Dear Bassetlaw District Council,
Dear Bassetlaw District Council,
I am seeking to obtain a report under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (c.36). Could you please reply to me with the following report attached:
Unclaimed business rate credit balances.
I am aware that Billing Authorities hold on account sums of money that are due to be returned to ratepayers and for a variety of reasons have not been repaid.
I, therefore, request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all incorporated companies within your authority's billing area, including the following information:
A. The legal name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances remain payable
B. The value of overpayment in each case which remains unclaimed
C. The years(s) in which overpayment was made
D. The hereditament address
E. The legal name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances have been written back on to the NDR account
F. The value of write back in each case which remains unclaimed
G. The years(s) in which the write back was made (if available)
H. The hereditament address that the write back relates to
I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information
I refer to your request sent 3 July 2019 requesting information pursuant
to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Your request can be summarised as:
“Information relating to Business Rates accounts where a credit exists”
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 I confirm that the Council does hold
some of the information contained within your request.
Please find attached the information requested which was based on data
available as at 24 July 2019. Please note the Business Rates system is a
live system and account balances can change on a daily basis.
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:
If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint
the Act confers a further right to complaint to the Information
Commissioner at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk or by writing to
Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire,
SK9 5AF (telephone 06125 545745), email [email address] , however
the Information Commissioner will not usually consider a complaint if the
complainant has not exhausted the Council’s complaints procedure.
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