Last week (27th March) in Holyrood a PB briefing took place to understand how to effectively facilitate PB in services. This event brought together expert speakers and delegates from community development, engagement and planning backgrounds to understand the opportunities and challenges presented through the process of PB, and how to effectively manage them. Key organisations share learning for best practice, and examine how to ensure that people are given an equal opportunity to participate and have their voice heard in local priorities.
The briefing focused on key issues including:
- Current policy landscape and next steps for PB
- Examining how to utilise the Community Choices Fund
- Understanding the impact of PB on local services and local communities
- Building capacity and competence for meaningful and sustainable participation within communities, local authorities and partnerships
- Strategic engagement within 1%
- Tackling inequalities through PB to ensure that all voices within a given community are represented
- Learning from and sharing good practice of PB from across Scotland
Key speakers included:
- Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing, Scottish Government
- Simon Cameron, Development Manager - Participatory Budgeting, COSLA
- Evelyn O'Donnell, Community Engagement Officer, Glasgow City Council
- Kevin Sayer, Community Manager (Cowdenbeath), Fife Council
- Coryn Barclay, Research Consultant, Fife Council
- David Reilly, PB Scotland Network
- Pam Crosthwaite, Participatory Budgeting Development Officer, North Ayrshire Council
- Ruchir Shah, Policy Manager, SCVO
Presentations of the speakers are available by clicking on the links above.
Opportunities and challenges for PB discussed at the event can be found here.
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