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IRRV CONFERENCE - PROPOSALS TO REDUCE RATING APPEALS 'UNFAIR'

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Government proposals to reduce the number of rating appeals would create unfairness and would prompt even more appe...
Government proposals to reduce the number of rating appeals would create unfairness and would prompt even more appeals, Vincent Turner, Clerk to the South London Valuation Tribunal, argued at the IRRV annual conference in Blackpool yesterday.

The proposal to extend banding to non-domestic properties would be disastrous, Mr Turner said. Customers already object to the 'rough and ready' council tax banding system, he said. 'People don't want banding - they think it is unfair'.

Restricting ratepayers' right of appeal would not work either, he said. The way to give the public confidence in the taxation system was to strengthen the tribunals as an independent appeals system, Mr Turner argued, but he feared this principle of an independent second opinion was undermined in the government's proposals.

Mr Turner also asked local authorities and valuers for patience while the VT service undergoes restructuring. The number of administrative centres is being reduced, which means staff cuts, but which may bring more consistency in tribunal policies and practices.
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