People power for council budgets

A Scottish Government initiative will give residents in South Ayrshire direct control over aspects of council budgets.

South Ayrshire is one of 13 local authorities to benefit from a £500,000 funding boost designed to trial participatory budgeting – receiving an investment of £30,000.

The Scottish Government funding will be used to match-fund existing council commitments, provide support for participatory budgeting events, support communities to engage with the process, evaluation and learning. This will help fund over 50 participatory budgeting projects across Scotland.

Local SNP MSP Ingram said: “In these times of unprecedented political engagement in Scotland, participatory budgeting offers communities the chance to have a direct say in how councils spend their money.

“This funding will support initiatives to give people the opportunity to address the issues that are important to their communities.

“Participatory budgeting has been used in other countries and the impact can be transformational. I hope that this is the first step in empowering residents in South Ayrshire and supporting their engagement with local government and their local community.”