Bristol City Council Budget engagement

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Presentation to Your Local Budget 25 February in Bristol.

Bristol City Council Online Engagement

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  • Final thoughts are that e-democracy is not about making a transaction Spending money on buying tools help but it’s more about people Works best if can invest time and effort to build an ongoing relationship Making sure that feedback and responses are given
  • Bristol City Council Budget engagement

    1. 1. Online engagement in budgeting
    2. 2. <ul><li>Bristol Budget Conversation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attempt to engage people on council’s main budget </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online PB in a neighbourhood partnership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PB to determine spending of £15k well-being fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.itsmybristol.org </li></ul></ul>Focus on
    3. 3. Bristol Budget Conversation <ul><li>Leader wanted early engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Coalition gov deficit reduction plan </li></ul><ul><li>One week turn around </li></ul><ul><li>No budget for project </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect the spending challenge </li></ul>
    4. 4. Aims of budget conversation <ul><li>Raise understanding of council services and spending </li></ul><ul><li>Reality check about reductions in spending </li></ul><ul><li>Bristol spending challenge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More for less opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Things we don’t need to do / others could do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas to save money </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stimulate public conversation </li></ul>
    5. 5. Budget conversation: how <ul><li>Used wordpress.com – link </li></ul><ul><li>Phased release of major spend areas – link </li></ul><ul><li>Offline – comment forms and boxes in libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Public information videos from directors </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive use of social media to spread the message </li></ul>
    6. 6. Budget conversation <ul><li>Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Page views – 14,300 </li></ul><ul><li>Response – 806 </li></ul><ul><li>Management consideration and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Some ideas being carried through </li></ul><ul><li>Webcast of budget meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons Learned </li></ul><ul><li>Does work online </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t need to spend a fortune </li></ul><ul><li>Senior officers / councillors need to join the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Good feedback needed </li></ul>
    7. 7. Neighbourhood PB online www.itsmybristol.org
    8. 9. About here
    9. 10. Pilot Neighbourhood online PB <ul><li>Bristol has 14 neighbourhood partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>£1.7m devolution of budgets – section 106 </li></ul><ul><li>Cabot, Clifton and Clifton East decided to allocate £15k to a PB online pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for how to improve life in the neighbourhood </li></ul><ul><li>Used Delib’s Dialogue App product </li></ul>
    10. 12. It’s my Bristol <ul><li>Ideas crowd sourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Open to all </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal log-in requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Vote / comment on others ideas </li></ul><ul><li>List by: Latest, Highest rating, Most Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Comments post-moderated </li></ul>
    11. 14. Itsmybristol: Lessons Learnt <ul><li>Users: 502, comments: 397, ideas: 68, ratings: 513 </li></ul><ul><li>Needed more time to establish the site – offline work </li></ul><ul><li>Better links with social media to promote </li></ul><ul><li>Randomiser of ideas – positive feedback loop on highest rated / commented </li></ul><ul><li>Can you do PB completely online? </li></ul><ul><li>Identity of online respondents? </li></ul>
    12. 15. Outcomes <ul><li>Not full PB as NP board decided the eventual winners </li></ul><ul><li>£15k split between 2 front runners </li></ul><ul><li>Integrative Art & Nutrition and Street Play Events  </li></ul><ul><li>£7,500 each as they both can close in the voting and the Partnership decided that they would reward both schemes. </li></ul>
    13. 16. <ul><li>Philip Higgins – Thank you for listening </li></ul><ul><li>www.askbristol.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.twitter.com/askbristol </li></ul><ul><li>www.facebook.com/askbristol </li></ul>

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