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FOI 13640

The Council’s relationship with charity shops

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your local authority:

The Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 advise that waste produced by a charity shop selling donated goods which have originated from domestic property (e.g. from private donors) should be counted as household waste, not commercial. With this in mind:do you accept this kind of waste in the event that a local charity shop were to bring it to one of your council’s sites?do you levy a charge to dispose of such items of domestic waste in the event that a local charity shop were to bring them to one of your civic amenities sites?
If your answer to (1 b) is yes, please provide details of your charging scheme, including any different rates of charges for different categories of waste (for example WEEE items) and any plans to change your charging policies in the future.

Do you host any charity shops at your civic amenities sites, and if so how many?

How many charity shops are you aware of operating within your local authority area?
Under the system of business rates relief in England and Wales, local authorities have discretionary powers to grant additional rate relief of up to 20 per cent to charity shops within their area. To how many of the above charity shops do you:grant the full 20 per cent rate relief discount,grant some discretionary rate relief to, but not the full 20 per cent,not grant any additional discretionary rate relief?
Under what criteria would you grant additional discretionary rate relief to charity shops in your area, and do you have any plans to reform these policies in the future?
How many textile recycling banks does you directly manage within your local authority area and what is the average annual income generated by these banks?
How much would your local authority charge a charity for a licence to operate a textile recycling bank in your area?

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.

Response


Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding Charity shops. Please find the responses to your questions detailed below (for question 2 please also see attached spreadsheet)

1. The Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 advise that waste produced by a charity shop selling donated goods which have originated from domestic property (e.g. from private donors) should be counted as household waste, not commercial. With this in mind: do you accept this kind of waste in the event that a local charity shop were to bring it to one of your council's sites? do you levy a charge to dispose of such items of domestic waste in the event that a local charity shop were to bring them to one of your civic amenities sites?
If your answer to (1 b) is yes, please provide details of your charging scheme, including any different rates of charges for different categories of waste (for example WEEE items) and any plans to change your charging policies in the future. Do you host any charity shops at your civic amenities sites, and if so how many?

There are two Civic Amenity centre’s within the Borough of Brentwood, however, they are run by Essex County Council not the Local Authority so for this part of the question you will need to contact ECC direct.

2. How many charity shops are you aware of operating within your local authority area? Under the system of business rates relief in England and Wales, local authorities have discretionary powers to grant additional rate relief of up to 20 per cent to charity shops within their area. To how many of the above charity shops do you: grant the full 20 per cent rate relief discount, grant some discretionary rate relief to, but not the full 20 per cent, not grant any additional discretionary rate relief? Under what criteria would you grant additional discretionary rate relief to charity shops in your area, and do you have any plans to reform these policies in the future?

See attached an excel spreadsheet that outlines all the Charity shops that currently receive Charity Relief – the last column confirms the discretionary award. (The % amount is the number after DISC and if the column is blank they do not receive relief).

The Councils Discretionary Relief Policy is on the website - http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=2472

Currently there are no intentions to amend the policy as recently reviewed.


3. How many textile recycling banks does you directly manage within your local authority area and what is the average annual income generated by these banks? We have one textile recycling bank based in our one recycling site adjacent to the Council’s Depot. Average income is £200 - £300 pa.
How much would your local authority charge a charity for a licence to operate a textile recycling bank in your area? We have not charged for a license in the past.

Prop Desc FOI Name PropAddress 1 PropAddress 2 PropAddress 3 PropAddress 4 Prop Post Code Mandatory Charitable Relief Discretionary Relief
Shop and Premises Saint Francis Hospice 105 High Street Brentwood Essex CM14 4RR MAND80 DISC5
SHOP & PREMISES Brentwood Mind 14 Ongar Road Brentwood Essex CM15 9AX MAND80 DISC5
SHOP & PREMS Cancer Research Uk 87 High Street Brentwood Essex CM14 4RR MAND80
SHOP & PREMISES St Francis Hospice (Shops) Ltd 37 High Street Brentwood Essex CM14 4RH MAND80 DISC5
Shop and Premises Barnardo's 196 Hutton Road Shenfield Brentwood Essex CM15 8NR MAND80
Shop and Premises Save The Children Fund Su10 Baytree Centre Brentwood Essex CM14 4BX MAND80
SHOP & PREMISES Hamelin Trust 250 Hutton Road Shenfield Brentwood Essex CM15 8PA MAND80
Shop and Premises Sue Ryder 54 High Street Brentwood Essex CM14 4AN MAND80
SHOP & PREMISES Hopefield Animal Sanctuary 3 Market Place Ingatestone Brentwood Essex CM4 0BY MANCHA
Shop and Premises Oxfam International Ltd 76 High Street Brentwood Essex CM14 4AN MAND80
Shop and Premises British Heart Foundation 34a High Street Brentwood Essex CM14 4AJ MAND80
shop & premises Furtherance Of Rheumatic Therapy 51 Ongar Road Brentwood Essex CM15 9AZ MAND80 DISCXX