A new blog by Jez Hall, published on the Shared Future CIC website outlines why he thinks PB and reducing social isolation go together. As Jez says in his blog:
"Recently I’ve been coordinating a citizen inquiry on elderly care at home, where social isolation is a key emerging theme to promoting well-being and preventing pressure on public services, such as costly hospital admissions.
"With an elderly mother of my own who is increasingly needing care at home it’s a subject close to my heart."
"Not least because of my common interest in Participatory Budgeting (PB), that, like a citizens inquiry, aims to include citizen voice whenever and wherever public money is being spent. I believe PB can help reduce social isolation."
Social inclusion, and a focus on equality, takes work… but is not a ‘nice too’… its a ‘must do’.