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8486

 

Re:Eaton Road, Kempston, Bedford,

Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

Con29R 3.7 Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:

b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?

Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

Con29R 3.12 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

3/2/16

 

8487

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information about your authority’s health and wellbeing board (HWB):
•Does your HWB currently have a nominated lead for palliative and/or end of life care for i) adults and/or ii) children?
•Does your HWB have a joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) either planned or completed for 2016/17?
•If your HWB does have a JSNA either planned or completed for 2016/17, does it include a section on palliative and/or end of life needs?
•Does your HWB’s joint health and wellbeing strategy (JHWS) specifically include people with terminal and/or life-limiting conditions or palliative and/or end of life care services?

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.
• Does your HWB currently have a nominated lead for palliative and/or end of life care for i) adults and/or ii) children?
No lead on the Health and Wellbeing Board for palliative/end of life care
• Does your HWB have a joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) either planned or completed for 2016/17?
Yes currently being refreshed
• If your HWB does have a JSNA either planned or completed for 2016/17, does it include a section on palliative and/or end of life needs?
A section of End of Life Care will be included in the refresh
• Does your HWB’s joint health and wellbeing strategy (JHWS) specifically include people with terminal and/or life-limiting conditions or palliative and/or end of life care services?
The strategy includes people with long term conditions, including terminal conditions.
I include a link to the JSNA webpages for your information
Please click here for the link

 

8/2/16

 

8488

 

 I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1a. How many children in your local authority had a placement order attached at 31 December 2014?
1b. How many children in your local authority had a placement order attached at 31 December 2015?
1c. How many of those with a placement order attached at 31 December 2014 still had a placement order attached at 31 December 2015
2a. How many were on the adoption register and/or adoption link, or having an adoptive family sought via a local adoption agency at 31 December 2014?
2b. How many were on the adoption register and/or adoption link or having an adoptive family sought via a local adoption agency at 31 December 2015?
2c. How many of those on the adoption register and/or adoption link or having an adoptive family sought via a local adoption agency at 31 December 2014 were still on the adoption register and/or adoption link or having an adoptive family sought via a local adoption agency at 31 December 2015?*
3a. How many approved adopters did you have in your local authority area at 31 December 2014?
3b. How many approved adopters did you have in your local authority area at 31 December 2015?
3c. How many of those approved adopters at 31 December 2014 had the same status at 31 December 2015?

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please note: Due to the way in which the questions have been asked, it doesn’t reflect a true picture.   The figures relating to children subject to a placement order, doesn’t reflect how many of these children are already in an adoptive placement, as the Placement Order stays in place until the final adoption order is granted.   This would explain why the answers to part 2 are significantly lower than part 1.
Similarly, although the adopter’s figures show that there are approved adopters, some of these adopters might already have children placed with them (awaiting final adoption orders) and so are not actually available.
1a. How many children in your local authority had a placement order attached at 31 December 2014?
Answer: 42
1b. How many children in your local authority had a placement order attached at 31 December 2015?
Answer: 28
1c. How many of those with a placement order attached at 31 December 2014 still had a placement order attached at 31 December 2015
Answer: 21
2a. How many were on the adoption register and/or adoption link, or having an adoptive family sought via a local adoption agency at 31 December 2014?
Answer: 23
2b. How many were on the adoption register and/or adoption link or having an adoptive family sought via a local adoption agency at 31 December 2015?
Answer: 9
2c. How many of those on the adoption register and/or adoption link or having an adoptive family sought via a local adoption agency at 31 December 2014 were still on the adoption register and/or adoption link or having an adoptive family sought via a local adoption agency at 31 December 2015?*
Answer: 5
3a. How many approved adopters did you have in your local authority area at 31 December 2014?
Answer: 18
3b. How many approved adopters did you have in your local authority area at 31 December 2015?
Answer: 14
3c. How many of those approved adopters at 31 December 2014 had the same status at 31 December 2015?
Answer: 5
*Note: Please only count children once. For example, if a child is on the adoption register and adoption link, please only count them as one child, rather than count each child separately in each. This applies to all questions 2a – 2c.
Have you seen an increase or a decrease in home-schooling in your area in the last five years, and by roughly how much?
Answer: Increase by 50%ish

23/2/16

 

8489

 

 Please send me any correspondence between the council and the Department for Communities and Local Government regarding a proposed policy in the Housing and Planning Bill for councils to sell high value housing to fund the Right to Buy scheme for housing associations.

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

The Council transferred its housing stock to BPHA back in 1990 and therefore does not hold any information.

02/02/16

8490

 

Please could you provide me with the following information:
The Council’s highway maintenance service provider (if carried  out by the in-house DLO is this anticipated to be the case for the  oreseeable future?) Value, duration, date of expiry and extension   period?     
The Council’s grounds maintenance service provider (if carried out by the in-house DLO is this anticipated to be the case for the  foreseeable future?) Value, duration, date of expiry and extension  period?      
The Council’s winter maintenance service provider (if carried out
 by the in-house DLO is this anticipated to be the case for the
 foreseeable future?) Value, duration, date of expiry and extension  period?     
The Council’s parks maintenance provider (if carried out by the  in-house DLO is this anticipated to be the case for the  foreseeable
 future?) Value, duration, date of expiry and extension period?     
Heads of services for highways, highways manager, highway asset
 manager     
Head of service for grounds maintenance, grounds maintenance
 manager, asset manager for grounds maintenance     
 Head of service for winter maintenance, winter maintenance
manager, asset manager for winter maintenance     
Head of parks, parks maintenance manager, asset manager for parks
 maintenance

Thank you for your request for information about Maintenance Works which we received on 1 February 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:
The Council’s highway maintenance service provider, value, duration, date of expiry and extension period?
Highways services are delivered in house.  For information regarding budgets please click on the following link, where you will find Highways on Page 158 of the Budget Book 2015/16 :
Please click here for the link on budget

The Council’s grounds maintenance service provider, value, duration, date of expiry and extension period?
The council values the services being delivered in-house for the foreseeable future in an era of budget constraints.  For information regarding budgets please click on the  link above , where you will find Grounds Maintenance on page 136 of the Budget Book 2015/16:
The Council’s winter maintenance service provider, value, duration, date of expiry and extension period?
Winter maintenance services are delivered in house. Value is  circa £500k pa
The Council’s parks maintenance provider, value, duration, date of expiry and extension period?
The council values the services being delivered in-house for the foreseeable future in an era of budget constraints.  For information regarding budgets please click on the  link above , where you will find Open Spaces on page 136 of the Budget Book 2015/16:

Heads of Services for highways, highways manager, highway asset Manager:
Brian Hayward, Head of Highways, Bedford Borough Council, Floor 4, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP – Office: 01234 228012
Head of Service for grounds maintenance, grounds maintenance manager, asset manager for grounds maintenance:
Paul Pace, Head of Environment, Bedford Borough Council (Rm 407), Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP – Office: 01234 718275    
Head of Service for winter maintenance, winter maintenance manager, asset manager for winter maintenance:
Brian Hayward, Head of Highways, Bedford Borough Council, Floor 4, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP – Office: 01234 228012
Head of parks, parks maintenance manager, asset manager for parks maintenance:
Paul Pace, Head of Environment, Bedford Borough Council (Rm 407), Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP – Office: 01234 718275

 26/2/16

 

8491

 

 

 How many applications for planning permission have you received (and how many of these were granted/refused) to build a new:
•Church (please cite denomination) • Mosque/Masjid • Synagogue • Gurdwara or Sikh Temple •Mandir or Hindu Temple
•Buddhist Temple
2. How many applications for planning permission have you received (and how many of these were granted/refused) to convert an existing building/premises into a:
•Church (please cite denomination) • Mosque/Masjid • Synagogue • Gurdwara or Sikh Temple • Mandir or Hindu Temple • Buddhist Temple
3. How many applications for planning permission have you received (and how many of these were granted/refused) to demolish a:
•Church (please cite denomination) • Mosque/Masjid • Synagogue •Gurdwara or Sikh Temple • Mandir or Hindu Temple
•Buddhist Temple

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:

 

 

02/02/16

 

8492

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to know whether you have a current applicant tracking system in place (recruitment management system) and if you do who is the supplier?
How much does the Council pay for the use of this system annually, was there an initial set up fee and when is this contract due to expire?

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; The HR/Payroll system  has a web recruitment and recruitment module.

We currently use the main recruitment module for applicant tracking and administration and we are due to re-implement the web recruitment solution this year.

The supplier is Northgate Resource link.

There is no cost specifically for the recruitment modules as it forms part of the main cost of the system.

We are signed up to this software until December 2019

8/2/16

 

8493

 

I would be grateful if you could supply me with a list of the licensed HMO and student properties within Bedford.

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

05/02/16

8494

 

I would be grateful if you could supply me with a list of the empty commercial properties within Bedford.

 A list of empty commercial properties within Bedford.  A spreadsheet of addresses. For commercial units the inclusion of length of time the property has been empty, size (in sq ft or m), and current commercial classification class.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that details of empty commercial properties within Bedford 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 information you request is accessible by other means via our website. All of our vacant commercial properties are on the website and being actively marketed for letting. We do not have any commercial properties available for sale. Please see the link below:

Please click here for the vacant properties

16/2/16

 

8495

 

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

4/2/16

 

8496

 

Could you please provide me with an up-to-date list of all the places of worship currently registered in the area?

 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 an up-to-date list of all the places of worship currently registered in the area.
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).
Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Libraries provide a Local Information Database which lists local community organisations including Places of Worship.  You can locate this information at the webpage here

Please search for ‘Places of Worship’ to see the full results.

4/2/16

 

8497

 

 RE: Horne Lane, Bedford,
1.Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council’s Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part IIA undertaking)? If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.
2. Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site uses, leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.? If there have been any intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please provide dates and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports are publicly available.
3.Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills located within a 250m radius of the site:
a) The location of all landfills, both closed and operational (i.e. National Grid Reference and location plan if available).
b)  Dates when the landfill was operational.
c)  Types of waste deposited.
d)  Any information on volume of waste deposited, depth of infilling and landfill structure.
e)  Details of any landfill gas monitoring, site investigation or gas spiking undertaken at the landfill or in the immediate vicinity of the site.
4. Have elevated indoor radon gas concentrations been identified within buildings on or within 100m of the site? Have radon protection measures been required in buildings on site or within 100m? If so, please provide details.
5. Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise, odour or dust issues/complaints?  If yes, what was the nature of the issue and what was the outcome?  
6. Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site? If yes what is the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?
7.  Please provide details of any Environmental Permits/LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Having consulted the records held within the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, I have answered your questions as follows:
1.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.
2.No, there are no known contamination issues associated with the site, or in the near vicinity.
I am not aware of any intrusive investigations having been undertaken, either at the site, or in the close vicinity. However, you may wish to consult the records held by the Planning Department, using the instructions provided below:
To find your application numbers / information, please click here

Click on the link to view and comment on planning applications
• If you have a planning application number or the first line of the address:
• You can type this into the simple search screen click on search then the Related Items Tab.
• Under the Heading Click link below to view planning history, Click on the address of the property (Please note there may be several addresses shown click on the one that is relevant to the application you are looking at)
• Click on the Tab - Planning History
• All the relevant applications including conditions are listed here
• For  a more detailed Property Search:
• Click on the Property Tab followed by address search. Please ensure you follow the instruction on this screen labelled: HELP WITH THIS PAGE, on the right hand side:
• To view plans, decision notices, click on the Documents tab followed by View Associated Docs
• To view the File Correspondence:
Please visit the Customer Services Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford Borough Council
If you require assistance searching for the application numbers or copies of documents, please visit the Customer Contact Centre or ring 01234 718068 or refer to the guide on search plan

3.We do not have any records of landfills within a 250m radius of the site. However, please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s Here

 for location of landfills. You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).
4.We do not hold records of radon gas measurements. However, I can confirm that the site is not located in a ‘radon affected area’.
5.No, I am not aware of any nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements relating to pollution issues, associated with the site or adjoining properties.
6.Within a 2km radius of the site there is a private water supply at Charles approximately 950m South West of the site. The borehole for this supply is approximately 1.2km North of the site.
7.There are no Environmental Permits/LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

29/2/16

 

8498

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

4/2/16

 

8499

 

 I would like a full up to date list of businesses and charities that have become newly liable for business rates in your council area please.
I would like the information between the dates 15th January 16 to the 2nd Feb 2016 including the business name, address, liable company type of business property and the RV.

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

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

1/3/16

 

8500

 

 The time frame for my request is from 00:01 1 January 2010 up until 23:59 31 December 2015.I
1) How many fines has your authority issued for littering in each month of each of the past five calender years?
2) What was the standard fine for an individual littering offence in each month of each of the past five calender years?
3) What was the income from fines for littering in each month of each of the past five years?

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.Please find attached the information you requested

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

23/2/16

 

8501

 

 

 Please can you send me a full list of companies and charities within your council area that have recently become liable for business rates between the 14/1/2016-01/02/2016.  I would like
The business name
The liable party
Address they became liable for
Date of liability
RV

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

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk 

2/3/16

 

8502

 

 This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, which concerns the use of external organisations to conduct surveillance, such as private investigators. 
From the financial year 2011/12 to the current financial year, for each occasion that an external organisation was commissioned to undertake surveillance, please provide the following information:
- The name of the external organisation and a description as to why they were commissioned to undertake surveillance.
- The amount paid to the external organisation commissioned to undertake surveillance. Please indicate the financial year as to when this amount was paid.
- Please indicate whether the organisation was commissioned to undertake surveillance under the provisions of the Regulatory Investigative Powers Act (RIPA).

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

 

Answer - nil

 

23/2/16

 

8503

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/2/16

 

8504

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

4/2/16

 

8505

 

 1.The number of Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) applications in 2014/15 made by household type:
Household type broken down by: Single, single parent, couple parent, pensioner and other household types; if this isn’t possible, then by: Single parent and other household types
2.The number of DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and welfare reforms for which DHPs were awarded (cross-tabulation):
­Household type broken down as per categories in (1)
­Welfare reforms broken down as per DHP monitoring returns (Benefit cap, removal of the spare room subsidy, local housing allowance reforms, combination of welfare reforms, award not for welfare reforms)
­If it is not possible to break down awards by both household type and welfare reform, please provide the number of awards by household type only
3.The amount spent on DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and welfare reforms for which DHPs were awarded (cross-tabulation):
­Household type and welfare reforms broken down as per categories in (2)
­If it is not possible to break down awards by both household type and welfare reform, please provide the amount of awards by household type only
4The number of DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and the purpose of DHPs (cross-tabulation):
­Household type broken down as per categories in (1)
­Purpose of DHPs broken down as per DHP monitoring returns:
To help secure and move to alternative accommodation
To help with short-term rental costs while the claimant secures and moves to alternative accommodation
To help with short-term rental costs while the claimant seeks employment
To help with ongoing rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation
To help with ongoing rental costs for a foster carer
To help with ongoing rental costs for any other reason
5.The amount spent on DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and the purpose of DHPs (cross-tabulation):
­Household type and purpose of DHPs broken down as per the categories in (4)

Further to your request for information dated 3 February 2016, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”
This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”
The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request as this information is not routinely collected and would take in excess of 18 hours to collate.

29/2/16

 

8506

 

 •How many people have been removed from your housing allocations list as a result of changes to qualification requirements following the Localism Act in 2012? Please provide a breakdown for each year since 2012
•What new qualification requirements for the housing allocations list has the council introduced since 2012?
•How many new applicants were refused access to the list due to new qualification requirements since 2012?
•What new criteria was used to refuse access to or remove these people?
•How many decisions to remove a person from the allocations list were reversed upon review since 2012?
•How many decisions to refuse a person access to the allocations list were reversed upon review since 2012?
•How many complaints has the council received for refusing a person access to the housing allocations list since 2012? How many of the decisions to refuse access were reviewed?

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 requestedI 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 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.
Further information is available via the following links.
As BPHA hold the Housing Register on our behalf all questions relating to statistics will need to be directed to them.  We do not hold this information.
For a copy of the Housing Allocation Policy  This outlines all of the qualifying criteria that has been in place since 2012

2/3/16

 

8507

 

 1.How many social housing residential properties have been empty for more than 6 months? If possible state the reason why the properties are empty e.g. 'due to poor state of repair'. 
2.How many social housing residential properties are currently available and ready to move into? (categorise such as 1 bedroom flat, 2 bedroom etc)
3.How many people are currently on a waiting list for social housing and what is the average time somebody is on the waiting list for? 
4.What is the most commonly requested type of property? (3 bedroom house, bungalow etc) 
5.Has the council got any plans to build more council homes and when is the building likely to commence? (categorise by type of property)
6.How many tenants are currently seeking rehousing? (Also state the number wishing to down size or increase size)
7.How many social housing / council tenants currently have applications in via the Right to Buy scheme?
8.How many properties were sold via Right to Buy in the last 24 months?  

 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.
1.How many social housing residential properties have been empty for more than 6 months? If possible state the reason why the properties are empty e.g. 'due to poor state of repair'. 
2How many social housing residential properties are currently available and ready to move into? (categorise such as 1 bedroom flat, 2 bedroom etc)
3.How many people are currently on a waiting list for social housing and what is the average time somebody is on the waiting list for? 
4.What is the most commonly requested type of property? (3 bedroom house, bungalow etc) 
5.Has the council got any plans to build more council homes and when is the building likely to commence? (categorise by type of property)
The Council does not currently have any plans.
6.How many tenants are currently seeking rehousing? (Also state the number wishing to down size or increase size)
7.How many social housing / council tenants currently have applications in via the Right to Buy scheme?
8.How many properties were sold via Right to Buy in the last 24 months?
Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information for questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8.
 However, BPHA (Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) may have the information and they can be contacted at info@bpha.org.uk.
Alternatively, I can forward the request to BPHA. Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them.

2/3/16

 

8508

 

RE: Syria refugee crisis

Do you know the religious or ethnic affiliation of these persons

Can you comfirm who are Sunni Muslim

Can you confirm the percentages and identify what religion they are

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 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).
We are unable to provide this due to the low numbers (5 or less) and this could make individuals identifiable.

3/3/16

 

8509

 

 Please can I request information relating to the Con29 questions 3.7, 3.11, 3.12 & 3.13 for the below property;
Wood End Road, Kempston, Bedford

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/2/16

 

8510

 

 I would be grateful if you could provide details in relation to Bushmead Road, North Beds.  I refer specifically to the highway between the Little Staughton to Colmworth Road (commonly known as Bushmead Crossroads) to St Neots, which runs through the parish of Staploe. 
I would be grateful if you could provide the following information;
1. The extent of the road that is in Bedford Borough Highway control.
2.The hierarchy classification of the road.
3.The dates and type of safety inspections undertaken on the road in the last 12 months.
4.Details of all carriageway defects identified in the last 12 months and repairs carried out.
5  Details of any planned repairs/maintenance in the next 3 months.
6. Details of all complaints/enquires relating to the road in the last 12 months.

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:
1.The extent of the road that is in Bedford Borough Highway control.
Please see the attached map. The road runs from the crossroads to where the red dashed line ends
The hierarchy classification of the road.
The road hierarchy classification is - 4a Link Road
The dates and type of safety inspections undertaken on the road in the last 12 months.       
Please see the attached Inspections PDF. These were cyclic Inspections carried out every 84 days. Inspections are driven at 20mph in a liveried vehicle with beacons. There are usually two people, one driving with the second person recording and marking up defects. On minor/estate roads inspections may be carried out by a single inspector.
Details of all carriageway defects identified in the last 12 months and repairs carried out.
Please see the attached Inspections PDF (Carriageway Defects)
Details of any planned repairs/maintenance in the next 3 months.
Please see the attached Maintenance PDF. It lists the most recent raised orders for planned repairs
Details of all complaints/enquires relating to the road in the last 12 months.
Please see the attached Helpdesk PDF

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

18/2/16

 

8511

 

Details of local authority licensed campsites

 

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

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk 

 

2/3/16

 

 8512

 

Copy of the organisation structure to include from Head of Services to Chief Executive

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

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk 

 

29/2/16

 

8513

 

 a) The council's total spend on agency qualified social work professionals for calendar years:
2015  2014 2013
For each year please provide figures for:
- children's & young people's social care services
- adult social care services
- total
b) Please let me know the total number of qualified social workers working on a recruitment agency basis at the council. Please also provide this figure as a percentage of the council's permanently directly employed staff (ie non agency/consultant) qualified social worker headcount.
c) Please let me know the total number of qualified social workers working on a consultancy/self employed basis at the council. Please also provide this figure as a percentage of the council's permanently directly employed staff (ie non agency/consultant) qualified social workers.
d) Please provide the name and job title of anyone employed in a senior/managerial position in adult or children's & young people's social care services who is currently employed on a consultancy contract basis. Please restrict this to positions involving social care (ie not IT consultants etc). Please state whether the positions are full or part time and whether these are interim/short-term or permanent contracts.

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested below:
Question A
Please note the below figures include agency Social Workers up to
and including Assistant Director level.

Calendar Year  Adult

2013             611,415 

2014            575,506      

2015           427,047    

 

Calendar Year  Childrens

2013              1,490,323

2014               2,163,157 

2015              3,849,313  

 Question B
Please note the below figures include agency Social Workers up to and including Team Manager level.
(1)Agency staff engaged w/c 15.02.2016: Adults = 9 & Children’s = 52
(2)Current directly employed staff: Adults = 36  & Children’s = 66
Question C
Nil
Question D
None therefore not applicable

 

8514

 

 We would be grateful if you could provide the following information:
1)How many TROs have been introduced by the council since 1 January 2011, and
2)How many of those were implemented to restrict vehicles from parking on pavements or verges.
Please break down your responses to questions 1 and 2 by
a.Year, and
b.Type of TRO (experimental, permanent or temporary).
3)The estimated average cost of introducing
a.Experimental, permanent and temporary TROs
b.A TRO on pavement parking
4)Provide details of one example TRO on pavement parking, including location, extend, consultation and implementation dates and a breakdown of costs.
5)The number of complaints the council has received from members of the public about pavement parked vehicles per year since 1 January 2011.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1) How many TROs have been introduced by the council since 1 January 2011
2011 – 24 permanent, 121 temporary
2012 – 30 permanent, 98 temporary
2013 – 41 permanent, 115 temporary, 1 experimental
2014 – 52 permanent, 145 temporary, 2 experimental
2015 – 64 permanent, 148 temporary, 6 experimental
2016 – 14 permanent, 27 temporary, 1 experimental (to date).
These figures do not include emergency Temporary Traffic Regulation Notices (TTRNs) or any Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) for Special Events.
2) How many of those were implemented to restrict vehicles from parking on pavements or verges.
1 in  2012
3)The estimated average cost of introducing:
Experimental TRO – £1212 (2016 rates)
Permanent TRO – £1212 (2016 rates)
Temporary TRO - £1212 (2016 rates)
A TRO on pavement parking - £1212 (2016 rates)
4)Provide details of one example TRO on pavement parking, including location, extend, consultation and implementation dates and a breakdown of costs.
Please find attached:
Borough Wide Prohibition of verge and footway parking
Copy of public notice published in a local newspaper and on our website
Notice of making published in a local newspaper and on our website along with a copy of the made Order
Example of no verge parking restriction attached
-Location plan including construction drawing
-Breakdown of costs
-Implementation date was September 2012
-Consultation includes a letter delivered to all properties within the road 28 days in advance of restrictions being installed

5)The number of complaints the council has received from members of the public about pavement parked vehicles per year since 1 January 2011.

The Council has received 30 complaints regarding pavement parking for 2015/16 as at today’s date.  Our records only go back to 1 April 2015

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk 

4/3/20

 

8515

 

 Could I receive a list of the companies that have bid for public sector contracts for the local government bodies you represent?
 Ideally this will be from 2005, and will include contracts over  £500,000. To specify, I would like both the successful and  unsuccessful companies.    
Ideally this information will have what company it was, details of   the contract they were bidding for, the value of the contract, and  if they were successful or unsuccessful.

clarification sought

 

8516

 

 We request, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, a list of all Non-Domestic rate accounts that are currently overpaid or in credit. This should include those relating to this year or any previous year on current or closed accounts.
•Ratepayer
•Rate Account Number
•Billing Authority Reference
•Full Address of Property Concerned
•Amount of Overpayment
•Period that the Overpayment Relates to, Start and End Date Where Relevant
•The date the Overpayment was Created on the Account
•Account Closure Date if Relevant

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

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

2/3/16

 

8517

 

 I would like the following information:     
1. Do you directly employ Care & Support Workers? [If NO skip to  (18)]     
2. Do they undertake Sleep-In work? [If NO skip to  6)]     
3. Is it your policy that there are circumstances in which this  constitutes 'Time Work' for the purposes of calculating National  Minimum Wage? [ If NO skip to (5)]     
4. What are these circumstances?     
5. How was this policy decided upon, by whom (i.e. in what roles)?
Please provide minutes of the meetings in which this policy was  decided.     
6. Do your employees undertake 'Live-In' work? [If NO skip to (10)]     
7. Is it your policy that there are circumstances when they are  eligible for NMW? [If NO skip to (9)]     
8. What are these circumstances?     
9. How was this policy decided upon, by whom (i.e. in what roles)?
 Please provide minutes of the meetings in which this policy was   decided.     
10. Do any of your employees get 'Premium Rates' at particular  times or on particular days (e.g. Bank Holidays, over-time,  unsocial hours etc.)? [If NO skip to(12)]     
11. Under what circumstances?     
12. Please provide data of 'Premium Rates' historically available    to these staff; what the rates were under what circumstances and when their eligibility for these rates began and ended.     
  13. Please provide data of the average hourly rate of front-line  Care & Support staff (not inclusive of Team Leaders or above) at  this time and historically, as best as you are able.     
14. Is the pay of these staff (including such things as sleep-in  rates) subject to a Collective Bargaining arrangement involving  unions?     
15. Which unions?     
16. Have you sought advice from HMRC, ACAS or the Dept. of BIS  regarding any of these arrangements (with special regard to  sleep-in and live-in rates)?     
17. Please provide the content of these communications     
18. Do you Commission other organisations to provide Care & Support  services? [If NO ignore the remainder of these questions]     
19. Do you contractually require these organisations to pay  National Minimum Wage? [If NO skip to (24)]     
20. Do your contracts define the understanding of National Minimum Wage under which the company is expected to operate (such as the  circumstances in which sleep-in or live-in workers are eligible for NMW)?     
21. What do you do to ensure the contract is robust (e.g. punitive
 clauses in the case of a breach)?     
22. What do you do to monitor adherence to this contractual  obligation once the service is 'live'?     
23. What are your policies/procedures for handling a report of  breach of contract in this regard?     
24. Do you commission other organisations to carry out 'Live-In'   work?     
  23. For this ‘Live-In’ work: any information you hold as to what  proportion of the fee you pay to the contracted company is actually   paid to the worker.    

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. Yes    
2. Yes
3. Yes    
4. Always    
5. This is historic practice adopted from the former County Council.    
6. No        
7. N/A       
8. N/A    
9.N/A    
10. Yes    
11. Night work (8.00 pm to 6.00 am) & bank holidays    
12. Weekend working: Nationally agreed, but ceased locally as a result of a collective agreement reached in 2011. Was paid for work on a Saturday or Sunday as part of the normal working week. Saturday day was paid at time and a half & Sunday at  double time. Unsociable hours: This was ceased of part of the Single Status Agreement reached in 2008 in the former Bedfordshire County Council and was paid for midweek unsocial hours  at time + 20%
13. The hourly rate for Care Assistants is between £7.88-£8.41 and Senior Care Assistants’ hourly rate is between £8.59-£9.00. This has been in place since the implementation of the Single Status Agreement in the former Bedfordshire County Council which was implemented in 2008 back dated to 2007. The Council however pays a supplement to make up the hourly rate to the current Living Wage rate of £8.25 per hour where applicable.     
14. National agreement negotiated by the National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Government Services    
15. This is not locally agreed, but national it is GMB, Unison & Unite    
16.Good practice guidance in this regard has been observed    
17. N/A
18. Yes
19. No    
20.N/A    
21.N/A    
22. N/A    
23. N/A    
24.Yes    
23.Do not hold this.

1/3/16

 

8518

 

  a) Does the local authority provide free buses for disabled children over the age of 16. If the Local Authority does not but previously did offer the service, what year did it stop?
b)  How much the Local Authority has spent on taxis for school travel. I'd like this data for the financial years 2009/10 and 2015/2016.
c)  What proportion of drivers and escorts taking pupils to and from school and related services have had DBS checks.

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;

  Q. Does the local authority provide free buses for disabled children over the age of 16. If the Local Authority does not but previously did offer the service, what year did it stop?

The Concessionary Bus Pass Scheme is available for people with eligible disabilities (according to the Transport Act 2000) allowing for free travel in the Bedford Borough administrative area and free off-peak (after 9.30am) travel everywhere in England.  More information can be found on the Borough Council website by following this link

Up to July 2014 there was provision for Special Educational Needs young people between the ages of 16 and 25 attending an educational establishment, who qualify under the Post 16 transport policy, to receive free contracted transport provision.  This scheme became a subsidised scheme in September 2014.  More information on the current home to school transport policies can be found here;

Q. How much the Local Authority has spent on taxis for school travel. I'd like this data for the financial years 2009/10 and 2015/2016. 
In calculating the response to this question I have assumed that;

a)      By “taxis” you refer to any vehicle of 7 seats or under and;

b)      By “school travel” you are referring to any educational establishment which would also include sixth form colleges.

c)      As you have not specified the client group(s) to which you refer this cost will include all students eligible under the Mainstream and Special Educational Needs Transport Policies.

Please also note that the 2015/16 financial year is not yet complete (Apr 15 – Mar 16) so the below figure is the expenditure to date (08/02/2016).

2009/2010: £1,040,386.41

2015/2016: £700,053.91
Q. What proportion of drivers and escorts taking pupils to and from school and related services have had DBS checks.
 
All drivers and passenger assistants performing Bedford Borough Council contracted transport routes must hold a “Client Transport Authorisation Badge”.  The application process for this includes an assessment of the applicant’s fully enhanced DBS clearance.  More information on the Client Transport Authorisation please visit the Bedford Borough Council’s website by following this link

 

8519

 

 Please could I request the charge held on your system for the year 2010/2011 for the following properties :
BEDFORD FACTORY AND PREMISES  BRUNEL ROAD, BEDFORD,
BEDFORD OFFICES AND PREMISES CLARABUT AND PLUMBE  KINGSWAY, BEDFORD,
BEDFORD WORKSHOP AND PREMISES MC BUILDERS, ALINGTON ROAD, EYNESBURY, ST NEOTS,
BEDFORD COMMUNICATION STATION AND PREMISES ORANGE SITE BED0103 ADJ 35, COLLEGE STREET, KEMPSTON,
BEDFORD SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AND PREMISES AWA, SWINESHEAD ROAD, RISELEY, BEDFORD,
BEDFORD FACTORY AND PREMISES BEDFORD TRADE FRAMES R/O 33, AMPTHILL ROAD,
BEDFORD SHOP AND PREMISES HIGH STREET

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 below:

The charge held on the Council’s Non-Domestic Rate System for the year 2010/11 in respect of the properties requested are as detailed
Property
Reference    2010 / 2011
                        £
1158334     60,444.00
1019267     14,800.50
1069552      8,496.32
1164245      3,312.00
1039709    12,060.79
3000474    15,053.98
1016724     0.00

2/3/16

 

8520

 

 1.Over the last 5 years how many of your employees have been dismissed or disciplined for trying to access or accessing websites that are blocked or inappropriate at work? Can you give a breakdown of how many have lost their jobs as a result & why, what their job title was and how many have had warnings and what they were for i.e. pornography, also including their job titles. Can you please provide a year by year breakdown
2.In the last 12 months in order of popularity can you provide a full list of the websites visited on your network?
3.Over the last 5 years, with a year by year breakdown, how many times have you had to block people from accessing websites and why? What are the websites you’ve blocked?
4.Over the last 5 years, with a year by year breakdown, how many times has your system been hacked or disrupted by hackers/cyber attacks?
5.Over the last 5 years, with a year by year breakdown, how much money has been spent on trying to prevent hacking/cyber attacks?
6.Over the last 5 years, with a year by year breakdown, have you had to report to the police any of your staff/members of the public for accessing or trying to access any terrorism related sites? If so how many?

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

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/3/16

 

8523

 

Please can you tell me if the local authority has offered any council housing tenants a cash payment in place of a Right to Buy discount and how many residents received this? This is known as the Right to Buy Social Mobility Fund.

Please can you also tell me if the local authority applied for the Right to Buy Social Mobility Fund, how much it received if successful, or if it was unsuccessful.

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

Bedford Borough Council does not hold its own housing stock therefore we are unable to answer this enquiry.

7/3/16

 

8524

 

 How many Traffic Light systems are currently owned and operated by your council?
2.Please provide a breakdown of how many traffic light systems were owned and operated by your council in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
3. Please specify where these Traffic Light systems are placed

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:
1) How many Traffic Light systems are currently owned and operated by your council?
120 systems
2) Please provide a breakdown of how many traffic light systems were owned and operated by your council in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
2013 – 117
2014 – 118
2015 – 120
3) Please specify where these Traffic Light systems are placed
As per attached PDF
5)The number of complaints the council has received from members of the public about pavement parked vehicles per year since 1 January 2011.
The Council has received 30 complaints regarding pavement parking for 2015/16 as at today’s date.  Our records only go back to 1 April 2015 

4/3/16

 

8525

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

19/2/16

 

8526

 

Please list all the children's homes in your region, whether they are public or privately owned, and the name of the provider.

2. For each children's home, please indicate how many children are in that home's care as of the current date (08/02/2016).

3. For each children's home, please provide a contract and tender document.

4. If the amount paid for the services of the children's home cannot be found in the relevant contract, please notify the amount of money paid for those services per financial year.

5. Could you also provide an organisational chart for your social services department.

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
I am making a Freedom of Information Request under the FOIA 2000 about children's homes.
1.Please list all the children's homes in your region, whether they are public or privately owned, and the name of the provider.
Answer:
List as at 05.01.2015
Unit Name
Harpury House
Bunyan Road
Walnut Tree Lodge
Willow Cottage
Sunflower House
Foxgloves
Grey Heron Cottage
Orchard Lodge
St. Lawrence House
The Stables
Nightingale House
2.For each children's home, please indicate how many children are in that home's care as of the current date (08/02/2016).
Answer: This information is suppressed due to low numbers in every children’s home.
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.
Due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable, we are only able to advise that the figures is less than 5.
3.For each children's home, please provide a contract and tender document.
Answer: We can provide the template we use for all residential placements.  We do not have a framework contract in place and spot purchase using the IPA document.  In some circumstances we may use the National Contract.  We have a Service Level Agreement with Central Bedfordshire Council to share 13 residential beds between 2 units, one in Bedford Borough Council and one in Central Bedfordshire Council.  We did not lead on the Tender Central Bedfordshire Council did so the request for the full tender documentation would need to be made of them, their contact details are: Tel: 0300 300 8301 Email: accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk
4.If the amount paid for the services of the children's home cannot be found in the relevant contract, please notify the amount of money paid for those services per financial year.
Answer: Cost of residential care varies dependent on the service needs of the individual child however current residential placements at homes within the borough range from  £1,912.61 to £2,288.42 per week.
We do not hold the costs  by home or location as some providers have multiple homes.
5. Could you also provide an organisational chart for your social services department.
Answer: PDF document attached.

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

2/316

 

8527

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/2/16

 

8528

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, for the years 2006 to 2015 inclusive, would you please fully disclose the following details, breaking the figures by year:
1. How much revenue has been received by your organisation for services rendered to film and television productions? This could include location rental, permits and all other services related to film productions using your personnel or resources.
2. Please outline the type of work or service rendered, in each case and disclose the revenue received for each type of service.
3. How much has your organisation spent on facilitating such arrangements between 2006 to 2015, inclusive, broken down by year?

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

Please find attached.

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

1/3/16

 

8529

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

19/2/16

 

8530

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/2/16

 

8531

 

 

How many parking permits have been issued for Zone B?Can you further specify which are for the first car (£25.00)  and which are for a second or further car (£72.00)?

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the requested information (as at 17th February 2016) is set out below.

How many parking permits have been issued for Zone B?

314

Can you further specify which are for the first car (£25.00)  and which are for a second or further car (£72.00)?

First resident – 253

Second resident – 51

(Third resident – 10)

24/3/16

 

8532

 

 

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

Palgrave Road Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

19/2/16

 

8533

 

 1.Please could you let us know if you use PAS 91 unamended as your prequalification questionnaire for suppliers
2.Do you insist on the use of PAS 91 along the supply chain?
3.How do you assess the technical competence of suppliers?
4.What proportion of contracts by value are let using JCT/NEC respectively?
5.Do you insist that lead contractors use the standard subcontract versions of NEC/JCT contracts?
6.Are you using PBAs?
7.If you are using PBAs, what proportion of contracts per annum by value are using PBAs?
8.If you are not using PBAs, are there reasons for not doing so?

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

1. No

2.  No
3.Through specific technical compliance questions.

4. JCT contracts 14% over 12 months
NEC contracts 86% over 12 months

5. No

6. No

7.N/A

8. The Council builds supply chain payment requirements into the issued contract conditions.

9/3/16

 

8534

 

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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/2/16

 

8535

 

 Could you confirm who holds or act in the following positions within Corporate Services:
CORPORATE SERVICES
• Corporate Director of Category Management
• Head of Category Management
• All Category Managers
• Corporate Director of Procurement
• Head of Procurement
• All Procurement Managers
Could you also confirm who holds or act in the following positions within Adults Social Care (if there is no team/individual in Adults Social Care in these positions could you please highlight this)
ADULTS SOCIAL CARE
• Head of Category Management within Adults Social Care
• All Category Managers within Adults Social Care
•Director of Procurement within Adults Social Care
•Head of Procurement within Adults Social Care
•All Procurement Managers who are responsible for the Procurement within the following service areas:
• Older Peoples Services
• Mental Health
• Learning Disabilities
• Physical Disabilities
• Domiciliary Care
• Complex Care
•  Adults Transportation
Could you also confirm who holds or act in the following positions within Children Social Care (if there is no team/individual in Children Social Care in these positions could you please highlight this)
CHILDREN SOCIAL CARE
• Head of Category Management within Children Services
• All Category Managers within Children Services
• Director of Procurement within Children Services
• Head of Procurement within Children Services
• All Procurement Managers who are responsible for procurement within the following service areas:
• Children in Care Placements
• Looked After Children
• Children in Need
• Child Protection
• Early Intervention and Prevention
• Fostering
• Adoption
• Physical Disabilities

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. 

CORPORATE SERVICES

·  Corporate Director of Category Management – Not in our structure

·Head of Category Management – Not in our structure

· All Category Managers –

Paul Smith, Senior category manager paul.smith@bedford.gov.uk(01234) 228420, commercial hub telephone number

Elli Nikolaou, Category manager elli.nikolaou@bedford.gov.uk (01234) 228420, commercial hub telephone number

·Corporate Director of Procurement – N/A

·  Head of Procurement – Mark Stephens, mark.stephens@bedford.gov.uk (01234) 228420, commercial hub telephone number

· All Procurement Managers – N/ACould you also confirm who holds or act in the following positions within Adults Social Care (if there is no team/individual in Adults Social Care in these positions could you please highlight this)

ADULTS SOCIAL CARE

· Head of Category Management within Adults Social Care – N/A

· All Category Managers within Adults Social Care – N/A

  • Director of Procurement within Adults Social Care – N/A
  • Head of Procurement within Adults Social Care – N/A
  • All Procurement Managers who are responsible for the Procurement within the following service areas:

There are no procurement managers within Adults Social Care. However there are two commissioning teams, one in adults and one in children.

Person responsible for Adults is Roslyn Harding Roslyn.harding@bedford.gov.uk (01234) 228420

Person responsible for Children’s is Mandy Hyson, Commissioning Manager mandy.hyson@bedford.gov.uk (01234) 228420

· Older Peoples Services

· Mental Health

· Learning Disabilities

·  Physical Disabilities

· Domiciliary Care

·  Complex Care

·  Adults Transportation – Sarah Potter sarah.potter@bedford.gov.uk(01234) 228420)

Could you also confirm who holds or act in the following positions within Children Social Care (if there is no team/individual in Children Social Care in these positions could you please highlight this)

CHILDREN SOCIAL CARE

· Head of Category Management within Children Services (As above)

· All Category Managers within Children Services – (As above) 

· Director of Procurement within Children Services

· Head of Procurement within Children Services

·  All Procurement Managers who are responsible for procurement within the following service areas:

· Children in Care Placements - Mandy Hyson (as above)

· Looked After Children - Mandy Hyson (as above)

· Children in Need – Alex Kubeyinje alex.kubeyinje@bedford.gov.uk(01234) 228420

· Child Protection – As above

·  Early Intervention and Prevention - Wendy Beeton-Townshend wendy.beeton-townshend@bedford.gov.uk (01234) 228420

· Fostering – Tracy Morton tracy.morton@bedford.gov.uk (01234) 228420

·  Adoption – As above

· Physical Disabilities – Pauline Morris Pauline.morris@bedford.gov.uk (01234) 228420

9/3/16

 

8536

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, can you please confirm how many transport planners you currently employ to undertake transport policy work and assessment of travel plans and travel planning.

Can you also confirm the total population of your authority from the 2011 census and the total number of towns within your authority.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested below
Can you please confirm how many transport planners you currently employ to undertake transport policy work and assessment of travel plans and travel planning.  The Council currently employs three full time officers, part of whose role is to undertake transport policy work.  The Council employs one Travel Plan officer (this is on a temporary basis).
Can you also confirm the total population of your authority from the 2011 census and the total number of towns within your authority.  The 2011 Census population of Bedford Borough was 157,479 and there are 2 towns in the Borough - Bedford Town and Kempston Town.

18/2/16

 

8537

 

 Please provide a list of all planning  applications submitted on or after 1st October 2013 where no decision was made within 26 weeks (unless a longer period has been agreed in writing between the applicant and the local planning authority) and NO refund of fees has been made to date.  The information should be provided in the following format/columns. 
Col 1: Planning Application Number
Col 2: Applicant Name
Col 3: Planning Application Date
Col 4: Planning Application Fee Paid / £
Col 5: Decision 'Due By' Date
Col 6: Decision Date 'Actual'
Col 7: Extension Agreed (if appropriate) - Yes or No? 

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about planning applications which we received on 20 April 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please find attached the information requested

13/5/16

 

8538

 

 

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, could you  please provide me with a complete and up-to-date list of all business (non-residential) property rates data for your local  authority, and including the following fields:    

 Billing Authority Code

 Firm's Trading Name (i.e. property occupant)

 Full Property Address (Number, Street, Postal Code, Town)

 Occupied / Vacant

 Date of Occupation / Vacancy

 Actual annual rates charged (in Pounds)

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

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

2/3/16

 

8539

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide us with the following information?
1.How many Domestic Homicide Reviews carried by the council since January 2010 have identified stalking behaviour as being present in the behaviour of the perpetrator in the 12 months preceding the homicide?
2.What proportion of Domestic Homicides occurred after the relationship had ended?

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:

How many Domestic Homicide Reviews carried by the council since January 2010 have identified stalking behaviour as being present in the behaviour of the perpetrator in the 12 months preceding the homicide?

Bedford Borough Council have only carried out 1 domestic  homicide review since 2010 and no stalking behaviour was present.

What proportion of Domestic Homicides occurred after the relationship had ended?

We don’t hold information on Domestic Homicides in general, that would be the police, we only deal with domestic homicide reviews.  In the one DHR we’ve carried out during that period, the victim was still living with the perpetrator.

8/3/16

 

8540

 

 RE: Danegeld Avenue, Plot 153 Greenkeepers Mews
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 3.7 Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:
b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 3.12 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –
(a) a contaminated land notice;
(b) in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –
(i) a decision to make an entry; or
(ii) an entry; or
(c) consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(6) before the service of a remediation notice?

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

11/2/16

 

8541

 

 

Under the freedom of information act 2000 could you please send me the following information:

A complete list of all properties within your authority including

Valuation Office Reference Code

Valuation Office Property Description

Full Property Address

Occupier Business Name (where applicable)

 Current Rateable Value

 Occupation / Liability Start Date

 Stating where possible which reliefs the property receives (if any)

o   Small business rates relief

o   Retail relief

o   Charitable reliefs

o   Mandatory

o   Transitional

o   Exempt

o   Empty

 

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

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

2/3/16

 

8542

 

Please provide a list (in Excel format) of all schools in your council area that are liable to pay business rates. Please include the following information Ratepayer whether it be the Local Education Authority, Rateable Value, VOA Reference Number, any reliefs they may be currently receving i.e Mandatory or SBRR. The information should be provided in the following format/columns. 
Col 1: Ratepayer
Col 2: VOA Reference Number
Col 3: Type Of Relief
Col 4: Rateable 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

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

2/3/16

 

8543

 

 

Could you please provide the following information:

1.How many dog bins are there are in Brickhill?

2.The actual location of each bin – a map would be good if you have it. I’m guessing the guy that empties these bins must have a list or location map?

3. Now that dogs need to be legally ‘chipped’ do you know the number of dogs living in Brickhill?

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
1.How many dog bins are there are in Brickhill? 22
2.The actual location of each bin – a map would be good if you have it. I’m guessing the guy that empties these bins must have a list or location map? As below, we are currently in process of mapping the data to enable a map in the future to be available on line.
Wednesday emptying
Avon Drive  1 by William Harpur House
Waveney Avenue 5 
Hawk Drive junction Falcon Avenue 1 
F/P Dearne/Hawk Drive 1 Rear of 8 Wansbeck Road

Friday emptying
Itchen Close 1 
Ashmead Road  2   1 Bin In Car Park to new changing rooms & 1 Bin 30 yards passed Bramley Way
Kennet Rise  1   by school
Browney Path  1   Access Via New Estate
Thurne Way  1   New Bin 04/04/12
Mowsbury Walk 5 
Jackmans Walk 2 
Ebble Mead 1 
Total in Brickhill 22
3.Now that dogs need to be legally ‘chipped’ do you know the number of dogs living in Brickhill? – Do not hold information.

23/2/16

 

8544

 

 Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act? If you are unable to provide responses broken down by financial year, please provide responses broken down by calendar year. 
•What is the total number of outstanding roadworks/road maintenance projects (i.e. ones that are not yet complete) in your council area?
•What is the total distance (in miles) that these outstanding roadworks cover (e.g. 10 miles)? If possible, could you also provide the average length of the outstanding roadworks/road maintenance project?
• How many roadworks projects currently underway in your council area require a traffic diversion or detour?
• What is the longest outstanding roadworks/road maintenance project on the road in your area? Please can you provide the name of the road where these works are located, how long they have been going on for (in days) and if possible the reason for these works (e.g. fixing a pothole)?
• What is the total number of roadworks/road maintenance projects that have been completed over the past five years? Please can you break this down by year: 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.
• How much in total (£) have you spent on roadworks/road maintenance projects in your area over the past five years? Please can you provide a figure for each year: 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.
• What are the most common reasons that require roadworks to be undertaken (i.e. potholes, resurfacing)?
• What is the road in your area with the highest number of roadworks projects on it over the past three years? Please can you break this down by year: 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Most of the information you requested is available on the authority’s website and I have provided you with the relevant links to the information requested.  If you do not have access to the internet at home you may be able to use facilities at your local public library.  The information you have requested is as follows:

1) What is the total number of outstanding roadworks/road maintenance projects (i.e. ones that are not yet complete) in your council area? 

There are no outstanding projects as such, but there are a number of planned projects that have not yet commenced.  Information on roadworks can be found on the Borough Council website at

Please click here for the Borough website

Click here for the roadworks

Please click here for the highways

 

2) What is the total distance (in miles) that these outstanding roadworks cover (e.g. 10 miles)? If possible, could you also provide the average length of the outstanding roadworks/road maintenance project?  Not applicable

3) How many roadworks projects currently underway in your council area require a traffic diversion or detour?

Details of roadworks in the Borough are provided on the Councils website

4) What is the longest outstanding roadworks/road maintenance project on the road in your area? Please can you provide the name of the road where these works are located, how long they have been going on for (in days) and if possible the reason for these works (e.g. fixing a pothole)? 

Please see 1 above

5) What is the total number of roadworks/road maintenance projects that have been completed over the past five years? Please can you break this down by year: 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. 

This information was not recorded by the Council prior to 2011/12.  Details of programmes since then can be found on the Council

Please click here for the Borough website

and

Please click here for the highways

6) How much in total (£) have you spent on roadworks/road maintenance projects in your area over the past five years? Please can you provide a figure for each year: 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. 

Please see click here for the figure on roadworks

7) What are the most common reasons that require roadworks to be undertaken (i.e. potholes, resurfacing)?

Defective surface (eg poor skid resistance, edge defetcs or potholes); defective subsurface (eg subsidence or rutting); issues arising due to drainage problems

8) What is the road in your area with the highest number of roadworks projects on it over the past three years? Please can you break this down by year: 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

clarification soughted

9/3/16

 

8545

 

 

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

Mabel Road Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

9/3/16

 

8546

 

 1.Does the authority operate a commissioning Framework for the provision of Independent Foster Agency services?
1.If so, when does the Framework expire?  Can is be extended, if so for how long?
2.Is the Framework accessed by a number of different authorities as part of a partnership or consortium?
2.What was the authority’s spend on Independent Foster Agency Placements in the financial year 2014/2015?
3.How many IFA placements did the authority make in the financial year 2014/2015?  Please can you break these down by age category and gender? 
4.Please can you provide the contact details for the lead person for commissioning of IFA placements?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested enclosed. 
1.Answer: Yes
1.Answer: Our current Contract comes to and end on 31.10.16
2.Answer: The Contract is between Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Council – the lead authority is Luton Council
2.Answer:  £4,647,259
3.
Age    Male       Female 
0-4          4        8 
5- 9        12      16 
10-14      14      20 
15-17       5      16 
Total       35      60 
 4.Answer:  Justine Chandhar - Placements Officer, Email: Justine.Chandhar@bedford.gov.uk

 

8547

 

 How much your organisation did spends annually basis and over last five years on the cleaning services?
Is Soft Facility Management (FM) service provided in-house or out sourced, if it out sourced who are the provider of this service, length of the contract and termination date?
If the soft FM services are provided in-house please provide cost analysis of all chemical cleaning detergent used to clean the commercially and domestically properties and suppliers name.
Does your organisation use 100% environmentally friendly cleaning products, please state the products?
Please state within your organisation person responsible for the procurement of the janitorial and cleaning products, please provide contact details.

 

clarification sought

 

 

8548

 

I would like to see a list of every recorded threat received by one of your social workers in 2015. I would like the following information on this list: 

1) The severity of the threat (i.e was it verbal only, did the assailant have a weapon etc).

2) What action was taken as a result of this threat.

3) What relation did the person who made the threat have to the social worker (i.e client/ client's family member 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.Please find the information you requested enclosed.

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

25/2/16

 

8549

 

1.In total how many pet shops do you license?.(Insert Number) Of these how many are licensed to sell: Insert (Number for each)
Dogs Small mammals Cats Reptiles Birds Fish Primates 
2.How many pet shops are in private dwellings? (Insert Number) 
2. Who carries out your pet shop licensing visits? (Put X in Box)
Environmental Health Officer Dog Warden  Licensing Officer Vet Other    
If “Other” please specify who:
3. Upon what do you base your pet shop license conditions? (Put X in Box)
1992 LGA Guidelines 2013 Pet Vending Guidelines   998 LGA Guidelines Pet Care Trust QA standards PA Inspection Plan  Other 
If “Other” please specify what: 
4.How frequently do you conduct licensing visits? (Put X in Box) Annually  More frequently than annually Less frequently than annually   
If not annually please specify:
5.For what other reasons will you visit a pet shop? (Put X in Box's)
Pre booked monitoring visit Complaints   Unannounced spot checks  Other 
If other please specify most frequent reason:
6.What do you charge annually for a pet shop license? (Insert Cost) 
7.Do (or have) those officers licensing pet shops undertake relevant specialist training? (Put X in appropriate Box) Yes No
8.Do you ensure the pet shop being licensed is a “business” by checking (Put X in appropriate Box's) they are registered for business rates that any necessary planning consents for use of the premises as a pet shop have been obtained public liability insurance is in place
Other 

 

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

Please find attached.

To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/3/16

 

8550

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

19/2/16

 

8551

 

 I am emailing under the freedom of information act 2000 to ask for information on abuse cases in Mosques and Madrassas in your area.
Please see below for full details of my request
1). How many cases of complaint or allegations relating to physical abuse which took place in a Mosque or Madrassa for  the following years
2012, 2013,2014, 2015  
2) How many cases of complaint or allegation relating to sexual abuse did you receive which took place in a Mosque or Madrassa for the following years
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015?
3). How many cases of complaint or allegation relating to emotional abuse did you receive which took place in a Mosque or Madrassa for the following years 
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015?
4) For each case in questions 1, 2 and 3 what action was taken against the perpetrator in each case?
5). In each case please say if the allegation or complaint was against an;
adult on a child 16 or under OR mosque/Madrassa student)
adult on adult(over 16 and not a student)
child on child (16 or under or students)
6) If no action was taken for each allegation what was the reason for this?
7) How many of the allegations for each year led to police involvement?
8) How many of the accusations led to police cautions?
9) How many criminal prosecutions were brought about against perpetrators?
10) How many people were convicted in court for the above cases?
11) What was the longest sentence given to a perpetrator for any of the above cases?
12) How many different institutions did all of the all allegations take place in ie (if 5 allegations took place in one institution please count this as one)
13) What was the age of the youngest victim(s) and the age of the oldest victim who suffered abuse?
14) Is it  council policy to for all Madrassa/Mosque teachers to have child safety protection training?
15) How many Mosques and Madrassa's are currently teaching children in your authority?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested enclosed. 
1). How many cases of complaint or allegations relating to physical abuse which took place in a Mosque or Madrassa for the following years
2012, 2013,2014, 2015  
Answer:
January – December 2012 – 0
January – December 2013 – less than 5*
January – December 2014 – 0
January – December 2015 – less than 5*
*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.
We are only able to advise that this is less than 5.  This is suppressed due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.
2) How many cases of complaint or allegation relating to sexual abuse did you receive which took place in a Mosque or Madrassa for the following years
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015?
Answer:
January – December 2012 – 0
January – December 2013 – 0
January – December 2014 – 0
January – December 2015 – 0
3). How many cases of complaint or allegation relating to emotional abuse did you receive which took place in a Mosque or Madrassa for the following years 
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015?
Answer:
January – December 2012 – 0
January – December 2013 – 0
January – December 2014 – 0
January – December 2015 – 0
4) For each case in questions 1, 2 and 3 what action was taken against the perpetrator in each case?
Answer: No further action
5). In each case please say if the allegation or complaint was against an;
adult on a child 16 or under OR mosque/Madrassa student)
adult on adult(over 16 and not a student)
child on child (16 or under or students)
Answer: As the LADO I record allegations against adults who work with children and therefore I have no information in relation to any concerns raised about the behaviour of children. All recorded allegations have been against adults and directed towards children.
6) If no action was taken for each allegation what was the reason for this?
Answer: Unable to identify alleged perpetrator
7) How many of the allegations for each year led to police involvement?
Answer: 0
8) How many of the accusations led to police cautions?
Answer: 0
9) How many criminal prosecutions were brought about against perpetrators?
Answer: 0
10) How many people were convicted in court for the above cases?
Answer: 0
11) What was the longest sentence given to a perpetrator for any of the above cases?
Answer: N/A
12) How many different institutions did all of the all allegations take place in ie (if 5 allegations took place in one institution please count this as one)
Answer: Less than 5*
*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.
We are only able to advise that this is less than 5.  This is suppressed due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.
13) What was the age of the youngest victim(s) and the age of the oldest victim who suffered abuse?
Answer: 7 years; 13 years.
14) Is it  council policy to for all Madrassa/Mosque teachers to have child safety protection training?
Answer: My understanding is there is no council policy in relation to this but it would be considered good practice and all Faith Groups are able to attend Safeguarding Board training free of charge.
15) How many Mosques and Madrassa's are currently teaching children in your authority?
Answer: Accurate information is not currently available as there is no single list or register held. Currently there is no requirement for Mosques and Madrassas to register with the local authority.

2/3/16

 

8552

 

1. The number of investigations your authority has undertaken into suspicious applications for:
a) primary school places
b) secondary school places
in the following years:- 2013/14 - 2014/15  - 2015/16 - 2016/17
Please take these years to mean the academic year to which the application relates (i.e. if they applied in January 2015 for the 2015/16 academic year, please count this as 2015/16).
Where possible, please briefly outline the nature of the suspicions (e.g. incorrect addresses, religious affiliations).
2. The outcomes (if known) of these investigations.
Please break this data down by primary and secondary applications and also by each year. 

 

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

Response: We are not aware of any attempts to make fraudulent applications. No applications have been identified as fraudulent. The Council has a process for checking addresses for a sample of applicants. This process is carried out before the allocation of places is undertaken to ensure that any change of address is recorded as appropriate. Although the evidence provided by a small number of applicants identifies an address that is different to that held on the Council’s database.

24/2/16

 

8553

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, please provide me with the following information, for 2015 as a whole:
•The number of people who have died while waiting for a social care package to commence, after an assessment has been made
•The number of people who waited more than a year, or who have been waiting more than a year for a social care package to commence
In the week of January 25 to January 31, how many hours of agreed social care went unmet.

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”
We are unable to provide this information as this is not data we routinely collect. Therefore we would have to collect it manually which would involve individually checking over 3000 records and would exceed the appropriate time limit.
This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.” The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

10/3/16

 

8554

 

 What is the name of your council
Type of council
Please give the email address for the person who has overall responsibility for procurement in your Authority
How does your council organise the procurement function? 
What proportion of your Authority's procurement service work is outsourced to any third party procurement service providers     If you do outsource any of your procurement service, which methods do you use? 
Does your Authority procure on behalf of other organisations?
If yes, which types of organisations does your Authority procure for? 
If yes, do you charge for this service? 
If you do charge for this service, how do calculate your charges?
How many FTE staff are involved in providing your procurement service functions?
If you have a document Procurement service structure, including FTEs and salary scales for each role
For 2014/15 what was the total cost, net of any external income or internal recharges, for your Authority's procurement service?
How is your procurement service funded?
What was the contract value procured by your Authority during   2013/14?
What was the contract value procured by your Authority during   2014/15?
If your Authority uses Category Management, which categories do you use?
If you include social value  in your tenders, what social value measures did you include in your 2014/15 tenders?
And how did your Authority measure the impact and score for social value in tenders?
Are you using a tool to measure the impact of awarding contracts to local suppliers on the local economy
"What are your financial thresholds for determining the route to market, when targeting local suppliers, when using:
3 quotes?"
"What are your financial thresholds for determining the route to market, when targeting local suppliers, when using:
tenders?"
Do you provide a CONTACT MANAGEMENT SERVICE that is separate from the procurement service?
If yes, what are the core contract areas covered by the Contract Management service?
And how is the Contract Management service funded? 

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 requestedTo obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

11/3/16