Local People to Have Budget Say
A new participatory budgeting scheme is being trialled across Inverclyde where up to £50,000 in each of the area’s seven wards is being made available.
Council Leader Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “Participatory budgeting is a way for people to have a say and to vote directly on how local money should be spent.
“Ideas are put forward about how a budget should be spent with people voting for their priorities. “The projects with the most votes get funded.
“These could be anything from healthy eating to youth work but ultimately the process is about bringing people together, getting them more involved in decision making and democracy.”
Initially £350,000 is being made available - £50,000 for each of Inverclyde’s seven wards – for local groups and organisations to apply for up to a maximum of £25,000.
There is another £100,000 for Port Glasgow, Greenock east and central and Greenock south and south west as part of the Community Initiatives Fund to support local projects to alleviate poverty.
By 2020/21 it is anticipated that up to £1.9million of Inverclyde Council’s annual budget will be allocated through the participatory budgeting process.
Councillor McCabe added: “This isn’t new or additional money for communities but it is communities having a say on how existing budgets are spent.
“It marks a fundamental shift in decision making, strengthening the voices of communities in the decisions that matter to them.”