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FOI 3649

Non domestic rates


This is a request for information, filed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We wish to obtain the information, from the Council, relating to unclaimed Credit Balances. We are aware that all 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 and maybe considered untraceable by the Council. This maybe because Companies do not know that there is an overpayment, they may have moved premises, merges and/or changed their name or simply ceased trading. In such circumstances, the monies could be due to the creditors of that company. Exacta shall use the information requested to trace those businesses who have failed to claim such credit balances.

We therefore request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all 'incorporated' companies within the authorities billing area, including

* The name of each business in respect of which Non-Domestic Rate credit balances remain payable;
* The value of overpayment in each case which remains unclaimed;
* The year(s) in which overpayment was made; and
* The hereditament address

Please note that no personal data (as defined under the Data Protection Act 1998) is requested and any personal data contained within files concerning Non-Domestic Rates is exempted from this request.

This request is made on the basis that such information is accessible under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and that, save for the possible exemption detailed above, no exemptions available under this Act, apply to this request. Neither, is it the case that the withholding of information could be argued to be in the public interest. We, therefore, look forward to receiving this information within the statutory limit of 20 working days.

We would also like to make it clear that we are not, at this stage, applying under the Re-Use of Public Sector Regulations (SI 2005 No. 1515).


I refer to your E Mail received 12 April 2012. This is acknowledged as a request for information held by this authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

As requested I have attached a breakdown of credit balances accrued since our earliest records, for the amounts owing to all 'incorporated' companies within the authorities billing area.