An introduction to local government finance

This online training gives councillors and officers a thorough grounding in the key elements of local government finance and funding.

The course looked at:

  • Overall national legal and policy framework affecting council finance and budgets.
  • Key concepts and terminology, such as capital and revenue, general fund and the Housing Revenue Account (HRA), reserves and balances.
  • Understanding how local councils receive their funding.

Course materials and outline

Course materials:

Slides LGIU Intro to LG Finance ENG 2023-24


Written by Ian Fifield, this guide for councillors is also useful reference guide for officers wanting to understand local government finance.

LGA – Councillor work – finance for non-finance portfolio holders/cabinet members

More online learning from LGIU

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Our finance training is part of our Build your own curriculum, which includes training on:

  • communication essentials
  • local government finance
  • being an effective councillor
  • being an effective manager

Pick and mix any three courses from our build-your-own curriculum and get an LGIU certificate.

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