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.
Communities and service users in West Lothian 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. Digital engagement will be done via West Lothian Community Choices You can find more detail on the individual Community Choices projects using the tabs below or by going to West Lothian Community Choices.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.