Scientology rates relief: Manchester

William Thackeray made this Freedom of Information request to Manchester City Council

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William Thackeray

Dear Manchester City Council,

In respect of the following property:

258 Deansgate
Manchester
M3 4BG

please provide details of any mandatory or discretionary relief
from non-domestic rates which has been applied at any time over the
past 5 years.

If such relief has been applied, please provide:

- a copy of the application and all documents supplied in support
of it.

- the reasons behind the Council's decision to apply the relief.

Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

Christine Tzenevrakis, Manchester City Council

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Dear Mr Thackeray,

Please see below a copy of the acknowledgement of your request for
information.

Thank you.

Christine Tzenevrakis
Revenues and Benefits Complaints Coordinator

Manchester City Council
Revenues & Benefits Unit
Corporate Services Dept
Alexandra House
Moss Lane East
Moss Side
Manchester
M15 5NX

External phone 0161 953 8400
Internal phone 811 8400
Fax 0161 274 7214
Text phone 0161 953 8301

E-mail [1][email address]

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Paul Byrne, Manchester City Council

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Paul Byrne
Business Rates & Overpayments Manager
Revenues Unit P.O. Box 466 Manchester M16 6AT

Telephone 0161-953-8203
Facsimile 0161-274-7216
Textphone 0161-953-8301
e. mail [email address]
web site www.manchester.gov.uk

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William Thackeray

Dear Manchester City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Manchester City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Scientology rates relief: Manchester'.

My reason for requesting an internal review is:

- contact information could be redacted.

- the Information Tribunal has determined[1] that there is a legitimate interest of the public in the release of this information.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sc...

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

[1] Thackeray v IC & City of London, decision para 46: "46. The Tribunal upheld the IC’s Decision Notice and dismissed the
appeal. It noted that Mr Thackeray sought an understanding of the
reasons behind the decision taken by the Council that COSREC was
entitled to rate relief. In the Tribunal’s view, this would be
better satisfied by disclosure of the underlying facts taken into
account by the Council. In its view the case for disclosure was
likely to be stronger in relation to material that was not legally
professionally privileged given the significant public interests
that arise in this case. The Tribunal was aware however that the
Council had refused disclosure of such information in response to
Mr Thackeray’s further requests under FOIA. The Tribunal wished to
recommend to the Council that it reconsider its position in the
light of this Tribunal’s assessment of the public interests in
favour of disclosure."

William Thackeray

Dear Manchester City Council,

I await your response to my internal review request.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

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Referred to the ICO.

Paul Byrne, Manchester City Council

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Paul Byrne
Business Rates & Overpayments Manager
Revenues Unit P.O. Box 466 Manchester M16 6AT

Telephone 0161-234-1103
Facsimile 0161-274-7216
Textphone 0161-953-8301
e. mail [email address]
web site www.manchester.gov.uk

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To reply please contact: Mr C. Metcalfe

Tel: 0161 953 8449

Fax: 0161 274 7216

E-mail: [email address]

Website : www.manchester.gov.uk

Date : 13 August 2010

Dear Mr. Thackeray

Re: - Request for Information

I refer to your request for a review of the Business Rate Manager's decision not to supply the information, requested on 1 May 2010, in connection with the property at 258 Deansgate Manchester M3 4BG. I apologise for the delay in responding to your request. You requested-

“1) Details of any mandatory or discretionary relief from non-domestic rates which has been applied at any time over the past 5 years to 258 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4BG.

2) If such relief has been applied, please provide:

- a copy of the application and all documents supplied in support

of it.

- the reasons behind the Council's decision to apply the relief”.

There are two rating assessments in the list where the address includes 258 Deansgate. These are described as 258-260 Deansgate. One assessment is in respect of the Basement to 3rd floor and the other, 4th & 5th floors.

I have assumed that your reference to mandatory relief refers to relief granted under Sections 43(6) or 45(6) Local Government Finance Act (LGFA) 1988 (Charitable organisations) and your reference to discretionary relief refers to relief granted under Section 47 LGFA 1988. This means that I have not included details of any relief given under Section 47 LGFA 1988 (where relief is given purely because a property is unoccupied).

I believe the information you requested in 1) should be supplied and consequently I confirm that at no time over the past five years has mandatory or discretionary relief been awarded in respect of Non Domestic Rates at these two assessments. As relief has not been applied part 2) of your enquiry requires no response.

Yours sincerely

Charles Metcalfe

Revenues Manager

Business Rates Service

PO Box 466

Town Hall

Manchester M16 6AT

William Thackeray

Many thanks Paul, that is the information I was looking for.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray