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Business Rate Accounts

Requested on
Wed 3rd September, 2014
Reference
FOI 4930
Resolution
Information provided

Question

I would be grateful if you would provide a report, by way of one Excel spreadsheet, with the following columns and data for ALL business premises where Small Business Rate Relief has been awarded, the effective date of small business rate relief and the date the current ratepayer became liable for business rates. The information provided must be correct as at the date of this request.

Column 1: Property Reference
Column 2: Property Address (excl. Post code)
Column 3: Post code
Column 4: Ratepayer
Column 5: Rateable Value for Valuation Period 2010-2017
Column 6: Effective Date of Small Business Rate Relief
Column 7: Effective Date Ratepayer became liable for Business Rates

Answer

In response to the changes to the Freedom of Information Act brought in by the Protection of Freedoms Act, we will now be publishing our Business Rate information as a dataset on our webpages.  This dataset will be updated on a quarterly basis as a minimum.
Please use the following link to access the dataset and to find details of how this data may be re-used.
http://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/business_rates_dataset

You state in your request that the information provided must be correct as at the date of your request.  Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act provides an exemption to disclosure when the requested data is intended for future publication and we have set out on our Business Rates dataset webpage the minimum frequency with which we intended to publish updates to the dataset.  As Section 22 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. The Information Commissioner has suggested that the factors that would weigh in favour of disclosure would include:
• Furthering the understanding and participation in the public debate of issues of the day.
• Promoting accountability and transparency by public authorities for decisions taken by them.
• Promoting accountability and transparency in the spending of public money.
• Allowing individuals, companies and other bodies to understand decisions made by public authorities affecting their lives.
• Bringing to light information affecting public health and safety.
Given the nature of the exemption in this case, i.e. that the exempted information is intended for future publication it is our opinion that none of these factors weigh in favour of the public interest in disclosing that information over maintaining the exemption as none of these factors would be prejudiced by waiting for the publication of the latest information.  

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