In May 2020, North Ayrshire Council launched Scotland’s first Community Wealth Building programme. Drawing on experiences in north America and Preston, the Labour council aims to use the resources of the local state to create a new inclusive economy that delivers economic, social and environmental justice. Key to the approach are policies concerning procurement, employment, land and assets, financial power, and democratic ownership of the local economy. This is one of the most exciting initiatives being undertaken by the Labour party in Scotland. This session will provide the opportunity to discuss the project so far, considering the potential for, and barriers to, radical municipalism outside major metropolitan areas, and in the specific Scottish political context.
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PhD candidate at the Univeristy of Glasgow researching municipal ownership. Prior to this Grace was a researcher at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies.
Labour councillor for Kilwinning and leader of North Ayrshire Council. Joe's responsibilities include Community Wealth Building. He is also a member of the Scottish Labour shadow cabinet, leading on campaigns and party engagement.
Roz Foyer is the general secretary of the Scottish TUC, and member of North Ayrshire Council Community Wealth Building expert panel.
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