Participatory Budgeting is an innovative way for communities to make financial decisions locally.
PB has been used all over the world. It empowers communities and strengthens democracy by putting decisions on how money is spent into the hands of local people.
When a budget is made available for PB, local community organisations, big and small, are invited to propose how they could use the budget to benefit the community. These ideas are presented to the public, who evaluate the options and vote to decide which proposals are funded.
The Church of Scotland is working with others to develop a network of churches and community organisations which can deliver PB, share experience, and encourage good practice.
From 2016-2018, the Church supported 11 congregations to lead PB events in their communities, distributing £78,000 to over 90 local projects. From 2018-2019, nine more churches in Clackmannanshire, Moray, and Dundee were involved. This work is funded by the Scottish Government the Church and Society Council.
Find out more about Participatory Budgeting in the Church of Scotland.