Any FOI requests received in relation to these matters received prior to the next planned publication date will be refused using the exemption under Section 22 of the FOI Act as it is information that we hold with the intention of publishing at some future (pre-scheduled) date. The existing information available to you demonstrates that the Council has a process in place to regularly and routinely publish this information. The Council recognises that at times information outside of this routine publication may be requested and that the Council should be open and transparent in its operations and more up to date information may assist this. The information is, however, freely available on the Council’s website, and there is a statutory duty and timescale for publication. In accordance with the publication schedule quality and accuracy of information is checked. To provide information outside of this schedule may impede the process and potentially impact on the quality and accuracy of the material disclosed. As a consequence, having considered the balance of public interest in favour of both withholding and disclosing information, the Council considers that the arguments in favour of maintaining the exemption outweigh the arguments in favour of disclosing it.
Popular Freedom of Information Requests will be published on this site in any of the following formats: Word Document Excel/CSV File, PDF, etc.
Requests regarding Business Rates Credit Balances
After careful consideration of all the relevant factors and the provisions of the legislation, it is considered that disclosure of this information is not in the public interest.
The reasons why the public interest favours withholding the information regarding business rate credit balances are that it may make it easier for fraud to be committed and lead to fraudsters obtaining funds if the information was released into the public domain. There would be cost consequences to the Council in the event of a successful fraudulent claim. Further, disclosure of the requested information may result in additional verification processes for refund claims needing to be implemented at additional cost to the public which would be disproportionate to the benefits that would accrue from disclosure.
The exemption that applies is Section 31 (1 ) (a) - Law enforcement.