Community energy: co-operative, citizen-centred, decentralised

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Employee ownership, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Mutuals, Planning, Renewable energy, Social Enterprise, Transition

. Although a couple of weeks ago the government agreed to ban all fracking in protected areas, they are now reported as saying this may ‘unduly constrain the industry’ and fracking will be allowed to take place under National Parks and other protected areas if the wells start outside their boundaries. The passing of the government’s bill was welcomed by […]

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. […]