Request For Information Under The Freedom Of Information Act 2000

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan North Lanarkshire Council.

Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

In accordance with the provisions specified within the above Act I hereby request the following information.
All information requested relates to Business Rates.
This request for information falls within the parameters of the Act but if you require clarification on any of the points above or should you wish to discuss this further then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Required Information;- A list of all live business rates accounts with a 2017 list Rateable Value.
• Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference Number) of the property on which the charge is made. Please note that this is not the Rate Demand or Rate Account Number.
• Current rateable value
• Account holder name
• Property address
• The billing address (where different to the property address), the contact telephone number and email address
• The date the current ratepayer became liable for the business rates – we do not require any historical account liability dates only the current ratepayers liability start date
• whether a property is empty or occupied
• Where a property is currently empty please provide the date the ratepayer became liable for empty rates
• Where there is an exemption on the account please provide the start and end date and type of exemption applied (e.g. listed building)
• Where there is a relief on the account please provide the date it was applied and the type of relief (e.g. Retail Discount)
• We do not require any personal information or sole traders.
Please provide the information in an electronic, spreadsheet format ideally excel. The Act requires that a response be provided within a period of 20 working days from the date hereof.

Yours faithfully,

Richard roberts

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council


Dear Mr


Request for


I refer to your email dated 10 July 2020 seeking information in relation
to business rates.


Having investigated, I can advise that the information you seek if
publicly available on the Council’s website and as you may know Section 25
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides an absolute
exemption for information that is already accessible. For ease of
reference, the link to the information is as follows:-



I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre,
Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB. Accordingly, if you are
dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the
Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions.


I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act. Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the
applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must
also specify the request for information to which the requirement for
review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the
matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local
authority to issue such a decision. The Scottish Information Commissioner
can be contacted as follows:-


Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16 9DS

email: [2][email address]


Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -




I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose. If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.


Yours sincerely




Jacqueline Keachie

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Working from home

Contact by email


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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

i have followed the link provided to your FOI data, however, you publish your data in PDF format and i have requested it in excel if possible please?

Yours faithfully,

Richard roberts

Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr. Roberts

Due to the large number of FOI enquires the Council receives for Business Rate Data, it was decided to make this information publically available on our website to assist requestors and, reduce the burden on the Council of continually providing bespoke responses for this information.

While I appreciate that this is not the format you would prefer, the information sought is publically available and the Section 25 exemption applies to your request.

I hope this further explanation is of assistance and I can advise that the Council is working on providing the information on our website in other formats.

Kind Regards

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
Democratic and Legal Services
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
ML1 1 AB

Working from home
Please contact via email

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