Finance for Councillors

Finance for Councillors

For anyone involved in procuring goods and services, preparing tenders or entering into contracts on behalf of local councils.

This session is an introduction to the basics of procurement for local councils – inviting quotes, producing specifications and tender documentation, achieving competition and value for money, managing contracts.

Event Event Date Event End Date Location Individual Price Registered Available Place Register
Finance for Councillors Tue 6 Sep 2022 10:00 am Tue 6 Sep 2022 11:30 am Zoom £30 to Members 0 3
Finance for Councillors Thu 17 Nov 2022 10:30 am Thu 17 Nov 2022 11:30 am Zoom £30 to Members 0 3
Finance for Councillors Tue 6 Dec 2022 10:30 am Tue 6 Dec 2022 11:30 am Zoom £30 to Members 0 3
Finance for Councillors Thu 12 Jan 2023 10:30 am Thu 12 Jan 2023 11:30 am Zoom £30 to Members 0 3
Finance for Councillors Tue 7 Feb 2023 10:30 am Tue 7 Feb 2023 11:30 am Zoom £30 to Members 0 3

Details & Information

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

Session benefits:

By the end of Contracts and Procurement 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

The delegates email address

Will be shared with the tutor to ensure you are sent the joining instructions before the event.


£30.00 per delegate for Member Councils

Non-member fee £60.00



Any delegate cancellations

must be received in writing 5 days before the event for a full refund of the fee. Substitute delegate(s) may be named at any time up to the event.

To attend this session

you will need

A suitable device for attending the session with a speaker, camera and microphone; laptops and tablets are ideal.


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.

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