Charity Non domestic (business) rate relief amounts

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Dear Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would kindly ask that you detail the following:

1. How many separate properties are currently receiving non domestic (business rates) discretionary rate relief as a charity? And can you clarify whether this at 80% or 100% relief for the years 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19?

2. How much is the total rate relief worth at 80%?

3. How much is the additional council discretionary (top up to 100%) total rate relief worth?

4. Are there any dwellings provided with charity rate relief included eg: for trustees?

5. To prevent fraudulent receipt of this rate relief and provide open transparency please list these business addresses for the year 2018/19 only.

6. How many investigations have led to the cessation of this charity related business discretionary rate relief arising from the misapplication of this rate relief or its misuse?

7. How many prosecutions has the council conducted regarding this specific economic crime?

Thanks.

Freedom Of Info, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear M Martin

We acknowledge with thanks your request for information held by Bolton
Council received at this office on 14 February 2019.

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Dear M Martin

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information held by Bolton Council received
at this office on 14^th February 2019.

 

You requested:

 

1. How many separate properties are currently receiving non domestic
(business rates) discretionary rate relief as a charity? And can you
clarify whether this  at 80% or 100% relief for the years 2016/17, 2017/18
and 2018/19?

 

2. How much is the total rate relief worth at 80%?

 

3. How much is the additional council discretionary (top up to 100%) total
rate relief worth?

 

4. Are there any dwellings provided with charity rate relief  included eg:
for trustees?

 

5. To prevent fraudulent receipt of this rate relief and provide open
transparency  please list these business addresses for the year 2018/19
only.

 

6. How many investigations have led to the cessation  of this charity
related business discretionary rate relief arising from the misapplication
of this rate relief or its misuse?

 

7. How many prosecutions has the council conducted regarding this specific
economic crime?

 

Further to your Freedom of Information Request, Bolton Council are
currently unable to fully identify the information you have requested, and
we require some further details from you in order to progress your
request. In particular, for Question 4 could you please be more specific
in your description of the information that you require here as our
Business Rates service do not understand what is being asked. Once this is
clarified it should also make Questions 5, 6 and 7 clearer

 

In respect of Question 1-3 we will endeavor to provide a breakdown but
from Question 1 do you understand that charities receive 80% mandatory
relief with the Council having discretion to grant a further 20% (so 100%
in total)?

 

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making your request, please contact [1][email address]

 

If no clarification is received within three months of the date of this
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for information and we will close the request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

The Information Governance Team

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Dear Freedom Of Info,

Thank you for the clarification- could you please include the word mandatory too.

I would like to establish how much charities gain/cost/benefit.

Yours sincerely,

M Martin

Dear Freedom Of Info,

Clarification of q4. Are there any dwellings provided with charity rate relief included eg: for trustees?

I’m asking whether charities are registered within dwellings that may thereby take advantage of rare reliefs discretionary or mandatory.

Clarification of 5,6,7 (see below) - I am seeking listing of charities that receive mandatory and discretionary rate relief....and whether the council has discovered or taken action against any abuses of this benefit. Thanks

5. To prevent fraudulent receipt of this rate relief and provide open
transparency please list these business addresses for the year 2018/19
only.

6. How many investigations have led to the cessation of this charity
related business discretionary rate relief arising from the misapplication
of this rate relief or its misuse?

7. How many prosecutions has the council conducted regarding this specific
economic crime?

Yours sincerely,

M Martin

Freedom Of Info, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear M Martin

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

In response to your request for information received at this office on
14^th February 2019 and after further clarification received from yourself
on 15^th March 2019, please see the councils response below

 

You requested:

 

1. How many separate properties are currently receiving non domestic
(business rates) discretionary rate relief as a charity? And can you
clarify whether this at 80% or 100% relief for the years 2016/17, 2017/18
and 2018/19?

215 hereditaments have accounts receiving discretionary relief. Charities
are entitled to mandatory relief of 80% and therefore can only receive
discretionary relief of 20%, which these 215 do.

 

2. How much is the total rate relief worth at 80%?

£2,563.052.41

 

3. How much is the additional council discretionary (top up to 100%) total
rate relief worth?

£639,071.05 (2019/20 annual billing total)

 

4. Are there any dwellings provided with charity rate relief included eg:

for trustees?

Dwellings are not subject to business rates and so they will not appear on
business rates records or be granted charity rate relief, therefore this
information is not held

 

5. To prevent fraudulent receipt of this rate relief and provide open
transparency please list these business addresses for the year 2018/19
only.

Please see attached document ‘RFI 002615’

 

6. How many investigations have led to the cessation of this charity
related business discretionary rate relief arising from the misapplication
of this rate relief or its misuse?

None, therefore this information is not held. However, applications are
considered before an award is made and are refused if there is no
entitlement to relief. Reviews are done periodically once an award is made
to ensure there is still an entitlement to relief.

 

7. How many prosecutions has the council conducted regarding this specific
economic crime?

None, therefore this information is not held

 

 

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Dear Freedom Of Info,

Please can you clarify the following- having previously responded to your communication for clarity re charities, the term discretionary rate relief should also include mandatory .

Re 1- what does the following mean? Why is there a reference to heriditaments?

215 hereditaments have accounts receiving discretionary relief. Charities are entitled to mandatory relief of 80% and therefore can only receive discretionary relief of 20%, which these 215 do.

Have you therefore listed ALL the charities receiving mandatory rate relief?

Re Q 5- your list does it include the names of the charities concerned. In one instance it’s a car park and in many others it’s the number of a business premises. Please can you include the business names with those details and the rates relief amount values with 80% and 20% valuations.

Please see attached document ‘RFI 002615

Yours sincerely,

M Martin

Freedom Of Info2, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear M Martin

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your further correspondence in respect of your Freedom of
Information Request RFI 002615. Our response to the points you have raised
are addressed below in bold;

 

Please can you clarify the following- having previously responded to your
communication for clarity re charities, the term discretionary rate relief
should also include mandatory.

Re 1- what does the following mean? Why is there a reference to
heriditaments?

 

215 hereditaments have accounts receiving discretionary relief. Charities
are entitled to mandatory relief of 80% and therefore can only receive
discretionary relief of 20%, which these 215 do.

Have you therefore listed ALL the charities receiving mandatory rate
relief?

Hereditament is the wording in business regulations to describe a business
rates assessment. It’s not just property that is liable for business rates
– land, structures (such as phone masts), advertising rights, etc are all
charged business rates. If you require just the awards relating to
property please feel free to amend your request and we will respond
accordingly.

 

The current list is all the ones that are receiving mandatory AND
discretionary relief as your question asked for a list of those receiving
“discretionary rate relief as a charity”. Therefore, charities receiving
mandatory relief but no discretionary relief have not been included. We
have 215 accounts that receive both mandatory AND discretionary relief.

 

Re Q 5- your list does  it include the names of the charities concerned.
In one instance it’s a car park and in many others it’s the number of a
business premises. Please can you include the business names with those
details and the rates relief amount values with 80% and 20% valuations.

Please see attached document ‘RFI 002615

The request was to “list these business addresses” and that is what has
been provided.

 

Do you require a further list including the name of the ratepayer
receiving the relief and the value of the relief that is also being
requested?

If this is the case a new list will therefore need to be compiled. To
prevent any further confusion could you please confirm that this is the
case and the new information requested would include the following;
account name, hereditament address, value of mandatory relief, value of
discretionary relief where both mandatory and discretionary relief is
being awarded.

 

 

Please advise us of how you wish to proceed by contacting
[1][email address

 

If we receive no response within three months from the date of this
letter, then this request for information will be closed.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

The Information Governance Team

Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

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Dear Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Charity Non domestic (business) rate relief amounts'.

In response to your question: Do you require a further list including the name of the ratepayer receiving the relief and the value of the relief that is also being requested?

If this is the case a new list will therefore need to be compiled. To
prevent any further confusion could you please confirm that this is the
case and the new information requested would include the following;
account name, hereditament address, value of mandatory relief, value of
discretionary relief where both mandatory and discretionary relief is
being awarded.

First, thanks for your patience. My response is YES I would appreciate the list to include
1. name of rate payer or business or account name
2. hereditament address,
3. value of mandatory relief and value of discretionary relief where both mandatory and discretionary relief is being awarded and annual payment amount due.
4. And Please Increase of list to include charities only receiving mandatory rate relief and include Value of mandatory relief And annual payment amount due.
5. Provide the number of charities receiving mandatory rate relief only for 2018/2019.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

M Martin

Freedom Of Info, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear M Martin

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your email received at this office on 24^th April 2019, we
acknowledge with thanks your request for information.

 

Your initial request, reference RFI 002615, will be processed as an
internal review and a response will be provided by the Council’s
Monitoring Officer outlining their decision in due course.

 

You further asked for information which was a follow up to your original
request RFI 002615. As this is a request for different information to your
original this has been logged as a new request referenced RFI 003115

This request has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and may take up to 20 working days to be processed (although we will
endeavour to provide the information as quickly as possible).

Please be advised that if an exemption applies to the information that you
have requested, the statutory period may be exceeded in accordance with
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If a charge is applicable to your request, we will advise you of this in
due course.

Please retain the reference number RFI 003115 for any future enquiries
regarding this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

The Information Governance Team

Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

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Freedom Of Info, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear M Martin

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

In response to your request for information received at this office on
24^th April 2019 which was a follow up from your original request for
information ref RFI 002615, please see the councils response below

 

You requested:

 

1. name of rate payer or business or account name

2. hereditament address,

3. value of mandatory relief and value of discretionary relief where both
mandatory and discretionary relief is being awarded and annual payment
amount due.

4. And Please Increase of list to include charities only receiving
mandatory rate relief and include Value of mandatory relief And annual
payment amount due.

5. Provide the number of charities receiving mandatory rate relief only
for 2018/2019.

 

Please see attached document RFI 003115

On 31 March 2019 business rates records show that 199 accounts were
receiving charity mandatory relief only.

 

Please note the Information Governance Team is still conducting the
Internal Review of your original request RFI 002615 and will be in touch
in due course. However, if you are now satisfied with the information that
you have received from this request you may wish to withdraw your Internal
Review.

 

 

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As per the Information Commissioners Office’s Freedom of Information Code
of Practice, should you disagree with our decision, you may appeal within
40 working days of this email to:

 

The Borough Solicitor, Bolton Council, Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

Email: [1][email address]

 

Should you further disagree with the decision following the appeal you may
wish to contact the Information Commissioner:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF

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Tel: 01625 545700, Fax: 01625 524510

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

The Information Governance Team

Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

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