Current Business Rates Information

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Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and subject to section 40(2) on personal data, could you provide me with the following current business rates account data for your local authority.

Please note that I do not require any personal data or data in respect of sole traders or partnerships. This is a request for information in respect of companies, charities, councils and other organisations only.

This request is only in respect of businesses that are deemed to be occupied for business rates purposes. Do not provide any information is respect of properties that are considered to be empty or unoccupied for business rates purposes.

The provision of this information is in the public interest as your authority is currently awarding grants and discounts worth tens of millions of pounds to ratepayers. Nationally, councils are awarding grants and discounts worth tens of billions of pounds to companies and organisations, some of which have turnovers of billions of pounds. Some of these ratepayers may previously have been reported as engaging in activities that aim to reduce the amount of tax that they are liable to pay. As such, I believe that the provision of this information is in the interest of taxpayers and the wider public.

• Property Reference
• Liable Party Name
• Property Address
• Rateable Value
• Property Description
• Billing or Correspondence address
• Liability Start Date
• Current entitlement to any Reliefs or Discounts (do not include details of any empty property reliefs)
• Start date of the entitlement to any current reliefs or discounts

Please provide these data as machine-readable as either a CSV or Microsoft Excel file.

Yours faithfully,

Jane Coates

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Coates,

Thank you for your email received on 6 May 2020 requesting information about Business Rates.

Please note you can now log a Freedom of Information request on our online portal on the following link https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/your-council...

I have recorded your request for information under reference F2020.05.3342. This has been passed to the relevant service and you will receive a response by 4 June 2020.

In order to enable Council staff to continue to provide essential council services and support vulnerable residents during the current Coronavirus pandemic, we will endeavour to respond to information requests in a timely manner. We hope you do appreciate that our services and resources are being redirected at this challenging time.

In line with guidance published by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the council may make a charge for the provision of information – for example in order to cover the costs of postage (in line with the relevant postal charges) or charges for printing and copying (which will reflect photocopying charges levied by the council’s public libraries). You will be informed if a fee is to be applied before information is to be provided.

Kind Regards,

Customer Liaison Team
Knowsley Council
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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Dear Freedom of Information,

I refer to my Freedom of Information request for 'Current Business Rates Information' dated 6th May 2020 which was submitted through the What Do They Know website. A response was due within 20 working days but I have not yet heard anything from you. As such, please provide the information that I have requested or provide an update on when it will be supplied.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Coates

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Coates,

Please accept my apologies for this delay. I have emailed the service area to ask for an update and will contact you again once I have a response for you.

Council Officers are continuing to provide essential council services and support to vulnerable residents during the current Coronavirus pandemic, this has however led to delays in compiling a response to your request. We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible.

We hope you do appreciate that our services and resources are being redirected at this challenging time.

I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Kind Regards,

Customer Liaison Team
Knowsley Council
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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