Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Section 31)

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Dear Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council,

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, and subject to section 40(2) on excluding 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 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.

We recognise that you ordinarily refuse to release these data in terms of Regulation 31(1)(a). In November 2016, we appealed this class of refusal - specifically as it relates to this request - to the Information Commissioner’s Office and they issued a Decision Notice (FS50628943 - https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak..., and FS50628978 - https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...) on 28 February 2017 finding that “it is not correct to withhold this information under Regulation 31(1)(a)”, and that “the public interest in the information being disclosed outweighs that in the exemption being maintained”.

Note that these Decision Notices supersede Voyias v Information Commissioner and London Borough of Camden Council (EA/2011/0007) and Decision Notice FS50538789 (related to Stoke on Trent Council).

Please provide this as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence.

I'm sure you get many requests for business rates and we intend to update this national series every three months. Could we request that - as more than 30% of local authorities already do - you update and release this dataset via a dedicated page on your local authority website or on an open data service. You should find that this reduces the time and cost of this request process.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Wigan 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 Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Section 31)'.

Please note that my request for information from 30 March 2017 has not been responded to within the statutory time-frame. Please could you prioritize this as a matter of importance.

To repeat my original request:

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, and subject to section 40(2) on excluding 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 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.

We recognise that you ordinarily refuse to release these data in terms of Regulation 31(1)(a). In November 2016, we appealed this class of refusal - specifically as it relates to this request - to the Information Commissioner’s Office and they issued a Decision Notice (FS50628943 - https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak..., and FS50628978 - https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak... on 28 February 2017 finding that “it is not correct to withhold this information under Regulation 31(1)(a)”, and that “the public interest in the information being disclosed outweighs that in the exemption being maintained”.

Note that these Decision Notices supersede Voyias v Information Commissioner and London Borough of Camden Council (EA/2011/0007) and Decision Notice FS50538789 (related to Stoke on Trent Council).

Please provide this as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file, capable of re-use, and under terms of the Open Government Licence.

I'm sure you get many requests for business rates and we intend to update this national series every three months. Could we request that - as more than 30% of local authorities already do - you update and release this dataset via a dedicated page on your local authority website or on an open data service. You should find that this reduces the time and cost of this request process.

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,

Gavin Chait

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Chait,

In your request for an internal review you state that a response was not provided within the statutory deadline. However, a response was sent on 10th April 2017 and is attached again for your information.

If, you still wish for an internal review, please let me know.

Regards,

Complaints and Information Officer
Resources Directorate
Wigan Council
PO Box 100
Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 3DS
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Dear Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council,

Thank you for your response. As you can see from the public view of our correspondence (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...) your response of 10 April was not received.

However, I also note that your Section 31 refusal completely ignores my submission regarding the Decision Notes issued by the Information Commissioner specifically to address this FOI.

I shall be forwarding this on to ICO for further review.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Chait,

 

I am writing to respond to your request for a senior officer review of
Wigan Council's decision in relation to your request for information
FOI_5370.

 

My decision on review is that the information withheld in relation to
vacant properties (other than information relating to sole traders or
partnerships) should be disclosed to you on or before Friday 19 May 2017.

 

I have informed the relevant Council officers accordingly.

 

If you are unhappy with any aspect of this response you can complain to
the Information Commissioner, who is the regulator for Freedom of
Information. His website is [1]www.informationcommisioner.gov.uk and his
helpline number is 0303 1231113.

 

Regards,

 

 

Peter Hassett

Strategic Manager - Chief Legal Officer (Deputy Monitoring Officer)

 

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Dear Mr Chait,

 

Further to the senior officer review of the above numbered request a
revised response is now attached.

 

If you remain unhappy with any aspect of this response you can complain to
the Information Commissioner, who is the regulator for Freedom of
Information. His website is [1]www.informationcommisioner.gov.uk and his
helpline number is 0303 1231113.

 

Regards,

 

Complaints and Information Officer

Resources Directorate
Wigan Council

PO Box 100
Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 3DS
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