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7669

 This is a freedom of information request and I would like to request information around facilities management.
Please can you provide me with the organisation’s existing contracts relating to facilities management for each of the categories below:
A.Property and Building Services Maintenance
B.Cleaning and Janitorial Services
C.Security Services- From building and car park security to prisoner escorting services
D. Catering Services
For each of the contract above can you please provide me with the organisation’s primary/main contracts that are above £1,000.00. If there isn’t
1. What is the type of contract please pick from one of the categories above? If the organisation has a fully managed contract

please state “Managed”.
2. Who is the supplier for this contract? Please can you provide me with the contract information for each individual supplier?
3. What is the annual average spend? Please can you provide me with the contract information for each individual supplier?
4. What is the contract duration? Please also provide me with any extensions that maybe offered to the supplier.
5.What is the contract expiry date? Please at least provide me with the month and year.
6. When will this contract be reviewed? Please at least provide me with the month and year.
7. Can you please provide me with the total number of sites the contract covers? An estimate will also be acceptable.
8. What services are provided under this contract? A brief description will be acceptable
9. Who is the main contact from within the organisation responsible for reviewing this contract? Can you please provide me with their full name, actual job title, contact number and direct email address?
10.Notes: If the contract information provided is going to be expiring within the next 3 months it would be helpful to know if you’re going to renew or are planning to go to tender for  a new contract for this particular service.

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 regarding contracts  relating to facilities management  

 

10/8/15

 

7670

 

 I’m currently doing some research with regards to fleet management and I was wondering if I could submit a freedom of information request detailing the organisation’s vehicle, leasing and maintenance contracts. I'm aware that not all organisations will have this particular contract but can you please send the following information with regards to these contracts:
1.Contract Type: Maintenance, Leased, Hire
2.Who is the supplier of this contract? If there is more than one supplier please can you split all the information out below including annual spend, contract description and contract dates.
3.A small description of the contract.
4.The expiry date of each individual contract.
5.The contract review date.
6 Can you please send me contact details of the individual within the organisation responsible for this contract? Can you please send me two contact one from the fleet management (or equivalent) and the other procurement or purchasing preferably the category manager.
7.If the contract above was awarded within the last six months could you please provide me with the suppliers that where shortlisted?
8.I understand that the FOI Act is for recorded information but if you could be so help please include notes into what the organisation tends to do for future procurements. Extending contract, going to tender etc.

The information you have requested can be found on the Borough Council website in the response to a previous EIR.  Please click 17-31 May 2014 and request no. 5913.

 21/07/15

7671

 

 Re: unaccompanied children who arrived as asylum seekers and are looked after by this local authority 
Please state:
How many unaccompanied children are looked after by this local authority?
How many children formerly in this category are now receiving care leaving services from this local authority?
How many individuals claiming to be unaccompanied children were deemed to be an age other than their claimed age by this local authority?
Do children entering at the age of 16 or 17 enter foster care in this 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.

How many unaccompanied children are looked after by this local authority?

Response:  22 looked after children

How many children formerly in this category are now receiving care leaving services from this local authority?  

Response: 16 Care leavers

How many individuals claiming to be unaccompanied children were deemed to be an age other than their claimed age by this local authority?

Response:  From April 20014 – March 2015 Bedford Borough Council received 26 referrals from individuals claiming to be under 18 years of age, out of those 26 referral’s 12 individuals were deemed to over 18 years.

From April 2015 – to present day Bedford Borough Council has received 9 referrals from individuals claiming to be under 18 years, out of those 9 referral’s 3 individuals were deemed to be over 18 years.

Currently Bedford Borough Council have 22 looked after out of those 22 who became Looked after  9 have been deemed to be an age other than their claimed aged by the Local authority but still deemed to be under 18 years or the benefit of the doubt has been granted.

Do children entering at the age of 16 or 17 enter foster care in this local authority? 

Response:  Bedford Borough Council assess each individual child on their needs, should assessors feel that a young person aged 16 / 17 year requires placing in foster care than a placement will be sourced.

If not in foster care, how many support hours per week does the local authority provide for –

a)    Looked after children aged 16-17?

 Response: Looked after young people between the ages of 16 – 17 can receive a minimum of 4 hours  up to a maximum of 24/7 care it will depend on the individual child’s assessed needs.

b)    Care leavers?

Response:  For a Majority of care leaves support hours are reduced or stopped once they turn 18 years For those young people who have status and are able to excess housing social or private housing they can be referred to specialist floating support service provided by external agencies should a need arise or are assessed as needing further support this can be between 1 – 2 hours a week. Should there be additional support hours required this can requested at Panel.

For those young people who are unable to access social or private housing mainly young people who are ARE (All Rights Exhausted) shared accommodation is provided by the Local authority with a minimum of 1 hour a week support for the house. Once again should an individual be assessed as needing further support a request at Panel can be made.

23/07/15

7672

 

 Can you also answer the following:
1- Are Data Collection Sheets designed centrally by the local authority or independently by each school?
2- How is the collected data processed within the local authority once received back from schools and before it is sent to the Department of Education for the annual pupil census?
3- How, if relevant, is the collected data used within/by the local authority?
4- Who within the local authority processes and/or analyses the data collected (name, position and telephone & email contact details)?

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

1.    Are Data Collection Sheets designed centrally by the local authority or independently by each school?

Response: We do not hold this information. There used to be a template from the DfE for schools to use. The school ‘s MIS provider may now provide a template.

We do not get involved with these collection sheets – they are managed by each school individually and these feed into the school’s management information system (MIS).  We therefore do not have copies to send –  you would need to contact each school for any information with regards this.  A copy of the Bedford Borough Education Establishment Guide is attached for your information.

2.    How is the collected data processed within the local authority once received back from schools and before it is sent to the Department of Education for the annual pupil census?

Response: The schools are responsible for taking the data from the collection sheets and reporting back as appropriate on the termly school census. The school census is submitted to the DfE each term by the school. We then have access to the school census and the information it holds via the DfE.

3.    How, if relevant, is the collected data used within/by the local authority?

Response:  The school census is downloaded and used to populate our school/pupil database where relevant.

4.    Who within the local authority processes and/or analyses the data collected (name, position and telephone & email contact details)?

Response: We do not process the data collection sheets as stated above but the performance team use the school census data when made available.

23/07/15

7673 -7674

 

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

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

10/8/15

 

7675

 

 

 

Please can you provide me with the Primary & Secondary School Supply Spends for all schools in Bedfordshire for 2014/2015 AND 2013/2014. This means the school spend on agency supply staff in the borough of Bedfordshire.
If possible; please can this be provided in an Excel Spreadsheet - having considerable focus on each schools supply spend for the above academic years.
If it is possible to have the breakdown of which agency this is with also; this would be great.
Also, if you can let me know if this borough has a Preferred Agency Supply list? If so, please confirm which agencies are currently on the Preferred Supply List for your borough and how to make an application to be included onto the list. If this list is fixed; then please let me know when this is up for re tender.

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 for our area and this is enclosed

24/07/15

7676

 

 I kindly request to be sent information on how many children were admitted for the last few years and this current year together with the net capacity for each school.

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 net capacities of Daubeney Middle and Kempston Rural Lower as report in the Local Authority’s School Capacity return in June 2015 are 480 and 420 respectively.
The table below gives details of the number of applications and the number of places offered for the last 5 intakes.
Daubeney   
 PAN Total Applications Places Offered
2011 120 139 120
2012 120 119 119
2013 120 124 120
2014 120 146 120
2015 120 125 120   
   
Kempston Rural  
 PAN Total Applications Places Offered
2011 20 30 20
2012 20 26 20
2013 20 33 20
2014 60 39 39
2015 60 84 60

11/8/15

 

7677

 

I am requesting the following information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
From 2013 to the current date, please can you provide a yearly breakdown of the following information?
Number of licenses
1.The number of a) taxi / Hackney Carriage and b) private hire licences issued in your licencing area.
Exemption to requirements to carry guide or assistance dogs
2.The number of certificates issued to a) hackney carriage / taxi and b) private hire licensees exempting drivers from carrying guide or assistance dogs
3.In your licensing area, Is a GP’s note considered sufficient evidence for the issue of an exemption certificate under S169 and S171 of the Equality Act 2010?
Complaints, prosecutions and enforcement action
4.How many complaints or allegations were made against a) hackney carriage / taxi drivers and b) private hire drivers for refusing to carry a guide or assistance dog?
5.How many a) hackney carriage / taxi and b) private hire drivers did you prosecute for refusing a guide or assistance dog in each year and how many of these resulted in conviction?.
6.How many a) hackney carriage / taxi and b private hire drivers did you take enforcement action against (in each year) for refusing to carry guide or assistance dogs?
7.Do you have a policy in your licensing area whether or not to prosecute drivers believed to have refused guide or assistance dogs? If so, please can you confirm whether you do prosecute where appropriate or whether you have a policy to dispose of cases in any other way.

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.      Apr 13-Mar 14

TXD  32

PHD 451

      Apr 14-Mar 15

TXD  35

PHD 437

      Apr 15- Jun15

TXD  5

PHD 110

2.  From 2013 to current date there have been no Certificates issued to a) hackney carriage/taxi and b) private hire licensees exempting drivers from carrying guide or assistance dogs.

3. An Application Form and Medical Report must be completed. These can be downloaded from the Bedford Borough Website via this link

4.  From 2013 to current date there have been no complaints or allegations made against a) hackney carriage/taxi drivers and b)private hire drivers for refusing to carry a guide or assistance dog.

5.  Bedford Borough will prosecute for offences where appropriate and has prosecuted drivers for having refused guide or assistance dogs when complaints have been received.  The Prosecutions undertaken by Bedford Borough can be found here

From 2013 to current date Bedford Borough Council has not prosecuted any a) hackney carriage/taxi and b) private hire drivers for refusing to carry a guide or assistance dog.

6. From 2013 to current date Bedford Borough Council has not taken enforcement action against any a) hackney carriage/taxi and b) private hire drivers for refusing to carry a guide or assistance dog.

7  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 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 21 (Information Accessible to applicant by other means ) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link below:

The Licensing Enforcement Policy

6/8/15

 

7678

 

 I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for the departmental structure of the IT / Information Security Department within the council. Where there isn’t a dedicated IT / Information Security Department, the details of IT Department will suffice.
Please can you confirm Names, Email addresses and where possible Telephone numbers of The Senior Management within the directorate (CISO, “Head of” or Manager).

 

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

27/07/15

7679

 

1.On what date was a sign placed at the entrance to the Foster Hill Road cemetery providing details of the relevant dog control order?
2.Were details of the order placed in a local newspaper when it was made?  Which paper?  What date?
3.Does the order apply to any access land, as specified in the 2006 regulations? 

Closed as general business.

22/07/15

7680

 

We are currently undertaking a ground investigation report for a proposed residential development at Dane Lane, Wilstead. Would you be able to provide any information about the site in relation to any known chemical and gaseous contamination of the sites/local area as well as any landfill location close to the site?

Thank you for your request for information about Dane Lane, Wilstead which we received on 22nd July 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We are not aware of any  contamination/ sources of contamination at the site.We are aware of the following locations within the vicinity of the site:The Western boundary of the property backs onto the recently developed Wixams site. This land was formerly occupied by the Elstow storage depot, which comprised a number of industrial uses. This site was investigated for contamination, as required by conditions attached to the various planning permissions given for its development. Some contamination was found, which was remediated to the satisfaction of this Department, as was also required by conditions attached to the planning permissions. Reports of this work are available on the Planning pages of Bedford Borough Council’s website.

Our records indicate that a brickworks was located approximately 170m to the East of the site. We have no further information on this site.

Our records indicate that a former ‘works’ was located approximately 200m to the North East of the site. We have no further information on this site.The Environment Agency’s website indicates that a ‘historic landfll site’ was located approximately 1.4km to the West of the site. For further details please refer to

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

30/7/2015

 

7681

 

 In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I am writing to request information regarding youth homelessness prevention in your area.
These questions relate to services offered by you (the local authority) which are targeted at young people living in families at risk of family breakdown, who would subsequently become homeless.
Please provide information for the financial year 2014-15 but also note any emerging information you have for this current financial year. Please include details of age ranges where possible.
1.Do you offer services in your area for young people at risk of homelessness due to family breakdown to prevent them from leaving home?
a.Yes
b.No
2.If yes, which of the following services do you offer in your area for young people at risk of leaving home due to family breakdown to prevent them from leaving home? (Tick all that apply)
a.Family mediation
b.Family support (e.g. Troubled Families)
c.Parenting support/programmes (for families with teenagers)
d.Respite for young people at risk of family breakdown
e.Other……. (please specify)
3.For each of the service types you have indicated in your answer to question 2, please could you state what the eligibility/ selection criteria are for young people or families seeking access to those services?
a.Family mediation
b.Family support (e.g. Troubled Families):
c.Parenting support/programmes (for families with teenagers):
d.Respite for young people at risk of family breakdown:
e.Other……. (please specify)
4.Please list the service user outcomes which are measured and recorded across each programme type:
a.Family mediation
b.Family support (e.g. Troubled Families)
c.Parenting support/programmes (for families with teenagers)
d.Respite for young people at risk of family breakdown
e.Other……. (please specify)
5.In what percentage of cases during the financial year 2014/15 has youth homelessness been avoided due to your services working with families to prevent family breakdown? (Please provide an exact figure if possible, if not please state where estimates are used)
6.How much money is allocated from each of the following budgets to fund services for young people at risk of homelessness due to family breakdown to prevent them from leaving home? What percentage of the overall budget does this account for? (Please provide an exact figure if possible, if not please state where estimates are used)
a.Children’s services:
b.Housing:
c.Early intervention grant:
d.Troubled Families funding:
e.Social Impact Bonds:
f.Other………… (please specify)

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. 

The information contained in this response specifically relates to 16-17 year olds.

1.Yes. There is a Youth Accommodation Support Practitioner who works with 16-17 year olds at risk of exclusion from the family home or already excluded.  There is also an early intervention service which can work with families with younger children to prevent things from getting to this stage. 

2. All of the above.  Family mediation and other support is explored on a case by case basis by the youth accommodation support practitioner and referrals made to family group meetings and parenting courses.  There is a troubled families service and parenting programmes (such as strengthening families, who’s in charge), there is a Crashpad service for temporary accommodation along with a range of private supported accommodation providers. 

In addition to the above mentioned, we offer  Floating support- which is a service that can offer tenancy maintenance where a young person is at risk of homelessness due to parental risk of homelessness- this can support with benefit claims, debt management, budgeting etc. 

3. 

a.any identified case where a young person is at risk of exclusion

b. referrals come into the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) who determine whether families meet the threshold for troubled families, Early Intervention, Family Focus. 

c.any identified case where a young person is at risk of exclusion a referral can be made.

d.any identified case where a young person is at risk of exclusion or has already been excluded. 

e.answered in question No 2 – Floating support.

4.Family mediation – in the past year mediation has not ultimately avoided homelessness for 16-17 year olds although it tends to delay an exclusion- regarding the youth accommodation support practitioners role referrals come in at a stage following an incident and/or after a period of building tensions in which families are not generally engaged in services.  There is a tendency for one or both parties to decline engagement with family group meetings and this tends to be the young person themselves refusing this. 

In terms of respite- this tends to be used at the point of exclusion as this tends to be the point of referral to the youth accommodation support practitioner.  From this point a return home is explored with additional support offered including family group meetings but again this tends to be refused by one or both parties and until such time as services might be conditional on engagement in mediation this is not likely to change. 

5.Currently Early help do not have a database where this information can be pulled out – all information is stored within individual case notes.   In order for us to obtain this information would require us to manually check each individual case, which would exceed the fees limit of 18 hours.

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 with regards to Question 5.

6.a.NIL - There is not a dedicated budget for this service– requests for funding are considered at our weekly resource panel chaired by a Head of Service.  This year we have a dedicated  General Analysis code for accommodation to enable us to monitor the spend more accurately.

b.NIL – Does not have a separately identified budget.

c.NIL – Does not have a separately identified budget.

d.NIL – Does not have a separately identified budget.

e.NIL – Does not have a separately identified budget

f.Funding for services such as temporary accommodation and family group meetings are applied for on a case by case basis to the Bedford Allocation Panel (BAP). 

In the year 2014-15 there were 99 referrals, of which 41 were confirmed as homeless, 25 confirmed not homeless and 8 deemed at risk of homelessness.  The remainder were deemed unknown due to lack of contact.  13 lacked a local connection to this authority.  

Additional services were offered to those that were not homeless but were declined by either the young person/ parent(s) or both which in some cases lead to a further breakdown later. 

Of those 8 deemed to be at risk of becoming homeless – less than 5 were housed by another parent and no further contact after family group meeting information sent.  Negotiated with the parents of another to allow the young person to stay until they had achieved accommodation post 18.  The remainder ultimately became homeless due to non-engagement.  Mediation stalled this in those cases but ultimately the young person’s refusal to change and engage with services led to them becoming homeless.  

Temporary accommodation was provided (funded by children’s services) for 9 cases none of whom returned to the family home.  A few of other cases had rent guarantors and chose to be treated as adults in terms of homelessness and received services from housing options. 

Not covered within the stats are those that later return home and there is scope, to revisit the offer of mediation services later for those who do not return home which is not currently done.   

There are also cases where it is not safe to return to the family home where mediation and family support may not be appropriate.  In addition where the issues might relate to additional support needs for a parent or other family member then referrals to other services can alleviate the stress relating to the risk of exclusion and alleviate stress on the part of the young person e.g referrals to young carers for this young people struggling to provide care for a parent or other family member. 

17/08/15

7682

 

 I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please send me:
1.The number of full time equivalent members of staff employed centrally by the council with responsibility for Special Educational Needs (SEN/SEND) during each of the years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 in the following:
a.working with more than one LA school and based in a Local Authority office
b.working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere
c.working in one LA school for that school
2.The numbers of full time equivalent members of staff who are dyslexia and literacy specialists employed by the council in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 in the following:
a.working with more than one LA school and based in a Local Authority office
b.working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere
c.working in one LA school for that school
3.The amount of hours contracted to external specialists (for example but not limited to consultants/educational psychologists etc) employed by the council in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
4.The job specification for the person responsible for:
a.Managing SEN/D provision for the LA
b.Compiling the Local Offer for the LA
5.The qualifications held by the person responsible for the following role in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015:
a.Managing SEN/D provision for the LA
b.Compiling the Local Offer for the LA 

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.”

As per our communication  , we are unable to provide you with the information requested in the entirety of your FOI request (due to the above exceeding the appropriate limit). However we can supply you with some of the data as listed below and agreed with yourself.You requested:

1.The number of full time equivalent members of staff employed centrally by the council with responsibility for Special Educational Needs (SEN/SEND) during each of the years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 in the following:

Answer:

31.03.2010 – 9 FTE

31.03.2011 – 8 FTE

31.03.2012 – 11.5 FTE

31.03.2013 – 11.31 FTE

31.03.2014 – 11.30 FTE

31.03.2015 – 11.57 FTE

a. working with more than one LA school and based in a Local Authority office Answer:All of the above staff

b. working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere Answer:

None

c. working in one LA school for that school Answer:None

2.  The numbers of full time equivalent members of staff who are dyslexia and literacy specialists employed by the council in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 in the following:

a.   working with more than one LA school and based in a Local Authority office

b. working with more than one LA school and based elsewhere

c. working in one LA school for that school Answer:None

3. The amount of hours contracted to external specialists (for example but not limited to consultants/educational psychologists etc) employed by the council in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015Answer:None

4. The job specification for the person responsible for:

a.  Managing SEN/D provision for the LA

b.  Compiling the Local Offer for the LA Answer:Please see attached file

5.The qualifications held by the person responsible for the following role in each of the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015:

a. Managing SEN/D provision for the LA

b. Compiling the Local Offer for the LA

Answer:Masters Level

13/8/15

 

7683

 

Please could you confirm how many electric vehicles are owned, or leased, by your council?
Please could you confirm which year they were purchased in, how much they cost, the make and model of each vehicle and where they are normally based?
Please could you confirm the annual mileage of each electric vehicle?
Please could you confirm how many journeys have been undertaken by each electric vehicle in the last year?
Please could you confirm the average annual mileage of vehicles in the council fleet as a whole?

 

Thank you for your request for information about electric cars which we received on 21st July 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please click here for the information you requested on electric vehicles

11/8/2015

 

7684

 

Request under Freedom of Information Act
Adult Care services - commissioners
Please can you provide copies of any S75/Joint Business arrangements for council staff working as part of joint teams with health or other providers.
Documents would include but not limited to
Section 75 agreement
Contracts
Service Specifications
Does your authority have joint commissioning teams.
If you do not hold any documents are there plans for the creation of them.

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.

Answer:While we have staff working with health colleagues in a range of roles they could not be described as joint teams and there is no documentation of the type requested.

The creation of joint teams is expected over the next couple of years when suitable agreements will be put in place to enable them.

 

12/8/15

 

7685

 

I am under the freedom of information act requesting annual figures of children placed in foster care and adopted. Along with failed adoptions.
I am also under this act also asking for the budget given to each Local Authority in relation to adoption and fostering funds granted by the Government every year.
We would also like to know if any of your workers are given incentives either by promotion options or pay bonuses to meet adoption targets that would show an improvement of the annual OFSTED reports.
So to clarify:
1. The annual figure for 2014 to date of all children currently looked after by the LA and those that are in adoption or await adoption.
2: Adoptions that have broken down since in the previous annual year.
3: Your annual budget given by the government to assist and support placements of children.
4: If any cash or promotional offers are granted to Social Workers in order to meet any OFSTED targets.

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

1.states that the information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (Information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).
An explanation follows below.
This information is already in the public domain see: Please click here for the link on children and adoption

This has Quarter 1-3 data for 2014/15, with Quarter 4 due for publication around the beginning of October 2015.
2.Response: 
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that the information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA).
An explanation follows below
This is due for publication around the beginning of October 2015, as part of Quarter 4 on the above link.
3.Response:
2014-15: £169,019 [Adoption Reform Grant: £143,379 plus Staying Put Implementation Grant: £25,640]
2015-16: £51,279 [Staying Put Implementation Grant: £51,279]
4: Response: There are no cash or promotional offers in place for social workers in order to meet any Ofsted targets.

13/8/15

 

7686

 

Please can you provide the following information:
1.The latest school roll forecasts or projections:
a.showing the forecast figures for each school managed by this education authority;
b.showing the forecast data for each year group within each school;
c.indicating the date when these forecasts were last updated;
d.indicating whether pupil yield figures from approved planning applications are included in forecasts – and the latest date when consented applications were included.
e.indicating the official capacity of each school managed by this education authority, and the year when each of these school capacities was last checked or updated.

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

17/08/15

7687

 

LIKE THIS STORY HOW MANY REPORTS HAVE YOU HAD YEAR BY YEAR FROM 2000  TO 2015 OF PEOPLE IN YOUR AREA THAT HAVE BEEN ABUSED KIDS AND ADULTS THEN YOU AGREED THE ABUSERS TO LOOK AFTER THAT PERSON

, 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:

HOW MANY REPORTS HAVE YOU HAD YEAR BY YEAR FROM 2000  TO 2015 OF PEOPLE IN YOUR AREA THAT HAVE BEEN ABUSED KIDS AND ADULTS THEN YOU AGREED THE ABUSERS TO LOOK AFTER THAT PERSON?

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

1.States that the information requested is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 40 – Personal Information and Section 12 –Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit, of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

Explanation follows below:

We would not disclose details of any case due to confidentiality and given we deal with 100’s of safeguarding enquiries every year actually finding the information you have requested would take in excess of 18 hours.

28/07/15

7688

 

 FOI Questions’ regarding technology

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

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

13/8/15

 

7689

 

Please provide the following information:
1.How many incidents have been reported to Bedford Borough Council of Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle drivers refusing to carry assistance dog owners in the past five years.
2.On how many occasions Bedford Borough Council has initiated or been involved in a  legal action against a Taxi or Private Hire Vehicle driver or operator due to allegations of discrimination against assistance dog owners in the past five years.
Please breakdown the following for each case:
a.The outcome of the case
b.If a fine was imposed, the level of the fine
3.Does Bedford Borough Council require Taxi or Private Hire Vehicle operators or drivers they licence to undertake disability awareness training as a requirement for obtaining a licence to operate? Does this training include references to the law surrounding assistance dog owners? If guidance is issued to drivers, please provide a copy of this document.
4.Whether Bedford Borough Council has:
a.Withdrawn the licence of any Taxi or Private Hire Vehicle operators or drivers, following reports of refusing carriage or making additional charges for the carriage of assistance dog owners in the past five years.
b.If licenses have been withdrawn for the reasons in 4a, how many? Please indicate the length of each suspension
c.How many, if any, licenses have subsequently been reinstated on appeal
5.Whether Bedford Borough Council carries out quality assurance (through methods such as mystery shopping or conducting passenger satisfaction surveys) on Taxi or Private Hire Vehicle operators or drivers, to determine they are meeting their obligation to not discriminate against passengers with disabilities, specifically including assistance dog owners.
6.Outline the requirements and procedures Bedford Borough Council maintains for Taxi or Private Hire Vehicle drivers to gain an exemption from carrying assistance dogs in their vehicle on health grounds.

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.No incidents have been reported to Bedford Borough Council of Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle drivers refusing to carry assistance dog owners in the past five years.

2.Bedford Borough will prosecute for offences where appropriate and has prosecuted drivers for having refused guide or assistance dogs when complaints have been received.  The Prosecutions undertaken by Bedford Borough can be found here

Bedford Borough Council has not initiated or been involved in a  legal action against a Taxi or Private Hire Vehicle driver or operator due to allegations of discrimination against assistance dog owners in the past five years.

3. Bedford Borough Council does not require Taxi or Private Hire Vehicle operators or drivers they licence to undertake disability awareness training as a requirement for obtaining a licence to operate

4. Bedford Borough Council has not had any reports of refusing carriage or making additional charges for the carriage of assistance dog owners and therefore has not withdrawn the licence of any Taxi or Private Hire Vehicle Operator or driver.

5. Bedford Borough Council does not carry out quality assurance through methods such as mystery shopping or conducting passenger surveys.

6. Bedford Borough Council requires an application to be made for exemption and a Medical Report must be completed. These can be downloaded from the Bedford Borough Website

6/8/15

 

7690

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/8/15

 

7691

 

 Please can you confirm who was the incumbent provider of this service and who the successful bidder was for the most recent contract beginning 1/12/2014.

We confirm that the incumbent providers of this service were Bedfordshire Housing Link and YMCA Bedfordshire.The successful bidder for the contract beginning 1/12/2014 is YMCA Bedfordshire.

30/7/15

 

7692

 

 I am seeking the following information in electronic form.
A list of all: 
•Resources;
•training providers;
•support services;
•and/or any other organisations involved in the provision of sex and relationships training, advice or education,
that are recommended or advertised by your local authority to schools  or parents. In the case of any resources, I would like the name, title or web address of the resource, as well as the name of the organisation that provides or produces it. 
In addition, please could you provide details of any website/internet filtering policies or systems your local authority provides or recommends to schools.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you attached regarding provision of sex and relationships training, advice or education

 

13/8/15

 

7693

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

11/8/15

 

7694

 

 I would like to know how many Health and Safety investigations were carried out by Environmental Health into x at both shops and distribution centres, between 2012 and 2015.
For each incident, please list the date, address of the store, details of the investigation and the outcome.
I would also like to know how many food hygiene investigations Environmental Health carried out at  x, both shops and distribution centres between 2012 and 2015.

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

19/08/15

7695

 

Please can you provide the following IT information re Social Care:-
Adult Social Care
a)Who is the current supplier of your Adult Social Care application system and what is
b)Systems name
c)When did the contract with the current supplier begin, and when is it due for renewal
d)Is the system located in-house, supplier hosted or Cloud based
Childrens Social Care
e)Who is the current supplier of your Childrens Social Care application system and what is
f)Systems name
g)When did the contract with the current supplier begin, and when is it due for renewal
h)Is the system located in-house, supplier hosted or Cloud based

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested set out below.
Please can you provide the following IT information re Social Care:
Adult Social Care
a)Who is the current supplier of your Adult Social Care application system? Northgate
b)System name? Swift
c)When did the contract with the current supplier begin, and when is it due for renewal? Contract start (date Bedford Borough started using) = 1/4/2010, Contract renewal = 30/4/2016
d)Is the system located in-house, supplier hosted or Cloud based? In house
Children’s Social Care
e)Who is the current supplier of your Children’s Social Care application system? Azeus
f)System name? AzeusCare
g)When did the contract with the current supplier begin, and when is it due for renewal? Contract start = 24/03/2014, Contract renewal = The request is subject of an absolute exemption contained within S21 as this information is available in the public domain as an Executive Decision, at the following link

Please click here for the information on contract

h)Is the system located in-house, supplier hosted or Cloud based? In house

3/8/15

 

7696

 

 I would like to request for a breakdown of total business rates collected and how this is spent in Bedford.
This information will help me determine the benefits provided by the council from the business rates collected and what the business owners get in return?

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

The amount of non-domestic rates income the Council receives each year is 49% of the estimated non-domestic rates yield from the Borough each year. 

This amount will not be the same as the final rates yield for the year which will include the effect of any adjustments to the property base and other adjustments that occur over the course of the year.  The difference between the estimated rates yield and the final rates yield, either a deficit or a surplus, is then taken into account in calculating the estimated rates yield for subsequent years.

Rates yield is calculated on an accruals accounting basis and, therefore, the income to the Council from the estimated rates yield will also differ from the amount of payments received during the year, which will include payments in respect of arrears and pre-payments of future liabilities.

The rates yield available to the Council in 2014/15 was £32,179,516,, including a surplus of £206,000 from the previous year.  In addition the Council received a grant from the Government of £1,595,781 in respect  of non-domestic rates income foregone as a result of a number of Government initiatives to assist businesses with the cost of rates.

The income received from non-domestic rates is not ring-fenced in anyway and forms part of the Council’s overall financial resources used to fund the delivery of all Council services.

19/08/15

7697

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request that your Local Authority provide me with the following information.
•The number of designated statutory children's centres in the local authority now
•How many Sure Start centres in the local authority provide fewer services now than they did in 2009/10?
•How many Sure Start centres in the local authority have reduced their opening hours since 2009/10?
•How many Sure Start centres in the local authority have fewer staff now than in 2009/10?
•Approximately how many children use the Sure Start Centre(s) in the local authority on a frequent basis now?
•Approximately how many children used the Sure Start Centre(s) in the local authority on a frequent basis in 2009/10?
•Approximately how many families use the Sure Start Centre(s) in the local authority on a frequent basis now?
•Approximately how many families used the Sure Start Centre(s) in the local authority on a frequent basis in 2009/10?
•What was the amount of money allocated to the Sure Start centre(s) in the local authority in the financial year 2009/10?
•What was the amount of money allocated to the Sure Start centre(s) in the local authority in the most recent financial year?

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 number of designated statutory children's centres in the local authority now.Answer: 15

• How many Sure Start centres in the local authority provide fewer services now than they did in 2009/10?Answer: 15

• How many Sure Start centres in the local authority have reduced their opening hours since 2009/10?Answer: 15

• How many Sure Start centres in the local authority have fewer staff now than in 2009/10?Answer: 13

• Approximately how many children use the Sure Start Centre(s) in the local authority on a frequent basis now?
Answer: 2,419 (22%)

• Approximately how many children used the Sure Start Centre(s) in the local authority on a frequent basis in 2009/10?
Answer: 1,971 (18%)

• Approximately how many families use the Sure Start Centre(s) in the local authority on a frequent basis now?
Answer: 2,054 (25%)

• Approximately how many families used the Sure Start Centre(s) in the local authority on a frequent basis in 2009/10?
Answer: 1,629 (20%)

• What was the amount of money allocated to the Sure Start centre(s) in the local authority in the financial year 2009/10? Answer: £1,742,625

• What was the amount of money allocated to the Sure Start centre(s) in the local authority in the most recent financial year? Answer: £1,399,000

* Please note - Frequent basis has been defined as ‘seen’ more than three times over the period of one year

14/8/15

 

7698

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/8/15

 

7699

 

 I request that a copy of the following information be provided to me:
1.The software that each school in your authority use to compile school census e.g. Capita SIMS, RM Integris etc.
2.Do you have a licence / contractual arrangement with an MIS supplier?
a.Please provide the name of the supplier.
b.Please provide the nature of the duration of this contract.
c.Please provide the cost to the LA for this contract.
d.How is the pricing structure for each school calculated?
3.Do you provide support for this software?
a.Is this support priced separately to the software?
b.Can schools just purchase licences or are they bundled with support?
c.How is the pricing structure calculated for each school’s support?
4.Are schools free to choose their own MIS software, or is this chosen by yourselves?
5.If you have a licence / contract with an MIS supplier, when is this being reviewed?
a.Will a formal tender be carried out for this software?
i.Which portal will this be released on?
b.Will review considerations be made public when a decision is made?
6.Please provide contact details of the person(s) that are responsible for the MIS supply for the LA.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm we do hold the information          
Response:
Schools have full autonomy to choose their own MIS system.  The LA does not commission, have  a contract with or support MIS systems.
Bedford Borough schools use Capita SIMs and RM Integris to compile their school census returns. 
You may wish to contact the schools individually to establish which MIS they use.  Please find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Education Establishment Guide for your information.

11/8/15

 

7700

 

 I request that a copy of the following information be provided to me:
1.The software that each school in your authority use to manage school finance e.g. Capita FMS, PS Financials, etc.
2.Do you have a licence / contractual arrangement with a finance supplier?
a.Please provide the name of the supplier.
b.Please provide the nature of the duration of this contract.
c.Please provide the cost to the LA for this contract.
d.How is the pricing structure for each school calculated?
3.Do you provide support for this software?
a.Is this support priced separately to the software?
b.Can schools just purchase licences or are they included with support?
c.How is the pricing structure calculated for each school’s support?
4.Are schools free to choose their own finance software, or is this chosen by yourselves?
5.Does the finance system integrate with HR/Payroll services provided by the council?
a.Please give a brief explanation of how this works.
b.Are schools free to use another package for this integration?
6.Please provide me with the school’s pay scale for teaching and support staff (including spine points and pay grades).

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.
Yes schools are free to choose their own finance software.
You will need to contact the schools individually to establish which systems they use. Please find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Education Establishment Guide for your information.
6.Please provide me with the school’s pay scale for teaching and support staff (including spine points and pay grades).
Response:  Please see PDF documents attached.
Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk  for a copies of the attachment

12/8/15

 

7701

 

1 What proportion (expressed as both a percentage and actual sum) of your 2014/15 public health budget was spent on sexual health?
2 What proportion (expressed as both a percentage and actual sum) of your 2015/16 public health budget will be spent on sexual health if promised central government cuts to public health funding go ahead?
3 Have you had to cut and/or restrict access to sexual health services since April 2013?

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

1.  What proportion (expressed as both a percentage and actual sum) of your 2014/15 public health budget was spent on sexual health?

2014/15 net spend on Sexual Health was £1,446,000 – this represents 21.9% of the 2014/15 Public Health budget of £6,593,000.

2.What proportion (expressed as both a percentage and actual sum) of your 2015/16 public health budget will be spent on sexual health if promised central government cuts to public health funding go ahead?

We do not hold this information

3.  Have you had to cut and/or restrict access to sexual health services since April 2013?

No we have not had to cut or restrict access to sexual health services

27/07/15

7702

 

 May you please inform me of the number and type of IT equipment which has suffered recorded damage within the last year. May you please specify the cause of this damage, for instance, spilled beverages.

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.

Device

Cause of damage

Printer

unknown

Printer

unknown

Laptop

unknown

Mobile Phone

Dropped

Printer

unknown

Mobile Phone

Dropped

Mobile Phone

Water damage

Laptop

Screen damaged by placing heavy object on laptop

Laptop

Dropped

Total:

9

3/8/15

 

7703

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/8/15

 

7704

 

 Could you please send me:
1)The number of missing people events for children under 18 in [local authority] for 2014 or the most recent available year.
a.The number of missing people events for children under 18 in [local authority] involving children in the care of the local authority.
2)The number of return home interviews given to children under 18 in [local authority] in 2014 or the most recent available year.
3)Whether [local authority] currently engages a third party outsourced provider to conduct return home interviews for under 18s.
4)If Bedford Borough currently engages a third party provider may I also have:
a.The name of the third party provider.
b.The number of return home interviews given by the third party provider in 2014 or the most recent available year.
c.The start date and length of the current contract with the third party provider.
d.Details on whether the third party provider offers any related services alongside return home interviews, such as support with a child sexual exploitation (CSE) programme.
e.The annual fee paid by [local authority] for this service, or details of the payment structure if charged on a pro-rata basis.

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)502 however, there is no distinction  drawn between missing and absent episodes

a.214 however, there is no distinction  drawn between missing and absent episodes

2) Data not currently recorded on the client database.  Please see answer to Question 4b below.

3)Yes

4)a. NYAS

b.NYAS have supported 9 young people during Return Interviews since 18.11.14 (that is the date of the first one undertaken since the agreement was reached)

c.1st April 2015 – 31st March 2015

d.No

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

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

1.   States that the information requested is exempt information.

2.   Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 43 - Commercial interests of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

21/08/15

7705

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/8/15

 

7706

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/8/15

 

7707

 

The emissions do indeed smell and taste toxic and yet there are plans to build a school within a few yards of the factory.  This suggests that the council is confident that there is no health risk in breathing the contaminated air on a daily basis.
The absence of analysis data raises two questions:
1. How can the council know what chemical compounds are being released ?
2. Without knowing, can the council state with any certainty that the gases are safe to breathe ?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. The answer to your question is given below.

2.How can the Council know what chemical compounds are being released? 

The investigation undertaken by officers within Environmental Health and Trading Standards since your original complaint in 2013 identified that the business uses  unsaturated hydrocarbons in its production process. An environmental permit would be required if 100 or more tonnes of unsaturated hydrocarbons were used in a 12 month period. Our investigations also established that Production Glass Fibre is not using sufficient unsaturated hydrocarbons annually to require a permit. There are no other substances being used by them in their production that are controlled under the Environmental Permitting Regulations.

2.Without knowing, can the Council state with any certainty that the gases are safe to breathe?
The Council is not obliged to sample and analyse gasses being produced by Production Glass Fibre. The thresholds for chemical emissions are specified in legislation set by Government to protect both the environment and public health. Exposure to the discharge of levels of under 100 tonnes of unsaturated hydrocarbon per year is not deemed, under the legislation, to pose a risk to either the environment or public health.

19/08/15

7708

 

I would like to request a copy of your following policies please:
• Corporate ICT security management policy
• safeguarding adults policy
• domestic abuse policy
• retention, destruction and disposal of records policy
• Dignity at work policy
• Code of conduct for officers

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 and note that any dignity at work issues are currently dealt with using the Councils’ grievance procedure which will be further developed in relation to this area and is attached for your information.

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

13/8/15

 

7709

 

 Formal Permanent Exclusion from Secondary Schools:  Independent Review Panels and the Power to Direct a £4,000 Readjustment / Payment toward a Pupil’s Continuing Education
A.   Maintained Secondary Schools
1. What was the total number of formal permanent exclusions from maintained secondary schools in your area in each of the academic years 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15?  Please also state the total number of maintained schools and pupil population to which each annual total relates.
2. For each academic year:  Of those pupils permanently excluded from maintained secondary schools in your area (Q1), in relation to how many pupils did their parents apply for review by an independent review panel (IRP)?
3. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ formal permanent exclusions reviewed by IRPs (Q2), how many reviews were determined in favour of the pupil?
4. For each academic year:  Of those reviews determined in favour of the pupil (Q3), in relation to how pupils many did the IRP direct reconsideration by the governors?
5. For each academic year:  Of those reviews determined in favour of the pupil in relation to which the IRP directed reconsideration by the governors (Q4), in relation to how many pupils did the IRP order that the school’s budget should be readjusted by a £4,000 payment (in addition to funding that would usually follow the pupil) towards the costs of finding alternative education for that pupil, should the excluding school either
(a)   uphold the exclusion despite that direction, and/or
(b) fail to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the IRP ordered (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
6. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the IRP ordered that, should the school uphold the exclusion despite the direction to the governors to reconsider and/or fail to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations, the school’s budget should be readjusted by a £4,000 payment (Q5), in relation to how many pupils did the £4,000 readjustment become due, and was it because the excluding school either
(a)   upheld the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or
(b) failed to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the readjustment became due because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
7. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the £4,000 readjustment became due (Q6),  in relation to how many pupils did you, the local authority (LA), readjust the excluding school’s budget by £4,000 as a result of the excluding school either
(a)   upholding the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or      
(b) failing to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, your readjustment of the excluding school’s budget was attributable to reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
8. For each academic year:  Of those readjustments of £4,000 you, the LA, made to schools’ budgets (Q7), in relation to how many pupils did you pass on the £4,000 to that pupil’s new education provider? 
For each pupil in relation to whom you passed on the £4,000 readjustment, please specify the nature of the new education provider and whether the pupil had been found a place at that new provider before or after the excluding school decided to uphold its decision to exclude.
B.   Academies (Secondary Schools)
1. What was the total number of formal permanent exclusions that Academies (secondary level) in your area reported to you in each of the academic years 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15?  Please also state the total number of secondary school Academies and pupil population to which each annual total relates.
2. For each academic year:  Of those pupils, whom Academies (secondary level) reported to have permanently excluded in your area (Q1), in relation to how many pupils did their parents apply for review by an independent review panel (IRP)?
3. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ formal permanent exclusions reviewed by IRPs (Q2), how many reviews were determined in favour of the pupil?
4. For each academic year:  Of those reviews determined in favour of the pupil (Q3), in relation to how many pupils did the IRP direct reconsideration by the Academy proprietor?
5. For each academic year:  Of those reviews determined in favour of the pupil in relation to which the IRP directed reconsideration by the Academy proprietor (Q4), in relation to how many pupils did the IRP order that the Academy proprietor should make a £4,000 payment (in addition to funding that would usually follow the pupil) to you, the LA, towards the costs of finding alternative education for that pupil, should the excluding Academy proprietor either
(a)   uphold the exclusion despite that direction, and/or
(b) fail to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the IRP ordered (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
6. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the IRP ordered that, should the school uphold the exclusion despite the direction to the Academy proprietor to reconsider and/or fail to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations, the Academy proprietor should make a £4,000 payment to you, the LA (Q5), in relation to how many pupils did the £4,000 payment become due, and was it because the excluding Academy proprietor either
(a)   upheld the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or
(b) failed to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the payment became due because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
7. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the £4,000 payment to you, the LA, became due (Q6), in relation to how many pupils did you, the LA, receive the £4,000 payment from the Academy proprietor as a result of the excluding Academy proprietor either
(a)   upholding the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or      
(b) failing to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the Academy proprietor made the payment to you because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
8. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the £4,000 payment to you, the LA, became due (Q6), in relation to how many pupils did you, the LA, take steps against the Academy proprietor to enforce the £4,000 payment, and had the payment become due because the excluding Academy proprietor either
(a)   upheld the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or
(b) failed to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the non-payment you took steps to enforce had become due because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
9. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the £4,000 payment to you, the LA, became due (Q6), in relation to how many pupils did you, the LA, report non-payment to the Education Funding Agency, and had the payment become due because the excluding Academy proprietor either
(a)   upheld the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or
(b) failed to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the reported non-payment had become due because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
10. For each academic year:  Of those payments of £4,000 you, the LA, received from Academy proprietors (Q7), in relation to how many pupils did you pass on the £4,000 to that pupil’s new education provider? 
For each pupil in relation to whom you passed on the £4,000 payment, please specify the nature of the new education provider and whether the pupil had been found a place at that new provider before or after the excluding Academy proprietor decided to uphold its decision to exclude.

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

17/08/15

7710

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the following information in relation to your Short Breaks Services Statement:
1) Where can families find your Short breaks Statement?  What evidence do you have that the statement is accessible to families (i.e. unique visitors/ postal reach etc.)?
2) How often do you review the Short breaks statement? When was the last time you revised it and for what reason?
3) How many children have been refused short breaks services because of eligibility criteria in the last twelve months? How many of these had an assessment?
4) How often do you consult families on the content of the short breaks statement? When did this last happen and how many families were involved?
5) What evidence do you have that you deliver short breaks to children and young people as outlined in your statement?

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.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the following information in relation to your Short Breaks Services Statement:

1)The  Short Breaks Statement is available to  on the Bedford Borough Council website. Short breaks services &  https://sendguide.bedford.gov.uk/

2) Feedback from a range of sources (see Answer to Question 5).  Informs consideration of the need for review.

3)No one assessed as in need, has been refused.

4) Every family is engaged and consulted in the development of their own plan.

5) We monitor Quality of Commissioned/Services, We monitor complaints and representations, OFSTED regulate and inspect our 2 short breaks homes.

21/08/15

7711

 

 The area in question is X and I would need any data which fell in a 3km radius of this site.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The records held by Bedford Borough Council do not list any private water supplies within the specified area.

31/7/15

 

7712

 

Details of all current empty commercial properties within your
> authority which includes Shops, Office and Industrial premises, if
> possible on an excel spreadsheet containing the following information:
>
> Property Billing Reference
> Property Type
> Rateable Value
> Property Vacant Date
> Property Address
> Liable Party Name
> Liable Party Correspondence Address

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information and this is enclosed in Excel spreadsheet format as requested. Please note the data was extracted on 5.8.15.

 

20/08/15

7713

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/8/15

 

7714

 

RE: Goldington Rd

We request that you provide the following information as a matter of urgency:
1.Please confirm the name of the individual or entity liable to pay non domestic rates in respect of the Site for the period 30 November 2012 to 18 May 2014.
2.If more than one individual or entity was liable to pay non domestic rates in respect of this Site during this period, please can you confirm:
2.1.The name of each individual/entity
2.2.The period in respect of which that individual/entity was liable for the payment of non-domestic rates.

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

20/08/15

7715

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

11/8/15

 

7716

 

Can you please provide the following information in relation to The Highway Bus Lane in Shortstown.
A) the date the current road layout was introduced.
B) the number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) issued in the 12 month period prior to the introduction of the current road layout.
C) the number of PCNs issued in the 12 month period after the introduction of the current road layout.
D) the amount of revenue generated via PCNs in the 12 month period prior to the introduction of the current road layout.
E) the amount of revenue generated via PCNs in the 12 month period after the introduction of the current road layout

Thank you for your request, for information about the Shortstown bus lane (The Highway) off-street parking. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

A) 1st November 2012

I have taken “the date the current road layout was introduced” to mean the date that the bus lane became operational. I hope that I have interpreted your meaning correctly but please do let me know if this is not the case.

B)0

C)0

D)£0

E)£0

18/08/15

7717

 

I am interested in the amounts paid by each school in your Local Authority directly on supply cover (as would be recorded for Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E02) and also to third parties in relation to agency supply staff (as would be recorded for Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E26).
I am looking for this data for the 2014 / 15 financial year and would like this supplied in an editable excel spreadsheet please detailing
School URN
School DfE Number
School Name
E02 Direct Supply Spend Total
E26 Agency Supply Spend Total

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 requested. Please click here for information on Financial Reporting.  Please also note the following:

The data supplied has been obtained from the Department for Education (DfE) COLLECT Portal following the submission of Bedford Borough Council’s maintained schools Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) returns for the financial year 2014/2015.

The data supplied is the total spend for CFR codes E02 (Supply Teaching Staff) and E26 (Agency Supply Teaching Staff). This has been presented in an excel spreadsheet and contains the following detail as requested:

•           School DfE Number

•           School Name

•           E02 Direct Supply Spend Total

•           E26 Agency Supply Spend Total.

The School URN (Unique Reference Number) is not supplied as this is not included on the data downloaded from the COLLECT Portal, however, the DfE number is the school unique identification tag.

Additional information is also supplied which analyses for each school (where information is held by the Council) the spend for E26 by individual supplier.  Additional commentary has also been included for information, which should be referred to when reviewing the data.

4/8/15

 

7718

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am writing to request the following information on the provision of assistance under section 17 of the Children’s Act 1989.
1. What was the council’s annual budget for assistance provided under section 17 between 2010 and 2015?
2.What was the council’s annual expenditure on assistance provided under section 17 between 2010 and 2015?

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

The expenditure relating solely to Section 17 of the Children’s Act is not recorded separately within the financial accounts of the Authority. Costs relating to Section 17 are included within Line 22 of the Annual Revenue Outturn Return (RO) and Line 322 of the Annual Revenue Budget Return (RA) but are not recorded separately. These returns have been produced in this format since the RO of 2011/2012.

RO Return Line 22 and RA Return Line 322 include the following:

Short break (respite) for disabled children;

•Contributions to health care of individual children;

•Teenage Pregnancy Services;

•Direct payments:

• Home care;

•Equipment and adaptations and

Other family support services – including Children Act 1989 section 17 payments or gifts in kind to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need.

Therefore the responses based on the RO return and the RA return which include, but is not exclusively Assistance within Section 17 of the Children’s Act, are

 

Annual Budget

Annual Expenditure

 

(RA Line 322)

(RO3 Line 22)

 

 

£000

£000

2011/2012

Not available

2,656

2012/2013

2,806

3,192

2013/2014

2,503

3,572

2014/2015

4,275

             4,050

2015/2016

4,410

Not available

 

7719 - 7721

 

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

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

10/8/15

 

7722

 

RE:Construction of an additional rail track along Bedford to Kettering
We have a number of queries to inform the Flood Risk Assessment and would be grateful if you could provide assistance in clarifying the following:
•Does the Council have any records of flooding, from any source, either within or close to the proposed works?
•We are currently determining suitable surface water outfalls from the route. Please could you confirm your requirements in terms of maximum permitted discharge rate should a watercourse or land drainage ditch be identified as a suitable outfall. Do you also have any betterment requirements for brownfield sites?
•Please can you advise on the suitability of infiltration as an outfall for the works.
•Are there any other specific issues related to this site or relevant information that you believe should be considered within a Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy for the proposed works?
•Can you please advise regarding any modelled flood data within the vicinity of the site.
•Other than the Environment Agency, are there any other parties we should contact about these works? (for example an Internal Drainage Board?)

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

 Does the Council have any records of flooding, from any source, either within or close to the proposed works? – aside from the obvious flooding on the River Great Ouse Corridor there have been flooding events near the rail corridor at Radwell causeway, under Mill Road, Sharnbrook rail bridge, the ditch near Templars Way, Sharnbrook rail bridge and modest highway ponding events at other rail bridges further north.

 We are currently determining suitable surface water outfalls from the route. Please could you confirm your requirements in terms of maximum permitted discharge rate should a watercourse or land drainage ditch be identified as a suitable outfall. Do you also have any betterment requirements for brownfield sites? - This would be location specific but in brief you would be limited to greenfield run-off rate as a minimum. As part of an FRA the catchment should be modelled to determine maximum run off rates pre-development and this factored into a detailed drainage design to be submitted as part of the detailed planning application. We are more than happy to provide pre-application advice once you have developed the FRA but please be aware that there is a charge for this service. I do however strongly recommend this being pursued in order to inform the planning application submittal especially as we may seek betterment from brownfield sites.

 Please can you advise on the suitability of infiltration as an outfall for the works? - It is not for us to provide commentary on whether infiltration is an acceptable design option, as part of the planning application if this were proposed as a methodology we would expect to see this supported by relevant geological testing and reports.

 Are there any other specific issues related to this site or relevant information that you believe should be considered within a Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy for the proposed works? - Other than the comments already provided on our historic knowledge of this area we are not immediately aware of further issues, however you must satisfy yourself that you have fully investigated the area to assess the full characteristics of the site.

 Can you please advise regarding any modelled flood data within the vicinity of the site? - We do not hold any modelled data for this area

 Other than the Environment Agency, are there any other parties we should contact about these works? (for example an Internal Drainage Board?) - We do not believe this site will fall within the Bedford IDB’s area of responsibility, however due to the lack of detail we suggest that when you have fully ascertained the extent of the site that you check this area with the Bedford IDB website to satisfy yourselves.

31/7/15

 

7723

 

Please can you provide the below information regarding the procurement of temporary workers:
•Do you currently use a framework or contract to recruit temporary workers?
•If yes, who is this with? Please give detail of the provider rather than the name of the framework/contract.
•When did the arrangement start?
•When will the arrangement end?
•What are your organisations plans to renew or retender once the current arrangement tends?
•Who in procurement is responsible for this? Please can you provide name and contact detail.  If an individual cannot be named please can you provide a generic contact email address.
•Who in HR is responsible for this? Please can you provide name and contact detail.  If an individual cannot be named please can you provide a generic contact email address.

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.      Yes

2.      Guidant

3.      1.9.2009

4.      31.8.15 with the ability to extend up to 31.8.19

5.  We are currently reviewing available options.

6.   We are working with the Council’s Commercial Hub and the lead officer is Mark Stephens, Head of Procurement, mark.stephens@bedford.gov.uk

7.  Sarah Fuller, HR Employee Resourcing Manager,  sarah.fuller@bedford.gov.uk

6/8/15

 

7724

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

11/8/15

 

7725

 

I have recently submitted an F.O.I request concerning the above and when it came back it showed that BBC has 90 direct employees engaged on zero hours contracts.Would it be possible to provide with the job titles, directorate and salary scales for all 90 please ?.

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 and note that any dignity at work issues are currently dealt with using the Councils’ grievance procedure which will be further developed in relation to this area and is attached for your information.

12/8/15

 

7726

 

 Within the St Bedes Independent Living Scheme situated at 14 Conduit Road, Bedford, 51 of the 104  flats are rented. How many of those are available for allocation by Bedford Borough Council as social housing?

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.

51 but all of them are currently occupied.

12/8/15

 

7727

 

 I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible
1.How many flood defence/ risk management projects are in place in the local area for which you are responsible- please provide details of their location and what type of defence.
2. For each year, how much was spent/ budgeted for:
a. new construction of flood defence projects
b. asset maintenance of flood defence projects
What projects were implemented/ completed and where (exact location- OS coordinates if possible)
3. How much did the local authority pay out in grants to flood damage victim in 2014, and so far in 2015?
4. How much was given in council tax relief to those at risk of flooding and those affected by flooding in 2013, 2014 and 2015?
5. How many times in 2013, 2014, 2015 did the authority consult the Environment Agency over plans for new builds on residential homes, or commercial properties? In each case please provide the response from the Environment Agency (application approved, rejected, approved with conditions), and in each case please also tell me if the local authority continued with build/ modified plans in line with agency advice/ cancelled build.

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

Please see below the information you requested:

1.  1 – Harrold Flood Alleviation Scheme

2.For each year, how much was spent/ budgeted for:

a.No new construction of flood defence projects

b.Maintenance of Harrold Flood Alleviation Scheme £4000 for 2014, £10,300 for 2015.

3.The Harrold Relief scheme is in place, 494791, 257423

4.The LA has not paid out in grants to flood damage victims in 2014/2015.

5.No Council Tax Relief was awarded to those affected by flooding during 2013/14, 2014/15 or so far in 2015/16

6.you requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located at  our town and planning page.

 

 26/08/15

7728

 

I require the organisation to provide me with the following contract information relating to the following corporate software/applications:
1. Enterprise Resource Planning Software Solutions (ERP)
2.  Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solutions
3. Human Resources (HR) and Payroll Software Solutions
4.  Finance Software Solutions
Along with the actual contract information for the above can you also provide me with the maintenance and support contract associated with each of the categories above if it not already within the existing Contract.
For each of the categories above can you please provide me with the relevant contract information listed below:
1. Software Category: ERP, CRM, HR, Payroll, Finance
2. Software Supplier: Can you please provide me with the
software provider for each contract?
3. Software Brand: Can you please provide me with the actual
name of the software. Please do not provide me with the supplier name again please provide me with the actual software name.
4. Contract Description: Please do not just state two to three
words can you please provide me detail information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included.
Please also include the modules included within the contract.
5. Number of Users/Licenses: What is the total number of
user/licenses for this contract?
6.Annual Spend: What is the annual average spend for each contract?
7.Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract
please include any available extensions within the contract.
8. Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract?
Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.
9.Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract?
Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.
10.Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract?
Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provide please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.

11.Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the
person within the organisation responsible for this particular software contract.

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

I require the organisation to provide me with the following contract information relating to the following corporate software/applications:

1.not applicable

2.not applicable

3.the Northgate contract is based upon the OGC Software Application Solutions Model Contract v1.00 as issued by Buying Solutions under file name Reference Dec 09

4.not applicable. This is a rolling annual contract for maintenance and support

Along with the actual contract information for the above can you also provide me with the maintenance and support contract associated with each of the categories above if it not already within the existing contract.

 

The remaining questions are answered on the attached spreadsheet.

 

24/08/15

7729

 

 Where Bedford Borough Council pay the full cost of renting a flat at the St Bedes Independent Care Establishment what is that cost.

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 .

Bedford Borough Council does not pay the full cost of renting a flat at the St Bedes Independent Care Establishment as the rent includes a Supporting People charge which is not eligible for Housing Benefit.

4/8/15

 

7730

 

1. How many Domestic Homicide Reviews has your authority completed between April 2011 and May 1st 2015 2. In how many of your authority's Domestic Homicide Reviews completed since April 2011 was the victim aged 60 years or older?
3. In how many of your authority's Domestic Homicide Reviews completed since April 2011 was the perpetrator or alleged perpetrator aged 60 years or older?
4. In how many of your authority's Domestic Homicide Reviews completed since April 2011 were both victim AND perpetrator/ alleged perpetrator aged 60 years or older?
5. Where are your Domestic Homicide Review reports published? If possible please provide a weblink.
6. Please identify which of your authority's published Domestic Homicide Review reports relate to:
a) victim aged 60 years or older
b) perpetrator/ alleged perpetrator aged 60 years or older
c) victim AND perpetrator aged 60 years or older

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

Bedford Borough Council’s Community Safety Partnership has carried out one Domestic Homicide Review since April 2011.  Neither the victim nor the perpetrator were aged over 60.  The link to the webpage where the report is published

24/08/15

7731

 

You have stated the following to me with regards to the question
If an events company could closed the area off and fenced if off do to health and safety reasons, Could an events company  have the right to eject any persons not having a ticket within the fenced off area. 
Assuming the event management arrangements have been approved, the events company would always have the right to stop or eject persons not having a ticket or other form of identification such as a residents pass or whatever had been agreed. If the person was eligible for a pass then we would expect this to be issued rather than the person being ejected.
I should of made it a bit more clear… If the events company fenced off the highways (public roads) do to health and safety reasons such as crowed control for an event; I understand that even if it is a ticket event that they can not operate a two tier system. As it would be against humans right to decline a person onto the highways other than for health and safety and to do so is a criminal offence. They can not that not allow people in with a ticket or a pass if someone is waiting to gain entry without a ticket or a pass if the are waiting before them as this be operating to two tie system and is not allowed.
Do they have the right to eject anyone once inside the fenced of area and are still on the highways (public roads) for any reason then for health and safety reasons. I understand
I would also like to ask
I understand that if the area is fenced off due to crowed control. if a person without a ticket or a pass wished to gain entry within the fenced of area do one legal have to state where they wish to go to again entry onto the highways. As while I can see that an event company can ask. This is just like anyone can ask anyone on the highways but under I can see no law that would allow a event company to decline entry for any other reason than health and safety on highways (public roads)

Thank you for your second request for information regarding the Road Traffic Regulation Act which we received on 27 July 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

You asked if they have the right to eject anyone once inside the fenced off area and are still on the highways (public roads) for any reason other than for health and safety reasons.

The only reason we can see for requiring a person to leave the event area who was in the area legitimately (e.g. attending the event or needing access) would be for safety reasons. If, for example, a field was being used by aircraft for an event and a footpath (public highway) crossed the field, then it would be for safety reasons that the footpath would be closed to everyone during the event and anyone who wanted to (or did) use the footpath should expect to be prohibited from doing so.

You also asked that if the area is fenced off due to crowd control, if a person without a ticket or a pass wished to gain entry within the fenced off area does one legally have to state where they wish to go to gain entry onto the highways.

Depending on the nature of the event it could be essential for the person wishing to gain access to state where they needed to go, but this would be for personal or public safety reasons. The test in Section 16A is whether the traffic authority considers the restriction to be necessary or expectant.  It is for the traffic authority to make this judgement.

20/08/15

 

7732

 

I would like to request the following information.
1.How many allegations recorded with your local authority relate to a sexual misconduct incident occurring on school premises/grounds in 2014/2015, 2013/2014 (or years information is available within FOI cost)?
2.How many allegations recorded with the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub or Multi-Agency Sexual Exploitation Group (or similar body) relate to a sexual misconduct incident occurring on school premises/grounds in 2014/2015, 2013/2014 (and any previous years the agencies have been in operation)?
3.A breakdown of the sexual misconduct allegations recorded including the ages of the alleged perpetrator and victim/victims and type of school.
4.Any further detail involving the most serious sexual misconduct allegations recorded in accordance with the Data Protection Act and within cost of this FOI request.

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.

Your request:

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

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

The number incidents of reported sexual misconduct involving children in maintained schools are extremely low (5 or less for each year) and are therefore suppressed.  This is due to the possibility of a child or young person being identifiable.

 

20/08/15

7733

 

 RE: Business Park bedford
Our Company has been instructed to carry out an environmental assessment of the above property.
It would greatly help us to complete our report if you would answer some questions regarding the site, as specified in the attached document and below:
1. Does the Site hold an Environmental Permit or Licence?
2. If so, could you provide information with regards to any significant breaches of the conditions of the permit within the past 24 months and whether there are any non-compliance issues that are likely to result in further action from yourselves.
3. Also whether you carry out regular inspections of site operations, and the outcome of the most recent inspection.

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

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

1.We hold limited records of past industrial and contaminative uses within our area. Our records indicate the presence of an airfield at the site, and X We have records of two businesses on the site which have held licences to store petroleum spirit:

Z held a licence from Spring 2002 to April 2004.

Y vehicle logistics, held a licence from March 2002 to April 2003. (It is possible that licences were held at other times, but that the records are not available).

2.We hold no records relating to ground conditions on this site.

3.By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements.

The site will be investigated by virtue of being a former airfield, it has been assigned a medium priority for inspection.

X, a business located in the smaller, South Western section of the site, has been assigned a medium priority for inspection.

It is not possible to state when these inspections will be undertaken. At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or not it expects this site to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in the course of completion. Therefore no reply given above refers to contaminated land for the purposes of the said Act. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, references to contamination should not be taken to mean the land has been deemed prejudicial to health or a nuisance for the purposes of Part III of the Act.

4.If the site is to be redeveloped in future, it is likely that a site investigation would be a requirement of the associated planning consent, particularly if it is to be developed to a more sensitive use.

5.We have no record of any public complaints relating to contamination at the site.

6.I am not aware of any contamination issues in the area around the site.

25/08/15

7734

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/8/15

 

7735

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information in relation to your framework agreement for the provision of electricity and gas supplies:
1.Please confirm the name of the organisation who implemented/operates your framework agreement for electricity and gas.
2.Please confirm the name of the supplier appointed to supply electricity and gas to users of the framework.
3.Please confirm the start and end dates of the framework for electricity and gas in the below table: 
Utility    Current Supplier  Start  End GAS     
NHH Electricity     
HH Electricity    
 4.Please confirm the names of each individual user of the framework agreement for electricity and gas.
5.Please confirm the termination requirements for a user to exit the framework for electricity and gas.
6.Please confirm the date at which a user of the framework must provide notice to exit the framework within the framework period. This may be multiple dates over multiple years so please state all applicable dates.
7.Please confirm whether the Council receive any form of commission/rebate or any payment from the supplier as a result of users being supplied electricity or gas through the framework.
8.Please confirm the total amount of commission/rebate or any payment received by the Council in the last full year of the framework and how this is calculated, for example, pence per kilowatt hour.
9.Please provide the name and full contact details of the person at the Council who is responsible for the framework agreement for electricity and gas.

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.Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO)

2. Npower and British Gas

3. 

Utility

Current Supplier

Start Date

End Date

GAS

 British Gas

1 June 2013

31 March 2017

NHH Electricity

 npower

1 April 2015 

31 March 2019

HH Electricity

 npower

1 April 2015 

31 March 2019

Unmetered

 

 

 

Supplies (UMS) Electricity

 npower

1 April 2015 

31 March 2019

 

4.Bedford Borough Council and its schools

5.6 months notification either way

6.As above

7.Yes

8. 1p per kilowatt hour. This is used to pay back the Council’s investment in purchasing and paying IMServ to manage gas and electricity Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) devices across all sites. The devices allow energy consumption to be monitored and ensure each site is billed to actual, accurate readings.

9.Paul Pace - Head of Environment

Bedford Borough Council

Cauldwell Street

Bedford - MK42 9AP

Paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk

01234 267422

25/08/15

7736

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

11/8/15

 

7737

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/8/15

 

7738

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/8/15

 

7739

 

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

25/08/15

7740

 

 Please could you tell me the number of cases your Children’s Services department recorded where a child was accused of witchcraft or possession by spirits.
Please include cases where abusers believed that evil forces were acting through the child. Language used might include black magic, kindoki, ndoki, dakini, the evil eye, djinns, voodoo, obeah, devils, curses, demons, and child sorcerers. The abuse might involve attempts to drive out evil; to ‘exorcise’, or ‘deliver’ the child, causing physical or emotional/psychological harm, or neglect.
Please provide the figures for
a) 2014
b) 2013
c) If possible within the reasonable time limit please also provide the figures for 2012 – if not please prioritise a) and then b)

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.

Your request:

Please could you tell me the number of cases your Children’s Services department recorded where a child was accused of witchcraft or possession by spirits.

Please include cases where abusers believed that evil forces were acting through the child. Language used might include black magic, kindoki, ndoki, dakini, the evil eye, djinns, voodoo, obeah, devils, curses, demons, and child sorcerers. The abuse might involve attempts to drive out evil; to ‘exorcise’, or ‘deliver’ the child, causing physical or emotional/psychological harm, or neglect.

Please provide the figures for

a) 2014

b) 2013

c) If possible within the reasonable time limit please also provide the figures for 2012 – if not please prioritise a) and then b)

Response:

We do not hold this information in an easily accessible format.  In order for us to obtain this information would require us to manually check each individual child’s file which would take over 18 hours.

19/08/15

 

7741

 

 Please can I be sent the inflow & outflow data for each of the schools in this education authority's area. This will show the current numbers of children in each year group who attend a particular school but who actually live in another school’s catchment, or equivalent, area (including any children who currently live outside this education authority's area). Please indicate when the data was last updated

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.

This is because the information is not readily available.  To obtain this information would exceed 18 hours.  We would need to extract addresses for all pupils from the census and then we would need to undertake a matching exercise against postcodes for addresses and catchments, we would then need to work out how many pupils from each year group are in/out of catchment area and then establish what needs to be supressed (for data protection purposes). 

18/08/15

 7742

 

Can you please send me the complete list of businesses (inc charities) that have just become liable for the business rates on a property between to 14th July 2015 to the 31st July 2015.  Could you please incl the following
* Business name/liable party
* Address
* liable date/move in date

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

20/08/15

7743 -7744

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

10/8/15