Strategic Planning

1 Day


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All bookings are provisional until they have been confirmed in writing by ourselves. Confirmation will be dispatched within 7 days of the receipt of a completed booking form.   Authorities booking 3 or more places will be entitled to a 10% discount.


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28 days following their date of issue.

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More than 21 days : no payment due

21-8 days : 50% of course fee

7 days or less : full fee

Substitutions are permitted at any time

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More than 15 working days : no payment due

14-7 working days : £100.00 cancellation charge

6 working days or less : full fee

Substitutions are permitted at any time

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Training materials provided by us during the course are for the sole benefit of the course participant. They must not be photocopied, scanned, faxed or otherwise distributed without our prior written permission. All intellectual rights remain the property of LAVAT Consulting Limited.

Limitation of Liability

In the unlikely event of a course not taking place as scheduled, and for whatever reason, the financial liability of LAVAT Consulting Limited  to each participant shall be limited to the value of monies paid by that participant for attendance on the course.

When planning projects, much thought goes into the design, financing, structure, environmental impact and the hundred and one other things that Project Planners have to consider – and often there is an assumption that “the VAT will take care of itself”. But VAT is not simply a compliance responsibility and, without proper attention, can generate huge, and unforeseen, costs.

This course dispels that myth that VAT is not really an issue for local authorities on the basis that they are able to recover all VAT costs which they incur. It gives Project Planners an insight into what can go wrong when the VAT is either ignored or left until it is too late to take action. At the end of the course, planners will be aware of the commonly encountered VAT pitfalls – and the opportunities – how they might be recognised and matters managed so that VAT does not fall as a cost to the project. The issues discussed are based on actual events at local authorities, so the case-studies will have particular relevance to the participants and will serve to reinforce key points.

Topics covered will include:

  • VAT – strategic overview
  • The cost of VAT
  • Overview of VAT on construction and property transactions, including, when can an option to tax be exercised and what is the relevance of the Capital Goods Scheme?
  • Supplies of staff
  • Assessing the treatment of external funding – is it a grant or consideration?
  • What are the VAT implications of the Local Plan?
  • Non-monetary consideration – what does it mean and how can it be recognised?
  • Contracts and Agreements – how they establish the VAT treatment, and the importance of VAT clauses
  • Working with others (external partners) – Partnerships and “Joint Ventures”
  • Community Projects – maximizing VAT reliefs
  • The relevance of managing Third Parties’ VAT costs
  • Externalisation and disposals – the opportunities and the dangers
  • The importance of timing
  • S106 Agreements and opportunities for managing VAT costs
  • Why communication between directorates is essential in order to ensure compliance, manage costs and identify opportunities

The course would benefit:

  • Those with day to day responsibility for VAT management
  • Managers and Accountants involved in project planning, in particular capital accountants and capital project managers
  • Lawyers
  • Negotiators
  • Officers involved in real estate transactions, economic development and regeneration
  • Senior management responsibility for the VAT function

Cost: £350 + VAT
Cost includes course material, buffet lunch and refreshments

Please use our ‘contact us‘ tab if you require further information regarding this course.  If you wish to train more than six staff you may like to consider an in-house training course.

Please see our main training page for dates of when this course is running.