Initially developed in Brazil, participatory budgeting (PB) is
recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a
direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address
Different PB models exist, although it normally involves
members of the community deciding through a voting process how to
spend part of the budget of a public agency such as a local
There is a growing interest across Scotland in PB and in
participatory democracy more generally.
A new website - PB Scotland
- will act as a hub for sharing and learning about the great work
being done by PB initiatives around Scotland, including £eith
Decides... It will provide updates on events and other
information relevant to PB in Scotland and profile other good
examples of PB in action.
More information can be found here.