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People Powered Places is London Borough of Newham's flagship programme of participatory budgeting and is a beacon of best practice in participatory democracy.

Since launch, the programme has become one of the largest participatory budgeting initiatives in the UK and delivered lasting transformation with more than 200 projects funded that have had real impact on the borough, including by improving engagement between the Council and residents. It is recognised as a best in class example of what can be achieved.

Between 2022 and 2023, £1.6 million of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding was allocated to the programme. Through two annual cycles, these funds were allocated to a total of 157 projects that were voted on by Newham residents through the participatory budgeting process. The projects that were successful each addressed a local priority. There were 24 local priorities co-produced by residents across all eight Community Neighbourhoods.

This year, we’re launching People Powered Places 2023-25, a two-year cycle with another £1.6 million of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding allocated across Newham. People Powered Places is part of the Council’s commitment build a "People powered Newham and widening participation” and is fundamental to delivery of the London Borough of Newham’s four-year Corporate plan 'Building a Fairer Newham'.

Read the Community Assembly Programme 2021-2023 Evaluation Report (PDF)