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Managing Finances in Local Authorities


This course looks at the important role of budget managers within Local Authorities. It is aimed at anyone who has responsibility for a budget and gives advice and best practice guidance on how to manage public money properly, and achieve best value for the taxpayer. The course delivers an understanding of local authority funding, how budgets are managed, the different types of expenditure a council might incur, how to recognise best value for money and the procedures you might use in a range of purchase scenarios. On completion of this course learners will be able to: List the sources of Local Authority funding Describe the mechanisms that your organisation uses to manage its budgets Differentiate the various types of expenditure that your organisation might incur Recognise the importance of achieving value for money and Best Value

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Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and learning outcomes
  • Where does public money come from?
  • What are the different types of expenditure?
  • Where can I find advice and guidance?
  • Managing public money properly
  • Managing public money properly


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 1 hour. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

This module is for anyone who has responsibility for a budget and gives advice and best practice guidance on how to manage public money.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How it Works


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course.


The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can complete the course in stages revisiting the training at any time.

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