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The 21st National Rating Day - Virtual Seminars

The National Rating Day has come of age – 21 years in the making. It remains the largest rating event in the calendar. This year the event will continue to look at the here and now, policy and reform; and best and effective practice. With the success of session 1, we now move to session 2, which can be booked below. 

Start Date Venue Price  
8 June 2021 Virtual Conference - Session 1    
17 June 2021 Virtual Conference - Session 2    

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

Event duration: Virtual Session (2 hours 30 mins CPD).
Registration from: 9.50. Event starts at: 9.55. Event finishes at: 12.35.

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Last year, the National Rating Day took place under the shadow of COVID. As we move from that world to a new reality, we do so in a new shadow, that of the fundamental review of the rating system. Little can be said on the Review until its published (and we will bring you a dedicated event for that), but there is much for the 2021 Rating Day to focus upon:


  • Rating became a valuable means to provide financial support for a great number of businesses during the COVID crisis. Even now, circa 50% of the taxable base receive a business rate holiday. Some ratepayers may be able to claim a Material Change of Circumstances, others may not. Where do your clients fall?
  • What are the building blocks for Reval 2023 and its AVD?
  • What is the change with transition and multipliers?
  • Mitigation and empty rates
  • All change in VT hearings
  • The decisions from the Valuation Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal 




Welcome & Introduction from the Conference Chair - Tim Johnson

2017 List Material Change of Circumstances and Covid - Helen Zammit-Willson and Michael Pearce

  • What does the Bill say?
  • “no account is to be taken of any matter (whether arising before or after the passing of this Act) that is directly or indirectly attributable to coronavirus” except for specified circumstances.” Does that mean all COVID MCCs are holed below the waterline?
  • Revoking the current SI – what will that mean?
  • The conflict between the 2017 and 2023 Lists

Liabilities - Blake Penfold

  • The annual budget statements from March 2021
  • Rate holidays
  • Multipliers and Transition

Mitigation of Empty Rates Roger CohenAlistair Townsend and Victoria Boateng

  • Hurstwood Properties (A) Ltd and others (Respondents) v Rossendale Borough Council has been handed down
  • Other key court decisions
  • How will this now dictate mitigation strategies deployed by ratepayers and their advisors?