Funding Advisory Service

CIPFA's Funding Advisory Service supports finance professionals and senior officers in local authorities with critical, timely advice on the changing impact of grant funding and potential new grant streams and how they are likely to affect their authorities.

The FAS is changing with immediate effect to provide a more complete support package for practitioners and their councils to model and analyse resources. This includes a new budgeting modelling tool and access to a range of events and materials with industry experts.

Your advisors will provide you with timely and practical advice on all aspects of local government funding and optimal management of resources.

Subscribe to the FAS network or log in to download the latest guidance, briefings, newsletters, and more shown below. Read more details on forthcoming improvements. If you have any questions related to FAS please email

You can also download the network's service plan.

Meet your advisors

Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Policy & Technical UK & International

Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Policy & Technical UK & International

Don is a qualified accountant and leads CIPFA’s policy and technical work from the Institute’s Scottish HQ in Edinburgh.

Don’s background is local authority finance, having trained initially at a Scottish local authority. He also worked for Audit Scotland prior to joining CIPFA in 2002 as Policy and Technical Officer, becoming Policy and Technical Manager in 2004 before becoming Head of CIPFA Scotland in November 2013. E:, T: 0131 221 8640.

David Caplan, Head of Analytics and Research, CIPFA

David Caplan, Head of Analytics and Research, CIPFA

David Caplan is CIPFA’s Head of Analytics and Research. He has over 30 years’ experience of analysis within the public sector working in both central government and the Audit Commission. He also has carried a range of analytical consultancy project for central and local government, national agencies and the third sector. He has a particular interest in local data. David is a chartered statistician and has an MBA specialising in public sector management. E:, T: 020 7543 5855.

Brendan McCarron, Senior Consultant, CIPFA | LinkedIn Profile

Brendan McCarron, Senior Consultant, CIPFA

Brendan is a senior leadership and professional consultant for CIPFA consultancy and training. He leads CIPFA’s CFO Leadership Academy in the UK and for the government of Canada. He is also heavily involved in CIPFA’s finance business partnering work and in change management assignments in the UK and in Europe. Email:, Tel: 07810 547 226.

Cliff Dalton, Head of Networks, CIPFA | LinkedIn Profile

Cliff Dalton, Head of Networks, CIPFA

Cliff is a qualified CIPFA accountant and shared service practitioner. He is CIPFA's Head of Networks, representing the institute and shaping policy voice, position statements and speaking at events on local government and transformation issues. Cliff has also worked for 20 years in local government.

Tel: 01904 671938

Network essentials

A comprehensive directory of Introduction to... workshops for local government practitioners, our essentials modules are offered through CIPFA's various advisory networks and are therefore available at many locations and dates throughout the year.

List of Introduction to... courses  

Resource bank

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