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9995

 

 

Re: Assets of community Value ( ACV)

1)How many claims for statutory compensation made pursuant to regualtion 14 of the AVC regulations 2012 have you received since the 2012 regulations came into force

2)How many abuse of those statutory compensation claims leds to a decision by you to award and pay compensation

 Thank you for your request for information about Assets of community valve which we received on 19/12/16. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The information you requested is as follows:

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13/1/17

 

9996

 

I am writing to request information regarding two potholes have been on Longholme Way, Bedford. 

I would like to be told the depth and width of the potholes which were present at the start of the Longholme Way bridge, near the junction with The Embankment. In addition to this, I would like to know how many vehicles have been damaged due to these potholes in the last six months (dating back from today-17/12/2016- to June 2016).

I would like to also request information regarding the exact dates when the potholes were first identified and (if applicable) what plans were made to repair them. This request is along with the request for the full dimensions of the potholes; width, length and depth, as well as the number of vehicles damaged due to the potholes with the dates that these occured.

Thank you for your request for information about potholes located on Longholm Way, Bedford which we received on 17 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1) I would like to be told the Length, depth and width of the potholes which were present at the start of the Longholme Way bridge, near the junction with The Embankment.

Both potholes were ½ metre in diameter and treated as a Category 1 defect.

The defect intervention criteria adopted for Category 1 potholes is that it must be a minimum of 50mm depth, 150mm wide and have a vertical face.  All other potholes are categorised as Category 2.  Category 1 defects are made safe or repaired within 24hrs and Category 2 defects are repaired within 28 days.

2) I would like to be told the exact dates when the potholes were first identified

The potholes were identified on 12 December 2016 at 7.32pm

3) what plans were made to repair them.

The potholes were made safe on 13 December 2016 at 6.30pm

4) In addition to this, I would like to know how many vehicles have been damaged due to these potholes in the last six months (dating back from today-17/12/2016- to June 2016).

The Council has received no insurance claims for damaged vehicles caused by potholes along Longholme Way, during the period 1 June 2016 to 17 December 2016.

12/1/17

 

9997

 

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

  • In the last five financial years how much in Council Tax was not collected by your authority? A) I would like the data year by year B) How many households did this involve year on year?
  • In the last five financial years how much in Business Rates was not collected by your authority? A) I would like the data year by year B) How many business did this involve year on year?
  • In the last five years how much have you put Council Tax up by? In total over that period. Ideally I’d like that as a percentage and the increase in £ on a Band D property.

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached. 

 

Please contact

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

 

18/1/17

 

9998

 

Please provide copies of any records dating back to 1 January 2015 that the Council holds, including but not limited to reports, letters, emails and notes of meetings, site visits and phone calls relating to the site known as St Joseph's Farm Bushmead Road Upper Staploe

Applicant did not respond to request for clarification

 

 

 

9999

 

I would like to raise a Freedom of Information Request regarding your Pensions Administration system for the Local Government Pension Scheme (“LGPS”):

  • Which Pensions Administration System does the authority use?
  • Does the system include a document management module?
  • Does the system include a workflow module?
  • How many users access the system across the council?
  • Where is the Pensions Administration system physically located and run – i.e. is it in house or hosted remotely or via the Cloud?
  • When did the contract commence and when will it expire?
  • Who is the person responsible for the system (name & title)?
  • Do you intend to evaluate alternative solutions when the contract expires?
  • Are you in a shared service for either ICT or Pensions Administration?

a)      If yes, what is the nature of the shared service?

b)      If no, what plans do you have for shared service/partnership working?

 

  • Do you administer other pension schemes e.g. the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme, the Police Pension Scheme or the LGPS on behalf of another Local Authority?

If the Pensions Administration system is run/managed in-house:

 

  • What is the annual software (licence and support) charge payable to the Pensions Administration system provider?
  • What was the initial capital cost of the system payable to the supplier?

If the Pensions Administration system is hosted remotely (via the cloud):

 

  • How are the annual charges made up (software licence/support charge, hosting charge etc.)?

If the LGPS Pensions Administration is outsourced:

 

  • Details of the organisation providing the pensions administration service

Please could you provide your response to this email address.

 

 

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

 

Please contact

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

 

30/12/16

 

10000

 

Please can you tell me if the council has done any work looking at how many tenants or benefit recipients are now affected by the new benefit cap introduced on 7 November?

If so, please tell me:

  • How many tenants or benefit recipients are now affected
  • How many tenants or benefit recipients were affected under the first benefit cap
  • How many of these tenants are in rent arrears?
  • What size home tenants affected by the new benefit cap occupy? i.e. 1 bed, 2 bed
  • How much money has been spent by the council to support people affected by the new benefit cap i.e. helping to manage money, set up training or employment opportunities

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

Please find the information you requested below:
How many tenants or benefit recipients are now affected?
185 Housing Benefit Customers are currently affected by the Benefit Cap.
How many tenants or benefit recipients were affected under the first benefit cap?
52 Housing Benefit Customers were affected by the first Benefit Cap
How many of these tenants are in rent arrears?
Bedford Borough Council has no housing stock and holds no information regarding tenant rent arrears.
What size home tenants affected by the new benefit cap occupy? i.e. 1 bed, 2 bed
Number                    Number of Benefit
of Bedrooms             cap Cases
2                                 46
3                                 121
4                                   14
5                                  4
How much money has been spent by the council to support people affected by the new benefit cap i.e. helping to manage money, set up training or employment opportunities
The Council has not accounted separately for any costs incurred due to the lower benefit cap, therefore, it does not hold this information.

 23/1/17

 

10001

 

In accordance with the above Act could I put you to the trouble of providing details of the credits held on your records for ratepayers in respect of payment of Business Rates.

The information I require would be the Ratepayer name, address, credit amount and the financial year the credit sits in. This would only be for Limited Companies (corporate) and Government Bodies and not for individuals (sole traders, partnerships).

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

3/1/17

 

10002

 

 In accordance with the above Act could I put you to the trouble of providing details of any business rates credits that have not been claimedand have been written off.

The information I require would be the Ratepayer name, address, credit amount and the financial year the credit sits in. This would only be for Limited Companies (corporate) and Government Bodies and not for individuals (sole traders, partnerships).

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

3/1/17

 

 

10003

 

RE:WOBURN ROAD, KEMPSTON, BEDFORD, BEDFORDSHIRE Please could you supply the following Con29 information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

 

23/12/16

 

10004

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I’d like to request some information on how to contact certain officers or departments within your council.

For the following:

Environmental health Department

(Or whoever would be appropriate for people in private rented accommodation to contact about repairs, unsafe conditions, damp and mould etc that they have reported to their landlord but who has not carried out any remedial action)

I would like:

The phone number/s

Email address/es

Address of the page on your website that relates to the role of this officer or department in question

Text message service (if you have one)

Any means by which they can be contacted via social media (if applicable)

And

Tenancy relations officer / department

(Or whoever would be appropriate for people in private rented accommodation to  contact about being threatened with illegal or retaliatory eviction, or harassment from a landlord.

I would like:

The phone number/s

Email address/s

Address of the page on your website that relates to the role of this officer or department in question

Text message service (if you have one)

Any means by which they can be contacted via social media (if applicable)

If you do not provide such a service do you provide any other information to someone who might contact you with such problems.

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.

Environmental health Department

 

The phone number/s - 01234 718099

Email address/es - ehadmin@bedford.gov.uk

Address of the page on your website that relates to the role of this officer or department in question

Text message service (if you have one) - n/a

Any means by which they can be contacted via social media (if applicable) - n/a

Tenancy relations officer/department

The phone number/s - 01234 276192

Email address/s - Andrew.kyle@bedford.gov.uk

Address of the page on your website that relates to the role of this officer or department in question please click here for the information

Text message service (if you have one) - n/a

Any means by which they can be contacted via social media (if applicable) - n/a

 

 

4/1/17

 

10005

 

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-

Unclaimed council tax domestic credit balances.

I am aware that all Billing Authorities hold on account sums of money that are due to be returned to Ctax ratepayers and for a variety of reasons have not been repaid.

I therefore request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all incorporated companies within the authorities billing area, including the following information:

A. The name of each business in respect of which council tax rate credit balances remain payable. I understand you will not provide individuals names.

B. The value of overpayment in each case which remains unclaimed

C. The years(s) in which overpayment was made

D. The property address

E. The name of each business in respect of which council tax rate credit balances has been written back on to the domestic account

F. The value of write back in each case which remains unclaimed

G. The years(s) in which write back was made (if available)

H. The property address that the write back relates to

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

Please find the information you requested attached

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

24/1/17

 

10006

 

 

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-

Unclaimed business rate credit balances.

I am aware that all Billing Authorities hold on account sums of money that are due to be returned to ratepayers and for a variety of reasons have not been repaid.

I therefore request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all incorporated companies within the authorities billing area, including the following information:

A. The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances remain payable

B. The value of over payment in each case which remains unclaimed

C. The years(s) in which over payment was made

D. The hereditament address

E. The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances has been written back on to the ndr account

F. The value of write back in each case which remains unclaimed

G. The years(s) in which write back was made (if available)

H. The hereditament address that the write back relates to.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

10007

 

 I am trying to locate which councils have issued licences for the ownership of and will allow F1 Savannah Cats or Wild Cats such as servals, caracal, bobcats in the home outwith a ‘licenced enclosure’ in the UK. I am also trying to discern what your requirements are for a DWA Licence in relation to felines.

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, I would like to know the following:

1. Are any properties/owners within your council region licenced for dangerous wild animals relating to felines?

2.  If so, does this licence extend to cover the home?

3.  If it does cover the home, what conditions must be met by the Licence-holder?

4.  What are the requirements for the licenced enclosure?

5.  Are your licence-holders required to be approved by DEFRA for transporting the cat to the vets under the “Approved-Carrying Agent Licence” which DEFRA issue to enable them to get their licence?

a.  If not, why not?

b.  What conditions do you have for the veterinary care of F1 Savannah cats/ wild animals and how do you ensure that these are abided by?

c. How do you monitor the method in which these cats are transported from the enclosure into the home? Are there basic requirements?

6.  I would like to know what the basic requirements are for a Dangerous Wild Animal licence is in your area and what conditions MUST be met?

7.  Do the enclosures have to be sunken into the ground to prevent digging?

8.  Do the enclosures have to be built from metal or wood?

9.  Is there a minimum mesh gauge which you deem acceptable for keeping wild animals and their hybrid offspring and what kind of structure it is formed in?

a. Does this mesh have to be doubled i.e. both sides of the wood?

10.  Do you deem a lock on a window and double doors entering the home a sufficient method of security of these animals in the home?

a. If not, why not and what would need to be done for the home to be deemed secure?

11.  If the home is licenced for these animals – what has been done to be approved as a secure area for these cats in order for more people to gain the same licence approval.

12.  If the home is licenced for these animals, at what point do these animals have to be transported to their enclosure to live out their lives or is there no upper age limit e.g. an F1 kitten that has been weaned then has to live within an enclosure or by the age of 6 months old.

13.  What other requirements would you place on a feline DWA application for an F1 Savannah and/ or Serval?

 Thank you for your request for information about trying to discern what our requirements are for a DWA Licence in relation to felines which we received on 21/12/16. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

We have not issued a Dangerous Wild Animal Licence that relates to felines.

However any information required that relates generally to Dangerous Wild Animals can be found in the public domain at this link:

Please click here for the link on dangerous  wild animals

 

28/12/16

 

10008

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), I ask you to kindly provide answers to the following questions:

 The total number of IT staff employed by the organisation

 Please list and provide contact details for the IT senior management team including CIO, IT Director, Head of IT and Infrastructure Architects if applicable

Please confirm your current primary storage vendors and replacement/refresh dates.

 Please confirm your current backup/data recovery vendors and replacement/refresh dates.

Please confirm your server vendor and replacement/refresh date

Please confirm data centre refresh date.

Please confirm the amount of used storage and number of virtual / physical servers.

 Please confirm if you are utilising desktop virtualisation technologies and if so how many users do you provide services for?

Please confirm which hypervisor you are currently using?

Total available budget for IT infrastructure for FY16/17 and FY17/18.

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

The total number of IT staff employed by the organisation – 32 (31.5 FTE)

 Please list and provide contact details for the IT senior management team including CIO, IT Director, Head of IT and Infrastructure Architects if applicable – Head of ICT Operations – Rughbir Singh, contact details above.  Rughbir Singh is the contact for this Service Area.

 Please confirm your current primary storage vendors and replacement/refresh dates. Dell, 2021

 Please confirm your current backup/data recovery vendors and replacement/refresh dates. IBM, no refresh date

 Please confirm your server vendor and replacement/refresh date  Dell, rolling 5 year refresh

 Please confirm data centre refresh date. No refresh date

 Please confirm the amount of used storage and number of virtual / physical servers. Used storage – 185TB, Physical servers - 24 Blades, 400 virtual servers

 Please confirm if you are utilising desktop virtualisation technologies and if so how many users do you provide services for? N/a – not in place

 Please confirm which hypervisor you are currently using? VMWare

Total available budget for IT infrastructure for FY16/17 and FY17/18. The current budget for
2016-17 is £406,210.  The approved budget for 2017-2018 is £510,440.

 24/1/17

 

10009

 

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

Carmichael Drive, 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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

28/12/16

 

10010

 

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

The Links

Kempston

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

28/12/16

 

10011

 

 In each of the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 (to date) did your authority:

a)     commission the treatment of Alcohol and Substance Misuse services from any NHS provider organisations?”  If yes, please specify which organisations you commissioned.

b)     commission the treatment of Alcohol and Substance Misuse services from any non-NHS provider organisations?”  If yes, please specify which organisations you commissioned.

c)      directly provide any Alcohol and Substance Misuse services

If yes to the above questions, please provide the total spend per year, ie 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 (to date) along with the total number of individuals treated for each of these financial years.

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

 

Please contact

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

20/1/117

 

10012

 

In respect of Pest Conrol

1 Do you offer a service

2 Do you charge

3 how many employed between april 15 to Mar 2016

4 how many full time

5 of those how many servicing technicians

6 how many of these are full time

7 How many initial reactive request involving ants did the council deploy one or more technicians between  April 2015 and march 2016

8How many initial reactive request involving bedbugs did the council deploy one or more technicians between  April 2015 and march 2016

9How many initial reactive request involving birds did the council deploy one or more technicians between  April 2015 and march 2016

10 How many initial reactive request involving cockroaches did the council deploy one or more technicians between  April 2015 and march 2016

11How many initial reactive request involving mammals did the council deploy one or more technicians between  April 2015 and march 2016

12 How many initial reactive request involving mice did the council deploy one or more technicians between  April 2015 and march 2016

13 How many initial reactive domestic services requests involving insects other than those listed above did the council deploy one or more technicians between  April 2015 and march 2016

14 How many initial reactive request involving rats  did the council deploy one or more technicians between  April 2015 and march 2016

15 How many initial reactive request involving wasps did the council deploy one or more technicians between  April 2015 and march 2016

16 Are you going to continue to provide pest control

17 Total budget allocation

District code

local authority treat social housing

local authority treat commercial Premises

local authority treat private housing

local authority contract out services

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

 

Please contact

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

 

24/1/17

 

10013

 

I would like to know the following:

1) Between January 1 and October 31 2016, how many on street parking fines / penalty charge notices were appealed or challenged?

2) Between January 1 and October 31 2016, how many of the challenged or appealed on street parking fines / penalty charge notices from question 1 were successful in their initial challenge / appeal?

Request withdrawn by applicant

 

 

10014

 

 

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

  • How many paupers funerals took place in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?
  • How much has the council spent on paupers funerals in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?
  • How much was your a) cheapest and b) most expensive paupers funeral?
  • How many under 18 year old and over 65 had a paupers funeral in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?

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

Please find the information you requested below: 
1. How many public health funerals took place in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?  
2010-11      9      
2011-12      4      
2012-13     10      
2013-14     11      
2014-15     13      
2015-16      18      
       
2. How much has the council spent on public health funerals in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016? 
 
2010-11                  -         
2011-12           £1,499       
2012-13         £13,557       
2013-14           £4,761       
2014-15           £6,945       
2015-16           £6,823       
       
3. How much was you’re a) cheapest and b) most expensive public health funeral? 
Cheapest                      £691       
Most Expensive           £1,240       
       
4. How many under 18 year old and over 65 had a public health funeral in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016? 
 

Year Under 18 Over    65    Unknown
2011       0                     3                1
2012       0                     5               2
2013       0                     3               1
2014       0                     7               1
2015       0                   10               0
2016       0                     4              1 

24/1/17

 

10015

 

 

1) How many parking fines issued by the council to foreign-registered vehicles in 2015 and 2016 remain UNPAID and WRITTEN-OFF by the authority

2) The total value of those unpaid and written off tickets. For example, if there are 10 unpaid tickets in 2015 and 10 unpaid tickets from 2016, at a value of £30 each, the council is owed a total of £600 by drivers of foreign-registered vehicles.

Please clearly break down the figures year-by-year - both 2015 and 2016.

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

1) How many parking fines issued by the council to foreign-registered vehicles in 2015 and 2016 remain UNPAID and WRITTEN-OFF by the authority   

2015 – 3 written off

            231 unpaid           

2016 – 0 written off

            249 unpaid

2) The total value of those unpaid and written off tickets. For example, if there are 10 unpaid tickets in 2015 and 10 unpaid tickets from 2016, at a value of £30 each, the council is owed a total of £600 by drivers of foreign-registered vehicles.

2015/2016 combined total is approximately £14,400

16/1/17

 

10016

 

How many looked after 16/17/18 year olds became adopted as at 31 March 2016 .

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Answer:
 Number of looked after children adopted as at 31/03/2016  15
Number of looked after 16 year olds who became adopted as at 31 March 2016 0
Number of looked after 17 year olds who became adopted as at 31 March 2016   0
Number of looked after 18 year olds who became adopted as at 31 March 2016   0

16/1/17

 

10017

 

How many children did you take into care in the 2016 calendar year where the child’s proximity to a dog was cited as a factor in the care proceedings?

For each child please state if the issue surrounded either the (a) potential danger of a dog attack, (b) the hygiene issues of living in close proximity to a dog or (c) both (a) and (b)?

For each child please state the breed of dog or dogs involved.

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

Answer:

4 Children were taken into care in 2016 calendar year, where the child’s proximity to a dog was cited as a factor in the care proceedings.  In all cases hygiene relating to the dogs was a contributing factor but not the sole reason for entering care proceedings.  We are unable to provide the breeds of the dogs as due to low number of children in this cohort , providing this information could possibly identify the children*

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

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

18/1/17

 

10018

 

A complete list of all commercial properties within your council including the billing authority reference number for each property, the rateable value of each property and the company name where possible.

Please also highlight who is in receipt of the following reliefs:

  1. Small Business rates relief
  2. Retail relief
  3. Charitable relief
  4. Mandatory
  5. Exempt
  6. Empty

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

29/12/16

 

10019

 

 A list of all plant species that have the Council wishes to conserve as part of its local Biodiversity Action plan (may be designated as ‘priority species’ or a ‘special species’). If there is no local biodiversity action plan in force, please provide me with any list of plant species that the council has made it a priority to protect.

 

Thank you for your request asking for a list of plant species which we received on 29 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Bedford Borough Council is signed up to and endorses Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Action Plan (attached).  This provides the scope of the arable plants; twelve UK priority arable plant species are found in Bedfordshire are:

Annual knawel - Scleranthus annuus

Broad-fruited cornsalad  -Valerianella rimosa

Chalk eyebright - Euphrasia pseudokerneri

Corn buttercup  - Ranunculus arvensis

Corn cleaver  - Galium tricornutum

Cornflower  - Centaurea cyanus

Ground-pine  - Ajuga chamaepitys

Red hemp-nettle  - Galeopsis angustifolia

Shepherd’s-needle  - Scandix pecten-veneris

Spreading hedge-parsley  - Torilis arvensis

Thorow-wax  - Bupleurum rotundifolium

Wild candytuft  - Iberis ama’

In our Country Parks we have a volunteer who is recording plant species with a view to monitoring. We have nationally and locally rare species in the park and as the parks mature and the management regime cycles stabilise, the more demanding and rarer species move in. This has also identified the following species:

Melampyrum arvense  - Field cow-wheat

Orobanche rapum-genistae  - Greater broomrape

Dactylorhiza incarnata  - Early Marsh Orchid

We do our best to priories these species which is dependant if they are present on any land we manage. The arable plants list (attached) is pretty significant in terms of roadside verge management. We have a number of roadside nature reserves which are manged in a more sympathetic manner 

Please contact

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

20/1/17

 

10020

 

 I would like to request the FOI responses for the last calendar year. 

 

Further to your request for information dated today, 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 FOI responses for the last calendar year:

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

1. States that this  is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section21 (Information reasonably accessible by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA) . Please see link below  which leads to Bedford Borough Council’s disclosure log which contains details of both requests and response for the last 2 years:

30/12/16

 

10021

 

I would also be grateful  if you could please provide a reference to (and preferably a copy of) the adoption order for Cross End Lane.

Thank you for your request asking to be provided with a reference to, or a copy of, the adoption order for Cross End Lane which we received on 29 December 2016.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, it has been established that the information you have requested falls under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, in that the information does not exist.  Cross End Lane is a public highway and has been a public highway for 100+ years and has had the status of ByWay Open to All Traffic (BOAT).  Bedford Borough Council therefore does not have an adoption date as it is already part of the public highway.

However, we have recently resurfaced the southern section of this BOAT and have upgraded its maintenance regime from a BOAT to that of a road (carriageway). It is now on our list of streets and will be maintained to the same standards as other estate roads in the Borough. This applies to the tarmacked section of Cross End Lane only. The remaining unmade section of Cross End Lane will continue to be maintained as a BOAT.  

17/1/17

 

10022

 

 RE: Castle Lane, Bedford

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

 

4/1/17

 

10023

 

 

 

Please can you send me a full and up to date list of companies/businesses and charities that have become newly liable for paying business rates within your council area between the 15th december 2016 to the 31st December 2016.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

3/1/17

 

10024

 

Planned IT Budget - next financial year
Number of PC's within the IT network
Number of Laptop/Mobile Devices within the IT network
Name of main IT Contact

Plans for new sites over the next 3 years (please provide detail below) 

Equipment/Software
Network - Core Switches
Network - Edge Switches
Network - Wireless
Firewall
Storage Area Network (SAN)
Servers/Hosts
Backup - Hardware
Backup - Software
Backup - Service
Email System

For each provide

Manufacturer
Model
Year Purchased
Planned Replacement Date
Original Cost 
Incumbent Supplier Maintained? (Yes/No)
Framework Used to Procure

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

 

Please find the information you requested on the spreadsheet attached.

 

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

30/1/17

 

10025

 

I seek information under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) (2004) regarding plastic and recycling. Please note I would like my request to be handled under the EIRs rather than the Freedom of Information Act because my request relates to subjects included under section 2(1)(b) of the EIR.

1. a. Are you the local authority that is responsible for the collection of household waste for recycling/reuse/compost [henceforth referred to collectively as recycling] in your area?

1. b. If yes, please specify the percentage and weight of all waste collected in your area that was collected for recycling in the years

1. b. i. 2014/15 and

1. b. ii. 2015/16?

1. c. of the household waste that was collected for recycling, please specify, if known, the percentage and weight that was plastic in

1. c. i. 2014/15

1. c. ii. 2015/16

1. d. If no to 1.a., please specify the local authority that is/was responsible for collection in your area.

2. a. Did you record how much of the waste sent for recycling was actually recycled in

a. i. 2014/15 and

b. ii.  2015/16

2. b. If yes, please specify the percentage and weight of the waste sent for recycling that actually ended up being recycled in

2. b. i. 2014/15 and

2. b. ii. 2015/16

2. c. If known, please specify the percentage and weight of plastic sent for recycling that actually ended up being recycled

2. c. i. 2014/15 and

2. c. ii. 2015/16

2. c. If known, please specify the percentage and weight of waste collected for recycling that was sent to landfill/incineration in

2. c. i. 2014/15 and

2. c. ii. 2015/16

2. d. If no to 2.a., please explain why you do not monitor or enforce the reporting of your waste sent for recycling that is actually recycled.

3. a. Was any of the material you collected for recycling sent abroad for processing in the following years and if so what percentage and weight in

3. a. i. 2014/15 and

3. a. ii. 2015/16?

3. b. if known, please specify the percentage and weight of the waste sent abroad that was plastic

3. b. i. 2014/15 and

3. b. ii. 2015/16?

3. c. i. if known, please specify the percentage and weight of recycling material that was sent abroad was actually recycled in the years

3. d. i. 2014/15

3. d. ii. 2015/16

4. Please specify the names of all subcontractors you paid to manage your recycling in any form and the value of those contracts in

4. a. 2014/15 and

4. b. 2015/16

5. Do you, the local authority, accept that your declared recycling rates in the years 2014/15 and 2015/16 could be an overestimate as they do not account for the material rejected by the recycling companies and/or materials recovery facility?

 

Thank you for your request for information about plastic and recycling which we received on 30 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

 

Please find attached the information you requested

 

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

27/1/17

 

10026

 

 

 
  • How much does it cost for an hour of council provided/or third party childcare for a 2 year old? In a) 2011 and b) 2016
  • How much does it cost for twenty five hours of council provided/or third party childcare for a 2 year old? In a) 2011 and b) 2016
  • Do you have a waiting list for council provided/or third party childcare? If so, how big is that waiting list.

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

Please find the information you requested below: 

Question

  • How much does it cost for an hour of council provided/or third party childcare for a 2 year old? In a) 2011 and b) 2016
  • How much does it cost for twenty five hours of council provided/or third party childcare for a 2 year old? In a) 2011 and b) 2016

Response

Bedford Borough Council do not hold the costs of childcare provided by third parties.  Childcare provided by Bedford Borough Council is a delegated budget allocated to Bedford Nursery Schools Federation and therefore these costs are also not held by the Council.

Question

  • Do you have a waiting list for council provided/or third party childcare? If so, how big is that waiting list.

Response

The council does not hold a waiting list for council provided/third party childcare

 13/1/17

 

10027

 

 

Provide me with the council department and category spend detail year on year including current forecast for the last 4 years

o   Provide detail of the escalation / independent challenge route for council management decisions

o   Provide me with councillor expense summaries to see and provide assurance on how the elected representatives conduct themselves.

 

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

 

Please contact

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

 

23/1/17

 

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