10 Years on: Participatory Budgeting and the Big Society
A Participatory Budgeting Unit Conference
In the ten years since participatory budgeting was first introduced to the UK, many thousands of local people have been given the opportunity to participate in decisions about how public money is spent. However, the political and economic landscape has now changed in a way which presents both opportunities and challenges for it’s future development. That landscape is dominated by the perceived need for severe reductions in public expenditure and the stated desire to devolve power to a local level. This has potentially profound implications for services, partnership working and existing relationships between citizens and state. What is the relevance of PB at a time of spending restraint and how can it be applied as a tool for giving substance to the “localism” agenda? The conference will explore and try to answer these questions from a number of different perspectives.
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The programme will include a mixture of plenary and panel sessions with opportunities for genuine interaction, networking and debate.
Venue: Westminster Central Hall, Central London
Date: Tuesday 9th November 2010
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm