IRRV Awards Winners Meeting - Thursday 6th February
I am pleased to advise you of the next IRRV London & Home Counties Association meeting. On Thursday 6th February we have arranged a presentation from 2013 IRRV Performance Award Winners and one of the judges who led the inspection itself. At the meeting,
· Lesli Gallivan, Head of Benefits and Divisional Services at the London Borough of Enfield will outline the decision to enter the performance awards, and how the Council have benefitted as a consequence.
· Ian Biggadike Lead Practitioner at Agilisys Revenue Collection will discuss the preparation of the bid and the preparing for the inspection.
· David Chapman will explain the decision making process, and the IRRV’s perspective on what makes a successful bid.
These popular speakers promise a lively and interesting meeting, particularly valuable to students, prospective award entrants and anyone who would like to learn from the excellent work undertaken by Enfield and Agylisis. It is free to members of IRRV, the charge for non-members is £30.00.
With grateful thanks to colleagues at the London Borough of Southwark, the meeting will be held at their offices at 160 Tooley Street, SE1 - see below for directions (report to reception for the meeting which will be held on 5th floor). Refreshments will be available from 2:45 and the meeting will start at 3:00pm and conclude at 4:30pm.
160 Tooley Street is located in the north of the borough at the Tower Bridge end of Tooley Street, opposite the Unicorn Theatre (between Shand Street and Barnham Street).
There are four bus services which stop directly on Tooley Street (RV1, 47, 343, 381) and many others which stop at London Bridge station or Tower Bridge Road.
Trains and underground lines
The building is within walking distance of London Bridge Station, which is served by National Rail services to South East London and Kent as well as London Underground Northern and Jubilee Line services. Tower Hill underground station is across the river and within walking distance. Fenchurch St Station, which runs services to and from Essex, is also within a reasonable walking distance.
Please let me know by email if you would like to book a place.
On 16th December L&HC heald a meeting on the Current Rating Issues (incl. Autumn Statement changes).
Presentations were made by
Christopher Grose, Carla-Maria Heath, Gordon Heath, & Geoff Fisher. Copies are availible to download now.
At the recent AGM, David Graaff, Customer Services Director for Elevate East London was lected as President of the IRRV London and Home Counties Association.
David writes - In my year as President I hope to build on the success the London and Home Counties Association has achieved in recent years. These are challenging times for our profession and as an Executive we are producing what we hope will be a valuable series of briefings and events for existing members and their guests (who we hope to encourage to become members!). It’s not all work though, and we look forward to some social networking too with golf, dinner and quiz events to come over the year ahead. On a personal level I am looking forward to another exciting year working with the talented Executive to deliver a great programme for members. I will also be supporting a charity that I have been involved with for many years, the Friends of Matthew Rusike Children’s’ Home, by driving a very elderly Mercedes to North Africa where it will be sold for the charity.
The Association’s grateful thanks go to long time supporters Equita and Newlyn plc and to Phoenix Commercial Collections Ltd., for agreeing to sponsor this event for the first time.
On 6th September we will be holding our third annual summer BBQ and disco on board HMS President, moored in the City of , amongst all the famous landmarks, and with spectacular panoramic city views. Free bar to a limit and a disco until late. The party will start at 6pm. Thanks to the support of Equita, tickets are heavily discounted and if the previous events are the benchmark, you will be assured of a great evening – especially if the warm weather continues. Dress code is casual and tickets are only £25
On the same day (and at the same venue), we shall also be holding our next Association meeting commencing at 4:00pm, when we shall be discussing the latest developments in Bailiff reform.
To book tickets for the party or to attend the meeting please contact: Paul McDermott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Black at email@example.com
At the AGM held in April, Louise Freeth was elected as President for 2012/13. David Graaf was elected as Vice-President and will assist Louise during her year. Paul McDermott carries on as Secretary, Nick Rowe takes the role of Assistant Secretary and Allan Clark continues as Treasurer.
On the 7th December we were pleased to present as association meeting on the subject of Appeals and were fortunate to have two excellent speakers to present papers on highly topical areas. copies of both presentations can be downloaded below;
Judge Edward Jacobs is one of the founding judges of the Upper Tribunal, assigned to the Administrative Appeals Chamber from its creation on 3 November 2008. Judge Jacobs presented a selection of recent decisions of the Upper Tier Tribunal, on a range of housing benefit matters.
Lee Anderson BSc (Hons) IRRV (Hons) is the Operations Manager with the Valuation Tribunal Service and he provided a presentation dealing with the change from April 2013 when the VTS becomes responsible for Council Tax Support appeals.
You may recall that the Association held this meeting about Council Tax Support and other changes to Council Tax. We are greatful To Simon Horsington for allowing us to post his slides on our home page.