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FOI 5164

Business Rate Credits

Request

I would like to request the following information:

We are rating consultants engaged in rating work for our clients throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

We are writing to request a schedule (on a spreadsheet document compatible with Microsoft Excel) of all National Non-Domestic Rate accounts in your billing authority area that show a credit (in excess of £500) for any period from 1 April 1990 to date. The reason for the credit might be, but will not be limited to: closed account, alteration to the rating list, void relief awarded, section 44a relief awarded, certification, and transfers between accounts or interest.

Please supply the name of the ratepayer, the billing authority reference number and/or property reference number, the address of the hereditament, the amount of the credit balance and the rate year(s) to which it applies. Please confirm the date the schedule was generated.

We do not expect you to supply details for sole traders or private individuals, partnerships or limited liability partnerships. We require details of limited companies, unlimited companies, public limited companies, government departments, and local authorities.

We would prefer to receive this information in electronic format at this email address, however, we are happy to receive it by post if that is more convenient.

It would be helpful if you were to provide any explanatory notes which might be necessary to understand the context of the information provided, although we recognise that you are not obliged to do this. If for any reason you feel this request is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0191 206 8797. If you are not the appropriate authority for this request, or for part of it, please let me know as soon as is convenient.

If this information is available on your website please provide me with a URL so we can access this information.

If the information requested contains sections of confidential information, please blank out or remove these sections, and mark clearly that they have been removed.

Response

I refer to your E Mail received 20 November 2012. This is acknowledged as a request for information held by this authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

The attached document indicates credit balances over £500 of companies currently held on our non domestic rate database up to the period ending 31 March 2012. As requested the table provides the name of the ratepayer, the billing authority reference number and/or property reference number, the address of the hereditament, the amount of the credit balance and the rate year(s) to which it applies