Business Rates

Lorna Wilson made this Freedom of Information request to Wychavon District Council

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Dear Wychavon District 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.

Yours faithfully,

Lorna Wilson

Freedom Of Information, Wychavon District Council

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Dear Ms Wilson,

In response to your request below, I have attached the relevant information that we hold.

You can use the RV together with the Valuation Office website to work out rates payable in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

You refer to the Torbay decision. We do not consider that it applies here. That case was about landlords receiving substantial payments from the public purse, not about people paying business rates.

There is significantly more public interest in one than the other.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you have any concerns with the way your request has been dealt with, please contact Mr Ian Marshall, Legal Services Manager at Wychavon District Council in the first instance. If he is unable to resolve your concerns, you then have a right of recourse to the Information Commissioner, who is the regulator for Freedom of Information.

Yours sincerely,

David Hood
Legal Officer
Wychavon District Council
Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive
Pershore
Worcestershire, WR10 1PT
01386 565284
www.wychavon.gov.uk

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Could you kindly confirm where the credit data can be obtained?

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Wilson

Freedom Of Information, Wychavon District Council

Dear Ms Wilson,

If you mean information about business rates accounts with credit balances on them, this together with various other business rates information, is now available at www.wychavon.gov.uk/business-rates-datas....

Yours sincerely,

David Hood
Legal Officer
Wychavon District Council
Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive
Pershore
Worcestershire, WR10 1PT
01386 565284
www.wychavon.gov.uk

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