Other Local Authorities have stated they are waiting until the CIPFA VAT Committee confirms the fact on 21st January before they make an announcement.
We will inform you as soon as the decision is confirmed at the CCIPFA VAT Committee meeting but we believe that VAT will become applicable to Local Authority searches ordered from 1st February 2016 onwards.
The only element that will be exempt from VAT will be the LLC1.
Some local authorities are also considering altering their charges at the same time as VAT becomes applicable.
Watch this space