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.
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The Valuers’ Association
The Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation) is pleased to announce the formation of The Valuers’ Association with immediate effect
This Association takes over the role of the former Valuation Faculty Board of the Institute with an enhanced comprehensive remit covering the professional activities of valuers of land and buildings for a wide range of purposes whether within, or outside, the public service. Whilst the primary focus must be on UK law and practice relating to the valuation of property assets for whatever purpose the Association intends to bring an unequalled international perspective to the art or science of valuation as practised in Europe and beyond.
Preliminary notice is given, in accordance with paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Articles of Association of the Institute, that six 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 7 October 2014.
The IRRV now hosts the DWP PinS Training
With over 5,000 members, the IRRV is the largest professional institution operating in the field of revenues, benefits and valuation. Every year hundreds of students sit IRRV examinations. Those who are successful join the thousands of IRRV-qualified professionals currently working in local authorities and public and private sector valuation.
Approved by the Council of the Institute with immediate effect on 19 July 2001 and incorporating amendments agreed on 18 November 2003, 24 February 2004, 16 November 2004, 4 July 2006, 28 September 2009 and 17 January 2011
Report of the IRRV Committee of Inquiry into the Operation of Local Taxation and its Relationship with Local Government Finance