Natasha Sabin from Tirebuck Recruitment, based in Solihull, talks about the benefits working locally can have on the individual.
West Midlanders are commuting more since the recession hit.
In November 2012 the Trades Union Congress reported that the average West Midlands employee spends 48.8 minutes per day commuting to and from work. This . . . → Read More: Work Locally to Save Money and Your Community
I was at the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership consultation event on their spatial framework this morning. A few thoughts:
- During discussion on our table, someone pointed at me and said “and then your community economic development stuff fits into this little box here”. It dawned on me then that the . . . → Read More: GBS LEP’s spatial framework: democracy, nongrowth sectors and getting localisation out of its little box
In a newsletter this week (not yet available on his website) Local Euro MP Phil Bennion expresses the hope that the government’s ‘Green Deal’ will be more widely extended to help people in rented social housing:
“Millions of homes in the UK do not have full double-glazing. More than half do not have enough . . . → Read More: West Midlands MEP advocates the ‘Green Deal’ for social housing
Compass, an ideas and action based pressure group, is discussing alternatives to the Government’s economic ‘Plan A’, which isn’t working, with over 50,000 members and supporters around the country.
Its original Plan B, one page summary here, includes elements advocated in the last post by LWM’s co-founder Colin Hines: “infrastructure programmes, such . . . → Read More: Compass calls for a National Plan: “The moment demands nothing less”.
A Guardian article by LWM’s co-founder and convenor of the Green New Deal Group, Colin Hines, is summarised here.
The neoliberal export-led growth model, the increasingly discredited single currency and the utterly unchallenged single market are wrecking Europe which is facing a real nightmare: a shrinking full-time job market and hence lack of demand . . . → Read More: Face-to-face caring and infrastructural renewal will provide the backbone for a labour-intensive future
Singapore-based Chandran Nair, think-tank founder, businessman, environmental consultant and poet, continues – in the Financial Times – to urge policy makers in Asia to turn away from the dominant Western ideology, “that got the world into its current predicament”.
He eloquently expresses his belief that if Asian economies develop on the same ‘resource-guzzling terms’ . . . → Read More: Chandran Nair’s message for Asian economies – and ours?