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

Gavin Chait made this Freedom of Information request to Woking Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 23 authorities

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Dear Woking Borough 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

Comments, Woking Borough Council

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Kind regards,

Customer Services

Comments, Woking Borough Council

We acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Request. Your request has been forwarded to the Policy department for action.

Kind regards

Customer Services

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Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6YL
Phone: 01483 755855 | Fax: 01483 768746 | Web: www.woking.gov.uk

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From: Gavin Chait [[FOI #437236 email]]
Sent: 09 October 2017 13:47
To: Comments
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Q4 2017)

Dear Woking Borough 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

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Dear Cicely

 

Ref FOI2017-540

 

I am in receipt of your freedom of information request. I have included
the information you requested in the attached spreadsheet. Information
relating to properties owned or occupied by private individuals and sole
traders has also been withheld because:

 

It is personal information and disclosure would not be fair under the Part
1 Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998; condition 6 in Schedule 2 to
the Data Protection Act 1998 is not made out in this case as disclosure
would be unwarranted because of prejudice to individuals, both in terms of
the impact upon them emotionally, financially and in respect of potential
damage to property. This is not outweighed by the legitimate interests of
you or any other members of the public to whom this information might be
disclosed.

 

I hope that you are satisfied with the way in which your request for
information has been dealt with. If not, the Council has decided that any
complaint regarding requests for information that cannot be dealt with
satisfactorily on an informal basis should be dealt with in accordance
with its established complaints procedure. Details of our complaints
procedure may be found at:
[1]http://www.woking.gov.uk/council/about/c... .
Alternatively, I can forward you a paper copy of a leaflet giving details.
I am also happy to discuss any queries that you may have regarding how we
have dealt with your request for information. In addition, you may apply
to the Information Commissioner for a decision whether your request for
information has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the
Act (although I understand that the Information Commissioner may decline
to become involved if you have not first exhausted the Council's
complaints procedure). The Information Commissioner may be contacted at
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF; tel. 01625
545745; fax. 01625 524510; e-mail. [2][email address]  

Terry Stocks | Revenues Team Manager | Revenue and Benefit Services
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Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey,
GU21 6YL
Phone: 01483 743231 | Fax: 01483 724032 | Web: www.woking.gov.uk
For general enquiries please call the Contact Centre on 01483 755855

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From: Gavin Chait [[FOI #437236 email]]

Sent: 09 October 2017 13:47

To: Comments

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Complete Non-Residential /
Business Property Rates Data (Q4 2017)

 

Dear Woking Borough 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

 

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the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:

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latest advice from the ICO:

[7]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/ico-...

 

If you find this service useful as an FOI officer, please ask your web
manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.