A new film about the next steps for participatory budgeting in Scotland
Reports & ideas
See PB voting in action
‘Moving Toward the Mainstream’ looks how we can take PB a step further by using it to decide mainstream budgets - watch our final trailer now, full film out now.
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.
Over 300 people from across Moray packed the hall to see 36 groups giving short presentations in the hope of persuading the audience to vote for their project.
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.
With equality and empowerment central to participatory budgeting, David Reilly asks: why we would exclude anyone because of their age?
These workshops are an opportunity for Local Authority staff to consider how best to develop mainstream models of participatory budgeting.
A conference on the future of democracy: Saturday 23th June in Glasgow
Glasgow City Council has launched plans for an exciting, first of its kind in Scotland, Participatory Budgeting pilot scheme to give Glasgow residents more control over how money is spent.
A masterclass for community safety professionals and partners, policy makers and those working within community participation and empowerment.
Tuesday evening Musselburgh Area Partnership held an event to showcase their evaluation process of ‘Your Voice Your Choice’ programme.
In September of last year, Dumfries and Galloway Council agreed that £240,000 of Tackling Poverty monies would be allocated to worthy projects through PB processes.
The Scottish Government has launched the next phase of its Local Governance Review, inviting people to join a conversation called 'Democracy Matters'.
Where is PB happening?
PB is used across the world, and now in Scotland where community groups and local authorities are using PB to give power to local people.
How can I get involved?
What's PB Scotland?
We cover the PB activity that's happening across Scotland.
- Report on real PB events
- Publish the latest news
- Explore new ideas
- Run events and conferences
We always want to hear about local PB activity and can help promote your work.
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The PB Scotland Network is free and open to anyone who is interested in participatory budgeting.
Network members are invited to contribute their ideas, learning and enthusiasm to advancing PB in Scotland.