Dear Slough 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

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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Dear Tom

Please see the attached spreadsheet with the required information.

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

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From: Tom Snowdon[SMTP:[email address]]
Sent: 16 December 2019 12:04:59
To: FOI
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Business Rates Assessments and Reliefs Auto forwarded by a Rule

Dear Slough 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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Dear _FreedomOfInformation,

Thank you for your response, however there is an issue with the data, specifically with regards to the retail relief discount which has been available to ratepayers since 1 April 2019, and forms the main interest of my request. Column 'R' of the spreadsheet is headed as "rtl" which presumably stands for retail relief, however no properties are marked as receiving this relief. I find it unlikely that no businesses in your area currently receive this relief as many would meet the qualifying criteria.

I therefore request that you look into this again. If it is easier for you, could you provide a list of properties currently in receipt of the new retail relief (as opposed to the original retail relief scheme which ran from 2014-2016) which I can then cross reference with the existing data myself?

Yours sincerely,

Tom Snowdon

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Dear Tom

 

Please find attached revised spreadsheet as requested. 

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officer

 

 

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From: Tom Snowdon[SMTP:[email address]]

Sent: 16 December 2019 12:04:59

To: FOI

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Business Rates Assessments and
Reliefs Auto forwarded by a Rule

 

Dear Slough 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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