Connecting Letham – Multiple ways to vote

Connecting Letham – Multiple ways to vote

Paul Nelis reflects on Letham4All’s approach to voting. The community-led group used multiple methods of voting to engage the wider community. At the voting event in February 2019 they had collected 1,452 votes by using ballot boxes, online voting and in person voting.  Around 10% of the population had their say.

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#PBFest18: Video highlights barriers disabled people face trying to get involved in PB

Glasgow Disability Alliance has published a video which outlines the barriers disabled people when trying to get involved in participatory budgeting (PB).

Disabled people face a range of issues which prevent them participating in local decision-making - the video, and accompanying report, details examples from the experiences of disabled people. These include fundamental things like accessible venues and transport, as well as negative attitudes, along with the consequences of poverty, isolation and a lack of confidence.

Despite this, disabled people overwhelmingly want to be involved in deciding how local money is spent and decision-making processes are losing out on the voices and experiences of disabled people.

The video features practical solutions from disabled people about what can be done to address these issues, as well as highlighting the wider societal inequalities that disabled people face.

The full report is here and there’s more on the GDA website.