Spring Conference 2019

Queens Hotel, Leeds, 14 and 15 May.
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2019 promises to be our biggest spring event yet giving you the chance to be at the cutting edge of the profession

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Meet all the biggest suppliers and innovators in the field at this year's exhbition. Showcasing the latest technology and offering the very best expert advice.

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Two professional streams full of up to the minute sessions presented by leading industry professionals. Catering for both revenues and enforcement, along with welfare benefits professionals.

STAY REFRESHED

Don't worry, we've thought of everything; regular refreshment breaks and lunch are provided free of charge so you won't have to miss a thing.

KEEP UPDATED

All the content from all the major sessions will be provided to you in e-format after the event for you to reference at your convenience.

Special Offers — Enjoy the benefits of these great Deals

Special Offer
1

Book three passes for the price of two.*

2

Complimentary exhibition only passes available to all non commercial organisations.

3

Discounted rates for Forum/ BAS/ Organisational membership subscribers with further discounts to all Individual IRRV members.

SPRING CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Revenues and
Enforcement

DAY 1

TUESDAY 14 MAY

09.00 Registration And Coffee
09.00 Exhibition Opens
10.00 The Future Of Local Government Finance
Richard Harbord, IRRV Past President
10.45 Modernising The Rating System Before It Is Too Late!!
Andrew Hetherton, Senior Vice President, IRRV
11.30 Refreshment Break
12.00 Avoiding Rates Avoidance – Can We Learn From The Welsh Assembly
Matthew Evans, Head Of Revenues, Wrexham CBC
12.45 Lunch
13.45 Breathing Space (Or Suffocation!!) And The Impact On Council Tax
Alistair Townsend, Junior Vice President, IRRV
14.30 Is Replacing Committal For Council Tax A Viable Option?
Nick Rowe, Assistant Director Of Finance - Local Tax And Accounts Receivable, Ealing LBC
15.15 Refreshment Break
15.45 Enforcement At The Crossroads – Panel Session
-Is Ethical Enforcement A Reality Or Myth
Dave Chapman, Managing Director, Rossendales
-Is There A Problem With Taking Control Of Goods?
Sarah Naylor, Business Development Manager, Dukes
-Is There A Need For An Enforcement Regulator?
Paul Sharpe, Client Services Director, Newlyn
17.15 End Of Day 1

Revenues and
Enforcement

DAY 2

WEDNESDAY 15 MAY

09.00 Registration And Coffee
09.30 The Role Of Insolvency In Reforming Debt Collection
Jonathan Woodward, Head of Revenues, Birmingham CC
10.15 Developing The Relationship Between Local Authorities And The Valuation Office Agency
Helen Evans, Head Of Strategic External Engagement, VOA
Helen Charlesworth, Team Leader, Local Authority Engagement Team, VOA
11.00 Refreshment Break
11.30 Analysing The Potential Impact Of Revaluing And Reforming Council Tax
David Magor, Chief Executive, IRRV
12.15 The Future Of Rate Retention
Mike Heiser, Local Government Association
12.45 Lunch
13.45 Close Of Exhibition
13.45 Using Data To Maximise Collection And Deliver Customer Excellence In Revenues Administration
Bob Trahern, Assistant Chief Executive (Community Services), North Warwickshire DC
14.30 Using Big Data And Analytics To Protect Our Communities And Combat Fraudulent Behaviour
Andy Davies, Senior Customer Advisory Consultant, SAS
15.15 Close Of Conference

Welfare Benefits

DAY 1

TUESDAY 14 MAY

09.00 Registration And Coffee
09.00 Exhibition Opens
10.00 The Role of SSAC in the Scrutiny Process
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Chair, Social Security Advisory Committee
10.45 Housing Benefit And Older people - What Does The Future Hold?
Sally West, Policy Manager, Age UK
11.30 Refreshment Break
12.00 Universal Credit - Theory Fine, Practice A Disaster?
Ed Bowen, Service Support Manager, Chiltern DC And South Bucks DC
12.45 Lunch
13.45 The Delivery Of Housing Benefit - The Latest From The DWP
Clare Elliott, Head Of Housing Delivery Division, DWP
14.30 Citizens Advice And Welfare Reform
Kayley Hignell, Head Of Policy, Families Welfare And Work, Citizens Advice
15.15 Refreshment Break
15.45 A New Approach To Recovering Overpayments
John Giblin and Alan Sullivan, Formerly Principles DWP
16.30 Housing Benefit Subsidy - Maximising Income And Minimising Risk
Zoe Kent, Head Of Benefits, Swale DC
17.15 End Of Day 1

Welfare Benefits

DAY 2

WEDNESDAY 15 MAY

09.00 Registration And Coffee
09.30 A New Approach To CTR
Sheldon Woods, Head Of Benefits, CIPFA
10.15 Supported Housing - From Benefit Manager To Provider
Catherine Nicholson, Managing Director, Mindful Housing
11.00 Refreshment Break
11.30 The Unintended And Unexpected Consequences Of Universal Credit
Phil Agulnik, Director, Entitledto
12.15 The Case For Removing The Housing Element From Universal Credit
Kevin Stewart, Business Unit Leader Revenues And Benefits, Mid Sussex DC And Chair Of The Benefit And Welfare Reform Faculty, IRRV
12.45 Lunch
13.45 Close Of Exhibition
13.45 Social Inclusion And Welfare Reform
Michelle Kettles, Benefits Manager, South Staffordshire DC
14.30 Designing Delivery Of Housing Benefit To Reduce Homelessness
Sam Lister, Policy Officer, Institute Of Housing
15.15 Close Of Conference

Don't take our word for it; here's what our delegates say

The conference offered a great opportunity to pick up current and important information about Revenues from the presentations whilst being able to network with both current and potential future service providers.
Top class speakers; knowledgeable and accessible. Very impressed with the tone of the presentations and the angle of discussion to 'real time' events and challenges.
The chance to listen and ask questions to people expert in their field discussing concerns we also have is invaluable.

Delegate pass prices

non
commercial day delegate

IRRV Individual Member
£195
IRRV Forum/BAS/Organisational Subscriber
£225
Non Member
£255

non
commercial full delegate

IRRV Individual Member
£260
IRRV Forum/BAS/Organisational Subscriber
£320
Non Member
£380

commercial
day delegate

IRRV Individual Member
£335
IRRV Forum/BAS/Organisational Subscriber
£365
Non Member
£395

commercial full delegate

IRRV Individual Member
£430
IRRV Forum/BAS/Organisational Subscriber
£470
Non Member
£510

EXHIBITION AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

ALL THE STAND SPACE FOR SPRING 2019 EVENT HAS BEEN SOLD
We are now taking enquiries for the 2020 Spring conference and our 2019 Annual Conference. 
Exhibiting at IRRV provides a comprehensive opportunity to access an audience of qualified professionals across all fields of the Institute.

Stands are booked on a first come first served basis so potential exhibitors are advised to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To find out about opportunities still available please visit our Exhibitions and Sponsorship page.

Alternatively, please contact Clelia Abrams, Sales and Advertising Officer at sales@irrv.org.uk or phone 0207 691 8979.