Participatory Budgeting & the Third Sector

Find out about Participatory & Community Budgeting at our FREE lunchtime event on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

Local communities across Scotland have been coming together to vote on small grants to local charities and other good causes as part of a new approach known as Participatory Budgeting – or Community Budgeting in some areas. 

The Scottish Government were elected on a manifesto commitment to greatly increase the proportion of public expenditure distributed through this process. In cities like Paris and New York, public expenditure on services is distributed with local community involvement, but to date in Scotland it has mainly been small grants rather than funding for public services which have gone through the process.

It feels like we’re only starting to dip our toes into the water in Scotland, and in years to come we’ll be jumping in and swimming! But how can we shape this process, and how can we ensure that in doesn’t become just another ‘Dragons Den’ type beauty contest for the third sector?

To find out more, you’re invited to our FREE lunch event in Glasgow on Wednesday 29 March, from 11am to 1.30pm in The Albany Centre @ GCVS. We’re delighted that Kevin Stewart MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Housing will be our keynote speaker at the event and will give an address on the vision for Participatory Budgeting in Scotland.

Other speakers include representatives from Glasgow City Council, to give an overview of the Glasgow picture and a colleague from Glasgow’s Third Sector Interface who will highlight some of the opportunities & potential challenges the third sector may encounter as funds through participatory budgeting increase over time.

To book your FREE ticket, including lunch, visit our Eventbrite Page: PB Event Tickets

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