Has Secretary of State (Elizabeth Truss) visited the LWM site?

A Lancashire farmer sends news of a ministerial statement made by the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss.  On 21st July she launched “A Plan for Public Procurement of Food and Catering Services”, which includes an emphasis on Government procurement opening up the public sector market to small . . . → Read More: Has Secretary of State (Elizabeth Truss) visited the LWM site?

Calls for a living wage

Andrew Lydon writes that, over the last year, probably the most radical proposal made by Labour leader Ed Miliband is about the Living Wage and Living Wage Zones:

“Living wage zones would work for everyone – the people who get decent pay, the employers who get a more committed workforce and the government that . . . → Read More: Calls for a living wage

True devolution? Has localism merely meant passing power to unelected micro-quangos?

Professor Richard Batley, University of Birmingham (School of Government and Society) writes in the FT: “Constitutional devolution, convincingly argued, could be attractive in England, as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland . . . Westminster seems not to appreciate that irritation at the centralisation of power and wealth in London is not confined . . . → Read More: True devolution? Has localism merely meant passing power to unelected micro-quangos?

Research findings: allotments have good food yields without sacrificing soil quality

Fruit growing on Hall Green allotment

There are around 330,000 allotment plots in the UK, covering more than 8000 hectares and demand is growing, with more than 90,000 people currently on allotment waiting lists in the UK. 

Findings of a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology

Soils under Britain’s . . . → Read More: Research findings: allotments have good food yields without sacrificing soil quality

Relocalisation: an under reported issue in the French elections

 

In the French election, left wing socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon has stressed the need to relocalise Europe’s economy and to do so by limiting imports.

This has brought Melenchon increased votes in a country where 70% of the population favour some form of protection for domestic production from cheaper, lower waged competitors.

This French . . . → Read More: Relocalisation: an under reported issue in the French elections

Devolution is in the air

Following the contribution on devolution from LWM board members, Cllr Phil Davis and former Director of the West Midlands Regional Forum of Local Authorities, George Morran, we see that a Survation poll, commissioned by Devolve Deliver, was published on April 21st. Devolve Deliver‘s Neil Foster said: “The UK is one of the most over-centralised . . . → Read More: Devolution is in the air

Co-operative stores could sell good quality food produced on its farms by workers on decent terms and conditions

Molly Scott Cato* writes:

Comments from the Co-operative Group that the Co-operative Farms are a ‘non-core’ part of the business, suggests that the current generation of co-operative managers have a short-sighted view about their role in providing customers access to a reliable source of ‘good food’.

In my 2010 paper, ‘The co-operative path to . . . → Read More: Co-operative stores could sell good quality food produced on its farms by workers on decent terms and conditions

The Green Deal: why it has not taken off and what we can expect in the future

A “must read” from Phil Beardmore for all interested in Green Deal & Green New Deal: . http://birminghameastside.com/2014/03/25/green-deal-whats-wrong-and-future/

In this article – first posted on Birmingham Eastside – Phil Beardmore describes why the Green Deal scheme has not taken off and what we can expect in the future.

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An economics of localization

A Bangalore conference in March was preceded by two screenings of a video describing a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions:

“On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power.

“At the same time, people around the world are resisting those policies . . . → Read More: An economics of localization

Regional government in the Midlands – a historical precedent

Fleetwood’s Ken Palmerton (co-founder of the Institute for Rational Economics) responds to the last post: “Why not the Midlands indeed! Mercia, under Earl Leofric and his tax cutting wife Godiva, was a viable entity, why not now?”

A search revealed that the Midlands of England, Mercia, included much of south Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire . . . → Read More: Regional government in the Midlands – a historical precedent