New impetus for community energy

Posted Posted in City council, Council, Economy, Energy, Environment, Finance, Renewable energy, Transition

The Financial Times reports that the falling cost of renewables, advances in battery storage and the prospect of selling electricity locally are giving new impetus to community energy projects. Community energy projects, set up to generate renewable energy, are reinvesting the proceeds from the sale of electricity into the locality. Sylvia Pfeifer describes them as […]

The West Midlands Forum for Growth? Well if I were you I wouldn’t start from here.

Posted Posted in Council, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Government, Local economies, Local government

I attended the West Midlands Forum for Growth yesterday at Resorts World. It was the official conference of the West Midlands Combined Authority, and I was attending on one of two free tickets given to civil society bodies, as part of the group of civil society organisations aiming to have a voice in combined authority […]

Are the region’s schools and hospitals sourcing food locally?

Posted Posted in Council, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade

BBC Scotland made freedom of information requests to all 32 Scottish councils about the sourcing of food products bought last year. Despite campaigns by the Scottish Government to buy local produce. Of the 28 authorities which responded, it was found £1.3 million was spent on chicken products from Thailand, more than £125,000 on carrots from […]

Birmingham Newsroom: find it and buy it from local businesses to help the local economy

Posted Posted in City council, Council, Economy, Employment, Food, Globalisation

Birmingham Newsroom, Birmingham City Council’s online press office writes about Find it in Birmingham, the city council’s procurement portal where the goods and services the council needs to go about its business are bought, aiming to make sure the Birmingham pound is kept local.  Councillor Majid Mahmood, cabinet member for value for money and efficiency, […]

Bristol Pound – Birmingham Pound?

Posted Posted in Council, Economy, Energy, Finance, Microfinance, Tax, Trade, Transition, Uncategorized

In March LWM’s co-ordinator reported the local interest in the potential of a Birmingham Pound – the Birmingham Mail following up one tweet about a first-stage meeting of a few potentially interested people. News of an increasingly well-developed scheme in Bristol gives an insight into the role of a local currency. The Financial Times reported […]

Is the term ‘localism’ used by government to promote outcomes that contradict its original meaning?

Posted Posted in Council, Government, Local economies, Local government, Localism, Planning, Politics, Regional economies

A thoughtful appraisal of localism by Ekklesia’s staff writers was brought to our attention by James Robertson’s December newsletter. To read it in full click on this link. A new research project, Localism Watch, examines the impact of the coalition government’s ‘localism’ initiatives, which they say have helped to privatise local services, weaken local government […]

In the best farmers’ markets provenance is closely scrutinised

Posted Posted in Council, Economics, Economy, Employment, Finance, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Retail, Sustainability, Trade, Transition, Transport

Gerb Gerbrands, who founded the flourishing farmers’ market with Clare Honeyfield (Made In Stroud shop) in 1999, wrote in the Stroud News and Journal about the difference between farmers’ market stallholders and those at ‘ordinary’ markets. He receives applications from potential stall-holders a who are asked to fill in a form which states: “If products […]

Environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons for a different approach to waste disposal

Posted Posted in City council, Council, Devolution, Economy, Environment, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Protest, Recycling, Social Enterprise, Transition, Waste

. In this country and abroad Veolia’s services are being dispensed with for environmental, economic, social and ethical reasons. The City Council is considering what to do when its 25 year contract with waste giant Veolia expires in 2018. . John Newson (BFOE) writes: . “The Council will become in 2018 the owner of the […]