It's about time people were involved in government budget setting

by Paul Bradley

Last week, the Scottish Budget (link is external) was passed by Parliament. Last-ditch deals were made to secure support for the bill and compromises prevented gridlock. Many conversations between political parties were taking place over how Scotland’s money should be spent, but the most important conversation was the one we were not having: between citizen and state.

It’s indicative of what’s missing across so many aspects of public life. With all the talk of a more consultative and cooperative style – a Scottish approach to government – when will actions match words?

It’s not enough for politicians and policy makers to take these decisions alone – fixing the cracks in society demands people understand the choices that affect them and feel control over those that are made.

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