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Social responsibility in local government

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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The aim of the social budget of the Municipality of San Giuliano Terme is to be accountable to citizens and stakeholders for the real effects and implications of the political decisions and administrative measures on the:

  • Ethno-political dimension;
  • Dimension of social relations;
  • Environmental dimension;
  • Economic dimension.

Social accounting aims to highlight the degree of coherence between values and the political principles that constitute the root of the decisions, objectives and strategies established in the programme, the allocation of resources and the actions carried out, the results obtained and finally the effects produced on the condition of citizens and stakeholders. The accounting activity, at a methodological level, is based on the following key principles:

  • Transparency, in the sense of the ability to provide an ‘account’ in a real sense of the existing conditions to stakeholders;
  • Responsiveness, in the sense of the ability to respond to the expectations of the stakeholders;
  • Conformity with a standard and with principles freely adopted and agreed upon;
  • Inclusiveness, that is to say the recognition of the right of stakeholders to be heard.

The social budget aims to assume the point of view of the citizen and the stakeholders in identifying needs and in the consequent evaluation of results and the effectiveness of administrative action. It aims to utilise methods of exposition and language that are as direct and informal as possible by trying at the same time to combine precision in providing information, the culture of quantitative data and absence of vagueness. The social budget is supposed to raise awareness of the complexity and of the interconnectedness of problems and to develop the sense of the collective condition within the area of the municipal authority. The coherence of the social budget with the above-mentioned principles is constantly monitored in focus groups.

The production of the 2006 Social Budget and its dissemination was the first important result of the project, which has aroused greater involvement and participation of citizens in the discussion about the activities of the administration. With the publication of the 2007 Social Budget, the participation of the stakeholders became closer and is now becoming institutionalised through the formation of collaborating focus groups. The ratification of appropriate regulations regarding social accounting - probably unique in Italy - will transform a political obligation into an institutional obligation and represents a further significant result of the project.

Award info
Award category: citizen involvement
Award type: submission
Award year: 2009
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity: community and stakeholder participation
Keywords: Accountability, social accounting, social budget
Short English description: It aims to utilise methods of exposition and language that are as direct and informal as possible by trying at the same time to combine precision in providing information, the culture of quantitative data and absence of vagueness
Further information
Organisation: Comune di San Giuliano Terme
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Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: 25-50
Number of people involved:
Country: Italy
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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