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10181

 

 1) Do you issue fixed penalty notices to households in connection with recycling?

2) Do you issue fixed penalty notices to businesses in connection with recycling?
3) Please list all circumstances when people can be fined or issued fixed penalty notices in connection with recycling.
4) If applicable how much money have you made from fixed penalty notices in connection with recycling?
 a) Please provide data for the last 2 full years.

5) Do you issue fixed penalty noticed to households for putting waste in the wrong container?

6) If applicable how much money have you made specifically from fixed penalty notices in connection with households putting the wrong item in the recycling or the wrong product in the wrong bin?
a)  Please provide data for the last 2 full 2 years
7) Do you issue fixed penalty notices to households who do not recycle?

8) If applicable, how much money have you made from issuing fixed penalty notices to households who do not recycle?
 a) Please provide data for the last 2 full 2 years

Thank you for your request for information about recycling which we received on 1 February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1)   Do you issue fixed penalty notices to households in connection with recycling? - No

2)   Do you issue fixed penalty notices to businesses in connection with recycling? - No

3)   Please list all circumstances when people can be fined or issued fixed penalty notices in connection with recycling. – 0 (we have not issued any fixed penalty notices)

4)   If applicable how much money have you made from fixed penalty notices in connection with recycling? N/A
a) Please provide data for the last 2 full years.

5)   Do you issue fixed penalty noticed to households for putting waste in the wrong container? - No

6)   If applicable how much money have you made specifically from fixed penalty notices in connection with households putting the wrong item in the recycling or the wrong product in the wrong bin? N/A
a)  Please provide data for the last 2 full 2 years

7)   Do you issue fixed penalty notices to households who do not recycle? - No

8)   If applicable, how much money have you made from issuing fixed penalty notices to households who do not recycle? N/A
a) Please provide data for the last 2 full 2 years

21/2/17

 

10182

 

Please could you tell me how many injury collisions have happened within 50m radius of the centre of the roundabout at the junction, of Union Street and Clapham Road, Bedford, which have involved pedestrians, and also cyclists, during the three year periods.

1.       01/04/2010 to 31/03 2013

2.       01/11/2013 to 31/10/2016

Could you supply separately, for each period, a plan illustrating the location of any collisions, along with written descriptions/details of any collisions?

Thank you for your request for information about injury collisions at Union St Roundabout which we received on 1 February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

Please find attached the accident data and plans as requested.

 

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

 

28//2/17

 

10183

 

I would like a full list of businesses that have become liable for business rates in your area between the 15th Jan 2017 to the 31st Jan 2017.Please include the business name and address, also the date they became responsible with the business type and RV. 

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

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 1/3/17

 

10184

 

RE:, Kenneth Way, Bedford

  1. Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council's Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part 2A undertaking)?  If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.
  2. Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site uses, leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.?  If there have been any intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please provide dates and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports are publicly available.

Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills located within a 250m radius of the site:

a.  The location of all landfills, both closed and operational (i.e. National Grid Reference and location plan if available).

b.  Dates when the landfill was operational.

c. Types of waste deposited.

d.  Any information on volume of waste deposited, depth of infilling and landfill structure.

e.  Details of any landfill gas monitoring, site investigation or gas spiking undertaken at the landfill or in the immediate vicinity of the site.

  1. Have elevated indoor radon gas concentrations been identified within buildings on or within 100m of the site? Have radon protection measures been required in buildings on site or within 100m?  If so, please provide details.
  2. Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise, odour or dust issues/complaints?  If yes, what was the nature of the issue and what was the outcome?     
  3. Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site?  If yes what is the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?
  4. Please provide details of any Part A(2) or Part B Environmental Permits (formerly LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations) licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.
 

Thank you for your request for information about  Kenneth Way, which we received on 31st January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please see attached in respect of Kenneth Way

28/2/17

 

10185

 

RE: Milton Ernest, Bedford

We are currently undertaking an environmental review of the above site  and would be grateful if you could conduct a search for the following details:

1. Is the site likely to be investigated further under the Council’s Part IIA Strategy and if so what level of priority would it be given?

2.  Does the Council have any specific concerns regarding ground conditions at the site?

3. Is the Council aware of any previous site investigations and / or remediation work that has been undertaken on site or in the surrounding area?

4. Records of any pre-licensing landfill sites within 500m, including:

•  licence holder

•  location (grid reference and boundary plan)

•  dates of operation and nature of fill material

•  details of any leachate / landfill gas monitoring

5. Pollution records / known areas of contamination within 500m, including:

• location / grid reference

•  nature / source of pollution

•  previous land uses

•  any further details (e.g. remedial work)

•  details of bulk storage tanks on the site

6. Part B (APC) Authorisations within 500m, including:

• authorisation holder

• location / grid reference

•  nature of authorisation

Thank you for your request for information about an area of land around Twinwoods, near Milton Ernest, Bedford , which we received on 2nd February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.  Is the site likely to be investigated further under the Council’s Part IIA Strategy, and if so what level of priority would it be given?

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.

There is one site within the indicated area, which is included on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites. This is the former Twinwood Airfield, located between Twin Wood, Oakley Little Wood, approximately 800m South of Yarl’s Wood. This has been assigned a medium priority for inspection.

2.  Does the Council have any specific concerns regarding ground conditions at the site?

No, the Council does not have any specific concerns regarding contamination at the site.

3.  Is the Council aware of any previous site investigations, and / or remediation work that has been undertaken on site or in the surrounding area?

The Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department is not aware of any previous site investigations or remediation work, which has been undertaken, either on the site, or in the surrounding area.

4.   Records of any pre-licensing landfill sites within 500m, including:

•    licence holder

•    location (grid reference and boundary plan)

•     dates of operation and nature of fill material

•    details of any leachate / landfill gas monitoring

Please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website

for location of landfills. You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

5.  Pollution records / known areas of contamination within 500m, including:

•   location / grid reference

•    nature / source of pollution

•   previous land uses

•  any further details (e.g. remedial work)

•      details of bulk storage tanks on the site

The Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department is not aware of any known areas of contamination within 500m of the site.

6.     Part B (APC) Authorisations within 500m, including:

•      authorisation holder

•      location / grid reference

•      nature of authorisation

There is one Part B Authorisation listed within 500m of the marked area:

  • Bedford Bodyshop
  • Authorisation held by: BBS Fleet Logistics
  • Located at 41 Rushden Road (A6), Milton Ernest, Bedford, MK441RU
  • Authorised as: Vehicle Refinisher

 

1/2/17

 

10186

 I require that you provide or direct me to the following information from your Billing Authority Records:

1 the total number of Council Tax defaulters for the financial year 2015/2016 only;

2 the total value of outstanding Council Tax for the financial year 2015/2016 only.

 

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

1. The total number of Council Tax defaulters for the financial year 2015/2016 only

A Council Tax defaulter has not been defined.

During 2015/2016 20,994 reminder notices were issued.

2. The total value of outstanding Council Tax for the financial year 2015/2016 only.

As at 31 January 2017, the balance outstanding in respect of the 2015/2016 financial year was £1,183,659

23/2/16

 

10187

 

I would like to make a Freedom of Information request in relation to Document Management within your Revenues, Benefits and Housing Department.  Please find below my request.

1. Do you use a Document Management software system in your Revenues Department?

2. If yes which company provides it?

3. How much do you pay for this system annually?

4. When is this contract due to finish?

5. Do you use a Document Management software system in your Benefits Department?

6. If yes which company provides it?

7. How much do you pay for this system annually?

8. When is this contract due to finish?

9. Do you use a Document Management software system in your Housing Department?

10. If yes which company provides it?

11. How much do you pay for this system annually?

12. When is this contract due to finish?

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.  Do you use a Document Management software system in your Revenues Department? Yes

2. If yes which company provides it?  Northgate Public Sector

3. How much do you pay for this system annually? I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to  disclose the information requested.

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

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 41 (information provided in confidence) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

4. When is this contract due to finish? There is no end date – it’s a rolling contract

5.   Do you use a Document Management software system in your Benefits Department? Yes

6  If yes which company provides it? Northgate Public Sector

7. How much do you pay for this system annually? I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

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 41 (information provided in confidence) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

8.   When is this contract due to finish? There is no end date – it’s a rolling contract

9.   Do you use a Document Management software system in your Housing Department? We do not have a Document Management software system. 

10.  If yes which company provides it? Not applicable

11.  How much do you pay for this system annually? Not applicable

12. When is this contract due to finish? Not applicable

22/2/17

 

10188

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like a list of all missed bin collections for the past year to date, with the causes of each listed

Thank you for your request for information about waste management which we received on 2 February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

As requested please find attached the information of all missed bin collections and other waste related reports for the past year, however we do not log down the cause of each missed collection.  A lot of missed collections have happened around the change in collections which has taken a little longer to settle down with the crews having to learn the rounds and also get familiar with where the bins are stored and gaining access to them.

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

2/3/17

 

10189

 

 I would be grateful if you could supply me with some information regarding social care services for people with learning disabilities as part of a research project that I am undertaking.
Please could you tell me the number of Individual Service Funds (ISFs) in place for adults with a learning disability (18-64) for the following financial years:
1.      April 2014 to March 2015
2.      April 2015 to March 2016

 

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.

1.     April 2014 to March 2015 - 248
2.
     April 2015 to March 2016 - 223

3/2/17

 

10190

 

 I write under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:

1) How many social care assessments were completed in the following financial years:

a)      2013/14

b)      2014/15

c)      2015/16

d)      2016/17 (Year to date)

2) Since 25th May 2010, what is the longest period of time an individual in your local authority has waited for a social care assessment from the date of the initial request?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1) How many social care assessments were completed in the following financial years:
a)      2013/14
b)      2014/15
c)      2015/16
d)      2016/17 (Year to date)

Response:
Children’s Services ONLY
Financial Year

                           Total number of

                             assessments
2013/14                 1,026
2014/15                 1,345
2015/16                 2,070
*2016/17                 1,378

Adult Services ONLY
Financial Year

                          Total Number Of

                           Assessments
2013/14                1,519
2014/15                1,436
2015/16                1,393
*2016/17               1,290

*Data up to and including December 2016

2) Since 25th May 2010, what is the longest period of time an individual in your local authority has waited for a social care assessment from the date of the initial request?
Response:
We 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 with regards to Question 2.   We are unable to provide this information, as this would require manually going through each assessment (approx. 20,000 records) since 25th May 2010 to ascertain the longest wait time.  This would take us over 18 hours to do so.

 

21/2/17

 

10191

 

1.a How many primary school places are available in your local authority area for children who will start in year R (Reception) in 2017?

1.b For how many children have applications been made for entry to year R (Reception) in 2017?

1.c How many of those applications (1.b) were from outside your local authority area?

1.d. How many pupils were offered their first preference/choice of school?

2.a How many secondary school places are available in your local authority area for children who will start in year 7 in 2017?

2.b For how many children have applications been made for entry to year 7 in 2017?

2.c How many of those applications (2.b) were from outside your local authority area?

2.d How many pupils were offered their first preference/choice of school?

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

Further to my email of the 7 February, I am writing to advise the information you requested with regards to Secondary Schools is now available and is  provided below:

Your requested:

2.a How many secondary school places are available in your local authority area for children who will start in year 7 in 2017?  

Answer: 1296

2.b For how many children have applications been made for entry to year 7 in 2017?  

Answer: 1061

2.c How many of those applications (2.b) were from outside your local authority area?  

Answer: 89

2.d How many pupils were offered their first preference/choice of school? 

Answer: 1025

 

As previously advised the information that you requested for Primary Schools will not be able until after the 18th April 2017.  I will contact you again with our response to your requests, with regards to this information, once it is available.

7/2/17

 

10192

 

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of information Act 2000.

1. Please provide the most recent data available for your local authority:

All households

•   The number of households who have their benefits reduced by the Household Benefit Cap introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 in your area. (Please include both households who were already subject to the previous benefit cap of £26,000/£18,200, and those newly affected by the lowered cap).

•  The average reduction in these households’ benefit award, and the number of these households who have a reduction of £100 or more a week.

Homeless households in temporary accommodation

•  The number of homeless households accommodated by your authority in temporary accommodation who have their benefits reduced by the Household Benefit Cap.

•  The average reduction in these households’ benefit award.

2. If you have carried out an assessment of the impact of lowering the cap in your local authority, please provide this document.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested, which against each question below:

1.  Please provide the most recent data available for your local authority:

All households

•  The number of households who have their benefits reduced by the Household Benefit Cap introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 in your area. (Please include both households who were already subject to the previous benefit cap of £26,000/£18,200, and those newly affected by the lowered cap).

Currently 186 households are subject to the new lower Benefit Cap.  This is an increase from 57 claims capped prior to 7 November 2016.

•  The average reduction in these households’ benefit award, and the number of these households who have a reduction of £100 or more a week.

The average weekly reduction is £55.06.  There are 32 households with a reduction of £100 or more.

Homeless households in temporary accommodation

•   The number of homeless households accommodated by your authority in temporary accommodation who have their benefits reduced by the Household Benefit Cap.

4 out of the 186 capped households are currently in temporary accommodation.

•  The average reduction in these households’ benefit award.

The average weekly reduction is £90.59

2.  If you have carried out an assessment of the impact of lowering the cap in your local authority, please provide this document.

On receipt of the potential capped cases from the DWP, Bedford Borough Council undertook a review of each of the individual customers and identified the potential of the impact on each case.  Working with the Job Centre plus, tailored help was made available. The Council has established a Welfare Reform working group at a Senior Level which monitors the impact of the changes.

17/2/17

 

10193

 

This is an FOI request, made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for past, present and future school holiday dates from 2005/06 to 2017/18.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Your requested:

This is an FOI request, made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for past, present and future school holiday dates from 2005/06 to 2017/18.

Our response:

Please see word documents attached.   We only hold this information going back to 2013/2014.

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

21/2/17

 

10194

 

Please provide the following:

1 The numbers of students in EHE (elective home education) at the end of the last 5 years broken down by reason for EHE (if recorded) then further broken down by sex, ethnicity and religion (if recorded).

2. The number of children who had never been in conventional education (have not ever enrolled at a state secondary or private school) who are home educated, for each of the last 5 years broken down by sex, ethnicity, and religion (if recorded).

3. The number of children in elective home education in your authority who were also ‘children in need’ under section 17 of the Children’s Act 1989 for the last 5 years, broken down by sex, ethnicity and religion (if recorded).

4.  The numbers of inspectors of EHE employed in each of the last 5 years.

5.The numbers of inspections carried out in each of the past five years.

6.  The number of children whose guardians refused to allow an inspection for each of the last 5 years.

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

Please provide the following:

  1. The numbers of students in EHE (elective home education) at the end of the last 5 years broken down by reason for EHE (if recorded) then further broken down by sex, ethnicity and religion (if recorded).

 

Answer: As at 23/01/2017 there were 53 students in EHE.  Data for previous years is not available.  Gender, Ethnicity and Religion are not available.

  1. The number of children who had never been in conventional education (have not ever enrolled at a state secondary or private school) who are home educated, for each of the last 5 years broken down by sex, ethnicity, and religion (if recorded).

Answer: We do not hold this information

  1. The number of children in elective home education in your authority who were also ‘children in need’ under section 17 of the Children’s Act 1989 for the last 5 years, broken down by sex, ethnicity and religion (if recorded).

Answer: As at 23/01/2017 0 (zero) EHE students were children in need.  Data for previous years is not available

  1. The numbers of inspectors of EHE employed in each of the last 5 years.

Answer: We do not have “inspectors” but we have a EHE officer who has oversight and scrutiny of all EHE families.  

  1. The numbers of inspections carried out in each of the past five years.

 

Answer: . We do not undertake “inspections”

  1. The number of children whose guardians refused to allow an inspection for each of the last 5 years.

Answer: We do not hold this information.

3/3/17

 

10195

 

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

The High Road Felmersham

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

 

13/2/17

 

10196

 

The number of cyclists who were stopped  and prosecuted / fined.

It would also be appreciated if you could advise us if any monitoring, via the CCTV system, is undertaken to record  the number of cyclists passing any one point in the town

centre.

On a separate matter we are concerned by the increasing

number of ‘Blue’ Badges. Could you provide us with a  schedule of the number of Badges issued during each of the  last five years.

If you have the total number of people who are over the

age of 65 and the number of ‘Registered’ Disabled for each

of the last five years.

Finally we have noticed an increase in the number of  parking spaces for particular disabled people. Could you  please provide us with the numbers which have been

created in each of the last five years.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Those stopped and Issued Fixed Penalty Notices for PSPO – Cycling in Town Centre

Month of
 Stop                        Amount of
                                 FPN Issued
May 2016                  5
June 2016                 21
July 2016                 3
August 2016            2
Sept 2016                1
Oct 2016                  2
Nov 2016               12
Dec 2016                3
Jan 2017                4
Feb 2017                0

From above information number of Prosecutions

Date of
Prosecution           No of Cases
                                prosecuted
Sept 2016               1
Nov 2016                 1
Dec 2016                 1

It would also be appreciated if you could advise us if any monitoring, via the CCTV system, is undertaken to record the number of cyclists passing any one point in the town centre.

The CCTV camera network has the capability to monitor many locations across the town centre, this is achieved by using a combination of multi-functioning cameras and trained CCTV operators.  When regulating cyclists in the town centre Council enforcement staff and Police staff have a communications link to the CCTV control room, from there CCTV staff will proactively monitor the areas being affected based on the intelligence fed back from those officers on the scene.  Officers regularly attend town centre locations and take a proactive approach in dealing with cyclists who disregard the restrictions in place under the Town Centre Cycling Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), this enforcement is carried out by and issuing FPNs and prosecution where appropriate.

On a separate matter we are concerned by the increasing number of ‘Blue’ Badges. Could you provide us with a schedule of the number of Badges issued during each of the last five years.

Year               Includes new and renewed
                        Blue Badges to individuals
2012               2504
2013               2356
2014               2267
2015               2314
2016              2347

If you have the total number of people who are over the age of 65 and the number of ‘Registered’ Disabled for each of the last five years.

Year                     ‘Registered’ Disabled
2012/13               1123
2013/14               1083
2014/15               1888
2015/16               1831
*2016/17               1805
*Data as at 31st January 2017

Finally we have noticed an increase in the number of parking spaces for particular disabled people. Could you please provide us with the numbers which have been created in each of the last five years.

Year                             Approved Declined
2010                                     3            19
2011                                     6              25
2012                                      4            18
2013                                       7             14
2014                                        5             9
2015                                      11              26
2016                                      20               33

3/3/17

 

10197

 

SPRINGFIELD LOWER SCHOOL - CLASSROOM BUILDING

A list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the Two storey building to provide an additional 5 classrooms.

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

Please find enclosed a Project Directory relating to the works at Springfield Lower School. The Council do not hold details of sub-contractors and suppliers, however, in this instance the main contractor has kindly provided these.  Also, individuals’ telephone numbers are not included within the directory.  Should you need to contact the companies, please contact each of their main offices directly.

Please contact

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

28/2/17

 

10198

 

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

Conway Crescent 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

13/2/17

 

10199

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to know the average time taken for the council to pay invoices submitted to it by suppliers. I would like this data for the year ending March 31 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, which is below:

The average days to pay invoices from date of receipt for financial year 2015/2016 ending 31st March 2016 was 24.18 days.

Please contact

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

15/2/17

 

10200

Could you please answer the following questions regarding mobile printing to MFD/MFPs?

Question             

1. How many employees do you have?         

a.  Number              

2. How many buildings do you have?            

a.  Number              

3. Please confirm if you are in contract for an MFD/MFP managed print service.         

a  Yes/No 

4. Please confirm whom the contract was awarded to.          

a. Name

5. Please confirm the contract start date.    

a. Date

6. How many MFD/MFPs do you have?        

a.Number              

7. Is your MFD/MFP fleet managed locally or remotely by the provider?

a.  Locally

b.  Remotely            

8. Please confirm the annual volumes of mono prints             

a.   Number              

9. Please confirm the annual volumes of colour prints            

a.    Number              

10.   What is the annual spend on MFD/MFPs - including lease costs, consumables          

a.   Number              

11. What print management software do you use across the organisation       

a.  Name   

12.  Who is your MFD/MFP contract with?      

a.    Free Text            

13.  Do you have a current mobile phone contract?    

a.   Yes/No

14. How many mobile phones do you manage?           

a.   Number              

15.  Who is your mobile phone contract with?              

a.   Free Text            

16. Do you have a mobile print service?         

a.  Yes/No 

17.  What is the name of the mobile print solution?    

a.   Free Text            

18.  What type of device was the mobile print solution enabled on?     

a.   Smart phone      

b.   Tablet   

c.  Laptop 

d.  PC         

19.  When did your mobile print solution go live?         

a.  Date     

20. How easy is the solution for the end user to setup?            

a. Very easy            

b.  Easy      

c.  Difficult

d.   Very difficult      

21.  How easy is the solution for the end user to use? 

a.            Very easy            

b.            Easy      

c.            Difficult

d.            Very difficult      

22.         Method of print from mobile print?          

a.            Email    

b.            Application         

23.  Who configured users devices?   

a.            User      

b.            in-house IT staff              

24. Is the service cloud or local server based?              

a.            Cloud    

b.            Local server       

25.  How easy was the deployment of the service?      

a.            Very easy            

b.            Easy      

c.            Difficult

d.            Very difficult      

26.         Was the deployment of the service carried out?   

a.            Onsite  

b.            Remotely            

27.  Was the deployment carried out by your: supplier or in-house?      

a.            Supplier

b.            In-house             

28.  Was there a pilot or trial period?

a.            Yes/No 

29.  What were the timescales for deployment, start to finish?              

a.            Months

30.         How was this communicated to users?    

a.            Email    

b.            Bulletin

c.            Intranet              

d.            Internet              

e.            Videos  

f.            Leaflets

g.            Posters 

h.            Staff presentations         

31.         How often was this communicated?         

a.            Daily     

b.            Weekly 

c.            Monthly              

32. How well was this mobile print solution welcomed by users?          

a.            Poorly liked        

b.            Apathetic            

c.            Well liked           

 

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

1.            How many employees do you have?         

a.            FTE is 1748.05 headcount is 2211

2.            How many buildings do you have?            

a.            34 (see attached for a list of buildings)

3.            Please confirm if you are in contract for an MFD/MFP managed print service.         

a.            Yes

4.            Please confirm whom the contract was awarded to.          

a.            Pan European Asset Company (PEAC)

5.            Please confirm the contract start date.    

a.            01/11/2014

6.            How many MFD/MFPs do you have?        

a.            67 MFDs/64 MFPs

7.            Is your MFD/MFP fleet managed locally or remotely by the provider?

a.            Locally by provider

b.            Remotely            

8.            Please confirm the annual volumes of mono prints             

a.            9631294             

9.            Please confirm the annual volumes of colour prints            

a.            773321 

10.         What is the annual spend on MFD/MFPs - including lease costs, consumables          

a.            £336,000            

11.         What print management software do you use across the organisation       

a.            PaperCut            

12.         Who is your MFD/MFP contract with?      

a.            Annodata              

13.         Do you have a current mobile phone contract?    

a.            Yes

14.         How many mobile phones do you manage?           

a.            882       

15.         Who is your mobile phone contract with?              

a.            Vodafone           

16.         Do you have a mobile print service?         

a.            No         

17.         What is the name of the mobile print solution?    

a.            n/a        

18.         What type of device was the mobile print solution enabled on?      n/a

a.            Smart phone      

b.            Tablet   

c.            Laptop 

d.            PC         

19.         When did your mobile print solution go live?         

a.            n/a

20.         How easy is the solution for the end user to setup? n/a

a.            Very easy            

b.            Easy      

c.            Difficult

d.            Very difficult      

21.         How easy is the solution for the end user to use? n/a

a.            Very easy            

b.            Easy      

c.            Difficult

d.            Very difficult      

22.         Method of print from mobile print? n/a

a.            Email    

b.            Application         

23.         Who configured users devices?    n/a

a.            User      

b.            in-house IT staff              

24.         Is the service cloud or local server based? n/a

a.            Cloud    

b.            Local server       

25.         How easy was the deployment of the service? n/a

a.            Very easy            

b.            Easy      

c.            Difficult

d.            Very difficult      

26.         Was the deployment of the service carried out? n/a

a.            Onsite  

b.            Remotely            

27.         Was the deployment carried out by your: supplier or in-house? n/a

a.            Supplier

b.            In-house             

28.         Was there a pilot or trial period? n/a        

a.            Yes/No 

29.         What were the timescales for deployment, start to finish? n/a

a.            Months

30.         How was this communicated to users? n/a

a.            Email    

b.            Bulletin

c.            Intranet              

d.            Internet              

e.            Videos  

f.            Leaflets

g.            Posters 

h.            Staff presentations         

31.         How often was this communicated? n/a 

a.            Daily     

b.            Weekly 

c.            Monthly              

32.         How well was this mobile print solution welcomed by users? n/a

a.            Poorly liked        

b.            Apathetic            

c.            Well liked           

Please contact

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

1/3/17

 

10201

 

RE: Milton Ernest, Bedford

Details of any flammable storage you are aware of / historical information that may be relevant.

Details that would be of interest to us include:               

•  The fuel types stored in the tanks;

•  The tank sizes and construction details;

•  A plan indicating the location of the tanks;

•  Any results of tests undertaken to confirm the integrity of the tanks;

•  Any reported spillages or pollution incidents: and

•  Details of decommission (if applicable).

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding the previous storage of petroleum in underground tanks  near Milton Ernest, Bedford , which wereceived on 6th February 2017. Your request has been considered under theEnvironmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, not held by Bedford Borough Council.

 

20/2/17

 

10202

 

 Please disclose whether the council places any restrictions on who is able to take children to play clubs. For example: Are nannies and childminders allowed to take children to clubs - or do they have to be with a parent? Please disclose the council’s policy/advice on this and which club/s it applies 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.

Response: We don’t have any council run play clubs (the Borough Summer Playschemes have now closed).  The council does not issue any official  guidance to private/ charity play clubs. But we are aware nannies and childminders can collect/ drop off children. Some middle / secondary school aged  children make their own way to an out of school club if its run by a primary school with parents/ carers permission.

9/2/17

 

10203

 

Can you please provide the following information:

Who is the Head of IT? Please provide the full name, job title, email address and the phone number.

Who is the Swift Manager (Social Care System manager)? Please provide the full name, job title, email address and the phone number.

Who are the Heads of Social Care Finance? Please provide the full names, job titles, email addresses and the phone numbers.

Who is the Lead Social Worker? Please provide the full name, job title, email address and the phone number.

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.Head  of ICT Operations  - Rughbir Singh

Email address - Rughbir.Singh@bedford.gov.uk 

Phone number - 01234 267422

2.  Service Manager Business Support – Lucy Wainwright

Email address – Lucy.Wainwright@bedford.gov.uk

Phone number - 01234 267422

3.   Head of Finance- Julie McCabe

Email address - Julie.Mccabe@bedford.gov.uk

Phone number - 01234 267422

4.  Head of Social Work- Alexander Kubeyinje

Email address - Alex.Kubeyinje@bedford.gov.uk

Phone number - 01234 267422

24/2/17

 

10204

 

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

Furness Close 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

 

13/2/17

 

10205

 

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

 Palstra 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

 

13/2/17

 

10206

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request copies of some information known to the council.

Please could you supply the following information:

Q1 Has Bedford Borough Council had any discussions with the local pharmaceutical committee regarding the provision of health services by community pharmacies in your area?

(Please note, services may include but are not limited to smoking cessation, minor ailments, weight management, EHC, vascular risk checks, Chlamydia screening, vaccinations etc)

Q2 Where such a discussion has been held, please could you give me the following details:

a) The date of the meeting

b) A full list of the services discussed

c) A full list of the attendees

d) A copy of the minutes of the meetings

 refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Please note that this response is on behalf of Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire 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 see our response below.

Q1 Response: There were no direct conversations with the LPC regarding pharmacy services in 2016 however a series of meetings regarding the development of the pharmaceutical needs assessment and public health lifestyle services took place in 2014 and 2015.  Representatives from the local pharmaceutical committee were included in these meetings and, if it would be helpful, the minutes and the full list of attendees, can be provided.

Q2 Response:  Not relevant (see above)

1/3/17

 

10207

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request --

A) copies of all responses provided by (or collectively on behalf of) your local authority to:

i) the letter sent to 'All Local Council Leaders' by Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Immigration, dated 8/9/2016 (this letter had the heading 'UNACCOMPANIED ASYLUM SEEKING AND REFUGEE CHILDREN');

ii) the letter sent to Local Authority Leaders by the Rt Hon Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, and Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, dated 14/10/2016 (this letter had no heading, but concerned local authority capacity to care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors and began 'At the start of September the Immigration Minister wrote to you...');

iii) any other request by the Home Office for indications of how many places your local authority would be willing to offer to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (the 'Dubs' amendment);

B) the total number of:

i) places pledged by your council for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (the 'Dubs' amendment) (if this has been altered at any point since the Home Office consultation began, please provide all numbers and indicate which is the most recent);

ii) places that have been filled (by the date of your response) by unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who arrived under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (the 'Dubs' amendment).

 

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 A i), ii) & iii):

Bedford  Borough has committed to taking  UASC up to 0.07% of its under 18 children population (This is approximately 26 children/young people) as required under the regional and national protocol. These will arrive from a variety of sources  including the national transfer scheme...  In addition we are currently supporting former UASC through leaving care and Bedford is committed to providing a home for up to 10 Syrian families and we are currently awaiting our fifth arrival.

There is no single reply to the letters you refer to rather Bedford’s commitment has been relayed via a number of routes but mainly through the regional response coordinated by the ADCS working with our  strategic migration office hosted by the EELGA.

We trust that this information meets your request

Response B i): -

Bedford Borough did not “pledge” a number of places to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) from any specific route rather we accept UASC into care where they arrive in our area, have a family member living in our area or as part of the regional transfer agreement.

Response B ii):

We currently have 25 UASC in Local Authority care although none were taken in under the Dubs amendment.

22/2/17

 

10208

 

Please could you address the following questions:

1.How many visits have your Local Authority Officers made to licensed Scrap Metal Dealers in order to enforce the provisions of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013?

Please break down by periods

Dec 2013 – Nov 2014

Dec 2014 – Nov 2015

Dec 2015 – Nov 2016

2.How many Scrap Metal Dealers were licensed with yourselves as at 31st January 2014? Please break down by 'Collectors' and 'Site'.

3.How many of the above (question 2) have renewed their licence as of 31st January 2017?

4.Please advise your charges as at December 2013 for a) Site Licences and b) Collectors Licences, please also advise whether your fees have changed as at 31st January 2017.

5.How many closure orders have been issued or enforcement actions  undertaken by yourselves between December 2013 and November 2016? 

6.When authorising or renewing a Scrap Metal Dealers Licence please advise whether your Authority confirms that the Scrap Metal Dealer holds the following?

A)Environmental Permit

B)Waste Carriers License

C)Planning Permission

D)Wamitab

 

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 visits have your Local Authority Officers made to licensed Scrap Metal Dealers in order to enforce the provisions of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013?
Please break down by periods
Dec 2013 – Nov 2014     14
Dec 2014 – Nov 2015     16
Dec 2015 – Nov 2016      2
2. How many Scrap Metal Dealers were licensed with yourselves as at 31st January 2014? Please break down by 'Collectors' and 'Site'.  10 Sites    13 Collectors
3.How many of the above (question 2) have renewed their licence as of 31st January 2017?  6 Site   3 Collectors
4. Please advise your charges as at December 2013 for a) Site Licences and b) Collectors Licences, please also advise whether your fees have changed as at 31st January 2017.
£300.00 for a site   
 £150 for a collector
No change to fees
5. How many closure orders have been issued or enforcement actions  undertaken by yourselves between December 2013 and November 2016?  None
6. When authorising or renewing a Scrap Metal Dealers Licence please advise whether your Authority confirms that the Scrap Metal Dealer holds the following?
A) Environmental Permit  Yes
B)  Waste Carriers License  Yes
C) Planning Permission  Yes
D) Wamitab   No

24/2/17

 

10209

 

Please provide me with the number of times restraints have been used on pupils within special schools at your authority over the last three school years, 2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14. 

Please provide us with the names of companies used by special schools in your area to train teachers and school staff in the use of physical restraint/ management of challenging behaviour.

Special schools: Schools which provide tailored provision for pupils with special educational needs. 

Restraints: instances where a child or young person has been restrained or when restraint techniques or holds have been used. 

Please break this information down by school population, number of restraints recorded and year. 

Of those, please provide the number of cases during which staff or pupils suffered an injury and the number of times police were called linked to an incident.

 

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

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

 

We do not hold this information centrally, you will therefore need to contact the schools direct for this information.  Please find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Schools Establishment Guide, for your information.

 

Please contact

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

22/2/17

10210

RE: Houghton Regis

 Whether the council hold any historical environmental reports for the subject site;

 Is the site, or any surrounding areas, classified as Part IIA contaminated land?;

·What is the status of the site under the councils contaminated land inspection strategy?;

· Information regarding the former uses of the site or the immediately surrounding land which may have resulted in contamination of the site;

· Knowledge of any former industrial uses, landfilling, mineral extraction on or within the area of the site;

 Information regarding the presence of tanks (if any) at the subject site or in surrounding areas (or contact details for the Council’s Petroleum Licensing Officer);

 Pollution incidents on site or in immediate area; and,

 Environmentally sensitive areas in the site vicinity.

Thank you for your request for information about a site to the South of Chalton Cross Farm, Houghton Regis which we received on 8 February 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, not held by Bedford Borough Council because the location you refer to in your request is the responsibility of Central Bedfordshire Council.  You will therefore need to approach Central Bedfordshire Council for this information.  The Freedom of Information Officer at Central Bedfordshire Council can be contacted by clicking on the following link: accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or if you wish, I can re-direct your FOI request to them on your behalf.

 

 

8/3/17

 

10211

 

Following the introduction of the Definitive Guideline for Health and Safety offences, Corporate Manslaughter, and Food Safety and Hygiene offences (the "Guideline"), introduced in February of last year, we would be most grateful if the Council could confirm the following information for the year 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017:

In respect of each of the requests below, please note we require information only in respect of food safety and hygiene offences prosecuted by the Council.

1.  What has been the highest fine imposed under the Guideline? 

2.  What has been the highest fine imposed for a fatal food incident under the Guideline?

3. What has been the highest fine imposed under the Guideline for a non-fatal food incident?

4.  How many fines over £1 million have been imposed?

5.  What have been the top 10 highest fines imposed under the Guideline?

6.What is the total sum which has been imposed in fines? 

7.  How does that compare to the total sum for the equivalent period in the preceding year, i.e. February 2015 to February 2016?

8.  Please break down the total sum imposed by sector e.g leisure, retail, etc

9.  How many of the fines imposed under the Guideline have been subject to appeal? 

10. How many of those appeals have been successful? 

11.What proportion of the fines imposed have been imposed on organisations and what proportion have been on individuals? 

12. How many custodial sentences have there been for individuals under the Guideline?  Please confirm the numbers for both suspended and immediate custodial sentences.

13. What has been the longest custodial sentence imposed under the Guideline?  Please confirm the numbers for both suspended and immediate custodial sentences.

14. What has been the average custodial sentence imposed under the Guideline? Please confirm the numbers for both suspended and immediate custodial sentences.

15.  How many disqualification orders have been imposed?

16.   What proportion of fines imposed have been following a guilty plea and what proportion have been imposed following conviction after a trial?

17.  What proportion of the custodial sentences (including suspended sentences) imposed have been following a guilty plea and what proportion have been following a conviction after trial?

18. Have there been any cases subject to the Guideline in which the Court has expressly stated that it has taken into account the financial position of any related group entities?

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state

whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information

you requested.

I can confirm that since the 1st February 2016 there have been no prosecutions

relating to food safety and hygiene offences, therefore the answer to the questions submitted are either none or N/A.

7/3/17

 

10212

 

In accordance with the above Act I would be grateful if you could  provide details of all properties benefiting from mandatory relief in respect of payment of Business Rates, within your Local Authority area.  

The information I require would be the Ratepayer name, address, and the period from which the relief has been granted.  

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

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

8/3/17

 

10213

 

1.  How many requests for environment information as per the EIR 2004 were made to your LA in January 2016- December 2016?

2.  How many of these requests under the EIR 2004, were you able to respond to within the time limit of 1 month?

3.   Please say how many requests were refused individually for each section.

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

1       How many requests for environment information as per the EIR 2004 were made to your LA in January 2016- December 2016?  624

2   How many of these requests under the EIR 2004, were you able to respond to within the time limit of 1 month -622

3    How many requests under the EIRs 2004, were refused?

Regulation (12) (a) – not held – 20 of which 5 were part not held

 Regulation (13) – Personal Information- 14

Regulation (12) (4) (b) manifestly unreasonable - 1

Regulation (12) (5) (b) The course of justice and inquiries exception - 2

Regulation (12) (4) ( e) Internal communication  - 1

4   How many requests were charged within your Local Authority? None

2/3/17

 

10214

 

 

 1. How many requests for environment information as per the EIR 2004 were made to your LA in January 2005- December 2005?

2.     How many of these requests under the EIR 2004, were you able to respond to within the time limit of 1 month?

3.Please say how many requests were refused individually for each section.

 

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

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

During January – December 2005 EIR were not recognised and they were all registered as FOI.

2/3/17

 

10215

 

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

Harvey Road  Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

13/2/17

 

10216

 

 

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

Westwood Close 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

 

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

13/2/17

 

10217

 

Data for each year from 2000 to present on pupils of primary school age in your LEA (or part thereof if data for each year is not available):

1. Total number of pupils.

2. Total number of pupils receiving instrumental or singing music tuition from the LEA (eg. through a Music Service or School).

3. Total number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals.

4. Total number of pupils eligible Free School Meals receiving instrumental or singing music tuition from the LEA.

5. Were (and when were) subsidies offered for instrumental or singing music tuition for children eligible for Free School Meals?

6. Were (and when were) whole class instrumental lessons offered to schools under the Widening Opportunities initiative?

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that part of 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.

class instrumental lessons offered to schools under the Widening Opportunities initiative?

Response Q2,4, 5 & 6:

We do not hold this information.

Response Q 1 & 3:

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 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

Total number of pupils  and Total number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals – This information is available in the public domain for Bedford Borough from January 2010.

 

21/2/17

 

10218

 

 

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 and may be considered untraceable by the Council.

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 overpayment in each case which remains unclaimed
C. The years(s) in which overpayment 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) and
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 quarterly (possibly six monthly)

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

8/3/17