Budgeting - Tips & Tricks


By the end of Budgeting tips and tricks you will be able to present the planned budget to members and be able to support your proposal through to precept. It will also be a usable working approach for the coming year.

Session overview:

This informal two part, small-group course is intended to give finance officers the knowledge to propose a clear evidence based budget to members. 

Please bring your last year's budget and accounts and if possible a laptop.

If your larger council uses accounting software for budgeting, we will have part of the group looking at how to make the software work for you while those from smaller councils looking at how best to get an overall picture using spreadsheets.

Topics include zero base and incremental budgeting, medium and long term capital planning, earmarking, spotting the gaps, assessing contingencies as well as trouble shooting past problems and sharing ideas and suggestions.

We will also look at available best practice via the Transparency Code.

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In-house Training:

Budgeting - Tips and Tricks can be provided in-house, which is a cost-effective approach if you have a number of people who require training. You choose where and when you want our trainers to deliver. We will also tailor the course content to suit your precise organisation needs.

To find out more about LCPD in-house training, please see our In-House Training webpage or to speak us about your particular requirements please contact Sue Ramage.

Suitable Audience: Finance officers and clerks. We recommend that finance officers attend this session in advance of the budget setting season.

Member Price: £75

Non-Member: £105