Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

Finance for Councillors

Session overview:

This session is designed to give councillors 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
  • How VAT applies to local councils
  • The Annual Return
  • Internal and external audit

Session benefits:

By the end of Local Council Finance you will:

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

Who should attend
All councillors would benefit from this course

Course Tutor
Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years' experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

Date & Time


Tuesday 20 July 2021 18:30-20:00 - fully booked
Wednesday 21 July 2021 10:00-11:30 - fully booked
Thursday 22 July 2021 10:00-11:30 - fully booked

Wednesday 8 September 2021 18:30-20:00
Tuesday 14 September 2021 10:00-11:30
Monday 20 September 2021 18:30-20:00
Wednesday 29 September 2021 10:00-11:30


Cost per delegate
£30 Members
£60 Non Members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

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Last updated: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:57