Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Data Quality, Q4 2017)

Gavin Chait made this Freedom of Information request to Shropshire Council

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Dear Shropshire 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 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)

I am aware that you already publish data which mostly answers this request, however the billing authority reference number, which I use to match your data to the VOA master list, is not included.

Please could you update this and provide an updated version of your data.

Yours faithfully,

Gavin Chait

Information.Request, Shropshire Council

Dear Mr Chait

Thank you for your enquiry regarding Business Rates Accounts.

Information relating to Business Rates accounts is now available on the Open Data section of the Shropshire Council website at the link below. It is anticipated that the information will be updated monthly.

We hope this answers the questions you have raised. However, if the information you required does not appear on this page, please let us know.

http://new.shropshire.gov.uk/open-data/d...

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Team
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
SHREWSBURY
SY2 6ND
Tel: 01743 252179 / 252774 / 252747
Email: [Shropshire Council request email]
Web: www.shropshire.gov.uk/foi.nsf

Dear Information.Request,

Thank you so much for the provided at http://new.shropshire.gov.uk/open-data/d..., however the billing authority reference number, which I use to match your data to the VOA master list, is not included.

Please could you update this and provide an updated version of your data.

Yours sincerely,

Gavin Chait

Dear Shropshire Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Shropshire Council's handling of my FOI request 'Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Data Quality, Q4 2017)'.

Please note that my request for information from October 9, 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 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.

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 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 I intend to update this national series every three months. Could I request that - as more than 51% 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

Information.Request, Shropshire Council

Dear Mr Chait

Thank you for your email. We are sorry that you have not received a response to your request. This is due to an oversight. We will now process the request and respond as soon as we are able to.

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Team
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
SHREWSBURY
SY2 6ND

Telephone: 01743 252179
Email: [Shropshire Council request email]

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James Walton, Shropshire Council

Dear Mr Chait

The information you have requested is available on line at the link below with the exception of the Property Reference Number. We are currently updating the information published to include this and this will be available as soon as possible.

https://shropshire.gov.uk/open-data/data...

This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under the following exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act: Section 21 – Accessible by other means and Section 22 – Intended for future publication.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 this letter is a refusal notice to your request. If you are dissatisfied with the way your request has been handled, you may ask for an internal review. Please contact The Information Governance Team, Legal and Democratic Services, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND or email on [Shropshire Council request email] if you wish to request a review.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. You can find more details at www.ico.org.uk or by telephone on 0303 123 1113."

James Walton
Head of Finance, Governance and Assurance (Section 151 Officer)

Finance, Governance and Assurance
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
SY2 6ND

Tel: 01743 25 8915
[mobile number]
Email: [email address]
Web www.shropshire.gov.uk

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Pension Scheme Administrator: Shropshire County Pension Fund
Treasurer: Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority
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Dear James Walton,

You've been promising that the inclusion of the Property Reference Number in your Business Rates Data (https://shropshire.gov.uk/open-data/data...) for quite some time. Please could you provide me with an update as to when (or if) these are likely to be included?

Yours sincerely,

Gavin Chait

James Walton, Shropshire Council

James Walton is out of the office on 30 March and is back at work on 9
April.

 

James will respond to your email upon return.  If the matter is urgent,
please contact Sam Davies, [email address], or tel: 01743
257775.

 

If this is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act,
or similar legislation, please submit your request using our online form,
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Dear Information Request,

You've been promising that the inclusion of the Property Reference Number in your Business Rates Data (https://shropshire.gov.uk/open-data/data... for quite some time. Please could you provide me with an update as to when (or if) these are likely to be included?

Yours sincerely,

Gavin Chait

Richard Wood, Shropshire Council

Dear Mr Chait

Please be advised that the next upload of business rates open data will include the property reference number. This will be published on our website in the first week of May.

Please see: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/open-data/...

Regards

Richard Wood
Operational Support Manager

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