England & Wales Finance, Personal and organisational development

Introduction to local government finance


This course is part of the LGIU Build your own curriculum programme. Take three courses in the programme and earn an LGIU certificate of completion.


Every elected councillor is responsible for ensuring that their council has effective financial governance, yet local government finance is viewed by many as difficult to get to grips with. These online training sessions are designed to provide elected councillors with a thorough grounding in the key elements of local government finance and funding.

Key outcomes

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

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 series 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 trainer gave the information in a very concise and understandable form so that I received an excellent overview and was made aware of the key features to look for in the accounts. I definitely feel more confident and interested in looking at my council’s accounts in future!”

– Roger, from Wyre