Published Data about Business Rates

We receive a number of Freedom of Information requests of a similar nature during the course of the year, we have created standard reports which are updated quarterly in respect of business rates of commercial properties and new businesses paying business rates. If you request any of these reports during the year you will be given the most recent one available.

As these reports are created quarterly for public information, we will not continue to provide individual responses to requests during the year for this or similar information.  Any requests for similar information will be politely declined.

Please note that in accordance with section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the information is screened before publishing and we will only provide information where the ratepayer can be identified from our records as being a Limited Company, LLP, PLC, public body or other incorporated entity. We also do not provide the account reference number, as this information is sensitive to the ratepayer.

Freedom of Information – Business Rates Credits

Credit bill notices have been sent to all ratepayers where credits appear on their accounts.

The Council no longer publishes information about Business Rates accounts that currently have credit balances in response to Freedom of Information requests.

Information in respect of credit balances is considered exempt under section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (prevention or detection of crime)

The Council holds this information but believes that its disclosure could result in fraudulent refund claims being made to the Council for these credit balances.

This follows a decision of the Information Commission dated 6 February 2017 in respect of a request made of Wandsworth Council in respect of a request for NNDR credit balances. 

Engaging section 31 requires a public interest test to be considered: there is a public interest in ensuring the transparency and efficiency of Council business, but there is very limited wider public interest.

In favour of withholding the information is the public interest in preventing fraudulent refund claims being made against the Council, and the cost that such fraud places on the public purse.

On this basis, the Council feels that the public interest in disclosing the information requested is outweighed by the public interest in preventing the risk of fraudulent claims being made.

The following Freedom of Information datasets are available to download:

Freedom of Information – Commercial Properties

Visit the related downloads 'Commercial Properties in Southend' this data provides the following.

  • Billing Authority Reference
  • Liable Party Name (personal data removed)
  • Property Address
  • Postcode
  • Liability Start Date
  • Property Description
  • RV
  • SBRR Indicator  Y/N
  • Mandatory/Discretionary Relief Code

Further information is available on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website.

Freedom of Information – New Businesses

You can download the 'New Business Rates accounts' that have become newly responsible for business rates; this data provides the following:

  • Billing Authority Reference
  • Liable Party Name (personal data removed)
  • Property Address
  • Postcode
  • Date Account Created
  • Liability Start Date
  • Property Description
  • RV

Contact Business Rates

Telephone: 01702 215001

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