Budgeting for the Public and Non Profit Sectors – March 2020

budgeting for managers course


Our Budgeting CPD courses are ideal for public sector managers and those working in a non-profit environment. Anyone who has to manage and control budgets as part of their job role should come along and develop their financial management skills.

The Budgeting for Managers course provides excellent material for learners from all sectors such as government, local government, education, NHS, fire and police authorities, charities, NGOs and those wishing to develop their CVs. We offer open course dates along with one to one sessions which can be arranged for a mutually agreeable date. Just contact us.

Previous Course attendees have said:

“The course helped me to have a better understanding of budgeting principles and financial management. I also feel more confident to ask questions about management accounts, particularly as I have been equipped with improved skills to analyse and look beyond the figures in the reports. The course was delivered at a good pace and I liked the fact that we looked at the published accounts from my own company which really helped put the learning principles in to practice and therefore improved my understanding.” Head of Case Management, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

“I enjoyed the course and it was very helpful. I have been able to bring back a number of recommendations from the course and improve our budget monitoring, helping to make our programme more transparent and offer greater value for money for the tax payer.” Compliance Executive, Skills Development Scotland

“The course was excellent and pitched at the right level to reflect my public sector role and experience. There was ample space for dialogue and discussion and it enabled me to develop clear actions to take forward. I would strongly recommend the course to any managers who want to understand how to take a more proactive approach to budget setting and management in senior public sector contexts.” Transportation Services Group Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Budgeting for Mangers Programme Objectives 

To ensure that learners understand the importance of budget setting as fundamental to managing budgets
To provide information on the different techniques and approaches to preparing and setting budgets
To provide learners with information on budget monitoring and control techniques, including variance analysis and projecting outturns
To ensure learners understand the difference between budgetary control and cost control
To encourage learners to be involved in controlling budgets in their own organisations

Course Content

Budget Setting

  • Budget Setting Techniques
  • Demand led budgets
  • Profiling Budgets
  • Key to Successful Budgeting

Budget Management

  • Principles of Budget Monitoring
  • Commitment Accounting
  • Variance Analysis
  • Projecting Outturns

Budgetary Control

  • Budget Control Drivers
  • Taking Action to Control Budgets
  • Budget Virement
  • Budgetary Control reports

About the Trainers: Lascelles Hussey and Jennifer Bean

They are Chartered Accountants, and hold Masters in Business Administration and Directors of HB Publications and Training International. With over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering financial training programmes to the public sector they are experts in their field. Also, they are authors of the “Essential Skills for the Public Sector” series of books which includes “Managing the Devolved Budget”, ” Finance for Non Financial Public Sector Managers” and “Basic Financial Skills for the Public Sector”.

This course will include:

  • A copy of the book “Managing the Devolved Budget”
  • Course Notes
  • Illustrations/Case Studies/Practice Exercises
  • Trainer-led PowerPoint presentation

Next Dates:           26th March 2020

Location:               Chartered Accountants Hall, One Moorgate Place, London, EC2R 6EA

Price:                      £275 ex. VAT 



  • If possible, review your manager’s budget. While it’s important to take ownership of your budget, your unit is part of a larger entity. Ask your manager to show you where your budget fits into and supports the big picture as well as the interdependencies with your peers. There may be times when another department needs money for goals that are a higher priority than yours. Don’t wait to be asked or have it taken away—be proactive and offer to help your peer manager. You ll be seen as strategic and collaborative .

    • hbpublications says:

      Thank you for your comments. We totally agree and encourage people to attend the course so that they can see the big picture and learn how they can contribute to the overall viability and sustainability of their organisation.

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