Participatory budgeting was used in Frodsham, of Cheshire, England, to involve local communities in deciding where local funds should be directed. The 2011 project promoted democratic engagement.
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Problems and Purpose
In February 2011 a participatory budget event took place in Frodsham. This event allowed the local communities, charities and groups to select who should receive funds in their area. Fifteen organisations were invited to Frodsham Community Centre and each made a three minute presentation. Each group was then given three tokens to vote on each other’s projects to decide three winners. These three winners were then awarded £1000 each from the local Cheshire West and Chester Councilors’ own personal member budgets.
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
Town Council Meeting Notes https://goo.gl/GJUhQx [dead link]
Frodsham Community Centre: http://www.frodshamcc.co.uk/
Lead Image: Frodsham Council https://goo.gl/2HsWeC