Next Steps for Participatory Budgeting in Scotland
By 2021 at least 1% of local government budgets will be subject to participatory budgeting.
Participatory budgeting (PB) is recognised as a tool for community empowerment and fits with the Scottish Government’s overall goal for local governance and public service reform.
Since 2014 the Scottish Government has invested over £4.7 million in a range of measures to support the introduction and development of PB in Scotland. Subsequently, in 2015, the Community Choices Fund was introduced to provide financial support for PB across Scotland.
PB is considered to have important potential in helping individuals feel connected to each other and to their communities, overall instilling a sense of ownership, trust and connectivity. However, a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges conferred by PB are required to ensure that the process meets local priorities effectively now and in the future.
Attend this timely Holyrood briefing on 27 March to understand how to effectively facilitate PB in your service. We will bring together expert speakers and delegates from community development, engagement and planning backgrounds to understand the opportunities and challenges presented through the process of PB, and how to effectively manage them. Key organisations will share learning for best practice, and examine how to ensure that people are given an equal opportunity to participate and have their voice heard in local priorities.
- Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing, Scottish Government
- Simon Cameron, Development Manager - Participatory Budgeting, COSLA
- Evelyn O'Donnell, Community Engagement Officer, Glasgow City Council
- Kevin Sayer, Community Manager (Cowdenbeath), Fife Council
- Coryn Barclay, Research Consultant, Fife Council
- David Reilly, PB Scotland Network
- Pam Crosthwaite, Participatory Budgeting Development Officer, North Ayrshire Council
- Ruchir Shah, Policy Manager, SCVO
Who should attend?
This briefing will be of most benefit to those working in community planning and engagement and local government financing:
- Community engagement, development and planning officers
- Area or regional managers
- Business improvement and development teams
- Local advocacy and outreach personnel working in charities and third sector organisations
- Finance, accounting and facilities management
Key issues to be addressed
- Current policy landscape and next steps for PB
- Examining how to utilise the Community Choices Fund
- Understanding the impact of PB on local services and local communities
- Building capacity and competence for meaningful and sustainable participation within communities, local authorities and partnerships
- Strategic engagement within 1%
- Tackling inequalities through PB to ensure that all voices within a given community are represented
- Learning from and sharing good practice of PB from across Scotland
09:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome and Introduction from Chair
, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh
10:05 Session 1: Policy and Overview
10.05 Opening Keynote Address
Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing, Scottish Government
10:20 Questions to the Minister
10:30 Taking Forward PB: Advice from COSLA
- Evaluating PB activity in Scotland
- Utilising available resources - where to apply, how to apply and the success criteria
Simon Cameron, Development Manager - Participatory Budgeting, COSLA
The remainder of the session will cover...
- Understanding the practicalities for taking forward a PB; how to execute and getting to grips with the finances
11:05 Questions and Discussion
11:20 Refreshments and Networking
11:40 Session 2: Inclusion in Participatory Budgets
11:40 Implementing Participatory Budgeting in Communities
- Implementation of PB in communities
- Learning and lessons so far, and the resources and support available from the PB Scotland Network
- Importance of a bottom-up community-led approach to strengthening PB
David Reilly, PB Scotland Network
12:20 Questions and Discussion
12:50 Lunch and Networking
13:45 Session 3: Learning from and Sharing Good Practice
A series of case studies will share learning and experience of executing the PB process and success criteria.
13:45 Moving Towards Mainstreaming PB in Glasgow
Evelyn O'Donnell, Community Engagement Officer, Glasgow City Council
14:05 Implementing PB in Fife Council
Kevin Sayer, Community Manager (Cowdenbeath) and Coryn Barclay, Research Consultant, Fife Council
14:25 North Ayrshire Council's PB Journey
Pam Crosthwaite, Participatory Budgeting Development Officer, North Ayrshire Council
14:50 Questions and Discussion
15:20 Closing Remarks from Chair
15:30 Close of Event
*Agenda subject to change