Whither West Midlands

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Local economies, Localisation, Politics, Transition

If the answer was Brexit, then surely, we were asking the wrong question. This isn’t a blog about Brexit: instead it asks the fundamental questions about our economy that Brexit poses, and presents a different answer. With the government’s own economic impact assessments for the West Midlands making grim reading (worst case scenarios are reminiscent […]

International Alliance for Localization: update

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Local economies, Localisation, Microfinance, Politics, Transition

In December 2015 this blog reported Local Futures’ 2014 launch of a cross-cultural, North-South network of thinkers, activists and NGOs – the International Alliance for Localization (IAL) – with members from over 30 countries who meet online and/or in person – a few pictured below. Localise West Midlands later became one of the member organisations. […]

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 […]

MUFP: 100 city regions hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by changing the food system

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Environment, Food, Globalisation, Health, Local economies, Low carbon, Politics, Procurement, Regional economies, Transition, Urban, Waste

In 2015, led by Milan, a coalition of 100 cities from all continents signed a Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFP) in Milan’s Palazzo Reale and presented it to Ban-Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, in New York on World Food Day, October 16. To read the latest news go to its website. They now recognise […]

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 […]

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 […]

Crickhowell’s tax plan: an example of ‘people power’ raising awareness of injustice and HMRC’s failures

Posted Posted in Economics, Finance, Government, Local economies, People power, Politics, Protest

Crickhowell has an independent high street with very few of the trading names which now dominate look-alike urban and suburban commercial centres. The town made news earlier this year after offering shares to residents at £50 each to buy their Grade II listed Corn Exchange pub from Punch Taverns to avoid it being used as a […]

Quantitative easing to fund climate change programmes?

Posted Posted in Energy, Environment, EU, Finance, Government, Green New Deal, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Transition

Colin Hines, co-founder of Localise West Midlands and Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice in International Political Economy, City University, London, warn that the Paris Climate talks are facing an enormous funding problem to which there is only one viable solution. In a new report published by Finance for the Future, entitled ‘Climate QE For Paree’, […]