Expanded Retail Discount October 2020

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Dear Bracknell Forest Borough 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 faithfully,

Richard roberts

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Richard Roberts

Thank you for your request for information, below, which was received on (08/10/2020) which the Council will deal with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no later than 20 working days (by 05/11/2020 ) unless it is necessary to consider the public interest, in which case a full response must be provided within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances and I will write to you again if this occurs.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team
Legal Services
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Richard Roberts

 

I am writing to confirm that the council has completed the processing of
your request for information.

 

Please find below a copy of your request, followed by the Council’s
response.

 

 

REQUEST

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.

 

1.            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.

 

2.            Current Rateable Value

 

3.            Account holder name

 

4.            Property address

 

5.            The billing address (where different to the property
address)

 

RESPONSE

The Council is of the view that the information requested is exempt from
disclosure under section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 –
Law Enforcement which states that information is exempt if its disclosure
would, or be likely to prejudice the presentation or detection of crime

We are unable to divulge the information as it could be used for
fraudulent purposes. For example once such a business has been identified
it could then be used to  fraudulently apply for discount.

 

 

You may also find it helpful to refer to our web page
https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/busi...
which contains other helpful information as well.

 

 

If you have any queries about this matter please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Please note that your request may itself be the subject of a FOI request
and will be disclosed in that event.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to our
handling of your request you can request an internal review.

Requests for an internal review must be made in writing, and within 40
working days from the date the authority issued an initial response to
your request. Public authorities are not obliged to accept internal
reviews after this date.

 

Requests for internal reviews should be acknowledged and the target date
for responding will be advised usually within 20 working days. In the
event that clarification of an internal review is required from the
applicant the normal 20 working day time period will not begin until it
has been received.

 

When requesting an internal review, please include your reference number,
the date of your original request and your contact details. Please also
include an explanation of why you are dissatisfied with our response.
Requests for an internal review should be sent to:
[Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commission can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Compliance Team

Legal Services

Delivery

Bracknell Forest Council

Tel: 01344 352000

Email: [email address]

Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

 

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