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 […]

Should QE now be used for the common good – extending and adapting the work of Birmingham Energy Savers?

Posted Posted in Bank of England, Banks, City council, Devolution, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Green New Deal, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Planning, Politics, Renewable energy, Transition, Transport

. Quantitative Easing currently benefits the non-bank financial sector, commercial banks and the Treasury Under QE, Hansard evidence informs us, the Bank of England’s Asset Purchase Facility purchase of just under £375bn of government bonds from the non-bank financial sector has led to a lowering of long term interest rates. The non-bank financial sector and […]

Birmingham’s wholesale markets – a partnership of inclusive local enterprise

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It is vital to Birmingham’s independent food supply chains that Birmingham wholesale markets remain at their central site, neighbouring the retail markets, and being central for their diversity of customers and employees. Despite a much-publicised Council recommendation to stop investigating solutions for the markets remaining on their current site, there is still a hope of […]

Solving fuel poverty – an update

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  Chart 4.3 in a 2011 DECC report showed that the West Midlands had highest rate of fuel poverty with around 26% of households requiring to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel to maintain an adequate level of warmth. A Chamberlain Forum article confirms that this position has been maintained, with a […]