PBS_logoGlasgow City Council is one of thirteen Councils across Scotland that will receive a share of the participatory budgeting fund, which will give people the opportunity to decide where investment should be directed in their local community. Communities will be able to vote on how councils spend money through a funding boost of nearly £500,000, Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi has announced. Glasgow has been awarded £100,000.

The investment will be used to match-fund existing council commitments, provide support for participatory budgeting events, support communities to engage with the process, evaluation and learning. This will help fund over 50 participatory budgeting projects across Scotland.

Mr Biagi said:

“In these times of unprecedented political engagement in Scotland, there are many people who want to participate, but don’t get involved in traditional consultations. Participatory budgeting gives them a sense of ownership and removes barriers that can often come between them and being involved in local decision making. This funding will give people the opportunity to address the issues that are important to their communities.”

SCDC Director, Fiona Garven who is a member of the Participatory Budgeting Working Group which represents organisations interested in democratic participation said:

“Citizens and communities having influence over the decisions that affect them, and the ways in which public resources are allocated is the foundation of a participatory democracy. The Scottish PB working group welcomes the initiative by the Scottish Government to support more development of participatory budgeting approaches, and the commitment of the participating local authorities to extend their democratic processes through opening up budget decisions to people.”

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