A new report is available that should be relevant to anyone interested or involved in participatory budgeting – an internationally recognised way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local requirements.
Advancing Participatory Budgeting in Scotland presents the findings of a participatory budgeting learning event which took place on the 15 October 2014 in Glasgow. The event was organised by Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and Faith in Community Scotland, and funded by the Scottish Government’s Community Safety Unit.
A range of people with experience and an interest in participatory budgeting took part in story dialogue workshops featuring three Scottish projects, £eith Decides in Edinburgh, Govanhill Baths Community Trust in Glasgow and Coalfields Community Futures, an initiative from Coalfields Regeneration Trust working in former mining areas across Scotland. The learning from the resulting conversations is brought together in this report, which should be both a helpful resource for anyone developing participatory budgeting, and something to build on further in the wider development of participatory democracy in Scotland.