Are you a councillor or clerk who feels you would like to have a better grasp of your council's finances?

This course gives a comprehensive overview of the council's financial year.

Local councils spend public money but who specifically controls the finances?  Every councillor needs to understand the implications of financial decisions and what to expect during the year (such as setting the budget and precept, reporting regularly in an clear format, preparing annual accounts, internal checks).  How do you know whether your council can afford to buy a new bus shelter/dog bin/take on another member of staff?


We will provide you with step-by-step guidance through the council's financial year: what to expect and when.

By the end of this training you will: 

  • understand the legal background to the public purse

  • be clear about the council's accounting year and the roles of those involved

  • understand the processes (cashbook, budget, accounts, audit regime) and feel informed about what financial tools are appropriate to the size of council

  • be clear about transparency - what councils need to be publishing in the public domain

  • understand financial planning for future activities


The tutor is an experienced clerk with many years of successfully managing council budgets.

When and where

This course last ran in October 2019.  If you'd like to attend a future course let us know and we'll look at running another in 2020.

We can run this course as a whole council training session at your venue.  Contact us to discuss this option further.



20% discount for NPTS subscribers: £36


The satisfaction rating for our course held in March 2018 was 100.0%.


Course fee includes refreshments, course pack and a certificate.


Clerks can gain 1 CPD point from attending this course.

Details of our booking process, payment and cancellation policy can be found on the Training page.

Very informative - learnt loads as new to local councils

Excellent and easy to understand

Great - very informative & friendly, assured me what I am doing is correct and updated me fully

Comments from attendees of our last course

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