Data

General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Location
United Kingdom
Scope of Influence
National
Links
http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/ourplace/
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2010-to-2015-government-policy-local-government-spending/2010-to-2015-government-policy-local-government-spending#appendix-1-community-budgets
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face

CASE

Our Place: The UK's Nationwide Neighbourhood Participatory Budget Programme

April 4, 2019 Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
December 14, 2018 Jaskiran Gakhal, Participedia Team
October 18, 2017 GJM
General Issues
Economics
Specific Topics
Budget - Local
Location
United Kingdom
Scope of Influence
National
Links
http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/ourplace/
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2010-to-2015-government-policy-local-government-spending/2010-to-2015-government-policy-local-government-spending#appendix-1-community-budgets
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
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In order to decentralize control over public budgets and improve democratic engagement, particularly regarding services, the UK implemented a nationwide neighbourhood participatory budgeting program, now referred to as "Our Place".

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Problems and Purpose

The UK's nationwide pilot program for neighbourhood community budgets were designed as an initiative of a policy to decentralize power and control over delivering public services [1]. The programme's stated focus was on[1]:

  • Co-design 
  • Exploring the scales at which decentralisation of services works best 
  • Assessing community capacity and appetite 
  • Bringing in community resources 
  • Sharing learning 
  • Understanding the cost effectiveness of neighbourhood budgeting

The "prospectus set out the timetable for the development of Neighbourhood Community Budgets as from October 2011 to April 2013, with co-design running from February to December 2012 and culminating in Operational Plans ready for implementation in April 2013" [1]. It delineated the expectations in what is known as its Operational Plan. 

The programme has been extended beyond the 12 pilot areas and launched as the Our Place programme in 2014.

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  

Participatory Budgeting: Porto Alegre 2005-2007 

References

[1] Rutherfoord, R., Spurling, L., Busby, A., Watts, B. (2013). Neighbourhood Community Budget Pilot Programme: Research, Learning, Evaluation and Lessons. Department for Communities and Local Government. Retrieved from https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/fil...

External Links

http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/ourplace/

Expansion of 'Our Place' 

2010 to 2015 government policy: local government spending  

Building relationships through participatory budgeting/openDemocracy 

Our Place Pioneers – Bright Ideas Group 

Notes

Lead Image: Evaluating Our Place/mycommunity.org https://goo.gl/RxVhWN