FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

02 December 2019

The Government announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018 that it will provide a business rates retail discount scheme for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in each of the years 2019-20 and 2020-21. Guidance on eligible hereditaments was issued by MHCLG in November 2018.

Please confirm

(1)    how many hereditaments in your authority which are not already receiving 100% small business rates relief have thus far been granted relief under this retail discount scheme in relation to the 2019/20 rate year.

(2)    The aggregate amount of this relief which the authority expects to grant to ratepayers not in receipt of 100% small business rates relief for the entire 2019/20 rate year.



East Herts Council Response

03 December 2019

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

04 December 2019

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

The following link provides a list of businesses and includes SBRR and the date awarded

https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/businesses-support/business-rates/business-rates-liability

We are unable to answer the second part of the question as we have no way of knowing which businesses may be entitled to relief but have not had the relief awarded.

 

 

 

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.