Introduction to Local Government Finance e-learning

A four hour e-learning course providing an overview of the structure and funding of UK local government.

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Purchase the Introduction to Local Government Finance e-learning.

All CIPFA members are entitled to a 10% discount.

About the e-learning

This course lays out the unique complexities of working in or with local government finance — ideal for anyone working within the sector looking to expand their understanding of it.

Who is it for?

The e-learning is ideal for anyone already working in a finance role but new to local government, or anyone working in the sector with budget or leadership responsibilities who needs to develop their understanding about structures and funding.

Note: while the content does refer to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the course will be most relevant to those working in English local government.

Course content

The e-learning covers:

  • The range of council models in operation and their statutory service requirements.
  • The governance roles of both officers and politicians.
  • The funding mechanisms that apply to local authorities.
  • How councils are meeting funding challenges by looking towards innovative income generation options.
  • The future challenge and opportunity facing the public sector.

How is it delivered?

This e-learning is delivered online via CIPFA’s online learning environment. The e-learning will take around four hours to complete and you will have access to the learning materials for three months.


The e-learning costs £99 + VAT.

This e-learning carries four CPD hours

Continuing Professional Development

All CIPFA training counts towards your continuing professional development (CPD). If you are a CIPFA Chartered Member, you are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of relevant CPD activity each year as part of maintaining your professional competence and to develop skills and knowledge.

Find out more about CPD requirements.

Develop your understanding

You may also be interested in our Finance Skills for Public Sector Managers e-learning, which includes Budget Management and Control.