Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Q2 2020)

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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 your local authority’s complete and most-recently updated list of all business (non-residential) property rates data, including the following fields:

- Billing Authority Property Reference Code (linking the property to the public VOA database reference)
- Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant or ratepayer)
- Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)
- Occupation / Vacancy status
- Date of Occupation / Vacancy
- Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds) and/or categories of reliefs/exemptions granted

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.

NOTE: While FOIs are meant to be requestor blind, these data are actively used by national government and UK universities to inform the economic response to COVID-19. Commercial ratepayer data are always of public interest but, in the midst of a global pandemic and its consequent devastating economic fallout, these data are vital to track business behaviour and guide government and enterprise adaptation to the social impact of COVID-19. Please publish quickly so that organisations trying to support your local authority can do so, and, if you have any difficulties, please contact me so that I may help.

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 (reuse for any and all purposes, including commercial).

I last requested these data three months ago, and this is a request for your latest updated dataset.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Chait

 

Your request for information ref. SOT89945

 

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Thank you for your request for information about business rates accounts. 
Your request was received by the Information Rights Team on 09 July 2020. 
This is being dealt with under the terms of the appropriate Information
Rights legislation.

 

In some circumstances we may charge for information.  If there is a charge
we will let you know, as you will be required to pay this before we deal
with your request.

 

Some information does not have to be released under this legislation.  We
will check the information you have asked for and send you as much as
possible.  If another person or organisation is named in the information,
we may have to ask their opinion before we decide what we can give you.

 

You should expect to receive a response to your request on or before 06
August 2020 in line with the legislation's 20 working day statutory
deadline.

 

For your information we may publish the response to your request on our
City Council's website, which can be found at the following address:
[2]www.stoke.gov.uk.

 

If you have any queries about this email please do not hesitate to contact
us.

 

You can find details of how we handle your personal information by
visiting [3]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 

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Dear Mr Chait

 

Your request for information ref. SOT89945

 

Thank you for your email requesting information about business rates.

 

The business rates data on our website has now been updated.

 

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 –

 

[2]https://www.stoke.gov.uk/downloads/file/...

 

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 regularly updated on our website. 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 [3]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 [4][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

 

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Being a foster carer is truly life changing. If you have a spare room and
spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career with
comprehensive training and guidance. [5]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [6]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [7]App Store and on
[8]Google Play

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Dear FOI,

Thank you very much for the data provided. However the occupation status(void/occupied), is not included. Please could you update this and provide an updated version of your data.

Yours sincerely,

Gavin Chait

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

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Dear Mr Chait

 

Thank you for your query relating to your recent FOI response.

 

Unfortunately we are unable to report on the data in the format you have
asked for.

 

There are 2 reports, Relief and Exemptions; the latter lists any property
with a current void exemption and the prior report lists properties that
are either EPRN or EPRI  (empty property relief).  Our Finance Team have
advised that you should be able to compare these against the Accounts
report using the property reference, to determine the total number of
void/occupied properties.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights Team

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Legal Services

Civic Centre   Glebe Street   Stoke-on-Trent   ST4 1HH

Phone: 01782 232853, 233020, 233732, 235965

Email: [2][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

Winner – UK Housing Awards Council of the Year 2019

Being a foster carer is truly life changing. If you have a spare room and
spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career with
comprehensive training and guidance. [3]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [4]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [5]App Store and on
[6]Google Play

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