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IU-greens: "A simple survey does not equate to participatory budgets" (29/11/2017)

A few days ago, the Government Team, led by Marcos Ortuño, presented participatory budgets for 2018 that, according to the mayor, seek to promote the active participation of neighbors and neighbors by collecting specific proposals for investments, services ...

Izquierda Unida-Verdes has for years been raising the need to implement participatory budgets, where citizens participate actively in the decisions that affect our city the most.

So much so, that in 2003 we presented a conference on Participatory Budgeting and invited the Mayor and the Councilor for Citizen Participation of the United Left of Las Cabezas de San Juan to give a talk about this experience in their locality.

In 2004, the Municipal Group of the United Left presented a motion to the plenary session that was left on the table unanimously and in which we proposed that the City Council ask the neighbors about the priority of some or other works, always counting on the opinion of the Technical Services of our City Council.

This proposal was forgotten in a drawer, like many other proposals.

We have all this because if we analyze the survey that the Government has put at the service of the neighbors through the website, it has nothing to do with what we consider participatory democracy.

Publish a simple consultation for two weeks, with topics preelected by the Government Team has little participatory democracy.

In summary, if the government of the PP really wants to make budgets with the participation of the citizens, it has to elaborate a new Regulation of Citizen Participation and make informative talks open to all citizens and associations to collect their contributions and opinions, always counting with the municipal technicians during the process.

In addition, to this we must add a diagnostic analysis of the functioning of the different councils and the services provided.

They should give figures of the amounts that are going to be allocated to the projects, with the use of new technologies to reach and communicate quickly and effectively to citizens, but not as the only resource for consultation as proposed by the PP, and that in this way an important part of our citizens is being left out due to the digital divide.

In short, and taking all this into account, we can not help but think that the current process of participatory budgeting is incomplete, since it neither seeks real participation nor embraces all citizens.

Therefore, we think that it is nothing more than a toast to the sun of Marcos Ortuño and his government, far from that commitment to participation and transparency that supposedly pursue this measure.

Source: IU-verdes Yecla

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