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Hertfordshire Association of Parish and Town Councils

Hertfordshire Association of Parish and Town Councils

Carina Helmn

County Officer: Carina Helmn
Kimpton Memorial Hall, Hall
Lane, Kimpton, Hertfordshire
SG4 8RD

Tel: 07956 590094

Who should attend?
This session is aimed at Clerks, RFOs and Councillors involved in preparing, approving and monitoring budgets, as well as those involved in the day to day financial management of a council.

Who is presenting?
The Parkinson Partnership LLP delivers quality training for parish, town and community councils in England and Wales. We provide training programmes for County Associations of Local Councils, as well as bespoke training for organisations and individuals. The partnership also provide specialist VAT, finance and management advice to local councils and charities.
Steve Parkinson has been involved in financial training for 20 years with and has been delivering VAT and finance courses for local councils since 2009. He served as 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. He has also worked for the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), a national charity and the former Audit Commission. A member of the Association of Accounting Technicians for over 25 years, he become a Fellow in 1996.
Steve was Chairman of the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG), which produces guidance for authorities under £6.5 million turnover, from 2013 to 2017 and he is widely recognised for his knowledge of local council finance and VAT.
Awards:
Became a Hampshire Local Council Ambassador (2009)
Society of Local Council Clerks Outstanding Contribution Award (2010)

What does it cover?

  • Understanding relevant law and procedures and the council tax base
  • Identifying the Roles & responsibilities of the council
  • Preparing a budget; Knowing when the budget takes place and how it fits in with other parts of the financial year
  • Planning for future activities; Budget monitoring and financial control
  • Understanding reserves and contingencies
  • Allowing for Inflation
  • Investments and borrowing