Participatory Budgeting

Ideas from the “Participatory Budgeting” workshop at #notwestminster 2015, hosted by Alan Budge.

Alan Budge at #notwestminster
Alan Budge at #notwestminster – photo NotWestminster (13 of 30) by Anthony Mckeown

Workshop challenge

How can Participatory Budgeting – where people vote directly on the allocation of resources in their communities – contribute to addressing the current ‘democratic deficit’? This interactive workshop offered the opportunity to explore the basic theory and practice of Participatory Budgeting.

The three ideas

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  1. We will spread the word about PB with councils and other public bodies. Watch the video!
  2. Using PB in schools to promote interest and understanding.
  3. Link PB to devolution agenda.


Want to join us in working on one or more of these ideas?
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PB placard




About the workshop host


Alan Budge
PB Partners

Alan has worked with PB Partners (and its predecessor, the PB Unit) supporting UK-wide Participatory Budgeting initiatives for over 10 years. PB Partners are currently working with Greater Manchester Police, rolling out Participatory Budgeting in areas vulnerable to organised crime activity, as well as supporting a Scottish Government-sponsored Participatory Budgeting Initiative across Scotland.

Previously, Alan worked as a Neighbourhood Partnership Manager for Bradford Vision, a Local Strategic Partnership (LSP). He played a key role in the development of their pioneering participatory grant-making programme, responsible for the allocation of over £1m of Neighbourhood Renewal funds.


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