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

Gavin Chait made this Freedom of Information request to Bassetlaw District Council as part of a batch sent to 18 authorities

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

Dear Bassetlaw District 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)

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 responding and managing these FOIs must be costly for you. Could I request that - as more than 53% 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. 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

Kerry Wheatley, Bassetlaw District Council

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Dear Sir

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

I refer to your request sent 9 October 2017 requesting information
pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request can be summarised as:
“Information relating to all commercial premises”

Whilst the Act confers a general right of access to information held by
public authorities section 1 provides that “any person making a request
for information to a public authority is entitled:

a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request; and

b) if that is the case to have that information communicated to him,
subject to the effect of the exemptions in Part 11 of the Act.

Therefore pursuant to the Council’s duty to confirm or deny whether or not
it holds the information requested I confirm that the Council does hold
some of the information contained within your request.

Please find attached the information requested which was based on data
available as at 2 November 2017. Please note the Business Rates system is
a live system and account liabilities change on a daily basis.

If you are dissatisfied with the Freedom of Information response set out
in this letter, you are able to utilise the Council’s complaints procedure
which allows one right of review via this system. Details can be found
using the link below:

[1]https://selfservice.bassetlaw.gov.uk/ren...

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint
the Act confers a further right to complaint to the Information
Commissioner at [2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk or by writing to
Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire,
SK9 5AF (telephone 06125 545745), email [3][email address] , however
the Information Commissioner will not usually consider a complaint if the
complainant has not exhausted the Council’s complaints procedure.

Yours faithfully