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9333

 

 

I am interested in the amounts paid by each school in Bedford Borough Council in relation to temporary teacher staffing cover / agency costs.

My hope is to receive an electronic breakdown of amounts paid by each school from the Consistent Financial Reporting System for each school. The specific CFR codes I would like to examine are CFR02 - Supply Teachers and CFR26 - Agency Supply Staff.

The information I require for each school is: School name, CFR02 annual total and CFR26 annual total.

If possible, please could the spend be broken down by primary, secondary and Special Needs schools and/or any other classification of school as well?

could you please also include the number of pupils (enrolment size) at each school in another column.

I would like the information to cover the year 2015/2016.

 

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 and this is enclosed.  Please also note the following:

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

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

We have also supplied additional information which analyses for each school (where information is held by the council) the spend for E26 by individual supplier. Where an individual supplier is not apparent the nature of the goods or services purchased has been identified instead. Additional commentary/information as memorandum item(s) is also supplied on this worksheet which should be referred to when reviewing the analysis.

No analysis is provided for E02 as this relates to salaries and wages for supply teaching staff employed directly by the school.

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

23/8/16

 

9334

 

 There are two questions based on the time period January 2013 - July 2016
 
1. Does your organisation have a cyber abuse or cyber trolling/bullying or social media policy - or a related policy such as Bullying and Harassment or Internet Usage - where cyber abuse or cyber bullying is mentioned? if so can I request a copy?
 
2. Have any staff at your organisation (names or specific details are not needed) - been disciplined or suspended, or their employment terminated due to anything related to cyber abuse, social media conduct, cyber bullying, internet usage, or bullying and harassment by electronic means?

 

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

1)     Please find attached our Bulling & Harassment Guidance our and Computer User Policy.

2)     1 employee has been disciplined.

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

19/8/16

 

9335

 

Thank you for the information regarding fixed penalty notices issued with the below roads

Please could you provide a further break down with reference to these roads as to how many notices were issued in each road by foot patrol enforcement  officers .

Then how many were issued by use of the mobile enforcement camera  van on these roads 

Pemberley Ave

£1,504.00

49 Penalty Charge Notices

Bushmead Ave

£5,697.01

197 Penalty Charge Notices

Rothsay Gardens

£4,304.00

150 Penalty Charge Notices

Goldington Ave.

£2,100.00

49 Penalty Charge Notices

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 could you provide a further break down with reference to these roads as to how many notices were issued in each road by foot patrol enforcement officers.

Then how many were issued by use of the mobile enforcement camera van on these roads.

Pemberley Ave

£1,504.00

49 Penalty Charge Notices

Enforcement Officer 47

Enforcement van 2

Bushmead Ave

£5,697.01

197 Penalty Charge Notices

Enforcement Officer 197

Enforcement van 0

Rothsay Gardens

£4,304.00

150 Penalty Charge Notices

Enforcement Officer 150

Enforcement van 0

Goldington Ave.

£2,100.00

49 Penalty Charge Notices

Enforcement Officer 49

Enforcement van 0

5/8/16

 

9336

 

All details of Building Control conrol files regarding vicarage farm Rushen

 

 

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

5/8/16

 

9337

 

1. Please state how many Public Space Protection Orders the council currently has in place.

2. Of the question 1 figure, please state how many of these PSPOs simply replicate pre-existing Dog Control Orders, Gating Orders, or Designated Public Place Orders.

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

1. Please state how many Public Space Protection Orders the council currently has in place.Two

2. Of the question 1 figure, please state how many of these PSPOs simply replicate pre-existing Dog Control Orders, Gating Orders, or Designated Public Place Orders.

One – Dog Control Orders, replicating existing areas .The PSPO was implemented on 27 July 2016, full details of this PSPO can be viewed at here

 

12/8/16

 

9338

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information regarding damage to vehicles caused by poor road conditions on roads under your local authority administration for the financial year 2015/16. 

1)      The total number of closed and open claims for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the condition of your road network (such as potholes).

2)      The total monetary value of all the claims for vehicle damage caused by, or attributed to, the condition of your road network (such as potholes).

3)      The total number of successful claims for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the condition of your road network (such as potholes).

4)      The total monetary value of the successful claims for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the conditions of your road network (such as potholes).

 

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

 

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

 

9/8/16

 

9339

 

Do you charge for dropped kerb applications?
Yes/No

If yes how much do you charge per application and what year was this charge implemented?

Since the charge was implemented has there been an increase/decrease in applications and what percentage plus or minus was this?

Please complete the below table for number of applications for dropped kerbs and income per financial year.

Financial Year 
2010/11   
2011/12   
2012/13   
2013/14   
2014/15   
2015/16   
2016/17   

Number of Applications
Income generated from Applications (£)
Income generated from constructions of dropped kerbs (£)

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about dropped kerbs/vehicle crossovers which we received on 1 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

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

19/8/16

 

9340

 

 1. Please could you tell me the amount of money your department has spent on social media for the past 3 years.
2. Could you provide this information broken down year by year?
3. Please could you outline what the money was spent on (E.G Facebook post boosts, ads, etc.)

 

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. Please could you tell me the amount of money your council has spent on social media for the past 3 years?  £10181.75
2. Could you provide this information broken down year by year?
 2013/14           £0
2014/15           £0
2015/16           £9,279.00
2016/17           £902.75
3. Please could you outline what the money was spent on (E.G Facebook post boosts, ads, etc.)  - Facebook post boosts, Google Search Engine Optimisation and Facebook advertising

24/8/16

 

9341

 

 I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request information about your council’s use of body worn cameras, specifically I am asking the following:
1.  Does your council use body worn cameras?
i.   If the answer is yes please indicate whether this is part of a trial or if the technology has been adopted on a permanent basis.
2. How many body worn cameras has your council purchased and how much has been spent?
3. Which job roles and which departments are using body worn cameras?
4. Did your council complete a privacy impact assessment before trialling or implementing body worn cameras?
i.  If so please provide a copy. 
5.  Please provide the make, model and manufacturer of the body worn cameras you have purchased.
6. Where and for how long is the footage held?
7. Please provide documentation relating to the results of any trial of body worn cameras that your force has undertaken.

 

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

24/8/16

 

9342

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, please would you supply the following information on all your suppliers of good and services :-
Company name
Company address
Company email address
Industry sector / products / services supplied

 

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

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

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

You requested information on all our suppliers of goods and services where we spend over £500 in relation to company name, company address, company email address, Industry sector/products/services supplied.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council 1.  States that above is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(information available to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link below for information we publish

31/8/16

 

9343

 

I would like to know (in order of priority):

1. The total number of:

  - reminders issued;

  - final notices issued;

  - court summonses issued;

  - liability orders issued;

  - attachment of benefit arrangements made;

  - attachment of earnings arrangements made; and

  - enforcement agents employed;

in relation to your collection of council tax for each financial year since (and including) 2012/13

2. If possible please provide the council tax collection rate, among LCTRS recipients only, for each financial year since 2012/13. Please present this collection rate as a percentage of the total council tax liability for LCTRS recipients. If possible please also provide the council tax collection rate, among Council Tax Benefit (CTB) recipients only, for 2012/13.

3. If possible please provide the average council tax bill for someone on the full council tax reduction available under LCTRS (or CTB ) for each financial year since and including 2012/13.

4. If possible please provide the number of appeals that have been taken to the valuation tribunal relating to your application of LCTRS (or CTB) for each financial year since and including 2012/13.

5. Does your LCTRS scheme incentivise work? If so how?

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 31/8/16

 

9344

 

 

RE:Howden Gardens, Biddenham,

Our environmental search result indicates that there is a potential risk of contaminated land within the vicinity of the property. Please can you confirm that any relevant conditions regarding the contaminated audit of the site and any remediation work were fully discharged at the time that the property was first built.

 

Thank you for your request for information about Howden Gardens, Biddenham which we received on 2 August 2016. Your requests have been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I understand you have already been advised by Planning Services as to how to find the information on our website.

25/8/16

 

9345

 

 I request that a copy of the following information be provided to me:
1.The software that schools in your authority use to compile school census, e.g. Capita SIMS, RM Integris etc, broken down by each school in your authority. Please include school type (primary, secondary, special etc).
2.Do you provide a licence / contractual arrangement with an MIS supplier to schools within your authority and Is this available to all schools or only schools of a specific type (primary only for example?)
3.If yes to question 2: 
a.Please provide the name of the supplier.
b.Please provide the duration of this contract.
c.Please provide the cost to the LA for this contract
d.Please provide the pricing structure for each school.
e.Please provide the the notice period?
4.Do you provide support for MIS software?
5.If yes to question 4:
a.What MIS software do you provide support for?
b.Please describe nature of support - does it include support of whole system or just around statutory returns?
c.What is the cost to the school for this support?
d.Can schools just purchase MIS licences or are they bundled with support?
e.How is the pricing structure calculated for each school’s support?
f.Does your team provide support only for one MIS Software or do you provide support for any MIS systems the schools may use?
6.Are schools free to choose their own MIS software, or is this chosen by yourselves?
7.Can you see any reason why a school choosing to change its MIS software would cause an issue or problem for yourselves?
8.If you have a licence / contract with an MIS supplier, when is this being reviewed?
a.Will a formal tender be carried out for this software?
9.Please provide the date of the last formal tender for MIS supply and the result.
10.Aside from a formal tender process when did you last review the available MIS options available in the marketplace?
11.Do you have plans to create a trust or provide support to schools in the transition to academy status?
12.Do you feel that you currently provide your schools with the best MIS solution that combines functionality and cost effectiveness?
13.Please provide all contact details of the person(s) that are responsible for the MIS supply and support for the LA.

 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: Schools have full autonomy to choose their own MIS system.  The LA does not commission, have  a contract with or support MIS systems.  Therefore all the subsequent questions are not relevant.
Bedford Borough schools use Capita SIMs and RM Integris to compile their school census returns.
You may wish to contact the schools individually to establish which MIS they use.  Please find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Education Establishment Guide for your information.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the Education Establishment Guide

15/8/16

 

9346

 

Please could you supply the following information under the freedom of information act 2000

(a) addresses and rateable values of Commercial properties that are
within your District Council up to a rateable value of £11,000 who
are not receiving any sort of Small Business rate relief.

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

30/8/16

 

9347

 

 A.  Maintained Secondary Schools 1. What was the total number of formal permanent exclusions from maintained secondary schools in your area in each of the academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16?  Please also state the total number of maintained schools and pupil population to which each annual total relates.
2. For each academic year:  Of those pupils permanently excluded from maintained secondary schools in your area (Q1), in relation to how many pupils did their parents apply for review by an independent review panel (IRP)?
3.For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ formal permanent exclusions reviewed by IRPs (Q2), how many reviews were determined in favour of the pupil?
4. For each academic year:  Of those reviews determined in favour of the pupil (Q3), in relation to how pupils many did the IRP direct reconsideration by the governors?
5. For each academic year:  Of those reviews determined in favour of the pupil in relation to which the IRP directed reconsideration by the governors (Q4), in relation to how many pupils did the IRP order that the school’s budget should be readjusted by a £4,000 payment (in addition to funding that would usually follow the pupil) towards the costs of finding alternative education for that pupil, should the excluding school either
(a)   uphold the exclusion despite that direction, and/or
(b) fail to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the IRP ordered (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
6. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the IRP ordered that, should the school uphold the exclusion despite the direction to the governors to reconsider and/or fail to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations, the school’s budget should be readjusted by a £4,000 payment (Q5), in relation to how many pupils did the £4,000 readjustment become due, and was it because the excluding school either
(a)   upheld the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or
(b) failed to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the readjustment became due because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
7. or each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the £4,000 readjustment became due (Q6),  in relation to how many pupils did you, the local authority (LA), readjust the excluding school’s budget by £4,000 as a result of the excluding school either
(a)   upholding the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or      
(b) failing to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, your readjustment of the excluding school’s budget was attributable to reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
8. For each academic year:  Of those readjustments of £4,000 you, the LA, made to schools’ budgets (Q7), in relation to how many pupils did you pass on the £4,000 to that pupil’s new education provider? 
For each pupil in relation to whom you passed on the £4,000 readjustment, please specify the nature of the new education provider and whether the pupil had been found a place at that new provider before or after the excluding school decided to uphold its decision to exclude.
B. Academies (Secondary Schools)
1. What was the total number of formal permanent exclusions that Academies (secondary level) in your area reported to you in each of the academic years 2014-15 and 2014-15?  Please also state the total number of secondary school Academies and pupil population to which each annual total relates.
2. For each academic year:  Of those pupils, whom Academies (secondary level) reported to have permanently excluded in your area (Q1), in relation to how many pupils did their parents apply for review by an independent review panel (IRP)?
3. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ formal permanent exclusions reviewed by IRPs (Q2), how many reviews were determined in favour of the pupil?
4.  For each academic year:  Of those reviews determined in favour of the pupil (Q3), in relation to how many pupils did the IRP direct reconsideration by the Academy proprietor?
5.For each academic year:  Of those reviews determined in favour of the pupil in relation to which the IRP directed reconsideration by the Academy proprietor (Q4), in relation to how many pupils did the IRP order that the Academy proprietor should make a £4,000 payment (in addition to funding that would usually follow the pupil) to you, the LA, towards the costs of finding alternative education for that pupil, should the exclusing Academy proprietor either
(a)   uphold the exclusion despite that direction, and/or
(b) fail to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the IRP ordered (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
6. For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the IRP ordered that, should the school uphold the exclusion despite the direction to the Academy proprietor to reconsider and/or fail to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations, the Academy proprietor should make a £4,000 payment to you, the LA (Q5), in relation to how many pupils did the £4,000 payment become due, and was it because the excluding Academy proprietor either
(a)   upheld the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or
(b) failed to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the payment became due because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
7.  For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the £4,000 payment to you, the LA, became due (Q6), in relation to how many pupils did you, the LA, receive the £4,000 payment from the Academy proprietor as a result of the excluding Academy proprietor either
(a)   upholding the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or      
(b) failing to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the Academy proprietor made the payment to you because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b). 
8.      For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the £4,000 payment to you, the LA, became due (Q6), in relation to how many pupils did you, the LA, take steps against the Academy proprietor to enforce the £4,000 payment, and had the payment become due because the excluding Academy proprietor either
(a)   upheld the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or
(b) failed to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the non-payment you took steps to enforce had become due because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
9.  For each academic year:  Of those pupils’ reviews in relation to which the £4,000 payment to you, the LA, became due (Q6), in relation to how many pupils did you, the LA, report non-payment to the Education Funding Agency, and had the payment become due because the excluding Academy proprietor either
(a)   upheld the exclusion despite the direction to reconsider, and/or
(b) failed to reconsider the exclusion within the time limit specified in the regulations?
Please specify your answer for (a) and (b) in relation to each pupil, so that it is clear whether, for a particular pupil, the reported non-payment had become due because of reason (a) only, (b) only, or both (a) and (b).
10.  For each academic year:  Of those payments of £4,000 you, the LA, received from Academy proprietors (Q7), in relation to how many pupils did you pass on the £4,000 to that pupil’s new education provider? 
For each pupil in relation to whom you passed on the £4,000 payment, please specify the nature of the new education provider and whether the pupil had been found a place at that new provider before or after the excluding Academy proprietor decided to uphold its decision to exclude.

 

Follow up request

In terms of the s21 exemption in respect of the first question on each section, its primary purpose is to act as a cross-check that the questions that follow are being answered in respect of a class that corresponds to the DfE recorded data for any particular local authority.  If I rely solely on the DfE for that data, and do not cross-check that against the LA data, there is a risk of inaccuracy. 

 

In terms of the s40 exemption, I understand the nature of the concern you raise, but believe that this does not justify the provision of any answer at all. 

 

Where pupil confidentiality is at issue, this is achieved not by the provision of no answer at all, but by suppression of data following the DfE’s stated practice (DFE-00226-2015: A guide to exclusions statistics, last updated July 2015).  As that document indicates, where data needs to be suppressed to protect pupil confidentiality, please suppress (indicate ‘X’) for the particular academic year in question.  This is required where the number is between 1 and 4 (ie. below 5).  So:  if ‘4’ was the answer to a question concerning the number of pupils, you would return ‘X’; if ‘6’ was the answer, you would return ‘6’; if ‘0’ was the answer, you would return ‘0’.  For questions that are no longer applicable because the answer to the previous related question was ‘0’, you would return ‘N/A’.

Separately, where it would be possible to provide a three-year total that would not itself need to be suppressed and would not, in conjunction with any non-suppressed annual data, reveal the suppressed annual data, I would be grateful for that three-year total.

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.
Answer:
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council 
1. States that this is exempt information.
2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (Information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA) and exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal Information)
An explanation follows below.
The official DfE exclusions data is in the public domain.
The Statistical First Release (SFR) entitled “Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2014 to 2015” will provide the data for question one. 
Below is a link to the SFR mentioned above:

Please click here for the link

Please note that the official data for the 2015/16 academic year will not be available until  July 2017.
 
We are not able provide data for the remaining questions relating to Independent Review Panels as the numbers are very low and would be suppressed. 

 

Follow up response

 

 

The DfE data is in the public domain and is generated by schools sending their data to the DfE.

Although schools have a statutory duty to inform the LA of fixed term exclusions the data belongs to schools, so to access school level data you would need to contact each individual school. Please see attached the Bedford Borough School Directory for further information.

 

There were a total of  7 Independent Review Panels over the 3 year period requested.

 

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the Education Establishment Guide

 

17/8/16

 

9348

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I require some information. If you could kindly provide answers to the following questions please.

1.     How many adults with a learning disability are known to live in Bedford Borough Council area? 

2.     How many adults with a learning disability have received adult social care support from Bedford Borough Council ?

3.     How many adults with a learning disability have received an assessment in the last 12 months?

4.     How many carers have received an assessment in the last 12 months? 

5.     How many people with a learning disability have received a financial assessment in the last 12 months? 

6.     What was the total amount of non-ringfenced money received by Bedford Borough Council in the financial year 2015-16?

7.     What is the total amount of non-ringfenced money received by Bedford Borough Council for the financial year 2016-17?

8.     Are individuals who receive adult social care on the current/old contribution policy or have Bedford Borough Council adopted the new standard policy? 

9.     What percentage of the current contribution do individuals pay towards their own care and support?

10.  Whichever contribution policy is applied, when was this last reviewed?

Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

 

9349

 

 I would like to lodge a FOI request regarding the authority's current arrangements for the commissioning of post 16 care leaver services and semi-independent living services.  Please break all answers down by the two separate services. 
1)What contracting methods are in place? e.g.  Framework, Dynamic Purchasing System or Approved Provider List.
a)Post 16 Care Leavers Services
b)Semi Independent Living services
2)Is the authority part of a consortium whom are purchasing these services?  If so, who is the lead authority?
a)Post 16 Care Leavers
b)Semi Independent Living Services
3)When do the current contractual arrangements (mentioned in question 1) expire?
a)Post 16 Care Leavers
b)Semi Independent Living Services
4)How many providers are on the authority’s approved list/framework for these services?
a)Post 16 Care Leavers
b)Semi Independent Living Services
5)What was the authority's yearly spend on the services in the financial year 2015/2016?
a)Post 16 Care Leavers
b)Semi Independent Living Services
6)What proportion of placements were purchased outside of the existing contractual arrangements i.e. were "Spot Purchased"?
a)Post 16 Care Leavers
b)Semi Independent Living Services
7)Who is the lead commissioner (or Head of Commissioning) for these services for the authority? – Please can you provide their name, role and contact details (email address and telephone number)?

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

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

I would like to lodge a FOI request regarding the authority's current arrangements for the commissioning of post 16 care leaver services and semi-independent living services.  Please break all answers down by the two separate services.  

1)   What contracting methods are in place? e.g.  Framework, Dynamic Purchasing System or Approved Provider List.

a)   Post 16 Care Leavers Services

Answer: Spot Purchasing – we plan to have a frame work or DPS in place by 1.4.17

b)Semi Independent Living services

Answer:  We have one Service Level Agreement in place for UASC which is a historic arrangement from when we had a joint Asylum Service with Central Beds Council the rest are all Spot Purchased– we plan to have a frame work or DPS in place by 1.4.17

2)Is the authority part of a consortium whom are purchasing these services?  If so, who is the lead authority?

a) ost 16 Care Leavers

Answer: No

b) Semi Independent Living Services 

Answer: No

3) When do the current contractual arrangements (mentioned in question 1) expire?

a) Post 16 Care Leavers

b)Semi Independent Living Services

Answer: Only applicable for the SLA which runs ends, but could be extended, on 01.04.17

4) How many providers are on the authority’s approved list/framework for these services?

a) Post 16 Care Leavers

b) Semi Independent Living Services 

Answer: Most providers would fit into both groups a) and b) and we currently have 19 providers on our list we would consider referring to – some out of area

5)  What was the authority's yearly spend on the services in the financial year 2015/2016?

a)  Post 16 Care Leavers
Answer:£632,361

b)  Semi Independent Living Services: Services

Answer: We do not separately identify the costs relating to “Services needed by a child with a developmental disability or related condition(s) to live successfully in the community” so are therefore unable to provide a response to this part of the question.

6)  What proportion of placements were purchased outside of the existing contractual arrangements i.e. were "Spot Purchased"?

a) Post 16 Care Leavers

b) Semi Independent Living Services

Answer: 34 Spot Purchase Placements for a) and b)

7) Who is the lead commissioner (or Head of Commissioning) for these services for the authority? – Please can you provide their name, role and contact details (email address and telephone number)?

Answer: Martin Purbrick

1/9/16

 

9350

 

How much did your local authority spend on employer pension contributions to the Local Government Pension Scheme in each of the last 5 financial years, presented in each of the following ways:

a) as a cash sum

b) as a percentage of your total revenues in that year

c) as a percentage of your total expenditure in that year

 

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

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

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

25/8/16

 

9351

 

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

Keysoe Row West

Keysoe

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

3/8/16

 

9352

 

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act.
This request concerns the prevalence of agency social workers in your local authority.
1)Please state the number of full time equivalent social workers employed by your authority as of June 1st in each of the following years.
i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016
2) Please state the number of full time equivalent social workers that were locum, agency or otherwise temporary members of staff who were working for your local authority as of June 1st in each of the following years.
i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016
3) Please state how many social worker positions were unfilled in your local authority as of June 1st in each of the following years.

i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016

4) Please state the number of full time equivalent social workers employed by your authority’s children’s services department as of June 1st in each of the following years.

i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016

5) Please state the number of full time equivalent social workers that were locum, agency or otherwise temporary members of staff who were working for your local authority’s children’s services department as of June 1st in each of the following years.

i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016

6) Please state how many social worker positions were unfilled in your local authority’s children’s services department as of June 1st in each of the following years.

i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 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 and this is detailed below and enclosed

 

 

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

26/8/16

 

9353

 

Is any land within the BEDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL area of authority required for public purpose i.e. land that is protected from development in the interests of future needs of the government, council, or statutory undertaker?

 

Thank you for your request for information about land for public purpose which we received on 3 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The Council prepares a development plan which contains land allocations for specific types of development. Where necessary such allocations are for uses associated with the Council’s functions e.g. for a new school or school extension. Land may also be allocated for the government’s use or for statutory undertakers where the need can be evidenced. In some circumstances, this type of land is part of a larger mixed use scheme. Local Development

and documents can be found at here

 

9354

 

Is any land within the BEDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL area of authority to be acquired, or proposed to be acquired for the purpose of highway schemes or improvements?

If there is, please advise the location of the land and advise where further information can be found.

  

Thank you for your request for information about Land for Highway which we received on 3 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The answer to this question is No.

 

12/8/16

 

9355

 

 •Please can the local authority advise who currently carries out the kerbside collection, including the length of contract in place.
•Please can the local authority advise the current re-processor of any mixed dry recyclable material.
•Please can the local authority advise the current  re-processor of any fibre material.
•Please can the local authority advise of contracts currently in place, including the contract lengths, for the sale of dry recyclable materials
•Please can the local authority advise recycling tonnages collected in 2015 from its kerbside collection service by the following material:
Material 
Co-mingled 
News and Pam 
Mixed papers 
Glass 
Cans 
Plastics 
Other (please advise) 

Total Tonnage

 

Thank you for your request for information about waste which we received on 4 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

•Please can the local authority advise who currently carries out the kerbside collection, including the length of contract in place - Service delivered in house by the Council
•Please can the local authority advise the current re-processor of any mixed dry recyclable material - Viridor
•Please can the local authority advise the current re-processor of any fibre material - Viridor
•Please can the local authority advise of contracts currently in place, including the contract lengths, for the sale of dry recyclable materials - Viridor until 30/09/2018
•Please can the local authority advise recycling tonnages collected in 2015 from its kerbside collection service by the following material:

Material              Total Tonnage
Co-mingled          10861.61
News and Pam     1375.85
Mixed papers        3628.36
Glass                    67.74
Cans                     413.52
Plastics                 1174.51
Other (please advise) 417.07 card;

                                62.29 ferrous; 
                                 10.97 non-ferrous; 
                                 68.58 tetra-pak;

1/9/16

 

9356

 

 

 I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain, in xls or xlsx format: - A list of all active and closed business rate accounts that contain a credit balance as at 1st August 2016, to include:

Property Address

Liable Party

The Liable Party’s Contact Address

The Billing Period

Credit Amount

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

4/8/16

 

9357

 

In accordance with the freedom of information act I would like to know the following...

The number of posts in the trading standards department (full time equivalent) broken down by year for the past 5 years...ie 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

The number of calls/ contacts received by the trading standards department broken down by year for the past 5 years...ie 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

The number of investigations carried out by the trading standards department broken down by year for the past 5 years...ie 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

And the number of prosecutions brought by the trading standards department broken down by year for the past 5 years...ie 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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

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

 

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

1/9/16

 

9358

 

I would like to request some information which should be publicly available. Please can you confirm to me the amount of persons that were fined for having dogs on the recreational ground behind the village hall in Wootton village during the day of Saturday 9th July 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.

Please can you confirm to me the amount of persons that were fined for having dogs on the recreational ground behind the village hall in Wootton village during the day of Saturday 9th July 2016 - No fines were issued on the date.

9/8/16

 

9359

 

 * Please disclose the number of children taken into care (either interim or full) in the last financial year (2015/16) for neglect.

* Of those cases, please disclose the number of cases where the obesity of the child was cited as a factor in the care proceedings.

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 disclose the number of children taken into care (either interim or full) in the last financial year (2015/16) for neglect.

Answer: 29 children

* Of those cases, please disclose the number of cases where the obesity of the child was cited as a factor in the care proceedings.

Answer: Please refer the original response to FOI 9266.  This statement still stands. 

“We do not hold/record any information on our database relating to the obesity of Looked After Children as this is not a specific category that we use. We undertake holistic medical assessments for care proceedings, and record the details in individual files.”

16/8/16

 

9360

 

 1.How many applications have you received for new residential basement developments (where a basement did not exist previously) in each of the following periods, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 year to date, possibly broken down by the number of applications granted, refused, withdrawn and pending?
Residential basement applications
Granted
Refused
Withdrawn
Pending Total from 2013 to present

2.How many applications have you received for extended residential basement developments (where a basement existed previously) in each of the following periods, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to date, possibly broken down by the number of applications granted, refused, withdrawn and pending?

Residential basement applications
Granted
Refused
Withdrawn
Pending Total from 2013 to present

  

Thank you for your request for information about residential basement planning applications which we received on 4 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

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

 

If you then click on ‘To view and comment on Planning Applications’ - this opens the ‘Advanced’ tab

 

You can then type in the ‘Description Keyword’ box and enter the date range for the criteria you are interested in

 

Then click ‘Search’

 

 

5/8/16

 

9361

 

 I would like to make a request under the Freedom Of Information Act relating to training and contracts for the adult social homecare services you commission.
We are interested to know the following.

Question Answer (Yes/No/N/A – select one) Explanatory notes
1. Does the council fund dementia specific training sessions for homecare workers in your area who care for people aged over 65?  
2  Do contracts commissioned by the council with homecare providers who care for people aged over 65 include a specific allocation for training?  
3. Does the council fund dementia specific training sessions for residential care workers who care for people aged over 65 in your area?  
4.  Do contracts commissioned by the council with residential care providers who care for people aged over 65 include a specific allocation for training?  
5.  Does the local authority use dementia specific contracts when purchasing services from external homecare providers? 
  

 

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

5/9/16

 

9362

 

RE:Towns End Road, Sharnbrook, 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?

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9363

 

I am writing to request the below information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Total number of domestic fuel thefts reported to, or attended by, POLICE AUTHORITY for the 2015 calendar year, including the type of fuel stolen and value of the theft.

Total number of commercial fuel thefts reported to, or attended by, POLICE AUTHORITY for the 2015 calendar year, including the type of fuel stolen and value of the theft.

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about domestic fuel thefts which we received on 5 August 2016.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I am writing to advise you that the Council could provide some of the information requested, however we would be working from extracts of data provided by the Police.  It would therefore be more appropriate for Bedfordshire Police to provide you with the information in this case.

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

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

9/8/16

 

9364

 

 

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

High Street Clapham

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9365

 

My request is in relation to Overgrown Vegetation obstructing the Highway, this falls under Section 154 of the Highways Act 1980.May I please request information on the following:

(1)    What is your procedure for dealing with Overgrown Vegetation?

(2)    If you charge residents for vegetation which encroaches on the Highway?

(3)    If the individual, who is responsible for the vegetation, does not comply with their initial warning to cut back the vegetation, What occurs after this?

(4)    Do you charge any amount of money for the Council needing to attend to cut back the vegetation?

(5)    Do you charge for any site visits that are needed to investigate the OHV?

 

Thank you for your request for information about overgrown vegetation obstructing the highway which we received on 5 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

What is your procedure for dealing with Overgrown Vegetation?

Bedford Borough Council will send a letter giving the resident 14 days to cut back the overgrowth.

Do you charge residents for vegetation which encroaches on the Highway? Not at this stage

If the individual, who is responsible for the vegetation, does not comply with their initial warning to cut back the vegetation, What occurs after this?

We send a second letter advising if it is not cut back within 7 days then the council will undertake the work and seek to recover costs from the resident.

Do you charge any amount of money for the Council needing to attend to cut back the vegetation?

Yes, this would vary on the work required.

Do you charge for any site visits that are needed to investigate the OHV?

No, this is carried out by our highway inspectors via routine inspections.

30/8/16

 

9366

 

I am interested in the amounts paid by each school in Bedford Borough Council in relation to temporary teacher staffing cover / agency costs.

My hope is to receive an electronic breakdown of amounts paid by each school from the Consistent Financial Reporting System for each school. The specific CFR codes I would like to examine are CFR02 - Supply Teachers and CFR26 - Agency Supply Staff. In addition could you please include the number of pupils (enrolment size) at each school in another column.

I would like the information in an electronic format MS Excel please.

The information I require for each school is: School name, CFR02 annual total and CFR26 annual total.

If possible, please could the spend be broken down by primary, secondary, Nursery and Special Needs schools and/or any other classification of school as well?

I would like the information to cover the year 2015/2016.

withdrwawn as same as 9333 above

 

 

9367

 

RE:Hookhams Lane, Renhold, 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?

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9368

 

 Maverick spend
•What is the total percentage of spend classed as ‘maverick spend’ across the whole of your organisation in the following financial years?Timescale Maverick spend percentage Maverick spend total
2012 – 2013  
2013 – 2014  
2014 – 2015  
2015 – 2016  

•What is the percentage of non-procurement staff that use or have access to an e-procurement system?
•Does your organisation have a sanction system in place for non-compliance to procurement practices?
•What percentage of transactions are multi-sourced?
Number of quotes obtained Response (percentage) Additional comments
One  
Two  
Three  
Four  
Five  
Six  
Seven  
Eight  
Nine  
Ten  

Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

 

 

9369

 

 eTendering, procurement team size and training
•Please state the total number of your procurement team
•Of members of the procurement team, please state the number that have a CIPS or other professional procurement qualification
•Of this number, how many are currently undergoing procurement training?
•What training is available to your procurement staff? Tick all that apply;
Training type Response (please tick) Additional comments
In-house training  
E-Learning  
External training provider  
Formal Body (CIPS) 
•What e-Tendering system have your organisation adopted and, if it hasn’t done so, when does it plan to?
•Is your organisation aware that all local government organisations are required to adopt eTendering before 2018?
•Are purchase orders required for each transaction across your organisation?
•What is the percentage of staff within your organisation that have access to an eProcurement system?
•Please name the provider of your e-procurement/e-tendering system
•Approximately what percentage of the staff in your organisation use this system?
•Does your organisation feel there are any limitations to the current system?
Limitations of system Satisfied Un-satisfied Additional comments
User friendliness   
User guides effectiveness   
Terminology easy to understand?   
Efficiency   
Multiple-quotes available?   
Traceability of transactions   
Supplier validation   
Implementation   
Cost   
Prevention of maverick spend   

 

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

 

Please see attached for your information.

 

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

5/9/16

 

9370

 

Do you operate and Article 4 direction in your area that requires HMOs to secure planning permission? If so, can I please know the area/areas covered.

 

Thank you for your request for information about an Article 4 direction which we received on 8 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Do you operate and Article 4 direction in your area that requires HMOs to secure planning permission? – No

9/8/16

 

9371

 

RE: Wansbeck Rd

in

respect of contamination

 

 Thank you for your request for information about Wansbeck Road, Bedford which we received on 4th August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We have no record of any part of the property having been used for potentially contaminative activities.

We have no other specific records of contamination at this location. However, the absence of information should not be taken as definitive proof of the absence of contamination.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (‘the Act’), 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. Based on information available at this time, it is not considered likely that the above site will be inspected under the Act. However, it is possible that new information may become available which could alter this assessment.

Without prejudice to the above I would confirm that if you are aware of any past or present activity on the site which may have caused contamination you should consider arranging a specialist site survey.

In addition, the information provided may be from incomplete records or information received from parties external of this Authority. Therefore the validity of the above information cannot always be guaranteed.

31/8/16

 

9372

 

 RE: Howden Gardens, Biddenham
1.Please provide any information regarding past industrial land use(s) at the site and in the surrounding area.
2.Please provide information on any pollution incidents/records of contamination at the site and in the surrounding area
3.Please confirm whether the site is considered suitable for use, if it has been risk ranked in accordance with your Contaminated Land Strategy under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, what priority it has been assigned and why,

 

Thank you for your request for information about 6 Howden Gardens which we received on 9 August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The information has already been provided in the e-mail from John Preston dated 17 August 2016 and confirmed by Peter Nash on 18 August 2016.

18/9/16

 

9373

 

Please could you tell me the average hourly price paid for domiciliary care for new packages commissioned in June 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.

As of June 2016 the average cost for domiciliary care per hour was £15.60.

 

10/8/16

 

9374

 

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

 Kent Avenue 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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9375

 

 

Please can you provide me with an up to date org chart and names for education.

This is to include SEN, School Improvement, School Place Planning, Director, Heads of and Managers

 

 

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 note the Heads of Service are contacts for each service.

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

5/9/16

 

9376

 

 I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes and vaping.  In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
1.Please supply me with a copy of your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes on council premises. This includes all council owned or leased buildings (for example, libraries, offices, museums), council owned or leased property (for example, parks, gardens, and other areas that form part of the grounds of council offices), and vehicles (for example, council owned or leased cars and vans).
2.Please inform me if staff are required to leave their place of work (for example, their desk or vehicle) to vape.
3.Please inform me if staff and visitors have to leave the grounds of council owned or leased property to vape.
4.Please inform me if staff and visitors are required to use designated smoking areas on council owned or leased property in order to vape.
5.Please inform me if your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes differs in any way from your council's existing policy on smoking. If it does, please explain the differences.
6.Please detail your council's policy, if there is one, for staff smoking cessation and also if you encourage your staff to use e-cigarettes as a means of smoking cessation.
7.Please inform me when your policy on the use of e-cigarettes was last reviewed, if it is under review, and/or if it is due to be under review in the near future.

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.We do not have a policy on the use of e-cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes are not allowed in Council buildings or vehicles. E-cigarette vaping should only take place using the allocated outdoor vaping area.

2.Staff are required to leave the Council buildings to vape.

3.Staff and visitors have to use a specified vaping area on Council grounds.

4.Staff and visitors wanting to vape are asked to use the designated vaping areas on council owned or leased property which is separate from designated smoking areas.

5. N/a

6. We do not have a policy as explained above, however there is a stop smoking service available to everyone (staff and public). This service is e-cigarette friendly as it is recognised that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than using tobacco base products (Public Health England).

7.N/a

5/9/16

 

9377

 

 I would like you to forward to me the total amount of fines paid during the whole period the bus lane has been in existence.  

 Thank you for your request for information about Shortstown Bus Lane which we received on 10th August 2016.

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

I I would like you to forward to me the total amount of fines paid during the whole period the bus lane has been in existence.

2013/14 – 34 fines paid

2014/15 – 4823 fines paid

2015/16 – 3763 fines paid

2

016/17 – 1772 fines paid

26/8/16

 

9378

 

Please can I request information under the freedom of information act.I would list a full list of businesses and charities that have become newly liable for business rates from the 15/07/2016 to 09/08/2016 including the business name, address, rv, property type and the date they became liable please.

 

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

10/8/16

 

9379

 

Please could you provide me with the following information with regards to your ICT structure;
1.What is your annual IT Infrastructure Budget for 2016 & 2017?
2What storage vendor(s) and model do you currently use?
a.When was the installation date of above storage vendor(s)?
b.When is your planned (or estimated) storage refresh date? (Month/year)
c.What is your estimated budget for the refresh?
d.What date does your storage support contract end? (Month/year)
e.What is the value of your storage support contract?
f.What is the capacity of the storage data in TB?
3.What backup software do you use?
a.How much data do you backup in TB?
b.When is your planned (or estimated) backup software refresh date? (Month/year)
c.What is the estimated budget for your backup software refresh?
d.When does your backup support contract end? (Month/year)
e.What is the value of your backup support contract?
4.What compute vendor(s) and model do you currently use?
a.Number of servers?
b.What operating system(s) do you use?
c.What percentage is virtualised?
d.Virtualisation platform?
e.When is your planned (or estimated) compute refresh date? (Month/year)
f.When does your compute support contract end? (Month/year)
g.What is the value of the compute support contract?
5.If you outsource your IT works, please provide who it is with and when the contract started and ends.

 

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. What is your annual IT Infrastructure Budget for 2016 & 2017? £375,950.

2. What storage vendor(s) and model do you currently use? Dell Compellant

a. When was the installation date of above storage vendor(s)? 31/07/15

b. When is your planned (or estimated) storage refresh date? (Month/year) June 2021

c. What is your estimated budget for the refresh? £150K

d. What date does your storage support contract end? (Month/year) June 2021

e. What is the value of your storage support contract? Part of purchase price

f.  What is the capacity of the storage data in TB? 200TB

3.  What backup software do you use? IBM Spectrum Protect

a. How much data do you backup in TB? 130TB

b. When is your planned (or estimated) backup software refresh date? Annual subscription 03/2017

c. What is the estimated budget for your backup software refresh? No planned refresh

d.  When does your backup support contract end? (Month/year) 03/2017

e. What is the value of your backup support contract?  Part of the Annual subscription

4. What compute vendor(s) and model do you currently use? Dell

a.Number of servers? 32 Blades

b. What operating system(s) do you use? Windows 2012

c. What percentage is virtualised? 90%

d. Virtualisation platform? VMWare

e. When is your planned (or estimated) computer refresh date? (Month/year) Server refresh is every five years – next estimated refresh date will be June 2019.

f. When does your compute support contract end? June 2019

g. What is the value of the compute support contract? Part of the purchase price

5. If you outsource your IT works, please provide who it is with and when the contract started and ends.  IT is not outsourced.

In addition, please provide a copy of your current IT Strategy and an organisation chart depicting the IT department with contact names and telephone numbers –

ICT Org Chart attached – the Head of ICT Operations is Rughbir Singh – contact details as above.  It is our policy to only issue names and contact details for Heads of Service and above.

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

 

23/8/16

 

9380

 

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

 Castle 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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9381

 

I am looking to for details on owners of vacant properties such as names and addresses. I’m also looking for the details of probates.

We buy houses quickly so we want to offer the vendors a solution to this and offer our service.

I know this is public data and it can be requested, so could you please supply us with this data? We look forward to hearing from you

Further to your request for information dated 10 August 2016, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1. States that the information requested is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Sections 40 (Personal Information) and 31 (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

On receiving your FOI request, legal advice has been taken and the Council has concluded that the information relating to properties where the Council Tax payer is an individual is confidential personal information that is exempt on the basis of Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act.The Council also considers that the information in relation to all the properties is exempt under Section 31 which is concerned with increased crime. The Council is particularly concerned about the high level of thefts of valuable metals and that publishing a list of empty properties will encourage thefts of this type.

23/8/16

 

9382

 

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

 Browns Lane Wootton

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9383

 

1. The number of "referrals" (specifically as defined below) made for children to the council's children's social services department during 2013/14 and 2014/15, broken down by the ethnicity of the child (if possible please group ethnicities as: White; Black; Asian/Asian British; Mixed/Other; Missing/Unknown)

2. The number of "referrals" made for children to the council's children's social services department during 2013/14 and 2014/15 that were accepted but where the case was closed with "no further action" (specifically as defined further below), broken down by the ethnicity of the child (grouped as requested in question 1)

3. The number of "referrals" made for children to the council's children's social services department during 2013/14 and 2014/15 that were accepted and led to "further action" (specifically as defined further below - section 17/47 investigations), broken down by the ethnicity of the child (grouped as requested in question 1)

 

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

 

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

23/8/16

 

9384

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from the procurement department of Bedford Borough Council:

The written report as required under Regulation 84 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 for every completed procurement exercise carried out between 26 February 2015 and 1 August 2016 for CPV codes 85000000, 98000000 and 92000000 for contracts above £50,000 in value.

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed

 

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

8/9/16

 

9385

 

 

How many Bedford Borough Council officers are paid a salary of £50,000 or more?

 

Further to your request, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In the Council’s view the information is already reasonably accessible to you. Under Section 21 of the FOI Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to the applicant. You can find this information at the link here

24/8/16

 

9386

 

 

I am looking to find out as much detail and information as possible on any public toilets owned by the council. Specifically, my questions are as follows:

 

• Does the council operate or run any public toilets? If so, how many?

 

• Are any of these toilets chargeable at the point of use to the public? If so, how much are the public charged?

 

• How much income or loss has the council made from any public toilets in the last three years? I would like to see theses figures broken down into year by year statistics, showing any income from charges, costs for upkeep and the overall profit or loss. 

 

 

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

Does the council operate or run any public toilets? If so, how many?

Attended   2
Unattended  8
Automated APC/USL 2
Community Toilet Scheme 9

Are any of these toilets chargeable at the point of use to the public? If so, how much are the public charged?

Yes - 2 Automated APC/USL: 20p entry or RADAR key

How much income or loss has the council made from any public toilets in the last three years? I would like to see these figures broken down into year by year statistics, showing any income from charges, costs for upkeep and the overall profit or loss.

2015-16    £938
2014-15  £3,682
2013-14    £3,776
         

30/8/16

 

9387

 

 RE: Longmeadow Drive, Wilstead

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?

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9388

 

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

Jowitt Avenue

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9389

 

 

Many homeless people keep dogs for security as well as comfort. Currently only 9% of hostels for homeless people in the UK are dog friendly, meaning that many dog owners are denied access to shelter and support, simply because they have a dog. Likewise, rules on dog ownership for council housing or housing association tenants vary from place to place, with many councils forcing people to give up their pets to rescue centres   or remain homeless.

It is NOT okay to tell people they cannot have emergency housing because they have pets. It is NOT okay to leave them in cold with these pets. It's callous. It's discriminatory. This would NEVER happen to someone with kids. To thousands of people, their pets ARE their kids. People like Hillary Barrows in Canterbury have had to live in their cars in minus degree weather because they could not have emergency help because of their dogs. You must understand the importance of pets to the homeless, the bond, the love that is exchanged. Do not take that away from them and make them suffer. Please tell me, what is our council's position on this issue? Does our council provide emergency housing for people with dogs? Do we provide council housing for people with dogs? If so, what percentage of our emergency and council housing allows dogs? And what quantity of our emergency accommodation and council houses allow dogs?

 

 

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 tell me, what is our council's position on this issue?

The Council complies with the relevant legislation when it comes to assisting people who are homeless and who have a pet. 

Does our council provide emergency housing for people with dogs? And what quantity of our emergency accommodation and council houses allow dogs?

Where a person is placed in Temporary Accommodation that the Council controls they are able to take their pet with them as long as they comply with any conditions of occupation relating to pets.  They are not excluded from accommodation due to being a pet owner nor are they required to be separated from their pets in order to accept Temporary Accommodation.

Where a household requires emergency accommodation, such as Bed and Breakfast accommodation, the Council does not control the pet policy of individual establishments and therefore is obliged to comply with any pet restrictions.  However the Council will provide for kennels or fostering of a pet until temporary accommodation can be arranged and the pet can be reunited with the household.  This will not be an extended period of time, but can be for up to a maximum of 6 weeks.

Do we provide council housing for people with dogs? If so, what percentage of our emergency and council housing allows dogs?

The Council does not have any housing of its own but has transferred its stock to a housing association.  Each housing association will have its own pet policy depending on the type of housing, but as a general rule pets are permitted unless the type of housing means it is unsuitable to keep animals.

16/8/16

 

9390

 

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

 Conduit 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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9391

 

 Question 1: Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place to protect data?

Answer: Yes_ No_ Don’t know

Question 2: Have you got a set time in which you have to recover lost data by?  

Answer: Yes_ No_ Don’t know_

Question 2a: If yes, how long is this period? 

Answer: Less than 1 hour_ 1-2 hours_ Half a day_ 1 day or more_Other (please state)_ Don’t know_

Question 3: Is there an agreement in place between the council and your current IT provider that states a timeframe for the recovery of lost data?

Answer: Less than 1 hour_ 1-2 hours_ Half a day_ 1 day or more_Other (please state)_ Don’t know_

Question 4: In the last 12 months, how many times have you had to use a disaster recovery plan and how long did it take you to recover data? 

Answer:

Question 5: In the next 12 months, does your council plan to increase, decrease or not change spending on disaster recovery?  

Answer: Increase_ Decrease_ No change_ Don’t know_

Question 6: Do you have a central resource to manage your disaster recovery across multiple departments? 

Answer: Yes_ No_ Don’t know_

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.

Question 1: Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place to protect data?

Answer: Yes

Question 2: Have you got a set time in which you have to recover lost data by? 

Answer: Yes

Question 2a: If yes, how long is this period?

Answer: Other (please state) Based on system priority as agreed by Management team

Question 3: Is there an agreement in place between the council and your current IT provider that states a timeframe for the recovery of lost data?

Answer: Other (please state) The recovery is performed by internal ICT Team

Question 4: In the last 12 months, how many times have you had to use a disaster recovery plan and how long did it take you to recover data?

Answer: Did not need to invoke DR in the last 12 months

Question 5: In the next 12 months, does your council plan to increase, decrease or not change spending on disaster recovery? 

Answer: No change

 

Question 6: Do you have a central resource to manage your disaster recovery across multiple departments?

Answer: Yes

 

23/8/16

 

9392

 

 

Please take this email as a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) for a list of all Non-Domestic Rate accounts in credit within your authority.

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

12/8/16

 

9393

 

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

 

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

 

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

8/9/16

 

9394

 

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

Radcliffe Mews

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9395

 

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

Tinsley Close

Clapham

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

12/8/16

 

9396

 

 2015/16 refers to the financial year 1st April – 31st March

Domiciliary care refers to social care commissioned by the local authority and provided in a person’s home, and may also variously be referred to as homecare, care at home, or support at home.

FOI questions

1.   (a) In total, how many adults received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority from external providers in 2015/16?

(b)  Of this total, how many were aged i) 18 -64 ii) 65+.

2.   In the past year (up to 29 July 2016),  what percentage of domiciliary care visits commissioned from external providers were delivered in

a) 15 minutes or less

b) 16 – 30 minutes

3.   In total, how many adults who received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority in the year 2015/16 received any visits lasting 15 minutes or less as part of their care package?

4.   In 2015/16 did the local authority commission any 15-minute visits for personal care? Please provide a copy of the local authority’s policy (or other relevant documents) on commissioning domiciliary care visits lasting 15 minutes or less. 

5.   In total, how many hours of domiciliary care were commissioned by the local authority from external providers in the year 2015/16?

6.   (a) In total, how many

i) Complaints

ii) Appeals

did the local authority receive related to a local authority decision made under Part 1 of the Care Act in the year 2015/16.

(b) How many of these (i) complaints and (ii) appeals were upheld? (If the local authority categorises these complaints and appeals please provide a breakdown across categories recorded).

7.   In 2015/16 how many people (a) requested and (b) received support from an independent advocate arranged by the local authority under s. 67 (2) of the Care Act 2014?

 

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

 

Please see attached for your information.

 

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

30/9/16

 

9397

 

 *According to government figures there were 10 children in Bedford who started to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2015 because their family was judged to be in acute stress

How many times was a central reason for this “acute stress” categorisation the result of the family becoming homeless?

 

 

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.

How many times was a central reason for this “acute stress” categorisation the result of the family becoming homeless?

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

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

An explanation follows below.
Looking at the download of the link you have provide above, it appears that you are reading the wrong column.  There were 10 children becoming looked after as a result of ‘Family dysfunction’.  The number becoming looked after as result of ‘Family in acute stress’ was suppressed by the DfE.   Therefore due to low numbers in this category (less than 5), we are able to answer your request as this could make children identifiable.

13/9/16

 

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I also have some queries following this information. Are dogs allowed in this area now?  Only there are signs etc clearly stating that no dogs (I assume even guide dogs) are permitted in this area at any time. 

 

If dogs are not allowed in there, I'd like to know why so many dogs were in this area on the recent Wootton fun fest. (Photographic evidence can be provided).

 

If dogs are allowed in there, I'd like to know why these signs are still up, and exactly where this public information has been stated to the public and from when this has been introduced.

 

 

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 in bold.

 

New Legislation under the ‘Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014’ came into force which subsequently replaces the Existing Dog Control Order legislation, we have been in a period of no enforcement through this transitional stage. We are currently in the process of amending the Dog Control Signage across the Borough and when this is updated then Enforcement of the Dog Control Orders will be undertaken.

 

To answer any further queries information relating to the new Dog Control Legislation can be found at

dog control order

 

17/9/16

 

9399

 

 

Could you please provide details (including location) of any sites that have been added to your contaminated land register since 10th September 2015?

 

Thank you for your request for information about Bedford Borough Council’s contaminated land register which we received on 12th August 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (‘the Act’), 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.

We have not, to date, determined any sites within our area as falling within the definition of contaminated land as defined within the Act. However, please be aware that our inspection of the borough is not yet complete, and so this may change

9/9/16

 

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Please find our FOI request below, can we receive the response by email?

1.    How many air pollution monitors are actively recording and measuring air pollution levels in Bedford Borough Council?

2.    What pollutants do these monitors measure? (if different for each monitor please provide breakdown)

3.    How many of these air pollution monitors are within 10 metres of a primary or secondary school? If possible please provide co-ordinates of schools.

4.    Are primary and secondary schools considered as priority locations when you are choosing where to put air pollution monitors?

5.    How many children do you estimate attend primary and secondary schools in Bedford Borough 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 as follows:

1. How many air pollution monitors are actively recording and measuring air pollution levels in Bedford Borough Council?

Bedford Borough has 2 continuous monitors and 49 diffusion tube monitors. These are located at a total of 43 specific locations across the Borough.

2. What pollutants do these monitors measure?

Bedford Borough Council monitor for nitrogen dioxide levels.

3. How many of these air pollution monitors are within 10 meters of a primary or secondary school? If possible please provide co-ordinates of schools.

Bedford Borough Council does not have any monitors that are within 10 meters of any schools within the Borough.

4. Are primary and secondary schools considered as priority locations when you are choosing where to put air pollution monitors?

Bedford Borough Council adheres to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2016) Local Air Quality Management Technical Guidance. This guidance document sets out the criteria for the monitoring of pollutants. In line with this guidance, if an area that has or indicates exceedances of national objective pollution levels for any of the named pollutants, monitoring is undertaken in that area. Therefore the number of schools located in/near monitoring locations within the Borough is dependent on the air quality of the location and not because the site is a school. This approach is in line with the national and technical guidance issued.

5. How many children do you estimate attend primary and secondary school in Bedford Borough Council?

The number of children attending Primary and Secondary schools in Bedford Borough according to the January 2016 census is 27,860.

7/9/16

 

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I have undertaken a search of national contract data bases, I have been unable to establish details of relevant contracts issued by Bedford Council therefore could you help me by:
1. Confirming whether you have any framework contact(s) covering one or more of the following CPV areas.
Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) code areas
Framework Yes/No

71240000-2 - Architectural, engineering and planning services
71300000-1 - Engineering services
71310000-4 - Consultative engineering and construction serv’s
71311000-1 - Civil engineering consultancy services
71311100-2 - Civil engineering support services
71311200-3 - Transport systems consultancy services
71311210-6 - Highways consultancy services  
71311220-9 - Highways engineering services 
71311230-2 - Railway engineering services 
71311240-5 - Airport engineering services
71311300-4 - Infrastructure works consultancy services
71318000-0 - Advisory and consultative engineering services
71319000-7 - Expert witness services
71320000-7 - Engineering design services
71330000-0 - Miscellaneous engineering services
71340000-3 - Integrated engineering services
71500000-3 - Construction-related services

2.    If you have framework contracts, can you advise when these contract(s) expire

3.    Are you expecting to retender on a similar basis?

a.    On a similar basis
b.    Moving to a dynamic purchasing arrangement
c.     No plans to re-tender, moving to individual appointments
d.    Combined tender with another body(ies) – if yes, please name
e.    Other – for example utilise someone else’s Framework (please specify)

4.    If you expect to retender on a similar basis or through a dynamic purchasing arrangement, and what month/year do you envisage starting the tender process for each tender(s)?

5.    Which tender portal do you use:
a.    Your own
b.    In-tend
c.     Pro-contact/Due-North
d.    In-tend
e.    Ariba
f.      Proactis
g.    Other (please specify)

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

 1.Confirming whether you have any framework contact(s) covering one or more of the following CPV areas.
Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) code areas
Framework Yes/No
71240000-2 - Architectural, engineering and planning services
No

71300000-1 - Engineering services
No
71310000-4 - Consultative engineering and construction serv’s
No
71311000-1 - Civil engineering consultancy services
No
71311100-2 - Civil engineering support services
No
71311200-3 - Transport systems consultancy services
No
71311210-6 - Highways consultancy services  
No
71311220-9 - Highways engineering services 
Yes
71311230-2 - Railway engineering services 
No
71311240-5 - Airport engineering services
No
71311300-4 - Infrastructure works consultancy services
No
71318000-0 - Advisory and consultative engineering services
No
71319000-7 - Expert witness services
No
71320000-7 - Engineering design services
No
71330000-0 - Miscellaneous engineering services
No
71340000-3 - Integrated engineering services
No
71500000-3 - Construction-related services
No
 
2.    If you have framework contracts, can you advise when these contract(s) expire?

Joint Procurement with LGSS for Traffic Signal Framework expires in July 2020

3.    Are you expecting to retender on a similar basis?

a.    On a similar basis
b.    Moving to a dynamic purchasing arrangement
c.     No plans to re-tender, moving to individual appointments
d.    Combined tender with another body(ies) – if yes, please name
e.    Other – for example utilise someone else’s Framework (please specify)
Details of the chosen framework to be confirmed after the expiration date of the LGSS Traffic Signal Framework

4.    If you expect to retender on a similar basis or through a dynamic purchasing arrangement, and what month/year do you envisage starting the tender process for each tender(s)?  After July 2020

5.    Which tender portal do you use:
a.    Your own
b.    In-tend
c.     Pro-contact/Due-North
d.    In-tend
e.    Ariba
f.     Proactis
g.    Other (please specify) – Delta E-Sourcing

 1/9/16

 

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