IRRV and Critiqom launch a “White Paper” on Business Rates Billing
The paper is entitled “Business Rates Billing” has been developed by Critiqom and the Institute and is intended offer a solution to the issue of multiple billing to major non-domestic ratepayers. This particular matter was raised in the Governments consultation document on the administration of non-domestic rates. Subsequently it has been the subject of debate in a working party created by the DCLG which has yet to reach a conclusion on this important process.
The White paper will be launched on Friday 4th September 2015 at Church House Conference Centre, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ at 11am.
June 2015 Examination Results
June 2015 Examination results are now available.
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New examination syllabus 2015
Gary Watson provides details of the new examination syllabus, recently launched by the Institute.
CIPFA Affiliate Membership now available to IRRV Members
CIPFA Affiliate Membership now available to IRRV (Hons) and Fellow members. Apply NOW for free CIPFA membership to the end of 2015.
IRRV Meetings and Conferences
- Introduction to Recovery
10 September London.
- Introduction to Business Rates
21 September London. -Fully Booked
- Introduction to Council Tax
22 September London. -Fully Booked
- Business Rates Masterclass
16 & 17 November London.
- Council Tax Masterclass
23 & 24 November London.
- Role of the Council at the Magistrates Court
19 October London.
22 October Manchester.
03 November Hinckley.
IRRV Professional Meetings
The course will focus on the importance of serving completion notices.
Non- domestic Rate: 20 areas Billing Authorities need to focus on.
IRRV Annual Scottish Conference & Exhibition 2015
Crieff Hydro Hotel, 2-3 September
The theme of this year’s Conference – “Service Delivery – fit for the challenge” – comes at an important time for Scotland and will look in-depth at the key issues facing the public services, with particular emphasis on valuation, benefits and revenues issues.
In addition to delivering key updates on the big issues and encouraging debate about these, conference will also examine the improved delivery of Scottish public services in a time of financial challenges and will examine how to provide quality services and continuous improvement into the future.
IRRV Annual Conference & Exhibition 2015
6, 7 & 8 October 2015, Telford.
This years Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place in Telford from the 6 October to 8 October 2015.
Protecting the English Public Purse 2015
TEICCAF the new body dedicated to combatting fraud has revealed more than £200 million worth of fraud has been detected by councils this year.
IRRV Council elections 2015
Preliminary notice is given, in accordance with paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Articles of Association of the Institute, that a number of vacancies for members of the Council who are Fellows, Members (Diploma Holders) and Members (Honours) of the Institute will arise at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on 6th October 2015.
Revenues and Enforcement Conference
The Institute recently ran a successful conferences at Keele University
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The Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation welcomes Business Rates Review by Treasury
The Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) has welcomed the discussion paper launched by the Treasury on the 16th March 2015 concerning its review of the Business Rates system in England.
Institute raises concerns regarding guidance in HB Circular U6/2014.
Senior Vice-President Jim McCafferty has written to Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud concerning the wording of HB Circular U6/2014. Lord Freud’s reply accepts the point made by Mr McCafferty that It is over- simplistic to assume a link between rent set and the number of bedrooms; and that even in such cases where there is such a link the HB Decision Maker simply does not have the power to compel a change in rent. The Minister undertook to issue guidance to clarify this position.
VOA Contact List
Members can now access the contact details of 591 staff within the Valuation Office Agency. The details for each officer include their team, role, unit, e-mail, phone number, location and address. Log into the IRRV members area to access the list
Chancellor’s Autumn Statement ‘a missed opportunity to revitalise council tax and business rates”.
The Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) has said today that the Chancellor of the Exchequer had ‘missed a golden opportunity to deliver much needed change to the council tax and non-domestic rates systems”. The comments were made on the publication, today, of the Government’s Autumn Statement.
Local authorities should be congratulated’ for high collection rates of Council tax and Non-domestic rates..
The Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) has said today that local authorities in England should be congratulated for their continued high rates of collection of council tax and non-domestic rates. The comments were made on the publication, today, of the 2013-2014 Council Tax and National Non Domestic Rates Collection statistics for England.
Gordon Heath, Chairman of the IRRV Local Taxation Faculty Board commented on the release of the figures:
“Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis has stated that the official figures reveal that there is ‘lots of room to improve’ in council tax collection in a small number of authorities. Perhaps the Minister should reflect more fully on the fantastic job that the large majority of billing authorities have done in collecting council tax under very challenging conditions.
“Local Authorities are always striving to improve collection and reduce arrears. The IRRV believes that the collection rate data for last year does not reflect the significant differences underlying collection of council tax in 2013-14 in comparison to 2012-13 and previous years when collection percentages were higher. These differences include the successful introduction of council tax reduction schemes last year, to replace council tax benefit, along with a significant budgetary cut of about 10 per cent to local authorities for this support. New localised discounts were also introduced last year, to replace the former Class A and C exemption categories, a change which also impacted financially on billing authorities.
“There is additional success to note in relation to non-domestic rates collection, with authorities in England achieving a national average in-year collection rate of 97.9% in 2013-14. This represents an increase of 0.2 percentage points over collection rates for 2012-13 and highlights billing authorities’ determination to improve their performance.
“Yes, improvements will continue to be made, but the achievement of an average collection rate of 97% for council tax and 97.9% in respect of non-domestic rates is something to be applauded. These are collection rates that would be the envy of most of the government agencies which are tasked with collecting debt.
IRRV Presidents Charity
The new president of the Institue Kevin Stewart launches his charity appeal for the coming year
The IRRV Presidents Charity for this year will be for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research particularly for children. 2014-15 IRRV President Kevin Stewart states ‘This is something very clear and personal to my heart. When I was just 10 months old my elder brother Murray died of Leukemia. He was buried on his third birthday and I never got to know him. So for me this year the Presidents choice of charity is very personal. Whilst medicine and cures have developed so much since 1961 we would all agree I am sure that one child losing their life to this horrific illness is one too many. I have been very lucky in my life, my elder brother was not.
‘Therefore my chosen charity as President this year is dedicated in memory of my brother who died so painfully young. I have set up a giving website at http://www.justgiving.com/remember/148361/Murray-Stewart and will gratefully accept any payment from you as well as any ideas or suggestions to help raise additional funds for such an important cause. More information can be found about this vital charity and the amazing work they do at http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/. I hope you will support my charity this year and I ll make no apology for continually reminding you of my chosen charity during the year at every appropriate opportunity. I hope also to have charity events later this year which I will give additional information about nearer the time.
National Occupational Standards for Local Taxation and Benefits
The latest version of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in the Administration of Local Revenues and Benefits are now available. NOS are agreed statements of skills, knowledge and understanding required of individuals at work, and have been developed by Asset Skills (Sector Skills Council) in consultation with the IRRV and industry
The Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation produces a full range of publications targeted at practitioners working in the fields of local taxation, local authority administered benefits, non domestic rating and public and private sector valuation.The flagship magazines are Insight, which goes monthly to all members of the IRRV, and bi-monthly Benefit, read by subscribers primarily within local authority benefits departments.A more specialist magazine, Valuer, is also produced on a quarterly basis, aimed at members of the Institute’s Valuers’ Association and others engaged in the valuation of land and property, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Contact the IRRV to subscribe to the Magazines
Business Rates Level 3 Certificate via distance learning
The Institute’s new Qualification in Business Rates (England and Wales) was launched at our Annual Conference with the first examinations scheduled for June 2013. We are now enrolling students so please contact us for more information!
IRRV Level 3 Certificate and IRRV Professional Diploma via Distance Learning – NEW SYLLABUS
The Institute is offering revised L3 Certificate and Professional Diploma qualifications to reflect the changes to Benefits. For more information please contact our Distance learning team.