Dennis Robertson MSP Welcomes Initiative Giving Residents in Aberdeenshire Control Over Aspects of Spending

Dennis Robertson today welcomed a Scottish Government initiative giving residents in Aberdeenshire direct control over aspects of council budgets.

Aberdeenshire is one of thirteen local authorities to benefit from a £500,000 funding boost designed to trial participatory budgeting – receiving an investment of £35,025.

The Scottish Government funding will be used to match-fund existing council commitments, provide support for participatory budgeting events, support communities to engage with the process, evaluation and learning. This will help fund over 50 participatory budgeting projects across Scotland.

Commenting, Mr Robertson said:

“Participatory budgeting gives a voice to people in an unprecedented manner—communities have the chance to have a direct say in how councils spend their money.

“In this way, the funding will support the issues that are most important to the community.

“Participatory budgeting has been used in other countries and has made a tremendous positive impact. I hope that this is the first step in empowering residents in Aberdeenshire and supporting their engagement with local government and their local community.”