Participatory Budgeting (PB) gives local people the opportunity to make decisions on funding for things that affect and influence their lives.
We want to ensure that local people and communities are at the heart of our decision making. Together we'll be able to achieve more and better outcomes for our local communities through PB.
How it works
We are introducing Participatory Budgeting for 1% of our budget to let local communities directly influence spending decisions in their areas.
We will do this by:
- working with people in your community to identify local priorities
- generating solutions to meet local priorities
- choosing the most popular solutions
What we are doing in 2018/19
Tackling poverty by 'making ends meet'
£250,000 of Tackling Poverty PB funding is being made available during 2018/19 to projects developed by community groups and local people that aim to tackle poverty by helping others make ends meet and challenging child poverty.
Project proposals are being invited from local groups and organizations who feel that they can positively contribute to the Regions Anti-Poverty Strategy and Action Plan. Closing date for applications is 11 January 2019. Projects must link closely to the challenges and opportunities set out in the Anti-Poverty Strategy:
- Low wage / low skilled work economy
- National Welfare Reform and Universal Credit Implementation
- Fuel Poverty
- Equality and Diversity
- Regional and local demographics and geography
- Find out what we did last year to help people tackling poverty
Get in touch to discuss PB in Dumfries and Galloway:
- Email PBMailbox@dumgal.gov.uk
- Call 030 33 33 3000 and ask for the Community Empowerment Manager (PB)
You can also visit www.pbscotland.scot to learn more about PB in Scotland.