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Participatory Budgeting: Open, Empowered and Accessible

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. 

The Context

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.

Key Issues We'll Address With You

  • Current policy landscape and next steps for PB
  • How to utilise the Community Choices Fund
  • 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

Confirmed Speakers

  • Peter McColl, Independent Consultant
  • Dr Claire MacRae, Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Katey Tabner, Social Inclusion Officer (Participatory Budgeting), COSLA
  • Jez Hall, Director, Shared Future
  • Dr Ruth Lightbody, Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Ella Simpson, Chief Executive, EVOC
  • Evelyn O’Donnell, Community Engagement Officer, Glasgow City Council
  • Christopher Harkins, GCPH Affiliate Snr PH Research Specialist, University of Glasgow
  • Cit Lennox, Youth Worker, Swamp

Agenda

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Opening Remarks from the Chair

Peter McColl, Independent Consultant

Session 1: Policy and Overview

Evaluating Participatory Budgeting Activity in Scotland

  • Building on the 2019 report, where now?
  • Looking forward to Phase 3
  • Governance Review.

Dr Claire MacRae, Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

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

11:30 Katey Tabner, Social Inclusion Officer (Participatory Budgeting), COSLA

11:50 Jez Hall, Director, Shared Future

12:05 Dr Ruth Lightbody, Glasgow Caledonian University

12:15 Panel Discussion, Protecting Equalities

13:10 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Learning From and Sharing Best Practice

  • Examples from Local Authorities and Third Sector Organisations for success in Participatory Budgeting

Glasgow City Strategic Direction for Participatory Budgeting

Evelyn O’Donnell, Community Engagement Officer, Glasgow City Council, Christopher Harkins, GCPH Affiliate Snr PH Research Specialist, University of Glasgow & Cit Lennox, Youth Worker, Swamp

Third Sector Particpatory Budgeting in Practice

Ella Simpson, Chief Executive, EVOC

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

Peter McColl, Independent Consultant

15:45 Close of Event

Please note the agenda is subject to change

Get In Touch

Book now or  or call Laura  on 0131 285 4457

Do you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant? Please do not hesitate to get in touch as we're always on the lookout for new speakers and case studies. Contact Laura@holyrood.com

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Date
19 Mar 2020
Venue
Central Edinburgh
Cost
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

Public sector organisations 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

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