Councillor workbook: scrutiny of finance

This workbook will provide you with an understanding of the principles and practicalities of scrutinising the financial affairs of your council.

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The workbook offers few firm rules for councillors as it is recognised that each individual must decide how best to approach their role in relation to financial scrutiny. This will be influenced by the type of area you represent, any specialist roles you have taken on and the nature of the financial management arrangements in your council.

This workbook can be used as a standalone learning aid or alongside other material you may cover such as training courses, e-learning modules or sessions within your own council. As such, this should serve more as a direction marker rather than a road map.