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

Gavin Chait made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 184 authorities

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan 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 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

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Gavin Chait


We trust this finds you well.


Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information


We can advise that Wirral Borough Council publishes National Non-Domestic
Rates (NNDR) records as a dataset on at the following link;

These records are updated every three months the information is also
published as part of our Publication Scheme at


However the Council does note that the most recent published data is from
October 2019 and that you requested data three months ago and that this
request is now for the latest updated dataset.   The Council is working
towards the next update and it is due as soon as this is possible, the new
discount will also be included in the datasets we prepare from July 2020. 
We therefore ask for your continued patience in this matter, please do
continue to view the website for any updates   



Your request is therefore refused under Section 22 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, ‘information intended for future publication’, is
also relied upon, S22 states that a definitive date for publication does
not need to be set, but that the public body should be in receipt of the
information and have a settled intention to release it into the public
domain.  By proactively incorporating NNDR data into our Publication
Scheme, the Council is displaying its commitment to openness and


You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to ask for an internal review of the refusal of the information requested.
Please direct any request for an internal review to
[4][Wirral Borough Council request email] and your request will be allocated for

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of an internal review you also
have the right to complain to the information Commissioner, who can be
contacted at [5]



Please also be advised due to current pressures on the Council’s resources
and workforce, due to the Corona Virus; you may experience a delay in
response to any clarification/review/new enquiries you submit.
we therefore ask for your continued patience and understanding in relation
to these matters.


Yours sincerely



Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

Treasury Building

Cleveland Street

CH41 1AH

[6]Tel:0151 691 8397

Email:[7][Wirral Borough Council request email]

Visit our website: [8]




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