363 02 24 – Business Rates Advice Contract (January 2024)

Date of Request

January 24


Dear Sir / Madam

Freedom of Information Request Business Rates Revenue Raising: Consultants

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information:

1) Please confirm whether your Fire and Rescue Service have contracted an RICS regulated firm to provide advice in respect of business rates mitigation and appeals on your own properties? If so, we would be grateful for the following information;

  • Name of company instructed
  • Date of contract award
  • Contract expiry

Yours faithfully


Dear X

Thank you for your request for information, which has been received by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (the Service) and considered under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

The Service can confirm that the answers to your questions are not held as our property services are contracted to the Police Crime Commissioner and consequently they deal with this task.

If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact Information Governance and Committee Services on tel: 0345 122 4454 or by e-mail informationrequests@hwfire.org.uk. In any such communication please include the reference number assigned (see Subject).

Should you have any queries regarding the management of your request and wish to make either a complaint or request a review of the information disclosed to you, please do so by using Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s complaints system: Comments and Complaints. This must be done within 40 working days of our response to your request. After this date and in line with ICO guidance the Service is not obliged to provide an internal review of your request.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you may appeal the decision by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF, Tel: 0303 123 1113 (alternatively 01625 545745) or E-mail: casework@ico.org.uk.

Further information on Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service may be viewed at the Service’s website: www.hwfire.org.uk

Thank you for your request for information.

Kind regards,

Information Governance Team