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Freedom of information requests for business rates

Information about what kind of information can be requested under a Freedom of Information request and what information is available about business premises and overpaid accounts.

What information about business rates is available under a Freedom of Information request?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council receives numerous requests for information which relates to the rating of premises used for business purposes. The council is now publishing the business rates information shown below to save the need for separate enquiries.

In accordance with provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018, information pertaining to individuals and any aspect of their liability to business rates has been redacted from the published information. The council does not publish reference numbers for any unique business rates accounts as these are used for verification purposes in communications with ratepayers about their accounts. The information is published in Microsoft Excel format and the date of publication is indicated within the respective file.

What information is available about business premises?

A full list of all commercial properties in the East Riding which includes:

  • The property reference number
  • Property Address
  • Property Description
  • 2010 Rateable Value
  • Current Rateable Value
  • For the current primary liable party (where the primary liable party is a corporate body):
    • Primary liable party name
    • Last known contact address
    • Liability Start Date
    • Any current exemption
    • Any business rate relief award.

Please Note: We will not be publishing this data during National Restrictions.

What information is available about overpaid accounts?

In accordance with the findings of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in their Decision Notices FS50619844 and FS50643256, East Riding of Yorkshire Council will no longer publish information in respect of credit balances or amounts ‘written on’ to Business Rates accounts.

In these decisions, the ICO has determined that such information is exempt from publication under Section 31(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the grounds that disclosure could result in fraudulent refund claims.

The manner in which the Council administers business rates has been audited and found to be in accordance with legislation governing the administration and collection of Non-Domestic Rates. This includes proactive measures taken to notify ratepayers of overpayments and issue refunds to verified ratepayers.

What information about Covid grants is available under a Freedom of Information request?  

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has received numerous requests for information which relates to Covid grants. To make it easier for people to access the information which could be released under the freedom of information, the council is now publishing certain Covid grant information (see below) to save the need for separate enquiries.  

Not all the information which the Council holds in relation to Covid grants is currently accessible under the Freedom of Information Act. Many local authorities have been subject to fraudulent applications from those seeking to take advantage of the Covid Business Grant Scheme. Because of this certain information is exempt from disclosure under S.31(1)(a) (law enforcement) as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention or detection of crime. It is not considered in most cases to be in the public interest to release information into the public domain which would facilitate criminal activities in this way.  

If the information you are looking for is not included in the below, it is not currently available for release under the Freedom of Information Act. Anyone who requests information relating to Covid grants will be directed back to this webpage to access the information which is currently available.   

This webpage will be updated once the above exemption is no longer considered to apply. However other exemptions may at this point come into force preventing certain information from being released, for example those relating to personal data.  

Small Business & Retail Hospitality & Leisure Grants

 Grant Type  Number of Grants Paid  Value of Grants Paid
 Small Business & Rural Grants  5,560  £55,600,000
 Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grants (£10k)  613  £6,130,000
 Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grants (£25k)  627  £15,675,000
 Discretionary Grants (Phase One)  276  £2,691,070
 Discretionary Grants (Phase Two)  135  £1,350,000

In total 420 invalid or ineligible applications were received for these grants and were not awarded a grant payment.

Please Note: All of these schemes above have now closed. And will not be updated further, as no more payments under these schemes will be made.

A number of political parties and parish councils were eligible for one of these grants, under the Guidance issued by The Government Parish Councils were eligible to receive the Small Business Grant if they met the criteria:

Political Parties & Parish Council's
 Type Total number of grants paid  Value of grants paid
 Political Parties / Organisations  3  £30,000
 Parish Councils  8  £80,000


Local Restrictions Grants 

The below figures were last updated on 25 February 2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses
Date / Period  Number of Grants awarded  Value of grants award
 5th Nov 2020 to 2nd Dec 2020  2,686  £4,375,020
 2nd Dec 2020 to 16th Dec 2020  1,461  £1,116,715
 17th Dec 2020 to 31st Dec 2020  1,460  £1,116,048
 1 Jan 2021 to 4 Jan 2021  1,459  £318,439.54
 5 Jan 2021 to 15 Feb 2021  4,126  £6,573,462
 One off payment  2,960  £13,132,000

Local Restrictions Support Grant for Open Businesses
Date / Period  Number of Grants awarded  Value of grants award
 31st Oct to 4th Nov 2020 152 £29,039
 2nd Dec 2020 to 16th Dec 2020 31 £16,458
 17th Dec 2020 to 31st Dec 2020 31 £16,458
 1 Jan 2021 to 4 Jan 2021  31  £4,702.32

Additional Restrictions Grant
Date / Period  Number of Grants awarded  Value of grants award
 5th Nov 2020 to 2nd Dec 2020
734 £725,694
 2nd Dec 2020 to 16th Dec 2020 787 £390,857
 17th Dec 2020 to 31st Dec 2020 787 £390,857
 1 Jan 2021 to 4 Jan 2021 786  £111,768.37
 5 Jan 2021 to 15 Feb 2021 730  £1,083,039
 One off payment 734  £2,171,500

Christmas Support Grant
  Number of Grants awarded   Value of grants award
141  £141,000
Please note: We will continue to update these figures when grants are paid out, at the end of each period.

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