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9670

 

Please could you supply us with an up to date information about all bridges within administrative boundaries

A list of every bridge in the borough (including foot bridges & viaducts) where a road passes over or under a railway (including tramlines), another road, or over a water course, making clear which, and sorting by type/usage.

Bridge locations as defined by associated ELR code, bridge numbers and mileage.

Bridge description

Any weight limit which applies

An explanation of the general principle for the determining of responsibility for maintaining a road bridge over or under a railway or water course, such as that the railway or water authority is responsible where the road goes under and the highway authority where it goes over.

The owner of the structure, or where that is shared, the parties involved. Where only one or some is known, give those, and a brief explanation.

The party or parties responsible for maintaing the bridge in a safe state and a brief note on any division in responsibility

Thank you for your request for information about bridges which we received on 16 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The majority of the information you requested is attached.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

Regarding weight restrictions and the principle for determining the responsibility for maintaining road bridges.  The information you require is as follows:

Any weight limit which applies

There are no weight limit restrictions that apply.  This is as a result that there are no weak structures within Bedford Borough.

An explanation of the general principle for the determining of responsibility for maintaining a road bridge over or under a railway or water course, such as that the railway or water authority is responsible where the road goes under and the highway authority where it goes over

The general principle for determining the responsibility for maintaining a road bridge is where the public highway traverses a water course, the structure will be in the ownership of the local authority.  Where the highway crosses a railway, the structure will belong to Network Rail (with the exception of 4 No. bridges).

14/11/16

 

9671 & 72

 

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

Properties:

Woden Gardens

South Avenue, Elstow

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

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

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

 a contaminated land notice;

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?

Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

17/10/16

 

9673

 

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

 to public or welfare funerals and/or persons who have died with no  known next of kin since 1/6/16 to the day of your reply. Please  include :

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

Further to your request for information dated 30 September 2016, 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 for Public Health Funerals

 

10/11/16

 

9674

 

How many households with children were in annexe/nightly booked accommodation after a homelessness duty has been assumed in each year 2012/3; 2013/14; 2014/15 and 2015/16?

How many households with children currently in ‘nightly booked/annexe accommodation’ after a homelessness duty has been accepted have been in such accommodation for:

More than 3 months

More than 6 months 

More than 1 year?

How many homeless households with children are in nightly booked/annexe accommodation outside the local authority area?

How many homeless households with children are currently in Stage 2 accommodation outside the local authority area?

 

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

 

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

 

How many households with children were in annexe/nightly booked accommodation after a homelessness duty has been assumed in each year 2012/3; 2013/14; 2014/15 and 2015/16?

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

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

Further information is available via the following links here

(2) How many households with children currently in 'nightly booked/annexe accommodation' after a homelessness duty has been accepted have been in such accommodation for:

a)      More than 3 months

b)      More than 6 months  

c)       More than 1 year?

We have zero households who are currently in nightly booked/annex accommodation who have received a homeless duty staying in accommodation more than 3 months, 6 months or 1 year.

(3) How many homeless households with children are in nightly booked/annexe accommodation outside the local authority area?

We have 1 household staying outside the LA area who is pending enquiries and have children.

(4) How many homeless households with children are currently in Stage 2 accommodation outside the local authority area?’

We have 2 households staying outside the LA who are duty accepted and have children.

14/11/16

 

9675

 

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act and relates to Legal Services staffing, workload and time recording

Concerning:

Litigation and Regulation

Employment

Safeguarding

Commercial

Planning & Highways

Property

With regard to each work area can you please confirm

The number of fee earners allocated to each work area – Senior Solicitors, Solicitors and Legal Assistants.   

The number of open files held by each fee earner – Senior Solicitors, Solicitors and Legal Assistants

Is the number of open files held by each fee earner of an acceptable level?

The average number of files opened in each work area in a year. 

The number of files closed in the financial year 2015/16

Time Recording

Can you please provide the following

The target chargeable hours for the financial year 2015/16 for each fee earner

The total chargeable hours for the financial year 2015/16 for each fee earner

The total hours charged for the financial year 2015/16 for each work area

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

 

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

 

4/11/16

 

9676

 

I would like to request the following information:

A list of all domestic violence services funded by the council and how much funding they have received for every financial year since 2009/10, and including services that no longer receive funding. 

I would like the latest data available, and all other data that is available between now and the year 2009/10.

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

A list of all domestic violence services funded by the council and how much funding they have received for every financial year since 2009/10, and including services that no longer receive funding. 

I would like the latest data available, and all other data that is available between now and the year 2009/10.

Please see attached.

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

7/11/16

 

9677

 

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

Kensington Gardens

Bedford

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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 on the planning - search plans page.

 

Please contact 

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the environmental information

26/10/16

 

9678

 

I'm writing to enquire about the Freedom of Information Act (2000) policy regarding the release of raw data.

After a brief period of research on previously published reports found on the http://www.gov.uk/ website linked here, I noticed that the published reports are all simply a PDF form stating the response to the FOI request. 

Are there certain scenarios, where personal information is not included/can be removed, where you would release the raw data for my own analysis? 

E.g. For a project analysing the effects of the 2 hours free parking on a Saturday, I could investigate revenues generated before and after by asking for revenue statistics. However, if I wanted to investigate every possible contributing factor and/or affect, I may begin by analysing the data regarding parking tickets issued on Saturdays - where they were issued, what times etc... 

I'm aware parking tickets main contain data on vehicle license plates, if you do not consider that sensitive or it could be removed from the data set, would this be such a scenario where you release release the raw data (in any format, excel or otherwise) for my own personal correlation/heat map analysis?

 

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

 

There is no policy as such about documents being issued in PDF format.  There is the issue of convenience (i.e. documents are smaller if in PDF format) but should someone request a non-PDF format then it will depend on the information being requested.

 

Any personal information will be removed from any raw data before it is released. If you let us know which raw data you require for your analysis, we will release any non-personal data in any format required, providing the data is not subject to any exemptions.

 

9/11/16

 

9679

 

My request is as follows:

* Please disclose the budget allocated to deal with rough sleeping in your area for each of the last five years;

* Please disclose the budget allocated to deal with homelessness in your area for each of the last five years;

* Please disclose the number of places in shelters/hostels etc for the homeless in your area for each of the last five years;

* Please provide the number - or estimate - of homeless people in your area for each of the last five years;

* Please provide the number - or estimate - of people sleeping rough in your area for each of the last five years.

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

* Please disclose the budget allocated to deal with rough sleeping in your area for each of the last five years;

Budget                 2011/2012 £1,695,184    
RoughSleeping


                          2012/201    £31,678,856
                         2013/2014   £1,420,769
                         2014/2015    £1,131,030
                         2015/2016    £817,773
  
* Please disclose the budget allocated to deal with homelessness in your area for each of the last five years;

Budget               2011/2012 £545,780
Homelessness  2012/2013 £479,780  
                          2013/2014 £675,560
                         2014/2015  £659,940
                         2015/2016  £576,930  
       

* Please disclose the number of places in shelters/hostels etc for the homeless in your area for each of the last five years;

2010/11 - 213
2011/12 - 213
2012/13 - 213
2013/14 - 225
2014/15 - 225
2015/16 – 231

These figures include the hostels for homeless young people as well as adults.

* Please provide the number - or estimate - of homeless people in your area for each of the last five years;

We do not hold this information.

* Please provide the number - or estimate - of people sleeping rough in your area for each of the last five years.
I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA).
An explanation follows below.

Government data available here:

 

10/11/16

 

9680

 

1. How many young people between the ages of 19 and 25 years old had a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) in the 2015/2016 academic year, in your local authority area?

 

2. How many young people between the ages of 19 and 25 years old will continue with their education in the 2016/2017 academic year, and therefore require an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan?

 

3. How many LDAs for 19-25 year olds were successfully transferred to an EHC plan before 31 August 2016?

 

4. How many young people between the age of 19 and 25 with an LDA were still waiting for their  EHC plan after 31 August?

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

1. How many young people between the ages of 19 and 25 years old had a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) in the 2015/2016 academic year, in your local authority area?

Answer: 1

2. How many young people between the ages of 19 and 25 years old will continue with their education in the 2016/2017 academic year, and therefore require an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan?

Answer: 32

3. How many LDAs for 19-25 year olds were successfully transferred to an EHC plan before 31 August 2016?

Answer: 35

4. How many young people between the age of 19 and 25 with an LDA were still waiting for their  EHC plan after 31 August?Answer: 0

10/11/16

 

9681

 

 I require the below information relating to solar power investment and infrastructure to be provided by your organisation. I require the following questions to be answered:

1.      Does your organisation own any solar panels?

a.      Yes

b.      No

2.      Does your organisation have any partnerships with third parties to co-own solar panels? If yes, please specify who the partnership is with and the details of the deal?

a.      Yes – the partnership is with company X and the deal includes XYZ (i.e. free daytime electricity for tenants)

b.      No

3.      If yes to question two, did the third party organisation initiate contact with you for the above deal?

a.      Yes

b.      No

4.      If yes to questions one or two, how much energy (in kWh) are you generating?

5.      How much has your organisation invested in solar technology to date (to the nearest £10,000)?

 6.      Are you planning on purchasing solar technology within the next:

a.      0 – 6 months

            i.      Yes

            ii.      No

b.      6 – 12 months

            i.      Yes

            ii.      No

c.       1 – 3 years

            i.      Yes

            ii.      No

d.      3 – 5 years

            i.      Yes

            ii.      No

e.      5 years +

            i.      Yes

            ii.      No

7.      How much are you expecting to spend on solar in the next:

a.      0 – 6 months  

                 i.      £ X.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

b.      6 – 12 months

                 i.      £ X.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

c.       1 – 3 years

                 i.      £ X.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

d.      3 – 5 years

                 i.      £ X.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

e.      5 years +

                 i.      £ X.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

8.      Is solar technology incorporated within your organisation’s current environmental strategy? If so, please provide details of strategy).

a.      Yes – my organisation plans to achieve XYZ, within the following timeframe X

b.      No

9.      Please identify the main barriers to solar adoption within your organisation:

a.      Lack of internal stakeholder buy-in

b.      Lack of capital to front investment

c.       Lack of external stakeholder buy-in

d.      Lack of knowledge of the benefits of solar

e.      Lack of knowledge on how to deploy solar

f.       Lack of incentive (due to reduced government incentive)

g.      Other (please specify)

Thank you for your request for information about solar power investment and infrastructure which we received on 19 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1.  Does your organisation own any solar panels?

            a.      Yes 

            b.      No

2. Does your organisation have any partnerships with third parties to co-own solar panels? If yes, please specify who the partnership is with and the details of the deal?

  a.      Yes – the partnership is with company X and the deal includes XYZ (i.e. free daytime electricity for tenants)

            b.      No

3.         If yes to question two, did the third party organisation initiate contact with you for the above deal? – N/A

            a.      Yes

            b.      No

4.         If yes to questions one or two, how much energy (in kWh) are you generating? - Since each system was registered, up until the last payments were received through the Feed in Tariff scheme, we have generated a total of 427,060.81 kWh electricity from our solar installations.

5.  How much has your organisation invested in solar technology to date (to the nearest £10,000)? - £290,000

6.   Are you planning on purchasing solar technology within the next:

            a.         0 – 6 months

                        i.      Yes

                        ii.      No 

            b.         6 – 12 months

                       i.      Yes

                        ii.     No

            c.         1 – 3 years

                        i.      Yes

                        ii.     No

            d.         3 – 5 years

                        i.      Yes

            ii.      No

            e.         5 years +

                        i.      Yes

                        ii.      No

Currently solar PV does not form part of our environmental strategy. No further solar panel installs are planned, however this may change in future.

7.  How much are you expecting to spend on solar in the next:

a.         0 – 6 months  

            i.      £ 0.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

b.         6 – 12 months

            i.      £ 0.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

c.         1 – 3 years

            i.      £ 0.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

d.         3 – 5 years

            i.      £ 0.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

e.         5 years +

            i.      £ 0.00 (to the nearest £10,000)

Again, currently we have no plans to invest in solar, however this may change over the coming years.

8.  Is solar technology incorporated within your organisation’s current environmental strategy? If so, please provide details of strategy).

a.      Yes – my organisation plans to achieve XYZ, within the following timeframe X

b.     No 

As explained, currently it is not (owing to reductions in governmental incentives) however in future it will be revisited and if financially feasible may be explored as part of the Councils environmental strategy.

9.         Please identify the main barriers to solar adoption within your organisation:

a.      Lack of internal stakeholder buy-in

b.      Lack of capital to front investment

c.      Lack of external stakeholder buy-in

d.      Lack of knowledge of the benefits of solar

e.      Lack of knowledge on how to deploy solar

f.       Lack of incentive (due to reduced government incentive) 

g.      Other (please specify)

11/11/16

 

9682

 

Please send me:

1. A breakdown of local authority foster carer allowances.

2. What is included and what is excluded in local authority foster carer allowances.

3. A breakdown of independent fostering agency (IFA) foster carer allowances.

4. What is included and what is excluded in independent fostering agency (IFA) foster carer allowances.

5. Do you currently provide a lease or rent vehicle to any foster carers?

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 breakdown of local authority foster carer allowances.

Answer: Please see attached the fostering fee’s and allowance

2.     What is included and what is excluded in local authority foster carer allowances.

Answer: Please also see the attached fostering fee’s and allowance

3.     A breakdown of independent fostering agency (IFA) foster carer allowances.

Answer: We do not hold this information. This would depend on the individual IFA arrangements which we do not have details of.

4.     What is included and what is excluded in independent fostering agency (IFA) foster carer allowances.

Answer:

The Provider shall ensure that pocket money, birthday and festive gifts are paid to each Child Placed with a Foster Carer of that Provider, at the level recommended by the Placing Participating Authority.

(a) The Provider shall ensure that each of its Foster Carers with whom a Child is Placed:-

(i)   uses reasonable endeavours to ensure that any allowance received by the Child is spent and/or saved appropriately and in accordance with reasonable guidance provided by the Foster Carer;

(ii)  ensures that the Child receives the personal allowance (including, but not limited to, pocket money, birthday and festive allowances at the level set out in Paragraph 3.3) that the Child is entitled to and encourages the Child to save and adopt other good monetary practices;

(iii) will, so far as does not conflict with Paragraph 2.8(a), encourage the Child to manage their own finances and will help with the Child with budgeting and banking, and will give the Child as much freedom as reasonably practicable in managing their own pocket money, allowance, savings and any earnings;

5.     Do you currently provide a lease or rent vehicle to any foster carers?

Answer: No

8/11/16

 

9683

 

Thornton Street, Kempston, Bedford,

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

Thank you for your requests for information.  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 on the planning - search plans page.

 

Please contact 

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the environmental information

 

 31/10/16

 

9684

 

Please supply under the Freedom of Information act all letters, emails or any other correspondence (internal or external) between the Environmental Health Officer and:

ARUP

The Environment Agency

Bedford Borough Council

Central Bedfordshire Council Waste and Minerals

PPS Planning Consultants

and Growing Beds Recycling Services 

in respect of noise, dust, odour and bioaerosol emissions in relation to the planning application

This request is only for information post your earlier responses to me on 21st June 2016

 

I refer to your recent enquiry made under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested. The information requested is enclosed below.

 

1.     Copies of letters, emails, notes and other correspondence, between Peter Nash and Dr Michael Bull of ARUP, Bedford BC, Central Bedfordshire Minerals & Waste, PPS Planning, Growing Beds Recycling Services, in respect of issues regarding noise, dust, odour and Bioaerosol emissions in relation to the planning application 14/00815/fulwm. (Post 21/6/16)

 

Please find attached the correspondence we hold as requested.

Please contact 

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the attachment

All other reports are available on the planning portal here

16/11/16

 

9685

 

We are currently seeking to understand the approach of your authority to the integration of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) within the main highway, highway reserve or adjacent pavement.  We would therefore be grateful if you could supply the name and email address of the senior officer responsible for agreeing/approving or adopting SuDS in highways so that we can contact them direct.

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 name and email address of the senior officer responsible for agreeing/approving or adopting SuDS in highways is:

Andrew Prigmore, Highways Asset Manager

Andrew.prigmore@bedford.gov.uk

3/11/16

 

9686

 

 1) For how long has there been a dropped kerb outside and opposite  Linden Road, Bedford?

2) How many penalty charge notices have been given on a Code 27, Parked adjacent to a dropped footway/kerb, on Linden Road, Bedford since 01 April 2010, detailed as a total for each year, with a year starting on on 1 January, thereafter 01 April 2010? (applicable to any dropped kerb on Linden Road, but a PCN not provided for any other violation, such as, for example, parking on double yellow lines, or without payment.)

3) How long has there parking been permissible on the section of Linden Road, Bedford opposite 6 Linden Road, as currently identified by a broken white line in a metered parking area, as identified in the photo 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.

1) For how long has there been a dropped kerb outside and opposite 6 Linden Road, Bedford, MK40 2DA?

    We have gone through our records as far back as 2006 and can find no record of works taking place to drop the kerbs after this date.  Therefore, the dropped kerb has been there since at least   2006 but we are not able to give an exact date.

2) How many penalty charge notices have been given on a Code 27, Parked adjacent to a dropped footway/kerb, on Linden Road, Bedford since 01 April 2010, detailed as a total for each year, with a year starting on 1 January, thereafter 01 April 2010? (applicable to any dropped kerb on Linden Road, but a PCN not provided for any other violation, such as, for example, parking on double yellow lines, or without payment.)

2010 – 0

2011 – 0

2012 – 1

2013 – 2

2014 – 5

2015 – 2

2016 – 6

2017 – 2

3) How long has there parking been permissible on the section of Linden Road, Bedford opposite 6 Linden Road, as currently identified by a broken white line in a metered parking area, as identified    in the photo below.

    The CPZ (Controlled Parking Zone) was introduced at this location November 2000.  The markings were put down in the months leading up to this.

7/11/16

 

9687

 

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

Cawne Close

Land Adjacent to 30 Bedford Road

Wilstead

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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 on the planning - search plans page.

 

Please contact 

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the environmental information

 

26/10/16

 

9688

 

I want to submit a freedom of information request for the following information relating to Fixed Telecommunications and Internet Services:

If there is more than one supplier for each of the contract information I am requesting below please can you split each contract individually and not combined. Please also separate the expiry data and spend and number of lines for each supplier. An example of this can be viewed at the bottom of this request.

Contract 1

1.       Current Fixed Line (Voice Circuits) Provider- Supplier’s name, if there is not information available please can you provide further insight into why?

2.       Fixed Line- Contract Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier please split the renewal dates up into however many suppliers

3.       Fixed Line- Contract Duration- the number of years the contract is for each

4.       Type of Lines- Please can you split the type of lines per each supplier? PTSN, Analogue, SIP

5.       Number of Lines- Please can you split the number of lines per each supplier? SIP trunks, PSN Lines, Analogue Lines

Contract 2

6.       Minutes/Landline Provider- Supplier’s name (NOT Mobiles) if there is not information available please can you provide further insight into why?

7.       Minutes/Landline Contract Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract.

8.       Minutes Landline Monthly Spend- Monthly average spend. An estimate or average is acceptable.

9.       Minute’s Landlines Contract Duration: the number of years the contract is with the supplier.

10.   Number of Extensions- Please state the number of telephone extensions the organisation currently has. An estimate or average is acceptable.

Contract 3

11.   Fixed Broadband Provider- Supplier’s name if there is not information available please can you provide further insight into why?

12.   Fixed Broadband Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier please split the renewal dates up into however many suppliers

13.   Fixed Broadband Annual Average Spend- Annual average spend for each broadband provider. An estimate or average is acceptable.

14.   VOIP/PBX Installation Date of the organisation’s primary telephone system: - please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable).

Contract 4

 15.   WAN Provider- please provide me with the main supplier(s) if there is not information available please can you provide further insight into why?

16.   WAN Contract Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier please split the renewal dates up into however many suppliers

17. Contract Description: Please can you provide me with a brief description of the contract

18. Number of sites: Pleas state the number of sites the WAN covers. Approx. will do.

19.   WAN Annual Average Spend- Annual average spend for each WAN provider. An estimate or average is acceptable.

18.   Internal Contact: please can you send me there full contact details including contact number and email and job title.

If your organisation has a managed services contract which includes all or two out of three of the services stated above please state which of these is included with the contract. It would also be for me to if there are any other service support areas that are included within these contracts.

Managed Service Contract

·         Number of Extensions

·         Type of Lines

·         Number of Lines

·         Minutes Landline Monthly Average Spend

·         Fixed Broadband Average Annual Spend

·         WAN Average Annual Spend

·         Internal Contact: please can you send me there full contact details including contact number and email and job title.

If there is more than one supplier for each contract please can you separate the contract dates and spend for each supplier. Also if no information can be provided for each of the key data types please explain why there is no information.

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

 

Please contact 

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the attached

 

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QUESTIONS:

Q1 - What electronic systems do you use for your public facing information & advise solution in ASC? 

a) Corporate spreadsheet,    b) Electronic marketplace,  c) In-house social care website,   d) Other please state

Q2 - Who is the provider of the Information & Access Electronic Equipment System ? 

a) developed In-house, b) Open objects, c) QuickHeart, d) My care,  e) Other, please state

Q3 - If the electronic Information & advise system is on a software contract, when does that contract expire? 

a) rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q4 - What electronic systems do you use for Case Management in ASC?

a) OLM Care first, b)Servelec Framework, c) AzeusCare,  d) SAP,  e) Agresso, f) Other, please state.

Q5 - If the Electronic Case Management system is on a software contract, when does that contract expire ?

a) rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q6 - What electronic system do Council staff use for organising council managed care services ?

a) Developed in house, b) Liquidlogic protocol, c) Civica Paris, d) Northgate Swift, e) OLM CareFirst,  f) Servelec Framework, g) AzeusCare,  h) SAP

Q7 - If the electronic system for accessing care services is on a software contract, what does when does that contract expire ?

a) rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q8 - What electronic system do you use for ASC Operational Financial Management in ASC ?

a) Developed in house, b) Liquidlogic protocol, c) Civica Paris, d) Northgate Swift, e) OLM CareFirst,  f) Servelec Framework, g) AzeusCare,  h) SAP I) Agresso,  j)OCC Controc, k) You2Choose , l) Quickheart, m) shopf4support,  n) Oracle financials, o) other, please state.

Q9 - If the electronic system ASC Operational Financial Management is on a software contract, when does that contact expire? 

a) rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q10 - For people eligible for Council funded care, does the council pay for services gross or net of a persons assessed financial contribution? If both, then please explain which circumstances are net.  

a) Gross, b) Net, c) Both, please add information, d) Other, please state.

Q11 - What electronic system do you use for Adult social Care Operational finance Management in your authority ? In this context we are referring to any systems where client debts, provider creditors etc. are recorded. 

a) Developed in house, b) Liquidlogic protocol, c) Civica Paris, d) Northgate Swift, e) OLM CareFirst,  f) Servelec Framework, g) AzeusCare,  h) SAP i) Agresso,  j)OCC Controc, k) Oracle financials, o) other, please state.

Q12 - If the Financial Assessment system is on a software contact, when does that contract expire ?

a) rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q13 - Are direct payments made directly into peoples personal accounts? if not, then please give details

 a) Yes, for all services b) Yes, for some services,  c) No

Q14 - If Adult Social Care in your authority uses online service catalogue/eMarketplace of care providers for citizens to research and/or potentially purchase services, how was that solution purchased ?  

a) Regional Investment Board, b) Local Consortia, c) Authority Budget/Spend, d) Other, please describe

Q15 - If your eMarketplace was purchased by a group of councils, please tell us with which other councils?

Q16 - If your authority DOES utilise an eMarketplace for Adult Social Care, what system is it based on ?

a) Developed In-house, b) Shop4Support, c) Quickbuy,  d) Cloudbuy, e) Choose My Care, f) Slivers of Time, g) Book Your Own Breaks, h) Other, please specify

Q17 - If the eMarketplace system is on a software contract, when does the contact expire ?

a) rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q18  - What electronic system do you use for Provider Management (contact management and monitoring) in Adult Social Care ?   

a) Developed in house, b) Liquidlogic protocol, c) Civica Paris, d) Northgate Swift, e) OLM CareFirst,  f) Servelec Framework, g) AzeusCare,  h) SAP i) Agresso,  j) OCC Controc, k) Oracle financials, o) other, please state

Q19 - If the provider management system is on a software contract, when does that contract expire ? 

a)            rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

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

Q1 - What electronic systems do you use for your public facing information & advise solution in ASC? D = In House Website. 

a) Corporate spreadsheet,    b) Electronic marketplace,  c) In-house social care website,   d) Other please

Q2 - Who is the provider of the Information & Access Electronic Equipment System? E = Developed in House 

a) developed In-house, b) Open objects, c) QuickHeart, d) My care,  e) Other, please state

Q3 - If the electronic Information & advise system is on a software contract, when does that contract expire?  N/A

a)     rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q4 - What electronic systems do you use for Case Management in ASC? F = Swift.

a)     OLM Care first, b)Servelec Framework, c) AzeusCare,  d) SAP,  e) Agresso, f) Other, please state.

Q5 - If the Electronic Case Management system is on a software contract, when does that contract expire? Rolling Annual Contract.

a)     rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q6 - What electronic system do Council staff use for organising council managed care services? Northgate Swift.

a)     Developed in house, b) Liquidlogic protocol, c) Civica Paris, d) Northgate Swift, e) OLM CareFirst,  f) Servelec Framework, g) AzeusCare,  h) SAP

Q7 - If the electronic system for accessing care services is on a software contract, what does when does that contract expire? Rolling Annual Contract.

a)     rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q8 - What electronic system do you use for ASC Operational Financial Management in ASC? Northgate Swift and Agresso.

a)     Developed in house, b) Liquidlogic protocol, c) Civica Paris, d) Northgate Swift, e) OLM CareFirst,  f) Servelec Framework, g) AzeusCare,  h) SAP I) Agresso,  j)OCC Controc, k) You2Choose , l) Quickheart, m) shopf4support,  n) Oracle financials, o) other, please state.

Q9 - If the electronic system ASC Operational Financial Management is on a software contract, when does that contact expire? Northgate Swift – Rolling Annual Contract and Agresso – Rolling Annual Contract.   

a)     rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q10 - For people eligible for Council funded care, does the council pay for services gross or net of a persons assessed financial contribution? Gross.  

a)     Gross, b) Net, c) Both, please add information, d) Other, please state.

Q11 - What electronic system do you use for Adult social Care Operational finance Management in your authority? Agresso

a)     Developed in house, b) Liquidlogic protocol, c) Civica Paris, d) Northgate Swift, e) OLM CareFirst,  f) Servelec Framework, g) AzeusCare,  h) SAP i) Agresso,  j)OCC Controc, k) Oracle financials, o) other, please state.

Q12 - If the Financial Assessment system is on a software contact, when does that contract expire? See Question 5.

a)     rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q13 - Are direct payments made directly into peoples personal accounts? Yes

a)     Yes, for all services b) Yes, for some services,  c) No

Q14 - If Adult Social Care in your authority uses online service catalogue/eMarketplace of care providers for citizens to research and/or potentially purchase services, how was that solution purchased? N/A    

a)     Regional Investment Board, b) Local Consortia, c) Authority Budget/Spend, d) Other, please describe

Q15 - If your eMarketplace was purchased by a group of councils, please tell us with which other councils? N/A

Q16 - If your authority DOES utilise an eMarketplace for Adult Social Care, what system is it based on ? N/A

a)     Developed In-house, b) Shop4Support, c) Quickbuy,  d) Cloudbuy, e) Choose My Care, f) Slivers of Time, g) Book Your Own Breaks, h) Other, please specify

Q17 - If the eMarketplace system is on a software contract, when does the contact expire ? N/A

a)     rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

Q18  - What electronic system do you use for Provider Management (contact management and monitoring) in Adult Social Care? O = Developed In House.   

a)     Developed in house, b) Liquidlogic protocol, c) Civica Paris, d) Northgate Swift, e) OLM CareFirst,  f) Servelec Framework, g) AzeusCare,  h) SAP i) Agresso,  j) OCC Controc, k) Oracle financials, o) other, please state

Q19 - If the provider management system is on a software contract, when does that contract expire? N/A.

a)   rolling annual contract, b) 2016, c) 2017, d) 2018, e) 2019, f) 2020, g) 2021, h) post 2021

16/11/16

 

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Please send me information with regards to the following questions:

Does your local authority exempt an individual's War Pension – also referred to as the War Pension Scheme or War Service Pensions – from the means test for any social care received?

If yes – on what basis does the exemption work? Please include any internal or external guidance used in the means testing process?

If no – how many individuals receiving care or support with care have their War Pension taken into account when they receive any means tested care?

Care refers to any residential or non-residential care provided by, or on behalf of, your local authority.

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

Does your local authority exempt an individual's War Pension – also referred to as the War Pension Scheme or War Service Pensions – from the means test for any social care received?

No, We disregard the first £10 of War related pensions as per Annex C of the Care Act Guidance and The Care and Support (charging and assessment of resources regulations) 2014.

If yes – on what basis does the exemption work? Please include any internal or external guidance used in the means testing process? N/A.

If no – how many individuals receiving care or support with care have their War Pension taken into account when they receive any means tested care?

8.

Care refers to any residential or non-residential care provided by, or on behalf of, your local authority.

War Pension refers to the War Pension Scheme awarded for illness, injury, death or disease caused or exacerbated by service in any of the armed forced prior to the 6th of April 2005.

 

16/11/16

 

9691

 

Please could you provide me with the following information from your Section 251 document:

individual breakdown of each school's deficit or surplus figure for the end of the financial year 2015-16 for each secondary school in your local authority

the projected forecast figure for the end of the financial year 2016-17 for each secondary school in your local authority 

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

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

Please find the information below and attached:

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

The data that has been requested is not available from the Local Authority’s Section 251.

The data has been obtained from the Department for Education (DfE) COLLECT Portal following the submission of Bedford Borough Council’s maintained schools Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) returns for the financial year 2015/2016.

The attached table contains the surplus or deficit balance as at financial year end 2015/2016 for each of our maintained secondary schools.

This data is not held for academies or free schools in our local authority.

We are unable to provide you with a projected forecast figure at present for each of our maintained secondary schools for the end of the financial year 2016/2017. This data will become available in December.

15/11/16

 

9692

 

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

Berryfields

Goff Place

Wootton

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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 on the planning - search plans page.

 

Please contact 

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the environmental information

 

26/10/16

 

9693

 

 Please can you provide me with the following:
In the event of an emergency /disaster within the area you cover (eg, plane crash, train crash, civil unrest etc) please can you provide me with any document(s) you may have in relation to how your organisation will respond - for example any emergency planning documentation etc.

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

The information you have requested relates to multi-agency emergency planning and response which is co-ordinated by the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum (BLRF). BLRF is the local body which works in partnership across Bedfordshire to deal with civil

contingency matters. Its membership consists of local councils, police, fire, ambulance, military, health, and voluntary organisations.

Therefore I would recommend that you make this enquiry direct to the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum, which is hosted by Central Bedfordshire Council, using the following link

accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

16/11/16

 

9694

 

 Please can you provide me with the following:

How much money has been paid to exorcists over the past 12 months for properties owned or operated by your organisation.

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

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

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1.       In each of the last three financial years (2013/14) (2014/15) and (2015/16) how many Age Assessments have you carried out on unaccompanied asylum seeking children?

2.       In each of the last three financial years (2013/14) (2014/15) and (2015/16) how many of these assessment concluded with the “child” being deemed to be (i) under 18 and (ii) aged 18 or over.

3.       For each case where the child was deemed to be 18 or over please state (i) the sex of the child, (ii) the age they claimed to be and (iii) the age they were eventually assessed as being.

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. In each of the last three financial years (2013/14) (2014/15) and (2015/16) how many Age Assessments have you carried out on unaccompanied asylum seeking children?

2.   In each of the last three financial years (2013/14) (2014/15) and (2015/16) how many of these assessment concluded with the “child” being deemed to be (i) under 18 and (ii) aged 18 or over.

Answer Q1&2:

We do not hold the figures for the year 2013/14. 

2014/15

13 age assessment

5 were over 18

8 were under 18.

2015/16

11 age assessments

3 were over 18

8 were under 18.

3.  For each case where the child was deemed to be 18 or over please state (i) the sex of the child, (ii) the age they claimed to be and (iii) the age they were eventually assessed as being.

Answer:

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

1.  States that this is exempt information.

2.  Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

Due to low numbers in the cohort we are unable to provide this information, as providing this could make the children/young people identifiable.

16/11/16

 

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Please send me:

Is your Disabled facilities grant service a statutory only service or an enhanced service?

How many DFG’s were completed in 2014, 2015 and estimated completions to end of March 2016

How many members of staff are used to process your DFG’s from assessment of need to Final completion of works? Please include all staff including those in agencies used and admin support. (exclude contractors)

Who assesses the service user eligible for a DFG when it comes to “need” and from which organisation are they from (i.e.  OT   social services)

[Who carries out the following tasks and from which organisation do they belong (i.e Case Worker     HIA / Chief officer    Housing Dept etc)

a)      Completion of application form

b)      Means test where necessary

c)       Scheduling of work

d)      Decision as to whether DFG is technically and economically viable

[Who approves the DFG in accordance with the Housing act and from which organisation do they belong (i.e who approves the spend per property)

[How are the contractors chosen for DFG works (i.e framework contracts, client nominated,  etc)

[Who approves payments under the DFG to contractors and from which organisation do they belong.

[Has a review of the DFG service been carried out in the last 3 years OR is a review proposed within the next 2 years. (please identify either if apply)

[If a review HAS taken place in the last 3 years can you please answer requests 1,3,4 &5 again here showing the answers prior to the review.

[Have you ever considered a) paying out on a DFG to the applicant before start of works, OR b) having a single tier system where assessment of need and approval of grant are carried out by the same department/section of an organisation? If not, why not?

[How are the staff involved in DFG’s paid (i.e. LA revenue, Better care fund capital, other capital?)

[From your Better Care Funding how much as a percentage is planned to be spent on DFG’s only, in 2016 (excluding any staffing costs if applicable)

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

1.     Is your Disabled Facilities Grant service a statutory only service or an enhanced service?

Bedford Borough Council delivers Disabled Facility Grants in accordance with statutory requirements of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

2.     How many DFG’s were completed in 2014, 2015 and estimated completions to end of March 2016

The following response is calculated as financial years;

-       Number of DFG’s completed in 2014 (1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015) - 174

- Number of DFG’s completed in 2015 (1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016) - 118 (this figure includes up to March 2016 as requested)

3.     How many members of staff are used to process your DFG’s from assessment of need to Final completion of works? Please include all staff including those in agencies used and admin support. (exclude contractors)

The initial assessment of need is undertaken by the Occupational Therapy Team who then issue the referral to the Home Improvement Team.  The OT Team has 5.29 FTE Occupational Therapists (Adults & Children) and 3 FTE OT Assistants.  There are 5 members of the Home Improvement Team who facilitate the Disabled Facility Grant.

4.     Who assesses the service user eligible for a DFG when it comes to “need” and from which organisation are they from (i.e.  OT   social services)

The Occupational Therapy Department carry out the assessment of the applicant’s needs and sit within Bedford Borough Council’s Adult Services.  The assessment is completed in line with the Care Act 2014.

5.     Who carries out the following tasks and from which organisation do they belong (i.e Case Worker     HIA / Chief officer    Housing Dept etc)

a)     Completion of application form - Any of the five members of the Home Improvement Team – Home Improvement Officers or Home Improvement Support Officer, Bedford Borough Council

b)     Means test where necessary - Any of the five members of the Home Improvement Team – Home Improvement Officers or Home Improvement Support Officer, Bedford Borough Council

c)     Scheduling of work - four of the Home Improvement Team, Home Improvement Officers, Bedford Borough Council

d)     Decision as to whether DFG is technically and economically viable - Any of the four members of the Home Improvement Team, Home Improvement Officers, Bedford Borough Council

6.     Who approves the DFG in accordance with the Housing act and from which organisation do they belong (i.e who approves the spend per property)

The Disabled Facility Grant approval is signed by the Team Leader of the Home Improvement team, who checks to ensure all the information is correct and that it is a valid application in accordance with the legislation. The Home Improvement Team is part of Bedford Borough Council.

7.     How are the contractors chosen for DFG works (i.e framework contracts, client nominated,  etc)

The Council has a select list of preferred Contractors who have been through a pre-qualification process to assess suitability for this specialist area of work. The Council follows a tender procedure (in accordance with the council’s financial regulations) where the contractors are fairly rotated to provide quotations for DFG works. In accordance with the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, the applicants also have the option to select their own Contractors, though this must still follow the Council’s financial regulations to ensure fairness and transparency.

8.     Who approves payments under the DFG to contractors and from which organisation do they belong.

The approval of payments submitted by DFG Contractors is in accordance with the Councils approval process depending on value, which dictates the level of authorisation required and is made by the relevant Council Managers. Most approvals are verified by the Home Improvement Team Leader up to a value of £5000.

9.     Has a review of the DFG service been carried out in the last 3 years OR is a review proposed within the next 2 years. (please identify either if apply)

There has been a review of the service within the last 3 years.

10.  If a review HAS taken place in the last 3 years can you please answer requests 1,3,4 & 5 again here showing the answers prior to the review.

The answers remain the same for questions 1,3,4 and 5 prior to the review of the DFG service.

11.  Have you ever considered a) paying out on a DFG to the applicant before start of works, OR b) having a single tier system where assessment of need and approval of grant are carried out by the same department/section of an organisation? If not, why not?

a)     The Home Improvement Team follows the DFG legislation, Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 very closely and there are clear guidelines of administering grant payments.  Monies can be paid to an applicant (as long as the grant has been approved and is a valid application) before works have commenced following the submission of a valid invoice, this can be for, architects, materials delivered to site, asbestos surveys, structural surveys etc.

b)     The Home Improvement Team & the Occupational Therapy Team are not within the same department and therefore do not operate a single tier system. Currently there are no plans to merge the teams together.

12.  How are the staff involved in DFG’s paid (i.e. LA revenue, Better care fund capital, other capital?)

In 2016/17 staff costs are funded through the Council’s General Fund Revenue Budget.

13.  From your Better Care Funding how much as a percentage is planned to be spent on DFG’s only, in 2016 (excluding any staffing costs if applicable)

12%

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9697

 

1. How many Penalty Notices/fines did your council issue for unauthorised absence from school in the 2015/2016 school year?

2. How many of those  Penalty Notices (Q1) were later withdrawn; either because they were issued wrongly, or because a parent made successful representation that the absence should have been authorised?

3. How many Penalty Notices/fines did your council issue for unauthorised absence from school in the 2014/2015 school year?

4. How many of those  Penalty Notices (Q3) were later withdrawn; either because they were issued wrongly, or because a parent made successful representation that the absence should have been authorised. 

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

1.     How many Penalty Notices/fines did your council issue for unauthorised absence from school in the 2015/2016 school year?

Answer: 783

2.     How many of those  Penalty Notices (Q1) were later withdrawn; either because they were issued wrongly, or because a parent made successful representation that the absence should have been authorised?

Answer: 140

3.     How many Penalty Notices/fines did your council issue for unauthorised absence from school in the 2014/2015 school year?

Answer: 684

4.     How many of those  Penalty Notices (Q3) were later withdrawn; either because they were issued wrongly, or because a parent made successful representation that the absence should have been authorised.

Answer: 106

14/11/16

 

9698

 

I recently requested information on the beneath at the subject site in Wootton. I understand that there is significant landfilling in the vicinity of the site and in addition to my original e-mail, can you please inform me of:

·         Types of waste and volume deposited at areas of landfilling within 500m of the site

·         Whether the Peterborough Member bedrock geology was excavated entirely prior to landfilling / how much of this strata was left prior to landfilling

·         Any protection measures put in place at the landfills to protect groundwater and gas generation

·         Permits available / planning applications associated with the landfilling within 500m of the site

Thank you for your request for information on Wootton, which we received on 24th October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1. Types of waste and volume deposited at areas of landfilling within 500m of the site

We hold only limited information on landfill sites. Please refer to the Environment Agency’s website (for location of landfills and aquifer designations. 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).

2.     Whether the Peterborough Member bedrock geology was excavated entirely prior to landfilling / how much of this strata was left prior to landfilling

Please refer to response to Question 1, above.

3.  Any protection measures put in place at the landfills to protect groundwater and gas generation

Please refer to response to Question 1, above.

4.     Permits available / planning applications associated with the landfilling within 500m of the site

Please consult with the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

1/11/16

 

9699

 

Can you please send a full and up to date list of businesses and charities who have become newly liable for business rated between the 6th Oct 2016 to the 24th Oct 2016.  Please include the business name, address, date they became liable, property type and rateable value pls.

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

21/11/16

 

9700

 

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

New Cardington

Radcliffe Mews

Shortstown

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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 on the planning - search plans page.

 

Please contact 

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the environmental information

 

26/10/16

 

9701

 

 Better Care Fund

This section of my request concerns performance against targets under the Better Care Fund (and related programmes) during 2015/16, as monitored across the council area by the council's Health and Wellbeing Board.

I am requesting information concerning all Better Care Fund performance metrics, including:

  • Non-elective admissions (general and/or acute)
  • Admissions to residential and care homes
  • Effectiveness of reablement
  • Delayed transfers of care
  • Patient / service user experience
  • Locally-proposed metrics
  • Any other Better Care Fund metrics operating during 2015/16

Please provide

1. The full-year performance under each metric for 2014/15

2. The precise statistical full-year targets for each metric (if applicable; otherwise the quarterly targets) during 2015/16

3. The full-year statistical performance for each metric during 2015/16

4. Please state whether or not each full-year target was met, using the following A/B/C/D categories:

A.      = target met

B.      = target missed but improved performance compared to 2014/15

C.      = target missed, equal performance to 2014/15

D.      = target missed, worse performance than 2014/15

5. Please state how much – if any – Better Care Funding money the council missed out on receiving as a result of missed BCF targets in 2015/16.

Care leaver accommodation

6. The percentage of care leavers in suitable accommodation in 2014/15 (annual performance)

7. The percentage of care leavers in suitable accommodation in 2015/16 (annual performance)

8. The number of care leavers in suitable accommodation in 2014/15 (annual performance)

9. The number of care leavers not in suitable accommodation in 2014/15 (annual performance)

10. The number of care leavers in suitable accommodation in 2015/16 (annual performance)

11. The number of care leavers not in suitable accommodation in 2015/16 (annual performance)

12. (a) Whether the council placed care leavers in bed and breakfast accommodation in 2015/16, and (b) the number of care leavers who were placed in this way

13. (a) Whether the council placed care leavers in bed and breakfast accommodation for more than two days (in one stretch) in 2015/16, and (b) the number of care leavers who were placed in this way for more than two days

14. (a) Whether the council placed care leavers in bed and breakfast accommodation for at least a month (in one stretch) in 2015/16, and (b) the number of care leavers who were placed in this way for at least a month

15. The percentage of care leavers not in suitable accommodation in Q1 2016/17

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

1. The full-year performance under each metric for 2014/15

2. The precise statistical full-year targets for each metric (if applicable; otherwise the quarterly targets) during 2015/16

3. The full-year statistical performance for each metric during 2015/16

4. Please state whether or not each full-year target was met, using the following A/B/C/D categories:

A.      = target met

B.      = target missed but improved performance compared to 2014/15

C.      = target missed, equal performance to 2014/15

D.      = target missed, worse performance than 2014/15

Answer Q1-4: Please see PDF document attached.

5. Please state how much – if any – Better Care Funding money the council missed out on receiving as a result of missed BCF targets in 2015/16.

Answer: £108,643

Care leaver accommodation

6. The percentage of care leavers in suitable accommodation in 2014/15 (annual performance)

Answer: 62.1%

7. The percentage of care leavers in suitable accommodation in 2015/16 (annual performance)

Answer: 81.8%

8. The number of care leavers in suitable accommodation in 2014/15 (annual performance)

Answer: 54

9. The number of care leavers not in suitable accommodation in 2014/15 (annual performance)

Answer: 33 (please note those that are not in touch with the local authority are defaulted to not in suitable accommodation)

10. The number of care leavers in suitable accommodation in 2015/16 (annual performance)

Answer: 112

11. The number of care leavers not in suitable accommodation in 2015/16 (annual performance)

Answer: 25 (please note those that are not in touch with the local authority are defaulted to not in suitable accommodation)

12. (a) Whether the council placed care leavers in bed and breakfast accommodation in 2015/16, and (b) the number of care leavers who were placed in this way

13. (a) Whether the council placed care leavers in bed and breakfast accommodation for more than two days (in one stretch) in 2015/16, and (b) the number of care leavers who were placed in this way for more than two days

14. (a) Whether the council placed care leavers in bed and breakfast accommodation for at least a month (in one stretch) in 2015/16, and (b) the number of care leavers who were placed in this way for at least a month

Answer 12, 13 & 14 : We do not centrally hold/record this information.  This information would be recorded on each young person’s individual file.   In order for us to obtain this information would require us to manually check each care leavers file individually, which would be very time consuming.  The numbers, if any, would be very low (less than 5) and therefore would be suppressed due to the possibility of a young person being identifiable. 

15. The percentage of care leavers not in suitable accommodation in Q1 2016/17

Answer: 11.8% (thus 88.2% are in suitable accommodation)

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

16/11/16

 

9702

 

 I request a copy of the quarterly public records from the latest quarter for the following information about Bedfordshire Pension Fund:

Names and vintages of all private equity partnerships or funds in the pension scheme's portfolio

Percentage of the pension fund currently invested in private equity, and the target percentage allocation for the past three years.

Current information on amount committed to each partnership and amount drawn by the partnerships

Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each individual partnership for the most recent date available. Please include data for net and gross IRRs, if available. Please also include other performance metrics used by your pension fund.

Please name any private equity co-investments you have made, and the manager responsible

Please disclose any direct private equity investments you have made

Investment multiple for each partnership

Names of all private equity partnerships or funds partially and fully sold by the pension scheme, including date of sale

Names of advisors mandated by the pension fund to advise on allocations to private equity

Names and Contact details of the individual responsible for the pension funds allocation to private equity.

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.    Names and vintages of all private equity partnerships or funds in the pension scheme's portfolio.

There is one Private Equity fund from the 1990’s: Phildrew Ventures 4th  Fund

2.    Percentage of the pension fund currently invested in private equity, and the target percentage allocation for the past three years.

0.0% for the past 3 years

3.    Current information on amount committed to each partnership and amount drawn by the partnerships.

The amount committed and contributed was £820,000.

4.    Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each individual partnership for the most recent date available. Please include data for net and gross IRRs, if available. Please also include other performance metrics used by your pension fund.

No IRR available

5.    Please name any private equity co-investments you have made, and the manager responsible.

No co-investments made

6.    Please disclose any direct private equity investments you have made.

No direct private equity investments made

7.    Investment multiple for each partnership.

Not applicable

8.    Names of all private equity partnerships or funds partially and fully sold by the pension scheme, including date of sale.

No information available

9.    Names of advisors mandated by the pension fund to advise on allocations to private equity.

Current adviser is Hymans Robertson

10.  Names and Contact details of the individual responsible for the pension funds allocation to private equity.

There is no one person responsible for such an allocation

26/10/16

 

9703

 

Does your local authority have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the National Trading Standards Scams Team?

When was the SLA signed?

How many names of potential victims have been referred to your Trading Standards department by the Scams Team, in accordance with the SLA?

How many of these supplied names have been visited by your Trading Standards officers?

How many of these supplied names were ‘priority visits’ and out of these, how many have been visited?  

Are you able to put a figure to the value of money saved/detriment avoided, as a result of this work?

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. 

Does your local authority have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the National Trading Standards Scams Team? – No

When was the SLA signed? – N/A

How many names of potential victims have been referred to your Trading Standards department by the Scams Team, in accordance with the SLA? – N/A

How many of these supplied names have been visited by your Trading Standards officers? N/A

How many of these supplied names were ‘priority visits’ and out of these, how many have been visited? N/A

Are you able to put a figure to the value of money saved/detriment avoided, as a result of this work? N/A

21/11/16

 

9704

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act please could you provide me with information about the number of days (equivalent) schools under the control of the local authority hired supply staff to teach and the cost of this for the school years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16

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

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

Please find the information below and attached:

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

 

The data has been obtained from the Department for Education (DfE) COLLECT Portal following the submission of Bedford Borough Council’s maintained schools Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) returns for each of the financial years 2010/2011 to 2015/2016 inclusive.

 

We do not hold data for academies or free schools.

 

The data supplied is the total spend for CFR codes E02 (Supply Teaching Staff) and E26 (Agency Supply Teaching Staff). This has been presented in an excel spreadsheet and contains data at individual school level for nursery, primary, secondary and special schools maintained by the local authority.  

 

15/11/16

 

9705

 

Please send me:

Information request – 1. How much money is generated by Beds Borough Council and/or Phoneand Pay’ during the extra text back confirmation process exercised in Bedford presently? 

Information request – 2. How many phone calls are monitored and details retained by 'PhoneandPay' and Beds Borough regarding the current parking process adopted by Beds Borough Council?

Information request – 3. What is the information policy and security procedures regarding this data and how many breaches/ leaks of this data have occurred over the past 5 years?

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

– 1. How much money is generated by Beds Borough Council and/or Phone and Pay’ during the extra text back confirmation process exercised in Bedford presently?  £7,014 in 2015/16 income for Phone and Pay not Beds Borough Council.

 2. How many phone calls are monitored and details retained by 'Phone and Pay' and Beds Borough regarding the current parking process adopted by Beds Borough Council?  No details retained by Bedford Borough Council.  Phone and Pay monitor their calls but cannot give any further commercially sensitive information.

 3. What is the information policy and security procedures regarding this data and how many breaches/ leaks of this data have occurred over the past 5 years?

  Phone and Pay retains information as required by law. They are registered with the Information Commissioner's Office for data protection. They have not had any material breaches over the                   past 5 years.

17/11/16

 

9706

 

Could you please tell me what was the final total cost of each of the last three schemes that have been implemented by your authority for light controlled pedestrian crossings (Puffin, Pelican or Toucan). Could you please include design and supervision costs etc so that the cost is a total cost.

Could you also please give me a reference to a Committee Report (or any other document) that I can access on the Council’s website so that I can see what type of scheme was implemented.   Alternatively a brief description would suffice eg pelican crossing across 2 lane single carriageway road or toucan across a 4 lane dual carriageway.

Thank you for your request for information about light controlled pedestrian crossings which we received on 25 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

The last 3 schemes for light controlled pedestrian crossings were installed and funded by Developers under S278 Agreements, therefore we do not have full details of costs.

Pre 2016, Amey LG were contracted to deliver all Highways schemes on behalf of the Council. Each crossing is costed on an individual basis, taking into account various issues within the surrounding area and therefore there is not one fixed price for this type of scheme.

 21/11/16

 

9707

 

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

Berryfields

 Goff Place

Wootton

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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 on the planning - search plans page.

 

Please contact 

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the environmental information

 

26/10/16

 

9708

 

Please find below our Freedom of Information request in relation to information on HMO properties and temporary accommodation.

Please can you provide the following information for your area:

1)      In the past 12 months, the total number of families placed in temporary accommodation by the Local Authority

2)      In the past 12 months, the total number of children placed in temporary accommodation by the Local Authority

3)      On average, how long do families reside in temporary accommodation?

4)      In the past 12 months, the total number of families residing in HMO properties

5)      In the past 12 months, the total number of children residing in HMO properties

6)      The total number of HMO properties

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

1)  In the past 12 months, the total number of families placed in temporary accommodation by the Local Authority - There has been a total of 125 families placed in temporary accommodation from 1st October 2015 to 30th September 2016

2)  In the past 12 months, the total number of children placed in temporary accommodation by the Local Authority - We are unable to break down the total number of children placed

3)  On average, how long do families reside in temporary accommodation? - We estimate the average length of time families reside in temporary accommodation is 4 months

4)  In the past 12 months, the total number of families residing in HMO properties - Do not hold information

5)  In the past 12 months, the total number of children residing in HMO properties - Do not hold information

6)  The total number of HMO properties - The total number of known HMOs is 988 (as of end September 2016)

 14/11/16

 

9709

 

Has your council set up a housing company?

If so, please can you tell me the tenure mix of your development pipeline i.e. homes for private rent, outright sale, affordable rent or social rent?

How many homes of each tenure over how many years?

Please tell me what will happen to any profit generated by the  housing company? Will it go back into the general fund or into affordable/social housing?

How much income has the housing company generated so far?

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

 

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

Has your council set up a housing company?

If so, please can you tell me the tenure mix of your development pipeline i.e. homes for private rent, outright sale, affordable rent or social rent?

How many homes of each tenure over how many years?

Please tell me what will happen to any profit generated by the housing company? Will it go back into the general fund or into affordable/social housing?

How much income has the housing company generated so far?

 

The Council has resolved to set up a company but none of the information as yet has been agreed.

28/10/16

 

9710

 

Please supply information about me in relation to  X.

  • Personnel file
  • No of searches carried out
  • No of complaints
  • No of complaints upheld
  • no of searches carried out by the council

 

Thank you for your letter of 24 October 2016 headed Subject Access Request.

In this letter you have asked the Council to supply information about yourself relating to  X.  The Data Protection Act allows for a person to request copies of personal data held about themselves but does not allow for the disclosure of personal data relating to another person.

Therefore, I am unable to accept your request for personal data relating to X However, I have accepted your letter as a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Further to your request for information dated 24 October 2016 received at the council on 25 October 2016, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested information as per the attached scanned letter.

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

1.         States that personal data  is exempt information.

2.         Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section S40 (2)(a)  of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below:

Personal Information (where the applicant is the subject of the information.  The applicant already has the right of ‘subject access’ under the Data Protection Act 1998; where the information concerns a third party and disclosure would breach Principle One of the Data Protection Principles – Personal information must be fairly and lawfully processed)

Therefore:

Bullet points 1-5 – exempt as personal data as above

Bullet point 6 – I have presumed that your question relates to searches of properties carried out in connection with suspected Council Tax Benefit/Support.  The Council does not have any powers to carry out searches in connection with suspected Council Tax Benefit/Support and has not conducted any searches during the period referred to in your letter.

The Council may, on occasion, assist the Police with searching a property where the Police have determined that a search is appropriate.  In order to determine the number of occasions on which the Council has assisted the Police it would be necessary to manually review each investigation file.  It would take it in excess of 18 hours to review the investigation files. 

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.” If the period of time was reduced where information was requested then it is likely some research could be carried out.

This response was appealed by the requester.  The resilt of  the Internal Appeal process concluded that the original response provided by the council was correct.   

26/10/16

 

9711

 

I would be grateful if you could provide me with a breakdown of council spending that has been funded using this SEND reform implementation grant.

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

Please contact 

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the information

23/11/16

 

9712

 

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

Albany Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

9/11/16

 

9713

 

Please could you provide a list of Private Hire Operators licenses issued by yourself. If I could request the below information for each.

name 

address 

licence number 

number of drivers registered to each operator 

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 attached   

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

 18/11/16

 

9714

 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/7/2016 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/7/2016, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.

This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.

Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party.

If this information is now provided on your website, please send the hyperlink.

Please include as much of the following information as you are able to:

1.  the deceased's full names

2.   the date they died

3.    the approximate value of their estate

4.   their date and place of birth or age at death

5.  whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed

6.    the maiden surnames of married females or widows

7.   their  address at death

8.    the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned.

9.    If a referral to a 3rd party or body  has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too.

10.  If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still  undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the case as above.

Further to your request for information dated 30 September 2016, 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 for Public Health Funerals

 

21/11/16

 

9715

 

I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act from the Council. I would like to know:

i.   The number of applications received from October 2015 to October 2016 for a hackney carriage license.

ii.  The number of applications received from October 2015 to October 2016 for a private hire license.

iii.  The number of new hackney carriage licenses issued from October 2015 to October 2016.

iv.  The number of new private hire licenses issued from October 2015 to October 2016.

v.   The number of enhanced criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) carried out on hackney carriage license applicants from October 2015 to October 2016.

vi.   The number of enhanced criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) carried out on private hire license applicants from October 2015 to October 2016.

vii.   The number of hackney carriage license applicants from October 2015 to October 2016 refused a license after enhanced criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

viii. The number of private hire license applicants from October 2015 to October 2016 refused a license after enhanced criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

ix.    The number of hackney carriage licenses revoked due to a criminal conviction from October 2015 to October 2016

x.    The number of private hire licenses revoked due to a criminal conviction from October 2015 to October 2016

xi.   The number of public complaints received regarding private hire and hackney carriage licensees from October 2015 to October 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.

i. The number of applications received from October 2015 to October 2016 for a hackney carriage license.  40 Hackney Carriage Driver Licences

ii.  The number of applications received from October 2015 to October 2016 for a private hire license. 521 Private Hire Driver Licences

iii. The number of new hackney carriage licenses issued from October 2015 to October 2016.4 Hackney Carriage Driver Licences

iv.   The number of new private hire licenses issued from October 2015 to October 2016. 46 Private Hire Driver Licences

v.    The number of enhanced criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) carried out on hackney carriage license applicants from October 2015 to October 2016. 23

vi.    The number of enhanced criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) carried out on private hire license applicants from October 2015 to October 2016.  285

vii.   The number of hackney carriage license applicants from October 2015 to October 2016 refused a license after enhanced criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

3

viii.   The number of private hire license applicants from October 2015 to October 2016 refused a license after enhanced criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

9

ix.The number of hackney carriage licenses revoked due to a criminal conviction from October 2015 to October 2016 

0

x.   The number of private hire licenses revoked due to a criminal conviction from October 2015 to October 2016 0

 

18/11/16

 

9716

 

1. For each year since 2010:

(a) A list of school playing field sites that the local authority has applied to the DfE to dispose of.

(b) The size and estimated value of each of these sites.

2. For each playing field site that has been sold since 2010:

(a) The school, the date the site was sold, its size, and the amount it was sold for.

(b) Where available, the number of houses/flats earmarked for the site and/or any other designated use for the sold site.

3. Based on the most recently available figures,

(a) A list of all school sites (not just playing fields) within the local authority, deemed to be surplus, or suitable for disposal.

(b) The size and estimated value of each of these sites.

Thank you for your request for information about playing field which we received on 27/10/16.Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I enclose a copy of the information you requested:

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

 

21/11/16

 

9717

 

 What is the total number of people the council currently employs to work as street cleaners? 

I would like this figure to include, if possible both the number directly employed by the council and any who might be employed via a contractor.

I would also like the same figure as it stood at the end of the following financial years:

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

2011-12

2010-11

2009-10

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

Please note, the figures below only include the number of employees that are directly employed by the Council.

 

1.     44.73

2.     42.3

3.     45.3

4.     46.69

5.     47.73

6.     48.73

7.     48.73

24/11/16

 

9718

 

1.       How many Statements of SEN did your LEA manage in the year  September 2013 – September 2014 (last full year of statements)?

2.       How many complaints did you receive regarding SEN statements during the year 2013 – 2014?

3.       Of these, how many of those complaints were for:

a)      Refusal to assess

b)      Refusal to issue statement

c)       Complaint about provision in statement

d)      Complaint about implementation of provision

4.       How many statements of SEN & EHC plans did your LEA manage in September 2015-2016

b) How many of these were EHC plans?

5.       How many complaints did you receive regarding EHC plans & SEN statements during the year 2015-2016?

b) How many of these related to EHC plans?

6.       Of all complaints received, how many complaints were for:

a)      Refusal to assess for EHC plan

b)      Refusal to issue EHC plan

c)       Delay in transfer to EHC plan

d)      Complaint about provision (statement or EHC)

e)      Complaint about implementation of provision (statement or EHC)

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. How many Statements of SEN did your LEA manage in the year  September 2013 – September 2014 (last full year of statements)?

Answer: 695 (SEN 2 return Jan 14)

  1. How many complaints did you receive regarding SEN statements during the year 2013 – 2014?

Answer: SEN Tribunal Appeals lodged 01.09.13 to 31.08.14 - 2

  1. Of these, how many of those complaints were for:

a)    Refusal to assess – Answer: 0

b)    Refusal to issue statement – Answer: 0

c)     Complaint about provision in statement – Answer: 2 – both appeals about Part 4 – school named

d)    Complaint about implementation of provision – Answer: 0

  1. How many statements of SEN & EHC plans did your LEA manage in September 2015-2016

Answer: 872 (data from SEN 2 return Jan16)

b) How many of these were EHC plans?

Answer: 520

  1. How many complaints did you receive regarding EHC plans & SEN statements during the year 2015-2016?

Answer: SENDIST Tribunal Appeals lodged 01.09.15 to 31.08.16 - 6

b) How many of these related to EHC plans?

Answer: 6

  1. Of all complaints received, how many complaints were for:

a)    Refusal to assess for EHC plan

Answer: 0

b)    Refusal to issue EHC plan

Answer: 0

c)     Delay in transfer to EHC plan

Answer: 0

d)    Complaint about provision (statement or EHC)

Answer: 6

e)    Complaint about implementation of provision (statement or EHC)

Answer: 0

21/11/16

 

9719

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your local authority:

(1)   The Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 advise that waste produced by a charity shop selling donated goods which have originated from domestic property (e.g. from private donors) should be counted as household waste, not commercial.  With this in mind:

(a)   do you accept this kind of waste in the event that a local charity shop were to bring it to one of your council’s sites?

(b)   do you levy a charge to dispose of such items of domestic waste in the event that a local charity shop were to bring them to one of your civic amenities sites?

(2)   If your answer to (1 b) is yes, please provide details of your charging scheme, including any different rates of charges for different categories of waste (for example WEEE items) and any plans to change your charging policies in the future.

(3)   Do you host any charity shops at your civic amenities sites, and if so how many?

(4)   How many charity shops are you aware of operating within your local authority area?

(5)   Under the system of business rates relief in England and Wales, local authorities have discretionary powers to grant additional rate relief of up to 20 per cent to charity shops within their area.  To how many of the above charity shops do you:

(a)   grant the full 20 per cent rate relief discount,

(b)   grant some discretionary rate relief to, but not the full 20 per cent,

(c)   not grant any additional discretionary rate relief?

(6)   Under what criteria would you grant additional discretionary rate relief to charity shops in your area, and do you have any plans to reform these policies in the future?

(7)   How many textile recycling banks does you directly manage within your local authority area and what is the average annual income generated by these banks?

(8)   How much would your local authority charge a charity for a licence to operate a textile recycling bank in your area?

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

(1)   The Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 advise that waste produced by a charity shop selling donated goods which have originated from domestic property (e.g. from private donors) should be counted as household waste, not commercial.  With this in mind:

(a)   do you accept this kind of waste in the event that a local charity shop were to bring it to one of your council’s sites? Yes

(b)   do you levy a charge to dispose of such items of domestic waste in the event that a local charity shop were to bring them to one of your civic amenities sites? No, although charities may need to apply for a free permit to tip in the same way domestic households do.

(2)   If your answer to (1 b) is yes, please provide details of your charging scheme, including any different rates of charges for different categories of waste (for example WEEE items) and any plans to change your charging policies in the future. Not applicable.

(3)   Do you host any charity shops at your civic amenities sites, and if so how many? Yes, 3.

(4)   How many charity shops are you aware of operating within your local authority area? The Council does not keep a record of the number of charity shops within its area.

(5)   Under the system of business rates relief in England and Wales, local authorities have discretionary powers to grant additional rate relief of up to 20 per cent to charity shops within their area.  To how many of the above charity shops do you:

(a)   grant the full 20 per cent rate relief discount,

(b)   grant some discretionary rate relief to, but not the full 20 per cent,

(c)   not grant any additional discretionary rate relief?

The Council’s current policy is that it will not normally award discretionary rate relief in respect of a charity shop.  However, all applications are considered on their individual merit and relief may be awarded in appropriate circumstances. 

There are no current awards to charity shops.

(6)   Under what criteria would you grant additional discretionary rate relief to charity shops in your area, and do you have any plans to reform these policies in the future?

The Council has a discretionary rate relief policy which is available at www.bedford.gov.uk/businessrates.

The Council is currently reviewing its discretionary rate relief policy and will shortly be consulting on this policy

(7)   How many textile recycling banks does you directly manage within your local authority area and what is the average annual income generated by these banks? 5 banks are owned and operated by Bedford Borough Council.  The banks were only installed in May 2016 so we do not have an average annual income yet. Income earned to date is: £1508.80.

(8)   How much would your local authority charge a charity for a licence to operate a textile recycling bank in your area? No charge at present.

24/11/16

 

9720

 

 

. How many households have been in arrears for a) Rent and b) Council Tax in your area in each of the last four calendar years, including the 10 months to October 2016 (or the nearest set of figures available)?

2  How many times has the council engaged bailiffs a) in response to a household falling into arrears on their a) rent b) Council Tax or c) any other circumstances in which a household owes money to the council in each of the last four calendar years, including the 10 months to October 2016 (or the nearest set of figures available)?

3. How much money has the Council spent on bailiff services in in each of the last four calendar years, including the 10 months to October 2016 (or the nearest set of figures 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 which is listed below:

1.  How many households have been in arrears for a) Rent and b) Council Tax in your area in each of the last four calendar years, including the 10 months to October 2016 (or the nearest set of figures available)?

a)  Not applicable as the Council does not have any housing stock.

b) In the following financial years the number of Council Tax  Reminder Notices issued were as follows:

April 2013 – March 2014                24,780     

April 2014 – March 2015                23,485

April 2015 – March 2016                20,994

April 2016 – October 2016             16,280

2.  How many times has the council engaged bailiffs a) in response to a household falling into arrears on their a) rent b) Council Tax or c) any other circumstances in which a household owes money to the council in each of the last four calendar years, including the 10 months to October 2016 (or the nearest set of figures available)?

 a)    Not applicable as the Council does not have any housing stock.

b)    In the following financial years the number of Council Tax accounts allocated to Enforcement Agents (previously referred to as bailiffs) were as follows:

April 2013 – March 2014                3,993     

April 2014 – March 2015                4,041

April 2015 – March 2016                3,088

April 2016 – October 2016             2,144

c)    In the following financial years the number of Parking Services debts that were allocated to Enforcement Agents were as follows:

April 2013 – March 2014                2,595     

April 2014 – March 2015                4,650

April 2015 – March 2016                3,645

April 2016 – October 2016             1,906

3.    How much money has the Council spent on bailiff services in in each of the last four calendar years, including the 10 months to October 2016 (or the nearest set of figures available)?

The net expenditure is nil.  (Since 6 April 2014 enforcement agents are entitled to charge statutory fees and no charge is made to the Council.)

22/11/16

 

9721

 

 1. Do you purchase mental health residential care with and without nursing services on a block contract or as a spot purchase? Please tick appropriate box.
☐ Block contract (if yes, please see questions 2)
☐ Spot purchase (if yes please see question 3)
2. If services are bought on a block contract, please provide the number of bed days commissioned and £ spent on purchasing mental health residential care with and without nursing services for following years financial years (FY), defined as April- March.
3. 
a. If services are spot purchased on a sport contract, please provide the day rates, in £, of the latest 20 service users you have placed in a mental health residential care with and without nursing service; further, if available, please state if the SU was placed in residential care with or without nursing, and if the provider in which the service was place an independent (private or charity) or NHS provider.

b. If any of the service users from 3a have received any further payments (in the forms of top-ups/ additional observations/ specialing) please indicate the latest available weekly cost; please use the service user number from 3.a as a reference/index. Indicate if when a service user did not get further payments with “n.a”.
4. Do you purchase learning disability residential care with and without nursing services on a block contract or as a spot purchase? Please tick appropriate box.
☐ Block contract (if yes, please see questions 5)
☐ Spot purchase (if yes please see question 6)
5. If services are bought on a block contract, please provide the number of bed days commissioned and £ spent on learning disability residential care with and without nursing services for following years financial years (FY), defined as April- March.
6. 
a. If services are spot purchased on a sport contract, please provide the day rates, in £, of the latest 20 service users you have placed in a learning disability residential care with and without nursing service; further, if available, please state if the SU was placed in residential care with or without nursing, and if the provider in which the service was place an independent (private or charity) or NHS provider
b. If any of the service users from 6a have received any further payments (in the forms of top-ups/ additional observations/ specialing) please indicate the latest available weekly cost; please use the service user number from 6a as a reference/index. Indicate if a service user did not get further payments with “n.a”.

 

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

 

Please see attached.

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

 

23/11/16

 

9722

 

I would be grateful if you would supply a list of addresses for current HMO licensed properties in the Bedford area including the name(s) and correspondence address (es) for the license holders. 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council on licensed Houses in Multiple Occupationa within Bedford Borough. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can confirm that Regulatory Services does hold the information you requested which is included .

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

22/11/16

 

9723

 

 

I would please like to know:

1.      Total amounts spent on consultants by your authority for the last 5 financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

2.      For each year I would also like to know the highest hourly fee paid to a consultant and for how many hours they worked.

3.      For each year I would like the top supplier for consultancy services and the value.

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

Question 1: Total amounts spent on consultants by your authority for the last 5 financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.
Amount (£)
2011/2012    
859,000          

2012/2013
767,000

2013/2014
1,169,000

2014/2015
1,090,000

2015/2016
1,201,000

Question 2: For each year I would also like to know the highest hourly fee paid to a consultant and for how many hours they worked.


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 to respond to Question 2 as we would have to look at over approximately 1,500 invoices for one year in order to find the hourly rates, and this would take longer than the 18 hours limit.
Question 3: For each year I would like the top supplier for consultancy services and the value.
2011/2012    
Amtec - £111,000
2012/2013
Amtec - £240,000 
2013/2014
Solace Enterprises Limited - £200,000 
2014/2015
Jmp Consultants Ltd - £300,000
2015/2016
Jmp Consultants Ltd - £166,000

28/11/16

 

9724

 

 1. I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for a departmental structure of the HR and Payroll department within the council.

2. Please can you also advise which Recruitment/HR/Payroll/Finance system you use?

3. When do these system contracts expire?

4. Do you have online Performance Management and Expense Claims? If so, what are they? when do these contracts expire?

5. How many staff do you employ?

6. What yearly support and maintenance costs are you paying for these HR & Payroll systems?

7. Please can you confirm Names, Email addresses and where possible Telephone numbers of senior management within the directorate.

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

1. Please find attached.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

2. Northgate/Resourcelink.

3. December 2018.

4. Modules within Resourcelink-December 2018.

5. 2755.

6. £120275.00 plus VAT for 16/17.

7. Karen Johnson, Head of Human Resources, email address Karen.Johnson@bedford.gov.uk

 

22/11/16

 

9725

 

 

I am currently doing some research into how other Local Authorities deal with ‘Personal Search’ requests for environmental information relating to a specified address. This would involve the individual questions contained in the Official Local Land Charges forms which Personal Search companies quote and make reference to the wording for building regs etc..

 

Please could you inform me how you deal with such requests?

 

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

 

They are recorded corporately as being an EIR request and then processed by the Local Land Charges team as an ordinary personal search.

 18/11/16

 

9726

 

 

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

Deep Spinney

Biddenham

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

9/11/16

 

9727

 

 

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

Nettleton Mews

Shortstown

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

9/11/16

 

9728

 

1. How much money has your council paid in staff absence insurance in relation to schools (including primary, secondary and special schools) in the last three school years? This includes insurance paid for admin staff and assistants, as well as teachers - providing this information is held.  

Please break down by 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16. 

This request of course only covers schools your council is responsible for (which may not include academies and private schools). 

2. For the last three school years (as above), please state how much has been paid in supply teacher/agency costs to cover staff absences or shortages. Please confirm whether these figures include money which has been claimed back through an insurance policy. 

3. How many working days have been lost due to staff absences? Please break down for the same three school years as above. 

 

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 detailed below and also attached with a spreadsheet 

  1. This data has been obtained from the Department for Education (DfE) COLLECT Portal following the submission of Bedford Borough Council’s maintained schools Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) returns for each of the financial years 2013/2014 to 2015/2016 inclusive.

 

We do not hold this data for academies or free schools. Where schools convert to academy the data that is reported on the COLLECT Portal is for the period from 1 April to the point the school ceases to be maintained by the local authority.

 

The data supplied is the total spend for CFR codes I10 (Receipts from supply teacher insurance claims), E02 (Supply Teaching Staff) and E26 (Agency Supply Teaching Staff). This has been presented in an excel spreadsheet and contains data at individual school level for nursery, primary, secondary and special schools maintained by the local authority.  

 

Although insurance paid for admin staff and assistants is reported against CFR code I11 (Insurance Reimbursements-Other Insurance Claims) along with insurance receipts in respect of claims for losses incurred, details are not available for those schools which hold the prime records. For those schools where the Local Authority hold the prime records no insurance was paid for admin staff and assistants for the period 2013/2014 to 2015/2016 that can be identified from the records processed.

 

  1. We do not hold details of how much has been paid in supply teacher/agency costs to cover staff absences or shortages, which have been claimed back through an insurance policy. 

3.     We are unable to report on working days only (if a typical working day is between Monday to Friday) as sickness reporting for Schools’ includes weekends.

1.September 2013- August 2014 17291 lost days

2.September 2014- August 2015 18875 lost days

3.September 2015- August 2016 17080.50 lost days

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

24/11/16

 

9729

 

 

 

I would like to request information your council has on indicators of street cleanliness for your local authority's streets (for example, NI195, BV199a and other indicators would all be acceptable/welcome) for 2014/15.

 

Specifically, I would like details of the measurement method you use for assessing street cleanliness (such as NI195, BV199a, or a brief description of the measure used) and the scores for all components of the measure for the local authority as a whole.  Please note, we do not need the scores for each of the streets.  Rather, we want an aggregate statistic for the whole council area.  For example, a common statistic would be 'the proportion of streets which are the responsibility of the council that meet a satisfactory level of street cleanliness'.  I would then like an explanation of the standard and methodology of measurement used.  Please feel free to make that description relative to the NI195 measurement methodology, since I understand this well.

If it is possible to provide the same assessment for 2009/10, I would welcome that.  However, I would ask that you prioritise the 2014/15 data.

 

Thank you for your request for information about Indicators for Street Cleanliness which we received on 29 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The information you requested is as follows:

Bedford Borough Council N1 195 Methodology

2014/2015            Q1 Q2     Q3 Q4
Litter                    87% 93% 97% 98%
Detritus               94% 96% 95% 95%
Weed                  91% 95% 96% 97%
Graffiti                 99% 99% 99% 99%

2009/2010            Q1    Q2      Q3
Litter                     99% 98% 94%
Detritus                 95% 96% 96%
Fly Posting           100% 100% 99%
Graffiti 99%           100% 100%

Please note: back in 2009/2010 BVPI (NI 195) was only measured over three quarters

Please note: Percentage given is the proportion of streets which meet a satisfactory level of street cleanliness

 

15/11/16

 

9730

 

RE:Stuart Road, Kempston,

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

 

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

10/11/16

 

9731

 

Please provide information on which company had an opening notice/permit to carry out street works and/or works for road purposes outside Bromham Road, Bedford. Please review and provide notices from June 2016 which go back 6 years as we are investigating a latent damage to Virgin Media apparatus at this location.

 

Thank you for your request for information about street works opening notices which we received on 28 October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.Please find attached information relating to works carried out outside/near Bromham Road, Bedford

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

11/11/16

 

9732

 

 

RE:Ampthill road

Advised to make enquiries with Environmental health dept. at local authority regarding status of the site within their contaminated land inspection strategy, specifically ascertaining if they are aware of the past land usage within the report and if the site is to be investigated under part 2a of the environmental protection act 1990.

Thank you for your request for information about  Ampthill Road, Bedford which we received on 21st October 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, by virtue of being occupied by a garage/ vehicle repair business. It will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements, and is considered to be a medium priority for inspection.

15/11/16

 

9733

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information:

 

·             The amount of compensation that has been paid to motorists for road accidents over the last four years?

·             How much of that is for pothole-related damage? Ideally can I have that data year on year.

·             How many claims have been made? How many claims are still open and how many have the council admitted fault/liability?

 

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

 

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

 

1/11/16

 

9734

 

 

We are writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning people who have a visual impairment and also have any or all of the following: learning disability, challenging behaviour, autism.

Of these people:

·         For what number does your local authority purchase specialist services for?

 

·         What is the total cost to your local authority of specialist services provided for them?

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

For what number does your local authority purchase specialist services for? 0.

 What is the total cost to your local authority of specialist services provided for them? 0.

 

16/11/16

 

9735

 

 

 I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act

Provision of: 

· Virtual Learning Environments (VLE)

· Learning Management Systems (LMS)

· E-Learning 

The details we require are as follows:

· Who were the suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages*

· Contract values of the above framework/contract, year to date

· Start date & duration of framework

· Is there an extension clause in the framework/contract and, if so, the duration of the extension?

· Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework/contract are being either extended or renewed?

· Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract or service provision 

 

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

 

Please see attached for your information.

 

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

 

28/11/16

 

9736

 

As you may be aware, from 1 April 2016 the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) requires all relevant authorities to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who wish to acquire serviced plots of land to build their own homes in the authority’s area and to have regard to those registers in carrying out their planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions. Section 1(2) of the 2015 Act also requires each relevant authority to publicise its register.

In this context, if your authority holds a self-build and custom housebuilding register, I am requesting the following information from your authority:

1. the number of individuals listed on the register as at 31 October 2016;

2. the number of associations of individuals (groups) listed on the register as at 31 October 2016; and

3. if there are groups listed on the register, the total number of people in those groups as at 31 October 2016.

Thank you for your requests for information about self-build and customer housebuilding which we received on 31 October 2016. Your requests have been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1. the number of individuals listed on the register as at 31 October 2016; - There were 50 individuals on the register at the above date.

 

2. the number of associations of individuals (groups) listed on the register as at 31 October 2016; and - There are no associations on the register, at present.

 

3. if there are groups listed on the register, the total number of people in those groups as at 31 October 2016. - There are no groups on the register, at present.

 

21/11/16

 

9737

 

 

As you may be aware, from 1 April 2016 the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) requires all relevant authorities to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who wish to acquire serviced plots of land to build their own homes in the authority’s area and to have regard to those registers in carrying out their planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions. Section 1(2) of the 2015 Act also requires each relevant authority to publicise its register.

In this context, I am requesting the following information from your authority:

If your authority holds a self-build and custom housebuilding register, whether it has publicised such a register and, if so, how this has been done (eg. local media, council webpage);

How many permissioned serviced building plots have been made available between 1 April and 31 October 2016 to meet the demand on the register; and,

Whether your authority has a local policy to facilitate self-build and custom housebuilding in your adopted local development plan, or is intending to introduce one.

 

Thank you for your requests for information about self-build and customer housebuilding which we received on 31 October 2016. Your requests have been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

If your authority holds a self-build and custom housebuilding register, whether it has publicised such a register and, if so, how this has been done (eg. local media, council webpage); - Bedford Borough Council has publicised the register on its website.

How many permissioned serviced building plots have been made available between 1 April and 31 October 2016 to meet the demand on the register; and, - No plots have been made available by the Council as land-owners in that period. However, the Council, as a land-owner, is reviewing small sites with a view to disposing of them and some may be suitable for self-build projects.

Whether your authority has a local policy to facilitate self-build and custom housebuilding in your adopted local development plan, or is intending to introduce one. - It is the intention of the Council to include a policy in the emerging Local Plan 2035.

21/11/16