Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a ‘process for bringing together local communities to the decision-making process around public budgets. It makes new connections between residents, political representatives and local government officers’. PB can strengthen the community and voluntary sectors, focus on poorer communities, and build social capital by creating forums in which local groups can meet, negotiate and take decisions together and can enhance community cohesion as people come together and feel part of a community. Citizens can gain a better understanding of the complexities of setting budgets and choosing between competing priorities — they can be more responsible by being more aware of the resource constraints on their wishes leading to becoming active citizens not passive customers or consumers.
It is in this context that the case study reflects a PB event in the village of Henllan where the community was tasked with having a devolved budget to decide what play equipment should be provided in the local playing field.