Dear Bassetlaw District 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

Dear Bassetlaw District Council,

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 faithfully,

Jane Coates

Dear Bassetlaw District Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Bassetlaw District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Current Business Rates Information'.

I submitted my request on 6th May, and a follow up email on 15th June but I have not yet received any response whatsoever from the council.

You will be aware that requests should be dealt with within 20 working days, although due to current circumstances this could be extended. However I have not received any communication from the council at all.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Jane Coates

Suzanne Roebuck, Bassetlaw District Council

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Dear Sir / Madam

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request For Information

 

This is the most information I can get out of our reporting system in line
with your request. I’ve had to attach 2 spreadsheets, one with all
Business Rates Properties and one with those who receive a relief.  Our
reporting tool doesn’t stipulate empty properties.

 

I refer to your email of 6 May 2020, requesting information pursuant to
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request can be summarised as
‘Business Rates accounts.’

 

Whilst the Act confers a general right of access to information held by
public authorities section 1 provides that “any person making a request
for information to a public authority is entitled:

 

a)to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request; and

 

b)if that is the case to have that information communicated to him”,
subject to the effect of the exemptions in Part 11 of the Act.

 

Therefore pursuant to the Council’s duty to confirm or deny whether or not
it holds the information requested, the Council can confirm that it
does/does not hold the requested information.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the Freedom of Information response set out
in this letter you are able to utilise the Council’s complaints procedure
which allows one right of review via this system.  Details can be found
using the link below:

 

[1]https://selfservice.bassetlaw.gov.uk/ren...

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint
the Act confers a further right to complain to the Information
Commissioner at [2]www.ico.gov.uk or by writing to Information
Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
(telephone 06125 545745), email [3][email address] , however the
Information Commissioner will not usually consider a complaint if the
complainant has not utilised their one right of review via the Council’s
complaints procedure.

 

Yours sincerely

Bassetlaw District Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suzanne Roebuck
[4]Bassetlaw District Revenues Technical Supervisor
Council Bassetlaw District Council Queens Buildings, Potter
Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2AH
W: [5]www.bassetlaw.gov.uk

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