Dear West Suffolk 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, West Suffolk Council

Thank you for your request for information from West Suffolk Council (formerly Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils until 31 March 2019).

Please visit our website for information on our services www.westsuffolk.gov.uk<http://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk>

For details of our published information, please see the following:

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includes the following data:

* Business rates
* Car park costs
* Contracts
* Councillors' allowances
* Fraud data
* Grants
* Locality budgets
* Public Health funerals
* Purchase orders
* Spending
* Tenders current
* Waste Contracts over £5000

Employees

* Gender pay gap report
* Organisation chart
* Pay Policy statement
* Senior staff salaries - Statement of accounts
* Senior staff salaries - Additional information including budgets, job roles and responsibilities
* Senior staff salaries - Remuneration summary
* Workforce development data

Additional information available on our website:

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* Licensing registers - www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/licensing<http://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/licensing>
* Waste service/bins - www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/bincollections<http://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/bincollect...>

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I refer to your freedom of information request set out in the email below.

This response is sent on behalf of West Suffolk Council.

Request:

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.

Response:

Please see document attached.

If you are unhappy with this response you may request an internal review of this matter via the Council's corporate complaints procedure, the details of which can be found at: https://customer.westsuffolk.gov.uk/Page....

If after an internal review, you are still unhappy with the decision, you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at the following address:

Information Commissioner' Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire

Tel: 01625 545745
Fax: 01625 524510

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West Suffolk Council is the Data Controller of the information you are providing. Any personal information shared by email will be processed, protected and disposed of in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act 2018. In some circumstances we may need to disclose your personal details to a third party so that they can provide a service you have requested, fulfil a request for information or because we have a legal requirement to do so. Any information about you that we pass to a third party will be held securely by that party. For more information on how we do this and your rights in regards to your personal information and how to access it, visit our website: https://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/privacy/h...

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