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19001 – Business rates mitigation and appeals contract

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Ref: FOI/19001


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 4th January 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


Please could you provide the name of the firm that is currently contracted by your Fire & Rescue Authority to provide advice in respect of business rates mitigation and appeals.

Please provide the date this contract started and the length of the agreement.


Sandwell MBC (Sandwell Property Services) provide WMF&RA with advice in respect of property related matters including business rates appeals. This arrangement has been in place since the formation of the WMF&RA, this arrangement is part of rolling service level agreement.

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