Current Business Rates Information

Jane Coates made this Freedom of Information request to Northumberland County Council

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Dear Northumberland County 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

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 7756  

Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Dear Northumberland County Council,

I refer to my Freedom of Information request for 'Current Business Rates Information' dated 3rd June 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

FOI Mailbox,

Dear Ms Coates,
Please accept our apologies but due to the ongoing pandemic we have had to
divert resources which has resulted in delays in dealing with requests.  

As you will appreciate in the current circumstances, the Council is under
extreme pressure to ensure the most Business Critical services are
prioritised and to ensure our residents needs are fully supported. This
has had an impact on the resources from the services you have been dealing
with.

However, we have forwarded your email to the area which is dealing with
your request and they will contact you directly.
kind regards
Julia

Information Governance Office

(t)  0345 600 6400

(e) [email address]

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From: Jane Coates <[FOI #668669 email]>
Sent: 22 July 2020 09:13
To: FOI Mailbox <[email address]>
Subject: Re: FOI/EIR Acknowledgement
 
Dear Northumberland County Council,

I refer to my Freedom of Information request for 'Current Business Rates
Information' dated 3rd June 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

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Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 7756

Date: 25 August 2020

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to business
rates.  Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding.

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides 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 (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it.

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions.

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested.  The information is available by accessing the following
link: http://opendata.northumberland.gov.uk/da.... Unfortunately the
latest datasets are not available online so they are attached to this
email.

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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]

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There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours faithfully

FOI Coordinator - Revenues & Benefits
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk