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Participatory budgeting

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 2019

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.

Voting for this second round of Tackling Poverty PB goes live on Saturday 23rd February, with the Wigtown on-line voting. This will be followed with a series of local on-line and in-person voting events in each area to establish which Making Ends Meet projects are funded and then delivered.

40 projects proposals are available to be voted for across our four local areas. To find out which projects you may want to vote for in your local area, visit our  online voting platform or attend your local in-person voting event:

Wigtown - Castle Kennedy Primary School, Saturday 9th March

Stewartry - Kirkcudbright Academy, Saturday 16th March

Nithsdale - Wallace Hall School, Saturday 23rd March

Annandale & Eskdale - To be confirmed.

All in-person voting will take place between 11am and 3pm on the day, with the last admission to the venue no later than 2.45pm.

The in-person votes will be added to the online votes for each geographic area to determine which projects are funded. The online voting takes place as follows:

Wigtown - 23rd February to 9th March

Stewartry - 2nd March to 16th March

Nithsdale - 9th March to 23rd March

Annandale & Eskdale - TBC

Voting closes at 3pm on the final day.

Further information

Get in touch to discuss PB in Dumfries and Galloway:

You can also visit to learn more about PB in Scotland.

Page last updated: 20/02/2019
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