Participatory Budgeting

Winsford Decides

For the financial year 2021-22, Winsford Town Council made a decision to allocate £25,000 to support a pilot Participatory Budgeting process. Additional funding was also made available to cover advice and support costs to the project; including an evaluation report by Shared Future associate Alan Budge of PB Partners.

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Is 2022 the year for more Participatory Budgeting?


The pandemic interrupted the use of participatory budgeting (PB) programmes, but we believe there is a growing appetite to restart them post-Covid, especially grant making PB programmes. While grant making PB certainly has benefits, there are pitfalls too, says Shared Future Director Jez Hall in this end of year opinion piece. The work for Shared Future, he adds, is to suggest ways to make the transition from PB grant-making to consider the larger ‘mainstream’ budgets and reach the ideal situation where we have both.

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