Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Q2 2019)

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Dear Stoke on Trent City 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 71% 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.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Chait

 

Your request for information ref. SOT80304

 

Thank you for your email requesting information about business rates.

 

Under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act we do not have to
provide information if it is already reasonably accessible to you.  The
information that you have requested is now available on our website via
the following link –

 

[1]https://www.stoke.gov.uk/directory/27/da...

 

Please note that some of the business rates data is exempt under section
40 of the Act and has not been published on our website.  We have removed
the names and addresses of sole traders where it appears that the address
is a personal one rather than a business one.  Where the address is
clearly a business address, eg. Unit 1, XXX Industrial Estate, both the
name and the address have been provided.

 

This information will be updated on our website every quarter year. Your
request therefore also engages section 22 of the Act and information for
the time period you have specified will not be provided.

 

Section 22(1)(a)&(b) (information intended for future publication) states
that information is exempt if it is held by the public authority with a
view to its publication, by the authority or any other person, at some
future date (whether determined or not); or the information was already
held with a view to such publication at the time when the request for
information was made.

 

If you do not have access to the Internet you may be able to use
facilities at your local library.  If you require a paper copy of the
information please contact us.  There is normally a charge of 10p per page
for paper copies.

 

You can find details of how we handle your personal information by
visiting [2]www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

Floor 2 Civic Centre Glebe Street

Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

City of Stoke-on-Trent 

t 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

e [3][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

Request

 

Dear Stoke on Trent City 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 71%
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.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Gavin Chait

 

 

 

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