Rebuild the local economy: prioritise labour-intensive sectors, difficult to automate, impossible to relocate abroad

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employment, Finance, Green New Deal, Local economies, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Renewable energy, Transition

Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM and convenor of the UK Green New Deal Group, comments on the Guardian’s recent editorial on productivity and robots which ‘repeated the cliché that automation does cost jobs, but more are created’. He says that the problem with this is that the new jobs are frequently in different places from where they are lost and […]

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

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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 […]

Birmingham Energy Savers – consultation event 6-7 Feb

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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 […]