In the town of Corby, Northamptonshire, a participatory budgeting initiative allowed residents to participate in deciding how best to spend local funds on making their communities safer.
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Problems and Purpose
The Home Office awarded seven areas with the Engaged Communities Hallmark. As part of the Hallmark, they must implement PB. The seven areas are Tower Hamlets, Corby, Redcar, Gosport, Bristol, Knowsley and Blaenau Gwent.
Corby Hallmark area received £50,000 to help support the areas in implementing different aspects of the Hallmark. £20,000 of the funding was used for participatory budgeting on a community safety theme.
The Hallmarks are awarded to the police forces and their partners working in the areas.
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
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