#YOYP2018: Youth Participatory Budgeting in Amazing Young People
"The Power of Youth"
Participatory Budgeting processes are typically designed to involve those left out of traditional methods of public engagement, which unfortunately often includes young people. Participatory budgeting allows people to identify, discuss, and prioritise public spending projects, and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is spent.
In 2018, all young people in Angus will have the opportunity to decide how money should be spent on youth work projects.
As 2018 is the Year of Young People, this is a very appropriate time to launch an initiative like this. We will post updates as this process continues...
March 22nd 2018: Good luck to all taking part in the weekend away to Belmont, Meigle to co-design the Participatory Budget process to be used to help fund youth-work projects in Angus later this year. The group will be looking at designing an application process, how we promote PB and what voting methods could be used.
April 25th 2018: Follow-up meeting. The group now have a more structured idea of how the PB will run. For the purpose of applying for funding & voting, Angus will be split into 4 locality areas (Arbroath, Forfar & Kirriemuir, Brechin & Montrose and Carnoustie, Monifieth & Sidlaw). Young people will be able to vote for up to 3 projects in their locality to receive funding. We hope that the voting can be done online through the Young Scot website.
August 13th 2018: The application process to apply for funding has now gone live. Further information, and an online application can be accessed via Angus Council web pages at www.angus.gov.uk/powerofyouth. The closing date for applications is Friday 31st August.
September 3rd 2018: The closing date has passed and 35 applications for funding have been received. Over the next week, a panel of young people will assess the applications in each area and decide whether they are suitable to go forward to be included in the voting process later this month. This is where all young people across Angus will be able to vote for their preferred youth projects.
September 10th 2018: The panels of young people around Angus have assessed all the applications and those that were approved have gone forward to the voting stage. At this stage, young people in Angus will have the opportunity to vote for their 3 favourite projects in their locality and those with the most votes will receive funding (until all the money has been allocated).
September 14th 2018: The voting process is now live!! (link removed)
September 26th 2018: Voting closed at 12.00pm
September 27th: Results announced at Angus House, Forfar. Results can be found here: https://www.angus.gov.uk/news/the_power_of_youth_ps40000_distributed_to_local_youth_projects
Well done to everyone involved.