Enter or amend a combined nominal budget

Find this screen

Open: Nominal > Budgets > Enter New Combined Nominal Budget.

Open: Nominal > Budgets > Amend Combined Nominal Budget.

How to

Enter a new combined budget

Note: Before you start, you'll need to set budgets on your individual nominal accounts.

Open: Nominal > Budgets > Enter New Combined Nominal Budget.

  1. Enter a Budget name.

    Note: We recommend entering a name of at least 3 characters, if you will use purchase requisitions with this budget.

  2. To set a budget holder, select Add Owners.

  3. Click Display to show the available nominal accounts. Use the filters to reduce the number of accounts shown. Click Display at any time to update the list.

  4. Select the nominal accounts to include in the budget and click Add. The selected accounts are moved to the list on the right.

    The budgets set on the selected nominal accounts are totalled and shown as the Allocated amount in the top right list.

  5. To check the total budget is correct or to set an anticipated budget, enter the amount as the Budget in the top right list.

    The Unallocated budget is the difference between the Budget amount and the Allocated Amount.

    Tip: Don't forget, nominal accounts with a report category type of Income or Liability have credit balances, so you'll need to enter these budgets as a negative value.

    Tip: Don't forget, nominal accounts with a report category type of Income have credit balances, so you'll need to enter these budgets as a negative value.

Amend or delete a combined budget

Open: Nominal > Budgets > Amend Combined Nominal Budget.

  1. Select the Budget name.
  2. Amend the budget as required.

    You can:

    • Change the combined budget amount.
    • Change the nominal accounts that are included in this combined budget.
    • Set the budget owners, who can view the spending for this budget on the My Budgets Overview workspace.
    • Delete the combined budget.

Set the budget owners

Set the budget owners, so:

  • People who are budget holders can check actual income or spend against their budget on the My Budgets Overview workspace ( Nominal > Budgets > My Budgets Overview).
  • Finance managers can check actual spend of all budget holders against their budgets. ( Nominal > Budgets > Combined Nominal Budget workspace)
  • People entering purchase requisitions can choose the budget the request comes out of and budget owners have to authorise the request.

To add or remove budget owners, click Add Owners.

Control who can see the budgets

Once you've set up your budgets, you might not want all budget holders to see the budgets for other budget holders.

The My Budget Overview workspace only shows the budgets where the logged in user is the Budget Owner.

If you don't want budget holders to see other people's budgets, then make sure they don't have access to the Combined Nominal Budget workspace and other budget reports. This is controlled via the User Access screen.

Don't forget, you can set budget holders up as web users so they only have access to Sage 200cloud via the Self Service web app. This means they can access information about their budgets via a browser from any device and don't have to have the desktop app installed.

Set up access to the Self Service web app

If you want Budget owners to check their budgets via a web browser, you'll need to set them as a web user so they can access the Self Service web app.

Open: Settings > Organisation and Financial > User Access.

  • Make sure the user is a Web User.
  • Make sure the user has access to the My Budgets Overview workspace.

    Open User Access and make sure that the user has access to the feature Workspaces > My Budgets Overview Workspace.

See Set up access to the Self Service web app.

Hide or show a combined nominal budget

You might hide a combined nominal budget when you're no longer using the budget, or have created a new budget that you don't want to be used yet.

This removes the budget from lookup lists used for entering purchase requisitions, and helps prevent the budget being selected by mistake.

  • To hide the budget, set the Active Status to Hidden.
  • To show a hidden budget, set the Active Status to Active.

See About hiding budgets.


Useful info

When to use combined budgets

Use combined budgets when you want to:

  • Group nominal accounts together to report on the rolled up totals.

    A combined budget allows you to group together any combination of nominal accounts and report on the rolled up total budget of all these accounts against the rolled up actual total balance (and any committed costs). This also helps you check that the budget figures you've set for each nominal account are correct, by showing you how much of the overall combined budget has been allocated to the nominal accounts.

  • Set a Budget Owner.

    Budget holders can then use the My budgets overview workspace to check actual spend against the budgets where they are set as the Budget Owner.

    Finance managers or head teachers can track the actual spend against budget using Excel reports such as the Nominal Budget Overview, and printed reports such as Budget Statement Breakdown by Department.

    Purchase requisitions can also be entered against combined budgets, with the budget owner as the authoriser. See Set up purchase requisitions.

  • Set an anticipated budget for a group of nominal accounts.

    If required, you can also use combined budgets to set anticipated budgets. Here you would provide a total budget for the selected nominal accounts that is more than total budgets entered for the accounts. This a good way of recording a budget that you don't want to fully allocate yet.

    For example, you might have an annual budget of £800 for art materials but only want to allocate £600 to the budget owner at the beginning of the year.

You can set a combined nominal budget for the current year and up to 5 future years.

If you're a maintained school, your budgets are usually allocated at CFR code level. You might set up combined nominal budgets to group the nominal accounts by CFR categories, to help you track that you've allocated your budget correctly.

If you're an academy, your budgets might be allocated at a department level. You could then set up a combined budget and budget owner for all expense nominal accounts with the same department code.

Using combined budgets with purchase requisitions

If budget holders need to check and authorise any purchases made against their budgets, then you can set Budget owners as the Authorisers of purchase requisitions.

How this works
  • When a member of staff requests something they choose which combined budget the cost comes from.
  • Once a budget is selected, they can only choose a nominal account that's included in the combined budget. This helps you make sure requisitions and their subsequent orders are posted to the correct nominal accounts.
  • You can set up Sage 200cloud so the Budget Owner has to authorise all requisitions placed against any of their budgets.
How to set up
  1. Create a combined budget here and set a Budget Owner.
  2. Set an authorisation rule for purchase requisitions and choose Budget Owner as the authoriser.

    Open: Settings > Purchase Orders > POP Requisition Rules

    See Purchase requisition authorisation rules.

Setting budgets on your individual nominal accounts

You can do this two ways:

  • Per nominal account record

    Open: Nominal > Create & Amend Accounts > Amend Nominal Account Details

    Enter the budget amounts on the Budget This Year and Budget Future Years tabs.

  • By importing from an Excel spreadsheet (CSV file)

    This is useful if you want to maintain your budgets in an Excel spreadsheet and makes the process of entering and updating your budgets much quicker.

    All information is imported via a CSV file, so once your information is in an Excel spreadsheet it's easy to import from there. To make sure Sage 200cloud can read the data for all the different records, the information in your CSV file will need to conform to certain rules.

    See Import nominal account budgets

Reporting on your budgets

About hiding budgets

You might hide a budget when you're no longer using it, or have created a new budget that you don't want to be used yet.

This removes the budget from lists and helps prevent the account being selected by mistake.


Fix it?

I can't change the budget name?

Once you've saved the budget, you can't change the name. If you need to change the name, then delete the budget and set it up again.

Removed user accounts are still shown as budget owners

If a person has been set as a budget owner and their user account is removed from the company, their name will still be displayed as a budget owner.

Open: Nominal > Budgets > Amend Combined Nominal Budget.

  1. Select the Budget name.
  2. Click Add Owners.
  3. Select the user account marked as <Invalid> and click Remove Owner.

What happens when

I change a nominal account budget?

If you change the budget for a nominal account that's included in a combined nominal budget, then the Allocated amount for the combined budget will be updated.

Assign a budget owner

The Sage 200cloud user who is set as the Budget Owner can:

  • See the details of spend against this budget from the My Budget Overview workspace.
  • Authorise requisitions entered against their budget, if you've set up a purchase requisition rule with Budget Owners as the Authoriser.