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8980

 

Please see below my freedom of information act request. If you cannot answer all or some of the questions please could you respond anyway?
I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known at the time of death from 1/12/15 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/12/15 but the case has only come  to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:
1. Surnames and forenames or initials
2. Dates of death
3. Age at death or date of birth
4.Place of birth
5.Marital status
6.Maiden surnames of married or widowed women
7.Usual address at time of death
8.Approx. value of their estate if known
9.The date you sent information to the Government Legal Department  (or, if in Lancashire, the Duchy of Lancaster, or, if in Cornwall, the Duchy of Cornwall), or confirmation that this action was not applicable.
10.If you have yet to send the information on, as per 9 above, or a decision has not yet been made whether or not to do so, please also advise of this.

 

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

Please click here for the link on Public Helath Funeral

 

10/6/16

 

8981

 

Under the Government Permitted Development Rule (GPDR) of 3 metres depth total area space development from the encasing edges of the property's original construction, do you in an application where there is more than one extension being sort (for example rear extension and loft conversion) - -combine the total area space of all planned extensions into a single depth figure in order to measure if it fits GPDR scheme?

 

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

I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 not held by Bedford Borough Council. 

However, the following might be of assistance.

•   Using the ‘Interactive House’ on the planning portal.

• Submitting a request for chargeable Pre-Application and other Planning Advice.

• If you would like a determination on a specific extension you can submit an application for a Lawful Development Certificate.

Information relating to all of the above can all be located at the following here.

19/5/16

 

8982

 

1.The number of domestic sized garages which your council has let (include any garages which are let to Housing Associations or other organisations which are then sub-let to tenants) in each of the last three years 2. The average vacancy rate of these garages in each of the last three years 3. The average rent charged per week of these garages in each of the last three years

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

Please find your request and our response below:

1.The number of domestic sized garages which your Council has let (include any garages which are let to Housing Associations or other organisations which are then let to tenants) in each of the last three years Nil

2. he average vacancy rate of these garages in each of the last three years

Nil

3. The average rent charged per week of these garages in each of the last three years Nil

 

19/5/16

 

8983

 

 I am emailing in regards to a property I am currently in the process of purchasing ( Queensbury Close, Bedford, ). Under the searches of this property it has failed the environmental search as there is not adequate information in regards to the land which is outlined below. In order to potentially revise the environmental report to a pass, I would require one of the following (if applicable):
•written confirmation from the Local Authority’s Planning Officer that planning conditions relating to contaminated land have been fully discharged (along with a copy of full planning permissions).
•  Written confirmation from the Environmental Health Department of the Local Authority that they are aware of the past use of the area (unspecified works on site between circa 1959 and 1987) and have not identified the study site or any surrounding sites as ‘Contaminated Land’ (as defined under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990), and are not considering any further action against the study site or any surrounding sites (either informally or formally) under this legislation. If the Local Authority are considering further action we would require the level of priority assigned to this site and timescale of potential investigation.Would it be possible to obtain this information

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.The above-mentioned property is part of a wider site which was formerly occupied by the Queens Engineering Works. Due to this former use, a condition was placed within the planning consent (planning permission reference 02/00693/FUL) requiring an assessment and remediation of any contamination. This Department was generally satisfied with the methodology of investigation and assessment of contamination at the site, with respect to the protection of human health. We agreed with the remediation that was recommended, which comprised placing capping material over the site. The relevant environmental consultants have confirmed that capping material has been placed over the site. However we have unfortunately not been able to recommend discharge of conditions due to outstanding details/ points which, to date, have not been agreed.

Also, the Environment Agency has not confirmed their satisfaction regarding measures to protect ground water beneath the site. This is required to enable discharge of a condition.

 

1/6/16

 

8984

 

 I would like to request the following information about looked after children under the Freedom of Information Act.
1. How many looked after children are there in your local authority?
2. How many looked after children in the local authority fall into the following age bands?
0-2 years 
2-3 years 
3-4 years 
5 years or older 
3. For which of the following groups do you keep data about the uptake of free early education?
Looked after children 
Children subject to child arrangements 
Children subject to special guardianship orders 
None 
Don’t know 
4. Of looked after children in the local authority aged 2, 3 and 4 years, how many are currently accessing their entitlement to early years education or are attending a primary school reception class?
5. How many looked after children in the local authority aged under five are attending childcare settings rated good or outstanding by Ofsted?
6a. Are there any policy documents produced by your local authority that guide your work in relation to free early education for looked after children?
Yes 
No
6b. If yes, could you please provide copies of these?                                                                          
7. What systems are in place in your local authority to make sure that looked after children take up free early education?
8. Has your local authority done any work to improve the early education provision for looked after children? For example, to improve the take-up of provision, or work with providers. If you have undertaken such work, please summarise it.

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1Answer: 255 (as at 16/05/2016)
2.Answer:
0-2 years 31 
2-3 years 19 
3-4 years 24 
5 years or older 200 
NB 2 and 3-year-olds will be duplicated as the above includes LAC of the ages stated on the left.  0-2 includes those aged 0, 1 & 2 but 2-year-olds are also counted in the 2-3 years group (2 and 3-year-olds)
3.Answer:
Looked after children X
Children subject to child arrangements 
Children subject to special guardianship orders  X
None 
Don’t know
4.Answer: 25 have an educational placement
5. Answer: 25
6a.
Answer:
Yes 
No X
6b.Answer: N/A                                                                         
7. Welfare call records the PEPs for all children aged from 2yrs plus.
8. Answer:
The Achieving Continued Excellence document supports early years settings to continually improve their setting. Safeguarding training is provided by Bedford Borough Local Safeguarding Children Board and the ITERS & ECERS rating scales training programme has recently been introduced to settings.
The Early Years & Childcare Officer for Safeguarding works with social care to promote the offer and ensure that children who are not statutory school age; are receiving their early years entitlement.

24/5/16

 

8985

 

Please can you provide the names of the following managers within the Council?

Head of Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Head of School Improvement

AD / Director of Education

 

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.
Head of Special Educational Needs (SEN)      
Tim Long (Head of School Support Services)

Head of School Improvement     
  N/a no such post

AD / Director of Education -          
Colin Foster (Assistant Director Early Help & Schools)

 

24/5/16

 

8986

 

I would like for the years from 1st of April 2012 to 31/3/2017

1. Your not for profit  mutual scheme operated for schools , to help them protect against the cost of staff sickness

2. Your not for profit  mutual scheme operated for schools , to help them protect against the cost of maternity leave..

 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. 
  The Long Term absence and maternity pool is administered on our behalf by Central Bedfordshire.  You will therefore need to contact Central Bedfordshire Council for this information    If you would like me to forward your request to them on your behalf, please let me know.

18/5/16

 

8987

 

With  the changes to CON29, can you please advise the following

Is there a CIL charging schedule

If yes do any of the following  subsist in realation  to the property  or has the local authority decided to issue serve make or commence any of the following

A liability notice

A notice  of chargable development

a demand notice

a default liability  notice

an assumption of liability

a commencement notice

Has any demand notice been suspended

Has the local authority recevied full or part payment of any CIL liability

Has the local authority received any appeal against any of the above

Has a decision been taken to apply for a liability order

Has a liability order been granted

Have any other enforcement measures been taken

 

Thank you for your request for information about the new questions regarding Community Infrastructure Levy on the new Con29 Search Form.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Certain information will be revealed on the Certificate of Search (LLC1) for example if there is a current Liability Notice or if there is a current Demand Notice.  If a Demand Notice has been paid, this will be noted within the narrative of the corresponding Planning Permission entry on the Local Land Charges Register.

 

Other information will have to be directed to the Planning Department CIL team on

CIL@bedford.gov.uk

 

8/6/16

 

8988

 

I would like to lodge a FOI request regarding the authority's current arrangements for the commissioning of Children's Social Care services, specifically Residential Care and Home Support.

1. What contracting methods are in place for Children's Residential Care and Home Support services e.g.  Framework, Dynamic Purchasing System or Approved Provider List.

2. When do the current contractual arrangements expire for Children's Residential Care and Home Support?

3.How many providers are working with the authority under the given contract method for Children's Residential Care and Home Support?

4.What was the authority's yearly spend on Children's Residential Care and Home Support for financial year 2014/2015?

5. What proportion of Children's Residential Care and Home Support services were purchased outside of the existing contractual arrangements i.e. were "Spot Purchased"?

6. Who is the lead commissioner (or Head of Commissioning) for Children's Residential Care and Home Support for the authority?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1.What contracting methods are in place for Children's Residential Care and Home Support services e.g.  Framework, Dynamic Purchasing System or Approved Provider List.
Answer:  With regards to residential care we have jointly contracted with Central Bedfordshire Council 2 residential children’s homes one in our area and one in theirs.  This was retendered in 2014 and the same provider was awarded the new contract so this is not likely to be due again for about 3 years.  We also spot purchase residential placements alone and with our SEND team as needed and are members of CCRAG.  We have an approved providers list but this is not closed and we welcome information from new providers in this area as we aim to placement children and young people in the area whenever possible.  We hope to have a Framework in place soon for Supported Accommodation providers.  The local authority is looking at Dynamic Purchasing at the moment.
With regards to domiciliary care we currently spot purchase from an approved provider list however as above we are happy to add agencies to the list if they can provide us with the relevant documents and meet our checks.  We have just gone out to tender this service alongside short breaks with our Adults Services.  Short breaks are defined as services that give children and young people with disabilities enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social development and reducing social isolation; and services that provide parents and families a necessary break from their caring responsibilities.
The deadline for submissions for the Children’s Domiciliary Care/Short Breaks Tender is 22.06.2016 at 12.000 noon, you can access the tender documents here

2.When do the current contractual arrangements expire for Children's Residential Care and Home Support?
Answer: As stated above for residential and domiciliary care
3How many providers are working with the authority under the given contract method for Children's Residential Care and Home Support?
Answer:
13 Residential Care Providers
Currently we have 9 providers we use for the home support
4.What was the authority's yearly spend on Children's Residential Care and Home Support for financial year 2014/2015?
Answer:
Children's Residential Care expenditure was £2,902,302 (this excludes Educational Residential Placements)
Home Support – we are unable to separately identify these costs.
5.What proportion of Children's Residential Care and Home Support services were purchased outside of the existing contractual arrangements i.e. were "Spot Purchased"?
Answer:
Residential care - 16 spot purchased v 5 under existing contractual arrangements.
Domiciliary care - All spend has been spot purchased until the current tender
The number of packages/approx. hours for 15/16 are as follows:
Community Support – 56 packages, 10,500 hours
Educational Support – 2 packages, 350 hours
Home Support – 9 packages, 2,300 hours
Overnight Support – 4 packages, 780 hours
Personal Care – 10 packages, 5,200 hours
Sitting Service – 2 packages,  360 hours
6.Who is the lead commissioner (or Head of Commissioning) for Children's Residential Care and Home Support for the authority?
Answer:
Justine Chandhar Commissioning Officer for Placements
Delia Brownsill Commissioning Officer for Domiciliary Care 

6/6/15

 

8989

 

 Please could you provide me with answers to the following
1. How many people are employed in your contact centre(s)?
2. What is the total annual cost of your contact centres(s), including staff?
3. Do you outsource the contact centre(s)?
4. If so, please provide:
(a) Name of the outsourcing partner
(b) Annual cost of the outsourcing contract
(c) End date of the outsourcing contract

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is detailed below:
1. How many people are employed in your contact centre(s)?
Customer services employ 39 staff including the Head of Service, Manager and Team Leaders.  These staff are multi skilled and work between the face to face, email and telephony functions. There is no set number of staff in any contact area, they are utilised as required by demand. It is not possible to give a figure for the contact centre precisely.
2. What is the total annual cost of your contact centres(s), including staff?
The total budget for Customer Services and all related functions including the contact centre and all staff is £1,077,110.00
3. Do you outsource the contact centre(s)?
No
4. If so, please provide:
(a) Name of the outsourcing partner
(b) Annual cost of the outsourcing contract
(c) End date of the outsourcing contract.
Not relevant – see response to 3. above

3/6/16

 

8990

 

 I am currently seeking updated quarterly performance data from your plan’s alternative asset holdings for the following date(s): Q1 2016 (if available). Interested asset classes include private equity, venture capital, real estate and real assets.
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request a copy of the quarterly public records from Q1 2016 (if available) of the following information at the partnership level,
1.Names and vintage years of all private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate/REIT, debt and infrastructure partnerships in Bedfordshire Pension Fund’s portfolio.
2.Commitments made to each partnership.
3.Contributions drawn down since inception.
4. Distributions made to Bedfordshire Pension Fund to date by each individual partnership.
5. Net Asset Value of each partnership.
6. Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each partnership. Please note if the IRRs are not net.
7. Investment multiple (TV/PI) for each individual partnership.
8. The dollar amount of “total management fees and costs paid” for each individual partnership.
9. Date as of which all the above data was calculated.
10.Names of all alternative asset partnerships partially and fully sold by Bedfordshire Pension Fund, including date of sale.

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

For a copy of the attachment please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

17/5/16

 

8991

 

I would like to request access to groundwater quality monitoring data held for an operational landfill site in Clophill, Bedford, known as the Beadlow Tip. Please could you advise me how to obtain this information.

Thank you for your request for information about Beadlow Tip which we received today.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 is not held by Bedford Borough Council as Clophill is covered by Central Bedfordshire Council.  They can be contacted directly at the following email address: accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk alternatively please let us know if you’d like us to transfer the request to them

 

8992

 

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information in accordance with the Freedom of Information 2000.
Please tell me:
1.How many cases have been brought to First Tier Tribunal (SEND) for each of the following financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16.
2.How many cases brought to First Tier Tribunal (SEND) were settled before official procedures began for each of the following financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16.
3.How much the local authority has spent on defending appeals made to First Tier Tribunals (SEND), broken down by both successful and unsuccessful cases, in each of the following financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16.
4.How much has been spent on outside counsel, specifically for the purpose of defending appeals to First Tier Tribunal (SEND), broken down by both successful and unsuccessful cases, in each of the following financial years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16.

 Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

 

8993

 

In respect of changes to CON 29

how does the council intend to provide access to information to answer the following questions

Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters subsist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in this form?

please provide contact details of the person responsible or if website , please give link.

Thank you for your request for information about the new questions regarding Outstanding Notices 3.7 (g) on the new Con29 Search Form.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The Environmental Health Department advise me that, to date, the Council has not served any notices with relate to Flood and Coastal erosion risk management.

If any are served, the Department believe they may become local Land Charges. 

An enquiry will need to be made to Environmental Health in the usual way.

 

8/6/16

 

8994

1.In numbers, what is the total of individual holiday provision projects with an educational element, that include food provision, such as breakfast or lunch, that are on offer during the summer holidays in your local authority area? These can be provided by the local authority, private company or third sector organisations and charities. If so, please break down by each category.
2.In a quantifiable number, how much does local authority provided holiday provision cost over the summer holidays?
3.How many children and young people in your local authority have been identified as at risk of food insecurity during the summer holidays?
4.How many children is it estimated that all holiday provision projects, with educational and food elements, in your local authority area will be reached over the summer holidays?
5.How much is being spent specifically on providing holiday provision with an educational element, that includes food provision, for children with additional needs and/or SEND in your local authority?

 Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

 

8995

 

 I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act. Please note - all questions are net of awarded benefits, discounts and exemptions. This request relates to net collectible debts:
1.The total council tax charged to all council tax payers (including Council Tax Support claimants) during the course of 2015/16 (2015/16 tax only)
2.The total council tax collected from all council tax payers (including Council Tax Support claimants) during 2015/16, as of 31st March 2016 (2015/16 tax only)
3.The total council tax charged to all “non-protected” Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during the course of 2015/16 (2015/16 tax only)
4.The total council tax collected from all “non-protected” Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during 2015/16, as of 31st March 2016 (2015/16 tax only)
5.The total number of council tax accounts that were in receipt of working age Council Tax Support at some point during 2015/16 (if known)
In questions 3 and 4, “protected” means those claimants who are entitled to a maximum of 100% support (prior to income-based means testing) under the council’s 2015/16 Council Tax Support scheme – this will include pensioners, and may include disabled people, lone parents etc, depending on the council’s CTS scheme. Note – this includes claimants who are required to pay some council tax due to the income means test, but are nevertheless “protected” groups under the council’s CTS scheme (needless to say, a claimant who is ineligible for CTS once the means test has been carried out is not considered a claimant). “Non-protected” means those falling outside protected groups – this will essentially mean most working age claimants.
If data is not held (or is not obtainable within the section 12 cost limit) for questions 3 and 4, please provide data for the following questions 6 and 7:
6.The total council tax charged to all working age Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during the course of 2015/16 (2015/16 tax only)
7. The total council tax collected from all working age Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during 2015/16, as of 31st March 2016 (2015/16 tax only)
I am also requesting the following information, which the council need not respond to if doing so would contravene the section 12 cost limit:
8. The number of working age Council Tax Support claimants with current attachments to benefits for the payment of outstanding council tax
9. The number working age Council Tax Support claimants with pending attachments to benefits for the payment of outstanding council tax, where the pending attachment is "queued" behind a previous year's ongoing attachment
10.The total amount of council tax charged to Council Tax Support claimants covering 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16
11. Of the question 10 figure, how much has to date been written off?
The information the council supplies for questions 1-4 depends on how the council records such data – if the council does not hold the data in the requested form for any question, it is not expected to examine individual council tax payer records to create the data. This should ensure that the section 12 exemption does not arise.
If data is not available as of 31st March 2016, please provide the most recent data available preceding 31st March 2016 (please state the date the data is correct to).

  Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested which is below.
The total council tax charged to all council tax payers (including Council Tax Support claimants) during the course of 2015/16 (2015/16 tax only)
£67,461,465
The total council tax collected from all council tax payers (including Council Tax Support claimants) during 2015/16, as of 31st March 2016 (2015/16 tax only)
£66,603,494
3. he total council tax charged to all “non-protected” Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during the course of 2015/16 (2015/16 tax only)
The information requested is not available through system reporting and would require every individual claimant to be checked.
4. The total council tax collected from all “non-protected” Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during 2015/16, as of 31st March 2016 (2015/16 tax only)
The information requested is not available through system reporting and would require every individual claimant to be checked.
5. The total number of council tax accounts that were in receipt of working age Council Tax Support at some point during 2015/16 (if known)
 7,008
6.   The total council tax charged to all working age Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during the course of 2015/16 (2015/16 tax only)
 The information requested is not available through system reporting and would require every individual claimant to be checked.
7.   The total council tax collected from all working age Council Tax Support claimants (excluding pensioners) during 2015/16, as of 31st March 2016 (2015/16 tax only)
The information requested is not available through system reporting and would require every individual claimant to be checked.
8.The number of working age Council Tax Support claimants with current attachments to benefits for the payment of outstanding council tax
The information requested is not available through system reporting and would require every individual claimant to be checked.
9.  The number working age Council Tax Support claimants with pending attachments to benefits for the payment of outstanding council tax, where the pending attachment is "queued" behind a previous year's ongoing attachment
 The information requested is not available through system reporting and would require every individual claimant to be checked.
10.  The total amount of council tax charged to Council Tax Support claimants covering 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16
 The information requested is not available through system reporting and would require every individual claimant to be checked.
11.  Of the question 10 figure, how much has to date been written off?
    The information requested is not available through system reporting and would require every individual claimant to be checked.

 

14/6/16

 

8996

 

 I would like to request the following breakdown of the ICT hardware maintenance and costs:
A list of the models of the physical servers, storage devices, tape libraries, network switches and routers under support contracts; as well as the cost and duration of said contracts, with start and end dates and service level associated with the equipment. Could you also supply the names of the suppliers of aforementioned support services?
I would also request the name of the person/s in your organisation responsible for the maintenance support contracts

 

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

Please see attached regarding hardware maintenance and costs:

15/6/16

 

8997

 

 I hope you can help me with an exercise we are conducting, to understand more about the Procurement Strategies in the Public Sector; specifically within Local Authorities and around the take up of G Cloud.
The information you provide as part of this FOI exercise will help us to understand the most appropriate way of interacting with Local Authorities in their buying cycles.
Please could you answer the following questions
1) Is your IT Service Management function and associated software application based In house or Outsourced to a 3rd Party?
2) If this In House, is this an On Premise or a SaaS solution?
3) Please provide the full name and version of the ITSM software application in use?
4) What is the lifetime value of the contract and over how many years? Please provide high level % in terms of software, maintenance and services.
5) As part of the existing contract how many support operatives (agents) are licenced/subscribed to use the solution? (These are individuals who work on the desk in resolver groups, not customers using a Self Service function)
6) When is the contract due for renewal?
7) How was the current solution procured – directly with the Vendor, through a Framework or via G Cloud?
8) What are your published procurement thresholds for tendering purposes?
9) What is the Authorities strategy with regards to Cloud solutions as opposed to In House installations?
10) Has the organisation ever procured through the G Cloud Framework?

 

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) Is your IT Service Management function and associated software application based In house or Outsourced to a 3rd Party?  3rd Party
2) If this In House, is this an On Premise or a SaaS solution? N/A
3) Please provide the full name and version of the ITSM software application in use? LANDesk Version 10.1.2.3
4) What is the lifetime value of the contract and over how many years? Please provide high level % in terms of software, maintenance and services. £7020.34 per annum for maintenance and licences. Started November 2007 when the company was then called Touch Paper. Changed to LANDesk in 2011. Rolling contract.
5) As part of the existing contract how many support operatives (agents) are licenced/subscribed to use the solution? (These are individuals who work on the desk in resolver groups, not customers using a Self Service function) 69 licences
6) When is the contract due for renewal? Rolling contract
7) How was the current solution procured – directly with the Vendor, through a Framework or via G Cloud?  We do not hold this information as it was procured pre-unitary.

27/5/16

 

8998

 

 1. Are there plans to upgrade the councils IT Software or infrastructure in the coming year?
2. Could you please inform me of any planned or in progress IT Projects that may require training to individuals or teams on the councils staff?
3.How do you obtain training for you staff and project needs?  And how much was spent on acquiring this training?
4. Is there currently any IT training that has been planned for future dates, if the that is the case can I please have information relating to the training purchased   
5. Will you please provide me with an up to date organisational chart for the councils IT department 
6. Could you provide me with the details of the mangers – IT or otherwise – that would handle training and employee development plans?  
7. Can you please provide me information of the budget you have allocated for Technical training for the current financial year? (April 2016 – March 2017)
8. Have you obtained any quotations or prices for Training for the upcoming financial year?
9. Have you purchased a skills licence with any training company for the upcoming year?
10. If so what was the company it was purchased from and what was the total value of the Skills License?
11.What is the current amount spent on the obtained Skills Licence? 
12. If you haven’t already purchased a Skills license, would you consider doing so in the near future?

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested set out below
1. Are there plans to upgrade the councils IT Software or infrastructure in the coming year? Yes
2.Could you please inform me of any planned or in progress IT Projects that may require training to individuals or teams on the councils staff?
3. How do you obtain training for you staff and project needs?  And how much was spent on acquiring this training?
4. Is there currently any IT training that has been planned for future dates, if the that is the case can I please have information relating to the training purchased  
TotalMobile technical training - £880 per day x 6 days = £5280
Civica technical integration training - £880 per day x 5 days = £4400
Contensis CMS user, system admin, template and developer training - 6 days £5400 in total (not all courses are the same price)
Objective records management training for Records and Archives - £900 x 0.5 day = £450
TOTAL = £15,530
5.  Will you please provide me with an up to date organisational chart for the councils IT department (see attached) For a copy please contact

Freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk
6. Could you provide me with the details of the mangers – IT or otherwise – that would handle training and employee development plans?  All Managers are required to undertake an annual Performance Development Review (PDR) at which an employee’s learning and development requirements are discussed and an appropriate action plan to meet these needs is put in place.
7. Can you please provide me information of the budget you have allocated for Technical training for the current financial year? (April 2016 – March 2017)
The budget for ‘Skillsoft’ which is the e-learning Learning Management System in place for all staff, including technical training courses for staff within ICT Operations.   The annual spend is £14,968.28.
8. Have you obtained any quotations or prices for Training for the upcoming financial year?  Yes
9. Have you purchased a skills licence with any training company for the upcoming year? Yes.  ICT Operations pay an annual licence fee with Skillsoft for e-learning for staff to access mandatory, voluntary and bespoke e-learning.  The Workforce Development team within HR purchased an e-learning provision specifically covering the Care Act in 2015.  This was a two-year licence that provided unlimited access to resources made available through this provision.
10. If so what was the company it was purchased from and what was the total value of the Skills License? The Skillsoft licence covers from 2014 -2018 and the total cost of the licence for the 4 years is £50,394.69.  The Workforce Development Team purchase was made from Me Learning (funded through Government Grant provision) – the total value of which is £16500.The Property services covered CIPFA and the cost was £2,400
11. What is the current amount spent on the obtained Skills Licence?  This financial year, ICT Operations have paid £14,968.28 for the Skillsoft licence.  The second year value of the Me Learning licence was £5,400 and property services was £2,400
12.  If you haven’t already purchased a Skills license, would you consider doing so in the near future? See above

15/6/16

 

 

8999

 

 - What business is undertaken by Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions Ltd (IECS) on behalf of your Council.
- What date your relationship with Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions began and how often the contract is reviewed.
- How much was paid to Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions each year (for the past two years) for their services?
- Are ICES paid a percentage of the fees they collect or a set fee per PCN? Please confirm amounts per ticket and break down of category - ie. Bus Lane/Parking etc.
- How many PCNs and bus lane enforcement notices have been issued by IECS on your behalf? Please give a yearly figure for the past two years and break them down by category (bus lanes and PCNs).
- Who is responsible for the maintenance of cameras used in bus lanes in your area? Please confirm yearly cost spent on these.

 

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

What business is undertaken by Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions Ltd (IECS) on behalf of your Council. 

Parking Gateway/Permit Gateway/Casio DT-X30 with Netapen/PG Powercube/PG Citizen/ANPR Software.

What date your relationship with Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions began and how often the contract is reviewed.

2010 Start date.

Reviewed yearly.

How much was paid to Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions each year (for the past two years) for their services? 

£33,959.14 in both years.

Are ICES paid a percentage of the fees they collect or a set fee per PCN? Please confirm amounts per ticket and break down of category – i.e. Bus Lane/Parking etc.

No

How many PCNs and bus lane enforcement notices have been issued by ICES on your behalf? Please give a yearly figure for the past two years and break them down by category (bus lanes and PCNs).

ICES do not issue our PCNS.

PCNs are issued by Parking Services Enforcement Team.

Who is responsible for the maintenance of cameras used in bus lanes in your area? Please confirm yearly cost spent on these. 

Maintenance of the cameras is carried out by Bedford Borough Council Street lighting and Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA).

1/6/16

 

9000

Can you please send me a full list of companies and charities, that have become liable for business rates between the 1/01/16 to 15/05/16.  I would also like to know the date that they became liable along with the full address, liable party and the premisis type.

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

10/6/16

 

9001

 

 

In respect of the CON 29 changes , which will include Drainage matters

can you please advise how the council intends to provide access to information to answer the following questions

Is the property served by sustainable urban drainage system SUDS

Are there SUDS features within the boundary of the property

If the property benefits from SUDs for which there is a charge who bills the property for the surface water  drainage charge

please provide contact details of the person responsible or if website , please give link.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
The Flood Risk Officer in Environmental Health Department has given me the following information.
In December 2014, the Government announced that schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 would not be enacted and SuDS would be dealt with by strengthening the existing planning policy instead. This change took place on the 6th April 2015, when the Lead Local Flood Authority became a Statutory Consultee for Surface water drainage on all major developments. The SuDS Approval Body (SAB) has not been implemented, therefore the Council is not a SAB and there is no contract in place.
The Council has adopted SuDS in the past with commuted sums in place for maintenance and will consider the future adoption based on their merits and maintenance arrangements/commuted sums.
Adopted SuDS features are normally in public areas such as public open space, however information relating to specific properties should be sought from the developer or original submitted planning application documents.
For new builds, information should be sought from the developer, including clarification on any maintenance responsibilities a property owner may inherit or any maintenance agreements they may be required to fund should any exist through a management company.
Water and Sewerage Companies will normally include a surface water charge in their bills where roof water from a property connects to a public surface water sewer.
Drainage infrastructure serving a single property within the curtilage of that property will be the responsibility of the home owner to maintain, unless directed otherwise.

15/6/19

 

9002

 

I would like the know the following:

Do you purchase /use woven polypropylene kerside collection or garden waste  bags

who do you purschase these bags from

what is the full specification of the bags

How many bags do you purchase per annum

how much per bag did you pay for the current or most recent supply

 

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:
Details of Kerbside Collection
1Do you purchase/use Woven Polypropylene Bags Yes
2Who do you purchase these bags from J & HM Dickson
3What is the full specification of the bags Internal storage bags for recycling.
Woven PP material Recycling Bag Laminated.
Orange 320x265x440mm with 30mm TOT (Turn over top)
180gsm - Printed 4 sides (4 colour process) 500mm Nylon handles & bottom tipping handle.
4How many bags do you purchase per annum Purchased 20k in January 2014 and have not purchased any more since.
5How much per bag did you pay for the current or most recent supply £0.90 each
Details of Green Waste
1Do you purchase/use Woven Polypropylene Bags No
2Who do you purchase these bags from N/A
3What is the full specification of the bags N/A
4How many bags do you purchase per annum N/A
5How much per bag did you pay for the current or most recent supply N/A

9/6/16

 

9003

 

 RE: College Road, Bedford
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 3.7 Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:
b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 3.12 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –
(a) a contaminated land notice;
(b) in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –
(i) a decision to make an entry; or
(ii) an entry; or
(c) consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(6) before the service of a remediation notice?

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

26/5/16

 

9004

 

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

 

224/5/16

 

9005

 

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

 

24/5/16

 

9006

 

Please provide the ratepayer’s name(s) in respect of the properties listed below for the time period noted :

Address 
 VICTORIA ROAD, BEDFORD 
 HIGH STREET, KEMPSTON, BEDFORD 

  I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, having checked the Business Rate accounts for both addresses for the dates requested,  in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 the Council is unable to disclose the information requested for the reasons that follow.
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 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

10/6/16

 

9007

 

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act to ask for the following information:
1.The number of complaints or allegations you have received, or been notified of, relating to the sexual abuse of a child or children on the premises of a Hindu temple, Sikh Gurdwara, Christian Church (please specify denomination) or Jewish Yeshiva in the following calendar years: a) 2012, b) 2013, c) 2014 and d) 2015 
2.     For each allegation in question 1, please state:
a)     whether it was investigated and if so how,
b)    whether the police became involved,
c)     whether there was a full criminal inquiry,
d)    whether there was a prosecution,
e)     the details of any disciplinary action taken against individuals concerned,
f)     and if the matter was not pursued, please provide the reasons why and information on the ultimate outcome of each matter.
3.     The number of complaints or allegations you have received, or been notified of, relating to the physical abuse of a child or children on the premises of a Hindu temple, Sikh Gurdwara, Christian Church (please specify denomination) or Jewish Yeshiva in the following calendar years: a) 2012, b) 2013, c) 2014 and d) 2015.  
4.     For each allegation in question 3, please state: 
a)     whether it was investigated and if so how,
b)    whether the police became involved,
c)     whether there was a full criminal inquiry,
d)    whether there was a prosecution,
e)     the details of any disciplinary action taken against individuals concerned,
f)     and if the matter was not pursued, please provide the reasons why and information on the ultimate outcome of each matter.
5.     Whether your council has ever been involved in safeguarding awareness work with Hindu temples, Sikh Gurdwaras, Christian Churches or Jewish Yeshivas in your area and what form that has taken.

 

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 of complaints

7/6/16

 

 

9008

 

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

 

24/5/16

 

9009

 

 Could you please answer the following questions, or deal with them as a Freedom of Information request if you do not have the data available. Could you please specify in your answers whether these relate to primary or secondary schools.
-In your area, how many maintained schools have seen the departure of a headteacher a) in the last academic year, and b) in the last five academic years?
-How does the total number of current headteacher vacancies compare with each of the last five academic years?
-If you keep figures for academies in the area, could you also answer the above questions in relation to academies.
-At those schools or academies where a headteacher has left, could you please explain the reason for departure: a) retirement, b) resignation, c) dismissal or d) any other reason (please expand on reasons for b, c or d if possible)
-At those schools or academies where a headteacher has left, have they been replaced by a) a permanent head, b) an interim head from another school, c) a deputy filling in or d) other (please expand on this).
-At those schools or academies where a headteacher has left, how many times has this happened in the last five academic years, ie how many heads have held the post including interim and temporary heads.
-How many headship posts at maintained schools have been advertised more than once to find a suitable candidate?
-What is the longest, in the last five academic years, that a school in your area has been left without a permanent head?
-Do you believe there is a problem with the recruitment of headteachers in your area?

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested below:
Please note that the responses to the questions below only include Schools that the Council provides a HR Service to.
1. A) 2014/2015 (last academic year)  5 including academies. This comprises  1 secondary, 1  primary and  3 lower schools.
   B) 2010/2011-2014/2015 (in the last five academic years) 34 including academies. This comprises 18 lower, 6 middle, 1 nursery, 5 primary, 3 secondary and 1 special school.
2. The Council does not hold this information.
3. Already included for Question 1.
4.   A) 20 Retirements
      B) 9 Resignations
      C) 0 Dismissals
      D) 5 Other
5.   A) 23
      B) 1
      C) 8
      D) 2 (reasons: School closure)
6. The Council does not hold this information.
7. The Council does not hold this information.
8. The Council does not hold this information.
9. We believe there is a slight issue recruiting Headteachers to special schools currently, but we do not believe this is a local issue. 
 

17/6/16

 

9010

 

under the terms of freedom of information, I would like to request the following information for the period 1st January 2014 – 31st December 2014 (or for the last complete reporting year if easier) and to exclude employees of schools in the local authority area.
- The total number of full time staff (as of 31/12/15)
- The total number of part time staff (as of 31/12/15)
- The full time equivalent number of staff (as of 31/12/15)
- The number of compulsory and voluntary redundancies made by the local authority in the above stated period (please note, I only require a number, no information regarding positions made redundant or of settlements)
- Number of resignations accepted by the authority for the above stated period (please note, I only require a number, no data concerning the roles resigned, departments effected, etc.)
- Number of newly recruited staff for the above stated period - excluding temporary staff
- Total number of sickness days taken by local authority staff for the above stated period (for the whole authority, not per person)
- Total number of Full Time Equivalent sickness days taken by local authority staff for the above stated period (for the whole authority, not per person)

 

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. 1260

2. 854

3. 1730.21

4. 41

5. 146

6. 280

7. 20486

8.18215.71

22/6/16

 

 

9011

 

 1. How many staff working in a) council-run adult care homes and b) council-run adult home care services have been suspended in the previous five financial years?  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 Total
Number of staff in council-run adult care homes who have been suspended      
Number of staff in council-run adult home care services who have been suspended      
Total 
2. How many staff working in a) council-run adult care homes and b) council-run adult home care services have been dismissed in the previous five financial years? 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 Total
Number of staff in council-run adult care homes who have been dismissed      
Number of staff in council-run adult home care services who have been dismissed      
Total
3. Please give a brief description of why staff were suspended and/or dismissed for the most recent financial year: 2015/16 (if allowed within the time limit)

 

 

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

Please click here for the attachment on home care services

7/6/12

 

9012

 

 Cardington Road, Bedford
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 3.7 Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:
b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 3.12 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –
(a) a contaminated land notice;
(b) in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –
(i) a decision to make an entry; or
(ii) an entry; or
(c) consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(6) before the service of a remediation notice?

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

26/5/16

 

9013

 

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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

24/5/16

 

9014

 

Under The Freedom of Information Act 2000 Action for Children would like to find out about stability for children in foster care, are you able to help us to get the data for the below questions?
The data we would like you to look at is for the last financial year, 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
1.       How many children were in foster care placements with you during the last financial year (1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016)? NB. This includes children placed with independent fostering agencies, in house, emergency care or any other foster care.
2.       Of the total number of children in foster care, (listed in question 1), how many were brought into foster care under an emergency placement or police protection order?
3.       Of the total number of children in foster care (listed in question 1), how many during 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 had:
a)      One placement/remained in the same placement (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders)
b)      Two placements (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders)
c)       Three placements (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders)
d)      Four placements (this excludes emergency placements  and police protection orders)
e)      Five placements  (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders)
f)       Six placements  (this excludes emergency placements  and police protection orders)
g)      Seven placements or more  (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders)
4.       Out of the number of children in care (listed in question 1), what is the main reason a child moves from a foster care placement?
NB. This includes children placed with independent fostering agencies, in house, emergency care or any other foster care.
a)      Planned movement in line with foster child’s care plan
b)      Foster carer resigns or fostering service closes 
c)       Foster carer is no longer approved
d)      An allegation has been made against the foster carer or another child
e)      There is concern about the standards of care
f)       Foster carer requests that the placement ends due to the child’s behaviour
g)      Foster carer requests that the placement ends for other reasons
h)      Child requests that the foster placement ends
i)        The foster placement no longer meets child’s needs
j)        Cost consideration

 

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 children were in foster care placements with you during the last financial year (1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016)? NB. This includes children placed with independent fostering agencies, in house, emergency care or any other foster care.
Answer: 287
2. Of the total number of children in foster care, (listed in question 1), how many were brought into foster care under an emergency placement or police protection order?
Answer: 16
3. Of the total number of children in foster care (listed in question 1), how many during 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 had:
a)One placement/remained in the same placement (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders) Answer: 224
b)Two placements (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders) = Answer: 51
c)Three placements (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders) = Answer:  9
d)Four placements (this excludes emergency placements  and police protection orders) = Answer: 1
e)Five placements  (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders) = Answer: 2
f)Six placements  (this excludes emergency placements  and police protection orders) = Answer: 0
g)Seven placements or more  (this excludes emergency placements and police protection orders) = Answer: 0
4.Out of the number of children in care (listed in question 1), what is the main reason a child moves from a foster care placement?
NB. This includes children placed with independent fostering agencies, in house, emergency care or any other foster care.
a)Planned movement in line with foster child’s care plan
b)Foster carer resigns or fostering service closes 
c)Foster carer is no longer approved
d)An allegation has been made against the foster carer or another child
e)There is concern about the standards of care
f)Foster carer requests that the placement ends due to the child’s behaviour
g)Foster carer requests that the placement ends for other reasons
h)Child requests that the foster placement ends
i)The foster placement no longer meets child’s needs
j)Cost consideration
In relation to question 4, someone within your department will already be collecting this information for the Department of Education but please click here to find extra information and guidance on how to answer the question.
Answer:
The above list does not match the DfEs official list (see page 8 link provided above)
 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 22 - Information intended for future publication (sub-sections to be specified) of the FOI Act (FOIA).
An explanation follows below.
This information will be published (to the DfEs official list) in the public domain later this year, therefore we decline this part of the request. 
It will be published here:It will be under Children looked after placements.  Currently 31st March 2015 is the latest available.

25/5/16

 

9015

 

 How many people are there currently on your local authority’s social housing waiting list? Please give a single figure if possible. e.g. "1530"
"Are your housing waiting list statistics publicly available? (Please state Yes/No)
"
 If Yes in 2a), where are they available for public view? (e.g. your council website, UK government website)
"Is information about your authority's housing allocation policy publicly available on your council’s website? (Please state Yes/No)
"
If Yes, can your housing allocation policy be found by using your council website search engine? (Please state Yes/No/Other (please state in comments section)
"Do you accept applications for social housing from individuals outside of your local authority? (Please state Yes/No)
"
What are your criteria for rejecting a non-local application? (please write answer in comment section)
"Which of the following systems do you use to implement your housing allocation policy? (Please type ""Yes"" or ""No"" in the answer column for each)
"
i) Points based
ii) Banding
iii) Choice-Based letting scheme
iv) Other (please give details)
"The UK government document data Table 600 (attached to email) gives statistics of housing waiting lists for each local authority in England.           Are the 2015 figures for your authority based on named households on an up-to-date central list? (Please state Yes/No)
"
Are these figures based on your authority's SHMA (Strategic Housing Marketing Assessment) projections? (Please state Yes/No)
" If not, how were your authority's housing waiting list figures derived? Please write your answer in the comment box
"
Which organisation is responsible for collating your housing waiting list?

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.

For a copy please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

20/6/16

 

9016

 

 This is a freedom of information request and I would like to request information around facilities management.
Please can you provide me with the organisation’s existing contracts relating to facilities management for each of the categories below:
A. Property and Building Services Maintenance
B. Cleaning and Janitorial Services
C. Security Services- From building and car park security to prisoner escorting services
D. Catering Services
For each of the contract above can you please provide me with the organisation’s primary/main contracts that are above £1,000.00. if there is no contracts above this value this request can be discarded but please respond and state this.
1.  What is the type of contract please pick from one of the categories above? If the organisation has a fully managed contract please state “Managed”.
2.  Who is the supplier for this contract? Please can you provide me with the contract information for each individual supplier?
3.  What is the annual average spend? Please can you provide me with the contract information for each individual supplier?
4.  What is the contract duration? Please also provide me with any extensions that maybe offered to the supplier.
5.  What is the contract expiry date? Please at least provide me with the month and year.
6. When will this contract be reviewed? Please at least provide me with the month and year.
7. Can you please provide me with the total number of sites the contract covers? An estimate will also be acceptable.
8. What services are provided under this contract? A brief description will be acceptable
9. Who is the main contact from within the organisation responsible for reviewing this contract? Can you please provide me with their full name, actual job title, contact number and direct email address?
10.  Notes: If the contract information provided is going to be expiring within the next 3 months it would be helpful to know if you’re going to renew or are planning to go to tender for  a new contract for this particular service.

Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

9017

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request the following information from your authority.
If held, I would be grateful if you could provide answers to the questions below, regarding the number of  Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in place in your authority; and, the number and value of Fixed Penalty Notices served to dog owners for breached PSPOs in your authority.
For the periods 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date:
1.How many active PSPOs did you have up in place your local authority? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)
2.How many Fixed Penalty Notices did your local authority serve to dog owners for breached PSPOs? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)
3.What was the total value (£) of Fixed Penalty Notices served to dog owners for breached PSPOs? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)
4.How many new PSPOs were introduced by your local authority? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)
And if held:
5.How many cases of breached PSPOs went to court? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO’s) which we received on 20 May 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

We do not have any PSPO’s for dog control currently in the borough.

 

 

24/5/16

 

9018

 

In terms of the relevant Freedom of Information legislation (FOI) I would be grateful if you could let me have details of the following:-

1] A list of council buildings that are laying empty and/or unused as at the date of this FOI request?

2] A list of your council buildings that are for sale as at the date of this FOI request?

3] A list of your council buildings that will be coming up for sale within the next 12 months starting from the date of this FOI request?

 

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

Please see your request and our response below:

1.     A list of council buildings that are laying empty and/or unused as at the date of this FOI request?Former Scout Hut, Church Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 0AP

2.     A list of your council buildings that are for sale as at the date of this FOI request?

Former Scout Hut, Church Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 0AP

3.     A list of your council buildings that will be coming up for sale within the next 12 months starting from the date of this FOI request?

Nil

20/6/16

 

9019

 

 I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request details of breaches of the Data Protection Act within in your organisation; specifically I am asking for:
1a.Approximately how many members of staff do you have?
1b.Approximately how many contractors have routine access to your information?
2a.Do you have an information security incident/event reporting policy/guidance/management document(s) that includes categorisation/classification of such incidents?
2b.Can you provide me with the information or document(s) referred to in 2a? (This can be an email attachment of the document(s), a link to the document(s) on your publicly facing web site or a 'cut and paste' of the relevant section of these document(s))
3a.Do you know how many data protection incidents your organisation has had since April 2011? (Incidents reported to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as a Data Protection Act (DPA) breach)
Answer: Yes, No, Only since (date):
3b. How many breaches occurred for each Financial Year the figures are available for?
Answer FY11-12:   FY12-13:   FY13-14:  FY14-15:   
4a.Do you know how many other information security incidents your organisation has had since April 2011? (A breach resulting in the loss of organisational information other than an incident reported to the ICO, eg compromise of sensitive contracts or encryption by malware.  )
Answer: Yes, No, Only since (date):
4b.How many incidents occurred for each Financial Year the figures are available for?
Answer FY11-12:   FY12-13:   FY13-14:  FY14-15:   
5a.Do you know how many information security events/anomaly your organisation has had since April 2011? (Events where information loss did not occur but resources were assigned to investigate or recover, eg nuisance malware or locating misfiled documents.)
Answer: Yes, No, Only since (date):
5b.How many events occurred for each Financial Year the figures are available for?
Answer FY11-12:   FY12-13:   FY13-14:  FY14-15: 
6a.Do you know how many information security near misses your organisation has had since April 2011? (Problems reported to the information security teams that indicate a possible technical, administrative or procedural issue.)
Answer: Yes, No, Only since (date): 
6b.How many near-misses occurred for each Financial Year the figures are available for?
Answer FY11-12:   FY12-13:   FY13-14:  FY14-15: 

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. You requested:

1a.       Approximately how many members of staff do you have? 2,679 staff employed by the council this figure includes fixed term contracts and casual workers.

1b.       Approximately how many contractors have routine access to your information? 96

2a.       Do you have an information security incident/event reporting policy/guidance/management document(s) that includes categorisation/classification of such incidents?

Bedford Borough Council has a Security Data Breach Policy which includes the event reporting procedure and guidance but does not include categorisation/classification of those incidents other than examples listed below of types of incident which may occur, as follows:

Types of Breach

Data protection breaches could be caused by a number of factors. Some examples are:

• Loss or theft of data or equipment on which data is stored • Inappropriate access controls allowing unauthorised use • Equipment Failure • Human Error • Unforeseen circumstances such as fire or flood • Hacking • ‘Blagging’ offences where information is obtained by deception

2b.       Can you provide me with the information or document(s) referred to in 2a? (This can be an email attachment of the document(s), a link to the document(s) on your publicly facing web site or a 'cut and paste' of the relevant section of these document(s))

Extract as above.  I have attached the whole document for your attention.

For a copy please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

3a.     Do you know how many data protection incidents your organisation has had since April 2011? (Incidents reported to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as a Data Protection Act (DPA) breach)

Answer:        Yes

3b.       How many breaches occurred for each Financial Year the figures are available for?

Answer

FY11-12:  1

FY12-13: 1

FY13-14: 1

FY14-15: 2            

4a.       Do you know how many other information security incidents your organisation has had since April 2011? (A breach resulting in the loss of organisational information other than an incident reported to the ICO, eg compromise of sensitive contracts or encryption by malware.  )

Answer:       Yes

4b.       How many incidents occurred for each Financial Year the figures are available for?

Answer

FY11-12:  0

FY12-13:  4

FY13-14:  9

FY14-15:  12           

5a.       Do you know how many information security events/anomaly your organisation has had since April 2011? (Events where information loss did not occur but resources were assigned to investigate or recover, eg nuisance malware or locating misfiled documents.)

Answer:           No, this is not recorded

5b.       How many events occurred for each Financial Year the figures are available for?

Answer FY11-12:   FY12-13:   FY13-14:  FY14-15: 

6a.       Do you know how many information security near misses your organisation has had since April 2011? (Problems reported to the information security teams that indicate a possible technical, administrative or procedural issue.)

Answer:           Yes     

6b.       How many near-misses occurred for each Financial Year the figures are available for?

Answer

Just one in 2013-14

17/6/16

 

9020

 

The data that I would like to request are:· Number of service users by age group in nursing homes, residential homes, supported accommodation, home care, supported living and other community settings (2010-2015

 

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. The reason for this is the statutory return data for the DfE is not in the same format as requested in your FOI request, therefore the information requested is not recorded on the client database.  In order for us to obtain the information you have requested would require us to manually check all the relevant files individually, which would take over 18 hours.

6/6/16

 

9021

 

 If you operate a range of fees, complete both MINIMUM and MAXIMUM fields. If you have a single fixed payment for an item, OR if you have set a ceiling for an item, please enter it in the MAXIMUM field.
Please enter the weekly nursing care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority paid in the previous financial year (2015/16) for residents placed in independent care homes for frail older people client groups.
1. Weekly fees for NURSING CARE of frail older people for previous financial year:
£ per week
Minimum £
Maximum £
Please enter the weekly nursing care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority is paying for new residents being placed in independent care homes in 2016/2017 for frail older people client groups.
2. Weekly fees for NURSING CARE of frail older people for current financial year:
£ per week
Minimum £
Maximum £
3. Do the current fees include the NHS Funded Nursing Care (NHS FNC)?
 Yes
 No
4. Does the Social Services Department pay the NHS Funded Nursing Care (NHS FNC) directly to the care home on behalf of the clinical commissioning group (CCG)?
 Yes
 No
5. Please indicate your projection of the average PERCENTAGE increase in nursing care fee rates paid for by the authority for frail older people next year (i.e. percentage change from 2016/17 to 2017/18)
Please enter the weekly residential care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority paid in the previous financial year (2015-16) for residents placed in independent care homes for frail older people client groups.
6. Weekly fees for RESIDENTIAL CARE of frail older people for previous financial year:
£ per week
Minimum £
Maximum £
Please enter the weekly residential care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority is paying for new residents being placed in independent care homes in 2016/2017 for frail older people client groups.
7. Weekly fees for RESIDENTIAL CARE of frail older people for current financial year:
£ per week
Minimum £
Maximum £
8. Please indicate your projection of the average PERCENTAGE increase in residential care fee rates paid by the authority for frail older people next year (i.e. percentage change from 2016/17 to 2017/18)
9. Comments: In relation to both nursing and residential fees for frail older people, please describe any additions, premiums and/or fee bandings payable (e.g. additions for single rooms, meeting quality criteria, staff qualifications; fee bandings by dependency or district; etc).
Please enter the weekly nursing care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority paid in the previous financial year (2015/16) for residents placed in independent care homes for dementia client groups.
10. Weekly fees for NURSING CARE of dementia for previous financial year:
£ per week
Minimum £
Maximum £
Please enter the weekly nursing care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority is paying for new residents being placed in independent care homes in 2016/2017 for dementia client groups.
11. Weekly fees for NURSING CARE of dementia for current financial year:
£ per week
Minimum £
Maximum £
12. Do the current fees include the NHS Funded Nursing Care (NHS FNC)?
 Yes
 No
13. Does the Social Services Department pay the NHS Funded Nursing Care (NHS FNC) directly to the care home on behalf of the clinical commissioning group (CCG)?
 Yes
 No
14. Please indicate your projection of the average PERCENTAGE increase in nursing care fee rates paid by the authority for dementia next year (i.e. percentage change from 2016/17 to 2017/18)
Please enter the weekly residential care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority paid in the previous financial year (2015-16) for residents placed in independent care homes for dementia client groups.
(If you operate a range of fees, complete both MINIMUM and MAXIMUM fields. If you have a single fixed payment for an item, please write it in the MAXIMUM field. If you have set a ceiling for an item, please enter it in the MAXIMUM field).
15. Weekly fees for RESIDENTIAL CARE of dementia for previous financial year:
£ per week
Minimum £
Maximum £
Please enter the weekly residential care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority is paying for new residents being placed in independent care homes in 2016/2017 for dementia client groups.
16. Weekly fees for RESIDENTIAL CARE of dementia for the current financial year:
£ per week
Minimum £
Maximum £
17. Comments: In relation to both nursing and residential fees for dementia care, please describe any additions, premiums and/or fee bandings payable (e.g. additions for single rooms, meeting quality criteria, staff qualifications; fee bandings by dependency or district; etc).
18. Please indicate your projection of the average PERCENTAGE increase in residential care fee rates paid by the authority for dementia next year (i.e. percentage change from 2016/17 to 2017/18)
19. What PERCENTAGE change do you expect in the number of older people supported by the local authority in care homes (for residential and nursing care combined) at the end of 2016/2017 compared with the end of 2015/2016 (+ / - )?

 

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

Please see attached in respect of fees

14/6/16

 

9022

 

 Pendennis Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 3.7 Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:
b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 3.12 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –
(a) a contaminated land notice;
(b) in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –
(i) a decision to make an entry; or
(ii) an entry; or
(c) consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(6) before the service of a remediation notice?

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

26/5/16

 

9023

 

 Can you please answer the following?
• Did the signage regarding the change of speed limit from 50mph to 30mph (ie the 30mph signs themselves) on the A6 Milton Ernest (Northbound) comply with section 18 and schedule 17 of The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 on the 4th December 2015?
• If your answer is in the affirmative, what documentation can be provided to support this?

 

Thank you for your request for information about speed limit signage on the A6, Milton Ernest which we received on 23 May 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1 Yes, the speed limit terminal signs complied to section 18 and schedule 17 of The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 on 4 December 2015 (illumination requirements).

2 The Borough Council has no documentation to confirm this, as the original speed limit order would have been executed by the Highways Agency (now Highways England) at the time the road was part of the Trunk Road network.

 

9/6/16

 

9024

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information:
1.) How many incidents requiring pest control in schools (including special schools) and nurseries have been reported by your council over the last three years?
Please provide the information broken down for the last three financial years (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16).
2. Please provide the type of problem and/or type of pest reported for each case reported. For example:
- Rat spotted in store cupboard
- Mice droppings
- Ant infestation
3. Please break down by i)primary schools ii) secondary schools iii) nurseries.
If you can only provide information for schools, please do not delay my request to inform me, but exclude nurseries from my request.
4. Providing you hold this information: How much money has school pest control cost over the last three financial years? Please break down by year.

 

The information you requested is as follows:

 

1&2.    How many incidents requiring pest control in schools (including special schools) and nurseries have been reported by your council over the last three   years?  Please provide the type of problem and/or type of pest reported for each case reported. For example:

            -       Rat spotted in store cupboard 

            -       Mice droppings

            -       Ant infestation

 

Pest reported

No. of reports

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Wasps – external

12

14

9

Mice

2

2

3

Rats - internal

1

1

1

Ants

1

0

0

Pest - other

1

3

3

Pigeons

1

0

0

Wasps - internal

7

0

3

Rats – external

1

4

4

Advice only

1

0

1

Bees - external

4

1

3

3.  Please break down by i)primary schools ii) secondary schools iii) nurseries.

 Please note Bedford Borough schools are predominantly made up of lower, middle and upper schools rather than primary and secondary schools so data for those   schools has been provided.

School type

No. of reports

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Lower School

25

13

18

Middle School

4

3

7

Upper School

0

0

0

Nurseries

2

9

2

 

 4. Providing you hold this information: How much money has school pest control cost over the last three financial years? Please break down by year. 

Pest control cost

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

£1880.40

£1612.10

£1520.80

 

2/6/16

 

9025

 

 Please confirm the number of people the council has agreed or offered to accept under the government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement (VPR) Scheme. Please release to me any minutes of meetings or emails which relate to the decision on a quota of people under VPR, and any correspondence between the council and the Home Office, or other councils, on VPR.

 

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

Please confirm the number of people the council has agreed or offered to accept under the government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement (VPR) Scheme.

In total Bedford Borough Council has agreed to accept 20 families over a five year period. (we have received two families so far with another family due shortly)

Please release to me any minutes of meetings or emails which relate to the decision on a quota of people under VPR, and any correspondence between the council and the Home Office, or other councils, on VPR. Please respond by email.

For a copy please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/6/16

 

9026

 

 Could you provide me with a list of all the companies registered with your council

Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

 

9027

 

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

 

3/6/16

 

9028

 

 1) I would like to know if the council is aware of any of its schools has Future Digital anti-radicalisation products. If so, I would like a list of these schools.
2) I would like to request all emails sent or received by the council that contains the keyword search term “Future Digital”, from 01 November 2014 to the day this request is processed

 

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) I would like to know if the council is aware of any of its schools has Future Digital anti-radicalisation products. If so, I would like a list of these schools.

Response: No we are not aware of any.

2) I would like to request all emails sent or received by the council that contains the keyword search term “Future Digital”, from 01 November 2014 to the day this request is processed. 

Response:  Please see pdf document attached.

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

16/6/16

 

 

9029

 

I would like to know the amount of money the council spent on the services of external law firms and barristers over each of the last two years (years ending March 31 2015 and March 31 2016).

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is detailed below:
The amount of money the Council spent on the services of external law firms and barristers is as follows:

2014/2015 
441,268

2015/2016
467,613

3/6/16

 

9030

 

 Please supply under the Freedom of Information act all letters, emails, notes (handwritten or other) of correspondence or any other information between Mr X the EHO and:
Bedford Borough Council
Central Bedfordshire Waste and Minerals
PPS Planning Consultants
Growing Beds Recycling Services
Or any other parties he may have consulted with
in respect of issues regarding noise, dust, odour and Bioaerosol emissions in relation to the planning application

 

 

 I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested. The information requested is enclosed below.

1.Please find attached the correspondence we hold, as requested. All other reports are available on the planning portal

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

 

21/6/16

 

9031

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

3/6/16

 

9032

 

I will be grateful if you can provide me with copies of all correspondence (emails/letters), dates and notes of any meetings that your representatives have had with the officials and councillors of Riseley Parish Council regarding the provision of average speed cameras in High Street and Rotten Row, Riseley from January 2013 to the present day.

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

Please find attached the information you have requested.

What isn’t attached are any correspondence relating to a meeting that  Andrew Prigmore (Highways Asset Manager) had with Risely Parish Council in May 2014.  The meeting was held at Borough Hall to discuss average speed cameras but there are no minutes from this meeting.

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

 

9033

 

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

 

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

 

3/3/16

 

9034

 

 I would like to request information on the number of school place applications in your local authority where fraud may have been committed in order for applicants to get their preferred school. 
Please provide, for each school year from 2010 to 2015:
1. The number of applicants found to have committed or attempted to commit fraud in order to get their child into their preferred school
2. The number of school offers rescinded due to an attempt or act of fraud by applicants in order to get their child into their preferred school
For each applicant/offer in (1) and (2), please provide the type of fraud for each applicant and rescinded offer. If the type of fraud is not included in the list below, please do specify it.
a. Falsified family member
b. Falsified religion
c. Falsified living address
d. Other (please specify) 
For each applicant/offer in (1) and (2), please also provide the name of the school the applicant was applying to or was offered a place at.

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

Response: We are not aware of any attempts to make fraudulent applications. No applications have been identified as fraudulent. The Council has a process for checking addresses for a sample of applicants. This process is carried out before the allocation of places is undertaken to ensure that any change of address is recorded as appropriate. Although the evidence provided by a small number of applicants identifies an address that is different to that held on the Council’s database.

 

26/5/16

 

9035

 

 Naylor Avenue, Kempston, Bedford
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 3.7 Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:
b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 3.12 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –
(a) a contaminated land notice;
(b) in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –
(i) a decision to make an entry; or
(ii) an entry; or
(c) consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(6) before the service of a remediation notice?

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

26/5/16

 

9036

 

Please explain why the council building on St Paul's was knocked down and another built in its place, and what the cost to tax payers has been.

 

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

Response

The offices occupied by the Council were vacated as part of an office accommodation strategy that secured £1.5 million per annum ongoing revenue savings for the Council.  The site has been leased to developers for the new Bedford Riverside Development.  This will increase footfall, revenue and jobs to Bedford.  The developer is making the capital investment in this development, not the Council.

8/6/16

 

9037

 

 Please can you send me a list of planning applications granted for residential use over the past 3 years and include the percentage, and number of units, of affordable housing agreed for each.
Please list the address of the site, the date planning permission granted, the overall number of units agreed and how many of these units were affordable (please specify whether social rented, affordable rented or shared ownership).

 

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 here

26/5/16

 

9038

 

 1) What was the Council Tax collection rate for the Council for the last three years (2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14)?
2. ) What were the costs over the past three years of Council Tax debt recovery, per pound recovered, and how has this figure been calculated?
 3) Please provide details of any initiatives, both current or planned, to use behavioural insights or other specialist communications to increase Council Tax collection rates

 

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested for Question 2.  Answers to Questions 1 and 3 are at the bottom of the email trail.
You requested:
 2) What were the costs over the past three years of Council Tax debt recovery, per pound recovered, and how has this figure been calculated?
 Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that the cost of Council Tax debt recovery information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA) “information accessible to applicant by other means”.
An explanation follows below:
The Council’s accounts are published on the Council’s website.
1) What was the Council Tax collection rate for the Council for the last three years (2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14)?
a. 2013 / 14         97.5%
b. 2014 / 15         97.6%
c. 2015 / 16         97.3%
2.2) What were the costs over the past three years of Council Tax debt recovery, per pound recovered, and how has this figure been calculated?
The Council does not calculate this figure.  The Council’s accounts are available on the Council’s website.
2.3) Please provide details of any initiatives, both current or planned, to use behavioural insights or other specialist communications to increase Council Tax collection rates.
The Council does not currently have any plans to use behavioral insights or other specialist communications, however, letters and correspondence will continue to be reviewed along with all other available methods of communication in order to maximise collection rates.

2/6/16

 

9039

 

 i) The number of fines issued to parents who took their children out of school during term-time in an unauthorised absence. 
ii) The total cost of the fines issued to parents who took their children out of school during term-time in an unauthorised absence.
iii) For cost, could the total be provided but also, a breakdown of cost by  academic year.
iv) Brief summary of why the request for an absence was made absent i.e. family holiday, etc.
v) For each fine issued for unauthorised absence was an appeal lodged by the parent(s). Or, alternatively, give a total number of appeals issued if the information is not held on a individual basis.

 

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 part of your request.

 

Response:

We can only provide the information as detailed below.  Prior to this, this information has been recorded under different categories and is therefore not available and/or the records have been archived and are not available electronically on spreadsheets.  In order for us to obtain the information would exceed the fees limit for FOI. 

 

Also any information prior to April 2009 would have related to Bedfordshire County Council.

Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist on 1 April 2009 when unitary councils were introduced across the whole of Bedfordshire. All services previously hosted by the County Council are now provided by either Bedford Borough Council or Central Bedfordshire Council depending on the area concerned.  We are therefore only able to provide you with the information that relates to Bedford Borough Council.  For information that relates to Central Bedfordshire Council you will need to contact them direct there details are: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/local-government-in-central-bedfordshire/access-to-information/access-to-information-making-request.aspx

i)The number of fines issued to parents who took their children out of school during term-time in an unauthorised absence. 
Answer:              
No accessible records available before this academic year 2013/14 Different categories not recorded
No accessible records available before this academic year2014/15 427
No accessible records available before this academic year  2015/16 – so far 298
ii)The total cost of the fines issued to parents who took their children out of school during term-time in an unauthorised absence.
Answer: 
No accessible records available before this academic year 2012/2013 and 2013/14Unable to determine due different categories not recorded 
No accessible records available before this academic year 2014/2015  51,240 at higher level of £120.00 and £25,620 at lower level of £60.00
No accessible records available before this academic year 2015/2016 -so far £35,760 at higher level - £120.00 and £17,880 at lower level of £60.00
iii)For cost, could the total be provided but also, a breakdown of cost by  academic year.
Answer: See above
iv)Brief summary of why the request for an absence was made absent i.e. family holiday, etc.
Answer: The request is made by a school for 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absence using the G code, not all leave of absence is requested prior to a pupil taking leave, if a reason is known the school do let the authority know.
v)For each fine issued for unauthorised absence was an appeal lodged by the parent(s). Or, alternatively, give a total number of appeals issued if the information is not held on an individual basis.
Answer: Currently there is no right of appeal for a penalty notice, it can only be withdrawn by the authority if it was issued incorrectly, e.g. an administrative error or not in accordance with our code of conduct.

20/5/16

 

9040

 

Q1: Please explain why the annual support and maintenance has risen to £47,300 when it should be either nil or £25,000

Q2: Please provide a breakdown of the £302,000 incurred in the last year, including details of how much was internal cost, how much went to Azeus, how much went to other companies

Q3: Was the £302,000 work tendered? If so, please provide details

 

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

Please click here for the information on cost

23/6/16

 

9041

 

 Can you let me know the capacity of the Q17 bus and when you will have a better idea of the numbers that will be using this route.  Can I have numbers that get a free bus pass and those that have expressed an interest.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and  I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1.We live in Bletsoe and hope that our daughter will be able to get the bus from Sharnbrook.  We understand that normally the Q17 is at capacity but this year many more students from Sharnbrook will be attending Harrold and so additional capacity will be required.  We are hoping that the size of this extra capacity can include those not down for a free bus pass as the roads in Harrold can't handle additional traffic.  If this can't be achieved is it possible for you to put all those parents that need to make their own provision in contact so a suitable alternative can be found?
We are liaising with Harrold Priory School to establish the most effective way of putting parents in touch with each other and will let you know as soon as possible.
2.Can you let me know the capacity of the Q17 bus and when you will have a better idea of the numbers that will be using this route?
3.Can I have numbers that get a free bus pass and those that have expressed an interest?
The Transport Team is not yet able to confirm the number of students, entitled to free transport, who will be travelling on the Q17 'Sharnbrook to Harrold Priory Middle School' bus service for September 2016.  The current bus service has 70 seats, but capacity requirements will be reviewed when the Transport Team allocate the new year intake of students.  The student data for those entitled to free transport will be processed during the Summer holiday period.
When the students entitled to free transport have been allocated, the Transport Team will be able to determine if there is sufficient spare capacity to allow privilege passes to be purchased for non-entitled students.  It is expected that applications for privilege passes will be considered towards the end of the Summer holiday period.  The Transport Team will endeavour to inform parents whether their privilege pass application has been successful prior to the start of Autumn Term although (as detailed in the attached leaflet) this cannot be guaranteed.  At this time the Transport Team have received 1 privilege pass application request with regards to use of the Q17 bus service for September 2016; this request relates to your daughter.

 

9042

 

 I would be grateful if you could send me:
A.The total public health budget in your authority for the financial year 2015-16
B.The total budget allocated to public mental health interventions in your authority for the financial year 2015-16
C.The total budget spent on public mental health interventions in your authority for the financial year 2015-16
D.An itemised list of any interventions you have funded in 2015-16 that fall under any of the following categories:
•Perinatal and infant mental health programmes
•Parenting programmes (including targeted programmes at high risk families)
•School-based mental health promotion and prevention programmes (including anti-bullying, violence or abuse)
•Mental health training for key workers (e.g. health visitors, school nurses etc.)
•Promoting psychological wellbeing and stress reduction in workplaces
•Targeted programmes to improve the physical health of people with mental health problems (e.g. targeted smoking cessation, physical activity, etc.)
•Programmes to address social isolation (e.g. befriending)
•Suicide prevention
•Programmes to reduce stigma / discrimination faced by people with mental health problems
E.An itemised list of any other public mental health services funded by your authority in 2015-16
F.The total budget allocated to public mental health services in your authority for the financial year 2016-17

 

Name of local authority   
Bedford Borough Council
A: Total public health budget 2015-16
 £7,835,950.00
B: Allocated public mental health budget 2015-16
 £10,000.00
C: Spent public mental
£2,215.00
F: Allocated public mental health budget 2016-17
 £7,785.00

20/6/16

 

9043

 

Please find enclosed a freedom of information request for answers to the following questions.
1. How many adult social care contracts have been awarded by your authority over the past seven years?
2.How many adult social care contracts have been awarded by your authority to for-profit organisations over the last seven years, and what was the individual length and value of each contract in the following years: 2009/10 to 2015/16
3.How many adult social care contracts have been awarded to not-for-profit organisations over the last seven years, and what was the individual value and length of each contract in the following years: 2009/10 to 2015/16
4.Of the contracts awarded to not-for-profit organisations by your authority, how many were awarded to organisations registered as social enterprises?
5.Of the contracts awarded to not-for-profit organisations by your authority, how many were awarded to organisations registered as co-operatives?
6.What is the average length of all adult social care contracts awarded by your authority over the past six years, and the average length of those awarded to:
oFor-profit organisations
oNot-for-profit organisations
7. What is the average value of all adult social care contracts awarded by your authority over the past six years, and the average value of those awarded to:
For-profit organisations
Not-for-profit organisations 

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we partially hold the information you requested.
Please see responses below:-
1. How many adult social care contracts have been awarded by your authority over the past seven years?
Please find attached the most up to date Adults Social Care Contracts Register.
2.How many adult social care contracts have been awarded by your authority to for-profit organisations over the last seven years, and what was the individual length and value of each contract in the following years:
2009/10 to 2015/16
The authority does not hold this information.
3.How many adult social care contracts have been awarded to not-for-profit organisations over the last seven years, and what was the individual value and length of each contract in the following years:
2009/10 to 2015/16 
The authority does not hold this information.
4.Of the contracts awarded to not-for-profit organisations by your authority, how many were awarded to organisations registered as social enterprises?
The authority does not hold this information.
5.Of the contracts awarded to not-for-profit organisations by your authority, how many were awarded to organisations registered as co-operatives?
The authority does not hold this information.
6.What is the average length of all adult social care contracts awarded by your authority over the past six years, and the average length of those awarded to:
oFor-profit organisations and Not-for-profit organisations
The authority does not hold this information.
7. What is the average value of all adult social care contracts awarded by your authority over the past six years, and the average value of those awarded to:
For-profit organisations and Not-for-profit organisation
We do not hold the information on which Adult Social Care Contracts were awarded to for profit and not for profit organisations. The Council commissions Adult Social Care under two different contractual arrangements: (a) block contracts and (b) spot purchasing for personal support services and residential and home care provision. The total value of block contracts commissioned since 2009 (creation of the Unitary Bedford Borough Council authority) is £19,426,627.73. The average value of block contracts commissioned since 2009 is estimated at £485,665.70.

24/6/16

 

9044

 

 Please provide the following information about state-funded schools in the local authority.
1. The number of primary schools in the last five years that have taken on a "bulge class" (ie a one off additional class) in the last five years
2. The number of primary schools that have increased their form entry in the last five years
a) from one-form entry to two-form
b) from two-form entry to three-form entry
c) from three-form entry to four-form entry
3. The number of secondary schools that have taken on a "bulge class" in the last five years
4. The number of secondary schools that have increased their form entry in the last five years
a) from two-form to three-form
b) from three-form to four-form

 

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 Note:  The figures include own admission authority schools.
1.The number of primary schools in the last five years that have taken on a "bulge class" (ie a one off additional class) in the last five years
Answer: 4
2.The number of primary schools that have increased their form entry in the last five years
a.from one-form entry to two-form
Answer: 4
b.from two-form entry to three-form entry
Answer: 3
c.from three-form entry to four-form entry
Answer: 1
3.The number of secondary schools that have taken on a "bulge class" in the last five years
Answer: 1
4.The number of secondary schools that have increased their form entry in the last five years
Answer: None
a.from two-form to three-form
b.from three-form to four-form

 21/6/16

 

9045

 

 1. Please could you tell me the amount of money your council has spent on social media for the past 3 years.
2. Could you provide this information broken down year by year?
3. Please could you outline what the money was spent on (E.G Facebook post boosts, ads, 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. You requested:
1. Please could you tell me the amount of money your council has spent on social media for the past 3 years?  £9,293.75
2. Could you provide this information broken down year by year?
 2013/14     £0
2014/15      £0
2015/16      £9,279.00
2016/17      £14.75
3. Please could you outline what the money was spent on (E.G Facebook post boosts, ads, etc.)  - Facebook post boosts, Google Search Engine Optimisation and Facebook advertising

17/5/16

 

9046

 

 Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating
 to public or welfare funerals and/or persons who have died with no
 known next of kin since 1/1/16 to the day of your reply. Please
 include:
 1. full names of deceased persons,
 2. dates of death,
 3. marital status,
 4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
 5. dates of birth or ages at death,
 6. last known addresses,
 7. estimated value of estates,
 8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that
 is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Treasury Solicitor or the
 Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or,confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

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

Please click here for the link on Public Helath Funeral

 

23/6/16

 

9047

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to know the following information about fly tipping.
- How many cases of fly tipping have you been tasked to deal with between 2010 and 2015? Are you able to give a breakdown for each year?
- How much money has it cost you to deal with fly tipping between 2010 and 2015? Are you able to give a break down for each year?
- How much money have you collected in fines for fly tipping between 2010 and 2015? Are you able to give break down for each year?
For all questions please include 2010 and 2015 in your answers, as well as the years in between.

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about fly tipping which we received on 28 May 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please find the information you requested attached about fly tipping:

 

14/6/16

 

9048

 

1. Does your Council charge for its services in dealing with Abandoned Vehicles which are situated on private land?

2.If yes, please advise how much your Council charges, in turn explaining the breakdown of charges which are passed onto the landowner/occupier?

 

 

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

1.     Does your Council charge for its services in dealing with Abandoned Vehicles which are situated on private land? - Yes

  1. If yes, please advise how much your Council charges, in turn explaining the breakdown of charges which are passed onto the landowner/occupier? -  £85 - this is purely the cost in which the council incurs from its contractor. Bedford Borough Council don’t charge any administration fees for this process.

2/6/16

 

9049

 

 1.How many fixed penalty fines did you issue for dog fouling in 2014?
2.How many complaints did you receive about dog fouling in 2014?
3.How many fixed penalty fines did you issue by month during 2015 for dog fouling?
4.How many complaints did you receive about dog fouling by month during 2015?
5.Who deals with the dog fouling complaints within your local authority i.e. cleansing team, dog warden or enforcement officers?
6.What are you currently doing to tackle the issues around dog fouling?

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about dog fouling which we received on 31 May 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 Please click here for the information on dog fouling

9/6/16

 

9050

 

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

 

3/6/16

 

9051 and 9052

 

 

How many unpaid parking fines there have been over the last five years and the cost.

(A breakdown would be great, if figures don’t go back as far as five years, just back to when you do have them)

Number of attacks on traffic wardens you have recorded (same time period)

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 
Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
How many unpaid parking fines there have been over the last five years and the cost.
(A breakdown would be great, if figures don’t go back as far as five years, just back to when you do have them) 9051
Penalty Charges at debt registration
2014 – 3 (£151.74)
2015 – 234 (£1577.81)
2016 – 2339 (£5105.10)
Number of attacks on traffic wardens you have recorded (same time period) 9052
Violent incidents recorded
2013 - 14
2014 - 8
2015 - 10
2016 – 4

8/6/16

 

9053

 

1. Current overpayment/credit shown if credit balance hasn’t been carried forward
2. Accounts where a ‘write on’ has been used since 1st April 2000 to cancel an overpayment which has not since been reversed

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

1/6/16

 

9054

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide a figure for the amount spent in 2014/2015 from your local authority’s public health budget on combating work-related respiratory disease?Please break this down into figures for:(i) mesothelioma (ii) laryngeal cancer due to asbestos (iii) lung cancer due to other agents, (iv) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (v) pneumoconiosis, (vi) farmer's lung and other allergic alveolitis, (vii) byssinosis and (viii) silicosis (ix) any other work-related respiratory diseases?

 

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

There is no specific budget aligned to tackling work-related respiratory disease, however our Specialist Smoking Cessation Service supports people with COPD (regardless of cause) to quit smoking.  Last year approximately £3,261 was spent supporting people with COPD to quit smoking."

 

14/6/16

 

9055

 

 

 Could you please provide answers to the questions below, regarding the number of Dog Control Orders (DCOs) in place in your authority; and, the number and value of Fixed Penalty Notices served to dog owners for breached DCOs in your authority.  
For the periods 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date:  
1.How many active DCOs did you have up in place your local authority? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)
2.How many Fixed Penalty Notices did your local authority serve to dog owners for breached DCOs? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)
3.What was the total value (£) of Fixed Penalty Notices served to dog owners for breached DCOs? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)
4.How many new DCOs were introduced by your local authority? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)  
And if held:  
5.How many cases of breached DCOs went to court? (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date)

 

 

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

Please click here for the information on Dog control

23/6/16

 

9056

Under the provisions of the above Act, please provide the following for 39 Conduit Road, Bedford:

1) copy of the current HMO licence;

2) the last three housing inspection reports;

3) any computer records relating to the above property;

4) copy of any planning permission for the property.

 

and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested. The information requested is enclosed below.

 

Please click here for theinformation on HMO

 

28/6/16