Data

General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Location
Luton
United Kingdom
Scope of Influence
name:scope_of_influence-key:citytown
Links
https://www.luton.gov.uk/Community_and_living/community-funding/YSYW/Pages/default.aspx
https://pbnetwork.org.uk/your-say-your-way-in-luton-funds-133000-of-community-initiatives/
Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkLsooLZTcE
Start Date
Ongoing
Yes
Facilitators
No
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Decision Methods
Voting
If Voting
Preferential Voting

CASE

"Your Say, Your Way": Participatory Budgeting in Luton, UK

December 28, 2018 23:11   (UTC +00:00) Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
December 24, 2018 13:01   (UTC +00:00) Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
December 24, 2018 13:01   (UTC +00:00) Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
September 6, 2017 14:02   (UTC +00:00) Jez Hall
General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Location
Luton
United Kingdom
Scope of Influence
name:scope_of_influence-key:citytown
Links
https://www.luton.gov.uk/Community_and_living/community-funding/YSYW/Pages/default.aspx
https://pbnetwork.org.uk/your-say-your-way-in-luton-funds-133000-of-community-initiatives/
Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkLsooLZTcE
Start Date
Ongoing
Yes
Facilitators
No
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Decision Methods
Voting
If Voting
Preferential Voting

In the town of Luton in Bedfordshire, England, a participatory budgeting initiative known as "Your Say, Your Way" was used to allow local residents to engage in community decision-making regarding how funds would be allocated to address the most pressing area-specific issues.

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Problems and Purpose

Residents of central Luton have a variety of opportunities to influence how their areas are improved in the future thanks to participatory budgeting (PB). ​PB funding can be applied for by community groups who use it to benefit the local area.

Background History and Context

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Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities 

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Participant Recruitment and Selection

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Methods and Tools Used

This initiative uses participatory budgeting, an increasingly common method of democratic innovation broadly described as "a decision-making process through which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources." There are many benefits associated with participatory budgeting including increased civic and democratic education; increased government transparency; and an increased opportunity for participation by historically marginalized populations [1].  

Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

Once all applications are in, local community members come together at a ‘decision day’ and vote on the projects they think will meet local priorities and improve the area the most [1]. Projects with the most votes are then awarded funding.

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Recently in Barnfield, Bushmead Residents Association secured funding to run a youth activity day to encourage healthy living. With the funding provided through PB, the group, with the help of a number of young people, organised and held a free event for 72 young people in the area, offering a variety of activities and sports as well as information and guidance. Bushmead Junior Youth Club also benefitted, using funding to improve the programme of activities they offer to 7 -11 year olds, including for the first time some outdoor activities such as horse riding.

Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

Participatory Budgeting  

"Voice Your Choice": Participatory Budgeting in Huntingdon, UK 

References

[1] PB Network. (2016). Your say, your way in Luton funds £133,000 of community initiatives. PB Network. Retrieved from https://pbnetwork.org.uk/your-say-your-way-in-luton-funds-133000-of-comm... 

External Links

http://www.luton.gov.uk/Community_and_living/YSYW/Pages/default.aspx [broken link]

Luton YSYW Community Funding - Official Website 

Luton community grants are given the go ahead - Luton Today

Your Say Your Way Luton Supporting Document

'Your Say Your Way' open for bids 2017 

Notes

Lead Image: Luton Participatory Budgeting/Twitter https://goo.gl/sEgBL3

Secondary Image: Luton Your Say Your Way https://goo.gl/Nvv1cK