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Maintaining accurate accounts which ensure compliance with local government legislation and make the relationship with the council’s auditor run smoothly is a daunting task, particularly for those who have had limited exposure to this area of responsibility. 

Who should attend?

The course is particularly aimed at those councils which don't have a sector specific accounting package. 

The course will provide delegates with the knowledge and confidence to prepare the council’s accounts accurately. 

Course outline:

  • Basic accounting concepts
  • Recording transactions (receipts and payments)
  • Correcting errors
  • Reconciliation
  • Accounting for Assets
  • Closing the year
  • Accruals (Income & Expenditure Accounts)
  • Transparency
  • Reporting


0930 - 1630*

* This is a one day course. Exact timings will be confirmed when you receive your joining instructions.

About the trainer:

Steve Parkinson has over 30 years of local government finance experience at county, district and town council level, serving as Town Clerk for Alton in Hampshire from 2001 to 2015.  

A Fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) since 1996, Steve has been involved in financial training for over 20 years and started his own accountancy practice in 2015.  The Parkinson Partnership LLP provide specialist VAT and finance advice to councils and charities, as well as delivering quality training for parish, town and community councils in England and Wales.

Steve was Chairman of the Joint Panel on Accounting Guidance (JPAG) from 2013 to 2017 and he is widely recognised for his knowledge of local council finance and VAT.  He was chairman of the Hampshire branch of SLCC for several years and prior to that chairman of the Chiltern branch of AAT. 

Steve was awarded the status of Hampshire Local Council Ambassador in 2009 and won the SLCC Outstanding Contribution Award in 2010.

Delegate Fees:

If your Clerk attends, subsequent bookings for the same course from members of the council may attend at the member rate.

There is not just value in your investment in attending the training course, but these are also great opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and make new contacts.

Book you next professional development opportunity now!

* your registration will secure you a place on the course. Your booking will then be confirmed and invoices issued approximately 3 weeks before the course date. At a similar time you will also be sent a delegate list and joining instructions detailing the venue, parking, trainer and any other details relevant to the course. It is advised not to book your travel until the course is confirmed and you have received your joining instructions.

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