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The 20th National Rating Day

The National Rating Day has become a tradition in the rating world where practitioners attend to be updated on current topics, network and contribute to help shape changes for the future. Speakers represent the private sector, the Valuation Office Agency and the Valuation Tribunal Service.

The conference in its 20th year, is always popular – attracting over 300 practitioners. If you are involved in rating work, this is the event that is said to be too important to miss. 

(Due to COVID-19 this event has been rescheduled from June 4 to the new date listed below)

Start Date Venue Price  
14 September 2020 Congress Centre, London £280 BOOK

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Day Event (6 hours CPD) (Lunch Included).
Registration from: 09.15. Event starts at: 09.55. Event finishes at: 17.10 approx.

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Rating stands at a crossroads...There is intense scrutiny from ratepayers, professional bodies and government committees alike, yet the way forward has never been so uncertain. It would not be over the top to suggest that we operate at a time when a system, which has muddled along in a broadly stable fashion for most of our professional careers, may soon be subject to unprecedented change. Have we reached the point when tinkering around the edges simply won’t suffice any longer?

The 20th National Rating Day will be chaired by Josh Myerson, Vice President, Rating Surveyors Association and Head of Rating at Montagu Evans. It will focus both on Rating in the here and now: reform achieved to date or scheduled, Rating’s place in the wider UK basket of taxes and its importance to the safeguarding of our local communities. As well as discussions on what the short and medium term might have in store.

As ever, delegates will also be brought firmly up to date with the latest developments in professional practice and case law.   

COVID19 - Event Update:

During these uncertain times, we are keen to provide you with CPD support. We are working towards being able to run this event physically. However, dependent on Government advice and guidelines at the time, if needed, we will adapt this event to run virtually. 



Welcome & Introduction from Conference Chairman - Josh Myerson, Vice President, Rating Surveyors Association, and Head of Rating, Montagu Evans

Rating Legislation, and Rating in a Tax Context

Update and Review of Rating Policy

  • Past reviews have we had in the past 10 years, what makes this last year potentially different?
  • The report from the Treasury Select committee
  • The Scottish Barclay Review and its implementation
  • Welsh divergence
  • Election promises from manifesto to reality?

Business Rates in the Tax Context

  • HMRC stats, other material in the public domain
  • How does rating fill the treasury pot and its contribution to the overall tax base
  • The impact of tax of business 

Funding Local Government

  • The funding settlement
  • The powers
  • Managing discretionary relief
  • Issues faced by Local authorities
  • Retention
  • What the future holds for them
  • Third party inclusion 
  • Risks
  • Liabilities
  • Protecting revenues
  • EBars
  • Changing behaviours between 2010 and 2017 Lists
  • The drive towards billing authorities wanting their own valuation services
  • The impact of the NHS case

Delivering Revaluation 2021 and Three Yearly Revaluations - The Mechanics, The Practicalities 

  • 2021 - Update
  • 2021 - What's left for the VOA to do? 
  • Life in a 3 year cycle


  • A flash review of past schemes, strengths, weaknesses and unintended consequences
  • So what of the 2021 Transition scheme?
  • Leftfield options
  • Self funded, extra funding
  • Who are the likely winners and losers this time round? 
  • What do the retailers get?

Preparing for the 2017 End of List Provisions

  • When will the 2017 list close?
  • When are the last dates for submitting Checks, Challenges and Appeals?
  • Rights to CCA if no longer an Interested Person

Question and Answer Session

Rating Best Practice

  • The new UT Practice Directions
  • What the legislation requires for 2017 appeals
  • Varying expectations between VT and UT
  • RICS Expert Witness professional statements
  • Contingency fees
  • Does all the above serve to frustrate the needs and interests of the client?
  • Managing Clients in the new world

Case Law

  • Wigan
  • ATM 
  • Guardians