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People across Scotland will now have a say in how £100 million of council funds will be used in their communities.

Council leaders have agreed that at least 1% of local government budgets will be subject to participatory budgeting by the end of 2021, giving communities more influence than ever to make decisions on how funding is spent in their localities.

Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“This is a clear way of bringing democracy to local communities by giving people a direct voice in spending decisions. Through the Community Choices Fund, the Scottish Government has already invested £4.7 million in participatory budgeting activity by supporting public authorities and communities across Scotland. Last year, the fund helped over 39,000 people to have a say on spending in their local area.”

More information about participatory budgeting can be found at on the PB Scotland website

 

The Glasgow Community Plan has now been published online by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. The Plan has been developed by partners in the city to articulate the focus and priority areas where joint action can make a real difference.

Glasgow Community Planning Partnership brings together public agencies, the third sector and the private sector, to work to improve the city its services and the lives of people who live and work here.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 requires Glasgow Community Planning Partnership to publish a Local Outcomes Improvement Plan that sets out our shared priorities for the city, where GCPP plan to make improvements and over time show that we have made these improvements. In Glasgow this is the Glasgow Community Plan www.glasgowcpp.org.uk/communityplan.

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Glasgow City Council’s recently held a Communities Summit at the City Chambers. The summit bought together residents, stakeholders, and partners from across Glasgow together to discuss topics which directly affect citizens in Glasgow.

The presentations from the event are now all available online.

 

Glasgow City Council are planning to hold a number of summits over the coming weeks to bring residents, stakeholders, and partners from across Glasgow together to discuss topics which directly affect citizens in Glasgow and bring new ideas to improve services provided by Glasgow City Council and its partners. The aim is that by having these discussions we can improve Glasgow’s economics, social and living standards.

A Community Summit will take place from 6-8.30pm on Wednesday 16 August at Glasgow City Chambers. The summit will include 2 speakers and three 20 minute workshops (participatory budgeting, asset transfer and neighbourhood renewal and , as well as stalls from a selection of community groups.

The purpose for the community summit is…

  • To discuss devolving power, to shape empowerment policy and ensure communities make the most of the new opportunities available to them.
  • Building community capacity and working in partnership to create stronger, more equal communities.
  • Empowering communities and developing more inclusive decision making

If you are interested in participating please register via EventBrite. The draft agenda is shown below.

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Glasgow City Council has appointed consultants Here+Now to engage with Glaswegians to get their views regarding the future of food growing in Glasgow. This will look at issues such as community gardens, allotments, vacant and derelict land, the circular economy and urban agriculture!

The Community Empowerment Act 2015 places a duty on all Scottish Local Authorities to prepare a food growing strategy for its area and identify land suitable for growing.

A number of workshops will be held to find out more about people’s needs and wishes when it comes to urban growing and would like to invite you or anyone that might be interested to one of the workshop sessions. Whether you’re a keen gardener, involved in a community growing project, hold an allotment or have never been involved in a community growing project before, they would like to hear from you.

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scdc_cea_briefingcoverThe Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) have published a briefing paper update on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act

After three years in the making, the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act was given royal assent in summer 2015. Over the following year, regulations (additional legislation required to put the Act in place) and statutory guidance (guidance which public authorities must have regard to) was developed. Some parts of the Act are now in force and other provisions will be implemented soon.

This SCDC briefing should help you to get started on finding out how you can use the Act, whether you are a practitioner or a community member. As well as summarising the main parts of the Act, the briefing links to the best and easy to read sources of further information.

You can read more and download the briefing on the SCDC website.

grant-making-through-participatory-budgeting-image-213x300A new ‘How To’ Guide on using Participatory Budgeting (PB) for Community Led Organisations and community engagement workers has recently been published.

Specifically written with community led organisations in mind but also useful for front line workers or local authorities starting out on using Participatory (or community) Budgeting (PB) it condenses PB Partners learning from over 15 years of doing PB in the UK.

Whilst there is already a lot of information available on PB, this guide lays out a simple 10 step process for PB grant making, from forming a planning group right through to monitoring and evaluation. With a range of customisable templates and links to further information.

Partick West area partnership have recently issued a call for applications for their forthcoming participatiory budgeting event Partick West Decides. And this week there has been a 2 day conference on PB held in Edinburgh and you can follow proceedings on Twitter at #pbscot16.

The guide was written by PB Partners, at the request of the Scottish Government, to support the £2m Community Choices programme.

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