A civil society strategy is announced

Posted Posted in Democracy, Devolution, Finance, Local government

An inquiry into civil society, chaired by Julia Unwin, former chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that many poorer communities feel neglected. Ms Unwin said: “Across England people have told us that they feel ignored, and that decisions that directly affect their lives are taken without their involvement. A shift in power is needed so that the voice […]

A local alternative to Uber?

Posted Posted in City council, Economy, Employee ownership, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Mutuals, Urban

Transport for London has decided not to give Uber a new license, though its app (Uber requires drivers and users to have a smartphone) will still be operational in London while Uber appeals against the decision. More information about its problems and bans in several cities and countries may be seen on the West Midlands New Economics site. The New Economics […]

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 matters. Tickets in general cost […]

Doncaster leads on local sourcing

Posted Posted in City council, Devolution, Economy, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Regional economies, Sustainability, Transition, Uncategorized, Urban

As local sourcing where appropriate is central to relocalising and strengthening regional economies, many will welcome news of a pledge made by Doncaster’s Mayor Ros Jones to ‘buy local’. Business Desk reports that when Ros Jones became Mayor in 2013, the council spent more money with firms located outside of borough, but now the vast majority of work goes to […]

Corbyn focusses on decentralisation: localising energy and transport

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employee ownership, Energy, Environment, Government, Green New Deal, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Mutuals, People power, Planning, Politics, Transition, Transport, Urban

Jeremy Corbyn has launched an environmental manifesto that outlines plans for the UK to achieve 65% of energy from renewable sources by 2030 – without fracking. Corbyn proposes to put cities, councils, devolved governments and communities at the heart of an efficient, decentralised energy system by promoting a shift to electric and hydrogen buses and cars; a network of low-emission zones and […]

Post-Brexit we need to build an economy for the many

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, EU, Government, Local economies, Local government, Planning, Regional economies, Transition

‘Home-grown solutions’ Yesterday, Ann (West Midlands New Economics Group) sent a link to an article by Neil McInroy (right), chief executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies. CLES focusses on economic development and regeneration, ‘promoting and implementing new progressive economic activities which create positive environmental, health and social outcomes’. It was recently published in the New Start magazine under […]

Localism: a rescue plan for British democracy

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Books and articles, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Education, Employment, Government, Health, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Localism, People power, Planning, Politics, Regional economies, Tax, Transition

A notable omission from Localise West Midlands’ extensive range of articles about, or with references to localism, is a review of a book by Simon Jenkins: Big Bang Localism: a rescue plan for British democracy. In this book he attributes the decline in British voter interest and participation to the over-centralisation of power in Whitehall, ‘one of the most centralised governments in […]

How and why has the community spirit evident in Stirchley and neighbouring Bournville developed?

Posted 1 CommentPosted in City council, Local economies, Local government, Planning, Social Enterprise, Transition

As the writer saw in the first hour over a hundred local people flocking into Stirchley’s restored Edwardian Baths, their new community hub, with more coming through the door as she left, she remembered one resident’s words in Stirchley online: Stirchley is a unique community. It must be one of the only remaining Edwardian designed High Streets left in Birmingham […]

A localising message from former MP Andrew George and journalist George Monbiot

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Local economies, Local government

Former MP Andrew George sent an email message today; though no longer in Parliament, he wants to work with colleagues of all parties to create a progressive alliance to challenge and oppose government action detrimental to those who need help, our communities, our public services, the NHS and the environment. He added that the Conservatives – with less than 25% […]