you think that billing authorities, usually local councils,
send out hundreds of thousands of new and revised rate
demands every year it’s easy to see the enormous
potential for mistakes. And given the scale of it, because
rating brings in around £25 billion a year for
the government, councils are unlikely to notice their errors.
It may not be deliberate but the effects are the same.
Inaccurate calculations and accidental non-compliance
leads to overcharging, often over several years and
it all adds up. Effectively businesses are losing substantial
sums of money and never realising it.
Even if you suspect overcharging, proving it is another
matter. There are complex regulations governing calculation,
billing, collection and enforcement of rate liabilities,
and more regulations to govern the compilation and alteration
of valuation lists.
All these regulations are subject to change, need to
be applied within locally defined administrative frameworks
and will interact on a day to day basis. That’s
where Accurates comes in.
We have a team of highly skilled, forensic rating compliance
audit specialists; many are ex-local authority officers
who know the system from the inside and they are all
qualified by the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation.
|If you’ve been overcharged,
we’ll find it, prove it and get your
John Webber |
National Head of Rating | Head of Accurates