Business Rates Assessments and Reliefs

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Dear Chesterfield Borough Council,

I understand that your council regularly publishes information on business/non-domestic rated properties, However recent datasets do not confirm whether properties in your area are subject to Retail Relief/Discount.
We therefore request a list detailing all current Rateable Value assessments and which accounts are, and which are not, subject to some form rate relief (eg. Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR), charitable, empty relief, retail relief). Please include the following columns insofar as possible.
• Full Postal Address
• Rating Description (e.g. offices, workshop etc.)
• Correspondence Address (if different from Full Postal Address)
• Account Name
• Account No./Ref.
• Property Ref
• RV 2017
• RV 2010
• SBRR (discount, not multiplier) – yes or no
• Retail Relief/Discount – yes or no
• Vacant – yes or no
• Other relief (e.g. charity, hardship, rural, community & amateur sports clubs etc.) – yes or no
• Current liability start date

Yours faithfully,

Tom Snowdon

Julie Sparks, Chesterfield Borough Council

Dear Mr Snowdon,

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Dear Chesterfield Borough Council,

I understand that your council regularly publishes information on
business/non-domestic rated properties, However recent datasets do not
confirm whether properties in your area are subject to Retail
Relief/Discount.

We therefore request a list detailing all current Rateable Value
assessments and which accounts are, and which are not, subject to some
form rate relief (eg. Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR), charitable, empty
relief, retail relief). Please include the following columns insofar as
possible.

• Full Postal Address
• Rating Description (e.g. offices, workshop etc.)
• Correspondence Address (if different from Full Postal Address)
• Account Name
• Account No./Ref.
• Property Ref
• RV 2017
• RV 2010
• SBRR (discount, not multiplier) – yes or no
• Retail Relief/Discount – yes or no
• Vacant – yes or no
• Other relief (e.g. charity, hardship, rural, community & amateur sports
clubs etc.) – yes or no
• Current liability start date

Yours faithfully,

Tom Snowdon

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Julie Sparks, Chesterfield Borough Council

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Dear Sir,

 

Please find attached my response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

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Dear Julie Sparks,

Thank you for your response, however I am obviously disappointed that you cannot provide information on which properties are in receipt of retail relief. I am also confused as to why your council is able to detail which properties are subject to a variety of different business rate reliefs/reductions, but not retail relief?

As a compromise, would it be possible to provide a list of property references of properties which are subject to retail relief so I can then cross-reference these with the regular list myself?

Yours sincerely,

Tom Snowdon

Julie Sparks, Chesterfield Borough Council

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Dear Mr. Snowdon,

Thank you for your email.

The programme that extracts information from our Business Rates database is not one contained within the software package that manages the database. This programme was written by a former employee before retail discount was introduced. It does not extract information that we need in order for us to collect Business Rates and so there has been no need to use resources in trying to update it.

Please find attached a spreadsheet giving the reference numbers of properties currently receiving retail discount.

Regards,
Freedom of Information

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