The West Midlands Forum for Growth? Well if I were you I wouldn’t start from here.

Posted Posted in Council, Democracy, Devolution, Economics, Government, Local economies, Local government

I attended the West Midlands Forum for Growth yesterday at Resorts World. It was the official conference of the West Midlands Combined Authority, and I was attending on one of two free tickets given to civil society bodies, as part of the group of civil society organisations aiming to have a voice in combined authority matters. Tickets in general cost […]

Can you help us to inspire and catalyse a better economy?

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Join LWM’s board We know our work towards localising and redistributing prosperity resonates with a lot of people. We’d love some of that resonance to draw people to get involved in governing our future – the small but crucial ‘lynchpin’ organisation in the region’s progressive economics! After the summer we will be embarking on a fourth phase of our Localising […]

Smile, you’re on TV! A West Midlands Combined Authority meeting is filmed

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As Localise West Midlands, we are playing an important role in pressing for and enabling a civil society voice about the West Midlands Combined Authority, bringing together people and organisations that have knowledge and experience around economic issues, transport, housing and health.  We have blogged before about the West Midlands Civil Society Forum. West Midlands Combined Authority Board meetings are […]

Roundtable meeting: Shaping the Combined Authority’s economic agenda

Posted Posted in Council, Democracy, Devolution

We are organising a West Midlands Civil Society Forum roundtable meeting to discuss and influence how the Combined Authority’s economic agenda can best meet the needs of all communities and neighbourhoods. This will be on Thursday 9th June at 4pm in Birmingham. Venue to be confirmed. It is open to all interested civil society organisations in the area – although […]

Future Governance for the West Midlands – a workshop: 24th March 2015

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At the UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Please email to book a place.  This workshop is organised by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at Birmingham University in conjunction with the Futures Network West Midlands and Localise West Midlands. The workshop contributes to the debate about future patterns of governance in the UK and the pattern that best suits the West […]

George Morran: Why Regional Government?

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  George Morran, LWM’s vice-chairman, writes: Devolution for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has brought greater proximity and therefore ownership of decision-making to those communities. Increasingly different approaches to public policy have developed, reflecting local circumstances and aspirations, rather than Westminster and Whitehall’s one approach fits all – in particular the interests of those in London and the south east. […]

Working to ‘bring power to the people’

Posted Posted in Devolution, Green New Deal, Localisation

Localise West Midlands Vice-Chair, George Morran, continues his work to ‘bring power to the people’, building on a wealth of experience in local government. He recently submitted a response on behalf of Localise West Midlands to a House of Commons Select Committee about the Coalition Government’s decision to revoke and abolish Regional Spatial Strategies [RSS].  There has been coverage of […]