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FOI 6006

Non domestic rates

Request

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.


Response

I refer to your E Mails received 08 April 2013 and 15 May 2013. This is acknowledged as a request for information held by this authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Please except my apologies for the delay in responding we have been exceptionally busy.

The attached document provides details of credit balances of companies currently held on our non domestic rate database as requested.