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

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 . . . → Read More: Has Secretary of State (Elizabeth Truss) visited the LWM site?

Calls for a living wage

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 . . . → Read More: Calls for a living wage

True devolution? Has localism merely meant passing power to unelected micro-quangos?

Professor Richard Batley, University of Birmingham (School of Government and Society) writes in the FT: “Constitutional devolution, convincingly argued, could be attractive in England, as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland . . . Westminster seems not to appreciate that irritation at the centralisation of power and wealth in London is not confined . . . → Read More: True devolution? Has localism merely meant passing power to unelected micro-quangos?

A message from Delhi about growth blindness: a manufactured disease

An economic system created by and for moneyed interests:

Analyst Devinder Sharma writes about universities, educational institutes and business schools which are churning out graduates and postgraduates who are made to believe in the magic potion of growth. Newspapers are full of reports and quotes about growth. Finance ministers everywhere in the world . . . → Read More: A message from Delhi about growth blindness: a manufactured disease

The Green Deal: why it has not taken off and what we can expect in the future

A “must read” from Phil Beardmore for all interested in Green Deal & Green New Deal: . http://birminghameastside.com/2014/03/25/green-deal-whats-wrong-and-future/

In this article – first posted on Birmingham Eastside – Phil Beardmore describes why the Green Deal scheme has not taken off and what we can expect in the future.

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Political and economic devolution

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 . . . → Read More: Political and economic devolution

Regional government in the Midlands – a historical precedent

Fleetwood’s Ken Palmerton (co-founder of the Institute for Rational Economics) responds to the last post: “Why not the Midlands indeed! Mercia, under Earl Leofric and his tax cutting wife Godiva, was a viable entity, why not now?”

A search revealed that the Midlands of England, Mercia, included much of south Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire . . . → Read More: Regional government in the Midlands – a historical precedent

The social cost of our food supply chains – inefficient and unfairly traded

“Food supply chains in Europe are extraordinarily long and complex, involving multiple food business entities and opaque corporate structural engineering, which increases the difficulty for adequate inspection and regulation, and opens the door for fraud and criminal activity. It makes it difficult to work out who is responsible for what, and who’s to blame . . . → Read More: The social cost of our food supply chains – inefficient and unfairly traded

George Morran – thanks for your long stint as LWM vice-chair

Just a quick post by way of recognition and thanks to one of our key founder members. George Morran, who has been vice-chair of Localise West Midlands since 2007, has stepped down from that role – though I’m glad to say is continuing to be a member of our board.

George has deputised effectively . . . → Read More: George Morran – thanks for your long stint as LWM vice-chair