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Participatory Budgeting - What Does it Mean for Glasgow's Third Sector?
Wed 29 March 2017, 11:00 – 13:30 BST
Across Scotland local communities have been coming together to vote on small grants to local charities and other good causes as part of a new approach known as ‘participatory budgeting’ (or ‘community budgeting’ in some areas). The Scottish Government were elected on a manifesto commitment to greatly increase the proportion of public expenditure which is to be distributed by this process. In cities like Paris and New York public expenditure on services is distributed with local community involvement, but to date in Scotland it has mainly been small grants rather than funding for public services which has gone through the process.
It feels like we’re only starting to dip our toes into the water in Scotland, and in years to come we’ll be jumping in and swimming! But how far can we shape this process, and how can we ensure that it doesn’t become just another ‘Dragons Den’ type beauty contest for the third sector?
To find out more, you’re invited to our free lunch event for Glasgow's third sector. Speakers will be;
Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing
A representative from Glasgow City Council
Helen McNeil, Glasgow's Third Sector Interface
A light lunch will be provided
Chair; Liz McEntee, GCVS