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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 (England courses with the exception of Chippenham - 9th November)
Steve Parkinson was Town Clerk for Alton in Hampshire from 2001 to 2015 and has 30 years of local government finance experience at county, district and town council level.  An experienced trainer, Steve has been delivering VAT and finance CPD courses for local councils since 2009.  He works part-time as Development Manager for SLCC and also runs his own small practice, providing training and consultancy.  His SLCC role includes acting as National VAT Advisor and he is a regular speaker at conferences.

Since 2013 Steve has been Chairman of the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG), which produces guidance for smaller authorities and he is widely recognised for his knowledge of local council finance and VAT. He has been a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians for over 25 years, becoming a Fellow in 1996.

An active member of SLCC since 2001, Steve has previously served as Chairman of the Hampshire Branch (2003-06), Vice Chairman of the society’s National Executive Council (2007-10) and National Finance Advisor (2009-10).  His experience includes representing SLCC before a parliamentary Select Committee and in discussions with Government departments, the former Audit Commission and HM Revenue and Customs.  In 2010 SLCC awarded him their Outstanding Contribution award.


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.

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* 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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