Making decisions locally

Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting, or PB for short, is a way for communities to make financial decisions locally. PB has been used all over the world; it empowers communities and strengthens democracy.

To find out more about Participatory Budgeting you can watch this short film, it is in two parts. The first half is an animation explaining what Participatory Budgeting is and the second half features interviews with the ministers from two churches taking part in the project.

Your Voice Your Choice

In late 2016 the Church of Scotland received funding from the Scottish Government Community Choices Fund to enable a group of churches to learn about PB and host events to distribute funds in their own communities. The churches in Arbroath, Edinburgh and Glasgow found that hosting a PB event helped the church to be at the heart of community transformation.

Rev. Muriel Pearson and the congregation of Cranhill Parish Church are featured in this film that highlights the church's work on the Your Voice Your Choice Participatory Budgeting project:

Between the four churches that were part of the project, £20,000 was distributed to 28 community projects.