Guest blogger Jez Hall, from PB Partners, discusses the potential role of participatory budgeting in future community service provision.
Author: Jez Hall, PB Partners
Date: 14 May 2015
Long term trends in the public sector will continue to require new approaches. Community planning partnerships (CPPs) have to respond to both new priorities and existing demands. But the financial pressures will doubtless remain very challenging. Money is tight and the expectations placed on that money is growing.
Hundreds of participatory budgeting projects have already spent millions of pounds across the UK. We know the format works… the challenge is scaling up and sustaining them. PB is definitely on the Scottish Government agenda, and if we can learn from the experiences, he believes we can close the commissioning gap.