Revenues Maximising the Return


Event summary

The programme for this event covers issues of interest to local authority revenues practitioners. These include the rates avoidance, business rates retention, a look at the option available for enforcement as well as the usual roundup of the latest topical news.


05 July 2018
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


Winchester Royal Hotel
21-22 St. Peter Street
SO23 8BS
[See map]

Standard price

£345.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£295.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Session 1 

In the current economic climate it is more important than ever to ensure that income is maximised. However, there are those who seek to avoid paying what is due. This session looks at the difference between evasion and avoidance, some of the schemes being used.

Session 2

Local government funding continues to be cut and with 100% rates retention currently off the table this sessions looks at the latest position, compared to 2012/13 just before 50% retention being launched and what is on the horizon.

Session 3

Maximising collection is the main aim of revenues teams across the country. This session looks at the options available for enforcement.

Session 4 

Gives an update on topical issues revenues practitioners should be aware of. Including changes to legislation an update on case law and tribunal decisions.

Who should attend?

This event is appropriate for local authority revenues managers and staff.

How will I benefit?

By the end of the one day event you will have an understanding of the:

  • common areas of rate avoidance
  • difference between avoidance and evasion
  • current position with business rates retention
  • options for enforcing revenues debt.

CPD hours



  • Business rates
  • / Local government
  • / Revenues and benefits

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Speaker - Adrian Blaylock - Lead Revenues Advisor, CIPFA

Adrian Blaylock

Adrian has more than 23 years' experience in the revenues area of local government. During this time he covered all aspects of revenues, including customer service, training and development, recovery, court officer, benchmarking, statistics, and the completion of all returns as well as performance monitoring. His role for the last 12 years has been principal revenues officer, contributing to the management of the revenues team, mainly focusing on non-domestic rates. He developed the forecasting methodologies for loss on appeals and analysis of VOA data for the Doncaster MBC.

He has been an active CBRS participant for many years as well as a contributor to CIPFA’s online forum, TISonline. He was invited to and sat on the consultation group with the VOA for the development of the information sharing protocol. He is a member of the IRRV and has previously sat on the executive committee of the Yorkshire and district association. E:, T: 07718 242833.