Alternative inflation report – or what Mervyn King does not mention

Rather than inflation in the UK being the result of a series of one-off occurances as Mervyn King insists, perhaps we are heading for a new world-wide era of Austerity. With inflation rather than deflation being the main global issue. What we have been promoting as our Regional Prosperity and Inflation Framework, might well have to serve as an ‘Austerity & Inflation’ Framework. . . . → Read More: Alternative inflation report – or what Mervyn King does not mention

A trend set in – Alternative inflation report for June

It looks like a trend has now firmly set in for us to be the inflationary economy which besides undermining our living standards will help overseas companies hold their grip on our home markets. . . . → Read More: A trend set in – Alternative inflation report for June

The Green Economy and Local Job Creation

On July 12th our latest speaker meeting sparked a lively discussion on green jobs in the West Midlands- Where will they come from? Who will they employ? And how they will shape the future economy?

Keith Budden, manager of Be Birmingham’s Environmental Partnership, kicked the evening off with a short presentation, outlining . . . → Read More: The Green Economy and Local Job Creation

Alternative inflation report – Living standards in the West Midlands

None of our current inflation indices register the unique house price inflation the UK has had. Had they done so in any manner comparable to Germany and the US, there would have been far higher inflation registered across the UK under New Labour. Looking at housing affordability indices gives us some idea of the seriousness of the real inflation being missed. And an index that shows this up region by region would show a revealing story for the West Midlands. We show what it would reveal. . . . → Read More: Alternative inflation report – Living standards in the West Midlands

Is there a job in the Green Economy for you? LWM's latest speaker event

Birmingham Green New Deal and beyond: How the green economy can kick-start Birmingham out of recession and create a sustainable local economy.

Localise West Midlands and Birmingham Friends of the Earth would like to invite you to a speaker event discussing the potential of the green economy to boost local job creation.

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Lessons from the Thatcher/Reagan years – an Alternative inflation report

The new government have inherited the highest inflation rate in the G7. And as they consider any sort of increase in VAT to pay off national debt they need to think about how they keep their finger on the national pulse as the country faces these challenges to their living standards. More like Ronald Reagan than Margaret Thatcher. . . . → Read More: Lessons from the Thatcher/Reagan years – an Alternative inflation report

Finditinbirmingham.com: re-launching the local economy?

Three days ago as I entered a rather impressive marquee I was greeted by hundreds of councillors, businessmen and influential individuals, all buzzing about the launch of the cities new procurement website: finditinbirmingham.com.

Based upon the massively successful finditinsandwell.com, the website aims to relocalise procurement by showcasing services offered by Birmingham based . . . → Read More: Finditinbirmingham.com: re-launching the local economy?

A refreshing take on the cost of 'efficiency' – public debt as investment

Back in November I wrote on our website about the Trades Unions Council conference I attended for LWM at which, to the frustration of the audience and speakers, the Labour minister and MP present seemed entirely unable to address the relevance of intelligent public spending (debt as investment) to alleviate recession and generate economic prosperity. As we progress towards the election, . . . → Read More: A refreshing take on the cost of 'efficiency' – public debt as investment