Participatory budgeting involves engaging citizens in a community-based approach to the allocation of public money. In this article, Rosie Ilett and Richard Brunner describe a recent participatory budgeting exercise in Glasgow, in which residents in an East End neighbourhood voted on how to spend £205,000 of council funds to reduce child poverty.
The Youth Obligation is the government’s flagship youth employability programme, designed to support young people aged 18 to 21 making a new universal credit claim into employment, work related training or an apprenticeship.
Welfare rights advisers use the law on a daily basis to challenge decisions on social security benefits and to ensure their clients receive their legal entitlement. However, there are occasions when what needs to be challenged is not a decision which has not been taken in accordance with the existing law, but rather the law itself.