Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Q1 2018)

Gavin Chait made this Freedom of Information request to Middlesbrough Council as part of a batch sent to 8 authorities

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Dear Middlesbrough 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

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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Dear Mr Chait

REF NO: 012232

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry, received on 11/01/2018, in relation
to Business Rates.  I can confirm that your enquiry is receiving attention
and a response will be provided within 20 working days following receipt
of your enquiry as allowed under the Freedom of Information Act
legislation.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will
let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me direct on (01642) 729696/729698 or
email [2][Middlesbrough Council request email] should you require any further advice or
assistance with this or any other matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Assistant

Organisation and Governance

Performance and Partnerships

Middlesbrough Council

TS1 9FX

 

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Dear Mr Chait

 

REF NO:012232

 

I am writing to confirm that Middlesbrough Council has now completed its
search for the information you requested on 11^th January 2018, in
relation to Business Rates.

 

In your request you asked for the following information:

 

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.

 

Response: Under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act, I can
advise you that information you requested is already available in the
Council’s Publication Scheme.  The document applicable to your request is
entitled ‘Business Rates Data – Detailed’ and you can access the
information via the following web link:

 

[2]https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/open-da...

 

Please note that the published data does not include information
pertaining to sole traders or partnerships as this information is exempt
under Section 31(1)(a) (the prevention or detection of crime) and Section
40 (personal data).

If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
contact me direct on (01642) 729696/729698 or email
[Middlesbrough Council request email].  Please remember to quote the reference number
shown above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You
should write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone,

Corporate Strategy Manager,
P.O. Box 500
2^nd Floor

Civic Centre

Middlesbrough

TS1 9FT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an
independent review.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Janette Anderson

Freedom of Information Officer

Finance, Governance & Support

Performance and Partnerships
P.O. Box 500
2^nd Floor

Civic Centre

Middlesbrough

TS1 9FT

Tel.  01642 729696

Email:   [Middlesbrough Council request email]
 

 

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