England & Wales, Scotland Finance, Personal and organisational development

Budget setting


This course is part of the LGIU Build your own curriculum programme. Buy 2 courses in the programme and get the third for free (plus earn an LGIU certificate of completion). Purchase your 3-pack here


Dive into financial planning and budgeting, particularly when organisations are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis.

Key outcomes

  • Understand the immediate and potentially ongoing financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the council’s finances
  • Understand the financial planning and control process at a typical local council.
  • Appraise and evaluate how councillors can most effectively influence budget and spending decisions.

Who should attend

The local government finance workshops are aimed at both new and experienced elected members, who want to understand the basics of local government finance and financial management – and develop a grasp of the financial implications of recent changes eg the cost of living crisis.

This training will also be relevant to local authority officers or those interested who would like to understand local government finance works as part of their role or who are involved in the budget process, as well as local government partners.

Your LGIU Trainer

Alan Waters was the Leader of Norwich City Council. He has extensive experience in dealing with the practical political issues that face elected members around budgets. Alan has delivered a wide range of training and development programmes for the LGIU. He is a Member Peer with the Local Government Group and has been a trainer for the National Councillor Mentoring Programme.

What others are saying about LGIU training

“The breakout sessions with my colleagues were especially helpful as well as the handouts on the situational leadership model.”

– Bethan, from Cardiff