A free introduction to the principles and practice of Participatory Budgeting, delivered in conjunction with PB Partners, the Wales Open Government Network and ERS Cymru.
At this interactive workshop in Cardiff you will be introduced to best practice in participatory budgeting (PB), built on years of experience in England, Scotland and Wales. Since it first came to the UK over 10 years ago participatory budgeting has evolved from a means to distribute grants in communities into a well articulated methodology for public sector commissioning and open government, that puts citizens in the driving seat.
Suitable for public sector commissioners, researchers, local authority engagement workers and community activists considering PB for the first time, or looking to extend their existing knowledge.
Facilitated by Alan Budge and Jez Hall, leading Participatory Budgeting practitioners, this introduction will be essential learning for anyone with an interest in citizen empowerment.
- Book your free place through eventbrite
- Read the Blog by Jez Hall on a PB Welsh national budget on the IWA website
The event is delivered in Partnership with the Wales Open Government Network and Electoral Reform Society Cymru.
The Wales Open Government Network is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making Welsh government work better for people through enhanced transparency, participation and accountability, hosted in Wales by WCVA. Participatory Budgeting has been highlighted as a potential theme for an Open Government Action Plan commitment for the next Welsh Government Open Government Action Plan 2018-20. To get involved and connect, visit: https://www.wcva.org.uk/what-we-do/open-government-wales-project
ERS Cymru works to make a better democracy in Wales and one of our key aims is to breach the gap between people and politics. Our recent ‘Missing Voices’ report explored how people really feel about politics and our major findings were of the confusion and frustration that people in Wales feel about our political system. PB is an opportunity, if done properly, to give people a real say in how things that matter to them- local services, health, education and roads to name but a few- are run and how they are funded. We are delighted to support this event. See: https://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/ers-cymru/