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:
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:
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 category:||citizen involvement|
|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|
|Organisation:||Comune di San Giuliano Terme|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||25-50|
|Number of people involved:|
|EU membership:||EU member|