Dear Wellingborough 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

Lucy DaSantos, Wellingborough Borough Council

Dear Jane

 

I write in response to your request made under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, on 06 May 2020.

 

The Borough Council of Wellingborough confirms that this information is
held.

 

However, this information is temporarily inaccessible.

 

The Borough Council of Wellingborough has a shared IT service with East
Northamptonshire Council; and as such we moved onto the same datacentre as
them earlier this year. This has placed restrictions on us being able to
access our reporting tool necessary to extract the requested information.
However, new software is set to be released in order to rectify this; and
once implemented we will again be able to extract this data with relative
ease.

 

I must advise that this is reliant on our IT systems; and at present
resources are heavily diverted in order to support the Covid-19 response.

 

As such, the Borough Council of Wellingborough is on this occasion
engaging Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act: information
intended for future publication. We regret to advise that unfortunately
without this software, there is simply no other way of extracting the
requested data.

 

Kind Regards

 

Lucy DaSantos

Information Officer

Borough Council of Wellingborough

 

 

From: Jane Coates [mailto:[FOI #662540 email]]
Sent: 06 May 2020 14:21
To: info - Shared Mailbox
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Current Business Rates
Information

 

This Message originated outside your organisation.

Dear Wellingborough 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

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Dear Lucy DaSantos,

I refer to your email of 28th May in which you stated that the information I requested was temporarily inaccessible. Please could you let me know when it is expected that the information will be available again.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Coates

Lucy DaSantos, Wellingborough Borough Council

Dear Jane

 

Thank you for your email of 03 June; and please accept my apologies for
the delay in response.

 

It is anticipated that this will be revisited at the end of this year.

 

With thanks and regards

 

Lucy DaSantos

Information Officer

Borough Council of Wellingborough

 

From: Jane Coates [mailto:[FOI #662540 email]]
Sent: 03 June 2020 09:41
To: Lucy DaSantos
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Current Business Rates
Information

 

This Message originated outside your organisation.

Dear Lucy DaSantos,

I refer to your email of 28th May in which you stated that the information
I requested was temporarily inaccessible. Please could you let me know
when it is expected that the information will be available again.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Coates

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