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15 -31 Mar 2016

 

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8692

 

Under the FOI act please provide the following     information:
1) For each of the last 5 financial years, please provide:
 a) The total number of invoices that the authority has processed    through accounts payable (AP).
 b) The total expenditure through AP.    
 2) Do you currently use/has any 3rd parties completed a duplicate      payment review/statement review in the last 5 years? If so please
specific the name of the company and the contract end date.    
3) What is the total value of duplicated invoices/erroneous   payments that have been identified by any 3rd parties in the last 5
years or in any period reviewed (please specify).    
4) How much did the 3rd party invoice the authority for any review      work undertaken?    
5) What accounting system does the authority use (Oracle,  E-Financials, Agresso, Sage etc.)?    
6) Please state the authority’s total spend on agency staff in the  last financial year (14/15), split by the following staff   categories, including all spend on agency staff outside of the  categories specified as “other”:
• Social workers
• Residential homecare staff
• Domiciliary care staff
• Others (please describe the staff)    
7) Please provide a list of the 10 most utilized agencies in the  last financial year.    
8) Does the council use any 3rd party services or software to  manage/book agency workers? If so please state the name of the  company used, the services provided and the amount that the  authority spent on these services/software in the last financial   year.

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

 

Please click here for the information AP

 

14/4/16

 

8693

 

Please provide specific details of the information being sought.: Correspondence between Bedford Borough Council and X regarding the installation and access to superfast broadband for the village of Pavenham. Correspondence between 22 Feb 2010 and 15 March 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. The information that you have requested is as follows:

There has been no specific communication with BT/Openreach about Pavenham.  Communications covering Pavenham postcodes have been about the whole of each of our broadband projects and everything that is not commercially sensitive is published on our web site which is continually updated

Information communicated w/c14th March 2016 with the Parish Council due to questions submitted by them (drawing on the published information) is as follows:

“Our second superfast broadband project is going through some changes at present – generally in a positive direction (i.e. some more useful acceleration is now being planned).

Looking at the very latest information we have from BT/Openreach it looks as though Phase 1 (main village) will be delivered in Quarter 3, 2016, and Pavenham East in Quarter 2, 2017.

Main village delivery will be through a straightforward Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) solution. We are still trying to get more information on the wholly new structures to be installed (i.e. where there isn’t a ‘copper’ cabinet already). This will be the situation for Pavenham East.”

If you would like any clarification on the above, please contact Paul Vann who is the Bedford Borough Council officer overseeing the Superfast Broadband project.  He can be contacted on 01234 228064 or email paul.vann@bedford.gov.uk

 

21/3/16

 

8694

 

Information on the House in Multiple Occupancy Owners/license holders and their managers in the Bedford borough.

The information should include the following:

1.HMO location; and contact details for the owner, license holder and the manager

 

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

 

13/4/16

 

8695

 

Contact information for councillors:

Cllr James Saunders

Cllr Anita Gerard

 

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

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

1. States that above is exempt information.

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

Please click here for link on Councillors

 

4/4/16

 

8696

 

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

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

18/3/16

 

8697

 

 I would like to know:
- Has a school involved in a PFI project closed, since it was built/refurbished? If so, please provide its name, date it opened, date it closed and why it closed.
If a school had closed, but has since re-opened, please still include this.
- For any such schools, please provide a figure for the repayments left on the contract when the school closed.
- Please also include the actual amount paid under the contract from the time it closed.
- If the council has paid money to cancel the contract, after a school closed, please include the amount paid, year it was paid, and amount of repayments made in the intervening period.

 

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: Bedford Borough Council was created on 1st April 2009. There have not been any school PFI contracts signed by Bedford Borough Council. Also, it did not inherit any school PFI contracts from the previous authority, Bedfordshire County Council.

(Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist on 1 April 2009 when unitary councils were introduced across the whole of Bedfordshire. All services previously hosted by the County Council are now provided by either Bedford Borough Council or Central Bedfordshire Council depending on the area concerned.  We are therefore only able to provide you with the information that relates to Bedford Borough Council.  For information that relates to Central Bedfordshire Council you will need to contact them

21/3/16

 

8698

 

 We would like to ask for the following under the Freedom of Information Act.
1) A copy of the hospitality register/register of members’ interests for members of the Pensions Committee/Pensions Panel for the last three years.
2) A copy of the minutes for the last three meetings of the Pensions Committee/Pensions Panel (or whichever committee deals with pensions. This may be a committee that you contribute to with other local councils under a combined scheme arrangement) and the same for the Investment Committee for the same scheme (if different).

 

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) A copy of the hospitality register/register of members’ interests for members of the Pensions Committee/Pensions Panel for the last three years.
Register of Interests (ROI) forms attached as requested – the Pensions Committee / Pensions Panel have common membership – Councillors S Hunt, Gambold & McMurdo (Bedford Borough), Councillors Collins & Wenham (Central) and Councillors Lewis & Young (Luton)
The Borough Council’s Monitoring Officer has not been advised of any hospitality received by Borough Councillors on these bodies
Councillors from Central Bedfordshire Council and from Luton Borough Council would be expected to advise their relative Authorities – the Borough Council has not been advised of any hospitality received by them attached are all of the forms we have, ‘historical’ forms are not kept
2) A copy of the minutes for the last three meetings of the Pensions Committee/Pensions Panel (or whichever committee deals with pensions. This may be a committee that you contribute to with other local councils under a combined scheme arrangement) and the same for the Investment Committee for the same scheme (if different).
These are in the public domain and are published on the Borough Website access via information below:
  Main Menu – Council Democracy – Meetings – Agenda, Reports and Minutes – Local Pension Board and Pension Fund Committee

 

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

17/3/16

 

8699

 

1 Could you give me a rough estimate of how many children and young people (in your area) have either a statement or an EHCP?

2 Could you also include those currently applying for EHCP?

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

1 Answer: As of today 894 pupils in our area have an EHCP or Statement

2 Answer: We have 18 new requests logged and waiting to be considered by panel to see if an assessment will be agreed and 53 cases currently going through the assessment process.

21/3/16

 

8700

 

 I would like to make the following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
1.How many adults diagnosed with autism from Bedford Borough are living in residential care outside of Bedfordshire? 
2.What is the cost range for this provision?
3.What is the average cost for this provision?
4.How many children diagnosed with autism from Bedford Borough have been forecast to be in need of residential care when they become an adult?

I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.How many adults diagnosed with autism from Bedford Borough are living in residential care outside of Bedfordshire? 
28.
2.What is the cost range for this provision?
£538.34 - £5,219.31 per week.
3.What is the average cost for this provision?
£1,755 per week.
4.How many children diagnosed with autism from Bedford Borough have been forecast to be in need of residential care when they become an adult?
4

 

14/4/16

 

8701

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request the  following information regarding EHC Plans in the 2014/2015.    
1. In the 2014/2015 school year, how many EHC Plans were issued for  children/ young people transferring from school (including sixth  forms) to a post-16 institution or an apprenticeship?    
2. In the 2014/2015 school year, how many EHC Plans were issued  after the 31 May 2015 deadline for children/young people transferring from school (including school sixth forms) to a  post-16 institution or an apprenticeship?    
3. How many appeals were made against the placement named in the  EHC Plans for children/young people transferring from school to a  post-16 institution, in the 2014/2015 school year?    
4. How many of the appeals made against the placement named in the  EHC Plans for children/young people transferring from school to a
post-16 institution, in the 2014/2015 school year are still  ongoing/have not yet been concluded?

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1.In the 2014/2015 school year, how many EHC Plans were issued for children/ young people transferring from school (including sixth forms) to a post-16 institution or an apprenticeship?
Answer: 57
2.In the 2014/2015 school year, how many EHC Plans were issued after the 31 May 2015 deadline for children/young people transferring from school (including school sixth forms) to a post-16 institution or an apprenticeship?
Answer: 37
3.How many appeals were made against the placement named in the EHC Plans for children/young people transferring from school to a post-16 institution, in the 2014/2015 school year?
Answer: 0
4.How many of the appeals made against the placement named in the EHC Plans for children/young people transferring from school to a post-16 institution, in the 2014/2015 school year are still ongoing/have not yet been concluded?
Answer: N/A

134/16

 

8702

 

Please could you tell me if you provide public health funerals and if so, how many requests you have received since 2006, with a yearly breakdown?Could I have the number of requests and the number of public health funerals 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 you requested.

Please find the information you requested  attached no of public health funerals granted

6/4/16

 

8703

 

In the period of the last 12 days of March 2014, what proportion of people who gave the Council reason to believe that they may have been homeless (and therefore cross the s.184 threshold for inquiries to be made and for a written decision notification to be issued) were actually issued a written decision that informed them of the basis of the decision and that they could ask for a review of this decision.

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.
118 customers approached our service between 14th & 31st March 2014 (the last 12 working days).
37 customers were actually homeless from which 19 homelessness applications were opened and a decision issued.

15/4/16

 

8704

 

I am looking for information under the freedom of information act 2000.  I would like a full list businesses that have become newly responsible for business rates between the 1st Mar 16 to the 15th Mar 16.  Please include the business name and address and postcode.  I would also like to know the date that they became responsible and type of business property and rateable value

 

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

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

 

13/4/16

 

8705

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

18/3/16

 

8706

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to know how much EU funding your City Council has received since 2005.Also please could you indicate what your City Council spent the money on?

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 

Our response:
In 2013/2014 Bedford Borough Council received EU funding of £29,580 which was spent on the Copenhagen Learning Exchange.

We received £125,000 from the European Social Fund over the 2014 to 2015 period for The Jobs Hub project – Extending the Reach: Apprenticeship Support.  The aim of this activity was to drive forward Apprenticeship participation in Bedford Borough, aligned to support the 2016 Apprenticeship Challenge, it offered a delivery partnership that was driven by community and employer engagement.  We achieved 211 enrolments and 55 job outcomes

 12/4/16

 

8707

 

As of 25th February 2016:
PART 1
1) How many DWA licences are currently issued in your area?  
2) How many of these DWA licences are issued for primates (monkeys, apes or prosimians such as lemurs)? 
3) How many applications for licences to keep primates under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months? 
On what grounds were they refused?
4) What is the cost of obtaining a DWA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?
5) What is the cost of “renewing” a DWA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?
6) Are you aware of any breeders or dealers of primates in your area?
If yes how many?  And are they licensed under the Pet Animals Act 1951?
7) If a member of the public is aware of a breach of the Animal Welfare Act with regards to a primate, who do they contact in your area?
8) In order to be granted DWA licences for primates, must applicants
demonstrate that they meet the conditions laid out in the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-human Primates?
PART 2
10) If there are primates licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences, and the most recent relevant veterinary and inspection report(s) for each licence (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).  If no written reports are available, please indicate the date on which the most recent report was conducted, by whom, and the outcome of the visit.  If not included in the report(s), please also provide the following information:
 For each licence issued for primates:
a) How many individuals of each species are covered (please provide the scientific name: i.e. Cebus apella)?
b)What is the age and sex of each licensed primate? If this information is not kept by your council, please indicate so.
c)Where was each primate obtained? If this information is not kept by your council, please indicate so.
d)Are these primates considered to be pets? If not, how are they classified?
e)Please confirm whether any restriction is placed on the breeding of the licensed animals.  If no restriction exists, please indicate whether the existing licence would automatically cover the offspring, and until what age this cover would last.  
11) Would you or someone in your department, be willing to share any further information about DWA licensing?
And who can we contact for such information?

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about details on primate licensing which we received on 16/3/16. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please see attached in respect of DWA

 

6/4/16

 

8708

 

How much funding will your council be making available for the Queen’s birthday celebrations and how much of this funding was met by Central Government? I would like to have included in this, but not limited to, street parties and the recent “Clean for the Queen” event.

 

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 promoted, carried out a clean for the queen event, we are hosting beacon lighting and assisting with street parties these are from existing budgets. The costs associated with Clean for the Queen were approximately £880. 

14/4/16

 

8709

 

1.For the financial year 2014/15:
a.Overall budget for youth and community services (for young people aged 13-19)
b.Overall reduction in expenditure, to the nearest £'000, (compared to 2013/14) on youth and community services for young people aged 13-19 for:
I.LA provided youth services
II.Voluntary sector provided youth services
c.Overall planned reduction in the number of directly employed youth workers (Head count/FTE): 
I.Part time
II.Full time
d.Overall planned reduction in: 
I.Number of youth centres
II.Number of available places for young people
III.Outreach provision (hours provided)
2For the financial year 2015/16:
a.Overall budget for youth and community services (for young people aged 13-19)
b.Overall reduction in expenditure, to the nearest £'000, (compared to 2014/15) on youth and community services for young people aged 13-19 for:
I.LA provided youth services
II.Voluntary sector provided youth services
c.Overall planned reduction in the number of directly employed youth workers (Head count/FTE):
I.Part time
II.Full time
d.Overall planned reduction in: 
I.Number of youth centres
II.Number of available places for young people
III.Outreach provision (hours provided)
3For the Financial year 2016/17 and beyond   
a.What proposals affecting the provision for young people are included in the 2016/17 budget and Medium Term Financial Plan for 2016/17 and beyond?
b.Proposed overall reduction in expenditure (nearest £'000) compared with 2015/16 for:
i.LA provided youth services 
ii.Voluntary sector provided youth services     
c.Proposed overall reduction in the number of directly employed youth workers (Head count/FTE):
i.Part Time
ii.Full Time    
d.Proposed overall reduction in:
I.Number of youth centres
II.Number of available places for young people
III.Outreach provision (hours provided)
4What is the current balance of expenditure on services for young people aged 13-19 (in £’000s) between local authority and voluntary sector provision?
5Please state whether directly employed youth workers are employed on JNC, NJC, Scottish Joint Council, or other terms and conditions (please specify): 
a.JNC
b.NJC
c.SJC
d.Other (please specify)
e.No direct youth provision   
6Please supply a copy of the current youth service staffing structure showing the grade and rate of pay, gender and race for each post.

I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please could you provide UNISON with the following information? I attach a spreadsheet which contains all of the questions and should be an easy format by which to send us your response.
1.For the financial year 2014/15:
a.Overall budget for youth and community services (for young people aged 13-19)
Answer: £87,350           
b.Overall reduction in expenditure, to the nearest £'000, (compared to 2013/14) on youth and community services for young people aged 13-19 for:
I.LA provided youth services
Answer: £0
II.Voluntary sector provided youth services
Answer: £7,000
c.Overall planned reduction in the number of directly employed youth workers (Head count/FTE): 
I.Part time
II.Full time
Answer: No directly employed Youth Workers
d.Overall planned reduction in: 
I.Number of youth centres
Answer: No planned reduction, we currently have one, which is not due for closure.
II.Number of available places for young people
Answer: None
III.Outreach provision (hours provided)
Answer: None provided by local authority so no reduction
2For the financial year 2015/16:
a.Overall budget for youth and community services (for young people aged 13-19)
Answer: £90,170          
b.Overall reduction in expenditure, to the nearest £'000, (compared to 2014/15) on youth and community services for young people aged 13-19 for:
I.LA provided youth services
Answer: £0
II.Voluntary sector provided youth services
Answer: £0
c.Overall planned reduction in the number of directly employed youth workers (Head count/FTE):
I.Part time
II.Full time
Answer: No directly employed Youth Workers
d.Overall planned reduction in: 
I.Number of youth centres
Answer: No planned reduction, we currently have one which is not due for closure.
II.Number of available places for young people
Answer: None
III.Outreach provision (hours provided)
Answer: None provided by Local Authority so no reductions planned. 
3For the Financial year 2016/17 and beyond   
a.What proposals affecting the provision for young people are included in the 2016/17 budget and Medium Term Financial Plan for 2016/17 and beyond?
Answer:  Within Early Help and Intervention there are no proposals which affect provision for young people in 2016/17.
b.Proposed overall reduction in expenditure (nearest £'000) compared with 2015/16 for:
i.LA provided youth services 
Answer: £0      
ii.Voluntary sector provided youth services
Answer: £0     
c.Proposed overall reduction in the number of directly employed youth workers (Head count/FTE):
i.Part Time
ii.Full Time
Answer: No directly employed Youth Workers
d.Proposed overall reduction in:
I.Number of youth centres
Answer: None
II.Number of available places for young people
Answer: None
III.Outreach provision (hours provided)
Answer: None provided by Local Authority, so no reductions. 
4What is the current balance of expenditure on services for young people aged 13-19 (in £’000s) between local authority and voluntary sector provision?
Answer: £32,000
5Please state whether directly employed youth workers are employed on JNC, NJC, Scottish Joint Council, or other terms and conditions (please specify): 
a.JNC
bNJC
c.SJC
d.Other (please specify)
e.No direct youth provision
Answer: We do not have a youth service   
6Please supply a copy of the current youth service staffing structure showing the grade and rate of pay, gender and race for each post. Please attach a copy of this separately to your email response and state below whether it is attached or not.
Answer: We do not have a youth service.

18/4/16

 

8710

 

 1.Please detail all Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in your area relating to dogs.
2.Are you planning on introducing and PSPOs relating to dogs in the foreseeable future? If yes what dates do you plan on starting the consultation, if exact dates are not known can you provide a rough timeline?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  The information you requested is as follows:
1Bedford Borough Council does not have any PSPO currently in place relating to dogs. However we do have Dog Control Orders in place, which the Kennel Club kindly responded to our consultation back in 2012/13.
2.Yes.  Bedford Borough Council is looking to introduce PSPO relating to dogs and the consultation will be out in the next month. This will replace the Dog Control Orders.  We do not plan to change the current areas we already have under the Dog Control Orders, but just replace them with the new legislation of PSPO.  The Kennel Club will be consulted.

11/4/16

 

8711

 

 I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/9/2015 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/9/2015, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.
This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.
Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party.

 

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 below

Please click here for the link on Public Helath Funeral

 

 

13/4/16

 

8712

 

Kindly supply me with all of the titles and code names that were used to describe me in emails.

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

Please find the information you requested attached. Please note personal information has been redacted.

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

18/4/16

 

8713

 

 Do you have more recent records, specifically Commitment, Contribution, Distribution and Value as of 31st December 2015? This list should include all such partnerships, i.e. private equity, venture capital, distressed debt, mezzanine, fund of funds, real estate, natural resources and private debt investments. If so, is it possible for you to send them to us?

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 requested and I can advise you that there has been no change to the data previously supplied to you except the date is now 31 December 2015.

 

18/3/16

 

8714

 

Please could you supply the following information, if possible, separately, for each financial year from 2010 until the present day (incl 2015-16 if data is available).
1.In each financial year, how many applications for a Disabled Facilities Grant did your council receive?
2.How many applications for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) did your council approve?
3.How much money was available to your council in total (annually) for DFGs? 
4.How much of your funding for DFGs was spent? (please answer in £)
5.How much extra funding (if any) did you pay out on top of your DFG budget, to meet grant requests? (please answer in £)
6.How many applicants waited longer than the six month limit for a decision on their application for a DFG?
7.What was the longest amount of time that an applicant waited for a decision on their application for a DFG?
8.How many applicants waited longer than the time limit of a year after grant approval to receive their grant and have adaptations completed?
9.What was the longest amount of time an applicant waited after grant approval to receive their grant and have adaptations completed?
10.What was the average (median) amount of funding requested and awarded?
11.If known, how many applicants were in residential care while they waited for a grant?

 

 

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 supply the following information, if possible, separately, for each financial year from 2010 until the present day (incl 2015-16 if data is available)

 

 

8715

 

Please can you tell me how many social housing places the local authority intends to build between 2015/16 and 2017/18?

 

Thank you for your request for information about social housing which we received on 18 March 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please can you tell me how many social housing places the local authority intends to build between 2015/16 and 2017/18? – None. Bedford Borough Council transferred its housing stock to a registered provider in 1990 and therefore does not own any housing stock.

 24/3/16

 

8716

 

Please can you tell me whether the local authority operates a ‘meals on wheels service’ for elderly residents as part of its social care provision? If not, please can you tell me if the local authority ever provided such a service and if so when it was ended and why?

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

Bedford Borough Council commissions Apetito to provide a meals service for social care clients who require it.

 

18/4/16

 

8717

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the Local Authority provide me with the following information:
1. How many children’s play areas were managed by the local authority in each year since 2009-10?
2. How many children’s play areas have been built and refurbished by the local authority in each year since 2005-06?
3. How many children’s play areas (existing or planned) have been closed or cancelled because of cuts to the local authority’s budget?
4. Whether the local authority charges for the use of any children’s play areas under its control and, if so, when this charge was introduced?

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

How many children’s play areas were managed by the local authority in each year since 2009-10?

2010 – 84

2011 – 85

2012 – 88

2013 – 92

2014 – 92

2015 – 93

2016 – 93

How many children’s play areas have been built and refurbished by the local authority in each year since 2005-06? 

We have only completely refurbished 1 children’s play site.  The council is refurbishing parts of other play areas where needed .  Other “new” sites have been adopted from developers, but none built by the council.

How many children’s play areas (existing or planned) have been closed or cancelled because of cuts to the local authority’s budget?

None

Whether the local authority charges for the use of any children’s play areas under its control and, if so, when this charge was introduced?

Not applicable.

12/4/16

 

8718

 

 Please can you tell me what was the local authority’s budget for street cleaning in each year since 2009-10?

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:
Budget for Street Cleaning for each year since 2009/2010
Summary     £000
2015-2016    1,856
2014-2015    1,875
2013-2014    2,038
2012-2013    1,659
2011-2012    1,675
2010-2011    1,895
2009-2010    1,938

5/4/16

 

8719

 

 Would you please advise me where I can inspect a copy of the by laws for the Bedford area for straw and stubble burning, burning of crop residues ,traffic regulations –the embankment and  Bonfire

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 for straw and stubble burning, burning of crop residues and traffic regulations –the embankment.
In respect of the bylaws Bonfire
I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”
This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”
The Council has a large number of bylaws in place but they don't necessarily relate to specific areas or to certain activities and our records are not detailed enough to identify those that would apply. So a by-law that relates to 'prevention of nuisance', for example, may cover all or some parts of the Borough and may or may not relate to a specific activity. As such, it would require a manual search of a large number of bylaws to determine whether or not any particular bylaw would be relevant.
The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part of your request

7/4/16

 

8720

 

 1) A list of all secondary schools in your Local Authority that were oversubscribed on national offer day in 2016 (1st March).

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 here on schools

 

13/4/16

 

8721

 

I would like to request the following information under the FOI act. It concerns Approved Mental Health Professional provision – a statutory duty for local authorities under the Mental Health Act. If you could pass the request for information to your AMHP service I would greatly appreciate it.
1. How many Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) did your local authority have warranted to make decisions under the Mental Health Act as of 1 April (or nearest available date) on each of the following years – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16? Please list the actual number of AMHPs warranted (if it is easy to also list the FTE equivalent as well then please include this too).
2.  How many Mental Health Act assessments did your AMHP service carry out in each of the following years –2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16?
3. Does your AMHP service record cases where lack of bed availability has impacted the service’s ability to carry out its duties? If so, please provide figures for how many times this has happened in each of the following years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
4. Has your local authority undertaken any analysis of whether it has sufficient AMHPs in post in 2014-15 or 2015-16? If yes, please attach a copy of this report(s).
5. Please attach any correspondence your director of adult services has received during 2014-15 or 2015-16 from the Department of Health, CQC or your local police force, about AMHP availability. Please also include a copy of the reply correspondence from your director.

 

 

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

Please click here for the infomation on Approved Mental Health

20/4/16

 

8722

 

Please can you tell me how much the local authority received in parking charges and parking fines in each year since 2009-10?

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

Please click here for  Parking Charges

 

20/4/16

8723

 

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

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

29/3/16

 

8724

 

Please provide the numbers of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants operating in your local authority area. We do not want FTE (Full Time Equivalent) numbers, but the actual number of therapists employed within the following specialties:

Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, Hospitals, Housing

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1)In total the Council employs 6 Occupational Therapists and 3 Occupational Therapy Assistants- broken down as:
a) Adults - 5 Occupational Therapists and 3 Occupational Therapy Assistants
b) Children’s- 1 Occupational Therapist
c) Hospitals employ their own Occupational Therapists
d) The Housing element of OT (facilitation of the Disabled Facilities Grant) is administered through Adult Services

4/4/16

 

8725

 

Follow up from 8631. How many appealed to the fine? How many won their appeal how many lost?

Thank you for your request for information, about the bus lane, The Highway, Shortstown, which we received on 21st March 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Since the bus lane was introduced in Shortstown 22 Appeals, 19 won and 3 lost.

4/4/16

 

8726

 

Council tax relating to Evertom Rd  Potton Sandy

 

Response not yet provided

 

8727

 

How are Accident/Incidents managed within the Council for both the staff and the Public?

Are they via paper and spread sheets or by a specific software application?

If it’s the latter, which application is it, when is the contract up for renewal and who is responsible?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  How are Accident/Incidents managed within the Council for both the staff and the Public?

Accident forms are completed and these are passed to nominated administrators for input onto an online system.

Are they via paper and spread sheets or by a specific software application?  If it’s the latter, which application is it, when is the contract up for renewal and who is responsible?Paper forms are completed and input onto an online web-based system called AssessNET.  The contract is renewed every August.  The Council’s ICT department manage the contract.

18/4/16

 

8728

 

Can you please provide details of any information you hold on the following, within the area covered by your council?

1.       Any Entries added or updated on the Public Register for Contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) since 2014.

2.       Any Hazardous Substances Consent you hold information on since the implementation of the Planning Regulations (1991).

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:
Any Entries added or updated on the Public Register for Contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) since 2014.
The Council has no entries on the Public Register for Contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) as there are no sites within the Borough that meet the legal definition of contaminated land.
Any Hazardous Substances Consent you hold information on since the implementation of the Planning Regulations (1991).
The information you requested is available on the authority’s website  or you can click on the link below and follow the instructions provided: Please click here for the link and follow the instructions

•Click on “To View and Comment on Planning Applications”
•Click on the “Advanced” tab
•Click on the drop down menu for “Application Type”
•Scroll down to “Hazardous Substances”
•Click on “Search”

18/4/16

 

8729

 

1. What is the longest waiting time (in days) for a parking permit within your council area?  Please specify the number of days and the postcode area of this longest wait. 

2. What was/is the cost of residential parking permits in the years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?  If this is too much to answer please just look at the years 2012 and 2016

3. What is the cost of the most expensive residential parking permit in your council area currently? 

4. How much money have you received from residential parking permits; in 2012, 2013, 2014 2015 and so far in 2016? If this is too much to answer please just look at the years 2012 and 2015. 

5. Have you increased parking zones in your council area in the past two years i.e. introduced resident's parking zones? Yes/No

6. How many parking tickets have you issued in the past 12 months to non-vehicles (e.g. rubble, rubbish, waste, building materials) because they were taking up a parking space? Please can you specify what these items were? 

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1. What is the longest waiting time (in days) for a parking permit within your council area? Please specify the number of days and the postcode area of this longest wait.
The only permits which state a waiting time are Health Care and Discretionary permits. These can be issued and used in all of the pay and display bays in the Controlled Parking Zone.
2. What was/is the cost of residential parking permits in the years: 2012,2013,2014,2015 and 2016.
The cost of Resident Parking permits in all of the above years is £25.00.
3. What is the cost of the most expensive residential parking permit in your council area currently.
The Residents Third permit which costs £94.00.
4. How much money have you received from residential parking permits; in 2012, 2013, 2014 2015 and so far in 2016?
   2011/2012 - £55,095
   2012/2013 - £65,537
   2013/2014 - £66,657
   2014/2015 - £83,134
   2015/2016 - £85,794
5. Have you increased parking zones in your council area in the past two years i.e introduced residents parking zones? Yes/No
 Yes
6. How many parking tickets have you issued in the past 12 months to non-vehicles (e.g rubble, rubbish, waste, building materials) because they were taking up a parking space? Please can you specify what these  were?
 Penalty Charge Notices are only issued to motorised vehicles.

7/4/16

 

8730

 

How many Parking Charge Notices were issued by Bedford Council on Bank (public) Holidays in the last year (2015) ?

How much revenue did Bedford Council receive for issuing Parking Contravention Notices on Bank (public) Holidays in the last year (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.
How many Parking Charge Notices were issued by Bedford Council on Bank (public) Holidays in the last year (2015)?
125 Penalty Charges.
How much revenue did Bedford Council receive for issuing Parking Contravention Notices on Bank (public) Holidays in the last year (2015)?
£3572.00 revenue received.

7/4/16

 

8731

 

I am hoping to request the Bedford Borough Council (Paula Radcliffe Way, Clapham & Clapham Road, Bedford) (1149) (Temporary 40mph and 30mph Speed Restrictions) Order 2015.

Please direct me to the correct email address to allow me to request it direct.

Alternatively, if the council has a library in which RTROs are stored, please advise of where I would find it.

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

 

Please find attached the information you have requested in respect of RTROs

 

30/3/16

 

8732

 

The questions only refer to PHV policy.

Signage, are the signs/company logos on PHV magnetic or permanent ?

Window Tint, Are the REAR passenger windows limited to what light egress is permitted ?

Vehicle Age.

Age limit of first PHV license ? (for example, maximum 5 years old)

Maximum age before no longer allowed to be licensed as a PHV ? (for example maximum 12 years old)

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

You requested PHV Policy.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council 1.States that above is exempt information.2.   Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link below.

Click here for the link on PHV Policy

 

8733

 

My question relates to hackney carriage licenses. Do you have a knowledge test based on the local area?

Further to your request for information dated 17/3/16, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested Hackney Carriage Licenses

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council 1.    States that above is exempt information.2.  Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link below.

Click here for the link on Hackney Carriage Licenses

 

11/4/16

 

8734

 

The first piece of information I would like to request is the number of written requests received from developers by the Local Planning Authority under Condition A2 of Part 3, Schedule 2 of the Town and County Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 in relation to proposed developments of pub buildings.

If possible, I would also like to receive the name and address of each public house that was subject to a written request by a developer, and the date on which that written request was received.

The second piece of information I would like to request is whether the Local Authority is placing the necessary restriction onto the Land Registry to ensure land owners are complying within the law. 

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

If possible, I would also like to receive the name and address of each public house that was subject to a written request by a developer, and the date on which that written request was received – We have not received any such requests.

The second piece of information I would like to request is whether the Local Authority is placing the necessary restriction onto the Land Registry to ensure land owners are complying within the law - Once an asset is listed as a Community Asset, the Council places the necessary restriction with the Land Registry in accordance with the Localism Act 2011.

18/4/16

 

8735

 

Regarding the photos you took on 15th April 2015. Please can you send me any forms i need to request these photos of land mill hill Keysoe.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not it has the information and I have to advise you that we do not hold the information you requested.
You requested copies of photographs taken by officers from Regulatory Services during a visit to Mill Lane, Keysoe on the 15th April 2015 in response to a complaint regarding smoke from a bonfire. The officers that attended did take photograph’s of the bonfire that was ongoing at the time of their visit. However the images they took did not save correctly to the device on which they were taken and we were unable to retrieve them, we therefore cannot provide you with copies. Please accept my apologies for this, had we had copies of the images they would have been supplied to you when you originally contacted the case officer requesting them.  

20/4/16

 

8736

 

What rate does/did the Council use to assess the hourly cost of domiciliary care when calculating the contribution people need to make to the costs of their care in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16?

Does/did your Council operate a maximum weekly charge for non-residential adult care in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16? If so what is/ was it?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
What rate does/did the Council use to assess the hourly cost of domiciliary care when calculating the contribution people need to make to the costs of their care in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16?
2013/2014 - £14.90
2014/2015 - £11.60
2015/2016 - £12.00
Does/did your Council operate a maximum weekly charge for non-residential adult care in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16? If so what is/ was it?
No.

20/4/16

 

8737

 

1.       How much on average does it cost the local authority when a school convert to an academy, including in legal fees?

2.       How much money the local authority has spent on academy conversions since 2010 including legal fees?

3.       How much school deficit has remained with the local authority since 2010 after schools have converted to academy status?

4.       How much will it cost the local authority to convert schools not currently academies to academy status?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested enclosed. 
1.How much on average does it cost the local authority when a school convert to an academy, including in legal fees?
Answer: None
2.How much money the local authority has spent on academy conversions since 2010 including legal fees?
Answer: None
3.How much school deficit has remained with the local authority since 2010 after schools have converted to academy status?
Answer: £231,901
4.How much will it cost the local authority to convert schools not currently academies to academy status?
Answer:  Unknown as regulations and legislation not published

20/4/16

 

8738

 

Please send me:

  • Information on any reviews carried out and any procurement procedures, processes and systems and any changes and improvements you have put in place to ensure best value is achieved for all goods and services since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in July 2014.
  • Information on the effectiveness and any savings achieved as a result of the reviews carried out and changes implemented as detailed in the above bullet point, including in which specific areas and departments, the amounts saved in figures and as a percentage of overall budget, since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in July 2014.
  • Information on the number of full and part-time employees you have in procurement roles now, and the number of full and part-time employees that were in procurement roles on 1 July 2014.
  • Information on any fraud incidents relating to council employees, council services and services procured externally that have come to light since the launch of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in July 2014.

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

Please click here for information on procurement procedures

 

Click here for the attachment

21/4/16

 

8739

 

 1.       Did/does the Council provide community transport for older and disabled people?

2. How does/did the Council charge adults for community transport?

a) Separate charge (y/n)

b) Incorporated within agreed care package (y/n) 

3.       If there is/ was a separate charge for community transport, how much does/ did the Council charge adults for a return journey?

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

 

Please see attached on transport for older

4/4/16

 

8740

 

Could you please supply me with the details of the contracts for goods and services that the council has let through full tender procurement through the last year.

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

Please see attached for your information details of contracts

20/4/16

 

8741

 

 I am currently writing an EnviroSmart Phase 1 Contaminated Land report for  Miller Road, Bedford

The proposed development is for the construction of eight new residential units with associated parking and amenity area.. The planning reference number is 14/00171/FUL. The Site plan is attached.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
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.
There is one site within the area marked on your map, which is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. This is recorded as ‘boiler maker’.
There is a site adjacent to the North East of the marked site, which is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites. This is a petrol station.
In the close vicinity of the site, we also have records of the former Meltis chocolate factory, which was located adjacent to the Western side of Miller Road.
A number of sites on Miller Road, and the surrounding area, have been subject to investigation into potential contamination, in relation to planning permission given for previous development of the area. Information on the investigation of the nearby site formerly occupied by the Meltis Factory, should be available on our Planning Portal under planning reference 97/01688/FUL. Please see instructions below.
It should also be possible to find Planning records relating to other previous developments, (which should include investigation reports), on the Planning Portal.
Should you wish to discuss these reports further, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please note that my colleagues have also previously required investigation into potential noise nuisance at the site, and surrounding area, due to the proximity of the railway line.
Instructions for using the Planning Portal:
•  To find your application numbers / information, Please click here for the link and follow the instructions•  Click on the link to view and comment on planning applications
•   If you have a planning application number or the first line of the address:
•  You can type this into the simple search screen click on search then the Related Items Tab.
•  Under the Heading Click link below to view planning history, Click on the address of the property (Please note there may be several addresses shown click on the one that is relevant to the application you are looking at)
•  Click on the Tab - Planning History
•  All the relevant applications including conditions are listed here
•  For a more detailed Property Search:
•  Click on the Property Tab followed by address search. Please ensure you follow the instruction on this screen labelled: HELP WITH THIS PAGE, on the right hand side:
• To view plans, decision notices, click on the Documents tab followed by View Associated Docs
• To view the File Correspondence:
Please visit the Customer Services Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford Borough Council
If you require assistance searching for the application numbers or copies of documents, please visit the Customer Contact Centre or ring 01234 718068 or refer the Guides   Please click here for the link and follow the instructions

 

8742

 

1.      Has there been an agreement or contract with a company/person to undertake searches for next of kin?

2.      Please provide the name of the company/person this agreement or contract has been awarded to.

3.      On what basis/criteria has the council selected the above mentioned company/person?

4.      Has the council asked for Finders International Genealogists or Estate Research to undertake searches for next of kin or to locate home owners of empty properties?

5.      Does the council have an agreement or contract with Finders Genealogists or Estate Research?

6.      How many cases have been referred to Finders International Genealogists or Estate Research?

7.      Please provide names of the cases referred to Finders International Genealogists or Estate Research?

8.      Please provide a copy of a contract or agreement which enables the council to work with Finders International Genealogists or Estate Research  (including details supplied by the company)

9.      Please send a copy of the contract or agreement which was used to secure a contract with the company to locate next of kin for either public health funerals or empty/derelict homes (including details supplied by the company).

10.   If the council does not use Finders International Genealogists or Estate Research, to locate next of kin or home owners of vacant, derelict or unused property, please provide details of the name of company used, the criteria used for this company’s selection and a copy of the agreement or contract (including details supplied by the company).

11.   Has the council put out a contract, over the last 5 years, to search for a supplier to undertake next of kin searches or to locate owners of empty homes? Please provide a copy of the contract and who it was awarded to (including details supplied by the company).

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

1.   No agreement/contract.

2.    Not applicable.

3.    Not applicable

4.   Yes, only to locate next of kin – no monies in estate.

5.  No agreement

6. Estate Research  - 1

   Finders UK – 1

  Finders International - 2

 

7.   Estate Research – Eric Weavell – 2014

 Finder UK – Alma Jackson – 2014

 Finders International – Rita Partle – 2015 John Parrish - 2015

8.  Not applicable

9. Not applicable

10. Not applicable.

11.  No.

 

22/4/16

 

8743

 

I write in accordance with Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA 2000”) to request disclosure of any information held by Bedford Borough Council (“the Public Authority”) relating to Sporting Rights, or any other permissions granted, which allow the driving or shooting of game (as defined by Section 2, Game Act 1831) or snipe, woodcock and waterfowl (as defined by Schedule 2, Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981) over its land or land it leases for such a purpose.

The information I request is as follows:

  1. Does the Public Authority have any arrangement(s) such as, or similar to, that described above?
  2. If yes, what are the terms and length(s) of the arrangement(s)?

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
1The Council only grants shooting rights to agricultural tenants.  The rights can only be pursued on land held by the tenant either under an Agricultural Holdings Act agreement, or a Farm Business Tenancy.
2.The shooting rights can be terminated at any given time and run concurrently to the agricultural tenancy.
•The shooting rights provide:-
‘shooting and carrying away for his own use all manner of game including ground game and all such wildfowl and other birds as it shall for the time being be lawful so to shoot’
‘the Licensee to observe strictly the Game Laws, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1982, the Firearms Act 1968 and the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 and all legislation for the protection of birds and wildlife)
•The Agricultural Holdings Act  agreement provides that the Landlord retains the rights to:-
‘all game including nests and eggs of the same and (subject to the provisions of the Ground Game Act 1880 and the Ground Game (Amendment Act 1906) all wild-fowl hares rabbits and fish with the exclusive right subject as aforesaid for the Landlords and all persons authorised by them to preserve the same and to hunt course fish shoot and sport on the Holding’
•The Farm Business Tenancy agreement provides:-
‘subject to the Ground Game Act 1880 as amended by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Ground Game (Amendment) Act 1906 all game including hares and rabbits and all wildfowl woodcock snipe and other wild birds listed in the Third Schedule to the Protection of Birds Act 1954 including their nests and eggs and all fish and foxes together with the exclusive right subject as aforesaid for the Landlord and all persons authorised by it to go upon the Holding and to rear conserve kill and take away the same and to hunt course hawk shoot sport and fish on or over the Holding’
Farm Business Tenancies are now granted when Agricultural Holdings Act agreements come to their term end date.

15/4/16

 

8744

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I'm writing to enquire the amount of revenue generated/permits issued for the controlled parking zone K, which covers Clarendon Street, Palmerston Street, Beaconsfield Street and Park Road West from the period of 2000-2005, 2005-2010 and 2010-2015.

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.

2000/2005 – 0/£0

2005/2010 – 161 permits/£4792

2010/2015 – 1455 permits/£25961

 

4/4/16

 

8745

 

Irwin Road, Bedford,

Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

Con29R 3.7 Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:

b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?

Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

Con29R 3.12 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

1/4/16

 

8746

 

Re Interchange Retail Park

1.       Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council's Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part IIA undertaking)? If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.

2.       Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site uses, leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.? If there have been any intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please provide dates and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports are publicly available.

3.       Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills located within a 250m radius of the site:

a)         The location of all landfills, both closed and operational (i.e. National Grid Reference and location plan if available).

b)         Dates when the landfill was operational.

c)          Types of waste deposited.

d)         Any information on volume of waste deposited, depth of infilling and landfill structure.

e)         Details of any landfill gas monitoring, site investigation or gas spiking undertaken at the landfill or in the immediate vicinity of the site.

4.       Have elevated indoor radon gas concentrations been identified within buildings on or within 100m of the site? Have radon protection measures been required in buildings on site or within 100m? If so, please provide details.

5.       Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise, odour or dust issues/complaints?  If yes, what was the nature of the issue and what was the outcome?      

6.       Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site? If yes what is the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?

7.       Please provide details of any Part A(2) or Part B Environmental Permits (formerly LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations) licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
1.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. This site has not been identified for inspection or further review under the Council’s strategy. 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.
2.No, there are no known contamination issues associated with the site.
Woburn Road Industrial Estate is located approximately 70m North East of the site, beyond the railway line. This is, and has been, subject to various industrial uses and so appears on our list of sites to inspect. However, we are not aware of any spillages or contamination which have been detected there, nor of any intrusive inspections undertaken there.
3.Please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website , for location of landfills. You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).
4.The site is not located in a radon protection zone. We do not hold any more detailed information regarding radon.
5.We are not aware of any nuisance issues relating to odour or contamination on land associated with the site or neighbouring properties.
6.We are not aware of any private water supplies on or close to the site.
7.We have details of the following authorised processes on the nearby Woburn Industrial Estate:
•The TT Shop, 17 Triumph Way, Woburn Rd Industrial Estate:
Waste oil burner, no longer operating within the parameters of this legislation.
•Interfoam Ltd, Unit 15/16/17 D Ronald Close, Woburn Rd Industrial Estate: Di-isocyanate process (foam making).

22/4/16

 

8747

 

1.   The total number of speed cameras.

2.   The total amount of money made from speed cameras. 

3.   The two highest grossing speed cameras in 2015 - and what they grossed. 

I would like the information for part one and two given annually from January 2013 until the time my request is dealt with.

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

1.   The total number of speed cameras.

Bedford Borough Council is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of 10 fixed safety cameras at 6 locations which are used for speed enforcement by Bedfordshire Police.  In addition there are 6 Average Speed Camera sites, with similar arrangements with Bedfordshire Police.

2.   The total amount of money made from speed cameras. 

Bedford Borough Council is not responsible for the operational use of speed cameras.  This is within the remit of the Police as the enforcement authority.  In order to obtain an answer to this specific question we recommend that you contact Bedfordshire Police.

3.   The two highest grossing speed cameras in 2015 - and what they grossed. Please see answer to 2 above.

13/4/16

 

8748

 

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

High Street

Yelden

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:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

29/3/16

 

8749

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can you tell me:

 - Whether your local authority provides a pest control service?

 - How many people the local authority has employed as pest controllers in each year since 2009-10

 - One how many occasions local authority pest controllers have have been called out to homes and businesses in each year since 2009-10

I refer to your recent enquiry 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 some of the information you requested.

Please click here for the attachment on pest control service

19/4/16

 

8750

 

1. Who within the Local Authority, has commissioning responsibility for adults over 65? Please provide

a.     Name

b.     Job title

c.     Telephone number

d.     Email address

2. The gross total expenditure on older person’s services

a.     Total

b.     Allocated to residential care

c.     Allocated to nursing care

d.     Domiciliary care

Please supply this information by financial year for 2009/10 to 2015/16 (give budgeted spend for 2016 if figures are unavailable)

3.The number of older people (age 65+) the council has placed and funded in

a)     In residential care

b)     In residential EMI care

c)     In nursing care

d)     In nursing EMI care

e)     In domiciliary care

Please supply this information by year for for 2009/10 to 2015/16 (give predicted figures if not yet known)

4. The number of older people (age 65+) the council has assessed and are privately funded in

a.     In residential care

b.     In residential EMI care

c.     In nursing care

d.     In nursing EMI care

e.     In domiciliary care

Please supply this information by year for for 2009/10 to 2015/16 (give predicted figures if not yet known)

5. The number of older people (age 65+) the council has placed and have LA funding, but are also subject to a third party top up

a.     In residential care

b.     In residential EMI care

c.     In nursing care

d.     In nursing EMI care

Please supply this information by year for 2009/10 to 2015/16 (give predicted figures if not yet known)

6. The number of older people age (65+) in the council area who are completely privately funding their care

a.     In residential care

b.     In residential EMI care

c.     In nursing care

d.     In nursing EMI care

Please supply this information by year for 2009/10 to 2015/16 (give predicted figures if not yet known)

7. The number of care homes in the council area registered to cater for

a.     Older person’s residential care

b.     Older person’s nursing care

c.     EMI care

8.     Does the Local Authority have a banding system for fee rates? (Yes or No)

9. If ‘no’ to question 8, what are the Local Authority fees for

a.     Older person’s residential placements

b.     Older person’s residential EMI placements

c.     Older person’s nursing placements

d.     Older person’s nursing EMI placements

10.  If ‘yes’ to question 8, how are fee bands defined/structured for (Example- Band 1, Band 2, Band 3; or Gold, Silver, Bronze; etc)

a.     Older person’s residential placements

b.     Older person’s residential EMI placements

c.     Older person’s nursing placements

d.     Older person’s nursing EMI placements

11.  What are the current fees associated with each band for (Example Band 1 - £378)

a.     Older person’s residential placements

b.     Older person’s residential EMI placements

c.     Older person’s nursing placements

d.     Older person’s nursing EMI placements

Please supply this information by year for 2009/10 to 2015/16 (give predicted figures if not yet known)

12.  Who are the Local Authorities preferred providers for

a.     Older person’s residential placement

b.     Older person’s residential EMI placement

c.     Older person’s nursing placement

d.     Older person’s nursing EMI placement

e.     Domiciliary care

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

Please click here for the answers in respect of commissioning

 

Please click here for the spreadsheet 

21/4/16

 

8751

 

Please provide me with the 2 complete lists as per my criteria below: 

List 1). A complete list of business premises that are currently occupied with Rateable values from £100 to £50,000 inclusive, that are currently NOT in receipt of Retail Relief. I request the list to include the following information for each premises : 

Occupier (Where Possible) 

Full Business address 

Rateable Value 

Property Description 

Rates Liability (Rates Payable) 

Date they are liable from 

An indication of whether the account is live or not 

Billing Authority reference number

List 2). A complete list of business premises that are currently occupied with Rateable values under £18,000 that are currently NOT in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief. I request the list to include the following information for each premises : 

Occupier (Where Possible) 

Full Business address 

Rateable Value 

Property Description 

Rates Liability (Rates Payable) 

Date they are liable from 

An indication of whether the account is live or not 

Billing Authority reference number

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

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

 

25/4/16

 

8752

 

Can you provide answers for the financial years 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2015-2015 and 2015-2016 please.

1.       How many children were taken into care in your council area during each financial year?

2.       How many of these children were taken into care for substance misuse by a parent as a contributing factor?

3.       How many referrals were there for unborn children to be taken into care because of the mother being on drugs when pregnant/substance misuse by a parent as a contributing factor?

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.
Can you provide answers for the financial years 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2015-2015 and 2015-2016 please.
1.How many children were taken into care in your council area during each financial year?
Answer:
•2011-12 = 120
•2012-13 = 135
•2013-14 = 105
•2014-15 = 120
•2015-16 (so far as at end of February 2016) = 117
2.How many of these children were taken into care for substance misuse by a parent as a contributing factor?
Answer: We do not hold this information. Substance misuse by a parent is not one of central government’s official reasons for becoming looked after.  Therefore this data does not exist.
3.How many referrals were there for unborn children to be taken into care because of the mother being on drugs when pregnant/substance misuse by a parent as a contributing factor?
Answer: We do not hold this information. Mother being on drugs when pregnant/substance misuse by a parent is not one of central government’s official reasons for referral or becoming looked after.  Therefore this data does not exist.

13/4/16

 

8753

 

We are currently doing some research around health and social care and require information that relates to the organisation’s live contracts around health and social care which could include Adult Services and Children Services.

Can you please provide me the full version of your contracts register (Excel) that lists all the contract the organisation has around health and social care?

Please do not send me a simple contract’s register that only list contract dates and supplier names as I require department, categories and contract owner.

We are currently conducting this research within your region and have also contacted similar organisations to obtain the same information.Please if possible, can you include:

1.       Existing Supplier

2.       Annual Spend

3.       Contract Brief

4.       Contract Dates

5.       Department

6.       Product Categories – The more the better.

7.       Contract Owner including job title and email 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

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

 

25/4/16

 

8754

 

I would like to know

1) What software licenses the ITC team owns (size and module):

2) Existing/Current Supplier:

3) Current maintenance contract duration (Please can you also include notes if the contract includes any contract extension periods):

4) Contract expiry date (When the maintenance/support is due for renewal again):

5) Contract review date (An approximate date of when the organisation is planning to review this particular contract):

6) Internal Contact within the Network area (The person from within the organisation that is responsible for reviewing and renewing this particular platform. Please include there full name, job title, direct contact number and direct email address.):

7) And procurement process that takes places to renew the maintenance/support contract (framework name, three quotes, etc.):

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

1) What software licenses the ITC team owns (size and module): Orion Platform Module - unlimited; Network Configuration Manager (NCM) - 500; Network Performance Monitor (NPM) - Unlimited; User Device Tracker (UDT) – 5,000

2) Existing/Current Supplier: SolarWinds

3) Current maintenance contract duration (Please can you also include notes if the contract includes any contract extension periods): 12 months, annual renewal

4) Contract expiry date (When the maintenance/support is due for renewal again): 25/09/16

5) Contract review date (An approximate date of when the organisation is planning to review this particular contract): 3 months before expiry therefore 26th June 2016.

6) Internal Contact within the Network area (The person from within the organisation that is responsible for reviewing and renewing this particular platform. Please include there full name, job title, direct contact number and direct email address.): Rughbir Singh, Head of ICT Operations – contact details as above

7) And procurement process that takes places to renew the maintenance/support contract (framework name, three quotes, etc.): currently rolling contract

22/4/16

 

8755

 

 Many care homes encourage residents to do chores such as cleaning, cooking, preparing food and gardening, sometimes in return for payment.

The questions below refer to all care homes that are either run by your council or receive any money from your council.

1.

Please can you disclose the names of every care home run by your council or that receives any money from your council where residents do chores?

2.

For each of the homes named in point 1, please provide a full list of the chores that residents do.

3.

For each of the homes named in point 1, please state the length of time – in years or months – that residents have been used to do chores at the home.

4.

For each of the homes named in point 1, please state whether or not the home pays residents to do chores.

5.

For each of the homes where residents are paid to do chores, please state how much residents are paid to do chores.

Please make clear exactly how they are paid – for instance, are they paid a standard daily, weekly, monthly or yearly salary? If so how much is this? Alternatively, are they paid per chore? If so, please disclose how much they are paid per chore. If payment has changed since 2011, please indicate how it has changed – for instance, residents may have received a set wage in 2014, which went up in 2015. If so, please disclose in full details of resident pay for chores in the past and the details of their pay now.

6.

For each of the homes where residents are paid to do chores, please disclose how much the home has paid residents in wages in each of the financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

7.

For each of the homes where residents are paid to do chores, please disclose how much the home has paid employees, including casual workers, in each of the financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

8.

For each of the homes where residents are paid to do chores, please disclose how much the home has paid professional cleaners, including casual workers, in the financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

9.

For each of the homes where residents are paid to do chores, please disclose how much the home has paid kitchen staff, including casual workers, in each of the financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

10.

For each of the homes where residents are paid to do chores, please disclose how much the home has paid gardeners, including casual workers, in each of the financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

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

Bedford Borough Council are not aware of any private residential providers that require service users to perform chores paid or unpaid e.g. gardening , cleaning or food preparation.

None of our residents undertake chores and residents who partake in light housework or light gardening do so from choice and for meaningful occupation.

 

22/4/16

 

8756

 

 Can you please provide me with all correspondence from the former and current Secretary of State for Transport, and from any of the former and current Ministers of Transport from the Department of Transport regarding shared space roads / shared space public realm sent to the council from 2011 to the present day. Also please can you provide, all correspondence sent from the council to the Department of Transport on shared space roads / shared space public realm from January 2011 to present.  

Thank you for your request for information about shared space which we received on 27 March 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

 

The only correspondence received to date from the Department for Transport relating to the shared space and public was sent to Bedford Borough Council on 18 March and is attached for your information.

 

 

12/4/16

 

8757

 

Please advise:

1. What funding, if any, has been provided from your Council's Public

Health budget for personal health plans over the past 12 months?

2. How many people have signed up for a personal health plan in the

past 12 months?

3. Of those who have signed up in the past 12 months how many are

recorded to have:

a) Drunk less alcohol.

b) Lost weight

c) Given up smoking.

I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1. None. Bedford Borough Council does not fund personal health plans from the Public Health budget.

2. Not applicable.

3. Not applicable.

 

4/4/16

 

8758

 

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

West Grove

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:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

1/4/16

 

8759

 

Please can you state the names of your current providers of Enforcement (Bailiff) Services for Revenues (Council Tax and NNDR) and/or Parking services?

Please can you state whether this work is let through a contract or an SLA?

What was the start date for  the contract or SLA  for each of these providers and services  and when is it due to end?

Is there any provision to extend the contract, and  if so, for how long?

How many warrants and/or liability orders were sent to Enforcement Agencies for each of these services in the financial years ending March 2014 and 2015?

Do the Enforcement Agents provide any debt collection service for you? Which debts do they collect on your behalf?

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:
Please can you state the names of your current providers of Enforcement (Bailiff) Services for Revenues (Council Tax and NNDR) and/or Parking services?
Equita
Bristow & Sutor
Please can you state whether this work is let through a contract or an SLA?
Contract
What was the start date for the contract or SLA for each of these providers and services and when is it due to end?
The contracts commenced on 1 May 2015 with the end date being 1 May 2018 (both contracts)
Is there any provision to extend the contract, and if so, for how long?
There is an option to extend for a further two years (both contracts)
How many warrants and/or liability orders were sent to Enforcement Agencies for each of these services in the financial years ending March 2014 and 2015?
                        2013/2014        2014/2015
Council Tax             4,239          4,290
NNDR                      332            296
Parking Services       2325          4650

Do the Enforcement Agents provide any debt collection service for you? Which debts do they collect on your behalf?
As part of the contract the Enforcement Agents provide a debt collection service in respect of Sundry Debts and Housing Benefit overpayments and collection of unpaid parking fines.

26/4/16

 

8760

 

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

Plot 4 Thomas James Close

Elstow

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:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

1/4/16

 

8761

 

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

Plot 5

Thomas James Close

Elstow

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:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

1/4/16

 

8762

 

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

Jowitt Ave, Kempston

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

1/4/16

 

8763

 

We are investigating an injury claim on behalf of X which occurred on 22/10/2015 at St Johns Avenue,

Please provide us with the following information:

1) Copies of your inspection records for the above location for 12 months prior to this incident.

2) Copies any reports/customer service complaints.

3) Copies of any section 81 notices issued .

Your request information about  X Insurance Claim which occurred at St Johns Avenue, Kempston, has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

Copies of your inspection records for the above location for 12 months prior to this incident. Please see attached.

Copies of any reports/customer service complaintsPlease see attached

Copies of any section 81 notices issued to X Please see attached

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

 

9/5/15

 

8764

 

Please can you send me answers to the following 4 questions:

For each financial year since 2011 (i.e. for the past 5 financial years):

1)      What was the total spend on/gross cost of placing people in Temporary Accommodation?

NB: I would like the answer to be broken down into annual figures for each financial year since 2011: 2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2013-2014; 2014-2015 and 2015-up to and including 29/03/16).

2)      How many weeks-worth of Temporary Accommodation was purchased?

NB: I would like the answer to be broken down into annual figures for each financial year since 2011: 2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2013-2014; 2014-2015 and 2015-up to and including 29/03/16).

3)      How much of the total spend on/gross cost of placing people in Temporary Accommodation was met by Central Government?

NB: I would like the answer to be broken down into annual figures for each financial year since 2011: 2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2013-2014; 2014-2015 and 2015-up to and including 29/03/16).

4)      How much of the total spend on/gross cost of placing people in Temporary Accommodation was met by the Local Authority?

NB: I would like the answer to be broken down into annual figures for each financial year since 2011: 2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2013-2014; 2014-2015 and 2015-up to and including 29/03/16).

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested ( in respect of Question 2, this had been withdrawn from requestor) 

 

Please click here for the infomation on temporary accommodation

25/4/16

 

8765

 

Would you please under a Freedom of Information request let me have answers to the following.

Details of any inspections carried out on that section of road in the two years before my wife hit the pothole.

Details of any carriageway defects identified during these inspections.

Details of the way in which the carriageway is inspected.

The intended frequency of these inspections.

The criteria for repairing a pothole – that is to say, how large one must be before it is repaired.

The time period between the first report of a pothole and its repair.

Details of any and all complaints about the state of the road surface on the section of road in question in the two years beforehand.

Thank you for your request for information about highway maintenance records for Park Road, Roxton, which we received on 29 March 2016. Your request has been  considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Details of any inspections carried out on that section of road in the two years before my wife hit the pothole.

Please see Inspections report attached

Details of any carriageway defects identified during these inspections.

Please see Inspections report attached

Details of the way in which the carriageway is inspected.

Inspections are driven at 20mph in a liveried vehicle with beacons. There are usually two people, one driving and the second person recording and marking up defects. On minor/estate roads inspections may be carried out by a single Inspector.

The intended frequency of these inspections.

The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections is 84 Days

The criteria for repairing a pothole – that is to say, how large one must be before it is repaired.

Category 1 potholes must be a minimum of 50mm depth, 150mm wide and have a vertical face. All other potholes are classed as Category 2.

The time period between the first report of a pothole and its repair.

The maintenance priorities for Category 1 and Category 2 repairs are as follows: Category 1 defects are made safe or repaired within 24hrs.  Category 2 defects are repaired during planned programmed works within 28 days.

Details of any and all complaints about the state of the road surface on the section of road in question in the two years beforehand.Please see Helpdesk report attached

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

13/4/16

 

8766

 

Information regarding: 

  • Service Category
  • Are you interested in cost savings / service improvements
  • Annual Spend
  • Annual Transanction value
  • Annual Number of Transanction
  • Merchant accounts
  • Payment gateway service
  • Card acceptance package
  • Direct Debits
  • Swipe cards & Barcode
  • Procurement cards
  • Voice Response systems
  • Automated Payment Systems

 

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

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

 

21/4/16

 

8767

 

Can you please provide the following information for your Children’s Social Care Case Management IT system:

• System’s name and suppliers name?

•  How much is the support and maintanance?

•  How much was your total spend on the application for the last year ? 

•  When is the system due for renewal?

•  Who in your Local Authority has ownership for this system?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Can you please provide the following information for your Children’s Social Care Case Management IT system:
• System’s name and suppliers name?
Answer: AzeusCare - Azeus UK Limited
• How much is the support and maintenance?
Answer: £47,300 in 2015/2016
• How much was your total spend on the application for the last year? 
Answer: £302,000
• When is the system due for renewal?
Answer: Current contractual arrangement ends March 2017.
• Who in your Local Authority has ownership for this system?
Answer: Darryl Freeman, Assistant Director / Chief Social Worker

26/4/16

 

8768 - 8778

 

1: Please state the budget allocated by your local authority for each financial year (a) 2014/15, (b) 2015/16 and (c) 2016/17 for (i) contraception, (ii) HIV prevention, (iii) GUM services and (iv) all sexual and reproductive health services

 2:Please confirm or deny whether cuts were made to your local authority’s budget in-year during the financial year 2015/16 for (i) contraception and (ii) all sexual and reproductive health services

a)    If confirmed, please disclose how much money was cut from your local authority’s budget in-year during the financial year 2015/16 for (i) contraception and (ii) all sexual and reproductive health services

 3:Please confirm or deny whether your local authority has a policy or contract in place for providers of contraceptive services that does not include a requirement to treat non-residents of your local authority

a)    If confirmed please supply details, including restrictions in provision, prescribing or access to services for non-residents of your local authority

4: Please confirm or deny if you have received invoices for contraceptive services provided to residents of your local authority that have been undertaken out of your local area in the past 12 months

a)    If confirmed, please indicate if you pay invoices received for contraceptive services undertaken out of your local area (a) always, (b) after further investigation, or (c) never.

 5: Please confirm or deny whether your local authority has any policy or contract in place that restricts access to specialist and/or community contraceptive services (not supplied by general practice) to women on the basis of age

a)    If confirmed please supply the local authority’s policy or contract on restricting access to contraceptive services

6:  Please confirm or deny whether your local authority has put in place, or plans to put in place, any restrictions (due to a woman’s age or place of residence) on the prescribing or availability across general practitioners and community settings of (i) any methods of emergency contraception, (ii) long-acting reversible contraceptive methods or (iii) other contraceptive methods during the financial year in (1) 2015/16 and (2) 2016/17

a)    If confirmed please supply the details, including restrictions in provision, prescribing or availability of formulations for individual methods

 7: Please confirm or deny whether, for the financial years (i) 2015/16 and (ii) 2016/17, service specifications for community pharmacists providing emergency contraception stipulated an upper age limit for those able to receive emergency contraception free of charge

 8: Please state the number of contracts you held with primary care service providers in your area to provide the fitting and removal of intra-uterine devices (IUD) and systems (IUS) for the financial years (i) 2015/16 and (ii) 2016/17

 9:Please confirm or deny if your local authority has commissioned a free condom distribution scheme in the financial year (a) 2015/6 and (b) 2016/17

 10: Please confirm or deny if your local authority has closed any sites delivering contraceptive care in the financial year 2015/16, or will be closing any sites delivering contraceptive care in the financial year 2016/17

11: Please state the number of sites in your local authority contracted to deliver specialist and/or community contraceptive services (not supplied by general practice) in the financial years (i) 2015/16 and (ii) 2016/17

 

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

 

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

 

Please find attached the information requested below

 

 

Please click here for contraception

 

Please click here for the budget information

27/4/16

 

8779

 

In the 2015 calendar year how many children were taken into care where there was a recorded concern that the parents/carers were at risk of physical violence from the child? Please state the ages of the children involved.

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.
In the 2015 calendar year how many children were taken into care where there was a recorded concern that the parents/carers were at risk of physical violence from the child? Please state the ages of the children involved.
Response: 4.  Due to low numbers we are unable to provide the ages of the children as this could make them identifiable.*
* Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that this is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA). An explanation follows below.
We are unable to provide this due to the low numbers of children/young people in the cohort and this could make them identifiable.

26/4/16

 

8780

 

Please supply me with a list for the following aspects of democratic services:

-Type of governance system for the Authority (committee/executive/hybrid) -Total Number of elected members -Training/development programme for Members, if one exists -Training/development budget for all Members -Number of Member training events held in previous 12 months -Name of training provider for each event

 

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

Please click here for the information regarding members

22/4/16

 

8781

 

 I would like to know:
i) The total number of complaints received by the Council regarding waste collection annually over the past 5 years. I would therefore request the number of complaints annually in 2011; 2012, 2013; 2014 and 2015.
ii) a break down of the complaints indicated in i) : how many of them in each year relate to failed collection of household rubbish? What do the other complaints relate to?
iii) How often are household bins collected by the Council?
iv) How many different categories of household bin does the Council collect? What are they?

 

Thank you for your request for information about complaints regarding waste collection which we received on 31 March 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please attached in respect of waste collection

 

Attached of the breakedown

19/4/16

 

8782

 

If you could advise me what the current policy of the council is with regards to scanning cats found dead on the road/pavement etc and collected by yourselves? Are RTA’s routinely scanned? Is a register kept with details of when and where cats were found, along with a description of the colour etc?

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
The information requested is below 
I was wondering if you could advise me what the current policy of the council is with regards to scanning cats found dead on the road/pavement etc and collected by yourselves? Are RTA’s routinely scanned? Is a register kept with details of when and where cats were found, along with a description of the colour etc? - The Council has a Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) as attached.

 

21/4/16

 

8783

 

 1.What was the total budget spend by the authority on rehabilitation services for blind and partially sighted adults in
a) 2015/16
b) 2016/17
2.How many rehabilitation officers and assistants of visual impairment are employed by the authority (or the organisation delivering rehab services), and what is their full time equivalent?
3.Does the authority plan to review or to make changes to the structured programme of adult’s vision rehabilitation services? If yes, please provide information on the planned changes.
4.Does the authority operate eligibility criteria in order for people to access vision rehabilitation services? If yes please provide a copy of the criteria. 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1.What was the total budget spend by the authority on rehabilitation services for blind and partially sighted adults in
a) 2015/2016 - £86,580
b) 2016/2017 - £84,530
2.How many rehabilitation officers and assistants of visual impairment are employed by the authority (or the organisation delivering rehab services), and what is their full time equivalent?
We currently have 1 Full Time and 1 Part Time Rehabilitation workers covering Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire.
3.Does the authority plan to review or to make changes to the structured programme of adult’s vision rehabilitation services? If yes, please provide information on the planned changes.
There are no plans to change the service at this time.
4.Does the authority operate eligibility criteria in order for people to access vision rehabilitation services? If yes please provide a copy of the criteria. 
There is no specific criteria for eligibility for rehabilitation services and The Care Act eligibility applies to the team as a whole.

28/4/16

 

8784

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, i request Bedford council to provide me with the following information:
Whether the local authority maintains public toilet facilities in the area?
How many public toilets is the local authority responsible for maintaining?
How many public toilets was the local authority responsible for maintaining in 2010?
How many public toilets in the local authority have closed since 2010 as a result of budget cuts?

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. 
· Whether the local authority maintains public toilet facilities in the area?  YES
·  How many public toilets is the local authority responsible for maintaining?
Attended           2
Unattended        8
Automated APC/USL      2
· How many public toilets was the local authority responsible for maintaining in 2010?
Attended          5
Unattended       5
Automated APC/USL    11
How many public toilets in the local authority have closed since 2010 as a result of budget cuts?
Attended          3
Unattended        increased
Automated APC/USL    9

13/4/16

 

8785

 

1.How many refugees your council has resettled to date under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme.

2. How many refugees your council has committed to take at a future date under the scheme.

I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that this is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute
exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).
An explanation follows below.
We are unable to provide this due to the low numbers (5 or less) and this could make individuals identifiable.

26/4/16

 

8786

 

Please can you confirm:
1. The total number of permanent signal sites currently managed by your highway authority.
2. The total operational cost of your signal stock for 2015/16 (or the latest financial year for which final details are known) - including management, power, repair etc.
3. The total number and cost of new installations for 2015/16 (or the latest year) - and upon whom these costs fell.
4. The locations of any proposed/prospective new installations and planned refurbishments of existing sites.
5. What assessments of your traffic signal stock/operation have taken place in the light of prevailing economic conditions.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:
The total number of permanent signal sites currently managed by your highway authority
120 permanent sites
The total operational cost of your signal stock for 2015/16 (or the latest financial year for which final details are known) - including management, power, repair etc.
2014/15 = £117,800
The total number and cost of new installations for 2015/16 (or the latest year) - and upon whom these costs fell.
2014/15 - There were no new installations, only refurbishment works = £162,000.  These costs fell upon the Borough Council.
The locations of any proposed/prospective new installations and planned refurbishments of existing sites.
Programme is under review
What assessments of your traffic signal stock/operation have taken place in the light of prevailing economic conditions.
Transport asset management under review, long term programme of signal refurbishments being developed.

27/4/16

 

8787

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Little Barford
St. Neots
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.

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

 

 

1/4/16

 

8788

 

 1.Please state the name, job title and contact details of the person completing this form
2.Do you plan on reducing the overall budget allocated for the specialist education support service for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2016/17?
Yes/No/Don’t know
If yes or don’t know, please give details
3.Do you plan on reducing the overall number of specialist education staff working with deaf/hearing impaired children in 2016/17?
Yes/No
4.Please give details of the budgeted spend for specialist education services for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
5.Do the figures above include any budgeted spend on children without a hearing impairment?   (e.g. visually impaired children, other SEN etc)
i.Yes/No
ii.If yes, please provide details (e.g. visually impaired children, other SEN etc)
6.Please give details of budgeted staffing levels in the specialist education service for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2015/16 and 2016/17. 
7Are there any plans to review the service provided by the specialist education service for deaf/hearing impaired children in 2016/17?
i.Yes/No
ii.If yes, please provide details, brief outline and timeline
8.If you would like to provide any further information about education provision for deaf children in your area in 2016/17, please do so

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

Response: Please see word document attached.

 

 

28/4/16

 

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