Published: 26th Oct 2011

The People’s Budget is a new campaign to help community groups get a much bigger say on the money decisions of councils and other local statutory organisations. Some cities in Brazil and Europe have involved thousands of local residents in the direct decisions about how public budgets are allocated. This involvement leads to more effective spending decisions and a whole host of community cohesion benefits. So far the use of Participatory Budgeting in Britain has been relatively small scale, and crucially, on the terms of the local politicians and officers. The People’s Budget is starting to help community groups across the country make that case that it is our right to have a say in how our taxes are spent. But it is not just about rights, it is also about making more effective decisions by drawing on residents with local grassroots experience. Ultimately we want to see 1% of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)