Saturday, 3 January 2015
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and new year. I did.
Any resolutions? Or should I say any unique resolutions? I would love to say I have resolved to learn to play the ukulele however no such resolution here.
Anything from you all?
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Home at last from another great benefit conference. There were speakers, discussions, debates. Food, drink and dancing. John and Gary (and guest singers) entertained us until the very early hours with music and singing.
I learned that unlike our national president, I cannot survive on 3 hours sleep.
photos to follow folks when I work out how to upload.
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Apologies for the delay in this post.
The annual conference in September saw the association return to the fabulous setting of Crieff Hydro. Students old and new joined the many professionals for a jam packed 2 days.
The usual Golf tournament saw our Association president have an 'almost' hole in 1.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
There were presentations on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme from Robin Haynes of Scottish Government and retiring Scottish Association President Jim McCafferty and on the Scottish Welfare Fund from Andrew Collinge of Clackmannanshire Council and Gary Smith of Scottish Borders Council.
Newly elected IRRV Scottish Association President Les Robertson made a presentation to Deirdre Docherty of West Lothian Council who is subject prize winner in rating at Level 3 of the IRRV professional qualification.
The following were elected to the IRRV Scottish Association Executive at the AGM:
PRESIDENT and EDUCATION LIASION OFFICER - LES ROBERTSON
VICE PRESIDENT - JOAN HEWTON
HON SECRETARY - LESLEY HENDERSON
TREASURER - KEVIN FRASER
MEMBERSHIP OFFICER and IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - JIM MCCAFFERTY
IAN BALLANCE (Hon Auditor)
FRASER MACPHERSON (Ex officio – IRRV staff)
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Winners are listed and pictured below, with Jon Gibbs of Civica and Jim McCafferty, Scottish Association President. Many thanks once again to Civica for sponsoring the golf competition.
Ladies Trophy winner - Joy Mackenzie, Fife Council
The Longest Drive winner - Reg Peat, Scottish Water
Nearest the Pin winner - George Thomas, Scott & Co (Sheriff Officers)
3rd place - Sandy Brown, retired member, formerly Scottish Borders Council and former Scottish Association President.
Runner up - Donald Oljinek, Dundee City Council
Winner 2012 - Jacek Nowak, Angus Council
Once again, in addition to his obvious golfing prowess, Jacek must get a special mention and acknowledgement of his trademark tartan trousers....!! A sporting fashionista.....
Well done to all who played!!
Thursday, 8 September 2011
A selection of photos can be found below - in addition, please note that the full collection of photographs from the event can be viewed by clicking on the title link.
An unusually serious looking National President, Kerry Macdermott, and Scottish President, Jim McCafferty, embark on their tour of the awards village.
National and Scottish Presidents (looking decidedly happier now) with the overall Scottish prizewinners - Dumfries and Galloway - WELL DONE!!!
The group of successful students, who collected their certificates at conference (NB: individual photos can be accessed from the title link). Sincere apologies for the lack of golf competition photos this year, however regrettably none of the golfers daft enough to brave the rain were forward thinking enough to also take a camera with them!! However - congratulations to the following:
Commercial prize - George Scott (Scott & Co)
Nearest The Pin - Dave Clarke (Team Netsol)
Longest Drive - Bill Loughrey (Civica)
Ladies Champion - Eileen Rowand (Fife)
3rd Place - Bob Mackay (Edinburgh)
2nd Place - Fergus Walker (Argyll & Bute)
Men’s Champion - Jacek Nowak (Angus)
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Brian is pictured below (front row second right) with some colleagues from the Scottish Association Executive.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
As many of you will know, this event is traditionally held in early December each year, however the severe wintery weather in December 2010 unfortunately forced these plans to be changed and the conference was rescheduled for March 2011. As you can see from the picture below, despite moving three months closer to summer (OK, granted I am referring to scottish summer!), the weather hadn't really improved significantly!!! Crieff Hydro provided a snowy picture postcard setting and the conference was a great success, with delegates enjoying the opportunity to hear informative and topical presentations covering a range of benefit and fraud related issues.
Scottish Benefits conference is sad to bid farewell to Paul Howarth of DWP who has been a great supporter of the event for a number of years and whose frank and honest presentations have always been particularly welcomed by delegates. Paul is leaving DWP later this year, so his attendance at benefits conference was to be his last in this capacity. His annual "quiz" will be greatly missed too I'm sure! Paul is pictured below (far right) with Scottish Association President Jim McCafferty (far left) and National President Kerry Macdermott. We wish Paul all the very best in his future pursuits.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Friday, 26 November 2010
In true time honoured tradition, there was the usual wrestle with the chinese TV and karaoke discs, in an attempt to get the system up and running (are we the ONLY people who ever use it?) before we broke with tradition and headed for a proper karaoke bar in town - why have we never explored that before...?
Pictured below are Scottish President Brian Jeffrey and National President Kerry Macdermott belting out very enthusiastic rendition of Daydream Believer....!!
Dumfries was suitably impressed I'm sure....
Friday, 25 June 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
* Corporate Visiting System – a presentation by Dundee City Council, winner of the IRRV Scottish Performance Award in 2009.
* IRRV Committee of Inquiry into local taxation in Scotland.
* Debt in Scotland - an overview of the debt issue in Scotland, following the 2009 Citizen Advice Scotland report “Drowning in Debt.”
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Brian is pictured below with National President Geoff Fisher.
(The full set of photos can be accessed from the title link.)
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Dumfries and Galloway were also Highly Commended in the Revenues Team of the Year category.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
A highlight from the event was attendance by MSPs from the four main parties:
The institute was grateful once again to receive great support from many sponsors and exhibitors. Main conference sponsors were Gandlake:
The provost of Perth and Kinross, Cllr Dr John Hulbert, gave the Civic Welcome. He is pictured here with National President, Julie Holden, and Scottish Association President, Brian Jeffrey:
For more conference photos, including exhibitors, delegates and speakers, please click on the title link above this article.
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
The winner of the "Best in Scotland" performance award was Dundee City Council. Julie Holden, National President, is pictured below with Brenda Miller and Jane Crawford from Dundee.
GOOD LUCK to all Scottish finalists going to Bournemouth.
Congratulations to all - very well done!!
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Front row: Mrs Susan Paterson, Hillary Kelly, Ron Skinner, Julie Holden (National President), Mrs Jaye Skinner
Fergus Walker of Argyl and Bute Council was the worthy winner and was presented with the impressive silverware at the Gala Dinner at Conference. For more golf photos, please click on the title link above this article.
Monday, 31 August 2009
Sandy has been a member of the IRRV since 1996 but it is now time (in his words) for him to "hang up his parchment"! Sandy has been a great supporter of IRRV and our Scottish Conference and has spoken at the event on a number of occasions.
Monday, 6 July 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Who'd have thought this Blog had been going since way back in the 80's???!!
Please do take a look back in time.... you may even spot a familiar face or two from yesteryear....
This is most definitely NOT an April fool.....