Wednesday 28 October 2020

Local Government Finance Seminar for Councillors

East Midlands Councils is holding a one day seminar for local authority Councillors on Local Government Finance on 5 March 2020 at our offices in Melton Mowbray.

The next Budget will be held on Wednesday 11 March 2020, this workshop will provide Councillors with an overview of Local Government Finance. This workshop focuses on local government finance from the national and local perspective, explaining the finance and funding system as it is now, and how it will be.


Local authority budgets are under scrutiny as never before and the Localism Bill and review of local government finance herald significant changes in the funding for every council. All councillors need to understand the system so that they can play their role effectively.

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 the role you should play in the financial affairs of the council.

This workshop focuses on local government finance from the national and local perspective, explaining the finance and funding system as it is now, and how it will be. Delivery methods will include power point presentations, group exercises and question and answer sessions.

What will the event cover?

  • Context – What are the issues facing local government.
  • Back to basics: how the system works
  • What is the role of elected members?
  • Local government finance in a new landscape: the impact of the
  • Government’s review of local government finance.
  • Budgeting for tough times: what strategies should councils use?


Ian Fifield, Head of Training, LG Futures Ltd. Ian is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 25 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, Cabinet member for Resources, 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.

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.

Aimed at

New and experienced local authority members


East Midlands Councils, 

Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0UL


Local Authority Members £175

Associate Members £210

Non-members £250

(all prices subject to VAT)

How to book your place

To book your place please complete the online booking form by 26 February 2020.

For Further Details Contact:

Kirsty Lowe at East Midlands Councils on 01664 502 640 or email

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