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Improving collection, changing culture and council tax reform
Thursday 23rd May 2019

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IRRV Scotland is delighted to announce the return of the Annual Scottish Revenues Symposium, at the request of authorities and IRRV members across Scotland.

The 2019 Symposium is taking place at the Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth on Thursday 23rd May 2019.

The Symposium this year will concentrate on improving changing culture and improving revenue collection, reforming the Council Tax with input from academic, valuation and revenues practitioner perspectives, an approach to corporate debt, achieving increased revenues collection in challenging times, good practice in council tax recovery in collaborating with debt advice agencies, a workshop on the review and reform of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, and other key issues.

We are pleased to advise we have invited James Kelly MSP, Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, to give the keynote address on Council Tax reform issues.

The Revenues Symposium, which is a must for all revenues practitioners, topical issues in revenues administration, and has had the support of virtually all Scottish local authorities.

It is an excellent opportunity for staff involved in revenues administration to hear about the key issues in Scotland. It will be of considerable interest to all staff working in all aspects of revenues collection and recovery, including Council Tax, miscellaneous income and related areas.

This year’s Symposium includes :


  • Keynote opening address – James Kelly MSP, Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Scottish Parliament (invited)

  • Changing the revenues culture and improving collection – IRRV Revenues Team of the Year winners

  • An approach to corporate debt – David Magor OBE, Chief Executive, Institute of Revenues, Rating & Valuation
  • Reforming the Council Tax – Three perspectives on reforming and improving local taxation –

    • An academic view

    • A revenues practitioner perspective - A revenues practitioner perspective – Chris Thomson, Head of Revenues, Benefits & Collections, Glasgow City Council
    • The valuation professional viewpoint

  • Workshops : The review and reform of Council Tax Reduction – An opportunity to discuss possible changes to the CTR scheme.

  • Council Tax recovery – collaborating well with debt advice agencies – a case study

  • Improving revenues collection in challenging times

The Symposium will be chaired by Lesley Henderson, who will, by the date of the Symposium, be President of the IRRV Scottish Association and is also Chair of the IRRV Development and Performance Forum.

The Symposium will be invaluable to all revenues practitioners, including Managers, Team Leaders and team members. It represents excellent value for money, with symposium fees starting at only £145 + VAT. To encourage authorities to send a number of team members, every third delegate from the same authority comes entirely free of charge.

Please click here for the booking form.


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