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13 - 28 Feb 2017

 

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10219

 

Any estimates, provided either to the Home Office or your Regional Strategic Migration Partnership in the last 12 months, of the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children or unaccompanied refugee children that can be supported by the council.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Answer:

Bedford Borough Council has provided no estimates as to the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) it is able to support either to the Regional Strategic Migration Partnership (RSMP) or to the Home Office. An agreement with the RSMP means that the Local Authority should not hold more than 0.07% of its children’s population as under 18 UASC. This figure is 26.

21/2/17

 

10220

 

I would like to make an FOI request regarding the domiciliary care services procured by the Council (the date today is the 13th February 2017)?  I would like to enquire as to:

-  How many domiciliary care hours are commissioned per week by the Council, as well as the average hourly spend on care where possible?

- How many care providers are contracted to deliver domiciliary care on behalf of the Council?

-  Whether the Council mandates that electronic call monitoring has to be used within its contracts? If so, does the mandate request that the same ECM system is used across all contracts, or do care providers get to choose their ECM system?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

How many domiciliary care hours are commissioned per week by the Council, as well as the average hourly spend on care where possible? 8,022 hours, average £14.65 for external providers.

How many care providers are contracted to deliver domiciliary care on behalf of the Council? 29.

Whether the Council mandates that electronic call monitoring has to be used within its contracts? If so, does the mandate request that the same ECM system is used across all contracts, or do  care providers get to choose their ECM system? Yes – CM2000.

13/3/17

 

10221

 

1. A record of road accidents involving council vehicles during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years.

For each accident please detail:

a) the date (DD/MM/YYYY) of the accidents

b) the number of people killed or injured, if applicable (if any fatalities, please state)

c) the department to which the vehicle belonged

d) a description of the accident, if possible

e) the location of the accident, if possible

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested, which is attached.  Please note the information provided for 2016/17 includes all claims reported to 14th February 2017).

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

14/2/17

 

10222

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Chapel Close Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

 13/2/17

 

10223

 

I wish like to make a Blue Badge Freedom of Information request.  If all questions cannot be answered, please answer the ones you can?

1) What back office system do you use to manage your Blue Badge caseload (new applications, assessment, change in circumstance and payment)?  

2) Is this a standalone system or is it part of a larger system? (e.g. CRM, Social Care, Parking)

3) Which company provides this system to you? 

4) How much do you spend per year on this system?  

5) Is this system integrated with the national BBIS badge ordering system? 

6) How do you store any application documents and supporting data? 

a) In a paper filing system? 

b) Electronically, in your blue badge back office system? 

c) Electronically, in a separate Document Management system 

7) If c), which company provides this Document Management system to you and how much do you spend per year on this Document Management system?   

8) Do you have an online blue badge application form on your authorities public website in addition to the National application form on the GOV.UK website?  

9) If yes, please provide a link to your online form

10) Can you take online payments from blue badge applicants through your public website?

11) If yes, what system do you use to take these payments and how much does it cost you to process blue badge payments through this system?

12) How many FTE staff do you employ administering Blue Badges?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested, which is below:

1) What back office system do you use to manage your Blue Badge caseload (new applications, assessment, change in circumstance and payment)?

SWIFT

2) Is this a standalone system or is it part of a larger system> (e.g. CRM, Social Care, Parking)

Part of a larger system – Social Care

3)  Which company provides this system to you?

Northgate

4)  How much do you spend per year on this system?

Unknown – part of the larger system

5) Is this system integrated with the national BBIS ordering system?

No

6)   How do you store any applications documents and supporting data?

c. Electronically, in a separate Document Management system

7)  If c. which company provides this Document Management system to you and how much do you spend per year on this Document Management system?

In-house scanning stored on Objective – cost unknown

8)  Do you have an online blue badge application form on your authorities public website in addition to the National application form on the GOV.UK website? No

9)  If yes, please provide a link to your online form?  N/A

10)   Can you take online payments from Blue Badge applicants through your public website? No

11)   If yes, what system do you use to take these payments and how much does it cost you to process blue badge payments through this system? N/A

12)   How many FTE staff do you employ administering Blue Badges? 1.99 FTE

13/3/17

 

10224

 

Please provide figures of all nuisance noise complaints investigated by the council, or the current council's predecessors, from January 1st 2014 until the most recent available figures.

Please provide a breakdown of:

1 - the month and year when complaints were investigated
2 - the town, village or area where the complaints were investigated
3 - fines, penalties or prosecutions following complaints
4 - cause of noise, be it machinery, animals, music etc.

 

Thank you for your request for information about noise nuisance complaints received by Bedford Borough Council from 1st January 2014 to date which we received on 13th February 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is provided on a spreadsheet that accompanies this letter. 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

10/3/17

 

10225

 

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

1. In the last three years, how much money has your council paid out in compensation following personal injury claims, and work related accident claims?

Please break down by total amount for the last three financial years (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 so far).

This request relates to the year the compensation money was paid out, even if the incident occurred in a previous year.

2. Broken down for the same financial years above, please state the amount paid in legal costs relating to personal injury claims - including those where cases were unsuccessful. Please also break down these costs by legal firm. This relates to the year the money was paid to the firm, even if the incident or conclusion of the case occurred in an earlier year. 

3. For each successful case (where a claimant was awarded compensation for a personal injury or accident at work), please state:

·       The year the money was paid out

·       The total amount of compensation money paid

·       The total amount spent on legal costs relating to the case

·       The type of injury, where it occurred (e.g. council building, school, etc.) and how it occurred.

·       Whether the claimant was a staff member, or member of the public.

 

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested, which is attached.

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

17/2/17

 

10226

 

Please provide a list of schools which received a moderation visit from the Local Authority service to moderate Key Stage 2 Writing Teacher Assessment Judgements in 2016. Please also include the schools' LA Establishment numbers.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Schools that were moderated in 2016 for KS2 are:-

Name of

School   

                              LA  Establishment

                                Number
Alban Middle                     4604
Cotton End Primary          2041
Harrold Priory Middle         5411
Kings Oak Primary            2156
Livingstone Primary           2006
Marston Vale Primary         4035
Putnoe Primary                   4118
Robert Bruce Middle           4047
Shortstown Primary            2150
St Gregorys Middle              4601
St John Rigby Primary        3350

21/2/17

 

10227

 

I request a copy of the quarterly public records from Q1 2016 ,Q2 2016 and Q3 2016 of the following information at the partnership level,

1. Names and vintage years of all private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate/REIT, debt and infrastructure partnerships in Bedfordshire Pension Fund’s portfolio.

2. Commitments made to each partnership.

3.  Contributions drawn down since inception.

4. Distributions made to Bedfordshire Pension Fund to date by each individual partnership.

5. Net Asset Value of each partnership.

6. Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each partnership. Please note if the IRRs are not net.

7.Investment multiple (TV/PI) for each individual partnership.

8. The dollar amount of “total management fees and costs paid” for each individual partnership.

9.  Date as of which all the above data was calculated.

10. Names of all alternative asset partnerships partially and fully sold by Bedfordshire Pension Fund, including date of sale.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested, which is attached

 

Please click here for the attachment on  Pensions

 

 

10228

 

Please tell if the local tax payers financed the electronic bus stops around Bedford town.

If so, please tell me how many there are,  where they are, how much it has cost us so far, what the annual upkeep is, and what compelling reasons our decision-makers used to justify the expense.

Thank you for your request for information, about electronic bus stops, which we received on 9th February 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the requested information is set out below.

Have local tax payers financed the electronic bus stops around Bedford town and what is the cost so far?

A total sum of £1,128,582 has been spent to date on the provision of real-time passenger information (RTPI) equipment at bus stops within the Bedford Borough Council area the since 1st April 2009.  This has been funded as follows:

•       £309,312 Revenue funded by Bedford Borough Council (this is made up of Revenue Support Grant from Central Government and income from Council Tax and National Non-Domestic Rates)

•       £36,693 Revenue funded by Central Government Grant

•       £492,868 Capital funded by Central Government Grant

•       £289,709 Capital funded through financial contributions made by developers in accordance with Section 106 agreements (Town and Country Planning Act 1990)

What is the annual upkeep cost?

Maintenance of RTPI equipment at bus stops within the Bedford Borough Council area is currently running at £56,311 per annum (estimated to 31st March 2017, the financial year end, and included in the total expenditure as quoted above).

The number and locations of RTPI equipment at bus stops Please see the list attached (“RTPI Locations 2017”).

Justification of the expense

RTPI forms an important part of Bedford Borough Council's delivery of transport information via many different platforms from desktop computer and mobile/hand-held devices to on-street displays. RTPI is provided by tracking vehicles on bus routes to show the actual time of arrival at any stop point on the network. It is particularly useful in town centres on displays mounted at our bus stops to alert customers about any delays or cancellations or indeed just to provide reassurance about when the bus is actually due. This really does provide added value for customers using the bus network over and above the printed, scheduled information. In certain locations, it allows the council and bus operators the opportunity to provide up to information should an incident or delay occur. In this digital age more and more customers expect timely and accurate information and these displays help us to meet these ever-increasing demands.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

6/6/17

 

10229

 

I am seeking information regarding payment rates for live-in care.

Could you send me answers to the following questions regarding these payments at your council:

For Live-in Care paid for through Direct Payments or as a direct service provided by the Local Authority:

1. What is the lowest, highest and average weekly rate paid to DP users to employ a live-in care agency to provide 24/7 care?

2. What rate of DP is paid for Bank Holiday working for 24/7 live-in care paid for though a DP?

3. What are the highest, lowest and average rates paid to care Agencies to provide a direct

service for care and support for live-in 24/7 care?

4. What Bank Holiday rates are paid for a direct service?

5. When were rates for domicilliary and live-in agencies first set at their current rates?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.

For Live-in Care paid for through Direct Payments or as a direct service provided by the Local Authority:

What is the lowest, highest and average weekly rate paid to DP users to employ a live-in care agency to provide 24/7 care?

We do not record the information on our system in this way to be able to answer this question.

2. What rate of DP is paid for Bank Holiday working for 24/7 live-in care paid for through a DP?

We do not record the information on our system in this way to be able to answer this question.

3. What are the highest, lowest and average rates paid to care Agencies to provide a direct service for care and support for live-in 24/7 care?

I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

Further information is available via the following links.

Hourly provider rates can be found on our website here:

4. What Bank Holiday rates are paid for a direct service?

Please see question 3 above.

5. When were rates for domiciliary and live-in agencies first set at their current rates?

October 2016

14/3/17

 

10230

 

I would like to request details of all contractors working for the council on both public sector and private sector homes for bathroom adaptations.

I would also like to ask if any manufacture is specified for the following materials; - Shower Doors, Shower Trays, Wet floor formers and Shower waste pumps.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information. 

Response

We are unable to provide this information as there is no select contractors or supplier list for the Home Improvement Team in the delivery of Disability Facility Grants. Please also note that applicants can identify their own builder and the formal contract is between the Applicant and the builder. The Council supports in the process.

In terms of public sector homes, Bedford Borough Council sold its housing stock to BPHA, a registered social landlord in 1990 so you may wish to contact them to source this information. They can be contacted at http://www.bpha.org.uk/.

It is not possible to provide a definitive list of manufacturers used for shower doors, shower trays, showers and pumps as this will depend on a number of variances based on the end user needs and site specific influences. 

3/3/17

 

10231 - 10232

 

 

RE: Evans Croft, Shortstown, Bedford

RE:Cardington Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Please could you supply the following Con29 information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

Con29 3.3Drainage is the property served by sustainable urban drainage system/ Are there any SuDs featured within the boundary of the property? If yes, is the owner responsible for maintenance?
Con29 3.7Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:

b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; (f) public healthor (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

Con29 3.11Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 3.12Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –

(a) a contaminated land notice;

(b) in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

(c) consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(6) before the service of a remediation notice?

 

 

Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

23/2/17

 

10233

 

1) the name of your local authority

These questions refer to residential care homes and nursing homes in your area.

In 2016 has the council:

2) issued a new contract to a care home provider at a different price?

3) retained an existing contract, but provided financial assistance in the form of a grant or a loan?

4) seconded council staff to the care home on a temporary basis?

5) how many residential care homes or nursing homes in your area closed in 2016?

6) how many of those closures were "short notice closures" (occurring in less than 3 months)?

If possible please state the name of the home/s.

7) how many residents were affected by these closures?

8) what was the reduction or increase in the number of care home beds in your area between the start and end of 2016?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.

1)    the name of your local authority?

Bedford Borough Council

These questions refer to residential care homes and nursing homes in your area:

In 2016 has the council:

2)    issued a new contract to a care home provider at a different price?

No

3)    retained an existing contract, but provided financial assistance in the form of a grant or a loan?

No

4)    seconded council staff to the care home on a temporary basis? No

5)    how many residential care homes or nursing homes in your area closed in 2016? 1

6)    how many of those closures were "short notice closures" (occurring in less than 3 months)?  1

If possible please state the name of the home/s?  Fenwick House

7)    how many residents were affected by these closures?   8

8)    what was the reduction or increase in the number of care home beds in your area between the start and end of 2016?  Decrease of 17

13/3/17

 

10234

 

-   How many noise complaints has the council received regarding people engaged in noisy sex so far this year? I would also like the number of complaints for the calendar years of 2015, 2014 and 2013.

-  If possible, for each complaint I would like to know the area that the noise was occurring in eg. Kempston, Elstow etc.

- How was each complaint dealt with? (i.e resolved after advice from council, taken to court etc)

-   How many people have been made subject to an ASBO (anti social behaviour order) because of noisy sex habits?

-   How many people have then breached that ASBO?

Thank you for your request for information regarding information held by the Council concerning noise complaints within the Borough of Bedford. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and I have provided answers to the questions you raised in turn below.

1. How many noise complaints has the council received regarding people engaged in noisy sex so far this year? I would also like the number of complaints for the calendar years of 2015, 2014 and 2013. Nil

2. If possible, for each complaint I would like to know the area that the noise was occurring in e.g. Kempston, Elstow etc. n/a

3. How was each complaint dealt with? (i.e. resolved after advice from council, taken to court etc) n/a

4. How many people have been made subject to an ASBO (anti-social behaviour order) because of noisy sex habits? Nil

5. How many people have then breached that ASBO? n/a

15/3/17

 

10235

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please supply the following:

1  A list of all secondary, middle and upper schools in Bedford and whether they were oversubscribed or not-oversubscribed on national offer day 2017 (1st March).

Please include each school’s Unique Reference Number (URN), DFE code, or address/postcode to allow us to identify each relevant school without ambiguity.

We define a school to be oversubscribed if, and only if, at least one on-time applicant was refused a place and the applicant did not receive an offer from any higher preference school.

If there were no refusals to on-time applicants - even if the school was unable to accept one or more late applications, or admitted over its published admission number - then we do not consider this school to be oversubscribed.

If you use a different definition of oversubscription, then please make this clear in the response.

2 The total number of places offered at each school.

Questions 3-5 apply to oversubscribed schools only:

3 The number of on-time applicants refused a place who did not receive a place at any higher preference school.

4  The admission criterion under which the last successful applicant was admitted.

5The home-to-school distance of the last successful applicant, assuming distance was used to allocate this place.

Please include measurement units and whether this is based upon a walking/driving route, straight line/as the crow flies distance or an alternative measurement system.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

 

  Response Q1&2 – Please see excel Files attached.

 

Response Q3-5 – Please see word document attached.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachments

9/3/17

 

10236

 

Under the FOI Act can you please supply us the follow information:

-  Please can you tell us the amount spent by your council on support for adults (aged 18-64yrs) with learning disabilities for each of the last 5 financial years - 2016/2017; 2016/2015; 2015/2014; 2014/2013; 2013/2012

-  Please can you tell us  the number of adults (aged 18-64yrs) with a learning disability receiving long term support from your council for each of the last 5 financial years  - 2016/2017; 2016/2015; 2015/2014; 2014/2013; 2013/2012

-   Please can you tell us the number of adults (aged 18-64yrs) with a learning disability receiving short term support from your council for each of the last 5 financial years -  2016/2017; 2016/2015; 2015/2014; 2014/2013; 2013/2012

-  Please can you tell us the amount spent by your council on individual care packages for adults (aged 18-64yrs) with a learning disability for of the last 5 financial years - 2016/2017; 2016/2015; 2015/2014; 2014/2013; 2013/2012

-   By 2020 do you expect to be securing support for fewer adults, the same number of adults or more adults with a learning disability?  Please provide projected figures, if available.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do  hold the information you requested.

 

Please click here for the information on Adult learning disabilites

15/3/17

 

10237

 

Details on whether you have specific provision to deal with sexual exploitation among minors? If so, what does this consist of?

Could you also provide a detailed breakdown of funding allocated over the past five years for:

· GENERIC SEXUAL HEALTH PROMOTION

· TARGETED SEXUAL HEALTH SUPPORT for those identified as the most vulnerable IN RELATION TO THEIR SEXUAL HEALTH (how are funds allocated?)

Furthermore, where does this funding come from?

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  Please see our response

Q. Details on whether you have specific provision to deal with sexual exploitation among minors? If so, what does this consist of?

Response: This is not commissioned by Public Health.

Could you also provide a detailed breakdown of funding allocated over the past five years for:

Q. GENERIC SEXUAL HEALTH PROMOTION

Response: Funding for sexual health promotion / campaigns is included within the Council’s Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health Provision Contract and we are unable to disaggregate this information.

Q. TARGETED SEXUAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR THOSE IDENTIFIED AS THE MOST VULNERABLE IN RELATION TO THEIR SEXUAL HEALTH (how are funds allocated?)

Response: We are unable to disaggregate this specific funding information from the Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health Provision Contract.

However, we can confirm that there is provision for targeted work for young people identified as being vulnerable to risky behaviour, such as teenage pregnancy. This includes:

 1:1 work with a young people’s outreach worker.

 School based contraception and sexual health clinics in the majority of local schools.

 An outreach contraception and sexual health nurse who visits all teenage mothers postnatally to offer contraception, advice and information.

This service is also available to other vulnerable young people who are unable to access main services e.g. someone with a physical or mental disability.

Q. FURTHERMORE, WHERE DOES THIS FUNDING COME FROM?

Response: This public health activity is funded by Public Health grant

14/3/17

 

10238

 

1 How many appeals were made and how many (of those) were rejected, within the given time period (showing chances of sucess when appealing);

2 What are the general reasons for either successful or unsuccessful claims (non individual claimant data);

3 Why are there no places (apart from side roads) to stop along long stretches of yellow lines- who is responsible for this unfair and biased policy;

4 Who (regulation body/central government) is responsible for scrutinising the reasonableness of approach by Bedford council.

Thank you for your request for information about bus lanes which we received on 16th February 2017.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1 How many appeals were made and how many (of those) were rejected, within the given time period (showing chances of success when appealing);

 Since 01/04/2013 to 31/03/2016 there were 1500 appeals rejected. This is an approximate figure as a purge is in place which deletes any information from more than 2 years prior to today.

 In the same period there were 33523 Penalty Charge Notices issued to vehicles in bus lanes. As above this is not an accurate figure due to a purge being in place.

 All Penalty Charge Notices are at different states as they progress through the statutory procedure thus why the figures are approximate.  

2 What are the general reasons for either successful or unsuccessful claims (non-individual claimant data);

 There are no general reasons. All cases are individual and are dealt with as such.

3 Why are there no places (apart from side roads) to stop along long stretches of yellow lines- who is responsible for this unfair and biased policy;

   All road restrictions are put in place to establish safe driving and parking and to manage keeping the highway clear and the free flow of traffic.

4 Who (regulation body/central government) is responsible for scrutinising the reasonableness of approach by Bedford council.

 In situations where reasonableness is being scrutinised this would  be at the Traffic Enforcement Centre stage in which a case would be dealt with by an Adjudicator.

The Adjudicator would decide if the case had been dealt with correctly and fairly.

23/2/17

 

10239

 

1. Since April 6th 2016, overall how many notices have you served to owners for not having their dog microchipped?

2. Since April 6th 2016, how many fines have been issued after 21 days of serving notice to an owner due to not having their dog microchipped?

3.  Since April 6th 2016, how much has the total number of the fines issued to owners for not having their dog microchipped amounted to?

4.  Since April 6th 2016, overall how many notices have you served to owners for not having the correct details attached to their dog’s microchip?

5.  Since April 6th 2016, how many fines have been issued after 21 days of serving notice due to an owner not having the correct details attached to their dog’s microchip?

6. Since April 6th 2016, how much has the total number of the fines issued due to owners not having the correct details attached to their dog’s microchip amounted to?

7. How many fines in total have you issued to owners for not having a collar and tag on their dog under the Control of Dogs Order 1992 in each of the last five years?

8. How much has the total number of the fines issued due to owners not having a collar and tag on their dog under the Control of Dogs Order 1992 amounted to in each of the last five years?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.  Since April 6th 2016, overall how many notices have you served to owners for not having their dog microchipped?

No notices have been served.

2.  Since April 6th 2016, how many fines have been issued after 21 days of serving notice to an owner due to not having their dog microchipped?

No fines have been issued.

3.  Since April 6th 2016, how much has the total number of the fines issued to owners for not having their dog microchipped amounted to?

N/A

4.  Since April 6th 2016, overall how many notices have you served to owners for not having the correct details attached to their dog’s microchip? N/A

5.     Since April 6th 2016, how many fines have been issued after 21 days of serving notice due to an owner not having the correct details attached to their dog’s microchip?  N/A

6.     Since April 6th 2016, how much has the total number of the fines issued due to owners not having the correct details attached to their dog’s microchip amounted to?  N/A

7.     How many fines in total have you issued to owners for not having a collar and tag on their dog under the Control of Dogs Order 1992 in each of the last five years?

No fines have been issued.

8.     How much has the total number of the fines issued due to owners not having a collar and tag on their dog under the Control of Dogs Order 1992 amounted to in each of the last five years?  N/A

15/3/17

 

10240

 

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Ampthill Road Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

17/2/14

 

10241

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

The Pastures Stewartby Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

17/2/14

 

10242

 

Please provide details of the number of reportable incidents or accidents where a child has been injured at a school in your area.

Please provide information for each of the following academic years:

i)     2012/13

ii)    2013/14

iii)    2014/15

iv)   2015/16

v)   2016/17 to date.

How many of those incidents led to an ambulance or paramedic being called to the school, or the child being taken to hospital?

How many of those incidents resulted in a child being killed while at a school in your area?

2)      What was the total amount paid out in compensation by the council to the families or carers of children injured, or killed, at a school in your area.

Please provide information for the following academic years:

i)     2012/13

ii)    2013/14

iii)   2014/15

iv)   2015/16

v)    2016/17 to date.

3)  How many schools were found to be negligent and prosecuted in a case where a child was injured, or killed?Please provide information for the following academic years:

i)        2012/13

ii)       2013/14

iii)      2014/15

iv)      2015/16

v)    2016/17 to date.

4)  What was the highest compensation payment made to the families or carers of children injured, or killed, at a school in your area in the past 5 years.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  The information you requested is as follows:

1) Please provide details of the number of reportable incidents or accidents where a child has been injured at a school in your area.

2012/13 - 1

2013/14 - 0

2014/15 - 0

2015/16 - 1

2016/17 to date - 2

Please Note: Figures above are for injuries to pupils reportable under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). 

The Council is only able to provide figures for schools where Bedford Borough Council is the Employer.  Figures for Academies, Voluntary Aided and Foundation Schools where the Governing Body, Diocese or Federation is the Employer are not included. The requestor will need to approach the schools directly.

2) How many of those incidents led to an ambulance or paramedic being called to the school, or the child being taken to hospital?  4

3) How many of those incidents resulted in a child being killed while at a school in your area?  None

4) What was the total amount paid out in compensation by the council to the families or carers of children injured, or killed, at a school in your area.

2012/13 - £10,000

2013/14 - £15,618

2014/15 - £0

2015/16 - £18,000

2016/17 to date - £3,815

5) How many schools were found to be negligent and prosecuted in a case where a child was injured, or killed?

2012/13 - 0

2013/14 - 0

2014/15 - 0

2015/16 - 0

2016/17 to date - 0

6) What was the highest compensation payment made to the families or carers of children injured, or killed, at a school in your area in the past 5 years

£12,618 was the highest compensation paid in 2013/14.

14/3/17

 

10243

 

I would like to request information on the number of children recorded as home educated in Bedford Borough Council for 2016, 2011, 2006 - broken down by school year (or just a primary/secondary split, if school year is not available).

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Response:
2016   - 53
2011   - Information not available retrospectively.
2006   - Information not available.  Please note Bedford Borough did not become a Unitary council until 2009.

2016 - Broken down

by school year
NC School year

                                  Number of children

                                     in EHE
1                                                     *
2                                                    5
3                                                     *
4                                                    9
5                                                    5
6                                                    *
7                                                     6
8                                                     6
9                                                     5
10                                                  7
11                                                  *
Total                                             53

*suppressed due to low number(s) below 5.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.         States that this is exempt information.
2.         Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).
An explanation follows below.
We are unable to provide the exact figure (fewer than 5) due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable. 

 7/3/17

 

10244

 

EDITH CAVELL LOWER SCHOOL - CLASSROOM BLOCK

I am writing to request a project directory which includes a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the A new single storey three classroom block.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we are able to provide the information you requested.

Please find enclosed a Project Directory relating to the works at Edith Cavell Lower School. The Council do not hold details of sub-contractors and suppliers, however, in this instance the main contractor has kindly provided these.  Also, individuals’ telephone numbers are not included within the directory.  Should you need to contact the companies, please contact each of their main offices directly.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment 

28/2/17

 

10245

 

I would like to submit a freedom of information request for the following document relating to the following:

ICT Documents

1.       ICT Strategy- I require the document that hold future plan and strategy of the organisation’s ICT department.

2.       ICT Departmental Business Plan

3.       ICT Technical Strategy.

4.       ICT Structure

5.       ICT Capital budgets and programmes

 

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

 

Please find the information you requested set out here about ICT

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment 

15/317

 

10246

 

I would like to request the following information:

  • How many FOI requests did you authority receive for the years including and between 2010 and 2016? I would ask that the breakdown shows how many were successful and how many requests were denied?
  • For each year, how many of the requests received were responded to within the 20 working days as stipulated by the act?
  • For the requests that were denied, I would ask for a breakdown as to why the request was denied. For example, cost of compliance, failure of person to clarify response e.t.c.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please see attachments for

Question 1 FOI 10246 1

Question 2 FOI 10246 2

Question 3 FOI 10246 3 please find details of those requests which were denied and Please note ‘DNH’ means do not hold. I have also attached ICO guidance below whereby the exemption/exceptions can be crossed reference.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachments

 

10/3/17

 

10247

 

- In the calendar years 2016 and 2015, did you have any Public Space Protection Orders in place? If yes, please answer the following questions:

- For the calendar years 2016 and 2015, how many Fixed Penalty Notices for breaking a PSPO did you issue? Please can this information be broken down into months. 

- Please then detail for what offence or type of behaviour each FPN was issued for.

- For each offence, how much was the offender fined?

 

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

 

Please find attached the information you requested.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

 

7/3/10

 

10248

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information:

  1. In the last three financial years, how many people died while waiting for a care package to be arranged by your local authority?
  2. Please state a) the age and b) how long each individual had been waiting for a care package to be arranged at the time of death?
  3. If there were delays in arranging the care package, please provide the reasons for the delays.

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

In the last three financial years, how many people died while waiting for a care package to be arranged by your local authority?

Please state a) the age?

b) how long each individual had been waiting for a care package to be arranged at the time of death?

If there were delays in arranging the care package, please provide the reasons for the delays.

This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

‘We do not hold this information in a reportable format and therefore would have to go through cases individually which would then exceed the timescale set for Freedom of Information’.

16/3/17

 

10249

 

would like request the public information held by the council on all private hire operators in the area.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested attached

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

10/3/17

 

10250

 

Please will you answer the following questions which relate to the benefit cap:

  1. How many households, affected by the benefit cap, are now receiving 50p a week in housing benefit?
  2. How many households (from question 1) would have their benefits reduced further if the cap could be applied to other types of benefits, as well as housing benefit?
  3. How many of the households (from question 1) were affected by the £26,000 cap?
  4. How many of the households (from question 1) were receiving 50p a week housing benefit as a result of the £26,000 cap and would have their benefits reduced further if the cap could be applied to other types of benefits, as well as housing benefit?
  5. What is the average amount a household, which is currently receiving 50p a week in housing benefit, stands to lose once they move over to Universal Credit if they are over the threshold of the cap?
  6. In total, how much less will be given each week in benefits to households in the area which are currently receiving 50p housing benefit when they are all moved over to universal credit and the cap can be fully applied?
  7. What is the average amount of housing benefit reduction faced by the households who are now receiving 50p a week housing benefit and should have more taken from them if the cap could be applied to other benefits?
 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested below:

  1.   How many households, affected by the benefit cap, are now receiving 50p a week in housing benefit?

17 cases are capped to £0.50 per week.

  1. How many households (from question 1) would have their benefits reduced further if the cap could be applied to other types of benefits, as well as housing benefit?

All cases at question 1 would be capped further

  1. How many of the households (from question 1) were affected by the £26,000 cap?

15 cases at question 1 were affected by the £26,000 cap

  1. How many of the households (from question 1) were receiving 50p a week housing benefit as a result of the £26,000 cap and would have their benefits reduced further if the cap could be applied to other types of benefits, as well as housing benefit?

2 cases at question 1 were receiving £0.50 per week as a result of the £26,000 cap

  1. What is the average amount a household, which is currently receiving 50p a week in housing benefit, stands to lose once they move over to Universal Credit if they are over the threshold of the cap?

It is estimated that the cases at question 1 stand to lose on average £44.34 per week

  1. In total, how much less will be given each week in benefits to households in the area which are currently receiving 50p housing benefit when they are all moved over to universal credit and the cap can be fully applied?

It is estimated that the cases at question 1 stand to lose on average £753.73 per week.

  1. What is the average amount of housing benefit reduction faced by the households who are now receiving 50p a week housing benefit and should have more taken from them if the cap could be applied to other benefits?

          It is estimated that the cases at question 1 stand to lose on average £44.34 per week

8/317

 

10251

 

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known, from 1/11/16 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/11/16 but the case has only come  to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:

  1.  Surnames and forenames or initials
  2.  Dates of death
  3.  Age at death or date of birth
  4. Place of birth
  5. Marital status
  6. Maiden surnames of married or widowed women
  7. Usual address at time of death
  8. Approx. value of their estate if known
  9. The date you sent information to the Government Legal Department  (or, if in Lancashire, the Duchy of Lancaster, or, if in Cornwall, the Duchy of Cornwall), or confirmation that this action was not applicable.
  10. If you have yet to send the information on, as per 9 above, or a decision has not yet been made whether or not to do so, please also advise of this.

Further to your request for information dated 16/1/17, I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that the above is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link for Public Health Funerals

 

17/3/17

 

10252

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information on Bedford Borough Council's spending on adult social care, adult learning disabilities, business rates, council tax, and financial reserves.

Adult Social Care:

•   Spending on adult social care services in 2016/17

•    Spending on care home services for older people (over 65) including nursing care for the financial years 2016/17

•    Spending on home care services for older people (over 65) for the financial years 2016/17

•   Adult social care budgets for the financial years

o   2017/18

o   2018/19

Adult Learning Disabilities:

•  Spending on adult learning disabilities services in 2016/17

•   Spending on residential services for adults with learning disability services in 2016/17

•    Budgets for learning disability services for adults for the financial years

o   2017/18

o   2018/19

•     Predicted spend on residential services for adults with learning disabilities in

o   2017/18

o   2018/19

Business Rates:

•  Projected amount of business rate income for the financial years

o   2017/18

o   2018/19

•   Predicted % of business rates retained by the LA in

o   2016/17

o   2017/18

o   2018/19

Council Tax:

•       Projections of council tax collected for financial years

o   2017/18

o   2018/19

•       Does the council have any plans to raise general council tax (excluding the social care precept) above 2% in:

o   2017/18

o   2018/19

•     Does the council plan to raise the social care precept of 3% in:

o   2017/18

o   2018/19

Financial Reserves

•   Projected amount of financial reserves for the financial years

o   2017/18

o   2018/19

 

Pending

 

10253

 

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from you:

1)The average amount paid in business rates for the average business.

2) The average increase in business rates from 2007 to the latest available data.

3)The average relief given to businesses.

Business rates (or non-domestic rates) income by sector

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

 

Please find the information you requested below:   

 

     The Council does not hold any information regarding average in relation to business rates or in respect of income by sector.

16/3/17

 

10254

 

I am looking for a full list of companies that have become responsible for paying business rates between the 1st Feb 2017 to the 20th Feb 2017.Can you include the business name and address

The date of liability

The RV

Property type

Please send in excel format

 Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
You requested information on Business rates as stated in your e-mail below.
 Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that the Business Rates data sets information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA). 
An explanation follows below:
The Business Rates data sets are now published on the website.

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

Written on and off – At least quarterly (possibly six monthly)

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

20/3/17

 

10255

 

 I would like to know how many complaints or incidents relating to anti semitism there have been at schools in your area in the last two years.  I would be grateful if you could break down the complaints/ incidents into the years they were made, and provide any details that have been recorded.  For example, this could include whether the complaint was referred to a police force. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information. 

Response:  We do not record complaints made about or in schools, you will therefore need to contact the schools direct for this information.  Please find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Schools Establishment Guide, for your information.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

22/2/17

 

10256

 

We are making a freedom of information request as we are conducting a review of the use of prepayment cards with in local authorities relating to adult social care. We are keen to understand what to what extent and how prepayment cards are used.

We are particularly interested in responses to the following questions:

  • For how many adults does your Local Authority area currently fund long term care and support?
  • How many of these receive a personal budget as defined in the care act statutory guidance?
  • How many people receive funding for their support using a prepayment card?
  • Does the local authority consider these to be direct payments?
  • Are cash withdrawals allowed using the pre-payment card?
  • Is spending on the card limited to particular services or care providers?
  • Are any pre-payment cards held by care providers and not by the individual themselves? If so how many?
  • What other restrictions if any are placed on the usage of money on the prepayment card?
  • Are direct payment recipients offered the opportunity to have their direct payment paid using alternative options, including into a bank account? 
  • Are direct payment recipients informed that use of the pre-payment card is voluntary and they should have a choice of how their personal budget is managed?
  • How much money has the authority spent on the introduction of pre-payment cards?
  • What fees and operating costs have been incurred by the local authority in providing pre-payment cards in the last year? 
  • What bank or organisation(s) provide the prepayment cards?
 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

For how many adults does your Local Authority area currently fund long term care and support?

2,806 long term support clients.

How many of these receive a personal budget as defined in the care act statutory guidance?

1,485 personal budget clients.

How many people receive funding for their support using a prepayment card?

208 direct payment clients.

Does the local authority consider these to be direct payments?

Yes.

Are cash withdrawals allowed using the pre-payment card?

No.

Is spending on the card limited to particular services or care providers?

Yes.

Are any pre-payment cards held by care providers and not by the individual themselves? If so how many?

No.

What other restrictions if any are placed on the usage of money on the prepayment card?

This would be against agreed care plan.

Are direct payment recipients offered the opportunity to have their direct payment paid using alternative options, including into a bank account? Yes.

Are direct payment recipients informed that use of the pre-payment card is voluntary and they should have a choice of how their personal budget is managed?

Yes.

How much money has the authority spent on the introduction of pre-payment cards?

Nil.

What fees and operating costs have been incurred by the local authority in providing pre-payment cards in the last year?

£4,000.

What bank or organisation(s) provide the prepayment cards?

Allied Irish Bank and the provider is Prepaid Financial Services.

Please note we have provided the information in relation to all adult services clients.

17/3/17

 

10257

 

RE: Noise nuisance

All document  and pace used in respect of closing this case

Thank you for your request for information about documents used in the decision making process for your noise complaint regarding Brickhill Community Centre, addressed to John Molyneux, which we received on 16th February 2017. Your request has been considered under theEnvironmental Information Regulations 2004.

I have enclosed as an appendices to this letter a copy of the information you requested, which includes diary sheets completed by you, reports from the downloading of noise equipment (matron monitoring sheets), summaries of PACE notes, and a summary report determining the action to close the complaint.

15/3/17

 

10258

 

In connection with noise from wind turbinesonly (individual turbines or wind farm) in your area could you please advise the number of:

1)   Operational wind energy installations (individual turbines or wind farms) in your area in each year 2012 - 2016

2)   Complaints received per year 2012 – 2016

3)   Incidents of noise level reductions informally negotiated with operators per year 2012 – 2016

4)   Abatement Notices (Environmental Protection Act 1990) served per year 2012 – 2016

5)   Abatement Notice Appeals per year 2012 – 2016

6)   Abatement Notice Prosecutions per year 2012 – 2016

7)   Breach of Condition Notices (Town and Country Planning Act 1990) served per year 2012 – 2016

8)   Planning Enforcement Notices (Town and Country Planning Act 1990) served per year 2012 – 2016

9)   Planning Enforcement Appeals (BCNs and ENs) served per year 2012 – 2016

Planning Enforcement Prosecutions (BCNs and ENs)  per year 2012 – 2016

Thank you for your request for information about Wind Farm noise which we received on 21 February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

Please find attached the information you requested.

The information you requested for Questions 1, 7, 8, 9 and 10 is available on the authority’s website

or by clicking on the following link:

Please click here for the search

This is also explained in the attached.

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

 

7/3/10

 

10259

I am writing to request a project directory which includes a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the Redevelopment of Bedford Bus Station and Allhallows multi storey car park works include a new bus station, new travel centre following demolition of the existing offices.

Thank you for your request for information about the redevelopment of Bedford Bus Station which we received on 20 February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

Please find below a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants involved with the Bus Station and Allhallows MSCP including the Tourist Information Centre:

Allhallows MSCP Refurbishment Contract 

Main contractor:

Makers Construction Limited

Sub-contractors:

Kone PLC (Lifts)

Install Electrical contractors Limited (Electrical Works)

MITIE (Light fittings supply and installation)

H.S Jackson and Son Fencing (Gates and Fencing)

Enerco (Doors)

Openwood (Windows, Curtain walling and lobby entrance doors)

Levolux (Cladding Fins)

Axis RDB (Render)

Piper Scaffolding Contractors Limited (Scaffolding)

Public Realm

Main Contractor:

Miletree Construction

Sub-contractors:

Taylor (Below ground bottle banks)

Tree Removal

Bartlett

Demolition and Construction of new bus station building, travel and tourism centre, pedestrian concourse.

The contract was awarded on a Design and Build basis to:

Britannia Construction Ltd

Britannia House
Staverton Technology Park
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL51 6TQ

As such all design consultants and sub-contractors were appointed by the contractor as domestic sub-contractors with exception of the following nominated contractor:

RTPI provider – RSL

Allhallows Toilets

Designed and delivered by in house teams within Bedford Borough Council (Design Services and Building Works).

Temporary toilet facilities

Sub-contractors, suppliers, & consultants:

Travis Perkins

Portakabin Ltd

Bedford Borough Drainage Dept.

Gibbs & Dandy

Bedford Security Service

Bedford Borough Highways Traffic Management

Refurbishment of new public conveniences

Sub-contractors, suppliers, & consultants:

Travis Perkins

Protech Enviroserve

C Jackson & Sons (Bedford) Ltd

Batchelor Air Con & Refrigeration Ltd.

Tristan Steel Doors

Applied Resins

Gibbs & Dandy

Jewsons

Linxcroft Construction Ltd

HSS Hire Service Group Ltd

T & H Collard Ltd

Maximum Services Ltd

4 Counties Doors

J W Housden Ltd

Howden Ltd

HM & JM Parrott

Bedford Security Service

Ably Shields

Applied Resins

Landscaping was carried out by the Council’s in-house team.

14/3/17

 

10260

 

 Please could you provide the following information in relation to Photocopiers, Multi-Functional Devices and Desktop Printers:
1. Type of current contract details?
2 Name of companies awarded?
3. What is the length of contract/s and end dates?
4. Number of devices?
5. Estimated annual print/copy volume
6. What is the annual spend?

7. Please provide details on how these were procured. i.e.– By Framework
a. Procurement method that’s used
b. If Framework, please state which one
8. Do you have any print management software? If so, which software?
9. Do they supply you with any scanning software (additional to the software native to the device)? If so, which software?
10. What document managemnt is used

11. Do you manage Cloud hosting

12.Do you have a mobile print software

13 Who is responsible for MFD

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested attached here on MFD and copiers

15/3/17

 

10261

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Brook Lane

Great Barford Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

23/2/17

 

 10262

 

 

Regarding your commissioned services for survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

For each question apart from Question 7, please provide information broken down into the following categories:

a)      Your commissioned services for women experiencing domestic violence and abuse

b)      Your commissioned services for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse

c)       Your commissioned services which are for either women or men experiencing domestic violence and abuse

d)      Your commissioned services for groups with specific needs such as BME women, disabled women, and LGBTQ survivors experiencing domestic violence and abuse

1.       What is the value of your commissioned services, and has this amount increased or decreased since it was last commissioned?

2.       Which organisation or organisations currently hold the contract for your commissioned services? When are these services due to be recommissioned? Please include dates of then tender documents will be available.

3.       When your services were commissioned, was an Equality Impact Assessment carried out? Has your procurement team or legal advisors ensured that your decisions were compliant with both the EU Procurement Directive and the EU Directive on Victim’s Rights?

4.       How many expressions of interest did you receive and how many final bids did you receive?

5.       How much did the commissioning process cost your local authority?

6.       Was the decision to commission your services made as part of a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy?

7.       Mapping of provision:

a.       Did you undertake mapping of service provision as part of the commissioning protect for domestic violence and abuse?

b.      If yes, please list details of the domestic violence service providers in your local authority that are NOT commissioned by the local authority following categories: (i) services for women experiencing domestic violence and abuse (ii) services for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse; (iii) women or men experiencing domestic violence and abuse (iv) BME women, disabled women, and LGBTQ survivors experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.

Freedom of Information Request: Women’s Aid Federation of England requests information regarding your commissioned services for survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

For each question apart from Question 7, please provide information broken down into the following categories:

Your commissioned services for women experiencing domestic violence and abuse?

Santosh Asian Womens Refuge

Butterfly House (Bedford) Refuge)

IDVA Service (jointly commissioned with Central Bedfordshire)

Your commissioned services for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse?None.

Your commissioned services which are for either women or men experiencing domestic violence and abuse?IDVA Service.

Your commissioned services for groups with specific needs such as BME women, disabled women, and LGBTQ survivors experiencing domestic violence and abuse?Santosh Asian Womens Refuge.

What is the value of your commissioned services, and has this amount increased or decreased since it was last commissioned?

Stonewater £68,816.00 per annum commenced 01/02/2013 (no changes to amount)

Places for People £114,663.81 commenced 02/08/2015

£116,551.48 funding  02/08/2016

£118, 681.14 funding 02/08/2017

£121,055.64 funding 02/08/2018

£123,069.51 funding 02/08/2019

Victim Support   £297,884.84 commenced 01/06/2017

£293,191.27 funding 01/06/2017

£292,233.57 funding 01/06/2018

Which organisation or organisations currently hold the contract for your commissioned services? When are these services due to be recommissioned? Please include dates of then tender documents will be available. Stonewater

Places For People

Victim Support

When your services were commissioned, was an Equality Impact Assessment carried out?Yes.

Has your procurement team or legal advisors ensured that your decisions were compliant with both the EU Procurement Directive and the EU Directive on Victim’s Rights? Yes.

How many expressions of interest did you receive and how many final bids did you receive?

Santosh Womens refuge x 2 bids – 5 expressions of interest including the winning Bidder

Butterfly House (Bedford) Refuge x 1 bid – 4 expressions of interest including the winning Bidder

IDVA x 3 bids – 6 expressions of interest including the winning Bidder

How much did the commissioning process cost your local authority?

We do not hold this information.

Was the decision to commission your services made as part of a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy? No.

Mapping of provision:

Did you undertake mapping of service provision as part of the commissioning protect for domestic violence and abuse? Yes.

If yes, please list details of the domestic violence service providers in your local authority that are NOT commissioned by the local authority following categories: (i) services for women experiencing domestic violence and abuse (ii) services for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse; (iii) women or men experiencing domestic violence and abuse (iv) BME women, disabled women, and LGBTQ survivors experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

1) FACES, Families First Bedfordshire, Bedford Women’s Centre (Family Groups) and Families First Bedfordshire Horizons Project

2) Bedford Women’s Centre (Family Groups)

3) Bedford Women’s Centre (Family Groups)

4) ACCM UK

22/3/17

 

10263

 

The information I request it as follows:

1.     A breakdown of any action taken by the Public Authority which relates to businesses or individuals involved in the farming, trading, movement or slaughter of livestock, including, but not limited to, formal advice, warnings, inspections, or prosecutions, for each of the years since 2014.

Each breakdown should include, where available, the date, location and a brief description of the incident and what action was taken.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. The information requested is enclosed with this letter.

1.     A breakdown of any action taken by the Public Authority which relates to businesses or individuals involved in the farming, trading, movement or slaughter of livestock, including, but not limited to, formal advice, warnings, inspections, or prosecutions, for each of the years since 2014.

Each breakdown should include, where available, the date, location and a brief description of the incident and what action was taken. For the avoidance of doubt ‘livestock’ is defined as cattle, sheep, pigs, rabbits or poultry.

Supplied with this letter are three appendices containing details of animal health inspections carried out by Bedford Borough Council, animal health complaints and animal health referrals received by the Council within the time period specified. It is not possible to provide a summary of action taken on each recorded complaint and referral as our database cannot supply this information. A statement as to the compliance/non-compliance of each premises inspected has been provided.

Please be advised the Council did not take any formal action against any premises during this time period.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

22/3/17

 

10264

 

Do you currently charge for green waste collections?  If Yes, can you please provide the following information

Have you applied increases to such charges in the last 24 months and if so

 How much did you increase the charge(s) by?

What % impact did this have on subscribers to the service?

Thank you for your request for information about green waste collections which we received on 22 February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Do you currently charge for green waste collections?  - No

If Yes, can you please provide the following information - N/A

Have you applied increases to such charges in the last 24 months and if so – N/A

22/2/17

 

10265

 

 Business rates devolution

This section applies to "upper tier" and unitary councils.

1. Please provide the council's response to the government's consultation on 100% business rates retention

Homelessness temporary accommodation placements

This section applies to councils with responsibility for housing people declaring themselves homeless. Please note these questions refer to current placements, not expired placements - "placed" has a present tense rather than a past tense in these questions.

2. How many households does the council currently have placed in temporary accommodation (including council housing and non-council housing, and any location inside or outside the council area)?

3. Of the households listed in response to question 2, please state how many are being housed outside the local authority area

4. Please list all the local authority areas where the council currently has placed any of households  (as referred to in response to question 2) in temporary accommodation, and how many households are currently placed in each local authority area

5. For each local authority area listed in response to question 4, please state how many households have been temporarily placed there for more than 12 months

If the council can only provide data for questions 2-5 for individuals rather than households, please do so, specifying that this is the case.

6. Of the households your council has currently temporarily housed within your local authority area (as opposed to housed in other local authority areas), what is the average monthly rent charged for a two-bedroom property?

If the council only has figures for question 6 that include placements that ended recently (eg this financial year), that will suffice.

7. What is the average monthly rent charged for a two-bedroom council house property under a normal council (or ALMO) tenancy in your local authority area?

8. Please state the council's currently forecast full-year spending on temporary accommodation (for people declaring themselves homeless) for 2016/17 (as per the most recent 

revenue budget outturn monitoring)

9. Please list the initial full-year temporary accommodation budget (for people declaring themselves homeless) for 2016/17 (as set in the council's 2016/17 budget before the start of the financial year)

10. Please state the full-year temporary accommodation expenditure (for people declaring themselves homeless) for 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively

11. Please state what checks, if any, are carried out prior to placing a homeless family in temporary accommodation to ensure that the accommodation meets the Decent Homes Standard and the overcrowding provisions in sections 325 and 326 of the Housing Act 1985

Sheltered housing

This section applies to councils that fund sheltered housing schemes. It is my belief that these are the "upper tier" councils, as it is these councils that used to receive the Supporting People area based grant, which funded sheltered housing schemes. However, if lower tier councils in shire counties fund these schemes, then those councils should provide a response.

12. Please state how much funding the council is budgeted to provide in 2016/17 for sheltered housing schemes for older people (as defined by the council, but probably for ages 55+ or 65+)

13. Please state how much funding the council provided for sheltered housing schemes for older people (as defined by the council, but probably for ages 55+ or 65+) in 2009/10 (if available) and 2012/13.

14. Please state the capacity (ie residential places) of the sheltered housing schemes for older people (as defined by the council, but probably for ages 55+ or 65+) funded by the council in 2016/17.

15. Please state the capacity (ie residential places) of the sheltered housing schemes for older people (as defined by the council, but probably for ages 55+ or 65+) funded by the council in the year whose expenditure figure has been provided in response to question 13 (ie 2009/10 or 2012/13)

For questions 12 to 15, housing for "older people" does not include housing specifically for other defined groups (disabled, domestic violence victims etc) that might happen to include older people within their ranks.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.
Business rates devolution
This section applies to "upper tier" and unitary councils.
1. Please provide the council's response to the government's consultation on 100% business rates retention
Homelessness temporary accommodation placements
This section applies to councils with responsibility for housing people declaring themselves homeless. Please note these questions refer to current placements, not expired placements - "placed" has a present tense rather than a past tense in these questions.
To be confirmed.
2. How many households does the council currently have placed in temporary accommodation (including council housing and non-council housing, and any location inside or outside the council area)?
The number of households currently in the Council’s Temporary Accommodation is 61.
3. Of the households listed in response to question 2, please state how many are being housed outside the local authority area
Zero households have been placed out of Local Authority area.
4. Please list all the local authority areas where the council currently has placed any of households  (as referred to in response to question 2) in temporary accommodation, and how many households are currently placed in each local authority area
N/A.
5. For each local authority area listed in response to question 4, please state how many households have been temporarily placed there for more than 12 months
N/A.
If the council can only provide data for questions 2-5 for individuals rather than households, please do so, specifying that this is the case.
6. Of the households your council has currently temporarily housed within your local authority area (as opposed to housed in other local authority areas), what is the average monthly rent charged for a two-bedroom property?
The average rent for Temporary Accommodation 2 bedroom property is £717.68.
If the council only has figures for question 6 that include placements that ended recently (eg this financial year), that will suffice.
7. What is the average monthly rent charged for a two-bedroom council house property under a normal council (or ALMO) tenancy in your local authority area?
N/A.
8. Please state the council's currently forecast full-year spending on temporary accommodation (for people declaring themselves homeless) for 2016/17 (as per the most recent
revenue budget outturn monitoring)
£359,650 (net expenditure).
9. Please list the initial full-year temporary accommodation budget (for people declaring themselves homeless) for 2016/17 (as set in the council's 2016/17 budget before the start of the financial year)
£106,430 (net expenditure).
10. Please state the full-year temporary accommodation expenditure (for people declaring themselves homeless) for 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively
                                           2011/12                                     
Net Expenditure(£)        166,936   
                                                                   
                                         2012/12 
Net Expenditure(£)         86,462 

                                         2013/14  
Net Expenditure(£)      110,747 
  
                                        2014/15
Net Expenditure(£)     110,465 
 
                                        2015/16
Net Expenditure(£)     204,260

11. Please state what checks, if any, are carried out prior to placing a homeless family in temporary accommodation to ensure that the accommodation meets the Decent Homes Standard and the overcrowding provisions in sections 325 and 326 of the Housing Act 1985
Our property agents are responsible for carrying out checks to make sure the accommodation meets the Decent Homes Standard and
Sheltered housing
This section applies to councils that fund sheltered housing schemes. It is my belief that these are the "upper tier" councils, as it is these councils that used to receive the Supporting People area based grant, which funded sheltered housing schemes. However, if lower tier councils in shire counties fund these schemes, then those councils should provide a response.
12. Please state how much funding the council is budgeted to provide in 2016/17 for sheltered housing schemes for older people (as defined by the council, but probably for ages 55+ or 65+) £209,752.
13. Please state how much funding the council provided for sheltered housing schemes for older people (as defined by the council, but probably for ages 55+ or 65+) in 2009/10 (if available) and 2012/13. 
2009/10 is not available  2012/13 £400,748.
14. Please state the capacity (ie residential places) of the sheltered housing schemes for older people (as defined by the council, but probably for ages 55+ or 65+) funded by the council in 2016/17.
577 (excluding extra care schemes)
15. Please state the capacity (ie residential places) of the sheltered housing schemes for older people (as defined by the council, but probably for ages 55+ or 65+) funded by the council in the year whose expenditure figure has been provided in response to question 13 (ie 2009/10 or 2012/13)
2012/2013 = 677 (excluding extra care schemes)
NB: Our contractual arrangements changes in 2014 and we went from a ‘fixed capacity’ arrangement where we funded an agreed number of units within each contracted schemed to a ‘block gross’ arrangement which covered all units within a scheme. 
For questions 12 to 15, housing for "older people" does not include housing specifically for other defined groups (disabled, domestic violence victims etc) that might happen to include older people within their ranks.
Section 12
The council may not aggregate this request with any other request I have sent for section 12 cost purposes; my recent requests have concerned adult care and children's care and this request does not.
If the council cannot provide responses to questions 6 and 7 within the section 12 cost limit, please exclude these questions and fulfil the remainder of the request.
Please note that questions 8-10 exclude refugees and NRPF cases. If the council would not be able to separate out these cases within the section 12 cost limit, please provide figures for questions 8-10 that cover the council's budget line for homelessness or overall General Fund housing revenue expenditure (ie not the Housing Revenue Account).
If the council cannot provide responses to questions 14 and 15 within the section 12 cost limit, please exclude these questions and fulfil the remainder of the request.
I would like the housing information sent by email in an Excel spreadsheet (not a pdf). The question 1 response can be sent as a pdf.
Please state how long it has taken to fulfil this request.
Please note this request has been responded to within the time limit set by Freedom of Information.

22/3/17

 

10266

 

 Regarding the paper trail you have regarding the correspondence sent to  Mr x regarding the Councils concerns his responsibilities

Thank you for your request for information about correspondence Bedford Borough Council may have sent to Mr x following a lightning strike to a tree on private land.  Your request was received on 9 February 2017.

Following careful consideration, I regret to inform you that we have decided not to disclose this information.

The information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the exception(s) in Regulation 13(1) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 which relates to Personal Data.

In applying this exception we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay, is that the information requested includes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject.

3/3/17

 

10267

 

Specifically, I am interested in obtaining information which accurately represents the amount of a local authority’s budget which is spent on providing people with temporary accommodation. In this interest, I would be grateful if you could tell me what the a) gross, and b) net spend of the council is in providing temporary accommodation in each year since 2012. 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested about temporary accommodation

 

16/3/17

 

10268

 

All vehicles licensed as a taxi or for private hire From December 2005 to 20th February 2017.

 Information required:

1. Registration number

2.   Make

3.   Model

4.  Date licensed from and to

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.

Please see attached which only go back as far as 2011.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment.

In order to go as far as 2007(we do not hold any further) it would exceed the appropriate limit. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”

The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part your request as in order to get the information each individual record has to be accessed to get the details and there over 2,500 records .

15/3/17

 

10269

 

Under the FOIA please provide me with a list of the number of corporeal hereditaments of private dwellings not used for business purposes but where the use of the dwelling is permanently restricted and wholly for the use as a private dwelling for families or individuals .

Please also provide the date that you received notice from the occupier that their home is wholly and purely for private family use as stated above.

I required all periods that you hold but if this is beyond the scope of your costs limit at least for the last 6 years.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do not hold the information you requested.

Please note that as a Council we do not hold this information and therefore we are providing a nil return to this request.

 

 

13/3/17

 

10270

 

Would you please forward me the most up to date "Development Strategy and Site Selection Methodology" document as referred to in the Local Plan 2035 "preferred site strategy" document as presented in the Executive papers last evening and referred to in the CEX verbal update.

Thank you for your request for information about the Development Strategy and Site Selection Methodology which we received on 23 February 2017.

Following careful consideration, I regret to inform you that we have decided not to disclose this information.

The information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the exception(s) in Regulation 12(4)(d) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 which relates to material which is still in the course of completion, to unfinished documents or to incomplete data.

In applying this exception(s) we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are:

Arguments in favour of disclosure

Bedford Borough Council takes into account the general public interest in the release of this information in order to give the public a fully informed picture of this decision making process, promoting transparency and accountability as well as the explicit presumption in favour of disclosure found in Regulation 12 (2) which provides:

“(2) A public authority shall apply a presumption in favour of disclosure.”

Arguments in favour of maintaining the exception

It is important that officers who are preparing reports and policies have time to finalise these before the documents are subject to public scrutiny. Disclosure would impede the safe ‘thinking’ space within the Council. There is a recognised public interest in maintaining this safe space. This is important as it allows officers to get on with the job in hand without having to defend or comment externally on what were only draft documents and may not reflect fully formulated or agreed positions of the Council.

8/3/17

 

10271

 

I'm looking for information relating to the cost of having a Mayor in Bedford. 

Since the adoption of the Mayoral system to date, what is the total cost of that post, including salary, employer NI contributions, employer pension contribution, expenses claimed?

What is the total cost of running the office, including office furniture, office equipment (including TV's and computers)? 

 

Pending

 

10272

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Pendennis Road Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

6/3/17

 

10273

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

 Ash Walk Kempston Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

6/3/17

 

10274

 

 

(a)    List all non-domestic properties and their addresses that have un-refunded or outstanding credits

(b)    Include the names of the Ratepayers for each of the results from (a) excluding any personal information

(c)    Include the Billing Authority Reference number for each property, not the account number

(d)    Include the date the ratepayer became liable and, if relevant, the date their liability ended

(e)    Include the monetary value of the outstanding credits

 

Pending

 

10275

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Please tell me: 

1.  a) In relation to council funded care homes, how many safeguarding complaints did the council receive in 2016,2015 and 2014? (Please give this an individual number for each year.)

b) How many of those complaints resulted in the council or provider receiving a "report to prevent future deaths" report (A regulation 28 report) issued by a coroner just in 2016. 

2. Please tell me the nature of safeguarding alerts/referrals/notifications/concerns reported in 2016? (Such as pressure ulcers, allegation of abuse or neglect.)

3. How many safeguarding complaints have been issued by domiciliary care receivers in 2016? 

4. Have the council had to change social care providers due to complaints in the last 12 months? 

 

Pending

 

10276

 

 

I am making a number of requests, some of which will not pertain to your council level.

1 How many libraries have been closed in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

2. In percentage terms how much has arts funding in your council area been cut (or rose) in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

3. What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of youth centres open in your council area in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 2015, 2016?

4.     What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of children’s centres (including sure start centres) open in your council area in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 2015, 2016?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested enclosed. 
1.How many libraries have been closed in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?
Answer: None
2.In percentage terms how much has arts funding in your council area been cut (or rose) in the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?
Answer: The percentage movement in funding available to the Arts within Bedford Borough Council is as followed when compared to the previous year.
2013/2014 -11%
2014/2015 -16%
2015/2016 3%
2016/2017 -28%
3.What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of youth centres open in your council area in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 2015, 2016?
Answer:  We have one Youth Centre – there has been no net increase/decrease
4.What is the net Increase/decrease of the number of children’s centres (including sure start centres) open in your council area in the years 2013 (with a starting figure), 2014, 2015, 2016?
Answer: We have 16 Children’s Centres – there has been no net increase/decrease

20/3/17

 

10277

 

We would like to make a basic Freedom of Information request concerning companies which may have been liable for business rates in your area.
Could your Business Rates department advise if any of the following companies have been liable for Business Rates in your authority in the past 6 years:
Company           Yes/No
Marshgate Homes LLP 
Marshgate Companies Limited 
Vision Stansted Limited 
GHG Projects Limited 
Jet Investments Limited 
Mayton Limited 
Warmay Limited 
Warbury Limited 
Bury May Limited 
Provincial House Estates (Lowtown) Limited 
Provincial House Eastbourne Limited 
Swixil (UK) Ltd 
Worland (Developments) LLP 
Provincial House Estates Limited 
Marshgate Developments (Sittingbourne) LLP 
Marshgate Projects Limited 
Marshgate Management Services Limited 
Marshgate Developments Limited 
Worland Properties Limited 
If the answer is yes for any of the companies, please provide contact details for your business rates section.

 

Pending

 

10278

 

 Please can you provide any policies or protocols in operation in your area which focus on reducing the criminalisation of children in residential care. If so, please specify if there has been any involvement of local partners, for example local authorities, police forces and youth offending teams

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please can you provide any policies or protocols in operation in your area which focus on reducing the criminalisation of children in residential care. If so, please specify if there has been any involvement of local partners, for example local authorities, police forces and youth offending teams.

Response: Please find attached a draft of the current protocol.   We are currently redrafting this document  and a new one will be in place for the beginning of April 2017.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

  1. States that the information requested is exempt information.
  2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

As stated, there is an agreement in place but it does need urgent review in line with Lord Laming report last year regarding the criminalisation of children who are looked after and in line with current CPS guidelines regarding offences committed by LAC. The agreement needs to also reflect the landscape of current providers within the county. This review is being undertaken with the Police and Luton YOS.  We will send you a copy of the new agreement once it is available.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

20/3/17

 

10279

 

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

 Banbury Heath Great Denham

Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

6/3/17

 

10280

 

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to request the following information about the use of external waste collection contractors who assist with waste and recycling etc. 

Can you please tell me:

 

- details of any external waste management contracts you currently have - including the name of the supplier

- the length of the contract and when it started and when it expires

- the annual average spend on the supplier - and for new contracts please estimate the annual average spend

- a brief description of what the contract includes - ie. services

- The person responsible for reviewing this contract - please send me their full name, actual job title, contact number and their direct email address.

 

Thank you for your request for information about Waste and Recycling which we

received on 23rd February 2017. Your request has been considered under the

Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I can provide details of the information you requested as attached.

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attached

 

20/3/17

 

10281

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information about the Department’s cyber security strategy:
 1.       Has your department been a victim of Ransomware?
2.       If Yes - did you pay to release your data?
3.       If yes, How much did you pay?
4.       If no, how did you gain back control of your data?
5.       Do you have the following in place:
a.       Backup – if yes
 I.      What software do you use?
 II.       When does your maintenance expire?
 III.      How many TB of Data do you back up?
b.       Firewall – if yes:
 I.         What firewall do you use?
 II.        When does maintenance expire?
6.       What Email system do you use, how many users?
7.       Are you planning to migrate to Microsoft Office 365?
a.       If yes, why?
b.       Will you be adding extra security to this?
8.       What email security solution do you use?
9.       Do you use a public cloud provider, if so which one?
a.       How do you secure the data in the cloud?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.  Has your department been a victim of Ransomware? Yes

2.  If Yes - did you pay to release your data? No

3.   If yes, how much did you pay? n/a

4.   If no, how did you gain back control of your data? Data affected by the malware was identified and removed from the systems. The data was then restored from backup.

5.    Do you have the following in place:

a.  Backup – if yes

   I. What software do you use? IBM Spectrum Protect

   II. When does your maintenance expire? 31/03/17

   III. How many TB of Data do you back up? 130TB

b  Firewall – if yes:

I. What firewall do you use? See below

  II. When does maintenance expire? 31/03/17

6.  What Email system do you use, how many users? Microsoft Exchange, 1800 users

7.  Are you planning to migrate to Microsoft Office 365? Unknown at present but may be investigated.

a.   If yes, why?

b.   Will you be adding extra security to this?

8.   What email security solution do you use? See below.

9. Do you use a public cloud provider, if so which one? No

a.  How do you secure the data in the cloud?

Further to your request for information dated 24th February 2017, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested:

5 (b) (I) - What firewall do you use?

8. - What email security solution do you use?

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that the information requested is exempt information.

2.  Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 31(1) of the FOI Act (FOIA)

In applying this exemption (s) we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are as follows:In favour of release, we acknowledge that disclosure of information regarding what firewall is used and what email security solution we use would provide the information you requested. However, we consider that the public interest in disclosing this information is outweighed by the public interest in favour of withholding the information.  Yes we have the information, but release could potentially aid an attacker.

 22/3/17

 

10282

 

This is a request for information, related to Business Rates, filed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.Please provide the following information in respect of ratepayers that are currently in or have been in receipt of Mandatory rate relief for anytime from 1st April 2010:

  • Property address (including postcode) 
  • Property reference number
  • Ratepayer name
  • Period of relief 
 

Pending

 

10283

 

Could you please provide details (including location) of any sites that have been added to your contaminated land register since 09/09/2016?

If it is more convenient for you to send me a copy of the whole register, then this will be acceptable.

Thank you for your request for information about the area administered by Bedford Borough Council, which we received on 24th February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (‘the Act’), the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act.

We have not, to date, determined any sites within our area as falling within the definition of contaminated land as defined within the Act. However, please be aware that this position may be subject to change in the future.

21/3/17

 

10284

 

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please could you provide the following information regarding potholes dealt with by the council:

1. How many potholes were reported to the council during in 2016?

2. How many potholes were reported to the council during in 2015?

3. How many potholes were reported to the council during in 2014?

4. How many potholes were repaired by the council (or council

contractors) in 2016?

5. How many potholes were repaired by the council (or council

contractors) in 2015?

6. How many potholes were repaired by the council (or council

contractors) in 2014?

7. If known, what was the total cost to the council of repairing potholes in 2016? (An estimate is sufficient) 8. If known, what was the total cost to the council of repairing potholes in 2015? (An estimate is sufficient) 9. If known, what was the total cost to the council of repairing potholes in 2014? (An estimate is sufficient)

 

Pending

 

10285

 

 1) The amount spent in pounds sterling on any council direct communication magazines (eg. Brent’s The Brent Magazine), broken down by financial year, from 2012/13-2016/17 inclusive (I understand the 2016/17 figure may not be a full-financial year figure);

2) How often any council direct communication magazines are produced (ie. annually, quarterly, monthly);

3)How many copies of any council direct communication magazines are printed each issue;

4)The name and address of the company that designs and/or produces the content for any council direct communication magazines, if not an in-house production;

5) The amount paid in pounds sterling to the company that designs and/or produces the content for any council direct communication magazines, broken down by financial year, from 2012/13-2016/17 inclusive (I understand the 2016/17 figure may not be a full-financial year figure), if not an in-house production;

6) The name and address of the company that prints any council direct communication magazines, if not an in-house production;

7) The amount paid in pounds sterling to the company that prints any council direct communication magazines, broken down by financial year, from 2012/13-2016/17 inclusive (I understand the 2016/17 figure may not be a full-financial year figure), if not an in-house production; and

8) A PDF copy of the latest issue of any council direct communication magazines.

 

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

 

I can confirm that no printed newsletters have been produced during this period.

9/3/17

 

10286

 

Kindly inform me of how many Bus Lane Penalty Charge Notices were issued at camera location Location: the Highway, Shortstown in the Bedford area. 

This relates to  the enforcement camera was erected. Should the camera have been fewer than 12 months ago then supply information since its installation

Also Inform me of the number of times a bus was seen being obstructed or delayed, (or even present in any of these PCN camera shots) by a car in the last 12 months from the date of the email.

1)Please provide number of bus lane PCN endowment tickets issued in this 12 month period period by this specific camera as from today, Provide answer as a number please, of PCNs issued in relation to this specific camera at this specific location over this specific time period.

2)Review evidential data and state number of busses seen in the enforcement photo. 

You may need to review the pervious 12 months footage to achieve this number. Again, include in your response any bus seen in the stipulated 12 month period period and number of PCNs this involves as a number.

3) Review footage to confirm any driver making a turn in the road prior to the bus lane enforcement area as its seen there is no safe place to turn. Give this as a number of cars turning.

4) Advise of the total number of PCNs issued over the stipulated period how many were appealed and how many were successful

5) Advise of total number of PCNs issued number of people citing inability to perform turn in road as a defence, whether successful or over time period specified above. Again specify as a number of PCNs issued and a number of times this defence was used, irrespective of success or failure of appeal.

6)Supply information as to number of PCNS in relation to above camera and time period were appeal, how many were successful. How many were unsuccessful 

7) Number of PCNs paid within 14 days and number paid after this period incurring a charge the higher £60 charge and reasons for delay (most common top 5 reasons) why a the PCN recipient did not pay within 14 days to incur a lower PCN cash amount.

Thank you for your request for information about Shortstown Bus Lane which we received on 27th February 2017.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1) Please provide number of bus lane PCN endowment tickets issued in this 12 month period by this specific camera as from today, Provide answer as a number please, of PCNs issued in relation to this specific camera at this specific location over this specific time period.

   27/02/2016 – 27/02/2017 = 3797

2) Review evidential data and state number of buses seen in the enforcement photo. 

You may need to review the previous 12 months footage to achieve this number. Again, include in your response any bus seen in the stipulated 12 month period and number of PCNs this involves as a number.

   In order to gather this information it would take an extensive period of time and may become chargeable to you. If you would like to continue with this request please let me know and I will send the appropriate form.     

3) Review footage to confirm any driver making a turn in the road prior to the bus lane enforcement area as it’s seen there is no safe place to turn. Give this as a number of cars turning.

    Information not held.

4) Advise of the total number of PCNs issued over the stipulated period how many were appealed and how many were successful

    Information not held due to PCNs being in different states during statutory process progression.

5) Advise of total number of PCNs issued number of people citing inability to perform turn in road as a defence, whether successful or over time period specified above. Again specify as a number of PCNs issued and a number of times this defence was used, irrespective of success or failure of appeal.

  Information not held due to PCNs being in different states during statutory process progression.

6) Supply information as to number of PCNS in relation to above camera and time period were appeal, how many were successful. How many were unsuccessful 

 This question is the same as number 4 above.

7) Number of PCNs paid within 14 days and number paid after this period incurring a charge the higher £60 charge and reasons for delay (most common top 5 reasons) why a the PCN recipient did not pay within 14 days to incur a lower PCN cash amount.

PCNs paid within 14 days at discount amount = 3004

PCNs paid at full amount = 57

Information not held on most common reason for recipient not paying within 14 days.

28/2/17

 

10287

 

I would be grateful if you could respond to the following questions:

1.  What is the trend data for your Local Authority over the last three years in relation to the proportion of agency front line social workers (those holding cases) as opposed to front line directly employed workers; the average number of cases held by all front line workers; the turnover rate of both directly employed and also agency social workers?

2. Do you have a strategic recruitment and retention plan for front line social workers? If so please provide a copy and any data that can support or otherwise it’s effectiveness in achieving it’s aims.

3. Last year HCPC estimated that it would process about 600 registration applications from foreign-trained social workers. Have you considered international recruitment. If you have not are there specific reasons why you have not pursued such an option given that children’s social work is on the government’s official shortage occupation list?

4.  If you have recruited from outside of the UK can you please provide details of source countries and the numbers involved ideally broken down by those who have applied to you themselves and those you have recruited through an agency? How long has it taken to get such workers into post after interview? How many were registered to work in the UK (including the provinces) in advance of interview? What proportion have passed their probationary periods? What data do you have on retention rates for such social workers?

5. If you have recruited through an agency what fees and costs were involved? How did you comply with principles of procurement and in particular ensure best value? How many agencies were contacted and invited to bid? Were there any agencies who you knew provided such workers but were overlooked for such purposes? If you had a procurement specification(source country, post qualification experience, languages, registration situation etc), please provide a copy.

6.  Which Officer (position and name if appropriate) takes lead responsibility for the recruitment and retention of childrens services social workers?

 

Pending

 

10288

 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, could you please provide the answers to the following questions based on information held by the authority as the collecting authority for business rates.

Please provide answers to the following five questions for the current financial year to date and the last four financial years, ie:

2016/2017 so far

2015/2016

2014/2015

2013/2014

2012/2013

Please provide

1. The total value of business rates (NNDR) owed to the authority in each year

2. The total number of businesses owing rates to the authority in each year

3. The value of (1) written off as unrecoverable in each year

4. The total value of business rates successfully collected in each year 

5. The largest sum owed by any single business in each year

6. The trading name and company number of the business owing the largest amount in each year

 

Pending

 

10289

 

Planning department has supplied me with several photos taken by enforcement officer in 2005 please can you send me the enforcement officers report that must have accompanied these photos, or any other  documents you hold before 2014 regarding this parcel of land.

 

Pending

 

10290

 

Please tell me the Local Housing Allowance rate for your council area for each bedroom number.

Please tell me the current average rent in the private rented sector in your council area for each bedroom number.

Please tell me the current average rent in the social rented sector in your council area for each bedroom number.

 

Pending

 

10291

 

1How many child refugees is the council settling under the so-called Dubs Amendment under Section 67 of the Immigration Act? (Ie how many children have already been settled or are set to be settled under the Government’s 350 cap).

2 :: How many child refugees did the council offer to settle under the so-called Dubs Amendment under Section 67 of the Immigration Act?

3 :: If the council is not settling any refugees under Section 67 of the Immigration Act, were you asked to by Government authorities? 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.     Answer: We currently have 27 UASC in Local Authority care although none were taken in under the Dubs amendment.

2.     Answer: Bedford Borough did not “pledge” a number of places to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) from any specific route rather we accept UASC into care where they arrive in our area, have a family member living in our area or as part of the regional transfer agreement.

3.    Answer: Bedford  Borough has committed to taking  UASC up to 0.07% of its under 18 children population (This is approximately 26 children/young people) as required under the regional and national protocol. These will arrive from a variety of sources  including the national transfer scheme...  In addition we are currently supporting former UASC through leaving care and Bedford is committed to providing a home for up to 10 Syrian families and we are currently awaiting our fifth arrival.

9/3/10

 

10292

 

1. For either street works or road works please state how many times you have fined organisations for overrunning in (i) 2014/15 and (ii) 2015/16 and (iii) the current financial year.

2 For each incident state (i) where the works were, (ii) who was fined, (iii) when they were scheduled to start and finish and (iv) when they actually finished?

3. Since 1.4.2014 which street or road works in your area overran by the longest period? Please state (i) where the works were, (ii) who was fined, (iii) when they were scheduled to start and finish and (iv) when they actually finished?

 

Pending

 

10293

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:

Land at West End Lane

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (g) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

6/3/17

 

10294

 

a)  How many homes there are in Wilstead pre-Wixams and each year by Council Tax Band, 2008-2017

b) Precept paid in each year 2007/8-2016/17 to Wilshamstead Parish Council

c)  Precept paid in each year 2007/8-2016/17 to Wixams Parish Council

d) Ward Fund allocation by Graeme Coombes and predecessor 2008-17 and to whom the funds were distributed.

e)Surplus (sink fund) held by BBC for Lakeview Village Hall, 4G pitch and the 3 parks.

 

Pending

 

10295

 

1 How many appeals ( in that period bearing in mind ‘purge’) were not rejected ( successful from applicant point of view) and what category of reasons were there e.g. ‘10% of the appeals were not rejected because of poor signage’;

2 Why are there not intermitted safe parking places- this is unfriendly and entrapment for someone who is lost in an unfamiliar area;

3 Adjudicator is only dealing with the ‘strict liability ‘nature of alleged offence- which regulator or government body can I go to get redress please?

Thank you for your request for information about Bus Lanes in Bedford which we received on 28th February 2017.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I enclose some of the information you requested:

1 How many appeals (in that period bearing in mind ‘purge’) were not rejected (successful from applicant point of view) and what category of reasons were there e.g. ‘10% of the appeals were not rejected because of    poor signage’

There were 687 representations allowed over the period from 01/04/2013 – 31/03/2016 as before this is not an accurate figure due to a purge being in place.

In order to find a percentage of reasons for this information each Penalty Charge Notice would need to be reviewed individually which would take a large amount of time which could incur a charge.

I am attaching a letter which explains the charges to work out the information you have asked for.  You may wish to refine the request to reduce the fee by limiting dates and information required.

2 Why are there not intermitted safe parking places- this is unfriendly and entrapment for someone who is lost in an unfamiliar area

The road is a principle road and side roads are provided if needed.

All road restrictions are put in place to establish safe driving and parking and to manage keeping the highway clear and the free flow of traffic.

3 Who (regulation body/central government) is responsible for scrutinising the reasonableness of approach by Bedford council.

Adjudicator is only dealing with the ‘strict liability ‘nature of alleged offence- which regulator or government body can I go to get redress please?

You may contact Barbara Morris on the details below, the Information Commissioner or the Local Ombudsman.

7/3/17

 

10296

 

Whast is your Policy on clearing litter from highways

what is your annual budget

how oftern do you clear litter

why the state of litter along our highways is in such an appalling state

 

Pending

 

10297

 

RE: London Road, Bedford
1.Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council's Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part 2A undertaking)?  If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.
2.Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site uses, leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.?  If there have been any intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please provide dates and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports are publicly available.
3.Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills located within a 250m radius of the site:
a. The location of all landfills, both closed and operational (i.e. National Grid Reference and location plan if available).
b. Dates when the landfill was operational.
c.  Types of waste deposited.
d.  Any information on volume of waste deposited, depth of infilling and landfill structure.
e.  Details of any landfill gas monitoring, site investigation or gas spiking undertaken at the landfill or in the immediate vicinity of the site.
4. Have elevated indoor radon gas concentrations been identified within buildings on or within 100m of the site? Have radon protection measures been required in buildings on site or within 100m?  If so, please provide details.
5.Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise, odour or dust issues/complaints?  If yes, what was the nature of the issue and what was the outcome?  
6.Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site?  If yes what is the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?
7.Please provide details of any Part A(2) or Part B Environmental Permits (formerly LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations) licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

Thank you for your request for information about London Road, Bedford which we received on 28th February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please click here for the information on London Rd

21/3/17

 

10298

 

 Please send leaflet INF2

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information.

Please note this information maybe held by Department for Work and Pension ( DWP).   They can be contacted at freedom-of-information-request@dwp.gsi.gov.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

1/3/17

 

10299

 

Please would it be possible for you to send me a list of animal boarding establishments (kennels and catteries) who hold licences issued by Bedford Borough Council

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please see below for Animal Boarding Licences

LIC/2/20/6

Mrs Pamela Lesley Gee

Daisy Bank, Carlton Road, Felmersham, Bedford,     MK43 7JL

LIC/2/20/15

Ms Louise Dixon 

Kingslea Boarding Cattery, Colmworth Road, Little Staughton, Bedford, MK44 2BX

LIC/2/20/1

Mrs Nymfodora Ornithari

NAO Catteries, 29 Oakley Road, Clapham, Bedford, MK41 6AN

LIC/2/20/5

Mrs Karen Peters

Narly Oak Boarding Cattery, The Baulk, Clapham, bedford, MK41 6AA

LIC/2/20/16

Mrs Denise & Mr John Holdaway 

Sunrise Boarding Kennels, 4 Great North Road, Chawston, Bedford, MK44 3BD

LIC/2/20/11

Mrs Rachel Bland 

The Cats Whiskers, 175 Cotton End Road, Wilstead, Bedford, MK45 3DP (final payment received 08/02/17)

LIC/2/20/23

Mrs Shana Monk  

Willow Cottage Cattery, Oldways Road, Ravensden, bedford, MK44 2RF

LIC/2/20/21

Mrs Sally Penn

Penhazy Dog Retreat, The Kangaroo, Little Staughton, Bedford, MK44 2SX

LIC/2/20/10

Mr & Mrs Timms

The Pad, Hill Farm, Barford Road, Wilden, Bedford, MK44 2QG

LIC/2/20/30

Ms Alexandra Emily Dickinson

3A Kempston Road, Bedford  MK42 9AE

 

17/3/17

 

10300

 

For public health funerals between March 2016 to March 2017 please supply the following:

·  Date of Death

·  Date of Birth

·  Full name

·   Last known address

·   Has any relatives been found?

·  When these details have been passed onto any type of Government organisations?

· Has this information been passed onto any other requester?

· The name of the requester

 

Pending

 

10301

 

I would like to make a freedom of information request. Please find my questions below:

1. As of today’s date, how many children and young people you have placed in the following:

a.Independent SEN Day Schools

b.Independent SEN 38week/ term time Residential School Placements

c.  Independent SEN 52 week Residential School Placements

2.For each of the categories in Question 1 above please also tell me how many of these are placed at schools located inside your Local Authority boundary?

3. Can you tell me the average annual placement cost of placements for the following.  (This is not commercially sensitive information as I am asking for a sector averages rather than individual school fees):

a. Independent SEN Day School Placements

b. Independent SEN Residential (38week Placements)

c.  Independent SEN Residential (52week Placements)

4. Could you please provide name, position and contact details for the following people within your local authority?

a. Lead person for making independent SEN placements

b. Director of Children’s Services

c. Budget holder for Independent SEN Placements

5. Could you please give the names of the top three independent special schools with which you have the most:

a.  Independent SEN Day School placements

b. Independent SEN 38week/ term time Residential School Placements

c.   Independent SEN 52 week Residential School Placements

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

NB: The information provided is only for those with EHCPs and does not include any post 16 placements.

1.      As of today’s date, how many children and young people you have placed in the following:

a.      Independent SEN Day Schools  Answer: 13

b.      Independent SEN 38week/ term time Residential School Placements Answer: 1

c.      Independent SEN 52 week Residential School Placements Answer: 5

2.      For each of the categories in Question 1 above please also tell me how many of these are placed at schools located inside your Local Authority boundary?

a. Answer: 12

b. Answer: 1

c. Answer: 5

3. Can you tell me the average annual placement cost of placements for the following.  (This is not commercially sensitive information as I am asking for a sector averages rather than individual school fees):

a.  Independent SEN Day School Placements – Answer: £43,020

b.  Independent SEN Residential (38week Placements) - Answer: £187,215

c.  Independent SEN Residential (52week Placements) - Answer: £220,698

4.      Could you please provide name, position and contact details for the following people within your local authority?

a. Lead person for making independent SEN placements – Answer: Decisions for all independent SEN placements are made by Multi Agency Panel.

b. Director of Children’s Services – Answer: Kevin Crompton

c. Budget holder for Independent SEN Placements – Answer: Diane Boyd, SEND Team Manager

  5. Could you please give the names of the top three independent special schools with which you have the most:

a.      Independent SEN Day School placements – Answer: On Track Educational Services

b.      Independent SEN 38week/ term time Residential School Placements – Answer: As there is only 1, we are unable to provide this information due possibility of the child being identifiable. *

c.      Independent SEN 52 week Residential School Placements – Answer: Oracle

* Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1.   States that this is exempt information.

2.    Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

22/3/17

 

10302

 

1Placement Type 
In-house Residential Care Placements (excluding short break / respite placements)    
Independent Residential Placements (excluding short break / respite placements)  
For each above state
Total number of looked after CYP in placement
Total Number of CYP placed in children’s homes located within your LA boundary
Total Number of CYP placed in children’s homes located outside of your LA boundary
Average Cost of Placements
2.Contacts
Role
Name
Job Title 
Telephone Number
Email Address
for each above state
Budget holder for independent residentialcare placement expenditure    
Service Lead / Commissioner responsible for commissioning of independent residential providers    
Director of Childrens Services   
Responsible Director or Service Manager for Children in Care    
3.Please provide the following:
Placement Type
Budget for 2016/17 Financial Year 
 Expenditure for the period ending 31st December 2016 (from start of financial year)
For each state
In-house Residential Care Placements  
Independent residential Care Placements 
4.Please provide the following:
Role
Providers

 

Pending

 

10303

 

1.Placement Numbers
Placement Type
Total Number of Looked After CYP in Placement
Total Number of CYP Placed with foster carers within your LA boundary
Total Number of CYP Placed with foster carers Outside of your LA boundary
Average Cost of Placements
for each above state
In-house Foster Care Placements (excluding short break / respite placements)    
Independent Foster Care Placements (excluding short break / respite placements)    
2.Contacts
Please provide the contact details (name, job title, telephone and email) of staff in the following roles:
Role
Name
Job Title
Telephone Number 
Email Address
for each above state
Budget holder for independent foster care placement expenditure    
Service Lead / Commissioner responsible for commissioning of independent fostering providers    
Director of Childrens Services   
Responsible Director or Service Manager for Children in Care    
3.Please provide the following:
Placement Type 
Budget for 2016/17 Financial Year 
Expenditure for the period ending 31st December 2016 (from start of financial year)
for each above state
In-house Foster Care Placements  
Independent Foster Care Placements 
4.Please provide the following:
Role
Providers
for each above state
Please provide the names of the top 5 Independent Fostering Providers with which you have the most placements

 

Pending

 

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