Award for LWM co-founder of the Aston Reinvestment Trust

Posted Posted in Banks, Employment, Finance, Local economies, Trade

The Citi Foundation and Community Development Finance Association awards recently recognised several organisations finding innovative ways to finance the communities that need it most. Pat Conaty received an individual award for working to improve access to finance and support the community development finance sector. On the right is Shamima Begum, the other individual award winner. Pat first brought the CDFI […]

The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy

Posted Posted in Banks, Biodiversity, Books and articles, Co-operatives, Democracy, Economics, Energy, Environment, Finance, Localisation, Mutuals, Transition, Transition Network, Water

Localise West Midland’s co-founder, Patrick Conaty, has just published a book co-authored with Mike Lewis: The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy. It examines many elements of a resilient local economy, collating and critiquing many examples of how this has been achieved all over the world over the last 150 years. The term ‘resilience ‘ is […]

Solving fuel poverty – an update

Posted Posted in City council, Co-operatives, Council, Economy, Energy, Environment, Finance, Local economies, Local government, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Transition

  Chart 4.3 in a 2011 DECC report showed that the West Midlands had highest rate of fuel poverty with around 26% of households requiring to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel to maintain an adequate level of warmth. A Chamberlain Forum article confirms that this position has been maintained, with a slight percentage decrease.  Department for […]