Council Tax New Masterclass and Case Studies Workshop
Friday 4th December 2020

IRRV Scotland is pleased to announce that we are able to run our autumn training programme at the Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth. A great deal of thought has been given to providing training in a safe and socially distanced manner and this will necessarily significantly limit the number of delegates who can attend events but we do wish to respond to the many requests we have had about recommencing our training events. Detailed arrangements have been made with the venue to ensure you have an enjoyable training experience in a safe and socially distanced environment in keeping with the requirements of the Scottish Government’s Route Map out of lockdown.


IRRV Scotland is delighted to announce a new council tax Masterclass workshop which will focus on the examination of Scottish council tax case law.

Whilst the issue of sole or main residence is largely covered by English cases, there is a body of Scottish case law covering thorny issues of treatment of uninhabitable property, definition of occupation (for empty properties), exemption based on occupation prohibited by law and landlord liability where tenants have “disappeared”.

These topics regularly feature in queries to the Scottish Revenues and Benefits Forum which shows that there are still many areas of council tax legislation being the subject of technical queries or causing confusion in interpretation.

The course will, therefore, be invaluable to all who work in council tax administration particularly those involved in appeals including attendance at appeal hearings where a detailed knowledge of relevant legislation and case law is essential.

Organisations such as recovery agents and those in the advice sector will also find the course of great value to their staff.

The course, led by Allan Traynor, a Past President of the Institute will be run as a workshop encouraging delegate participation and debate.

A key feature of this event is that the programme is flexible and will accommodate issues delegates specifically wish covered. The booking form affords the opportunity to raise issues in advance and delegates can also raise these on the day of the seminar itself.

The workshop represents excellent value for money, with seminar fees starting at only £165 + VAT. Every third place from the same organisation booked for this course (and made in the same booking) is entirely free of charge.

A full brochure is available here