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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 (VOA) and the Valuation Tribunal Service (VTS).

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 was been rescheduled from June 4 to the new date listed below and has been relocated to Reading)

Start Date Venue Price  
14 September 2020 Reading FC Conference & Events, Madejski Stadium, Reading £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...Having stood the test of time, in one form or another, for over 400 years, the Rating system faces significant challenges. And while, in the words of the UK Supreme Court, it has proved remarkably resilient and adaptable to technological developments and new forms of property, the question of whether it can continue to do so in the face of so much change has never been so uncertain.  

Already the subject of scrutiny and no small amount of criticism, the effects of the last few months have brought the system’s failings sharply into focus.

This year’s National Rating Day will be chaired by Josh Myerson, Vice President, Rating Surveyors Association and Head of Rating at Montagu Evans and takes place in the shadow of the COVID 19 crisis. Important questions around the daily activities of Check Challenge Appeal, government policy and changes to rating law remain and must be answered. But, with a fundamental review underway and the introduction of extensive relief measures that have seen almost half of all ratepayers taken out of liability entirely, these questions are joined by more existential inquiries around the future of the rating system itself.             

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. We will advise on this closer by mid August.



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?
  • Changes to NNDR and Government responses to CV19

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 
  • The Government response to CV19, from a business perspective
  • What do businesses need now? 
  • CV19 - Businesses route to recovery: What do business need in April 2021?
  • How business rates can help or hinder?

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
  • Impact of CV19 on billing authorities, on local Government finance and the impact on the Government response

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

CV19 and It's Impact on the Business Rates System

  • The validity of a system where circa 50% of ratepayers don't pay it
  • MCCs
  • Reliefs and exemptions 
  • The decision to postpone the 2021 Reval 

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

  • A focus on topical, contentious and important cases