Now in its fourth round, Leith Decides has been running since 2010. In 2013 they achieved an award from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) for their pioneering work.
Leith Neighbourhood Partnership (NP) was aware that annual surveys had consistently shown that most people in Leith don’t feel able to influence what happens in their area. Several staff responded by working with community volunteers to hone a participatory budgeting (PB) approach. Giving Leithers the decision‐making power over a devolved Community Grants Fund has dramatically increased the number of people engaged in local decisions, reconnecting people with very local democracy. Participants have rated this approach highly and value the decision‐making opportunity. Read more on the COSLA Excellence Awards site.