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1 1 Mike Desborough – Neighbourhood Budgets Department for Communities and Local Government Larger Councils Conference – 21 March 2013 Neighbourhood Community Budgets versus and participatory budgeting

2 2 Aims Inform: public service reform and Localism, focusing on neighbourhood services Enthuse: what’s in it for you and your communities Support: now you’re interested, what you can do…

3 3 Public service reform at a time of fiscal restraint Main focus of Government is on promoting Growth But we’re also looking at more effective and efficient ways to commission public services And giving communities more control of their neighbourhoods Inform

4 4 So, what does this mean in practice? Getting the economy going again – including through house building Reforming public services –Creating more effective and efficient public services, from developing economies of scale to very local tailoring of services in neighbourhoods Pushing power away from Whitehall to the most appropriate level: individuals, communities, local councils, other institutions, professionals Promoting activities that build communities Inform

5 5 Community Rights (plus): Our Offer to Communities Neighbourhood Planning Greater influence over planning for neighbourhoods Community Right to Build New ways to gain planning permission Community Right to Bid Better opportunities to secure community assets Community Right to Challenge Community groups able to apply to run local public services Community Shares Raising local funds for community projects Neighbourhood Community Budgets Community influence over public service design & spend Parish Councils Making it easier to set up town and parish councils Progress: 510 Neighbourhood Plans +230 Assets listed +14 Challenge front runners +12 NCB pilots Community Shares registrations per year £64m package of expert support and grants Inform

6 6 Better tailoring of neighbourhood services Neighbourhood Community Budgets Exploring ways to achieve better, more efficient local public services through greater community control and co-design Neighbourhood Community Budgets are part of the second phase of the Local Government Resource Review The concept is simple: Local public services can be more effective and efficient where they are co-designed and joined up by residents, public service agencies and others (e.g. VCS, local business, etc) No blueprint… Inform

7 7 Neighbourhood Community Budgets – supporting areas to redesign services Town Councils Ilfracombe Haverhill VCS Queens Park Little Horton (Bradford) Poplar (Tower Hamlets) Castle Vale (Birmingham) Balsall Heath (Birmingham) Local Authorities Cowgate, Kenton Bar & Montague (Newcastle) White City Norbiton Sherwood (Tunbridge Wells) Shard End (Birmingham) TypeNeighbourhoodThemes Family services Health & well being Community assets Housing Worklessness Skills and training Local economic growth Anti social behaviour Youth services Public realm Inform

8 8 Neighbourhood Community Budgets: example Inform £3.8m spent on public realm and youth services p.a. Community events to identify top 10 priorities for each. Residents and service providers designing new approaches. ONE Haverhill board brings together three tiers of local government, others services, business, VCS, faith … Budget alignment, not pooling. Everyone bringing something to the table. HAVERHILL, Suffolk

9 9 Participatory Budgeting A way of involving people in deciding how part of a public budget is spent – often selecting from a range of project options. Enables local tailoring of services. Promotes greater transparency on what money is being spent on. Helps to bring people together, and connect them into local democratic decision-making, promote social action, and develop community skills and confidence. Around 150 schemes undertaken in England in half of the top level of local authority areas. Often work at neighbourhood level, sometimes across a local authority. Has included local authority, health, police and housing budgets. Usually small-scale ‘discretionary’ / ‘top up’ budgets under £100k in total. Inform

10 10 Participatory Budgeting: examples From the Participatory Budgeting Unit’s website… “UDecide” Newcastle – people making decisions on £2.25 million of projects including cleaner, safer, greener and youth services. Tower Hamlets – in 2009 and 2010 over £2.4 million pounds a year were spent on local public services, including £150,000 decided by young people through their school councils. “Voice Your Choice” in Eastfield, Scarborough – residents voted on how £32,000 should be spent on projects addressing crime and community safety issues. Inform

11 11 Participatory Budgeting and Neighbourhood Community Budgets SOME budget / other public consultations public meetings – ‘you said, we did’ ward budgets for Councillors transparency – budget / spend data Inform MORE community voting on projects / priorities community based activity non-statutory / non – core services MOST service re-design / co-design pooling & aligning of core budgets better use of community assets neighbourhood governance PBNCB More power devolved… and more energy, skills, time needed More power devolved… and more energy, skills, time needed So, bearing in mind the different levels of commitment and the nature of your neighbourhood, think about what the right starting point is for you.

12 12 What’s in it for me? Participatory Budgeting can … improve the transparency of public administration and expenditure encourage people to get involved in the allocation and oversight of public funds build trust between the government and the population strengthen democratic culture social fabric in communities Enthuse Neighbourhood Community Budgets can do all this plus … better public services for less? re-balance the relationship between people and public services enable integrated approaches to complex local problems harness community resources and assets strengthen, or create new forms of, neighbourhood governance But it’s not a competition: both are good, both offer communities more control to a greater or lesser extent. It depends on what local people want. PB can be a useful stepping stone to Neighbourhood Community Budgets. Local Councillors have a key role to play in helping their communities think through what role they want to play…

13 13 What’s in it for communities? Enthuse “there’s loads of young families in Haverhill, and loads of them would be willing to give a couple of hours of their free time if it meant the place was going to be better for their kids” “I don’t think they think about it collectively do they. I mean they turn the lights off and that saves the Council money but it actually costs the Police more money. … I think if they were to get married and join hands, and all work together they might all save money.” 9 out of 10 people surveyed in Poplar, agreed that they should ‘do their bit’ and over half wanted to get involved in turning their neighbourhood around (1,200 sample) Two-thirds of people surveyed In White City said they would get involved in their community to a great or to some extent (500 sample) Over half of people surveyed in Haverhill said they would get involved in local services if they felt they could help to improve them.

14 14 So are you interested? If so… For Participatory Budgeting: There are tools, guidance, case studies and other resources on the Participatory Budgeting Unit’s website: For Neighbourhood Community Budgets: Watch this space! And for Community Rights, including Neighbourhood Planning: DCLG is funding expert support organisations to work with community groups, parish councils and local authorities. An enquiry service, advice, case studies (and more) can be found at Support


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