Time Banks summary

Posted Posted in Banks, City council, Democracy, Economy, Government, Local economies, Social Enterprise, Transition, Uncategorized

Assembled because of the 15th October, Public Timebanking event in Birmingham The world’s first time bank is said to have been established in 1973 by a Japanese woman. The benefits that older time bank members derived included formation of new friendship networks to replace those lost by retirement and the chance to use old skills and learn new ones. Time […]

Is the term ‘localism’ used by government to promote outcomes that contradict its original meaning?

Posted Posted in Council, Government, Local economies, Local government, Localism, Planning, Politics, Regional economies

A thoughtful appraisal of localism by Ekklesia’s staff writers was brought to our attention by James Robertson’s December newsletter. To read it in full click on this link. A new research project, Localism Watch, examines the impact of the coalition government’s ‘localism’ initiatives, which they say have helped to privatise local services, weaken local government and force voluntary groups to […]