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Ref Request Response Response Date

7912

 

Please provide details of what statistical information (for example in relation to volume and /or duration), whether by Key Performance Indicator, or otherwise, your Local Authority keeps on:-

(a)   Looked after children

(b)   Specifically children looked after under s.20 CA 1989

(c)   Initial and core assessment numbers and outcomes

(d)   Children subject to Child Protection Plans

(e)   Children subject to Children in Need Plans

(f)    Children subject to pre-proceedings

(g)   Children subject to Care Proceedings

(h)   Adoption (approval of adopters, matching, timescales, numbers of adopters approved, numbers of children placed etc)

Please provide copies of such statistical information for the last three full statistical years and year to date.

Please provide copies of any statistical returns in relation to adoption that you have provided to the DFE or other government department in the last three years, and copies of any substantive responses by the DFE or other government department to those statistical returns (in particular whether the DFE or other government department have set targets for your performance, provided financial benefit for performance or imposed financial penalties for performance).

 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:

Please provide details of what statistical information (for example in relation to volume and /or duration), whether by Key Performance Indicator, or otherwise, your Local Authority keeps on:-

(a)   Looked after children

(b)   Specifically children looked after under s.20 CA 1989

(c)   Initial and core assessment numbers and outcomes

(d)   Children subject to Child Protection Plans

(e)   Children subject to Children in Need Plans

(f)    Children subject to pre-proceedings

(g)   Children subject to Care Proceedings

(h)   Adoption (approval of adopters, matching, timescales, numbers of adopters approved, numbers of children placed etc)

Please provide copies of such statistical information for the last three full statistical years and year to date.

Please provide copies of any statistical returns in relation to adoption that you have provided to the DFE or other government department in the last three years, and copies of any substantive responses by the DFE or other government department to those statistical returns (in particular whether the DFE or other government department have set targets for your performance, provided financial benefit for performance or imposed financial penalties for performance).

Note that we are not interested in any details of family names, children’s names or anything that might identify individual families, and thus Data Protection should not be an issue in complying with this request.

Response:

The request can be split into two parts, performance reports that we produce in-house and the statistical returns that are published by central government.

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.

In-house Performance reports

We produce a monthly Business Support Report, this is pdf file that is for internal use only.  This report contains figures and commentary that may make children identifiable.  Therefore we are unable to provide you with a copy of this report due to the possibility of children/young person potentially being identifiable. 

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).

An explanation follows below.

We do publish in the public domain a performance report for children’s overview and scrutiny committee, this link  is to the latest such meeting of this committee (point 29 is the key performance indicator report). 

Government Statistical data / Returns

These are published by the Department for Education on the  http://www.gov.uk/  website, so this information is already in the public domain.

Links are:

-Looked After Children (parts a & b) and Adoption (part h)

-Children in Need (part e), including initial and core assessment data (part c) and Child Protection (part d)

-Pre / Care Proceeding (parts f & g)

 

 06/10/15

7913

 

 Please could you advise about the following:
1.Who are your Tier 1/preferred independent fostering providers and what are their corresponding Ofsted ratings and their standard weekly fee per child per week?
2.What is the pay/allowance range for your foster carers?
3.Have you placed any Muslim children in the past 12 months?
4.Have you placed any Muslim children with non-Muslim carers in the past 12 months?
5.Do you employ any Muslim social workers?
6.Do you have any Muslim foster carers?

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.    Who are your Tier 1/preferred independent fostering providers and what are their corresponding Ofsted ratings and their standard weekly fee per child per week?

Answer: Our Independent Framework Providers offer 5 Standard Fee levels and 5 Enhanced for 1, 2 and 3 children in placement, solo and Parent & Child.  Weekly placement fees for each agency cannot be provided as this is commercially sensitive information but start at £695/week.

24 Seven Fostering (Ofsted Rating Good)

Action For Children (Good)

Alliance Foster Care (Outstanding)

Children First (Good)

Compass (Good)

Ethelbert (Good)

Foster Carer Associates (Good)

Futures for Children (Good)

Horizon Fostering (Good)

National Fostering Agency (Good)

Orange Grove (Good)

Rainbow Fostering (Good)

St Christopher’s Fellowship (Good)

Pride Fostering (Good)

Sunbeam Fostering (Outstanding)

Swan Fostering (Satisfactory)

2.    What is the pay/allowance range for your foster carers?

Answer: See attached sheet for our 2015 2016 allowances and fees.

3.    Have you placed any Muslim children in the past 12 months?

Answer: Yes

4.    Have you placed any Muslim children with non-Muslim carers in the past 12 months?

Answer: Yes

5.    Do you employ any Muslim social workers?

Answer: Yes

6.    Do you have any Muslim foster carers?

Answer: To date we have no Muslim carers.

06/10/15

 

7914

 

 E: Growing Beds Recycling Services
Please supply under Freedom of Information, all internal and external correspondence, emails and all other documents regarding the above waste site In particular please supply documents relating to daily or weekly lorry movement allowances to and from the site, any other restrictions and copies of any requests from the operator for additional capacity and your responses. If no such requests for additional capacity have been made then please confirm this is the 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

All the information we hold is available on the planning application file apart from the attached note which was e-mailed to you on 17 July 2015.  This is a Minerals and Waste application which is a shared service with Central Bedfordshire and I believe, further to communication with them, that you have already inspected the planning application file at their offices on 23 September 2015. 

 

 12/10/15

7915

 

Please provide details of what statistical information (for example in relation to volume and /or duration), whether by Key Performance Indicator, or otherwise, your Local Authority keeps on:-
(a)Looked after children
(b)Specifically children looked after under s.20 CA 1989
(c)Initial and core assessment numbers and outcomes
(d)Children subject to Child Protection Plans
(e)Children subject to Children in Need Plans
(f)Children subject to pre-proceedings
(g)Children subject to Care Proceedings
(h)Adoption (approval of adopters, matching, timescales, numbers of
adopters approved, numbers of children placed etc)
Please provide copies of such statistical information for the last three full statistical years and year to date.
Please provide copies of any statistical returns in relation to adoption that you have provided to the DFE or other government department in the last three years, and copies of any substantive responses by the DFE or other government department to those statistical returns (in particular whether the DFE or other government department have set targets for your performance, provided financial benefit for performance or imposed financial penalties for performance).

 

 

 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:

Please provide details of what statistical information (for example in relation to volume and /or duration), whether by Key Performance Indicator, or otherwise, your Local Authority keeps on:-

(a)   Looked after children

(b)   Specifically children looked after under s.20 CA 1989

(c)   Initial and core assessment numbers and outcomes

(d)   Children subject to Child Protection Plans

(e)   Children subject to Children in Need Plans

(f)    Children subject to pre-proceedings

(g)   Children subject to Care Proceedings

(h)   Adoption (approval of adopters, matching, timescales, numbers of adopters approved, numbers of children placed etc)

Please provide copies of such statistical information for the last three full statistical years and year to date.

Please provide copies of any statistical returns in relation to adoption that you have provided to the DFE or other government department in the last three years, and copies of any substantive responses by the DFE or other government department to those statistical returns (in particular whether the DFE or other government department have set targets for your performance, provided financial benefit for performance or imposed financial penalties for performance).

Note that we are not interested in any details of family names, children’s names or anything that might identify individual families, and thus Data Protection should not be an issue in complying with this request.

Response:

The request can be split into two parts, performance reports that we produce in-house and the statistical returns that are published by central government.

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.

In-house Performance reports

We produce a monthly Business Support Report, this is pdf file that is for internal use only.  This report contains figures and commentary that may make children identifiable.  Therefore we are unable to provide you with a copy of this report due to the possibility of children/young person potentially being identifiable. 

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).

An explanation follows below.

We do publish in the public domain a performance report for children’s overview and scrutiny committee, this link  is to the latest such meeting of this committee (point 29 is the key performance indicator report). 

Government Statistical data / Returns

These are published by the Department for Education on the  http://www.gov.uk/  website, so this information is already in the public domain.

Links are:

-Looked After Children (parts a & b) and Adoption (part h)

-Children in Need (part e), including initial and core assessment data (part c) and Child Protection (part d)

-Pre / Care Proceeding (parts f & g)

 06/10/15

7916

 

PLEASE CAN I REQUEST INFORMATION UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT.  I WOULD LIKE A FULL AND UP TO DATE LIST OF BUSINESSES AND ALSO CHARITIES THAT HAVE BECOME NEWLY LIABLE FOR BUSINESS RATES ON A PROPERTY BETWEEN THE 30/08/2015 TO THE 15/09/2015.  I WOULD LIKE THE BUSINESS NAME AND LIABLE PARTY, ADDRESS AND THE DATE THAT THEY BECAME LIABLE.  PLEASE ALSO INCLUDE THE RATEABLE VALUE.

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 and this is enclosed.

Please see attached excel document.

09/10/15

 

7917

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Cricket Lane
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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

17/09/15

7918

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Bromham 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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

17/09/15

7919

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Bedford Road
Great Barford
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

17/09/15

7920

 

1.How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children is the local authority currently responsible for? (as at 1 September 2015, or nearest marker)
2.How many former relevant children (i.e. former unaccompanied asylum seeking children between the ages of 18-21 years) is the local authority responsible for?
3. How many appeal rights exhausted post-18 unaccompanied asylum seeking children is the local authority currently responsible for? (as at 1 September 2015, or nearest marker)
4. a. How many UASCs can the LA accommodate?
•how many foster beds are theoretically available?
•how many places in supported accommodation are theoretically available?
b.What percentage of each are currently being used?
5. What is the Local Authority's overall spend budgeted for looking after UASC (including Care leavers) in 2015/16. How much is expected to be reimbursed by Home Office?
6. Has the amount provided by the Home Office to the LA for UASC support dropped between 2010 and 2015? If so please state how much was provided in 2010 and how much will be provided this year.
7.How many UASCs have gone missing from the system in 2015- a. permanently, b.temporarily, and what were their nationalities?

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 unaccompanied asylum seeking children is the local authority currently responsible for? (as at 1 September 2015, or nearest marker)

Answer: Bedford Borough Council is currently supporting 23 Unaccompanied Asylum seeking children under the age of 18 years as looked after children.

2.How many former relevant children (i.e. former unaccompanied asylum seeking children between the ages of 18-21 years) is the local authority responsible for?

Answer: Bedford Borough Council are currently supporting 15 Former Unaccompanied asylum seeking children between the ages of 18 – 21 years as care leavers

3.How many appeal rights exhausted post-18 unaccompanied asylum seeking children is the local authority currently responsible for? (as at 1 September 2015, or nearest marker)

Answer: Bedford Borough Council is currently responsible for 5 Former unaccompanied asylum seeking children between the ages of 18 – 21 years who are appeal rights exhausted

4.     

a.How many UASCs can the LA accommodate?

Answer: The local authority does not have any in-house fostering/residential home placements designated for UASC as each young person has their own individual needs and we search for placements that are needs led rather than fit a young person into a specific service.  For over 16’s we have an SLA with LAMP specifically for UASC and we are currently reviewing the number of placements needed. We also have LOCATE as another dedicated UASC service and spot purchase from them

· how many foster beds are theoretically available?

Answer: We are not able to answer this question,  we would use our IFA Framework and other external IFA’s as needed.

·how many places in supported accommodation are theoretically available?

Answer: At the moment we have 7 local supported accommodation providers and approximately 8 vacancies that we are aware of with a new agency opening up a 3 bed unit in October.

b.What percentage of each are currently being used?

Answer:  We do not hold this information.

5.What is the Local Authority's overall spend budgeted for looking after UASC (including Care leavers) in 2015/16. How much is expected to be reimbursed by Home Office?

Answer:

2015/2016 Expenditure Budget: £756,920

2015/2016 Estimated Home Office Funding: £475,750

Please note that the Home Office Funding is not a fixed grant but is based on a daily rate per child and therefore the figure provided is an estimate based on the number of children currently accommodated.

6.Has the amount provided by the Home Office to the LA for UASC support dropped between 2010 and 2015? If so please state how much was provided in 2010 and how much will be provided this year.

Answer: In 2010 the service was provided by Central Bedfordshire Council on behalf of Bedford Borough Council, therefore we are unable to confirm if the Home Office amount has dropped since 2010.  

7.How many UASCs have gone missing from the system in 2015- a. permanently, b. temporarily, and what were their nationalities?

Answer:   Bedford Borough Council has had Zero UASC go missing from the system in 2015.

08/10/15

7921

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide details of the
following:
1.How many such staff were appointed during the period.
2.The total number of candidates that were submitted for
consideration for the roles you were recruiting for.
3.The proportion of all candidates rejected for reasons of
non-compliance (whether regulatory or otherwise)
4.The number and proportion of such staff on whom you carried
out additional regulatory compliance checks during their tenure.
5.The number that were found to be or to have become
non-compliant since their original placement.

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. 

Question

12/13

13/14

Number of staff recruited through recruitment process

295

142

Number of candidates shortlisted for interview

742

370

Offers withdrawn due to unsatisfactory checks

2

4

Rechecks for eligibility to work in the UK

9

8

DBS renewals

 240

 305

Number found non-compliant since start date

0

1

14/10/15

 7922

 

 

I would be very grateful if you could provide electronic copies of the following
1/ Deregistration from school (a/ mainstream and b/ special school)
Where a parent notifies the school that a child with a statement/EHCP is to be home educated
Letters sent to parents at deregistration
Forms parents are asked to complete on deregistration
Letters/forms schools are asked to complete and return to the local authority with further details about the child/family
2/ Prior to the annual review meeting (for a home educated child previously attending a/ mainstream and b/ special school if the process differs at all)
Letters sent to parents about the annual review of the statement or EHCP, covering eg notice period and venue
Forms parents are asked to complete in preparation for the annual review
Letters sent to Home Education officers prior to the annual review
Paperwork/online forms which the Home Education officers are asked to complete in preparation for the annual review
Any flow charts or information setting out timescales for annual review process, including when and which people are asked to carry out a task as part of the review PRIOR to the review meeting
3/ After the annual review meeting (for a home educated child previously attending a/ mainstream and b/ special school if the process differs at all)
Letters sent to parents regarding what was discussed at the review meeting
Templates of any paperwork parents are asked to sign in relation to what was discussed at the meeting
Any flow charts or information setting out timescales for the completion of annual review process AFTER the review meeting
4/ Ceasing the statement/EHCP (for a home educated child previously attending a/ mainstream and b/ special school if the process differs at all)
Standard letters sent to parents proposing to cease the statement or notifying parents that a decision has been taken to cease the statement
5/ Transition from statement to EHCP (for a home educated child previously attending a/ mainstream and b/ special school if the process differs at all)
Letters sent to parents/young people regarding the transition from a statement to an EHCP including a/ invitations to transition meetings b/ explanation of the new SEND system c/ when each year group will be transferred, and d/ where to go for more information eg a link to the Local Offer.
6/ Transition review Y10 (for a home educated child previously attending a/ mainstream and b/ special school if the process differs at all)
Letters sent to the parent/young person regarding the transition review which takes place in Y10 to prepare for the transition to 16+ education,
List of people invited to the transition review meeting (eg Connexions or equivalent)
Letters inviting participants to the transition review meeting

 

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

06/10/15

7923

 

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act relating to a road your authority is responsible for maintaining.
Specifically, my query relates to the A600 between Haynes turn and Cotton End
Please can you send me:
1)A copy of your current road maintenance policy relating to that road. Please send me the full policy, but this should include details of the intended frequency of road safety inspections, how these inspections should be conducted and the maximum time between identification of a defect and repairs being carried out.
2)A copy of the road repair history for that road over the past year. Again, please send me the full road repair history, but this should include:
- dates of all safety inspections between 01/06/15 and 14/09/15
- details of how safety inspections were undertaken (walked or driven, speed of inspection vehicle, number of staff inspecting, etc)
- details of all carriageway defects identified, with description, date and time
- details of how the authority handled these defects, what repairs were undertaken and the time between the identification of each defect and a repair being carried out.

 

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/09/15

7924 -7926

 

RE:Pheasant Grove, Wixams, Bedford,
Lilleshall Drive, Elstow, Bedford
Margetts Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 3.7 Do 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; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 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?

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

18/09/15

7927

 

I am doing an audit of the health assessment forms used with looked after children and young people in order to develop a quality rating tool. I just wondered whether your authority pay to use the baaf forms or whether you have developed your own. If you have developed your own, please could you send me a blank copy. If you use the baaf forms then please also let me know.

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. 

I just wondered whether your authority pay to use the baaf forms or whether you have developed your own. If you have developed your own, please could you send me a blank copy. If you use the baaf forms then please also let me know.

Answer: We pay to use BAAF forms.

22/09/15

7928

 

I am writing to ask for information regarding all compensation claims made against the local authority in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Specifically I would like the information broken down by:
a) The value of each payment or settlement
b) The nature or summary details of each claim

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

17/09/15

7929

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to ask for any documents referring to  pre-planning application advice on the proposed development of land known as either; Land South of Silver Street Great Barford, or Land at Bedford Road Great Barford.  I am interested in the proposals put forward since April 2015.

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

27/10/15

7930

 

We have started planning the replacement of a water main near the village of Haynes. As this is a potable water supply, could you supply me with any information that you may have with regard potential contaminated ground along the proposed route of the new main.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm we do not hold this information.
Unfortunately, we are unable to help  on this occasion because the area marked is not within our area.

I am sure that Central Bedfordshire Council will be happy to help you with your enquiry.

21/09/15

7931

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Pilgrims 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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

17/09/15

7932

 

The figures that I am looking for relate to inbound enquires from the public into your contact centre rather than sales calls or internal communications.
Phone Calls
1.Number of telephone calls per months for the past two years (and monthly average over this period)
2.Percentage of calls coming from mobiles
3.Average handling time
4.Average cost per contact and how this is calculated
5.First contact resolution (FCR) rate
6.Number of Full-time Equivalent personnel staffing the phones
Emails
1.Number of emails per months for the past two years (and monthly average over this period)
2.Average handling time
3.Average cost per contact and how this is calculated
4.First contact resolution (FCR) rate
5.Number of Full-time Equivalent personnel answering emails
Web/Live Chat (if used)
1.Number of chats per months for the past two years
2.Percentage of chats coming from mobile devices
3.Average handling time
4.Average cost per contact and how this is calculated
5.First contact resolution (FCR) rate
6.Number of Full-time Equivalent personnel staffing web chat

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 and this is enclosed and detailed below:

Phone Calls

1.Contact Centre only provided

2.We do not hold this information

3.Contact Centre only provided 

4. avg. salary cost per month/ number of FTE  = Cost overall per month / number of contacts = cost per contact £1.38

5.We do not hold this information

6. Contact Centre only provided

Emails

1.Contact Centre only provided

2.We do not hold this information

3.We do not hold this information

4.We do not hold this information

5. We do not hold this information

Web/Live Chat (if used)

1. NA

I would also be grateful if you could provide the Top 10 reasons for people contacting your organisation across all channels.

We do not hold this information

 
 

Phone

calls 

AHT (in Sec)

Emails

Sep-3

33,022

154

1,060

Oct-13

33,079

157

1,543

Nov-13

28,952

152

1,355

Dec-13

23,254

157

1,495

Jan-14

31,149

154

2,050

Feb-14

27,23

3

169

1,970

Mar-14

31,01

0

173

1,743

Apr-14

28,792

172

1,746

May-14

28,080

171

1,575

Jun-

14

30,433

164

1,481

Jul-14

32,284

153

1,635

Aug-14

25,774

159

1,615

Sep-14

30,811

161

1,804

Oct-14

28,892

165

1,744

Nov-14

24,125

169

1,571

Dec-14

21,563

170

1,408

Jan-15

25,666

169

1,586

Feb-15

23,199

177

1,563

Mar-15

27,954

182

1,429

Apr-15

25,820

168

1,394

May-15

23,903

172

1,380

Jun-15

27,376

185

1,303

Jul-15

27,018

190

1,326

Aug-15

21,828

199

1,195

Average Monthy Calls

27,551

 

Average Monthy E-mails

1,540

 

FTE

17.75 average

 

Average monthly salary cost £40370

 

Average cost per contact £1.38

 

22/09/15

7933

 

 Re: Accident Data Request, Great Barford
Could you please supply accident data for the nearest postcode MK44

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

As requested please find attached the accident data for the area within the red line on the plan provided. The search is from 12/06/2010 to 12/06/2015 as this is the latest information we currently have.

07/10/15

7934

 

Please provide the amount budgeted and the actual amount spent on mental health services in the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014?

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 and this is detailed below:

Our response:

 

Mental Health Services

     

Year

Budget

Actual Spend

 

£

£

2012/2013

3,004,050

2,967,047

2013/2014

3,004,980

3,077,744

2014/2015

2,960,500

3,583,209

     

Note:

   

1. The figures provided have been based on clients who have a primary care need of Mental Health

2. In 2012/2013 and 2013/2014, costs relating to clients aged 65 and over were included within the older people budget regardless of their primary care need. It is not possible to identify these clients during this period and therefore their costs are not included in the figures above. In 2014/2015 these clients were coded according to their primary care need rather than age and the figures for this period includes all clients who have a primary care need of Mental Health including those aged 65 and over.

12/10/15

7935

 

Please could you take a few moments to email a list of any changes made to your taxi licensing policies/ vehicle conditions in the last 4 months. For example, has the cost of getting a vehicle licence changed? Or is there any equipment now required for private or hackney vehicles that was not previously necessary? (please specify whether the requirements or costs are specific to either private or hackney or whether they apply to both).

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 have been no changes to taxi licensing polices in last four months

21/09/15

7936

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
New Cardington
Colemore Gardens
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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

17/09/15

7937

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Gala 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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

17/09/15

7938

 

 FOI Request - Information on IT Analysis and Testing Services
Does your authority have an in-house IT software development team for business applications?
If yes to above:
• Who gathers business requirements for business application systems? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
• Who performs system tests on new applications and system upgrades other than business users? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Who manages the User Acceptance Testing? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Is any other testing performed e.g. performance/penetration testing? Who performs this testing? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Do you have any need or plan to purchase analysis or testing services externally? If yes, which?
Does your authority purchase any software packages for business applications?
If yes to above:
•Who gathers business requirements for business application systems? Is this an internal or external resource?  What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Who performs system tests on new applications and system upgrades other than business users?  Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Who manages the User Acceptance Testing?  Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Is any other testing performed e.g. performance/penetration testing? Who performs this testing? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Do you have any need or plan to purchase analysis or testing services externally? If yes, which?
Does your authority have an in-house website development team?
If yes to above:
•Who gathers business requirements for website? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Who tests website development before release? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Who manages the User Acceptance Testing of website? What is the hourly cost of this person(s)
•Do you have any need or plan to purchase analysis or testing services externally? If yes, which?

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.

Does your authority have an in-house IT software development team for business applications?

If yes to above:

·Who gathers business requirements for business application systems? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

Application Developers/Business Analysts. Internal resource.  Hourly cost ranges from £21.97 to £28.29 (dependent on role). 

·Who performs system tests on new applications and system upgrades other than business users? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

Application developers. Internal resource. Hourly cost ranges from £21.97 to £28.29 (dependent on role).  

·Who manages the User Acceptance Testing? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

Application Developers. Internal resource. Hourly cost ranges from £21.97 to £28.29 (dependent on role). 

·Is any other testing performed e.g. performance/penetration testing? Who performs this testing? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

Application Developers. Internal resource. Hourly cost ranges from £21.97 to £28.29 (dependent on role). 

·Do you have any need or plan to purchase analysis or testing services externally? If yes, which? 

No. 

Does your authority purchase any software packages for business applications?

If yes to above:

·Who gathers business requirements for business application systems? Is this an internal or external resource?  What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

Buinsess Analysts.  Internal resource. Hourly cost ranges from £21.97 to £28.29 (dependent on role). 

·Who performs system tests on new applications and system upgrades other than business users?  Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

All system tests performed by business users. 

·Who manages the User Acceptance Testing?  Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

Project Managers. Internal resource. Hourly cost ranges from £21.97 to £28.29 (dependent on role). 

·Is any other testing performed e.g. performance/penetration testing? Who performs this testing? Is this an internal or external resource? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

Not in relation to purchased business applications. .

 ·Do you have any need or plan to purchase analysis or testing services externally? If yes, which?

 No.

Does your authority have an in-house website development team?

If yes to above:

·Who gathers business requirements for website? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

Web Analysts/ Application Developers. Internal resource. Hourly cost ranges from £21.97 to £28.29 (dependent on role). 

·Who tests website development before release? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

WebAnalysts/Application Developers. Internal resource. Hourly cost ranges from £21.97 to £28.29 (dependent on role).  

·Who manages the User Acceptance Testing of website? What is the hourly cost of this person(s) 

WebAnalysts/Application Developers. Internal resource. Hourly cost ranges from £21.97 to £28.29 (dependent on role).  

·Do you have any need or plan to purchase analysis or testing services externally? If yes, which? 

Currently have a yearly penertration test of web applications undertaken by an external resource.

07/10/15

7939

 

 I am carrying out some research on quarries and brickworks and considering the Rating assessments for a number of sites. I have been able to identify the 2005 Rating List assessments as follows and I wonder whether you can provide me with details of the 2000 Rating List, Rateable Values for each annual period, together with the details of any appeals and the dates involved for any changes to the Rating List at the time. In essence the same information I can access in the 2005 Rating List on line, but for the 2000 Rating List instead and for the following properties.
Stewartby Brickworks (Hanson Building Products)
Billing Authority Reference : 1041743
Occupier : Stewartby Brick Company (Hanson Building Products)
Address : Stewartby Works off, Green Lane, Stewartby, Bedford, MK43 9LY
Description : Brickworks and Premises
Special Category Code : 32

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 and this is detailed below:

 

01.04.00 to 31.03.01        £432,970

01.04.01 to 31.03.02        £437,308

01.04.02 to 31.03.03        £438,415

01.04.03 to 31.03.04        £438,600

01.40.04 to 31.03.05        £439,866

 

No details about appeals on the 2000 rating list are still held

 

09/10/15

7940

 

Please could you provide a list of all Private Hire Operators currently licensed by the council   (name / address / licence number / start-expiry date of licence)

Further to your request for information dated 17/9/15, 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: Please could you provide a list of all Private Hire Operators currently licensed by the council   (name / address / licence number / start-expiry date of licence)

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).

 

In respect of number of drivers registered to each operator / by the council

We do not hold the numbers of taxi drivers that are employed by each operator.

23/09/15

7941

 

Please provide the following information

·Total local authority spend in the financial year 2014-15

· Total local authority financial reserves at the end of financial year 2014-15

·Total spend on adult social care in the financial year 2014-15

· Anticipated reduction in local authority budget in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18

· Anticipated reduction in adult social care in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18

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 and this is detailed below:

·Total local authority spend in the financial year 2014-15 - (£142.6M - as per outturn report, June 2015)

·Total local authority financial reserves at the end of financial year 2014-15 - (£10.4M - general fund reserve, SoA June 2015)

·Total spend on adult social care in the financial year 2014-15 - £41.735 million

·Anticipated reduction in local authority budget in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 - (2015/2016 - 7.4% reduction on 2014/2015, 2016/2017 - 6.0% reduction on 2015/2016, 2017/2018 - 2.6% reduction

on 2016/2017- budget reductions as per March MTFS; cash)

·Anticipated reduction in adult social care in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 – In 2015/2016 there was no reduction in the Adult Social Care (ASC) budget. Bedford Borough Council is not expecting there to be an overall reduction in the ASC budget in 2016/2017.   Information relating to 2017/2018 is not yet available.

13/10/15

7942

 

 Please provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1. Please tell me the total amount spent on councillors’ allowances and expenses in each of the following financial years:  a) 2014/15 b) 2013/14 c) 2012/13 d) 2011/12 e) 2010/11
2. For each year, please also give me a breakdown of the total spend on a) basic allowance b) special responsibility allowance c) travel d) carer’s allowance e) subsistence f) ICT allowance
3. For 2014/15, please tell me the name of the councillor who received the most in allowances and expenses and the amount he/she received

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.Please tell me the total amount spent on councillors’ allowances and expenses in each of the following financial years:  a) 2014/15 b) 2013/14 c) 2012/13 d) 2011/12 e) 2010/11

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 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). This information is already available in the public domain via the following link 

2.For each year, please also give me a breakdown of the total spend on a) basic allowance b) special responsibility allowance c) travel d) carer’s allowance e) subsistence f) ICT allowance

Basic Allowance and Special Responsibility Allowance same as question 1 please see above see link.

Travel Allowance spent for

 

Travel Allowance

2010-11

1,617.10

2011-12

1,113.36

2012-13

321.50

2013-14

98.10

2014-15

601.80

Subsistence/Carers allowance for

 

Subsistence/Carer’s Allowance

2010-11

0.00

2011-12

1,026.47

2012-13

1,809.35

2013-14

2,045.90

2014-15

440.30

ICT Allowance for - Members are provided with IT equipment for use as a Councillor

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

 

Broadband Allowance

2010-11

1,817.10

2011-12

2,498.65

2012-13

2,624.40

2013-14

2,915.92

2014-15

2,804.09

3.For 2014/15, please tell me the name of the councillor who received the most in allowances and expenses and the amount he/she received

For 2014/15 the Mayor has the most in allowances of £60933.24.

14/10/15

7943

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to know the average time taken for the council to pay invoices submitted to it by suppliers. I would like this data for the year ending March 31 2015.

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 and this is detailed below.

Your Question:

the average time taken for the council to pay invoices submitted to it by suppliers : in the financial year 2014/2015 it was 21.5 days.

18/09/15

7944

 

 Please would you kindly provide me with the following information:
1. A digital copy of your latest TRO (Traffic Regulation order). Please kindly provide this information within an excel file and any additional information explaining the data (or TRO codes) within the TRO.
2. I would also like to know the time single yellow line parking restrictions start and end for your borough.
3. I am looking to establish the time which parking bay restrictions (such as permit holders, pay and display etc) are operational on each road within your borough, this may be found within your TRO or alternative data you may hold.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

1. A digital copy of your latest TRO (Traffic Regulation order). Please kindly provide this information within an excel file and any additional information explaining the data (or TRO codes) within the TRO.

Our TRO is only held on a map based printed format and not held electronically.  We are therefore unable to supply you with an excel file.  However you can visit the Council to view the information.  To view the information please call Diane Hale, Highways Technical Manager, on 01234 276212 who will be happy to arrange to meet you and take you to the area where the information is held.

The CPZ is operational between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday

2. I would also like to know the time single yellow line parking restrictions start and end for your borough. 

The restrictions start from 7am and end at 7pm

3. I am looking to establish the time which parking bay restrictions (such as permit holders, pay and display etc) are operational on each road within your borough, this may be found within your TRO or alternative data you may hold. 

This information is available on the TRO maps, but times are:

1 Hour, 2 Hours, 4 Hours and all day. The areas closest to the town are the shorter stay.

 

07/10/15

 

7945

 

 Please could you tell me the number of children who have been removed into the care of social services from a parent or parents with a diagnosed mental illness.Please break this figure down annually for 2013, 2014 and to date.

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

You requested:

Please could you tell me the number of children who have been removed into the care of social services from a parent or parents with a diagnosed mental illness.

Please break this figure down annually for 2013, 2014 and to date.

Response:  The data requested is not systemically captured by Children Services.  We would only usually be able to gather personal information in respect of adults if a parent agrees to us doing so.   This information, if we do hold this, would then only be held on each individual looked after child’s file and in order for us to obtain this would require us to manually check each child’s file which would exceed the fees limit

 01/10/15

7946

 

Please could you tell me the number of children who have been removed into the care of social services from a parent or parents with a learning disability or learning difficulties. Please break this figure down annually for 2013, 2014 and to date.

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

You requested:

Please could you tell me the number of children who have been removed into the care of social services from a parent or parents with a learning disability or learning difficulties.

Please break this figure down annually for 2013, 2014 and to date.

Response:  The data requested is not systemically captured by Children Services.  We would only usually be able to gather personal information in respect of adults if a parent agrees to us doing so.   This information, if we do hold this, would then only be held on each individual looked after child’s file and in order for us to obtain this would require us to manually check each child’s file which would exceed the fees limit.

01/10/15

7947

 

RE: STUDLEY ROAD, WOOTTON, BEDFORD
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 3.7 Do 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; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 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?

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

05/10/15

7948

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
The Silver Birches
Kempston
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

7949

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
The Paddingtons
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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

7950

 

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 1/1/15 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/1/15 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.

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

14/10/15

7951

 

 In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoI) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) I would like the Council to provide the following information and answer the following questions.
1.How many licenses (part B permits) for the running of SWOBs are currently operating in your area?
2.Are you aware of any SWOBs that are currently unregistered or have you faced issues with failures to register in the past? What actions have been taken, in general, to deal with unlicensed SWOBs in the past?
3.Are sites operating SWOBs usually visited before granting a licence?
4.Are licences regularly renewed and are sites revisited upon renewal of a licence?
5.Are the majority of SWOBs recorded fan assisted or is this information not recorded/requested when applying for a licence?
6.Does the local authority promote the permitting of SWOBs to encourage operators to apply or does the authority simply leave the matter to an operator’s discretion to apply?
7.When operators state on their permit application they intend to only burn their own waste oils, are they required to vary their permit before burning waste oil from third parties?
8.How often if at all are checks performed on emissions from SWOBs to ensure they meet requirements or are operators required to monitor emissions themselves?
9.Does the authority carry out any environmental impacts assessments to study the contribution of SWOB emissions to the local air quality, particularly PM10 and NOX concentrations?

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

I enclose a copy of the information you requested:

1.Bedford Borough Council currently has 8 SWOBs operating within the area. All 8 SWOBs are waste oil burners with less than 0.4MW net rated thermal input.

2.Bedford Borough Council is not aware of any unregistered SWOB’s in the area. If the Council becomes aware that an unregistered SWOB is being used then the correct enforcement action will be undertaken in line with Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (as amended). Penalties for operating without a permit can see fines of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment. In the instance that an operator doesn’t have a permit they would then also be required to make an application for an Environmental Permit. The Council has no record of an occasion where such action has had to be taken. 

3.All installations (including SWOBs)  are visited as part of the application process for a permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (as amended).

4.Reference has been made to licences rather than permits in the context of SWOBs. An Environmental Permit is issued to the operator of a SWOB rather than a licence. The Permit will set out conditions in which the operator has to comply with and inspections are carried out to ensure compliance with the permit.  The frequency of inspection is determined by the risk rating (low, medium or high) the operator was given from the previous inspection. The permit will stay in force until it is reviewed by the LA and then varied appropriately. A Review may be triggered for many reasons including if there has been an update in applicable legislation or process guidance. Similarly, the permit will be altered if an operator requests to transfer the permit to a new operator or requests the permit to be varied in light of proposed changes to the installation itself.  Site visits are carried out upon variation, this could possibly be in addition to the programmed inspections that are carried out to assess compliance with permit conditions. If a permit is no longer required the operator must surrender the permit, if they do not do this, the LA will revoke the permit.

5.An example application form can be found in the specific process guidance (Secretary of State’s Guidance for Waste Oil and Recovered Oil Burners less than 0.4MW PG1/1(04)). The information requested does not include whether the installation is fan assisted. Bedford Borough Council use this application form and therefore information relating to whether the SWOB is fan assisted is not requested.

6.Bedford Borough Council have in the past written to all premises that are likely to utilise a SWOB within the Borough. This was to provide information on the regulation of SWOB’s and to advise that they must apply for a Permit should they be operating one. Additionally, officers within Environmental Health would investigate any reports of an unregulated SWOB being used. However it is the responsibility of the operator to ensure that they have applied for an Environmental Permit should they require it.

7.It is a standard condition on the permits Bedford Borough Council issue for SWOB’s that third party waste oil must not be used on the SWOB. Therefore if an operator was to allow this, this would be considered a breach of the permit. 

8.The operator has a duty to check emissions from their SWOB, however the following standard permit conditions apply:

“All emissions to air shall be free from visible smoke and in any event shall not exceed the equivalent of Ringelmann Shade 1 as described in British Standard BS2742:1969. In the case of lighting from cold, emissions of smoke shall not exceed Ringelmann Shade 1 for more than 10 minutes.”

And

“Where the operator observes smoke emissions which contravene the provisions of condition (No.) above, the operator shall record the date and time that the emission occurred in a log book. Records of such emissions shall be retained for a minimum of 2 years.”

Bedford Borough Council inspects each operators log book records annually as their permits require the operator to submit this information by the 31st January.

9.Bedford Borough does not carry out Environmental Impact Assessments to study the impact that SWOB emissions have on the local air quality. However, the impact of such installations will be taken into account if there is a requirement to declare an Air Quality Management Area.  

14/10/15

 

7952

 

Q1 What budget has been allocated for ICT technical training from April 2015 to March 2016? 
Q2 Are there any ICT technical training required to be purchased in the future if so please provide information?
Q3 Can I have a list of any ICT software Upgrades planned for the new financial year?
Q4 Can I have the Organisation chart of the ICT Department?
Q5 Can you provide copies or details of any ICT projects where IT training will be required?
Q6 Have you secured 3 quotes before purchasing any ICT training? If yes please list the companies where these quotations were secured from?
Q7 If you haven’t secured 3 quoted before purchasing training, Could you explain how you purchase training? 
Q8 IF no quotes were secured then please state the exact amount paid for each course and provide details of the company where they were bought from in the last 12 months?
Q9 How much ICT technical training, has been purchased from QA Limited since first of April 2015?
Q10 Do you currently have any skills licences purchased with QA Limited?
Q11 Could you provide and Usage report of the Skills license that you have purchased from QA Limited?
Q12 Can you please provide details of the ICT Managers/Mangers that has purchased the
Skills licence?
Q13 Would you consider purchasing a Skills License of Training Passport or have you purchased one in the past 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 set out below in red text.

Q1 What budget has been allocated for ICT technical training from April 2015 to March 2016? £17,110.00 – this includes an annual payment for our Learning Management System.

Q2 Are there any ICT technical training required to be purchased in the future if so please provide information? Upgrade of telephone/ACD system due which will require some training.

Q3 Can I have a list of any ICT software Upgrades planned for the new financial year? None.

Q4 Can I have the Organisation chart of the ICT Department? Please email freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy.

Q5 Can you provide copies or details of any ICT projects where IT training will be required? Clarification sought and response is as follows: all I would like to know is what ICT Projects will your council be doing that affects the whole council, which will be used by any employee within the council.  Upgrade of telephone/ACD system due which will require some training.

Q6 Have you secured 3 quotes before purchasing any ICT training? If yes please list the companies where these quotations were secured from?  No, as the majority of the training is included when purchasing new systems.

Q7 If you haven’t secured 3 quoted before purchasing training, Could you explain how you purchase training?  The majority of the training is included as part of the new system purchase.

Q8 If no quotes were secured then please state the exact amount paid for each course and provide details of the company where they were bought from in the last 12 months? Clarification sought and response is as follows: the question is aimed at your ICT department, however if any other employees have undergone or they are about to take some ICT training that would be great to know. Training is included as part of the final price paid for the new systems.

Q9 How much ICT technical training, has been purchased from QA Limited since first of April 2015?  No training from QA Limited procured.

Q10 Do you currently have any skills licences purchased with QA Limited? N/a – no skills license purchased from QA.

Q11 Could you provide and Usage report of the Skills license that you have purchased from QA Limited? N/a – no skills license purchased from QA.

Q12 Can you please provide details of the ICT Managers/Mangers that has purchased the Skills licence?  N/a – no skills license purchased from QA.

Q13 Would you consider purchasing a Skills License of Training Passport or have you purchased one in the past year? No

14/10/15

7953

 

RE: Rockery Rd

Information regarding anything  the council are aware of since after 2002 in regards to planning and the usage of the ground

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

29/10/15

7954

 

RE : Olivier Court

Are you aware of any contamination of this land and that you are not considering any action against the site the property is on or the surrounding  area.

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

I have consulted the records held within the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, and have answered your query as follows:

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. This is by virtue of its previous use a ‘garage/ vehicle repair facility’. It is not possible to state when this assessment will be undertaken. At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or not it expects this site to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in the course of completion. Therefore no reply given above refers to contaminated land for the purposes of the said Act. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, references to contamination should not be taken to mean the land has been deemed prejudicial to health or a nuisance for the purposes of Part III of the Act.

We are not aware of any contamination on the site. We are not currently considering any action against the site that the property is on, or the surrounding area. Although, as noted above, we will inspect it as part of our duty under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and the result of this inspection will determine whether any further action will be taken in relation to the site.

13/10/15

7955

 

School Performance information to council members
( 1) Please could you provide me with a copy of the last two( 2)  reports on school standards or performance  submitted by the education department, school improvement service to council members?  TWO ( 2)  documents in total
(2)The last two ( 2)  copies of strategic plans for school improvement, or matters related to raising, increasing or maintaining high  schools standards issued by the education department TWO ( 2)  documents in total. 
( 3)  The last two ( 2)  copies of any reports drafted by school  improvement  or other education advisers by subject or phase i.e. Key Stage 1 , key Stage 4, or EYRS and sent presented to the head of education, cabinet/council  members or chief executive.       
( 4) With reference to your performance information  for schools, provided by relevant data or research or information departments,  please could you provide me with  one( 1) school profile produced by your authority  for the following schools or categories?  Schools SHOULD NOT be named if possible. Where necessary choose at random, or within the first five alphabetically. 
•Key Stage 1 -5
• EYFS
•6th Form
•special schools
•PRU
School Governors
Please provide a copy of the latest school profile reports i.e. showing attainment compared to  other local authorities or schools whatever the type of comparisons made  produced for governors for all categories of schools. Please provide one ( 1)  sample from each category. UP to eight (8) documents in total
Category of schools referred to
•KS1-5
•EYFS
•6th Form
•special schools
•PRU
Work of the Education Improvement, Advisory or Support Services
Please can you provide me with anonymous / redacted copies of completed pro-formas  used by the Education Improvement Services, advisers, or similar to  record the visit and subsequent advice for each of the categories  of schools, should these be available.
Please provide similar examples where the advisory services analyses data on behalf of the school or governors.

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 08/10/15

7956

 

Please provide for each year from 2101 to 2014 and from January to march 2015 , the following

1 ) How many care orders , supervision orders and ememrgency protection orders were requested Bedford Borough Council and how many of these were sucessfully granted

2) How many care orders , supervision orders and ememrgency protection orders

have been converted into adopt ion orders by Bedford Borough Council

3) What is the specific criteria the Bedford Borough  Council uses prior to  a request for a care order, supervision order and ememrgency protection order being made

4) What processes are in place when a request a for a care order, supervision order and ememrgency protection order is unsuccessful for the child/children and families affected by such orders, and;

5) On how many occasions have expert witnesses, such as medical professionals and social workers, provided evidence on Bedford Borough Council's behalf in a family court in relation to each care order, supervision order and ememrgency protection order application

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 care orders, supervision orders and emergency protection orders were requested by Bedford Borough Council and how many of these were successfully granted;

Answer:

No of Applications to the Court for a Care Order, a Supervision Order or an Emergency Protection Order:

-2011 – 2012 (01.04.11 – 31.03.12) – 23 successful applications

-2012 – 2013 (01.04.12 – 31.03.13) – 30 successful applications

-2013 – 2014 (01.04.13 – 31.03.14) – 59 successful applications

-2014 – 2015 (01.04.14 – 31.03.15) – 19  successful applications

-Jan – Mar 2015 (01.01.15 – 31.03.15) – 13 successful applications

As the applications can involve more than one child (siblings) from the figures above, we have also provided the figures below which set out the number of children who were granted an Order from the above applications:

·2011 – 2012 (01.04.11 – 31.03.12) – 28 Children/Orders

·2012 – 2013 (01.04.12 – 31.03.13) – 52 Children/Orders

·2013 – 2014 (01.04.13 – 31.03.14) – 97 Children/Orders

·2014 – 2015 (01.04.14 – 31.03.15) – 27 Children/Orders

· Jan – Mar 2015 (01.01.15 – 31.03.15) – 24 Children/Orders

2.How many care orders, supervision orders and emergency protection orders have been converted into adoption orders by Bedford Borough Council;

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

An explanation follows below.

This information is already available in the public domain via the following link

3.What the specific criteria that Bedford Borough Council uses prior to a request for a care order, supervision order and emergency protection order being made;

Answer: Statutory criteria is applied.

4. What processes are in place when a request for a care order, supervision order and emergency protection order is unsuccessful for the child/children and families affected by such orders, and;

Answer: Where a “request” is made for an order this will be done through an application to the court. Once the Local Authority starts this process, whether or not an order is granted by the court, the court will remain involved until a Final Hearing takes place. For this Final Hearing (the target timescale for this is 26 weeks from application and there are a number of hearings along the way) the Local Authority will have to submit a plan of support, for the child and family that satisfies the court that the child will remain in a safe environment  and will have their needs met. The Local Authority will identify the support needed to achieve this and how the child and family will receive this support.

5. On how many occasions have expert witnesses, such as medical professionals and social workers, provided evidence on Bedford Borough Council's behalf in a family court in relation to each care order, supervision order and emergency protection order application?

Answer: We do not hold/record this information in an easily accessible format.   In order for us to obtain and collate this information the Council estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request with regards to Question 5.

14/10/15

7957

 

 I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act please.
1.How many CCTV cameras are owned by your council to catch drivers breaking traffic laws, and how many are currently in use?
2.Please specify where these cameras are placed and their intended use on-site? (E.g. to catch drivers making U-turns / illegal right turns / using a bus lane / yellow-box junction offenses)
3.How many fines have been issued and what revenue has your council gained over the past four years as a result of these cameras? Please provide a breakdown for 2012, 2013, 2014, and so far in 2015
4.How many people are employed in departments monitoring and processing CCTV driving offences?
5.Please specify where the fines monies are allocated

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 requested information in relation to your questions 1 – 3 and 5.  This is set out below.

Unfortunately, I must also confirm that we do not hold the requested information in relation to your question 4; please see below.

1.How many CCTV cameras are owned by your council to catch driversbreaking traffic laws, and how many are currently in use?

The Council owns 7 cameras which are used for this purpose and 6 are currently in use.  These cameras are used only in relation to bus lane and bus street only contraventions; no other cameras are used by the Council in relation to drivers breaking traffic laws.

2.  Please specify where these cameras are placed and their intended use on-site? (E.g. to catch drivers making U-turns / illegal right turns / using a bus lane / yellow-box junction offenses)

Camera Locations

Cameras used in relation to bus lane contraventions:

·A6 Elstow Bypass/Ampthill Road Bedford (not in use)

·Kempston Road Bedford/Bedford Road Kempston

·Kingsway, Bedford

·River Street/Horne Lane, Bedford

Cameras used in relation to bus only street contraventions:

·The Highway, Shortstown

·Bedford Road, Wixams

· Greenleepers Road Great Denham

3.  How many fines have been issued and what revenue has your council gained over the past four years as a result of these cameras? Please provide a breakdown for 2012, 2013, 2014, and so far in 2015

 

         

year

12/13

13/14

14/15

15/16*

PCN's

7688

8437

11699

7183

income

190,204

242,161

323,170

172,200

(income is in £)

4.  How many people are employed in departments monitoring and processing CCTV driving offences?

Cameras detecting bus lane and bus only street contraventions are not monitored.  Contraventions resulting from automatic detection by the cameras are processed along with all other contraventions and therefore it is not possible to determine the amount of time, and therefore the number of staff, processing CCTV contraventions.

5.  Please specify where the fines monies are allocated

Income is used to fund Parking Services operations and any surplus may be used in accordance with the provisions of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 s55; in previous years it has been used to fund car park improvements and the development of the transport strategy for Bedford Town Centre.

15/10/15

7958

 

Under a freedom of information request following the announcement by the Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron MP that the UK would take 20,000 refugees from Syria over the 5 year term of this current Parliament until 2020.
Could I enquire to how many Refugees your local authority is able to take in during the first year and over the full term period as described above?

we are keen to offer Bedford Borough’s support for the Syrian Refugees and believe we can assist up to four families per year for the next five years.

We have examined what resources we will need to have in place to support these families who are being assisted under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) programme.

Any family relocated under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) programme will be homeless and eligible for assistance under the relevant legislation.  In this case it would be better to seek prevention options for them in advance of their arrival rather than follow the homeless route which would likely mean using emergency accommodation.  This would involve seeking private sector accommodation which would be within local housing allowance (LHA) parameters or affordable with a discretionary housing payment (DHP) top up.  The type of property will depend on the type of household.

For a two bedroom house the LHA rate is currently £579 per month and a three bedroom property is £679 per month.  If the families require a four bedroom property the LHA rate will be £908 per month.  This is the maximum level that LHA will pay.  There is significant shortage of two and four bedroom properties at LHA rates which could cause difficulties with acquiring accommodation.  We may be able to secure three bedroom properties at the LHA rate but this is not guaranteed.  This is where a DHP payment may be sought to assist with higher rents.  This may be in the region of £100 to £200 per month per property depending on the needs of the family and the type of property involved.  This would represent an ongoing cost above the Housing Benefit level of between £4,800 and £9,600 per year if four families are accommodated in Bedford.

A deposit/rent in advance and administration fee would be required for all properties.  This will cost on average between £1,500 and £2,500 per property depending on the size of the property meaning an outlay of between £6,000 and £10,000 to secure the properties.  Some of this may be recoverable as it will be in the form of a deposit, but this will depend on the behaviour of the tenants in maintaining the property.

In addition to this, the individuals will require support to maintain their tenancies.  This would require an Arabic speaking support worker covering a 0.5 FTE post.  This would be at an annual cost of £20,000.  Without this support, which could also fulfil other functions to assist social care in its responsibilities, there is a high likelihood of tenancy failure and increased pressure on statutory services.

We have spoken with the Kings Arms Project (a local charity) who are exceptionally keen to assist with providing community support as well as essential items such as furniture, clothes, white goods etc.  This will be very useful to enable the individuals to settle and will ensure that local fundraising for any Syrian’s that come to Bedford will go to them.

Total year 1 costs to the Council based on 4 families would be a maximum of £39,600.  If four families per year are accepted over 5 years the cost to the Council in year 5 assisting 20 families would be a maximum of £81,207, before receipt of the funding for education and health care that was identified in your briefing and currently funded under the refugee programme.  The Council would expect this funding to be paid where cases met the appropriate criteria.  The maximum total cost over 5 years to the Council would be £302,134 allowing for a 2.5% increase in costs before the allocation as outlined earlier for health and education.

06/10/15

 7959

 

 

 The information I require is in relation the organisation’s software contract specifically for:
• Enterprise Content Management- covers the provision of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software and associated services including Document and Records Management (EDRM) solutions e.g. document scanning, image processing, web content and workflow management and systematic control e.g. document life cycle solutions.
•Asset Management Software- is a business practice that involves managing and optimizing the purchase, deployment, maintenance, utilization, and disposal of software applications within an organization.
•Data Management and Reporting Systems (DMRS) Software - covers the provision of Data Management and Reporting Systems (DMRS) software and associated services for the purposes of business intelligence, data and performance management including data warehouse provision, data manipulation, quality and integration tools, data analytics and big data solutions.
•Mobile Application Solutions- covers the provision of Mobile Application Solutions for the purposes of delivering mobile application requirements for a variety of mobile devices, platforms and interfaces.
The organisation may have several contracts relating to the contract above but can you please provide me with the primary/secondary contracts. Please concentrate on contracts over £1,000.
Can you please provide me with the following contract information for each of the contract category specified above:
1.Contract Category: Please see select from the categories provided; Enterprise Content Management; Asset Management; Data Management and Reporting Systems; Mobile Application Solutions.
2.Existing Supplier Name for each contract
3.Software Brand: Can you please provide me with the actual name of the software. Please do not provide me with the supplier name again please provide me with the actual software name.
4.Contract Description: Please do not just state two to three words can you please provide me detail information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included. Please also include the modules included within the contract.
5.Number of Users/Licenses: What is the total number of user/licenses for this contract?
6.Annual Average Spend for each contract
7.Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract please include any available extensions within the contract.
8.Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.
9.Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.
10.Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provide please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY
11.Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the person within the organisation responsible for this particular software contract.
12.Notes: Please provide me with any further information with regards to this contract this could include any contract extension available as well as information on renewals or plans for future tenders.

Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

 

 

7960

 

 Please accept this email as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
I would be obliged if you could forward the contact details of all Accredited Landlords within your council.
1.Name of Landlord
2.Address (Including Postcode)
3.Telephone Number

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 not hold this information

This is a nil return as we do not have a landlord accreditation scheme.

 

 

20/10/15

7961

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Pavenham Road
Felmersham
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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

7962

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Rushden Road
Wymington
Rushden
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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

7963

 

 Re: New Roads and Street Works Act
We are currently trying to obtain a copy of the current list of the Statutory Undertakers - Utilities  and organisations held by your Authority:
UNDERTAKERS
An ‘undertaker’ – as defined in section 48 (4) of NRSWA – refers to:
(a) a person with a statutory right to keep apparatus in the street and to carry
out necessary works; or
(b) a holder of a street works licence.

 

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/10/15

7964

 

 On the 25th June 2014 the Council’s Executive allocated £0.5m to undertake ‘preparatory work’ as part of a town centre transport decongestion scheme. In relation to this please send me:
-Any reports submitted to officers by JMP Consultants in relation to the town centre decongestion scheme.
-The final Town Centre Strategy following the work undertaken by JMP Consultants.
-The Executive report confirming the allocation of the £0.5m for the town centre transport decongestion scheme noted that the work would include Batts Ford Bridge. Please provide a copy of the business case and/or report submitted by the Council through the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) as part of the successful bid for central government funding for the Batts Ford Bridge.

 

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

22/10/15

7965

 

Can you please provide me with the following contract information for each of the contract category specified above:
1.Contract Category: Please see select from the categories provided; Banking Services; Financial Audit Services; Card Processing Services
2.Existing Supplier Name for each contract
3.Contract Description: Please do not just state two to three words can you please provide me detail information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included. Please also include the modules included within the contract.
4.Annual Average Spend for each contract
5.Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract please include any available extensions within the contract.
6.Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.
7.Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.
8.Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provide please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY
9.Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the person within the organisation responsible for this particular software contract.

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 and this is detailed on the attached spreadsheet

 

22/10/15

7966

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Palgrave 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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

7967

 

What was the local authority’s total budget for adult social care in each of the following years
a) 2013/14 
b) 2014/15
c) 2015/16

Can I have the gross figure .

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 and this is detailed below:

Gross Budget:

 

£

2013/2014

55,857,130

2014/2015

54,665,320

2015/2016

57,884,840

19/10/15

7968

 

 We are currently pursuing a claim against a contractor for causing damage to our underground electricity network whilst work was being carried out by them.  On 3 April 2015 we discovered damage to our underground network outside Clophill Road Maulden . We attribute the damage to some previous works by X where new stop cocks were installed at this location and I ask please for a copy of the public highway opening notice(s)

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

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.Not held by Bedford Borough Council. This information may be held by Central Bedfordshire and they can be contacted at  accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them.

24/09/15

7969

 

The reason for this request is to help understand and measure the risks relating to providing Road Bonds relative to its value. Therefore under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act would you please provide me
with the following data that the Bedford Borough Council has at its disposal.
1 .Procedure:
At what stage of construction does your Highways Authority:
a. Reduce the bond level
b. By how much at each stage is the bond reduced
c. How many inspections and at what stages are inspections made
d. What is the main reason for claiming on a bond
2. Claims:
In the last ten years –
a. How many Road Bonds do Bedford Borough Council have in place as of July 2013
b. How many claims has the Council had to make
c. Of those claims made when was the bond taken out and when was the
date of claim
d. At what stage and value were the Road Bonds when a claim was made
3. New Business.
For the three years April 2010 -2011, 2011 -2012, 2012 -2013
a. How many bonds have been entered into b. What was the value of each bond
c. How many of these bonds have been completed
d. How many claims have been made during this period
e. At what stages have those claims been made

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

Please find below in bold the information requested.

1 .Procedure:

At what stage of construction does your Highways Authority:

a. Reduce the bond level - We reduce the bond level following issue of the Substantial Completion Certificate, once the works have been completed

b. By how much at each stage is the bond reduced - The bond is generally reduced by 75% but the actual amount of bond reduction is at the discretion of the Highway Authority

c. How many inspections and at what stages are inspections made - The number of inspections varies depending on the size and nature of the works

d. What is the main reason for claiming on a bond - The main reason for claiming on a bond is developers going into liquidation

2. Claims:

In the last ten years –

a. How many Road Bonds do Bedford Borough Council have in place as of July 2013 - 19

b. How many claims has the Council had to make – 1

c. Of those claims made when was the bond taken out and when was the date of claim - For the claim made, the bond was taken out on 28/12/2007 and the claim was made on 28/08/2013

d. At what stage and value were the Road Bonds when a claim was made - At the time of the claim the works had been completed but remedial works were required prior to adoption taking place

3. New Business.

For the three years April 2010 - 2011, 2011 - 2012, 2012 - 2013

a. How many bonds have been entered into - 2010-11: 4 bonds. 2011-12: 6 bonds. 2012-13: 5 bonds

b. What was the value of each bond - £102,333; £75,905; £296,659; £51,417; £1,000,000; £792,280; £873,030; £56,640; £82,021; £57,704; £138,574; £381,000; £48,240; £674,690; £50,000

c. How many of these bonds have been completed - 3 bonds have been completed

d. How many claims have been made during this period - 0 claims were made between FY 2010-11 and FY 2012-13

e. At what stages have those claims been made – N/A

 01/05/15

7970

 

 I would like you to provide a response to the following question:
As of July 1, 2015 how many children in local authority care have been missing for:
a) more than 1 month?
b) more than 2 months?
c) more than 1 year?
d) more than 2 years?

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:

As of July 1, 2015 how many children in local authority care have been missing for:

a)    more than 1 month?

b)    more than 2 months?

c)    more than 1 year?

d)    more than 2 years?

Response:  .
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1.States that the information requested is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section40 (Personal Information)of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

Explanation follows below:

This information is suppressed due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.   We are there for only able to advise that the figure is less than 5 for a, b, c and d.

06/10/15

7971

 

I make the following Freedom of Information Act request:
1. Ice Cleats
a.Has the Council purchased any “Ice Cleats” in the last 3 years? An “Ice cleat” is a footwear accessory that is attached to shoes or boots to give added grip to prevent trips on snow or ice. 
b.If the answer is “Yes” for question 1, how many Ice Cleats did the City Council buy and who from?
2. Accidents
How many of your employees were injured last year due to slip, trips or falls outdoors in icy/snowy conditions?
3.Contact Names
Please can you confirm the name and email address for the following:
a.Head of Refuse Collection
b.Head of Highways
c.Head of Greenspaces/ Landscaping/ Grounds Maintenance
d.Head of Facilities Management
e.Head of Street Cleaning
f.Head of Home Carers
g.Head of Adult Care
h.Head of Community Safety
i.Head of Parking / Civil Enforcement Officers
j.Head of Health and Safety
k.Head of Procurement
l.Stores Manager (i.e. buying stock and warehousing it for use by Council employees in the future).
m.Head of Estates
n.Chief Executive

 

 

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.      Ice Cleats

a.      Has the Council purchased any “Ice Cleats” in the last 3 years? An “Ice cleat” is a footwear accessory that is attached to shoes or boots to give added grip to prevent trips on snow or ice – Yes

 

b.      If the answer is “Yes” for question 1, how many Ice Cleats did the City Council buy and who from? – 20 pairs ordered from Keltic Clothing

 

2.      Accidents

How many of your employees were injured last year due to slip, trips or falls outdoors in icy/snowy conditions? – 0

 

3.      Contact Names

 

To obtain or see a copy of the contact names please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

7972

 

 Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Wilkinson 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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

7973

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Linnet 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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

7974

 

ould you please answer the following six questions:
1. How many council staff have been issued with warnings for breaching council social media* protocol in the previous five financial years? (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15)
2. How many council staff have been suspended for breaching council social media* protocol in the previous five financial years? (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15)
3. Please provide details for suspensions for breaching council social media* protocol in the most recent financial year (2014/15). For example, what each person was suspended for and how long they were suspended for.
4. How many council staff have been issued with warnings for accessing pornographic sites in the previous five financial years? (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15)
5. How many council staff have been suspended for accessing pornographic sites in the previous five financial years? (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15)
6. Please provide details for suspensions for accessing pornographic sites in the most recent financial year (2014/15). For example, what each person was suspended for and how long they were suspended for.

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. 

 

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

Q1.

0

0

2

0

0

Q2.

0

0

0

0

0

Q3.

N/a

Q4.

0

0

0

0

0

Q5.

0

0

0

0

0

Q6.

N/a

14/10/15

7975

 

 Can the Council say for how long children had been accommodated under section 20 - eg that 10 had been accommodated for 1 month or less, 25 for 3 months or less etc (these are merely examples; I would be interested in any information of this kind)?  Can it say what the longest period is for which a child has been accommodated?
Secondly, what policies and procedures does the Council have to review s20 placements?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

With reference to the tables published by the Department for Education at the link

as part of the 2014 statistics for children looked after in England, in which, at cell I101 of table LAA2, it is stated that 100 children were accommodated under section 20 by Bedford Borough Council, can the Council say for how long children had been accommodated under section 20 - eg that 10 had been accommodated for 1 month or less, 25 for 3 months or less etc (these are merely examples; I would be interested in any information of this kind)?  Can it say what the longest period is for which a child has been accommodated?

Answer:

Under 6 months

37

6 months to under 1 year

27

1 year to under 2.5 years

20

2.5 year to under 5 years

12

5 years or under 10 years

*

Over 10 years

*

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) and Section 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

*We are only able to advise that this is less than 5.  This is suppressed due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

Secondly, what policies and procedures does the Council have to review s20 placements?

Answer: This information is available via the following link:

21/10/15

7976

 

The first is what was the advertising/publicity that was put in place to make sure that people who were going to use the disabled bays would be aware of the change to the regulations in Allhallows and Gadsby Street?
The second is that in the article the quote from Bedford Borough Council referred to requests from people that there should be time limits to stop disabled people parking in the bays and leaving their cars there all day. How many people actually made that request and when?

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

The information you requested is below in bold.

The first is what was the advertising/publicity that was put in place to make sure that people who were going to use the disabled bays would be aware of the change to the regulations in Allhallows and Gadsby Street?

Bedford Borough Council, pursuant to the directions given within ‘The Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996’ carried out a formal public consultation by advertising the proposals within a local newspaper, erected copies of the public notice onto posts and lamp columns within the vicinity, published the notice, plan of proposal and reasons for making the proposal onto the Council’s website and made these documents available for inspection at the Borough Hall.

The second is that in the article the quote from Bedford Borough Council referred to requests from people that there should be time limits to stop disabled people parking in the bays and leaving their cars there all day. How many people actually made that request and when?

Two requests were submitted in 2012 (unable to confirm the exact date that agreement was sought for the proposal) requesting that the disabled bays be limited to ensure that a good turnover and fair usage by all blue badge holders for those bays within a prime town centre location.

26/10/15

7977

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Prudden Close
Elstow
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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

ResponYour 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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

 

7978

 

 I would like to request informaton under the freedom of information act if possible please.
Can you please send me a full list of businesses and charities that have become responsible for business rtes on a property between the 14th Sept 15 to the 30th Septemeber 15.  I would like to know the business/charity name, address they became liable for, the rateable value and the date they became liable.

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 and this is enclosed.

Please see business rate's spreadsheet.

23/10/15

7979

 

RE:Broad Reach, Bedford
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 3.7 Do 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; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 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?

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

05/10/15

 

7980

 

 I am writing to request the following information from your department, regarding the seizure of sick/stray dogs.
Please provide the following information for each of the last three years:  
1 Jan 2013 to 31 August 2015: -
Which were the top five most seized dog breeds?     
What were the top five dog breeds surrendered to you by their owners?     
Which breeds were the top five most rehomed dog breeds?     
Which were the top five most put to sleep/disposed of dog breeds? 

 

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

26/10/15

7981

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Highfield Road
Kempston
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

7982

 

In 2013, the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) ruled

that a cash machine that was built into the front of a shop should have a separate rates bill to the main business. Since the VOA made this ruling, I would like to be provided the following information:
•How many cases have there been of the council charging businesses separate rates in relation to ATMs within or attached to their premises?
•How many times since 2013 have you granted discretionary rate relief to such (a) ATMs within and attached to businesses and (b) more generally across all businesses?
•How much in total revenue has the council received due to charging businesses a separate rate for having an ATM within or attached to their premises? Please provide a year-on-year breakdown since 2013 (including 2015 to date).
•Has the council a policy regarding the charging on separate rates for ATMs. If so, please could this be provided.
•How many enforcement notices has the council served and how many times has this been appealed?
•Of the appeals made, what percentage was successful (in favour of the person/business making the appeal)?
•Has the council backdated any business rates relating to ATMs at businesses (within or attached to premises)? If so, how many and for how much (please collate number of cases and financial value by year, including 2015 to date)?
•What is the most (financial value) an individual business has been charged in backdated payments regarding business rates relating to an ATM? Please name the company.

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

 

 

7983

 

 Please treat this email as a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Can you please provide this information for 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015.
1)How many public health funerals has this local authority arranged each year?
2)How much money has this local authority spent on public health funerals each year?
3)What was the most expensive, and the cheapest, public health funeral this local authority arranged from 2010-2015? How much did each cost?
4)What was the age and gender of the youngest person and oldest person to be given a public health funeral from 2010-2015?
5)How many burials were there each year? How many cremations were there each year?
6)Where does this local authority bury/cremate a person for a public health funeral?
7)How many times is an unmarked grave used?

 

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 spreadsheet relating to next of kin.

26/10/15

7984

 

This is a request for Business Rates information, to be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please provide the ratepayer’s name(s) in respect of the properties listed below:
COLLEGE STREET, KEMPSTON, BEDFORD 

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 and this is detailed below:

The Ratepayer was Orange Personal Communication Services Limited for the whole of the period in question

27/10/15

7985

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Dunster Gardens
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
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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 at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

7986

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information about your Troubled Families Programme.
1.How many of your 'turned around' troubled families in Phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme received a 'family intervention' as part of the programme?  By 'family intervention' we are referring to a key or lead worker(s) being identified and allocated to a family as part of your local Troubled Families work, and that worker visiting the family at least once.
2.How many of your 'turned around' troubled families in Phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme were identified as being 'turned around' solely through a data matching exercise, or exercises, and did not receive a 'family intervention' as part of the programme?
3.How many families in your area in total received a 'family intervention' as part of the Troubled Families Programme in Phase 1 of the programme? By 'family intervention' we are referring to a key or lead worker(s) being identified and allocated to a family as part of your local Troubled Families work, and that worker visiting the family at least once. This is not the number of troubled families' that were 'turned around' but the total number of families that were 'worked with' under Phase 1 of the programme?

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 of your 'turned around' troubled families in Phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme received a 'family intervention' as part of the programme?  By 'family intervention' we are referring to a key or lead worker(s) being identified and allocated to a family as part of your local Troubled Families work, and that worker visiting the family at least once.

Answer: 245 Families

2.How many of your 'turned around' troubled families in Phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme were identified as being 'turned around' solely through a data matching exercise, or exercises, and did not receive a 'family intervention' as part of the programme?

Answer: 0 Families

3.How many families in your area in total received a 'family intervention' as part of the Troubled Families Programme in Phase 1 of the programme? By 'family intervention' we are referring to a key or lead worker(s) being identified and allocated to a family as part of your local Troubled Families work, and that worker visiting the family at least once. This is not the number of troubled families' that were 'turned around' but the total number of families that were 'worked with' under Phase 1 of the programme?

Answer: 276 Families

14/10/15

7987

 

 We are currently undertaking a ground investigation report for proposed school extensions at St John School, Bedford Academy  and Westfield Middle School, Would you be able to provide any information about the site in relation to any known chemical and gaseous contamination of the sites/local area as well as any landfill location close to the  respective sites?

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.

We are not aware of any contamination or potential sources of contamination at this site.

26/10/15

 

 

7988

 

 Please provide the following information for each of the last three years:
from 1Jan 2013 to 31 Aug 2015
How many stray/sick dogs have you seized?     
How many dogs have been surrendered to you by their owners?     
How many dogs have you returned to their original owners?     
How many dogs have you rehomed with a new owner?     
How many dogs have you had to put to sleep/dispose of?     

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

26/10/15

7989

 

 RE: May Road, Turvey
We have been asked to undertake a preliminary ground investigation report for the above site in order to clear a condition on the planning application.  The site is currently occupied by a stone barn with a small garden area to the rear.  As the site has some former agricultural/storage use, there is a potential risk of contamination (albeit in our opinion low-likelihood).  We are therefore proposing to undertake a site visit during the construction phase to determine whether any Made Ground or other sources of contamination are present, with appropriate testing if anything is encountered.  No other source of contamination has been identified and no evidence of contamination was observed during our site visit.  Would you be able to confirm or otherwise whether you would consider this approach to be acceptable.
In addition, we have identified a landfill site some 550m from the subject site (to the south of Turvey).  The area is recorded as both an historical landfill excepting inert and household waste, and a recorded landfill accepting inert waste.  Do you have any further information regarding this site and the likelihood of any significant gases being produced?  Due to the distance from the development site and as the waste accepted was generally inert, we are inclined to say the risk of landfill gas impacting the site is low but would like to know whether you would be in agreement or would need to see some gas monitoring undertaken

 

 

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

 

We have identified a landfill site some 550m from the subject site (to the south of Turvey).  The area is recorded as both an historical landfill accepting inert and household waste, and a recorded landfill accepting inert waste.  Do you have any further information regarding this site and the likelihood of any significant gases being produced? 

 

Records are held by the Minerals and Waste Planning Team at Central Bedfordshire Council referring to a ‘Mineral Workings Pit Reports No. 80’ at the location of the site; they record the following information:

 

    1961: Tipping of domestic refuse.

    1965: A small hole to the North of the site was found to contain refuse.

    1967: The area was overgrown with obvious signs of grazing.

 

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