I am a researcher in Economics at University College London.
For my research, I would need the council tax discount/premium on second homes, on homes empty for longer than 6 months and homes empty for longer than 2 years as a percentage of the standard council tax in your council from 2009 to 2018.
The following link contains an excel template of the exact information I would need for my research:
Could you please send me an excel file that replicates the template with the tax premium/discounts applied in your council?
By law you should respond to my request within 20 working days. My request was sent more than a month ago, could you please answer to my email?
Let me know if you have any question.
Dear Worcester City Council,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Worcester City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Council tax on empty homes and second homes in 2009-2018'.
Let me clarify again what information I would need.
For each year from 2009 to 2018:
1) the council tax on second homes (class A), as a percentage of the standard council tax rate
2) the council tax on homes empty for longer than 6 months (unfurnished), as a percentage of the standard council tax rate
3) the council tax on homes empty for longer than 2 years (unfurnished), as a percentage of the standard council tax rate.
I am writing in response to a Freedom of Information request that you
submitted to Worcester City Council via the What Do They Know website. It
has recently come to the attention of the Council that a number of email
requests submitted to us have not been received.
This issue has been investigated and rectified. However we are now aware
that a number of historic requests on What Do They Know have unfortunately
gone unanswered due to this issue.
Please accept our sincerest apologies that we have not responded to your
request, and for the significant period of time that has elapsed between
you submitting the request and us becoming aware of this problem. We
understand that the information you requested may no longer be of value to
you, however should you still wish to request this information or submit a
different request, you can do so using our webform which is available via
the link below:
Worcester City Council takes its responsibilities under the Freedom of
information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations very
seriously, and strives to respond to any requests made under this
legislation within the statutory timescales. Please be assured that your
experience in this case is not reflective of the Council’s attitude
towards access to information and transparency, and any future requests
that you submit to us will be responded to appropriately and promptly.
Worcester City Council
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