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7329

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known as:
 The Warren
Clapham
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

21/5/2015

 

7330

Can I  have information regarding provision of legal services by Bedford Borough to Education bodies.

1 what legal services you provide to Education bodies

2 What packages/formats of legal services you provide to Education bodies delivered

3 what are the terms

4 Do you provide to tailor made

5 what is your charging structure

6 Are these charges invoiced directly to Education bodies, or deducted directly from their budget

7 Do you offer legal services to all Education Bodies nationally, or only those within the county boundaries 

We do not hold the information requested. However, we can respond to your questions as follows:

1) We provide all Legal Services as required.
2) No specified packages, however a rota of Solicitors is available to the Education Bodies.
3) Under Safehands Insurance Cover, Legal Advice is provided free for the first hour and then a charge is incurred for anything after that time.
4) We do not provide Legal Services to Academies, Free Schools or Studio Schools.
5) First hour is free and then a flat rate of £70 per hour going up to £125 in September 2015.
6) Invoiced directly.
7) Only those within Bedford Borough Council Boundaries.

22/5/2015

 

7331

Please provide the ratepayer’s name(s) in respect of the properties listed below:
ELSTOW ROAD, BEDFORD 
ST MARTINS WAY, BEDFORD 
HIGH STREET, BEDFORD  
KINGSWAY, BEDFORD 
NORTH PARADE, GREYFRIARS, BEDFORD 

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

Please provide the ratepayer’s name(s) in respect of the properties listed below:

Address Postcode Period Start Period End Property Reference
32, ELSTOW ROAD, BEDFORD MK42 9LP 

01/04/2009 31/03/2010 1148625

UNIT 7, ST MARTINS WAY, BEDFORD MK42 0LF 

01/04/2014 31/03/2015 3003579


68, HIGH STREET, BEDFORD MK40 1NT 

01/04/2014 31/03/2015 1016779


MELBOURNE HOUSE 3, KINGSWAY, BEDFORD MK42 9BA 

01/04/2014 31/03/2015 3003687

7, NORTH PARADE, GREYFRIARS, BEDFORD MK40 1JF 

01/04/2012 31/03/2013 1024142


32 Elstow Road – 01/04/2009 to 11/02/2010 private individuals, 12/02/2010 to 31/03/2010 The Chocolate Box (786) Ltd

Unit 7 St Martins Way – 01/04/2014 to 04/11/2014 Scottish Widows, 05/11/2014 to 14/01/2015 Wrap Ltd, 15/01/2015 to 31/03/2015 Scottish Widows

68 High Street – 01/04/2014 to 11/05/2014 Wesleyan Financial Services, 12/05/2014 to 29/06/2014 private individuals, 30/06/2014 to 16/03/2015 Wesleyan Financial Services, 17/03/2015 to 31/03/2015 private individuals

Melbourne House – 01/04/2014 to 09/11/2014 Anne Frank Trust UK, 10/11/2014 to 05/02/2015 Bedford Holdings Ltd, 06/02/2015 to 31/03/2015 Melbourne House Developments LLP

7 North Parade – 01/04/2012 to 09/05/2012 private individuals, 10/05/2012 to 31/03/2013 Bedford Borough Council

28/5/2015

 

7332

 

 I would be grateful if you could, within the applicable deadlines, provide me with information to confirm the ownership of Bedford Park, and of any legal restrictions that exist within the Borough to prevent local residents from entering that space, and taking with them any food or drink (alcoholic or otherwise) that might be in their possession.

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:

Request

‘I would be grateful if you could, within the applicable deadlines, provide me with information to confirm the ownership of Bedford Park, and of any legal restrictions that exist within the Borough to prevent local residents from entering that space, and taking with them any food or drink (alcoholic or otherwise) that might be in their possession.’

Response

The land (Bedford Park) was conveyed to The Borough’s predecessor in 1890 for all purposes of the Recreation Grounds Act 1859.

We don’t believe there are any legal restrictions that exist within the Borough to prevent local residents from entering the Park, and taking with them any food or drink (alcoholic or otherwise) that might be in their possession.

29/5/2015

 

7333

 

With regards to local Pension

1 The rate of asset turnover of the activity managed fund in which your fund had invested

2 The rate of asset turnover in your own fund as a result of your own buying and selling activities.

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:

 

Q1. table 9.5 on p105 of the 2013/2014 Annual Report at the attached link 2013/14 Annual Report Link should assist you with your request.

 

Q2. 12.8% (included in table 9.5 referred to above).

 

7/5/2015

 

7334

 

Our Client: X
We act as claims handlers for X in relation to the above matter and would ask that future correspondence be passed to the above address for our consideration.
The claimant alleges that they have fallen in a defective water valve cover which they believe is owned by our client and we are under the impression that this area forms part of your highway inspection regime.
Please note that the information we have requested is essential to the handling of this claim and we would therefore be grateful if you could provide us with the following as soon as possible:-
1) Details and frequency of inspection of the section of the Highway.
2) Pre and post-accident inspection reports for a period of 12 months.
3) Copy of the pre-accident inspection report.
4) Copy of any Section 81 notices, if issued.
5) Record of any complaints received.
6) Records of any utilities carrying out work at the accident location.

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

1) Details and frequency of inspection of the section of the Highway.
The highway is inspected annually, by a walked inspection.

2) Pre and post-accident inspection reports for a period of 12 months.
Please see attached Inspection Report.

3) Copy of the pre-accident inspection report
As above.  Nothing on the inspection records relate to the accident location.

4) Copy of any Section 81 notices, if issued.
Reported to Anglian Water 10/2/15 as a Section 81 defect.  Anglian Water Reference 51137815

5) Record of any complaints received.
One complaint received was from the claimant at the time of the accident.

6) Records of any utilities carrying out work at the accident location.
Please see attached. The only Utility that worked near here for the year before Feb 2015 was Anglian Water, opposite No. 40

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the numerous attachments

1/6/2015

 

7335

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request the following information in relation to short break services for carers of disabled children in your local authority:
1. How much overall funding was provided for the provision of short breaks from caring for carers of disabled children, in accordance with The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011, in the years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and what funding is allocated for the same purpose in 2015/16?
2.  How much of the funding allocated for a range of short break services as required by The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011, was allocated in each of the years specified in Question 1 for the provision of:
(a) day-time care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(b) overnight care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(c) educational or leisure activities for disabled children outside their homes, and
(d) services available to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.
If short break funding is not broken down into these categories please provide the funding for equivalent categories reflecting the range of short breaks your local authority provides.
3.How many short breaks were accessed by carers of disabled children in each of the years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and how many are projected to be accessed in 2015/16?
4.How many of the following types of short breaks were accessed by carers of disabled children in each the years specified in Question 3:
(a) day-time care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(b) overnight care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(c) educational or leisure activities for disabled children outside their homes,and
(d) services available to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.
If the number of short breaks accessed by carers of disabled children is not broken down into these categories please provide the information for equivalent categories reflecting the range of short breaks your local authority provides.
5.What steps has the local authority taken to assess whether short break provision is ‘sufficient to assist carers to continue to provide care or to do so more effectively’ as required by The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 (Regulation 4)?

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 much overall funding was provided for the provision of short breaks from caring for carers of disabled children, in accordance with The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011, in the years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and what funding is allocated for the same purpose in 2015/16?

Please contact
freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the detailed table
 
Budget:         £1,564,800.00 

2.   How much of the funding allocated for a range of short break services as required by The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011, was allocated in each of the years specified in Question 1 for the provision of:
(a) day-time care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(b) overnight care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(c) educational or leisure activities for disabled children outside their homes, and
(d) services available to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.

If short break funding is not broken down into these categories please provide the funding for equivalent categories reflecting the range of short breaks your local authority provides.

Answer: We do not hold this information at the level of detail requested.
3.   How many short breaks were accessed by carers of disabled children in each of the years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and how many are projected to be accessed in 2015/16?

Answer: We do not hold this information for 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15.
In terms of projected figures for 2015/2016 we are not able to provide a response to this as we will be undertaking a review of the needs of families in the area and there is likely to be consultation with health and adult services to increase joint commissioning.

4.   How many of the following types of short breaks were accessed by carers of disabled children in each the years specified in Question 3:
(a) day-time care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(b) overnight care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(c) educational or leisure activities for disabled children outside their homes, and
(d) services available to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.

If the number of short breaks accessed by carers of disabled children is not broken down into these categories please provide the information for equivalent categories reflecting the range of short breaks your local authority provides.

Answer:
We are unable to separate those short breaks provided for carers needs and those for a child/young person’s needs.  A Carers Assessment may be completed if wished but it is incorporated in the final Single Assessment which is a holistic view of the whole family’s needs.  We are not able to provide a breakdown of information other than for 2013/2014.
In the period 2013/2014 there were 136 children who received day care in their own homes funded by Children’s social care specified as day-care - approximately 30,860 hours were agreed during this period although not all may have been provided. This excludes those solely funded by CHC but includes those joint funded.
In the period 2013/2014 there were 53 children who received overnight care either in their own home of elsewhere either in respite units or with other adults such as respite foster carers, childminders or others. 3,178 overnights were agreed to be funded during this period
In the period 2013/2014 there were 1,586 sessions recorded as having been requested for educational or leisure activities for disabled children outside their homes.
In the period 2013 2014 there were 32 children recorded as having care specifically to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.

The table below details the 3 main play schemes & also added schemes that run through holiday periods that Bedford Borough provide a financial contribution to fund through short breaks service level agreements.  We do not necessarily fund these completely as the organisations will have access to other funding streams and they will also charge for attendance at these groups. The only change that I am aware of from last year is that the Social Activity Club used to meet fortnightly last year and had to groups 8 to 1 and 12 to 17 but this will change shortly to 1 weekly club as detailed below.  There are other playschemes that children with special or additional needs can access via the SEND Website if they are able to.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the detailed table

5.   What steps has the local authority taken to assess whether short break provision is ‘sufficient to assist carers to continue to provide care or to do so more effectively’ as required by The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 (Regulation 4)?

Answer: We have not been able to undertake a recent needs analysis but are intending to undertake a review of the needs of families in the Borough and there is likely to be consultation with health and adult services to increase joint commissioning.

 

1/6/2015

 

7336

 

 The information I request is set out below:-
-  Do you use B&B’s to temporarily  house prison leavers, if so how many B&B’s do you use?
- What guidelines are used, ie/ what is standard procedure when someone released from prison presents themselves as homeless to you.
- How many prison leavers have been placed in temporary B&B accommodation in the last five years?
- When prison leavers are placed in temporary B&B accommodation is a risk assessment undertaken, if so by who and how is this information shared with the proprietor of the B&B?
- Does the proprietor of the B&B receive any training in dealing with offenders?
- Do these establishments continue to operate as a normal B&B whilst housing prison leavers?
- What are the names of the B&B’s used to temporarily house prison leavers in your jurisdiction?

 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) Do you use B&B’s to temporarily house prison leavers, if so how many B&B’s do you use?

We occasionally use B&B accommodation to temporarily house anyone who approaches our service that we legally owe a homelessness duty to. This would include prison leavers who would be accommodated if owed a duty to be.

2) What guidelines are used, i.e. what is standard procedure when someone released from prison presents themselves as homeless to you?

The homelessness legislation and code of guidance.

3) How many prison leavers have been placed in temporary B&B accommodation in the last five years?

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 this part of the request as to report this we would have to review every individual case placed in temporary accommodation over the last 5 years.

4) When prison leavers are placed in temporary B&B accommodation is a risk assessment undertaken, if so by who and how is this information shared with the proprietor of the B&B?

A risk assessment is carried out based on the information we have available at the time for everyone that is placed in temporary accommodation including B&B. We have no protocol in place to share information with B&B's about individual personal circumstances. We cannot comment on how each B&B establishment carries out their own risk assessment for anyone that books to stay with them.

5) Does the proprietor of the B&B receive any training in dealing with offenders?

We cannot answer this question. It would be the responsibility of each B&B to determine what training they undertake. We have no formal arrangements with any B&B's.

6) Do these establishments continue to operate as a normal B&B whilst housing prison leavers?

We cannot answer this question. We have no formal arrangements with any B&B's.

7) What are the names of the B&B’s used to temporarily house prison leavers in your jurisdiction?

We have no formal arrangements with any specific B&B's. We use a number of different B&B's either locally or in surrounding area's depending on availability.

2/6/2015

 

7337

 

 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;- A list of all live business rates accounts with a 2010 list Rateable Value greater than or equal to £5,000.

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 and this is enclosed in Excel spreadsheet format as requested.

Business Rates

29/5/2015

 

7338

 

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/5/2015

 

7339

 

 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

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

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/5/2015

 

7340

 

The query relates to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – an adult social care issue related to the Mental Capacity Act.
1.Please list the number of requests for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) authorisations your local authority received from care homes and hospitals in financial year 2014-15.
2.Please list the number of the DoLS requests from question 1 that were not carried out within statutory timescales (in most cases 7 days for urgent authorisations and 21 days for standard authorisations)
3.How many cases in settings not covered by the DoLS (for example supported living) did your council identify as potentially requiring court of protection authorisation for deprivation of liberty in 2014-15?
4.How many applications did your local authority make to the Court of Protection to authorise deprivation of liberty in settings not covered by the DoLS (e.g. supported living) in 2013-14 and 2014-15? How many of the 2014-15 applications were under the Re:X streamlined process?
5.How many legal challenges to deprivations of liberty (under section 21(A) of the Mental Capacity Act) did your council receive in each financial year 2013-14 and 2014-15?
6.How many staff employed by your local authority are trained as Best Interests Assessors? Of these, how many were trained in 2014-15?
7.How much did your local authority spend on deprivation of liberty cases and processes (including DoLS) in each financial year 2013-14 and 2014-15?

 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.    872

 

2.    33 (4%)

 

3.    Initial scoping – identified approximately 115, however, this area requires further exploration.

 

4.   

2013/2014 – Nil.

 

2014/2015 – Nil.

 

5.   

2013/2014 – Nil.

 

2014/2015 – Nil.

 

6.    10

1 trained in 2014-15

 

7.   

2013/2014 - £20,390

 

2014/2015 - £405,309

 

2/6/2015

 

7341

 

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

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

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/5/2015

 

7342

 

 Please can you answer the following:-
1.The name/s and address/es of the establishment/s to which dogs are taken when found to be straying in your area.
2 How often are the holding kennels inspected by the council?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can confirm that Environmental Health and Trading Standards does hold the  information you requested. Our answers to your questions are included below:-

1. The name/s and address/es of the establishments/s to which dogs are taken when found to be straying in your area.

All stray dogs collected by the Council are taken to:-

Lodge Kennels
Great North Road
(A1) Southbound
Baldock
Hertfordshire
SG7 5EX

Tel No: (01462) 730464

2. How often are the holding kennels inspected by the Council?

The kennels are licensed by North Hertfordshire District Council under the requirements of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 and are inspected annually as part of the conditions of that license.

Bedford Borough Council undertake periodic random inspections of the kennels as part of the regular contract management review process. 

3/6/2015

 

7343

 

 What titles were given to (i) residential care workers (ii) cooks (all levels); (iii) cleaners/domestics; (iv) kitchen assistants during the period 1 Jan 2007 to date?

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.  Please note that Bedford Borough became a Unitary Authority on 1 April 2009 so the information provided relates to this date forward.

Question 1:

1) Care Assistants
2) Cooks/ Chefs
3) Cleaners/ Domestics
4) Kitchen Assistants

Question 2:

1) Grade 4 (scp 11 - 13)
2) Grade 4 (scp 11 - 13)
3) Grades 1 (scp 5 - 6) & 2 (6 – 8)
4) Grade 1 (scp 5 – 6)

13/5/2015

 

7344

 

 What grades and spinal column points have those jobs been given during that period?

 Answered Q2 within FOI 7343 above

 

13/5/2015

 

7345

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

21/5/2015

 

7346

 

Please provide the following information under the freedom of information act:
"Please provide the number of families in temporary accommodation provided by your authority for the separate years of 2012, 2013, and 2014"
Families being defined as any adult person who has children. Temporary accommodation being defined as accommodation provided by your authority for the purposes of housing people while council housing is sought for that individual/s.
Please provide breakdowns of number of people in the family (with details of how many children) and how long they were in temporary accommodation for.

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

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

States that "Please provide the number of families in temporary accommodation provided by your authority for the separate years of 2012, 2013, and 2014" is exempt information the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

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

Temporary accommodation

3/6/2015

 

7347

 

 After searching online and reading various documents, I am still unable to obtain an actual figure for the number of adults over 18 who are actively receiving some form of social care.
We would be very grateful if you could send me this information, or a document that contains this information 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.

In response to this FOI request we have a total of 2644 unique service users (18+) actively in receipt of services from adult social care.

2/6/2015

 

7348

 

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

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

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

22/5/2015

 

7349

 

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

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

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

22/5/2015

 

7350

 

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

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

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

22/5/2015

 

7351

 

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

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

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

22/5/2015

 

7352

 

 Please find attached the annual survey form relating to usual costs paid by local authorities for nursing and residential care. We do not necessarily need this to be completed, an existing document outlining any change in rates since 2014/15 financial year and the fees for elderly and dementia nursing and residential care for the current 2015/16 financial year would suffice (but please see the attached for full details).

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

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 baseline form

 

2/6/2015

 

7353

 

1. In the last financial year (2014/15) how much money did you pay to students, who attended school under your authority's responsibility, as compensation for personal injuries?
2. How many individual claims did this represent?
3. For all payments in excess of £2,000 please state the amount of compensation and a brief description of the nature of the claim, e.g. Fall from climbing frame (£2,100), Fingers trapped in door (£3,150).
4. In relation to all claims for compensation for personal injury referred to in Q.1 how many of these claims were for injuries sustained as a result of an attack or assault from another student?
5. What was the total compensation paid to students who were attacked or assaulted by fellow students?
Note this question relates to compensation claims paid in 2014/15 irrespective of when the actual injury incident took place or when the claim was lodged

 

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. In the last financial year (2014/15) how much money did you pay to students, who attended school under your authority's responsibility, as compensation for personal injuries? £3,000

2. How many individual claims did this represent? 1

3. For all payments in excess of £2,000 please state the amount of compensation and a brief description of the nature of the claim, e.g. Fall from climbing frame (£2,100), Fingers trapped in door (£3,150). £3,000 – finger trapped in door

4. In relation to all claims for compensation for personal injury referred to in Q.1 how many of these claims were for injuries sustained as a result of an attack or assault from another student? £0

5. What was the total compensation paid to students who were attacked or assaulted by fellow students? £0
Note this question relates to compensation claims paid in 2014/15 irrespective of when the actual injury incident took place or when the claim was lodged.

11/5/2015

 

7354

 

Does the local authority provide specific approach to Physical Intervention in their schools by the means of a third party training organisations, and if so which one?

Does the local authority require providers of this type of training to their schools to be accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities(BILD), Physical Intervention Accreditation Scheme?

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. Does the Local Authority provide any specific approach to Physical Intervention in its schools by the means of a third party training organisation? 

The Council does not provide any specific approach to Physical Intervention in its schools by the means of a third party training organisation. 

2. Does the Local Authority require providers of this type of training to their schools to be accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), Physical Intervention Accreditation Scheme?

Not applicable as third party training organisations are not used.

 

11/5/2015

 

7355

 

 

Following the General election of 2015 could we please enquire as to how many tellers/counters were employed your local authority in order to action the count and provide the result of the ballot for both the local elections and the election of MP's to the house of commons?
Additionally to the above if a figure is known for the employment of the staff for this event is known could that additionally be provided?

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

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the 2015 combined elections and council tax referendum.  The (Acting) Returning/Counting Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity. A list of public bodies and local authorities that are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act is available at the following website:

Legislation.gov.uk

 

As you will see, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Notwithstanding that there is no statutory obligation to provide this information, please see below information in response to the requests you make:

 

Following the General Election of 2015 could we please enquire as to how many tellers/counters were employed your local authority in order to action the count and provide the result of the ballot for both the local elections and the election of MP's to the house of commons?

 

A total of 697 staff members of staff were employed to work at the counting of votes for the combined elections and referendum held on 7 May 2015.  These counts were held over the period from Thursday 7 May to Monday 11 May.

 

Tellers are not employed by the (Acting) Returning/Counting Officer.

 

Additionally to the above if a figure is known for the employment of the staff for this event is known could that additionally be provided?

 

I’m afraid I do not completely understand the request you are making.  As such, I provide no information in response to this element of the request.

 

4/6/2015

 

7356

 

1. What the total incremental cost of implementing the above referendum was, when compared to the overall costs for conducting the May 7th Election ?

2. How Many of the total Votes  cast in the referendum were cast  by Post , and at what cost?

3. Whether or not any central funding was provided to offset the costs of the Referendum.

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the 2015 combined elections and council tax referendum.  The (Acting) Returning/Counting Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity. A list of public bodies and local authorities that are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act is available at the following website:Legislation.gov.uk

As you will see, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Notwithstanding that there is no statutory obligation to provide this information, please see below information in response to the requests you make:

1. Election/Referendum accounts are required to be submitted within six months of the date an election result is declared.  These combined accounts will be submitted to the Election Claims Unit by 8 November 2015.

2. The total number of ballot papers received by post and included in the counting for votes for the Referendum on the proposed Council Tax increase by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner was 15,691.

3. Please see response to question 1 above

09/06/15

 

7357

 

 

 I write to request for the full list of businesses/companies that have become liable for paying non domestic rates on a property between the 1st May 2015 to 15th May 2015.  Could you include the type of property, address, business name and the date that they became liable 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.

Please see spreadsheet regarding businesses paying non domestic rates.

 

08/06/15

 

7358

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, I kindly request the following information in relation to short break services for carers of disabled children in your local authority:
1.How many short breaks were accessed by disabled children in each of the years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and how many are projected to be accessed in 2015/16?
2.How many of the following types of short breaks were accessed by disabled children in each the years specified in Question 1:
(a)day-time care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(b)overnight care in the homes of disabled children or elsewhere,
(c)educational or leisure activities for disabled children outside their homes, and
(d)services available to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.

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 and tables

1/6/2015

 

7359

 

 Please could you provide us with the following information for every company that has request planning permission within your region within the last 5 years?
Company Name
Contact Name
Address
Telephone Number

Thank you for your request for information about companies requesting planning permission within the region for the last 5 years which we received on 12 May 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located at the link below:

Search Plans

12/5/2015

 

7360

 

 I would like to make a Freedom of Information request to your Local Education Authority. Please can you provide me with the following information:
NB: This FOI relates to teachers from all state run primary and secondary schools in you authority. I would like the information for all teachers and teaching assistance staff. This includes: teaching assistants, NQTs, teachers, middle management, senior management and head teachers.
1. The name of the Local Education Authority
2. How many teachers (see definition above) currently work in state schools in your authority?
3. How many teachers (see definition above) took leave due to a stress-related illnesses in the academic year of:
a) 2012/13
b) 2013/14
c) So far in the academic year of 2014/15?
(Please list the figures by each year)
4. The total number of calendar days in the following academic years that teachers (see definition above) in your authority have taken off due to stress-related illnesses?
a) 2012/13
b) 2013/14
c) So far in the academic year of 2014/15?
(Please list the figures by each year. If you can provide the FTE days please do as well, but we require the calendar days figure)
5. How many teachers (see definition above) are currently on stress-related leave as it stands today (12th May 2015)?

 Applicant has not responded to clarification request

 

 

7361

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to know the following:
1.A list of all Primary and Secondary schools in your Local Authority that were oversubscribed on the relevant national offer day in 2015 (16th April 2015 for Primary and  2nd March 2015 for Secondary).
2.For each of the schools individually identified under 1 above:
a. The admission criterion that the last successful pupil was admitted under;
b.The home to school distance and unit of measurement of this last successful applicant (i.e. the cut off distance), assuming distance was used to prioritise this last place. 

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

Please see below Schools information/

Oversubscription Information – All Rounds 2015
2015 Upper
School Tie-breaker (criterion and distance (metres))
Sharnbrook Any Other - 12,816.01
St Thomas More Any Other - 1,082.49
Wootton Any Other - 6,337.10
2015 Middle
School Tie-breaker (criterion and distance (metres))
Alban Any Other - 6,258.12
Daubeney Any Other – 1,839.31
Goldington Feeder 1 – 2,984.48
Lincroft Any Other – 4,625.54
Marston Vale Any Other – 4,782.00
2015 Starting School
School Tie-breaker (criterion and distance (metres))
Bedford Road Any Other – 751.12
Camestone Any Other – 1,017.57
Castle Any Other – 905.80
Cauldwell Catchment – 734.12
Cotton End Feeder 1 – 1,626.86
Eileen Wade Any Other – 10,223.50
Elstow Any Other – 1,161.15
Great Barford Feeder – 3,906.12
Great Denham Other Siblings – 2,195.21
John Gibbard Feeder – 7,029.80
Kempston Rural Any Other – 1,762.04
Lakeview Other Siblings – 3,770.20
Livingstone Any Other – 766.54
Priory Catchment – 411.44
Queens Park Catchment – 372.60
Renhold Feeder 1 – 1,694.77
Roxton Any Other – 3,708.68
Shackleton Catchment – 721.67
St James Any Other – 1,812.35
St John Rigby Other Siblings – 1,557.39
St Lawrence Feeder 1 – 2,187.46
The Hills Any Other – 2,281.96

12/5/2015

 

7362

 

 Under the above references I wish to make a Freedom of Information request concerning Riseley Road to A6 (Sharnbrook). I damaged my tyre (including another person who damaged their alloy wheel and tyre on the same road). I would like to see the inspection report from BBC's highways maintenance contractor, AMEY, who inspected the damage to the road in January 2015. Your insurers are stating that the road was in reasonable condition yet after I reported the damage to my tyre numerous repairs were carried out and some very poorly. I have photographic evidence to prove this post 25th January 2015 and further repairs needed were marked up by BBC on 7th May 2015

Thank you for your request for information about Highway Inspection Records which we received on 12 May 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

The information you requested is attached.

 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachments

 

29/5/2015

 

7363

 

 We would like to request that you provide the following information.
The investments made by your pension fund in:
-Unit trusts, Oeics or collective investment schemes of any nature
-Exchange Traded Funds
-Property
-Private Equity
-Infrastructure
This information should show the number of units owned, the name of each fund etc. and the amount invested in each.

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 and this is enclosed in Excel spreadsheet format as requested

Pension Fund 

4/6/2015

 

 7364

 

 Please could you provide a street plan showing all street names for the new developments on Cementry Road and Wilkinson Road.
Please also include any phases not mentioned which you currently have information for.

Thank you for your request for information about street names for new developments on Cemetery Road and Wilkinson Road which we received on 12 May 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  Following the e-mail from Mark Allen dated 15 May 2015 this is our formal response.

Most of the information you require is on Bedford Borough Council’s GIS mapping system, however, there is one omission to your request which is the first development (Barratt Homes) on the right as you enter Wilkinson Road from the Woburn Road roundabout. For this information please see the attached drawing.

New Developments

For all of the other information please use the following link

To use the link either search Wilkinson Road or Martell Drive and navigate around the mapping using the normal tools.  If you have any problems accessing the link please let us know and we’ll try to provide you with the information in another form, however, the information isn’t available on one plan but by individual development plans
 

15/5/2015

 

7365

 

Please find below questions that I would like answering under the freedom of information act.
1.Please provide me with a list of all teams associated with Children’s Social Services including addresses where possible for a team that would employ a Qualified Social Worker. 2.Please provide me with a list of all teams associated with Adult’s Social Services including addresses where possible for a team that would employ a Qualified Social Worker. 3.Please can you advise which recruitment agencies currently form your preferred supplier list for temporary Qualified Social Workers

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. 

Team Name

Address

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

Assessment Team

Family Intervention Support Services

Care Management 1, 2 & 3

Permanency Team

Children with Disabilities Team

Adoption Team

Fostering Team

Placements Team

Bedford Borough Council

Borough Hall

Caudwell Street

Bedford

MK42 9AP

Leaving and After Care Team

Youth Offending Team

Enterprise House

Old Ford End Road

Bedford

MK40 4PF

2.        

Team Name

Address

Older People’s Team

Care Standards and Review Team

Physical Disabilities Team

Visual Impairment Team

Learning Disabilities Team

Safeguarding Team

Bedford Borough Council

Borough Hall

Caudwell Street

Bedford

MK42 9AP

 

The Hospital Social Work Team

Britannia Road

Bedford

MK42 9DJ

3. Answer: Recruitment agencies currently forming the preferred supplier list for temporary Qualified Social Workers.

The following suppliers are currently being used for Social Workers via a contract the Council has in place with Guidant.

•           3D Recruit Ltd (Social Work 2000)

•           Caritas Recruitment

•           Danluker Limited DLK

•           Eden Brown Social Work

•           HCL Social Care Ltd

•           Liquid Personnel Ltd

•           Medicare First

•           Remedy Medical Solutions Ltd

•           Sanctuary Personnel Ltd

09/06/15

7366

 

Can you please advise how I can get the following questions answered please under a Freedom Of Information request?
1.Who is responsible for the construction of the “wording” of the question set on the ballot paper used in the Bedfordshire Police Referendum?
2.Once the question was proposed did the Chief Constable or the Police and Crime Commissioner get an opportunity to reset the question to make this easier for people to understand?
3.If the answer to Q2 above is no why was this the case?
4.It has been announced that the cost of the referendum has cost £600,000. Can you give me a detailed breakdown of what constitutes this cost? I would like to see a clear breakdown of who has been paid what to build up this cost to the community?
5.If a referendum was to be run again independently (not along with the General Election) how much would this cost and what would these costs need to include?

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the 2015 combined elections and council tax referendum.  The (Acting) Returning/Counting Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity. A list of public bodies and local authorities that are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act is available at the following website:http://www.legislation.gov.uk As you will see, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Notwithstanding that there is no statutory obligation to provide this information, please see below information in response to the requests you make:

1.This is set out in legislation.  For ease of reference, I have provided a link to the relevant piece of legislation that sets out the details of the question to be asked in a referendum concerning a Council Tax increase: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/409/schedule/1/made

2.No, there is no provision in the law that allows for this.

3.As above.

4.Election/Referendum accounts are required to be submitted within six months of the date an election result is declared.  These combined accounts will be submitted to the Election Claims Unit by 8 November 2015.

5.

We do not hold this information.

09/06/15

 

7367

 

 I would like to submit a new freedom of information request.
1.Contracts/Agreements relating to the supply of Gas which may include the following:
•Natural Gas Supply
•Gas Heating / Boiler Maintenance
•Installation of Gas Central Heating Systems
2.Contracts/Agreements relating to the supply of Electricity which may include the following:
•Street Lighting
•Electricity Supply (Half Hourly)
•Electricity Supply (Non Half Hourly)
•Corporate Electricity Supply
3.Contracts/Agreements relating to the supply of Water which may include the following:
a.Supply of Water
b Waste Water
Contract Information- For each of the types of the contract that I am requesting please can you send me the following information. Please remember if there is more than one provider can you please split the contract information up for each individual provider?
1.Unique Contract Key: Please can you provide me with a unique reference quote that relates to each contract.
2.Current Provider: If there is more than one provider please split the contract information individually.
3.Annual Average Spend: Please can you send me the average spends over the last three years. Approximate spend is also acceptable.
4.Contract Duration: Duration of the contract/agreement and can you please include any extension periods that could be executed
5.Contract Commence Date: The date the contract/agreement commenced
6.Contract Expiry Date: The date the contract/agreement expired
7.Contract Description: A brief description of the contract of what support/service in involved
8.Responsible Officer: Who within the organisation is responsible for this contract. Please can you send me the full names, actual job title, internal contact number and the officers direct email address.

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

Energy Contracts
Bedford Borough Council currently procures energy for its buildings and schools through a Professional Buying Organisation (PBO), namely Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO).  Below are the current contracts in place start and end as follows:

Supply Supplier Start Date End Date Average Spend
Gas British Gas  1st June 2013  31st March 2017 £617k
Non Half-Hourly (NHH) Electricity, Half-Hourly (HH) Electricity and Unmetered Supplies (UMS) Electricity npower  1st April 2015 31st March 2019 £1,680k


The Council has entered into YPO’s flexible purchasing framework; involving YPO purchasing energy prior to the supply period (Purchase In Advance (PIA) Flexible Purchase).

Responsible Officer for Energy is: Paul Pace, Head of Environment, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP.
Tel: 01234 718275. E-mail: paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk

Heating / Boiler Maintenance:

Unique Contract Key - NA - PPM Mechanical Plant
Current Provider - J W Housden Ltd
Annual Average Spend - The cost of the service and break down included is £21,670.00.
Contract Duration - Current contract 3 years.
Contract Commence Date - April 2012
Contract Expiry Date - June 2015
Contract Description - Boiler & mechanical servicing & repairs, 24 hour call out.
Installation of Gas Central Heating Systems - The council does not have a contract for replacing central heating installations.  Any new or replacement systems would be individually tendered to comply with BBC standing orders using the Proactis tendering system.
Responsible Officer for Heating / Boiler is: Ken Huck, Principal M&E Engineer, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP. Tel 01234 276645.  E-mail: ken.huck@bedford.gov.uk

Supply of Water
All water, both supply and sewage, is currently through Anglian Water, on a rolling contract.

Responsible Officer for Water is: Paul Pace, Head of Environment, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP.
Tel: 01234 718275. E-mail: paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk

1/6/2015

 

7368

 

 Can I please have a copy of all files/correspondence relating to Planning Application Reference: X and the Subsequent Appeal.

Thank you for your request for information about correspondence relating to planning application and appeal ref 13/01109/OUT which we received on 13 May 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is below in bold:

1. s106 negotiations between my representatives (solicitor – Mander Cruikshank based in Leicestershire and my Planning Consultant – Philips Planning Services (PPS) based in Bedford). Having spoken to Mr Gideon Richards from your Planning Department the s106 work may also have been dealt with by the Councils Lawyer whom I believe may have been: Mr David Down. Information attached

2. Correspondence relating to revised drawings at Planning Application stages, this may have been between the Councils Highways Officers and PPS in light of the Access Road. This information is publicly available from the Customer Service Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford during opening hours

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachments

18/5/2015

 

7369

 

Please can you send me a copy of your Housing, property and Regeneration structure chart

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. 

Chart

 

15/5/2015

 

7370

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you kindly respond to this e-mail providing the information on your senior management structure including the names and contact details for the following members of your Senior Management Team:
All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tier Officers within the Children and Families Directorate 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.

Please find the information you requested below. 

Post Surname Name Email Address
Director of Children's & Adult Services CROMPTON KEVIN

 Kevin.Crompton@bedford.gov.uk

Assistant Director - Chief Education Officer FOSTER COLIN 

Colin.Foster@bedford.gov.uk

Assistant Director (Chief Social Worker & Transformation) FREEMAN DARRYL

 Darryl.Freeman@bedford.gov.uk

Head of Service Social Work HILL KEITH Keith.Hill@bedford.gov.uk

Head of Student Support Services  & PEP LONG TIMOTHY Tim.Long@bedford.gov.uk

Service Manager (Strategic Services) CAPLIS SHAUN 

Shaun.Caplis@bedford.gov.uk

15/5/2015

 

7371

 

Please can you answer the following questions regarding Adult Social Care in Bedford?
1.The Current number of weekly hours commissioned to private domiciliary care providers for Adult Social Care as of April 2015
2.The estimated Annual Spend commissioned for Adult Social Care through private domiciliary care providers
3.The type of agreements held with private domiciliary care providers commissioned to deliver Adult Social Care services such as frameworks, Spot Contracts, Block Contracts etc and their start/end dates
4.The range of charge rates (lowest and highest) charged to the local authority for Adult Social Services commissioned through private domiciliary care providers
5.When you anticipate retendering for domiciliary care services for Adult Social Care
6.The name of the current Domiciliary Care Providers commissioned in your authority delivering Adult Social Care
7.The contact Name, Email address and Contact number of the person responsible for commissioning domiciliary care services in your authority
8.Are commissioned providers required to use real-time electronic monitoring to provide data to the local authority and if so which system?
9.The number of service users currently receiving a direct payment within your local authority
10.The authorities’ current market positioning statement for Adult Social 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 the information you requested.
1.Circa 500,000 hours.
2.£7,600,000.
3.All are on Approved Provider framework contracts. Start dates vary depending when the provider obtained approval. Standard length has been 12 months but varied this year as we expect to retender during 2015/16 - see Q5.
4.All charges are publically available here  click on the provider name to see the rates.
5.Sometime during 2015/16 unable to be precise because discussing joint project with CCG. Around October is a best guess as to when we will be ready to go.
6.See answer to Q4.
7.George Hunt
George.hunt@bedford.gov.uk,
01234 718240
8.Yes, CM2000.
9.250 service users in receipt of direct payments during 2015/2016.
10.MPS information is integrated into our Joint Commissioning Strategies available here.

11/06/15

 

7372

 

 

Please supply the following information, in respect of each of the last three years (1 April to 31 March):
1) The number of child abuse and/or neglect allegations against people who work with children notified to your Local Authority Designated Officer in respect of a child in your area placed or held in any of the following (please provide data for each category of establishment):
a) Children’s home
b) Secure children’s home
c) Independent boarding school (private boarding school that does not fall within category e) below)
d) State boarding school (run by local council, academy or free school and does not fall within category e) below)
e) Residential special school (NB schools which accommodate children for more than 295 days a year must be registered as children’s homes, so please include data relating to those in a) above)
f) Mental health inpatient unit
g) Hospital that does not fall within category f) above
h) Young offender institution
i) Secure training centre
j) Immigration removal centre / detention (this includes Cedars pre-departure accommodation)
k) Police custody
2) The number of Section 47 enquiries* conducted in respect of a child in your area placed or held in any of the following (please provide data for each category of establishment):
a) Children’s home
b) Secure children’s home
c) Independent boarding school (private boarding school that does not fall within category e) below)
d) State boarding school (run by local council, academy or free school and does not fall within category e) below)
e) Residential special school (NB schools which accommodate children for more than 295 days a year must be registered as children’s homes, so please include data relating to those in a) above)
f) Mental health inpatient unit
g) Hospital that does not fall within category f) above
h) Young offender institution
i) Secure training centre
j) Immigration removal centre / detention (this includes Cedars pre-departure accommodation)
k) Police custody
3) Using the headings below
ABUSE OR NEGLECT SUBSTANTIATED
ABUSE OR NEGLECT NOT SUBSTANTIATED
CHILD MOVED
OTHER CHILDREN IN ESTABLISHMENT INTERVIEWED
OTHER CHILDREN MOVED
MEMBER OF STAFF CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL OFFENCE
CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS ONGOING
MEMBER OF STAFF SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION
STAFF DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS ONGOING  
OTHER – PLEASE STATE
please provide details of the outcomes of Section 47 enquiries* conducted in respect of children in your area placed or held in any of the following (please provide data for each category of establishment):
a) Children’s home
b) Secure children’s home
c) Independent boarding school (private boarding school that does not fall within category e) below)
d) State boarding school (run by local council, academy or free school and does not fall within category e) below)
e) Residential special school (NB schools which accommodate children for more than 295 days a year must be registered as children’s homes, so please include data relating to those in a) above)
f) Mental health inpatient unit
g) Hospital that does not fall within category f) above
h) Young offender institution
i) Secure training centre
j) Immigration removal centre / detention (this includes Cedars pre-departure accommodation)
k) Police custody
PART TWO
4) Please state whether your local authority is investigating, or is aware of police or other investigations into, allegations of child abuse or neglect occurring in the past (at least 12 months ago) in children’s homes or other residential establishments formerly or presently run by your local authority.
*Section 47 refers to Section 47 of the Children Act 1989.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the lengthy response


 

3/6/2015

 

7373

 

Re:St Martins Way, Bedford
WE have been commissioned to undertake an environmental review of the above  We would therefore be grateful if you could search your records for this site.
In particular, please respond to the following questions, although any additional information would be useful: 1.  Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council’s Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part IIA undertaking)? If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site
2.  Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site uses, leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.? If there have been any intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please provide dates and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports are publicly available.
3.Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills located within a 250m radius of the site:
a)The location of all landfills, both closed and operational (i.e. National Grid Reference and location plan if available).
b)Dates when the landfill was operational.
c)Types of waste deposited.
d)Any information on volume of waste deposited, depth of infilling and landfill structure.
e)Details of any landfill gas monitoring, site investigation or gas spiking undertaken at the landfill or in the immediate vicinity of the site.
4.Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise, odour or dust issues/complaints?  If yes, what was the nature of the issue and what was the outcome?
5.Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site? If yes what is the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?
6. Do you hold any records of flooding at the subject site

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

1.By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area, and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. This is because our records indicate that in the past, a sand or gravel pit was present on the site. This is considered to be a low priority site. A factory or works is indicated to have existed adjacent to this site, on Arkwright Road. That site will also be assessed, and is considered to be a medium priority site.

At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or not it expects these sites to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in the course of completion. Therefore no reply given above refers to contaminated land for the purposes of the said Act. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, references to contamination should not be taken to mean the land has been deemed prejudicial to health or a nuisance for the purposes of Part Ill of the Act.

1.The council is not aware of the presence of contamination at the site.

St Martins Industrial Estate is located on the site of a former landfill site, known as Eastcotts, Bedford.

According to our records, the site was:

·         Operated by Bedford Quarry Co

·         Located at National Grid ref: TL 507300, 248200

·         First input: 31/12/1961

·         Last input: 31/12/1967

·         Waste type not stated

·         Further information may be held by the Minerals and Waste Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council (0300 300 8693), please refer to ‘Pit 56’.

One record held within this Department indicates that this site was formerly used as a gravel pit. However, a file note by a former colleague states the following:

'1933 map at County [council] records identifies site as a sand pit. The site is likely to have a 20 to 30 year history of tipping. The pit was identified as full in 1956.

An intrusive investigation was undertaken at this site in the past, and was reported as follows:

Site Investigation Report by Stats on Cambridge Road, Bedford (Report Reference 32355), 1999. We cannot provide a copy of this report, and suggest that you contact the authors to request a copy.

A file note by a former colleague, dated March 2000, found within our records, states the following:

'Initial contamination survey did not include the landfilled part of the site.'

'10.5% Methane was found on the site’.

No further information was provided.

1.There is one other former landfill site within 250m of the site, located approximately 250m North of the site, known as South of New Cut. This is located on land currently occupied by Priory Country Park.

According to our records, the site was:

·         No information held on operator

·         Located at National Grid ref: TL 507300, 249100

·         First input: 01/01/1950

·         Last input: 31/12/1970

·         Waste type Inert, industrial, commercial, household

·         Further information may be held by the Minerals and Waste Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council (0300 300 8693), please to ‘Pit 37’.

·         WRC ref: 0200/0159

·         Licensed by Environment Agency Anglian Region.

Further information may be held by the Environment Agency (switchboard 08708 506 506), or the Minerals and Waste Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council (0300 300 8693).

11.We are not aware of any current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties.

2.We have no record of any private water supply within a 2km radius of the site.

3.We do not hold records of flooding. The Environment Agency may be able to provide this information.

4.There are no Part B Authorised Processes under the control of Bedford Borough Council licensed to the site or to properties within 500m of the site.

18/05/15

7374

 

 RE: St Martins Way, Bedford
We have  been commissioned to undertake a landlord’s environmental review of the above and to establish if there has ever been any petroleum storage on the site. Please would you provide the following information where available:
Are there any records of petroleum storage at or in the immediate vicinity of the site, either in above ground or below ground tanks? 
If yes:
1.How many tanks were there and what was their capacity? Please provide a plan showing the tank locations if possible.
2.How long were the tanks in use/known to be present on site?
3.What is the current status of the tanks? If they have been decommissioned by filling, please detail fill material.
4.Are there any known leaks or spills associated with the tanks?
5.Are there any records of integrity testing? If so when was this undertaken and what were the results?
7.Please provide details of any LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

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

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, not held by Bedford Borough Council

 

3/6/2015

 

7375

 

I would like to request the details of all commercial property that the council owns, not for it's
own occupation but for investment or other purposes. These to include single shops and retail parades, industrial units or estates and offices premises.

Details to include:-

1. Full address
2. Full tenancy details - To include: Tenant name (where possible), Lease start date, Lease Expiry and Current Rent.

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 the following:

Details of all commercial property that the Council owns:

1.    Full address

2.    Full tenancy details – to include: Tenant name, Lease start date, lease expiry and current rent

In relation to question 1 of your request, Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1.    States that question 1 of your request 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:

Section 21 of the act states that the information you have requested is accessible to you by other means. Within the first link below, under the heading ‘Corporate Asset Plan 2012-2016’, there is a list of the Commercial Properties within Appendix 5 (pages 82-92). This information is on the website. The information can also be found on the online maps facility on the Council’s website (see the second link below).

Corporate Asset Plan

Online Maps

In relation to question 2 of your request, 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’s 40 (Personal Information) and 43 (Commercial interests) of the FOI Act (FOIA)

19/5/2015

 

 7376

 

 

What, if any, enforcement (i.e. official warning, improvement notice, fine, court action or other recorded action) regarding the marketing of food regarding business to business communications have occurred under the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 (BPRs) since coming into force has occurred under your authorities control? Please provide the number of recorded enforcement actions you have issued since that date.

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 number of times is: 0

 

11/06/15

7377

 

 Under the Freedom of Information act, could you tell me of all requests to change the names of streets in the past five calendar years (back to January 2010).
The details I require are:
A) What the name of the street was
B) What was the new name suggested
C) Did the change take place in the end?
D) Reason for change and who requested change (residents group etc)
E) Postcode (so I can check location)
F) Date of change

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

How many requests has there been to change the names of streets in the past five calendar years (back to January 2010).
None.  Bedford Borough Council has not changed any names of any streets in the last 5 years.

1/6/2015

 

7378

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2002 I request a copy of the quarterly public records from Q1 2015 of the following information at the partnership level.
1.Names and vintage years of all private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate/REIT, debt and infrastructure partnerships in Bedfordshire Pension Fund’s portfolio.
2.Commitments made to each partnership.
3.Contributions drawn down since inception.
4.Distributions made to Bedfordshire Pension Fund to date by each individual partnership.
5.Net Asset Value of each partnership.
6.Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each individual partnership. (Please specify if the IRRs are not net.)
7.Investment multiple (TV/PI) for each individual partnership.
8.The dollar amount of “total management fees and costs paid” for each individual partnership.
9.Date as of which all the above data was calculated.
10.Names and service type provided of service providers assisting Bedfordshire Pension Fund with each individual partnership.
11.Names of all private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate/REIT, debt and infrastructure partnerships partially and fully sold by Bedfordshire Pension Fund, including date of sale.
Additionally, I would be grateful to receive the names, commitment amount, net asset value, and since inception percentage return of any hedge funds in which your plan has invested,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 most of the information you requested. 

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the response

29/5/2015