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1 - 15 Jan 2017

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

10028

 

Could you please provide the council expenditure on the xmas fireworks that happens every year when the xmas lights are switched on.

Thank you for your request for information about the Christmas fireworks which we received on 31 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 - The cost of the Fireworks at the Christmas Light Switch on was £10,000.

 10/1/17

 

10029

 

On 6 April 2016 it became compulsory for owners and keepers to ensure that their dog(s) is/are microchipped. I would like to request the following information:
1. How many owners/keepers have been served with a notice requiring them to have their dog(s) microchipped within 21 days?
2. How many owners/keepers have been charged with an offence for failing to comply with a notice requiring them to have their dog(s) microchipped within 21 days?
3. How many owners/keepers have been convicted for failing to comply with the regulation or failing to comply with a notice served under the legislation?

 I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council on the microchipping of dogs since 6th April 2016. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can confirm that Regulatory Services does hold the information you requested which is included below.

  1. How many owners/keepers have been served with a notice requiring them to have their dog(s) microchipped within 21 days?

Zero.
2. How many owners/keepers have been charged with an offence for failing to comply with a notice requiring them to have their dog(s) microchipped within 21 days?

  Zero.

3. How many owners/keepers have been convicted for failing to comply with the regulation or failing to comply with a notice served under the legislation?

   Zero.

24/1/17

 

10030

 

 Parking Services

1. What IT system is used by your Parking Services:

a) for issuing and processing Penalty Charge Notices

b) for issuing and processing Parking Permits/Vouchers/Suspensions

2. What is the contract start and end date for the above system.

3. Does the contract has an option for extension of the contract, if so, for how long and when would such extension start and end.   

4. Are there any parts of Parking Services that are outsourced, if so, which parts and to what company.

5. Does the Council's Parking Services are in any parking partnership or multi-borough alliance for the purpose of Parking Services, if so, please outline what partnership/alliance.

II. Procurement Services

6. Where does the Council advertise procurement opportunities?

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

Please find the information you requested below.

1. What IT system is used by your Parking Services:

a) For issuing and processing Penalty Charge Notices

Parking Gateway

b) For issuing and processing Parking Permits/Vouchers/Suspensions

Permit Gateway

2. What is the contract start and end date for the above system.

Start date November 2000 and is an ongoing contract.

3. Does the contract have an option for extension of the contract, if so, for how long and when would such extension start and end.  

Not applicable 

4. Are there any parts of Parking Services that are outsourced, if so, which parts and to what company.

No. All in house.

5. Does the Council's Parking Services are in any parking partnership or multi-borough alliance for the purpose of Parking Services, if so, please outline what partnership/alliance.

No.

II. Procurement Services

6. Where does the Council advertise procurement opportunities?

The Council advertises in Contracts Finder and TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) if over OJEU value.

13/1/17

 

10031

 

1. How many people were found guilty of not paying their council tax by a court in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (in either calendar or financial years, however this information is held)?

2. How many people were sentenced to imprisonment for failure to pay their council tax in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (in either calendar or financial years, however this information is held)?

2 (a) Of those people sentenced to imprisonment, how many people subsequently paid their council tax in full to avoid imprisonment in those same years?

3. If possible, please provide how long each prison sentence was for the individual found guilty of not paying their council tax in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (in either calendar or financial years, however this information is held)?

 

 

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1. How many people were found guilty of not paying their council tax by a court in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (in either calendar or financial years, however this information is held)?

YEAR       NUMBER
2011           0
2012           1
2013           6
2014           3
2015           0
2016           0

2. How many people were sentenced to imprisonment for failure to pay their council tax in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (in either calendar or financial years, however this information is held)?

A 90 day suspended sentence was imposed in each case referred to in (1) above.

2 (a) Of those people sentenced to imprisonment, how many people subsequently paid their council tax in full to avoid imprisonment in those same years?

Payment in full has now been made in respect of three of the cases where a suspended sentence was imposed.

3. If possible, please provide how long each prison sentence was for the individual found guilty of not paying their council tax in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (in either calendar or financial years, however this information is held)?

Each suspended sentence was for a 90 day period.

 24/1/17

 

10032

 

Please could you let me know if you provide a service visit through your community domiciliary care service purely to assist with medication ?

If yes, how many people are in receipt of this service ?

If yes, please can you tell me the daily cost per person ?

If yes, please can you advise who the contract manager is ?

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 can confirm that we do not hold the information you requested.

This information is not recorded in a way which we can report upon to provide the data requested.

30/1/17

 

10033

 

1. How many reports of sexual abuse of disabled clients has your council recorded over the financial years 2015-16 and 2016-current date?

2.  Please describe whether the reports of sexual abuse affected clients with physical disability OR learning disability?

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

How many reports of sexual abuse of disabled clients has your council recorded over the financial years 2015-16 and 2016-current date?

2015/2016 – 16

2016/2017 - 25

Please describe whether the reports of sexual abuse affected clients with physical disability OR learning disability?

2015/2016:

Physical Disability – 9

Learning Disability – 7

2016/2017:

Physical Disability – 18

Learning Disability - 7

31/1/17

 

10034

 

I request that the level of funding spent on services detailed below to be provided for the years 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018:

·  Drug and Alcohol treatment services

·  Drug and Alcohol Residential Rehabilitation

 

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

 

Please contact

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

 

19/1/17

 

10035

 

The following questions constitute a Freedom of Information request from The Children’s Society:

(1)  How many households were in Council Tax Debt, and what was the total amount of Council Tax debt owed by these households, at the end of each financial year from 2003/04 to 2015/16?

(2)  What was the total amount of Council Tax debt (a) repaid and (b) written off during the course of each financial year from 2003/04 to 2015/16? 

(3)  With regard to the repayments stated in part (2), (a) how many of the households making repayments were doing so through a Debt Management Plan, and (b) how much was repaid through a Debt Management Plan?

(4)  How many objections to Debt Management Plan proposals have the council made in each of the financial years from 2010/11 to 2015/16?  Please indicate how many of these were objections to (a) initial DMP proposals, and (b) proposals for variation of an existing DMP.

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

(1)  How many households were in Council Tax Debt, and what was the total amount of Council Tax debt owed by these households, at the end of each financial year from 2003/04 to 2015/16?

The attached spreadsheet details the outstanding Council Tax by year as at 31 March 2016.

In addition on 31 March 2016 there were 6,104 accounts with a balance outstanding in respect of the 2015/16 financial year.

(2)  What was the total amount of Council Tax debt (a) repaid and (b) written off during the course of each financial year from 2003/04 to 2015/16? 

The attached spreadsheet details the total Council Tax that has been paid by year as at 31 March 2016.  It also details the amount written off by year as at 31 March 2016.

(3)  With regard to the repayments stated in part (2), (a) how many of the households making repayments were doing so through a Debt Management Plan, and (b) how much was repaid through a Debt Management Plan?

 The Council does not hold records on Debt Management Plans.

(4)  How many objections to Debt Management Plan proposals have the council made in each of the financial years from 2010/11 to 2015/16?  Please indicate how many of these were objections to (a) initial DMP proposals, and (b) proposals for variation of an existing DMP.

The Council does not hold records on Debt Management Plans.

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

6/1/17

 

10036

 

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

Margetts Road

Kempston  Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

 11/1/17

 

10037

 

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

Radcliffe Mews Shortstown

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

11/1/17

 

10038

 

 Former Britannia Works Site
Copies of a Site Plan and Discharge of Contaminated Land Conditions relating to this recent residential redevelopment?

Thank you for your request for information about The former Britannia Ironworks, which we received on 4th January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please refer to the Planning Department to confirm whether conditions have been discharged at this site. Instructions for interrogating the Planning pages on the Bedford Borough Council website are as follows. If you are not able to find the information you require on the website, please contact the Planning Department directly.

Please click here for the search

•   Click on the link to view and comment on planning applications

•  If you have a planning application number or the first line of the address:

•   You can type this into the simple search screen click on search then the Related Items Tab.

•  Under the Heading Click link below to view planning history, Click on the address of the property (Please note there may be several addresses shown click on the one that is relevant to the application you are looking at)

•   Click on the Tab - Planning History

•   All the relevant applications including conditions are listed here

•   For a more detailed Property Search:

•   Click on the Property Tab followed by address search. Please ensure you follow the instruction on this screen labelled: HELP WITH THIS PAGE, on the right hand side:

•  To view plans, decision notices, click on the Documents tab followed by View Associated Docs

•  To view the File Correspondence:

If you require assistance searching for the application numbers or copies of documents, please visit the Customer Contact Centre or ring 01234 718068 or refer to the How To Guides on

Please click here on search

 

30/1/17

 

10039

 

Can you inform me whether or whether not your council is adhering to the National Space Standards for planning.

Thank you for your request for information about National Space Standards which we received on 4 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Can you inform me whether or whether not your council is adhering to the National Space Standards for planning. Attached is a document from the Department for Communities and Local Government. This information is needed as we currently build timber modular dwellings a would like to start offering them in your area. – No the council is not adhering to the National Space Standards for planning.

6/1/17

 

10040

 

Can you please provide me with details of the management of the council-owned leisure facilities within your authority. If they are all managed in-house please say so. Where any services are contracted out to a third party please provide the following information for each service: -

1. Description of service provided

2. Name of contractor

3. Start date of contract

4. Duration of contract plus any extension options

5. End date of contract

6. Contract value (please make clear if the figure provided is the total contract value or an annual value)

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

1. Description of service provided – Leisure and Sports Development

2. Name of contractor – Fusion Lifestyle

3. Start date of contract – February 2014

4. Duration of contract plus any extension options - 10 year contract with an option to extend for another 5 years.

5. End date of contract – February 2024

6. Contract value - £79,580 per annum.  This is the current annual value for 2016/17. The value will go up by the RPI each year.

18/1/17

 

10041

 

I would like to request the following information relating to the local council tax support scheme (sometimes referred to as council tax reduction) in your area.
Please note that questions 1 and 2 apply to intended changes to the local council tax support scheme in your area in April 2017. Question 3 also applies to specific changes, but includes the option of specifying that the change may have happened in a previous year. Question 4 relates to the introduction of protections for vulnerable groups and to other exemptions. Please answer questions 3 and 4 regardless of your answer to question 1.
If constraints on your time become an issue, I would also greatly appreciate that you prioritise responding to questions 1-3. I would appreciate if you could let me know if you do not have time to answer question 4.
Changes to the scheme in 2017/18
1.Does your local authority intend to change its current council tax support scheme in April 2017? (yes/no/undecided)
2.If yes, please outline if and how any of the following components of the scheme will change in 2017/18:
Component of Council tax Support Scheme
Require all residents to pay at least some of their council tax liability, regardless of income
Cap the amount that can be claimed based on the band of the property
The rate at which council tax support is withdrawn (tapered) as income increases
The maximum capital/savings someone can have to be eligible for council tax support (savings limit)
The minimum amount of council tax support that can be claimed before it is withdrawn in full
Entitlement to a second adult rebate
Components of income that are included in the means-test (e.g. child maintenance, disability benefits)
The hardship funding available to affected residents
Other components of the scheme
Please answer questions 3 and 4 regardless of your answer to question 1.

3.Has your local authority introduced either of the following changes to its council tax support scheme, and if so, when?
Component of Council tax Support Scheme
Assumption of a minimum income for the self-employed
Removal of the Family Premium
Specific protections for vulnerable groups
4.Do protections or exemptions for any of the following groups in your local authority’s current council tax support scheme?
Protected or exempted group
Families with a disabled person
Families with young children
Lone parents
Carers
Residents in particular council tax band (e.g. Band A) 
Other 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested, which is below against each of your questions except for Q.4.

 

Please click here for the information on support scheme

 

31/1/17

 

10042

 

 

Please provide a list of all planning applications submitted on or after 1st October 2013 where no decision was made within 26 weeks (unless a longer period has been agreed in writing between the applicant and the local planning authority) and NO refund of fees has been made to date.  The information should be provided in the following format/columns.

Col 1: Planning Application Number

Col 2: Applicant Name

Col 3: Planning Application Date

Col 4: Planning Application Fee Paid / £

Col 5: Decision 'Due By' Date

Col 6: Decision Date 'Actual'

Col 7: Extension Agreed (if appropriate) - Yes or No?

 

Thank you for your request for information about planning applications which we received on 4 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please see attached

 

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

6/1/17

 

10043

 

With regards to your Local Authority

a) do you have own complaint management protocols for bird scarers;

b) the number of complaints, in relation to bird scarers, received over the last 2 years broken down for each year, for 2015 and 2016;

c) whether the landowner/farmer had followed the NFU Code of Practice;

d) the details of any environmental noise levels taken, including distance from the noise source and was this a good reflection of the noise, i.e. no other influential noise sources or taken during unacceptable weather conditions for taking noise measurements;

e) whether the investigating officer considered the noise to be a Statutory Nuisance for Noise under section 79(g) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

f) did the Local Authority serve any Abatement Notices under section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in the years 2015 and 2016, distinguished for each year; and if so did the Authority stipulate measures that are required to abate the nuisance.

g) has the Local Authority produced any ‘local’ guidance for bird scarers and if so please include a copy in your response.

h) does the Local Authority have a procedure and/or standard form to for farmers to register bird scarers.

i) if ‘yes’ to h) how many times have bird scarers been registered using this procedure in 2015 and 2016.

Thank you for your request for information about audible agricultural bird scaring devices which we received on the 4th January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and I have answered your questions below.

a) Do you have a complaint management protocol for bird scarers?
No, complaints about bird scarers are dealt with using our standard Statutory noise nuisance procedure.

b) The number of complaints, in relation to bird scarers, received over the last 2 years broken down for each year, for 2015 and 2016.

Year           No. bird scarer complaints

                   received

2015                3
2016                4

c) Whether the landowner/farmer had followed the NFU Code of Practice?
Of the 7 cases received in the last 2 years one farmer indicated that he was following the NFU Code of Practice.

d) The details of any environmental noise levels taken, including distance from the noise source and was this a good reflection of the noise, i.e. no other influential noise sources or taken during unacceptable weather conditions for taking noise measurements.
No noise levels were taken in any of the cases referred to in question b.

e) Whether the investigating officer considered the noise to be a Statutory Nuisance for Noise under section 79(g) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?
No.

f) Did the Local Authority serve any Abatement Notices under section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in the years 2015 and 2016, distinguished for each year; and if so did the Authority stipulate measures that are required to abate the nuisance?
No.

g) Has the Local Authority produced any ‘local’ guidance for bird scarers and if so please include a copy in your response?

No – we use the NFU Guidance if required.

h) Does the Local Authority have a procedure and/or standard form to for farmers to register bird scarers?
No

i) If ‘yes’ to h) how many times have bird scarers been registered using this procedure in 2015 and 2016?
N/A

27/1/17

 

10044

 

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

High Road

Cotton End Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

11/1/17

 

10045

 

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

 High Street Clapham Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

11/1/17

 

10046

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2003 I am seeking information about applications for the Discretionary Housing Payment.Questions:

  1. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to the council for 2014/2015 financial year [include, and specify, any additional funds granted]?
  2. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to the council for 2015/2016 financial year [include, and specify, any additional funds granted]?
  3. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to the council for 2016/2017 financial year [include, and specify, any additional funds granted]?
  4. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2015/2016 financial year? If so, by how much?
  5. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2014/2015 financial year? If so, by how much?
  6. How many applications for the Discretionary Housing Payment in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 were successful because of the benefit cap?
  7. How many households have you predicted will be affected by the new lower benefit cap which started to be rolled out in November 2016 and will finish being implemented in 2017?
 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested below:  
1. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to the council for 2014/2015 financial year [include, and specify, any additional funds granted]?  
£344,274             
2. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to the council for 2015/2016 financial year [include, and specify, any additional funds granted]?  
£254,161              
3. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to the council for 2016/2017 financial year [include, and specify, any additional funds granted]?  
£308,094            
4. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2015/2016 financial year? If so, by how much?     
£5,365              
5. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2014/2015 financial year? If so, by how much?     
£2,257            
6. How many applications for the Discretionary Housing Payment in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 were successful because of the benefit cap?    
2014/2015 63                
2015/2016 26      
 7. How many households have you predicted will be affected by the new lower benefit cap which started to be rolled out in November 2016 and will finish being implemented in 2017? 82

 12/1/17

 

10047

 

Please see below my freedom of information act request. If you cannot answer all or some of the questions please could you respond anyway?

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known at the time of death from 1/10/16 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/10/16 but the case has only come  to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:

  1.  Surnames and forenames or initials
  2.  Dates of death
  3.  Age at death or date of birth
  4. Place of birth
  5. Marital status
  6. Maiden surnames of married or widowed women
  7. Usual address at time of death
  8. Approx. value of their estate if known
  9. The date you sent information to the Government Legal Department  (or, if in Lancashire, the Duchy of Lancaster, or, if in Cornwall, the Duchy of Cornwall), or confirmation that this action was not applicable.
  10. If you have yet to send the information on, as per 9 above, or a decision has not yet been made whether or not to do so, please also advise of this.

Further to your request for information dated 30/11/16 I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1.         States that the above is exempt information.

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

 

26/17

 

10048

It would be great to know:

  • How many council-owned properties there currently are in your district?
  • How many of these properties are currently standing empty?

this refers to domestic properties.

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

11/1/17

 

10049

 

For the period beginning January 2006 until the end of December 2016, please provide information for the following questions.  

1) How many cyclists make complaints to (relevant department) about road safety every month?

2) How many road safety incidents take place each month involving a cyclist?

3) How many crashes occur each month involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle?

Thank you for your request for information about road safety incidents which we received on 5 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1) How many cyclists make complaints to (relevant department) about road safety every month?

Please refer to Tab 1 attached.

This includes all complaints about cycling by month between Jan 2012 and Dec 2016.

Complaints about cycling include complaints about the safety of cycling, cycling infrastructure and pedestrian complaints about cyclists

2) How many road safety incidents take place each month involving a cyclist?

Please refer to Tab 2 attached.

Shows the breakdown for 545 casualties involved in cycling accidents in Bedford by month of year from Jan 2008 to Dec 2016.

Shows what casualties were involved in cycling accidents. There were 526 cyclist casualties, 8 pedestrian casualties, with 11 other casualties.  

3) How many crashes occur each month involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle?

Please refer to Tab 2 attached.

Shows what other vehicles were involved in the cycling accidents. 537 involved motorised vehicles.

Please contact

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

30/1/17

 

10050

 

I am seeking information about your council’s local welfare assistance scheme for provision of essential help for local people in financial hardship.

Could you send me details of:

1) All assistance that people can access through your council’s local welfare assistance scheme (ie if people receive cash, or if they are provided directly with pre-paid cards, or white goods and furniture, etc).

Please indicate whether your scheme is a grant or loan scheme, or a combination. 

If your scheme is a loan scheme, please send a link to application and repayment information.

Could you also indicate how many loans have been paid out this year and the median amount of loans. 

2) the number of applicants to your scheme since April 2016 to date.

3) information regarding the cost of LWA so far this financial year (2016-2017) at your council. Are there adequate funds to continue provision until the end of April 2017?

4) Eligibility criteria (or links to eligibility criteria and the means for application) if the criteria have changed since April 2016. 

5) the three most common reasons that people applied for local welfare assistance in 2016.

6) are people whose benefits have been stopped or sanctioned through DWP sanctions processes excluded from LWA applications?

7) Does your council plan to stop, scale back or outsource local welfare provision in the 2017-2018 year? 

If your council does plan to cut or stop provision, can you list any alternate local services or officers at the council that people can approach for help in hardship?

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

1) All assistance that people can access through your council’s local welfare assistance scheme (ie if people receive cash, or if they are provided directly with pre-paid cards, or white goods and furniture, etc).

·       Home in the Community Grants (new white goods, reused furniture etc.) – provided through store shopping cards/voucher scheme

·       Crisis Grants -  prepaid cards for fuel etc./foodbanks

Please indicate whether your scheme is a grant or loan scheme, or a combination. 

Grants only

If your scheme is a loan scheme, please send a link to application and repayment information.

Not applicable

Could you also indicate how many loans have been paid out this year and the median amount of loans. 

Not applicable

2) the number of applicants to your scheme since April 2016 to date.

April 2016 – Dec 2016

Crisis Grants – We are unable to provide this information as the numbers of calls received are not always applications for crisis grants but a mixture of queries, signposting and general advice given.

Home in the Community Grants – 134 applications received

3) information regarding the cost of LWA so far this financial year (2016-2017) at your council. Are there adequate funds to continue provision until the end of April 2017?

Expenditure from 1/4/2016 to 09/01/2017 is £96,016.  There are adequate funds to continue provision to the end of April 2017.

4) Eligibility criteria (or links to eligibility criteria and the means for application) if the criteria have changed since April 2016. 

Criteria have not changed since April 2016

5) the three most common reasons that people applied for local welfare assistance in 2016.

Crisis Grants –

1.   Debt

2.   Delays in benefits

3.   Extra expenses encountered

Home in the Community Grants –

1. Resettlement from independent/supported to supported/independent living.

2. Fleeing domestic violence/abuse.

3. Families experiencing exceptional pressures.

6) are people whose benefits have been stopped or sanctioned through DWP sanctions processes excluded from LWA applications?

Yes – Grants will not be awarded in circumstances where provision is made elsewhere through public funds, including other funding available from the Council, to provide assistance for those circumstances. The DWP has a hardship policy for claimants who have been sanctioned. However, the LWP policy allows the Grant Assessors to use discretion in exceptional circumstances.

7) Does your council plan to stop, scale back or outsource local welfare provision in the 2017-2018 year? 

No

If your council does plan to cut or stop provision, can you list any alternate local services or officers at the council that people can approach for help in hardship?

Not applicable

10/1/17

 

10051

 

The following numbers give you some idea of the challenges we face and the additional demand on our services:
• In the last four years there has been an eightfold increase in the number of nights of temporary accommodation we need to provide for homeless families;

Q Actual numbers please 
• Each day we make 815 home care visits;

Q Actual “homes or individual” visits - or is that multiple visits to same house e.g. helping up in morning and to bed at night?

• Since 2012, there has been a 70% increase in the number of children subject to Child Protection plans;

Q Actual numbers please 

• Our overall spending is expected to reduce by 3.3% from 2015/16 to 2016/17,

Q Overall as is “all council” spending - does that mean all income e.g. funds of any sort from Central Govt and funds from council tax which council collects and keeps? Is there somewhere that shows full picture of council incomes/revenues etc please

however spending on Adult Social Care is projected to increase by 9.3% or £4.3 million over the same period, due to the higher number of people receiving care but also the complexity of care packages.

Q Increase by £4.3 million per year to how much please

please explain complexity of care packages

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached regarding services 

 24/1/17

 

10052

 

 Details of the contract value and renewal date of the contract:-

It is anticipated that the contract will be retendered within 2017 and the total contract value is £626,570.00.Can you confirm who the controlling body is for the retendering of the contract, as  I am now aware that Bedfordshire County Council has now been broken down into the three Unitary

councils.  Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton.

 

The contract was initially held by Bedfordshire County Council and was disaggregated to the two Unitary Authorities post 1st April 2009. Bedford Borough Council holds the contract for the delivery of telecare services in its administrative area (please refer to our original response in relation Part B). The Council is currently reviewing the model for delivery of telecare services and discussions are in progress with Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) on a potential collaboration. For this reason, the contract will be reviewed once the future delivery model has been agreed.”

6/1/17

 

10053

 

Can you please provide me with any documentation either by leaflet, contractual with provider or otherwise for misuse of refuse bins in the Bedford area.

 

Clarification sought

 

 

10054

 

I am requesting disclosure of the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1.       The number of people (excluding carers) who received council-funded adult social care services in 2013/14, broken down between age groups 18-64 and 65+ (full-year figure)

2.       The number of people (excluding carers) who received council-funded adult social care services in 2014/15, broken down between age groups 18-64 and 65+ (full-year figure)

3.       The number of people (excluding carers) who received council-funded adult social care services in 2015/16, broken down between age groups 18-64 and 65+ (full-year figure)

4.       The number of people (excluding carers) who received council-funded community-based services each year in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively, each broken down between age groups 18-64 and 65+ (full-year figure)

5.       The number of people (excluding carers) who received council-funded residential care each year in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively, each broken down between age groups 18-64 and 65+ (full-year figure)

6.       Please list the number of people (excluding carers) who received each separate type of council-funded community based service each year in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively, each broken down between age groups 18-64 and 65+ (full-year figure)

It is assumed that due to people receiving more than one type of care package during the course of a year, the figures for questions 1-3 may not match the corresponding total figures for each year for questions 4-6.

7.       Please list the residential and/or nursing adult care homes that the council owned in April 2010, plus (if available) the number of people each home could house.

8.       Please list the residential and/or nursing adult care homes that the council currently owns, plus (if available) the number of people each home can house.

9.       Please state the current number of occupants in each home listed in response to question 8.

10.   For each council-owned residential or nursing adult that has either been closed or transferred out of council ownership since April 2010, please provide the council report setting out the reasons for the closure/transfer and any consultation and/or impact assessment that was carried out.

11.   Please advise how long this request has taken to fulfil (as per the terms of the section 12 cost limit)

If responding to this request would exceed the section 12 cost limit, please remove the age group breakdowns from questions 4-6 and fulfil the remainder of those questions, and the remainder of the request. If further narrowing of the request is necessary to bring it within section 12, please exclude question 6 entirely and fulfil the remainder of the request. If further narrowing of the request is still necessary to bring it within section 12, please further exclude question 11 and fulfil the remainder of the request.

Please note again that questions 1-6 exclude carers.

In addition, I would like the council to inform me of the following under the "duty to assist":

12.   What kind of information the council holds on reviews of care packages and their outcomes, and how this information is stored (i.e. how retrievable it is)

13.   What kind of information the council holds on sanctions and penalties imposed on care users with self-directed support and/or direct payments for misuse of funds

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

Please click here for the information on social care services

1/2/17

 

 

10055

 

I would request that the list contains the following information: 

· Ratepayer name (Information is only requested where the ratepayer is a company and not an individual as I appreciate this is limited by the Data Protection Acts).

·   Address of property concerned.

·   Amount of overpayment/write on.

·   If possible, the period/financial year relating to overpayment/credit/write on.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

6/1/117

 

10056

 

 DO YOU PROVIDE AN INTERPRETATION SERVICE FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING CLIENTS?  YES/NO
If yes are the interpreters: 
directly employed by the local authority 
commissioned as required from a third party  
WHAT ARE THE THREE MOST COMMON LANGUAGES FOR WHICH INTERPRETATION IS REQUESTED IN YOUR AUTHORITY?  
WHICH AREA OF WORK HAS THE GREATEST DEMAND FOR INTERPRETING SERVICES IN YOUR AUTHORITY?  PLEASE RANK IN ORDER OF PRIORITY FROM BENEFITS/HOUSING, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CARE.
HOW MANY REQUESTS FOR INTERPRETING SERVICES TAKE PLACE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS IN YOUR AUTHORITY?
WHAT IS THE ANNUAL COST TO PROVIDE INTERPRETING SERVICES IN YOUR AUTHORITY? 

DOES THE AUTHORITY HAVE A POLICY ON THE USE OF INTERPRETING SERVICES?  YES/NO
If yes can you provide a copy of the policy?   
Yes/No
DO YOU MEASURE THE QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INTERPRETATION PROVIDED?  YES/NO
If yes how is this measured, could you provide a copy of your quality framework?
Yes/No
HAVE THE NUMBER OF REQUESTS FOR INTERPRETING SERVICES WITHIN YOUR AUTHORITY INCREASED, DECREASED OR REMAINED STATIC OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS?

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached and remainder of our service do not use Translation and Interpreting.

 

The annual cost to provide interpreting services is -   £135,140 in Financial Year 2015/2016 please note this includes the figures provided in ‘interpreting questionnaire (LG PP) attachment.

 

 

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

1/2/17

 

 10057

 

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, I would also be grateful for details of those accounts.

If you are able to do this, I 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.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

6/1/17

 

10058

 

Please provide a list from the Highways Department for all traffic schemes which have been approved but not yet implemented by the council and specifically for:

(a) permanent stopping up or diversion

(b) waiting or loading restrictions

(c) one way driving

(d) prohibition of driving

(e) pedestrianisation

(f) vehicle width or weight restriction

(g) traffic calming works including road humps

(h) residents parking controls

(i) minor road widening or improvement

(j) pedestrian crossings

(k) cycle tracks

(l) bridge building

Thank you for your request asking for a list of traffic schemes which have been approved but not yet implemented by the Council which we received on 6 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website

 

and by clicking on the following link you will find the relevant information under Proposed Traffic Regulation Orders:

 

10059

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from Finance (Accounts Receivable/Payable)and IT (Information Technology):

·   Who provides the organisations BACS payments and Direct Debit collection software?

·   Please provide a list of your suppliers of the above software.

·   How you came to the decision to choose these companies?

·   Are these solution(s) hosted on premise or cloud hosted?

·   Please provide expenditure on computer software used for Bacs payment processing and Direct Debit collection. For financial years 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.

·   When does your current contract(s) with BACs payment and direct debit collection software expire?

·   Will this service(s) be tendered and if so where?

·   What is the total value of your current BACS payment and Direct Debit collection software contract(s) and over what period?

·    With whom does the organisation hold its primary bank account?

·       Does the organisation, acting as a Bureau, provide Bacs processing on behalf on any other organisation?

·   What payments types does the organisation use? (e.g Bacs (Direct Credit), Direct Debit, Faster Payments, etc.).

·  Who is the person responsible for BACS processing and Direct Debit collection software?

o   Name

o   Position

o   Telephone Number

o   Email

 

 

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.

 Who provides the organisations BACS payments and Direct Debit collection software? Bottom Line C Series  

·  Please provide a list of your suppliers of the above software. Bottomline Technologies

· How you came to the decision to choose these companies?  Existing supplier

·  Are these solution(s) hosted on premise or cloud hosted? Hosted on premise

·  Please provide expenditure on computer software used for Bacs payment processing and Direct Debit collection. For financial years 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. £4,341 2014/2015 & £4,471 2015/16

· When does your current contract(s) with BACs payment and direct debit collection software expire? Rolling annual contract

·  Will this service(s) be tendered and if so where? This service will be reviewed during Q1 of the 2017/2018 financial year

·  What is the total value of your current BACS payment and Direct Debit collection software contract(s) and over what period? £8,356 per annum (one year)

·   With whom does the organisation hold its primary bank account? Natwest Bank

·  Does the organisation, acting as a Bureau, provide Bacs processing on behalf on any other organisation? Yes

·  What payments types does the organisation use? (e.g Bacs (Direct Credit), Direct Debit, Faster Payments, etc.). Bacs (Direct Credit) and Direct Debit

·   Who is the person responsible for BACS processing and Direct Debit collection software?

o   Name - Rughbir Singh

o   Position – Head of ICT Operations

o   Telephone Number – 01234 267422 Ext 47224

o   Email – Rughbir.singh@bedford.gov.uk

 

10060

 

 

RE:Potters Cross, Wootton

Can you please confirm that the section is part of an adopted road by the Council?

If it is adopted then would you please under a Freedom of Information request let me have answers to the following.

·  Details of any inspections carried out on that section of road in the last two years.

·  Details of any carriageway defects identified during these inspections.

·  Details of the way in which the carriageway is inspected.

·  The intended frequency of these inspections.

·  The criteria for repairing a pothole – that is to say, how large one must be before it is repaired.

·  The time period between the first report of a pothole and its repair.

· Details of any and all complaints about the state of the road surface on the section of road in question in the two years beforehand.

Thank you for your request for information about a section of road in Potters Cross, Wootton which we received on 8 January 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

As confirmed in Andrew Prigmore’s e-mail to you today (10 January 2017) the section of road in Potters Cross is adopted up to the boundary of No. 28. Beyond this point the road is “private”.  There is a bridleway extending over the remaining section of road, but this will only be maintained to a width and condition that a horse can traverse.

10/1/17

 

10061

 

 We would like if possible to send details of our latest development which is a Multi Purpose Detection & Recording System in PDF format to any of your team members that may have a need for this type of equipment.
It would be much appreciated if you could let us have emails address of any enforcement officers that may have an interest in this type of kit.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  The details of the recipient that you can send your latest development for Multi-Purpose Detection & Recording System to is:

Paul Pace, Head of Environment

Bedford Borough Council (Rm 407)

Borough Hall

Cauldwell Street

Bedford

MK42 9AP

E-mail: paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk

17/1/16

 

10062

 

Contract start, duration ,value and the name of the current provider of smoking cessation prograrmme

Contract start, duration ,value and the name of the current provider of Health Trainer programme

Contract start, duration ,value and the name of the current provider of Weight Management programme

Contract start, duration ,value and the name of the current provider of NHS Health check programme

Contract start, duration ,value and the name of the current provider of single point of access

Contract start, duration ,value and the name of the current provider of any excercise on referral scheme

Contract start, duration ,value and the name of the current provider of Integrated lifestyle 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.  Please see our response attached.

 

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

 

31/1/17

 

10063

 

I would like to request the following information regarding the council's IT infrastructure:

1.Do you currently have an IT service desk in place?

2.What software tool is in place?

3.What is the cost for this service charged by the provider (including any maintenance fees)

4.When is the contract due to be reviewed?

5.Who is the contact responsible for your IT Service Desk Software

 

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

 1. Do you currently have an IT service desk in place? Yes

2. What software tool is in place? LANDesk

3. What is the cost for this service charged by the provider (including any maintenance fees) £7,371.42

4. When is the contract due to be reviewed? We are not tied into a contract

5. Who is the contact responsible for your IT Service Desk Software – Rughbir Singh – Head of ICT Operations – contact details

Tel:01234 718224

Email:rughbir.singh@bedford.gov.uk

 18/1/17

 

10064

 

In accordance with the provisions specified within the above Act I hereby request the following information or an update of the information since the last request. All information requested relates to Business Rates.

Required Information;- completion notices issued for the purposes of Business Rates (NNDR) since 4th November 2016

A copy of the notice in its original format – ie, copy of signed document

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

Please find the information you requested attached. 

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

 17/1/16

 

10065

 

 The number of occasions and breakdown of each individual case where Social Services (or any other Bedford Borough department) have paid off debts accrued by tenants in relation to housing/council tax payments

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

Please find information as requested below:

1st April 2016 to 31st December 2016: Total payments to Housing Associations = 20, Number of Rent Arrears Payments = 10

1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016: Total payments to Housing Associations = 14, Number of Rent Arrears Payments = 6

I can confirm we did not make any payment to Housing Associations for any other year.

6/2/17

 

10066

 

 My questions on Priory Court are:
How many properties in Priory court fall into the categories of being a) Owner occupied with a mortgage, b) owner- unencumbered C) Owner - Right to buy.

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

Please note this information is held by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) as the Council transferred the housing stock to them in 1989. They can be contacted at info@bpha@org.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

2/3/17

 

10067

 

Please could I request an up to date list of all contractors, subcontractors and suppliers that have or will be involved with the building project at Wixams academy?

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 your request and our response below:

Please could I request an up to date list of all contractors, subcontractors and suppliers that

have or will be involved with the building project at Wixams Academy?

The information you requested is enclosed.

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

19/1/17

 

 10068

 

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

Baker Drive Kempston Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

11/1/17

 

10069

 

Can you please provide me under the FOI Act a breakdown of all council procurement card/credit card spending for the 2016 calendar year.
If you can only provide the information for the last full financial year

 

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

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

1.  States that the information is exempt information.

2  Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act – information reasonably accessible by other means.

Spending/Supplier Payments via the following link

 

 

10070

 

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

 

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

 

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

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

23/1/17

 

10071

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request that you provide me with the following information.

1)      How many additional childcare places are needed in the local authority by the September of the following years; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021?

2)      How many additional childcare places are needed to fulfil the Government’s 30 hours free childcare Scheme by the September of the following years; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021?

 

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

1)           How many additional childcare places are needed in the local authority by the September of the following years; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021?

Answer: 2017- 2018 4 places 0-5 years; 2018-2019 204 places 0-5 years; 2019-2020 190 places 0-5 years; 2020-2021 221 places 0-5 years

 

2)           How many additional childcare places are needed to fulfil the Government’s 30 hours free childcare Scheme by the September of the following years; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021?

Answer: 2017 We cannot provide an exact figure as we are currently working with providers to increase 15-30 hours places. We will be delivering 200 new 30 hour places using CAPITAL in 2017-2018

1/2/17

 

10072

 

 Under the FOI Act could you please tell me how much your council has paid in compensation to pupils/parents on behalf of a school under your authority in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 calendar 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, which is below:   

2014:

April          £3,000    Pupil’s thumb trapped and injured in a door.

2015:

October  £18,000  Pupil’s thumb trapped and injured in a door.

2016:

None

(Notes: The two payments referred to above relate to the settlement of the same claim.  We are not prepared to reveal the name of the school involved as this may inadvertently affect the claimant’s data protection rights)

11/1/17

 

10073

 

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

 Elstow Road Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please find the information you requested as an attachment and also detailed below:

 

11/1/17

 

10074

 

Please advise the total maintenance costs for empty buildings owned owned by your local authority for 2015/16 and a list of the buildings that you own that are currently empty.

If possible please also specify your costs for empty buildings for

2015/16 with regard to:

1. Insurance.

2. Security.

3. Building maintenance.

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 advise the total maintenance costs for empty buildings owned by your local authority for 2015/16:

£58,485.00

Please also specify your costs for empty buildings for 2015/16 with regard to:

1.     Insurance - £11,092.00

2.     Security - £27,963.00

3.     Building maintenance - £19,430.00

Further to your request for a list of Council owned buildings that are currently empty, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose this information.

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 31 (Law Enforcement) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

The Council has declined to disclose a list of the Council owned empty properties as this information is exempt under Section 31 which is concerned with increased crime.

31/1/17

 

10075

 

Please could you provide me with the following information:

1. Whether the council has paid a private agency or agencies to provide at-home-care for the elderly and/or infirm within the last 12 month period for which information is available.

2. Details of which agency/agencies were used during the last 12 month period for which information is available.

3. How much money was paid to each agency/agencies in fees during the last 12 month period for which information is available.

4. What proportion of the total cost to the customer these fees represented (if known)

 

 

Clarification sought

 

 

 

10076

 

I would like to know:

1.How many Looked After Vietnamese children were in your care each year: 2014, 2015 and 2016

2. How many Looked After Vietnamese children (if possible, specifically Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children) went missing a. permanently, b. temporarily, each year: 2014, 2015 and 2016
3. How many, if any, unaccompanied asylum seeking children have been received by the authority through the national dispersal scheme/ Interim National Transfer Protocol, broken down by month from Jan- Dec 2016.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.How many Looked After Vietnamese children were in your care each year: 2014, 2015 and 2016

Answer:

2014 = 0

2015 = fewer than 6*

2016 =  fewer than 6*

2. How many Looked After Vietnamese children (if possible, specifically Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children) went missing a. permanently, b. temporarily, each year: 2014, 2015 and 2016

Answer:

2014 = 0

2015 = 0

2016 = 0

3. How many, if any, unaccompanied asylum seeking children have been received by the authority through the national dispersal scheme/ Interim National Transfer Protocol, broken down by month from Jan- Dec 2016.

Answer: Zero

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

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

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

An explanation follows below.

We are unable to provide the exact figure due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

18/1/17

 

10077

 

Please can you tell me what information you ask Discretionary Housing Payment applicants to provide to help ascertain whether they are eligible for the payment.

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

Please find the information you requested as an attachment and also detailed below:

For attachment

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

A: As Discretionary Housing Payments [DHP] are special payments which are allocated from a specific fund, where the total amount available is fixed in each year, the Council must decide how much to pay to a person applying for DHP. The Council has a policy to follow, in making this decision, so that the limited funding can be used to help those people most in need of extra financial help. The Council’s application form is available on the Council’s website

Each applicant is required to complete the Council’s application form, which I have attached;  this shows the questions we ask and the things that we look at when we make a decision.  This form may require further information but this would be decided on individual circumstances where it is not clearly from the application form.  I have added a copy of the Council’s DHP policy.

2./2/17

 

 10078

 

I would like to establish some information regarding contract of supply for agency staff in both children’s and adult’s services and we would be grateful if you could answer the following questions for us:

1. Could you please provide an organisation structure chart for children and young people’s services including the names of all teams and team managers and their contact details.

2. Could you please provide an organisation structure chart for adults services including the names of all teams and team managers and their contact details.

3. How many temporary social work staff did the authority have deployed across Children’s Services in November 2016?

4. How many temporary social work staff did the authority have deployed across Adults Services in November 2016?

5. How do you engage locum social workers in the council (managed service, PSL, etc?) and who in the council is responsible for this?

6. Can you tell me the amount of £ agency spend there has been outside of the agreed vendor contract you have procured for staff? January 2016 - December 2016 

7. Can you tell me the departments within Social Services that have had off contract agency spend?

8. In the past 12 months, have you procured an employment agency to engage permanent social work staff?

9. If so, who in the council is responsible for this?

 

 

Clarification sought

 

 

 

10079

 

Please could you tell me which IT systems/process's are being used in the following area's. I would also like to know the expiry date of the contract for these systems and any possible extensions

Adult Social Care

Does the authority use a system for running frameworks, dynamic purchasing systems etc..

System -

Contract expiry date -

Does the authority use a system for the brokerage/micro commissioning of packages?

System -

Contract expiry date -

Does the authroity use a system for contract management of packages?

System -

Contract expiry date -

Does the authroity use a system for the finance/invoicing of packages?

System -

Contract expiry date -

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

Please could you tell me which IT systems/process's are being used in the following area's. I would also like to know the expiry date of the contract for these systems and any possible extensions

Adult Social Care

Does the authority use a system for running frameworks, dynamic purchasing systems etc..

System – Delta e-Sourcing

Contract expiry date – 31/03/2017

Does the authority use a system for the brokerage/micro commissioning of packages?

System – N/A

Contract expiry date – N/A

Does the authroity use a system for contract management of packages?

System – N/A

Contract expiry date – N/A

Does the authroity use a system for the finance/invoicing of packages?

System - Swift

Contract expiry date - May 2017

3/2/17

 

10080

 

 Re: Freedom of Information request: use of section 20 Children Act 1989 voluntary accommodation

This is a request, made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for information held by your local authority.  The department holding this information is that which has lead responsibility for dealing with ‘looked after’ children.

Please provide the information that your local authority holds regarding the following:-

Section A: Overall S20 population

a) How many looked after children were in the care of your local authority under section 20 Children Act 1989 as at:-

(i)   31 March 2014;

(ii)  31 March 2015;

(iii) 31 March 2016;

(iv) 31 October 2016?

b) Of these, as of each date, how many were unaccompanied asylum seeking children?

c) As at 31 October 2016, how many of the unaccompanied asylum seeking children who are

looked after under a section 20 Children Act 1989 arrangement have been looked after under

section 20 for:-

(i)   less than 1 year;

(ii)  1 to 2 years;

(iii)  2- 3 years;

(iv)  longer than 3 years.

Section B: Questions about accommodated children who are NOT unaccompanied asylum seeking children

The rest of these questionsapply to looked after children in the care of your local authority under a section 20 Children Act 1989 arrangement, who are NOT unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

1.       As at 31 October 2016, of the looked after children in the care of your local authority who are voluntarily accommodated under a section 20 Children Act 1989 agreement, how many were placed in:-

(i)  unrelated foster care - excluding foster for adoption foster placements;

(ii)  foster for adoption foster placements;

(iii)  friends and family foster care;

(iv) the care of a parent;

(v)  residential care?

2.  As at 31 October 2016, of the looked after children in the care of your local authority who were voluntarily accommodated under a section 20 Children Act 1989 arrangement how many were:-

(i)              under 1;

(ii)             1-4 years;

(iii)            5 -9 years;

(iv)           10-15 years;

(v)            16 and over?

3a)     As at 31 October 2016, of the looked after children in the care of your local authority who were voluntarily accommodated under a section 20 Children Act 1989 arrangement, how many had become looked children since 1 April 2015?

3b)  Of those children, how many were subject to:-

(i)  care proceedings at the time the arrangement began; or 

(ii)   a pre-proceedings (PLO) process during which parents are entitled to free, independent legal advice at the time the arrangement began; or

(iii) no legal process at the time the arrangement began?

4a)     How many foster for adoption (s.22C(9A)-(9C) Children Act 1989) placements were initiated by your local authority during each of the following periods:-

(i)   25 July 2014 to 31 March 2015;

(ii)  1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016; and

(iii)  1 April 2016 until 31 October 2016?

4b)     In any of these cases did a placement involve more than one child?

4c)     How many of the children placed in foster for adoption placements initiated by your authority since 25 July 2014 were:

(i)              newborn to 6 weeks;

(ii)             6 weeks to 6 months;

(iii)            6 months to 1year;

(iv)           1 year  to 2 years; and

(v)            2 years to 3 years.

at the time that they became looked after?

5a)     How many of the foster for adoption placements initiated by your local authority since 25 July 2014 were for children looked after pursuant to a section 20 Children Act 1989 voluntary accommodation agreement?

 

5b)     Of these, how many were subject to:-

(i)   care proceedings at the time that the fostering for adoption placement began; or

(ii)   a pre-proceedings (PLO) process (during which parents are entitled to free, independent legal advice under regulation 5(1)(e) of the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Resources and Payment for Services) Regulations 2013) at the time that the fostering for adoption placement began; or

(iii)    no legal process at the time that the fostering for adoption placement began?

5c)     In relation to children subject to a foster for adoption placement initiated by your local authority since 25 July 2014 who are looked after pursuant to a section 20 Children Act 1989 voluntary accommodation agreement, how many were aged:

(i)              newborn to 6 weeks;

(ii)             6 weeks to 6 months;

(iii)            6 months to 1year;

(iv)           1 year  to 2 years; and

(v)            2 years to 3 years.

at the time that they become looked after?

Section C: Short break provision

6a)     As at 31 October 2016 how many children in your local authority area receive short break or respite care provided under section 20 Children Act 1989? 

6b)     Of those, how many are children with special needs/disabilities?

Section D: Policy/good practice

7.        Please confirm whether your local authority has any of the following:- 

(i)       a written policy relating to the use of section 20 voluntary agreements with parents and others with parental responsibility;

(ii)      written guidance for social workers in the authority about the use of section 20 voluntary agreements with parents and others with parental responsibility;

(iii)      a template form of written agreement for parents regarding entering into a section 20 Children Act 1989 voluntary arrangement?

7a.   Please provide a copy of these documents.

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached. 

Please contact

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

 

2/2/17

 

10081

 

 Freedom of Information (FOI) request

Aim:

·   Find out the number of parking meters owned by local councils that need to be replaced due to the introduction of the new pound coin.

·  Find out how many will need a software update and how many will need to be completely replaced.

·   Find out the approximate cost of replacing or updating these parking meters.
Number of parking meters

·    What is the total number of parking meters owned by your council?

·  Of this number, how many will need to be completely replaced to cater for the introduction of the new pound coin?

· Of this number, how many will only need software updates to cater for the introduction of the new pound coin?
 Approximately how much will it cost to completely replace one of the parking meters owned by your council?

·   Approximately how much will it cost to upgrade the software of a single machine to cater for the new pound coin?

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

Please find the information you requested below.

What is the total number of parking meters owned by your council?

208

Of this number, how many will need to be completely replaced to cater for the introduction of the new pound coin?
No replacements needed.

· Of this number, how many will only need software updates to cater for the introduction of the new pound coin?
208

·  Approximately how much will it cost to completely replace one of the parking meters owned by your council?
Not applicable.

Approximately how much will it cost to upgrade the software of a single machine to cater for the new pound coin?
On street machines £145.00 each

Off street machines £220.00 each

16/1/17

 

10082

 

 

Aim:

·  Find out the total revenue generated from parking meters owned by local councils in England between the years of 2012 and 2017.
Revenue generated from parking meters

·   In the following financial years, what was the total amount of revenue generated from parking meters owned by your council?

Timescale

Revenue generated

2012 – 2013

 

2013 – 2014

 

2014 – 2015

 

2015 – 2016

 

2016-2017 (if 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 the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested below:

Year                     Income
2012 – 2013        £2,928,000
2013 – 2014        £2,726,000
2014 – 2015        £2,627,000
2015 – 2016        £2,722,000
2016-2017           £2,097,000 (1/04/2016 – 31/12/2016)

 

1/2/17

 

10083

 

Can you please provide me with a list of work-related deaths reported to you as part of your responsibilities under The Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998 since 2008. I would like to receive the information as a series of columns detailing:

1/ The date of the incident.

2/ The name of the deceased.

3/ The deceased's age.

4/ A description of the incident.

5/ The industry sector.

6/ The deceased's employment status (ie, employed, self-employed).

7/ The name of organisation where the work-related death occurred.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information regarding information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning work related death reported since 1998 within the Borough of Bedford. Your request was:

Can you please provide me with a list of work-related deaths reported to you as part of

your responsibilities under The Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations

1998 since 2008.

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

not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested,

this request has been answered below.

There have been zero (0) reports received regarding work related deaths on premises enforced by Bedford Borough Council under The Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998 since 2008.

7/2/17

 

10084

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from Bedford Borough Council, Schools and Education Team.

I would like to request a list of School names and addresses, with the contact details for the following administrative and academic job functions, as appropriate to each school type:

Admin Contacts

Head Teacher

Deputy Head

Bursar

Business Manager

Site Services Manager and/or Caretaker

IT Manager (infrastructure)

School Secretary

Catering Manager

Curriculum Contacts

Head of Art and Design

Head of Citizenship

Head of Computing

Head of Classics

Head of Design and Technology

Head of English / Literacy

Head of Geography

Head of History

Head of Humanities

Head of Maths / Numeracy

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Music

Head of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Head of Physical Education

Head of Psychology

Head of Religious Education

Head of Science

Head of Sociology

Please include the DFE School Number with each record.

If it were possible to have direct email addresses for each contact this would also be favourable.   

 

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

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

1. States that part of this is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (Information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA). An explanation follows below.

The links below include school addresses, contact details and name of head teacher, all other information requested would need to come from the school itself as we do not hold this data

Please click here for the infoirmation on schools

 

Please click here for the middle schools

16/1/17

 

10085

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, can I request the following information please:
1. How many individuals have been referred by the authority under the ‘Prevent' scheme for further action/assessment during the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far)?
- What is the sex and age of those referred and date of referral.
2. A list of organisations and societies which have received ‘Prevent' funding in the areas covered by the authority for each the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far). For each please provide the amount of funding received.

 

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

1.     How many individuals have been referred by the authority under the ‘Prevent' scheme for further action/assessment during the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far)?

- What is the sex and age of those referred and date of referral.

Answer: 

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 24 (National security) and Section 31 (Law Enforcement) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

 

In applying this exemption(s) we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are because the level of breakdown requested, i.e. individuals referred from a particular local authority (or LEA), when used in connection with other information which may be available by other sources, could lead to individuals being identified. This could result in individuals being more reluctant to engage with the programme which in turn would have a direct impact on national security and law enforcement.
2. A list of organisations and societies which have received ‘Prevent' funding in the areas covered by the authority for each the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far). For each please provide the amount of funding received.

Answer: We do not hold this information.

2/2/15

 

10086

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, can I request the following information please:
1. How many individuals have been referred by the Local Education Authority under the ‘Prevent' scheme for further action/assessment during the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far)?
Please include the outcome of this process, if known in each case, as well as the date of the referral, the age of the individual involved, and the school involved.*
* If the individual school cannot be named, please ensure that we are given the remaining details covering number of referrals, age and date of referral etc.
3. Details of the total Prevent budget for for each of the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far).
4. Details of any Prevent training arranged by the Local Education Authority over the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far), including who received it and why.

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

1. How many individuals have been referred by the Local Education Authority under the ‘Prevent' scheme for further action/assessment during the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far)?

Answer:

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 24(1)(National security) and Section 31 (1)(a) (Law Enforcement) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

In applying this exemption(s) we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are because the level of breakdown requested, i.e. individuals referred from a particular local authority (or LEA), when used in connection with other information which may be available by other sources, could lead to individuals being identified. This could result in individuals being more reluctant to engage with the programme which in turn would have a direct impact on national security and law enforcement.

2. Please include the outcome of this process, if known in each case, as well as the date of the referral, the age of the individual involved, and the school involved.*

Answer: Please see above response to Question 1.
* If the individual school cannot be named, please ensure that we are given the remaining details covering number of referrals, age and date of referral etc.
3. Details of the total Prevent budget for each of the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far).

Answer: This information is exempt from disclosure by virtue of the exemptions at Section 24(1) (National Security) and 31(1)(a) (Law Enforcement) of the Freedom of Information Act. These exemptions relate respectively to National Security and Law enforcement. Disclosure of information would open up detailed information about how Prevent resource is apportioned and potentially the identity of areas of priority and show where capabilities are focused. This may impact negatively on the delivery of Prevent, and on the range of activities deployed to prevent terrorism. This includes activity to disrupt those who promote terrorism, and protect individuals who are vulnerable to recruitment, or who have already been recruited by extremists.

4. Details of any Prevent training arranged by the Local Education Authority over the last three financial years (including 2016/17 so far), including who received it and why.

Answer:  Information exempt under Section 24(1) (National Security) and 31(1)(a) (Law Enforcement) of the Freedom of Information Act – disclosure of information would otherwise prejudice, or would be likely otherwise to prejudice, the effective conduct of public affairs.

2/2/17

 

10087

 

 I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).
I am interested in obtaining information about the amount of money that the local authority spends providing people with temporary accommodation. I am especially interested to see the financial implications of the council providing people with hotel or hostel accommodation.
Subsequently, I would be grateful if you could provide the following information:
a)The number of people being provided with temporary accommodation by the council and, of these,
 i.      how many are being housed in hotel accommodation, and
ii.      how many are being housed in hostel accommodation.
b)      The overall amount of money spent by the local authority in providing temporary accommodation and a further specification clarifying how much is spent on providing accommodation in
 i.      hotels
 ii.      hostels
As much as is possible, I would appreciate data to be provided for each month, for as far back as records are available/practical to deliver. Also, it would be appreciated if the information could be provided in an electronic format.

 

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 click here for the attachment on accommodation

13/2/17

 

10088

 

 I am interested in obtaining information about the way in which the local authority provide people with temporary accommodation. Specifically, I am particularly interested in the length of time that such people spend in temporary accommodation and the type of accommodation that they are provided with.
Subsequently, I would be grateful if you could provide the following information:
a) A breakdown of the number of people staying in council provided temporary accommodation because
  i.      they made a homelessness application, or
 ii.      the council is yet to offer the individual a permanent tenancy through the waiting list.
b)      In cases where a homelessness application has been made, I would like to know the average length of time that an individual spend in temporary accommodation
  i.      overall, and
  ii.      whilst their application is being processed and the council has yet to assess whether they have a responsibility to house the individual.
c)       The average time an individual will spend in temporary accommodation whilst they are on the council’s waiting list for a permanent tenancy.
 d)The number of people in temporary accommodation being housed in
 i.      a hotel, and
 ii.      a hostel. 
As much as is possible, I would appreciate data to be provided for each month, for as far back as records are available/practical to deliver. Also, it would be appreciated if the information could be provided in an electronic format. 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
You requested:
I am interested in obtaining information about the way in which the local authority provide people with temporary accommodation. Specifically, I am particularly interested in the length of time that such people spend in temporary accommodation and the type of accommodation that they are provided with.
Subsequently, I would be grateful if you could provide the following information:
a)      A breakdown of the number of people staying in council provided temporary accommodation because
i.      they made a homelessness application,
Answer:
Financial Year Total number of households in Temporary Accommodation
2009/2010 0
2010/2011 121
2011/2012 116
2012/2013 174
2013/2014 166
2014/2015 244
2015/2016 250
or
ii.      the council is yet to offer the individual a permanent tenancy through the waiting list.
Answer:
Nil
 b)      In cases where a homelessness application has been made, I would like to know the average length of time that an individual spend in temporary accommodation
i.      overall, and
ii.      whilst their application is being processed and the council has yet to assess whether they have a responsibility to house the individual.
Answer:  I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”
This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”
The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.
An explanation follows:

i.We have only collected this data since Jan 2016.  The current average length of stay is 129 days.  We are unable to provide the data for any of the previous 6 years as this would involve individually accessing every record and would therefore exceed the 18 hour limit for providing information requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
ii.The Council works towards the code of guidance deadline of 33 days in which to make a decision.  There are a few exceptions to this where a case may reach 40 days.  We are unable to provide the specific data requested for any of the previous 6 years as this would involve individually accessing every record and would therefore exceed the 18 hour limit for providing information requested under the Freedom of Information Act. 
c)    The average time an individual will spend in temporary accommodation whilst they are on the council’s waiting list for a permanent tenancy.
Answer:
This information is held by bpha who administer the housing register on the Council’s behalf.  They should be approached for this.
 d)      The number of people in temporary accommodation being housed in
i.      a hotel, and
Answer:
There are currently 8 households being accommodated in a hotel, Bed and Breakfast or guest house today
ii.      a hostel.
Answer:
Nil

21/4/17

 

10089

 

1. Which single street in your council area has produced the highest income from parking enforcement (income from just fines) in the 2015/2016 financial year? Please provide details of the number of tickets issued and the income to the council of motorists paying parking enforcement fines in this single street in the 2015/16 financial year.

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

Please find the information you requested below. 

1.     Which single street in your council area has produced the highest income from parking enforcement (income from just fines) in the 2015/2016 financial year? Please provide details of the number of tickets issued and the income to the council of motorists paying parking enforcement fines in this single street in the 2015/16 financial year.

 Castle Lane 1465 Penalty Charge Notices issued.

  Income from parking enforcement in this street £55,123.05.

 

10090

 

Please can you treat this as an FOI request and supply the following information:

1.  What is the total value of works of art or notable collections of value held by your authority?

2.  Please list the most valuable five works of art / collections of note held by the authority.

3.   Since 2010, how many and which works of art have been sold by the authority, and how much did they raise?

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

Please note some of the information requested are on our website and therefore exempt. This includes information from ‘Council-owned art gallery and museum collections. 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). The web link is provided in the attachment

7/2/18

 

10091

 

 

under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and in doing so gratefully request your help in providing to us the following information from the Business Rates Department at your council.

  • We are in need, please, of a list of all Guest & Boarding Houses, Caravan Parks (leisure), Day Nurseries/ Play Schools, Farm Shops, Fish Farms, Funeral Parlours/ Chapels of rest, Garden Centres, Golf Courses, Golf Driving Ranges, Guest & Boarding Houses, Hotels (3 Star and Under), Kennels and Catteries, Model Villages, Nursing Homes (Inc. Old Peoples Homes, Potteries, Riding Schools & Livery Stables, Roller Skating Rinks, Scrap Metal/ Breakers Yard, Snooker Halls/ Clubs, Theme Parks, Veterinary Clinics/ Animal Clinics, Vineyards/Wineries, Wine bars, Cafes, Hairdressing/ Beauty Salons, Miniature Railways, Pet grooming Parlours, Pitch and Putt/ Putting Greens, Post offices, Takeaway food outlet (predominantly off premises) including addresses with Rateable values between £100 and £12000 who do not currently receive Small Business Rate Relief, Charitable relief or Rural Rate Relief

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

24/1/17

 

10092

 

I understand that the following contract has either expired or is due to expire shortly. Can you tell me if a new contract has been put in place, has the existing contract been extended or if the service is no longer being provided.

Contracted service: Grounds Maintenance 

Expiry Date: 31/03/2016

Contractor: Sodexo

Other details: This is a grass cutting contract for highway verges and amenity open spaces.

If a new contract has been put in place please provide: -

  • Contractor name
  • Start date
  • Duration
  • Extension Options
  • End date
  • Short description of service
  • Contract name and reference ID

If the contract has been extended please provide the new end date. Also advise if there are any further potential extension options.

 

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

Since the contract with Sodexo expired, all work has been brought back in-house and is managed and undertaken by Bedford Borough Council’s Grounds Maintenance workforce.

20/1/17

 

10093

 

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

  • How many empty homes has your authority registered as vacant in the financial year 2015/2016. 
  • How many of those properties have lay vacant for over a) two years b) five years and c) ten years
  • In the year 2016-2017 how many of those homes have been brought into use? By that I mean is now occupied?
  • How many Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOS) has your authority used in the last five years?   

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

 How many empty homes has your authority registered as vacant in the financial year 2015/2016.  There were 1,158 properties classed as vacant on 5 October 2015.

 How many of those properties have lay vacant for over a) two years b) five years and c) ten years  a) Of the 1,158 properties classed as vacant on 5 October 2015, 149 properties were subject to an ‘Empty Property Council Tax Premium ‘, which means that each property must have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for at least two years.

b), c) To produce the information requested, regarding properties which have been vacant for over five years and over ten years, will require a manual check of the Council Tax records and will take in excess of 18 hours to complete.  However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”   This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”   The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part of your request.

In the year 2016-2017 how many of those homes have been brought into use? By that I mean is now occupied? So far this financial year 53 properties are recorded as being brought back in to use due to the Council’s intervention.

How many Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOS) has your authority used in the last five years?  None

7/2/17

 

10094

 

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

  1. Please provide details of the total number of days that: a) teachers and b) other school staff were absent due to sickness in each academic year, in Local Authority Maintained Schools since 2013-14, including the current year to date.
  2. Please provide the absence rate for a) teachers and b) other school staff in each academic year since 2013-14, including the current year to date (expressed as a percentage).
  3. Please provide (a) the number and (b) the percentage of the total number of sickness days (referred to in Q1 and Q2), which were attributed to mental ill-health or stress-related conditions.  
  4. If it is possible to do so within the limits of the FOI legislation, please also provide a breakdown of all the other reasons provided for these absences(for example, heart problems, broken bones, etc.

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

 

We hold details of working days lost for mainstream Council staff, but for school-based staff we only hold periods of absence and for schools no absence reasons are recorded on the Council’s HR system.

 

3/2/17

 

 

10095

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act please supply all copies of letters, email, notes and other correspondence between Bedford Borough Council Planning, Central Bedfordshire Waste & Minerals, EHO Pete Nash, PPS Planning, Growing Beds Recycling Services Limited and any other parties/documents in respect of planning application

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 can confirm that we have answered your question below.

There is no further information between the parties mentioned in your request that has not already been provided to you.

8/2/17

 

10096

 

I'd be grateful if you could please provide me with the following information under the freedom of information request legislation:

1. An estimate of the number of registered disabled people in your area (and how this has been obtained)?

2. The current number of accessible homes in your area built since 2010?

3. An estimate of the number of accessible homes required by 2020 in your area (and how this has been calculated)?

4. The total number of people on the waiting list for accessible homes as of 1st Jan 2017?

5. The total number of accessible homes available in your area as of 1st Jan 2017?

6. How (in detail) disabled people are currently involved in your process for gathering evidence on housing need?

 Thank you for your request for information about disability and accessible housing which we received on 13 January 2017.  Please note your request has been considered under EIR and FOI and the information requested is below in bold. Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 10096

2. The current number of accessible homes in your area built since 2010? – Mobility housing completions are listed in the Housing Monitoring Reports in the Executive Summary towards the beginning of each document and each HMR covers a financial year.  Please find link to the monitoring page on the council’s website here

3. An estimate of the number of accessible homes required by 2020 in your area (and how this has been calculated)? - The information we hold is available in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment.  Please find link to the SHMA on the council’s website here

5. The total number of accessible homes available in your area as of 1st Jan 2017? - Do not hold information.

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 10096

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 the information you requested.

1. An estimate of the number of registered disabled people in your area (and how this has been obtained)?  - 147 children are currently registered on the disability register.  Please note: This is a voluntary register.

4. The total number of people on the waiting list for accessible homes as of 1st Jan 2017? - Do not hold information.  Bedford Borough Council transferred its housing stock to Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) in 1990.  However, BPHA may have the information and they can be contacted at info@bpha.org.uk.

6. How (in detail) disabled people are currently involved in your process for gathering evidence on housing need?– We are producing a series of care and support accommodation strategies.  The proposed groups to be covered by these are: learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health and older people.  The Learning Disabilities Strategy is the furthest advanced and a public consultation including engagement with user groups has been carried out.

7/2/17

 

10097

 

Re: High Street, Podington, Wellingborough

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

23/1/17