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.