Don’t miss out on new £2m fund­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen MP Mar­garet Fer­rier has urged com­mu­nity groups to ap­ply for a new £2mil­lion fund to help lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties have a greater say in de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Choices Fund will al­low com­mu­nity groups to or­gan­ise par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get­ing events.

Th­ese events give com­mu­ni­ties the op­por­tu­nity to make de­ci­sions on how and where in­vest­ment is spent in their area.

Par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get­ing is recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally as a way for lo­cal peo­ple to have a di­rect say in how, and where, pub­lic funds can be used to ad­dress lo­cal needs.

Ms Fer­rier said:“Ev­ery com­mu­nity in Scot­land has dif­fer­ent needs and chal­lenges.

“We want to see more de­ci­sion-mak­ing handed back to lo­cal peo­ple, and groups in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang shouldn’t miss out.

“The new Com­mu­nity Choices Fund is a real op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­ni­ties to vote on in­vest­ment, shape ser­vices and ad­dress the is­sues that are im­por­tant in their area.

“Par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get­ing is gain­ing real ground in Scot­land with a large num­ber of coun­cils tak­ing the lead to date and help­ing to or­gan­ise over 50 events this year. Th­ese events have in­cluded de­ci­sions on hous­ing rev­enue, roads cap­i­tal spend­ing, and the pro­cure­ment of a bus ser­vice.

“How­ever, it’s im­por­tant that com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions are also able to take the lead and reach out to peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land.”

Fund Mar­garet Fer­rier MP

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