England & Wales Finance, Personal and organisational development

The big three financial reports


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


This training will help you understand your Council’s MTFS, annual budget and budget monitoring reports. NB: this session is case-study based. Participants will need to have access to their council’s latest Medium-Term Financial Strategy, Annual Budget and Budget Monitoring reports.

Key outcomes

  • Have a detailed understanding of the financial planning and control process at their council.
  • Better understand the structure of their council’s financial planning and control reports.
  • Begin to formulate lines of questioning on key local issues and concerns highlighted through their review of these key council documents.

Who should attend

These online sessions are aimed at both new and experienced local authority 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. The session will also be relevant to local authority officers who would like to understand local government finance as part of their role or who are involved in the budget process, as well as local government partners.

Your LGIU Trainer

Ian Fifield, Ian is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 20 years of experience in designing and delivering financial management training for local authorities and other public service organisations. Ian’s training experience includes seminars for finance professionals, service managers and elected members. He has co-authored multiple Centre for Public Scrutiny publications on finance, budgeting, and scrutiny, for local governments.

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