PB comes in all shapes and sizes, but basically it looks like this:
1. Ideas are generated about how a budget should be spent
2. People vote for their priorities
3. The projects with the most votes gets funded
Mostly, participatory budgeting is about bringing people together at local events. Sometimes it also happens online, where digital tools can help even more people to get involved.
It's used across the world, and now in Scotland where PB events are being run by public bodies and local communities across the country.
From healthy eating to youth work, participatory budgeting is giving thousands of people a say about the local issues important to them.
Participatory budgeting events bring people together for discussion, food, music and fun...
...and can help encourage people to become more involved in local decision making and democracy.
What we do
PB Scotland helps to cover some of the participatory budgeting taking place through our event reports - capturing the activity, enthusiasm and learning.
How you can get involved.
Join 500+ other people as a member of the
PB Scotland Network.
You'll get the latest information about PB events and learning from across Scotland - plus chances to have your say at local and national events.
It's free and open to everyone. Just fill in the quick form below.