As part of the Scottish Government's commitment to community empowerment it uses participatory budgeting (PB) to give people a direct say in how and where local money is spent.
In May 2019 the government released its first report on the first generation of participatory budgeting in Scotland. PB has the potential to help individuals feel connected to each other and their communities whilst instilling a sense of ownership, trust and connectivity. However, a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges is required to ensure the process meets local priorities effectively whilst adhering to budgeting constraints.
Join Holyrood as we explore best practice and learn how you can effectively facilitate PB in your service.
This event will bring together expert speakers and delegates from community development, engagement and planning backgrounds to better understand the opportunities and challenges presented through the process of PB, and how to effectively manage them.
09:15 Registration and refreshments
10:00 Opening remarks from the chair
10:05 Session 1: Policy and Overview
Evaluating Participatory Budgeting Activity in Scotland
- Building on the 2019 report, where now?
- Looking forward to Phase 3
- Investing in Communities Fund.
11:00 Refreshments and Networking
11:30 Session 2: Protecting Equalities whilst implementing Participatory Budgeting
- Empowering hard to reach demographics/populations to get involved
- Towards a digital tool for access
- The role of the Citizens Assembly in Participatory Budgeting
Katey Tabner, Social Inclusion Officer (Participatory Budgeting), COSLA
Jez Hall, Director, Shared Future
12:15 Panel Discussion, Protecting Equalities
13:10 Lunch and Networking
14:15 Session 3: Learning From and Sharing Best Practice
Examples from 3 local authorities for success in PB
15:00 Interactive Discussions
Delegates will divide into small groups to discuss experiences of participatory budgeting from your own work and organisation. This is an opportunity to think about what next steps can be taken to share best practice, problems and solutions and give examples of how you included hard to reach demographics in your project.
15:40 Closing Remarks from Chair
15:45 Close of Event