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UK part of International PB research

UK part of International PB research

14 countries are participating in a large scale PB research project being headed up by the Institute of Social Studies of Andalucia

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360 degree PB programme - joining up online and offline

360 degree PB programme - joining up online and offline

We are working with Izwe to develop a combined online and offline approach to PB.

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Now is the time to trust citizens on budgets

Now is the time to trust citizens on budgets

On 9th November, the Participatory Budgeting Unit ran a very successful national conference on participatory budgeting – 10 Years On: Participatory Budgeting and the Big Society. Plenary speakers included Paul Twivy, CEO of the Big Society Network, Lord Shipley, former leader of Newcastle City Council and Sergio Baierle, from Porto Alegre in Brazil, the city that created PB.

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Big Society Network announces Your Local Budget areas

Big Society Network announces Your Local Budget areas

Nine pioneering projects have been selected to take part in ‘Your Local Budget’ – a programme designed to give people a say in how mainstream local authority budgets are spent.

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CDF guide to building healthy communities

CDF guide to building healthy communities

The Community Development Foundation have produced a guide on building healthy communities through community empowerment and have included PB as one of those approaches.

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Connecting Transition Towns with PB?

Connecting Transition Towns with PB?

A Transition Initiative (which could be a town, village, university or island etc) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction.

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Big Society Network looking for innovative PB projects

Big Society Network looking for innovative PB projects

The Network have launched "Your Local Budget" a project to pioneer new models of PB.

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Scottish community safety PB pilots a success!

Scottish community safety PB pilots a success!

The five Scottish government & COSLA sponsored PB pilots have been, and continue to be a success. We've produced a leaflet with updated information.

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Paul Twivy from Big Society Network speaking at PB National Conference

Paul Twivy from Big Society Network speaking at PB National Conference

Paul Twivy, founder and CEO of the Big Society Network is speaking at our national conference on 9th November.

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Police, councillors and communities use PB to work together in Exeter

Police, councillors and communities use PB to work together in Exeter

Exeter Decides is running it's third PB event in October to enable residents to decide which community and voluntary group projects should be funded.

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Lessons from the frontline - the impacts of empowering activities

Lessons from the frontline - the impacts of empowering activities

CDF have recently published a paper on the impacts of different empowering activities, including PB.

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Research published on the Compact and PB

Research published on the Compact and PB

The Commission for the Compact have published some research on how the Compact which is between the community and voluntary sector and the local public sector applies to PB projects

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Newcastle carers are first in the country to do PB

Newcastle carers are first in the country to do PB

Newcastle are piloting the use of a budget to support carers in the area for PB. In a country first, the carers themselves decide how the money should best be spent to meet their needs, rather than council offers.

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Manton PB featured on BBC Radio 4

Manton PB featured on BBC Radio 4

Broadcasting House are airing a programme on PB at 9am on Sunday 20th June.

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PB is having a positive impact in the UK

PB is having a positive impact in the UK

The PBU has written a paper demonstrating the impacts that PB has been having on community cohesion, empowering citizens and improving relationships.

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St. Asaph's allocate PB funding for second year

The people of St. Asaph's in Denbighshire, North Wales, are to vote on how to spend £4,000 of town council and rotary club funding.

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People in Chelford village vote on council funds

People in Chelford village vote on council funds

Cheshire Community Action (CCA) implemented PB in a village in rural Cheshire with the support of the district and unitary councils.

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Second PB round in Tower Hamlets a success!

Second PB round in Tower Hamlets a success!

Tower Hamlets have just completed their second round of PB voting events across the whole of the borough.

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New toolkit flying off the shelves

New toolkit flying off the shelves

There has been an unprecendented demand for our new toolkit

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PB evaluation interim report published

PB evaluation interim report published

CLG have published an interim report of the national evaluation of PB, being carried out by SQW.

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