Dear Ashford Borough Council,
In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, and subject to section 40(2) on personal data, could you please provide me with a complete and up-to-date list of all business (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and including the following fields:
- Billing Authority Property Reference Code (linking the property to the VOA database reference)
- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant)
- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)
- Occupied / Vacant
- Date of Occupation / Vacancy
- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds)
If you are unable to provide an absolute “Occupation / Vacancy” status, please provide the Exemptions and / or Reliefs that a particular property may be receiving.
Please provide these data as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence (meaning reuse for any and all purposes, including commercial).
I last requested this data three months ago, and this is a request for an updated and current dataset.
I'm sure you get many requests for business rates and responding and managing these FOIs must be costly for you. Could I request that - as 65% of local authorities now do - you update and release this dataset via a dedicated page on your local authority website or on an open data service. I can recommend approaches for you to consider, and you should find that this reduces the time and cost of this request process.
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Ashford Borough Council
Dear Gavin Chait FOI ref 6028 Thank you for your Freedom of information
request with regards to business rates in the authority. We receive a
number of very similar requests weekly and answering these on an
individual bases has proven to be a huge drain on resources. With this in
mind and to try and answer requests as quickly as possible, we produce a
standardised set of reports on a quarterly base. Any requests which are
received in that quarter will receive the same standardised reports as
answers. Please accept these as answers to your request. However if you
feel that these reports do not answer your request, please respond with
clarification as to what additional information you require. Report ones
shows the standardised business rate report, Report two shows information
about accounts that are in credit, Kind regards Tom Swain| Governance and
Data Protection Officer| Policy and Performance | Ashford Borough Council
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