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9402

 

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act relating to a road your authority is responsible for maintaining.

Specifically, my query relates to “Park Road” between Toddington Village and Milton Brian.

Please can you send me:

1)      A copy of your current road maintenance policy relating to that road. Please send me the full policy,  this should include details of the intended frequency of road safety inspections, how these inspections should be conducted and the maximum time between identification of a defect and repairs being carried out.

2)      A copy of the road repair history for that road over the past year. Again, please send me the full road repair history,  this should include:
- dates of all safety inspections between  01.01.2016 and  01.08.2016
- details of how safety inspections were undertaken (walked or driven, speed of inspection vehicle etc)
- details of all carriageway defects identified, with description, date and time
- details of how the authority handled these defects, what repairs were undertaken and the time between the identification of each defect and a repair being carried out.

 

 Thank you for your request for information about road maintenance which we received on 15/8/16. 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 hold this information. Their contact detail is accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk  or alternatively we can transfer your request to Central Bedfordshire. Please let us know how you would like to proceed.

16/8/16

 

9403

 

 The information we require is around adult learning disability services.
Adult learning disability services
Please provide information on the following:
1.In the last financial year (e.g. 1st April 2015 – 31st March 2016), excluding local authority provision, which 5 providers of adult learning disability services were in receipt of most funding from your Local Authority and in total how much funding did they receive? Please complete the table below, if possible in rank order with provider 1 being the provider that received the most local authority funding.

Name of provider  Funding received (£)
Provider 1: 
Provider 2: 
Provider 3: 
Provider 4: 
Provider 5: 

 

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 and this is detailed below:
           
Name of provider      Funding received (£)
Provider 1: Fremantle Trust 2,252,877
Provider 2: Mentaur Ltd 1,745,122
Provider 3: Turning Point Services Ltd 1,586,933
Provider 4: Social Care Solutions Ltd 941,694
Provider 5: Lansdowne Care Services 725,457
 

22/8/16

 

9404

 

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

Horne Lane

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

16/8/16

 

9405

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am submitting the following requests;  

1.How many live applications does your Local Authority currently have on your housing list for wheelchair accessible housing?

2. How many wheelchair accessible homes were let to wheelchair users in the years of 2014 and 2015 in your locality through your general needs housing process?

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information.  BPHA administer the register on our behalf and hold this information. Their contact detail is BPHA Limited, Bedford Heights, Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7BJ or alternatively we can transfer your request to BPHA. Please let us know how you would like to proceed.

17/8/16

 

9406

 

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

Old School Gardens

Wootton

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

16/8/16

 

9407

 

I am currently working on a project about disabled driving across the UK. As part of this, and if possible, could you please provide me with the following information:

  • How many blue badges are there currently active across your authority?
  • How many disabled bays are found at car parks across your authority?
  • How many fines were issued for people parking illegally in disabled bays across your authority over the past 12 months?
 

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

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

Please find the information you requested below.

  • How many blue badges are there currently active across your authority?

On 31st July 2016 there were 6168.

  • How many disabled bays are found at car parks across your authority?

In total there are 74.

  • How many fines were issued for people parking illegally in disabled bays across your authority over the past 12 months?

From 1st August 2015 up to and including 15th August 2016 344 Penalty Charge Notices have been issued.

26/8/169

 

 9408

 

I am currently seeking updated quarterly performance data from your plan’s alternative asset holdings for the following date(s): Q1 2016 and Q2 2016. Interested asset classes include private equity, venture capital, real estate and real assets.

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

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

2.       Commitments made to each partnership.

3.       Contributions drawn down since inception.

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

5.       Net Asset Value of each partnership.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

16/8/16

 

9409

 

 

 

I am looking to for data on homeowners that are behind on their mortgage payments. They may have had a court hearing and have fallen into arrears.

 

 

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

The Council does not hold this data. There are historic mortgage accounts with the Council, however, there are no mortgage accounts in arrears.

In respect of Court Hearings, contact should be made with Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).

 

24/8/16

 

 9410

 

 

I am writing to under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request details of your authority's yearly spend on drug and alcohol addiction services between 2010 and 2015, and your projected spend for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

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

 

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

15/9/16

 

9411

 

I'm looking to get hold of some information on HMO Licenses in Bedford. I would like to request the following information:

How many operate in each ward of the borough.

I would like to know the list of addresses, the borough in and who holds the licenses for these properties in Bedford.

 

 

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

 

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

14/9/16

 

9412

 

RE:Chessington Close Bedford

Environmental Search indicates that the property is in an area which may be designated as "contaminated land", as defined in part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990"

I have been asked to provide confirmation from the Environmental Officer at the Local Authority if this is the case or not.

 Thank you for your request for information about  Chessington Close, Bedford which we received on 16th August 2016. 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. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, by virtue of being part of the Riverfield Drive Estate, parts of which were formerly occupied by a power station, and an associated landfill site. It will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements.

It is not possible to state when our assessment will be undertaken. At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or not it expects this site to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in the course of completion.

The Riverfield Drive housing estate was constructed over a number of years

and was developed under a number of planning applications, only some of which

had associated conditions requiring investigation of contamination on

land.We would recommend that you consult with our Planning Department to find out the planning application reference under which this part of the estate was developed, whether it included any conditions requiring investigation of contamination on land and whether these were discharged.We are not aware of any comprehensive, site-wide investigation having

been made of the land underlying the estate. We have a copy of a letter from Trafalgar House Technology, who· were commissioned to undertake investigations of the (larger) site, dated 25/05/94.This indicates that they found evidence of contamination on the site, and that they laid a 1m thick capping layer over the site. No plan is included to indicate where capping layers were laid. Our records also indicate that the site survey had been agreed with This Department. This information is from a letter dated 1996. The investigation appears to have been done in 1989. I cannot comment on whether the investigation would comply with current standards,

and whether any other remediation was required and/ or carried out.

12/9/16

 

9413

 

1) How many grade 2 pressure ulcer incidents were reported regarding or from Above home between June 2010 and June 2016?

2) How many grade 3 pressure ulcer incidents were reported regarding this home between June 2010 and June 2016?

3) How many grade 4 pressure ulcer incidents were reported regarding this home between June 2010 and June 2016?

4) How many safeguarding concerns did you receive in connection with or from this Care Home between June 2010 and June 2016?

5) How many safeguarding investigations did you conduct under section 42 of the Care Act 2014 of this home between June 2010 and June 2016? I appreciate the Act did not come into effect until 2014.

6) How many of these concluded that abuse or neglect had taken place?

7) When was the Safeguarding Adults Board made aware of these concerns at the home?

8) What specific actions were taken to remedy the failings at This home?

9) How many complaints (written or otherwise) did you receive regarding this home between June 2010 and June 2016?

10) How many investigations of any kind did you conduct regarding The Care Home between June 2010 and June 2016?

11) How many of these investigations concluded that neglect or abuse had taken place?

12) Has the home ever been embargoed?

 

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

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

1) How many grade 2 pressure ulcer incidents were reported regarding or from Above home between June 2010 and June 2016?
2) How many grade 3 pressure ulcer incidents were reported regarding this home between June 2010 and June 2016?
3) How many grade 4 pressure ulcer incidents were reported regarding this home between June 2010 and June 2016?

We do not hold this information for Question 1 – 3.  However, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group may have the information and they can be contacted  Online:
or by email
to: BCCGfoi@nhs.net

Or by post to:
FOI Officer
Bedfordshire CCG
Capability House
Silsoe
BEDFORD
Bedfordshire MK45 4HR

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

Please note the information is from 01/04/15 only, when the Care Act came into effect, we do not have the data to the time scales requested.

4) How many safeguarding concerns did you receive in connection with or from this Care Home between June 2010 and June 2016?

 Between April 2015 and June 2016 we have had 8 safeguarding alerts for Crossways.

5) How many safeguarding investigations did you conduct under section 42 of the Care Act 2014 of this home between June 2010 and June 2016? I appreciate the Act did not come into effect until 2014.

1 and 1 ongoing

6) How many of these concluded that abuse or neglect had taken place?

1

7) When was the Safeguarding Adults Board made aware of these concerns at the home?

The name of the Home and provider was not shared at the SAB.

8) What specific actions were taken to remedy the failings at this home?     

 Engagement with service users , Monitoring visits liaison with multiagency CCQ and the provider management

9) How many complaints (written or otherwise) did you receive regarding this home between June 2010 and June 2016?

2 were not processed under safeguarding and treated as information sharing only
5 did not proceed to S42
1 proceeded to S42 and remains ongoing.


10) How many investigations of any kind did you conduct regarding The Care Home between June 2010 and June 2016?

2 were not processed under safeguarding and treated as information sharing only
5 did not proceed to S42
1 proceeded to S42 and remains ongoing.

11) How many of these investigations concluded that neglect or abuse had taken place?

1

12) Has the home ever been embargoed?

Bedford Borough agreed with the Voluntary suspension by provider

17/8/16

 

9414

 

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

Chapel Close

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

22/8/16

 

9415

 

For the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and to date in 2016 please detail the number of children who have been taken into care citing obesity or morbid obesity as a contributing factor.

Please indicate each child’s age, their weight, BMI and rough location.

If care proceedings have been instigated please note the reason as to why a decision to intervene was made.

 

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

Answer:

We do not hold/record any information on our database relating to the obesity of Looked After Children as this is not a specific category that we use. We undertake holistic medical assessments for care proceedings, and record the details in individual files. To obtain this information, this would require us manually checking each individual Looked After Childs file, for the years requested, which would take over 18 hours.

22/8/16

 

9416

 

RE:Howden Gardens, Biddenham, 1. We require confirmation that any relevant conditions regarding the contaminated audit of the site and any remediation work were fully discharged at the time that the property was first built.

2. Please provide any information regarding past industrial land use(s) at the site and in the surrounding area

3. Please provide information on any pollution incidents/records of contamination at the site and in the surrounding area

4. Please confirm whether the site is considered suitable for use, if it has been risk ranked in accordance with your Contaminated Land Strategy under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, what priority it has been assigned and why.

 

Thank you for your request for information about 6 Howden Gardens which we received on 17 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The information has already been provided in the e-mail from John Preston dated 17 August and confirmed by Peter Nash on 18 August 2016.  You have also been advised by Planning Services as to how to find the information on our website.

 

25/8/16

 

9417

 

 I request a copy of the most recently available public records that detail the following investment information at the partnership level.

·  Names and vintage years of all closed-ended alternative funds (private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate, real assets, natural resources, debt and infrastructure) in your institution’s portfolio

·  Date when each commitment was made

·  Commitment amount made to each partnership

· Contributions drawn down since inception and date the calculation was made

·  Distributions made to your institution to date by each individual partnership and date the calculation was made

·  Net Asset Value of each partnership and date the calculation was made

·  Internal rates of return since inception for each individual partnership and date the calculation was made

·  Investment multiple for each individual partnership and date the calculation was made

· Total management fees and costs paid for each individual partnership as percentage of committed capital

·  Hurdle rate set by each fund’s general partner

·  Proportion of carried interest which will be charged at the end of the fund life

· Key investment professionals listed for each partnership

· Names of all partnerships partially and fully sold by you including date of sale

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold any closed-ended alternative funds (private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate, real assets, natural resources, debt and infrastructure) in Bedfordshire Pension Fund’s portfolio. 

19/8/16

 

9418

 

Prices paid by Local Authorities for Children’s Homes services in 2015/16.

1. For each placement made to a private or voluntary provider’s children’s home in the year beginning 1st April 2015, please provide the actual price per week (excluding VAT) paid for the placement to the provider by your local authority.

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request with regards to Questions 1-1f of your request.  In order for us to obtain this information this would require us to cross check all cases for each week of the year, which would take over 18 hours. Information you requested:

We can however provide a response to Question 2 of your request as follows:

Q2. If your authority operates its own children’s homes, please provide the actual weekly cost of a place in your own homes for the same year (2015/16).

Response: The cost in 2015/2016 was £1,912 per week

13/9/16

 

9419

 

 

 LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST X AND "43 OTHERS" FIXED PENALTY NOTICES
I wish to know the legal advice provided by bedford's employees regarding the case highlighted
1. Have the Crown Prosecution Service started criminal proceedings against bedford Borough Council in reference to this case for perverting the course of justice?
2. Or has the legal process of this case been completed ?
3. what was the legal advice received from Bedford COUNCIL's legal department to chief executive and mayor
4. Was there documentation  by the warden concerned  that there was no signs on that route on April 29 th 2015 ?
5.if so did legal department still inform chief executive /and OR mayor she'd  behaved unlawfully ?
6.if legal department gave wrong direction .Any disciplinary (documented) action taken against those responsible for giving INCORRECT legal DIRECTION who also are employed by Bedford Borough Council ?
7. the case /order started on 29th April 2015 and council issued "notice of Discontinuation "on december 2nd 2015
 when /what date did council realise "having no sign in a place is not a defence"  was incorrect ?
8. Has the "mystery benefactor" who offered to pay x  fine been revealed to x and or  legal representative y ?
9. What is the total cost that Bedford council spent on the case and the 43 other cases which chief executive Philip Simpkins said should not have been enforced in the first place thus giving all 44 a reimbursement ?

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 find below the responses to your request for information
1.Has the Crown Prosecution Service started criminal proceedings against Bedford Borough Council in reference to this case for perverting the course of justice?
No
2.Or has the legal process of this case been completed? 
Yes
3.What was the legal advice received from Bedford Council's legal department to chief executive and mayor
This information is legally privileged and therefore is exempt under section 42 of the Freedom of Information Act. The authority believes that the public interest in maintaining the legal privilege exemption is substantial because legal privilege itself derives from the public interest in maintaining confidentiality between lawyer and client. The Authority does not believe that the public interest in justifying disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.
4.Was there documentation by the warden concerned that there were no signs on that route on April 29th 2015?
The Officer made a pocket note book entry on 29 April 2015, which was exhibited in their statement as PLW01.
5.If so did legal department still inform chief executive / and OR mayor she'd behaved unlawfully?
This information is legally privileged and therefore is exempt under section 42 of the Freedom of Information Act. The authority believes that the public interest in maintaining the legal privilege exemption is substantial because legal privilege itself derives from the public interest in maintaining confidentiality between lawyer and client. The Authority does not believe that the public interest in justifying disclosure is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the exemption.
6.If legal department gave wrong direction, any disciplinary (documented) action taken against those responsible for giving INCORRECT legal DIRECTION who also are employed by Bedford Borough Council? 
This information is not held.
7The case /order started on 29th April 2015 and council issued "notice of Discontinuation "on December 2nd 2015.  When / what date did council realise "having no sign in a place is not a defence" was incorrect? 
This information is not held.
8.Has the "mystery benefactor" who offered to pay x fine been revealed to x and or  legal representative y? 
This information is not held.
9.What is the total cost that Bedford Council spent on the x case and the 43 other cases which chief executive Philip Simpkins said should not have been enforced in the first place thus giving all 44 a reimbursement ?
The total cost is £1941.87 and is broken down as follows:
x case = £341.33
43 other cases = £1600.54

13/9/16

 

9420

 

 We would be grateful if you could provide us with the following information:
1Local authority: 
2Postcode of local authority: 
3In total, how many pet shops do you license?: 
4How many pet shops are in private dwellings? 
5How many boarding establishments do you license?:
Kennels and/or catteries: 
Home boarders: 
Doggy day care: 
6How many riding establishments do you license?: 
7How many businesses require registration under the Performing Animals Act?: 
8How many dog breeding establishments do you license?:
 

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.

1Local authority:
Bedford Borough Council
2Postcode of local authority:
MK42 9AP
3In total, how many pet shops do you license?:
7
4How many pet shops are in private dwellings?
0
5How many boarding establishments do you license?:
Kennels and/or catteries: 11
Home boarders: 0
Doggy day care: 0
6How many riding establishments do you license?:
7
7How many businesses require registration under the Performing Animals Act?:
7
8How many dog breeding establishments do you license?:
1

8/9/16

 

9421

 

 Please can you provide us with an up to date list of all of the known statutory undertakers currently operating in your area

 

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

The information you requested is attached

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

6/9/16

 

9422

 

On sustainable travel and the reduction of single car occupancy. I would be extremely grateful if the questionnaire on survey can be completed

Thank you for your request for information about staff travel which we received on 17 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The authority is able to provide you with recorded information and therefore can only answer the following questions:

1.   Bedford Borough Council

 

4.  We have implemented a travel plan to encourage sustainable travel. – No

 

9.  We have pool cars for employees to use for travel whilst at work (business travel) – Yes, we have highways vehicles for use by our maintenance teams.

13.    We have electric charging points on site – Yes.

16.    Is the Council’s social housing provision managed internally or through an external agent e.g an ALMO  ( External) – BPHA

20.    We have at least one electric vehicle in our fleet – Yes.

 

 24/8/16

 

9423

 

 

Could you provide me with the contact information for your Forces Covenant Representative.

 

 

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

Could you provide me with the contact information for your Forces Covenant Representative

The Mayor is the Armed Forces Champion email address Dave.Hodgson@bedford.gov.uk Tel: 01234 267422

Craig Austin chairs the Armed Forces Community Covenant Steering Group email address Craig.Austin@bedford.gov.uk Tel: 01234 267422

Jackie Golding the Armed Forces Coordinator email address Jackie.Golding@bedford.gov.uk Tel: 01234 267422

26/8/16

 

9424

 

 

Can I please request responses to CON29 questions 3.7(b, c, d, f, g), 3.11 & 3.12 under EIR in respect of the following property:

RE: THE LINKS, KEMPSTON, BEDFORD

 

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

22/8/16

 

9425

 

We would like to collect information on the number of families that are currently in housing provided under section 17 of the children’s act and the number of families placed into housing provided under section 17 of the Children’s Act in the last twelve months.

We would be incredibly grateful for your help.

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of information Act 2000.

1.  a) The number of households currently living in accommodation provided by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s act at the end of April 2016

b) Of which, the number of families currently provided with accommodation under section 17 because:

•  They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were not eligible for assistance

• They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were eligible for assistance but were found to be intentionally homeless

2. a) The number of households provided with accommodation by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s act, in the 12 months to April 2016

b) Of which, the number of families provided with accommodation under section 17 as:

•  They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were not eligible for assistance

• They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were eligible for assistance but were found to be intentionally homeless.

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) The number of households currently living in accommodation provided by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s act at the end of April 2016  

Response: There were 4 families we were supporting as end of April 2016 – We were funding costs for rent so although we were not providing the accommodation we were funding it.

3 were NRPF (No Recourse to Public Funds) and the other were EU Citizens “ where a family excluded by Schedule 3 NIAA is requesting Section 17 CA support”

b) Of which, the number of families currently provided with accommodation under section 17 because:

• They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were not eligible for assistance

• They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were eligible for assistance but were found to be intentionally homeless

Response: n/a

2. a) The number of households provided with accommodation by the local authority under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s act, in the 12 months to April 2016

Response: During the 12 months we funded accommodation for another 4 families on a temporary short term basis so this brings the total up to 8 for the year.

b) Of which, the number of families provided with accommodation under section 17 as:

•  They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were not eligible for assistance

•  They did not qualify for accommodation under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts because they were eligible for assistance but were found to be intentionally homeless.

Response: We do not hold/record this as the main reason for funding, rather it is usually NRPF or other.

14/9/16

 

9426

 

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000 in an excel format:-

(a) List all non-domestic properties and their addresses.

(b) The names of the Rate payers referred to above for each property (excluding all the personal information).

(c) The billing authority reference number for each property (Not the account number).

(d) The date the rate payer became liable for the bill

(e) Details of what reliefs, if any, the rate payer receives (Mandatory, Discretionary, Exempt)

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

19/8/16

 

9427

 

RE: High st clapham

What was official use of building for which non domestic rates were liable and paid.

What is the history of building from when it was first build.

The Valuation Office Agency is responsible for entering a description for a non-domestic property in the rating list.  According to the Council’s records the entries shown in the non-domestic rating list for  High Street, Clapham since the introduction of non-domestic rates in 1990 are

1 April 1990 to 23 August 2004 – Showroom and Premises

24 August 2004 to date – Business Unit and Premises

The Council does not normally hold records for the purpose of rating regarding the manner in which a property is being used.  However, the Council’s records show that during 2009 the property was unoccupied for a period of time and at that time was accepted to be a “qualifying industrial hereditament” for the purpose of unoccupied property rating.  This means the property was considered to be;

Constructed or adapted for use for one or more of the following purposes, or one or more such purposes and one or more purposes ancillary thereto—

a)  the manufacture, repair or adaptation of goods or materials, or the subjection of goods or materials to any process

b)  storage (including the storage or handling of goods in the course of their distribution);

c) the working or processing of minerals; and

d) the generation of electricity;

and that;

no part of the building comprised in the hereditament is constructed or adapted for the purpose of the retail provision of—

a)  goods, or

b) services, other than storage for distribution services, where the services are to be provided on or from the hereditament.

If the above information does not answer your second question – ‘What is the history of building from when it was first build’ - then we will require further clarification in respect of the information you require.

23/8/16

 

9428

 

Robert bruce middle school

Who has the ownership of this school

What is the history of the school

How many acres does it have

Number of pupils on roll since it first opened

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act/Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Who has the ownership of this school

Answer:

Challenger Multi-Academy Trust

What is the history of the school

Answer: The building was created as a Senior Council School in 1928 becoming a County Secondary Modern in 1946 and later changed its name to Robert Bruce.  The school became a Middle School during the comprehensive reorganisation in the 1970s.

How many acres does it have

Answer:

16.42

Number of pupils on roll since it first opened

Answer:

We only have number on roll for Robert Bruce from the time we went Unitary in April 2009. The first census after that was Spring 2010.

Spring 2010 – 575 Robert Bruce Middle School

Spring 2011 – 543   “

Spring 2012 – 522   “

Spring 2013 – 504   “

Spring 2014 – 414   “

Spring 2015 – 322   “

Spring 2016 – 269 – Robert Bruce Academy

Total  3149

12/9/16

 

9429

 

how many housing benefit claimants are there for Bedford Borough

How many houses and flats do council own for housing benefit tenants.

What is the annual housing benefit bill

What is the average rent for a 1, 2, 3,4 and 5 bedroom property in Bedford Borough.

 

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

How many housing benefit claimants are there for Bedford Borough            

There are currently 10,384 Housing Benefit claimants in Bedford Borough

How many houses and flats do council own for housing benefit tenants        

Bedford Borough Council does not own any properties for Housing Benefit Tenants

What is the annual housing benefit bill

The total Housing Benefit paid by the Council in 2015/16 was £56,482,867.73.  The Council receives a grant from the Government to cover the cost of Housing Benefit payments.

What is the average rent for a 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom property in Bedford Borough    

The Council does not hold this information

 

23/8/16

 

9430

 

RE: St Peters St.

non domestic rates history of building and use of building since it was build.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) for the history of the building and the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) for the Rates, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold this information which is below.   

The Valuation Office Agency is responsible for entering a description and rateable value for a non-domestic property in the rating list.  Information regarding the non-domestic rating ‘history’ of a building is freely available from the Valuation Office Agency web site

According to the Council’s records the entries shown in the non-domestic rating list for St Peter’s Street since the introduction of non-domestic rates in 1990 are:


Rateable Value £23,000

From To01-APR-2010  

Description Offices & Premises

Rateable Value £18,250 

From to01-APR-2005 31-MAR-2010 

Description Offices & Premises


Rateable Value £16,000

From to01-APR-2000 31-MAR-2005 

Description Offices & Premises

 

Rateable Value £16,000

From to01-APR-199531-MAR-2000

Description Offices & Premises

 

Rateable Value £19750

From to01-APR-1990 31-MAR-1995

Description Offices & Premises


The Council does not hold records for the purpose of rating regarding the manner in which a property is being used. 

19/9/16

 

9431

 

 

What is the history of Clapham

How many people live there, how many houses are there in Clapham and what are the risks of flooding to housing in Clapham.

How many projected new homes are expected to be build in Clapham and Kempston

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Clapham which we received on 19 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following links:

How many people live there, how many houses are there in Clapham and search on Clapham

and what are the risks of flooding to housing in Clapham

and search on Clapham.  Select ‘Layers List’ and ‘Constraints’ and then select ‘Flood Zones’.

How many projected new homes are expected to be build in Clapham and Kempston – Do not hold information.

14/9/16

 

9432

 

 

What is the annual running costs of Borough Hall

What is the history of Borough Hall

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

The annual running costs of Borough Hall including utilities, staffing costs and maintenance are £1,937,000

The History of Borough Hall

The land to the south of the river Great Ouse where Cauldwell Street met the road from Kempston was not developed in 1841 and it seems that development of the streets known as Great and Little Butts Streets did not take place until the 1860s. There may have been some development between 1844 (sale of building land and 2 properties) and 1860 (beginning of planning applications) but we have no evidence for this.

During the 1860s-70s Little and Great Butts Streets were built with the Cauldwell Recreation Ground to the north next to the river.

By the end of the 1950s Bedfordshire County Council had long outgrown Shire Hall and the various extensions to it, and Nos 1-4 St Paul’s Square, which housed the county architects department, were decaying and not fit for purpose. They needed new offices and a design brief was written in 1961-2 and detailed design drawings made in 1962.

The streets must have been demolished in the early 1960s as building started in 1964. Departments started to move into the building in 1969 – the record office moved into their accommodation in May 1969, their building being finished before the main building.

The landscaping was designed by Dame Sylvia Crowe, a well-known landscape/garden designer of the time.

The building underwent various changes to its internal layout as functions of the council and thinking changed over the years.

The building was handed over to Bedford Borough Council on the 1st April 2009 when Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist.

30/8/16

 

9433

 

 

What budget cuts have been made since 2010 and likely cuts to be made in next 5 years.

 

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

 

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

 

Savings

 

 

 

 

£ million

 

 

2010/2011

9.1

2011/2012

16.1

2012/2013

13.0

2013/2014

10.0

2014/2015

13.8

2015/2016

10.6

2016/2017

5.4

Projected Savings

 

2017/2018

6.6

2018/2019

10.1

2019/2020

4.5

2020/2021

6.3

16/9/16

 

9434

 

 

What percentage of population of Bedford is from ethnic minorities and the breakdown of this in terms of different ethnic minorities.

Further to your request for information dated 19/8/16 I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1. States that this 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 links below.

 

Population

 

 

9435

 

complaints about senior management at bedford borough council

Who investigates these complaints to ensure they are independent and above board.

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. For your information the officer designated Head of Paid Service is responsible for the management of staff and is the Chief Executive, Mr Philip Simpkins. Any investigations relating to staffing matters would be determined by him and any investigation that he authorises be undertaken would be dependent upon the subject matter of the complaint.  The Council does have internal investigators but on occasions will use external investigators.

The Council also has the Corporate Complaints Procedure and the Confidential Reporting Policy where senior officers are responsible for making sure that all concerns raised through these policies are considered properly.

26/8/16

 

9436

 

 

What is the annual cost of security for 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 and this is detailed below:

The annual cost of security for all Council buildings is £176,000

30/8/16

 

9437

 

 

What is population of Bedford

What is the population of Kempston

What is the most haunted places to visit in Bedford

What is the history of this population trends

Further to your request for information dated 19/8/16 I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1. States that this 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 links below.

Ethnicity

 

Population

23/8/16

 

9438

 

HIGH ST CLAPHAM BEDFORD site visits carried out to property in 2016. What information do local taxation have about my property

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

20/9/16

 

9439

 

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

Brittons Close

Sharnbrook Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

22/8/16

 

9440

 

Under Freedom of Information can you please provide the following information?

1.The total number of bathroom adaptations into accessible shower rooms for 2015/16

2. The total cost of these adaptations for 2015/16

3. The grand total cost of keeping elderly and disabled people in their own homes to include bathroom adaptations, kitchen adaptations, any other home adaptations and providing and installing daily living products in 2015/16

4.The budget for item 3 above for 2016/17

5.The total number of bath lifts provided in years 2015/16

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

The total number of bathroom adaptations into accessible shower rooms for 2015/16?

Unfortunately our Adaptations Team cannot easily define the type of adaptations.  However, they can confirm that 46 people aged over 65 had adaptations via Disabled Facilities Grants in 2015/16. 

The total cost of these adaptations for 2015/16?

DFG spend for the above adaptations - £271,250

The grand total cost of keeping elderly and disabled people in their own homes to include bathroom adaptations, kitchen adaptations, any other home adaptations and providing and installing daily

living products in 2015/16?

Community Equipment Spend - £255,834 (adults & children), Minor works - £30,371 (adults & children), DFG - £271,250 (for people aged over 65 years).  Total = £557,455

The budget for item 3 above for 2016/17?

Community Equipment Service budget - £240,388 (adults & children),  minor works - £30,371 (adults & children) and DFG - £1,314,000 (adults & children)

 

The total number of bath lifts provided in years 2015/16?

13 provided by Bedford Borough Council OT team.  However, further 141 provided by our Health colleagues.

Please also note:

·  The Local Housing association (BPHA), who also provide adaptations for their tenants were not willing to share their information.  Therefore, these figures purely represent funding from Bedford Borough Council.

·    It is not feasible to divide Community Equipment Spend or Minor adaptations spend into age brackets – therefore total spend provided (adults & children)

·    The budget figures are for adults & children.

5/9/16

 

9441

 

A list of all the pet shops that are currently licensed by Bedford Borough Council.

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

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

26/8/16

 

9442

 

A list of reference numbers for enforcement cases  2016

 

Thank you for your request for information about the planning enforcement register which we received on 18 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find below the reference numbers of enforcement cases covering 1 January 2016 to 7 September 2016.  Further information can be located at this link

16/00278/UNAUTU

13/00444/UNDEV

7/9/16

 

9443

 

 

I would like to therefore request under the Freedom Of Information Act, figures for the fines issued in Queens Park and to compare that I would like to request the same information for Castle Road and Wendover drive area.

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

Hurst Grove – 597

Castle Road – 757

Castle Road Zone E – 1153

Wendover Drive – 8

The figures were collated from 2001.

However some of the areas have been improved or changed over the years as far as restrictions are concerned

30/8/16

 

9444

 

 The information I am looking for relates to services for adults with a learning disability.

1.  Can you tell me the total number of adults with a learning disability aged 18 to 64 who received a package of homecare between April 2014 and March 2015?

2. Can you tell me the total number of adults with a learning disability aged 18 to 64 who received a package of homecare between April 2015 and March 2016?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1.     Can you tell me the total number of adults with a learning disability aged 18 to 64 who received a package of homecare between April 2014 and March 2015? 234

2.     Can you tell me the total number of adults with a learning disability aged 18 to 64 who received a package of homecare between April 2015 and March 2016? 244

20/9/16

 

9445

 

 

Please disclose:

· The number of after care packages under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 each financial year from 2013/14 to 2015/16 and at the beginning of 2016/17 at Bedford council.

·  Can you break down the above figures by whether the patients were detained under the act or part of a community treatment order (CTO)?

· The amount spent on after care packages for people leaving detention and on CTOs commissioned under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 each financial year during the same period.

·  Can you break down the amount spent by whether the patients were detained under the act or part of a community treatment order (CTO)?

·  The length of time patients are provided after care, broken down by people being discharged from detention or on CTOs.

 

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

The number of after care packages under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 each financial year from 2013/14 to 2015/16 and at the beginning of 2016/17 at Bedford council.

2013/14 = 14

2015/16 this information is not currently available

2016/17 as above

Can you break down the above figures by whether the patients were detained under the act or part of a community treatment order (CTO)?

We do not hold this information.

The amount spent on after care packages for people leaving detention and on CTOs commissioned under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 each financial year during the same period.

We are currently not in a position to answer this request as in effect we do not hold this information. The reason is we have an ongoing process between ourselves and the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) where it has not yet been possible to agree who and what is funded. We hope to conclude this piece of work shortly and will happily provide to you once the work is complete and should be by the end of December 2016.

Can you break down the amount spent by whether the patients were detained under the act or part of a community treatment order (CTO)?

Please see above.

The length of time patients are provided after care, broken down by people being discharged from detention or on CTOs.

This information is currently not available.

 20/9/16

 

9446

 

 I would like to receive an up to date project directory and a list of sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants of all of the companies involved with WIXAMS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Primary School, Green Lane, Wixams, Wilshamstead, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 6BA .This scheme comprises of the  primary school dining hall, kitchen, classrooms, sports hall, offices, main hall, reception, studios, staff room and playground with associated parking and landscaping..

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

Bedford Borough Council have appointed Pick Everard as their lead project management and quantity surveying consultant.  The Council have yet to appoint their principal contractor and therefore sub-contractors and suppliers are not yet known.

19/9/16

 

9447

 

Please send me the following information.

1. A list of all locations inside the local authority area, where at least ten children aged above 12 years old were placed by the local authority at some point between April 2008 and March 2016 under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989.

2.  A list of all locations outside the local authority area, where at least ten children aged above 12 years old were placed by the local authority at some point between April 2008 and March 2016 under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989. Please state the local authority in which each location is sited.

By ten children, I mean at least ten children being placed there in total at some point during the stated time period by the local authority - they don't need to have all been there at the same time, or have been there for the entire eight-year period, just so long that at least ten children (fitting the above criteria) were placed there at some point between 2008 and 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.

1 Response: We have placed at least 10 children aged 12 years or older in Bedford between April 2008 and March 2016 under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989.

 

2.     Response: We have placed at least 10 children aged 12 years or older in Luton between April 2008 and March 2016 under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989.  This is covered by Luton Borough Council.

19/9/16

 

9448

 

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

Castle Quay

Castle Lane

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

5/9/16

 

9449

 

 

I would like to receive an up to date project directory and a list of sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants of all of the companies involved WIXAMS PRIMARY SCHOOLPrimary School, Green Lane, Wixams, Wilshamstead, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 6BA.This scheme compromises of Primary school comprising dining hall, kitchen, classrooms, sports hall, offices, main hall, reception, studios, staff room and playground with associated parking and landscaping.

 

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.
Bedford Borough Council have appointed Pick Everard as their lead project management and quantity surveying consultant.  The Council have yet to appoint their principal contractor and therefore sub-contractors and suppliers are not yet known.

 

19/9/16

 

9450

 

 

What was official use of building for which non domestic rates were liable and paid.

What is the history of building from when it was first build.

 I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the information is now detailed below:
 The Valuation Office Agency is responsible for entering a description for a non-domestic property in the rating list.  According to the Council’s records the entries shown in the non-domestic rating list for 13a High Street, Clapham since the introduction of non-domestic rates in 1990 are:
1 April 1990 to 23 August 2004 – Showroom and Premises
24 August 2004 to date – Business Unit and Premises
The Council does not normally hold records for the purpose of rating regarding the manner in which a property is being used.  However, the Council’s records show that during 2009 the property was unoccupied for a period of time and at that time was accepted to be a “qualifying industrial hereditament” for the purpose of unoccupied property rating.  This means the property was considered to be;
Constructed or adapted for use for one or more of the following purposes, or one or more such purposes and one or more purposes ancillary thereto—
a  the manufacture, repair or adaptation of goods or materials, or the subjection of goods or materials to any process
b) storage (including the storage or handling of goods in the course of their distribution);
c) the working or processing of minerals; and
d) the generation of electricity; 
and that;
no part of the building comprised in the hereditament is constructed or adapted for the purpose of the retail provision of—
a) goods, or
b)  services, other than storage for distribution services, where the services are to be provided on or from the hereditament.
If the above information does not answer your second question – ‘What is the history of building from when it was first build’ - then we will require further clarification in respect of the information you require.

24/8/16

 

9451

 

 

 I would like to know how your authority is performing against the statutory duties outlined in the document Promoting the education of looked after children-Statutory guidance for local authorities (July 2014), Can you please confirm that your local authority will be in a position to supply the following data/information:
. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the percentage of Personal Education Plans (PEPs) that have been assessed as high quality and effective within each academic session? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data

.  By January 2017 will your authority have a systemin place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No. If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority in a financial year and henceforth, that had a statutory initial health assessment on entry to the care system? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data
.  The electorate would like to know that the emotional health of children coming into care is assessed by a person qualified to assess mental health. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within each financial year and henceforth, that had their emotional health assessed by a registered medical practitioner (a person qualified to assess mental health) as part of their initial statutory health assessment? Yes or No?If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons that justify a departure

By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within each financial year and henceforth, that were diagnosed as needing support with their emotional well-being as part of their initial health assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons that justify a departure

. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that received a therapeutic intervention from a registered medical practitioner to improve their emotional health and well-being as part of their initial health assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons that justify a departure

suitably qualified people are assessing the emotional health of looked after children and care leavers coming into care. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the names and qualifications of the medical practitioners that have assessed the emotional well-being of looked after children and care leavers that entered care of your authority, in each financial year and henceforth as part of their Initial Health Assessment? Yes orNo? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons that justify a

departure

 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within a financial year and had their mental health assessed by a registered medical practitioner (a person qualified to assess mental health) as part of their initial statutory health assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons thatjustify a departure

By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within a financial year and henceforth, that were assessed as needing support with their mental health, as part of their initial health assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data

The electorate would like to know that suitably qualified people are assessing the mental health of looked after children and care leavers coming into care. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the names and qualifications of the medical practitioners that have assessed the mental health of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authoritywithin a financial year and henceforth, as part of their Initial Health Assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the percentage of the total population (not just the initial health assessment) of the authority’s looked after children and care leavers that received a mental health intervention from a qualified medical practitioner (Child and Adolescent Mental Health service or equivalent) within a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the total amount of public funding spent on mental health provision (CAMHs or equivalent) within a financial year and henceforth, for the total population of the authority’s looked after children and care leavers? (up to the age of 18 under the care of the authority) Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electoratewith the total amount of public funding spent on mental health provision (CAMHs or equivalent) for all young people (not just LAC an Care Leavers) within a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
The electorate would like to know the impact of mental health interventions delivered/commissioned by the authority for looked after children and care leavers. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the aggregated data from Revised Childhood anxiety and depression scale tests that have been conducted on looked after children and care leavers? These tests should be conducted with every young person that engages a mental health intervention (CAMHs or equivalent). Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply

  By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the amount of former relevant young people that are being supported by your authority to return to education, training or employment within each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data

. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of former relevant young people that have received a PA to support their education or training within a financial year and henceforth, aligned to section 23C (3) (a) of the 1989 Act? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data

By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the amount of public funding the authority spent in a financial year on expenses associated with employment for former relevant young people, section 23C (4) (a)? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply 

 By January2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the amount of public funding the authority spent in a financial year on expenses associated with education and training for former relevant young people, section 23C (4) (a)? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of your care leavers that the authority has placed in bed and breakfast accommodation in each financial year and henceforth, aligned to section 23B of the 1989 Act, and regulation 9 (2) of the care leaver regulations? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data
 By January 2017 will your authorityhave a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of care leavers that the authority has placed in a staying put arrangement in each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.

By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the total amount of public funding that the authority payed for staying put arrangements in each financial year and henceforth, aligned to section 23CZA (4) of the Children Act 1989? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data

.By January 2017 will your authority havea system in place to supply the electorate with the numbers of care leavers that were awarded the setting up home allowance (public funding) in each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the amount of public funding that was awarded to each of your care leavers for their setting up home allowance in each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the total amount of public funding that was awarded to care leavers for the setting up home allowance, in each financial year henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the percentage of case-holding posts filled by permanent qualified Social Workers in a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that are placed out of the authority’s boundary in a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data

By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the percentage of looked after children and care leavers that are placed out of the authority’s boundary in a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the average amount of visits that a looked after child or care leaver receives from any member of the authority, when placed in your authority’s boundary in a financial year and henceforth? Yes orNo? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data

 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the average amount of visits that a looked after child or care leaver receives from any member of the authority, when placed outside of your authority’s boundary, within a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.

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.

 I would like to know how your authority is performing against the statutory duties outlined in the document Promoting the education of looked after children-Statutory guidance for local authorities (July 2014), Can you please confirm that your local authority will be in a position to supply the following data/information:

. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the percentage of Personal Education Plans (PEPs) that have been assessed as high quality and effective within each academic session? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES

.  By January 2017 will your authority have a systemin place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No. If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES

. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority in a financial year and henceforth, that had a statutory initial health assessment on entry to the care system? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data
RESPONSE: YES
.  The electorate would like to know that the emotional health of children coming into care is assessed by a person qualified to assess mental health. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within each financial year and henceforth, that had their emotional health assessed by a registered medical practitioner (a person qualified to assess mental health) as part of their initial statutory health assessment? Yes or No?If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons that justify a departure”
RESPONSE: YES
7.  By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within each financial year and henceforth, that were diagnosed as needing support with their emotional well-being as part of their initial health assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons that justify a departure”
RESPONSE: YES
. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that received a therapeutic intervention from a registered medical practitioner to improve their emotional health and well-being as part of their initial health assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons that justify a departure”
RESPONSE: NO – This Service would not be supplied as part of the Initial Health Assessment
 The electorate would like to know that suitably qualified people are assessing the emotional health of looked after children and care leavers coming into care. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the names and qualifications of the medical practitioners that have assessed the emotional well-being of looked after children and care leavers that entered care of your authority, in each financial year and henceforth as part of their Initial Health Assessment? Yes orNo? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons that justify a departure”. RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time.
 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within a financial year and had their mental health assessed by a registered medical practitioner (a person qualified to assess mental health) as part of their initial statutory health assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. On page 4 of the document it states “Local Authorities must comply with this guidance unless there are exceptional reasons thatjustify a departure” RESPONSE: NO - The mental health of a young person is not assessed as part of the Initial Health Assessment. Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time. 

By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within a financial year and henceforth, that were assessed as needing support with their mental health, as part of their initial health assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data.  RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time.
.By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authority within a financial year that were diagnosed as needing support with their mental health and received a therapeutic intervention from a registered medical practitioner, as part of their initial health assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data. 
RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time.
 The electorate would like to know that suitably qualified people are assessing the mental health of looked after children and care leavers coming into care. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the names and qualifications of the medical practitioners that have assessed the mental health of looked after children and care leavers that entered the care of your authoritywithin a financial year and henceforth, as part of their Initial Health Assessment? Yes or No? If the answer is no please specify when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the percentage of the total population (not just the initial health assessment) of the authority’s looked after children and care leavers that received a mental health intervention from a qualified medical practitioner (Child and Adolescent Mental Health service or equivalent) within a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time.
 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the total amount of public funding spent on mental health provision (CAMHs or equivalent) within a financial year and henceforth, for the total population of the authority’s looked after children and care leavers? (up to the age of 18 under the care of the authority) Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES - Bedford Borough will be able to supply the electorate with the amount spent on the contract with CAMHS overall, a proportion of this will be used to assist looked after children.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electoratewith the total amount of public funding spent on mental health provision (CAMHs or equivalent) for all young people (not just LAC an Care Leavers) within a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES

 The electorate would like to know the impact of mental health interventions delivered/commissioned by the authority for looked after children and care leavers. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the aggregated data from Revised Childhood anxiety and depression scale tests that have been conducted on looked after children and care leavers? These tests should be conducted with every young person that engages a mental health intervention (CAMHs or equivalent). Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES - Bedford Borough will be able to report on the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) that all Looked After Children will complete at least once each year they are looked after.
The electorate would like to know how your authority is performing against the statutoryduties stated in the document -The children Act 1989, guidance and regulations, Volume 3: planning transition to adulthood for care leavers. October 2014. Can you please confirm that your local authority will be in a position to supply the following data/information:
 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the amount of former relevant young people that are being supported by your authority to return to education, training or employment within each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data
RESPONSE: YES

. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of former relevant young people that have received a PA to support their education or training within a financial year and henceforth, aligned to section 23C (3) (a) of the 1989 Act? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data .
RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time.
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the amount of public funding the authority spent in a financial year on expenses associated with employment for former relevant young people, section 23C (4) (a)? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time.
 By January2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the amount of public funding the authority spent in a financial year on expenses associated with education and training for former relevant young people, section 23C (4) (a)? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data
RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time.

 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of your care leavers that the authority has placed in bed and breakfast accommodation in each financial year and henceforth, aligned to section 23B of the 1989 Act, and regulation 9 (2) of the care leaver regulations? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data
RESPONSE: YES
 By January 2017 will your authorityhave a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of care leavers that the authority has placed in a staying put arrangement in each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the total amount of public funding that the authority payed for staying put arrangements in each financial year and henceforth, aligned to section 23CZA (4) of the Children Act 1989? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES

.By January 2017 will your authority havea system in place to supply the electorate with the numbers of care leavers that were awarded the setting up home allowance (public funding) in each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES26. Section 8.19, page 80 of the above document. By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the numbers of care leavers that left the care of your authority in each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES
 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the amount of public funding that was awarded to each of your care leavers for their setting up home allowance in each financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES
 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the total amount of public funding that was awarded to care leavers for the setting up home allowance, in each financial year henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the percentage of case-holding posts filled by permanent qualified Social Workers in a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the number of looked after children and care leavers that are placed out of the authority’s boundary in a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES
By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the percentage of looked after children and care leavers that are placed out of the authority’s boundary in a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data.
RESPONSE: YES
 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the average amount of visits that a looked after child or care leaver receives from any member of the authority, when placed in your authority’s boundary in a financial year and henceforth? Yes orNo? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data. RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements. Additional data can be requested by the electorate via Freedom of Information requests at the time.
 By January 2017 will your authority have a system in place to supply the electorate with the average amount of visits that a looked after child or care leaver receives from any member of the authority, when placed outside of your authority’s boundary, within a financial year and henceforth? Yes or No? If the answer is no, please state when you will have a system in place to supply the data. RESPONSE: NO - Bedford Borough will continue to meet its statutory reporting requirements.

 

21/9/16

 

9452

 

 

How much did council pay to private landlords for mistakes made with housing benefit claims where the tenants have been more than 8 weeks behind with their rent because they were paid the housing benefit direct to them.

How many planning officers does the Council employ

How many planning appeals did the planning dept lose in the last year.

Where does the money come from to pay landlords compensation for mistakes in processing of housing benefit claims.

 

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

How much did council pay to private landlords for mistakes made with housing benefit claims where the tenants have been more than 8 weeks behind with their rent because they were paid the housing benefit direct to them. - One compensation payment of £162.26 was made in 2012 in respect of a Landlord where the claimant was deemed to have been incorrectly paid directly.

 

How many planning officers does the Council employ. – 18 professional officers (4 at Planning Officer grade)

 

How many planning appeals did the planning dept lose in the last year. – 11 (August 15 – August 16)

 

Where does the money come from to pay landlords compensation for mistakes in processing of housing benefit claims. - Any compensation payments would be paid from the Council’s General Fund.

 

22/9/16

 

9453

 

 

How many homelessness applications are the Council currently dealing with and the cost of providing temporary housing for homelessness people including single people and families.

How many staff work for administration and processing of housing benefit claims

 

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 below:

 How many homelessness applications are the Council currently dealing with – in 2015/2016 there were 529 applications

The cost of providing temporary housing for homelessness people including single people and families - £204,260

· How many staff work for administration and processing of housing benefit claims - There are currently 14 Full Time Equivalent staff posts; 12 Benefits Assessors and 2 Senior Benefit Assessors, dealing with the processing of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support applications.

A number of other staff, such as Customer Services, also deal with this area of work, however no records are kept of the proportion of time spent specifically on this area as they cover every aspect of the Councils work.

23/9/16

 

9454

 

 

How many staff does council employ

How many people who work for council earn over £50,000.

 

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

Question 1: 

The current full-time equivalent number of employees is 1741.32.

Question 2:

The Council, for the reasons that follow, however declines to disclose the information requested in Question 2.  You requested ‘How many people who work for council earn over £50,000?’

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

1. states that this is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA)

Under Section 21 of the FOI Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to the applicant. In the Council’s view the latest figures are already reasonably accessible to you. You can find this information at the link here

26/8/16

 

9455

 

 

Due to the many changes and re-organisations in Local Authority management I am seeking the details of your current lead Financial Officer under the Freedom of Information act..

Typically this person may have one of the following job titles:-

1)      Director of Resources

2)      S151 Officer

3)      Chief Financial Officer

4)      Finance Director

Please can you reply to me with this person’s name and job title.

 

 

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. 

 

Andrew Watkins, Assistant Chief Executive (Chief Financial Officer)

 

25/8/16

 

9456

 

 

Please can I request a full list of businesses and charities within your council area that became responsible for paying business rates between the 10th August 2016 to the 24th August 2016.  Can you include the business name, address, RV and the date they became liable if possible please

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

5/9/16

 

9457

 

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

 Swift Way

Wixams

Bedford

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

5/9/16

 

9458

 

Please find the following request for information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1)  At the start of the financial year 2014/15 (eg April 6, 2014) how many of the following did you employ or commission?

 i.            School nurses?

 ii.            Health visitors?

iii.            Specialist (eg: drugs, alcohol, bariatric or smoking cessation) nurses?

2) At the start of the financial year 2015/16 (eg April 6, 2015) how many of the following did you employ or commission?

i.            School nurses?

ii.            Health visitors?

ii.            Specialist (eg: drugs, alcohol, bariatric or smoking cessation) nurses?

3) At this current date, how many of the following did you employ or commission?

 i.            School nurses?

  ii.            Health visitors?

 iii.            Specialist (eg: drugs, alcohol, bariatric or smoking cessation) nurses?

4)  How many of the following do you plan to employ or commission for the next financial year 2016/17?

  i.     School nurses?

  ii.      Health visitors?

 iii.       Specialist (eg: drugs, alcohol, bariatric or smoking cessation) nurses?

5)  If you plan to decommission or reduce any nurse-led services in the coming year, please state the reason why:

6)   Please provide a copy of the risk assessment around any reductions in nurse numbers.

The requestor  withdrawn

 

 

9459

 

Please accept the following request under the Freedom of Information Act.

  1. Has the council introduced a late night levy?
  2. If the answer to question 1 is yes, please provide the total amount of revenue raised from the late night levy for each calendar year since its introduction.
  3. If the answer to question 1 is no, is the council consulting on, or has the council consulted on, the introduction of a late night levy?
  4. If the answer to question 3 is yes, what was the outcome of this consultation?
  5. If the answers to questions 1 and 3 is no, has the council undertaken any other preparatory work towards the introduction of a late night levy?
 

Further to your request for information dated 24/8/16, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1.  States that 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).

The Council last considered this matter through its (Licensing Act 2003) Licensing Committee on 19 September 2013.  The Report and Minutes related to that consideration are available here

15/9/16

 

9460

 

 Please can you send me details of the number of tenders published on Contracts Finder between February 2015 and October 18th 2015 and the number of contract award notices publish on Contracts Finder that match these tender notices

 

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.

Bedford Borough Council cannot confirm the information contained within the referenced blog.  Based upon its own search of Contracts Finder using the parameters set out on the blog page, the Council has issued six (6) contracts notices between 26th February 2015 and 18th October 2015 of which three (3) are recorded as having a published award notice.  The Council has awarded the remaining three (3) tender exercises however it is recognised that the status for these is showing as ‘closed’ on Contracts Finder rather than ‘awarded’ – this is currently subject to discussion with the Councils e-tendering provider.

Please note that this response specifically relates to opportunities issued by Bedford Borough Council, it does not take into account notices published by other Contracting Authorities with the same UKH22 NUTS code

21/9/16

 

9461

 

I am looking to find out how many Tree Preservation orders your council served in the following years

 

2016

2015

2014

2013

 

 
 

Thank you for your request for information about Tree Preservation Orders served which we received on 24 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located at the link here

12/9/16

 

9462

 

 

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

 

The level of funding that the Council has made available by way of grants for, or the commissioning of, social welfare law and money advice providers including Citizens Advice, non profit law centres, and independent advice agencies (sometimes generically described as “community advice services”). By “social welfare law” we mean all matters related to asylum, benefits and welfare rights, community care, debt, education (including special educational needs), employment, housing and immigration.

 

Please provide this information for the following years.

 

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

 

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

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

1.  States that the information is exempt information.

2.   Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act – information reasonably accessible by other means. The information requested can be found on the Council’s website as follows:

Details of the grants awarded by the Council are published on the Council’s website as part of the minutes of meetings of the Council’s Grants Committee up to February 2015

 

Executive Committee reports and minutes regarding Grants at Agenda item 7(2)

 

The Citizens Advice Bureau information that is not easily accessible on-line is listed below:

 

The cost  in Adults for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau/Commissioning is as follows:

 

2012/13

£102,575

2013/14

£44,450

2014/15

£11,313

2015/16

£44,450

 

 

22/9/16

 

9463

 

 

Please could you provide:

 

1.       The mean ‘base rate’ of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2011/12 (i.e. the hourly rate)

 

2.       The mean ‘average rate’ (i.e. factoring in supplements) of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2011/12 (i.e. the hourly rate)

 

3.       The mean ‘base rate’ of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2016/17 (i.e. the hourly rate)

 

4.       The mean ‘average rate’ (i.e. factoring in supplements) of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2016/17 (i.e. the hourly rate)

 

5.        Details of any steps taken to gain data on local provider costs (e.g. staff costs, rent, utilities etc) since 2011/12, including

-          method of data collection;

-          date of data collection (month and year);

-          response rate.

 

Please provide details for each occasion if more than one.

 

6.       If you have not taken any steps to gain data on local provider costs since 2011/2012, please briefly explain 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, which is listed below:

1. The mean ‘base rate’ of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2011/12 (i.e. the hourly rate)

3.69

 

2.  The mean ‘average rate’ (i.e. factoring in supplements) of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2011/12 (i.e. the hourly rate)

 £3.80

3 The mean ‘base rate’ of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2016/17 (i.e. the hourly rate)

   £3.74

4.  The mean ‘average rate’ (i.e. factoring in supplements) of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2016/17 (i.e. the hourly rate)

£3.98

5.   Details of any steps taken to gain data on local provider costs (e.g. staff costs, rent, utilities etc) since 2011/12, including

-    method of data collection; Answer: When settings apply for Resource, New childcare and Sustainability funding we collect settings cash flow forecasts and last year accounts

  date of data collection (month and year); Answer: This is collected termly for each Childcare funding panel meeting

  response rate. Answer: Since 2011/12 : 67 settings shared their cashflows and last year accounts.

Please provide details for each occasion if more than one.

6.  If you have not taken any steps to gain data on local provider costs since 2011/2012, please briefly explain why.

Response: n/a

22/9/16

 

9464

 

I kindly request the following information on investments made by your scheme:

·         The names of all external investment management firms you allocate capital to.

·         The size of each allocation to each manager, both as a percentage of overall pension fund assets and in real terms of GBP.

·         The name of the specific fund vehicle being allocated to for each manager.

·         The date each allocation was initiated.

·         All redemptions made in the last six month, including the size of the redemption and the name of the manager.

·         The 2016 YTD and monthly performance of each fund in your portfolio.

·         The most recent measurement of your pension’s total assets.

·         The details of any current searches being initiated for new managers.

 
 

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

 

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

13/9/16

 

9465

 

 

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

 Beatrice Street

Kempston

Bedford

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
 

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

5/9/16

 

9466

 

 

Please could you answer the following FOI requests?

a)      Following the Care Act coming into force, do you now make it a contractual condition that your homecare providers pay their care workers for their travel time?

b)      Please list the steps that your council has taken to ensure that your service providers are paying care workers at least the National Minimum Wage now that the Care Act has come into force. 

c)      Does your council commission homecare visits of 15 minutes (or less)?

 

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

Following the Care Act coming into force, do you now make it a contractual condition that your homecare providers pay their care workers for their travel time?

Contract conditions do not specifically mention this topic but it is a condition that they follow the law.

Please list the steps that your council has taken to ensure that your service providers are paying care workers at least the National Minimum Wage now that the Care Act has come into force.

As above, it is a condition that they follow the law.

Does your council commission homecare visits of 15 minutes (or less)?

Only when appropriate for welfare check calls and medication calls. Not for personal care.

21/9/16

 

9467

 

 

am currently working on a project about the importance of playgrounds and play areas in the UK.

 

As part of this, and if possible, could you please provide me with the following information:

·         How many public play parks/playgrounds/areas are active across your authority in 2016?

·         How many of said areas are actively maintained?

·         How many public play parks/playgrounds/areas were active across your authority in previous decades if you have those stats? 1986, 1996 etc.

·         Do you have any plans for new playgrounds or areas?

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about playgrounds and play areas which we received on 25 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

How many public play parks/playgrounds/areas are active across your authority in 2016?

In total, 97 public play parks/playgrounds/areas are active.

How many of said areas are actively maintained?

All 97 are actively maintained.

How many public play parks/playgrounds/areas were active across your authority in previous decades if you have those stats? 1986, 1996 etc.

Our electronic records only date back to 2006.  Therefore in 2006 there were 85 public play parks/playgrounds/areas that were active across the authority

Do you have any plans for new playgrounds or areas?

In the current climate of austerity measures the only new playgrounds/play areas the council is involved in are coming through the adoptions of new housing developments.

21/9/16

 

9468

 

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

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

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

 

  I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1. States that the above is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link below

Please click here for the link on Public Helath Funeral

 

15/9/16

 

9469

 

 

Please provide the following details for all developer contributions agreed (not received) under Section 106 planning agreements including affordable housing contributions:

 

- Value of contribution

- Purpose of contribution

- Planning application reference number

 

Please provide these details for the following 10x financial years:

 

- 01/04/2004~31/03/2005

- 01/04/2005~31/03/2006

- 01/04/2006~31/03/2007

- 01/04/2007~31/03/2008

- 01/04/2008~31/03/2009

- 01/04/2009~31/03/2010

- 01/04/2010~31/03/2011

- 01/04/2011~31/03/2012

- 01/04/2012~31/03/2013

- 01/04/2013~31/03/2014

The requestor withdrew

 

 

9470

 

 

1.  Please provide me with a copy of your authority’s Social Media Policy (for employees) or equivalent and the date it was adopted

2.  Please provide me with a list of the Social Media accounts managed by your authority

3.   Please detail training offered to staff on the use of social media

4.  Please state how many people in your organisation have been disciplined as a result of social media policy breaches during calendar years 2011-2015.

5. Please provide the approximate number of people employed by your corporate organisation.

 

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

1.Please provide me with a copy of your authority’s Social Media Policy (for employees) or equivalent and the date it was adopted - As part of the Computer User Security Policy, there is a related policy called 'Social Networking Policy' which relates to social media, as  attached - we don't have one called Social Media Policy

2. Please provide me with a list of the Social Media accounts managed by your authority -see attached social media accounts (Please note that Libraries is a shared service with Central Bedfordshire.

3. Please detail training offered to staff on the use of social media  -- We don't offer any specific training on the use of social media, however our e-learning platform, Skillsoft, contains many courses and books in relation to social media, which staff have access to, to complete if they wish.

4. Please state how many people in your organisation have been disciplined as a result of social media policy breaches during calendar years 2011-2015. – 1

5. Please provide the approximate number of people employed by your corporate organisation.-2112

21/9/16

 

9471

 

 Can the council confirm the following in relation to recyclable material collected through its kerbside collections:

1.      Who holds the current contracts for the off-take of recyclable material?

2.      Do you collect food and drink cartons as part of kerbside collections?

3.      If not, are there any plans to include food and drink cartons in the future?

4.      What is the delivery address for the material processing facility in the event that dry recyclable material is being collected as a mixed commodity?

5.      Please confirm the current end destinations for all dry recyclable commodities collected as part of your kerbside dry recycling service.

 

Thank you for your request for information about recyclable material which we received on 26 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The information you requested is attached

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

12/9/16

 

9472

 

 

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

 Odell Road

Harrold

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

5/9/16

 

9473

 

 

RE:-  St Peters Street, Bedford, Beds,

  1. Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council's Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part 2A undertaking)?  If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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?     

 

  1. 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?

 

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

 

 

 Thank you for your request for information about  St Peters Street, Bedford which we received on 23rd August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

  1. Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council's Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part 2A undertaking)?  If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.

 

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.

 

Parts of this site are listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites. Our records suggest that they may have been subject to potentially contaminative previous uses, including a brewery and a vehicle repair garage. These areas will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. By virtue of the current use of the site, (low sensitivity with respect to contamination on land), these areas have been assigned a low priority for inspection, and cannot confirm on a likely timescale for further scrutiny.

 

 

  1. 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.

 

We are not aware of any current contamination issues associated with the site or the near vicinity.

 

We are not aware of any intrusive investigations at the site or in the near vicinity. You may wish to consult the Planning Department for any record of investigations undertaken as part of a planning application at the site. Please see below for instructions for the Planning website:

 

•             To find your application numbers / information, please go to www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

•             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

 

  1. 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.

 

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).

 

  1. 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.

 

We do not hold records of indoor radon concentrations, or protection measures required in particular buildings. 

 

  1. 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?     

 

We are not aware of any such complaints.

 

  1. 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?

 

There are two known private water supplies within 2km of the site. These are located at:

  • Park Road North, Bedford. An extraction from groundwater, used for brewing (see below) at NGR 505 251, approximately 1km North West of the site.
  • Charles Wells Brewery, Havelock Street, Bedford. Piped from Park North borehole for brewing purposes. At NGR 504 249, approximately 1.5km South West of the site.

 

  1. 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.

 

We are not aware of any Environmental Permits licensed to the site, or to adjoining properties.

19/9/16

 

9474

 

 

Could you please provide responses to the questions set out below in line with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act:

 

1. The number of households on the Council’s Housing Register at 1st April 2016.

 

2. The number of households on the Council’s Housing Register at 1st April 2016 specifying Wilstead as their preferred choice of location.

 

3. The current number of social housing dwelling stock in Wilstead at 1st April 2016.

 

4. The number of social housing lettings in Wilstead between 1st April 2015 and 1st April 2016.

 

5. The number of NET housing completions in the Borough broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16.

 

6. The number of NET affordable housing completions in the Borough broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16.

 

7. The number of NET housing completions in Wilstead broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16

 

8. The number of NET affordable housing completions in Wilstead broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16.

 

9. The number of social rented dwellings lost through Right to Buy in the Borough broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16.

 

10. The number of social rented dwellings lost through Right to Buy in Wilstead broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16.

 

13. Whether the Council has made any changes to its Housing Register Allocations Criteria as a result of the provisions of the Localism Act and if so, when these occurred, and what they entailed.

 

Thank you for your request for information about housing and affordable housing which we received on 26 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1. The number of households on the Council’s Housing Register at 1st April 2016 – Bedford Borough Council transferred its housing stock to Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association in 1990 and you will need to contact them directly for any information.

2. The number of households on the Council’s Housing Register at 1st April 2016 specifying Wilstead as their preferred choice of location – Same as 1 above

3. The current number of social housing dwelling stock in Wilstead at 1st April 2016. The information is available on the website and can be located at the link here

4. The number of social housing lettings in Wilstead between 1st April 2015 and 1st April 2016 – Same as 1 above

 

5. The number of NET housing completions in the Borough broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16 – The information is in the housing monitoring reports which can be located at the link here

 

6. The number of NET affordable housing completions in the Borough broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16 – Same as 5 above

 

7. The number of NET housing completions in Wilstead broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16 – Same as 5 above

 

8. The number of NET affordable housing completions in Wilstead broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16 – Same as 5 above

 

9. The number of social rented dwellings lost through Right to Buy in the Borough broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16 – Same as 1 above

 

10. The number of social rented dwellings lost through Right to Buy in Wilstead broken down on a per annum basis for the period between 2000/01 and 2015/16 – Same as 1 above

 

13. Whether the Council has made any changes to its Housing Register Allocations Criteria as a result of the provisions of the Localism Act and if so, when these occurred, and what they entailed The information is available on the website and can be located at the link here

 

7/9/16

 

9475

 

I am interested in getting more information about the Bedfordshire Pension Fund's investments in close-ended, pooled investment vehicles such as private equity or real estate funds.

More specifically, I would like to know on a fund by fund basis:

1. How much was committed to each fund by the pension fund, and on which dates

2. How much has been invested into each fund

3. How much has been distributed back to the pension fund from each fund

4. The market value of each fund

5. The Net IRR of each fund (since inception)

For all of the data listed above, I would like to see quarterly data for the past five years

 

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

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold the information you requested. The Fund has no such closed end investments.

 

30/8/16

 

9476

 

 Could you please provide details of any proposals for new or expanded rail, tram, light railway or monorail schemes within the Council’s area of authority, other than HS2

Thank you for your request for information about rail schemes which we received on 27 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Could you please provide details of any proposals for new or expanded rail, tram, light railway or monorail schemes within the Council’s area of authority, other than HS2? - There are no known plans by the Council or external bodies to introduce a tramway, light railway or monorail within Bedford Borough.

Within the Borough boundary, Network Rail has proposals to upgrade existing rail infrastructure. More information can be obtained from the following websites:

East West Rail Western Section

Midland Mainline Electrification

 

31/8/16

 

9477

 

 

Riverside North development - unauthorised erection of pedestrian/cycle bridge.

The minutes of the Planning Committee of 11 July 2016 (item19) refer to advice being sought from external legal advisors in relation to any enforcement action. I would like to see that advice.

 

Thank you for your request for information about the Riverside North bridge which we received on 29 August 2016.  The Council has considered your request pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (“EIR 2004”).

 

The Council considers that the legal advice obtained is subject to legal professional privilege in respect of a matter which is still under consideration and may involve the Council in litigation.  The advice relates to possible enforcement action and was received and has been treated by the Council confidentially.  The release of such information is likely to prejudice the rights of those involved to receive a fair hearing and would have an adverse effect upon the ability of the Council to deal with this issue.  As such, the Council relies upon the exemption set out in regulation 12(5)(b) of the EIR 2004

 

The Council appreciates that in general there is a public interest in the Council being as transparent and accountable as possible and that those involved in dealings with the Council may feel they have better understood the process if they know how the Council reached its decisions and its legal justification for a course of action. However, having regard to the circumstances of this case, it is the Council’s view that the public interest in disclosure does not presently equal or outweigh the strong public interest in maintaining the Council’s right to consult with legal advisers in confidence in respect of a matter that is still under consideration.  The Council may be able to take a different view when that consideration has concluded.

15/9/16

 

9478

 

 

I am advised by BBC that I am required to pay £381.90 for transport From my house in Keysoe to school in Sharnbrook for my son .It is stated that this is a subsidised charge, the balance being covered by the Borough.

 wish to see stated what the additional costs are for providing this transport for my son aside from those that the Borough already incurs as a result of providing transport for statutory school age children.

 

 

The Post 16 fee is based on the average cost per head of delivering mainstream school transport calculated by dividing the total number of students transported in the academic year by the total cost* of the contracted transport.  *The total cost of transport relates only to the direct costs (i.e. the amount paid to Operators for the contracted routes) and does not include any council administration or overhead costs.

2011/12 - £919.19 per student

2012/13 - £991.65 per student

2013/14 - £930.86 per student

2014/15 - £941.46 per student

2015/16 is yet to be calculated.

 

The subsidised rate is a set fee applied to all post 16 applications.  The fee is reviewed annually as part of the Council’s full Fee’s and Charge’s.  It is possible that cheaper alternatives may be available to some residents e.g. where a commercial operator offers cheaper season tickets on an existing public transport route hence the Post 16 policy states:

 

“3.4.4 Bedford Borough Council does not guarantee that this scheme is the cheapest method of transport and you are advised to make your own investigations prior to applying for transport.”

 

If Post 16 students were not catered for under the current policy the entire transport network would be re-planned to make the most efficient use of the vehicles and routes would either be combined, downsized or serve additional villages to make best use of or eliminate any spare capacity.  

 

21/9/16

 

9479

 

1. The total number of residential properties in the council area as of August 2016, broken down by Middle Super Output Area (MSOA); and

2. The total number of residential properties that have been empty for:

a) less than six months; and

b) six months or longer;

as of August 2016, broken down by Middle Super Output Area (MSOA).

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

1. The total number of residential properties in the council area as of August 2016, broken down by Middle Super Output Area (MSOA); and

 On 31 August 2016 there were 71,906 properties within the Bedford Borough Council area.  However, a breakdown by MSOA is not held on the Local Taxation records.

2. The total number of residential properties that have been empty for:

a) less than six months; and

There were 787 properties which have been empty for a period of less than six months.  A breakdown by MSOA is not held on the Local Taxation records.

b) six months or longer;

There were 944 properties which have been empty for a period of six months or longer.  A breakdown by MSOA is not held on the Local Taxation records.

as of August 2016, broken down by Middle Super Output Area (MSOA).

 

27/9/16

 

9480

 

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

 Bradgate Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

5/9/16

 

9481

 

 On line survey regards

the role of appropriate adults in providing support to, and ensuring the welfare of, children while at the police station.

 

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

 

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

15/8/16

 

9482

 

1.A) Please provide details of the number of families your local authority has attached to the Troubled Families Programme for the years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 (phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme) where the local discretionary filter was used as one of your criteria for attachment, compared to the overall total.

1.B) What is the total value for these years of the attachment payments received by your local authority where the local discretionary filter was used as one of your criteria for attachment?

1.C) What is the total value for these years of the results payments received by your local authority where the local discretionary filter was used as one of your criteria for a results payment?

1.D) Please provide details of the local discretionary filters used across these families (may I suggest a list).

2.A) Please provide details (may I suggest a list) of the new or different indicators that your local authority has used to attach families to the Troubled Families Programme (phase 2), as detailed in your Local Outcome Plans.

2.B) Please provide details of the number of attachments made by your local authority in 2015/16 to the Troubled Families Programme that used these new or different indicators, compared to overall attachments.

2.C) Please provide details of the total value of attachment payments claimed for by your local authority in 2015/16 for the Troubled Families Programme that used these new or different indicators, compared to overall attachment payments.

 

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) Please provide details of the number of families your local authority has attached to the Troubled Families Programme for the years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 (phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme) where the local discretionary filter was used as one of your criteria for attachment, compared to the overall total.

 

Response: We do not hold this information. No record was kept of what local discretionary filters were used (if any) other to the ones stated in the Troubled Families Financial Framework for Phase 1.

 

1.B) What is the total value for these years of the attachment payments received by your local authority where the local discretionary filter was used as one of your criteria for attachment?

 

Response: £517,600

 

1.C) What is the total value for these years of the results payments received by your local authority where the local discretionary filter was used as one of your criteria for a results payment?

 

Response: £263,200

 

1.D) Please provide details of the local discretionary filters used across these families (may I suggest a list).

 

Response: We do not hold this information. No record was kept detailing local discretionary filters (if any) other to the ones stated in the Troubled Families Financial Framework for Phase 1.

 

2.A) Please provide details (may I suggest a list) of the new or different indicators that your local authority has used to attach families to the Troubled Families Programme (phase 2), as detailed in your Local Outcome Plans.

 

Response: Please see PDF document attached.

 

2.B) Please provide details of the number of attachments made by your local authority in 2015/16 to the Troubled Families Programme that used these new or different indicators, compared to overall attachments.

 

Response: 271 families attached by 2015/16

 

2.C) Please provide details of the total value of attachment payments claimed for by your local authority in 2015/16 for the Troubled Families Programme that used these new or different indicators, compared to overall attachment payments.

 

Response: £Nil

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

 

26/9/16

 

9483

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your Revenue Department responsible for the collection of Business Rates:

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information:

 

· The total amount collected by your authority in business rates on empty properties for 2013/2014, 2014/ 2015, 2015/2016.

· The total amount paid by your authority in business rates on empty properties owned by your authority for 2013/2014, 2014/ 2015, 2015/2016.

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information, please see below: 

Your Questions were:

· The total amount collected by your authority in business rates on empty properties for 2013/2014, 2014/ 2015, 2015/2016.

Figures are produced detailing the total amount collected by the Council, however, the data produced does not provide information on the amount collected on empty properties.

· The total amount paid by your authority in business rates on empty properties owned by your authority for 2013/2014, 2014/ 2015, 2015/2016.

The Council monitors its total expenditure on business but there is no breakdown of expenditure by the status of the property, i.e. empty or occupied. 

27/9/16

 

9484

 


All properties within your Billing Authority area currently paying council tax.
The fields required are all non-personal;

Full Property Address
Postcode

 

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

 

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

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

 

28/9/16

 

9485

 

Please provide details of the number of families that had direct and regular contact with a Troubled Families key worker upon attachment to the Troubled Families Programme for the years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 (phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme), compared to the overall numbers for these years.

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

Response:

2012/13: 107

2013/2014: 234

2014/2015: 207

These numbers reflect the total number of families worked on under the programme each year with ‘direct and regular contact’.  No families would have received an intervention less than 3 months long, and all would have received at least 1 visit a week (due to the intensity of the intervention). Therefore, there is no comparison group to refer to.

26/9/16

 

9486

and 9487

  

9486 -RE:Anglia Way, Great Denham, Bedford and

9487-  Saxon Groove,

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

 

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

 

For 9486

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

 

Please note 9487 was withdrawn

19/9/16

 

9488

 

 

Has your Authority sought either internal or external legal advice as to what contributes “sufficient provision of children’s centres to meet local need” under the Childcare Act 2006 and the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children & Learning Act 2009?

 

If so, please could you send me a copy of this advice?

 

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.

Has your Authority sought either internal or external legal advice as to what contributes “sufficient provision of children’s centres to meet local need” under the Childcare Act 2006 and the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children & Learning Act 2009?

If so, please could you send me a copy of this advice?

Response:  This advice has not been sought internally or externally.

20/9/16

 

9489

 

We are undertaking some research and under the Freedom of Information Act, we would like to know the following from this authority;

1)    How many Extra Care schemes you have in your area where you work with/ alongside a Housing provider and a Care provider to commission an on site team of care and support workers.

2)    The name of each extra care scheme.

3)    The name of the on-site care and support provider.

4)    The full list of charge rates that are being charged to the Authority for the provision of care and support services at each scheme in question.

Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

 9490

 

 

For the calendar years 2014, 2015 and for 2016 until 31 August, please categorise (and give totals for) all planning enforcement complaints received, in accordance with the categories set out in the Council's Planning Enforcement Plan 2014.

Of these complaints, confirm how many in each category have proceeded to formal action and in what form (eg planning contravention notice, enforcement notice, breach of condition notice etc)

 

Thank you for your request for information about planning enforcement complaints which we received on 31 August 2016.  The Council has considered your request pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (“EIR 2004”).

 

We do not hold the information by category but we can provide you with the number of planning enforcement complaints received and those that proceeded to formal action.

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

27/9/16

 

9491

 

 

In respect of the unauthorised pedestrian/cycle bridge over the river at the Riverside North development, the Council has decided not to take enforcement action. Could I have a copy of the Expediency Report as required by the Council's Planning Enforcement Plan 2014.

 

Thank you for your request for information about the Riverside North bridge which we received on 31 August 2016.  The Council has considered your request pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (“EIR 2004”).

 

The Council confirms that an expediency report was completed but is an internal document which relates to possible enforcement action and contains legal advice. The internal report and the legal advice relate to a matter which is still under consideration and may involve the Council in litigation.  The Council is entitled to thinking space to allow it to deliberate and make decisions in respect of an important matter.  Further, the legal advice set out in the report is subject to legal professional privilege.  The advice relates to possible enforcement action and was received and has been treated by the Council confidentially.  The release of such information is likely to prejudice the rights of those involved to receive a fair hearing and would have an adverse effect upon the ability of the Council to deal with this issue.  As such, the Council relies upon the exemptions set out in regulations 12(4)(e) and 12(5)(b) of the EIR 2004.

 

The Council appreciates that in general there is a public interest in the Council being as transparent and accountable as possible and that those involved in dealings with the Council may feel they have better understood the process if they know how the Council reached its decisions and its legal justification for a course of action. However, having regard to the circumstances of this case, it is the Council’s view that the public interest in disclosure does not presently equal or outweigh the strong public interest in maintaining the Council’s right to consult with legal advisers in confidence and to make decisions without interference or distraction about a matter that is still under consideration.  The Council may be able to take a different view when that consideration has concluded.

 

14/9/16

 

 

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