Despite cynicism from people of all political persuasions, George Osborne has, since helping to steer the Conservatives to their first majority win in 22 years, reaffirmed his commitment to devolution. However, like a lot of policies championed by Osborne, it is built upon unstable foundations.
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Now more than ever, as resources dry up from the centre and the dark clouds of austerity gather over our most impoverished communities, the VCSE have a vital role to play in supporting and promoting these individual hyper-local community led activities.
Where Mason is right is that the energy now going in to building local institutions, which can deal with small scale enterprise, is a potentially transformative phenomenon, and Bristol has become the epicentre of this small-scale revolution.
Bristol is famous for doing things differently and its local currency, strong sense of ethics and powerful community action set it apart from the UK’s other core cities. But is its image as an ‘alternative’ economy exacerbating the city’s inequality?
The Bristol Pound is rooting itself in the city and helping turn Bristol into a local economic incubator, reports Clare Goff
More community action take place in Bristol than perhaps anywhere in the UK. Bristolians speak of a sense of agency that allows them to make things happen. From night walks led by teenagers to a community zone on a 1970s roundabout, here’s ten of the city’s best ideas for change:
The background inequalities in the city, the capture by the centre of the narrative of Bristol, the priorities of elites within the city and within its social movements all play into our understanding of what change is taking place, what change is possible, and what ‘socially constructed silences’ are at work.
I can’t think of many places where there is such a vibrant community of people doing so much to explore and bring to life a new economy based on wellbeing not wealth, community not competition.
A strong emphasis on the big cities to the exclusion of other places runs the risk of distorting the policy agenda and neglecting the potential for growth in industrial towns across Britain.
Bristol Council is leading the way in terms of municipal involvement in energy supply. It owns wind turbines and solar farms and is poised to set up its own energy company, as it celebrates being European Green Capital 2015