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 commercial banks now hold more […]

West Midlands MEP advocates the ‘Green Deal’ for social housing

Posted Posted in City council, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, EU, Finance, Green New Deal, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Low carbon, Planning, Politics

In a newsletter this week (not yet available on his website) Local Euro MP Phil Bennion expresses the hope that the government’s ‘Green Deal’ will be more widely extended to help people in rented social housing: “Millions of homes in the UK do not have full double-glazing. More than half do not have enough insulation or an efficient condensing boiler. […]

Compass calls for a National Plan: “The moment demands nothing less”.

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Green New Deal, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Reports

. Compass, an ideas and action based pressure group, is discussing alternatives to the Government’s economic ‘Plan A’, which isn’t working, with over 50,000 members and supporters around the country. Its original Plan B, one page summary here, includes elements advocated in the last post by LWM’s co-founder Colin Hines: “infrastructure programmes, such as more housing, making every building energy […]

Solving fuel poverty – an update

Posted 1 CommentPosted in City council, Co-operatives, Council, Economy, Energy, Environment, Finance, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Transition

  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 slight percentage decrease.  Department for […]

Birmingham Council: reducing fuel poverty and making the city cleaner and greener

Posted Posted in City council, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Green New Deal, Housing, Local economies, Local government, Planning, Transition

News of further progress on the Green Deal front.   In October the Construction Enquirer reported that Carillion Energy Services had been confirmed as preferred bidder by Birmingham City Council on a £600m retrofitting deal to improve energy efficiency for 60,000 homes. The Birmingham Energy Savers scheme will see Carillion install energy efficiency measures like insulation and new boilers by […]

The Birmingham Green New Deal pilot will ‘go national’ in October

Posted Posted in City council, Council, Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Green New Deal, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Politics, Poverty, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Transition

The “Green New Deal” – public and private investment to create “green collar” jobs to make UK buildings energy efficient already underway in Birmingham, will ‘go national’ in October. Birmingham City Council’s Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) scheme has already enabled more than1,000 homes and other council buildings to benefit from environmentally-friendly retrofit work including energy saving measures such as solar […]

Meet the Bidder Event – Community Groups & Community Service Organisations – 3rd May

Posted Posted in Energy, Uncategorized

We wanted to promote the event below which sounds like a good opportunity for community based organisations to see what the Birmingham Energy Savers opportunities could be. We are NOT involved in organising it, but the text of this letter does not seem available elsewhere on the internet, so we thought posting it here would enable us to promote through […]

Birmingham Energy Savers – consultation event 6-7 Feb

Posted Posted in City council, Energy, Green New Deal, Transition

Invitation letter from Birmigham City Council posted here for ease of reference. Karen January 2012 Dear Colleague Re: Birmingham Energy Savers, Aim High, and Green Deal Consultation Event Community and Transition Groups . Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) is an award winning programme within Birmingham City Council which has so far fitted photovoltaic (PV) panels to the roofs of over 1,000 […]