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March 22, 2017

Intangible benefits of PB

It’s fast becoming clear that Participatory Budgeting (PB) can make an impact on several levels. At a macro level, it can help determine the big spending decisions which shape our day to day lives. At a very local level PB can have an equally profound impact. Leith Links Community Council were one of very few community councils to seek Community Choices funding. Their PB event generated project ideas from all corners of this small community and nearly a thousand residents voted. Some cash was dispensed but the real dividend came in the social capital that was generated.


Leith Links Community Council

In March 2017 we asked our community to vote for which projects they wanted to be allocated some Community Links Funding. 33 projects came forward with ideas that would benefit our community . 920 people cast votes (192 in person at our social voting event and 728 online). As a result of the vote, 15 projects are receiving funding totalling £16,461.66.

Anyone who was eight years old or older and lives, works, volunteers or studies in the Leith Links Community Council area was eligible to vote.

For more information on Leith Links Community Council click here


For more information on the project ideas that came forward to our community links fund click here