Don’t miss out on new £2m funding
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