Bristol City Council has teamed up with local digital democracy specialists – Delib – to produce the Bristol Budget Simulator. The simulator enables people to explore the council’s budget and consider how £60 million could be saved from the council’s budget over the next three years (April 2017 – April 2020)
The budget simulator is one of Delib’s (based in King Street, Bristol) most successful products and has been used by many councils in the UK and beyond, in places like Canada and New Zealand. Budget simulators are useful in that they place the respondent in the shoes of the decision makers and help people to understand the scale of responding to the need, in Bristol’s case, to make £60 million worth of additional savings and the implications to local services. Through using the simulator, respondents will also better understand how the council currently spends its budget on providing local services.
People’s responses will be taken in to account by council officers, Cabinet Members and the Mayor as they make plans to meet the challenge. The Bristol Budget Simulator is open until 4 August 2016.
Bristol City Council also uses another of Delib‘s products – Citizenspace – to power its Consultation Finder. This long standing facility allows people to find all the council’s consultations in one place on the web, respond to them and importantly find out the results of consultations. It’s another product which was pioneered with Bristol City Council and has subsequently become a successful product used by government departments, other councils and public service organisations at home and abroad.