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Richard roberts

Dear South Lanarkshire Council,

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000.

In accordance with the provisions specified within the above Act I hereby request the following information.
Required Information; - A list of all hereditaments where you have granted EXPANDED RETAIL DISCOUNT for the 2020/21 rate year.
This request relates to business rates but please only refer us to data available for download on your website if it contains the requested EXPANDED RETAIL DISCOUNT data.
• Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference Number) of the property on which the charge is made. This is not the Rate Demand or Account Number.
• Current Rateable Value
• Account holder name
• Property address
• The billing address (where different to the property address)

Please provide the information in an electronic, spreadsheet format ideally excel. The Act requires that a response be provided within a period of 20 working days from the date hereof.

This request for information falls within the parameters of the Act but if you require clarification on any of the points above or should you wish to discuss this further then please do not hesitate to contact me. The requested information passes all required public interest tests and other requirements and is not exempt from disclosure.

Yours sincerely

Richard Roberts

Rates, South Lanarkshire Council

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Dear Mr Roberts,

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)

Request for information

 

I refer to your information request received by the Council on 5 May 2020
in which you ask for the information below. We apologise for the delay in
responding to your request but this was caused by the effect that the
Coronavirus pandemic has had on council staff and services.

 

Information requested

 

A list of all hereditaments where you have granted EXPANDED RETAIL
DISCOUNT for the 2020/21 rate year.

This request relates to business rates but please only refer us to data
available for download on your website if it contains the requested
EXPANDED RETAIL DISCOUNT data.

•Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference
Number) of the property on which the charge is made. This is not the Rate
Demand or Account Number.

•Current Rateable Value

•Account holder name

•Property address

•The billing address (where different to the property address)

 

Holding the Information

 

The Council has searched its records and has located all of the
information that you have requested.

 

Response to Request

 

The Council is refusing your request because the information that you have
asked for is exempt from disclosure under FOISA.

 

The Council can withhold information where one or more exemptions listed
in the Act apply. The relevant exemption is:

 

·         The information is intended for future publication within 12
weeks and in all circumstances it is reasonable to hold back the
information until the date of publication (section 27(1) of FOISA)

 

How the exemption applies to the information being withheld

 

This exemption applies because we have already decided to publish this
information, and it will be available within 12 weeks. We publish a list
on our website which has details of all liabilities created since the
beginning of the current financial year. This list is updated every three
months and is next due to be updated during the week commencing 7
September 2020. When updated this list will contain the information you
have requested and can be accessed using this link:
[1]http://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/...

 

 

The Public Interest Test

 

However, in relation to some exemptions, the Council cannot withhold the
information merely because an exemption applies. It can only do so, if the
public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public
interest in disclosing the information. This is the “Public Interest Test”
and it applies in this case.

 

The Council has considered this test and have decided that the public
interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in
providing the information to the public.

 

This is how it reached its decision.

 

For disclosure

 

The Council considered the following public interest in favour of
disclosure:

·         The Council recognises that there is a clear, general public
interest in providing access to information it holds

 

Against disclosure

 

The Council considered the following public interest in favour of
withholding the information:

·         The cost of locating, retrieving and providing the requested
information to you is not an effective use of council funds when the
information will be available in the near future.

 

Conclusion

 

On balance, the Council considers that the information you have requested
will, if released to you now,  provide little additional benefit to the
public given that it is due to be published during the week commencing 7
September 2020 and that you are not adversely affected by waiting until
this date to access the information. Therefore, it is unreasonable to use
public funds to providing this information to you at this time.

 

Request for review

 

We have an internal panel (the Review Panel) to deal with complaints from
people who are not happy about the way that we have handled their request.
Staff not involved in the original decision will handle any review.

 

If you want to complain, you can ask the Council to look at the way that
we have dealt with your request. It will consider whether we have dealt
with it correctly.  Please note that if you wish to complain, you must do
so by 14 October 2020.  You must explain why you are not happy when
requesting a review.

 

Please note that the Council cannot look at any decisions taken by the
Council or actions of the Council or any of its employees or a service
provided by it that are not connected to the handling of your request for
information.

 

You should send your request for a review to:

            Mr. W. Dunn

            Information Compliance Manager

            Finance and Corporate Resources

            Floor 13

            Council Offices

Almada Street

Hamilton

ML3 0AA

 

Alternatively, you can request a review at
[2][email address].

 

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner

 

If you are not happy with the outcome of the review, you can appeal to the
Scottish Information Commissioner.  The Commissioner will decide whether
the Council has dealt with your request properly. Please see the
Commissioner’s website at [3]www.itspublicknowledge.info for further
details.

Yours sincerely

 

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Fraser Morrison

Revenues and Benefits Manager

 

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via
[5]www.contactscotland-bsl.org.

 

 

More information

More information about contactSCOTLAND-BSL can be found at their website
[6]https://contactscotland-bsl.org/

 

 

 

 

South Lanarkshire Council

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