Your Own LETS...
for a copy of the LETS INFO PACK (8th edition) at £10 (+£1
p&p) from LETSLINK UK. This is the essential practical guide
used by most UK LETS groups - containing the UK LETS model rules,
guidelines, templates and a host of other materials to make starting
a LETS easy.
LETS can easily be started by any group of local residents. It needs
a core group of at least six people, all living within easy travelling
distance. Once a local scheme has been set up, the basic administration,
if the tasks are spread around the core group, can be managed with
a few hours work each per week (depending on equipment and resources).
A great deal of support and outreach work is also needed which should
not be undererestimated, for example coordinating the team, arranging
social events, and liaising with other community organisations,
including local clubs, residents associations, voluntary agencies,
mental health user groups, churches, unemployed groups, community
development agencies, co-ops, credit unions, self-employed businesses
and local government. Also, liaising with regional organisitions
and Letslink UK!!!
can be set up by any group, regardless of income. The only essential
equipment is access to a computer and a photocopier. Each LETS is
independent, self-supporting, and run on a nonprofit basis. Running
costs are covered by annual membership fees of between £3 and £10
per person, and small charges on accounts in the local unit.
For Local Groups
information and back-up for LETS groups in Britain and Europe is
available from LETSLINK UK, the world's first LETS Development Agency.
Since it was founded in 1991, LETSLINK has led the spectacular development
and growth of UK model LETS to well over 400 networks in 1997, and
introduced LETS into 16 European countries.
has produced model rules and guidelines and offers the most comprehensive
range of information, materials, advice and support services including
national network membership, conferences, consultancy and research.
Membership is on a sliding scale (Single £10, Groups £25,
£50 funded, £100 well-funded). A research programme
will be launched in 2002 to check up on how these guidelines have
been interpreted by LETS schemes within varying local contexts,
and how well new developments have been taken up, with the purpose
of feeding back a wide range successful practice to the LETS community.
Authorities and LETS
national information exchange for Local Authorities involved in
LETS was formed, working in collaboration with LETSLINK UK. A
growing number of Local Authorities are joining, or supporting
existing LETS with grants or in kind support. Some are employing
LETS development workers (under the Anti Poverty Initiative or
Local Agenda 21) to start new groups, especially in low income
areas. Issue 3 of letslink! magazine provided an overview
and details of UK Local Authority involvement in LETS, but a review
and update of this area is now needed, which will hopefully be
part of our 2002 Survey into LETS schemes in the UK.
addition to the Info-pack (£10 plus £1 p&p), an
introductory booklet has been compiled (£1.50 /6 stamps) and
detailed guidelines are available on specific questions @£5
- please phone to check what we have - we will also send a list
of LETS contacts in your area if you need them. Write,
enclosing cheque and/or stamps to:
12 Southcote Road, London N19 5BJ