Irish groups seeking to build community resilience

Posted Posted in Economy, Food, Local economies, Regional economies, Transition

Feasta, which has sent news of a May event, was co-founded 20 years ago by radical economist Richard Douthwaite, known for his creative, inclusive thinking and his belief in the power of discussion to achieve substantive progress. Ed Mayo described one of his books, Short Circuit, as ‘a classic of localisation’: “Recent extreme weather events […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]