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

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

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The request was successful.

Dear South Kesteven 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

Customer Services, South Kesteven District Council

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Dear Mr Chait

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request

Reference No: 1116819

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which we received on 10 October 2017.

Our response is attached. Please note that we have, in accordance with the ICOs decision in the Cornwall case of February 2017, redacted the occupied/unoccupied status where it does not relate to a corporate entity.

Furthermore, under S43(2) of the FOI Act we can refuse to disclose information if the information is likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person (a person may be an individual, a company, the public authority itself or any other legal entity). We take the view that to disclose the amount of 'actual annual rates charged' may prejudice the commercial interests of the persons in question.

We have considered whether the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. We consider it would not be in the public interest to disclose this information as it could be used by others in a particular market to gain a competitive advantage that could be of greater detriment to the wider public.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me. Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Fax: 01625 524510

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely

Adrian

Adrian Johnson Tech IRRV

Revenues Recovery Team Co-ordinator

South Kesteven District Council

Council Offices, St. Peters Hill

Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PZ

•: 01476 406080 (Ext 1088)

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Customer Services, South Kesteven District Council

Dear Mr Chait

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Information Request

Reference No: 1197022

I acknowledge your request for information received into the Legal & Democratic Services on 12/01/2018.

Your request for information has been placed before:-

Assistant Director

Richard Wyles

Corporate Finance Manager

01476 406080

[email address]

Adrian Johnson

Revenues Recovery Team Co-Ordinator

01476 406080

[email address]

If the information is held by the Council, you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days (09/02/2018), subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

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 exemption categories apply then the information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you. You will be informed if this is the case.

If appropriate, the information may be provided in paper copy, normal font size. If you require alternative formats, e.g. language, audio, large print, etc. then please let us know.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact us at:

South Kesteven District Council

Council Offices

St. Peters Hill

Grantham

Lincolnshire

NG31 6PZ

Telephone: 01476 406080

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Fax: 01625 524510

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely

Adrian Johnson

Revenues Recovery Team Co-Ordinator

[email address]

The information contained in this e-mail along with any attachments may be confidential, legally privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure. It is intended for the named individual(s) or entity who is/are the only authorised recipient(s). If this message has reached you in error please notify the sender immediately and delete it without review.

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Customer Services, South Kesteven District Council

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Dear Mr Chait

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request

Reference No: 1197022

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which we received on 12 January 2018.

Our response is attached. Please note that we have, in accordance with the ICOs decision in the Cornwall case of February 2017, redacted the occupied/unoccupied status where it does not relate to a corporate entity.

Furthermore, under S43(2) of the FOI Act we can refuse to disclose information if the information is likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person (a person may be an individual, a company, the public authority itself or any other legal entity). We take the view that to disclose the amount of 'actual annual rates charged' may prejudice the commercial interests of the persons in question.

We have considered whether the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. We consider it would not be in the public interest to disclose this information as it could be used by others in a particular market to gain a competitive advantage that could be of greater detriment to the wider public.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me. Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Fax: 01625 524510

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely

Adrian

Adrian Johnson Tech IRRV

Revenues Recovery Team Co-ordinator

South Kesteven District Council

Council Offices, St. Peters Hill

Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PZ

•: 01476 406080 (Ext 1088)

E : [email address]<mailto:[email address]>

www.southkesteven.gov.uk<http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/>

The information contained in this e-mail along with any attachments may be confidential, legally privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure. It is intended for the named individual(s) or entity who is/are the only authorised recipient(s). If this message has reached you in error please notify the sender immediately and delete it without review.

Email is not secure and may contain viruses. We make every effort to ensure email is sent without viruses, but cannot guarantee this and recommends recipients take appropriate precautions. We may monitor email traffic data and content in accordance with our policies and English law.