Specialist advice & training

for parish, town and community councils

About us

The Parkinson Partnership LLP provides specialist advice on VAT and other financial matters for parish, town and community councils in England and Wales. We have provided services to more than 60 council clients, advising on millions of pounds worth of projects, including village halls, pavilions, community centres, offices, theatres and even a swimming pool.  


The partnership has agreements with around 20 organisations to provide advice to their members and customers, as well as providing quality training for County Associations of Local Councils, the Society of Local Council Clerks and bespoke training for organisations and individuals. 

Examples of our courses:

  • Finance for councillors
  • Introduction to VAT for public bodies
  • VAT for larger councils
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Contracts and procurement
  • Transparency and publication 



Meet our team

Steve Parkinson is an AAT Licensed Accountant with 30 years experience in the public and voluntary sectors.  He was Town Clerk for Alton in Hampshire from 2001 to 2015 and has been delivering training in the local council sector for over ten years.


Debra Smith is an experienced VAT consultant, who started her career as a VAT inspector and is also a parish councillor in Yorkshire.


We understand local councils