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The town printing its own currency

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Proponents of local currencies say they boost community economies by keeping money in the area, but critics dismiss them as fashionable gimmicks and tantamount to protectionism.

Tim Muffett went to Stroud in Gloucestershire, which prints its own currency, to find out how it has been working.

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