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Last reviewed on 17 December 2019
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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.

If you want to know more about the typical approval process for your budget, see our articles for maintained schools and for single academies

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. 

Inaccurate information

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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