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Current Business Rates Information

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Dear Waverley 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

foi@waverleybc.mail.onmicrosoft.com,

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Please be aware that due to current events requests may not be responded
to within the statutory deadlines. We are still working to ensure that
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guidance:

On 16 March 2020, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published an
announcement concerning public authorities' responses to requests for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) in view of
the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The default timescale under FOIA requires public authorities to respond
within 20 working days of receiving the request

Because of the potential diversion of resources from compliance and
information rights work as a result of COVID-19, the ICO will not penalise
public authorities for "prioritising other areas or adapting their usual
approach". The ICO cannot extend the statutory timescales, but will take
into account the compelling public interest during the health emergency
when assessing any complaint of non-compliance.

It appears that this approach will be taken in respect of requests for
environmental information under the Environmental Information Regulations
2004 (SI 2004/3391) (EIR). The EIR apply the same default timescale for a
response as is in place under FOIA.

In a separate announcement, the Local Government Secretary has stated that
councils will be able to "use their discretion" on deadlines for FOIA
requests (see Legal update, Government confirms support for local
authorities in response to COVID-19).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your
understanding.

If you require further information about our services please visit
[1]https://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200364/...

#stayathomesavelives

Our services are under pressure due to the current Coronavirus challenge.
We have temporarily strengthened our teams to refocus resources to
prioritise the immediate health, wellbeing and safety of local residents –
especially the vulnerable.
For more information visit: www.waverley.gov.uk/coronavirus /
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Dear [email address],

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

foi@waverleybc.mail.onmicrosoft.com,

Thank you for your email to the Information Rights service regarding
Freedom of Information or Data Protection.

Please take this automated response as acknowledgement of your email.
Please be aware that due to current events requests may not be responded
to within the statutory deadlines. We are still working to ensure that
business as usual remains where possible however please see below ICO
guidance:

On 16 March 2020, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published an
announcement concerning public authorities' responses to requests for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) in view of
the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The default timescale under FOIA requires public authorities to respond
within 20 working days of receiving the request

Because of the potential diversion of resources from compliance and
information rights work as a result of COVID-19, the ICO will not penalise
public authorities for "prioritising other areas or adapting their usual
approach". The ICO cannot extend the statutory timescales, but will take
into account the compelling public interest during the health emergency
when assessing any complaint of non-compliance.

It appears that this approach will be taken in respect of requests for
environmental information under the Environmental Information Regulations
2004 (SI 2004/3391) (EIR). The EIR apply the same default timescale for a
response as is in place under FOIA.

In a separate announcement, the Local Government Secretary has stated that
councils will be able to "use their discretion" on deadlines for FOIA
requests (see Legal update, Government confirms support for local
authorities in response to COVID-19).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your
understanding.

If you require further information about our services please visit
[1]https://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200364/...

#stayathomesavelives

Our services are under pressure due to the current Coronavirus challenge.
We have temporarily strengthened our teams to refocus resources to
prioritise the immediate health, wellbeing and safety of local residents –
especially the vulnerable.
For more information visit: www.waverley.gov.uk/coronavirus /
www.gov.uk/coronavirus

This email, and any files attached to it, is confidential and solely for
the use of the individual or organisation to whom it is addressed.
The opinions expressed in this email are not necessarily those of Waverley
Borough Council.
The Council is not responsible for any changes made to the message after
it has been sent. If you are not the intended recipient of this email or
the person responsible for delivering it to them you may not copy it,
forward it or otherwise use it for any purpose or disclose its contents to
any other person. To do so may be unlawful.
Please visit our website at http://www.waverley.gov.uk

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Freedom of Information, Waverley Borough Council

Dear Ms Coates,

Thank you for your request for information below.

This is information that the Council does intend to publish in the next
few months but is not able to provide the information yet due to officer
resource and time due to current circumstances.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your
understanding.

Yours sincerely,

Anastasia Koulouris
Legal Apprentice, Policy & Governance
Waverley Borough Council
[1]www.waverley.gov.uk
Direct Line: 01483 523063

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