Participatory budgeting

Participatory Budgeting goes live in Annandale and Eskdale

On Saturday April 13 the second round of Tackling Poverty Participatory Budgeting goes live in the Annandale and Eskdale area.


A total of 13 Making Ends Meet projects have progressed to the public voting stage and can be voted on in-person and online. Projects look to tackle issues such as food and fuel poverty, rurality and social isolation as well as address the challenges brought about by the roll-out of Universal Credit.


Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee said;


“It is vital that we work together with local Groups to tackle poverty in our local communities and give local people a say in how we go about this.”


Councillor Martin, Vice Chair of the Communities Committee went on to say;


“Tackling poverty is one of our Councils Priorities and by using this approach we get the help that is needed to the people who need it the most.”


The public will have a chance to vote on projects at the in-person voting event held at Lochmaben Primary School on Saturday April 27, from 11am to 3pm.


For those who cannot make it on the day, an online voting system has been set up and will go live on Saturday 13 April. The public will have a chance to review the projects on-line and then vote for which projects they want to see delivered.  To see the projects and register to vote (link live on 13 April) visit


Jeanette Byers, Chair of the Regions Tackling Poverty Reference Group said;


“It’s great that we can get more people involved with tackling poverty and PB with this online system. This means that where rurality and transport are barriers, people can participate digitally and still have their voices heard.”


More information can be found on the Council’s Tackling Poverty and PB webpages at

For more information about the Tackling Poverty PB exercise you can contact the Council’s PB Manager by email on