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Dear Dudley 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.
All information requested relates to Business Rates.
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.
Required Information;- A list of all live business rates accounts with a 2017 list Rateable Value.
• Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference Number) of the property on which the charge is made. Please note that this is not the Rate Demand or Rate Account Number.
• Current rateable value
• Account holder name
• Property address
• The billing address (where different to the property address), the contact telephone number and email address
• The date the current ratepayer became liable for the business rates – we do not require any historical account liability dates only the current ratepayers liability start date
• whether a property is empty or occupied
• Where a property is currently empty please provide the date the ratepayer became liable for empty rates
• Where there is an exemption on the account please provide the start and end date and type of exemption applied (e.g. listed building)
• Where there is a relief on the account please provide the date it was applied and the type of relief (e.g. Retail Discount)
• We do not require any personal information or sole traders.
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.

Yours faithfully,

Richard roberts

Dudley Triggers, Dudley Council

Dear Richard Roberts,

Information Access Request - Information Request DMBCIR:26667
Description : Business Rates

I acknowledge your request for information received on 2021-09-09
12:17:00.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days (Freedom of
Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations) or 1 month
from receipt (Data Protection access requests).

For your information, the Acts and Regulations define a number of
exemptions which may prevent release of the information you have
requested. There will be an assessment and if any of the exemption
categories apply then the information may not be released. In some
circumstances the decision to release information, or not, will be based
on a public interest test. You will be advised of any considerations,
subsequent decisions and your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to
release the information to you. You will be informed if this is the case,
including your rights of appeal.

Unless otherwise requested the information may be provided in electronic
format, paper copy, normal font size. If you require alternative formats,
e.g. language, audio, large print, etc. then please let me know.

There may be a fee payable for this information. This will be considered
and you will be informed if a fee is payable. In this event the fee must
be paid before the information is processed and released. The time limit
for responses is suspended until receipt of the payment.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact the Information
Governance Officer at Dudley MBC, The Council House, Dudley, West
Midlands, DY1 1HF, telephone 0300 555 8283, e-mail
[Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council request email] .

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information/Environmental Information requests will be subject to
copyright protection. In most cases the copyright will be owned by Dudley
MBC. The copyright in other information may be owned by another person or
organisation, as indicated in the information itself. You are free to use
any information supplied for your own use, including for non-commercial
research purposes. The information may also be used for the purposes of
news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by
publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require
the permission of the copyright owner.

For information where the copyright is owned by the Council details of the
conditions on re-use can be found on our website at www.dudley.gov.uk.

For information where the copyright is owned by another person or
organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their
permission.

Yours sincerely,

The Information Governance Team
Council House
Priory Road
Dudley
West Midlands
DY1 1HF
[Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council request email]

Information Governance, Dudley Council

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  [2]Residents

Corporate Information Governance Team

3/5 St James’s Road, Dudley West Midlands. DY1 1HP

Tel: (01384) 815607 Fax: (01384) 815660

Email:[Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council request email]

[1]www.dudley.gov.uk
Our ref: 26667 Direct Line: 01384 Date: 08/10/2021
816956

 

 

Dear ,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request 26667

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 09/09/2021. In
accordance with Section 1 (1), (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
I can confirm that we hold the information requested. Please accept our
apologies in the delay in responding. Our response is as follows.

 

Your Request

 

Required Information;- A list of all live business rates accounts with a
2017 list Rateable Value.

 

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

 

• Current rateable value

 

• Account holder name

 

• Property address

 

• The billing address (where different to the property address), the
contact telephone number and email address

 

• The date the current ratepayer became liable for the business rates – we
do not require any historical account liability dates only the current
ratepayers liability start date

 

• whether a property is empty or occupied

 

• Where a property is currently empty please provide the date the
ratepayer became liable for empty rates

 

• Where there is an exemption on the account please provide the start and
end date and type of exemption applied (e.g. listed building)

 

• Where there is a relief on the account please provide the date it was
applied and the type of relief (e.g. Retail Discount)

 

• We do not require any personal information or sole traders.

 

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.

 

 

Our Response

Please note that we are unable to provide information on whether a
property is empty or occupied under Section 31 Law enforcement It is not
in the interests of the public to release this information because the
disclosure of a list of empty properties, beyond what we publish now,
would make the properties a target of crime.

Providing the addresses of empty properties could lead to vandalism,
squatting and criminal actions in respect of these properties.
The exemption under Section 31 (1)(a) relates to Law enforcement and is
engaged when disclosure of the information under this Act would, or would
be likely to, prejudice the prevention or detection of crime. As Section
31(1) is a qualified exemption, we are also required to decide, on a case
by case basis, whether the public interest in maintaining this exemption
outweighs the public interest in its disclosure.

Furthermore the billing address where different to the property address,
contact telephone and email address is exempt from disclosure as it
contains personal information under Section 40 of the FOIA. Any contact
details already in the public domain can be obtained from Companies House
(section 22, already accessible)

 

Please see attached document for all other information requested

 

In line with the FOIA 2000, this letter acts a partial refusal notice

 

If this does not answer your question, then you may submit a further
request; it would be helpful if you could refine your request so that we
can advise what may be provided under the Freedom of Information Act and
any cost implications.

 

If you do have difficulty in accessing the information please contact
Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345 who will be able to assist you.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a comment or complaint, or request a review of
the decision, you should write to the Freedom of Information Officer at
Dudley MBC, The Council House, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HF, telephone
0300 555 2345, e-mail [3][Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council request email].

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

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 Dudley MBC.

 

The Information Commissioner may be contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

[4]www.ico.org.uk

 

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 requests will be subject to copyright protection. In
most cases the copyright will be owned by Dudley MBC. The copyright in
other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as
indicated in the information itself. You are free to use any information
supplied for your own use, including for non-commercial research purposes.
The information may also be used for the purposes of news reporting.
However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the
information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of
the copyright owner.

 

For information where the copyright is owned by the Council details of
the conditions on re-use can be found on our website at
[5]www.dudley.gov.uk.

 

For information where the copyright is owned by another person or
organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their
permission.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Raj Singh
Information Governance Officer

Corporate Information Governance
Finance & Legal
Dudley Council 
3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
01384 816956
[6]www.dudley.gov.uk

 

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