• Finance for Councillors

Course Description

This course is a must for all new Councillors! And is a good refresher for existing councillors. 

It is designed to give councillors a greater understanding of their duties with regard to the council's finances.

This is an interactive course and offers the opportunity to network with Councillors from Councils across England to share best practice and ideas.

Key areas covered in this course include:

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

By the end of the course 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

    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.

    When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

    Who Should Attend
    New and existing councillors would benefit from attending this course.

    Cost  (per delegate)
    £33 +VAT Members
    £66 +VAT Non Members

    Course tutor

    Steve Parkinson

    Partner, Parkinson Partnership 

    Steve is an AAT Licensed Accountant and is a former Town Clerk 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. 

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