Glasgow City Council has launched plans for an exciting participatory budgeting pilot scheme to give people living in the highest poverty and inequality areas in Glasgow more control over decisions that affect them.

£1 million pounds of council money will be spent on specific priorities within four council wards in Glasgow. The council wards and the themes for the projects include:

  • Calton for Child poverty
  • Canal in North Glasgow for Income and employment deprivation
  • Pollokshields for Black and Minority Ethnic
  • Greater Pollok for Young People

David McDonald, Deputy Leader of the council said:

This exciting shift in power will spark the minds and the imagination of citizens, it will help tackle local problems head-on and will engage people like never before in thinking about the future of their local areas.

“We will now start the work of deep engagement within the four selected areas developing and building the capacity of the local residents and working with a range of partners including the University of Glasgow to measure the impact of this new policy.”

The PB Scotland have also produced a new short video called Moving Toward The Mainstream. (also see below)

Fiona Garven, Director of Scottish Community Development Centre, which is involved in the co-production of Glasgow’s PB framework and runs PB Scotland, said:

“Further development of participatory budgeting (PB) in Glasgow is an important step in giving communities more of a say in how public money is spent in the city. These pilots are an opportunity to work with communities to decide what mainstream PB should look like across Glasgow.

“We look forward to working with Glasgow City Council and communities across the city to co-produce this new model – expanding PB activity and, crucially, giving people a say in developing the process itself.”