Green councillors have called on the council to devolve cash to communities across the city after an Audit Commission supervised survey found city residents like living here - but want to get more involved in local decision-making.
The 'Place Survey' found that though 86 per cent of city residents are generally happy with the area, a growing number (39 per cent) wanted to be directly involved in making the decisions that affect them.
I think the council should listen - and allow local communities to determine neighbourhood spending priorities for themselves.
Community cash back is used by councils across the country - in Lewisham (South London) each ward gets £100,000 annually, for example.
Here in Queen's Park the excellent Tarner and Eastern Road partnerships were doing exactly the same thing - spending cash on local projects, from buying computers for community use to employing a domestic violence outreach worker. The decisions on which projects to support were taken by the partnerships themselves, with each residents' association or local group getting a vote.
That's local democracy in action, surely?
But this council (of course) isn't always much of a fan of democracy in action - and slashed funding to the partnerships back in February.
Perhaps this survey will help refocus their minds on what residents actually want when they're setting next year's budget.