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Introduction to Local Government Finance


Event summary

This course will provide delegates with a solid understanding of the complex structure and functions of the local government finance system, including an understanding of the principles underpinning local government budgeting, financial reporting and governance and the impact of the local government financial reform agenda.


17 November 2020
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:45

Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£295.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Who should attend?

All those new to working in local government, including those who are new to finance as a whole and those with finance experience from outside the sector who wish to gain an overview of how local government finance works.

How you will benefit

  • An understanding of local government funding in England
  • The statutory requirements for preparation of local government accounts
  • The basic principles and rules governing audit and scrutiny
  • An awareness of budgeting and estimates processes
  • The basic principles of governance in local government
  • An understanding of the principles of treasury management
  • Gain knowledge on the changes brought about and pending by local government financial reform.


  • Accounting
  • / Business rates
  • / Capital finance
  • / Childrens services
  • / Education finance and academies
  • / Efficiency
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Governance
  • / Health and social care
  • / IFRS
  • / Local government
  • / Treasury management
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Caroline Newman, Finance Advisor, Finance Advisory Network (FAN)

Caroline White

Caroline has been a Finance Advisory Network advisor at CIPFA since early 2013. Prior to joining CIPFA, Caroline had 15 years practitioner experience at East Riding of Yorkshire Council during which she led the introduction of IFRS and the annual production of the statement of accounts for six years. As FAN Advisor she supports practitioners in all aspects of local government accounting and particularly in the technical area of collection fund accounting. E:, T: 07919 018938.