Welcome to Bedford Borough Council

 
Our Services A - Z :
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 
 

17 - 31 Oct 2015

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

8073

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. Please can you advise me if your organisation holds this information and if allowed under FOI Act please send me an electronic copy of the following;

1)Equivalent to highlight, dashboard, exception reporting that your organisation uses to report on the management and performance of actual contracts to relevant managers, senior managers, project boards, programme boards. The date of the information will be after April 2014.  Note: this is not a request for your contracts register.

2)Equivalent to Supplier Performance Management documentation (e.g. minutes, notes, reports, non-conformance reports, escalation reports) that your organisation used for management performance and or benchmarking of actual contracts with a total value of over £172,000 for up to 10 contracts ideally used in the Housing part of your organisation.  Also the information may include reports that originate from the supplier. The date of the information will be after April 2014. Note: where monthly meeting notes are used to manage the contract the last three sets of notes per contract will be sufficient.

 

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

Please see responses below.

1.    Equivalent to highlight, dashboard, exception reporting that your organisation uses to report on the management and performance of actual contracts to relevant managers, senior managers, project boards, programme boards. The date of the information will be after April 2014.  Note: this is not a request for your contracts register.

The Council does not currently operate a corporate management system (CMS). All suppliers and contracts are managed by the individual contract manager within the relevant service area.

2.    Equivalent to Supplier Performance Management documentation (e.g. minutes, notes, reports, non-conformance reports, escalation reports) that your organisation used for management performance and or benchmarking of actual contracts with a total value of over £172,000 for up to 10 contracts ideally used in the Housing part of your organisation.  Also the information may include reports that originate from the supplier. The date of the information will be after April 2014. Note: where monthly meeting notes are used to manage the contract the last three sets of notes per contract will be sufficient.

In line with Section 2 of the Act, the Council has to apply the public interest test for the purpose of establishing whether there is a public interest in the disclosure of the commercial information. Following careful consideration, the Council has determined that this part of the information requested to be disclosed comes within the terms of Section 43(2) of the FOI Act due to the significant negative impact that such disclosure may cause to the Council’s relationship with our suppliers. There are no corporate templates used for contract management meetings. Instead minutes are taken based on the agenda and issues discussed.

 03/11/15

 

8074

The information we require is around adult learning disability services.
Adult learning disability services
Please provide information on the following:
1.In the last financial year (e.g. 1st April 2014 – 31st March 2015), excluding local authority provision, which 5 providers of adult learning disability services were in receipt of most funding from your authority and in total how much funding did they receive? Please complete the table below, if possible in rank order with provider 1 being the provider that received the most local authority funding.

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:

Your Request:

Please provide information on the following:

1.     In the last financial year (e.g. 1st April 2014 – 31st March 2015), excluding local authority provision, which 5 providers of adult learning disability services were in receipt of most funding from your authority and in total how much funding did they receive? Please complete the table below, if possible in rank order with provider 1 being the provider that received the most local authority funding.

Our Response:

Name of provider

Funding received (£)

Provider 1: Freemantle Trust

 £1,818,882.68

Provider 2: Mentaur Ltd

 £1,705,126.89

Provider 3: The Turning Point

 £1,667,180.28

Provider 4: Lansdowne Care Services

 £993,614.77

Provider 5: Social Care Solutions Ltd

 £918,747.86

13/11/15

8075

We would like to request the following.

1)Does the council have a death in the community procedure or similar written procedure relating to the process that is followed when an individual who dies in the districted is refered to the council? if so please provide a copy

2)Is the authority aware that the genealogical research companies are likely to derive a commercial benefit from the location of the next of kin? has the authority considered the financial implications of the next of kin?

3)Does the authority employ or contract a house clearance company as part of the process of dealing with death in the community?

4) If so please provide contact details for the said company.

5)Does the council require the said company to sign a confidentiality agreement?

6)Is the authority aware of any arrangements or sharing information about the deceased between the clearance company, and a third party, in particular genealogical researchers?

 

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

12/11/15

8076

I am currently undertaking a survey, on behalf of Liberty Services, with all Councils Licensing Departments within the UK and Northern Ireland to ascertain the types and numbers of licenses they issued in financial yeat 2014/15.

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

Council: Bedford Borough Council

Type of Permit

Quantity (Annual)

Comments

 

Taxis and Private Hire

 1182

Includes Hackney & Private Hire Driver, Hackney & Private Hire Vehicle Licences, Private Hire Operator

Alcohol 

 24

 

Gambling

 23

 

Scrap Metal Dealers

 3

 

Charitable Street Collections 

 215

 

Entertainment Venues

 0

Assumption this is regarding sexual Entertainment Venues

Highway Skips

 506

 

Skin Piercers

 26

Made up of 19 persons registered and 7 premises registrations

Massage and Special Treatments

 -

We do not register these as this requirement is under London area bylaws

Sex Establishments

 0

 

Any Other Type

 1

Zoo 

04/11/15

8077

We require this information between the periods of 23rd November 2005 and 23rd November 2015 (or as close to that date as is practicable).

Please note, if the full request for information cannot be provided where, for example an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act applies in respect of a public authority’s obligation to comply with a request for information, as per the Guidance of the Information Commissioner’s Office, please contact us to advise and we will advise or remove sections of the request so that it can be processed.

Could you please provide the following information:

1.The number of reviews of Premises Licences or Club Premises Certificates determined under Section 52 of the Licensing Act 2003, including the following information:

·Details of the number and name of the Responsible Authority bringing the review;

·The number of interested parties who have bought such a review.

2.Any action taken against the Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate under Section 52, including details of the numbers of Premises Licences which:

·Were revoked;

·Suspended;

·Had conditions imposed;

·Had the DPS removed.

3.The number of Summary Reviews bought against Premises Licences under Section 53A of the Licensing Act 2003, including:

·Details of the number of Premises Licences that were suspended pending the full review of the Premises Licence under Section 53B of the Licensing Act 2003.

4.The number of applications for New Premises Licences determined by the Licensing Authority under Section 18 of the Licensing Act 2003, including details of the number of applications for New Premises Licences which have proceeded to a hearing, and details of the number of applications which have been:

·Granted;

·Refused in their entirety.

5.The number of applications for a variation of a Premises Licence to hours, determined by the Licensing Authority under Section 35 of the Licensing Act 2003, including details of the numbers of applications that have proceeded to a hearing and, where possible, details of the number of applications for a variation of hours that have been:

·Granted as applied for;

·Granted but with modification to the hours;

·Refused in their entirety.

6.Details of the number of applications for Personal Licences that have been objected to by the Police, and the number of applications which have then proceeded to a hearing following an objection by the Police, and whether those applications were granted or refused.

7.The number of Temporary Event Notices where a counter notice has been served by the Police or the Environmental Health Officer, and details of the number of Temporary Event notices which have then proceeded to a hearing following the issue of the counter notice by the Police or the Environmental Health Officer, and whether they were refused or granted.

8.Details of the number of transfers where a representation has been made by the Police, and then details of the number of applications which have proceeded to a hearing and whether the transfers have been granted or refused.

9.The number of Personal Licences that have been issued by your Licensing Authority which have been:

·Forfeited by a Magistrates’ Court upon an individual being convicted of a Relevant Offence under the Licensing Act 2003;

·Suspended by a Court on a Personal Licence Holder being convicted of a Relevant Offence.

1.The number of prosecutions bought against individuals or corporate entities under Section 136 of the Licensing Act 2003 for carrying on a licensable activity otherwise than in accordance with a Premises Licence.

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.

Answer:

Question 1 – 3 –  Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk For a copy of the document

Question 4 – 8

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 this part of your request as to combine information from the computer records against individual files it would be in access of 37 hours.

Question 9 – 10 - none

16/11/15

8078

Would you be able to provide me with the following information?:

·How many Resident Parking Zone schemes does this council operate by year – 2010-2014

·How many permits have been issued per year 2010-2014?

·Average price of annual permits / actual cost of annual permit if the same for each zone - 2010-2014

·How much revenue is generated annually from the running of Resident Parking Zones schemes 2010-2014

 

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the information you requested is set out below. 

How many Resident Parking Zone schemes does this council operate by year – 2010 - 2014

The Council currently operates 13 Resident Parking Zones – details of these can be found on our website using the following link

During the period 1st April 2010 – 31st March 2014, 12 of these were in operation, with Zone N coming into operation in May 2014.

How many permits have been issued per year 2010 - 2014?

 

1st

2nd

3rd

VISITOR BOOKS

2010/11

1489

301

38

675

2011/12

1510

285

36

749

2012/13

1556

310

39

805

2013/14

1577

326

42

839

Average price of annual permits / actual cost of annual permit if the same for each zone – 2010 – 2014

(Actual prices - standard for all zones)

 

1st

2nd

3rd 

VISITOR BOOKS

10/11

£21

£73

£94

£15

11/12

£21

£73

£94

£15

12/13

£25

£73

£94

£15

13/14

£25

£73

£94

£15

How much revenue is generated annually from the running of Resident Parking Zones schemes 2010 - 2014?

2010/11

£67,543

2011/12

£67,020

2012/13

£78,177

2013/14

£78,230

It should be noted that the income generated from resident parking schemes is used to fund enforcement activity, administration and the provision and maintenance of lines and signs.

03/11/15

8079 

Please find my Freedom of Information request below:

In 2014:

1) How many complaints were made to the local authority by tenants against private landlords?

2) Of these, how many involved:

A·Illegal eviction/ threat of illegal eviction;

B·Refusal to carry out repairs;

C·Health and safety hazards in the property.

[NB if possible, do not make these categories mutually exclusive.]

3) How many prosecutions were brought by the local authority against private landlords as a result of these complaints?

4) How many of the prosecutions brought against private landlords as a result of these complaints were successful?

In 2013:

1) How many complaints were made to the local authority by tenants against private landlords?

2) Of these, how many involved:

·Illegal eviction/ threat of illegal eviction;

·Refusal to carry out repairs;

·Health and safety hazards in the property.

[NB if possible, do not make these categories mutually exclusive.]

3) How many prosecutions were brought by the local authority against private landlords as a result of these complaints?

4) How many of the prosecutions brought against private landlords as a result of these complaints were successful?

In 2012:

1) How many complaints were made to the local authority by tenants against private landlords?

2) Of these, how many involved:

·Illegal eviction/ threat of illegal eviction;

·Refusal to carry out repairs;

·Health and safety hazards in the property.

[NB if possible, do not make these categories mutually exclusive.]

3) How many prosecutions were brought by the local authority against private landlords as a result of these complaints?

4) How many of the prosecutions brought against private landlords as a result of these complaints were successful?

[NB If possible, please complete each question. However, if this is not possible, please complete as many as possible, with priority to questions in the order that they appear]

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

Please be advised data relating to the number of illegal evictions has been supplied by the Council’s Housing Options team, the remaining questions have been answered from records held by Regulatory Services who deal with complaints regarding privately rented property. 

2014:

1.1099

2.A)28 B) see note C) 1099

3.2

4.1

Note: We do not hold data on the number of requests made by tenants to landlords to

carry out repairs on properties that were refused.

2013:

1.1115   

2.A)8 B) see note C)1115

3.0

4.N/A              

Note: We do not hold data on the number of requests made by tenants to landlords to

carry out repairs on properties that were refused.

2012:

1.1035   

2.A)4 B) see note C)1035

3.0

4.N/A 

Note: We do not hold data on the number of requests made by tenants to landlords to

carry out repairs on properties that were refused.

 

09/11/15

 8080

I am representing Taxi Drivers via Social Media as to the new Pricing Structures that has come into effect since 1st October 2015, as a result of the Deregulation Act 2015, with a view to gauging the differences that each council assigns in its pricing structure in respect to Private Hire & Hackney Carriages (referred to as 'Taxis' from here on).

I understand that I can achieve this information via a Freedom of Information request too each Council authority.  However I/we deem it more easier and practical to direct a small email to each council engaging a response with the detailed information.  Hence the sending of this email.  We will request this through the Freedom of Information Act should our initial attempt below fail.

Below you will find a number off services that a Council may / may not provide pertaining to Taxis within its boundaries.  Please could you, by return email if possible, supply us with the figures you, as a local Authority, charge for each service detailed and answer the questions that follow.

Questions to Council Authority: (All questions are Post DeRegulation Act 2015 unless stated)

Number of P.H. Vehicles?

Number of Hack Vehicles?

Population?

P.H. New Grant Cost Inc. Knowledge? (every 3 years)

P.H. Renewal Cost? (every 3 years)

Hack New Grant Cost Inc Knowledge? (every 3 years)

Hack Renewal Cost? (every 3 years)

Dual Badge New Grant? (every 3 years)

Dual Badge Renewal? (every 3 years)

2nd Badge (New Application) Inc Knowledge? (every 3 years)

2nd Badge (Renewal)? (every 3 years)

P.H. New Grant Cost Inc. Knowledge (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)?

P.H. Renewal Cost (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)?

Hack New Grant Cost Inc Knowledge (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)?

Hack Renewal Cost (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)?

Dual Badge New Grant (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)?

Dual Badge Renewal (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)?

2nd Badge (New Application) Inc Knowledge (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)?

2nd Badge (Renewal) (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)?

6 Month P.H. Vehicle License Inc. Test?

12 Month P.H. Vehicle License Inc. Test?

6 Month Hack Vehicle License Inc. Test?

12 Month Hack Vehicle License Inc. Test?

6 Month P.H. Vehicle License Exc. Test?

12 Month P.H. Vehicle License Exc. Test?

6 Month Hack Vehicle License Exc. Test?

12 Month Hack Vehicle License Exc. Test?

6 Month Test Fee (Testing Station Fee Only) if not included in Vehicle License Fee?

12 Month Test Fee (Testing Station Fee Only) if not included in Vehicle License Fee?

Number of Available Testing Locations?

Re-Test Fee Post Failure?

Full Re-Test / Non-Arrival / Suspension?

Replacement Vehicle Plate?

Single Taxi Meter Test?

Copy Licence Fee?

Administration Fee?

Transfer of Vehicle (Change Of Owner)?

Number of Licensing Staff?

DBS Frequency?

Medical Frequency?

Does Council Accept HGV/PSV License as Medical until DVLA Standard of 45 years off age

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.

Number of P.H. Vehicles? 542

Number of Hack Vehicles? 70

Population?

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 Population

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

1 States that information above is exempt information.

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

P.H. New Grant Cost Inc. Knowledge? (every 3 years) Not Applicable

P.H. Renewal Cost? (every 3 years) £245.70

Hack New Grant Cost Inc Knowledge? (every 3 years) Not Applicable

Hack Renewal Cost? (every 3 years) £245.70

Dual Badge New Grant? (every 3 years) Not Applicable

Dual Badge Renewal? (every 3 years) £285.00

2nd Badge (New Application) Inc Knowledge? (every 3 years) Not Applicable

2nd Badge (Renewal)? (every 3 years) Not Applicable

P.H. New Grant Cost Inc. Knowledge (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)? £110.30

P.H. Renewal Cost (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)? £81.90

Hack New Grant Cost Inc Knowledge (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)? £110.30

Hack Renewal Cost (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)? £81.90

Dual Badge New Grant (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)? £91.00

Dual Badge Renewal (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)? £91.00

2nd Badge (New Application) Inc Knowledge (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)? Not Applicable

2nd Badge (Renewal) (2014-12015 Pre Deregulation Act 2015 for 1 Years License)? Not Applicable

6 Month P.H. Vehicle Licnse Inc. Test? Not Applicable

12 Month P.H. Vehicle Licnse Inc. Test? £257.50

6 Month Hack Vehicle Licnse Inc. Test? Not Applicable

12 Month Hack Vehicle Licnse Inc. Test? £300.00

6 Month P.H. Vehicle Licnse Exc. Test? Not Applicable

12 Month P.H. Vehicle Licnse Exc. Test? Not Applicable

6 Month Hack Vehicle Licnse Exc. Test? Not Applicable

12 Month Hack Vehicle Licnse Exc. Test? Not Applicable

6 Month Test Fee (Testing Station Fee Only) if not included in Vehicle License Fee? Not Applicable

12 Month Test Fee (Testing Station Fee Only) if not included in Vehicle License Fee? Not Applicable

Number of Available Testing Locations? One

Re-Test Fee Post Failure? £85.00

Full Re-Test / Non-Arrival / Suspension? Not Applicable

Replacement Vehicle Plate? £28.40

Single Taxi Meter Test? Not Applicable

Copy Licence Fee? £28.40

Administration Fee? Not Applicable

Transfer of Vehicle (Change Of Owner)? £28.40

Number of Licensing Staff? 7 fte

DBS Frequency? Every 3 years

Medical Frequency? Over 65 on annual basis

Does Council Accept HGV/PSV License as Medical until DVLA Standard of 45 years off age? Not Applicable

 

03/11/15

 8081

I hereby request information about your council's use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

Specifically, I am requesting the following information:

The number of times the council has conducted operations or investigations under RIPA in the periods a)2013/14 and b)2014/15

For each investigation/operation, please state:

::The nature of the alleged offence/charge (eg. anti-social behaviour, benefit fraud etc)

::Whether a prosecution followed after the investigation

::Which of the techniques available - direct surveillance, covert human intelligence source or communications data were used in the operation.

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 in respect of RIPA cases

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

1.States that above  is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information Accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link below. Please note these link will not work on Internet Explorer 8, it will work on chrome or anything higher than Internet Explorer 8

1 April 2013 to 30 June 2013

1 July 2013 to 30 September 2013

1 October 2013 to 31 December 2013

Meeting 25 June 2014, covering period 01 Jan 2014 to 30 March 2014, no report attached, no authorisations granted in period.

Meeting 10 September 2014, covering period 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014, no report attached, no authorisations granted in period.

Meeting 5 November 2014, covering period 1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014, no report attached, no authorisations granted in period.

1 October 2014 to December 2014

Meeting 17 June 2015, covering period 1 January 2015 to 31 March 2015, no report attached, no authorisations granted in period.

17/11/15

 

 8082

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act to ask for the following information:

1.How many vacant primary school teacher posts are there currently in your local authority? Please also provide the figure for October 2013 and October 2014.  

2.How many vacant secondary school teacher posts are there currently in your local authority? Please also provide the figure for October 2013 and October 2014. 

3.How many lessons have had to be cancelled because of a lack of teachers so far this academic year, broken down by primary and secondary school? Please also provide these figures for the total academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

4.How many full school days have had to be cancelled because of a lack of teachers so far this academic year, broken down by primary and secondary school? Please also provide these figures for the total academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

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

We do not hold this information.   You will need to contact each individual school for this information.

 

30/10/15

8083

I would be grateful if you could provide information relating to the following question:

During the period 2010 – 2015, how many child protection referrals/allegations related to a sport/leisure setting did you receive in each financial year (2010/11; 2011/12; 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15)? 

For each referral/allegation received, please provide the following information:

1.Sport-type (see categories in attached)

2.Category of abuse (i.e. physical, sexual, emotional, neglect or other)

3.Source of referral

4.Role of individual about whom the referral is made

5.Gender of individual about whom the referral is made

6.Age-range of individual about whom the referral is made

7.Age-range of the child about whom the referral is made

8.Gender of the child about whom the referral is made

9.Outcome: please indicate as appropriate. 

 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.

Response: Location / Setting of abuse is not part of the statutory record categories for children social care, therefore we do not record any settings.  As such the only way to ascertain referrals relating to the Sport / Leisure settings would require a manual check of every referral.  We have 1,000+ referrals every year, so this would take us over the 18 hour threshold to complete.

21/10/15

8084

Freedom of Information - Bedford Borough Council Local Plan 2032
We are requesting information from you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding recently published data in the consultation documents associated with the Local Plan 2032.
In the consultation document “Development Strategy and Site Selection Methodology” you have noted the following:
“3.2 The assessed level of housing need to 2032 is now 17,367 dwellings.”
We would like to know please what proportion of the 17,367 dwellings assessed as being needed is due to the “inward migration” of people into Bedford Borough

 

 

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

 

You have asked what proportion of the 17,367 dwellings assessed as being needed is due to the “inward migration” of people into Bedford Borough?

In response to your question approximately 35% of the household growth from which the dwelling number is derived is accounted for by net migration.

 

 

13/11/15

8085

I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and would like access to the following information:

1) Has your local council approved a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), under the Anti-Social  Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014?

If so, has any final, voted on, version of a PSPO made by your council made reference to any of the following:

i)             Rough sleeping

ii)             Lying down

iii)            Begging

iv)            Aggressive begging

v)            Busking

vi)            Laying of bedding

2 ) Have any fixed penalty notices been issued under PSPO’s in relation to the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime Policing Act 2014 in the last 12 months? If so please state how many.

3)    Is your local council consulting on whether a PSPO should be approved which would prohibit any of the following:

i)          Rough sleeping

ii)          Lying down

iii)          Begging

iv)          Aggressive begging

v)           Busking

vi)          Laying of bedding

Could a breakdown of all fixed penalty notices be provided, including the stated reason for the issuing of the fixed penalty notice.


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

 26/10/15

8086

Under the freedom of information act please may I request an up to date project directory of all companies, suppliers and sub-contractors involved in the project BEDFORD WESTERN BYPASS - NORTHERN SECTION, Bedford Western Bypass, Marsh Leys, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9AP. Scheme The Bedford western bypass northern section contract is the construction of a 2.4 km single all purpose carriageway road with 5 associated roundabouts and 2 main structures, one of which is an over bridge crossing the Midland mainline railway. The scope of the works will comprise major civil engineering works and will include earthworks, drainage, pavement, structures and other highway related activities such as signs and lighting.

 

 

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

 

The contract was awarded to J Breheny Contractors Ltd and below is a list of the sub-contractors that have been engaged on this project:

 

Gilligan Fencing Ltd

MPB Structures

Watermans

Lafarge Tarmac Ltd

DJ Francis Ltd

RCS Civil Engineering Ltd

Camline Ltd

Broadland Drilling Ltd

Varney & Gulliver Ltd

Headway Traffic Management Ltd

Aylesbury Mains Ltd

Arbus Ltd

USL Bridgecare Ltd

Roocroft Ltd

WJ South Ltd

Graffiti Busters Ltd

SCS UK Ltd

Proscape Ltd

Morelock Installations Ltd

Trustseal Ltd

Absolute Drainage services Ltd

SWUK Steel welding Ltd

Bedfordshire Police

The Tree People

16/11/15

8087

 

 Please supply me with the Gross Number only of the number of enquiries your website received for the period of 1 September 2014 to 30 August 2015.

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

 

Please find the information you requested below:-

 

The number of enquiries received via the e-forms on the website which are used to enquire of a particular service (e.g. Business Rates, Adult Social Care and the General Web Contact Us Form) for the period 1 September 2014 to 30 August 2015 totals 478.  This figure does not include any enquiries received via the email addresses which feature on the site.

 

 

28/10/15

8088

 

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

Knoll Gardens,Wixams,Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

 28/10/15

8089

 

 

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

High 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

 

28/10/15

8090

 

Could you provide me with information on the prevalence of postal voting, for both local and national elections, in each ward of Bedford Borough. I would ideally be looking for a percentage of the total number on the electoral role, per each ward.

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

 

16/11/15

8091

 

 

 Please note, the following questions all relate to financial assessments for domiciliary care. By domiciliary care, I mean care provided to clients at their home, not care provided in care homes. Please provide answers for each of the past five financial years, including the current financial year to date.

1. How many times did the local authority make a “deprivation of assets” decision (i.e. decide that prospective or actual domiciliary care clients intentionally deprived themselves of or decreased their assets in order to reduce the amount they would be charged towards domiciliary care)?

2. How many times did the local authority launch an investigation into whether a deprivation of assets had occurred, using powers set out in The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000?

3. How many times were deprivation of assets decisions successfully appealed?4.How many times did the local authority seek to reclaim the cost of domiciliary care from a third party (after having decided that the third party was the recipient of “deprived assets” transferred to avoid or reduce a domiciliary care charge)?

5.How many times did the local authority institute County Court proceedings to reclaim the cost of domiciliary care from a client or other party?

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.”

Please note the following questions all relate to financial assessments for domiciliary care. By domiciliary care, I mean care provided to clients at their home, not care provided in care homes.

Please provide answers for each of the past five financial years, including the current financial year to date.

This is not something we have reportable records on, in order to retrieve the information requested would involve going through each and every financial assessment that has been undertaken in the past five years and it would take the cost and man hours to complete this over and above the limit set by Freedom of Information, as stated below.

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.

16/11/15

8092

 

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

The Meadows,Stewartby,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

 

28/10/15

8093

 

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

Hastings Crescent,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

 

28/10/15

8094

 

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

Beauvais Avenue,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

 

28/10/15

8095

 

I would like to make a freedom of information request for the following information;

- Total number of housing benefit claimants within the authority for 'exempt' accommodation for the current year and the total for each of the 5 previous years (calendar or financial, however it is collated).

- Total amount of housing benefit paid by the authority for 'exempt' accommodation for the current year and the total for each of the 5 previous years (calendar or financial, however it is collated).

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 as “it is not routinely collected” and would take in excess of 18 hours to complete.

09/11/15

8096

 

1. What is the name of the Troubled Families co-ordinator at your Council?

2. Do you have an IT system which is used to record and monitor Troubled Families in your area?

3.If yes to 2, please name the system and supplier.

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.What is the name of the Troubled Families co-ordinator at your Council?

Answer:  Jill Cooper

2.Do you have an IT system which is used to record and monitor Troubled Families in your area?

Answer: Yes

3.If yes to 2, please name the system and supplier.

Answer: Tribal by Tribal Group.

 10/11/15

8097

 

 

Please provide the following information, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act:Maintained schools that wish to set a deficit budget can make a request to the local authority for a “deficit agreement”, also known as a “licensed deficit”.

Please tell me how many schools made such a request to your local authority in relation to their budgets for each of the below financial years (April to March). Please also tell me how many of these were approved and what the total value of the approved deficits was. 2013-14,2014-15

2015-16

 

 

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

Your request:

Maintained schools that wish to set a deficit budget can make a request to the local authority for a “deficit agreement”, also known as a “licensed deficit”.  Please tell me how many schools made such a request to your local authority in relation to their budgets for each of the below financial years (April to March).  Please also tell me how many of these were approved and what the total value of the approved deficits was.

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Our response:

 

Number requested

Number approved

Total Value
£

       

2013/2014

3

3

91,095

2014/2015

3

3

184,668

2015/2016

2

2

197,636

16/11/15

8098

 

Please  provide evidence that the land Yarlswood was built on is Asbestos free.

When the building was 1st built 200/2001 was a land survey conducted ? I’m sure this would be the case if so could you please send me a copy of the report ?

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

I have searched the records held by the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, and unfortunately we do not have any record of a land survey or intrusive investigation of this site.

I have also reviewed the planning applications which my colleagues in the Planning Department advise me apply to the construction and rebuilding of Yarls Wood, (00/01315/C84, 03/01544/C84 and 08/03500/MAF). None of these applications include any conditions requiring investigation of soils at the site.

You may wish to consult with my colleagues in the Building Control Department at Bedford Borough Council.

18/11/15

8099-8100

 

The Briars, Kempston, Bedfordshire, The Meadows, Stewartby,
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 3.7Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:

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

Con29R 3.11Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 3.12Do 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

 

29/10/15

8101

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please could you send me answers to the following questions:

1)     How many children were rejected from their first choice primary school for the academic years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15,  2015/2016 ?

2)     How many parents were found to have lied on their application forms for primary schools for the academic years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15,  2015/2016 ?

3)  How many children have been removed from a school after starting after authorities discovered their parents lied on primary school application forms for academic years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15,  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.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1) Here are the number of children that were not offered a place at their 1st preference school:

2011/12 - 186

2012/13 - 185

2013/14 - 231

2014/15 - 159

2015/16 - 166

2)None

3)None

 

 

12/11/15

8102

 

I would like to know how many children with special educational needs and disabilities are eligible for short breaks services in your area and how many children and young people are receiving short breaks services at the moment.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Your requested:

I would like to know how many children with special educational needs and disabilities are eligible for short breaks services in your area

Response: We do not hold this information. We make individual decisions on the basis of assessed need - family circumstances are all different. Below is an extract from the website:

‘The Resource Allocation Guidance and Short Breaks Eligibility Criteria are to be used in conjunction with a formal assessment of need such as a Common Assessment Framework (CAF); Children in Need (CIN) Initial and, or Core Assessment and a Carers Assessment.

These assessments are usually carried out by Lead Professionals in the case of CAF Assessments, or Social Workers in the case of Children in Need Assessments and Carers Assessments.  Resources will be allocated by consideration of any submitted formal assessments and additional supporting evidence.’

and how many children and young people are receiving short breaks services at the moment.

Response: 55 children and young people (Children with Disabilities) are currently receiving a short breaks service.

16/11/15

8103

 

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

 Seaton Drive,Bedford,

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

28/10/15

8104

 

This request is made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and further to a decision of the Information Tribunal in England and the London Borough of Bexley v Information Commissioner 2007. 
In accordance with the above, I hereby request a list of current unpresented business rates refund cheques that meet the following criteria:  
Refund cheques that remain unpresented 3 months after date of issue. 
Refund cheques that are out of date.  
I would request that the list contains the following information:  
Ratepayer name (Information is only requested where the ratepayer is a company and not an individual as I appreciate this is limited by the Data Protection Acts). 
Address of property concerned (if known). 
The date the refund cheque was issued. 
Amount of the refund.

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

Primary Liable party name-Full Property Address-Date-Amount
-Airsteril (Uk) Limited-Unit 6b, High Barns Farm, Bedford Road, Roxton, Bedford, MK44 3ET-17/10/2013-£367.42
-Wilbury Estates Ltd-Units 1,2,And 3, Edison Road, Elms Industrial Estate, Bedford, MK41 0EJ-07/08/2014-£12.28
-Charles Wells Pub Company Ltd-The Magpie Inn, 54, High Street, Harrold, Bedford, MK43 7DA-16/01/2014-£5,061.08
-Bk40 Ltd-Units 1,2,And 3, Edison Road, Elms Industrial Estate, Bedford, MK41 0EJ-07/08/2014-£103.21
-S.L.W Construction Ltd-Units 1,2,And 3, Edison Road, Elms Industrial Estate, Bedford, MK41 0EJ 07/08/2014 £101.62
-Buckingham Scaffolding Ltd-Federal Scaffolding, Stanley Works, Ampthill Road, Kempston Hardwick, Bedford, MK45 3JE-29/08/2013-£1,161.84
-Pressrun Limited-35-39, Murdock Road, Bedford, MK41 7PQ 07/11/2013-£175.30
-Max Bars Gp Ltd-18 And, 20, St.Peter'S Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN-11/09/2014-£2,526.95
-Swippt 7, St.Martin'S Way, Bedford, MK42 0LF 23/07/2015 £7,597.65
-Suvana Property Development Ltd-1st Floor, 62 To 64, Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2QG-21/05/2015-£98.70

23/1/15

8105

 

Could you please let me know: 
- how many people your council sent to the MIPIM expo in Cannes, France, which took place between the 10th and 13th March 2015. Please included all people, employees, councillors and others, for whom the council bought a conference ticket.

- how many people your council sent to the MIPIM expo in Olympia, London, which took place between the 21st and 23rd October 2015. Again, please include all people employees, councillors and any others, for whom the council bought a ticket. 

- for each event listed above, please provide a full breakdown of all associated costs, under the following headings: tickets, travel, subsistence allowance, hospitality allowance, trade stand costs inc all associated costs, any other expenses. 

- please provide a brief account of the strategic purpose for your attendance. 

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

How many people your council sent to the MIPIM expo in Cannes, France, which took place between the 10th and 13th March 2015. Please include all people, employees, councillors and others, for whom the council bought a conference ticket.

Not Applicable

How many people your council sent to the MIPIM expo in Olympia, London, which took place between the 21st and 23rd October 2015. Again, please include all people employees, councillors and any others, for whom the council bought a ticket. 

The Council did not purchase tickets but utilised the tickets provided by MIPIM.

4 people attended on 21st October

3 people on 22nd and

4 people on 23rd.

For each event listed above, please provide a full breakdown of all associated costs, under the following headings: tickets, travel, subsistence allowance, hospitality allowance, trade stand costs inc all associated costs, any other expenses. 

Tickets - None

Travel - Four Return Train Tickets 21/10/15              £148.30         

            - Three Return Train Tickets 22/10/15            £122.80

            - Four Return Train Tickets 23/10/15              £166.60

              Total                                                                          £437.70

Subsistence allowance - None

Hospitality allowance - None

Trade stand costs (inc all associated costs)        - Exhibition Space                   £3,96

  - Exhibition Furniture               £1,080

  Total                                           £5,040

Any other expenses   - Courier to Transport and Collect Stand & Brochures - £150                

Please provide a brief account of the strategic purpose for your attendance. 

Bedford Borough Council exhibited at MIPIM UK for the first time in 2015 with the strategic purpose to create improved awareness of business sites available and coming forward. MIPIM gave Bedford the platform to engage with developers / investors at one location whom otherwise we would not necessarily be aware of or be able to interact with, helping stimulate economic growth.

04/11/15

8106

 

Your organisation will have a department, team, member of staff that is responsible for managing feedback and experience. These members of staff usually form part of an Advice and Liaison Service, Complaints Department, or something similar.

I would like to request the job descriptions (and person specifications) of the incumbent post holder(s) that handle and manage the complaints process for your organisation. The job description(s) requested will contain responsibilities that will include, but not limited to:

 the management of complaints and concerns in line with national regulations

  associated communication with complainants and representatives to ensure successful resolution of complaint or concern

 the co-ordination of an investigation, and formal response to the complainant

 

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

30/10/15

8107

 

This request concerns children's social worker recruitment and retention.

1. Please provide details of your current recruitment and retention strategy. What consideration has been given to options such as international social worker recruitment, a 'grow your own' strategy etc?

With regard to international recruiment, if considered, what costs and timescales are involved?

2. How many posts do you have that are designated as social workers, senior social workers, Team Managers? What proportion are filled by social workers who are directly employed; agency social workers; frozen or vacant? What has employment of agency social workers cost the LA over the last 12 months over and above what would have been the cost had such workers been directly employed by the Council?

3. Over the last twelve months how many such social workers have left the employment of the LA and how many of these have simply 'swopped' to becoming agency workers?

4. Over the last twelve months how many social workers have applied for frontline social worker posts? Of these how many were shortlisted for interview; attended interview; were offered jobs and accepted jobs?

5. How many social worker applicants were newly qualified; had less than two years experience; had more than two years experience? What was the 'experience' profile of those who were offered jobs?

6. Who is the lead officer with responsibility for social worker recruitment (name and/or job title)?

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

24/11/15

8108

 

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

 Anglia Way,Great Denham

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

 

28/10/15

8109

 

Can you please collate following information and forward to me accordingly.

For the Financial year 2014 to 2015.

What was the cost to your authority to manage permit scheme from the approval to inspection stages?

What Income was generated for Permit Fees to manage coordination matters?

What income was generated from Permit Compliance inspection failures?

What is the number of staff you currently have involved with managing your scheme tasks for?

1)    Coordination

2)    Compliance  inspections

3)    Performance Management

Are there any vacant roles from your the initial submitted CBA that are as yet not filled?

Your request has been considered under the

Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

What was the cost to your authority to manage permit scheme from the approval to inspection stages?

£262,607 ( does not include on costs )

What Income was generated for Permit Fees to manage coordination matters?

£269,482

What income was generated from Permit Compliance inspection failures?

£16,960

What is the number of staff you currently have involved with managing your scheme tasks for? 

1)    Coordination - x6

2)    Compliance  inspections - x2

3)    Performance Management  - x6

Are there any vacant roles from your initial submitted CBA that are as yet not filled? - No

As a supplementary question in my investigations I am now seeking further information from EEP’s on the number of ‘Failed Reinstatements and defective apparatus’ your inspectors have identified within the last twelve months.  Although this was not part of my original FOI would it be possible for you to include in your feedback a list for the number of:

Category B failed reinstatements.  Failed Sample B’s = 59

Category C failed reinstatements.  Failed Sample ‘C’s = 27

AdHoc or Routine failed reinstatements = 189

Third Party failed reinstatements = 8

Section 81 notified defective apparatus = 247 notified through ETON (but some of the Borough is not yet on this system, includes duplicates).

18/11/15

8110

 

I am seeking information about the homeless households that apply as homeless to the council and for which the council accepts a duty to house (acceptances).Please send me the following information:

Questions: 

1) How many homelessness households has your borough accepted a duty for in 2015 to date?

2) What were the five main reasons that households presented as homeless during that time (ie the five most common reasons for the loss of the last settled accommodation)?

3) How many of those households were placed in temporary accommodation in your borough? 

4) What were the most common areas in which those homeless households were placed in temporary accommodation in your borough?

5) How many of those homeless households were placed in temporary accommodation outside of your borough? 

6) What were the most common areas outside the borough in which those homeless households were placed?

7) How long on average have homeless households this year spent in temporary accommodation?

8) In what sector are homeless households in your borough most likely to be found settled accommodation (ie in the private rental sector or in social housing). How many were found settled accommodation this year in the private rental sector and how many in social housing?

9) Does your council provide a storage service for homeless households that are placed in temporary accommodation. If so, how long does the council provide that storage and how much does it cost?

10) Did housing benefit cover the full costs of temporary accommodation for homeless households this year or have some households had to pay costs towards that accommodation?

11) Does your council discharge its homelessness duty to the private sector? 

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.

1)196 households were accepted a duty.

2) ·Loss of rented or tied accommodation: Termination of assured shorthold tenancy.

·Parents no longer willing or able to accommodate.

·Violence: Violent breakdown of relationship involving partner.

·Other relatives or friends no longer willing or able to accommodate.

·Non-violent breakdown of relationship with partner.

3) 166 Households were placed in Temporary Accommodation.

4) Bedford, Kempston and Putnoe.

5) 19 Households were placed outside the borough.

6) Wellingborough & Marston Moretaine.

7) 41 nights.

8)Social Housing = 53 households

Private Rental Sector = 58 households

9) We have organised storage of furniture for households when necessary at an average cost of £36 per week depending on the size of the unit.

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.”

10) The amount of Housing Benefit received by a household will depend on a wide-range of factors including; the rent for the property; the number of persons in the household, their ages and incomes; their personal circumstances, including, for example any disabilities; any savings or other assets; and sanctions of deductions that might apply to an award.  In order to respond to this particular question it would be necessary to manually identify and review a large number of housing benefit claims to determine whether the claim was from a ‘homeless’ household and the amount of entitlement compared to the rent.  This process would take in excess of 18 hours and, therefore, the Council is unable to comply with this particular part of your enquiry.         

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.

11) Yes it does.

24/11/15

8111

 

I would like to submit a Freedom of Information Request relating to specific ICT contract(s) for Server Hardware Maintenance, Server Virtualisation License and Maintenance and Storage Area Network Maintenance/Support which may include:

 Server Hardware Maintenance- contract relating to the support and maintenance of the’s organisations servers.

Virtualisation Licensing (VMware, Solaris, Unix, Linux, Windows Server)-

Virtualisation Maintenance/Support  (VMware, Solaris, Unix, Linux, Windows Server)

Storage Area Network Maintenance/Support  (EMC, NetApp etc)

For each of the types of server ICT contracts above can you please send me the following data types:

1. Contract Title:

2. Contract Type: Please input one the type of contract from above e.g. Hardware Maintenance, Virtualisation Licensing, Virtualisation Maintenance/Support, Storage Area Network Maintenance

3. Existing/Current Supplier:  Please provide me with the supplier name for each contract.

4. Hardware Brand:  Please state the hardware or software brand related to the contract with supplier e.g. Hardware Maintenance could be Dell, IBM etc

5.Operating System / Software (Platform): (Windows, Linux, Unix, VMWare etc.) the brand name relating to the contract.

6. Annual Average Spend: (For the whole duration of the contract, if the total value sent is per annum please state this in the response)

7.Contract Duration: (Please can you also include notes if the contract includes any contract extension periods.)

8.Contract Expiry Date:

9.Contract Review Date: (An approximate date of when the organisation is planning to review this particular contract.)

10. Purchase of Servers: Could you please provide me with the month and year in which most/bulk of servers where purchased.

11. Number of Physical Server: Please can you provide me with the number of physical servers.

12. Number of Virtual Servers: Please can you provide me with the number of Virtual servers servers.

13. Brief Contract Description: I require a brief description of the service provided under this contract.

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

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 because the records are held on multiple databases and manual files and require interpretation and classification according to your specific questions using specialist knowledge in ICT and procurement. The authority attempted to provide this information in 2013 and in February 2015 when you asked for the same information and at these times we realised the complexities and time taken to supply the information. The situation has not changed since then regarding the storage and supply of this same information.

After the requestor narrowing down the question we re-responded with the below.

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.

SAN Contracts

Contract Title: Dell SAN Infrastructure

2.Contract Type: Please input one the type of contract from above e.g. Hardware Maintenance, Storage Area Network Maintenance

3.Existing/Current Supplier:  Please provide me with the supplier name for each contract. Dell

4.Hardware Brand:  Please state the hardware or software brand related to the contract with supplier e.g. Hardware Maintenance could be Dell, IBM etc - Dell

5.Operating System / Software (Platform): (Windows, Linux, Unix, VMWare etc.) the brand name relating to the contract. n/a

6.Annual Average Spend: (For the whole duration of the contract, if the total value sent is per annum please state this in the response) Total cost of solution with 5-year maintenance - £237,877.76

7. Contract Duration: (Please can you also include notes if the contract includes any contract extension periods.) 5 years

8.Contract Expiry Date: June 2020

9.Contract Review Date: (An approximate date of when the organisation is planning to review this particular contract.) – in year 4 (2019)

10.Purchase of Servers: Could you please provide me with the month and year in which most/bulk of servers where purchased. – July 2015

11.Number of Physical Server: Please can you provide me with the number of physical servers. n/a

12.umber of Virtual Servers: Please can you provide me with the number of Virtual servers servers. n/a

13.Brief Contract Description: I require a brief description of the service provided under this contract. Dell Pro Support Plus – 24/7 - 4 hour response, 4 hour fix

14.Internal Contact: (The person from within the organisation that is responsible for reviewing and renewing this particular contract. Please include there full name, job title, direct contact number and direct email address.) Rughbir Singh, Head of ICT Operations, rughbir.singh@bedford.gov.uk ,
tel no. 01234 718224

If there is more than one supplier for these contract can you please split the contract individually for each supplier. So the information above which I am requesting is for each supplier. n/a

If this service is part of a managed contract please can you send me the contract information for this managed service including Hardware Brand, Number of Users, Operating System, and contact details of the internal contact responsible for this contract – n/a

30/10/15

and

19/11/15

8112 -8119

 

This will be information relating to the work of the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health.

 I would be willing for the data to be provided for one or two of the years that I have specified.

1)Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have an estimate for the number of:

a) Dependent drinkers within your local authority area?

b)Hazardous drinkers within your local authority area?

2) Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have an estimate for the number of children in your local authority area in;

a) Families with a dependent drinker(s)

b)  Families with a hazardous drinker(s)

3)  Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with the estimates referenced in request 1 and 2? 4) Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have in place a strategy of support for children of:

a)      Dependent drinkers

b)      Hazardous drinkers

5)      If so can I;

a)  Have a copy of the strategy referenced in request 4 and;

b) Have an estimate of the budget provision made for this support

6) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the number of referrals in your area made for treatments for alcohol misuse in the last year for which data is available?

7) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the amount spent on treatments for alcohol misuse in the last year for which data is available?

8) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the amount your local authority area is forecast to spend on treatments for alcohol misuse in:

a)  2015/16

b)  2016/17

c)  2017/18

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information.  However, this service is a shared service which is commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council and they will be responding to you directly for both Authorities.

 

06/11/15

8120

 

Copy of contract between Bedford Borough Council and Papworth Trust relating to the provision of care to the people with disabilities in Beds

 

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

24/11/15

8121

 

The information requested relates to the implementation by your council of the Care Act 2014 which came into force on April 1st 2015.
We would like to know:
1.What actions your council has taken to comply with Clause 2 of the Care Act 2014 (“Preventing needs for Care and Support”).
2.a) Whether you have developed a ‘local approach to prevention’ as per Section 2.23 of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance (“Developing a local approach to preventative support”) published in October 2014.
b) And whether this approach clearly specifies and includes a range of examples of all three types of prevention set out in Chapter 2 of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance (“Preventing, reducing or delaying needs”) published in October 2014.
3.a) Whether you have developed a ‘commissioning strategy for prevention’ as per 2.24 of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance (within “Developing a local approach to preventative support”) published in October 2014.
b)And whether this clearly specifies and includes a range of examples of all three types of prevention set out in Chapter 2 of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance (“Preventing, reducing or delaying needs”) published in October 2014.

 

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

13/11/15

8122

 

Please can you provide the following information relating to first aid training under the Freedom of Information Act 2000?
In relation to first aid training courses for the list below, for council staff and/or in the case of Paediatric first aid for staff and early year’s settings, both home and group?
• First Aid at Work (FAW)– Initial/Statutory - 18hrs
• First Aid at Work Refresher/Re-qualifying (FAWR) – 12hrs
• First Aid at Work Annual Updates
• Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)– 6hrs
• Paediatric First Aid (PFA)12hrs
• Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA) 6hrs
•  Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)
Questions;
1. Are these courses delivered in house by a LA trainer or are they contracted out?
2. Are they delivered under an Awarding Organisation/Body (AO), if so which one?
3. If not delivered under an AO to what organisation are they accredited?
4. Are contracted courses delivered under a framework agreement or as a single supplier contract?
5. If a framework, who are the top three main training providers of these courses and what percentage of the overall number of courses do they deliver? (ie FAW is delivered by Joe Bloggs Ltd who deliver approx 80% whilst John Doe Ltd delivers the remaining 20%)
6. Over the past 12 months:
a. How many of each course type has been delivered? (ie FAW 23, FAWR 7, PFA 32)
b. What is the total number of delegates to have attended training for each type of course? (ie FAW 1256, FAWR 589)
c. What is the maximum/minimum number of permitted delegates per course (ie FAW, min 6, max 12)
d.What has been the maximum/minimum number of delegates to attend an individual course, by type? (ie FAW min 5, max 11, FAWR min6, max 10)
e.What is the average number of delegates attending each course; by type? (ie FAW 11, FAWR 9)
f. What is the last 12 month total spend for each type of listed course?

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.Contracted out

2.The First Aid Industry Body

3.N/A

4.Framework agreement, except for Paediatric First Aid which is a single supplier contract.

5.Bostock Health Care

6.a AED: 1 day / EFAW: 5 days / PFA: 8 days

6.b AED: 13 / EFAW: 56 / PFA: 138

6.c AED & EFAW: min 6 max 12 / PFA: min 10 max 24

6.d AED: min & max 13 / EFAW: min 11 & max 12 / PFA: min 10 max 24

6.e AED: 13 / EFAW: 11.2 / PFA: 17.25

6.f AED: £270 + VAT / EFAW: £2,425 + VAT / PFA: £8,043 + VAT

 

11/11/15

8123

 

Could you please provide the following information around your current substance misuse community-based services (drug and alcohol) for both adults and young people:

a) Contract/s Name (including whether it is adult or young people or both)

b) Provider/s

c)Contract end date

d)Anticipated Re-commissioning 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.

Please find below the information requested.

a) Adult Integrated D&A Contract

Children’s &YP Drug and Alcohol Contract

b) ELFT

CAN YP

c)31 August 2020 (at the earliest)

31 March 2017

d)Spring 2020

Autumn 2016

06/11/15

8124

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to know what the council’s road gritting budget was for the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

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

The council’s road gritting budget is as follows:

2010/11 = £627,190

2011/12 = £538,320

2012/13 = £568,440

2013/14 = £588,500

2014/15 = £554,760

2015/16 = £574,510

18/11/15

8125

 

 I would like some information on the raids relating to breaches in food and drink legislation carried out by the Trading Standards team and the number of prosecutions that resulted from these raids. 
I would like to know:
•  The total number of raids relating to food and drink breaches carried out by Trading Standards
•  How many of these raids have resulted in a fine or other enforcement action
Please provide the information for the last 3 years (2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15) with a year end of March 31st. If this is not possible or will cause any delay please provide the data for two years (2013/14 and 2014/15) with a year end of March 31st, if this is not possible please provide the data just one year (2014/15) with a year end of March 31st.

 

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

24/11/15

 

8126

 

Please see below my freedom of information act request. If you cannot answer all or some of the questions please could you respond anyway?
I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known at the time of death from 1/1/15 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/1/15 but the case has only come  to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:
1. Surnames and forenames or initials
2. Dates of death
3. Age at death or date of birth
4.Place of birth
5.Marital status
6.Maiden surnames of married or widowed women
7.Usual address at time of death
8.Approx. value of their estate if known
9.The date you sent information to the 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 attached

 

 

18/11/15

8127

 

 I hope you can assist with the following request. I am currently writing a thesis on child welfare and health.  Health being a major concern among children, I was looking at the play areas within Local Authorities that are free to families to utilise, play parks and green areas in particular, but also skate parks, cycle-ways etc. 
The thesis will cover the following aspects;
•Is there a way that Local Authorities can promote healthy play by providing the community with information on these free play areas.
• How can a Local Authority use social media and other mediums to access the community.
• Can the Local Authority work with the connecting NHS Trusts to ensure children are healthy and in the future minimise the impact this has on the NHS system.
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please provide location information and the facilities that are located at these playparks and green areas?

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

·Bedford Borough Council owns and manages 94 play / recreation sites for children and young people.  These are predominantly in the urban areas of Bedford and Kempston.

·Multi-use games areas are located at 19 of these sites and facilities for wheeled sport (BMX, skateboards etc) can be found at 6 sites.

·Sites range from small-scale toddler provision to ‘destination’ locations catering for all age groups.

·Detail for major park sites included in attached spreadsheet.

·Parks staff work with public health, sports development and other services to promote value and usage of all facilities including play sites.

Parks staff work with developers and planners towards aim of high quality play and recreation provision for new communities.

25/11/15

8128

 

 Please find my FOI request below:
In the year 2014, how many households leaving temporary accommodation were there:
1)In total.
2)Who had been living in temporary accommodation for:
a.Under 6 months;
b.6 months to 1 year;
c.1 year to 2 years;
d.2 years to 3 years;
e.3 years to 4 years;
f.4 years to 5 years;
g.5 years to 10 years;
h.More than 10 years
3)Who had the following number of placements during their time in temporary accommodation:
a.One placement;
b.Two;
c.Three;
d.Four;
e.Five;
f.Six;
g.Seven;
h.Eight;
i.Nine;
j.Ten or more. 

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.

In the year 2014, how many households leaving temporary accommodation were there?

1)    In total – 218 households leaving temporary accommodation.

2)    Who had been living in temporary accommodation for:

a.    Under 6 months - 195

b.    6 months to 1 year ­- 20

c.    1 year to 2 years - 2

d.    2 years to 3 years - 0

e.    3 years to 4 years - 0

f.     4 years to 5 years - 0

g.    5 years to 10 years - 0

h.    More than 10 years - 0

3)    Who had the following number of placements during their time in temporary accommodation?

a.    One placement - 214

b.    Two - 4

c.    Three - 0

d.    Four - 0

e.    Five - 0

f.     Six - 0

g.    Seven - 0

h.    Eight - 0

i.      Nine - 0

j.      Ten or more ­- 0

N.B. for purposes of this FOI, a placement counts as a period of time living in one property. So if a family were living in temporary accommodation ‘House A’, were moved to temporary accommodation ‘House B’, and then were moved back to ‘House A’, this would count as three placements.

If data collection does not allow for counting in this way, please explain and give the closest possible data.

26/11/15

8129

 

I require information and statistics for adults with learning disabilities within Bedfordshire.I require the following data:

- How many adults over the age of 18 who are in Bedfordshire that have a learning disability and physical disability.

- How many of these individuals have educational support with information technology

- How many of these individuals are in education or work

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.

I require information and statistics for adults with learning disabilities within Bedfordshire.

I require the following data:

How many adults over the age of 18 who are in Bedfordshire that have a learning disability and physical disability?

130 (Please note these figures are based on Bedford Borough Council Clients only).

How many of these individuals have educational support with information technology?

We do not have specific figures in regards to access to education specific to IT but can reflect that people who use our services have access to full IT suites and support with various appropriate qualifications.

How many of these individuals are in:

Education? 1 (Figures based on Bedford Borough Council clients only)

Work? We are measured on a KPI of people with a learning disability in paid employment at the moment which stands at 6.9% at year end. This does not cover people in voluntary roles though, which would inflate the number further.

25/11/15

8130

 

We require the following information:

1.Data or research on how many adults over the age of 18 have a diagnosis of a learning disability within Bedfordshire

2. How many of these individuals are in education or IT courses

3. How many of these individuals are in day care provision

4. How many of these individuals also have a diagnosis of a physical disabilities

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.

I work for a charity and we are applying for lottery funding.  We require statistics in order to support our application on learning disabilities in Bedfordshire.  Any information you can provide will greatly aid our cause.

We require the following information:

Data or research on how many adults over the age of 18 have a diagnosis of a learning disability within Bedfordshire?

484 (Please note these figures are based on Bedford Borough Council Clients only).

How many of these individuals are in education or IT courses?

We don't have specific figures in regards to access to education specific to IT but can reflect that people who use our services have access to full IT suites and support with various appropriate qualifications.

How many of these individuals are in day care provision?

243.

How many of these individuals also have a diagnosis of a physical disabilities?

130.

25/11/15

8131

 

 Please provide a list of ALL Planning Application Numbers AND related S106 Agreements (in PDF) format, where PART or ALL of the Owner Contributions, for ANY contribution type, eg. Education, Healthcare, Civic Amenity etc etc, has NOT been spent within the agreed time period and therefore the 'date to be spent by' has EXPIRED and Owner Refund is now available on request

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

Please find information requested below in bold.       

Please provide a list of ALL Planning Application Numbers AND related S106 Agreements (in PDF) format, where PART or ALL of the Owner Contributions, for ANY contribution type, eg. Education, Healthcare, Civic Amenity etc etc, has NOT been spent within the agreed time period and therefore the 'date to be spent by' has EXPIRED and Owner Refund is now available on request - We are not holding any S106 contributions which have expired expenditure dates, all contributions are spent within their timescales.

29/10/15

8132

 

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

 

16/11/15

8133

 

 Please can I  the request following information under the freedom of information act.
1.What terms require a breeder to have a breeding license within your local authority (e.g. if they breed over a specific number of litters)?
2. Please state the number of breeders in your local authority in 2014 and to date in 2015:
Number of breeders licensed in 2014:
Number of breeders licensed in 2015 (to date):
3.  Do staff, on behalf of your local authority, carry out visits relating to dog breeding and licensing? (Please state yes/no and give details of purpose e.g. inspect dog housing, breeding facilities etc.)?
4. Is a visit/inspection carried out when a breeder or breeding establishment is first licensed?
5.  How frequently do they need to renew their license?
6.  Are breeders then revisited if they renew their breeding license?
7.  Please indicate the number of staff within your authority which carry out these inspections/visits:
8.  Please state the job title/s of the individual/s who carry out this visit (e.g. environmental officer, vets, etc.)
9.  How many breeder visits and/or inspections have been carried out in 2014 and to date in 2015:
Number of breeder visits in 2014:
Number of breeders visits in 2015 (to date):
10.Have you revoked any breeder licenses in 2014 and to date in 2015? (if yes  please provide figures):
Number of breeders’ licenses revoked in 2014:
Number of breeders’ licenses revoked in 2015 (so far):

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. a person keeps bitches at any premises and they give birth to 5 or more litters during a period of 12 months, they must obtain a Dog Breeding Licence. This includes bitches kept:

·         by any person at the premises;

·         by any relative of the person at the premises;

·         elsewhere by the person;

·         anywhere by the person under a breeding arrangement/contact with another person

 

2. Number of breeders licensed in 2014: Two

Number of breeders licensed in 2015 (to date): One

3.s – Authority appointed vet and Environmental Health officer will inspect premises at first licensing and at renewal. If complaints received Licensing Compliance officers will visit

4.Yes

5.Annually

6. Yes

7. One

8.  Environmental Health Officer & Authority appointed vet

9.Number of breeder visits in 2014: Two

Number of breeders visits in 2015 (to date):One

10. Number of breeders’ licenses revoked in 2014: No

Number of breeders’ licenses revoked in 2015 (so far): No

 

 

03/11/15

8134

 

 I would be very pleased if you could kindly share any information you have on dates of INSET days of schools in your local council. To be precise, I am trying to collect information on dates of INSET days for all schools in England from all years available

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

03/11/15

8135

 

I want to want how much the council will have to repair schools, and how much more it estimates it'd cost to fully do the job.

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:

Your request:

Regarding the costs of rebuilding, repairing or maintaining state schools in your area:

Question 1 - The money the council received to maintain its schools in 2014/15.

Question 2 - The money the council estimates it would take to fully repair the backlog of school maintenance in 2014/15.

Essentially, I want to want how much the council will have to repair schools, and how much more it estimates it'd cost to fully do the job. These two numbers are most likely to be different.

Our response:

Question 1

Source

£000

Maintenance Grant

4,137

Basic Needs Grant

25

Section 106 Contributions

29

Schools Contributions

66

Direct Revenue Financing

1,412

Borrowing

1,133

Total

6,802

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question 2

All priority 1 and 2 works at schools as identified in the condition surveys total  £5,754,307.  The original response given to FOI 7845 identified that there was a maintenance budget of £5.5M for that financial year. It also noted that additional internal funding was provided and that the total spend was £6.8M enabling all required condition works to be completed alongside replacement of temporary units.

It should be noted that the responsibility for the maintenance of school buildings for sums under £10,000 sits with the school to finance and manage.  The Council does not record works that the schools undertake independently and so the total figure given above for the spend on maintenance at schools may increase.

To clarify.  Priority 1&2 means repairs necessary to provide a safe building or a repair to part of the building that otherwise would fail within the next two years.  The council has undertaken condition surveys of the schools which identify and prioritise further work.  The identified work will be programmed before the end of that elements useful life.  All Priority 1&2 work has been included within a three year programme.  If, in future years, the volume of priority 1&2 work exceeds the available funds and is not undertaken a backlog would develop.

24/11/15

 

8136

 

Do you currently commission orthoptic -led vison for 4 - 5 years old?

If yes, please priovidethe list features

1. setting

2 screening personnel

3 onward care path for those who fail vison screening

4 The quality assurance process

How do you monitor each child

whether the programme will be commission next year

If no please provide

1 why you do not commission vision screening

2 plans for next year

3 has the existing programme been decommisioned

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

Please see below our response to your questions:-

1.List the key features of your commissioned programme:

 Settings (e.g. school)

Vision screening is part of the school entry health screen that takes place in all Local Authority, Academy and Free schools during their reception year. The School entry health screen is co-ordinated by the school nursing service commissioned by Public Health.

 Screening personnel (e.g. orthoptist, other health professional)
Vision screening is carried out by Orthoptist Specialists

 The onward care pathway for children who fail the vision screening
Point 3 ( onward care pathway) is that they are referred onto the orthoptist service, at clinics local to the child/family

The quality assurance processes (audit) and clinical governance lead
Quarterly performance meetings with the Local Authority. (Bedford Borough Council & Central Bedfordshire Council), and is a a KPI performance measure as part of the school entry health screen in Year R

2.Tell us how you monitor if every child in your Local Authority has been tested (including those in specialist schools or private schools)
All children within LA, Academy and Free schools are part of the school entry screen, specialist schools are part of the specialist school nursing service commissioned by the CCG, private schools make their own arrangements

3.Tell us whether the programme will be commissioned again in the next financial year

The programme will continue next financial year

13/11/15

8137

 

 We would like to establish some information regarding contract of supply for agency labour staff in both children’s and adult’s services and we would be grateful if you could answer the following questions for us
1.What I would like to know is a list of ALL of the INDIVIDUAL TEAMS and AREAS within Children's and Young Peoples social Service’s and the names of Team Managers, Service Managers and Social Workers
2.What I would like to know is a list of ALL of the INDIVIDUAL TEAMS and AREAS within Adults social Service’s and the names of Team Managers, Service Managers and Social Workers
3.How much temporary agency labour spend has there been in the Authority outside of the temporary agency labour contract from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015? (please state figure for Children’s and Adults services)
4.How many temporary QSW did the authority have deployed across Children’s Services in March 2015?
5.How many temporary QSW did the authority have deployed across Adults Services in March 2015?
6.Can you tell me how you procure your temporary agency staff, is this through a managed vendor service and if so who?
7.Can you tell me the amount of £ agency spend there has been outside of the above procured service.
8.Can you tell me the departments within Social Services that have had off contract agency spend.
9.Can you provide an organisation chart of children’s services
10.Can you provide an organisation chart of adults services
11.What percentage of the work force is temporary
12. Where do you advertise your permanent vacancies

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 & attached. 

Questions 1 & 2:

The service areas and individual teams within Children’s & Adult Social Services are set out within the attached organisational charts. These charts also contain the names of Heads of Service and Assistant Directors.

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

1. States that the details of post holders whose names are not generally in the public domain due to their seniority are exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 40(2) by virtue of   40(3)(a)(i) of the FOI Act (FOIA) as it comprises personal  data, and disclosure would be unfair.  The details of post holders amounts to ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA.  As you may know, S.40(2) FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data under FOIA would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act. 

The question which the Council must address in response to your request is whether disclosure of the personal data you have requested would contravene in particular the first data protection principle. That principle requires that any processing of personal data must be fair and lawful and must otherwise meet one of the conditions provided for in schedule 2 to the DPA. The schedule 2 condition which is most likely to be relevant in this context is that provided for in paragraph 6(1) of schedule 2. That condition will be met, in essence, if the public interests in disclosure of the data positively outweigh the data subjects' private interests in keeping their data confidential.

The Council has considered whether the weight of the public interest in favour of disclosure of the post holders’ names, would outweigh the consequences of disclosure. It has concluded that it would not as these post holders will not reasonably expect their names and direct telephone numbers to be made publicly available.

Question 3:

Please note these figures are for the WHOLE of Children’s Services & Adult Services and not only for the Social Worker or Social Care workforce.

Adults

£92,784

Children's

£32,742

Question 4:

55

Question 5:

9

Question 6:

The Council has a corporate contract with Guidant our managed service provider.

Question 7:

Same as Question 3

Question 8:

Residential Care & Supported Employment

Question 9:

Please see organisation chart for children's attached.

Question 10:

Please see organisation chart for adult's attached.

Question 11:

22% of the Social Worker workforce in Adult Services & 51% of the Social Worker workforce in Children’s Services

Question 12:

Social Worker vacancies are advertised on the Council website, in the local press and in national media (Guardian, Community Care)

 

8138

 

RE:College Street, Kempston, Bedford
I would therefore be very grateful if you could please search your records for this site. In particular, please respond to the following questions, although any additional information would be useful:
1. Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council’s Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part IIA undertaking)? If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.
2. Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site uses, leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.? If there have been any intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please provide dates and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports are publicly available.
3. Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills located within a 250m radius of the site:
a) The location of all landfills, both closed and operational (i.e. National Grid Reference and location plan if available).
b) Dates when the landfill was operational.
c) Types of waste deposited.
d) Any information on volume of waste deposited, depth of infilling and landfill structure.
e) Details of any landfill gas monitoring, site investigation or gas spiking undertaken at the landfill or in the immediate vicinity of the site.
4. Have elevated indoor radon gas concentrations been identified within buildings on or within 100m of the site? Have radon protection measures been required in buildings on site or within 100m? If so, please provide details.
5. Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise, odour or dust issues/complaints?  If yes, what was the nature of the issue and what was the outcome?     
6. Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site? If yes what is the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?
7. Please provide details of any Environmental Permits/LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

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

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

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

2. We are not aware of any contamination on the site. We are not currently considering any action against the site that the property is on.

There are three locations in the vicinity of the subject site (within 100m), which have been identified as requiring inspection under ‘the Act’, these are listed below:
• The Kempston Barracks, located approximately adjacent to the West, (now mainly housing).
• A current or former scrap metal yard, Smith & Co, located approximately 100m North East of the site on Cauldwell Walk.
• A current or former incinerator, Smith & Co, located approximately 100m East of the site on Cauldwell Walk. Our notes on this site suggest that it has been investigated for contamination, but we do not have any further information on this.
Our colleagues within the Planning Department may hold further information on development and intrusive investigation of these sites.

3. I am not aware of any landfill sites within a 250m radius of the site. However, please be aware that we hold only limited information on landfill sites. Please refer to the Environment Agency’s website (http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby), for location of landfills. You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

4. We do not hold records of radon gas concentrations, or protection measures held within buildings.

5. We are not aware of any outstanding nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site, or adjoining properties.

6. We do not have any records of any private water supplies within 2km radius of the site.

7. There are no Environmental Permits/LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

 

06/11/15

8139

 

I would like to request an up to date list of companies that have new liabilities for business rates between the 15th October 2015-31st October 2015.  Please include the business name and address, date that they became liable, liable party and RV if possible.

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,

Company Name-Full Property Address-Account Start date-Last Rateable Value for 2010
-Avanti Gard Ltd-19, Sergeants Way, Bedford, MK41 0EH-16/10/2015-8100
-Axis Electronics Limited-Unit 153, Bedford Heights, Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7PH-26/10/2015-16750
-Bedford Borough Council (Property Services)-75, Murdock Road, Bedford, MK41 7PL-31/10/2015-9300
-Bedford Borough Council (Property Services)-77, -Murdock Road, Bedford, MK41 7PL-31/10/2015-8900
-Bromham Road Development Llp-2nd Floor, 49a, Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA-29/10/2015-30750
-Bromham Road Development Llp-Part Ground Floor, 49a, Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA-29/10/2015-11000
-Bromham Road Development Llp-Part Grd Flr Rear, 49a, Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA-29/10/2015-19500
-Bromham Road Development Llp-Part Ground & 1st Floor, 49a, Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2AA-29/10/2015-38750
-Fosbern (Hangers) Ltd-Hangar 1 (Rear), Cardington Airfield, Shortstown, Bedford, MK42 0TG-31/10/2015-67500
-Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd Hangar 1, (Front), Cardington Airfield, Shortstown, Bedford, MK42 0TG-31/10/2015-67500
-James Hay Pension Trustees Ltd-1st Floor, 55, St.Peter'S Street, Bedford, MK40 2PR-26/10/2015-2850

27/11/15

8140 -8141

 

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

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

06/11/15