If, like me, you weren’t able to make it to the launch of the Brixton Pound last week, you can still read all about the event courtesy of Rob Hopkins who has written up all the essentials from the launch as well as transcribing the speech given by nef‘s David Boyle.
The B£ has enjoyed a fantastic amount of press coverage, including the BBC, the Times, the Guardian and the Mirror (although surely the crowning achievement must be getting onto CBBC Newsround). The scheme has been very enthusiastically received by Lambeth Council and shoppers in Brixton, as well as many family-run businesses. Inevitably, however, there is some scepticism from economists and from some local traders, and it remains to be seen whether the Brixton Pound can really make a difference to small shops. It’s for that reason that the B£ carries the traditional Transition Movement disclaimer: it’s an experiment.