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1 Learning lessons from regional participatory budget initiatives Bridget O’Rourke Community Pride Initiative Pan-Islands Gender Budgets Conference 8th July 2003

2 Participatory Budgeting (PB) zA mechanism of local government which brings local people closer to the decision-making process behind the mainstream public budget zDeveloped in Brazil but being used by local authorities in a wide range of countries. zSalford is the first pilot in the UK

3 Main Features of PB zPot of money for investment zBudget Matrix zGeographical & thematic forums zAnnual Cycle zFocus on tackling deprivation and exclusion

4 Main Benefits of PB zDirecting service to local need zCommunity participation in local & city-wide decision- making zEnhancing representative & participatory democracy

5 What is a ‘budget matrix’? zTable to process local priorities into financial allocations for investment zCan be adjusted according to need, population or other local variations zTransparent record of planned activity and a useful evaluative tool

6 Objectives of Salford pilot zDevelop a budget matrix zExplore how PB could integrate with the Council’s budget cycle and community planning zEvaluate the opportunities and challenges for a more participatory approach

7 Response from Directorates z“It would give a logical, cohesive framework for making sensible investment decisions.” z“It needs to fit into existing structures and not reinvent the wheel”. z“It could be a useful way to check whether the assumptions we make about what people want are accurate, or not”. z“It seems like a sound idea, but where will the money come from?”

8 Developing a budget matrix Local and city-wide priorities: HealthySafeLearningChildrenInclusiveEconomicEnvironment TOTALS B & B C, W & S E, W & B I & C K, P & C LH & W O & L S & P W & B City total Percentage 6.82%18.18%6.06%20.45%15.91%13.64%18.94% % Resource£1,000,000

9 Developing a budget matrix Illustrative financial allocations (estimated from Community Plan)

10 Opportunities for PB in Salford zAccepted need for consolidation of consultations zCommunity Committees and Neighbourhood Co- ordinators are useful building blocks zGrowing culture of strategically pooling resources zUnderstand need to promote participation, low electoral turnout

11 Challenges of PB in Salford zFormality of Community Committees zNo clarity how consultation feeds into action plans zCreation of investment pot dependent on political will zCommunity Plan themes not linked to service directorates zNo clear annual cycle for consultation

12 Next steps zExtended devolved budget zEnhanced Community action planning zEnhanced City-wide budget consultation


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