The district of Adur in West Sussex, UK, initiated a participatory budgeting initiative, referred to as "Pot of Gold", in order to let local stakeholders democratically decide how £120,000 would be spent in their community.
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Problems and Purpose
Adur District Council ran their first PB process branded 'Pot of Gold' in 2010. They had £120,000, which included funding from the council's capital fund as well as their reserves, for residents in Adur to decide on how it should be spent. £40,000 of the funds were used in a community grants pot approach and the remainder was for reinvestment into services.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
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 .
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
Lead Image: Adur District Community Grants https://goo.gl/QBg4Xe