& Exhibition 2014
Telford International Centre
07 - 09 October 2014
NEW Valuation Programme Announced
Special Offer - Complimentary exhibition only passes now available*
Special Offer - 3 for 2 on all bookings (The lowest priced fee will be the complimentary pass. Delegates must be from the same organisation and made in the same booking).
Special Offer Bespoke packages available to organisations sending 10+ delegates**
IRRV Council Elections 2014
Voting is now open for the 2014 Council elections. All Fellow, Honours and Diploma Members are entitled to vote.. There are eleven candidates and six places on the Council to be filled in this election. You have up to six votes. The closing date for voting is Friday, 26th September 2014 at 5.00pm.
The closing date for voting is Friday, 26th September 2014 at 5.00pm.
To vote log into the members area by clicking here
Junior Vice President
Fellow, honours and diploma members are now entitled to put forward their name for consideration as the Junior Vice President of the Institute. This a position not restricted to existing members of Council. If you would want to put your name forward, can you please contact the Deputy Chief Executive, Gary Watson at Gary.email@example.com.
The process is for candidates to provide a summary (up to 250 words) by the 19th September 2014 which highlights their involvement with the Institute and what they hope to bring to the post of Junior Vice President. Any summaries would then be circulated to council members together with a request that they provide the Chief Executive with the name of their preferred candidate. The responses will then be discussed by Nominations Committee with a recommendation brought back to Council at the next meeting in November.
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.
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.