A Group Pre Challenge Review (GPCR) is the process that allows formal group discussions with the Valuation Office prior to a Ratepayer Challenge being submitted. The process will allow for similar discussions as to those undertaken by RSA Town Committees on retail premises on previous Rating Lists. Given the requirements on agents for the provision of evidence in the Challenge stage under the CCA appeal system, this is an increasingly important tool.

The RSA acknowledge that not all group agent discussions will lead to a GPCR, but believe that increasing Agent Co-ordination is paramount for effective appeal action under CCA.

These pages therefore seek to put in place the structure for greater agent co-ordination across various property types. The RSA has set up small lead groups (property type co-ordinators) who have a strong involvement with a property type and will help liaise with agents and suggest locations and property types where agent co-ordination and GPCRs could potentially be undertaken.

Where a GPCR is to proceed, an individual needs to be assigned as the SPOC for this. A SPOC is the ‘Single Point Of Contact’ with the Valuation Office for each GPCR and will coordinate the group, and communicate between the group and the VOA throughout the process. The SPOC must be either an appointed agent, owner or occupier for one of the properties included in the GPCR.

The SPOC is responsible for submitting the initial GPCR request form, agreeing the terms with the VOA and distributing declaration forms to each participant. Once the terms are set, the SPOC is responsible for accepting the terms on behalf of all properties in the GPCR, and informing all participating properties of their obligations in relation to terms and deadlines.

The Valuation Office guidance on the GPCR process can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-and-challenge-group-pre-challenge-review#group-pre-challenge-review-gpcr  

Initially any suggestions for property categories, property type co-ordinators, areas for agent involvement, and GPCRs should be sent to Tom Kinsey on the details below, for updating on the Agent Co-ordination pages. Once property type co-ordinators have been appointed, the role of co-ordinating property types will fall on these individuals.

Tom Kinsey

tkinsey@geraldeve.com

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