Business Rates

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Wiltshire Council,

Please can you provide me with the following information under the
Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-

The most up to date list you can obtain (Ideally from April 2016) (please provide the date of the data) with;
(a) List all Commercial properties with their Rateable Values and addresses.
(b) The names and addresses of the Rate payers referred to above
for each property and their correspondence address (if different
from the property address)
(c) The full billing authority reference for each property (this is the property reference not the account number)
(d) The current liability payable for the year 2015/16 & 2016/17
(e) The date the rateable occupier first became liable for the
business rates
(f) If the property is empty that date it became empty
(g) Please also state which hereditament is currently receiving
I. Charitable rate relief (mandatory rate relief)
II. Discretionary rate relief
III. Empty property rate relief
IV. Listed building exemption
V. Retail Relief
VI Small Business Rate Relief
VII. Any other relief
(h) List of all credits on account and the amounts

In accordance with the ICO Torbay decision, I would appreciate it of this Council did not withhold the names of sole traders and partners. In the circumstances of the Torbay case the individuals were private landlords or sole traders and the Commissioner concluded that disclosure of their names would not breach the first data protection principle as the information relates to the business activities of the individuals concerned and not activities they undertake simply or solely in their private lives. The Commissioner concluded that disclosure would be fair and meet schedule 2 condition 6 of the Data Protection Act.

Thanking you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Lorna Wilson

FOI, Wiltshire Council

Request for Information – reference RFI - ENQ05413-REQ001

Thank you for your request for information received on Monday, 09 May 2016

Your request is being considered and if the information is held you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days of receipt of your request as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I may contact you during that time if the request needs to be clarified; this is to ensure that we provide you with the information you require.

Please note that some information you have requested may not be provided to you; this will only be information that can be withheld by law. If we find it necessary to withhold any information we will explain our reasons for doing so at the same time as we provide you with your copy of any information that can be released to you.

Yours sincerely

Corporate Information Team
Governance Service
Legal and Governance
Wiltshire Council
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN

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Evans, Sharron, Wiltshire Council

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Request for information – reference RFI - ENQ05413-REQ001
Thank you for your request for information received on Monday, 09 May
2016. In response to your request officers have provided the attached
There may be blank cells in the information provided, this will be where
names of sole traders have been removed. Information relating to sole
traders is determined to be personal information and, under [1]Section
40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, is exempt from disclosure. The
ICO’s  Decision Notice (Mid Devon District Council) [2]FS50072180
determined that information relating to non domestic business rates was
information about the financial standing of a sole trader’s business with
the Council and that this amounted to the sole trader's personal data,
therefore disclosure would be unfair and contravene the first Data
Protection principle.
Some of the exemptions under the Act are absolute, and some are qualified.
The qualified exemptions are subject to the public interest test. This
exemption is absolute so the test does not need to be applied.
If you are unhappy with this result, you can raise a complaint under the
council’s [3]Review Procedure for Information Requests (enclosed) within
40 days of receiving the information. When you have exhausted the
council’s procedure you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office
at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF,
[4] or 01625 545745. If you would like to discuss any of the
information provided to you or would like further information on the
review procedure, please contact me.
Information supplied under the Freedom of Information Act and/or
Environmental Information Regulations will be subject to copyright
protection under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Information
can be re-used for the purposes of research for non-commercial purposes,
for private study or for news reporting and reviews, without requiring
formal consent. However, if you wish to re-use the information for
commercial purposes, including publishing, you are required to seek the
permission of the copyright owner. Permission to re-use Wiltshire
Council’s copyright information is granted in the form of a licence.
Authorisation to re-use copyright material not owned by Wiltshire Council
should be sought from the copyright holders concerned.
Yours sincerely
Sharron Evans LLM
Principal Information Officer
Corporate Information Team
Corporate Office
Wiltshire Council
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN
01225 713643
[email address]
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