It engages residents and community groups representative of all parts of the community to discuss spending priorities, making spending proposals and vote on them, as well as giving local people a role in the scrutiny and monitoring of the process.
PB helps to improve relationships within communities and between communities and service providers. In addition, the process draws on local knowledge and opinions to ensure resources are spent on what matters to local people.
PB operates in different ways in different places:
Improvement is often in terms of:
Delivering PB in your community
Download these useful sheets to help you deliver successful PB in your community:
Reasons for introducing PB include:
The fundamental principles are participatory democracy, as a political model, and good governance. If indeed these principles are considered universal, each city or country converts them into practical means, reflecting their needs and the local context.
The PB Unit have developed values, principles and standards for PB which relate to PB as it’s implemented in the UK. The values are:
These values are not unique to participatory budgeting, but they are key to ensuring good quality, meaningful PB. All good practice PB incorporates these values to some degree. The PB Unit has produced some guidance on the values, including matrices to track progress and good practice case studies. Download the guidance at http://www.participatorybudgeting.org.uk/documents/PB%20document%20two%20colour_lowres%20website%20version.pdf or visit the resources sectionon their website for more information http://www.participatorybudgeting.org.uk/resources/values-principles-standards.
Your local authority’s communities team will be able to assist you in your activity, and your local development agency will be able to provide advice and guidance. Full contact details for local authorities and local develoopment agencies are included in the Directory.
Further guidance and information is available from the following:
Participatory Budgeting Unit is a national body which promotes PB and supports organisations wanting to use the method. Further information including tools and resources to help you look at participatory budgeting in your community, and contact details can be found on their website www.participatorybudgeting.org.uk.
The National Empowerment Partnership works to improve peoples’ ability to influence the decisions that affect their lives. Their website contains lots of useful information. Visit www.evcwm.org.uk/about/national-empowerment-partnership.
Communities and Local Government is a national government department leading on the communities and neighbourhood agenda. Visit www.communities.gov.uk.
This factsheet has been kindly written and contributed by North Tyneside Council.
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