Residents in Scotland will be given a say in how £100m of council funds are to be used after a ‘landmark’ agreement was reached between the Scottish government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COLSA).
By the end of 2021, at least 1% of local government budgets in Scotland will be subject to participatory budgeting, which means that residents will decide how to allocate the budget.
Scotland's local government minister, Kevin Stewart, said: ‘This is a clear way of bringing democracy to local communities by giving people a direct voice in spending decisions.
‘Through the community choices fund, the Scottish Government has already invested £4.7 million in participatory budgeting activity by supporting public authorities and communities across Scotland.
‘Last year, the fund helped over 39,000 people to have a say on spending in their local area.’
COSLA’s spokesperson for community wellbeing, Kelly Parry, said that this step was crucial to building trust between residents and government.