Developing Participatory Budgeting in Scotland

This event will examine next steps for developing participatory budgeting in Scotland.

Empowering communities

The Scottish Government has been supporting participatory budgeting (PB) as a tool for community engagement through its Community Choices programme for almost 5 years.

In light of this milestone Holyrood are pleased to present this timely event which will scrutinise lessons learnt from past experiences of PB in Scotland.

Delegates will also have a chance to hear good practice case studies from Scotland and further afield, as well as key priorities for mainstreaming and scaling up PB initiatives.

Finally, delegates will consider the role of PB in the wider context of policy aimed at boosting community empowerment.

Key issues we will address with you

  • The story so far: key lessons from PB initiatives since 2015
  • Learning from others: good practice from Scotland and further afield
  • Mainstreaming and scaling up PB in Scotland
  • PB within the wider context of community empowerment

Confirmed speakers

  • Simon Cameron, Development Manager - Participatory Budgeting, COSLA

Who should attend

  • Scottish Government
  • Local authorities
  • Community councils
  • Third sector organisations


09.15 Registration

10.00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Professor Alan Alexander, Emeritus Professor of Local and Public Management, University of Strathclyde

Session 1: Context and Overview of PB in Scotland

10.05 Opening Presentation

10.20 Q&A

10.30 Interactive Roundtable Session

11.15 Refreshments and Networking

Session 2: Developing PB in Scotland

  • Exchanging ideas and good practice
  • Mainstreaming PB and opportunities for scaling up

Session 3: PB and Community Empowerment

  • Interaction between PB and the Community Empowerment Act

​14.55 Chair's Closing Remarks

Professor Alan Alexander, Emeritus Professor of Local and Public Management, University of Strathclyde

15.00 End of event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 




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Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Special Community Council Rate:  1 place £99 + VAT (eligible for all community councils)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

19 March 2019

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