Dear Spelthorne 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.
Subject Line: FOI 2021_002176 Acknowledgment
Thank you for your request for Spelthorne Borough Council which we received on
30-Jun-2020. We will be dealing with your request for information in accordance
with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and have assigned it a reference of FOI
2021_002176 and forwarded it to the appropriate department who will respond
directly to you. Under the Act we have 20 working days to respond to your
Dealing with your request: While in normal circumstances we should be able to
(a) confirm or deny that we hold this information and (b) if we hold it, send it
to you within the statutory timescale of 20 working days.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and in line with Government guidance Spelthorne
Borough Council is focusing on maintaining essential services for our residents;
there is an increased demand at this time. Requests will be answered as soon as
is practicable. The ICO has stated that FOI time periods for responses are at
the council's discretion - given that staff have been redeployed with increased
workloads, we cannot guarantee a response within the usual 20 days. You should
note however that the Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent us
complying with either of these duties. We will explain if this is the case and
if we apply the 'public interest test' to our decision.
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Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames,
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is obliged to provide you with the following information about the personal data
you give to us:
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and, in the event of a complaint, the ICO.
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out of the EU.
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collect this data, therefore if you do not provide this data the Council will
not be able to respond to your request.
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your rights as a data subject, please see our privacy notice.
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