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Don't be put off by the complexities of VAT, this one day interactive course will give you the tools and understanding to more confidently deal with VAT processing in your council.
Why should you attend - Is this course for you?
Steve Parkinson will show you how you would deal with the following if:
  • Your council undertook major building works and wanted to recover the VAT?
  • Your council used donated funds to organise someone else’s project?
  • Your council incurred a large amount of VAT and needed quick repayment?
  • You needed accurate, quick and free VAT advice?
  • You want to ensure your Council accounts for the right VAT at the right time.

*Please be aware that the course in Falmouth on the 21st June will also cover devolution of buildings and services, which is an issue in Cornwall.

Who should attend?

  • All Town, Parish or Community Clerks and those involved with the financial management of the council.
  • A great course for new Clerks in post or a re-fresher course.

 Course outline:

  • Local Councils and VAT (VAT Act 1994 s 33)
  • VAT registration and unregistered Local Councils
  • Local councils and the VAT liability of goods and services
  • VAT recovery of general purchases
  • VAT recovery involving grants and donations
  • VAT recovery on building works
  • Various individual and group exercises throughout the day to put your learning into practice with feedback.


0930 - 1600*

*This is a one day course. Exact timings will be confirmed when you receive your joining instructions.

About the trainer:
Steve Parkinson was Town Clerk for Alton in Hampshire from 2001 to 2015 and has 30 years of local government finance experience at county, district and town council level.  An experienced trainer, Steve has been delivering VAT and finance CPD courses for local councils since 2009.  He works part-time as Development Manager for SLCC and also runs his own small practice, providing training and consultancy.  His SLCC role includes acting as National VAT Advisor and he is a regular speaker at conferences.

Since 2013 Steve has been Chairman of the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG), which produces guidance for smaller authorities and he is widely recognised for his knowledge of local council finance and VAT. He has been a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians for over 25 years, becoming a Fellow in 1996.

An active member of SLCC since 2001, Steve has previously served as Chairman of the Hampshire Branch (2003-06), Vice Chairman of the society’s National Executive Council (2007-10) and National Finance Advisor (2009-10).  His experience includes representing SLCC before a parliamentary Select Committee and in discussions with Government departments, the former Audit Commission and HM Revenue and Customs.  In 2010 SLCC awarded him their Outstanding Contribution award.


"No matter how long you've been a Clerk, how large or small your council, there is doubtless something valuable you will learn. The tutor has a fountain of knowledge and experience in this sector which has different VAT rules to the commercial sector. I have been a Clerk for 12 years and a long while since I did an 'Inland Revenue' VAT course. After a VAT inspection last January, I decided to refresh my understanding and learn about new aspects. Always valuable to sit with other clerks and hear their interesting questions and topics - definitely adds to your own learning experience."
Cathy Tibbles, Castle Bromwich Parish Council

 Delegate Fees:

If your Clerk attends, subsequent bookings for the same course from members of the council may attend at the member rate.

There is not just value in your investment in attending the training course, these are also great opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and make new contacts.

Book your next personal development opportunity now!

 Date  Course Code  Venue  Directions  Members  Non Members  Register
20th Mar 18
VAT0318 Coedpoeth Community Council, The Old Carnegie Library, Park Road, Coedpoeth, Wrexham, LL11 3TD

Venue Link
  Get Directions £95 +VAT £125 +VAT Click Here
25th Apr 18
VAT0418 Oundle Town Council, Head Office, Fletton House, Fletton Way, Oundle, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, PE8 4JA

Venue Link
  Get Directions £95 +VAT £125 +VAT Click Here
26th Jun 18
VAT0618 The Watermark, Erme Court, Ivybridge, PL21 0SZ

Venue Link
  Get Directions £95 +VAT £125 +VAT Click Here

*Your registration will secure you a place on the course. Your booking will only then be confirmed and invoices issued approximately 3 weeks before the course date. It is advised you wait until this time before booking your travel arrangements. At a similar time you will be sent a delegate list and joining instructions detailing the venue, parking, trainer and any other details relevant to the course.  It is advised not to book your travel until the course is confirmed and you have received your joining instructions.

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