I had a few questions today about deliberative budgeting which I’ve committed to introduce immediately if i’m elected Lord Mayor.
The process started in Brazil but has been used around the world to engage citizens in directly allocating their taxes. In my view public servants and politicians are too removed from the people who pay for the work they do. Deliberative budgeting puts the taxpayer back in charge and engages community energy and ideas. Giving people incentives to participate is a great antidote to political fatigue.
My husband Paul went to Brazil and brought the method back to his electorate where he used it allocate local grant money. Initial concerns raised by bureaucrats, advisers and other politicians about average people making bad choices were not only unfounded but shown to be patronising, anti-democratic nonsense.
If you are interested the links below will get you started. Professor Lyn Carson’s New Democracy Foundation is well placed to help and I would propose to use them at least in the first stage and then go to tender in the future.
night all and god bless democracy