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9133

 

 Can I find out the proposals of the  Bedford traffic survey  

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 report of the survey, in addition to other reports produced as part of the Bedford Town Centre Study, can be found by following this link:

4/7/16

 

9134

 

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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

27/6/16

 

9135

 

Please provide me with an up to date Organisational Structure chart for Adult and Children Services including all manager NAMES, contact details and job titles.

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

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed & note that the Heads of Service are the contacts for all of their service area. 

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

14/7/16

 

9136

 

I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with copies of the following:
1.The number of pupils for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves between schools during the last academic year.
2.The number of pupils for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves between schools during each academic year since 2009.
3. The number of pupils who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Education, Health and Care Plan for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves between schools during the last academic year.
4. The number of pupils who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Education, Health and Care Plan for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves between schools during each academic year since 2009.
5. The number of pupils who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Education, Health and Care Plan for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves from a mainstream school provider to a special school provider during the last academic year
6.The number of pupils who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Education, Health and Care Plan for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves from a mainstream school provider to a special school provider during each academic year since 2009.

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 am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with copies of the following:

1. The number of pupils for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves between schools during the last academic year.

Answer:  Number of Managed Moves LA aware of last year: 10

2. The number of pupils for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves between schools during each academic year since 2009.

Answer:  Number of Managed Moves LA aware of each academic year since 2009:-

2009-10 - no data available

2010-11 - no data available

2011-12 - 32

2012-13 - 20

2013-14 - 13

Please note:- The Local Authority are not always aware of managed moves undertaken. The numbers indicate the number of managed moves that we were aware were being undertaken by schools, but do not indicate whether or not the move was successful.

3. The number of pupils who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Education, Health and Care Plan for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves between schools during the last academic year.

4.The number of pupils who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Education, Health and Care Plan for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves between schools during each academic year since 2009.

5.  The number of pupils who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Education, Health and Care Plan for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves from a mainstream school provider to a special school provider during the last academic year

6.  The number of pupils who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Education, Health and Care Plan for which the authority (Local Education Authority) facilitated managed moves from a mainstream school provider to a special school provider during each academic year since 2009.

Answer Q3-6: We do not hold/record this information and pupils subject to a EHCP are not under a policy of managed moves in Bedford Borough

4/7/16

 

9137

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

22/6/16

 

9138

 

The councils last yearly spend on:

Residential Care

Nursing Care

 

Please could you also indicate how packages are brokered if an individual doesn't indicate their choice. Is a brokerage team used? social workers?

 

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 councils last yearly spend on:

Residential Care - £15,839,256

Nursing Care - £3,043,929

The above figures are net outturn figures for the 2015/2016 financial year.

Please could you also indicate how packages are brokered if an individual doesn't indicate their choice. Is a brokerage team used? social workers?

For Home care packages a brokerage process is used and packages are referred to our approved homecare providers.

In respect of residential and nursing care packages, if a client does not indicate a preference then the social worker would arrange a placement at a suitable care home

15/716

 

9139

 

 

) Were all GE2015 MP candidates issued with written guidelines including election procedures and spending rules, in line with Electoral Commission guidance? (see below for details)

2) Please provide copies of GE2015 briefing sheets and written guidance provided by the Returning Officer (RO) or Acting Returning Officer (ARO) to prospective MPs.

3) What procedures and processes did the RO or ARO have in place to identify and manage issues threatening the legitimacy of the electoral process relating to MPs expenses? How were they implemented?

4) What complaints were lodged with the RO and ARO regarding electoral integrity and spending issues for GE2015?

5) What documented action did the RO or ARO take to address these complaints?

6) What formal or informal warnings were issued to candidates or political parties?

7) What complaints were referred to local police?

 

Response

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

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information a subsequent email will be sent as the request has been referred to the Acting Returning/Counting Officer.

 

 

8/716

 

9140

 

For each of the following years, please provide the following information:

2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16

1. No. of of interim managers / executives in the Council for the 12 month period

2. Level of management 1, 2 , 3 or 4

3. £ spent in the 12 month period on interim managers

4. Duration of each contract in (person) weeks

5. Type of each contract 6. Reason for use of each contract

 

Further to your request for information received on the 20 June, 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 for the following reasons: taking into consideration that a conservative estimate has taken us over the 18 hours to obtain information and that staff would have to manually look at each record, some of which has to be obtained from a 3rd party.

 

18/7/16

 

9141

 

 For the period 2016-2017 can you please confirm the following;
1.The total number of ratepayers occupying a property with a rateable value of less than £12,000;
2.Of those ratepayers the total number claiming Small Business Rate Relief and;
3.The total value of Small Business Rate Relief granted for the period.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

19/716

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9142

 

 1. Please could you supply the name, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for learning disabilities placements in residential care.
2. Please provide the total number of adults with learning disabilities funded by the Local Authority in residential care. Please supply this information as a snapshot at the end of the year for the financial years 2013/14 to 2015/16, and where possible, the most up to date snapshot available for 2016/17.
3. Of the total number of adults with learning disabilities funded by the Local Authority in residential care (q.2) please provide the number that are in ‘in area’ placements and the number that are in ‘out of area’ placements. Please supply this information as a snapshot at the end of the year for the financial years 2013/14 to 2015/16, and where possible, the most up to date snapshot available for 2016/17.
4. Please provide the number of adults with learning disabilities who transitioned from children’s learning disabilities services into adult residential care services. Please supply the total number that transitioned in each of the financial years 2013/14 to 2015/16, and where possible, the number that have transitioned to date in 2016/17.
5. Please provide the number of adults with learning disabilities who transitioned from children’s learning disabilities services into adult supported living services. Please supply the total number that transitioned in each of the financial years 2013/14 to 2015/16, and where possible, the number that have transitioned to date in 2016/17.
6. Please provide the number of adults with learning disabilities who ‘stepped down’ from specialist inpatient hospital placements into adult residential care services. Please supply the total number that transitioned in each of the financial years 2013/14 to 2015/16, and where possible, the number that have transitioned to date in 2016/17.
7. Please provide the number of adults with learning disabilities who ‘stepped down’ from specialist inpatient hospital placements into adult supported living services. Please supply the total number that transitioned in each of the financial years 2013/14 to 2015/16, and where possible, the number that have transitioned to date in 2016/17.
8. Please provide the local authority’s total expenditure on residential care for adults with learning disabilities for each of the financial years 2013/14 to 2015/16, and where possible, budgeted expenditure for 2016/17. If expenditure for 2015/16 is not yet available, please provide projected expenditure.

 

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

Please click here for the information on residential care

 

For the attachemnt please contact Freedomofinformaion@bedford.gov.uk

 

8/7/16

 

9143

 

 

Please could I request a copy of commercial business rates liability starts dates to include the business names and addresses from march 2016 to present date.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

22/6/16

 

9144

 

 Please can you tell me if the council is currently updating its Local Plan or has recently adopted a new Local Plan.
If so, please answer the following questions:
•How many homes did the council plan to deliver in earlier draft Local Plans? How many does it plan to deliver in the latest draft or adopted plan?
•How many hectares of green belt and greenfield land did the council plan to build on in earlier Local Plan drafts? How many hectares does it plan to build on in the latest draft or adopted plan?

Thank you for your request for information about the Local Plan which we received on 21 June 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Please find the information requested below in bold:
•How many homes did the council plan to deliver in earlier draft Local Plans? How many does it plan to deliver in the latest draft or adopted plan?
Adopted plans and consultation documents relating to the Local Plan 2035 are published on the council’s web site here. These contain details of the number of dwellings to be provided. Latest information on Objectively Assessed Need can be found in the Council’s  Strategic Housing Market assessment.  •How many hectares of green belt and greenfield land did the council plan to build on in earlier Local Plan drafts? How many hectares does it plan to build on in the latest draft or adopted plan?
Bedford Borough Council has no statutory green belt land. The Council has not yet published any draft plans as part of the preparation of the Local Plan 2035. Issues and Options consultation documents are available on the web site. As far as earlier adopted plans are concerned, these too are available on the web site along with the examination documents which contain information about specific sites including their brownfield/greenfield statu

 

22/6/16

 

9145

 

 I'm writing to make an FOI request for the following information regarding the council's home care provision:
- details of the total number of home visits to clients by homecare providers that were due to take place in March, April and May 2016, or the last three months that data is available for, and the total number of clients covered by this.
- Of those visits, how many of them (as a number, not as hours) were electronically recorded by the Electronic Call Monitoring system used by the council?
- a list of providers whose calls were logged under the ECM system for the above months.
- In addition, I would like to request the following details from your Electronic Call Monitoring records for all home care visits funded by the council in the three months above (with the results broken down by month, in spreadsheet form if possible):
How many hours should the home care visits for which ECM was used have taken in total?
How many hours of attendance and work were actually completed and recorded?
How many visits were cancelled by the client?
How many of the visits that took place were less than 15 minutes in duration?
How many of the visits that took place were less than 10 minutes in duration?
How many of the visits that took place were less than 5 minutes in duration?
How many of the visits that took place started late?
How many of the visits that took place were 30 or more minutes late?
How many of the visits that took place were 60 or more minutes late?
How many of the visits that took place were 90 or more minutes late?
How many of the visits that took place were 120 or more minutes late?

Further to your request for information. I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”
This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”
We have not actively used an ECM system across the client base over the past 3 years and are currently in the process of reviewing this. 
While some data is available it is in an incomplete format for the provisions you have requested and is not in a format to be reported on.
To put this information in the correct format to be reported on would exceed the limit which has been set
The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

19/7/16

 

9146

 

We have therefore put together a survey under the Freedom of Information Act with a number of questions to enable us, as the industry representative, to better understand how all types boarding establishments are licensed in each local authority.

 

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

Please find the information you requested attached  Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk   for a copy

 

7/7/16

 

9147

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act I wish to be given the following information.
1, The number of staff with criminal convictions employed at all schools in the borough over the last three years.
2, A list of the convictions the members of staff have been convicted of.

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

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

29/6/16

 

9148

 

Q1. How many fatigue related road accidents have been recorded in your force area (e.g as result of drivers falling asleep while in charge of a vehicle) over the last 3 years? (Please provide separate figures for 2015, 2014, and 2013)

Q2. How many fatalities have been recorded in your force area as a result of drivers falling asleep while in charge of a vehicle, over the last 3 years? (Please provide separate figures for 2015, 2014, and 2013).

Thank you for your request for information about road accidents which we received on 21 June 2016 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I am writing to advise you that this information is not held by Bedford Borough Council and that it would be more appropriate for Bedfordshire Police to provide a response in this case.

The Freedom of Information Officer at Bedfordshire Police can be contacted by clicking on the following link: foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively we can transfer your request to Bedfordshire Police, but before doing so we request your permission to notify them of your name and contact details.  If you agree to this, please could you let me know?

28/6/16

 

9149

 

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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

27/6/16

 

9150

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

22/6/16

 

9151

 

How many taxi drivers are currently licenced by Bedford Borough Council?
How many taxi drivers currently licenced by Bedford Borough Council have declared a criminal conviction to the council?
I would also like to know, of those who do have criminal convictions, the number of drivers whose convictions are spent and the number of drivers whose convictions are unspent.
I would also like to know the category of the criminal conviction(s), unspent, of taxi drivers in the borough.
If this could be provided by the following categories (or as many as are valid) – and alongside it the number of taxi drivers with that type of conviction – that would be helpful.
Categories: Offence of dishonesty, Violence, Murder, Manslaughter, Terrorism offences, Drugs, Sexual offences, Rape, Public order offences, Major Traffic offences, Minor Traffic offences, Driving while over the limit of alcohol.

Further to your request for information dated 22/6/16, 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. It is not held  in the format required  and every driver’s file who has declared a conviction has to checked,  the sentences on their convictions to determine whether they are spent or not under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and there are approximately 554 files which will takes 5 minutes for file

8/7/16

 

9152

 

I would like to know the following:
- How many councillors at Bedford Borough Council (BBC) have been issued reminders to pay their council tax in the last five calendar years? (2011-16)
-  How many councillors at BBC have been summoned to court for non-payment of their council tax in the last five calendar years? (2011-16)
- What are the names of the councillors who have been summoned to court for non-payment of council tax in the last five calendar years?
- What is the council’s policy on councillors continuing to represent constituents when they have been summoned to court for not paying their council tax?

 

 

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

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

Please click here for the information on BBC Councillors

20/7/16

 

9153

 

 

I would like to know the names of the 10 roads where the highest number of road traffic accidents have occurred in the town for the years, 2015, 2014 and 2013, and how many RTAs have occurred on each.
I would like these to be split into minor RTAs, major RTAs where serious injury was caused and fatal RTAs.
If possible, I would like to know what vehicles (ie. Lorry/car/van etc) were involved in the fatal RTAs.
I would also like to know how many accidents where cyclists have been injured have occurred in Luton in the last three years (2015, 14,  13) and the roads/routes/junctions they occurred at.
I would like these to be split into minor injuries, serious injuries and fatal accidents.

Thank you for your request for information about road traffic accidents which we received on 22 June 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please find attached the collision summaries for each year 2013, 2014 and 2015 for cyclists and for all collisions.  However, we do not hold the information split down as you have requested so we are providing you with the full reports. 

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for the copies

The following link may also prove of interest to you

13/7/16

 

9154

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

27/6/16

 

9155

 

 1. Does your organisation currently have a contract for photocopiers, Multi-function devices or printers?
2. When this contract is due to end?
3. Who is this contract with?
4. How many devices are supplied and what manufacturer are they?
5. What procurement framework was used?
6. When does your organisation intend to tender for these services?

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.

1. Does your organisation currently have a contract for photocopiers, Multi-function devices or printers? Yes we have a managed print service contract in place

2. When this contract is due to end? We have a 5-year contract which commenced on 28th November 2014.

3. Who is this contract with? CIT Vendor Finance (UK) Ltd

4. How many devices are supplied and what manufacturer are they? 117 devices – manufacturer is Kyocera

5. What procurement framework was used? The Central Buying Consortium Framework Y11171

6. When does your organisation intend to tender for these services? Within 2019

 

21/7/16

 

9156

 

 a) The number of asylum seekers/refugees that arrived at your area from 2010 to 2016 broken down by month of arrival 
b) Their country of origin broken down by month of arrival within the same period (2010 - 2016)
c) Their nationalities broken down by month of arrival within the same period (2010 - 2016)
d) The religion of the asylum seekers/refugees, included atheist, broken down by month of arrival within the same period (2010 - 2016)
e) The gender of the asylum seekers/refugees broken down by month of arrival within the same period (2010 - 2016)
f) The data dictionary for the database used to store the data, i.e information describing the fields in the database used to store information

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold the information you requested.
We only have records relating to Syrian Refugees but as these are a very small sample we will not issue any details as it may be possible to identify the individuals involved. 

21/7/16

 

9157

 

 I want to submit an FOI request relating to the organisation's departmental plans and strategies around the following departments:
a. Finance
b. Information Technology
c. Estates and Facilities Management
d. Waste and Environmental Services
e. Adult Social Care & Community Services
f.  Children, Young People and Families
1. Corporate Finance Documents 2016-2017
a. Annual Report 2015-16 (May not be available as yet but should be towards the end of June)
b. Financial Strategy 2016 Update/Version
c. Treasury Management Strategy 2016 Update/Version
d. Corporate Business Plan 2016 Update/Version
e.  Budget Book/Strategy 2016 Update/Version
2. Information Technology Documents 2016-2017
a. ICT Strategy 2016 Update/Version
b. ICT Business/Departmental Plan 2016 Update/Version
c.  ICT Organogram
3. Estates and Facilities Management Document 2016-2017
a. Estates and Facilities Management Strategy 2016 Update/Version
b. Estates and Facilities Business/Departmental Plan 2016 Update/Version
c. Estates and Facilities Management Organogram
4. Waste and Environmental Services Documents 2016-2017
a. Waste Management Strategy 2016 Update/Version
b. Waste and Environmental Services Business/Departmental Plan 2016 Update/Version
c.Waste and Environmental Services Organogram
5. Adult Social Care & Community Services Documents 2016-2017
a. Adult Social Care & Community Services Strategy 2016 Update/Version
b. Adult Social Care & Community Services Business/Departmental Plan 2016 Update/Version
c.  Adult Social Care & Community Services Organogram
6. Children, Young People and Families Documents 2016-2017
a. Children, Young People and Families Strategy 2016 Update/Version
b.  Children, Young People and Families Business/Departmental Plan 2016 Update/Version
c. Children, Young People and Families Organogram

 

Response not yet provided

 

9158

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

 

27/6/16

 

9159

 

 I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known at the time of death from 1/2/16 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/2/16 but the case has only come  to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:
1. Surnames and forenames or initials
2. Dates of death
3. Age at death or date of birth
4.Place of birth
5.Marital status
6.Maiden surnames of married or widowed women
7.Usual address at time of death
8.Approx. value of their estate if known
9.The date you sent information to the Government Legal Department  (or, if in Lancashire, the Duchy of Lancaster, or, if in Cornwall, the Duchy of Cornwall), or confirmation that this action was not applicable.
10.If you have yet to send the information on, as per 9 above, or a decision has not yet been made whether or not to do so, please also advise of this.

 

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

Please click here for the link on Public Helath Funeral

 

18/7/16

 

9160

 

 I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with copies of the following:
1 The costs to the authority (Local Education Authority) for handling and contesting appeals to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for each academic year since 2009

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.       
2009/10       
£24,000
2010/11
£21,000
2011/12
£19,000 
2012/13
£28,000 
2013/14
£11,000
2014/15
£16,000
2015/16
£8,000 

Please note: These are estimated costs for Local Authority Officer time spent on Tribunals.

6/7/16

 

9161

 

Could you please provide a full structure chart for all Commissioning for the Council, including job titles and which directorate the department reports into.Including Children’s services, Adults services, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, Public Health, Joint Commissioning and any other relevant areas.

 

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

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

Please find attached an organisational chart for Bedford Borough Council which includes commissioning services

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

14/7/16

 

9162

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

27/6/16

 

9163

 

 Please would you inform me:
1) How many grade 2 pressure ulcer incidents were reported regarding or from Above home between June 2010 and June 2016?
2) How many grade 3 pressure ulcer incidents were reported regarding this home between June 2010 and June 2016?
3) How many grade 4 pressure ulcer incidents were reported regarding this home between June 2010 and June 2016?
4) How many safeguarding concerns did you receive in connection with or from this Care Home between June 2010 and June 2016?
5) How many safeguarding investigations did you conduct under section 42 of the Care Act 2014 of this home between June 2010 and June 2016? I appreciate the Act did not come into effect until 2014.
6) How many of these concluded that abuse or neglect had taken place?
7) When was the Safeguarding Adults Board made aware of these concerns at the home?
8) What specific actions were taken to remedy the failings at This home?
9) How many complaints (written or otherwise) did you receive regarding this home between June 2010 and June 2016?
10) How many investigations of any kind did you conduct regarding The Care Home between June 2010 and June 2016?
11) How many of these investigations concluded that neglect or abuse had taken place?
12) Has the home ever been embargoed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 and 1 ongoing

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

1

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

1

12) Has the home ever been embargoed?

Bedford Borough agreed with the Voluntary suspension by provider

7/7/16

 

9164

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

27/6/16

 

9165

 

Question 1: How many care homes funded by your local authority provide nursing care support?
Question 2: What was the resident population of the nursing care homes funded by your local authority in 2014/15?
Question 3: Of the above population, how many:
-Were immobile
-Were over 65
-Received major general surgery in 2014/15
-Received a hip or knee replacement in 2014/15
-Experienced major trauma in 2014/15
-Had a spinal cord injury
-Had a malignancy
-Were diagnosed with venous thromboembolism* (VTE) in 2014/15
-Were re-admitted to hospital for VTE in 2014/15
Question 4: Of the nurses employed to provide care in your nursing care homes, how many are:
-Anticoagulation specialists
-VTE specialists
Question 5: Does your local authority provide written guidance to its nursing care home staff on prevention and management of VTE? If Yes, please attach a copy.
Question 6: What information is provided to residents of nursing care homes funded by your local authority on their risk of developing a blood clot?
Question 7: What is the established procedure in the nursing care homes funded by your local authority for managing recurrent VTE?
Question 8: Please describe the local referral and treatment pathway for occurrences of VTE in nursing care homes.

 

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.

Question 1: How many care homes funded by your local authority provide nursing care support?

11.

Question 2: What was the resident population of the nursing care homes funded by your local authority in 2014/15?

135.

Question 3: Of the above population, how many:

 

-        Were immobile

-        Were over 65

-        Received major general surgery in 2014/15

-        Received a hip or knee replacement in 2014/15

-        Experienced major trauma in 2014/15

-        Had a spinal cord injury

-        Had a malignancy

-        Were diagnosed with venous thromboembolism* (VTE) in 2014/15

-        Were re-admitted to hospital for VTE in 2014/15

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

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

 

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

 

To provide this information would involve checking through each individual care review for every client and therefore would exceed the limit which has been set.

 

Question 4: Of the nurses employed to provide care in your nursing care homes, how many are:

-        Anticoagulation specialists

-        VTE specialists

We do not hold this information.

Question 5: Does your local authority provide written guidance to its nursing care home staff on prevention and management of VTE? If Yes, please attach a copy.

No.

Question 6: What information is provided to residents of nursing care homes funded by your local authority on their risk of developing a blood clot?

We do not hold this information.

Question 7: What is the established procedure in the nursing care homes funded by your local authority for managing recurrent VTE?

We do not hold this information.

Question 8: Please describe the local referral and treatment pathway for occurrences of VTE in nursing care homes.

We do not hold this information.

25/7/16

 

9166

 

 Please can you provide me with the following information under the
Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-
(a) company name, addresses and rateable values of commercial
properties that are occupied within your billing authority and which (if any) reliefs are applied, these include but are not limited to;
oSmall business rates relief
oRetail relief
oCharitable relief
oMandatory
oExempt
oEmpty
(b) The names of the liable party of properties that are vacant within your billing authority
(c) The relevant billing authority reference number as referred to
in all the above.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

25/7/16

 

9167

 

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information for Bedford Council: 

1) The current official job description of your Director of Children's Services and their stated responsibilities.

2) Whether this job description or their stated responsibilities has changed since 2010 - and details of these changes.

3) The salary of the Director of Children's Services.

4) Whether the salary has changed since 2010 and by how much.

5) A current organisational chart of the Children's Services Directorate (all staff, not just senior management). 

6) An organisational chart of the Children's Services Directorate in 2010 (all staff, not just senior management).

 

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) Please find attached the current job description for Executive Director Children’s and Adult Services.

2) Yes, since 2010 this post has become a combined Executive Director for both Children’s and Adult Services.

3) Current grade range £123,726-£134,911 for Executive Director Children’s and Adult Services.

4) Grade range in 2010 £122,501-£133,575 for Executive Director Children’s Services

5) Please find attached.

6) Please find attached a whole Organisation Chart for 2010 as we don’t have one available for the Children's Services Directorate only.

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

21/7/16

 

9168

 

How much Bedford Borough Council has received in each of the last five years in business rates.

How many businesses in Bedford Borough Council’s jurisdiction are business-rate paying businesses.

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 the copy

25/7/16

 

9169

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information:
·The average wait to be connected to your call/contact centre?
·The longest 3 calls have had to wait be connected to someone in your council call/contact centre?

I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, however, the Council does not routinely collate and report on the information requested regarding telephone calls.  Producing this information would require extensive manual work and the need to identify data from archived records.  It is estimated that the time required to comply with the request would exceed the statutory limit. The Council does monitor and report the proportions of calls to its main switchboard number which are answered within 20 seconds and, during 2015/2016, 85% of calls were answered within 20 seconds. I trust that this information will be of some assistance to you.

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.

25/7/16

 

9170

 

 Can you please provide me with a copy of any of the following strategy documents if you hold them:
1.Digital Transformation Strategy
2.ICT Strategy
3.Customer Service Strategy

 

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

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold the information you requested, however, we are currently undertaking a review of digitalisation which will be concluded early 2017.

 

25/7/16

 

9171

 

 

1) How much was spent on consultants, or other non permanent employees, in the Children's Services Directorate, in each financial year from 2009/10 to 2015/16.

2) How much was spent on permanent employees in the Children's Services Directorate in each financial year from 2009-10 to 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 the information you requested and this is enclosed.

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

 

25/7/16

 

9172

 

 Please provide figures for the number of:
1) Safeguarding concerns received
2) Number of investigations conducted
3) Number of substantiated case of abuse/neglect
by your local authority in connection with or from  individual care/nursing homes.
Please provide these figures in the following way:
1. Name and address of each home.
2. Name of owner (e.g. Four Seasons Health Care) 3. Breakdown of number of safeguarding concerns, investigations and substantiated cases of neglect/abuse in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 between January and May.

 

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. You requested:

Please provide figures for the number of:

1) Safeguarding concerns received

2) Number of investigations conducted

3) Number of substantiated case of abuse/neglect

by your local authority in connection with or from  individual care/nursing homes.

Please see attached

Please provide these figures in the following way:

1. Name and address of each home.

2. Name of owner (e.g. Four Seasons Health Care) 3. Breakdown of number of safeguarding concerns, investigations and substantiated cases of neglect/abuse in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 between January and May.

The Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested above

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

1.  States that above is exempt information.

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

Due to low numbers (i.e. 5 and below) it would make clients identifiable.

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

5/7/16

 

9173

 

Requesting pre-application information.

Thank you for your request for information about pre-application advice which we received on 28 June 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.I attach a copy of the information you requested.

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

29/6/16

 

9174

 

FOI - Council Tax & NDR e-billing Percentages

I am trying to compile a schedule of the percentages of Council Tax and NDR bills which are sent out via e-billing for 2016/2017.

I would be very grateful if you could provide the following information -

1. The percentage of Council Tax bills sent via e-billing.

2. The percentage of NDR bills sent via e-billing.

3. Would you like a copy of the results?

 

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 percentage of Council Tax bills sent via e-billing.
0% (all CT bills are currently issued through the post)
2. The percentage of NDR bills sent via e-billing.
0% (all NDR bills are currently issued through the post)
3. Would you like a copy of the results? Yes

25/7/16

 

9175

 

 I am looking for data on homeowners that are behind on their mortgage payments.
They may have had a court hearing and have fallen into arrears.
We buy houses quickly so we want to offer the vendors a solution to this and offer our service.
I know the court hearings are public data and it can be requested, so could you please supply us with this data?

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.

We do not hold this information.The list of court hearings in relation to mortgage possessions is public data and can be requested from the county court.

26/7/16

 

9176

 

1) The overall number and individual job titles of staff with a remit involving education that have been made redundant or had their contracts terminated by the authority since 2010.

2) The amount of money each of these staff members was given in their redundancy or severance package

 

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. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose some of the information requested.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council 
1. States that job titles are exempt information.
2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 40(2) by virtue of 40(3)(a)(i) of the FOI Act (FOIA) as it comprises personal data and disclosure would be unfair.
Job titles amount to ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As you may know, s. 40(2) FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data under FOIA would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in schedule 1 to the DPA.  The question which the Council must address in response to your request is whether disclosure of the personal data in the format you requested would contravene in particular the first data protection principle. That principle requires that any processing of personal data must be fair and lawful and must otherwise meet one of the conditions provided for in schedule 2 to the DPA. The schedule 2 condition which is most likely to be relevant in this context is that provided for in paragraph 6(1) of schedule 2.
The Council considers that disclosure of information that would identify individuals is unwarranted because of the disproportionate adverse effect on the legitimate interests of the individuals concerned namely that they would expect that personal information would remain confidential and not be disclosed by the Council. 
The Council has carefully considered whether the weight of the public interest arguments and the benefits in favour of disclosure of information that could identify the individuals concerned, would outweigh the harmful consequences of disclosure.  It has concluded that they would not.
Therefore please find the information requested in the format below.
Job Role Number of employees Total sum of money paid
Operational Support- Level 2 1  £5,694.81
Principal Professional 9           £294,018.63
Senior Management 1              £16,500.00
Senior Professional   4              £72,364.13
Technical Professional   12      £115,096.55

26/7/16

 

9177

 

I have recently purchased the property Severn Way, would like to request the forwarding address of the previous owner X .

Further to your request for information dated 29 June 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 the forwarding address of the previous owner X

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

1.  States that the forwarding address of the previous owner Mr Rodney P Griffiths  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).

20/7/16

 

9178

 

 I am interested to find out about projects run by the council/local authority which have been funded by the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund Structural Funding, and Youth Employment Initiative for 2014-20
European Regional Development Fund
1.Breakdown of budgets for this spending 2014-2020 under the European Regional Development Fund, including:
•details of specific projects funded with their postcodes or coordinates,
•How much money was provided by the fund- how much has been drawn down/provided already?
•if possible the Priority Axis the project falls under,
•set-up costs and annual running costs for each project
2.Any drafts budgets/ plans for where future funding for these projects will come from
3.Has post 2020 funding been confirmed already?
European Social Fund Structural Funding
4.Breakdown of budgets for this spending 2014-2020 under the European Social Fund Structural Funding, including:
•details of specific projects funded with their postcodes or coordinates,
•How much money was provided by the fund- how much has been drawn down/provided already?
•set-up costs and annual running costs for each project
5.Any drafts budgets/ plans for where future funding for these projects will come from
6.Has post 2020 funding been confirmed already?

 

 

 

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

 

25/7/16

 

9179

 

1) What is the total number of parking spaces in your Council owned car parks?

2) How many annual season tickets do you offer for sale at your Council owned car parks?

3) What is the average price of an annual parking season ticket?

4) As of 30th June 2016, how many active parking season ticket holders do you have for your council owned car parks

 

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

Please find the information you requested below.  1) What is the total number of parking spaces in your Council owned car parks?

  This total includes all chargeable and non-chargeable car parks - 3997.

2) How many annual season tickets do you offer for sale at your Council owned car parks?    There is no specific limit for season tickets.

3) What is the average price of an annual parking season ticket?

    Season tickets range from £520.00 - £1,400.00 for annual.

4) As of 30th June 2016, how many active parking season ticket holders do you have for your council owned car parks -   179 current Season tickets.

30/6/16

 

9180

 

1) What is the total number of parking spaces in your Council owned car parks?

2) How many annual season tickets do you offer for sale at your Council owned car parks?

3) What is the average price of an annual parking season ticket?

4) As of 30th June 2016, how many active parking season ticket holders do you have for your council owned car parks

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

 

25/7/16

 

9181

 

Information about discharge of conditions for  Carmichael Drive and  Keeley Croft, Shortstown and  Lunniss Way, Wootton

 

Thank you for your request for information about discharge of conditions for 34 Carmichael Drive and Keeley Croft, Shortstown and Lunniss Way, Wootton which we received on 29 June 2016.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

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

29/6/16

 

9182

 

As you are aware there are changes in the CON29 Questions, one of those relates to drainage (Q3.3).
Can you, therefore, please advise, is it the intention of the council to maintain individual records against each of the properties?
Alternatively, will the Council rely on Developers/Builders/Owners to include such detail within planning submissions?

 

Thank you for your request for information about the new questions regarding Drainage Matters: Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) on the new Con29 Search Form.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The Flood Risk Officer in Environmental Health Department has given me the following information.

In December 2014, the Government announced that schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 would not be enacted and SuDS would be dealt with by strengthening the existing planning policy instead. This change took place on the 6th April 2015, when the Lead Local Flood Authority became a Statutory Consultee for Surface water drainage on all major developments. The SuDS Approval Body (SAB) has not been implemented, therefore the Council is not a SAB and there is no contract in place.

The Council has adopted SuDS in the past with commuted sums in place for maintenance and will consider the future adoption based on their merits and maintenance arrangements/commuted sums.

Adopted SuDS features are normally in public areas such as public open space, however information relating to specific properties should be sought from the developer or original submitted planning application documents.

For new builds, information should be sought from the developer, including clarification on any maintenance responsibilities a property owner may inherit or any maintenance agreements they may be required to fund should any exist through a management company.

Water and Sewerage Companies will normally include a surface water charge in their bills where roof water from a property connects to a public surface water sewer.

Drainage infrastructure serving a single property within the curtilage of that property will be the responsibility of the home owner to maintain, unless directed otherwise.

8/7/16

 

9183

 

 In order to save repeated questions with regards to each new Personal Search on individual properties as they arise, we would appreciate it if you could assist with the following: -
Within the amended CON29 Questions, Q3.10 relates to CILs.
Can you please advise, does the Council have a CIL Charging Schedule in place? If not, do you have a proposed introduction date?

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

The CIL Charging Schedule was brought into effect in the borough on 1 April 2014. It applies to new residential development and also convenience based supermarkets, superstores and retail warehouses (net retailing space over 280 sq.m).

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

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

CIL@bedford.gov.uk

8/7/16

 

9184

 

 Does the Council hold a register of Buildings of Community value? If so, could you please give us details on how to access the information?

Thank you for your request for information about the new question regarding Assets of Community Value on the new Con29 Search Form.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.The property department that process the Assets of Community Value requests advise me that applicants will be referred to the Councils webpage where there is a list of properties accepted as Assets of Community Value and a list of unsuccessful properties along with information regarding expiry dates and further information:

8/7/16

 

9185

 

1a.  which of these highways infrastructure procurement frameworks are available to you
b.  which ones you (regularly) use
c.  how many highways contracts you have procured in the last 5 years through each
d.   the value of those contracts:

Framework
Is this procurement framework open to your authority?
Please indicate if you do use / have used this procurement framework 
How many highways infrastructure contracts have you procured through this framework in the last 5 years?
What was the value of those contracts (placed in the last 5 years)?
for the following
Highways England Collaborative Development Framework
(HECDF)           
GEN 3 - 1           
GEN 3 – 2           
GEN 3 – 3           
Eastern Highways Alliance (EHA)           
Midlands Highways Alliance (MHA)           
ESPO           
SCAPE           
North East Highways Alliance/NEPO         
LGSS           
London Highways Alliance (LHA)           
South West Highway Alliance (SWHA)          
Yor Civils Framework North & East           
Yor Civils framework South & West           
West Sussex Construction Framework          
West Midlands highways and Civils Minor          
Birmingham Highway & Infrastructure Framework           
London TFL Surface Transport Major Projects Framework           
Transport for Greater Manchester           
North Yorkshire Civils Framework           
Other (Please specify):
 2.Does your authority maintain its own highways infrastructure contractor framework/pre-approved supplier list?
YES/NO
a.If ‘YES’ please state when this list is due for review
3. Does your authority partner with other authorities on Highways infrastructure procurement?              
YES/NO
4.Does your authority lead any procurement frameworks?
YES/NO
a. If ‘YES’ please name them here:
5.Does your authority have a ‘Teckal’ company for highways infrastructure projects?
YES/NO
a. If ‘YES’ please name them here:
6. How many highways infrastructure projects are there in your current Transport Asset Management Plan(TAMP)/ Highways Asset Management Plan(HAMP)            
7How many highways projects are there in your current Local Transport Plan (LTP)       

 

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

22/7/16

 

9186

 

 1.Local authority or authorities (LA/LAs)  covered by the service
2.Name of your service
3.Your name
4.Your email address
5Is the peripatetic service…?
Based in the local authority
Based in a school with a resource provision
Based in a special school for deaf children
Sub-contracted to another body or organisation
Other – please specify
6. How many resource provisions (in mainstream or special schools) for primary aged deaf children are there in your area?
7.How many resource provisions (in mainstream or special schools) for secondary aged deaf children are there in your area?
8.Please use this space if you have any comments or if there is anything else you want to tell us about your responses in this section: 
Teachers of the Deaf
We use the term “Teacher of the Deaf” to refer to professionals who are employed specifically in this capacity or role. This can include ‘Teachers of the Deaf’ who: have the mandatory qualification; who are in training or intending to train within 3 years; or who are working as Teachers of the Deaf but who are not qualified and not in training.
Professionals who happen to be qualified as Teachers of the Deaf but who work in a different role should not be included.
We use the term “resource provision” to include all schools (mainstream or special) with resource provision or a resource base, regardless of whether staff in the resource provision are employed by the local authority or by the school.
Please provide all figures as ‘full time equivalent’ - i.e. a FTE Teacher of the Deaf working half of the week should be recorded as 0.5
9.How many Teachers of the Deaf (FTE) are currently employed in the area covered by your service under the following categories?
Category 1: Working mainly as a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf  
Category 2: Working mainly in a resource provision  
Category 3: Working flexibly as a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf and in a resource provision
10.Are there any vacancies (FTE) in the any of above roles? Please include any frozen posts, any posts being advertised for as of 31st January 2016 and any posts which have been advertised for but for which no suitable candidate has been found.
Category 1: Working mainly as a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf  
Category 2: Working mainly in a resource provision  
Category 3: Working flexibly as a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf and in a resource provision
11.How many Teachers of the Deaf (FTE) hold an additional specialist qualification in early years support?
Category 1: Working mainly as a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf  
Category 2: Working mainly in a resource provision  
Category 3: Working flexibly as a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf and in a resource provision
12.Of the Teachers of the Deaf who work mainly as a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf (category 1), what is their professional status? Please provide FTE figures.
With the mandatory qualification (MQ) (complete and certified) 
In training for MQ or intending to train within 3 years 
Qualified teachers without the MQ and not in training 
13.Of the Teachers of the Deaf who work mainly in a resource provision (category 2), what is their professional status? Please provide FTE figures.
With the mandatory qualification (MQ) (complete and certified) 
In training for MQ or intending to train within 3 years 
Qualified teachers without the MQ and not in training
14.Of the Teachers of the Deaf who work flexibly as a peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf and in a resource provision (category 3), what is their professional status? Please provide FTE figures.
With the mandatory qualification (MQ) (complete and certified) 
In training for MQ or intending to train within 3 years 
Qualified teachers without the MQ and not in training 
15.Have there been any difficulties in recruiting Teachers of the Deaf (across each of the 3 categories mentioned earlier) or in securing supply cover over the past 12 months? Please answer by placing an ‘X’ in relevant box in each row.
 Not applicable Yes No
Difficulties in recruiting for permanent post   
Difficulties in securing supply cover from a qualified Teacher of the Deaf 
16.If you have answered yes in either row in the above question, please provide details of difficulties below, e.g. due to lack of qualified applicants:
17.Please use this space if you have any comments or if there is anything else you want to tell us about your responses in this section:
Other specialist staff
In the following section, we ask about numbers of specialist staff (other than Teachers of the Deaf) in the area covered by your service.
In the same way as we did in the earlier questions on Teachers of the Deaf we ask for information on other specialist staff who: work mainly as peripatetic staff (category 1); work mainly in resource provisions (whether employed directly by the school or the local authority) (category 2); or who work flexibly across the peripatetic service and in resource provisions (category 3).
As before, please provide figures as ‘full time equivalent’ - i.e. a FTE teaching assistant working half of the week should be recorded as 0.5
And again, we use the term “resource provision” to include all schools with resource provision or a resource base, regardless of whether staff in the resource provision are employed by the local authority or by the school.
18.How many specialist staff work mainly as peripatetic staff (FTE)? (category 1)
Teaching assistants / Classroom support assistants etc 
Communication support workers / Interpreters / Communicators etc 
Deaf instructors / Deaf role models / Sign language instructors etc 
Educational audiologists  
Technicians et al 
Speech and language therapists 
Family support workers / Liaison officers  
Social workers / Social workers for deaf children  
Other (please specify title and fte):
19.How many specialist staff work mainly in resource provisions (FTE)? (category 2)
Teaching assistants / Classroom support assistants etc 
Communication support workers / Interpreters / Communicators etc 
Deaf instructors / Deaf role models / Sign language instructors etc 
Educational audiologists  
Technicians et al 
Speech and language therapists 
Family support workers / Liaison officers  
Social workers / Social workers for deaf children  
Other (please specify title and fte):
20.How many specialist staff work flexibly as peripatetic staff and in resource provisions (FTE)? (category 3)
Teaching assistants / Classroom support assistants etc 
Communication support workers / Interpreters / Communicators etc 
Deaf instructors / Deaf role models / Sign language instructors etc 
Educational audiologists  
Technicians et al 
Speech and language therapists 
Family support workers / Liaison officers  
Social workers / Social workers for deaf children  
Other (please specify title and fte):
21.Please use this space if you have any comments or if there is anything else you want to tell us about your responses in this section:
Deaf children
For the purpose of this survey we use the term “children” to include children and young people up to the age of 19 years, 11 months.
22.How many deaf children live in the geographical area covered by your service?
The below answer should include:
•All children who have sensorineural and permanent conductive deafness, at all levels from mild to profound, using BSA/BATOD descriptors. Children with temporary deafness should not be included in your response to this question.
•All deaf children, regardless of whether they receive support from the service. Local authorities are subject to a legal duty to collect this information. 
•Children who attend education provision outside of your area but who normally live in your area.  
23.How many children with permanent or temporary deafness are on the caseload for your service?
By children on caseload, we mean children who receive some form of support at least once a year.  Examples of support include direct teaching, visits to the family or school, liaison with the family, school, teachers, providing hearing aid checks, etc.
The below figure can include children who are supported by your service but who do not live in your area.
24.Of the above, how many children have a temporary conductive hearing loss?
25.Please use this space if you have any comments or if there is anything else you want to tell us about your responses in this section:
Support provided
26.Have there been any changes to your support allocations in the service between 2014/15 and 2015/16?
Yes
No
27.If you have indicated there have been changes, please indicate below what has changed and the impact it has had:
28.Between 2013/14 and 2016/17, has the service undergone a service review or redesign or are there any plans to carry one out?
Yes
No 
29.Have you used any of the following quality standards or resources to reflect on the service provided or to look at service development? (tick all that apply)
BATOD, NDCS and RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss): Quality standards: Specialist teaching and support services for deaf children and young people (2009)
Department for Children, Schools and Families (now Department for Education): Quality standards for special educational needs (SEN) support and outreach services (2008)
Newborn hearing screening programme quality standards
NatSIP Quality Improvement Support Pack (2014)
Deafblind people: guidance for local authorities, Department of Health (2014)
Other. Please specify:
30.Which of the below most accurately describes how your service determines the level of support for deaf children? (please tick one only)
NatSIP Eligibility Framework for Scoring Support Levels (2015)
Criteria developed locally
Other. Please specify: 
31.Please describe below what support allocation framework your service uses.
An example of what we mean by a support allocation framework is shown on page 8 and 9 of the NatSIP Eligibility Framework of Scoring Support Levels. 
You can provide information on your support allocation framework by either:
•Inserting the text below
•Emailing it to professionals@ndcs.org.uk
•Including a link to where we can find this information online  
32.Is the funding for the peripatetic specialist support service for deaf children aged 5 to 16…  (please select one)
Held centrally by the LA (including funding held by the LA to purchase hearing support services from other LAs, or external agencies e.g. SENSE)
Delegated to a special or mainstream school with a resource provision that then provides outreach to other schools
Delegated in full to individual schools in the LA who decide whether to purchase specialist support from the LA
Delegated in part to individual schools in the LA who decide whether to purchase specialist support from the LA (i.e. “traded services” for children without a statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care plan)
Other. Please specify below:
33If funding for the resource provision is delegated to the school through the place plus approach recommended by the Department for Education, how is the top up calculated? (please select one)
Not applicable
The local authority uses a resource banding system
Top up is based on an assessment of each pupil’s individual needs
Top up is based on the cost of the provision
Other – please specify
34.Please use this space if you have any comments or if there is anything else you want to tell us about your responses in this section: 
Thematic questions: early years support
35.Are there specialist early years settings or nursery classes available to pre-school deaf children in the geographical area covered by your service?
By specialist early years setting or nursery class, we mean a setting/class where there is specific support onsite (i.e. not from peripatetic staff) available to deaf children aged 0 to 4 to support their language and communication development, provided by a person with expertise in deafness.
Yes
No
36.If yes, how many specialist settings are they? 
37.Please provide details below of the name, address and contact details for each setting.
38.In the local authority or authorities covered by your service, is there funding available to support parents of deaf children with the costs of transport to a specialist early years setting?
Yes
No
39.If yes, please indicate below, which children are eligible for support with transport costs (e.g. all children with an Education, Health and Care plan, children who live more than 3 miles away from the setting, etc.).
40.In the local authority or authorities covered by your service, are parents of deaf children aged 0 to 4 provided with radio aids for use within the home?
Yes
No 
41.If yes, please indicate below, if there are any eligibility criteria or conditions in place (e.g. parents must have insurance in place, etc.)
42.In the local authority or authorities covered by your service, are parents of deaf children aged 5 to 16 provided with radio aids for use within the home? Yes
No
43.If yes, please indicate below, if there are any eligibility criteria or conditions in place (e.g. parents must have insurance in place, etc.)
44.Do Teachers of the Deaf in your service contribute information to the integrated review for a deaf child aged 2?
Yes – all deaf children
Some deaf children but not all 
No
45.Please use this space if you have any comments or if there is anything else you want to tell us about your responses in this section:

 

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: The information you requested has been provided via your Online Survey (Survey Monkey) by my colleague Gayle Leeson, earlier this month.  If you have however you have not received this, can you please let me know.

 

26/7/16

 

9187

 

Could you please supply the name and e-mail address of the person that acts as Chair of the Corporate Parenting Panel (or equivalent) in your local authority.

 

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

Response: The Chair of the Corporate Parenting Panel is: Cllr Shan Hunt cllrshan.hunt@bedford.gov.uk

4/7/16

 

9188

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your Local Planning Authority:
1. The total sum of costs awarded by your authority, pursuant to successful applications for costs made by appellants during appeal proceedings, in cases involving planning applications or compulsory purchase orders in the years 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016.
2. Itemisation of the above sums by each case. The itemisation should include the Planning Application Number, Planning Application Date, Planning use class, Type of development, Court judgement date, Outcome of judgement, and Sum paid by council.
3. Whether the money for the above payouts came from funding for the Local Planning Authority or the wider authority budget.
4. Details of internal costs incurred by unsuccessful planning appeals lodged by the Local Planning Authority in the years 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, itemised by costs for each case.

 

Thank you for your request for information about planning appeals which we received on 30 June 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We want to be as open as possible in answering requests, and to help people obtain the information they are looking for.   Therefore please can I clarify two of the questions you have raised.

1.     The total sum of costs awarded by your authority, pursuant to successful applications for costs made by appellants during appeal proceedings, in cases involving planning applications or compulsory purchase orders in the years 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016. Do you mean paid by rather than awarded by?

4. Details of internal costs incurred by unsuccessful planning appeals lodged by the Local Planning Authority in the years 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, itemised by costs for each case.  

Planning appeals are made after a decision of the Local Planning Authority, so it’s not the Local Planning Authority who would lodge an appeal – it’s normally an applicant for planning permission or someone who receives an Enforcement Notice, among others).

Please let me know how you wish to proceed.

26/7/16

 

9189

 

 I would like to be provided with the following information for Bedford Borough:
1) The number of children aged 16 years and younger that have been removed from their families and taken into social care because they are overweight in the following years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. I would like the numbers broken down by year.
2) The number of children aged 16 years and younger that have been removed from their families and taken into social care because they are overweight in the following years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. I would like these numbers broken down by age.
3) The weight in stone of overweight children taken into care, aged 16 and under, broken down by age for the following years: 2014, 2015, 2016 in this year so far.

 

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

Answer:

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

12/7/16

 

9190

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

13/7/16

 

 9191

 

 

 I would be grateful if you could provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
1.Total budget for public play facilities (including playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, skate parks etc) in each of the following years:
•2014-15
•2015-16
2.Expected total budget for public play facilities (including playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, skate parks etc) in each of the following years:
•2016-17
•2017-18
•2018-19
3.Number of public playgrounds and play facilities closed in your local authority area and  the proportion of total play facilities this represents, in each of the following years:
•2014-15
•2015-16
4.Number of public playgrounds and play facilities you expect will close in your local authority area and the proportion of total play facilities this represents, in each of the following years:
•2016-17
•2017-18
•2018-19
5.Revenue spending budget for public play facilities in each of the following years:
•2014-15
•2015-16
6.Revenue spending budget for public play facilities in each of the following years:
•2016-17
•2017-18
•2018-19
7.What is the primary reason for playground closures by your local authority in the last 2 years? 

 

Thank you for your request for information about playground budgets and closures which we received on 30 June 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1.        Total budget for public play facilities (including playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, skate parks etc) in each of the following years:

•           2014-15 - £111,820

•           2015-16 - £297,598

2.        Expected total budget for public play facilities (including playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, skate parks etc) in each of the following years:

•           2016-17 - £82,720 (To date July 2016)

•           2017-18 - Unknown

•           2018-19 - Unknown

3.        Number of public playgrounds and play facilities closed in your local authority area and the proportion of total play facilities this represents, in each of the following years:

•           2014-15 - 0

•           2015-16 - 0

4.        Number of public playgrounds and play facilities you expect will close in your local authority area and the proportion of total play facilities this represents, in each of the following years:

•           2016-17 - 0

•           2017-18 - Unknown

•           2018-19 - Unknown

5.        Revenue spending budget for public play facilities in each of the following years:

•           2014-15 - £111,820

•           2015-16 - £97,598

6.        Revenue spending budget for public play facilities in each of the following years:

•           2016-17 - £82,720

•           2017-18 - Unknown

•           2018-19 - Unknown

7.            What is the primary reason for playground closures by your local authority in the last 2 years? 

To date no facilities have been closed across Bedford Borough Council.

 

18/7/16

 

9192

 

 I would like to request a spreadsheet listing the current investments held by the Bedfordshire Pension Fund. I would require that this list of assets is dated at no later than 30/4/2016, contains unique identifying IDs for each holding rather than just descriptive names, has a current valuation figure in £s and has the number of units held where appropriate.  
This information is requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”).  
Details on this Freedom of Information request:  
The total investments currently held by the Bedfordshire Pension Fund (‘The Pension Fund’) in:  
a. Funds, Unit trusts, oeics or any open ended investment vehicle which is pooled
b.  Private Equity Investments
c.   Property Investments
d.  Hedge fund investments or fund of hedge fund investments
e. Infrastructure investments
f.  Direct holdings in shares and bonds  

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

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed. Please note the data provided is as at 31/03/2016.

 

Please contact

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

1/7/16