Realising the concept of eco-bonds, community shares and building up People’s Pensions

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Finance, Green New Deal, Localisation, Politics

Convenor of the Green New Deal group and LWM co-founder, Colin Hines, has long advocated the restoration of confidence by a national and/or local government facilitated safe haven for savings. The emphasis was on the housing and transport infrastructure, c2007, but more recently GND emphasis has focussed on developing a public and private works programme to cut carbon emissions.  Some businesses and […]

Localising points made by Kirsty Davies at Birmingham’s Council House

Posted Posted in Economy, Green New Deal, Localisation, Manufacturing

Aston resident Kirsty is the managing director of Professional Polishing in Smethwick   Three subjects close to Attwood’s heart and which the Thomas Attwood Society aim to further today are decentralised democracy, the strengthening of regional economies and economic and monetary reform.    If we look at the strengthening of regional economies then the three awardees – Keith Budden, Jon Morris and […]

The Green New Deal in Northern Ireland

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Green New Deal, Manufacturing, Politics

LWM’s co-founder, Colin Hines, continues his work as convenor of the Green New Deal Group with Larry Elliott, Tony Juniper, Jeremy Leggett, Caroline Lucas, Richard Murphy, Ann Pettifor, Charles Secrett and Andrew Simms. John Woods, Project Leader of the Northern Ireland Green New Deal Group, where businessmen, trades unionists, farmers, voluntary organisations and environmentalists have united around a common platform, […]

Will another lost generation be created?

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Green New Deal, Localisation, Manufacturing, Politics

In the 80s Michael Heseltine wrote:   The waste and hopelessness of unemployment both defy measurement. If the physical cost is great and undiminishing year on year, the human cost is also great and being paid on a constantly rising tariff as children follow parents into unemployment . . . forced into dependence on State benefits. Where unemployment is long-established and […]

A green end-goal for QE

Posted Posted in Banks, Economy, Finance, Green New Deal, Politics, Reports

At noon on Thursday 9th December the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting’s decisions will be announced. LWM’s co-founder, Colin Hines, sends news of a report released by members of the Green New Deal group and the consultancy ‘Finance for the Future’, which calls for the Committee’s discussions on when to introduce a further round of quantitative easing (the so […]

Strengthening the local economy

Posted Posted in Banks, Finance, Green New Deal, Localisation, Manufacturing

An LWM associate recently sent news of Birmingham’s Green New Deal to a senior Labour politician seeking policy input, with a printout of the relevant LWM blog.   News of  a far longer link was also sent. The Aston Reinvestment Trust is a project with which LWM’s co-founder Pat Conaty was closely involved. Adrian Cadbury tells how, during the Aston Democracy […]

Comments on the Green New Deal/Energy Savers from industrialist Kirsty Davies-Chinnock

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Economy, Green New Deal, Local government, Localisation, Manufacturing

She spoke at the Council House just before the Attwood Awards were given: Three subjects close to Attwood’s heart and which the Thomas Attwood Society aim to further today are de-centralised democracy, the strengthening of regional economies and economic and monetary reform. If we look at the strengthening of regional economies then the three awardees – Keith Budden, Jon Morris […]

Awards to project champions from LWM, Encraft & the Council

Posted Posted in Events, Green New Deal, Local government, Localisation, Manufacturing

Jon Morris, Matthew Rhodes and Keith Budden, who jointly developed and promoted the innovative Birmingham Energy Savers scheme within Be Birmingham and the council right through to delivery, each received an Attwood Award on November 4th from the Lord Mayor, Len Gregory at a civic reception at the Council House. The Birmingham Energy Savers scheme, now being delivered by the City […]

Birmingham: the city of a thousand big business satellites?

Posted Posted in Banks, Devolution, Economy, Finance, Green New Deal, Local government, Localisation, Manufacturing

John Clancy is Director of Media Futures, who speaks of initiating the ‘Brummie bond’ debate and of an interest in land value tax as a way of raising funding for front line public services. In a recent Birmingham Post blog, he wrote: “Birmingham was a city of a thousand trades – it has become the city of a thousand big […]

Working for a Green New Deal

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Banks, Books and articles, Economy, Events, Finance, Green New Deal, Local government, Localisation, Manufacturing, Procurement

  LWM’s co-founder, Colin Hines, continues his work as convenor of the Green New Deal Group with Larry Elliott, Tony Juniper, Jeremy Leggett, Caroline Lucas, Richard Murphy, Ann Pettifor, Charles Secrett and Andrew Simms.  Recently, Colin has been working to get private finance involved constructively with Green New Deal type initiatives particularly in Birmingham, the first local authority to set […]