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1 - 15 March 2015

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

7045

 Under the Freedom of Information Act could you please confirm what of the Woodlands Estate is of Ravensden Parish?   Are all the roads and closes with the names Ashmead,: Bramley, Russet, Tyderman, Laxton, Chrispin,  Margit Pomeroy and Grenadier – Ravensden Parish?  It would also be nice to have the total figure of dwellings for this new part of Ravensden?
I just wanted to make sure as the ditches, drains and brooks which could be boundaries on maps are a bit woolly whereas the Renhold Brook is a definite boundary and encompasses the  three Norse Road housing estates as being Renhold.

Further to your request for information dated 27th February  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 what of the Woodlands Estate is of Ravensden Parish and the total figure of dwellings for this new part of Ravensden?
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that above is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (Information Accessible to Applicant by other means ) of the FOI Act (FOIA).
Information is  available on websites such as google maps and royal mail

23/3/15

 

7046

 

 I am mailing to request a full up to date list of businesses and companies who have just become liable for business rates on a property between the 15/2/2015 to the 28th Feb 2015.  Please include the business name, address, liable party, type of property and the date they became responsible.

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 listed here and attached for list of business

30/3/015

 

7047

 

 Please can you tell me how many children are receiving any Applied Behavioural Analysis provision.
Please can you then tell me how many of them had Applied Behavioural Analysis due to a tribunal order and how many receive this without a tribunal.
Please can you forward me any policy documents that are associated with the awarding of any Applied Behavioural Analysis provision and demonstrate how the decision is made.
Finally, please can you explain your rationale for awarding Applied Behavioural Analysis without tribunal orders.

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

Answer: We currently have no-one we are paying for Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) for.

For policy documents, please see the Bedford Borough Local Offer website:

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy 

19/3/15

 

7048

 

1 Has there been any request to make a purchase of ICT technical training or any other training by any department with QA training from 1st of February 2015. Please state what have they requested to be purchased, by whom and state the exact amount to be yet purchased.

2. Currently have any purchase orders been raised or will be raised by any employee of the ICT technical or any other department with QA training since 1st February 2015. Please state exact amount and who has purchased it with the exact requirements and dates selected for the training courses.

3. Please state if the ICT technical department or any other department has secured 3 quotes for this training and provide details of what decision making criteria was used to select QA training as the supplier.

4. Have the ICT technical training department or any other department searched the web to find and secure new training companies to gain the best value for the taxpayer? Note: There appears to be trend to continuously use QA training for repeatedly buying training courses at a much higher price without even testing the market to see if tax payers can receive savings by finding new suppliers who provide the same training with the same quality at a much lower price.

5. If the ICT department or any other department purchased a skills licence how have they gone about justifying the decision to pre-purchase a block of training without even securing a similar bulk purchase discount price from other providers ?

6. We believe that any remaining budgets being utilised from 1st of Feb 2015 are purely to utilise remaining budgets of the ICT and other departments without a genuine/real training requirements. (I.e. budget dumping).This is a gross waste of taxpayers' money, are the buyers in the organisation aware of the consequences of unlawfully spending taxpayers money?


7. We also believe that ICT and other departments are continuously purchasing new skills licence training credits to extend their unused ICT technical training credits, has the buying manger in ICT or another department made a purchase in the last 3 years with a view to extend their skills licence unused credits ?


8. How exactly does the tender or the three quote process work within your council? Also when and where was this openly advertised?  How many suppliers were short listed? What formal mechanism was used to select the supplier? Was any pricing information shared with QA training to match or beat the price and thus any unfair advantage was given to QA training?


9. My research shows that all departments (Inc.ICT) must be fully scrutinised to see if the current procurement processes are designed to give an unfair advantage to the existing training provider(s) thereby resulting in a loss to the taxpayers and I will proactively monitor this for the coming year to see who/how the training contracts are awarded.


10.Please provide full details with name, telephone number of the purchasing manager or any other responsible manager who allocates budgets and decides on how ICT or training is purchased.


11. Please provide any formal documentation which clearly states the policy which should be adopted by the organisation to purchase ICT technical or any other training.


12. Please provide an escalation process for public complaints to investigate how ICT technical training has been purchased.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.Q1 - 3  

Since 1st February 2015 the council has not had any training from QA  

Q4 – 7 & 10

There are over 100 budget holders in the organization who could purchase training and therefore to identify these would excess the appropriate limit.

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.

Q8  & 11

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

1. States that above is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (Information Accessible to Applicant by other means ) of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see below:

We have a central point of contact regards to tenders and contracts Commercial.Hub@bedford.gov.uk and the link is below.

Please click here regards contracts and tender

Q12

 You also requested us to provide an escalation process for public complaints to investigate how ICT technical training has been purchased

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

1.States that above is exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (Information Accessible to Applicant by other means ) of the FOI Act (FOIA). See below:

The  Councils complaints procedures are publicly available on our website at

Please click here in respect of complaints procedures 

27/3/15

 

7049

 

 I am writing in terms of the New Road & Street Works Act for information on which Utility had an opening notice/permit to carry out street works (excavation) at or near to The Ridgeway bedford .  Could you please go back as far as you can, as we are investigating a latent damage to x at this location.

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification

 

 

7050

 

 Could you please provide me with the following information:
1)How much did your organisation spend on postal services in 2013/14 (or most recent annual period)?
2)What postal service provider(s) did your organisation use in 2013/14 (or most recent annual period)?
3)What is the duration of your existing postal services contracts (if any), and when do they end?
4)Do you intend to use Crown Commercial Services Postal Services Framework RM1063 when your current arrangements end?
5) Do you currently or intend to utilise Hybrid Mail Services*? If yes, please provide details of the supplier.
6)Please provide the name and/or job title of the key decision maker pertaining to the selection of Postal Services Providers?

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. You requested:
1)The council spent £365,898 in franked mail for 2013/14
2)Royal Mail
3)  We don’t have a service contract with Royal Mail
4) No decision has been made
5) In the pension fund addresses are e-mailed securely and then third party prints off and distributes by post. The company is CFH Docmail Ltd.
6)Keith Simmons, Head of Registration & Records is the key decision maker

 

27/3/15

7051

 

 Please could you be so kind as to help answer the following questions:
1.Describe, preferably by a flow chart diagram, 3 processes that involve the most man hours of processing either at a computer terminal or gathering or checking information etc as part of the process. Preferably noting the numbers of people and time spent by them (the more info the better).
2.List and describe any processes currently outsourced to a third party, especially if it is overseas. (i.e. as to the same criteria as above)
3.Please can you also add with each function/team, who the main decision maker would be, that is responsible for overseeing the budget/department head, including their contact details (i.e. name, job title, specific council email address and telephone number)

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

The majority of Service Areas  have come back with a nil return, some Service Areas don’t actually hold the information and will actually have to create it.
Under the FOIA the authority are not obliged to create new information to respond to requests”. Therefore, as an  alternative as suggested by you I have attached the contacted details from Head of Service level

30/3/15

 

7052

 

 Could you please let me know the date when the Freeholds of the properties were transferred for the bus station to the council from Stagecoach?
Could you also let me know the purchase price paid by the Borough Council on behalf of ratepayers in Bedford Borough.
Under the FOI, can you please forward a copy of the agreement between Bedford Borough Council and Stagecoach for stagecoach to transfer their freehold interest in the bus station?

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Following your request, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. We do not hold the information requested because there has been no transfer of the Freehold and therefore there has been no purchase price so we have to refuse the request pursuant to Section 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations. The matter has been dealt with by a series of leases in which Cambus are the freeholder and head landlord. We cannot release any of the agreements and therefore rely on the exemption pursuant to section 12(4)(d) of the Regulations as the agreements have not yet been completed and we need to delay disclosure until the matter is completed. It is in the public interest in maintaining the exemption as it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

30/3/15

 

7053

 

The information requested is as follows:
Papworth Trust – Learning Disability Contract
Question 1 – Amount paid to the Trust for the year 2014/15
Question 2 – Amount proposed to be paid to the Trust for the year 2015/16

 I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and is listed below. 

Question 1 – Amount paid to the Trust for the year 2014/15: £772,288

Question 2 – Amount proposed to be paid to the Trust for the year 2015/16: £739,733

16/3/15

 

7054

 

I would like to know the following:

1 Do people have a choice how they register-online, post or other way.

in all above please provide details

2 How is the registration form /notification for the annual canvass distributed to residents

3 Do people have a choice how they return their annual canvass - on-line, post or other way. Give details

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, however we are unable to provide this for the reasons as attached

 

27/3/15

 

7055

 

Could provide answers to the following questions.
1. How many children with a vision impairment live in Bedford Borough Council?
2. Are habilitation (mobility and independence) services available to children and young people with vision impairments living in Bedford Borough Council?
a) yes
b) only in certain cases –please give details
c) no
The following questions are only relevant if you responded a or b to the above question:
3. In the last 6 months how many children and young people have accessed habilitation services, broken down into the following age groups?
• 0-5
• 6-11
• 12-18
• 18-25
4. Does your habilitation service include the teaching of:
a) early movement skills
b) sensory, spatial and body concepts
c) cane training
d) route learning
e) independent living skills?
5. What eligibility criteria do you operate for habilitation in your local area?
6. Do the people who deliver habilitation have specialist qualifications specifically in habilitation?
a) Yes – all
b) yes - some
c) no
d) staff are working towards their registration as a Habilitation Specialist with Habilitation VI UK (the professional body)
7. Is your habilitation service available to children and young people in the following settings:
a) home,
b) school
c) community settings
d) during school holidays
8. Do children and young people with vision impairment in your area receive habilitation assessments as a matter of course at key stages, such as when transferring between schools or settings?
a) yes

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.Answer: 57 children are registered in the Borough (on our records)

2. Answer: Yes , habilitation services are available to children and young people with vision impairments living in Bedford Borough Council

3. Answer:
In the last 6 months there were 4 assessments

Six children had ongoing mobility training (different children from the ones assessed)

Age range
1-5       4 (All assessments)
6-11     2 (mobility)
12-18   4 (mobility

4. Answer: Yes

5. Answer: Those with significant visual problems in need of a services.

6.Answer: We have a worker who works predominately with children who has the Rehabilitation Worker qualification. She has over 20 years of experience of working with people with a sight loss.
Other team members who also work with children have the Rehabilitation qualification.

7. Answer: Yes

8. Answer: Children and young people with vision impairment in our area receive habilitation when initially registered, or when requested from various different sources. For example parents/carers, education, Children Teams. This can include key stages, such as when transferring between schools or settings.

 

17/3/15

 

7056

 

 This information is critical to me to respond to the TRO.
I would like a copy of all correspondence electronic and written including meeting minutes (scanned into PDF format) relating to: the Goldington Avenue Consultation document and Questionnaire; how responses would be processed; how the results of these responses would be interpreted.

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. The information requested is as follows:

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

1/4/15

 

7057

 

I am distributing a freedom of information request to hopefully receive the following information from you:

1• What does your organisation spend on legal fees e.g. external legal advice and what is the breakdown of fees and expenses
2•  What is the breakdown of spend e.g. what percentage of work is completed on an hourly rate basis, capped fee, fixed fee etc.
3• Who in your organisation is responsible for managing external legal spend
4•What controls do you have in place to manage external legal counsel spend
5• Do you use any of the eBilling (also known as Enterprise Legal Management or Legal Spend Management) tools (e.g. Serengetti, Mitratech, CT Tymetrix, Datacert etc.) available in the market to manage your legal spend – if yes what are you currently paying for this system and does the vendor charge your firms to use the same
6•  Do you use a matter management system and if yes how much do you pay for the system
7• How do you decide if work is completed internally or by external counsel
8• What performance management do you complete with your external legal counsel to ensure you are receiving value for money
9• What is the breakdown of spend e.g. % of time billed by partner, by senior associate, junior associate, trainee and paralegals etc.
10• What is the breakdown of your legal spend by location e.g. how much work is performed in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast etc.
11• How do you measure what value added services law firms provide to you (e.g. free advice, free training, free secondees etc.)
12•  Do you use external consultants to advice on how to manage your legal spend more effectively.  If yes, who and what have you spent with them in the last 12 months

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.
1• Year     £
2011-       11 607,371
2011-       12 622,570
2012-        13 641,716
2013-        14 718.113

2•   This information is not available.

3•   Head of Legal Services but also client departments on larger projects.

4•   Agresso budget control.

5• No, but we are implementing a case management system which has an integrated time coding system.

6•  IKEN currently being implemented.

7•  Professional officers make the judgement based on resources available.

8•  Market testing carried out and procurement guidelines followed.

9• This information is not available.

10• Not applicable.

11•   Customer feedback.

12•   No, internal advice available.

 

19/3/15

 

7058

 

 The request is for:
1.To provide the actual outturn positions (2007/08 – 2012/13), the estimated outturn forecast ( for the current year) and the budgets reflecting your medium term finance plan (2015/16-2017/18) for both capital and revenue highways maintenance budgets. Categorised as per the structure in the spreadsheet noting that the “Other” category is the balance between the total highways maintenance budgets and the sub-total roads maintenance category specified. Only complete the cells highlighted light blue. Please provide all £ figures to the nearest one decimal place.
2.To provide the estimate % (to the nearest whole number) preventative spend for the period 2007/08 – 2017/18 in relation to the sub - total Capital and Revenue (Roads Maintenance) budgets/spend.
3.To provide the number of safety defects repaired, actual, forecast and estimated for the period 2007/08 – 2017/18 – I will be linking this with the revenue spend relating to the defects repairs (carriageways) recorded in 1 above
4.To provide the length in km of carriageway treated actual, forecast and estimated for the period 2007/08 – 2017/18 – differentiating between surface treatments and reconstruction and linked to the capital spend in 1 above.
5.To provide the length of carriageway in km for each type of road classification – noting that if there has been no material change over the period of 1% or less please provide a single set of numbers.
6.To provide the road condition survey performance % (to the nearest whole number) actual, forecast and estimated for the period 2007/08 – 2017/18  - differentiating between RED and AMBER status.

  The requestor withdrew

 

 

7059

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the information in the attached document.  Please add the requested information into the attached

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

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 Placement numbers

31/3/15

 

7060

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the following information:
1. Does the Council have a bailiff Code of Conduct in place and if so what is it?
2. Does the Council have a service level Agreement with the bailiff and if so what is it?
3. Please name your appointed bailiff/debt recovery contractors for each of the following services:
a. Council Tax –

b. Business Rates

c. Commercial Rents-

d. Parking Penalties

e. Housing Benefit Overpayments-

f. Sundry Debts-

4. Please set out the contract/SLA start and end dates for each contractor, including any provisions for extensions and the applicable periods.
5. Please provide the name and job title of the person within the Council responsible for day to day managing of each contractor for each service.  Please provide their direct email and direct phone number.
a. Council Tax

b. Business Rates -

 c. Commercial Rents

d. Parking Penalties- 
e. Housing Benefit Overpayments

 f. Sundry Debts

6. I require a copy of the contract or service level agreement that is in  place with each bailiff.

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

1. The Council has a Fair Debt Collection Policy which includes a Code of Practice for Enforcement Agents.
2. The Council has existing Service Level Agreements with Enforcement Agent companies for the collection of Parking Contravention Penalties.  See 4 below.

3. a. Council Tax – currently Bristow & Sutor and Jacobs (see 4 below)
b. Business Rates – currently Bristow & Sutor and Jacobs (see 4 below)
c. Commercial Rents - Bristow & Sutor currently provide a collection service, but they have no enforcement powers
d. Parking Penalties – currently Bristow & Sutor and Equita (see 4 below)
e. Housing Benefit Overpayments - Bristow & Sutor currently provide a collection service, but they have no enforcement powers
f. Sundry Debts- Bristow & Sutor currently provide a collection service, but they have no enforcement powers

4.The Council is currently evaluating tenders submitted for enforcement agent services in respect of Council Tax, Non-Domestic Rates and Parking Contravention Penalties.  Contracts will be awarded to the appointed enforcement agent companies.

5.a. Council Tax – (Position subject to recruitment) – Senior Recovery and Compliance Officer – 01234 276219
b. Business Rates - (Position subject to recruitment) – Senior Recovery and Compliance Officer – 01234 276219
c. Commercial Rents - Mr P. Urwin – Senior Debt Officer – peter.urwin@bedford.gov.uk – 01234 276375
d. Parking Penalties- Alison Collins, Senior Civil Enforcement Officer, Parking Services
e. Housing Benefit Overpayments Mr P. Urwin – Senior Debt Officer – peter.urwin@bedford.gov.uk – 01234 276375
f. Sundry Debts Mr P. Urwin – Senior Debt Officer – peter.urwin@bedford.gov.uk – 01234 276375

6. See response for 4 above.

1/4/15

 

7061

 

 1.Do you currently use voluntary labour for road maintenance? If so how many volunteers?
2.Have you ever used voluntary labour for road maintenance? If so how many volunteers?
3.Have you ever paid to train a volunteer in road maintenance?

Thank you for your request for information about using voluntary labour for road maintenance which we received on 4 March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The information you requested is as follows: I can confirm that Bedford Borough Council does not use voluntary labour for road maintenance, has never used voluntary labour for road maintenance and has never paid to train a volunteer in road maintenance.

19/3/15

 

7062

 

 I am writing in terms of the New Road & Street Works Act for information on which Utility had an opening notice/permit to carry out street works (excavation) at or near to Hamble Road Bedford   Could you please go as far as possible as we are investigating a latent damage to X apparatus at this location.

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification

 

 

7063

 

 I am writing in terms of the New Road & Street Works Act for information on which Utility had an opening notice/permit to carry out street works (excavation) at or near to Hamble Road Bedford   Could you please go as far as possible as we are investigating a latent damage to X apparatus at this location.

Thank you for your request for information about Street Works Opening Permits at  Hamble Road, Bedford which we received on 5 March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

27/3/15

 

7064

 

 

 I note from previous correspondence that the traffic survey was carried out in November 2013 covering. Goldington Avenue, Campbell Road and Bradgate Road.
1What analysis of the results were carried out at the time or subsequently?
2What did the results tell you about traffic flows from the area to / from Goldington Road across all routes at the time and subsequently?
3 What results / summaries / observations / comments on these results were passed on to ward councillors at the time or subsequently?
I would also appreciate the following
Under freedom of information please provide correspondence/documents/reports/other information  both written and electronic specifically relating to the traffic survey and its usage for the period November 2013 till the issuing of the abortive TRO in September 2014.

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. The information you have requested is as follows:

1 The results were analysed on a street by street basis and used to determine the numbers of vehicles and speed of traffic.

2 The results showed that the flows in this area were relatively low and that a modelling exercise was not necessary. 

3 The results of the data collections were sent to the ward councillors.

Please find attached correspondence relating to the traffic survey and its usage. Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for the copies

1/4/15

 

7065

 

 Do you have a list of all the HMOs in your area detailing the HMO address and owner under the Freedom of Information act?

I refer to your email of 4 March 2015 asking 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 which is included with this letter. Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

25/3/15

 

7066

 

 I would be grateful if you could provide the following information:
•Name address of license holder and other interested party (e.g. managing agent)
•Expiry date of license
•Number of occupants allowed under license
•Any interim or final management orders made re issues identified on HMO inspection

 I refer to your email asking 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 which is included with this letter. Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

28/3/15

 

7067

 

 

 Please could you answer the following questions with regards to the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
1) Will you be ring fencing the ILF money passed to you to :-
   a) Individual ILF Users.
   b) Adult Social Care.
   c) Not ring fence at all.
2) Have you received the details of how much money you are being allocated and if so how much is that.
3) When will you be starting reassessments of ILF users and when do you anticipate completing those assessments.
4) What arrangements are you putting in place for those ILF users you have not reassessed by 30th June to continue funding their current ILF care packages until an assessment has been carried out. Bearing in mind that many of these ILF users will not currently have Direct Payments set up with the Local Authority.
5) Do you have contingency plans in case a change in Government at the forthcoming election alters the ILF funding situation?.

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) The money transferred to the Council will be ring fenced for ILF users in the first year.

2) At the moment the ILF has not revealed details of how much money is going to be transferred to the council, but the amount should cover the cost of their existing awards.

3) All reassessments will start at some point in the next year; all ILF users will be assessed and reviewed by April 2016.

4)A decision has been made to continue funding their existing packages for the first year of the transfer. In that first year people will then be assessed and a decision will be made on what is funded on a permanent basis.

5) At the moment there are no contingency plans in place, if there are any changes in Government after the election in May, they will be dealt with then. 

1/4/15

 

7068

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request that you provide me with the following information:
1. How many children they have had taken into care from families where there has been a history of domestic violence in: 2012/13 and 2013/14.
2. What proportion this is of the total number of children taken into care in: 2012/13, 2013/14.
3. How many children are known to the youth offending team who from families where there has been a history of domestic violence in: 2012/13 and 2013/14.
4. What proportion this is of the total number of young people known to the local youth offending team in: 2012/13 and 2013/14.

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. 
Answer Q1&2:  This data is not easily accessible. Over the time period in question approx. 200 children became looked after, but we do not know if there was a history of domestic violence in the family.  To answer Q1 & 2 we would need to manually check each individual child’s file.  This would take us over the 18 hours and 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.
Answer Q3&4: We do not hold/record this information.   Child View (CV) is the Youth Offending Services (YOS) case management system.
CV does not record Domestic Violence in a reliable way (if at all) so we would not be able to provide data due to unreliability and difficulty in getting this data. We have re visited measures to look to improve this area of recording for the future via the software company, linked to future staff training.

18/3/15

 

7069

 

As you will be aware, the Children's Act 1989 requires local authorities to keep a register of disabled children in their area. Can you please provide the following information to us:
a)Confirmation that the local authority has an active register.
b)Provide the number of disabled children on that register.
c)What methods the local authority uses to promote the register to families - for example, details provided through Special Schools, via Health Visitors, through website access.

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

a) Answer: The Local Authority has a register.

b)Answer: There are 192 children & young people currently on the register.

c) Answer: We are at the point of  placing this information about the register on the Local Offer Website

Please click here for the informtion 

16/3/15

 

7070

 

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

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

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for Highways Development Control

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

24/3/15

 

7071

 

 I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known at the time of death from 1/11/14 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/11/14 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 Treasury Solicitor (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.

I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1. States that the above is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link below

Please click here for the link on Public Helath Funeral

 

24/3/15

 

7072

 

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

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

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for Highways Development Control

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

24/3/15

 

7073

 

 I would like to request a list of all Council Tax accounts where the liable party in question is a company called 'West Register (realisations) Ltd'.  The company may be on your system under any one of the following names
West Register (Realisations) Ltd
West Register (Realisations)
West Register
West Register Ltd
West Register (Realisations) Limited
WEST REGISTER (PROPERTY INVESTMENTS) LIMITED

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold the information you requested for either Council Tax or Business Rates for any of the names listed

9/3/15

 

7074

 

I was wondering the bedfordshire local bylaws on skateboarding

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 regarding skateboarding

30/3/15

 

7075

 

I would appreciate it if you could provide all information you hold on the following matters:
1. Actual spend on drug and alcohol treatment in 2013-14, broken down by: spend on (i) community treatment, (ii) residential treatment, (iii) inpatient treatment and (iv) non-structured treatment for each of (a) adult drug services, (b) adult alcohol services and (c) young people’s services;
2. Anticipated spend on drug and alcohol treatment in 2014-15, broken down by: spend on (i) community treatment, (ii) residential treatment, (iii) inpatient treatment and (iv) non-structured treatment for each of (a) adult drug services, (b) adult alcohol services and (c) young people’s services;
3. Anticipated spend on drug and alcohol treatment in 2015-16, broken down by: spend on (i) community treatment, (ii) residential treatment, (iii) inpatient treatment and (iv) non-structured treatment for each of (a) adult drug services, (b) adult alcohol services and (c) young people’s services;
4. Where applicable, when the contracts for adult drug treatment, adult alcohol treatment and young people’s specialist treatment services will expire;
5. If any element of payment by results applies to adult drug treatment, adult alcohol treatment and young people’s specialist treatment services;
6. Please explain how the allocations above were calculated.

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.

Drug and alcohol services in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire are commissioned by Central Bedfordshire on behalf of both local authorities.

Figures below are for total spend across both authorities (apart from (ii) residential treatment), with Bedford Borough contributing 40% and Central Bedfordshire contributing 60% of spend.  The totals for (i) community treatment include all costs associated with both commissioning and provision of services.

1. In 2013/14 (i) community treatment spend from local authority funding was approximately £4,920,000 (not including young people’s services).

Due to the integrated nature of our Adult Drug and Alcohol Contract, the current contractual arrangements mean that it is not possible to separate the financial costs incurred by (a) adult drug and (b) adult alcohol services, nor to accurately identify discreet costs for (iv) non-structured treatment within community treatment costs.

The same restrictions apply to (c) young people’s services, which are similarly integrated.  Total Spend on (c) young people’s services was £183,000.

The Bedford Borough only spend for (ii) residential treatment totalled approximately £89,000.

Information regarding (iii) inpatient treatment is not available as this element is currently funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group.

2.It is anticipated that in 2014/15 (i) community treatment spend from local authority funding will be approximately £4,995,000 (not including young people’s services).

Due to the integrated nature of our Adult Drug and Alcohol Contract, the current contractual arrangements mean that it is not possible to separate the financial costs incurred by (a) adult drug and (b) adult alcohol services, nor to accurately identify discreet costs for (iv) non-structured treatment within community treatment costs.

The same restrictions apply to (c) young people’s services, which are similarly integrated.  Total Spend on (c) young people’s services are anticipated to be £176,000.

The anticipated Bedford Borough only spend for (ii) residential treatment is approximately £50,000.

Information regarding (iii) inpatient treatment is not available as described above.

3. It is anticipated that in 2015/16 (i) community treatment spend from local authority funding will be approximately £4,500,000 (not including young people’s services).

Due to the integrated nature of our current Adult Drug and Alcohol Contract, and also the undetermined future contract mean that it is not possible to separate the financial costs incurred by (a) adult drug and (b) adult alcohol services, nor accurately identify discreet costs for (iv) non-structured treatment within community treatment costs.

Similar restrictions apply to (c) young people’s services, which are also integrated.  Anticipated total spend on (c) young people’s services is £175,000.

It is not possible to accurately anticipate Bedford Borough only spend for (ii) residential treatment 15/16 with any degree of certainty.

Information regarding anticipated (iii) inpatient treatment is not available, as above.

4. Adult integrated contract expires 31 August 2015, Young Peoples contract expires 31 March 2016.

5.No elements of the current contracts are subject to payment by results.  From September 2015, 10% of the new Adult contract fee will be subject to payment by outcome.

6. N/A – outcomes/targets to be determined as part of future contractual negotiation.

13/3/15

 

7076

 

 I would like to make a Freedom of Information request to your borough in relation to voting in the general election.
Please could you tell me, the number of people who are registered to vote in the 2015 general election in your area, broken down by specific lower super output area.

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, however we are unable to provide this for the reasons as attached click link here

30/3/15

 

7077

 

 Regarding the continuing issue with the complaint about noise from my property.
I have also received a letter falsely accusing me of running a childminding business from the premises. In light of this I have contacted the Police about harassment and they advised me to request a written copy of my files under the Freedom of Information Charter. I understand this will not reveal the complainants details

Thank you for your request for copies of information held about you by Environmental Health and Trading Standards which we received on 6th March 2015.
Following careful consideration, I regret to inform you that we have decided not to disclose this information.
The information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the exception(s) in Regulation 13 of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 which relates to the supply of your personal data which can only be supplied if you make a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act. Details of how to do this have been sent to you by email. If you have not received them please contact me directly and I will re-send them to you.

24/3/15

 

7078

 

.I am currently writing an environmental report for Industrial Park, Wolseley Road, Bedford,and would be grateful if you could address the following:
•Has the site been identified as requiring inspection as part of the Local Authority’s Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy?
•Has the site been determined as “Contaminated Land” under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?
•From an environmental health perspective, is the site considered suitable for continued commercial use?
•Does the council hold information on any remediation works and / or site investigations conducted on-site or within the surrounding area (250m)?

Thank you for your request for information about Industrial Park, Wolseley Road, Kempston, which we received on 9th March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. I have answered your query below:
1.The site has been identified as requiring inspection as part of the Local Authority’s Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy, as required under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, ‘The Act’. This is due to the industrial use of the site. This Department is not aware of the presence of any contamination at the site.
2.The site has not been determined as contaminated land under ‘The Act’.
3.As a department we are unable to comment on any sites suitability for use.
4.This Department does not hold any information on any intrusive site investigations, or remediation undertaken at the site or within 250m.

1/4/15

 

7079

 

 Please would you tell me what air quality sampling/analysis is performed routinely for air over Bedfordshire, either by the Council or other body.
A complete list of sampled items would suffice for this instance, rather than details of analysis.

I refer to the recent enquiry for information held by the Council relating to air quality sampling. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Under the Environment Act 1995 Bedford Borough Council has a duty to review and asses air quality across the Borough. This is a three year circle with commences with a report called an Updating and Screening Assessment (USA), which looks at if pollutants are likely to exceed Government set levels across the Borough. Where exceedances are found against the Government standards the Council has to declare Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) and then produce Action Plans of what the Council and its stakeholders intend to do improve air quality in that area.
Bedford Borough Council has one AQMA in places across the town centre of Bedford for nitrogen dioxide. We have a duty to monitor the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide across the Borough. We have two fixed monitoring machines, one in Prebend Street and one on the High Street. We also have 46 diffusion tube locations across the Borough, for passive monitoring of nitrogen dioxide.

31/3/15

 

7080

 

I would like a detailed of report of all notified pot holes or road damage from little barford power station roundabout to tempsford station road entrance. I believe the road is the barford road for the preceding 18 months to date

Thank you for your request for information about pot holes and road damage from Little Barford Power Station to the entrance of Station Road, Tempsford which we received on 9 March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Please note that this stretch of road is the responsibility of both Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council.  To help you identify the stretch of road that Bedford Borough Council maintains I have attached two maps.  Map 1 starts from the Power Station and Map 2 ends at Station Road, Tempsford.  If you look at Map 1, in the top right hand corner, you will see the “Generating Station” and if you following the yellow road all the way down to the thick black line, between Glebe Farm and The Barns that is where the border for Bedford Borough ends.  If you look on Map 2 and follow the yellow road starting from the thick black line all the way down to Station Road, at the bottom of the Map, that is the stretch of road that Central Bedfordshire Council maintains.
Please therefore find attached inspection records for the stretch of road maintained by Bedford Borough Council. Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for the copies.
Contact details for Central Bedfordshire Council are e-mail: accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or Telephone: 0300 300 8301.

2/4/15

 

7081

 

Between the dates 1st January 2014 - 31st December 2014, how many penalty charge notices (PCNs) were issued to UK registered vehicles and drivers by your council?
Of these PCNs, how many were appealed / challenged?
And, of these appeals, how many were successful?

 Thank you for your request for information, about parking Penalty Charge Notices issued and appealed during 2014, which we received on 9th March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the requested information is set out below.
Between the dates 1st January 2014 - 31st December 2014:
How many penalty charge notices (PCNs) were issued to UK registered vehicles and drivers by your council?
36360
Of these PCNs, how many were appealed / challenged?
6983
And, of these appeals, how many were successful?
2003

24/3/15

 

7082

 

I would like the following forAuthority Bedford Borough Council – Bereavement Services

Are the grounds of your cemeteries secured after hours i.e. gates etc
If you secure/unlock your cemeteries do staff / contractors undertake the task as lone workers.
How many incidents in the last 3 years (if possible) have staff / contractors securing and unlocking the grounds been subjected to abuse.
How many incidents in the last 3 years (if possible) have staff / contractors securing and unlocking the grounds been subjected to assault.
How many incidents in the last 3 years (if possible) have members of the public in the grounds after hours been subjected to abuse.
How many incidents in the last 3 years (if possible) have members of the public in the grounds after hours been subjected to abuse.
How many incidents has there been of staff / contractors securing and unlocking cemeteries have an accident for which the Council has been found at fault (please state what the accident was i.e. a tripping).

For the years 2012 to 2015

 

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

Please find the information you requested attached regarding security of the cemeteries

31/3/15

 

7083

 

Please could you tell me, for the purpose of Bedford Borough council enforcing Code 27,
1,What exactly is the precise legal definition of a ‘Dropped Footway’?
2, Exactly which piece of legislation/Act of Parliament (quoting Act, Section, Paragraph etc) is being referred to for said legal definition?

Thank you for your request for information about Parking Enforcement which we received on 10 March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1 Where the footway, cycle track or verge has been lowered to meet the level of the carriageway

2Traffic Management Act 2004, Part 6 Civil Enforcement of Traffic Contraventions, section 86. Prohibition of parking at dropped footways etc.

1/4/15

 

7084

 

 What, if any, enforcement (i.e. official warning, improvement notice, fine, court action or other recorded action) of the Nutrition and Health Claims (England) Regulations 2007 has occurred under your authorities control since January 2014? Please provide the number of recorded enforcement actions you have issued since that date.

 

 Thank you for your request for information about any enforcement action taken by this authority under the Nutrition and Health Claims (England) Regulations 2007 since January 2014. 
Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and I can confirm that this authority has not taken any enforcement action under the said Regulations since January 2014.

1/4/15

 

7085

 

 Please answer the following questions:
In the period from the beginning of the first phase of the Troubled Families Programme to the most recent data available, and for those families selected for inclusion in the programme:
1.
a) What local discretionary criteria did you use in addition to the three primary criteria for inclusion in the Programme?
b) For each primary and each discretionary criterion, please provide the number of families which you recorded as meeting that selection criterion.
2.
a) If a family met all three main criteria for inclusion in the programme, did you record whether it also met additional criteria?
b) If a family met at least one discretionary criterion for inclusion, did you record whether it also met additional discretionary criteria?
c) If domestic violence/abuse was a criterion for inclusion in the programme, did you record information on the types of domestic violence/abuse experienced by families who you recorded as fulfilling this criterion? If so, please list the subcategories used.
3.
What kinds of sanctions is it possible to apply to families under, or in relation to non-engagement with, the Troubled Families Programme? Please list all categories of sanction.
4.
How many sanctions have been applied to families under, or in relation to non-engagement with, the Troubled Families programme in your local authority for the entire period for which data is available? Please provide the numbers of sanctions within each category of sanction if available.
5.
a) How many times, if any, was a family with domestic violence identified as an inclusion criterion sanctioned under the Troubled Families programme?
b) Which categories of sanction were applied in these cases?

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 for questions 1 to 3. However for questions 4 and 5 the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit” as stated on the exemption listed under that question.

Please find the information you requested (Q1 to 3 only) enclosed. 

1.a) Answer: Common Assessment Framework
b) Answer: 222 (to date)
2.a)  Answer: Yes
b)Answer: Yes
c)Answer: No sanction policy used
4&5. Answer Q4 & Q5 a&b: We do not record this information and the time spent to collate it from individual records would exceed the “appropriate limit”.
Exempt: Further to your request for information dated 11 March 2015, 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.

8/4/15

 

7086

 

1. How many complaints have you received from members of the public about dog fouling? Please give figures for the previous five financial years (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15).
2. How many Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued for dog fouling? Please give figures for the previous five financial years (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15).
3. Could you please tell me how your council tackles dog fouling in your area? (e.g. patrols)

Thank you for your request for information about dog fouling which we received on 10 March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is attached regarding dog fouling

 

27/315

 

7087

 

 Please can we request, under the freedom of information act, answers to the following questions:-
1.What services are available to support your populations to change their lifestyle behaviours (including smoking cessation, healthy eating, maintaining a healthy weight, physical activity and drinking responsibly)?
2.Are these services accessible by people living with or beyond cancer?
3.Do these services follow the appropriate NICE guidance?
4.How are these services delivered i.e. face to face (individual or group); digitally (text, email) etc?
5.Are there any inclusion or exclusion criteria?
6.How long does the service last i.e. how long is an individual supported to change their lifestyle behaviour?

 

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 lifestyle

7/4/15

 

7088

 

we are interested in decisions relating to spending on deaf children and young people’s education

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 regarding the deaf children

7/4/15

 

7089

 

The request is for:
1. To provide the actual outturn position for 2013/14, the estimated outturn forecast for 2014/15 and the budgets reflecting your medium term finance plan (2015/16-2016/17) for both capital and revenue roads maintenance budgets. Only complete the cells highlighted light blue. Please provide all £ figures to the nearest one decimal place.
2. To provide the estimate % (to the nearest whole number) preventative spend for the period 2013/14 – 2016/17 in relation to the sub - total Capital and Revenue (Roads Maintenance) budgets/spend.
3. To provide the number of safety defects repaired, actual, forecast and estimated for the period 2013/14 – 2016/17 – I will be linking this with the revenue spend relating to the defects repairs (carriageways) recorded in 1 above
4. To provide the length in km of carriageway treated actual, forecast and estimated for the period 2013/14 – 2016/17 – differentiating between surface treatments and reconstruction and linked to the capital spend in 1 above.
5. To provide the length of carriageway in km for each type of road classification for 2014/15.
6. To provide the road condition survey performance % (to the nearest whole number) actual, forecast and estimated for the period 20013/14 – 2016/17  -differentiating between RED and AMBER status.

Thank you for your request for information about Highways Maintenance Budgets which we received on 26 March 2015. Your request has been considered under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

1. See attached spreadsheet

2. See attached spreadsheet 
3. See attached PDF 
4.See attached PDF

5.See attached PDF

6.See attached PDF and Please click here for the link on road conditions

 

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk  for the copies of the attachment

27/4/15

 

7090

 

1 •What types of cases result in legal action? 
2•The number of cases of music nuisance the Council took to court in 2014. 
3.The average amount of the fine
4•The total number of complaints received regarding music noise in 2014  

Thank you for your request for information about Environmental Health noise complaints and prosecutions which we received on 3rd March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1•This can happen with any Environmental Health matter, as various issues which we investigate have a legal sanction. Where an Abatement Notice has been served in a Statutory Nuisance case, a prosecution may result where an officer believes that the Notice has been breached.

2• Bedford Borough Council did not take any cases regarding music nuisance to court  in 2014 although 10 noise abatement notices were served during that year.

3• Fines are set by the Magistrates or District Judge. The law allows a fine of up to £5,000 per breach.

4• Bedford Borough Council received 212 complaints of music noise in 2014.

24/3/15

 

7091

 

Under the freedom of information act, please can you provide me with Bedfordshire business names and addresses of shop and retail premise occupiers, who have not applied for Retail Rate Relief in Bedfordshire.

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

10/4/15

 

7092

 

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

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

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for Highways Development Control

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

24/3/15

 

7093

1.How common is each of the following methods of procuring adult residential care? If held, this should be given as a proportion of weeks in care (or other appropriate measure of volume, e.g. beds) commissioned under this method. If the proportion is not held, instead please indicate how prominent each method of procuring care is, by ranking the following options (1 = most common method; 3 = least common method).
a.Block purchase
b.Spot purchase under framework agreement
c.Spot purchase without framework agreement
2.How many contracts are currently held with the local authority for the provision of adult residential care? These should be broken out by type of contract and by type of care.
3.What is the total spend by the local authority on the provision of adult residential care, broken out by purchasing method and by type of care. This should be given for the most recent reporting period 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 and this is enclosed

Please click here for the information on Adult residential care

9/4/15

 

7094

 

 1. Have you assessed the impact of the Care Act on the total spend by local authority on adult residential care?
a. What is the estimated incremental cost to the authority?
b. What percentage increase does this represent?
c. How many individuals who are currently ineligible for LA support (i.e. self-funders) will become eligible for this support after the care act is implemented? 
2. Are there Joint Commissioning arrangements in place in your area, for commissioning of health and social care in adult residential care placements?
a. In particular this request relates to commissioning undertaken by the local authority for residential and/ or nursing care, on behalf of CCGs, NHS Trusts or Joint Commissioning Boards
b. How many such arrangements are in place, and with which bodies?

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

1 No

a. Not known.

b. Not known.

c. Not known. 
2 No.
a.&  b. Do not hold

 

8/4/15

 

7095

 

 1. 1.  Vacancies
How many vacant beds were there in residential care homes in the area commissioned by your authority (including all residential homes, LA and private sector)? Please give this information for the most recent period over which you have collected it, and state the period applying to the data. This may be an average across a period, or a ‘snapshot’ at a certain time. I am interested in vacant beds in the following areas of adult social care:
a. General residential care
b. If held, split out by:
Residential non-nursing                                         . Residential nursing care      

Residential respite care
2. 2.  Self-funders
What is your estimation of the number of ‘self-funders’ in your local authority area? This refers to individuals funding their own adult social care, i.e. they receive no financial support from the local authority. This should be for the most recent period over which you have collected or estimated the data – please state the period applying. I am interested in self-funders in the following areas:
a. General residential care
b. If held, split out by:                                             Residential non-nursing                                            Residential nursing care

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

1 We don’t hold data on the vacant beds in the area so are unable to provide this information.


2 a General residential care 23

b If held, split out by:

Residential non-nursing care 20

Residential nursing care 3

 

8/4/15

 

7096

 

 I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act to ask for the following information:
1. Which car parks did your council operate during the tax year 2013-2014?
2. How are each of these car parks managed (i.e. contract, byelaw, other legislation)?
3. Of these car parks, which use private contractors to enforce parking restrictions?
4. How much total revenue has the council made in the last tax year from parking fines on council owned land?
5. How much of this revenue has come from parking fines on council sites managed by private contractors?
6. Do you use DVLA data to help you enforce parking restrictions at any of your sites? If so, which sites?
7. Of the car parking sites managed by private enforcement officers- how many letters have been sent to car owners including a reference to potential court action?

Thank you for your request for information about parking enforcement on Council owned land/sites which we received on 11th March 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the requested information is set out below. 
1. Please see the list published on the Council’s website, as per link below:
Please click here for the link on Car Parks

2. The car parks are managed by Bedford Borough Council and are enforced under the authority of the current Parking Places Order.
3.  None
 4. Please see the Parking Services Accounts published on the Council’s website, Please click here for accounts These accounts relate to all Council owned land and sites where enforcement is undertaken i.e. the highway and Council owned public car parks. 
5.  None  
6. DVLA data is used to identify the registered keepers of vehicles involved in parking contraventions relating to the highway and Council owned car parks (the only Council owned land and sites where parking enforcement is undertaken). 
7.  None (no Council owned car parking sites are managed by private parking enforcement officers).

24/3/15

 

7097

 

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

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

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for Highways Development Control

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

24/3/15

 

7098

 

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

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

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. Regarding the questions relating to planning.

The Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for Highways Development Control

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

24/3/15

 

7099

 

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

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

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for Highways Development Control

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

24/3/15

 

7100

 

 

 I would like to request an up to date list of businesses, companies, PLC's and charities that have just become responsible for paying business rates between to 1st march 2015 to the 15th March 2015.  I would like the business name, address and the date that they became responsible if possible please.

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

 

14/4/15

 

7101

 

 Please could you provide me with the following information:
1. Number of people who made unfair/constructive dismissal claims against the authority in the last 5 years.
2. A summary of each claim (including the reasons for claim, number of years service the employee had and the salary scale of the employee at the time of dismissal) and the outcome including any financial settlement agreed.

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 dismissal claims

 

2/4/15

 

7102

This is a request under the Freedom of Information for data held by the authority relating to children deemed to be at risk of radicalisation.
Please let me know, for each calendar year 2013, 2014 and 2015 to date:
1. How many referrals there have been to the authority's child social care services of children deemed to be at risk of radicalisation;
2. How many children each referral related to;
3. How many of these children were classed as "missing" at the time of the referral;
4. How many referrals resulted in the child being deemed to be at risk of radicalisation.
5. The source of the referral (eg police, school)
6. In how many referrals was the source of the risk related to i) Islam ii) Far right radicalisation
7. For those referrals in 4, the current status of the child eg
*permanently removed
*temporarily removed
*being monitored without removal
*no longer on at risk register

 

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

Answer:  We don’t collect data in this way.  We use the Department for Education’s classifications which does not include at risk of radicalisation.

 

17/3/15

 

7103

 

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

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

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for Highways Development Control

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

24/3/15

 

7104

 

 Please could you tell me if there is anywhere on the Bedford Borough Council website where I can find School Admissions Statistics, specifically how over-subscribed schools allocated places by distance for the last intake? I'm looking for this information for both primary and secondary schools.

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

Answer: There is some information on our website about the number of applications each school had in 2014 and within which criterion the last place was offered.  The information is in our transfer booklet and our Starting School booklet.                           

Here is the link to the admissions page.

Please find attached a file with information for the oversubscribed schools for the 2014 intake.

8/4/15

 

7105

I notice you have provided the FTE numbers – would it also be possible to provide the headcount?

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 regarding headcount

19/3/15

 

 

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