The PB Network is the independent body advocating for learning and innovation in Participatory Budgeting.
The PB Network puts on learning events, publishes policy related papers and stimulates debate on where Participatory Budgeting (PB) might go next.
The PB Network is guided by a voluntary advisory group. Convened by our acting Chair, Susan Ritchie, the Network advisory group brings together PB champions spread across the country, to promote the concept of Participatory Budgeting and to support the work of the Network. It is guided by a simple terms of reference.
Membership of the group is open to all. If you would like to be involved please contact Susan Ritchie via their contact form.
OUR GOALThe goal of the new PB Network for the next five years is for PB to move beyond its predominant model of allocating small pots of money to voluntary and community groups, towards repeatedly distributing mainstream public budgets, in line with international best practise. It is hoped that public services routinely offer some form of PB for mainstream budget choices and that as a norm citizens will expect it to be offered.
The aim of the network is for PB to be recognised as a key and effective tool for:
PB VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
Participatory Budgeting is about local people making decisions directly over how local public budgets are spent. The PB Network is committed to acting in accord with the values set out in the PB Unit’s Values, Principles and Standards document: