains in a Chamberlain Files article,  [accessed via the Brummie], that  ‘Brummie bonds’ can provide much needed investment and kick-start building by local councils and housing associations across Birmingham. Some readers will remember that the Brummie Bonds concept was incorporated in the 2003 People’s Pensions Proposal, informally presented […]

Preston: building a new local economics

Posted Posted in City council, Co-operatives, Economics, Employee ownership, Local economies, Local government, Manufacturing, Mutuals, Outsourcing, Planning, Procurement, Reports, Transition

New Start magazine, which champions urban regeneration that is inclusive, sustainable and socially just, has reported on the work of CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) with Preston City Council. Innovative Quinton councillor John Clancy, who has been to Preston to meet councillors there at a CLES conference, has already tweeted the New Start article. CLES is exploring how anchor […]

Future Governance for the West Midlands – a workshop: 24th March 2015

Posted Posted in City council, Devolution, Local government, Regional economies, Uncategorized

At the UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Please email to book a place.  This workshop is organised by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at Birmingham University in conjunction with the Futures Network West Midlands and Localise West Midlands. The workshop contributes to the debate about future patterns of governance in the UK and the pattern that best suits the West […]

Localise Birmingham? A lead from India

Posted Posted in City council, Devolution, Economy, Finance, Government, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Regional economies, Transition

The sheer size of the city was brought home to the writer who accidentally travelled the 49’s circuitous bus route which crossed many city wards. With the exception of glossy Longbridge – a ‘revolution in regeneration’ – it was clear that there was a great deal to be done in several rather neglected and dismal wards, but that the indebted […]

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 […]

Calls for a living wage

Posted Posted in City council, Economy, Finance, Government, Poverty, Sustainability, Transition

Andrew Lydon writes that, over the last year, probably the most radical proposal made by Labour leader Ed Miliband is about the Living Wage and Living Wage Zones: “Living wage zones would work for everyone – the people who get decent pay, the employers who get a more committed workforce and the government that saves money on credits.” He said […]

Political and economic devolution

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Finance, Government, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Planning, Politics, Regional economies

The vision of Birmingham’s council leader The prospect of a powerful city region level of government administering economic development, transport, skills and housing across the West Midlands has been raised by city council leader Sir Albert Bore, who used his annual budget speech to set out his vision of a “new model for city government”. ‘Roadblocks’: Chris Game from the […]

Birmingham’s budget dilemmas: defences against the vandalism of austerity

Posted Posted in City council, Local economies, Local government, Localisation

I’m just looking at the Birmingham City Council service reviews and budget consultation to make Localise West Midlands’ response – emphasising ways in which the Council can maximise local multiplier to reduce its whole system costs. As a citizen it’s incredibly frustrating to see the city forced into making such ridiculous choices. In my own area the likely closure of […]