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Participatory budgeting

About participatory budgeting

Initially developed in Brazil, participatory budgeting (PB) is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local requirements. Different PB models exist, although it normally involves members of the community deciding through a voting process how to spend part of the budget of a public agency such as a local authority.

View the South Ayrshire Participatory Budgeting video.

Troon and villages 'decision days'

The next Troon and Villages Decision Day will take place in Troon Concert Hall on Saturday 10th February 2018. This will be a ‘Marketplace’ event where bidders will each be allocated a display table to provide information about their bids to local people, who vote in person at the event. The votes are counted and funding given to those with the highest number of votes. Applications should support community activity within Troon, Barassie, Muirhead, Dundonald and Loans.

For more information please email Seonaid.Lewis@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or telephone 01292 559 359.

Three Decision Days have been held in the Troon and Villages Locality. 83 groups have taken part to date and received funding to run projects across the locality.

View a full list of groups and projects:

Prestwick and villages 'decision days'

The next Prestwick Locality Decides event takes place in Prestwick Academy on Saturday 10th March 2018. This will be a ‘Marketplace’ event where bidders will each be allocated a display table, where they can provide information about their bids to local people, who vote in person at the event. The votes are counted and money given to those with the highest number of votes. Applications should support community activity within Newton North, Heathfield, Prestwick, Monkton and Symington.

For more information please email Seonaid.Lewis@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or telephone 01292 559 359.

Four ‘Decision Days’ have been held to date in the Prestwick and Villages Locality, with 75 groups receiving funding.

The latest event was held in Heathfield Primary on Saturday 25th November. Over 240 local people turned out to vote. 18 groups participated, with 14 groups receiving funding.

  • Our first ‘marketplace’ event was held in Monkton Primary on Saturday 17th June 2017.
  • 18 March 2017
  • 10 September 2016
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