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More choice for communities

People across Scotland will now have a say in how £100 million of council funds will be used in their communities. Council leaders have agreed that at least 1% of local government budgets will be subject to participatory budgeting by the end of 2021, giving communities more influence to make decisions on how funding is spent in their localities.
Community Choices budgeting is the term used in Scotland for participatory budgeting which enables the active participation of community voices in local financial decision making. Community Choices is defined as: ‘Community Choices budgeting supports a democratic and engaged citizenship by enabling local people to have a direct say in how a defined public budget can be used to address their priorities. It is one method of community engagement that can be used alongside other models of empowerment as part of a wider approach to advancing participatory democracy.
More information about participatory budgeting can be found on the PB Scotland website. The 1% target is also one of five commitments included in the Scottish Government’s Open Government Partnership national action plan. More information on the Community Choices Fund can be found online.

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