Dear Bedford Borough Council,
Dear Bassetlaw District Council,
I am seeking to obtain an up to date report under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (c.36). Could you please reply to me with the following report attached:
Unclaimed business rate credit balances.
I am aware that Billing Authorities hold on account sums of money that are due to be returned to ratepayers and for a variety of reasons have not been repaid.
I, therefore, request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all incorporated companies within your authority's billing area, including the following information:
A. The legal name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances remain payable
B. The value of overpayment in each case which remains unclaimed
C. The years(s) in which overpayment was made
D. The hereditament address
E. The legal name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances have been written back on to the NDR account
F. The value of write back in each case which remains unclaimed
G. The years(s) in which the write back was made (if available)
H. The hereditament address that the write back relates to
I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.
Thank you for your e-mail requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
We will proceed with the request which we received today. It is our
intention to have the information delivered to you as soon as possible
otherwise within the statutory 20 working days.
In consideration of the request, which may be subject to any exemptions/
exceptions the Council may rely on to refuse the request, some of which
are absolute and some of which only apply where the public interest in
maintaining the exemption/exception outweighs that in disclosing the
Please note that should you be requesting information under the
Environmental Information Regulations although we provide free access to a
wide range of information through our website, access to any public
registers which we hold and for inspecting information at our offices, we
are allowed to charge you a reasonable fee for providing certain
information. If applicable, we will issue you with a fee notice. This
will detail the tasks involved in responding to the request, and
associated costs. Further information is available on the EIR page of
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Dear C Pleasants
Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000
Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the
information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to
disclose the information requested.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1. States that the information is exempt information.
2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within
Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act – information reasonably
accessible by other means.
Business Rates data sets can be found on the Council’s website as follows:
As a rule these will be updated as follows:
• Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances
• Written on and off – At least six monthly (possibly quarterly)
• Credit Balances – Bi-monthly
If for whatever reason you are unhappy with our response to your
application you are entitled to pursue any dissatisfaction through the
Council's Internal Review Procedure. Pursuant to Section 17 (7) of the
Act the procedure provided by the Council for dealing with complaints
about the determination of this request for information is the Council’s
FOI Complaints Procedure, a copy of which can be obtained on request or is
set out at:
Records Support Officer
Bedford Borough Council
Please reply to: [email address]