Community wealth building in Hartlepool

Posted Posted in Council, Democracy, Economy, Local economies, Microfinance, Mutuals, Procurement, Transition, Urban

Hartlepool has been hit hard by austerity; in 2017 it was one of ten local authorities with the highest unemployment rate and life expectancy rates have declined. Spending levels were slashed by 33% from 2010-17and government funding is expected to fall by 45% by 2020. Journalist Anoosh Chakelian was told by a Hartlepool Borough Council spokesperson that the Council and Hartlepool’s […]

Changing local economies to work for people who feel excluded

Posted Posted in City council, Co-operatives, Democracy, Economy, Local economies, Localism, Procurement

A link has been received to a Guardian report about the ‘Preston model’ – for background information see Clifford Singer’s interesting article on the Next System Project’s website. Councillor Matthew Brown, Preston city council cabinet member for social justice, inclusion and community engagement, devised this model. 12 of the city’s key employers were helped to reorganise their supply chains and […]