CASE

Participatory Budgeting in Cumbria, UK

First Submitted By Kateryna Onyiliogwu

Most Recent Changes By Jaskiran Gakhal

General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Provincial, Regional, State
Location
Cumbria
United Kingdom
Scope of Influence
Regional
Links
https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/yourcommunitysupport/communitygrants.asp
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Facilitators
No
Staff
No
Volunteers
No

In the English county of Cumbria, participatory budgeting was made possible through the Neighbourhood Forum Grants, thereby allowing local members of communities to engage in democratic decision-making regarding the allocation of resources.

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Problems and Purpose

In Cumbria a form of participatory budgeting has been around for a long time through the Neighbourhood Forum Grants mechanism. They are available for any non-profit making organisation that is involved in helping local residents. In 2009, Neighbourhood Forum awarded grants to 965 schemes. Each of the 60+ forums has a grants budget and each area also has its own priorities. Grants are administered on at local level where members of the public attending the forum vote on the allocation.

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 [1]

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects 

Analysis and Lessons Learned 

See Also

Participatory Budgeting  

Hampshire County's 'Have Your Say' Participatory Budgeting 

Islington People's Project in Finsbury Park Ward (London, UK) 

References 

External Links

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/yourcommunitysupport/communitygrants.asp

http://councilportal.cumbria.gov.uk/documents/s1147/11%20Forum%20Grants.pdf

Notes

Lead Image: Cumbria County Council https://goo.gl/VgTYkC

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