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FOI 9785

Unclaimed Credit Balances

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 as at 01/10/14 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-Domestice 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 regret that at present the information cannot be provided as the department is still awaiting the installation of the necessary programme to enable the extraction of such data and its compilation into lists and reports. Unfortunately I am also unable to advise the installation date; it will certainly not be within the 20-day limit for dealing with information requests.