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Finance for Councillors


This session is for councillors only and is designed to give them a greater understanding of their duties with regard to the council’s finances.

Topics include:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Setting a budget and precept
  • Financial control
  • The Annual Governance & Accountability Return
  • Internal and external audit
  • How VAT applies to local councils

By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand the council's duties regarding financial management
  • Be aware of relevant legislation and sources of guidance
  • Be aware of how the council's accounts are prepared and audited
  • Recognise the importance of internal controls
  • Understand how VAT law applies to your council

Session leader:

Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk & an accountant with 30 years’ experience in public sector finance, who specialises in advice & training for the local council sector.

This is an interactive session, you will need a device with a reasonable screen size such as a PC, laptop or tablet to be able to participate fully.

Please click on the file below to download the above information.