10 June 2016

Findochty & Buckie Projects Benefit from Participatory Budgeting

Projects being brought forward by Findochty Community Council and the Buckie Area Forum have benefitted from cash awards made as a result of a ‘participatory budgeting’ exercise held recently.
The funding for the event was provided by the Scottish Government and Moray Council.

Commenting, Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“This event seems to have gone extremely well and I am delighted for Findochty Community Council and Buckie Area Forum who will be receiving funding for their projects as a result.

“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 needs. It originated in Brazil in the late 1980s and has since spread to over 1,500 localities around the world. It was born from a desire to reallocate public money locally and democratically to where it was needed most.

“When PB is adopted its use can be very important in helping individuals feel connected to each other and to their communities and can instil a sense of ownership, trust and connectivity. I think this event and the subsequent awards have shown that to be the case.”

Stewart Stevenson
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