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Fifteenth Lunchtime Rendezvous of the Seniors' Group in Edinburgh
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10:00 – 15:00 28 Mar 2018
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Clubhouse, Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College, Inverleith Playing Fields, 523 Ferry Road, Edinburgh

Fifteenth Lunchtime Rendezvous of the Seniors' Group in Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday the 28th of March 2018

Location: Clubhouse, Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College

                 Inverleith Playing Fields, 523 Ferry Road, Edinburgh

 

Programme:

1000    Arrival and coffee/tea [first floor]

1025    Welcome and Introduction by the Seniors Group Coordinator [ground floor]

1030    Lecture Animal Research and Improved Agricultural Productivity by Professor Colin Whittemore, Emeritus Professor of Agriculture, University of Edinburgh and Chair of Accreditation and Governance, British Society of Animal Science, Penicuik, Scotland [ground floor].

1125    Lecture Tax Planning for Seniors by Mr Gerry Brown, Chartered Accountant, Formerly HM Inspector of Taxes [ground floor].

1220    Four Course Lunch with Wine (Waitress Service) with partners and friends [first floor].

1500    Finish

This Lunchtime Rendezvous is primarily a social occasion for the Seniors Group but the talks are intended to be of interest to all.   Over coffee and lunch there will be an opportunity to discuss possible future events of interest to Members.

The cost is given on the Booking Form and includes coffee and a four course lunch with wine.  Non Members are most welcome to attend.  Please note that the completed Booking Form must be received by the Seniors Group Coordinator by the date shown on the Booking Form.

Abstracts:

Animal Research and Improved Agricultural Productivity by Professor Colin Whittemore, FRSE, Emeritus Professor of Agriculture, University of Edinburgh and Chair of Accreditation and Governance, British Society of Animal Science, Penicuik, Scotland.

The presentation will discuss what really happens on Britain’s animal farms and how animal farming has developed over the years.  Stories behind modern farming practices are revealed and concerns raised over how our farms will look in the future.  There are insights and unpalatable questions into the ways that animals are (often wrongly) fed, bred, housed and managed.

The everyday life of an animal on a farm concerns mainly three things: How has the animal been bred; are the right things in the animal’s genes?  How is the animal being fed; are are nutritional needs being fully met?  How does the animal feel; is it looked after properly?

Animals have no immediate interest in the wider trading context within which the farmer – their carer – exists, but nonetheless this impinges hugely upon the life of a farm animal.  Like it or not, Farm animals are domesticated and therefore a functional part of a profit-making business.  This means that there is no avoiding the external forces which impact an animal’s life on the farm such as environmental issues and the global economy – the main present purpose of animal farming being to feed people.

Tax Planning for Seniors by Mr Gerry Brown, FCA, TEP, Chartered Accountant, Formerly HM Inspector of Taxes.

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. Albert Einstein

The UK tax system has been designed, in part at least, to meet the political needs of successive governments. Pensioners vote in proportionately greater numbers than other (younger) taxpayers. It seems clear that governments, and prospective governments, pay particular attention to the taxation of senior citizens.

What is tax planning? How can tax planning be distinguished from tax avoidance and tax evasion?The UK tax system is complex because the financial affairs of businesses and individuals are themselves complex and a sophisticated tax system is needed to ensure that these finances attract the “correct” level of taxation.

The UK tax system is also complex because it contains a wide ranging system of tax incentives to promote social, political or economically desirable “behaviours”.  The UK tax system promotes objectives such as;

  • Employee ownership
  • Investment in small companies
  • Social investment
  • An income in old age – a pension
  • Charitable giving

The main “personal” taxes are:

  • Income Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Inheritance Tax

What particular features of these taxes impact the senior citizen? What planning can be undertaken to reduce tax charges?

What is “around the corner”? 

  • “The Dementia Tax”
  •  “Making Tax Digital”
  •    A change in government

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LUNCH MENU (WAITRESS SERVICE)

Cullen Skink soup finished with cream and dill                                               

Corn fed chicken supreme wrapped with pancetta and stuffed with brie and basil served with sweet potato mash and Mediterranean vegetables

A selection of Cheese with Oatcakes

Banoffee pie with toffee sauce

coffee and petits fours

Fruit Juice and Strathmore Sparkling Mineral Water

 

White Wine:

Vidal Reserve Chardonnay, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, 2015

 

Red Wine:

 

Contino, Rioja Reserva, Spain, 2010

 

LOCATION: CLUBHOUSE, DANIEL STEWART’S AND MELVILLE COLLEGE

Transport:   Lothian Buses 21 and 27 stop on Ferry Road near the Clubhouse.

                     On site car parking is available.

 

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Instruction:  To print the Booking Form below, you could copy and past it onto a blank Word Document, which you then print.

 

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 BOOKING FORM: EDINBURGH LUNCHTIME RENDEZVOUS

 

 Please complete either Section A or B, as appropriate, as well as Section C.

 

 SECTION A

 

 I am a Member and wish to attend at a cost of £37.00.

 

 I will/will not be accompanied by my Partner (Cost £37.00), making a total of …....person(s).

 

 SECTION B

 

 I am not a Member and wish to attend at a cost of £47.00.

 

 I will/will not be accompanied by my Partner (Cost £47.00), making a total of …….person(s).

SECTION C                         Name: ……………………………………………….

 

                                          Address: ……………………………………………. 

 

                                                          ……………………………………………..

 

          Name of Partner (if coming) ……………………………………………

 

I enclose a cheque for £………….

 

Special dietary requirements…………………………………………………………….

 

The completed form, together with payment, should be forwarded to:

 

Dr John Higinbotham, 12 (1F2) Bruntsfield Gardens, Edinburgh, EH10 4EA, to arrive by Thursday the 22nd of March 2018.   Cheques should be made payable to the Institute of Physics.

Organised by: IOP Scotland

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