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Extra £320,000 in business rates from data matching

By [email protected] - 21st December 2016 - 10:24

Collection of business rates is a hot topic within the local government finance and localism agenda. Bath and North East Somerset Council decided to review its processes around business rate collection by integrating information from planning, building control, licensing with the business rates department. By using the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN), held by every individual piece of land and property in the council, it proved to be a straightforward process to combine the data held by the different departments. The UPRNs are displayed on the council’s web-based mapping system for easy access, viewing and analysing. By using the UPRN in this way, the council has been able to increase revenue and is now looking forward to use the UPRN to enable more inter-departmental collaboration.