In order to empower local communities in the city of Carlisle (UK), participatory budgeting pilot projects started in Harraby and Longtown, allowing residents to engage in democratic decision-making regarding the allocation of local resources.
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Problems and Purpose
In 2009, Carlisle City Council secured between £8/9k worth of funding from the Cumbria Improvement and Efficiency Project for the 'Community Empowerment Pilots' as part of a wider Stronger Communities project. The pilots ran in Harraby and Longtown in conjunction with the National Participatory Budgeting unit. The Council wanted to ensure that local people had greater opportunities to have their say in the design and delivery of council 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
County Council Meeting Notes 2009: https://goo.gl/Z1DH6W
Lead Image: Carlisle Project https://goo.gl/3vNnXd