Data

General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Location
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
Scope of Influence
name:scope_of_influence-key:citytown
Links
https://www.localgov.co.uk/Voicing-their-choice/24221
Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_tvb-V2wm4
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Facilitators
No
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Decision Methods
Voting

CASE

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

General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Location
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
Scope of Influence
name:scope_of_influence-key:citytown
Links
https://www.localgov.co.uk/Voicing-their-choice/24221
Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_tvb-V2wm4
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Facilitators
No
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Decision Methods
Voting
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As part of Huntington's Voice Your Choice project, the North Ward gave residents the chance to engage in participatory budgeting where they could vote on projects to direct funds to, facilitating greater democratic education in the community.

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Problems and Purpose

Groups working to improve Huntingdon North Ward were given a share of £55,000 community funding provided by Cambridgeshire County Council working in partnership with Huntingdonshire District Council and the Luminus Group [1].

As part of the Voice Your Choice project, the County Council asked local people to choose the groups they felt would most benefit their community.

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

The funds were allocated at a public meeting [1]. The attendees were confirmed to be local residents. The audience received presentations from community groups and other bidders then voted for their preferred scheme(s). Allocation continued until the nominated funds were exhausted.

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

28 projects were selected and have subsequently received funding.

Analysis and Lessons Learned 

See Also

Participatory Budgeting  

Hampshire County's 'Have Your Say' Participatory Budgeting 

Frodsham Participatory Budgeting (Cheshire, UK) 

Acorns Your Voice, Your Choice Ballot 

References 

[1] Head of Environmental & Community Health Services (2009). REVIEW OF PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING PILOT PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN IN HUNTINGDONSHIRE AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT. Retrieved from https://applications.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s27864/P...

External Links

Video summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_tvb-V2wm4

https://www.localgov.co.uk/Voicing-their-choice/24221

https://www.huntingdontown.gov.uk/uploads/no-45-draft-6.pdf 

Notes

Lead Image: Voice Your Choice/Huntingdon Town Council https://goo.gl/rfBPLr