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 7451

 I am looking for some information relating to planning applications/policy and retail vacancies across South East England for a research paper.
All questions relate to change of use for commercial premises in town centre and high street locations only. I do not require information on any other type of planning application nor for any commercial premise in another location.
Q1 How many planning applications have been received by the local authority for 2 year temporary change of use (under revised use class order introduced by the government in 2012) since May 2012 
Q2 How many planning applications re Q1 have received planning consent? (2 year temporary change of use since May 2012 only) 
Q3 The number of planning applications received for full/permanent change of use since 2012
Q4 Does the local authority own any commercial premise (for investment purposes) within town centre of high street locations? If so, where and how many?  Of those how many are currently vacant in each town centre/high street?

Thank you for your request for information about planning applications/policy and retail vacancies which we received on 31 May 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Q1The information you requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located at this link

Q2 As above 
Q3 As above 
Q4 Bedford Borough Council owns 76 commercial premises within Bedford town Centre but does not own any along Bedford High Street.  Out of the 76 premises located within Bedford Town Centre 9 are currently vacant.  Bedford Borough Council does not own any other commercial premises within a town centre or High Street

3/6/15

 

 7452

 

RE: Manor Rd Kempston
What information do you hold relating to the past uses of the site? In particular, do you hold
records relating to the dates of operation of the former landfill and the nature and depth of
the fill material? (please provide a brief summary).
2. What records do you hold relating to ground conditions, in terms of the contamination status
of the site (e.g. from previous site investigation/soil gas investigation/remediation reports) or
from any known pollution incidents?
3. Are you aware of landfill gas and/or leachate affecting the site or surrounding sites?
4. In terms of the Council’s Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy, has the site been identified
for further investigation under Part 2a of the EPA 1990? If YES, please respond to questions
7-8 below.
5. Are there any records of public complaints in connection with the site?
6. Are there any known contamination issues in the area surrounding the site? (including land
designated as ‘Contaminated Land’, sites that have been prioritised for further inspection,
other nearby landfills, etc.)
Additional questions from Q3.
7. Has the site been prioritised for detailed inspection, and if so, what are the likely timescales
for this to take place?
8. Has a risk summary been completed for the site and which risk category (1-4) applies to the
site?

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. I have answered your query below:

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. Eden Lodge is not listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and so will not be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements.

The closest site which will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements is named on our system as ‘London Brick Company, Coronation Works, Brickworks’, and approximately 100m North West of the property. This is listed as a medium priority site for our inspection.

Also on our list of sites to inspect is ‘Hanson Brickworks Landfill site’, listed as being located approximately 170m North East of the property. This is also listed as a medium priority site for our inspection.

It is not possible to state when this assessment will be undertaken. At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or not it expects any of these sites to be identified as contaminated land, because its inspection of land is in the course of completion.

 

 09/06/15

7453

 

I would like copies you hold on x regarding healthcare issues

Responded to as General Business

 

 4/6/2015

 

7454

 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/1/2015 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/1/2015, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.
This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.
Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party.
If this information is now provided on your website, please send the hyperlink.
Please include:
1.the deceased's full names
2.the date they died
3.the approximate value of their estate
4.their date and place of birth or age at death
5.whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed
6.the maiden surnames of married females or widows
7.their  address at death
8.the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned.
9.If a referral to a 3rd party or body  has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too.
10.  If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still  undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the case as above.

I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1.States that the above is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link

22/06/15

7455

 

 I wish to make the following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) as is deemed appropriate.
1, The total number of sprayings - or other applications - for the purposes of weed control (or similar) authorised / carried out in public areas - eg parks, kerbs, verges, play areas - involving the use of products containing the herbicide glyphosate between January 2014 and the present day in Bedford Borough Council borough/local authority.
2, The total amount of glyphosate used - quantities sprayed (e.g. 100 litres) - in the above period in Bedford Borough Council borough/local authority.
Note: if exact quantities are not available, please estimate based on records kept
3, The total cost of glyphosate products purchased by Bedford Borough Council borough/local authority in the above period.

 

Thank you for your requests for information about spraying of weed control which we received on 1 June 2015. Your requests has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1. The average number of applications across the borough parks, open spaces and highways as follows:

Highway furniture & obstructions - 1 application per year to assist mowing operations

Shrub beds and other landscaped areas - 3 applications through the year as weed control

2. 2014 - 375 litres straight Glyphosate purchased at cost of £300    120 litres of Dual at a cost of £3000

2015 to date - 170 litres straight Glyphosate purchased at cost of £1360  100 litres of Dual at a cost of £2500

3. See 2 above.

 

 26/06/15

 

 

7456

 

 I wish to make the following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) as is deemed appropriate.
1, The total number of sprayings - or other applications - for the purposes of weed control (or similar) authorised / carried out in public areas - eg parks, kerbs, verges, play areas - involving the use of products containing the herbicide glyphosate each year from 2005 to the present day in Bedford Borough Council borough/local authority.

Thank you for your requests for information about spraying of weed control which we received on 1 June 2015. Your requests has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.  The average number of applications across the borough parks, open spaces and highways as follows:

Highway furniture & obstructions - 1 application per year to assist mowing operations Shrub beds and other landscaped areas - 3 applications through the year as weed control

26/06/15

 

7457

 

I wish to make the following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) as is deemed appropriate.
1, The total amount of glyphosate used - quantities sprayed (e.g. 100 litres) - for the purposes of weed control (or similar) in public areas - eg parks, kerbs, verges, play areas - each year between 2005 and the present day in Bedford Borough Council borough/local authority.

Thank you for your requests for information about spraying of weed control which we received on 1 June 2015. Your requests has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.2011 - 260 litres straight Glyphosate

2012 - 190 litres straight Glyphosate

2013 - 360 litres straight Glyphosate & 100 litres of Dual

2014 - 375 litres straight Glyphosate & 120 litres of Dual

2015 to date - 170 litres straight Glyphosate & 100 litres of Dual

26/06/15

7458

 

 Information request under the relevant Freedom of Information Act
This request relates to the provisioning of Bus Shelters carrying Advertising in your Council area
• What is the nature and length of any contract between the council with a named supplier of Bus Shelters carrying advertising
• What number of these shelters are owned by the advertising supplier and what number owned by the Council
• What are the financial benefits to the Council annually and over the life of the contract
•Are these payments made on a regular basis and if so when
•Does the council receive any discounts on advertising it purchases and if so what percentage

Thank you for your request for information about provisioning of bus shelters carrying advertising which we received on 1 June 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

What is the nature and length of any contract between the council with a named supplier of Bus Shelters carrying advertising?
The council has an agreement for the provision and maintenance of advertising bus shelters and free standing units.  This agreement commenced on 15th March 2012 and lasts for 15 years.

What number of these shelters are owned by the advertising supplier and what number owned by the Council?
As of 1st June 2015 there are 43 advertising shelters owned by the advertising shelter provider and 26 owned by the council

What are the financial benefits to the Council annually and over the life of the contract?
The contract has a notional value of £1 per annum. The council receives full maintenance and cleaning of council owned advertising and non advertising bus shelters without charge as part of the agreement. At current prices, if this were not provided under the agreement, the cost to the council would be over £72,000 per annum.

Are these payments made on a regular basis and if so when?
A one of payment of £15 representing £1 per annum was made at the start of the agreement.

Does the council receive any discounts on advertising it purchases and if so what percentage?
The council receives free usage of double sided information panels in each shelter, normally one side is used for bus information and the reverse for the council’s corporate advertising.  The advertising company have offered the council’s reductions in cost for advertising in the main shelter advertising panels if required, but this has not been pursued and therefore no final discounted figure has been negotiated. 

3/6/15

 

7459

 

Please note that I am only interested in information which relates to the period 2 June 2014 to the present day.

1…During the aforementioned period has the council granted planning permission to any proposal submitted by and or on behalf  of the Crown Estate.

 If the answer is yes can you please state the date when the application was submitted?  Can you please state when the council granted permission.  Can you please provide a copy of the original planning application.   Can you please provide a brief description of the proposal concerned.

2…Is the council currently considering planning applications submitted by and or on behalf of the Crown Estate which have not been approved.  If the answer is yes can you please provide a brief outline of the proposal.  Can you please state the date the proposal was submitted.  Can you please provide a copy of the original planning application.

3…During the aforementioned period has the council exchanged correspondence and communications including emails with the Crown Estate.  These correspondence and communications will include but will not be limited to the planning matters mentioned above.  If the answer is yes can you please provide copies of that correspondence and communications including emails.

4…During the aforementioned period has the council received any written complaints (including emails) about applications  submitted by the Crown Estate.  If the answer is yes can you please provide copies of those complaints including emails.   Please feel free to redact the names of any members of the public who have complained but please do not redact the names of any elected officials and or charities and or businesses and or voluntary groups and or campaigns and or conservation organisations.

Thank you for your request for information about planning applications submitted by and or on behalf of the Crown Estate which we received on 2 June 2015. 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 at the link below:

Please click here for the planning application

8/6/15

 

7460

 

 This request relates to spending power calculations and the extent to which they affect adult social care budgets.
Local Authority Spending Power figures are published annually by the Department for Communities and Local Government as the key measure of revenue available to local authorities, aggregating the resources that councils have available to support services for local citizens.  These figures have been taken from publicly available statistical releases, and represent annual Spending Power Per Dwelling.
Bedford’s spending power calculation has been projected to be £2,187.95 by 2016, a rise of 2.07% since 2012.  Please can you tell us whether:
a.This reduction is expected to be passed directly to adult social care budgets in 2016
b.Adult social care budgets should expect a greater reduction
c.Adult social care budgets should expect a less reduction

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

“Service allocations for the 2016/2017 financial year will be determined in February 2016 following the conclusion of the authority’s annual budget process.  At this stage it is therefore not possible to give any precise indication as to the Adult Service budgets for the next financial year.”

 

 26/06/15

 

7461

 

 1: Organisation and funding of your local authority Education Vision Impairment (VI) Advisory service
Q1. How does your local authority meet its responsibility to provide a VI service (i.e. specialist educational provision for children and young people with vision impairment)?
AIn-house service provided centrally by the LA 
BPart of a consortium of LAs/joint arrangement with other LAs Please give names of the other LAs:
Please give the name of the lead LA: 
CBought in from another LA (please give the name of the LA) 
DCommissioned to a school/group of schools 
ECommissioned to a charity or voluntary organisation 
FCommissioned to an external (non-public sector) agency 
GOther (please give details)
Q2. How is the VI service managed in your LA?
AWithin generic SEN service
BWithin sensory service
CStand alone VI service
DOther (please give details)
Q3a.What is the VI service budget for 2015/16?
Q3b.What was the VI service budget for 2014/15?
Q4.Since April 2014 have any changes been made to the way that the VI service is provided, managed and/or funded (i.e. where answers to Q1, Q2 and Q3 would have been different in 2014 to 2015)?YES / NO
If 'YES', please give details of changes below:
Section 2: Number of children and young people on the VI service caseload
Q5a. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment on the VI service caseload (i.e. those supported by the VI service and not included in Q5b below:
Total aged 0 - 4:                  
Total aged 5 - 16:      
Total aged 17 - 19:
Total aged 20 - 25:
Q5b. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment, known to the VI service but not receiving direct support from the LA service (e.g. whose family home is in the LA but who are being educated in a non- LA provision). These are in addition to CYP included in Q5a.
Total aged 0 - 4:                  
Total aged 5 - 16:      
Total aged 17 - 19:
Total aged 20 - 25:
Q6. What is the total number of children and young people on the VI service caseload (recorded in Q5a) who use (or in the case of EYFS children, are expected to use) braille as their sole or main literacy medium?
Q6a. What is the total number of children and young people known to the VI service (recorded in Q5b) who use braille as their sole or main literacy medium?
Section 3: VI service policies
Q7.What criteria does the VI service use to determine eligibility for support?
a)NatSIP Criteria for Scoring Support Levels YES / NO (If ‘yes’, please give the minimum score for VI service support)
b)Eligibility is based on the child’s visual acuity (VA) level YES / NO (If ‘yes’, please give the minimum VA for VI service support)
c)Only CYP who are registered as severely sight impaired/blind or sight impaired/partially sighted are eligible for support YES / NO
d)Other (please give details)
Q7a. Have these criteria changed since April 2014? (If ‘yes’ please give details of previous criteria, when changed, and the reason why)
YES / NO
Q8. Please give details of your LA’s criteria for assessment for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan for CYP with VI:
Q9. What criteria does the VI service use for allocating levels of support?
a)NatSIP Eligibility Criteria for Scoring Support Levels (2012):    YES/NO
b)An earlier version of the NatSIP/SERSEN Eligibility Criteria:     YES/NO
c)Modified NatSIP/SERSEN criteria:     YES/NO
d)Banding system:                     YES/NO
e)Locally developed criteria:        YES/NO
f)Other arrangement (please give details): YES/NO
g)The (Wales) Visual Impairment Pathway    YES/NO
Q10. Are any groups of children and young people with VI that are NOT supported by the VI service?
a)Specific age groups (please give details of age groups not supported): YES/NO
b)Children/YP in specific types of setting(please give details of the settings where no support):                                                                               YES/NO
c)Children/YP with complex needs:                                                      YES/NO
d)Any other groups (please give details of the groups concerned):  YES/NO
Q10a. If YES, to any of the above, when was support withdrawn?
Section 4: Joint working with other agencies
Q11. What arrangements do you have for working with health and social care?
a)Established arrangement with Health for referring babies and children to the VI service                                                                                 YES / NO
b)Multi-disciplinary meetings with health and social care    YES / NO
c)Regular meetings and/or contact with social care           YES / NO
d)Regular meetings and/or contact with health                YES / NO
e)Other (please give details)                                YES / NO  
Q12. Who in your LA holds the vision impairment register for children and young people who are blind or partially sighted?
a)Social care sensory team:        YES / NO
b)Social care children’s team:     YES / NO
c)Local society for blind people:  YES / NO
d)Other (please give details):     YES / NO
Section 5: VI service staffing
Q13a. Which (if any) of the following qualifications are held by the person with responsibility for strategic management of the VI service? (Please tick all that apply)
AQualified teacher of pupils with vision impairment (QTVI)
(i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in VI) 
BQualified teacher of the Deaf (TOD)
(i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in HI) 
CQualified teacher of pupils with Multi-sensory Impairment (QTMSI)
(i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in MSI) 
DOther qualifications
Q13b. Please give the numbers of teachers employed directly by the VI service (this includes peripatetic/advisory and school based teachers and VI service manager if s/he has a caseload)
Number of teachers Number as full time equivalent (FTE)
QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI)  
In training for MQ (VI)  
Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years  
Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years 
QTMSI with MQ (MSI)  
QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)  
QTVI vacancies currently advertised  
QTVI vacancies – advertised but no suitable applicants 
Q14. Please give the numbers of teaching assistants (TAs) in your LA who are providing support to pupils with vision impairment (this includes service and school based staff)
Employment arrangements Number of TAs
Employed and recruited directly by VI service – centrally based/peripatetic 
Employed and recruited directly by VI service – school based 
Employed and recruited directly by schools and supported by VI service 
Employed and recruited directly by schools with no involvement from VI service 
Other arrangement (please give details)
Q15. Please give details of any other staff employed directly by the VI service (not already included in Q13b or Q14), and staff who are externally commissioned by the VI service
Type of post Number of people Number as full-time equivalent (FTE)  Number of externally commissioned staff
Resource technicians (for production of accessible materials)   
ICT support technicians   
Dedicated early years staff    
Mobility/rehabilitation officer   
Mobility/habilitation officer for children   
Admin/secretarial   
Other (please give details)
Q15. Since 1 April 2014 has the VI service lost or gained any staff posts?
YES / NO
If YES, please give number of posts lost or gained
Type of post Number of posts lost Number of posts gained
Managers  
QTVIs  
Teaching assistants  
Resource technicians  
ICT support technicians  
Dedicated early years staff   
Mobility/rehabilitation/habilitation officer  
Admin/secretarial  
Other (please give details)                                                                                     
Section 5: Proposed future changes to the VI service
Q16. Are there any formal proposals for future changes to the way that the VI service is funded and/or organised? YES / NO
If 'YES', please give details of changes including when this will take effect:
Q17. Are there any proposals for future changes to VI service policies and/or practices in educational support for CYP with VI?      YES / NO
If 'YES', please give details of changes including when this will take effect:

  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 information please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

23/06/15

7462

 

 RE: Knotting Road, Melchbourne, Bedfordshire,
The report has revealed that the subject site has the potential to be impacted by ground contamination as a result of historical land uses on site and in the immediate vicinity. With
specific regards to the identified landfill and the ROF Riseley in the south east of the study area 
They have suggested we check with the Council to see if it is a site on your list for further investigation for possible contaminated land and if on your list whether a high, low or medium priority for investigation?

Thank you for your request for information about  Knotting Road, Melchbourne. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (‘the Act’), the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. Based on information available at this time, it is not considered likely that Woodleys Farm House, Knotting Road, Melchbourne will be inspected under the Act. However, it is possible that new information may become available which could alter this assessment.

29/06/15

7463

 

 I would like to request the following information under the freedom of information act.
1 a: How much did your council/department/authority spend in total on IT technologies and services during the 2013/2014 fiscal year?
1 b: By comparison, how much did your council/department/authority spend in total on IT technologies and services during the 2014/2015 fiscal year?
2 a: Of that total spend in 2013/2014 fiscal year, what was the breakdown in spending on on-premise and cloud technology? Eg, (total £10,000, £6,000 on-premise, £4,000 cloud)
2 b: Of that total spend in 2014/2015 fiscal year, what was the breakdown in spending on on-premise and cloud technology? Eg, (total £10,000, £6,000 on-premise, £4,000 cloud)
(Note: please provide figures for "hybrid" technology if cloud/on-premise not applicable)
3 a: Who were the top-five (if applicable) IT product and services suppliers with whom the council spend the most money during the 2013/2014 fiscal year, and how much was spent with each?
3 b: Who were the top-five (if applicable) IT product and services suppliers with whom the council spend the most money during the 2014/2015 fiscal year, and how much was spent with each?
4 a: How many PCs (desktops, laptops, tablets) does your council currently run?
4 b: Please provide a breakdown of which operating systems these PCs run on - (eg total 151: 100 Windows 8, 50 Windows XP, 1 iOS)

 

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

 

7464

 

 Please could you provide the following information regarding your ERP / Finance system:
1.What ERP (Enterprise Resource Management) or Finance system is currently used at the council?
2.When does your contract expire?
3.Do you have any planned upgrades of the software? If so, when?
4.Are you planning to go to market for a different ERP/ Finance system? If so, when?
5.How many users / licenses of the system do you have at the council?
6.Who is the person responsible for your ERP / Finance system? Please provide full name, title and contact information if possible.

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

1. Agresso under Unit 4

2. Annual rolling maintenance contract due to expire 31st March 2016

3. None at the moment but will review within 12 months

4. No plans at present

5. 760 current users/One site licence

6.. Julie McCabe (Julie.mccabe@bedford.gov.uk) / Head of Finance

30/06/15

7465

 

 I wish to submit a freedom of information request relating to the following contractual information the organisation may hold with regards to the organisation’s primary contracts relating to support services around help/service desk, desktop support and network support:
1.Help / service desk support:
The single point of contact between a service provider and users within an organisation. A typical service desk manages incidents and service requests, and also handles communication with the users.
2.Desktop support:
The technical services offered by a support organisation to a user(s) experiencing problems with their computers. Support may be on either hardware or software running on the affected computing device. Support may include but is not limited to installations, moves, adds, changes and disposition, and local remote services.
3.Network support:
The technical services offered by a support organisation to a user(s) experiencing problems with their network. Support may be on either hardware or software running on the affected computing device. Support may include but is not limited to installations, moves, adds, changes and disposition, and local remote services.
For each of the contract type above can you please provide me with the following information set out below:
1.Contract Type: Please choose from above the type of contract this is related to.
2.What is the Support for Hardware, Software or other please state?
3.Who is this supplier: If there is more than one supplier please input their contract information in another contract profile.
4.What is the annual average spend this can be over 3 or 5 years?
5.What is the duration of the contract please also include any extension periods?
6.When does the contract expire?
7.When will this contract be reviewed by the organisation?
8.Please can you provide me with specific contact details of the person responsible for reviewing/owner of each contract. I’d like their full name, job title, contact number and direct email address.

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

Please find the information you requested attached

regarding help desk

09/06/15

7466

 

 Hi there I was wondering if you could tell me the name and email of your lead public health commissioner and your substance misuse lead? Would be very grateful!

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 below the information requested.

· Substance misuse is Martin Westerby ·Sue Burridge is the interim commissioner for sexual health services ·

sue.burridge@bedford.gov.uk

Barbara Rooney

barbara.rooney@

centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

 is the commissioning lead for the 5-19 Healthy Child Programme Deb Richardson

 is the  Interim commissioning lead for healthy weight and physical inactivity, NHS Health Checks, Stop Smoking debra.richardson@bedford.gov.uk

10/06/15

7467

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we request that you provide us with the
following information:
Please indicate how many persons within your local authority area are, as of
the date of your response, in receipt of Carers Allowance and have their total
benefit income reduced by the benefit cap.

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

There are no persons in receipt of Carers Allowance within Bedford Borough Council’s area who have had their total benefit income reduced by the benefit cap.

11/06/15

7468

 

 I am making a request under the freedom of information act, please could you tell me how much your authority spent on agency social workers in both adult and children’s services in the following time periods:
•2012-2013
•2013-2014
•2014-2015

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.

Agency Social Worker spend in Children’s and Adult Services

Split

2012 - 2013

Adults

£555,242.22

Children

£1,522,976.35

2013 - 2014

2014 - 2015

£651,927.10

£576,696.28

£1,764,682.48

£3,219,918.59

25/06/15

7469

 

 I am investigating the fire that occurred on Mill road a neighbouring property that was damaged by the fire.
X was recycling wood. This was achieved by placing scrap wood through a chipper. The process creates dust which had prevented residents of Y from using their garden.  They said they rang the council who told them the company had a licence so there was nothing that could be done.  Does such a licence exist and would it be issued by the council and did they issue X with such a licence?.
Using photographs of the scrap wood pile taken prior to the fire I estimate the pile was 5m high and aprox 20m square.  The large pile of wood was close to neighbouring buildings.
Do you have any restrictions on the stock piling of wood, volume or proximity to buildings?

 Would a company that processes wood to produce wood chip, where there is a risk of wood dust contaminating the air of domestic properties, require a licence from the council?.

Who would have jurisdiction over the control of the stock piling of wood? As neither yourselves nor the Health and Safety Executive does.

 

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

Please find below the information you requested:

1.A licence to chip scrap wood has not been issued by Bedford Borough Council. 

2.In relation to the stock piling of wood, the Environmental Health Service at Bedford Borough Council does not have any jurisdiction over these matters. 

•  A company which processes wood to produce wood chip where there is a risk of wood dust contaminating the air of domestic properties, would not require a licence from the council.

• There may be a variety of agencies which would have jurisdiction over the stock piling of wood.  These may include, but are not limited to Bedford Borough Council Planning Authority, Bedford Borough Council Building Control, the Environment Agency and the Fire Authority.  The Environmental Health Service has no jurisdiction over Health and Safety matters on the site.  The main activity on site is the processing of waste, which is an activity enforced by the Health and Safety Executive.

23/06/15

7470

 

I would like copies you hold on x regarding healthcare issues

 Closed as General Business

 

4/6/2015

 

7471 -7473

 

Can I have the following:

1 The number of Volunteer Reservesemployed by your authority from 1st of April 2010 to 1st of April 2015

2 Leave arrangement or serving volunteer for the same dates as above

3 Whether your authority has signed the Military Covenant

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.

Request 1

The council does not hold information on the number of individual employees who are volunteer reserves.

Request 2

If an employee is a member of the Reserve Forces, they will be granted leave with pay, additional to annual leave, for the purpose of attending summer camp.  The amount of additional paid leave which may be granted, will be 2 weeks if the annual leave entitlement is 20 days and either one or 2 weeks if the annual leave entitlement is more than 20 days.  Employees will not be granted additional leave, with pay, to attend summer camp if they are employed on a term time only basis.

Paid leave will also be granted if any employee is a member of the Reserve Forces and is required by statute to undertake training additional to attendance at summer camp.  They will normally be expected to arrange such training on days when they would not normally be working, but if this is not possible, consideration will be given to the granting of additional leave for this purpose.

Where an allowance is payable, this should be claimed and paid to the Council.   In the event of a National Emergency, paid leave will not be granted.

Employees called up to compulsory full military service should receive two week’s advance notice and will receive a letter to give to the Council, as well as their own call-up papers. Bedford Borough Council as an employer can seek an exemption or deferral if the employee’s absence will cause serious harm to business. An employee who is not called up but volunteers for military service will need to obtain the Council’s agreement. Employees will be paid by the MOD not the Council during the absence, but can apply to the MOD for additional pay if the standard military pay is lower than their normal pay. The MOD will pay the Council the employer’s pension contribution provided the employee agrees to pay the employee’s contribution from their military salary. In addition, Bedford Borough Council can apply for compensation from the MOD to cover the costs of replacements or overtime if existing staff cover for reservists.  The relevant Acts are the Reserve Forces Act 1996 and the Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985.

There pay arrangements have remained unchanged between 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2015.

Request 3

The Council has not signed the military covenant.

23/06/15

7474

 

 Freedom of Information Request - NNDR Accounts Credit Balances or "Write On's"
We would be grateful if you could supply, ideally in spreadsheet format if convenient, a list of all credit balances on NNDR accounts where the credit balance is on the current or closed account or where the credit balance is on the account for a past year where the credit has not been brought forward.
If a credit balance has been Written On rather than refunded, we would also be grateful for details of those accounts.
If you are able to do this, we would like, for each Credit Balance or Write On:
1 - The address of the hereditament
2 - The Account Reference or Property Reference of the hereditament.
3 - The name of the account holder
4 - The value of the credit/overpayment.
5 - The rate year(s) to which the credit/overpayment refers.

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

 18/06/15

7475

 

This is a request for information filed under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).
Under the terms of the act, I request that you provide me with the following information:
•The number of youth centres funded by the council in 2010
•The number of youth centres funded by the council in 2015
•The number of youth centres marked for potential closure in the next two years

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

Please find the information you requested:

2010- The council owned one youth centre.

2015 -The council has one youth centre at present and there are currently no plans for potential closure in the next two years

24/06/15

7476

 

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

 

18/06/15

7477

 

RE: Faulty Pushchair

1 All documentation relating to this investigation

2 Details of results

3 Details of complaints

4  Any other relevant documentation

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 information please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

23/06/15

7478

 

 RE:near Wymington
Where available the following information is required:
• historical flooding incidents in the surrounding area;
• site specific flood risk issues;
• flood related assets in the surrounding area; and
• surface water drainage constraints in the surrounding area.

Thank you for your request for information about flooding near Wymington at two locations which we received on 4th June 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

·The adjacent  road/rail bridge near site 1 has ponding on the public highway area at times of high rainfall.

·we do not hold any records indicating site specific flood risk issues at these 2 locations.

·we do not have any records of flood related assets in the surrounding area as we have not surveyed this area yet.

·any surface water drainage from the sites are likely to need attenuation at better than greenfield run off rates prior to any discharge (if discharge is possible).

01/07/15

 

7479

 

 we are seeking the following information for your organisation under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
•For your organisation, please send the contact details for your decision makers who assess IMHA services for suitability for procurement and the decision makers who procure IMHA services.
•Please supply organisation names and contact information, including a named main organisational contact for all IMHA Service Providers procured, commissioned or spot purchased by your organisation in last 24 months. Please state the percentage each is of the whole of your IMHA service provision.
•Please state for each provider, how this service was commissioned; whether solely or jointly with NHS commissioners/stakeholders/ or others in agreement for purchasing IMHA services.
•Process for commissioning IMHA services
Please supply the tender briefing documents, guidance and frameworks used to commission current IMHA services and successful tender proposals for IMHA services.
•Please supply how many clients have made use of IMHA services in the last 12 month period of data available for 2014 – 2015
• Please supply data on the diagnoses of clients using IMHA services by percentage and in total numbers where available.

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.

For your organisation, please send the contact details for your decision makers who assess IMHA services for suitability for procurement and the decision makers who procure IMHA services.

Marek Zamborsky, Acting Head of Commissioning.

01234 228933

Marek.zamborsky@bedford.gov.uk

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  States that " Please supply organisation names and contact information, including a named main organisational contact for all IMHA Service Providers procured, commissioned or spot purchased by your organisation in last 24 months. Please state the percentage each is of the whole of your IMHA service provision." is exempt information 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).

This information is available in the public domain at the following web link:

www.pohwer.net/in-your-area/where-you-live/bedford

Local Pohwer manager: Glenda Tizard

Our purchasing model is “block purchase” to cover all the necessary IMHA service Bedford Borough

Please state for each provider, how this service was commissioned; whether solely or jointly with NHS commissioners/stakeholders/ or others in agreement for purchasing IMHA services.

We jointly commission with Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS Bedfordshire at the time) and Central Bedfordshire Council.

Process for commissioning IMHA services

With regards to the current provider’s tender proposals, these form part of the terms and conditions of contract (as stated within the invitation to tender document) and release of any ‘confidential information’ as defined in the contract (including information relating to the business, affairs and trade secrets of the provider) constitutes an actionable breach of confidence under the terms of the contract. On that basis it is my view that this information is exempt from disclosure.

Please supply how many clients have made use of IMHA services in the last 12 month period of data available for 2014 – 2015.

clientype

Q 1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Year to date

New Cases

30

22

26

22

100

Closed Cases

32

25

14

24

95

On-going

19

16

28

26

 

Please note this is a combined figure for Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council (joint contract).

Please supply data on the diagnoses of clients using IMHA services by percentage and in total numbers where available.

We capture a variety of IMHA contract supportive information, however diagnosis information is not captured therefore this data is not available.

29/06/15

7480

List of roads and maps - updates

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

I can confirm that there has been no change to the information already provided to you on 5 December 2013.

23/06/15

7481

 

 I am doing a poll of the UK councils to see which ones uses the care component of the P.I.P.s to calculate the amount of rent on as to pay. Could you please tell me if you council uses it please

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

I am doing a poll of the UK councils to see which ones uses the care component of the P.I.P.s to calculate the amount of rent on as to pay. Could you please tell me if you council uses it please

All Personal Independence Payment (PIP) incomes are fully disregarded from income when Housing Benefit Entitlement is calculated.

 

10/06/15

7482

 

RE: Affordable Housing

Information on household composition

Housing tenture  in the area

Dwelling type in the area

Proportion of households classed as being overcrowded

The number of people on the housing register in Bromham and stagsden and the type of property they require

 Thank you for your request for information about affordable housing need in the parish of Bromham and Stagsden which we received on 5 June 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information requested below.

·Information on Household composition eg proportion of single persons households, couples with/without children persons aged 65 and over etc

This information is available on the Council’s web site.  The following link will assist

Parish profiles

· Housing tenure in the area- e.g. privately owned/rented or social rented etc

This information is also available on the Councils web site at the link given above

·Dwelling types in the area – e.g. detached, semi-detached, terraced, flats, etc

This information is also available on the Council’s web site at the link given above

·Proportion of households classed as being overcrowded

The council does not hold this information.  Some more general information on overcrowding is available on the Councils web site.  The following link will assist:

http://www.bedford.gov.uk/housing.aspx

Information is held in the Private Sector Stock Condition Survey – a link to which is in the bottom right hand box. The information is contained in section 3.2, page 34 of the survey.

There is also some general information (not by parish) on overcrowding in the Borough’s Objectively Assessed Needs which is accessible here:

monitoring

The information can be found at page 57, section 3.62 onwards.

· Number of people on the housing register in Bromham and Stagsden and the type of property they require

The Council does not hold this information.  Bpha administer the register and may be able to assist further.  They can be contacted as follows:

bpha Limited
Head Office
Bedford Heights
Manton Lane
Bedford
MK41 7BJ

Tele: 0330 100 0272

25/06/15

7483

 

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

 

18/06/15

7484

 

Please send me the information which I am entitled to under Section 7 (1) Section 35 (2) of the Data Protection Act 1998 in Relation X
Please would you also advise me of the logic involved in any automated decisions taken by you about me pursuant to Section 7 (1) (d) of the Data Protection Act 1998.
 Also I would like to request files too from the date of 01/02/2012 to Current  1. Copies of all records, handwritten And computerized.
 2. Copies of all e-mails, faxes, letter’s pertaining to the people listed.
 3. Copies of all telephone messages, transcripts, and original recordings. 
 4. Copies of all internal memo's, and external correspondence.
5. Copies of all contact logs from any contact centres
 6. Copies of ALL documentation the Data Controller holds on the specific individual, Case Logs, or in some Authorities Minor or Major Case notes.
 7. Copies of any documents relating to current or previous court proceedings.
 8. Copies of placement orders.
 9. Copies of any review meetings and all professionals’ reports.

 I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested:

Information in relation to your daughter.

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 Data of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

We must inform you that the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not cover the release of personal information.

Your request will therefore be dealt with as a Subject Access Request and has been passed onto   the case holding Social Worker, who will be dealing with the request for the data.

11/06/15

 

7485

 

Print Service contract:
Q1. What are the contract start and end dates? Is there an extension period?  
Q2. How many MFD’s do you currently have in use?  How many desktop printers do you currently have in use? 
Q3. What makes, models and specifications do you have in use?
Q4. What are the current annual colour and mono print volumes for MFD and desktop printers? 
Q5. What is your approximate annual MFD spend?  
Q6. What is your approximate annual desktop printer spend including consumables and maintenance?  
Q7. Do you use Document and/or Record Management Software applications? If yes, which ones? 
Q8. Do you employ mobile printing technologies and BYOD strategies?  
Q9. Do you operate a print room for high volume print or do you outsource?  
Q12. Which department controls these contracts and projects? e.g. IT, ICT, Facilities, Procurement, etc.
Q13. The person within the organisation responsible for this particular contract. Please confirm their contact details including name, job title, contact telephone number and direct email address?
Q14.Will you be using a framework agreement for the next contract or will you be doing your own procurement process? If using a framework, which one?
Q15. Will other organisations be included in this procurement process? If yes, which ones?
Q16.  Do you have a strategy to digitise documents and print less? If yes, please provide a brief overview.
Q17.  Do you have an ICT security policy which includes MFD’s and paper documents? If yes, please provide a brief overview.

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

Please find the information you requested set out below regarding MFD / Managed Print Service contract:

Q1  28/11/2014 – 28/11/2019

Q2   

 Model

Type

Number in use

ECOSYS M3040idn

MFP

2

TASKalfa 3501i

MFD

12

TASKalfa 3551ci

MFD

13

TASKalfa 4501i

MFD

4

TASKalfa 4551ci

MFD

20

TASKalfa 5501i

MFD

3

TASKalfa 5551ci

MFD

8

ECOSYS M3040idn

MFP

31

ECOSYS M6026cidn

MFP

13

Total printers

 

106

List correct as at 9th March 2015

Q3    See table above

Q4  4 million mono and 1 million colour

Q5  Managed print service contract spend for 2014/15 is £204,495.29

Q6  None

Q7 Objective EDRMS

Q8  No

Q9  The council has a print room

Q12  ICT

Q13  Lawrence McArdle, Head of ICT, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

Q14 The managed print service contract will be looked at by our in house Procurement Services when the time comes. The Print Room is an in-house service.

 Q15  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.

Q16  No

Q17  No

16/06/15

7486

 

Costs of Holiday Childcare
1.Regulations attached to the Childcare Act 2006 require that Family Information Services hold data on the costs of childcare. Using this data please give the typical cost per week of a full-time holiday club/play scheme place for a child for both public sector(school and local authority) provision and private and voluntary sector provision (PVI) in your area.
 Weekly cost
•Public sector provision =                    
•PVI sector =                
•Most expensive holiday club/playscheme =
•Cheapest holiday club/playscheme           
2.And for how many hours a day does this provision typically run for? (eg. 10am – 4pm, 8am – 6pm)
3.How many holiday clubs/play services are run by the local authority, schools, the PVI sector and others respectively?
•Local authority
•Schools
•PVI sector
•Others
4. Has the total number of holiday club/playscheme providers in the maintained sector (school and local authority) increased or decreased since 2014, or stayed the same?
5. Has the total number of holiday club/playscheme providers in the PVI sector increased or decreased since 2014 or stayed the same?
6. Has the overall number of holiday club/playscheme places for children increased or decreased since 2014, or stayed the same?
7. Based on your most up-to-date Childcare Sufficiency Assessment or other information for your area are there sufficient holiday childcare places in your area for the following groups?
4-7 year olds
8-11 year olds
12 + year olds
Disabled children
To cover parents working full-time (9am-5pm)
Children in rural areas
8.Have parents reported a lack of holiday childcare in your area in the last 12 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 the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Costs of Holiday Childcare

1.  Weekly cost

-Public sector provision = £120                

-PVI sector= £145               

-Most expensive holiday club/playscheme=£195.50

-Cheapest holiday club/playscheme = £90.00

2.. Most schemes run 8.00am -5.30/6.00pm, but some have core hours (e.g. 10.00am -4.00pm) with additional hours at extra cost.  The cost of an extended day has been taken into account in the figures above.

3. 2, however this does not include numerous 2 hour play schemes run across the Borough by the authority at a cost of £2.00 per session.

-Schools - 3

-PVI sector - 22

-Others - 0

4.Decreased

5. Net figure is the same

6.Answer: Decreased

7.

 

Yes, in all

In most

In some

4-7 years

 

X

 

8-11 years

 

X

 

12 + years

 

 

X

Disabled children

 

 

X

parents working full-time (9am-5pm)

X

 

 

Children (rural areas)

 

X

 

8.Answer:  Earlier this year there were some issues due to the closure of a long running, affordable scheme but these children appear to have been absorbed by existing schemes and local childminders.

30/06/15

 

7487

 

 Please could I request either (a) a copy of or (b) more details about the food hygiene inspection of x that took place

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

03/07/15

7488

 

 Please provide the following:
The name of the person responsible for managing your CCTV cameras?
The name of the person responsible for installing your ANPR cameras?
The name of the person responsible for installing your Christmas decorative or festival lights?
The name of the person responsible for installing your on-street wireless networking equipment?
The name of the company responsible for the installation of your street light powered accessories (please enter more than one if necessary)
The name of the company responsible for the maintenance of your street light powered accessories (please enter more than one if necessary)
The number of redeployable devices you deploy (CCTV cameras/ Christmas lights, ANPR or wirlees nodes) which you would need to connect to a street light column power supply to operate them)
The cost ££ of adapting a street light column to be able to deploy a redeployable CCTV camera to it?
The cost of adapting a street light column to power a redployable CCTV camera?
The cost to install a redeployable CCTV camera (installation after column has been adapted to power the camera)
Would you be interested to receive information about an innovation that would slash the cost of installing your redeployable CCTV cameras or on-street wireless equipment? (Please enter Yes or No)

Applicant withdrew request.

 

7489

 

1.How many welfare cases in the Court of Protection was your local authority a party to during 2014-15?
2.Of those cases, how many were of the following kinds:
a.An application to authorise a deprivation of liberty in a setting not covered by the MCA DoLS, using the Re X streamline procedure described in X & Ors (Deprivation of Liberty) [2014] EWCOP 25 and Re X and others (Deprivation of Liberty) (Number 2)[2014] EWCOP 37
b.An application to the Court of Protection to seek a review of a deprivation of liberty that was authorised by the local authority in its capacity as supervisory body (either under s21A MCA or for declarations/orders under s15 and s16 MCA)
c.An application relating to another welfare matter about a person who is deprived of their liberty
d.An application relating to another welfare matter that was not connected with any deprivation of liberty
e.Other welfare cases not falling into the above categories
3.If it is possible to do so within the available resources, please could you tell us for each Court of Protection case you were involved in during 2014-15 the following information.  We recognise that some of this information may be too resource-intensive to provide, so we have listed the questions in order of priority.
1.Which category (of those listed in Q2 above) did the case fall into? (e.g. Re X, DoLS review, other welfare and deprivation of liberty matter, other welfare matter not involving deprivation of liberty, other)
2.Who made the initial application to the Court of Protection? (e.g. The local authority, an NHS body, 'P', a family member of P, a friend of P, an IMCA, another kind of advocate, or some other person)
3.Is the case ongoing (yes/no)?
4 How long, in total, has the case lasted for to date? (to the nearest year/month)
5.Please estimate the overall cost to the local authority of this case (to date).  (If you are able to share with us more detail about the nature of those costs – e.g. time of in-house legal and social care staff, expert reports, instructing counsel, application fee, payments to IMCAs acting at litigation friends, etc – then we would be very interested in this as it would provide useful data on the costs of Court of Protection litigation.  However, we recognise that this information would likely take us beyond the resource limits of the request)

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed.
Please see Word Document regarding court cases.

01/07/15

7490

 

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

 

18/06/15

 

7491

 

 I am writing to you regarding Targeted Youth Support Services,  as I cannot see from your website an entry for the provision of targeted activity to address young people who are, or are at risk of, being designated NEET.  Can you please advise whether this service is provided in house or externally, and if so, when the contract is due to end.

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.

Education Support Service within Bedford Borough Council provides information, advice and guidance to young people aged 16-18 within Bedford on career and personal development opportunities.  Young people who are not engaged in any form of education, employment or training are targeted and offered intensive ongoing support to help re-engage them in some form of positive activity.  For those young people who are aged 18 plus, support with career progression can be offered via The Jobs Hub in Bedford town centre.

Education Support Service works closely with local upper schools to start identifying potential NEETs during Year 11.  Appropriate careers guidance is offered to these young people by the schools, and information on those who may still become NEET is shared with our service to ensure ongoing support can be put into place from as early a stage as possible once a young person has left compulsory education.

A web page on our service is currently being developed, and will form part of the main council website.

16/06/15

 

7492

 

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

 

18/06/15

7493

 

General Questions
Number of Employees?
Do you have a set budget for IT projects and how & who manages this?
What is the ICT budget for all departments for April 2015-16
How is the ICT budget split between departments?
Are you under or over budget for the last 2 Financial Year?
Do you have any current or future IT projects i.e. BI, PBX replacement, Email migration, Storage, Cloud Strategy – if so what are they?
Do you have Project Managers to manage each project – if so please list them by project?
How many people are there within the IT Team and who manages this?
Can you provide your IT Org chart – showing management and those that report to them?
Do you use IT Solution Providers to help implement solutions – if so who are they and what do they do?
Which IT vendors do you use?
How much do you spend with each external IT Provider for the last 2 financial years?
Do you have any restrictions with using Cloud Services (public/private) – if so what IL level do they need to meet?
Is there a business requirement for cloud services? 
Do you have funding available for a cloud project, or any pressing timescales/requirement? Is there a project Sponsor?
What is your experience / Knowledge of Cloud?
What is your experience / Knowledge of Microsoft Cloud? Or other vendors?
Do you have a current active Enterprise Agreement with MS and what is the renewal date?
Office Questions
What is your current Email platform and version?
What is your current version of SharePoint, and what do you use it for?
What is your current version of Lync, and what do you use it for?
Do you use any solution for providing the business with reports, analytics such as Microsoft PowerBI, Tableau, SaS – if so which one?
Platform specific questions
How many Business Applications do you have?
What is your Line of Business Applications and are they predominantly Off The Shelf or Bespoke Apps?
Do you use a hosted provider for your Business Applications – if so then who?
Do you have an in-house Application Development Team?
If Yes to above who manages this team and how many people report to them?
What is your development language? (.Net, Ruby, etc)
Do you use outside developers to work with you on projects – if so then who?
Infrastructure questions
How many users do you have?  
How many devices?
How many offices and data centres do you have?
Do you use a Hosted provider for your infrastructure – if so who?
What is your existing server count (on premise or hosted?)
Do you have a hardware refresh cycle – if so, how often and where are you in it? (for servers, SAN, desktops, devices etc)
What version of Operating System do you have on Desktop and on Servers?
What is your current virtualisation platform?
What is your current Back UP & DR Strategy/Solution?
Do you have a managed service to support your IT – if so what does this cover?

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

06/07/15

7494

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

18/06/15

7495

 

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

 

18/06/15

7496

 

 I would appreciate it if you could please provide me with the following information;
1.List of corporate and enterprise software applications used and under the process of acquisition
2.Name, Telephone Numbers and Email addresses of officers responsible for system administration of the above applications.
3.Your IT Strategy Policy document
4.Your Information Security document
5.Name, Telephone Numbers and Email addresses of the following officers
oAll Chief Officers
oHead of IT, HR, Legal & Committee 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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

25/06/15

7497

 

 I am writing to you today to lodge a Freedom of Information (FOI) request regarding the Selective Licensing scheme for privately rented properties in your Local Authority.
I have several requests:
1.What steps you have taken to measure – or estimate – the size of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in your area in the past five years, and what are the total costs has been/is expected to be of undertaking such exercises.
a. These costs can include, and not be limited to: internal office hours, external consultancy fees or a combination of both. Please provide this breakdown and do not just give an overall total.
b.What is the size of the PRS in your area based on your estimates? If this has been broken down by occupancy type, length, or rent then please provide this as well.
Additionally, I am interested in the following items:
2.The number of HHSRS inspections carried out over the same time period.
a.Please provide this broken down by year, by tenancy type if available, and indicate whether the property was an HMO, a licensed HMO, or covered by another licensing scheme.
3.Indications of informal action proposed and the number of cases where this proved effective. Additionally the number of cases where informal action was followed by formal action.
4.Formal enforcement notices served. Including instances such as:
a.Hazard awareness notices
b.Improvement notices (Category 1 hazards)
c.Improvement notices (Category 2 hazards)
d.Prohibition Orders
e.Emergency Remedial Action
5.Charges levied per notice, broken down by notice type
6.Total revenue collected per annum from HHSRS formal notices
7.Percentage of revenue returned to Environmental Health departments, if any
8.Percentage of situations where formal action proved effective
9.Number of cases where formal action led to termination of tenancy or change in ownership and whether further action was taken to enforce the original notice.
10.Number of prosecutions commenced on formal notices

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed.
Please see Word Document regarding privately rented properties.

07/07/15

7498

 

 Can you please provide the information as requested below ?
1. The number of horse Passports / Microchips checked each year since 2009.
2. Of these the number of compliant Passports / Microchips.
3. Of these the number of non-compliant Passports / Microchips.
4. Of these the number of missing Passports / Microchips.
5. The number of prosecutions for such missing / non-compliant Passports.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed.
Please see Word Document regarding micro-chips

30/06/15

7499

 

 Under The Freedom of Information Act 2000 Action for Children would like to find out about stability for children in foster care, are you able to help us to get the data for the below questions?
The data we would like you to look at is for the last financial year, 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.
1.How many children were in foster care placements with you during the year?
2.How many children were brought into care under an emergency placement? 
3.How many children in your foster care during that year had:
a)One placement / they remained in the same placement
b)Two placements
c)Three placements
d)Four placements
e)Five placements
f)Six placements
g)Seven placements or more

Under The Freedom of Information Act 2000 Action for Children would like to find out about stability for children in foster care, are you able to help us to get the data for the below questions?

The data we would like you to look at is for the last financial year, 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

1.231

2. 21

3. a)162

b)54

c)12

d)Less than 5*

e)Less than 5*

f)Zero

g) Zero

* Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that Question 3 (d) and (e) 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/children being identifiable we are only able to advise that this is less than 5.

01/07/15

7500

 

 Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Cotswold Close
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (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

 

18/06/15

7501

 

Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Redwood Grange
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

 

18/06/15

 

7502

 

RE: non payment council tax of Ombersley Road

Can you please let me know the types of and numbers of attempts made by Bedford BC to recover the monies

I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1.States that the information requested is exempt information.

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

The Council does not accept your contention that because the liability order hearings were heard in an open court and you claim to have possession of the summons document that this overrides the requirements of section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act, nor does holding a propriety interest in a property.

03/07/15

7503-7507

 

Ashmead Road, Bedford
Kimbolton Road, Bedford
Grosvenor Street, Bedford
Hillesden Avenue, Elstow, Bedford
Woburn 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 1.1 Which of the following relating to the property have been granted, issued or refused or (where applicable) are the subject of pending applications:
(f) building regulations approvals; and
(g) a building regulations completion certificate.
(h) any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme.
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:
(a)  building works; b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; or (f) public health?
Con29R 3.8 Have any proceedings for the contravention of any provision contained in Building Regulations been authorised in relation to the property?
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

 

16/06/15

7508

 

This is a freedom of information request. Could I have the following please, preferably in electronic format:
1/ How many properties have been sold under "Right To Buy" since April 2012?
2/ How many of these were sold to applicants who were in receipt of Housing Benefit at the point of application?

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

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

The Council transferred its housing stock to BPHA back in 1990 and therefore does not have Right to Buy properties.  We do not hold any information regarding Right to Buy properties for Housing Associations.  The various Housing Associations would need to be contacted individually.

 

12/06/15

 7509

 

 

 On behalf of our members please could you provide the following information;
1.What is the fee for a mandatory license?
2.Do you have discretionary licensing? 
3.If you have discretionary licensing what are the fees for selective and additional licencing and when did it commence?
4.Are there any discounts for landlords with more than one property or larger portfolios?

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 In response to each of your questions:

1. The mandatory licence fee is £575.70 + 57.20 per additional unit

2. Yes we have adopted an additional licensing scheme in Bedford Borough which commenced on the 6th May 2013.

3. The fee for an additional HMO licence is now £500 but there was a discount period to encourage early applications at a fee of £285 for the first year of the scheme up to 6th May 2014.

4. Yes there is a 43% discount for portfolio landlords for each of their subsequent properties.

Landlords also have the option to pay by monthly instalments over the year.

12/06/15

 7510

 

 

RE: Adult Social Care
For each of the care categories listed below, please answer the following questions;
i)Older People
ii)Learning Disabilities
iii)Mental Health
iv)Physical Disabilities
A – Residential and Nursing Care
1)Weekly residential fee;
2)Weekly residential fee with EMI (if applicable);
3)Weekly nursing fee;
4)Weekly nursing fee with EMI (if applicable)
5)What services use spot pricing, and what are the range of spot prices?
6)What was the annual expenditure on spot placements for 14/15 by client group?
B – Extra Care Housing
1)What are the extra care housing bands?
2)What are the average weekly fees for extra care?
3)What are the average weekly costs for housing?
C - Direct Payments
1)What is your current average direct payment (by client type if possible)?
2)Did the authority have underspent direct payments in 2014/15? If so, what was the value?
3)What is the hourly rate for direct payments?
4)What is the hourly rate for personal assistants? (if applicable)
D - Domiciliary Care
1)What is the hourly rate for domiciliary care (including sleep-in rates)?
2)Does the authority pay enhanced rates to account for rural locations? If so, please state the rate.
E – Shared Lives
1)What are the average weekly fees paid for shared lives?
F - Telecare Equipment
1)What was the annual expenditure on assistive telecare equipment for 2014/15?
G – Self Funders
1)Do you charge a setup fee and annual fee to self-funders for costs associated with arranging their care? If so, what are the rates?

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

For each of the care categories listed below, please answer the following questions;

Older People

Learning Disabilities

Mental Health

Physical Disabilities

A – Residential and Nursing Care

Weekly residential fee; 3 bandings for residential care:

£470.40, £510, £560 dependent upon needs assessment.

Weekly residential fee with EMI (if applicable):

Do not have EMI rate – see 1 above.

Weekly nursing fee:

£560 + RNCC

Weekly nursing fee with EMI (if applicable):

Do not have EMI rate.

What services use spot pricing, and what are the range of spot prices?

65+ - £356 - £1430.70

LD - £605.64 - £1096.10

MH - £428.15 - £750

PD - £560 - £1105.80

What was the annual expenditure on spot placements for 14/15 by client group? 

Older People

£9,086,580.20

 

Learning Disabilities

£5,230,203.14

 

Mental Health

£1,076,604.39

 

Physical Disabilities

£2,173,153.78

 
 

£17,566,541.51

 

B – Extra Care Housing

What are the extra care housing bands?

Allocations are based on high, medium and low banded needs.

What are the average weekly fees for extra care?

Domiciliary care costs are charged at an hourly rate which differs between providers.   

What are the average weekly costs for housing?

The Local Authority does not have this information.

C - Direct Payments

What is your current average direct payment (by client type if possible)?

OP - £222.74, LD - £226.14, MH - £278.54, PD - £399.24

Did the authority have underspent direct payments in 2014/15? If so, what was the value?

Older People

No

Learning Disacbilities

No

Mental Health

No

Physical Disabilities

No

What is the hourly rate for direct payments?

Between £10.13 and £12.53 per hour.

What is the hourly rate for personal assistants? (if applicable) £7.50 per hour (payable to the PA)?

D - Domiciliary Care

What is the hourly rate for domiciliary care (including sleep-in rates)?

Average cost per hour £14.70

Does the authority pay enhanced rates to account for rural locations? If so, please state the rate.

Not currently

E – Shared Lives

What are the average weekly fees paid for shared lives?

£298.51 per week

F - Telecare Equipment

What was the annual expenditure on assistive telecare equipment for 2014/15?

£76,324.86

G – Self Funders

Do you charge a setup fee and annual fee to self-funders for costs associated with arranging their care? If so, what are the rates?

Yes - £50 per annum.

07/07/15

 7511

 

I would like to request information regarding the tendering applicants for Great Denham Primary School's uniform shop. As the school has decided to force parents to purchase expensive uniform from one provider I would like to see which other providers tendered, how long ago and if best value was provided.
If the school is making profit from this contract can I know how much please?

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. 

This is the schools decision so you will need to contact the school direct for this.  Their contact details are:  Greenkeepers Road, Great Denham, Bedford, MK40 4GG, email:

greatdenhamprimary

@shools.bedfordshire.gov.uk 

 Tel: 01234 266245

 

17/06/15

7512

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

18/06/15

7513

 

 I was listening to the JVs show today on Three Counties Radio and am appalled at the behaviour of your staff to the lady who was walking her dog in the cemetery who was issued with a fixed penalty notice as the dog was not on a lead even though your staff admitted that no sign was in place.
It now seems that the chief executive has backed the staff.
I am appalled by how my council tax  is being is being misused by the council and YOU will give me answers to the following questions:
•What have been the costs so far in this case? Legal and public relations?
•Why was the sign not in place?
•How could your staff issue a fixed penalty notice when the signs were clearly not there?

Further to your request for information dated 12 June 2015, 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 details regarding an ongoing legal case. To avoid any possible conflict or prejudice in respect of future potential proceedings we may wish to bring to the Magistrates Court, we are unable to disclose information in relation to the current matter.

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

1.States that the information requested is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 30 (Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

10/07/15

7514

 

Detail of the person and department that is dealing with pursuing X for a fine for not having her dog on the Lead

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 details of the officer at the Council who is pursuing this case.

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

1.States that the information requested is exempt information.

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

08/07/15

7515

 

 I am writing to you to ask if you could provide me with a list of all the mobile phone masts within Bedford.

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 at the link below.  By clicking on the Advanced search tab you can choose Telecommunication in the application type.

search_plans_page.aspx

18/06/15