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Refusing to approve the school budget
This is a serious decision. Understand the different situations where your governing board might refuse to approve the budget, and what you can do next if this happens.
Thanks to Maggie Waller, Keith Clover, Graeme Hornsby and Martin Owen, our associate education experts, and Ruth Agnew a national leader of governance, for help with this article.
Reasons to refuse the budget
Your finance committee (or governing board if you don't have a committee) should have thoroughly scrutinised the budget before it's ready for approval.
However, you can still refuse to approve the budget at this stage.
If you're not confident that the information is accurate, ask:
You can still approve the budget if there are only minor inaccuracies, such as a small overspend on the catering contract. You can give the budget its 'qualified
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