PB Scotland attends participatory budgeting events around Scotland, capturing the energy and learning at each event through a range of media, including photos, videos and interviews. Get in touch if you are organising a local PB event that you would like us to cover.
The Scottish Government has announced the latest round of the Community Choices Fund, giving community organisations and community councils an opportunity to run their own participatory budgeting (PB) events.
For most groups running PB processes the final event is what everybody sees, the visible tip of the iceberg, if you like. But the planning, preparation and sheer hard work that goes into PB represents the other nine tenths of the process.
Paul Nelis reflects on the importance of evaluating the impact of PB and presents 7 simple questions that will help PB steering groups and agencies (implementing mainstream PB) to evaluate their process and events.
Here Paul Nelis reflects on his discussion with Ullapool Community Trust about the voting options available to them as they plan for their participatory budgeting event. It seems like there are as many variations in voting as snowflakes on a winters day.
The Scottish Government and COSLA have announced that at least 1% of local government budgets will be decided through participatory budgeting (PB) by the end of 2021, with £100 million in council funds potentially available