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16 - 31 Mar 2015

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

7106

 

 I am undertaking some research on journals carried out in public sector finance departments and would like to ask the following question under a FOI ;
Has your authority currently or in the past banned journals being done remotely or out of hours despite having the capability to allow remote and out of hours journals to be carried out securely. If this is the case, or has been the case,  what were the reasons ?

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

The council is unaware of any ban on journals being undertaken remotely.

 

30/3/2015

 

7107

 

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

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

Please find attached the information you requested.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the screen shots provided.

9/4/2015

 

7108

 

 In the last five years, how many applications for incinerators (including Energy from Waste Plants and Anaerobic Digesters) or variations thereto have the relevant Department received, how many have they recommended be accepted and how many have the relevant Committee agreed.

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 below:

applications for incinerators

16/3/2015

 

7109

 

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

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

 

 

24/3/2015

 

7110

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request Bedford Borough to provide me with the following information.
1) The number of schools with infant classes that Bedford Borough was responsible for submitting the data of to the DfE in the spring school census in a) January 2010 b) January 2014 c) January 2015.
2) A list of the schools in Bedford Borough that had infant (key stage 1) classes of 31 or more pupils in January 2010, alongside the total number of infant classes with 31 or more pupils at each school on the list and the number of pupils in each of those infant classes with 31 or more pupils.
3) A list of the schools in Bedford Borough that had infant (key stage 1) classes of 31 or more pupils in January 2014, alongside the total number of infant classes with 31 or more pupils at each school on the list and the number of pupils in each of those infant classes with 31 or more pupils.
4) A list of the schools in Bedford Borough that had infant (key stage 1) classes of 31 or more pupils in January 2015, alongside the total number of infant classes with 31 or more pupils at each school on the list and the number of pupils in each of those infant classes with 31 or more pupils.

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. 

Please see PDF document attached in relation to infant class sizes.

17/3/2015

 

7111

 

 Could you please send me the details of any incidents since the start of 2014 where food on sale on your area was found not to contain the ingredients listed or to be contaminated by other ingredients?

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. 

Food on sale found not to contain the ingredients listed or to be contaminated by other ingredients since start of 2014    
   
22/01/2014 Co-op raw minced meat excessive level of fat and connective tissue Referred to home authority
22/01/2014 Lidl Strathvale/minced meat excessive level of fat from advertised Referred to home authority
03/02/2014 Bookers Cash and Carry Whistworths/Walnut pieces contamination with almond protein Referred to home authority
26/01/2015 Lamberts Corn Dough excessive level of aflatoxin B1 warning letter and refered to Head Office

9/4/2015

 

7112

 

 For each of the below, please provide full name, actual job title, direct contact number and email address:
• Director/Head of Finance- highest position please
• Director/Head of Procurement- highest position please
• Director/Head of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) - highest position please
• ICT Manager
• Head of Legal Services
• Hardware Manager
• Network Manager
• Software Managers
• Infrastructure Manager
• GIS Manager
• ICT Security Manager
• ICT Systems Manager
• Web Manager
• ICT Operations Manager
• Customer Service Manager
• Identity Management Manager

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

 

Please find the information you requested regarding contact details at the this link 

19/3/2015

 

7113

 

 1.What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area, and what was the figure in 2009/10?
2.What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area for which members of the public are charged to access (including spaces which only charge for access on particular days of the year or for certain events), and what was the corresponding figure for each in 2009/10?
3.What is your local authority’s total budget allocation for spend on a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area for 2014/15, and what was the total budget allocation for each in 2009/10?
4.How many staff are employed by your local authority to maintain or manage a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area in the year 2014/15, and how many were employed for each in 2009/10?
5.What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area which have limited opening hours, and what was the figure in 2009/10?
6.What is the current total area in km2 of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area, and what was it in 2009/10?
7. What was the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area for which the management or services are provided by an outside organisation rather than the local authority, and what was the corresponding figure for each in 2009/10?

  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  Sorry for the delay in sending you this response to you.  The information you have requested is as follows

1. What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area, and what was the figure in 2009/10?
a) 15   b) n/a   c) n/a   d) n/a   e) 23   f) 89 (natural greenspaces).
No significant change from 2009/10

2. What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area for which members of the public are charged to access (including spaces which only charge for access on particular days of the year or for certain events), and what was the corresponding figure for each in 2009/10?
None known.  Allotment holders pay annual rents.

3. What is your local authority’s total budget allocation for spend on a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area for 2014/15, and what was the total budget allocation for each in 2009/10?
2014/15 = £2,538,190
2009/10 = £3,180,994

Breakdown for individual categories is not available

4. How many staff are employed by your local authority to maintain or manage a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves in your local authority area in the year 2014/15, and how many were employed for each in 2009/10?
2014/15 = 73
2009/10 = 75

Breakdown for individual categories is not possible and restructuring exercises mean that the two figures are not directly comparable. 

5. What is the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area which have limited opening hours, and what was the figure in 2009/10?
Only sites with limited access are allotments which are for plot holders only.

6. What is the current total area in km2 of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area, and what was it in 2009/10?
a) 1.09   b) n/a   c) n/a   d) n/a   e) 0.051   f) 6.46 (natural greenspaces).
No significant change from 2009/10

7.What was the total number of publicly accessible a) parks, b) village greens, c) community gardens, d) woodland, e) allotments, f) nature reserves currently in your local authority area for which the management or services are provided by an outside organisation rather than the local authority, and what was the corresponding figure for each in 2009/10?
Management arrangements for all of these sites in the Borough of Bedford are not known.  Sites owned by the Borough Council are managed directly by the authority and contracted services are used for some areas of work, e.g. arboriculture.

N.B. Statistical information provided is from the Council’s Parks GIS.  Categories used within this database do not necessarily coincide with the data requested and cannot be seen as statistically reliable.  N/A means data is not available.  www.magic.gov.uk could provide some of the information requested particularly related to woodland and nature reserves.

29/4/2015 following extension

 

7114

 

1. How many home educated children do you know to be in your Authority area currently.
2. Of those home educated children, how many have been visited in their own home by your officers or their parents have met with your officers at a mutually agreed location in the last 12 months.
3. Of the remaining children for whom visits or meetings did not take place, for how many have the education department received written reports from the parents, third party reports or samples of work in the last 12 months.
4. Of those home educated children currently in your area, for how many have the parents declined to provide any information at all in the last 12 months.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1. How many home educated children do you know to be in your Authority area currently.

Answer: There are currently 59 students on our EHE list with 16 students that we are currently waiting on home visits/professional reports
There are currently 76 Beds Borough students enrolled on PLACE (Parent Led and Community Education).

2. Of those home educated children, how many have been visited in their own home by your officers or their parents have met with your officers at a mutually agreed location in the last 12 months.

Answer: About 17 students have been met with over the past year, with a further 12 meetings booked over the future 2-3 months

3. Of the remaining children for whom visits or meetings did not take place, for how many have the education department received written reports from the parents, third party reports or samples of work in the last 12 months.

Answer: About 5 have sent in reports instead of a meeting over the last year, with about 20 receiving a letter requesting reports in lieu of annual visits within the last month
All PLACE students have school reports completed throughout the year

4. Of those home educated children currently in your area, for how many have the parents declined to provide any information at all in the last 12 months.

Answer: No parents have refused to provide information over the last year, information may have been limited, but they have still provided some.

7/4/2015

 

7115

 

1.What job titles have been given to workers carrying out refuse collection (including loaders and drivers) between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2014?
2.What grades and spinal column points have those job titles been given during that period?
3.If any job titles, grades or spinal column points have changed during the period, please say when and why these changes were implemented.

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. 

1. Refuse Collection Driver & Refuse Collection Loader changed to Refuse LGV Driver & Refuse Operative in 2011.
2. Grades changed as indicated below in 2011 backdated to 1st April 2009.
Driver 

Manual Grade 1 to 6 (scp 5) 

Current Grade 7 (scp 22 – 25)


Loader/ operative 

Manual Grade 1 to 6 (scp 2) 

Current Grade 5 (scp 14 – 17)

3. Job titles & grades changed as a result of the implementation of the Council’s Harmonisation Collective Agreement.

14/4/2015

 

7116

 

(a) addresses and rateable values of Commercial properties that are within your District Council and are in arrears in their Non Domestic Rates payments and the period of arrears
(b) the names of the owners of those properties referred to in (a) where there is no conflict under the Data Protection Act
(c) please advise as to whether they are currently receiving any discretionary or mandatory relief.
(d) Please remove any known non trading accounts and non-occupied sites such as billboards/telecommunication masts/atms etc.

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

Please click here for the information in respect of commercial properties

10/4/2015

 

7117

 

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

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


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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

24/3/2015

 

7118

 

Please could you supply the following information:
The current cost of a cremation;
The cost of cremation in each of the financial years between 2010 and the present.

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

Please find the information you requested attached in relation to cremation costs. 

1/4/2015

 

7119

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

24/3/2015

 

7120

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

24/3/2015

 

7121

 

I wish to make a Freedom of Information request for the attached information.

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

 Thank you for your request for information about Provision of Highway Services which we received on 17 March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested is attached

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

8/4/2015

 

7122

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

24/3/2015

 

7123

 

Please find below a set of questions sent to you for response under the FOI act.
1.Please state the total number of staff within your procurement team
2.Of the number provided in response to question 1, please state the number of staff within your procurement team that have;
A CIPS or other professional procurement qualification
No professional procurement qualification, but are currently undergoing training
3. What is your total third party (non-pay) spend across the whole of your organisation in the following financial years. Please note this is total spend by the organisation and is to include payments below £500;
2012/13 £
2013/14 £
2014/15 £
4 What training is available to procurement staff? 
Training Type  
In-house training  
E-Learning  
External training provider  
Formal body (CIPS)  
Consultant  
5.For your procurement staff, do you have a documented program of training and/or development?  
6.How many of your procurement staff have undertaken commercial training within the last;
7.How many people, not within the procurement function, have received commercial training within the last
8.If you have answer Q7 with a positive number, how was this training provided

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 in relation to procurement training here 

 

16/4/2015

 

7124

 

PART 1
1) How many DWA licences are currently issued in your area?  2
2) How many of these DWA licences are issued for primates (monkeys, apes or prosimians such as lemurs)?  3) How many applications for licences to keep primates under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months?    
On what grounds were they refused?
4) What is the cost of obtaining a DWA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?
5) What is the cost of “renewing” a DWA licence in your area (please indicate whether this includes any veterinary fees incurred)?
6) Are you aware of any breeders or dealers of primates in your area?   
If yes how many?  And are they licensed under the Pet Animals Act 1951?
7) If a member of the public is aware of a breach of the Animal Welfare Act with regards to a primate, who do they contact in your area?
8) In order to be granted DWA licences for primates, must applicants
demonstrate that they meet the conditions laid out in the Code of Practice for
the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-human Primates?
PART 2
10) If there are primates licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences, and the most recent relevant veterinary and inspection report(s) for each licence (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).  If no written reports are available, please indicate the date on which the most recent report was conducted, by whom, and the outcome of the visit. If not included in the report(s), please also provide the following information:

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

Please see attached completed questionnaire of the information you requested for Part 1.  Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the questionnaire.
Part 2 – N/A

1/4/2015

 

7125

 

 Under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am submitting a request for information in relation to [Bushmead road, St Neots], and in particular between [Bridge over A1] and [Staploe road].
I therefore wish to make a freedom of information request for the following:
1. Please could you provide me with dates of all safety inspections completed in the last two years from the date of this letter .

2. Please provide me with details of all defects on the carriageway identified during those safety inspections

3. Please indicate to me how frequently your authority intends to carry out carriageway safety inspections

Thank you for your 3 requests for information in relation to the stretch of road between Staploe Road and the Bridge over the A1, called Bushmead Road which we received on 18 March 2015. Your requests have been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I hope you don’t mind but I have merged your 3 request into 1 reply and the information you have requested is as follows:

1. Please could you provide me with dates of all safety inspections completed in the last two years from 17 March 2015
Please see Safety Inspection Records attached

2. Please provide me with details of all defects on the carriageway identified during those safety inspections
Please see Safety Inspection Records attached

3. Please indicate to me how frequently your authority intends to carry out carriageway safety inspections
Every 84 Days

4. Please could you let me have details about the method of inspection, including how many people were involved, and whether it was undertaken by foot, or in an inspection vehicle. If the inspection was made by people travelling in a vehicle, how fast was the vehicle travelling
Inspections are driven at 20mph in a liveried vehicle with beacons. There are usually two people, one driving the second person recording and marking up defects. On minor/estate roads inspections may be carried out by a single inspector.

5. Please provide me with details of all enquiries and or complaints in relation to the carriageway, received by the authority in the previous two years dated from this letter
Please see Customer Service Report attached

6. Has your authority formally adopted the standards within the highways maintenance management national code of practice
The National Code of Practice is an integral part of the Highways Contract with Bedford Borough Council.

7. What is the hierarchy classification of the road, and the road section number
Classification: 4A
Section Number: C/300263/78             

8. Please tell me what criteria is used to identify all categories of potholes and how do you decide a pothole requires attention.
Category 1 potholes must be a minimum of 50mm depth, 150mm wide and have a vertical face. All other potholes are Category 2.
               
9. Please tell me the time periods elapsed between identification and temporary or permanent repair of all categories of defects to the carriageway
The maintenance priorities for Category 1 and Category 2 repairs are as follows: Category 1 defects are made safe or repaired within 24hrs, Category 2 defects are repaired during
planned programmed works within 28 days.

 

Please contact:

 freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the customer reports and safety inspections

8/4/2015

 

7126

 

Thank you for your time and consideration. Under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am submitting a request for information in relation to [Bushmead road, St Neots], and in particular between [Bridge over A1] and [Staploe road].
I therefore wish to make a freedom of information request for the following:
1. Please could you let me have details about the method of inspection, including how many people were involved, and whether it was undertaken by foot, or in an inspection vehicle. If the inspection was made by people travelling in a vehicle, how fast was the vehicle travelling

2. Please provide me with details of all enquiries and or complaints in relation to the carriageway, received by the authority in the previous two years dated from this letter

3. Has your authority formally adopted the standards within the highways maintenance management national code of practice

Please see above.  Answered within request 7125.

 

8/4/2015

 

7127

 

Under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am submitting a request for information in relation to [Bushmead road, St Neots], and in particular between [Bridge over A1] and [Staploe road].
I therefore wish to make a freedom of information request for the following:
1. What is the hierarchy classification of the road, and the road section number

2. Please tell me what criteria is used to identify all categories of potholes, and how do you decide a pothole requires attention

3. Please tell me the time periods elapsed between identification and temporary or permanent repair of all categories of defects to the carriageway

Please see above.  Answered within request 7125.

 

8/4/2015

 

7128

 

 Please provide total numbers of Looked After Children/children in Care/Children Looked After for the year ending March 31st 2013-2014.
Please provide numbers of Looked After Children/Children in Care/Children Looked After placed in children homes for the year ending March 31st 2013-2014.
How many children were seen as on the 'edge of care' and received any service during the year March 31st 2013-2014

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please provide total numbers of Looked After Children/Children in Care/Children Looked After for the year ending March 31st 2013-2014.
Answer: 268

Please provide numbers of Looked After Children/Children in Care/Children Looked After placed in children homes for the year ending March 31st 2013-2014.
Answer: 26

How many children were seen as on the 'edge of care' and received any service during the year March 31st 2013-2014
Answer: We do not hold this information. Bedford Borough has not historically classified children as being on the ‘edge of care’ and so has no such data.

8/4/2015

 

7129

 

 Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-
(a)addresses and rateable values of Commercial properties that are
within your District Council up to a rateable value of £11,000 who
are not receiving any sort of Small Business rate relief.
(b) the names of the businesses of those properties referred to in (a), or if information is covered by section 40 data protection act leave business name blank and provide the address only.
(c) please advise as to whether they are currently receiving any discretionary or mandatory relief.

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

Commercial properties not receiving small business rate relief

20/4/2015

 

7130

 

 I am doing some research for our Strategic Team to see how neighbouring councils deliver their Local Strategic Partnership and I was wondering if you could answer a few questions about your own at Bedford.
I would like to know:
Do you have a board and/or executive?
Do you have any sub groups?
How frequent are your meetings?
How many priorities do you have/focus on?
How have you streamlined your partnership to get the best outcomes? 

Closed as general business

 

20/3/2015

 

7131

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

20/3/2015

 

7132

 

Please provide the name of and provider of your e-procurement / e-tendering system?
Of the modules you have purchased this, which are you actively using?
What do you see as the limitations to the current system;
a.Does the current system meet your needs
b.User friendliness / intuitiveness
c.Workflows / processes unclear
d.Hard to navigate
e.Pages have too much information on them
f.No user guide available
g.No on-demand / immediate support
h.Terminology / wording not suited to all types and levels of staff within the organisation
i.Not efficient
j.Other, please specify
Does your organisation have clearly defined and documented processes in relation to contract management?
Yes
No
If yes, approximately what % of Council staff use this;
a)Below 25%
b)25%
c)50%
d)75%
e)Over 75%
Do you have a dedicated contract management or monitoring function within the Council?
Yes
No
If Yes, where does this function sit within the organisation i.e. Procurement, Audit. Please provide a copy of Terms of Reference / Strategy for this function.
Do you have a central contracts register for all third party contracts and agreements entered in to by the Council? Please note, ‘Central’ refers to all contract data being held in one place i.e. within a legal or procurement function.
If yes, what is the lower limit of contracts placed on the register?
If yes, is the contract register;
a.Own, bespoke - Excel, access type database
b.Third party system / e-procurement solution - the Contracts Register Service, JCAD
How many current / active contracts do you have on your contracts register?
Of those current / active contracts on your register, how many do you have physical contact for (whether as a soft or hard copy)? It is approximately,
a)less than 25%,
b)25%
c)50%
d)75%
e)don’t know
Of those current / active contracts on your register, what is their combined total contract value
Of those current / active contracts on your register, what is their combined annual value
Of those current / active contracts, how many have you successfully renegotiated, varied or engaged and what was the saving you achieved in the last financial year from this activity in the last full financial year (2014/15)?
a)Answer -
b)Don’t know

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

 

Proactis

Contract Procedure Rules

 

16/4/2015

 

7133

 

 I have enclosed some questions i would like to be considered under Freedom of Information act;
1. Do you have a procurement compliance function (department or responsible person)?
2. How do you undertake analysis of the Council’s spend – using your financial management system or third party spend analytical tool?
3. How often do you use that
a. Monthly
b. Quarterly
c. Annually
d. Other, please specify
4. How many suppliers did you make a payment to within the periods;
a. 2012/13
b. 2013/14
c. 2014/15
5. What % of suppliers accounts for 80% of your spend (period covering 1 Apr 13 to 31 Mar 14)
6. Does this spend analysis form part of Management Information presented / considered by a formal management group / procurement board?
7. What’s the approval mechanism for spend;
a. above £500
i. budget holder
ii. specific board
b. £10,000
i. budget holder
ii. specific board
c. £25,000
i. budget holder
ii. specific board
d. £100,000
i. budget holder
ii. specific board
e. £1,000,000
i. budget holder
ii. specific board
8. What is the level of early market engagement undertaken by your organisation. Is it carried out based on;
a. Value threshold, if so what
b. Risk
c. Value and Risk
d. Other, please specify
9. Approximately, as a % of all procurements undertaken, what % involve early market engagement?
a. less than 25%,
b. 25%
c. 50%
d. 75%
e. don’t know
10. On what basis are you engaging with the market, as part of your early market engagement activity; tick all that apply
a. Pricing models
b. length of contracts
c. service specification
d. outcomes
e. new technology / products
f. contract packaging / lots
g. other, please specify
11. Do you have a formal process for the consideration of the following procurement processes and can you evidence this i.e. sample reports, documents, minutes etc.?
a. Use of in-house service
b. Use of existing contract
c. Use of wider frameworks / collaborative arrangements
d. Shared services with another body
e. other delivery model
i. Joint Ventures
ii. Local Authority owned Company
iii. Teckel arrangement
iv. Social Enterprise
f. Decommissioning
g. Demand management
h. Facilitating sub-contract / consortium / partnerships

  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 below.

1.  Yes

2. Agresso/Proactis. Analysis of contract spend.

3. How often do you use that
a. Monthly
b. Quarterly 
c. Annually
d. Other, please specify

4.

a. 2012/13 - 5,864 suppliers
b. 2013/14 - 5,823 suppliers
c. 2014/15 - 5,598 suppliers

5. 4.6%
6.  Yes Senior Management Group
7.

a. above £500
i. budget holder -  Budget Holder
ii. specific board – n/a
b. £10,000
i. budget holder - Head of Service
ii. specific board – n/a
c. £25,000
i. budget holder - Head of Service
ii. specific board – n/a
d. £100,000
i. budget holder - Assistant Director
ii. specific board – n/a
e. £1,000,000
i. budget holder - Assistant Director
ii. specific board – n/a

8.
Level of agreement depends on nature of the contract/value and risk are some of the considerations.
a. Value threshold, if so what
b. Risk
c. Value and Risk
d. Other, please specify


9.Cannot determine percentage as semi-devolved procurement approach.

a. less than 25%,
b. 25%
c. 50%
d. 75%
e. don’t know

10. All of these criteria or some of them. This is decided on a contract specific basis.

a. Pricing models
b. length of contracts
c. service specification
d. outcomes
e. new technology / products
f. contract packaging / lots
g. other, please specify

11.

Please see attached Contract Procedure Rules below which regulate all commissioning activity.

a. Use of in-house service
b. Use of existing contract
c. Use of wider frameworks / collaborative arrangements
d. Shared services with another body
e. other delivery model
i. Joint Ventures
ii. Local Authority owned Company
iii. Teckel arrangement
iv. Social Enterprise

f. Decommissioning
g. Demand management
h. Facilitating sub-contract / consortium / partnerships

Contract Procedure Rules

20/4/2015

 

7134

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
48E Chaucer Road
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

24/3/2015

 

7135

 

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

  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

24/3/2015

 

7136

 

I would like to know if the land at  Alburgh Close, Bedford contaminated

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. I have answered your query below:

No information is held within the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department regarding the previous use of this site.

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

At this time, this site has not been determined as contaminated land.

21/4/2015

 

7137

 

I wish to request a list of all closed/ended Council Tax accounts with credit balances from 1993 (or earliest records) to 2015 where the liable party is deceased.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information and this is enclosed in Excel spreadsheet format as requested.

CT Accounts for the deceased

21/4/2015

 

7138

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request the following information.
A) How many teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff in Bedford schools have been verbally or physically abused by a pupil in:
2012
2013
2014
I would like the information in calendar years (not school or financial years), broken down by month, school, nature of the assault and detail of any consequent injury on the teacher/staff member (if this applies).  Please include special needs schools.

 

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed below in bold. 

FOI 7138
A) How many teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff in Bedford schools have been verbally or physically abused by a pupil in:
 
2012
2013
2014
 
I would like the information in calendar years (not school or financial years), broken down by month, school, nature of the assault and detail of any consequent injury on the teacher/staff member (if this applies).  Please include special needs schools.
 
If details of injuries are not obtainable, please do not delay my request to inform me, but exclude from my request.
 
Bedford Borough Council are not able to provide data for schools where they are not the Employer, this includes Academy, Foundation and Voluntary Aided Schools, the data we are able to provide is for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools, where we are the employer.  We are also unable to provide individual school names, the data is split by type of school. The response will therefore be the same for both FOI7138 and FOI7186, which is the same request with the exception of the wording highlighted below

FOI 7186
How many teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff from schools in your remit have been verbally or physically abused by a pupil in:
 
2012
2013
2014
 
I would like the information in calendar years (not school or financial years), broken down by month, school, nature of the assault and detail of any consequent injury on the teacher/staff member (if this applies).  Please include special needs schools.
 
If details of injuries are not obtainable, please do not delay my request to inform me, but exclude from my request.

If you require data for Academy, Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools you will need to approach them directly, please find a link to a document which contains contact details for all schools within Bedford Borough area and details the type of school

Bedford Borough Establishment Guide

Violent Incidents

 

21/4/2015

 

7139

 

 I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I would like to know the following:
•The number of council workers who have been formally disciplined by the council in each of the past five financial years (i.e. 2010-11 to 2014-15) broken down by financial year.
•In each case, a brief description of the transgression that led to the disciplinary action (e.g. fraud, assault, inappropriate internet use) and the outcome of that disciplinary action (e.g. Written warning, final warning, dismissal).

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

Please find the information you requested attached. 

Council workers 

10/4/2015

 

7140

 

Freedom of Information Act Request
In the 2014 calendar year how many children were taken into care where there was a recorded concern that the parents/carers of the child were at risk of physical violence from the child? Please state the ages of the children involved

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 recorded in the way it was requested. 

You Requested:

In the 2014 calendar year how many children were taken into care where there was a recorded concern that the parents/carers of the child were at risk of physical violence from the child? Please state the ages of the children involved.
 
Answer:

We are unable to provide the information that you have requested for the following reason:

We use the Department for Education (DfE) official coding of:
• Abuse or neglect
• Child's disability
• Parents illness or disability
• Family in acute stress
• Family dysfunction
• Socially unacceptable behaviour
• Low income
• Absent parenting
As we use these classifications we do not collect the data in a manner that enables us to extract “risk of physical violence” and therefore we cannot respond to this FOI. 

14/4/2015

 

7141

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I am requesting information relating to what bandstands you currently have and information related to them

Thank you for your request for information about bandstands which we received on 21 March 2105. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find attached the information requested


 Name of Local Authority  Bedford Borough Council
Location of bandstand(s) with postcode

 Mill Meadows - MK42 0AE
Bedford Park - MK40 2JZ
Do you currently have a programme of events on any of

them?  Mill Meadows – yes, 6 -7 Sunday performances

during the summer
Bedford Park – no
If so where are they advertised?  

Council website / park notice boards
Do you offer the facility to community groups?  Yes
Is this free of charge?

If not how much is the cost to perform here?  Free of charge
Who is the contact to book the bandstand?

 Name / Department / Telephone number?

Bjorn Hove
Parks & countryside
01234 718456

Where are the details on your website?  parks and open spaces

What is the condition of your bandstand?  Mill Meadows – good
Bedford Park – has access issues
Is there a power supply to the bandstand?  Yes
Is there a TEN in place for the bandstand?  There are premises licenses that cover the parks

20/3/2015

 

7142

 

 This is my FOI request:
•How many professionals work within the department that collect relevant information from residents, that then needs to be inputted into the system?
•How much of their time (i.e. per officer) is spent inputting collected data from residents into the system, during a typical working day, and then week? (i.e. 1 hours a day, for 5 days in a week)
•What is the overall process from collecting the relevant data, to inputting it into which system, to someone verifying/checking the data, for the data to be transferred to another system, etc? (so that I can build up a workflow process of what happens to the collected data from a back office perspective, which we would check to see if part or all of the process can be automated by our RPA software)
If a member of the FOI team could pass this request to the relevant officer working within the Adult Social Care department that can help me, I would be grateful?
•Finally, the last question being = please can you pass me the name  and contact details of the main officer that would be able to help me with the specific questions regarding the processing / technical fit – that works within the Adult Social Care department?

 

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.

How many professionals work within the department that collect relevant information from residents, that then needs to be inputted into the system?
Approximately 40 professionals.
How much of their time (i.e. per officer) is spent inputting collected data from residents into the system, during a typical working day, and then week? (i.e. 1 hours a day, for 5 days in a week)
Approximately 30% per officer.
What is the overall process from collecting the relevant data, to inputting it into which system, to someone verifying/checking the data, for the data to be transferred to another system, etc? (so that I can build up a workflow process of what happens to the collected data from a back office perspective, which we would check to see if part or all of the process can be automated by our RPA software)
• Central Government consult on new statutory / legislation items
• Local authority coordinates response to Central Government
• Government publish new statutory / legislation items
• Local authority interprets new guidance
• Local authority communicate and consult key staff about changes
• Local authority makes and tests necessary amendments to policies / procedures / Social Care Database
• Local authority sets appropriate performance indicators
• Local authority sets targets
• Local authority trains staff in new procedures and data entry
• Local authority enters data in to social care database based on events / activities undertaken by teams.
• Local authority creates relevant performance reports (through Business Intelligence software e.g. Business Objects)
• Local authority creates relevant validation reports to ensure accurate data entry
• Local authority meets on monthly basis and other various meeting to discuss performance and validation issues
• Local authority publishes monthly and quarterly Business Support Report, including communicating to elected officials
• Local authority runs statutory returns / end of year reports
• Local authority validates statutory returns / end of year reports internally
• Local authority validates statutory returns / end of year reports with relevant central Government department
• Local authority produces audit pack for official sign-off
• Local authority submits return through relevant central Government online portal
• Local authority deals with any relevant queries by central Government and re-submit if necessary
• Local authority benchmarks against statistical neighbours. Regional and England average.
• Cycle beings again by reviewing any amendments for next financial year / central Government changes.

20/4/2015

 

7143

 

 Please provide information of how many people have been charged full Council Tax rate despite the council being informed by Landlords & Letting Agents that their property is single occupancy. Please also provide information of how many people have also had Liability orders raised against them in the incorrect amounts.

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 Council does not record this information.  However, where the Council is notified by a Landlord or Letting Agent that a property is single occupancy, a single resident discount claim form will be issued.

21/4/2015

 

7144

 

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 1/6/14 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

Public Health Funerals

17/4/2015

 

7145

 

Could you please provide the following information regarding the applications and offers for primary school places within your local authority, relating to entry into primary school in September 2015.
1.The total places available in all primary schools;
2.Applications received from parents of home applicants  (children living in the area of the local authority);
3.Percentage of offers made to applicants of a) First preference b) Second preference c) Third preference d) One of top three preferences e) Any preferred school f) A non preferred school g) no offer
4.Of all offers, percentage a) of a school within LA b) of a school in another LA

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. 

Could you please provide the following information regarding the applications and offers for primary school places within your local authority, relating to entry into primary school in September 2015.

1. The total places available in all primary schools;
Answer: 2321

2. Applications received from parents of home applicants  (children living in the area of the local authority);
Answer: 2076

3. Percentage of offers made to applicants of
a) First preference
Answer: 92.00%
b) Second preference
Answer: 5.15%
c) Third preference
Answer: 1.20%
d) One of top three preferences
Answer: 98.35%
e) Any preferred school
Answer: 98.5%
f) A non preferred school
Answer: 1.49%
g) no offer
Answer: 0%

4. Of all offers, percentage
a) of a school within LA
Answer: 98.46%
b) of a school in another LA
Answer: 1.54%

20/4/2015

 

7146

 

Can you please provide the following information for Adult Social Care Case Management
1.Who is the current supplier of this system and what is the 2. System’s name and suppliers name?
3.At what date did you start using the current system, and what was the previous IT system?
4.When is the system due for renewal?
7.How much is the total cost of the contract p.a. (including support and maintenance)?
8.Have you retained a legacy system for data archive purposes

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

Please find the information you requested set out below.

1. Who is the current supplier of this system  - Northgate
2. What is the system’s name and suppliers name  - Swift, Northgate
3. At what date did you start using the current system - 1/4/2010
4. What was the previous IT system -  In house system, developed by Bedfordshire County Council – a product called “Mars”.
5. When is the system due for renewal  - 30/4/2016
6. How much is the total cost of the contract p.a. (including support and maintenance) -  £193,000
7. Have you retained a legacy system for data archive purposes -  Yes

25/3/2015

 

7147

 

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

  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

24/3/2015

 

7148

 

 

1. What is the name(s) and address details of the funeral director used by the council?
2. How does the council choose suppliers?
3. What is the tendering process if I wanted to supply my company's services to the council?
4a. Is there an online directory used by the council when selecting suppliers?
4b. What is the name of the directory and where does the council place notices when seeking a supplier? Provide link
5. Does the council deal with public health funerals?
6. How many public health funerals have taken place within the last year (from March 2014 to the present)?
7a. Which department(s) are involved within the public health funeral process?
7b. What is the name of the person(s), department and telephone number of the staff member(s) who search for missing or unknown family members when undertaking a public health funeral?
7c. What is the name of the person(s), department and telephone number of the staff member(s) who search the property or deal with issues revolving around the asset/estate of the deceased?
8a. If the council cannot locate the missing or unknown family members, what is the name of company/firm used by the council to trace these relatives?
8b. What is the tendering process for choosing the company/firm mentioned in 8a?
8c. Who is involved in the decision making of choosing the company/firm mentioned in 8a? (Provide the name and contact details)
8d. How many cases have there been, where the company/firm (8a) have been unable to locate missing or unknown family members?
9. Apart from family members, who notifies the council of a death? State name and contact details
10a. Does the council put an appeal online or in the paper, when searching for unknown or missing family member?
10b. Provide link and name for 10a.
10c. If this is not undertaken by the council, who is responsible for this and where is the plea published? Provide link
11. In the last 12 months, how many public health funerals have taken place? Please provide
a) Date and place of death
b) Name of the deceased
c) Last known address
d) Date of birth
e) Have family members/next of kin been contacted?
f) Who contacted the family members/next of kin?
g) Have these cases been referred to the Treasury Solicitor/Bona Vacantia, QLTR, Duchy, Farrer & Co or Ultimus Haeres?
h) Are these details published online? Provide website link
12a. Which hospitals refers cases to the council, where a public health funeral is necessary?
12b. What are the contact details of the person at the hospital who refers these cases to you?

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:

.

1. What is the name(s) and address details of the funeral director used by the council?

Arnolds Funeral Service
48 Roff Avenue
Bedford, MK41

2. How does the council choose suppliers?

The Council chooses suppliers via a tendering process

 which comes down to quality and cost.

3. What is the tendering process if I wanted to supply my company's services to the council?

Bedford Borough Council’s Procurement Department (Commercial Hub)

4a. Is there an online directory used by the council when selecting suppliers?

Yes, it’s called Proactis

4b. What is the name of the directory and where does the

 council place notices when seeking a supplier? Supplier Process

5. Does the council deal with public health funerals?

Yes

6. How many public health funerals have taken place within the last year (from March 2014 to the present)?

16

7a. Which department(s) are involved within the public health funeral process?

Bereavement Services

7b. What is the name of the person(s), department and telephone number of the staff member(s) who search for missing or unknown family members when undertaking a public health funeral?

Samantha Smith – Assistant  Registrar (Tel: 01234 276852)
7c. What is the name of the person(s), department and telephone number of the staff member(s) who search the property or deal with issues revolving around the asset/estate of the deceased?

2 members of staff will search property, namely Assistant Registrar and Funeral Co-Ordinator

8a. If the council cannot locate the missing or unknown family members, what is the name of company/firm used by the council to trace these relatives?

Use various geneology companies.  The last company used was Estate Research.

8b. What is the tendering process for choosing the company/firm mentioned in 8a?
Not applicable – geneology companies do not charge the Council.

8c. Who is involved in the decision making of choosing the company/firm mentioned in 8a? (Provide the name and contact details)

Not applicable

8d. How many cases have there been, where the company/firm (8a) have been unable to locate missing or unknown family members?

None.

9. Apart from family members, who notifies the council of a death? State name and contact details

Care Homes
Social Services
Coroner’s office

10a. Does the council put an appeal online or in the paper, when searching for unknown or missing family member?

NO

10b. Provide link and name for 10a.

n/a

10c. If this is not undertaken by the council, who is responsible for this and where is the plea published? Provide link

The funeral directors will publish a death/funeral notice in local paper.

11. In the last 12 months, how many public health funerals have taken place? Please provide
a) Date and place of death
b) Name of the deceased
c) Last known address
d) Date of birth
e) Have family members/next of kin been contacted?
f) Who contacted the family members/next of kin?
g) Have these cases been referred to the Treasury Solicitor/Bona Vacantia, QLTR, Duchy, Farrer & Co or Ultimus Haeres?
h) Are these details published online? Provide website link

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
Public Health funerals

 

17/4/2015

 

7149

 

 1) How is The Councils large waste containers maintained?
2) Who is contracted to carry out this maintenance?
3) How many waste containers do the Council possess?
4) On average how often are these maintained?

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

Please find the information requested below

1) Mainly this is out to contract but there is a small amount of repairs that we are able to do ourselves (some lids wheels locks etc)

2) If it is something we cannot do ourselves we use a company named UKCM

3) 1100 litres Bins  – 2,298 and 660 litres Bins – 534

4)       We do not have a maintenance programme but all bins are checked, cleaned and repaired when returned to the depot. If they need to be refurbished this is done by UKCM

23/4/2015

 

7150

 

 I need to get the details of any foreign exchange transaction conducted on behalf of the Bedfordshire pension scheme between October 1st 2014 and today.  The deals might have been done by the fund itself, by its custodian, or by its appointed asset managers and the information should be available from the custodian.
I need for each transaction to see the following details:
•Currency Bought.
•Currency Sold.
•Exchange Rate.
•Trade Date.
•Value Date.
•Time of Execution.
•Who did the transaction for the pension scheme - the custodian, an asset manager or the scheme itself.

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that, with the exception of Time of Execution, we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed.

 

Foreign Exchange transactions

 

 

27/3/2015

 

7151

 

Could you send me a copy of the site licence for Folly Park and Peppercorn Park, Clapham, Bedfordshire.

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can confirm that Environmental Health and Trading Standards does hold the  information you requested and copies of the site licenses requested are enclosed with this letter.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the site licence

21/4/2015

 

7152

 

I would like to request the following information:
(1) The ethnic breakdown of families you have identified for inclusion in the troubled families programme.
(2) The breakdown of religion or belief of families you have identified for inclusion in the troubled families programme.
(3) The breakdown of number of children in families you have identified for inclusion in the troubled families programme.
(4) How many families you have identified for inclusion in the troubled families programme are 'single-parent' households

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

(1) The ethnic breakdown of families you have identified for inclusion in the troubled families programme.
(2) The breakdown of religion or belief of families you have identified for inclusion in the troubled families programme.
(3) The breakdown of number of children in families you have identified for inclusion in the troubled families programme.
(4) How many families you have identified for inclusion in the troubled families programme are 'single-parent' households.

Answer: Please see PDF document attached.

Troubled Families
 

14/4/2015

 

7153

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I seek the following information:
1. The number of people classed as homeless in 2015.
Could you please break this down by country of origin or if this not possible by foreign-born and UK nationals.
2. Could you provide the number of people classed as 'rough sleepers' in 2015 as defined by the government's guidelines here.
Again could you please break this down by the country of origin or if this is not possible by foreign-born and UK nationals.
3. If the cost limit is not yet exceeded please repeat the request for 2014 and then if still not exceeded for 2013.
4. Please also provide a copy of your most recent P1E submission form to the Department of Communities and Local Government.

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.

 

The information you have requested is available on the following website:

Homelessness Statistics

20/4/2015

 

7154

 

 

Please could you confirm the following:
1)How you request your DBS Checks currently? Paper or Online?
2)Do you use a third party or request them direct with the DBS?
3)If you use a third party, which company is it? When did you start using them? How much do you pay per Enhanced Disclosure? Is the provider decided by a tender process, if not who is the individual within the council that makes the decision?
4)How many DBS checks did you request between Jan 14 – 31st Dec 14?
5)Do you provide an umbrella body service to organisations?
6)If so, please can you list the names of the organisations. Please include a primary contact name and telephone.

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. 

1. Paper
2. Direct from DBS
3. N/a
4. 2,830
5. We are not listed on the DBS website, but are a registered umbrella body.
6. We only undertake ad hoc checks in small numbers.

14/4/2015

 

7155

 

 Under The Freedom of Information Act 2000 I request the following details :
1. From February 2015 to any pending please provide details of any deceased persons you have dealt with who have no known next of kin (or you cannot find next of kin).
2. Date of Death and Date of Birth.
3. Last known address.
4. The date passed onto TSOL or The Duchy Solicitor (plus any pending).
5. The Value of estate if known (approximately).

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

Public Health funerals

17/4/2015

 

7156

 

 Under the freedom of information act I would like to request a list of all businesses in Bedford Council (Unitary), which hold a Taxi Operators Licence.

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification

 

 

7157

 

 With reference to the provisions of The Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be obliged if you could provide me with answers to the following question(s):
1.What was your allocated budget for trading standards in each of the years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15?
2.How many trading standards inspections took place in each of the years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15?
3.Do you regularly carryout inspections or do you now operate a reactive service to complaints or intelligence received?
4.How many trading standards enforcements took place in each of the years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15?

 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.

Trading Standards Budget 

24/4/2015

 

7158

 

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

  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

10/4/2015

 

7159

 

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

  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

10/4/2015

 

7160

 

 

 I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
All emails and letters sent or received by the Leader, Chief Executive and Director of Public Health, or where such a post does not exist, the relevant public health lead in the council to and from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) between 1st April 2012 and 25th March 2015.
Copies of all relevant papers or documents relating to the decision of the authority to sign the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control including indication of whether the decision to sign was made at an officer or member level.
Any further information or guidance that the council holds relating to the interpretation of the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control on its policies and activities.

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

Please find the information you requested attached in respect Action on Smoking and Health.

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachments

23/4/2015

 

7161

 

Can you please advise me of the total number of properties that were granted Retail Rate Relief for the 2015/2016 billing period 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 and this is detailed below:

Can you please advise me of the total number of properties that were granted Retail Rate Relief for the 2015/2016 billing period by Bedford Borough Council.  541

26/3/2015

 

7162

 

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

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

10/4/2015

 

7163

 

 Can you please provide the following information for Children’s Social care Case Management:
1. Who is the current supplier of this system and what is the system’s name?
2. At what date did you start using the current system, and what was the previous IT system ?
3. When is the system due for renewal?
4. How much is the total cost of the contract p.a. (including support and maintenance)?
5. Have you retained a legacy system for data archive purposes?

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

Please find the information you requested set out below.

1) Who is the current supplier of this system and what is the system’s name?
Azeus, AzeusCare
2) At what date did you start using the current system, and what was the previous IT system? Date started using new system: 24/03/2014. Previous system: Northgate’s CCM
3) When is the system due for renewal? The request is subject of an absolute exemption contained within S21 as this information is available in the public domain as an Executive Decision, at the following link:

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of that decision.

4)     How much is the total cost of the contract p.a. (including support and maintenance)? £70,000 p.a

5)     Have you retained a legacy system for data archive purposes?
Yes, as the previous system is still being used by Adults Services Team

 

22/4/2015

 

7164

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request Bedford Borough to provide me with the following information.
1) For the total number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) teachers in Bedford Borough as of the school workforce census in i) November 2013 ii) November 2014.
2) For the number of FTE teachers with QTS in Bedford Borough as of the school workforce census in i) November 2013 ii) November 2014.
3) For the total number of FTE specialist a) art b) history c) English d) PE e) drama teachers in secondary-phase schools in Bedford Borough that were teaching mathematics as of the school workforce census in i) January 2010 ii) November 2010 iii) November 2013 ii) November 2014.
4) For the total number of FTE specialist a) art b) history c) English d) PE e) drama teachers in secondary-phase schools in Bedford Borough that were teaching physics as of the school workforce census in i) January 2010 ii) November 2010 iii) November 2013 ii) November 2014.

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

Bedford Borough Council only co-ordinates and approves the submission of the schools workforce census data returns by maintained schools within the Authority, but the information is held by the Department for Education. Statistics from May 2010 onwards are available on GOV.UK

We can however provide the response to your first Question from data held on our HR system.

Question 1:

November 2013: 1610.98 FTE
November 2014: 1,583.42 FTE
 

17/4/2015

 

7165

 

 I would like to know the following information as it applies in the financial year 2014-2015:
1. Please tell me your standard charges (assuming that the client is paying full price, having over £23,250 capital) for the following domiciliary services to those aged over 65:
a. Personal care (e.g. getting up, washing, getting dressed etc) – hourly rate.
b. Domestic help (e.g. shopping, laundry etc.) - hourly rate(s).
c. Home care services (e.g. cleaning curtains, turning mattresses, repairs and gardening) – hourly rate(s)
d. Meals (at home or at a day care centre - please state both prices if they are different) - flat rate per meal.
e. Transport (round trip to day care centre and back).
f. Careline/Telecare (or similar telephone-based alarm service) - per week. Please include/tell us of any installation costs.

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

Please see attached spreadsheet.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

 

20/4/2015

 

7166

 

 The department holding the information is that which has lead responsibility for dealing with ‘looked after’ children. Please provide the following information that your local authority holds 
1.How many children have been accommodated since 1 April 2014 under Section 20 Children Act 1989 by the local authority, who at the time of entering care, were under 12 months old?
Of these
a)How many were, at the time of entering care
i.aged under 6 weeks old
ii.aged between 6 weeks and 6 months old
iii.aged between 6 months and 12 months old.
b)How many are, or were in care for more than a week
c)How many are living with a family and friends carer/connected foster carer?
d)How many have the local authority decided should be placed for adoption (by the Agency Decision Maker) prior to care proceedings being commenced.
e)How many have subsequently been subject to care proceedings and/or  placement order proceedings
f) Of those subsequently subject to care proceedings and/or placement order proceedings how many were accommodated under s20 for more than
(i) 4 weeks
(ii) 12 weeks
(iii) 16 weeks
2.How many children have been placed under Foster for Adoption with a potential adopter since June 2014.  Of these
a)i) How many were in care i) as a result of a court order ii) how many were accommodated under section 20. 
ii)How many were aged under 12 months old?
iii)How many were placed with a full or half sibling?
b) How many were aged:  under 12 months ii. 12 months-3 years iii Over 3 years old
c) How many were placed with a sibling (or half sibling).

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. 

This is a request, made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for information held by your local authority. The department holding the information is that which has lead responsibility for dealing with ‘looked after’ children. Please provide the following information that your local authority holds
 
1.    How many children have been accommodated since 1 April 2014 under Section 20 Children Act 1989 by the local authority, who at the time of entering care, were under 12 months old?
Answer: 11

Of these
a)    How many were, at the time of entering care
i.              aged under 6 weeks old 
Answer:  Less than 5*
ii.            aged between 6 weeks and 6 months old
Answer:  Less than 5*
iii.           aged between 6 months and 12 months old.
Answer:  Less than 5*
 
b)    How many are, or were in care for more than a week
Answer: 11
c)    How many are living with a family and friends carer/connected foster carer?
Answer: Less than 5*
 
d)    How many have the local authority decided should be placed for adoption (by the Agency Decision Maker) prior to care proceedings being commenced.
Answer: Less than 5*
 
e)    How many have subsequently been subject to care proceedings and/or  placement order proceedings
Answer: Less than 5*
 
f) Of those subsequently subject to care proceedings and/or placement order proceedings how many were accommodated under s20 for more than
(i) 4 weeks
Answer: Less than 5*
(ii) 12 weeks
Answer: Less than 5*
(iii) 16 weeks
Answer: Less than 5*

2.    How many children have been placed under Foster for Adoption with a potential adopter since June 2014. 
Answer: Less than 5*

Of these
a)
i)    How many were in care i) as a result of a court order ii) how many were accommodated under section 20. 
Answer: Less than 5*
ii)      How many were aged under 12 months old?
Answer: Less than 5*
iii)       How many were placed with a full or half sibling?
Answer: Less than 5*
 
b) How many were aged:  under 12 months ii. 12 months-3 years iii Over 3 years old
Answer: Less than 5*
c) How many were placed with a sibling (or half sibling).
Answer: Less than 5*


* Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.      States that this is exempt information.
2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.
We have suppressed this information due to low numbers and the possibility of a child being identifiable.


 

21/4/2015

 

7167

 

Could you tell me how much was paid to the staff member and why it was paid 

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 requested is exempt information.

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

17/4/2015

 

7168

 

We would like to obtain the following information to ensure that our service costs are in line with other similar providers in the area as the figures range from £700 per week to £2500 per week and we need to be certain of our charges.  We want our services to be comparable to other providers and affordable for the Local Authority to pay out.  We are currently in the process of working alongside Bedford Borough Council and the Youth Offending team to be added to their providers list.
* We need to know what other providers are charging for support packages in the Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire regions comprising of basic packages providing housing without support and support packages providing housing with 4, 12 and 24 hours of support every week for 16+ care leavers.
*Charges for high risk ex offenders based on basic packages providing housing without support and support packages providing housing with 4, 12 and 24 hours of support every week.
* We would also like to request information on current charges for 24 hours of daily support for 16+ care leavers and for ex offenders.
* How much Local Authorities are currently paying for such services.

 

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Answer:

The Placements Team commissions a number of different support packages depending on the need of the young person as we are a needs led service.  We do not commission housing without support as in these cases a young person would access a hostel/YMCA/crash pad type accommodation via the authority's normal referral route.  Services that we do commission start at £200 per week for a single room in a shared house with 4 hours support per week for a young person between 16 and 18 years of age who is assessed as suitable for this kind of provision.  They would have a personal budget for bills and food on top of this paid by the LAAC Team.  The cost of the additional hours vary but start from £25 hour.
 
The cost of a placement in a 16+ unit with full time staffing and key working usually starts at around £675 per week.
 

*Charges for high risk ex offenders based on basic packages providing housing without support and support packages providing housing with 4, 12 and 24 hours of support every week.

Answer:

As above if a young person only needed accommodation this would be sought from the local authority's Housing Advice & Options web page or the Customer Service Centre, 2 Horne Lane, Bedford.  The support packages over and above this would vary depending on the type of offence, the identified risk of re-offending, the impact of re-offending and what visiting matrix was in place from the already involved professionals.  If we were to use a 16+ provision costs would start at about £750 per week and increase depending on the assessed need.  In many cases we would not use an unregulated placement for placements of this time and would usually use a residential children's home.


* We would also like to request information on current charges for 24 hours of daily support for 16+ care leavers and for ex offenders.

Answer:

Additional charges vary, once again depending on the level of risk/need, and would start at £30/hour up to £80/hour for individuals and we would negotiate on a daily rate if 24 hour supervision was needed.


* How much Local Authorities are currently paying for such services.

Answer:

Costs have been provided above. 

24/4/2015

 

7169

 

 I am undertaking an analysis of the impact of litigation of the public sector and would like to know:
·What did you spend on litigation (i.e. lawyer fees and awards) in financial year 2008-2009 and financial year 2013-2014?
·How many lawsuits did you settle in financial year 2008-2009 and financial year 2013-2014?
·How many lawsuits did you have brought against you in financial year 2008-2009 and financial year 2013-2014?
·How many of the lawsuits brought against you were funded by third party litigation funders (hedge funds and other private investors) in financial year 2008-2009 and financial year 2013-2014?

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

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information.  In response to each of your questions:

What did you spend on litigation (i.e. lawyer fees and awards) in financial year 2008-2009 and financial year 2013-2014?

Bedford Borough Council became a unitary authority in 2009 so we do not hold the information requested for 2008/2009.  Legal costs in 2013/14 were £146,775 but this includes expenditure for all areas of Legal Services including Planning etc and costs for litigation are not available separately.

How many lawsuits did you settle in financial year 2008-2009 and financial year 2013-2014?

We do not hold this information.

How many lawsuits did you have brought against you in financial year 2008-2009 and financial year 2013-2014?

We do not hold this information.

How many of the lawsuits brought against you were funded by third party litigation funders (hedge funds and other private investors) in financial year 2008-2009 and financial year 2013-2014?
We do not hold this information.

10/4/2015

 

7170

 

 I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1. Of the care order applications that led to placement order applications in 2013/14 underpinned by the following classifications of harm - physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect - how many featured domestic abuse as the source of harm?
2. Of the cases provided in response to question 1, in how many of them was the mother the primary carer?

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

You requested:
1. Of the care order applications that led to placement order applications in 2013/14 underpinned by the following classifications of harm - physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect - how many featured domestic abuse as the source of harm?
2. Of the cases provided in response to question 1, in how many of them was the mother the primary carer?

Answer: We issued 105 care cases in the year 2013-2014. We would need to look into each case to extract the information which is being sought from each file which would take up to 30 mins per file as there is not a separate list for the number of those cases which progressed to Placement applications.  Once a breakdown of which files had resulted in a Placement application had been devised, further work into each of those files would then be needed to ascertain which commenced as a result of a specified type of abuse (etc as per the specific questions of the request).  Due to the number of files this would considerably exceed 18 hours work.

14/4/2015

 

7171

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:
A list of FOIA Requests considered “Vexatious” that resulted in you not providing information.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. You requested: A list of FOIA Requests considered “Vexatious” that resulted in you not providing information.
Answer - nil

30/3/2015

 

7172

 

 I would like to know the following under the Freedom of Information Act.
How many people within your local authority are teaching the new computing curriculum which began in September 2014? 
How many of these people teaching the new computing curriculum have received specific training on this new curriculum?
How much money has been invested into training people to teach this new computing curriculum?

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. 


Answer: This information is not collected by the Local Authority.

15/4/2015

 

7173

 

Could you please provide the following information:
1. Expenditure on computer software used for Bacs payment processing and Direct Debit collection. For financial years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.
2. A list of suppliers of the above software.
3. How you came to the decision to choose these companies.

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

Please find the information you requested set out below.

1. Expenditure on computer software used for Bacs payment processing and Direct Debit collection. For financial years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.
2013-2014   £3,706.00   (for both Live and Disaster Recovery systems)
2014-2015   £3,818.00   (for both Live and Disaster Recovery systems)

2. A list of suppliers of the above software.
Bottomline Technologies Ltd

3. How you came to the decision to choose these companies.
Tender process

14/4/2015

 

7174

 

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

  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link

 

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

10/4/2015

 

7175

 

Can you please provide the following information for Children’s Social care Case Management:
1. Who is the current supplier of this system and what is the system’s name?
2. At what date did you start using the current system, and what was the previous IT system ?
3. When is the system due for renewal?
4. How much is the total cost of the contract p.a. (including support and maintenance)?
5. Have you retained a legacy system for data archive purposes?

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

Please find the information you requested set out below.

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

1. Who is the current supplier of this system and what is the system’s name? Azeus, AzeusCare
2. At what date did you start using the current system, and what was the previous IT system?  Date started using new system: 24/03/2014. Previous system: Northgate’s CCM
3. When is the system due for renewal? The request is subject of an absolute exemption contained within S21 as this information is available in the public domain as an Executive 

Decision

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of that decision.

4. How much is the total cost of the contract p.a. (including support and maintenance)?  £70,000
5. Have you retained a legacy system for data archive purposes? Yes, because the previous system is still being used by the Adults Services Team

22/4/2015

 

 7176

 

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:
A list of
• missing laptops
• mobile phones
• data losses
If possible please provide information as to the status (Recovered or Still Lost)

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification

 

22/4/2015

 

7177

 

 I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
The following questions concern ALL schools which are covered by your LEA. For each question please provide the TOTAL number for the whole of your LEA (rather than a breakdown showing individual schools).
1. How many knives have been confiscated from pupils since 01 April 2014?
2. How many times have pupils been suspended for bringing weapons (any weapons) into school, since 01 April 2014? (NB: this refers to the number of individual suspensions issued, rather than the number of pupils who have been suspended - i.e. some may have been suspended more than once.)
3. How many times have pupils been expelled for bringing weapons (any weapons) into school, since 01 April 2014? (NB: this refers to the number of individual expulsions issued, rather than the number of pupils who have been expelled - i.e. some may have been expelled more than once.)
4. How many of your schools currently have metal detectors, or other machinery specifically designed to prevent weapons coming into the school?
5. How many schools are covered by your LEA?

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 for Q1 to Q4. However, we do hold the information for Q5.

Answer Q1-4:

The Council does not hold this information.


Answer Q5:

We cover 79 schools, including Nursery Schools.

15/4/2015

 

7178

 

I would like make a freedom of information request the following information
1.Does your Council Publish a List of Public Health Funerals it has carried out?
2.How often is this late updated (Including the last time it was updated)?
3.Does the Council have any Public Health Funeral cases on record that are not presently  published on the website?
4. If the answer to question 3 is Yes, what are their details (including names, last known address, date of birth, date of death, date of funeral, and whether the case has been/ will be/ or even might be referred to the Treasury Solicitor?
5.Has the Council given any of this information away to another individual or organization (either formally through an FOI request or informally through other communications?

6.        What is the name, email and telephone number of the individual(s) responsible for overseeing public health funerals within the Council?

7.       What is the name, email and telephone number of the individual(s) responsible for overseeing Treasury Solicitor referrals within 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 attached. 

1.       Does your Council Publish a List of Public Health Funerals it has carried out?

Yes

 

2.       How often is this late updated (Including the last time it was updated)?

                Every quarter – last updated 16/04/2015

3.       Does the Council have any Public Health Funeral cases on record that are not presently  published on the website?

 

No

 

4.       If the answer to question 3 is Yes, what are their details (including names, last known address, date of birth, date of death, date of funeral, and whether the case has been/ will be/ or even might be referred to the Treasury Solicitor?

 

Not applicable

 

5.       Has the Council given any of this information away to another individual or organization (either formally through an FOI request or informally through other communications?

 

No

 

6.        What is the name, email and telephone number of the individual(s) responsible for overseeing public health funerals within the Council? 

 

Michael Day

Service Manager

Bereavement Services

 

7.       What is the name, email and telephone number of the individual(s) responsible for overseeing Treasury Solicitor referrals within the Council?

                Samantha Smith

                Assistant Registrar

                Bereavement Services

 

17/4/2015

 

7179

 

Can you please provide the following information of your IT supplier of Online Social Care  (Information and advice/online assessment etc.)
1. Who is the current supplier of this system/s and what is the system’s name?
2. At what date did you start using the current system, and what was the previous IT system?
3. When is the system due for renewal?
4. How much is the total cost of the contract p.a. (including support and maintenance)?

 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.

Systems information

22/4/2015

 

7180

 

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

  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

10/4/2015

 

7181

 

I have a Freedom of Information request regarding health checks which I hope you may be able to help me with.
1.Who is currently contracted to provide health checks and lifestyle services for your local health economy?
2.What date was this service commissioned and what is the contract value?
3.How long is the current contract for and when is it due to expire?
4.Do you have any commissioning plans for health checks and lifestyle services, if so please provide a copy?
5.What other health checks and lifestyle services contracts have you had in the last three years, if any?

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

 

Health checks

17/4/2015

 

7182

 

We are currently undertaking an environmental review of the above site and would be grateful if you could conduct a search for the following details:
1.Is the site likely to be investigated further under the Council’s Part IIA Strategy and if so what level of priority would it be given?
2.Does the Council have any specific concerns regarding ground conditions at the site?
3.Is the Council aware of any previous site investigations and / or remediation work that has been undertaken on site or in the surrounding area?
4.Records of any pre-licensing landfill sites within 500m, including:
•licence holder
•location (grid reference and boundary plan)
•dates of operation and nature of fill material
•details of any leachate / landfill gas monitoring
5.Pollution records / known areas of contamination within 500m, including:
•location / grid reference
•nature / source of pollution
•previous land uses
•any further details (e.g. remedial work)
6.Part B (APC) Authorisations within 500m, including:
•authorisation holder
•location / grid reference
•nature of authorisation

 

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. I have answered your query below:

1. By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area, and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. This is because our records indicate that in the past, a sand or gravel pit was present on the site. This is considered to be a low priority site. A factory or works is indicated to have existed adjacent to this site, on Arkwright Road. That site will also be assessed, and is considered to be a medium priority site.
At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or not it expects these sites to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in the course of completion. Therefore no reply given above refers to contaminated land for the purposes of the said Act. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, references to contamination should not be taken to mean the land has been deemed prejudicial to health or a nuisance for the purposes of Part Ill of the Act.
2. The council does not have any specific concerns regarding ground conditions at the site.

3. An intrusive investigation was undertaken at this site in the past, and was reported as follows:
Site Investigation Report by Stats on Cambridge Road, Bedford (Report Reference 32355), 1999.

A file note by a former colleague, dated March 2000, found within our records, states the following:
'Initial contamination survey did not include the landfilled part of the site.'
'10.5% Methane was found on the site

4. One record held within this Department indicates that this site was formerly used as a gravel pit. However, a file note by a former colleague states the following:
'1933 map at County [council] records identifies site as a sand pit. The site is likely to have a 20 to 30 year history of tipping. The pit was identified as full in 1956.
We hold limited records of landfills. More information may be held by the
Environment Agency (switchboard 08708 506 506), or the Minerals and Waste Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council (0300 300 8693).

5. Our records indicate the former or current existence of the following land uses within 500m of the site:
• A transport and haulage premises on Cardington Road, approximately 90m North of the site.
• A sand and gravel pit at Priory Country Park, approximately 170m North of the site.
• A print and bookbinding works approximately 200m West of the site.
• An insulator manufacturer approximately 500m West of the site.
• A gravel pit, in Cardington, approximately 500m South East of the site.

We have a record of removal, and subsequent infilling, of two above-ground 15000L photo-chemical waste tanks in a warehouse at Fujifilm at Unit 10a, St Martins Business Centre, St Martins Way. This was reported to this Department on 9th October 2007. We have no record of any contamination of soil associated with this tank.

6. There are no Part B Authorised Processes under the control of Bedford Borough Council licensed to the site or to properties within 500m of the site.

27/4/2015

 

7183

Re: Business Park, Off London Road, Bedford
I’m in the process of updating an environmental report completed in November / December 2012 regarding the above site. We received a response from you regarding the site and I would be grateful if you could confirm if anything has changed in the last two years regarding the above property.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. I have answered your query below:

We are not aware of any further developments at this site in relation to contamination on land at this site, since we last wrote to you in 2012. It is possible that further information may be held by the Environment Agency, as I believe that they had an involvement with the earlier remediation work undertaken at this site.

22/4/2015

 

7184

 

 In light of the introduction of a new curriculum and removal of levels for the assessment has the Authority provided schools with a new assessment framework?  If so, could you please provide me with a copy of the new assessment framework for all subjects at all phases. If a new framework has not been provided, what guidance is the Authority currently giving schools to support them in implementing a new assessment framework? Does the Local Authority currently have any partnerships/preferred suppliers for assessment solutions in schools?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:
In light of the introduction of a new curriculum and removal of levels for the assessment has the Authority provided schools with a new assessment framework?  If so, could you please provide me with a copy of the new assessment framework for all subjects at all phases.
If a new framework has not been provided, what guidance is the Authority currently giving schools to support them in implementing a new assessment framework? Does the Local Authority currently have any partnerships/preferred suppliers for assessment solutions in schools?
Answer:

Bedford Borough has not provided schools with a new assessment framework. It was made clear by the DfE that it was for schools to develop their own summative assessment systems which meet their individual needs. We have however provided support and guidance to our schools in a number of ways. We have:

• Set up a working party to examine the issue, make recommendations, provide advice and guidance and a suggested approach to all LA schools.
• Commissioned a senior member of staff from a Bedford Borough school with recognised expertise in this area to lead the working party. Developments led by this member of staff were commented on very positively by OFSTED during a recent inspection at the school.
• Arranged a visit by a number of Heads to a pilot school to examine how this school was developing new assessment systems. These findings were then reported back to LA schools
• Communicated with and supported area cluster groups in developing collaborative approaches to summative assessment
• Held workshops and study groups to enable schools to work collaboratively and to facilitate the sharing of developments in practice which had taken place at the cluster level. In this way we have aimed to support a more cohesive understanding and approach at LA level whilst enabling schools to retain their autonomy. These groups have also enabled schools to discuss any commercially produced systems they have examined or considered in order to support them in making their own informed decisions.
• Provided regular updates to schools and shared and circulated useful exemplars and supportive documentation as these have become available
• Used The Bedford Borough Learning Exchange (BBLE) as a vehicle to both update schools and facilitate discussion
• Worked with the Teaching School(s) to ensure a coherence of approach and provision at a subject specific level

15/4/2015

 

7185

 

Please provide the following information held on Council files in respect of Sandhurst Road, Bedford
The specific information requested is:
1. Details of any visits made to the aforementioned premises by Officers of Regulated Services (Licensing Team, Environmental Health Team, Trading Standards Team) from 24.11.05 to 28.2.15 (details to include the date of the visit, the purpose of the visit and any observations / comments from Officers of the Council as a result of that visit).
2. Details of any complaints received in respect of the aforementioned premises by the Regulated Services (Licensing Team, Environmental Health Team, Trading Standards Team) from 24.11.05 to 28.2.15 (details to include the date of the complaint, the nature of the complaint, investigations / enquiries carried out as a result of those complaints and the outcome of any investigations).
3. Details of any enforcement action taken against the aforementioned premises by the Regulatory Services (Licensing Team, Environmental Health Team, Trading Standards Team) from 24.11.05 to 28.2.15 (details to include dates action taken and outcome of action taken).

 Request withdrawn by applicant

 

 

7186

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request the following information.
How many teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff from schools in your remit have been verbally or physically abused by a pupil in:
2012
2013
2014

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

If you require data for Academy, Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools you will need to approach them directly, please find a link to a document which contains contact details for all schools within Bedford Borough area and details the type of school

21/4/2015

 

7187

Please could I formally request all copies of  objections and positive responses that have been received to the highway department in relation to the  proposed one way system in Goldington ave

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

 

Please find attached the information you requested. 

Responses for

Responses against

30/4/2015

 

7188

 

I would like an up to date list for businesses that have just become liable for the business rates on a property within your council area between the 14/03/2015 to the 31/03/2015.

 

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

 

Please find attached the information you requested. 

Business Rates

 

 

2/4/2015

 

7189

 

Can you please provide the following information of your supplier of Social Care Finance IT:
1. Who is the current supplier of this system and what is the system’s name?
2. At what date did you start using the current system, and what was the previous IT system?
3. When is the system due for renewal?
4. How much is the total cost of the contract p.a. (including support and maintenance)?

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

Please find the information you requested set out below.

Can you please provide the following information of your supplier of Social Care Finance IT

1.  Who is the current supplier of this system and what is the system’s name? Northgate, Swift
2.  At what date did you start using the current system, and what was the previous IT system? Date started using Swift is 1/4/2010. Previous system was an in house system, developed by Bedfordshire County Council – a product called “Mars”.
3.  When is the system due for renewal? 30/4/2016
4.  How much is the total cost of the contract p.a. (including support and maintenance)? £193,000

15/4/2015

 

 7190

 

 

 I’d like to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act for the following information in electronic format;
1.How large, in hectares, is the administrative area of your authority?
2.What was your total budget for the council in the financial years;
a.2009/10
b.2010/11
c.2011/12
d.2012/13
e.2013/14
3.What was your gross expenditure for the council in the financial years;
a.2009/10
b.2010/11
c.2011/12
d.2012/13
e.2013/14
4.How much money was spent on environmental services (using the definition for environment services as set out by the CIPFA service reporting code of practice for local authorities (SeRCOP) under environmental regulatory services) in the financial years
a.2009/10
b.2010/11
c.2011/12
d.2012/13
e.2013/14
5.How much money was spent on the control (including, prevention, control, management, education and survey) of all non-native flora and fauna (e.g. Japanese Knotweed and Colorado Beetle species) in the financial years;
a.2009/10
b.2010/11
b.2011/12
c.2012/13
d.2013/14
6.Do you have a strategy relating to the control of non-native species (including prevention, control, management, education and survey), if so, can you provide a copy or provide a link?
7.How much is spent on this strategy in the financial years;
a.2009/10
b.2010/11
c.2011/12
d.2012/13
e.2013/14

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

________________________________________
1.            How large, in hectares, is the administrative area of your authority?  47,641 hectares

2.            What was your total budget for the council in the financial years;  See attached
a.            2009/10
b.            2010/11
c.             2011/12
d.            2012/13
e.            2013/14

3.            What was your gross expenditure for the council in the financial years;  See attached
a.            2009/10
b.            2010/11
c.             2011/12
d.            2012/13
e.            2013/14

4.            How much money was spent on environmental services (using the definition for environment services as set out by the CIPFA service reporting code of practice for local authorities (SeRCOP) under environmental regulatory services) in the financial years  See attached
a.            2009/10
b.            2010/11
c.             2011/12
d.            2012/13
e.            2013/14

5.            How much money was spent on the control (including, prevention, control, management, education and survey) of all non-native flora and fauna (e.g. Japanese Knotweed and Colorado Beetle species) in the financial years;  We do not hold data at this level
a.            2009/10
b.           2010/11
b.            2011/12
c.             2012/13
d.            2013/14

6.            Do you have a strategy relating to the control of non-native species (including prevention, control, management, education and survey), if so, can you provide a copy or provide a link? 

In relation to a strategy, attached is a document which we use to guide our approach to non-native species such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed etc. On a practical level we try to ensure we do not have these on our sites though large infestations can be a problem and all these species can be a particular problem if they establish along waterways.

Ragwort is a case apart and we look at this on a case by case basis to assess if it is any danger to livestock and use the natural England guidelines to help assess this.  These guidelines are:

Ragwort, as a native plant to the UK, supports a wide variety of invertebrates and is a major nectar source for many insects and in many situations ragwort poses no threat. It is a natural component of types of unimproved grassland. However it is necessary to prevent its spread where this presents a high risk of poisoning horses, livestock or contaminating fields used for the production of forage. A control policy should be put in place where a medium risk is identified. Ragwort should be controlled on bridleways where the bridleway runs across grazing land or land used for forage production and where grazing animals may be at risk. Where there is no risk, it should not be necessary to control ragwort simply because horses will be ridden along the bridleway. It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that a horse when ridden or led on a bridleway does not ingest ragwort.  Ragwort can cause a problem where fields are cut for hay and ragwort gets into the hay mix.

Medium Risk is defined as land used for grazing by horses or for feed production within 50-100 metres of a population of ragwort.

Low risk is defined as land used for grazing by horses or for feed production over 100metres away. 

7.            How much is spent on this strategy in the financial years;  We do not hold data at this level
a.            2009/10
b.            2010/11
c.             2011/12
d.            2012/13
e.            2013/14

 

Attachment for Qs 2, 3 & 4

attachment for Q6

23/4/2015

 

 

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