Dear Boston Borough Council,
Dear Bassetlaw District Council,
I am seeking to obtain a 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.
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Boston Borough Council
Thank you for your communication dated the 3rd July where you asked for
information about business rates.
Under Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we can
confirm that Boston Borough Council does hold the information specified in
your request however this information is exempt under Section 21*
(Information accessible to applicant by other means).
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