Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of involving citizens in deciding how to spend public money. PB is about community members shaping local services to meet local priorities more effectively and helps allow public money to be democratically reallocated at a community level to ‘priority services’ and initiatives identified by residents. PB started in Brazil in 1989 and has now spread to over 1,500 localities across the globe with around 2,700 processes taking place.

The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and Money for Moray recently hosted a webinar for community councillors on the subject of participatory budgeting and how Community Councils can set up their own PB project. You can watch the session here: