Birmingham Council’s policy of ‘Local Wealth Building’ through new municipal services and local procurement

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Education, Employment, Energy, Finance, Procurement

. Introducing a fifteen-page paper ‘A REBIRTH OF MUNICIPAL SOCIALISM’ IN BIRMINGHAM? by RICHARD HATCHER Speaking to Labour Councillors in Nottingham on 3 February 2018, Jeremy Corbyn said ‘Labour councils are taking measures to bring services back in-house and reject costly PFI-style models and to show the efficiency and resourcefulness of local government. …With amazing creativity in the toughest of […]

A fair and sustainable local way of feeding urban communities

Posted Posted in Economy, Fair trade, Finance, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Low carbon, Procurement, Retail, Sustainability, Trade, Transition, Transport, Urban

Julie Brown, director of Growing Communities’, a trading and wholesaling operation, says her mission is to feed urban communities locally in a way that is fair and sustainable in the face of corporate dominance and climate change. Two of her suppliers, Martin and Sarah Mackey, grow potatoes and kale, in Kent as tenants on their holding, Ripple Farm. They sell some of […]

Anchoring community wealth

Posted Posted in City council, Devolution, Economy, Employment, EU, Finance, Food, Local economies, Localisation, People power, Procurement, Regional economies, Transition, Urban

Preston’s skyline: Carl Ji, a Chinese student, at the University of Central Lancashire Austerity has been devolved to local councils and, perversely, areas with higher levels of poverty have been hit hardest, councils have on average faced 40% cuts in their budgets. In the face of adversity councils such as Preston have responded by bringing together anchor institutions and working with […]

A strategic alternative: localised and labour-intensive food production

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, EU, Food, Globalisation, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition, Transport, Waste

LWM’s co-founder Colin Hines, in his latest book, Progressive Protectionism, asks: “In a sustainable system, would not each country aim to produce its own staple food? Surpluses and exotics could be exported, speculation in food by unproductive middlemen would be outlawed and vitally important food producers encouraged at every turn”. He notes that at present, the UK feeds only around […]

Cargonomia: shrinking the distance between producers and consumers 

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, People power, Procurement, Trade, Transition, Transport, Urban

Planet Local, which highlights examples of localization in action all over the planet, is a project of Economics of Happiness/Local Futures/The International Alliance for Localization. In March thumbnail sketches of three ethical local banks were published here. The local food movement is about growing food and also shrinking the distance between producers and consumers — and a new initiative in Hungary is […]

Localising new-build housing

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Food, Housing, Local economies, Localisation, Planning, Procurement

Architect and writer Clive Aslet (left) writes about a development of 4,000 houses on 500 acres – houses, small apartment blocks, schools, surgeries, mixed income housing, shops, business premises and leisure facilities and green spaces – on the edge of Newquay. There is an emphasis on local labour, materials and procurement. “How society chooses to house people is every bit as […]

International Alliance for Localization: Local Futures

Posted Posted in Banks, Economics, Export-led growth, Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Procurement, Sustainability, Trade, Transition

In the Times, Ed Conway, economics editor of Sky News, describes problems arising from the complexity of globalisation, ‘the hallmark of 21st-century life’ and the International Alliance for Localization records examples of new modes of development and progress. He concludes: “Globalisation, once a means of boosting everyone’s income, has instead evolved into an excellent vehicle to help the rich get richer”. […]

FT: American executives turn away from globalisation towards a more localised world

Posted Posted in Employment, Globalisation, Localisation, Outsourcing, Procurement, Transport

Last month the Financial Times’ Gillian Tett met Inge Thulin, the Swedish-born chief executive of 3M, an American conglomerate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (below). She reports that – though 60% of its revenues and 40% of 3M’s workforce are outside American shores – Mr Thulin, when discussing corporate strategy, prefers to talk about “localisation”: “Our […]

Localising moves in four Eastern European countries

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, EU, Food, Government, Localisation, Procurement, Retail, Trade, Transition

The Romanian parliament has passed a law requiring large retailers with a turnover of 2m euros to allocate a minimum of 51% of existing space for fresh produce to products sourced locally, from a short supply chain. The law, which came into effect last month, initially stated that products should come only from Romania but had to be amended after […]

Are the region’s schools and hospitals sourcing food locally?

Posted Posted in Council, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade

BBC Scotland made freedom of information requests to all 32 Scottish councils about the sourcing of food products bought last year. Despite campaigns by the Scottish Government to buy local produce. Of the 28 authorities which responded, it was found £1.3 million was spent on chicken products from Thailand, more than £125,000 on carrots from Belgium, £125,000 on mashed potato […]