Participatory Budgeting (PB)
Participatory budgeting (often shortened as PB) is a way for people to directly vote on how local money should be spent.
PB comes in all shapes and size, but normally involves members of the community voting on how to spend part of the budget of a public body, such as a local council.
Participatory budgeting is happening across Scotland and is used alongside other models of community engagement and empowerment.
What we do
Participatory budgeting is a key area of work for us. As part of our programmes we developed PB Scotland, a way for people to come together to share their experiences and learn more about PB.
We also have a keen interest in different ways of involving people in decision making and see PB as an important tool for increasing wider democratic involvement and community empowerment.
ThIS documents sets out the key areas of focus for the government, as well the specific legislation that will pass through parliament over the next 12 months.
This EU Funded project involving citizens, social enterprises and organisations from the third and public sectors in developing and promoting innovative solutions to societal challenges.
Get involved in developing a charter for PB in Scotland, outlining the vision, principles and practice of participatory budgeting.
The Scottish Government has set out its Programme for Government 2017-18, which sets out how it will build on existing work with a fresh set of priorities.
The Scottish Government has announced that the 2017/18 Community Choices Fund is open for applications. The fund supports the growth of participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.
In the first of a series of engaging write ups of participatory budgeting (PB) events, PB Scotland reports on a recent youth-focused PB event in South Lanarkshire.