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IRRV Annual Scottish Conference & Exhibition 2018


5th - 6th September 2018

Scotland 2020 Vision

Valid for IRRV CPD Points



The Institute is delighted to announce details of its 2018 Scottish Conference. The Conference is – by popular demand – returning to the Crieff Hydro Hotel, where conference attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the excellent recreational facilities set in beautiful surroundings.

The theme of this year’s Conference – “Scotland: 2020 Vision” – comes at an important time for Scotland and will look in-depth at the key issues facing the public services as we approach 2020, with particular emphasis on valuation, benefits and revenues issues.

There are many significant issues affecting revenues, valuation, benefits and welfare reform ahead and the IRRV Scottish Conference will again live up to its long-standing reputation of being at the forefront of debating key issues and solutions.

We are delighted that Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, has kindly accepted our invitation to give the Ministerial Address to conference this year.

In addition to delivering key updates on these big issues and encouraging debate about these, conference will also examine the improved delivery of Scottish public services in a time of financial challenge and will examine how to provide quality services, with an emphasis on continuing improvement into the future.


A key feature of any Conference is the exhibition, which in recent years has grown substantially in both number and range of stands, providing delegates with the opportunity
to visit companies specialising in many areas of interest.
We are pleased to announce that there will also again be a Scottish Awards Area, where Scottish organisations entered for the IRRV Performance Awards will have the opportunity to showcase their entries.


This year’s Conference programme is both wide-ranging and will be of great interest to all who have a role to play in local taxation, valuation, benefits and related fields.

The afternoon sessions are designed to appeal particularly to those at the ‘sharp end’ of service delivery. Special rates are available for those attending afternoon sessions only, when accompanied by a full or day delegate. The Institute is also pleased to advise that IRRV Students will again have their
own Seminar at the Scottish Conference (on Thursday 6th September) and this will also enable them to attend several of the main Conference sessions. Details will be sent to students directly.

This conference and accompanying exhibition is a major event in the Scottish local government calendar and offers everyone with an interest in local government and related fields, the opportunity to debate key issues, listen to new ideas and make a contribution by expressing their opinions.


The IRRV Scottish Conference remains excellent value for money, making it one of the best value major events in the Scottish calendar. These are as follows:

Rate A – Full Residential Delegate
£468.00 (plus £93.60 VAT)

Rate B – Non-Residential Delegate
£384.00 (plus £76.80 VAT) (excludes Gala Dinner)

Rate C – Day Delegate (per day)
£244.00 (plus £48.80 VAT)

Note: IRRV members will receive a 10% Discount on Rates A & B


The IRRV Scottish Conference offers outstanding value for money: two buffet lunches, the Conference Gala Dinner,
bed and breakfast accommodation at the Crieff Hydro Hotel (subject to availability) including free use of parking and leisure facilities, coffee and tea at various times, all conference documentation including speakers’ handouts, and free entrance to the conference exhibition – all for £468 plus £93.60 VAT.

The Institute is again including excellent delegate offers to encourage attendance. Every fourth delegate (of the same Delegate Rate Type) from the same organisation comes entirely free of charge. Additionally, where an organisation has at least two full delegates (ie Rate A or B), it will be permitted to send up to 4 “half day” delegates to the afternoon sessions only on either day of the Conference for only £150 + £30.00 VAT.


For residential delegates also wishing to stay on Tuesday 4th September, we are able to arrange Bed and Breakfast accommodation at the Crieff Hydro Hotel for an additional £89.00 plus £17.80 VAT (subject to availability). Should you require this, please tick the appropriate box on the booking form.


We are delighted to advise that there will be a golf competition as part of Scottish Conference again this year, kindly sponsored by Civica. Please contact the IRRV Scotland Office on 01382 456029 – – for an application form and further details.


The Institute reserves the right to charge a supplementary fee of £250.00 plus £50.00 VAT per person to representatives of commercial organisations not exhibiting or supporting the Conference and wishing to register delegates.


All speakers are subject to confirmation. The Institute reserves the right to alter the programme as necessary without notice.


This year’s Scottish Conference and Exhibition sees the key issues facing public services and our professions being fully explored. Conference sessions include:

Ministerial Address: Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution – confirmed

Barclay Review Update

Collection and recovery challenges in the environment of welfare reform

Impacts of Brexit on Scotland

Leadership in Scotland’s public services – Challenges for the 2020s

Progress on Welfare Reform – an update from DWP

Revenues and Welfare – a finance director’s perspective

Universal Credit Full Service – a practitioners’ perspective

Better procurement in revenues and benefits – a Digital Office update

Scottish Social Security – challenges ahead

Council Tax and Council Tax Reduction topical issues – a panel session

Non-Domestic Rates topical issues – a panel session

Robotics – can automation improve your service?

Changing the local taxation landscape

Delivering corporate and organisational change in the public sector

Reflections on Scotland’s public services

This year sees a comprehensive programme of sessions for valuation professionals, including:

The future of real estate

The valuation challenges of future real estate HERE

The future of Valuation Appeal Panels and their integration into the Tribunals Service

Use of GIS and remote data access – the key issues

The Plant & Machinery rating review: so where next?

Is Harmonisation dead?

Recent rating decisions and impact for the future

The new appeal regulations – are they working?

Any queries?

If you have any queries, please contact

Fraser Macpherson
IRRV Manager
2A Argyle Street
Telephone/Fax – 01382 456029
email - 

How to Book

Please complete the booking form and send/fax it to the address above.   You may also e-mail bookings to   Full joining instructions will be sent to delegates once a booking form has been received.  

As places are limited, early booking is recommended.   The IRRV regrets that, under normal circumstances, delegate fees cannot be refunded.   However, delegate substitutions may be made at no cost at any time prior to the Seminar, subject to these being notified to the Institute. 

Please note that attendees must bring with them a laptop that can connect to public wifi.    The venue will provide complimentary wifi access.    



IRRV Annual Scottish Conference & Exhibition 2018

The Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth
5th - 6th September

Wednesday 5th September 2018


Understanding Universal Credit

A key workshop from IRRV Scotland

Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Tuesday 18th September 2018


VEP – Verification of Earnings and Pensions

The Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Friday 5th October 2018


Understanding Subsidy Workshop

Revenue, Risk, Remedy and Recovery

Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Friday 19th October 2018


Know your Non Domestic Rates

A one day training course – a great NDR grounding plus Barclay Review overview

Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Tuesday 23rd October 2018


Data Protection five months on – where are we now?

Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth
Wednesday 18th April 2018

Thursday 25th October 2018


Data analysis - Using your SHBE and CTR Data extracts

Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Tuesday 30th October 2018


Systems Thinking

Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth
Fundamentals for revenues and benefits managers and team members

Thursday 1st November 2018


Leading teams and managing people

The Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Friday 2nd November 2018


Team Building and Motivational Workshop – Revenues & Benefits

The Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Tuesday 13th November 2018


Council Tax Masterclass 2018

Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Wednesday 14th November 2018


Telephone debt collection workshop with PhoneCoach

Improve your collection of rents, local taxation and sundry debt

Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Thursday 15th November 2018


Legal debt recovery

 A one day professional meeting from IRRV Scotland

The Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth

Tuesday 20th November 2018