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About the Participatory Budgeting Project,

The PB project is being delivered by Church Action on Poverty, with the support of Oxfam's UK Poverty Program and other partners.

We receive funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government. We make the rest of our income from supporting PB pilots through consultancy, from making presentations and running workshops and training events.

We aim to create a network of independant consultants, who through training will be able to offer more people expertise in PB work. Let us know if you wish to receive our e-bulletin, or join our Practitioners network.

The PB core team currently comprises:

Mark Waters is programme manager for the Participation for Change programme which includes Participatory Budgeting and Schools of Participation. He has undertaken research in Brazil and Canada to look at developing PB in the UK. He travels extensively across the UK supporting new PB work.

Alan Budge is currently on secondment to the PB Unit from Bradford Vision. Alan has been closely involved with many of the innovative PB programmes in Keighley and Bradford, so brings a wealth of practical experience both of delivering PB and from being the neighbourhood partnership manager for Keighley.

Jez Hall works part-time on the project, mainly on dissemination and research. He has maintained links with European bodies working on PB and has written and presented widely across the UK, including on training days and at conferences. The rest of his time he works at Lancaster University on social enterprise issues.

Lorraine Shaw provides administrative and other support to the PB Unit and other projects of Church Action on Poverty.




Click here to find out about services
the PB Unit can offer to organisations
considering new PB work


Click here for a brief description
of PB and why it is relevant to the UK