West Lothian Community Choices

Communities in West Lothian are being given the chance to influence how budgets in their area are allocated through a process called Community Choices.

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Communities and service users in West Lothian will soon have the chance to influence spending through a process called  Community Choices.  West Lothian Community Choices is West Lothian's version of Participatory Budgeting - a democratic process which empowers people and communities to have a greater say in how public money is spent.

West Lothian Community Choices empowers everyone from community groups to individual service users to get involved in local decision making via a democratic Participatory Budgeting process.

A number of Community Choices exercises will be undertaken throughout West Lothian, enabling local people to be more involved in decisions that affect them and their community.

Community Choices can be carried out in lots of different ways ranging from public events to digital-only experiences. You can find more detail on the individual Community Choices projects using the tabs below.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and the Scottish Government are supporting Participatory Budgeting as a tool for involving communities and as a way of building democracy locally. COSLA and The Democratic Society have produced a video about Mainstreaming Participatory Budgeting - 'Towards the Mainstream'

If you would like more information on Participatory Budgeting the PB Scotland Website has a whole range of resources available.

If you would like more information on West Lothian Community Choices, please contact Ailsa Mackerrow on 01506 281306 or by email: ailsa.mackerrow@westlothian.gov.uk.


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Community Choices has been launched for park improvements in the following areas; King George V Playing Fields in Uphall, Bellsquarry Recreation Ground in Bellsquarry, Craigton Park in Winchburgh, Langton Park in East Calder and Letham Park in Pumpherston. Please click here for more information.
Blackburn Community Choices is a process that enables local communities to decide how public funding is spent. It aims to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families in Blackburn and is a pilot project as part of the wider development of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in West Lothian.