Lifting the Lid on Local Government Finance

In-House Training


Local Government is going through a period of significant change, especially with austerity and devolution. Localisation of business rates is ongoing and revenue support grant is being phased out. There is uncertainty about local government finance because of the Fair Funding Review and ‘Brexit’. This is changing local government and how its finances are managed.

In the current climate of financial challenges and uncertainty, a working knowledge of local authority finance will put you and your colleagues in a position of advantage. However, what you really want to know is not only how local government finance is supposed to work but also how it REALLY WORKS in practice. This will not be about theory but about behaviour and managing that behaviour to allow you to get the most out of your budget.


The session will address the following issues:

  • How do Local Government Finances really work? ‘Tricks of the trade’ including getting beneath what is really happening with reserves, capital programme underspends / overspends, where the money is hidden, and S106 management.
  • How to get the financial processes right to get maximum consensus amongst members.
    How to get the most out of your budget and balance the books and explain the budget to the council taxpayer.
  • What reforms of Local Government Finance are happening and can be expected?

The session is accompanied by a very useful book that is designed for reference after the session entitled: “Lifting the Lid on Local Government Finance”


The outcome of the session is to provide participants with the knowledge to be able to ask the right questions and better manage ther budgets and those who are managing it for them.

Who Should Attend?

Whether you are in a London Borough, Metropolitan, Unitary, County or District Council or otherwise involved in local government; whether you are an Elected Member, Non-Financial Manager, or even a member of the Finance Team, you will benefit from “Lifting the Lid on Local Government Finance”.

Further Information

For further information about an in-house session of 'Lifting the Lid on Local Government Finance' or to book a session, please contact Adrian Waite on 017683-51498 or

Other Information about Local Government Finance

For information about the open seminar: 'Lifting the Lid on Local Government Finance' please click here.

For information about management consulting for local government please click HERE

For information about AWICS and Local Government Association Peer Reviews please click HERE

For briefing papers on local authority finance please click HERE

Adrian Waite presenting an in-house training session at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

Our in-house training sessions are delivered at the client's premises or another venue arranged by the client.

All our in-house training sessions are tailored to the needs of the individual client. This includes using local data to illustrate the points and emphasising matters that are of interest locally.

Most of our in-house training sessions are for a day, but there are half-day and evening options available.

To download a copy of our brochure, please click HERE

To find out what feedback we have received from people who have already attended our courses, please click HERE

For more information about in-house training or to arrange a session, please contact Adrian Waite at 017683-51498 or

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