Case Ref: FS50344666 Date: 24/05/2011 Public Authority: Birmingham City Council Summary: The complainant asked the Council to release the details of any discretionary or mandatory rate relief granted to the Scientology Religious Education College (COSREC) in the last 5 years. Specifically, he requested to know why such relief had been granted and to be provided with a copy of COSREC’s application for such relief and any information it submitted to the Council in support of this application. The Council informed the complainant that COSREC has been in receipt of discretionary rate relief since at least 1999 and explained why COSREC met the assessment criteria. It confirmed that COSREC’s award was reviewed in 2005 and COSREC submitted a revised application and supporting evidence at this time. However, the Council informed the complainant that it could not provide a copy of this information, as it had either been lost or destroyed. As the complainant remained dissatisfied, he approached the Commissioner. The Commissioner has undertaken a detailed investigation and he has concluded that on the balance of probabilities the requested information has either been lost or destroyed by the Council in error. As there are no steps the Commissioner can order by way of a Decision Notice to remedy this situation he requires no further action to be taken. Section of Act/EIR & Finding: FOI 1 - Complaint Partly Upheld http://www.ico.gov.uk/~/media/documents/decisionnotices/2011/fs_50344666.ashx WT.