Dear Lincoln 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 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.
Dear Mr Chait,
I refer to your request for information received on 18-10-17 in relation
to the above.
I confirm that your request is being considered under the above Act. You
will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of
20 working days, subject to the information not being exempt or containing
a reference to a third party.
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print, etc. then please let me know.
For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemptions categories apply then the
information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.
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Information Officer, City of Lincoln Council, City Hall, Beaumont Fee,
Lincoln, LN1 1DB. Telephone 01522 873840, e-mail [Lincoln City Council request email].
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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST
BUSINESS RATES DATA
I refer to your request for information received on 9 October 2017 concerning the above and enclose the information requested.
If you wish to appeal against the handling of your request then please contact the Freedom of Information Officer at the City of Lincoln Council, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DB. Telephone 01522 873441 or e-mail [Lincoln City Council request email].
Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner at:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Telephone: 01625 545 700 www.ico.org.uk
T 01522 873840
City of Lincoln Council
City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DD
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