Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which citizens decide directly how to spend part of a public budget. We support PB as a tool for community empowerment and as a resource to build on the wider development of participatory democracy in Scotland.

PB Can

  • help deliver on outcomes in Scotland's National Performance Framework that 'we live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe' and 'we tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally'
  • complement aspirations in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to give communities more powers to achieve their own ambitions
  • help deliver the Public Sector Equality Duty by advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between different groups
  • support the principle of Public Service Reform that says people should have equal opportunity to participate in decisions shaping their local community and society

DGC PB Framework

Useful links

Participatory budgeting - Community empowerment - (

PB Scotland - Participatory Budgeting in Scotland


Page last updated: 12/09/2023
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