Participatory Budgeting History & Principles & Policy Context Davy Jones 24 th July 2008. What Is Participatory Budgeting?.
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& Policy Context
24th July 2008
“A mechanism or process through which the population decides on, or contributes to decisions made on the destination of all or part of the available public resources” (UN Habitat)
“Local people decide how to allocate a public budget” (UK PB Unit)
“If it feels like we have decided - it’s PB.
If it feels like someone else has decided – it isn’t.” (Brazilian resident involved in PB)
Population approx 1.4m
Identified as THE model of good practice
Capacity-building to enable citizens to do it
Not realistic to expect citizens to take big decisions on priorities/budgets without significant capacity-building support
Budget literacy campaigns/PR material
Technical advice and support from the local authority technical staff
Out-reach workers in the community to spread the word and mobilise attendance
Often, a dedicated central local authority team to co-ordinate the overall PB process
2006 White Paper
Governance of Britain Green Paper
Local Government & Public Involvement in Health (LGPIH) Act & new statutory guidance
New PIs/Places survey
LAAs operational guidance
CAA consultation document
Empowerment Action Plan
“Communities in Control”: new White Paper on Empowerment
Do people want to be involved?
50-60%+ want services to get on with the job
25-40% get involved around specific life choices – schools, moving
2-5% are citizen activists
71% people would get involved in process where they decided how & where local money was spent – Opinion Leader research