The actions of a small minority of fraudsters who have taken advantage at a time of national crisis has resulted in all both Northamptonshire Councils agreeing to remove the Business Rates datasets from public view. The data will put back online once the current and any future COVID19 business rate grant process has closed and all risk of fraud against this process locally and nationally has been eliminated.
At this point we cannot guarantee when the datasets will be republished or indeed if they will be republished in the same format going forward. The decision to republish will be taken in consultation with our local and national business rate colleagues.
I am also sorry to advise that for now no data will be provided to any specific requests for Business Rates data from individuals or companies until such a time as the risk of it being used fraudulently has been eliminated.
Thank you for your patience at this time.
The data includes:
- Ratepayer's name
- Property address
- Correspondence address (will be redacted if this shows a persons name at a domestic residence)
- Type of property
- Current rateable value
- Property reference
- Date liability started
- Date liability ended (if relevant)
- Whether empty rates apply
- Date when current empty rates started
- Any relief/exemption received
- Type of relief/exemption
- Start date of relief/exemption
We have removed accounts relating to an individual. For example sole traders or partnerships to protect their rights under the Data Protection Act.
We do not provide the account number as this information is personal to the ratepayer.
All accounts in credit - Following a recent ICO Decision Notice FS50619844 (February 2017) we no longer publish our Credit Balances Dataset. We agree with the Exemption 31(1)(a) arguments presented and that on balance believes the risk of fraud outweighs the limited public interest for disclosure.