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.

The voting for the 2018/19 Making Ends Meet - Tackling Poverty PB exercise has now been completed.

The results from all four geographic and on-line votes will be posted on the Council's Tackling Poverty webpage in the very near future.

An evaluation of the 2018/19 exercise is ongoing and will be reported to the Council's Communities Committee in June. Planning for our third round of Tackling Poverty through PB will then commence.

Results for each area based vote can be found on our Tackling Poverty Webpage.

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: 07/05/2019
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