Rolling budget query


please can someone explain what a rolling budget is, what its purpose is/why would we use it, and any adv or diss adv to using it.




  • Chris023
    Chris023 Registered Posts: 93 ? ? ?
    From what I remember:-

    Traditionally budgets are set on an annual basis, whereas rolling budgets are set for shorter periods of time and are continually updated, for example 3 months.

    This means they tend to be based on what happened in the past and do not always encourage new ideas. However they enable the company to be more flexible and adapt to changing market conditions.
  • gingervicki
    gingervicki Registered Posts: 87 ? ? ?
    so do you mean in simpler terms...

    budget set of 12 months then at 9 months they'll set it for another 12month and so it dosent really have an end date as such or a start and stop.

    does that make sense?

  • Chris023
    Chris023 Registered Posts: 93 ? ? ?
    A normal budget is set for 12 months.

    Where I work they set the budget in early January for the year up to December

    whereas a rolling budget could only be set for say January to March. then come late Feb or March, they can then set the following 3 months.
  • gingervicki
    gingervicki Registered Posts: 87 ? ? ?
    ah ok, same principal but shorter timescales - brilliant

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