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15 -30 June 2015

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

7516

 

 Under the Data Protection Act 1998, I would be grateful if you would provide me with up-to-date copies of any Bedford Borough Council policies relating to the processing / retention / deletion of client data in Adult Services, particularly in the Housing Needs Service.
From my memory of working in the Council I believe there is a policy called 'Client Record Management Policy' (or something like it) and I believe that in that policy there is a list of around 5 other related policies. I hope this makes the documents easier to locate.
More specifically please send copies of any policy that specifies how client records can / cannot be deleted, and also any policies that relate to the Council's IT system in relation to the deletion of client records and how unlawful destruction of records is safeguarded against.
In addition please provide copies of any policies / procedure used by the Housing Options Team to process Homeless Applications.

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

 

13/07/15

7517

 

 I am writing in terms of the New Road & Street Works Act for information on which Utility had an opening notice/permit to carry out street works (excavation) at or near to Totnes Close Bedford 
Could you please go back 6 years as we are investigating a latent damage to X  apparatus at this location.

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

07/07/15

7518

 

Details of all current rateable value assessments and which accounts are, and which accounts are not, subject to some form rate relief.

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

However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested for Account No./Ref.

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

1.States that the information is

exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section s31 Law Enforcement of the FOI Act (FOIA).  The explanation is that it is our main security checking measure.

The remainder of the questions are below and the answers are attached plus some explanations are listed against each question:

Address – OK

Description – OK

Correspondence Address – We do not supply as contains personal details and is available from other sources

Account Name – Supplied where it is a company

Account Number – Not supplied as it is a security feature – see exemption above

Property Ref – OK

RV 2010 – OK

RV 2005 – Supplied where it exists

SBRR – OK

Retail – OK

Vacant – OK

Other – OK

Start Date – OK, if no entry then pre 01/04/2010

18/06/15

7519

 

Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Pateman Lane
Wootton
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

 

 18/06/15

7520

 

I would like a full list of new liabilities that have recently become responsible for the business rates on a property.  I would like the business name, address, date they became responsible, RV and type of property. Can you please obtain the details of the above of liabilities between the 25 th May 2015 to the 15 th June 2015.  Could you please also include charities

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 Document regarding business rates.

13/07/15

 

7521

 

1.How often do you extract data from your schools systems to populate your local authority Education Management system with data such as student attendance, attainment, exclusion data. E.g. weekly, monthly, termly?
2.How do you extract the schools data and populate the local authority Education Management System.
2b Does each school do this for you?
2c Is it an automated process or manual?
2d What suppliers are involved to make this happen?
2e Are there any external costs incurred from suppliers? If so what are the costs per annum.
3.What IT system software, from which supplier, do you use in the following areas:
· Education Management
· Admissions
· Youth Support
· Early Years

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.Student attendance data, behaviour and lists of pupils on and off roll are received monthly , from schools using the Capita MIS and who buy into our IT support  package.

Behaviour data comes from other schools termly.

Exclusions data is received individually on an event driven basis

Key stage and GCSE results can be uploaded when published

2.Attendance, Behaviour, current roll and former roll are extracted using Groupcall Exporter and uploaded to our Local Education management system using the bulk upload tool.

Behaviour data from non SIMS schools comes via secure email

Exclusions data is received from the schools directly on an event driven basis

Final validated Keystage and exam results are downloaded from the DfE when published.

2b Behaviour and attendance data comes via an automated extraction from schools that buy into the Borough IT package.  For other schools, the data we have is that which is extracted from the MIS as part of the school census.

2c  The extraction is automatic. The bulk upload tool is mostly automatic but with the ability for us to manually check data before committing to the database

2d Tribal, Groupcall, SIMS, RM AVCO

2e£25,300

3.   Education Management: Tribal

Admissions:Tribal

Youth Support: Tribal

Early Years: Tribal

 

13/07/15

7522

 

 In accordance with the provisions specified within the above Act I hereby request the following information. The information requested relates to properties that have applied for rate relief under Section 44A of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.
Required Information;- Properties that have been granted or refused Section 44A rate relief from 01/04/2010 to present.
•The date of application for Section 44A Relief
•The account holder liable for business rates on the property at the time of application (please note we do not require any personal information concerning sole traders)
•The applicant’s name where different from the above
•Whether the application was granted of refused
•The Property Reference Number (also known as the Billing Authority Reference Number)
•The address of the property
•The rateable value of the property
•The start date of the Section 44a Relief (where granted)
•The end date of the Section 44a Relief (where granted)

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 and this is enclosed in Excel spreadsheet format as requested. Please note that the Council received other applications which were neither granted nor refused as the assessment they were applying for was deleted or reconstituted.

 

 17/06/15

7523

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the following information.
How many schools have applied for a determination to your local SACRE board for the last three years (ideally this will be by academic year – 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 – but if it is easier to disseminate by calendar year then that will be OK).
Also, How many schools have been refused a determination?

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.

 One school has applied for a determination in the academic year 2014-2015. It has not been agreed yet, it will be discussed at the next meeting.  There have been no other applications.

17/06/15

7524

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act I respectfully request that you provide me with a list of suppliers providing outsourced ICT Services to your organisation at the current time. By 'outsourced ICT Services' I am more specifically interested in the supply of Service Desk/Helpdesk, Desktop Support, Infrastructure Support (Server/Network/SAN), and Service Management type services. Please present the information back by email (to this address) detailing for each supplier (where more than one is engaged):
- Name of supplier
- Service(s) provided by supplier
- Renewal date for provided service(s)
- Current spend with supplier for provided service(s)

 

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

Outsourced service/contract details (>£25,000)

Name of supplier

1*Service Desk / Helpdesk

n/a this is an in-house function

2*Desktop Support

n/a this is an in-house function

3*Infrastructure Support (Server/Network

/SAN)

n/a this is an in-house function

4*IT Service Management

n/a this is an in-house function

 

7525

 

1.Market Position Statement
Please provide a copy of, or a link to, the Local Authorities latest ‘Market Position Statement’ detailing the forward view of the Care Home market and taking into account the Local Authorities obligations under the Care Act 2014 (both Phase 1 and Phase 2).  If this document is still in draft please provide a draft version where possible, should a forward view not be currently available or is under consultation, please submit or provide a link to the latest relevant document and provide a date when the revised or new Care Act compliant ‘Market Position Statement’ will be produced.
2.Care Home Bed Procurement Process
Please provide the agreed or proposed procurement process for setting or revising fees for the current 2015/16 (if not already set) and 2016/17 financial years onwards.
3.Care Act Compliance Requirements
Please state the information the Local Authority will be requesting from Providers of care home beds in order to fulfil its obligations under the Act and to be ‘Care Act’ compliant by April 2016.  This should include a list of data required from Providers and any critical timelines or dates Providers are expected to provide this information in order for the Local Authority to fulfil its obligations under the Care  Act by April 2016.
4.Responsible Persons
Please provide (stating Name, Title and Email address) the person/s responsible for approving all and any recommendations pertaining to fees paid to Providers of Care Homes for 2016/17.
5.Key Dates and Timelines
Please provide the key dates that the Local Authority is working toward in order to meet its obligations under the Care Act 2014 up to and including April 2016 for fees that will be applicable for the period 2016/17.  This should include but need not be limited to the key dates as follows:
I.Fee Consultation Process with Providers (pre and post collection of data relating to the fee setting process for 2016/17)
II.Collection of data relating to the fee setting process for 2016/17 (i.e. the Cost of Care breakdown etc.)
III.Evaluation of data relating to the fee setting process for 2016/17
IV.Recommendations to Cabinet and/or relevant persons responsible for approving fee increase decisions for 2016/17 (please state all decision approvers by name and title).
V.Confirmation and Communication dates of 2016/17 fees to Providers to include any further consultation phases
VI.List any other dates by when Providers are required to provide specific information in order for the Local Authority to consider in the calculate of care home bed fees for 2016/17
VII.Other relevant dates and timelines relating to the fee setting process
6.Pay Rate Assumptions 2015/16
Based on the current model fees (for the period 2015/16) please provide the following information (excluding any Employers NI contribution etc. i.e. the actual Pay Rate to the resources themselves:
The hourly pay rate/s to the employee used by the Local Authority when calculating the fees paid to Care Homes for:
I.Carer
II.Senior Carer
III.Nurse (please provide for each Nurse grade)
(If the fees for 2015/16 are not yet set, please provide the latest data relating to the current fees paid)
7.Pay Rate Assumptions 2016/17
Please expand on your answer to the question above stating how you will calculate or have calculated the 2016/17 hourly pay rates for the above resources.  Please provide the indices used and/or data sources utilised in order to calculate these pay rates.  Where this has not been calculated, please state the methodology to be used to calculate or establish these rates going forward and provide any assumptions made in your formulae around; Employers NI, Overtime, Provision of training etc. if included in the data provided.
8.Auto Enrolment
Please explain and provide any applicable formulae used for current care home fees in respect of calculating the impact of Auto Enrolment on fees paid to Providers.  Please also explain how this is to be incorporated into the 2016/17 fees and state what information you would require from Bupa in order to determine how Auto Enrolment will impact fees paid to Providers going forward for care home beds.
9.Follow-Up Timeline
If the Local Authority is unable to provide answers to any of the above questions, please provide a date by when and the name of the person responsible for providing information on behalf of the Local Authority in order for Bupa to follow up and request the information at a later date to avoid unnecessary FOI requests being submitted.
10.Forums and Associations
In the spirit of partnership and to avoid future FOI requests for information, Bupa would like to consider joining any forums or associations the Local Authority are engaging to further their Care Act obligations.  Please provide the relevant contact details where applicable of the parties or entities the Local Authority will be engaging with to consult on the implementation of the Care Act, specifically in respect of care home bed fees.
11.FOI Point of Contact
Please provide the name, title, email and contact number of the person Bupa should speak to who is responsible at the Local Authority for the provision of this information and to whom Bupa should seek to engage with or clarify any content in response to this FOI going forward.
12.Out of Area Placements
Please confirm how you determine the appropriate fee for ‘out of area’ placements paid by your Local Authority.  Please also confirm your approach to annual increases to these fees.

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.

BUPA Care Act 2014 Freedom of Information Request June 2015

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  States that “Please provide a copy of, or a link to, the Local Authorities latest ‘Market Position Statement’ detailing the forward view of the Care Home market and taking into account the Local Authorities obligations under the Care Act 2014 (both Phase 1 and Phase 2).  If this document is still in draft please provide a draft version where possible, should a forward view not be currently available or is under consultation, please submit or provide a link to the latest relevant document and provide a date when the revised or new Care Act compliant ‘Market Position Statement’ will be produced” is exempt information 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 available in the public domain at the following web link.

Care Home Bed Procurement Process:

Please provide the agreed or proposed procurement process for setting or revising fees for the current 2015/16 (if not already set) and 2016/17 financial years onwards.

Fees are set in consultation with local care home providers.

Care Act Compliance Requirements:

Please state the information the Local Authority will be requesting from Providers of care home beds in order to fulfil its obligations under the Act and to be ‘Care Act’ compliant by April 2016.  This should include a list of data required from Providers and any critical timelines or dates Providers are expected to provide this information in order for the Local Authority to fulfil its obligations under the Care Act by April 2016.

Not seeking additional data at this time.

Responsible Persons:

Please provide (stating Name, Title and Email address) the person/s responsible for approving all and any recommendations pertaining to fees paid to Providers of Care Homes for 2016/17.

Kevin Crompton

Executive Director Adults’ and Children’s Services

Kevin.crompton@bedford.gov.uk

Key Dates and Timelines:

Please provide the key dates that the Local Authority is working toward in order to meet its obligations under the Care Act 2014 up to and including April 2016 for fees that will be applicable for the period 2016/17.  This should include but need not be limited to the key dates as follows:

Fee Consultation Process with Providers (pre and post collection of data relating to the fee setting process for 2016/17)

Current.

Collection of data relating to the fee setting process for 2016/17 (i.e. the Cost of Care breakdown etc.):

September 2015.

Evaluation of data relating to the fee setting process for 2016/17:

September 2015.

Recommendations to Cabinet and/or relevant persons responsible for approving fee increase decisions for 2016/17 (please state all decision approvers by name and title):

Full Council – 25th February 2015.

Confirmation and Communication dates of 2016/17 fees to Providers to include any further consultation phases:

March 2016.

List any other dates by when Providers are required to provide specific information in order for the Local Authority to consider in the calculate of care home bed fees for 2016/17:

Bedford Care Group members – September 2015 (please note BUPA maintain no presence in the Bedford Borough area having walked away from the contract in March 2014).

Other relevant dates and timelines relating to the fee setting process:

N/A.

Pay Rate Assumptions 2015/16:

Based on the current model fees (for the period 2015/16) please provide the following information (excluding any Employers NI contribution etc. i.e. the actual Pay Rate to the resources themselves:

The hourly pay rate/s to the employee used by the Local Authority when calculating the fees paid to Care Homes for:

Carer Various

Senior Carer

Nurse (please provide for each Nurse grade)

(If the fees for 2015/16 are not yet set, please provide the latest data relating to the current fees paid)

Pay Rate Assumptions 2016/17:

Please expand on your answer to the question above stating how you will calculate or have calculated the 2016/17 hourly pay rates for the above resources.  Please provide the indices used and/or data sources utilised in order to calculate these pay rates.  Where this has not been calculated, please state the methodology to be used to calculate or establish these rates going forward and provide any assumptions made in your formulae around; Employers NI, Overtime, Provision of training etc. if included in the data provided.

In line with chancellors budget statement 7th July 2015.

Auto Enrolment:

Please explain and provide any applicable formulae used for current care home fees in respect of calculating the impact of Auto Enrolment on fees paid to Providers.  Please also explain how this is to be incorporated into the 2016/17 fees and state what information you would require from Bupa in order to determine how Auto Enrolment will impact fees paid to Providers going forward for care home beds.

No information available through Freedom of Information Request.

Follow-Up Timeline:

If the Local Authority is unable to provide answers to any of the above questions, please provide a date by when and the name of the person responsible for providing information on behalf of the Local Authority in order for Bupa to follow up and request the information at a later date to avoid unnecessary FOI requests being submitted.

This is a Freedom of Information Request and therefore it is not predictive of future information that may or not be available.

Forums and Associations:

In the spirit of partnership and to avoid future FOI requests for information, Bupa would like to consider joining any forums or associations the Local Authority are engaging to further their Care Act obligations.  Please provide the relevant contact details where applicable of the parties or entities the Local Authority will be engaging with to consult on the implementation of the Care Act, specifically in respect of care home bed fees.

We are not currently partnering with BUPA and BUPA are not currently active in our local authority area.

FOI Point of Contact:

Please provide the name, title, email and contact number of the person Bupa should speak to who is responsible at the Local Authority for the provision of this information and to whom Bupa should seek to engage with or clarify any content in response to this FOI going forward.

This information is drawn from several resources.

The point of contact for further information would be Tara Egan, freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

Out of Area Placements:

Please confirm how you determine the appropriate fee for ‘out of area’ placements paid by your Local Authority.  Please also confirm your approach to annual increases to these fees

 

7526

 

what is the Public Health staffing complement

1 Immediately after the Public Health transition in local authority in April 2013

2 what is predicted the staffing level in April 2016

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

02/07/15

7527

 

Under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, I would like the following information:
Does the local authority collaborate with other local authorities or organisations to provide services? If so, how many services and what organisations does it work with? Could you detail this for the past five years?
Could you describe the types of IT / technology services that your local authority shares with other organisations? Could you again provide this information for the last five years?
As a proportion of your IT budget, how much has been allocated to shared technology services in the last five years?
Could you detail how much money was spent on the service before and after the introduction of shared services? 

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. 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.”

Our children’s services have said that they are unable to provide  as there are no aggregated records as such of previous collaborations and shared services . If there is any way that you are able to narrow down please let us know. However we are able to provide some information which is readily available as below.

1 Does the local authority collaborate with other local authorities or organisations to provide services? If so, how many services and what organisations does it work with? Could you detail this for the past five years?

Answer : see attached

2 Could you describe the types of IT / technology services that your local authority shares with other organisations? Could you again provide this information for the last five years

N/A – although some services maybe shared , the ICT is not shared

3 As a proportion of your IT budget, how much has been allocated to shared technology services in the last five years?

N/A – although some services maybe shared , the ICT is not shared

4 Could you detail how much money was spent on the service before and after the introduction of shared services?

Not readily available will exceed the exceed the “appropriate limit.”

 27/07/15

7528

 

The tender document that Fusion submitted to win the Robinson franchise

Following your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”) I can inform you that the Council hold the information that you have requested. 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 exemptions in question are the subject of exemptions contained within Sections 41 and 43 of the FOI Act (FOIA).

Section 41(1) applies to information that the Authority obtained from an outside organisation and disclosure of that information would be an actionable breach of confidence.

Section 43(2) is exempt information if it is sensitive commercial information and to non-disclosure serves to protect the legitimate interests of the business.

Section 43 is a qualified exemption, in that it is subject to the Public Interest test, however, the Council believes that on this occasion the public interest test is best served if the information concerned is not disclosed.

23/06/15

7529

 

I understand that the Council receives a commission payment on any software systems sold in the UK by X.
Please provide details of all payments made to date, and all payments contracted to be paid, by X or related companies, to the Council

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

We have not received any payment to date.

7529

7530

 

 1 : Has X set up a UK headquarters within our Borough? If so, please provide details.
Q2 : Has the Council reassessed X  market share ? Please provide copies of any documents held by the Council which analyse the market competitiveness of X

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

Response:

1 - The Council continues to work with X to develop their system which is now nearing completion.  In advance of this X are identifying potential customers and to this end the Council has already hosted information sessions for potential purchasers.  This work remains ongoing.  To date, to the best of our knowledge, X has not established a base in Bedford.

2 - Clearly the potential for X is all children's services authorities within the United Kingdom.  The potential to sell to all these authorities lies with X.

25/06/15

7531

 

Could you please provide the following information?
1.What criteria needs to be filled in order to have a white ‘H’ bar painted on the carriageway outside ones house?
2.Are ‘H’ bars provided for free, or is there an associated cost on the part of the householder?
3.If such a cost is incurred, how much is it & how is it itemised?
4.If an ‘H’ bar is painted on the carriageway, what does this actually mean to other road users?
5.Are ‘H’ bars enforceable?
6.If enforceable, by whom (i.e. Police, CEO’s)?
7.If enforceable, what legislation is used for enforcement?

Closed as general business

 

18/06/15

7532

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would be grateful if you could provide the following information:
• How many hygiene inspections in restaurant premises were carried out by the council in the following years
  2010
  2011
  2012
  2013
  2014
  2015 (so far)
• How many premises are overdue for inspection as of 18 June 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

15/07/15

7533

 

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

 

18/06/15

7534

 

Please find below a number of questions relating to housing waiting lists and disabled people to be considered under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please answer each question in respect to the area covered by your local authority.
1.What was the total number of households on your local authority housing waiting list on:
a.01 April 2011
b.01 April 2012
c.01 April 2013
d.01 April 2014
e.01 April 2015
2.How many households on your local authority housing waiting list included at least one disabled person on:
a.01 April 2011
b.01 April 2012
c.01 April 2013
d.01 April 2014
e.01 April 2015
3.On 01 April 2015, what was the longest that a household including at least one disabled person had been on your housing waiting list?
4.On 01 April 2015, what was the longest that any household had been on your housing waiting list?

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

However, BPHA (Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) may have the information and they can be contacted at info@bpha.org.uk.

Alternatively, I can forward the request to BPHA. Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them.

13/07/15

7535

 

RE: Cotton Rd

1 what information you hold on industrial use and contamination use

2 what record you hold for ground condition

3 has the land been identified for further investigation

4 If further development, would it need further investigation

5  Any complaints

6 Any contamination issue  surrounding  land

7 Aware of any planning conditions relating to contamination that will impose development of site.

Thank you for your request for information about Cotton End Road, Wilstead, Bedford, which we received on 18th June 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

1.    We are not aware of any past industrial or contaminative uses of the site. However, please note that our records are not comprehensive in this regard,

2.    We do not hold any record of ground conditions at this site. (No site investigation reports are held. Please refer to the Environment Agency for records of pollution incidents).

3.    By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (‘the Act’), the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. Based on information available at this time, it is not considered likely that the above site will be inspected under the Act. However, it is possible that new information may become available which could alter this assessment.

4.    I cannot indicate whether a site investigation is likely to be a requirement of any future planning application, as each application is assessed on its individual merits.

5.    We are not aware of any outstanding public complaints in connection with the site.

6.    There is one site within 500m of the site, which has been identified by Bedford Borough Council, as requiring further inspection as part of its process to identify contaminated land within its area:This site is listed as ‘Works’, Wilstead’, and is listed as a medium priority for inspection. We do not hold any further information on this site.

No sites within 500m of the subject site have been determined as contaminated land, to date.

We are not aware of any landfill sites within 500m of the site.

7.    The Planning Department will be able to provide information relating to any previous planning applications, and related conditions, which may be associated with the subject site.

13/07/15

 

7536

 

RE: Broad Avenue, Bedford,
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 1.1 Which of the following relating to the property have been granted, issued or refused or (where applicable) are the subject of pending applications:
(f) building regulations approvals; and
(g) a building regulations completion certificate.
(h) any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme.
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:
(a)  building works; b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.8 Have any proceedings for the contravention of any provision contained in Building Regulations been authorised in relation to the property?
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

 

01/07/15

7537

 

WOOD CLOSE, BIDDENHAM, BEDFORD,
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
3.7, 3.11, 3.12

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

 

01/07/15

7538

 

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

 

10/07/15

7539

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we would like to request the following information.
1)The number of times between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs have been instructed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;
a.Council Tax
b.Parking
c.Housing Benefit overpayments
d.Business Rates
e.Commercial Rents
f.Any other debt types, including any other overpayments
By “private bailiffs” we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers.  Please include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant. 
2)The total amount of money spent between 1st April 2014  and 31st March 2015, or the nearest available twelve month period, by the local authority on instructing private bailiffs to enforce debts owed to the local authority.  Please include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant.
3)The number of
a.Residential properties
b.Business properties
that fall within this local authority area.

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

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we would like to request the following information.

1) The number of times between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs have been instructed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;

a. Council Tax - 4290

b.Parking - 4650

c.Housing Benefit overpayments - 30

d.Business Rates - 296

e.Commercial Rents - 2

f.Any other debt types, including any other overpayments - 8

By “private bailiffs” we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers.  Please include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant. 

2)The total amount of money spent between 1st April 2014  and 31st March 2015, or the nearest available twelve month period, by the local authority on instructing private bailiffs to enforce debts owed to the local authority.  Please include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant.

Council Tax - £0

NNDR - £0

Debtors - £2,634

Parking - £0

3)The number of

a.Residential properties - 70253

b.Business properties - 5092

that fall within this local authority area.

15/07/15

7540

 

Infrastructure damage claims recovery

Value of claims made on behalf of council and the amount  recovered from third party for the years

1/01/11 - 31/12/11

1/01/12 - 31/12/12

1/01/13 - 31/12/13

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

 24/06/15

7541

 

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

 

10/07/15

7542

 

Under The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), I would like to request specific information, which despite research, which is not available to me.
1)I would like to know how many people are receiving Public Service Pensions income of £26,000 or more.
2) I would also like to know the total sum paid in pension payments for people receiving £26,000 or more in such pensions.

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:

Based on the latest financial year’s (2014/2015) information:

247 people were paid over £26,000 in pension and their pensions amounted to £ 8,583,111.03

23/06/15

7543

 

 I would like to request the following information under the FOI Act:
1.How many personal injuries claims have been made in total at both primary and secondary schools over the past five years, since September 2009 to date, and how many of those were successful
2.The total amount of compensation that has been paid out as a result of successful PI claims made after children were injured while at both primary and secondary schools in Sheffield since September 2009
3.A list detailing the cause of each individual incident, which resulted in a successful claim, and the amount of money that was paid out per incident in a successful claim since September 2009
4.An outline of the procedure carried out by both the school and the local authority once an injury claim has been made.

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:

1)      18 in total & 2 successful.

2)      £15,500 (at Bedford Borough Council).

3)      Trapped & crushed finger in window £10,000  :  Fell off top of fence & broke arm £5,500.

4)      All injury claims are immediately referred to and handled by the Council’s external insurer. A full report and other details are obtained from the relevant school and in most cases these claims are also investigated by a Claims Inspector from the insurance company.

 

23/06/15

7544

 

 I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please may you send me:
1. Details of any supplier you use to assist with the “procuring of goods and services”; this may include and is not limited to spend and data portals, e-tendering / e-procurement software, access to regional / national procurement hubs etc. 
The return information should include:
o Category of service i.e. Spend data
o Name of supplier i.e. Due North
o Annual value of contract i.e. £10,000 p/a
o Expiry date of contract i.e. 01/06/2015
o Business / service owner i.e. Mrs Andrea Brown please include full contact details

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

 

 

7545

 

I would like to receive an up to date project directory and a list of sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants of all of the companies involved in School (Extension/Alterations) Livingstone Lower School, Clapham Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 7LG. Scheme comprises of part single and part 2 storey extension to the rear to provide two reception classrooms and 8 teaching classrooms and ancillary accommodation together with the alterations and extension of the original school buildings for teaching, dining, kitchen and administration accommodation following demolition of church hall. The associated works include enabling, sewer systems, infrastructure and landscaping

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.

This project was completed in 2012. Consequently there is no up to date project directory. Our main contractor was Borras and the contact details (in 2012) were….

Peter Davenport

Business Development Manager

Borras Construction Limited

t: 01727 850633

f: 01727 847306

Bedford Borough Council contracted with Borras and were not involved in the appointment of their sub-contractors

The Borough appointed DLP as their Architectural and PM consultant. DLP have since been bought out by another company. Their 2012 contact details were….

Ian Davies

Director

DLP Design Ltd

8 Goldington Road

Bedford

MK40 3LG

t: 01234 261266

Ainsleys were appointed as the QS and CDM consultants. The project was managed by their London office…

12 Adeline Place

London

WC1B 3AJ

t: 02076 377751

f: 02076 370156

25/06/15

7546

 

This is is a request for information, filed under the Freedom of information act 2000. We wish to obtain the information, from the Council, relating to unclaimed business rate credit balances.
We are aware that all Billing Authorities hold on account sums of money that are due to be returned to ratepayers and for a variety of reasons have not been repaid and maybe considered untraceable by the Council.
We therefore request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all incorporated companies within the authorities billing area, including
•The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances remain payable
•The value of overpayment in each case which remains unclaimed
•The years(s) in which overpayment was made and
•The hereditament address

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 regarding business rates.

 

15/07/15

7547

 

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 Treasury Solicitor (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)

public health funerals

16/07/15

7548

 

I would like names , date of birth , addresses, dates of deaths and values of the estate of those in your area that have died intestate in last 3 years

 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 regarding Deaths

 

 

16/07/15

7549

 

1. Strategic Commitment to tackling loneliness, isolation, and social connectedness in older age
a) Does reducing loneliness, isolation and/or social connectedness feature in any of the Council’s strategic planning documents (i.e. ageing well strategy, mental health strategy). Please send any supporting documents.
b) If so, how will progress be measured on the strategic commitment? Please provide documents or relevant links
c) Are you on target to fulfil agreed actions? Please provide any available evidence.
2. Measuring loneliness
a) Is loneliness in the local population measured in the JSNA or by any other means?
Yes/no
b) If yes, how is it measured? Do provide links or attach documents.
c) If no, are there any future plans to measure loneliness in the local population?

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. 

Your requested:

I would like to receive an up to date project directory and a list of sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants of all of the companies involved in School (Extension/Alterations) Livingstone Lower School, Clapham Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 7LG. Scheme comprises of part single and part 2 storey extension to the rear to provide two reception classrooms and 8 teaching classrooms and ancillary accommodation together with the alterations and extension of the original school buildings for teaching, dining, kitchen and administration accommodation following demolition of church hall. The associated works include enabling, sewer systems, infrastructure and landscaping.

Response:

This project was completed in 2012. Consequently there is no up to date project directory. Our main contractor was Borras and the contact details (in 2012) were….

Peter Davenport

Business Development Manager

Borras Construction Limited

t: 01727 850633

f: 01727 847306

Bedford Borough Council contracted with Borras and were not involved in the appointment of their sub-contractors

The Borough appointed DLP as their Architectural and PM consultant. DLP have since been bought out by another company. Their 2012 contact details were….

Ian Davies

Director

DLP Design Ltd

8 Goldington Road

Bedford

MK40 3LG

t: 01234 261266

Ainsleys were appointed as the QS and CDM consultants. The project was managed by their London office…

12 Adeline Place

London

WC1B 3AJ

t: 02076 377751

f: 02076 370156

14/07/15

7550

 

 I wonder if you can help me. I'm doing some research into the landfill site at Stewartby as I am looking at purchasing a house that backs onto the site. (Woburn Road, Wootton). I was wondering if you can tell me if there are any plans for the site now

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

I have searched the records held within the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department at Bedford Borough Council. I presume that the landfill site to which you refer is the ‘L Field site, Stewartby’, the large site located immediately to the North of Stewartby Lake.

· I am not aware of any current plans for the site. My colleagues within the Planning Department may be able to advise on this.

·We hold limited information on this landfill site. This was obtained from the Environment Agency website.

·The EA website states that one authorised landfill and three historic landfills are present at this location.

·Authorised landfill sites are administered by the Environment Agency, and they may be able to provide further information regarding any monitoring of the site, any complaints relating to it, and may possibly hold information on any associated risks.

·The authorised landfill site at this location is named ‘WRG L Field’.

·Its address is given as L Field, Green lane, Stewartby, Bedford, Beds, MK43 9LY.

·Licence type:A1: Co-Disposal Landfill site (disposed of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste in the same cells), Waste Management Licence number: 70053.

·The first historic landfill site listed as being at this location is named ‘Clay Pit known as L Field’. First waste received was 17th July 1952, last waste received was 6th November 1986. No information is given on the site operator. It is listed as having received inert, industrial, commercial, household and special waste. It is listed as having employed the following waste control measures; gas control and leachate control.

·The second historic landfill site listed as being at this location is named ‘L Field Clay Pit’, site address Vicarage Farm, Stewartby. First waste received was 17th July 1952, last waste received was 1st January 1988. No information is given on the site operator. It is listed as having received inert, industrial, commercial, household and special waste, and liquids and sludge. It is listed as having employed the following waste control measures; gas control and leachate control.

·The third historic landfill site listed as being at this location is named ‘L Field Clay Pit’, site address Stewartby. First waste received was 17th July 1952, last waste received was 1st January 1988. No information is given on the site operator. It is listed as having received inert, industrial, commercial, household and special waste. It is listed as having employed the following waste control measures; gas control.

·The section of landfill to the South East (backing onto the railway line), is listed as a historic landfill site, operated by the London Brick Company. No further details are provided on the Environment Agency’s website.

·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. The London Brick Company part of the site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. It is listed as a medium priority for inspection, but 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.

·The London Brick Company part of the site has been previously investigated in association with the development of Kimberley House on its Southwestern corner, (planning reference 07/00146/MAF).

20/07/15

7551

 

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

10/07/15

7552

 

 Could you please provide the following information?
1.When your current contract with HR and Payroll software expires.
2.When your current contract with BACs payment software expires.
3.Where/if these services will be tendered.
Where there is no contract or expiry, if you just put the number and N/A

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

1.December 2015

2.The BACS software contract with the current  supplier was established in 2011 and is due for review in 2016. 

3.If at the point of review these services are re-tendered then we would consider all routes to market, including use of framework agreements such as the one offered by the Crown Commercial Service.

16/07/15

7553

 

This is a request, related to business rates, filed under the freedom of information act 2000. 
Please provide the following in respect of properties that since 1/4/2014 have had a rateable value reduction in the 2010 rating list. Please provide the following information for each applicable property: 
1) The property address
2) The property reference number
3) The ratepayer name(s) if the ratepayer is a limited company
4) The Previous RV
5) The current RV
6) The property description

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 attachment regarding business rates.

21/07/15

 

7554

 

 I’m emailing you to request information which I’m hoping you can assist with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, around alcohol licensing. Please could you supply the following information:
•How many primary/junior schools (up to and including 11 years old) in the Bedford Borough Council area have applied for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) between 01 April 2013 and 31 March 2014 to sell/serve alcohol to adults at events where children will be present? For example, school fetes and school discos
•Of those who applied during that time period, how many schools were granted TEN licences and how many were rejected?
•Between 01 April 2013 and 31 March 2014, how many Temporary Event Notices (TENs) have been requested by primary/junior schools (pupils up to and including 11 years old) in the Bedford Borough Council area wanting to sell/serve alcohol to adults at events where children will be present? For example, school fetes and school discos
•Of those applications received, how many were granted and how many were rejected?
•Could you also provide the same information for the time between 01 April 2014 and 31 March 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

03/07/15

7555

 

 I would like to know the following information please:
Does Bedford Council (Unitary) own and manage a market?
And if so, do you own and purchase market stalls?
And if so – when are you next looking to purchase these stalls?

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

The information that you have requested is as follows:

Does Bedford Council (Unitary) own and manage a market?  Yes

And if so, do you own and purchase market stalls?  Yes

And if so – when are you next looking to purchase these stalls? 8-10 years

07/07/15

7556

 

 Please can you provide me with the following information under the freedom of information Act 2000:-
Could you please provide on one spreadsheet (if possible) the following information in relation to ratepayers in your area :
(a) Addresses of all hereditaments in the area
(b) The ratepayer of the property (if a LTD company)
(c) The property reference for the addresses
(d) Any relief the property is currently receiving  including, but not limited to  : mandatory, discretionary, small business rates relief, empty rates relief etc
(e) The current rateable value of the property
(f) The date that the data was generated

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 Excel Spreedsheet regarding business rates.

21/07/15

7557

 

In relation to the first ten cases of children that were taken into care (either interim or full) by your authority in the 2015 calendar year please provide me with the following information in connection with each of the three cases.
1.The sex of the child?
2.The age of the child?
3.If any of the following factors are recorded in the papers you hold on the case as having been a factor in the council’s decision to take the child into care: (a) proximity to a dangerous dog (b) the obesity of the child, (c) a concern the child spends too much time playing computer games and/or on the internet, (d) the child’s home environment is unhealthy due to cigarette smoke, (e) the parents do not care adequately for the child because they spend too much time watching television and/or on the internet or (f) that the child has poor dental hygiene

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.

Question 1:

Gender

Male

Female

Male

Female

Female

Female

Female

Male

Male

Male

Question 2: 

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.

Information has been suppressed due to making children identifiable.

Question 3:

None of the factors for accommodation in Q3 apply to any of the children.

16/07/15

7558

 

 I would be grateful if you could provide the following information for the period January 2014 to December 2014:
1.How many households approached Bedford Borough Council's Housing Options Service for assistance.
2.How many of those 'households' who approached the service were identified as potentially being homeless or threatened with homelessness under the s.175 of the Housing Act 1996 definition of homelessness or threatened with homelessness.
3.How many of those 'households' who approached the service and identified as being potentially homeless or threatened with homelessness were identified as 'single homeless people'.
4.How many of these 'single homeless' approaches were recognised as homeless applications under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 and who would have therefore received a Housing Act 1996 s.184 written notification.
5.How many of these single homeless applicants were recognised as being in priority need under the relevant homelessness legislation

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.

See spreedsheet for requested information.

15/07/15

7559

 

Under the F O I Act

1) The no of Bedford Borough Employee engaged on zero hour contracts

2) The number of employees on zero hour contracts working for contractors who are delivering the councils services

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. You requested:

1.The number of Bedford Borough Employees engaged on zero hours contacts

Answer: 90

2. The number of employees on zero hour contacts working for contactors who are delivering the councils services.

Answer: Most service areas it is a nil response and some services areas do not hold this information.

Children’s services do not hold this information, but in order for them to obtain this would require them to contact each of their contractors/agencies they receive a service and this would exceed the time limit of 18 hours , 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.”

Therefore Children Service are unable to provide the information for this part of the request.

Adult Services do not hold the information either, however we can provide a list of contractors providing care on behalf of the Council and if wished you can contact those contractors directly. This is available here.

27/07/15

7560

 

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

 

10/07/15

7561

 

I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), or if you think more appropriate under the Environmental Information Regulations (2004).
1. Is residual waste collection for your authority carried out by in house resources or is it outsourced to a third party?
2. Is recycling collection carried out by in house resources or is it outsourced to a third party? (Please advise if there are separate contracts for dry recycling and organic recycling)
3. If waste collection is managed in house, what is the approximate expenditure per annum?  Please provide gross expenditure (before any income). Please include expenditure on collection only (i.e. no disposal costs).
4. If it is outsourced:
a. Which outsourcing firm(s) are used?
b. When did the contract(s) start?
c. When is the contract(s) due to terminate?
d. Can the contract(s) be extended, and if so by how many months?
e. What is the total annual value of the contract(s)?
f. Where spend is part of a broader multi-service contract, please provide an estimate of spend on waste services only g. Does your current refuse collection contract contain targets for the diversion of waste from landfill? If so, please specify the target for each year of the contract h. Does the contract(s) cover just your authority or any neighbouring authorities?
i. Who was responsible for waste collection before the start of the current contract(s)?  If previously outsourced, please specify which outsourcing firm and the annual value of the previous contract
5. Which of the following services do you offer customers?
a. Waste services
i. Collection
ii. Disposal of general refuse
iii. Disposal of recyclates
b. Type of waste collected
i. Residual waste
ii. Food waste
iii. Co-mingled recycling
iv. Kerbside sort recycling
v. Garden waste
vi. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling (WEEE) vii. Other (please specify) viii. If you outsource your waste collection, are any non-waste services included in the contract?  E.g. Grounds maintenance, Street cleaning, etc.
6. Over the latest available period, what proportion of total collections were ‘missed’? (please state the period provided) a. A ‘missed’ collection is any collection which is known by the authority not to have taken place on the prescribed day due to a failure of the authority or its contractor
7. Does the authority receive rebates from recycling? (A rebate is defined as any payment received by the authority in respect to the disposal of recyclates) a. If so, what has been the annual value of all rebates over the last three years? (please specify the years covered)
8. Does the authority take the risk of changes in commodity prices for recyclates?
a. Please state the nature of any risk sharing mechanisms that the authority has in place with any provider of waste management
9. If garden waste is collected in your authority, which of the following options apply:
b. Garden waste collections are free of charge to residents (i.e. the authority cover the full cost of this service) c. Garden waste is collected and paid for by residents (i.e. residents cover the full cost of this service) d. Residents pay a contribution to garden waste collection but it is partially subsidised by the authority

Thank you for your request for information about waste and recycling which we received on 24 June 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information requested is below in bold:

1. Is residual waste collection for your authority carried out by in house resources or is it outsourced to a third party? - In house

2. Is recycling collection carried out by in house resources or is it outsourced to a third party? (Please advise if there are separate contracts for dry recycling and organic recycling - In house

3. If waste collection is managed in house, what is the approximate expenditure per annum?  Please provide gross expenditure (before any income). Please include expenditure on collection only (i.e. no disposal costs) - Expenditure for all collections is £5.273m

4. If it is outsourced: - N/A

a. Which outsourcing firm(s) are used?

b. When did the contract(s) start?

c. When is the contract(s) due to terminate?

d. Can the contract(s) be extended, and if so by how many months?

e. What is the total annual value of the contract(s)?

f. Where spend is part of a broader multi-service contract, please provide an estimate of spend on waste services only

g. Does your current refuse collection contract contain targets for the diversion of waste from landfill? If so, please specify the target for each year of the contract

h. Does the contract(s) cover just your authority or any neighbouring authorities?

i. Who was responsible for waste collection before the start of the current contract(s)?  If previously outsourced, please specify which outsourcing firm and the annual value of the previous contract

5. Which of the following services do you offer customers?

a. Waste services

i. Collection - Yes

ii. Disposal of general refuse - Yes

iii. Disposal of recyclates - Yes

b. Type of waste collected

i. Residual waste - Yes

ii. Food waste - No

iii. Co-mingled recycling  - Yes

iv. Kerbside sort recycling - No

v. Garden waste - Yes

vi. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling (WEEE)

vii. Other (please specify)

viii. If you outsource your waste collection, are any non-waste services included in the contract?  E.g. Grounds maintenance, Street cleaning, etc - Batteries at kerbside

6. Over the latest available period, what proportion of total collections were ‘missed’? (please state the period provided) a. A ‘missed’ collection is any collection which is known by the authority not to have taken place on the prescribed day due to a failure of the authority or its contractor - Missed 'residual refuse collection/recycling/green waste ' (per 100,000 households registered for Council Tax) = 20.67 (1483 /7,173,192)

7. Does the authority receive rebates from recycling? (A rebate is defined as any payment received by the authority in respect to the disposal of recyclates) - No

a. If so, what has been the annual value of all rebates over the last three years? (please specify the years covered) - N/A

8. Does the authority take the risk of changes in commodity prices for recyclates? - No

a. Please state the nature of any risk sharing mechanisms that the authority has in place with any provider of waste management - N/A

9. If garden waste is collected in your authority, which of the following options apply:

b. Garden waste collections are free of charge to residents (i.e. the authority cover the full cost of this service)

c. Garden waste is collected and paid for by residents (i.e. residents cover the full cost of this service)

d. Residents pay a contribution to garden waste collection but it is partially subsidised by the authority - Option b free of charge

09/07/15

7562

 

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.
1. Please can I have a list of every database your authority holds alongside a description of what the database is.

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

06/07/15

7563

 

Before the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the government recommended that all Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) conduct annual audits of suicide trends in their district.
In April 2014, X sent a Freedom of Information request to every Director of Public Health in England asking them to examine these annual audits and provide available data on the numbers of adult suicides where the person had a terminal illness.
I am contacting you today to submit the same request. I am requesting data for:
•the total number of adult suicides recorded in your  local authority for any years data is available (though 2014 would be the most relevant if available);
•and the number of these suicides where it had been recorded that the person who ended their own life had a terminal illness, as defined by the coroner.
Of the local authorities that responded to the request last year, some were able to access the audits previously conducted by PCTs, however, others obtained the data by examining their suicide records by hand and reading the coroner’s notes for any references made to the person having a terminal illness.

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

·the total number of adult suicides recorded in your  local authority for any years data is available (though 2014 would be the most relevant if available); 
There have been 5 suicides in Bedford Borough from 1st April 2014 – 31st March 2015.

·and the number of these suicides where it had been recorded that the person who ended their own life had a terminal illness, as defined by the coroner.
None

16/07/15

7564

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Bryants Close
High Street
Upper Dean
Huntingdon
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

 

10/07/15

7565

 

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

10/07/15

7566

 

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

 

10/07/15

7567

 

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

 

10/07/15

7568

 

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

10/07/15

7569

 

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

 

10/07/15

7570

 

Freedom of Information request – information pertaining to efforts to improve electoral registration, Bedford Council.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request that Bedford Council send me the following information:
(a) the number of distinct residential properties (hereafter, dwellings) currently listed on the Local Land and Property Gazetteer in the area covered by the authority;
(b) the number of distinct dwellings within which there are electors resident on the electoral register currently in force for the area covered by the authority;
(c) the total amount of money the authority and its electoral registration officer plan to disburse (including funds from both central and local government) to promote electoral registration in the area covered  by Bedford Council between 7 May 2015 and 30 November 2015;
(d) the total number of electors, of all electoral franchises, on the electoral register for Bedford Council as at:
(i) 7 May 2015, and
(ii) today;
(e) the total number of electors, of all electoral franchises, on the electoral register for Bedford Council, and who have either been successfully datamatched as part of the transition to individual electoral registration, or have individually registered or re-registered since individual electoral registration began, as at
(i) 7 May 2015, and
(ii) today;
In respect of (a), (b), (d) and (e) above, I would be very grateful if as well as providing the data for the council area as a whole, you could also provide it for each Westminster Parliamentary Constituency wholly or partly within the area of the authority.

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the Register of Electors. The registration of electors is governed by the Representation of the People Act 1983 as amended. Under Section 8 of the Act, the council must appoint an officer of the council to be the registration officer for any constituency or part of a constituency coterminous with or situated in the council’s area. I am the appointed officer for the registration area of Bedford Borough.  My appointment as Electoral Registration Officer is separate to my appointment as Chief Executive and, although appointed by the council, the Electoral Registration Officer’s responsibilities and duties are personal. An example of this is that the register of electors is deemed to be the property of the Electoral Registration Officer, not the local authority.

The Electoral Registration Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity. A list of public bodies and local authorities that are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act is included in Schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which can be viewed here.

As you will see, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

21/07/15

 

7571

 

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act to ask for the following information:
1.Please state the total number of children home schooled (for part or all of the year) in your council area in each of the following school years: a) 2009-10 b) 2010-11, c) 2011-12, d) 2012-13, e) 2013-14 and f) 2014-15
2.For each year above, please provide all statistical information held relating to the home schooled children (such as a breakdown of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, SEN status, the reason for home schooling, and any other category recorded.)
3.Please send a copy of your policy on how you assess the quality of home education and how often an assessment is made.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please state the total number of children home schooled (for part or all of the year) in your council area in each of the following school years: a) 2009-10 b) 2010-11, c) 2011-12, d) 2012-13, e) 2013-14 and f) 2014-15

Response:

These are approximate figures as actual numbers are transient throughout the year and change on a daily basis.

a) 2009-10 - 37

b) 2010-11 - 38

c) 2011-12 - 50

d) 2012-13 - 52

e) 2013-14 - 57

f) 2014-15 - 85

For each year above, please provide all statistical information held relating to the home schooled children (such as a breakdown of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, SEN status, the reason for home schooling, and any other category recorded.) a) 2009-10

b)  2010-11, c) 2011-12, d) 2012-13, e) 2013-14, f) 2014-15
Response:  

To find out the information, individual paperwork would have to be recalled from archives or individual schools rung to obtain this information. Parents do not have to submit this information to us. It would take an inordinate amount of time and would not be a true reflection of the actual numbers which are transient throughout the year and change on a daily basis.

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 with regards to Question 2.

3.Please send a copy of your policy on how you assess the quality of home education and how often an assessment is made.

Response: We do not have a policy to “assess” the quality of the education, as we are not allowed to, all we do is “regularly confirm that the child is receiving an education that is suitable for their age aptitude and ability and does not limit their opportunities later in life. “

23/07/15

7572

 

 FOI request:
(1)Has your authority issued policy or guidance to social workers on recording (by any participant) of conversations with, or meetings involving, social workers? If not, does it intend to develop such policy?
(2)May we have copies of any existing policies and procedures; and/or information about whether you plan to develop them; and the url of any published policy.

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

 We do not have a policy or guidance with regards to audio/digital recording, for our Social Workers and have no plans to develop one.

02/07/15

7573

 

 This a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please could you let me know, for calendar year 2014 and 2015 (to date):
a) The number of care/nursing/residential homes to which the authority has suspended or cancelled admissions in this period;
b) The name of each home and its operator/provider with whom the contract is held;
c) The date at which each suspension started and finished (if it has not finished please state that it is ongoing)
d) If the contract has been cancelled please state the date of cancellation
e) The reason for the suspension/cancellation
f) Please indicate for each suspension/cancellation whether it was made public by the authority.

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

Please could you let me know, for calendar year 2014 and 2015 (to date):

a)    The number of care/nursing/residential homes to which the authority has suspended or cancelled admissions in this period;

Two services.

b)   The name of each home and its operator/provider with whom the contract is held;

Fenwick House – Mr & Mrs Waghela.

Manton Heights Care Centre – RANC Care.

c)    The date at which each suspension started and finished (if it has not finished please state that it is ongoing)

Fenwick House – 10.03.2014 – 12.01.2015

Manton Heights Care Centre – 01.04.2014 – 19.11.2014 and 06.05.2015 – 26.06.2015

d)   If the contract has been cancelled please state the date of cancellation

No contract cancellations, residential placements are individual contracts.           

e)    The reason for the suspension/cancellation

Fenwick House – Unstable management, poor policies and procedures and poor medication management.

Manton Heights Care Centre – Unstable management, poor medication management, nursing residents at risk and high number of safeguarding alerts.

f)     Please indicate for each suspension/cancellation whether it was made public by the authority.

For both homes the information was shared on a need to know basis. Care Quality Commission, Clinical Commissioning Group and other placing authorities. The information was not shared with the public but any potential new resident approaching the home were informed by the provider that the home was under suspension and could not take new residents.

14/07/15

7574

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all ratepayers within your billing area.  Please include the following information;
a) Occupier (where possible)
b) Full hereditament address
c) Rateable Value
d) Property Description
e) Billing Authority Reference Number
f) Start Date of Account
g) End Date of Account
h) Value of unclaimed Credit Balance
i) Period within which Credit Raised

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 Spreedsheet regarding business rates.

21/07/15

7575

 

Please take this email as a request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 for the following details of the Bedford Council's Financial Involvement in the Riverside North Development.
Could you please supply details of any financial contribution made by the Council towards the redevelopment of the old Town Hall Site and the Market Car Park.  Such contribution might include any consideration for the value of any land used for the development. Any time spent by a member of the council's staff, consultants or contractors employed by the Council should also be included in the statement.
If the Council is to receive any income from use of the sites including leases or rents, these should also be summarised.
If the Council expects or has received any financial contributions from the developer for Section 106 Agreements or Community Infrastructure Levy, they should also be detailed.
Any copy of a report made to either the council, the Mayor, the Executive or any Committee should also be provided to supplement the financial statement.
I should also be pleased to know if any one else has requested similar information.

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 

 

 

14/07/15

7576

 

Could you please let me know:
1)Has the DWP or the ILF trust told your authority how much Independent Living Fund money will be devolved to your council until 2016?
2)If Yes, when did the DWP/ILF trust pass that information to your authority?
3)What is the total amount of the devolved funds?
4)Has the DWP/ILF trust told your authority how many Independent Living Fund recipients reside in your borough and how much ILF money individual ILF recipients received in their individual care packages?
5)At the date of this email, how many of those ILF recipients have had their care cases and needs reviewed to determine the levels of care support and funding that they will require when the ILF closes on 30 June?
6)How many ILF recipients have not had their cases assessed yet?
7)Does the authority expect to be able to meet the care costs of all ILF recipients to the same level as ILF funding?
8)Has your authority had any indication from the DWP that ILF funding will continue to be devolved to your council after 2016?
9)Please send all general email correspondence that your authority received from the DWP in the last six months regarding the devolution and management of the ILF closure.

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.

Has the DWP or the ILF trust told your authority how much Independent Living Fund money will be devolved to your council until 2016?

Yes notification received from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

If yes, when did the DWP/ILF trust pass that information to your authority?

The local authority has been aware that money will be passed to use since shortly after the closure was confirmed.  The final amount was confirmed on 7th July 2015.

What is the total amount of the devolved funds?

£292,949.

Has the DWP/ILF trust told your authority how many Independent Living Fund recipients reside in your borough and how much ILF money individual ILF recipients received in their individual care packages?

Yes, the ILF have been kept us up to date with the number of people in the Bedford area, and the amount of money that each recipient receives.

At the date of this email, how many of those ILF recipients have had their care cases and needs reviewed to determine the levels of care support and funding that they will require when the ILF closes on 30 June?

All ILF clients have been reviewed within the last 12 months and will continue to receive their existing ILF award until 31st March 2016.

How many ILF recipients have not had their cases assessed yet?

See above.

Does the authority expect to be able to meet the care costs of all ILF recipients to the same level as ILF funding?

Yes – until March 2016.

Has your authority had any indication from the DWP that ILF funding will continue to be devolved to your council after 2016?

No, there has been no indication that any funding will be passed to us.

Please send all general email correspondence that your authority received from the DWP in the last six months regarding the devolution and management of the ILF closure.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk For a copy of the correspondence.

27/07/15

7577

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requesting the following information regarding lone working within your Council (as part of a wider study into safer working practices within the Public Sector).
Q 1:Please confirm if your Council has a lone working policy.
Q2:Are risk assessments conducted for employees when working alone?
Q3:How many of your employees have reported assaults/attacks whilst working alone for the year 2014?
Q3:Please confirm whether any staff use protective equipment (personal alarms/mobile phones/apps). If no, please skip to Q7.
Q4:Does your Council use an external supplier for these alarms/apps? If so, who?
Q5:How many personal alarms or mobile phones does your Council have for the provision of lone working staff?
Q6:How much is spent on the provision for lone worker protection per annum?
Q7:Please provide the job titles of the persons who are / or would be responsible for your lone worker policy and the purchasing of personal alarms/mobiles/apps
Q8:Please list the name and contact details (phone, email) of these person(s)

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

23/07/15

7578

 

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

 

10/07/15

7579

 

Please can you provide the following information under Freedom of Information regulations
1. Copy of Service Specification for the following Mental Health related services
Advovacy (including  Generic and Statutory) Social Inclusion Vocational (or employment support)
Please advise period these relate to and if any plans to re-tender these services in 2015/2016
2. Current funding arrangements and amount committed.
3. Market Position Statement for Mental Health

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

27/07/15

 

7580

 

I was driving to visit family in Shropshire a couple of weeks ago and had not been through the Shortstown area of Bedford for while (making my way as I’d done many times from the A600 Bedford Road).
My sat nav directed me through a road as normal and I had absolutely no choice but to drive through as the incompetent design of the new junction gives no option to turn round.
Bedford Council sent me a Penalty Charge and although I queried it (they had got the colour of my car completely wrong which should make the Penalty Notice illegal) – I still felt bullied to pay £30 within 14 days.
They said that there are blue signs showing there is a bus lane in 20 yards, but one assumes that at the 20 yard point, there is another turning option for all other vehicles, but there is not. (The new design of this junction appears to have been deliberate to catch out good, honest drivers). I do not remember seeing any red NO ENTRY SIGNS for normal vehicles! To avoid confusion, maybe install a barrier that lifts when buses approach?
Looking online, I see thousands of honest drivers with impeccable driving careers have been tricked out of their hard earned money at this junction as the appeal process is impossible.
I would like to know (to date) exactly how many good people you have issued Penalty Notice fines to for accidently having no option but to turn into this junction, so I can write to my MP and other forums as I believe people should be warned about this way of acquiring money for Bedford Council. Also how much money has been acquired to date by Bedford Council from fines at this junction.

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

Information relating to questions (1) and (2) is set out below.

Question 1: To date exactly how many good people to date have been issued Penalty Notice fines for accidentally having no option but to turn into this junction?

I regret that I am unable to provide an exact answer to this question, as I cannot say how many of the PCNs were issued to drivers who accidentally turned into this junction.  However, I have provided below the total number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued, to the date of your request, in relation to Shortstown Bus Lane contraventions, in the hope that this information is acceptable to you.

6,442

(The Council commenced enforcement of bus lanes in June 2012.)

Question 2: How much money has been acquired to date by Bedford Borough Council from fines at this junction?

The total amount of income received by the Council (to the date of your request) in relation to PCNs issued in respect of Shortstown Bus Lane contraventions, is as follows:

£64,748

I am aware that PCNs may have been issued for other (parking) contraventions in the vicinity of the junction but I regret that I unable to provide an income figure in relation to these.  However, I hope that the information provided above is acceptable to you.

27/07/15

7581

 

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating
to public or welfare funerals and/or persons who have died with no
known next of kin since 1/1/15 to the day of your reply. Please
include:
1. full names of deceased persons,
2. dates of death,
3. marital status,
4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
5. dates of birth or ages at death,
6. last known addresses,
7. estimated value of estates,
8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that
is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Treasury Solicitor or the
Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or,confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

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

21/07/15

7582

 

Thank you for last year’s responses, your help is much appreciated.
In order to keep my information up to date, could you please furnish me with the following information on all licensed dog breeding establishments within your jurisdiction for this year:
1.Do you currently have any dog breeding establishments licensed with your area
If so:
2.What breeds, and the numbers, of each breed of breeding females that are kept at the establishment.
3.How many litters are intended to be bred over the coming 12 months
4.How many puppies are expected of each breed.
5.Name and address of Veterinary practise used
6.Staffing levels
7.How many stud dogs at the premises and what breed
8.How many other dogs, and what breed
9.How many puppies were kept at the establishment for the purpose of future breeding stock and of which breeds
10.What date is the license due for renewal.

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.

At this moment in time there are no licensed dog breeding establishments licensed by Bedford Borough Council

 

03/07/15

7583 - 7585

 

HIGH STREET, GREAT BARFORD, BEDFORD
Hillesden Avenue, Elstow, Bedford
The Silver Birches, Kempston, Bedford
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 1.1 Which of the following relating to the property have been granted, issued or refused or (where applicable) are the subject of pending applications:
(f) building regulations approvals; and
(g) a building regulations completion certificate.
(h) any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme.
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:
(a)  building works; b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.8 Have any proceedings for the contravention of any provision contained in Building Regulations been authorised in relation to the property?
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

 

 

7586 

I am writing to submit a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I would like to know the number of private properties (i.e. not student halls of residence) that were exempt from paying council tax as they are occupied solely by full time students.

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:

During the financial year 2014/2015 a total of 836 properties were exempt as entirely occupied by students for some or all of that year.

As at 20 July 2015, 402 properties are exempt as entirely occupied by students.

24/07/15

7587

Since the dog control orders came in to force in march 2013…
1.How many people have been prosecuted for committing an offence in a dog control order?
2.Please provide a breakdown of how many people were caught for breaking each control order i.e how many for fouling of land by dogs, the dogs on leads, the dogs on leads by direction, the dogs exclusion
3.How many of those listed above paid a fixed penalty fine?
4.How many of those were taken to court?
5.What is the total amount of money collected from individuals fined for breaking dog control orders?
6.How many people have been fined for walking a dog off a lead through Foster Hill Road Cemetery?

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

Since the dog control orders came in to force in march 2013…

1.How many people have been prosecuted for committing an offence in a dog control order?

2 people have been prosecuted and taken to court

2.Please provide a breakdown of how many people were caught for breaking each control order.

- Fouling on Land : 34

- Dogs on Lead : 8

- Dogs on Lead by Direction : 0

- Dog Exclusion : 2

3.How many of those listed above paid a fixed penalty fine?

32

4.How many of those were taken to court?

2 people

5.What is the total amount of money collected from individuals fined for breaking dog control orders?

£1,825 - paid in fixed penalty notices.

6.How many people have been fined for walking a dog

6 people have been fined.

14/07/15

7588

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information regarding damage to vehicles caused by poor road conditions on roads under your local authority administration for the financial year 2014/15.
1)The total number of claims for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the condition of your road network (such as potholes).
2)The total monetary value of the claims for vehicle damage caused by, or attributed to, the condition of your road network (such as potholes).
3)The total number of successful claims for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the condition of your road network (such as potholes).
4)The total monetary value of the successful claims for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the conditions of your road network (such as potholes).

 

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

Your questions were:

1)49 (29 closed & 20 open)

2)£12,588

3) 5

4) £1,789

(Note: The figures provided represent the position as at 01.07.2015)

 

01/07/15

 

7589

 

 I would like a list of every business or charity that have just become responsible for the business rates in your council are.  Could you send the details of any new liabilities from the 15th June 15 to the 30th June 15.  If you could include the business name, address, rateable value, type of property and the date that they became liable please.

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.

24/07/15

7590

 

 I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please would you provide me with:
1.A snapshot of the number of households currently considered statutorily overcrowded in your authority as of June 30, 2015 or the nearest available date.
Please use the 'room standard' as defined in part 10 of the Housing Act 1985.
If data for June 30 is not possible to retrieve please specify the date used.
2. A snapshot or estimate of the number of households in your authority as of June 30, 2015 or the nearest available date.
If data for June 30 is not possible to retrieve please specify the date used.
Please specify whether this is an estimate or a precise figure.
3 a) The figures for the top ten households in your authority with the highest absolute numbers of people in them
b) For these ten households, the first half of the postcode (e.g. CR3,
M4) where they are situated

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

1. A snapshot of the number of households currently considered statutorily overcrowded in your authority as of June 30, 2015 or the nearest available date. Please use the 'room standard' as defined in part 10 of the Housing Act 1985.If data for June 30 is not possible to retrieve please specify the date used.

The Council does not hold this information.
2. A snapshot or estimate of the number of households in your authority as of June 30, 2015 or the nearest available date. If data for June 30 is not possible to retrieve please specify the date used. Please specify whether this is an estimate or a precise figure.

The most recent figure available for the number of households is that at the end of March 2014 there were 67,000 households within Bedford Borough area. This figure comes from a profile of Bedford Borough Housing provision compiled by the Council’s Community Intelligence Team In May 2015.
3 a) The figures for the top ten households in your authority with the highest absolute numbers of people in them.

The Council does not hold this information.
b) For these ten households, the first half of the postcode (e.g. CR3, M4) where they are situated.

The Council does not hold this information.

23/07/15

7591

 

 I note from BoS yesterday  that the Mayor is keen that financial arrangements between the council and commercial schemes are open and can be held to account.
In light of this I would like to see all correspondence between Bedford Borough Council and Stagecoach, re the redevelopment of Bedford Bus Station and in particular what was said regarding ownership of the bus station.
On another matter I would like to see all correspondence between Bedford Borough Council and the developers of Riverside North, who I believe to be Coplan, and the commercial arrangements between them regarding the site.

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

7592

 

 1.Can you please provide a report with the following information
Establishment, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, etc…,
Post,
Grade,
Type of Role,
DBS required,
Mean Length of Service Years,
Total Occupants,
Sum FTE,
White British Occupants,
BME Occupants ,
Unknown Ethnicity Occupants,
Female Occupants,
Sum FTE Female,
Male Occupants,
Sum FTE Male
2.A copy of all Pay Scales, e.g. NJC with Grade bandings, Chief Officers, and any others…
3.Sickness type and reason with hours lost in the last 12 months by Job type. BV12 if you still run this.
4.What HCM/HR systems (targeted software for specific areas e.g. recruitment software, time and attendance, payroll, general hr records, training, or one holistic system)
a.What software are you using,
b.How mature/how long have you been using them
c.What functionality are you using (e.g. Self-Service Holidays, Self-service timesheets, Self-Service Sickness, Managers teamview for sickness, resource planning, etc..)
d.Planned functionality
e.If using multiple software solutions is integration, duplication, or inconsistency an issue. If one system which area is the area which
5.Do you feel the Software is aiding
Administrative Efficiency, and
Effectiveness of meeting HR goals, e.g. employee engagement, ensuring the organisation is legally compliant (e.g. equal pay)
6.Can you provide the project documentation for the latest upgrade: Scoping Documents, PID, objectives/tasks, issues log

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 for Bedford Borough Council non-school based staff. 

Question 1:

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the Council must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose some of the information requested.

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

1. States that post title, ethnicity & length of service are exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 40(2) by virtue of 40(3)(a)(i) of the FOI Act (FOIA) as it comprises personal data and disclosure would be unfair.

An individual’s ethnicity and salary details amount to ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As you may know, s. 40(2) FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data under FOIA would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in schedule 1 to the DPA.  The question which the Council must address in response to your request is whether disclosure of the personal data in the format you requested would contravene in particular the first data protection principle. That principle requires that any processing of personal data must be fair and lawful and must otherwise meet one of the conditions provided for in schedule 2 to the DPA. The schedule 2 condition which is most likely to be relevant in this context is that provided for in paragraph 6(1) of schedule 2.

The Council considers that disclosure of information that would identify individuals is unwarranted because of the disproportionate adverse effect on the legitimate interests of the individuals concerned namely that they would expect that personal information would remain confidential and not be disclosed by the Council. 

The Council has carefully considered whether the weight of the public interest arguments and the benefits in favour of disclosure of information that could identify the individuals concerned, would outweigh the harmful consequences of disclosure.  It has concluded that they would not.

Therefore please find attached the information requested excluding post titles, ethnicity & length of service.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for the copy

Question 2:

Please find copies of our main pay scales attached.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for the copy

Question 3:

At the end of quarter 3 of the 2014/15 financial year the days lost per FTE employees (non-schools only) due to sickness absence was reported as 7.68. Figures for further quarters are not currently available due to technical difficulties.

Question 4:

a)     Northgate ResourceLink

b)     Core HR since 2009, Recruitment & Training since 2010 & Payroll since 2011.

c)     Leave management for sickness and holidays. Self-service for booking leave & training. Manager input for sickness & PDRs.

d)     Workflow, schools portal & web recruitment.

e)     Rarely encounter issues.

Question 5:

Yes

Question 6:

The latest upgrades to the HR/ Payroll system were statutory and therefore scoping documents, objectives, tasks, etc. were not relevant. Updates are tested by HR/ Payroll.

6/8/15