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9806

 

 

If you could answer all of the individual questions below, that’d be much appreciated.

1. Why has the future of Freeman’s Common been shrouded in so much secrecy?

2.  Is there currently a plan to sell Freeman’s Common for housing?

3.  Why should the people of Bedford Borough have been excluded from the decision making process regarding the future of Freeman’s Common?

4.  Why has the public been excluded from key parts of meetings of the Trustees relating to the management of Freeman’s Common for each of the last 4 years?

5.  Why was the decision taken to submit Freeman’s Common as a site for development in the Council’s Local Plan 2035

6.  Have the Council and Trustees discussed other options for the future use of Freeman’s Common ? If so, what are they?

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

The Council acts as Trustee to the Charity but, as you will see from the link below charities are not subject to FOI.

Click here not subject to FOI

 

However, the following links may provide some useful information.

 

click here for the another links on meeting

 

click here for charity commission

 

Alternatively, the charity commission may be able to help and their contact details are FOIrequests@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

2/12/16

 

9807

 

Do you pay statutory rates of pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave or do you enhance the pay?  If you enhance the rates, what do you pay and for how long?

Do you pay statutory redundancy pay to redundant employees or do you pay an enhanced rate?  If it is enhanced, how much do you pay?

If you enhance the above payments, why do you do so?  Why not pay statutory rates only?

 

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:

 

Type of Leave

Statutory

Enhanced

Reason for Enhanced pay

Maternity/Adoption

No enhanced

Yes as per NJC Terms & Conditions of Service

Due to service conditions.

Paternity

No enhanced

Yes –first week topped up to full pay in line with Maternity Support provision under NJC Terms & Conditions of Service

Due to service conditions.

Shared Parental

Yes- for both parents

No

N/A

Redundancy

No enhanced

The number of weeks is calculated in accordance with the Employment Rights Act 1996 (the Statutory Scheme), however this is based on an individual’s actual weekly pay.

The Council’s General Purposes Committee agreed that the Council will exercise this discretion under the provisions of the Discretionary Compensation Regulations 2006.

 

 5/12/16

 

9808

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information on semi-independent accommodation under children’s social care:

1.    How many young people have you placed in semi-independent for the last and current financial year? Can I have the quarterly breakdown?  

a.    What type of accommodation do you use? Please confirm the discrepancy by accommodation type?

b.    Please confirm which of these provisions are used more frequently?  

c.     What is the average distance that you place young people in semi independent provisions from your? 

d.    Are what age do you place young people in semi-independent accommodation?

e.    What is the current annual spend on these services in the financial year 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 on semi-independent living services including support cost?

2.  what procurement methods are in place for semi independent provision? For example do you use a Framework, Dynamic Purchasing System or Approved Provider List?

a.    If you do use an approved list, please advise how many providers you have; please list their names.

b.    Do you spot purchase?   If you do spot purchase please provide details of the each provider?

3   Is the authority part of a Consortium that is purchasing these services? If so, who is the lead authority?

a.    What monitoring arrangements are in place for these Semi Independent Provisions?

b.    Who carries out your monitoring? For example does the authority have a designated officer for the role or has this been outsourced?

c. How frequent are these provision monitored?

d. Does your local authority have a policy which is used to monitor these provisions as a guide? If so what is this policy?

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. 

 

Response:  Please see word document attached – Response to FOI 9808.doc

Please contact

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

 

8/12/16

 

9809

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek access to documents detailing the following information about legal action involving sex abuse in schools operating within the council’s remit.

1)  How many letters of engagement have you received from legal firms informing you of possible action against your council over sexual abuse in schools that took place during the last 75 years involving a party who is now deceased? Please provide the date this was received, any further details about the school in question and the dates the abuse was alleged to have taken place

2)      How many letters of engagement have you received from legal firms informing you of possible action against your council over sexual abuse in schools that took place during the last 75 years involving any other circumstances? Please provide the date this was received, any further details about the school in question and the dates the abuse was alleged to have taken place

3)  Are you otherwise aware of any legal action taken against your council regarding sexual abuse in schools that took place during the last 75 years? Please provide the date the year this legal action started and - if applicable - was completed, in addition to any further details about the school in question and the dates the abuse was alleged to have taken place

4)      How much money has the council paid in compensation or settlement agreements to alleged victims of sexual abuse across the following periods, for events that took place within the last 75 years?

i)   November 2015-present

ii)  November 2013-present

iii)  November 2011-present

iv)  November 2006- present

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. 

 

Your request refers to a period up to 75 years ago during which time Bedfordshire County Council was the Authority with responsibility for schools.  Bedford Borough Council became a unitary Authority in 2009 and since then Central Bedfordshire Council’s insurance team deals with all ‘legacy’ (historic) claims against the old Bedfordshire County Council. You may contact Central Bedfordshire Council at accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk  Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them.

 

6/12/16

 

9810

 

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

 Plover Way 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

16/11/16

 

9811

 

 I apply under the terms of the Freedom of Information legislation for the following information about unaccompanied asylum seeking children cared for by your Local Authority.We are aware that the increases in numbers of arrivals of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children have been unprecedented and are mindful that the increases pose significant challenges for all those working to support this vulnerable group. 
To this end we respectfully request the following information: 
1) In total, how many Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) were looked after by you as a local authority as of 31 October 2016?2) How many transfers of UASC have you accepted as a receiving local authority on a voluntary basis under the National Transfer Scheme or similar voluntary arrangements as described in the Interim National Transfer Protocol

during the period from 1 July 2016 until 31 October 2016?

3) If you as a local authority did not accept any transfers as per the above question, please select one or more of the following options to explain the reason why:
-          (a) We have not been requested to receive any transfers.
-          (b) We are over the ceiling of 0.07% UASC to child population.
-          (c) We have not agreed to take part in the National Transfers Scheme on a voluntary basis.
-          (d) Other (please explain further).

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)    In total, how many Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) were looked after by you as a local authority as of 31 October 2016?

Answer: 21

How many transfers of UASC have you accepted as a receiving local authority on a voluntary basis under the National Transfer Scheme or similar voluntary arrangements as described in the Interim National Transfer Protocol

1)    during the period from 1 July 2016 until 31 October 2016?

Answer: 0

3) If you as a local authority did not accept any transfers as per the above question, please select one or more of the following options to explain the reason why:

·                  (a) We have not been requested to receive any transfers.

·                  (b) We are over the ceiling of 0.07% UASC to child population.

·                  (c) We have not agreed to take part in the National Transfers Scheme on a voluntary basis.

·                  (d) Other (please explain further).

Answer: All of our current UASC cases are children that came to the attention of services whilst in Bedford Borough. They have not been part of a transfer scheme but are treated as “spontaneous arrivals” in our Local Authority and as such, we have duty to assess their needs as children.

 14/11/16

 

9812

 

Please would you let me know in writing if you hold information of the following description: all breach of condition notices issued by the council in relation to planning in the last five years. In other words, please provide me the number of breach of condition notices issues per year, the planning reference number the notice pertains to and where possible an internet link or an attachment relating to the issuance. If possible could you also provide any information as to whether court proceedings were issued by the council in respect to the breaches of conditions

Thank you for your request for information about breach of condition notices which we received on 14 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Over the last 5 years 4 Breach of Condition Notices have been issued and there were no court proceedings in relation to these cases.  Please find attached copy of BCN’s as requested.

Please contact

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

 

12/12/16

 

9813

 

 I would be grateful if you could provide the following in respect of any procedures (or similar) used by your Council Tax team.
Where a Council Tax band has been retrospectively changed by the Valuation Office for how may years back-over will the local authority consider issuing a refund ?
If the Council Tax team rely on any specific legislation / tribunal decisions to make their own decision I'd be grateful if you could confirm the relevant legislation / tribunal decision being relied upon.

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:

 

Where the Valuation Office Agency reports a change to a valuation band effective from 1 April 1993 the Council will update the Council Tax records effective from 1 April 1994.  The data relating to the 1993/1994 financial year was archived prior to migrating to a new Council Tax system in 2002.  However, where the Council is able to establish the situation covering the 1993/1994 financial year the Council will make a manual adjustment covering this period.

12/12/16

 

9814

 

Can you please provide me with the answers to the below questions:

How many services do you have in your area which provide support and treatment to people with a gambling problem/addiction?

Do you have a Public Health department?

What was the net expenditure from the Public Health budget in 2015-16 on providing support to people with gambling problems/addictions?

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 our response below:-

1. How many services do you have in your area which provide support and treatment to people with a gambling problem/addiction?

The Public Health team does not hold information regarding the number of services in the area which provide support and treatment to people with a gambling problem/addiction.

2. Do you have a Public Health department?

Yes.

3. What was the net expenditure from the Public Health budget in 2015-16 on providing support to people with gambling problems/addictions?

Although we recognise the importance of supporting people with a gambling problem/addiction, the Bedford Borough Public Health team did not  commission any services to support people with gambling problems/addictions in 2015-16.

15/11/16

 

9815

 

 Have you sent any correspondence since 1.4.15 to the families/representatives of people who have paid for commemorative benches on council property such as parks and viewpoints in which you inform them that they may be liable to pay the council extra money for the upkeep of the bench? If so, please state how many letters have been sent out and please provide me with an anonymised copy of one of the letters.

2.  If the council does have a fee in place whereby families/representatives are asked to pay for the upkeep of a bench, how much is the fee and how many years does the fee cover? When was the fee last increased and what was the rise, or when was the fee first introduced?

3.  What is the total estimated annual saving to the council of having such a fee system in place?

4. What is the procedure if a family/representative cannot be contacted or decline to pay the additional fee?

Thank you for your request for information about commemorative benches which we received on 14 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.  Have you sent any correspondence since 1.4.15 to the families/representatives of people who have paid for commemorative benches on council property such as parks and viewpoints in which you inform them that they may be liable to pay the council extra money for the upkeep of the bench? If so, please state how many letters have been sent out and please provide me with an anonymised copy of one of the letters. – No

2.        If the council does have a fee in place whereby families/representatives are asked to pay for the upkeep of a bench, how much is the fee and how many years does the fee cover? When was the fee last increased and what was the rise, or when was the fee first introduced? - The maintenance fee has always been incorporated into the one off payment for the bench / plaque onto existing bench.  Previously the scheme covered the lifetime of the bench, now it covers 15 years.

Current scheme prices break downs:

·                 Plaque onto existing bench £500(+VAT) – plaque £90, officer time and maintenance to the bench £410

·                 New memorial bench £1,900(+VAT) – plaque £90, bench (inc delivery) between £650 - £900, installation between £40 - £100, officer time and maintenance to the bench £810 - £1,120

The cost of a plaque on an existing bench has remained the same.  The bench cost in the past has always varied depending on the style of bench (1 year ago we decided on just one type of bench).

3.        What is the total estimated annual saving to the council of having such a fee system in place? – This information is not available.

4.        What is the procedure if a family/representative cannot be contacted or decline to pay the additional fee? – No additional fees are requested. If after 15 years has past then the plaque might be removed and the bench offered to a new customer, depending on the condition.  If a bench is beyond repair then the plaque is retained for 3 months to return to the family if possible

30/11/16

 

9816

 

I request a copy of the quarterly public records from Q1 2016, Q2 2016 and Q3 2016 (if available) of the following information at the partnership level, preferably in Excel or PDF format:

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.

 

There has been no change since the information supplied under FOI 9408 and the information is still correct at 30/09/2016. 

16/11/16

 

9817

 

I would like to know what substances is using as a weed killer City Council and the contractors that  it has, to spray the streets and footpaths . And i would also like to know the brand and the manufacturer's name.

Thank you for your request for information about weed killing which we received on 15 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

The service to carry out weed spraying on the highway, carriageway and footways is tendered out on an annual or biennial basis. 

In 2015/16 Bedford Borough Council contracted this service out to Langard Ltd.  The Council does not specify what herbicide the Contractor should use because the Council’s tender process states that ‘an application of a suitable DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) approved herbicide’ must be used.  As part of the tender process the Contractor must also provide a COSHH Certificate (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) for each herbicide used.

Please find attached details of herbicides used for weed spraying.

Please contact

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

12/12/16

 

9818

 

We seek the following information under the freedom of information act:

•  Details of the complaint and how it was raised

•   Details of who the complainant was and how they notified the authority

•  The complainants relationship with the authority

•   All correspondence written and electronic regarding the complaint

•   All correspondence between X and other council staff regarding the complaint

•   All information and investigatory notes regarding the complaint

• Any information regarding  X the director of the  company and Bedford Council Employees including relationship with Licensing staff.

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. You requested:

 Details of the complaint and how it was raised

The complaint was received by way of a communication received via the Authorities Facebook page. The complaint referred to a promotion being run at the premises. The text of the complaint is in the papers attached.

Please contact

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

•    Details of who the complainant was and how they notified the authority

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 above

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

1.   States that above  is exempt information.

2.  Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 and 41(Personal Information and Information provided in confidence) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

•  The complainants relationship with the authority

The complainant has no known relationship with the Authority.

•  All correspondence written and electronic regarding the complaint

•   All correspondence between X and other council staff regarding the complaint

•   All information and investigatory notes regarding the complaint

Please see attached. . Certain matters have been redacted as authorised under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. These amount to personal details and information already in the possession of the applicant. The papers include all relevant internal communications and investigatory notes.

Please contact

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

•     Any information regarding X the director of the company and Bedford Council Employees including his relationship with Licensing staff.

X has no relationship with Licensing Staff or with the manner of this investigation.

9/12/16

 

9819

 

 Please could you provide me with the number of reports made to the local authority designated officer (LADO) of abuse against under 18s carried out by a sports coach or sports volunteer. I would like this broken down by category of abuse; whether physical, sexual, emotional or neglect.

I would like details of these incidents over a two-year period (2014 and 2015), broken down by age group and gender of the victim, by what sport the incidents related to, and by whether a DBS check was in place.

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. 

 

Information requested:

Please could you provide me with the number of reports made to the local authority designated officer (LADO) of abuse against under 18s carried out by a sports coach or sports volunteer. I would like this broken down by category of abuse; whether physical, sexual, emotional or neglect.

 

I would like details of these incidents over a two-year period (2014 and 2015), broken down by age group and gender of the victim, by what sport the incidents related to, and by whether a DBS check was in place.

 

Response:

 

Year

Total number of referrals

Jan – Dec 2014

1

Jan – Dec 2015

2

 

Breakdown of referrals

 

Year

Category of Abuse

Age group of victim

Gender of victim

Sport

Was a DBS check in place

2014

Sexual

13 - 16

Female

Football

Yes

2015

Sexual

7 - 11

Male

Football

Yes

2015

Physical

7- 11

Male

Karate

Yes

 

 

5/12/16

 

9820

 

RE: Goldington Green

 Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?.

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals, Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

Thank you for your request for information about  Goldington Green, Bedford which we received on 15 November 2016.

 

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

 

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

 

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

 

9/12/16

 

9821

 

I would like to know the total value (in either cash or your best estimate of monetary value) of Section 106 agreements (agreements reached with property developers under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act) reached over the last five years, broken down by year.

Please use a year end of 31 March, or whatever year end is most convenient.If you are unable to provide five years of data, please provide three years of data, otherwise please provide data for the last two years. 

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 total value of Section 106 agreements (agreements reached with property developers under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act) reached over the last five years.
     
 2011/2012       £6,669,000
 2012/2013       £2,044,000
 2013/2014        £9,044,000
2014/2015         £259,000
 2015/2016      £484,000
     

 

30/11/16

 

9822

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information on behalf of the Bedford Borough Council.

In the years 2010/11, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16,

  • A record of whom you have commissioned to deliver drug and alcohol treatment, and what service was provided. (Please specify any instances of residential rehabilitation in the data).
  • What percentage of your drug and alcohol treatment budget has been spent on residential rehab, and from which fund or grant it has come.
  • How much from alternative budgets have been used to treat drug and alcohol addiction, and please specify the alternative budgets.

 

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 see our response attached.

Please contact

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

 

9/12/16

 

9823

 

Please see below my freedom of information act request. If you cannot answer all or some of the questions please could you respond anyway?

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known at the time of death from 1/8/16 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/8/16 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 30 September 2016, 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

 

5/12/16

 

9824

 

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information:

1. For the period 2006/07 to 2015/16, please break down by financial year:

a. The total number of racist incidents reported to the Local Education Authority

b. The number of reports broken down by school

c.The number of reports broken down by type of incident

d. The number of reports broken down by ethnicity of the alleged perpetrator

e.  The number of reports broken down by ethnicity of the alleged victim

f. The number of reports broken down by action taken

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.

You requested:

1. For the period 2006/07 to 2015/16, please break down by financial year:

a.  The total number of racist incidents reported to the Local Education Authority

Answer:  Please see excel spreadsheet attached.

b.  he number of reports broken down by school

Answer:  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 41 (Information provided in confidence) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

Bedford Borough Council  collects the data but does not have the schools authority to release it into the public domain.  In order for us to obtain each schools authority would take a considerable amount of time.   You would therefore need to contact the individual schools directly for this information.  Please find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Schools Establishment Guide, for your information.

c. The number of reports broken down by type of incident

Answer:  Please see excel spreadsheet attached. *

d. The number of reports broken down by ethnicity of the alleged perpetrator

Answer:  Please see excel spreadsheet attached.  *

e. The number of reports broken down by ethnicity of the alleged victim

Answer:  Please see excel spreadsheet attached. *

f. The number of reports broken down by action taken

Answer:  Please see excel spreadsheet attached. *

 

*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.

Due to low numbers some of the information is supressed due to Data Protection and to avoid making children/young people identifiable.   The information that is suppressed is marked with an (x) on the attached spreadsheet.

Please contact

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

30/11/16

 

9825

 

As part of a national project to map services for women experiencing multiple disadvantage, I would like to request the following information from your organisation:

1) What services are you currently commission specifically for women affected by:

substance use problems

mental health problems

homelessness

involvement in offending

2) For each type of service commissioned:

What organisation delivers the service and what are their contact details?

How many women can they support at any one time?

When does the current contract end?

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.

As part of a national project to map services for women experiencing multiple disadvantage, I would like to request the following information from your organisation:

1) What services are you currently commission specifically for women affected by:

substance use problems

mental health problems

homelessness

involvement in offending

2) For each type of service commissioned:

What organisation delivers the service and what are their contact details?

How many women can they support at any one time?

When does the current contract end?

We are unable to provide this information.

Although the Supported Housing Team do commission some homelessness services and a mental health service, these are mixed gender services.

28/11/16

 

9826

 

How much has your authority bid for from the Government's Early Years Capital Fund?

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 have bid for £1,732,500.00

 22/11/16

 

9827

 

I would like to make the following Freedom of Information request:

1.    How many childminders are registered in your Authority’s area? What was the figure in each year since 2009/10 inclusive?

2.    How many childminders in your area offer a flexible service including care outside of traditional working hours? What was the figure in each year since 2009/10 inclusive?

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. 
 
You requested:

1. How many childminders are registered in your Authority’s area? What was the figure in each year since 2009/10 inclusive?
Answer:
Year N.o. of active
Registered Childminders
2010 149
2011 155
2012 163
2013 152
2014 128
2015 127
2016 116


2.    How many childminders in your area offer a flexible service including care outside of traditional working hours? What was the figure in each year since 2009/10 inclusive?

Answer: We can only answer the information around flexibility for the current year as we do not keep that information historically.

Please contact

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

 29/11/16

 

9828

 

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

Mill Road Sharnbrook 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

 

30/11/16

 

9829

 

RE: Voyce Way

Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?. Enclosed is a plan for the property.

The request is for any information held by way of the

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT

and

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals, Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.

Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

Thank you for your request for information  about Voyce Way which we received on 16/11/16

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

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

 

9/12/16

 

9830

 

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

 Merchants Court 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

 

30/11/16

 

9831

 

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

Hamsterley 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

 

30/11/16

 

9832

 

1   How many FOI/EIR requests did you receive in the first six months of 2016?

2. Of those requests, how many were not answered within the statutory time limit (ie 20 working days in most instances)?

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.     831

2.     4

5/12/16

 

9833

 

Could you please supply in the form of a spreadsheet all non domestic properties with a rateable value between 1000 and 50000 that have not been awarded small business  rate relief please include sole trader addresses. Please include property description, address, business name (in the case of limited companies), rateable value and PRN.

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

12/12/16

 

9834

 

RE: Ashmead RD 

Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?. Enclosed is a plan for the property.

The request is for any information held by way of the

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT

and

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals

 Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.

Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

Thank you for your request for information about Ashmead Rd which we received on 17/11/16.

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

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

9/12/16

 

9835

 

I would like to make the following Freedom of Information request:

1.  How many children aged three and four years in your area do you believe to have been eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium a) in 2015/16 and b) in 2016/17?

2. How many children in your area received the Early Years Pupil Premium a) in 2015/16 and b) in 2016/17?

3. How many requests for the Early Years Pupil Premium did you reject as ineligible a) in 2015/16 and b) in 2016/17?

4. What were the grounds for these rejections?

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 children aged three and four years in your area do you believe to have been eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium a) in 2015/16 and b) in 2016/17?

Answer: In 2015-16 Bedford Borough were funded based on 430 pupils which was the departments estimate of our numbers of eligible EYPP pupils.  We were not given how many would've been eligible for 2016/17 so work on the basis it is the same as 2015/16.

 2. How many children in your area received the Early Years Pupil Premium a) in 2015/16 and b) in 2016/17?

Answer:

a) 2015/16

Part-time equivalent (PTE) = 234

Full time equivalent (FTE) = 141

b) 2016/17

Part-time equivalent (PTE) = 173

Full time equivalent (FTE) = 104

Please note that for 2016-2017 we have not had the spring term yet so the numbers are likely to increase.

3.  How many requests for the Early Years Pupil Premium did you reject as ineligible a) in 2015/16 and b) in 2016/17?

Answer: 1882 families applied for EYPP but were found not eligible.

4. What were the grounds for these rejections?

Answer: Local Authorities are not able to 'reject' applicants; the families did not meet the national criteria to qualify.

8/12/16

 

9836

 

In each calendar year since 2011, how many of the following applications made by or on behalf of looked-after children have been submitted with application fees paid for by your local authority?

·  applications to register as a British citizen ‘by entitlement’

applications to register as a British citizen ‘at discretion’

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:

There has been no applications made for British Citizenship on behalf of or by any looked-after children under the care of the authority since 2011.

30/11/16

 

9837

 

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

St Michaels 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

 

30/11/16

 

9838

 

Did your local authority have a Christmas lights switch on or similar event in 2016?

If no, then no further questions apply. If yes, then please confirm the following:

1) Who did the switch on?

2) Were they paid a fee to do so? If more than one, please provide a breakdown.

3) Were expenses paid, either in addition to any fee or instead of? If so, please provide a breakdown of these.

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.

Did your local authority have a Christmas lights switch on or similar event in 2016? -Yes

1)   Who did the switch on? - Father Christmas (a local resident)

2)   Were they paid a fee to do so? - No 

    If more than one, please provide a breakdown - n/a

3)  Were expenses paid, either in addition to any fee or instead of? - No

If so, please   provide a breakdown of these - n/a

28/11/16

 

9839

 

Please could you tell me how much money has been spent by your council on bird control measures (primarily pigeons) in each of the past three financial years please and provide details of the types of control measures used (e.g shooting, roof spikes, hawk-use etc).

Thank you for your request for information about bird control measures which we received on 18 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We are unable to breakdown the costs attributed to bird control measures for the period requested

20/12/16

 

9840

 

Manual pulse rhythm checks are mandated in the NHS health check to be provided to all patients receiving a routine blood pressure measurement. We wish to understand how many local authorities include manual pulse rhythm checks in their contracts and specifications.

 Can you please answer the following questions:

  1. In your Local Authority, how many patients have undertaken the NHS Health Check service in the last 12 months?
  2. Are manual pulse rhythm checks built into your contracts and specifications for the NHS Health Check services?

a.        If no, why not?

b.        When do you plan to include pulse checks in your service specification?

  1. If yes,

a.  What does your specification request of health service providers?

b.   What data from the manual pulse rhythm checks provided is recorded?

  1. If an irregular heart rhythm is detected by a manual pulse rhythm check what happens next to that person?

a.   Further diagnostic tests undertaken in Primary Care, for example use of recent hand-held technologies, ECG recording to confirm diagnosis

b.   Referral to a specialist cardiac unit for confirmation of diagnosis

c.  Other

5.  What do you believe would support the uptake of manual pulse rhythm checks, to improve implementation and follow-up?

 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 the attached response.

 

Please contact

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

 

 

 

28/11/16

 

9841

 

 Job vacancy list from 1st June 2016 to date’

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 contact

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

25/11/16

 

9842

 

 Are you the department that gives information in your area about the companies and the number of Employes they have, I am looking for a list of companies in the Bedfordshire area, who have more than 25 employees,

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  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. 

An explanation follows below:

 

Bedford Borough Council does not hold a list of companies in the Bedfordshire area who have more than 25 employees.  However, we do have a list of private sector companies in Bedford Borough who we believe employ over 100 staff.  The draft list is attached for your information.

Please contact

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

Bedfordshire includes the areas covered by Central Bedfordshire and Luton Councils who may hold separate lists.  For information on Central Bedfordshire, please contact

james.cushing@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and for Luton economicdevelopment@luton.gov.uk

8/12/16

 

9843

 

I would be grateful if you could please consider the following under the Freedom of  Information Act 2000:

1. What system do you currently use for recording and managing the FOI requests your authority receives?

2. The initial cost to set up and implement this system.

3. The Annual Cost of this system.

4. Have you changed system in the last 5 years?

a. If yes, which system did you use previously?

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 No system – Manual Spreadsheet

2 N/A

3 N/A

4 No

4a N/A

5/12/16

 

9844

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with the gross cost of a. bed and breakfast hotels and b. temporary accommodation used to accommodate households under the 1996 Housing Act, in 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

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 contact

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

1/12/16

 

9845

 

I am aware that at a public meeting of the General Purpose Committee on 7th July 2016 the Council submitted under agenda item 5 a document that related to its intentions in relation to the (5(c)) - Delivery of Business Transformation Programme (Next Steps) and Minutes and (5(d)) - Management of the Business Transformation Programme Going Forward.

Please accept this Freedom of Information request for the following information in relation to the following:

1.  Please state the date that the Business Transformation Programme first started.

2.         Please provide a copy regardless of if it was created by the Council or for the Council of any current or where they do not exist in a signed off format draft(s) of:

a.         Target Operating Model, 

b.         Digital Operating Model, or 

c.         Any other department, directorate or services strategy for example an IT Strategy. 

3.         A list of all projects that are currently in progress or at least being considered by the Business Transformation Programme. Identifying which work streams if any they relate to in the Business Transformation Programme. 

4.         The name of the post and the grade (not the individual’s name) of any benefit owner including what the benefits are in relation to any set of projects or work streams programmes under the Business Transformation Programme. 

5.         Any Risk, Issues, Assumptions or Dependencies logs for the Business Transformation Programme and the Digital Operating Model.

6.         A copy of the most recent dashboard and any previous dashboards for the Business Transformation Programme.

7.         A copy of any working manuals for the Business Transformation Programme.

8.         A list of all officers in the Business Transformation Programme (not the individuals names) identifying the post, salary grades and job descriptions. From the Chief Executive downwards bearing in mind the Council has stated in public that the lead officer of the Business Transformation Programme will be the Chief Executive.  Any structure diagram(s) should also be included. 

9.         A list of all officers in Transformation Programme (not the individuals name) identifying the post and salary grades. Who are responsible for delivering change for the Business Transformation programme but remain employed by the Council outside of the business Transformation programme. For example post holders from ICT being used or seconded into the project management or delivery of projects that deliver the Digital Operating Model.

10.       A list (not the individuals name – they can be numbered numerically starting at 001) and the start date of all contractors and their roles ; and the daily rate of pay acting in relation to the activities described in either point 6 or 7 above. Please specifically state if any of these contractors are from X or Y 

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 below.

 

Please click here for the information requested on Business Tansformation Programme

14/12/16

 

9846

 

Can you please supply me with a current, and up to date list of all registered HMO's in Bedford? 

Would you also please be able to provide me with any studies that have been carried out within the last year regarding HMO's in Bedford.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council on licensed Houses in Multiple Occupation within Bedford Borough. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can confirm that Regulatory Services does hold the information you requested.   

1.     Can you please supply me with a current, and up to date list of all registered HMO's in Bedford? 

List of properties currently licensed under our Additional and Mandatory licensing schemes are included with this letter.

Please contact

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

2.     Would you also please be able to provide me with any studies that have been carried out within the last year regarding HMO's in Bedford.

No studies have been carried out within the ;last year on HMO’s within Bedford.

15/12/16

 

9847

 

Questions:

1. How many properties do you have in your housing stock?

2. How many of these properties are located in blocks of flats?

3.  How many blocks of flats do you have in your housing stock that are governed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?

4. How many of these blocks of flats have had a fire risk assessment conducted since the 1st of October 2006?

5.  How many of these blocks of flats currently have a valid fire risk assessment?

6. If you do not have valid FRA’s on all of your blocks of flats that are bound by the FSO 2005 please can you provide a brief justification as to why this is not the case?

7.   Does your fire safety policy require reviews of existing fire risk assessments? And if so how regularly and are they actually reviewed?

8.  Do you currently have an on-going refurbishment programme or policy that includes fire safety upgrades in your blocks of flats?

9.  In 2015-2016 what was the approximate yearly spend on repairs and maintenance, including major refurbishment schemes on your social housing stock?

10.   In 2015 -2016 what was your approximate yearly spend on fire safety upgrades in communal areas of blocks of flats?

11. What fire safety improvement is your main focus?

12.  In the last year how many of the following have been served by your local Fire Authority:

a.  Notice of Deficiency

b.  Alterations Notice

c. Enforcement Notice

d.  Prohibition Notice

13.  How many properties currently have a in date smoke detector installed?

14. In the last 5 years how many fires have you had in properties or communal areas of blocks of flats? How many of these have caused death or serious injury.

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.

A review of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the impact on fire safety within tenanted purpose built blocks of flats constructed prior to the adoption of current legislation.

 

Please note this information is held by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) and they can be contacted at info@bpha@org.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

 

13/12/16

 

9848

 

1 - How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) have been placed with your authority in the past 5 years (or the last 5 years for which information is available)? Breakdown per year please.

2 - Of those, how many were age assessed? Breakdown per year please.

3 - How many of those age assessments found the UASC to be 18 or over? Breakdown per year please. Please detail age assessment results where possible, eg: claimed to be 14, found to be 19, claimed to be 17, found to be 16, etc.

4 - Of those decisions, how many were then challenged by the individuals involved? Breakdown per year please.

5 – How many of those challenges resulted in a court hearing or judicial review? Breakdown per year please. Also where possible please detail the type of hearing, ie County Court, High Court, Judicial Review.

6 – How much has the authority spent per year on such legal action?

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 - How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) have been placed with your authority in the past 5 years (or the last 5 years for which information is available)? Breakdown per year please.

Answer:

31st March 2012 = 5

31st March 2013 = 5

31st March 2014 = 13

31st March 2015 = 18

31st March 2016 = 23                                        

As at 22nd November 2016 = 21

2 - Of those, how many were age assessed? Breakdown per year please.

3 - How many of those age assessments found the UASC to be 18 or over? Breakdown per year please. Please detail age assessment results where possible, eg: claimed to be 14, found to be 19, claimed to be 17, found to be 16, etc.

Answer: Q2 and Q3.

We do not hold the figures for the year 2013/14. 

2014/15

13 age assessment

5 were over 18

8 were under 18.

2015/16

11 age assessments

3 were over 18

8 were under 18.

4 - Of those decisions, how many were then challenged by the individuals involved? Breakdown per year please.

Answer:

2011 /  1

2012 /  0

2013 /  0

2014 /  0

2015 /  4

2016 /  1

5 – How many of those challenges resulted in a court hearing or judicial review? Breakdown per year please. Also where possible please detail the type of hearing, ie County Court, High Court, Judicial Review.

Answer:

2011 / 1*  Ongoing into 2017  High Court and Court of Appeal

2012 / 0

2013 / 1   Judicial Review/High Court

2014 / 0

2015 / 1   Judicial Review, Permission to Appeal refused, Permission to Appeal Refused, Refused by Upper Tribunal

2016 / 0

6 – How much has the authority spent per year on such legal action?

Answer:

2011/  As yet no costs order for case in Court of Appeal

2012 / 0

2013 / Data not captured on records 

2014 / 0

2015 / £2,500 to enter Defence

2016 / 0

13/12/16

 

9849

 

For some academic research relating to the ongoing costs of managing landfills in England & Wales, could you please confirm the following?

  • ​​The number of closed landfills within your authority area that are owned by the local authority.
  • The most recent annual budget amount allocated to managing those landfills.
  • The number of pollution or nuisance incidents relating to landfill sites since 01 April 2010.
The costs incurred by the authority of managing any of those pollution or nuisance incidents

Thank you for your request for information about closed landfills which we received on 21 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The number of closed landfills within your authority area that are owned by the local authority. - The Council owns one closed non-hazardous waste landfill site location.

· The most recent annual budget amount allocated to managing those landfills. - 2016/17 Revenue budget of £249,320.

The number of pollution or nuisance incidents relating to landfill sites since 01 April 2010. - There have been no pollution or nuisance incidents during this period.

The costs incurred by the authority of managing any of those pollution or nuisance incidents. - There have been no pollution/nuisance incidents so therefore no costs incurred.

If your authority is interested in receiving information relating to the research, please provide the contact details for a relevant officer. - Shah Faisal – Team Leader Contracts and Infrastructure. Email: shah.faisal@bedford.gov.uk

22/11/16

 

9850

 

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 with regards to Alternate Weekly Collections (AWC). Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability:

Q1: Does your council operate a service for Alternate Weekly Collections (AWC)? Specifically refuse collected one week and recycling the next.

 If no please respond without answering the following questions.

Q2: When did your council change to AWC?

Q3: Did you provide an additional service (i.e. food waste) at the same time as moving to AWC?

If no, please move on to question 4.

Q3A: If yes, please describe the service you provided.

Q4: Please provide the amount of larger or additional refuse bins provided after the move to AWC and what litre capacity they were (if available).

Q5: Please provide the amount of larger or additional recycling bins (or bags/boxes) provided after the move to AWC and what litre capacity they were (if available).

Q6: Please provide the tonnage increase/decrease in refuse collected for the year following the move to AWC compared with the previous year.

Q7: Please provide the tonnage increase/decrease in dry recycling collected for the year following the move to AWC compared with the previous year.

Q8: If you did offer additional capacity for recycling, did you charge for the bin or container? If so, how much?

Thank you for your request for information about alternate weekly collections which we received on 21 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

Q1: Does your council operate a service for Alternate Weekly Collections (AWC)? Specifically refuse collected one week and recycling the next. - Yes

   If no please respond without answering the following questions.

Q2:  When did your council change to AWC? - 31.10.16

Q3:  Did you provide an additional service (i.e. food waste) at the same time as moving to AWC? - No

  If no, please move on to question 4.

Q3A:    If yes, please describe the service you provided. - N/A

Q4: Please provide the amount of larger or additional refuse bins provided after the move to AWC and what litre capacity they were (if available). - Unknown as still receiving      requests. 360l bins provided to household with 6 or more permanent residents.  To date we have 1094 premises using or awaiting delivery of 360l refuse bin.

Q5: Please provide the amount of larger or additional recycling bins (or bags/boxes) provided after the move to AWC and what litre capacity they were (if available) ). -  Unknown as     still receiving requests.  360l bins provided to household with 6 or more permanent residents.  To date we have 1539 premises using or awaiting delivery of 360l      recycling bin.  We also have 38 premises who bought extra recycling capacity in the form of bins or orange recycling capacity in the last 12 months.

Q6: Please provide the tonnage increase/decrease in refuse collected for the year following the move to AWC compared with the previous year. - Unknown as just over 3 weeks into change to AWC.

Q7:  Please provide the tonnage increase/decrease in dry recycling collected for the year following the move to AWC compared with the previous year. - Unknown as just over 3   weeks into change to AWC.

Q8:   If you did offer additional capacity for recycling, did you charge for the bin or container? If so, how much? - 360l bin provided free of charge to those properties with 6 or more    permanent residents.  All residents can request a roll of orange recycling sacks to use along with their bin free of charge.  They may also replace an existing 240l       recycling bin with a 360l recycling bin for £38.60, or purchase an additional 240l recycling bin for £38.60 or buy a roll of 50 orange recycling sacks for £7.80.

 23/11/16

 

9851

 

1) In the first nine months of this year (January 1 - September 30 2016), how many parking fines (Penalty Charge Notices) have you issued?

2) How much do these parking fines add up to in £, using the reduced fine amount if paid within a certain period of time AND the initial fine amount. (for example "X council have issued fines adding up to between £50,000 and £100,000 depending on whether the driver paid within 14 days or waited until the 28 day limit"). This is not how much money you recieved from fines, but asking if everyone had paid their fines, how much would your issued fines be worth.

3) Of those that paid fines issued between January 1 and September 30 2016, how much money was paid?

4) How many of the parking fines issued between January 1 - September 30 were not paid (this does not include people currently challenging the fine, but people who have missed the deadlines set by the council to pay the fine and have simply not paid).

5) How much do these unpaid fines add up to in £? (again using the reduced amount and initial amount as formatted in question 2).

6) How many of the parking fines issued between January 1 - September 30 were challenged / appealed?
7) How many of those challenged fines were successful in their appeal and were subsequently 'let off' paying the fine?

8) At the last census or count, how many people lived in your council area?
9) How many parking fines did the worst single driver / offender in your council area receive in the first nine months of the year?

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) In the first nine months of this year (January 1 - September 30 2016), how many parking fines (Penalty Charge Notices) have you issued?

    16,466

2) How much do these parking fines add up to in £, using the reduced fine amount if paid within a certain period of time AND the initial fine amount. ( for example "X council have issued fines adding up to between   £50,000 and £100,000 depending on whether the driver paid within 14 days or waited until the 28 day limit"). This is not how much money you recieved from fines, but asking if everyone had paid their fines, how much would your issued fines be worth.

    Higher Level initial fine amount £915,110 and reduced fine amount £457,555.

    Lower Level initial fine amount £236,250 and reduced fine amount £118,125.

3) Of those that paid fines issued between January 1 and September 30 2016, how much money was paid?

    £436,909.05

4) How many of the parking fines issued between January 1 - September 30 were not paid (this does not include people currently challenging the fine, but people who have missed the deadlines set by the council to pay the fine and have simply not paid).

    733

5) How much do these unpaid fines add up to in £? (again using the reduced amount and initial amount as formatted in question 2).

    Higher Level £41,930

    Lower Level £6,700

    These fines would not be at the reduced amount as they were not paid within the 14 days and so would all be at the full amount.

6) How many of the parking fines issued between January 1 - September 30 were challenged / appealed?

    5492

    This figure is for all Penalty Charge Notices issued in the time period as I am unable to split on and off street without going through every single PCN which will exceed the appropriate time limit.
7) How many of those challenged fines were successful in their appeal and were subsequently 'let off' paying the fine?

    2369

   This figure is for all Penalty Charge Notices issued in the time period as I am unable to split on and off street without going through every single PCN which will exceed the appropriate time limit.

8) At the last census or count, how many people lived in your council area?

The Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

 You requested - last census or count, how many people lived in your council area

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

1.    States that above is exempt information.

     2.  Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (information available to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link here

9) How many parking fines did the worst single driver / offender in your council area receive in the first nine months of the year?

    32

29/11/16

 

9852

 

RE: Rotten Row 

Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?. Enclosed is a plan for the property.

The request is for any information held by way of the

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT

and

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals, Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.

Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

Thank you for your request for information about Rotten Row, Bedford which we received on 21/11/16.

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

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

9/12/16

 

9853

 

RE: Turner Way

Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?. Enclosed is a plan for the property.

The request is for any information held by way of the

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT

and

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals, Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.

Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

Thank you for your request for information about Turner Way, Bedford which we received on 21/11/16

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

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

 

9/12/16

 

9854

 

 

1. How many children in the local authority who have been permanently excluded from school are not currently receiving full-time education?

2. How many of those children have been out of full-time education for six days or more?

3. How many of those children have been out of full-time education for one month or more?

4. How many children were permanently excluded from schools in the local authority in the 2015/2016 academic year?

5. How many children were permanently excluded from schools in the local authority in the 2014/2015 academic year?

 

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. 

You requested:

1. How many children in the local authority who have been permanently excluded from school are not currently receiving full-time education?

2. How many of those children have been out of full-time education for six days or more?

3. How many of those children have been out of full-time education for one month or more?

Answer Q1-3:

The Local Authority commission full-time education from Greys Education Centre for all statutory aged permanently excluded pupils who are resident in Bedford Borough. The provision is from the sixth day of the exclusion. The only pupils who do not receive this provision are those whose parents choose to make alternative arrangements for their children, either by electing to educate their child themselves, or by applying directly to another school for a school place.

 

4. How many children were permanently excluded from schools in the local authority in the 2015/2016 academic year?

5. How many children were permanently excluded from schools in the local authority in the 2014/2015 academic year?

 

Answer Q4 and 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 21  (Information accessible to applicant by other means) and Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

This information is available via DfE exclusions data, which is in the public domain.

 

The Statistical First Release (SFR) entitled “Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2014 to 2015” is the most recent data available. 

the link to this SFR:  

The 2015 to 2016 data will not be available until July 2017.

 

5/12/16

 

9855

 

1) How many people are known to still be unable to return to their homes due to damage caused by last winter's floods?

2) How many households are known to still be unable to return to their homes due to the damage caused by last winter's floods?

3) How many people/households/businesses (please break down the figures) are still receiving council tax rebates because they are unable to return to their homes/businesses following last winter's floods. (Local authorities can use powers under Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 to grant council tax discounts on properties affected by flooding.)

4) How much council tax money in total has been rebated to people/households/businesses affected by flooding? (please breakdown and also give an overall total)

5) How much money has been paid out under the Communities and Business Recovery Scheme?

6) Please provide a breakdown of the money paid out under the Communities and Business Recovery Scheme for people/households/businesses.

7) How many businesses have received business rate relief due to the floods? How much relief has there been in total and how many are still receiving it?  

8) How many households have requested Household Flood and Resilience Grants? How many requests have been paid out? How much has been paid out in total on these grants in total?

9) How many households have been in receipt of Repair and Renew grants? How much has been paid out under threse grants?

10) How much in total has been paid out by the council in support for people/households/businesses affected by last winter's floods. Please provide a breakdown for each category and provide a total.

 

Thank you for your request for information about storms Desmond and Eva which we received on 22 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

1)         How many people are known to still be unable to return to their homes due to damage caused by last winter's floods?            None

2)         How many households are known to still be unable to return to their homes due to the damage caused by last winter's floods?            None

3)         How many people/households/businesses are still receiving council tax rebates because they are unable to return to their homes/businesses

            following last winter's floods.            None

4)         How much council tax money in total has been rebated to people/households/businesses affected by last winter's floods?             £0

5)         How much money has been paid out under the Communities and Business Recovery Scheme in relation to last winter's floods?             £0

6)         Please provide a breakdown of the money paid out under the Communities and Business Recovery Scheme for people / households

            / businesses in relation to last winter's floods.             £0

7)         How many businesses have received business rate relief due to last winter's floods? How much relief has there been in total due to last

   winter's floods and how many are still receiving it?             None

8)    How many households have requested Household Flood and Resilience Grants following last winter's floods? How many requests have

  been paid out? How much has been paid out in total on these grants in total in relation to last winter's floods?             None / £09)         How many households have been in receipt of Repair and Renew grants in response to last winter's floods? How much has been paid  out under these grants in relation to last winter's floods?       None / £0

10)      How much in total has been paid out by the council in support for people/households/businesses affected by last winter's floods.         £0

 

19/12/16

 

9856

 

1. What percentage of your 2015 budget was spent on cyber security?

2.  Did your cyber security budget in 2015 increase or decrease compared to the previous year? And by what percentage?

. 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.  What percentage of your 2015 budget was spent on cyber security?

Our Spend within 2015/2016 was £6,800 which is 0.005% of the Bedford Borough Council budget

2.  Did your cyber security budget in 2015 increase or decrease compared to the previous year? And by what percentage?

Our Spend was £6,800 within 2015/2016 which was an increase of 49% from 2014/2015

 1/12/16

 

9857

 

 Please could you provide me with the number of allegations of abuse towards under 18s which was allegedly carried out in a place of worship or by an adult employed or volunteering at a religious organisation. I would like this broken down by category of abuse; whether physical, sexual, emotional or neglect.

I would like details of these incidents over a two-year period (2014 and 2015), broken down by year, by age group and gender of the victim, and by whether a DBS check was in place.

 

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 information

 

5/12/16

 

9858

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I request the following information:

Q1.) Does the SACRE keep records of religious groups/speakers visiting/active in schools in Bedford Borough?

Q2.) (If “Yes” to Q1) please provide details

Q3.) Has the SACRE produced guidance for schools on visits from/working with external religious groups?

Q4.) (If “Yes” to Q3) please provide details

Q5.) Has the SACRE received any complaints/concerns from schools/parents in Bedford Borough about visits from religious groups/speakers?

Q6.) (If “Yes” to Q5) please provide details

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.

Q1.) Does the SACRE keep records of religious groups/speakers visiting/active in schools in Bedford Borough?

Answer: No

Q2.) (If “Yes” to Q1) please provide details

Answer: N/A

Q3.) Has the SACRE produced guidance for schools on visits from/working with external religious groups?

Answer: No

Q4.) (If “Yes” to Q3) please provide details

Answer: N/A

Q5.) Has the SACRE received any complaints/concerns from schools/parents in Bedford Borough about visits from religious groups/speakers?

Answer: No

Q6.) (If “Yes” to Q5) please provide details

Answer: N/A

24/11/16

 

9859

 

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

Gladstone Street

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

 

30/11/16

 

9860

 

 I would like some information about your authority’s use of Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) and Community Protection Notice (CPN) powers, since October 2015.
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)

1. Has your local authority brought through any Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) since October 2015? If so, please give details of the PSPOs (please provide the text of the order(s), and if possible a map of the area affected).
2. Please state the council body or official who enacted the PSPO (eg, was the PSPO passed by a designated council officer, a designated committee, or full council?).
3. How have your council’s existing PSPOs been enforced since October 2015? For example, please give the number of on-the-spot fines or prosecutions for violation of any PSPO; or any other available statistics regarding enforcement, for example alcohol confiscations.
4. Are you planning or consulting on a PSPO to bring through in the future? If so, please give details: the text of the order and the planned date of consultation/enactment.
5. Please state the number of council officers with powers to enforce PSPOs (for example, to issue warnings or fines for violations of the PSPO). If possible, please give the position of these officers (eg, street wardens, dog control officers, environmental officers).
Community Protection Notices (CPNs):
1. Please state the number of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) that you have issued in the year between 1 November 2015 - 31 October 2016. Please indicate the subject of these CPNs (eg, messy gardens, feeding the birds, busking, or begging). If possible, please provide the text of these notices.
2.  Please state the number of council officers with powers to issue CPNs. Please also state the number of council officers with the power to enforce CPNs (for example, to issue warnings or fines for violations of CPNs). In both cases, if possible, please give the position of these officers (eg, street wardens, dog control officers, environmental officers).
Of course, please state if your authority does not have the power to enact PSPOs or CPNs.

 

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:

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)

1. Has your local authority brought through any PSPOs since October 2015? If so, please give details of the PSPOs (please provide the text of the order(s), and if possible a map of the area affected).

Dog Control Orders, replicating existing areas. The PSPO was implemented on 27 July 2016.  Full details of this PSPO can be viewed here

Town Centre Cycling PSPO, restricting cyclists from riding bicycles through the main pedestrianised area of Bedford Town centre (a defined area) between designated times, please click here for the information on clycling

 

Please state the council body or official who enacted the PSPO.

 

·       Council’s Executive for both Dog Control Orders and Town Centre Cycling PSPO.


3. How have your council’s existing PSPOs been enforced since October 2015?

 

·       Fixed Penalty Notices and prosecution.

·       Dog PSPO FPN – 1 FPN issues 2016/17

·       Cycling PSPO FPN – 45 issued 2016/17 and 2 prosecutions


4. Are you planning or consulting on a PSPO to bring through in the future? If so, please give details: the text of the order and the planned date of consultation/enactment.

 

·       No, not at this time.

 

5. Please state the number of council officers with powers to enforce PSPOs. If possible, please give the position of these officers (eg, street wardens, dog control officers, environmental officers).

 

Job Role

FTE

Community Officer

2

Anti-Social Behaviour Coordinator

1

Country Park Guardians

5

Head of Environment

1

Services Manager

1

Senior Team Leader

1

Enviro Crime Officer

4



Community Protection Notices (CPNs):


1. Please state the number of CPNs that you have issued in the year between 1 November 2015 - 31 October 2016. Please indicate the subject of these CPNs.

 

·       Two CPNs have been issued between 1 November 2015 - 31 October 2016:

·       1x for the clearance of dumped rubbish.

·       1x for the clearance of dog fouling.


2.  Please state the number of council officers with powers to issue CPNs. Please also state the number of council officers with the power to enforce CPNs. In both cases, if possible, please give the position of these officers.

 

Job Role

FTE

Community Officer

2

Anti-Social Behaviour Coordinator

1

Country Park Guardians

5

Head of Environment

1

Services Manager

1

Senior Team Leader

1

Enviro Crime Officer

4

 

 

6/12/16

 

9861

 

 How many households are currently registered on your housing register (and actively seeking a home)?
- How many households applied to join your housing register in the 2015-2016 financial year?
- How many of those households were accepted onto the register?
- How many of those applicants were turned down?
- What were the main reasons why they were turned down?
- What are your council’s local connection requirements?
- How many households on your housing register are transfer tenants seeking transfer to a new property?
- Does your council make direct offers of social housing? If Yes, how many direct offers were made in the 2015-2016 financial year?
- From what bands/points ranges are people on your housing register most likely to be made an offer of council housing?
- In those “most likely to be made an offer” bands/points ranges:
What was the median waiting time for an eligible household in 2015-2016 for:
• A one bedroom home
• A two bedroom home
• A three bedroom home
• A four bedroom home

 

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 this information is held by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) and they can be contacted at info@bpha@org.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

Please also send me a copy of your council’s housing allocation policy.

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.

Housing advice options

 

1412/16

 

9862

 

I would like to know, under freedom of information rules:

:: How many fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping has the council issued since the powers were introduced by the Government on Monday 9 May, 2016?

What is the total value of the fines issued?

Thank you for your request for information about fly tipping which we received on 23 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Since the introduction of greater powers being given to Local Authorities to tackle crime, Bedford Borough Council has issued 3 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for Fly tipping.

The total value of fines is £900, or £450 if payment is made within the discounted period.  In terms of value to the Council, 2 of these FPN’s are going to legal files and the other investigation is ongoing.

12/12/16

 

9863

 

How much Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) did your authority receive for 2015/16?

How much EYPP funding does your authority anticipate receiving for 2016/17?

 

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.

How much Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) did your authority receive for 2015/16?

Bedford Borough Council received £129,901 EYPP funding in 2015/16

How much EYPP funding does your authority anticipate receiving for 2016/17?

The current EYPP funding for 2016/17 is £73,038. This will be adjusted in 2017/2018 based on the January 2017 census data

8/12/16

 

9864 -9866

 

RE: Woodland Drive, Bromham

 RE:  Priory Court, Bedford

 RE: The Elms, Kempston

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

Con29 3.3 Drainage 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 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 3.12 Do 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

 

30/11/16

 

9867

 

1.  How many members of school staff have been reported to your LADO or designated officer, or authority, broken down by year over the last three full academic years 2013/14, 2014/5 and 2015/16, where the allegations have included evidence of contact on social media (including texting, all communications over the internet) between them and a pupil?

2. Please supply the ages of the pupils and the year group if available.

3. If the information is available which named social media platform was used? (Facebook etc)

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:

 Academic Year

Total Number of Referrals meeting above criteria

Ages of Children / Year Group

Social Media Platform

Sep 13 – Aug 14

0

N/A

N/A

Sep 14 – Aug 15

1

10 – (n/a)

Text; Instagram; Whatsapp

Sep 15 – Aug 16

2

Year 4

Year 4

Snapchat

Online game

 

 

6/12/16

 

9868

 

 Please would you provide me with copies of all communications regarding elective home education between your education department and Educational Freedom from the dates 1.1.13 to today's date?

 

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:  This is a nil return.

30/11/16

 

 

9869

 

How many Full Time Employees do you have?

How many locations do you have?

How many MFDs do you have?

What is the annual spend on MFDs – including lease costs, consumables, costs per click and service charges?

How many printers do you have?

What was the annual spend on printing in the last 10 years?

Please confirm the annual volumes of mono and colour prints. (Per sheet)

 

 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.

 How many Full Time Employees do you have? 1741.24 FTE

How many locations do you have? We have 36 properties where there will be an MFD.

How many MFDs do you have? There are 67, including 4 new ones in stock

What is the annual spend on MFDs – including lease costs, consumables, costs per click and service charges? The current contracted annual spend on MFDs is £336,000

How many printers do you have? There are 64 MFPs, including 8 new ones in stock

What was the annual spend on printing in the last 10 years? Bedford Borough Council became a Unitary Authority in 2009 so annual spend provided is from 2009 onwards:

 

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

£589,000

£582,000

£700,000

£869,000

£804,000

£832,000

£879,000

 

Please confirm the annual volumes of mono and colour prints. (Per sheet):

April 2015 – March 2016 – Mono – 9631294, Colour - 773321

15/12/16

 

9870

 

Please send me:

1. How many children are currently supported by your council under sections 17 and 20 of the Children Act 1989?

2. Of those children, how many are between the ages of 10 and 18?

3. Of the children between 10 and 18, how many do not possess British citizenship?

 3(a): When did their parents arrive in the UK?

4. Of those children (10-18 years), who are not British citizens, were born in the UK? 

 4(a): What are their date of births?

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.

Your requested:

1.How many children are currently supported by your council under sections 17 and 20 of the Children Act 1989?

Answer:

Section 17 (children in need) = 850 (as at 31/10/16)

Section 20 (accommodated under section 20) = 59 (as at 31/10/16)

2. Of those children, how many are between the ages of 10 and 18?

Answer:

Section 17  = 352 (as at 31/10/16)

Section 20 = 43 (as at 31/10/16)

3. Of the children between 10 and 18, how many do not possess British citizenship?

Answer:

Section 17 = 13 (as at 31/10/16)

Section 20 = 21 (as at 31/10/16)

3(a): When did their parents arrive in the UK?

Answer:

Section 17 = We do not hold this information. This is not recorded on our client database.

Section 20 = We do not hold this information.  This is not recorded on our client database.

4. Of those children (10-18 years), who are not British citizens, were born in the UK? 

Answer: None

 4(a): What are their date of births?

Answer: N/A

12/12/16

 

9871

 

1.How many individuals have your authority in (a) Bed and Breakfast accommodation under prevention and relief of homelessness powers for each year for the past three calendar years.

2.How much has your authority spent on housing people in Bed and Breakfast accommodation for each year for the past three calendar years.

3. On how many occasions has your authority used Travelodge as accommodation under prevention and relief of homelessness powers, for each year for the past three calendar years.

4. On how many occasions has your authority used Premier Inn as accommodation under prevention and relief of homelessness powers, for each year for the past three calendar 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 hold some of the information you requested.

 

1.How many individuals have your authority in (a) Bed and Breakfast accommodation under prevention and relief of homelessness powers for each year for the past three calendar years.

 

We do not use B&B’s for prevention/relief.

 

2.How much has your authority spent on housing people in Bed and Breakfast accommodation for each year for the past three calendar years.

 

Calendar Year                  2013               2014              2015

Net Expenditure               £12,750          £35,108          £114,291

 

3. On how many occasions has your authority used Travelodge as accommodation under prevention and relief of homelessness powers, for each year for the past three calendar years.

 

We do not use B&B’s for prevention/relief.

 

4. On how many occasions has your authority used Premier Inn as accommodation under prevention and relief of homelessness powers, for each year for the past three calendar years.

 

We do not use B&B’s for prevention/relief.

 

20/12/16

 

9872

 

 

I am aware a growing number of Land Charges departments are now emailing personal search results. 

  1. It saves time – no need to print off and leave out excerpts from the register
  2. It saves money – no print offs and wasted paper
  3. It saves you disturbance -  from visiting search agents
  4. It saves the planet !! – no paper, no unnecessary journeys by car or post

I wonder whether this is something your land charges department already does (and if so, what your turnaround time is for returning searches) and if not, whether in line with the council’s policy of encouraging greener working practices and to save time, money and disturbance,  I can ask you to do so ?

Applicant did not respond to request for clarification

 

 

 

9873

 

My questions are as follows, in each case only with respect to Bedford Borough Council:

1. What is the total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2016/17?

2. What was total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2015/16?

Note: This refers to the Department for Transport’s definition of a supported bus service as: “one where a local transport authority has invited tenders for the operation of a service (not e.g. seats on a bus or subsidised tickets etc), and a contract exists as a result of that tender”. Please, exclude extra sources of funding such as Section 106/developer funding, Community Infrastructure Levy, local authority staffing and publicity, RTPI expenditure and revenue, the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG), Local Education Authority funding for home to school transport, NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport, social services transport, voluntary transport and other central and national government grants or income streams.

3. What is the fiscal year 2016/17 budget for supported bus services as a percentage of the total transport budget?

Note: For the purposes of this request 'transport' includes highway maintenance, home to school/college transport; adult social care transport; demand responsive transport; special educational need transport and voluntary driver schemes, cycling and walking, roads spending, supported bus services and fares. Please include the council’s contributions to projects jointly funded by multiple organisations, but exclude contributions from those other organisations and funding streams, such as Local Enterprise Partnerships, private sector contributions, Local Growth Fund, Department for Transport contributions to Local Authority Major Projects, Local Sustainable Transport Fund etc.

4. What proportion of total council expenditure (capital and current) is constituted by local bus funding?

5. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the fiscal year 2016/17 (for example loss of weekend or evening services)?

6. How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2016/17?

7. Does your council provide free school transport to nearest or catchment school, or to nearest school only? If nearest school only, please indicate if this is a change since Jan 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, which is set out below.

1. What is the total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2016/17?

    £738,800

2. What was total budget for supported bus services in the fiscal year 2015/16?

    £738,800

3. What is the fiscal year 2016/17 budget for supported bus services as a percentage of the total transport budget?

    7.93%

4. What proportion of total council expenditure (capital and current) is constituted by local bus funding?

    0.49%

5. How many and which supported routes have had cuts in services in the fiscal year 2016/17 (for example loss of weekend or evening services)?

   None

6. How many and which supported routes have been completely withdrawn in the fiscal year 2016/17? 

    None

7. Does your council provide free school transport to nearest or catchment school, or to nearest school only? If nearest school only, please indicate if this is a change since Jan 2012.

    To nearest or catchment school

20/12/16

 

9874

 

Please can you provide the number of residents who have been partly or wholly paid for by the local authority who have been evicted, also known as "termination of contract" or also known as "notice to quit" from a care home in 2013, 2014, 2015, 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 not hold the information you requested.

Please can you provide the number of residents who have been partly or wholly paid for by the local authority who have been evicted, also known as "termination of contract" or also known as "notice to quit" from a care home in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016? Please note this information is not recorded therefore we are unable to provide the information.

15/12/16

 

9875

 

 

  1. How many looked after children  do you have who are currently pregnant?
  2. How many looked after children have you had who have had children themselves in the last 3 years?
  3. Of those looked after children who have had children themselves, how many of their children have become (i) looked after or (ii) children in need?
  4. How many children leaving care for whom you are still responsible are currently pregnant?
  5. How many children leaving care for whom you are still responsible have had children in the last 3 years?
  6. Of those children leaving care who have had children themselves, how many of their children have become (i) looked after or (ii) children in need?
  7. Do you have any specific policies relating to support services  provided by the authority for looked after children who have become pregnant or who have children? If so please provide us with a copy of any policies.
  8. Do you have any specific policies relating to support services provided by the authority for children leaving care who have been pregnant or have had children. If so, please provide us with a copy of any polices.

 

 

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. How many looked after children  do you have who are currently pregnant?

Answer:  0  

  1. How many looked after children have you had who have had children themselves in the last 3 years?

Answer:  Less than 5.  Due to low numbers this information is supressed  to avoid making the parent and child identifiable.*

  1. Of those looked after children who have had children themselves, how many of their children have become (i) looked after or (ii) children in need?

Answer: Less than 5.  Due to low numbers this information is supressed  to avoid making the parent and child identifiable.*

  1. How many children leaving care for whom you are still responsible are currently pregnant?

Answer: Less than 5.  Due to low numbers this information is supressed  to avoid making the young people identifiable.*

  1. How many children leaving care for whom you are still responsible have had children in the last 3 years?

Answer: 19  

  1. Of those children leaving care who have had children themselves, how many of their children have become (i) looked after or (ii) children in need?

Answer: 2 – Children In Need and 1 – Dual Status

  1. Do you have any specific policies relating to support services  provided by the authority for looked after children who have become pregnant or who have children? If so please provide us with a copy of any policies.

Answer: There are no specific policies.

  1. Do you have any specific policies relating to support services provided by the authority for children leaving care who have been pregnant or have had children. If so, please provide us with a copy of any polices.

Answer:  There are no specific policies.

 

* 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.

Due to low numbers this information is supressed  to avoid making the children/young people identifiable.

22/12/16

 

9876

 

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

 Carmichael Drive

Shortstown

 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

 

30/11/16

 

9877

 

 Q 1. How many people are currently waiting to receive social housing in your council area? 

This question relates to the date which this email was sent 24.11.2016.

Q 2. What is the longest time one person has had to wait for social housing in your council area?

This question relates to the past three years.

Q 3. What is the mean average time someone has had to wait to receive social housing in your council area each year? 

This question relates to the past three years.

Q 4. What is the median average time someone has had to wait to receive social housing in your council area each year? 

This question relates to the past three years.

Q 5. How many people applying for social housing are rejected each year in your council area? 

This question relates to the past three years.

Q 6. How many people reject the first offer of social housing made to them in your council area each year? 

This question relates to the past three 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 this information is held by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) and they can be contacted at info@bpha@org.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

 

15/12/16

 

9878

 

 I am seeking information regarding cost rates for care.
Could you please send me answers to the following questions:
For people in receipt of a Direct Payment to fund their care:
1. In relation of the use of care agencies by Direct Payment users or through the provision of a direct service, are there any restrictions on the number of hours care funding you will fund, or are there any plans to introduce a limit?
 Use of Domicilliary Agencies through a Direct Payment:
2. What are your DP rates for adults who employ care services directly through a DP – what are the hourly rates for:
Weekday daytime rates
Weekday evening rates
Weekend daytime rates
Weekend evening rates
3. What rates do you pay for Overnight Rates to adults using a domiciliary care agency to provide their support through a DP –both for sleeping and waking nights, and what hours does this payment cover?
4. What Bank Holiday Rates do you pay to adults using a domiciliary care agency to provide their support through a DP?
5. Are these standard rates that all DP users receive or does the amount paid vary depending on the complexity of need?
6. When were the rates in questions 2, 3 and 4 last increased? 
Where a direct service from a domiciliary agency is provided by the Local Authority:
7.  What amount is paid to Domiciliary Care Agencies to provide a direct service for care? Please state the hourly daily rates for:
Weekday daytime rates
Weekday evening rates
Weekend daytime rates
Weekend evening rates
8. What are the Overnight Rates –both for sleeping and waking nights paid for provision of a direct service?
9. What Bank Holiday Rates are paid for a direct service?

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.

In relation of the use of care agencies by Direct Payment users or through the provision of a direct service, are there any restrictions on the number of hours care funding you will fund, or are there any plans to introduce a limit?
Use of Domicilliary Agencies through a Direct Payment: No
What are your DP rates for adults who employ care services directly through a DP – what are the hourly rates for:
Weekday daytime rates
Weekday evening rates
Weekend daytime rates
Weekend evening rates

Carer employed by direct payment user (payroll support required) £7.85 per hour.

Self-employed carer (payroll support not required, carer is responsible for own tax, NI and pension) £10.65 per hour.
What rates do you pay for Overnight Rates to adults using a domiciliary care agency to provide their support through a DP –both for sleeping and waking nights, and what hours does this payment cover?

Service users who are using an agency rather than employing carers directly are paid at £15.17 per hour. If the agency they choose has a higher hourly rate, they will need to make arrangements to fund the difference in cost.
What Bank Holiday Rates do you pay to adults using a domiciliary care agency to provide their support through a DP?

A flat rate of £15.17 per hour is used throughout the year.
Are these standard rates that all DP users receive or does the amount paid vary depending on the complexity of need?

The rate may potentially vary depending on assessed needs.

When were the rates in questions 2, 3 and 4 last increased?

1st April 2016 for PA rates.
The domiciliary care agency rate is effective from 1st December 2016.
What amount is paid to Domiciliary Care Agencies to provide a direct service for care? Please state the hourly daily rates for:
Weekday daytime rates

Monday to Friday range 07:00 – 22:00hrs

Hourly = £12.68 to £15.62
Weekday evening rates

Monday to Friday range 22:01 – 06:59hrs

Hourly = £14.15 to £19.40

Weekend daytime rates

Saturday to Sunday range 07:00 – 22:00hrs

Hourly = £12.93 to £21.60

Weekend evening rates

Saturday to Sunday range 22:01 – 06:59hrs

Hourly = £14.70 to £23.40
What are the Overnight Rates –both for sleeping and waking nights paid for provision of a direct service?
Sleeping = £36.50 to £162.00 per night
Waking = £92.36 to £171.00 per night
What Bank Holiday Rates are paid for a direct service?

Daytime rates
Monday to Sunday range 07:00 – 22:00hrs

Hourly = £12.90 to £32.44

Weekday evening rates

Monday to Sunday range 22:01 – 06:59hrs

Hourly = £14.20 to £33.30

Sleeping = £36.50 to £290.00 per night
Waking = £109.00 to £302.17 per night

20/12/16

 

9879

 

1.  Please state that has performed a similar role as my job from 01 January 2010 to date and what parts of their role significantly matched those of the new posts.

2 Please list the length of service of my other colleagues, giving start dates and end dates where appropriate.

Please state the number of staff employed by the Council from 01 January 2011 to date by reference to:

   Sex.

 Job title and department.

  Start date and if applicable, leaving date.

Please state the number of staff dismissed for reasons other than redundancy since 1st January 2011 by reference to:

 Sex and marital status.

 Job title and department.

  Reason for dismissal.

 Dates of employment.

Please state all staff made redundant or redeployed following redundancy since 1st January 2011 by reference to:

  Sex and marital status.

  Job title and department.

   Whether consulted prior to their redundancy.

  Whether offered redeployment and if so, into what position.

 Dates of employment.

Request closed as General Business.

 

9880

 

I am writing to you today to request the following information as part of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

·What software does your organisation use for Customer Relationship Management?

 Is your computer data held onsite or do you use cloud based storage?

· Who are your implementation partners for IT software?

 Who is leading on your Digital Transformation?

 

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.

•       What software does your organisation use for Customer Relationship Management? We do not have a CRM

•       Is your computer data held onsite or do you use cloud based storage? Onsite

•       Who are your implementation partners for IT software? Implementation of third party software is carried out by the relevant supplier; all core software is packaged and rolled out by the internal ICT Operations.

•       Who is leading on your Digital Transformation Mark Stephens - Assistant Chief Executive (Business Transformation)

 

15/12/16

 

9881

 

In the current licensing consultation - first phase- of the submissions you received can you indicate 1. How many were from trade organisations?

2. How many from public bodies?

3. How many from members of the public/householders?

4.How many from others?

5.The total number of submissions received?

 

Further to your request for information dated 24/11/16. 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 the current licensing consultation

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

1. States that 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) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see below.

The information can be accessed from the Councils website via the following link:

Please click here for the information on current licensing consultation Pg 47 - 124

5/12/16

 

9882

 

The following data for the period 01 April 2013 - 31 March 2014, and separately for the period 01 April 2014 - 31 March 2015 (i.e. a total figure for each financial year):

(a) the total number of fostering placements in the local authority; 

(b) the names of each non-local authority provider agency; and the number of placements made with each of these agencies;

(c) the total number placed with non-local authority foster providers;

(d) the total amount paid by the local authority to each non-local authority foster agency;

(e) the total number of placements with local authority carers;

(f) the number of carers employed by each non-local authority provider agency;

(g) the number of carers employed by the local authority.

 

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 click here for the information on fostering

 

23/12/16

 

9883

 

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

Walcourt Road

Kempston

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

30/11/16

 

9884

 

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

De Parys Avenue

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

 

30/11/16

 

9885

 

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

Northwick 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

 

30/11/16

 

9886

 

I am seeking information concerning Gypsy and traveller sites in the Bedford borough.

Here are the questions I would like information for:

·  How many Gypsy and traveller transit, residential/permanent, and Travelling Showpeople sites are there in the Bedford borough, and at which locations?

· How many pitches does each of these sites have? - So, approximately how many people does each site accommodate?

· Have any future, potential sites been identified - if so, where are they and for how many pitches/people?

· Does the council currently have an official plan for Gypsy/traveller site provision? - If so, when was it created?

 How many more transit, permanent and Travelling Showpeople sites are currently needed in the borough, and by when?

  Since March 2012, how many new transit, permanent and Travelling Showpeople sites have been created, and for how many pitches/people?

·Since March 2012, how much money has the council received in Traveller Pitch Funding to build new traveller sites?

 Since March 2012, how much money has the council spent trying to deliver new transit, permanent and Travelling Showpeople sites, and what exactly has this money been used to fund?

 

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.

How many Gypsy and traveller transit, residential/permanent, and Travelling Showpeople sites are there in the Bedford borough, and at which locations? 

How many pitches does each of these sites have? - So, approximately how many people does each site accommodate?

Have any future, potential sites been identified - if so, where are they and for how many pitches/people?

Does the council currently have an official plan for Gypsy/traveller site provision? - If so, when was it created?

How many more transit, permanent and Travelling Showpeople sites are currently needed in the borough, and by when?

Since March 2012, how many new transit, permanent and Travelling Showpeople sites have been created, and for how many pitches/people?

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.

Please click here for the information housing /gypsies and travellers

 

Since March 2012, how much money has the council received in Traveller Pitch Funding to build new traveller sites?

 

£913,000.

 

 

Since March 2012, how much money has the council spent trying to deliver new transit, permanent and Travelling Showpeople sites, and what exactly has this money been used to fund?

 

Land Improvement Works

137,000

 

New Building Construction

642,000

 

IT - Hardware

57,000

 

CCTV ,cabling, fencing

264,000

 

Design Fees

81,000

 

Anglian Water works

61,000

 

Highways Works

153,000

 

Engineering fees

130,000

 

Other Professional Fees

92,000

 

 

1,617,000

 

 

15/12/16

 

9887

 

 1. Please confirm the name of the organization who implemented/operates your framework agreement for electricity and gas. 
2.Please confirm the name of the supplier appointed to supply electricity and gas to users of the framework.
3.  Please confirm the start and end dates of the framework for electricity and gas in the below 
Utility

GAS     
NHH Electricity     
HH Electricity 

Current Supplier 

Start Date

 End Date
4. Please confirm the names of each individual user of the framework agreement for electricity and gas. 
5. Please confirm the termination requirements for a user to exit the framework for electricity and gas. 
6.  Please confirm the date at which a user of the framework must provide notice to exit the framework within the framework period. This may be multiple dates over multiple years so please state all applicable dates.
7.  Please confirm whether the Council receives any form of commission/rebate or any payment from the supplier as a result of users being supplied electricity or gas through the framework.  
8.  Please confirm the total amount of commission/rebate or any payment received by the Council in the last full year of the framework and how this is calculated, for example, pence per kilowatt hour.
9. Please provide the name and full contact details of the person at the Council who is responsible for the framework agreement for electricity and gas.

Thank you for your request for information about the Council’s framework Agreement for electricity and gas which we received on 25 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1. Please confirm the name of the organization who implemented/operates your framework agreement for electricity and gas.
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO)

2.Please confirm the name of the supplier appointed to supply electricity and gas to users of the framework.
            Please see table below in Q3.

3. Please confirm the start and end dates of the framework for electricity and gas in the below table:
 
Utility       Current Supplier           Start Date                 End Date
GAS           British Gas                 01/10/2012          31/03/2016
NHH
Electricity    Npower                      01/10/2012            31/03/2019
HH
Electricity   

4. Please confirm the names of each individual user of the framework agreement for electricity and gas.
            Bedford Borough Council sites and Schools

5. Please confirm the termination requirements for a user to exit the framework for electricity and gas.
  The frameworks can only be exited at the end of the contract periods, which are: Electricity – 31 March 2019, Gas – 31 March 2021

6. Please confirm the date at which a user of the framework must provide notice to exit the framework within the framework period. This may be multiple dates     over multiple years so please state all applicable dates.
            Same answer as in Q5 above.

7. Please confirm whether the Council receives any form of commission/rebate or any payment from the supplier as a result of users being supplied electricity or gas through the framework.
No, the Council does not receive any form of commission/rebate.

8 Please confirm the total amount of commission/rebate or any payment received by the Council in the last full year of the framework and how this is calculated, for example, pence per kilowatt hour.
            N/A

9.  Please provide the name and full contact details of the person at the Council who is responsible for the framework agreement for electricity and gas.
            Paul Pace – Head of Environment
            Bedford Borough Council
            Borough Hall
            Cauldwell Street
            Bedford
            MK42 9AP
            E:mail:  paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk
            Tel: 01234 718275

12/12/16

 

9888

 

I was wondering if it would be possible to have some information regarding the recent change to Bedford's school system from 3 to 2 tiers.

Could I ask a few questions?

What information did the Council take into account when deciding to change to a 2 tier system? 

Is the change based on a national policy? 

What are the benefits of the change?

Are there concerns regarding the change over? 

Does the council have an opinion as to how far these changes will effect teaching?

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.

Information requested:

What information did the Council take into account when deciding to change to a 2 tier system? 

Is the change based on a national policy? 

What are the benefits of the change?

Are there concerns regarding the change over? 

Does the council have an opinion as to how far these changes will effect teaching?

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 21 (Information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

All information re the 2 Tier transition can be found on the Council’s Education webpages via the following links

Please click here for the Consultations

Please click here on Education  and learning

 

1/12/16

 

9889

 

 

RE:Gladstone St

Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?. Enclosed is a plan for the property.

 

The request is for any information held by way of the

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT

and

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS

 

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals, Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.

Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

 

Thank you for your request for information about  Gladstone St  Bedford which we received on  25/11/16.

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

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

 

9/12/16

 

9890

 

I would like to make the following Freedom of Information request:

1.    What is your Authority’s aggregate budget in the current financial year for spend on “supplements” to Early Years funding, including but not limited to, the deprivation supplement? What is the breakdown of this aggregate figure by supplement? What were the equivalent figures for each financial year since 2009/10 inclusive?

2.    What is the current budget for your Authority’s Family Information Service? What was the budget in each financial year since 2009/10 inclusive?

3.    How many employees work for your Authority’s Family Information Service and what was the figure for each year since 2009/10 inclusive?

4.    What is your Authority’s budget in the current financial year for supporting Early Years providers, including all staffing costs? What was the budget in each financial year since 2009/10 inclusive?

5.    How many employees currently work for your Early Years team and what was this figure for each year since 2009/10 inclusive?

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 which is below.

 

Please click here for the information on early years

 

23/12/16

 

9891

 

 My request relates to allegations of abuse made against homecare workers
who are employed by your council or work for a company subcontracted by the
council.
For clarity, these are workers who go into other people’s homes to provide
personal care services to them, sometimes known as domiciliary carers.
I request the following:
For each of the past three financial years, 13/14, 14/15 and 15/16 what was
the total number of allegations of abuse made against home care workers?
For each disclosure I would like the following additional information:
* the age of the victim within 10-year time frames so as to preserve
anonymity, ie age 0-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 ,50-59, 60-69, 70-79,
80-89, 90-99, 100-109.
*The nature of the alleged abuse. Was it sexual abuse, physical,
psychological, financial or other? If other please state what the alleged
abuse was.
*Was the allegation substantiated or unsubstantiated?
*Was disciplinary action taken against the worker? If so, please state the
action taken.
*Were the police called?

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.

My request relates to allegations of abuse made against homecare workers who are employed by your council or work for a company subcontracted by the council.
For clarity, these are workers who go into other people’s homes to provide personal care services to them, sometimes known as domiciliary carers. I request the following:
For each of the past three financial years, 13/14, 14/15 and 15/16 what was the total number of allegations of abuse made against home care workers?

 

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

Total

*

5

39


For each disclosure I would like the following additional information:

* the age of the victim within 10-year time frames so as to preserve anonymity, ie age 0-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 ,50-59, 60-69, 70-79,80-89, 90-99, 100-109.

0-9

0

0

0

10-19

0

0

0

20-29

0

0

*

30-39

0

*

*

40-49

0

0

*

50-59

0

*

*

60-69

0

*

5

70-79

*

0

*

80-89

*

*

11

90-99

*

0

10

100-109

0

0

0


*The nature of the alleged abuse. Was it sexual abuse, physical, psychological, financial or other?

 

 

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

Financial Or Material Abuse

*

5

12

Neglect & Acts Of Omission

*

0

16

Psychological

*

0

*

Physical Abuse

0

0

6

Sexual Abuse

0

0

*

 

If other please state what the alleged abuse was.


*Was the allegation substantiated or unsubstantiated?

 

 

2015/16

2014/15

2013/14

Substantiated

0

*

11

Not Substantiated

0

*

10

Other Outcome

*

*

18


*Was disciplinary action taken against the worker? If so, please state the action taken.

Please Note Whilst this data is recordable on the social care database system, we DO NOT report at this level for statutory returns.
*Were the police called?

Please Note Whilst this data is recordable on the social care database system, we DO NOT report at this level for statutory returns.

15/12/16

 

9892

 

 

About children who are placed for adoption by local authorities for whom adoption applications are not made within a year of the child being placed with the prospective adoptive parents.

If there are any children in the care of your local authority that have been placed with prospective adoptive parents for over a year for whom the adopters have not submitted an adoption application please can you let me know

How many of these children have been in placement for over 12 but less than 24 months.

How many of these children have been in placement for over 24 but less than 36 months.

How many of these children have been in placement for over 36 months.

 

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.

 

You requested:

I am undertaking research about children who are placed for adoption by local authorities for whom adoption applications are not made within a year of the child being placed with the prospective adoptive parents.

 

If there are any children in the care of your local authority that have been placed with prospective adoptive parents for over a year for whom the adopters have not submitted an adoption application please can you let me know

Answer: 0 (nil return)

How many of these children have been in placement for over 12 but less than 24 months.

Answer: n/a

How many of these children have been in placement for over 24 but less than 36 months.

Answer: n/a

How many of these children have been in placement for over 36 months.

Answer: n/a

5/12/16

 

9893

 

Please answer the following questions, or as many as is possible within time & cost parameters starting at #1.

1. How do you calculate the level of contribution that adult social care recipients should make to their care packages?

2. What income are social care recipients allowed to retain, after their contribution to their care package has been deducted?

3. What do you allow as Disability Related Expenses? Please provide a copy of your guidance if this is easier.

4. Do you use pre-payment cards for care payments? If yes can people opt out of using these?

5. Are there any restrictions on what Personal Budgets and Direct Payments can be spent on? Please provide a copy of your guidance on this.

6. Please provide a copy of the guidance document that your authority uses to make decisions on Direct Payment packages.

7. Do you have a contingency policy for DP users. If yes please attach a copy.

8. If a PA is off work sick do you provide extra funding to cover their sick pay – as individual employers can no longer get statutory sick pay reimbursed?

9. "What percentage of Direct Payments rates, that are paid to adults who directly employ their own PAs, are allowed to be spent on the following additional expenses?"

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.     How do you calculate the level of contribution that adult social care recipients should make to their care packages?

In accordance with the Care Act guidance.

2.     What income are social care recipients allowed to retain, after their contribution to their care package has been deducted?

Depending upon the type of assessment, for non-residential care, we protect the Minimum Income Guarantee amount as per the charging regulations, for residential the person is entitled to keep the personal allowance amount along with pension savings credit where applicable.

3.     What do you allow as Disability Related Expenses? Please provide a copy of your guidance if this is easier.

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.

Please click here for Adult social care policy

1.     Do you use pre-payment cards for care payments? If yes can people opt out of using these?

We have just implemented pre-paid cards.

2.     Are there any restrictions on what Personal Budgets and Direct Payments can be spent on? Please provide a copy of your guidance on this

Personal budgets should be spent on meeting the needs identified within the person's individual support plan.

3.     Please provide a copy of the guidance document that your authority uses to make decisions on Direct Payment packages.

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.

Please click here for further information

 

1.     Do you have a contingency policy for DP users. If yes please attach a copy. no 8. If a PA is off work sick do you provide extra funding to cover their sick pay – as individual employers can no longer get statutory sick pay reimbursed? No 9. "What percentage of Direct Payments rates, that are paid to adults who directly employ their own PAs, are allowed to be spent on the following additional expenses?"

 

The hourly rate paid for direct payments includes the actual percentage required to cover the NMW, holiday and NI for the number of hours required.  Where additional services are required such as payroll, insurance etc, the cost of the service is paid.

 

• National insurance employer contributions • Statutory paid holidays • Payroll charges • Independent living insurance • Advertising • National Minimum Wage increase from April 2016 • Redundancy payments • Pensions • Training • Contingency funding

14/12/16

 

9894

 

Could you please provide a list of highways maintainable at public expense within the parish of Thurleigh.

Thank you for your request asking for a list of roads maintainable at public expense which we received on 28 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please find attached the information you requested here on list of highways

 

 

29/12/16

 

9895

 

RE: Cardington Road, Bedford,

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

Con29 3.3 Drainage 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 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 3.12 Do 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

30/11/16

 

9896

 

RE: Noise

Did you, for example, offer to help the kennel owner,X, reduce the impact of any dog barking on local residence? What measures did you put in place? How many local residents actually complained about this noise? Was the impact of residential development on local businesses raised when agreeing planning permission in this area? How much tax-payer’s money has the Borough Council wasted in bringing this ridiculous action

 Thank you for your request for information about formal action taken by the Council concerning X. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Some of the information you have requested cannot be provided due to the Council’s obligations under the Data Protection Act, however I have summarised the points you raised in both of your emails and provided as much detail as I am able to each of your questions below.
1. Did the Council offer to help the kennel owner, X, reduce the
impact of any dog barking on local residences? What measures were put in
place?
The Council communicates with the subjects of noise complaints at various stages of an investigation, although I cannot provide you with details of the communication that took place in this particular case due to the Council’s legal obligations under the Data Protection Act, I can outline when contact would be made by the Council in a typical noise nuisance investigation.

 When noise complaints are initially received by the Council, the subject of the complaintis notified in writing that the Council has received complaints regarding a potential statutory noise nuisance which will be investigated. The subject of the complaint is initially offered the opportunity to respond to the allegations by contacting the Council to discuss the situation and take advice offered by the investigating officer

During the investigation process if evidence is gathered which substantiates the
complaint, the Council will inform the subject premises owner/occupier who would be informed and advised to take appropriate action to resolve the problem by reducing or stopping the noise.

In cases where an investigation shows that a statutory noise nuisance exists, the Council has a legal duty placed upon it and must serve a noise abatement on the subject premises owner/occupier. The noise abatement notice will state that a statutory noise nuisance has been determined and the owner/occupier must take action to reduce the noise being emitted. If statutory abatement notices are then breached by the actions/lack of action by the owner/occupier, then again the Council has a legal duty and must take formal action against the owner/occupier of the subject premises.
When theCouncil determines that a statutory noise nuisance exists it is the
responsibility of the owner/occupier of the subject premises to take the necessary action to abate the statutory noise nuisance. The methods of control and abatement of noise nuisance will vary depending on the type of activity being complained about. It is not the role of the Council to suggest or provide the subjects of noise complaints with noise reduction measures, however the Council will provide advice on the effectiveness of suggested measures if advice is sought.
2. How many local residents actually complained about this noise? Over whatperiod of time were the complaints received?
In this case the Council received complaints about excessive dog barking noise from three complainants. Complaints were initially received in the Spring of 2014 and continued throughout the investigation and subsequent court processes in 2016

3.Was the impact of residential development on local businesses raised when
agreeing planning permission in this area?
Both the X site and the new housing development sited across the road are located within the boundary of Central Bedfordshire Council. Therefore any questions you have relating to planning permissions granted should be raised directly with Central Bedfordshire Council.
4. How much tax-payer’s money has been spent by the Borough Council in
bringing this action?
The Council’s costs in taking this case to Court totaled £22,415. These costs consist of officer costs relating to Environmental Health and Legal Services, as well as the costs of external Legal representation at Court on a number of occasions. The Court awarded the Council £15,000 towards its costs.

 

9897

 

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

Water Lane

Renhold

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

 

30/11/16

 

9898

 

I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information act:

How many ‘meals on wheels’ were delivered through Bedford Borough Council providers in the last twelve months?

How many ‘meals on wheels’ were delivered through Bedford Borough Council providers November 2014-November 2015?

How many ‘meals on wheels’ were delivered through Bedford Borough Council providers 2010-11?

How many ‘meals on wheels’ were delivered through Bedford Borough Council providers in 2008-2009?

 

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.

How many ‘meals on wheels’ were delivered through Bedford Borough Council providers in the last twelve months?

2015/2016 – 20,707.

How many ‘meals on wheels’ were delivered through Bedford Borough Council providers November 2014-November 2015?

2014/2015 – 16,128.

How many ‘meals on wheels’ were delivered through Bedford Borough Council providers 2010-11?

2010/2011 – 17,662.

How many ‘meals on wheels’ were delivered through Bedford Borough Council providers in 2008-2009?

Please note this information is not available as the providers database only goes back to 2009/2010.

15/12/16

 

9899

 

 

Please can you respond to the following questions with regards to Finance Management Systems within your maintained schools:

 

1)            Which Finance Management System do you mandate across to all your maintained schools ?

2)            How many schools do you mandate the system to?

3)            When does the contract expire?

4)            What is the value of the current contract?

5)            Please provide the name, direct telephone number and email address of the contact that manages the procurement process, when looking at Finance Management Systems for your schools.

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.

 

 

Bedford Borough Council does not mandate which Finance Management System our maintained schools are to use. It is up to each individual school to procure their own Finance Management system.

 

 

1/12/16

 

9900

 

How many 16-24 year olds approached the council for help with accommodation needs, presenting homeless or at risk of homelessness in the last twelve months?

How many were housed through the council’s legal duty?

How many did not fit the council statutory criteria?

How many were referred to children’s services?

How many were offered support within the statutory framework?

How many 16-24 year olds approached the council for help with accommodation needs, presenting homeless or at risk of homelessness in 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-12, 2011-12 and 2010-11?

For each year, how many were house through the council’s statutory duty?

 

 

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 homelessness

 

28/12/16

 

9901

 

RE: Paddock Close 

Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?. Enclosed is a plan for the property.

The request is for any information held by way of the

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT

and

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals, Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.

Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

It would be appreciated if you would email the results to the address below.

Thank you for your request for information about Paddock Close,  which we received on 28/11/16.

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

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

 

9/12/16

 

9902

 

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

Midland 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

30/11/16

 

9903

 

please, of a list of all Public Houses/Pub Restaurants (National Scheme) including addresses with Rateable values between £100 and £12000 who do not currently receive Small Business Rate Relief.

 

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 six monthly(possibly quarterly)

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

23/12/16

 

9904

 

RE:Ampthill Road, Kempston

Can you please provide responses to the following CON29R questions in respect of the above property:

3.7. Outstanding notices

Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters subsist in relation to the

property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in this form?

(b) environment

(c) health and safety

(d) housing

(f) public health

(g) flood and coastal erosion risk management

3.11 Conservation area

Do the following apply in relation to the property?

(a) the making of the area a conservation area before 31 August 1974

(b) an unimplemented resolution to designate the area a Conservation Area

3.12. Compulsory purchase

Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire

the property?

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

30/11/16

 

9905

 

I have a few questions regarding the school meals provision:

Are there any schools in the county who do not have a kitchen on site?

If so, could you provide a list of those schools.

Are there any schools who receive a sent in service for their school meals? 

If so, could you provide the list of those schools who receive a sent in service if different to the above.

Is there a main central production unit/kitchen in the county?

If so, could you provide a list of those schools.

Who currently runs the sent in service for schools?

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.

Information requested:

Are there any schools in the county who do not have a kitchen on site?

Answer: Yes

If so, could you provide a list of those schools.

Answer: See attached

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

Are there any schools who receive a sent in service for their school meals? 

Answer: Yes

If so, could you provide the list of those schools who receive a sent in service if different to the above.

Answer: As above

Is there a main central production unit/kitchen in the county?

Answer: No

If so, could you provide a list of those schools.

Answer: N/A

Who currently runs the sent in service for schools?

Answer: Caterlink

 

9906

 

 Please can you tell me:
(a) The number of state schools (not including academies and free schools with charitable status) with solar panels installed in your LEA area.
(b) If known, the capacity in KW of the solar panels installed in your LEA.
(c) Any estimate of the business rates liability for your authority in the financial year 2017/18 when the Government removes the relevant exemption for small solar installations.

Thank you for your request for information about solar panels which we received on 29 November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The information you requested is as follows:

(a)       The number of state schools (not including academies and free schools with charitable status) with solar panels installed in your LEA area.

  Bedford Borough Council currently manage 7 schools which are currently mainstream (not converting to academy).

(b)  If known, the capacity in KW of the solar panels installed in your LEA.

      33.92kW

(c) Any estimate of the business rates liability for your authority in the financial year 2017/18 when the Government removes the relevant exemption  for small solar installations.

  Business rates could increase by 6-8%

15/12/16

 

9907

 

I write requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 about whether the organisation currently known as Citizens UK is active in Bedford.

 

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.

I write requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 about whether the organisation currently known as Citizens UK is active in Bedford.

Please note Citizens UK is not currently known to Bedford Borough Council

14/12/16

 

9908

 

1. Do you have a Child Sexual Exploitation team at the council? (It may work under another name)

2. When was this team formed?

3. Has this team been expanded in any way - be it budget or staffer scope in the last two years?

4. Can you explain how, if it has expanded?

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 Do you have a Child Sexual Exploitation team at the council? (It may work under another name)

Answer: The Council considers all children’s social workers to be part of the team that is tackling CSE and has invested in training and reporting systems to enable this to be achieved.   In addition the Council has created a new post of CSE Practitioner to support social workers in recognising and dealing with CSE.   The Council has contributed also to the funding for the Pan Bedfordshire CSE Coordinator and the two reviews that have been conducted by the National Working group.  Senior Officers in the Council have also committed a substantial amount of time to our response to CSE and a senior cross departmental officer group has been established.

  1. When was this team formed?

Answer: The Council has maintained a children’s services since becoming a unitary in 2009.

3.     Has this team been expanded in any way - be it budget or staffer scope in the last two years?

Answer: As indicated above we have added resources to ensure we are responding to CSE.

Can you explain how, if it has expanded?

Answer: As indicated in the above answer to question 1.

 

6/12/16

 

9909

 

 1.     Who is the key contact for Leisure Services, please provide contact details
2.     Please list all facilities that are under ownership / responsibility of the authority (please include contact and address details).
3.     What is your current annual budget in terms of capital and revenue for leisure facilities please provide a breakdown of costs per-facility if possible for the next 5 years.
4.     What is the current delivery (operational management model)
o   Direct in house
o   Outsourced (private operator)
o   Outsourced (local trust)
o   Outsourced (national trust)
5.     Who is the current operator of the services if outsourced
6.     What is the current contract fee if outsourced for next 5 years (split per site if possible)? Please include a list of all facilities and services included in this figure (include non-leisure facility if included).
7.     If outsourced when does the current contract expire
8.     Is the Council considering  any alternative plans to deliver the services, if so please provide details
9.     If in house, have you any plans to review the service model or look for and alternative solution
10.  If you have plans to review the service please clarify at what stage you are at
11. Have you any plans to refurbish existing facilities or provide new facilities
12. Have you any plans to replace or extend your fitness equipment provision
13. Who is your current fitness equipment supplier
14. What investment plans have you in place for future and have completed in the last 10 years.
15. What provision for repairs, maintenance and upgrade of facilities is included in your Capital Programme for the next 5 year
16. Do you have a full condition survey for each facility
17. Do you have a 3G or all weather football provision
18. If you have a 3G or similar provision, please provide details of its size, current, condition, usage, programme and costs

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.     Who is the key contact for Leisure Services, please provide contact details - Richard Tapley, Service Manager, Leisure And Sports Development (Email: richard.tapley@bedford.gov.uk / Tel: 01234-718821)

2.     Please list all facilities that are under ownership / responsibility of the authority (please include contact and address details).

The following leisure facilities are owned by Bedford Borough Council but, are currently under the management of Fusion Lifestyle:

Bedford International Athletics Stadium, Barkers Lane, Bedford, MK41 9SB, GM: Shane Evans, Tel: 01234-351115/Email: shane.evans@fusion-lifestyle.com;

Mowsbury Golf and Squash Centre, Cleat Hill, Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK41 8BJ, GM: Shane Evans, Tel: 01234-772700/Email: shane.evans@fusion-lifestyle.com ; Kempston Pool and Fitness, Highgrounds Road, Bedford, MK42 8SZ, GM: Thomas Lewis, Tel: 01234-843777/Email: thomas.lewis@fusion-lifestyle.com;

Oasis Beach Pool, Cardington Road, Bedford, MK42 0BZ, Interim Manager: Paul Jeyes, Tel: 01234-272100/Email: paul.jeyes@fusion-lifestyle.com;

John Bunyan Sports and Fitness, Mile Road, Bedford, MK42 9TS, GM: Sue Collins, Tel: 01234-364481/Email: sue.collins@fusion-lifestyle.com;

Kempston Outdoor Centre, Hillgrounds Road, Kempston, MK42 8QP, GM: Ben Holmes, Tel: 01234-843204/Email: ben.holmes@fusion-lifestyle.com;

Blue Peris Mountain Centre, Dinorwic, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3ET, GM: Mark Richards, Tel: 01286-870853/Email: mark.richards@fusion-lifestyle.com

Robinson Pool And Fitness, Bedford Park, Bedford, MK40 2JZ, Interim Manager: Ian Stenson, Tel: 01234-357157/Email: ian.stenson@fusion-lifestyle.com

3.     What is your current annual budget in terms of capital and revenue for leisure facilities please provide a breakdown of costs per-facility if possible for the next 5 years - Revenue and capital both 0.

4.     What is the current delivery (operational management model)

o   Direct in house

o   Outsourced (private operator)

o   Outsourced (local trust)

o   Outsourced (national trust)

5.     Who is the current operator of the services if outsourced - Fusion Lifestyle.

6.     What is the current contract fee if outsourced for next 5 years (split per site if possible)? Please include a list of all facilities and services included in this figure (include non-leisure facility if included) - 79,580 ongoing.

7.     If outsourced when does the current contract expire - 10 year contract (February 2014 - February 2024) with an option to extend for another 5 years.

8.     Is the Council considering any alternative plans to deliver the services, if so please provide details - At present, there are no alternative plans under consideration.

9.     If in house, have you any plans to review the service model or look for and alternative solution - Please refer to answer to Question 8.

10.  If you have plans to review the service please clarify at what stage you are at - Please refer to answer to Question 8.

11. Have you any plans to refurbish existing facilities or provide new facilities - As part of the leisure agreement with the Borough, Fusion had undertaken the commitment to invest circa £3.2million into the Borough's leisure facilities.

12. Have you any plans to replace or extend your fitness equipment provision - This will be the decision of Fusion Lifestyle.

13. Who is your current fitness equipment supplier - This information is currently in the remits of Fusion Lifestyle.

14. What investment plans have you in place for future and have completed in the last 10 years - No further investment plans are in place and there had been no major investments carried out by the Borough Council in the last 10 years in the leisure facilities other than repairs that had been identified within the maintenance plan.

15. What provision for repairs, maintenance and upgrade of facilities is included in your Capital Programme for the next 5 year - 0 - with outsourced provider.

16. Do you have a full condition survey for each facility – Yes.

17. Do you have a 3G or all weather football provision - Yes, we have 1 pitch.

13/12/16

 

9910

 

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating

 to public health act or "welfare" funerals and/or persons who have died with no
 known next of kin since 1/8/16 to the day of your reply. Please
 include:

 1. full names of deceased persons,
 2. dates of death,
 3. marital status,
 4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
 5. dates of birth or ages at death,
 6. last known addresses (if known)
 7. estimated value of estates (if known)
 8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Treasury Solicitor (also known as the Bona Vacantia Division of the Government Legal Department)or the Farrer & Co, Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or,confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

 

Further to your request for information dated 30/11/16 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

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

19/12/16

 

9911

 

Under the FOIA can you please provide the below information:

·  A copy of your most update Information Sharing Policy

·  A copy of you most up to date Confidentiality Policy

· The decision making process that social workers within your district use to decide whether information can be obtained and shared without explicit consent

·The decision making process of what information should be included and what information should be redacted when using it for a child protection conference

·  Do you have a Caldicott Guardian and SIRO

o  If yes could you provide their contact details

·   What training do your social workers receive in relation to DPA and confidentiality

· The consent forms used to obtain consent

· The information sharing protocols and forms used to obtain multiagency information

·  How many complaints have been made by service users to Bedford Borough regarding inaccurate records kept and used by social services or social workers?

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 click here for the information  Sharing policy and social workers

 

28/12/16

 

9912

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from Bedford Borough Council.

1) How many Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) is the local authority currently responsible for? (As of November 30, 2016, or nearest marker.)

2)    What is the breakdown, by nationality and by gender, of the UASC currently in your care? (As of November 30, 2016, or nearest marker.)

3)    What was the total cost of UASC to the council’s budget each year in the last 12 months?

4)    How many UASC have been identified by the local authority as being over the age of 18 in the last 12 months? (Please state their nationality and gender in each case.)

5)    How many UASC have been removed from schools because they were suspected to have been over the age of 18 in the last 12 months? (Please state their nationality and gender in each case.)

6)     How many UASC did the local authority receive when the Calais migrant camp closed in October 2016? (Please state their nationality and gender in each case.)

7)    How many of these UASC from the Calais camp closure in October 2016 have since been identified as over the age of 18? (Please state their nationality and gender in each case.)

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) How many Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) is the local authority currently responsible for? (As of November 30, 2016, or nearest marker.)
Answer:  There are 21 UASC in care (as at 05/12/2016) 
2) What is the breakdown, by nationality and by gender, of the UASC currently in your care? (As of November 30, 2016, or nearest marker.)
Answer:
Nationalities are:
Nationality                 Total
Afghanistan                  8
Albania                      *Less than 5
Eritrea                       *Less than 5
Ethiopia                     *Less than 5
Iran                            *Less than 5
Iraq                            *Less than 5
Nigeria                       *Less than 5
Sudan                        *Less than 5
Syria                          *Less than 5
Total                             21

This information is suppressed due to low numbers.  We are also unable to provide a breakdown by gender due to the low number of females (less than 5) (*) See explanation below.

3) What was the total cost of UASC to the council’s budget each year in the last 12 months?
Answer:
2015/2016 net expenditure on Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children was $444.466 
4) How many UASC have been identified by the local authority as being over the age of 18 in the last 12 months? (Please state their nationality and gender in each case.)

Answer:
2015/16
11 age assessments
3 were over 18
8 were under 18.

Due to low numbers we are unable to provide their nationality and gender. (*)See explanation below.

5) How many UASC have been removed from schools because they were suspected to have been over the age of 18 in the last 12 months? (Please state their nationality and gender in each case.)
Answer:  None 
6) How many UASC did the local authority receive when the Calais migrant camp closed in October 2016? (Please state their nationality and gender in each case.)
Answer:  We have had no new UASC cases since 31/10/2016

7) How many of these UASC from the Calais camp closure in October 2016 have since been identified as over the age of 18? (Please state their nationality and gender in each case.)
Answer: N/A

(*) 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.
Due to low numbers in the cohort we are unable to provide this information, as providing this could make the children/young people identifiable.

22/12/16

 

9913

 

How much of the Early Years Pupil Premium allocated to your authority for 2015/16 was passed on to early years providers?

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  Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) allocated to Bedford Borough Council in 2015/2016 was £129,901. The amount of EYPP passed on to Early Years providers was £70,785

23/12/16

 

9914

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I wish to be provided with the following records.

(1) How many charging orders for non-payment of council tax have the council been granted and by which court, please include the date of the Interim Charging Order and Final Charging Order.

(2) For the above, the dates that both the Interim and Final Charging Orders were registered at the Land Registry.

(3) How many Charging Orders have been enforced by the council, please include the date.

(4) How many have not been enforced and instead the council has applied for bankruptcy, please include the date of the petition and bankruptcy order and the name of the court.

(5) Please provide the name of all in-house solicitors and external solicitors firms instructed to obtain charging orders on behalf of the council.

(6) Please provide the same as (5)for bankruptcy.

(7) Please give the reason the draconian method of bankruptcy has been used in place of enforcing charging orders and how many petitions were filed before the increase on 1 October 2015 of the  £750 bankruptcy threshold and how many after the increase.

(8) Please confirm how many customers paid to reduce this amount to below the old threshold of £750 that was increased to £5000 on 1 October, please include the date, amount and method of payment.

(9) Please confirm how many customers who paid using your automated payment system had their letter sent after payment ignored by the council revenues staff.

(10) Please provide the title and names of the council revenues team and confirm if any of them have also given a reference to any of the council's external solicitors firms who they have farmed out the charging order and bankruptcy work to, and what previous connections they may have or had (if any).

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 against each of your questions.

(1) How many charging orders for non-payment of council tax have the council been granted and by which court, please include the date of the Interim Charging Order and Final Charging Order.

 

In the last three financial years the Council has obtained nine orders of which four have been paid in full.

Of the remaining orders the details held are listed below.

               A) Interim Order 10/12/2015 – Kings Lynn CC

               B) Interim Order 16/09/2016 – Final Charge 15/11/2016 – County Court Money Claim Centre

               C) Email received advising Interim Order granted 18/07/2014 – Final Charge 27/08/2014

               D) Interim Order obtained 26/10/2015 – Kings Lynn CC

               E) Interim Order obtained 10/12/2015 – Kings Lynn CC

(2) For the above, the dates that both the Interim and Final Charging Orders were registered at the Land Registry

               A) On register 17/12/2015

               D) On register 29/10/2015

               E) On register 17/12/2015

(3) How many Charging Orders have been enforced by the council, please include the date.

The Council enforced one charging order in 2015, although the debt was then paid in full and no further action was taken.

(4) How many have not been enforced and instead the council has applied for bankruptcy, please include the date of the petition and bankruptcy order and the name of the court.

The Council has not applied for bankruptcy on any of the above cases where a charging order has been obtained.

(5) Please provide the name of all in-house solicitors and external solicitors firms instructed to obtain charging orders on behalf of the council.

               •             Wilkin Chapman

               •             Carrick Read

(6) Please provide the same as (5)for bankruptcy.

               •             Wilkin Chapman

               •             Carrick Read

(7) Please give the reason the draconian method of bankruptcy has been used in place of enforcing charging orders and how many petitions were filed before the increase on 1 October 2015 of the  £750 bankruptcy threshold and how many after the increase.

 The Council has a Fair Debt Collection Policy and will consider the use of the following Severe Remedies to recover unpaid debts based on the individual circumstances of each case:

               •             Petitions for bankruptcy or other forms of insolvency

               •             Charging orders against properties and subsequent orders for sale

               •             Applications for means enquiries with a view to committal to prison for non-payment of local taxes or BID levies

 A copy of the Fair Debt Collection Policy can be obtained from the Council’s here

(8) Please confirm how many customers paid to reduce this amount to below the old threshold of £750 that was increased to £5000 on 1 October, please include the date, amount and method of payment.        0

(9) Please confirm how many customers who paid using your automated payment system had their letter sent after payment ignored by the council revenues staff.

              0

(10) Please provide the title and names of the council revenues team and confirm if any of them have also given a reference to any of the council's external solicitors firms who they have farmed out the charging order and bankruptcy work to, and what previous connections they may have or had (if any).

No member of the Revenues Team has given a reference to the external solicitors firms used.

There is also no connection between any member of the Revenues Team and external solicitors firms used.

30/12/16