Tuesday 20 October 2020

Changing Landscape of Local Government Finance

An Introduction to Local Government Finance

East Midlands Councils is holding a one day seminar for local authority Councillors on Local Government Finance on 10 December 2015.

It is more important than ever that all councillors understand how the local government finance system works because council budgets look likely to be under significant pressure until the end of the decade. All elected members have a role to play in the financial affairs of the council: executive councillors have to develop and implement the budget; councillors on scrutiny committees should be reviewing the budget process and financial planning and every councillor needs to involve their residents in the political choices that have to be made about budgets and council tax. If you are going to make a difference as a councillor it is crucial that you understand finance and are confident about your role.

This seminar gives a very good grounding in how local government finance works in practice and sets the ‘basics as part of the bigger picture of current developments and longer term trends – the ‘emergency budget’; funding plans for the next five years and the implications of ‘Devolution’.

The seminar will cover the emerging impact of major changes to local government finance that came into operation in April 2013: the localisation of Business Rates and the expectation of councils generating local economic growth to help fund services. The impact on council budgets of welfare reform changes; the Localism Act and any fresh or recent government initiatives and announcements will also be assessed.


  • Welcome and introductions Alan Waters & Ian Fifield
  • Context – what are the issues facing local government
  • ‘Back to basics’: how the system works
  • Council budgets: the role of elected members
  • ‘The Jaws of Doom’? What strategies can councils use to protect functions; services and jobs?
  • What have you learnt today – team quiz on local government finance

* This programme was correct at the time of publication but may be altered to reflect speaker changes that are beyond control.

Who should attend?

The seminar is 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 forthcoming changes being planned by the Government. The seminar will also be relevant to local authority officers who are involved in the budget process, as well as local government partners.


Ian Fifield, Ian is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in designing and delivering financial management training for local authorities and other public service organisations. Ian’s training experience includes: designing training seminars for finance professionals, service managers and elected members. He has co-authored the Centre for Public Scrutiny publications On the Money, considering effective financial and budget scrutiny methods and also Treasure Your Assets, considering local government invest and borrowing activities.

Alan Waters, Leader of Norwich City Council and Learning and Development Manager, LGIU. Alan 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.


Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB


Local Authority Members £175

Associate Members £210

Non-members £250

(all prices subject to VAT)


To book your place please complete the online booking form below.

For Further Details Contact: Lisa Bushell on 01664 502 640 or email lisa.bushell@emcouncils.gov.uk

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