Monday 8th October at Kingston Library, Fairfield Road, 6.30 for 7pm to 9.30pm.  Just turn up on the night or go to http://kingstonbudget.eventbrite.com to book your free place. Print some flyers and spread the word: https://localismclub.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/peoplesbudget.pdf

Do you think you should have more of a say in how your taxes are spent locally? Kingston residents will get to explore how this could work in an interactive event on Monday 8th October, run by The People’s Budget.

The session is being run as part of the Think in Kingston festival of ideas, which this year has a theme of ‘money’. The People’s Budget, managed by the charity Church Action on Poverty, has run similar workshops around the country to introduce people to participatory budgeting – coming together to make decisions on how money is spent locally.

Famously, Porto Alegre in Brazil, where participatory budgeting was pioneered, sees local people make decisions on how to allocate over a fifth of the city’s total budget through neighbourhood, regional and city-wide meetings that can attract thousands of people. Closer to home and on a smaller scale, the Council’s recent ‘Your Money, Your Say’ project in Tolworth gave residents the chance to vote on which local community groups should receive a share of a £10,000 grant pot.

Alan Thornton, coordinator of The People’s Budget, said: ‘When times are tight it’s even more important that people have a say on local spending. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Kingston’s ideas.’

Cllr Vicki Harris of Tolworth and Hook Rise ward said: ‘This is a great way for ordinary residents to decide on how some of the Council’s money can be spent to benefit local people in their own area. It’s real democracy in action.’

The workshop is on Monday 8th October at Kingston Library, Fairfield Road, starting at 6.30 for 7pm and finishing at 9.30pm. All are welcome – just turn up on the night or go to http://kingstonbudget.eventbrite.com to book your free place.

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Notes to editors
For inquiries on the event please contact Majeed Neky at majeed@cantab.net or 07833 125 131

For inquiries about The People’s Budget please contact Alan Thornton at alant@church-poverty.org.uk or 07736 673 246, or visit www.thepeoplesbudget.org.uk
For more information about the Think in Kingston festival of ideas, which runs throughout October, visit www.thinkinkingston.org.uk

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