Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Q1 2021)

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Bassetlaw District Council.

Dear Bassetlaw District Council,

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, and subject to section 40(2) on personal data, could you please provide me with your local authority’s complete and most-recently updated list of all business (non-residential) property rates data, including the following fields:

- Billing Authority Property Reference Code (linking the property to the public VOA database reference)
- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant or ratepayer)
- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)
- Occupation / Vacancy status
- Date of Occupation / Vacancy
- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds) and/or categories of reliefs/exemptions granted

If you are unable to provide an absolute “Occupation / Vacancy” status, please provide the Exemptions and / or Reliefs that a particular property may be receiving.

NOTE: While FOIs are meant to be requestor blind, these data are actively used by national government and UK universities to inform the economic response to COVID-19. Most recently, these data were used by MHCLG for the assessment of support to local authorities via the LEVELLING UP FUND.

Please publish quickly so that organisations trying to support your local authority can do so, and, if you have any difficulties, please contact me so that I may help.

Please provide these data as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence (reuse for any and all purposes, including commercial).

I last requested these data three months ago, and this is a request for your latest updated dataset.

Yours sincerely

Gavin Chait

Wendy Gibbs, Bassetlaw District Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Sir / Madam

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request For Information

 

I refer to your email of 12 April 2021, requesting information pursuant to
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request can be summarised as
‘information relating to Business rates.’

 

Whilst the Act confers a general right of access to information held by
public authorities section 1 provides that “any person making a request
for information to a public authority is entitled:

 

a)to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request; and

 

b)if that is the case to have that information communicated to him”,
subject to the effect of the exemptions in Part 11 of the Act.

 

Therefore pursuant to the Council’s duty to confirm or deny whether or not
it holds the information requested, the Council can confirm that it does
hold the requested information.

 

However, I am refusing your request under section 31(1)(a) of the Act. 
Section 31(1)(a) states that “information which is not exempt information
by virtue of Section 30 is exempt information if its disclosure under this
Act would, or would likely to, prejudice – (a) the prevention or detection
of crime…”

 

The Council considers that providing information as to whether properties
are empty, and therefore placing this information in the public domain,
would place the security of those properties at risk.  Disclosure would
place the properties at a higher risk of burglary and vandalism.

 

In applying the exemption the Council has considered the public interest
test.  The Council considers that the public interest in maintaining the
exemption, in the interests of crime prevention, outweighs interest in
disclosing the information.

 

For ease of reference please note the following abbreviations for the most
regular discount codes awarded are as follows

 

MAN – Mandatory relief

NU – Nursery

RED2 – retail reduction (up to 30.6.21)

SBRE – small business relief

TU – Top Up (discretionary)

 

 

If you are dissatisfied with the Freedom of Information response set out
in this letter you are able to utilise the Council’s complaints procedure
which allows one right of review via this system.  Details can be found
using the link below:

 

[1]https://selfservice.bassetlaw.gov.uk/ren...

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint
the Act confers a further right to complain to the Information
Commissioner at [2]www.ico.gov.uk or by writing to Information
Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
(telephone 06125 545745), email [3][email address] , however the
Information Commissioner will not usually consider a complaint if the
complainant has not utilised their one right of review via the Council’s
complaints procedure.

 

Yours sincerely

Bassetlaw District Council

 

From: Gavin Chait <[4][FOI #745920 email]>
Sent: 12 April 2021 08:45
To: FOI Requests <[5][email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Complete Non-Residential /
Business Property Rates Data (Q1 2021)

 

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Dear Bassetlaw District Council,

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, and subject to section
40(2) on personal data, could you please provide me with your local
authority’s complete and most-recently updated list of all business
(non-residential) property rates data, including the following fields:

- Billing Authority Property Reference Code (linking the property to the
public VOA database reference)

- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant or ratepayer)

- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)

- Occupation / Vacancy status

- Date of Occupation / Vacancy

- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds) and/or categories of
reliefs/exemptions granted

If you are unable to provide an absolute “Occupation / Vacancy” status,
please provide the Exemptions and / or Reliefs that a particular property
may be receiving.

NOTE: While FOIs are meant to be requestor blind, these data are actively
used by national government and UK universities to inform the economic
response to COVID-19. Most recently, these data were used by MHCLG for the
assessment of support to local authorities via the LEVELLING UP FUND.

Please publish quickly so that organisations trying to support your local
authority can do so, and, if you have any difficulties, please contact me
so that I may help.

Please provide these data as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft
Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government
Licence (reuse for any and all purposes, including commercial).

I last requested these data three months ago, and this is a request for
your latest updated dataset.

Yours sincerely

Gavin Chait

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Wendy Gibbs
[11]Bassetlaw District Business Rates and BID Supervisor
Council Bassetlaw District Council Queens Buildings, Potter
Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2AH
W: [12]www.bassetlaw.gov.uk

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