Dear Eastleigh Borough 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.

Yours faithfully,

C Pleasants

Yours faithfully,

C Pleasants

Freedom of Infomation, Eastleigh Borough Council

Dear Mr Pleasants,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which we received on 03 July 2019.

I can confirm that Eastleigh Borough Council does hold the information requested.

The Council considers the information to be exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. This is because the information is already in the public domain and is reasonably accessible to you by other means such as our website- https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/business/bu...

Please note, this info is updated quarterly and therefore any information in between the time frame will be exempt from disclosure as the council considers the information to be exempt from disclosure under S22 of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act states that information which is intended for future publications are exempt from disclosure. This is a qualified exemption.

A qualified exemption means that a decision is made in light of the public interest in maintaining the exemption being weighed against the public interest in disclosure.

Public interest in disclosure
• As a public body it is Eastleigh Borough Council’s duty to be transparent and accountable for its decisions
• It is Eastleigh Borough Council’s duty to comply with the principles of the FOIA and relay its benefits of transparency

Public interest in applying the exemption
• The information is going to be published to the public quarterly therefore there is no requirement to disclose the information to an individual before the publish date.

Therefore it is considered that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs that of the public interest in the disclosure of the information.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further enquiries regarding your request.

If you wish to make a request for internal review with regards to your information request please contact:

Mr Ian Austin
Solicitor- Legal Services Manager
Eastleigh House
Upper Market Street
Hampshire
SO50 9YN
Fax: 023 8064 3843
Email: [email address]

If you are unhappy with the way in which your complaint is dealt with then you may apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The contact details for the Information Commissioner are:

The Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely,

Tom Etherton

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