The Parkinson Partnership



We have an agreement for members with The Parkinson Partnership for finance training covering a range of topics in any given year. The topics are normally driven by the upcoming priorities for councils, for e.g. budget training will be in the Autumn and concludes just before the New Year. Similarly year end finance preparation will be geared to the period leading up to Spring. Booking on to one of these courses is different from those run by DAPTC. The link below is for The Parkinson Partnership website and they will confirm your booking. Once the training is complete we will then organise your invoice and if required CPD Points / Certificate. The courses are open to other councils around England so spaces book quickly, so don't hang about!


Waiting Lists - for fully booked training sessions, there is the option to click on the green “Join Waiting list” button (once you have clicked on the link below to the Parkinson Partnership webpage).  If a place is cancelled on the session, the system will email one person on the list every 30 minutes until the place is filled.

Cancellation – the full course fee will be payable if advice of cancellation is not received by DAPTC at least seven working days prior to the course date. 

VIEW, CHECK AVAILABLITY AND BOOK FINANCE COURSES Please ensure you keep the booking confirmation email from The Parkinson Partnership - this contains the Zoom code needed to join the training session. 

The typical courses run and available are as follows:

Finance for Councillors - councillors only, to give a greater understanding of their duties with regard to the council’s finances. Courses are available most months.

Internal Controls - this session will give councillors and clerks an understanding of the need for internal controls and how they work, with practical examples and case studies. Courses are available most months.

VAT for unregistered councils -  for clerks, finance staff and councillors from councils that are not VAT registered, but reclaim VAT on form VAT126. This session explains how VAT affects local councils. Essential for any council contemplating major building projects. Courses run monthly.

VAT for VAT registered councils - for clerks, finance staff and councillors from councils that are VAT registered, who wish to develop their knowledge (VAT registered councils have a 9-digit registration number, submit quarterly VAT returns online and charge VAT on taxable sales. If your council submits a VAT126 claim, it is not VAT registered. This session explains when and how VAT registered local councils charge VAT, when they can reclaim it and when they can't. Essential for any council contemplating major building projects.  Courses run bi-monthly.

** NEW** VAT - Partial Exemption - for clerks, finance staff and councillors of councils that lease or hire out land and buildings such as village halls, community centres, meeting rooms, sports facilities who need to understand when their council is at risk of not being able to reclaim VAT. Next date 22 November 2022. 

Transparency and publication for small councils under £25,000 for officers and councillors that want to understand how to comply with the requirements of the transparency code and the Freedom of Information Act. This session introduces that concepts of transparency and the publication of information, showing how it links to and overlaps audit requirements. Courses are available most months.

The role of Internal Audit - for councillors and officers wanting to understand the role of the internal auditor and how to appoint one (please not this is NOT a training session for people who want to undertake internal audits). This session explains the role of the internal auditor in providing assurance to the council that it has sound financial controls Courses run infrequently - keep an eye out for dates released in DAPTC's e-newsletters and on our website 

Contracts & Procurement - for anyone involved in procuring goods and services, preparing tender or entering into contract on behalf of local councils. This session is an introduction to the basics of procurement for local councils - inviting quotes, producing specifications and tender documentation, achieving competition and value for money, managing contracts. Next dates 8 September and 8 November 2022 - places fill quickly.

Year-end Accounts & Audits - for officers who want to understand how to prepare their councils' Annual Governance & Accountability Return and comply with the requirements of the audit process. Courses available during January to April 

Course Booking Link for Parkinson Partnership


 ** NEW** Small Parishes clerk/RFO Finance Basics

DAPTC are offering two-hour training sessions covering the finance basics a clerk or RFO to a small parish needs to know. The content is suitable for those new to role or have some experience, but would like a refresher. The sessions will be very small – a maximum of three places on each – to ensure delegates have ample opportunity to ask questions.

Cost - £40/delegate

Please register your interest HERE. As soon as we have two or three expressions of interest we will be in contact with dates and times. Where possible we will look to provide in person training but if the geographic spread of delegates means this is not feasible, we will either offer online training via Zoom or in the DAPTC office in Dorchester.