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8142

 

 Please can you provide me with the following information under the
Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-
I would be grateful if you could supply me with a list of the empty
properties/homes within Milton Keynes.

 clarifiaction sought

 

8143

 

I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act to ask how many foreign children (not from the UK), often unaccompanied, arriving in the county (through ports and/or airports) had come to the attention of the council in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and so fair in 2015-16 so far. And the nationalities of those children if known.And also how many of these children the council had lost track of in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and so fair in 2015-16 so far. And also the nationalities of those children if known.

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. 

How many foreign children (not from the UK), often unaccompanied, arriving in the county (through ports and/or airports) had come to the attention of the council in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and so fair in 2015-16 so far. And the nationalities of those children if known.

Answer:
2012 – 2013 The local authority had 7 UASC come to their attention and was accommodated under section 20 of the children’s act 1989 during this year; these young people were from the following Nationalities, Afghani. Eritrean, Ethiopian, Iranian.

2013 -2014 The local authority had 11 UASC come to their attention and was accommodated under section 20 of the children’s act 1989 during this year; these young people were from the following Nationalities, Gambian, Nigerian, Syrian, Vietnamese, Afghani, Eritrean, and Ethiopian

2014 – 2015 The local authority had 13 UASC come to their attention and was accommodated under section 20 of the children’s act 1989 during this year; these young people were from the following Nationalities. Iranian, Eritrean, Sudanese, Albanian, Ethiopian, Vietnamese.

2015 -2016  up to the 09/11/15 The local authority had 10  UASC come to their attention and  they have been accommodated under section 20 of the children’s act 1989 during this year; these young people were from the following Nationalities;  Iranian, Iraqi, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Sir Lankan, Afghani.
And also how many of these children the council had lost track of in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and so fair in 2015-16 so far. And also the nationalities of those children if known.

Answer:
2012 – 2013 unable to provide this information as it is less than five and providing the information could identify individuals*.

2013 – 2014 unable to provide this information as it is less than five and providing the information could identify individuals.

2014 – 2015 the council have lost track / contact with 0 UASC

2015 – 2016 up to the 09/11/15   the council have lost track / contact with 0 UASC
* I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that this is exempt information.
2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 40 (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).
An explanation follows below.
We are unable to provide this information due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

 11/11/15

8144

 

 I would like to know:
PSPOs:
1.Has your local authority brought through any Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) since these powers became available on 20 October 2014? If so, please give details of the PSPOs (please provide the text of the order(s), and if possible a map of the area affected).
2.Please state the council body or official who enacted the PSPO (eg, was the PSPO passed by a designated council officer, a designated committee, or full council?).
3.Did you carry out a public consultation before introducing the PSPO?
4.How has this PSPO been enforced? - for example, please give the number of on-the-spot fines or prosecutions for violation of the PSPO; or any other available statistics regarding enforcement, for example alcohol confiscations.
5.Please state which officers are responsible for the enforcement of the PSPO (eg, council wardens, private contractors, or the police).
6.Did your authority cancel or modify a draft PSPO after receiving feedback or opposition from members of the public?
7.Are you planning or consulting on a PSPO to bring through in the future? If so, please give details: the text of the order and the planned date of consultation/enactment.
8.CPNs: Please state the number of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) that you have issued since October 2014. Please indicate the subject of these CPNs (eg, messy gardens, feeding the birds, busking, or begging). If possible, please provide the text of these notices.

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

1.No PSPO’s have been introduced.

2.N/A

3.N/A

4.N/A

5.N/A

6.?

N/A

7.Consideration is being given to a PSPO to limit cycling in the pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre between the hours of 09:00hrs and 18:00hrs.  The consultation ended on the 30th September.  There is no enactment date as yet.

8.One CPN has been issued for anti-social behaviour and noise.

09/11/15

8145

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

16/11/15

8146

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/11/15

8147

 

 I am just enquiring about a site at  Clover Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire.
I am aware that the power station that was present southwards of the site is a cause of concern in terms of contaminated land and as a result the houses in the area are on the list of properties to be investigated at some point in the future once funding’s allow it.
I was wondering if the site mentioned would be included in any future investigations as it does not lie directly on the power station and if so, what priority would it be? Or if it would not be an issue under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?

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

 

30/11/15

 

8148

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST
1.For all the cases in the 2013/14 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Sexual Misconduct” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was eg. Verbal or physical and directed to an adult or child.
2.For all the cases in the 2013/14 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Racist Abuse” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was eg. Verbal or physical and what was the nature of the abuse (what words or phrases were used or written down).

 

 

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. For all the cases in the 2013/14 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Sexual Misconduct” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was eg. Verbal or physical and directed to an adult or child.

2. For all the cases in the 2013/14 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Racist Abuse” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was eg. Verbal or physical and what was the nature of the abuse (what words or phrases were used or written down).

Response:  We can confirm that there were NO permanent or fixed term exclusions in the 2013/14 academic year for pupils in reception through to Year 6 for either ‘sexual misconduct’ or ‘racist abuse’ reasons.

17/11/15

8149

 

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information relating to any Pet Shops that are currently licensed to sell puppies.
For all applicable premises:
1.  Please can you provide the current licenses for 2014/15 including number of puppies permitted to be stocked at any one time on the premises.
2. Please can you provide inspection reports for 2013, 2014 and 2015 if available.
3. If held, please can you supply details of where puppies are sourced from.
4. Please can you advise if the licensee holds an Animal Transportation Certificate and if so, have any inspections of vehicles and transports been made since 2013.
5. Please can you advise the number, nature and outcome of any complaints made since 01/01/2013.
6. Please can you also provide the following for all Licensed Dog Breeders, including those also licensed as pet shops.
a. The two most recent inspection reports.
b. Licence details.
 c. Number of breeding bitches permitted under the licence (if not stated in the inspection report and licence   details).

 

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

 30/11/15

8150

 

Can the local authority confirm the number of applications received for local welfare assistance in the following years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15
Can the local authority confirm the number of care leavers who applied for local welfare assistance in 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15
Does your local authority commission services to support care leavers with managing their money? 
If yes please could you outline what this service consists of?
Please tick the following if they are included in your service offer:
-Free budgeting workshops
-Workshops offering support on household bills
-Workshop on advice agencies and accessing independent advice
-1:1 budgeting support
-1:1 support on household bills
-1:1 support on advice agencies and accessing independent advice
-Free advice on saving and investing money
-Other (please state)
How many care leavers in each of the following years have fallen into debt, where this is known to the local authority: (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15).
How many care leavers in each of the following years have fallen into debt on their council tax where this is known to the local authority: (2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15).
How many care leavers up until the age of 25 have been evicted from their accommodation due to falling into arrears in the following years? (2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13)
How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) are in the care of the local authority?
How many former UASC are receiving leaving care services in this local authority, and of these how many are appeal rights exhausted?
In the last three financial years (2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15), how many appeal rights exhausted asylum seeking care leavers under 21 years (or 25 years if in full time education) were discharged from Local Authority services?
How many of the young people referred to in the question above had their leaving care support terminated as a result of a human rights assessment by each financial year (2012/13, 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 the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.Can the local authority confirm the number of applications received for local welfare assistance in the following years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15

Answer: We do not hold this information.   You will need to contact the Benefit Agency/Job Centre for this information.  Their contact details are as follows: Bedford Jobcentre Plus,
Wyvern House, Bromham Rd, Bedford, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, MK40 2EH, Telephone: 0845 604 3719

2.Can the local authority confirm the number of care leavers who applied for local welfare assistance in 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15

Answer:  We do not hold/record this information in a retrievable format.  In order for us to obtain this information would mean checking every case individually to try to ascertain.  This would exceed the fees limit *

3.Does your local authority commission services to support care leavers with managing their money? 

Answer: No

4.    If yes please could you outline what this service consists of?

Please tick the following if they are included in your service offer:

- Free budgeting workshops

- Workshops offering support on household bills

-Workshop on advice agencies and accessing independent advice

- 1:1 budgeting support

- 1:1 support on household bills

- 1:1 support on advice agencies and accessing independent advice

- Free advice on saving and investing money

Other (please state)

5.    How many care leavers in each of the following years have fallen into debt, where this is known to the local authority: (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15).

Answer: We do not hold/record this information in a retrievable format.  In order for us to obtain this information would mean checking every case individually to try to ascertain.  This would exceed the fees limit (see explanation below *)

6.How many care leavers in each of the following years have fallen into debt on their council tax where this is known to the local authority: (2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15).

Answer: We do not hold/record this information in a retrievable format.  In order for us to obtain this information would mean checking every case individually to try to ascertain.  This would exceed the fees limit (see explanation below *)

7.How many care leavers up until the age of 25 have been evicted from their accommodation due to falling into arrears in the following years? (2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13)

Answer: We do not hold/record this information in a retrievable format.  In order for us to obtain this information would mean checking every case individually to try to ascertain.  This would exceed the fees limit (see explanation below *)

8.How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) are in the care of the local authority?

Answer: The Local Authority has 24 UASC (under 18 year olds) in their care at the current time as of 09/11/15

9.How many former UASC are receiving leaving care services in this local authority, and of these how many are appeal rights exhausted?

Answer: 16 young people are receiving leave care services. The Number of ARE (appeal Rights Exhausted) is less than five therefore I am unable to give an exact number as this could identify these Young people

10.In the last three financial years (2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15), how many appeal rights exhausted asylum seeking care leavers under 21 years (or 25 years if in full time education) were discharged from Local Authority services?

Answer:

012/ 13 unable to provide this detail as it is less than five proving this information could identify the young people.

2013/14 unable to provide this detail as it is less than five proving this information could identify the young people.

2014/15 unable to provide this detail as it is less than five proving this information could identify the young people.

Please note that appeal rights exhausted asylum seeking care leavers under 21 years (or 25 years if in full time education) that were discharged from Local Authority services were discharged due to being removed / deported from the country or turning 21 years of age.

11.How many of the young people referred to in the question above had their leaving care support terminated as a result of a human rights assessment by each financial year (2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15)?

Answer:

2012/13 - Zero

2013/14 - Zero

2014/15 – Zero

* Fee limit -  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 with regards to Questions 2,5,6 and 7.

18/11/15

8151

 

we wish to request is a copy of the list/maps of major road schemes held by the council in respect of any property within the Borough of Bedford.

Thank you for your request for information about Major Road Schemes which we received on 4 November 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

20/11/15

8152

 

Please provide specific details of the information being sought.: FOI Request - Children's Services
I wish to know under the FOI for the last 12 months to 30th October 2015 - I refer to any written paper work compiled by social services or any person working on their behalf.
1) How many parents have in the last 12 month period have complained that social workers reports or statements are inaccurate, misleading or false or any words to the same effect.
2) How many times have social workers or managers refused to correct reports or statements?
3)How many times have social workers or managers said they would put letters on file proving reports are inaccurate?
4) How many of the said reports that are inaccurate, misleading or false have been used in court?
5) I have been told that notes of inaccuracies are added to the LA computer system. Should any notes of inaccurate, misleading or false statements or reports be applied on the LA's computer system does these full notes of inaccuracies show up if any other professional prints out or reads data. Do professionals show these notes to courts that the reports that they are giving the courts are proven to be inaccurate.
6. Are their any laws broken by making false reports and if so what? How many social workers have been caught making false reports?

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. 

I wish to know under the FOI for the last 12 months to 30th October 2015 - I refer to any written paper work compiled by social services or any person working on their behalf.

1)12

2) We do not record/hold this information.

3) We do not record/hold this information.

4)We do not record/hold this information.

5)We do not record/hold this information.

 

6): We do not record/hold this information.

 

02/12/15

8153

 

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

For those societies that are licensed to promote lotteries under a small society lottery license, please send me;

1. Name of society licensed

2. Address (including postcode) of office or head office of society 

3. Telephone number of society 

4. Name of person that applied for the license 

5. Capacity 

6. Address (including postcode) 

7. Daytime 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 the information you requested.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

27/11/15

8154

 

Under FOI please provide

1 No of PCN issued for 1/41/14 to 31/3/15

2 No of Warrants in respect of unpaid  PCN passed to Enforcement Agencies for the period 1/41/14 to 31/3/15

3 Value in debt in respect of unpaid PCN passed to Enforcement Agencies for the period 1/41/14 to 31/3/15

4 Value of  revenue in respect of unpaid PCN collected by Enforcement Agencies for the period 1/41/14 to 31/3/15

5 No of Enforcement Agencies used form the collections for unpaid PCN

6 Name of Enforcement Agencies used form the collections for unpaid PCN

7 No of complaints received during the period 1/4/14 to 31/3/15 in respect of enforcement activity

8 Contract expiry date for the provision od enforcement services

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

I have set out below the information you requested:

1. Number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued for the period 01/04/2014 – 31/03/2015

    38,788

2. Number of Warrants in respect of unpaid PCNs passed to Enforcement Agencies for the period 01/04/2014 – 31/03/2015

    3687

3. Value of debt in respect of unpaid PCNs passed to Enforcement Agencies for the period 01/04/2014 – 31/03/2015

    £365,072

4. Value of revenue in respect of unpaid PCNs collected by Enforcement Agencies for the period 01/04/2014 – 31/03/2015

    £79,824

5. Number of Enforcement Agencies used for the collection of unpaid PCNs

    2

6. Name of Enforcement Agencies used for the collection of unpaid PCNs

    Bristow & Suter and Equita

7. Number of complaints received during the period 01/04/2014 – 31/03/2015 in respect of enforcement activity

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is not held by Bedford Borough Council and accordingly Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 applies.  However, the Council has processes in place to ensure that all complaints received regarding the activity of Enforcement Agent companies are fully addressed with the company involved, as part of responses sent in accordance with the Council’s complaints policy.  During the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 statistics relating to the numbers of complaints received were not maintained, however, following the recent contract award for Enforcement Agent services, the Council has now put in place arrangements to monitor the number of and outcome of complaints received.

8. Contract expiry date for the provision of enforcement services

    1st May 2018, with an option to extend for 2 years

26/11/15

8155

 

1 No of Liability Orders obtained for non-payment of Council Tax for the period 1/4/14 to 31/3/15

2 No of Liability Order passed to Enforcement Agencies in respect of Council Tax for the period 1/4/14 to 31/3/15

3 Value in debt in respect of Council Tax passed to  Enforcement agencies for the period 1/4/14 to 31/3/15

4 Value of revenue in respect of Council Tax collected by  Enforcement agencies for the period 1/4/14 to 31/3/15

5 No of Enforcement Agencies used for the collection of unpaid Council Tax

6 Name of Enforcement Agencies used in the collection of unpaid Council Tax

7 No of complaints received during the period 1/4/14 to 31/3/15 in respect of enforcement activity

8 Contract expiry date for the provision od enforcement services

 

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

Our Response:

1.7,053

2.4,290

3.£2,868,544.79

4.£930,663.58

5.The Council uses two Enforcement Agencies for the collection of Council Tax

6.Bristow & Sutor and Equita

7.The Council has processes in place to ensure that all complaints received regarding the activity of Enforcement Agent companies are fully addressed with the company involved as part of the response sent in accordance with the Council’s complaints policy.  During the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 statistics were not maintained of the number of complaints received, however, following the recent contract award for Enforcement Agent services the Council has now put into place arrangements to monitor the number of, and outcome of, complaints received.

8.Contract end date 1 May 2018 with an option to extend for a further two years

03/12/15

8156

 

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act, Please may I have the most up to date organisational structure for the entire Children and Adults Services within the Council? Please can I have also a breakdown of the following:

 Individual teams within Children’s Services

Managers name’s and position which would include Director/AD/Head of Service/Service Manager and Team Manager level (stating whether they or permanent or interim)

Contact details including telephone numbers and email addresses of all Managers in Children Services.

 All Manager PA name’s and contact details including telephone numbers and email addresses.

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 some of the information you requested below & attached. 

The organisational chart for Children’s & Adult Services is attached.  This details the individual teams within Children’s Services and provides the names and email addresses for the Director, Assistant Directors & Heads of Service.  The contact telephone number is 01234 267422.

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

1. States that the details of post holders whose names are not generally in the public domain due to their seniority are exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 40(2) by virtue of   40(3)(a)(i) of the FOI Act (FOIA) as it comprises personal  data, and disclosure would be unfair.  The details of post holders amounts to ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA.  As you may know, S.40(2) FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data under FOIA would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act. 

The question which the Council must address in response to your request is whether disclosure of the personal data you have requested would contravene in particular the first data protection principle. That principle requires that any processing of personal data must be fair and lawful and must otherwise meet one of the conditions provided for in schedule 2 to the DPA. The schedule 2 condition which is most likely to be relevant in this context is that provided for in paragraph 6(1) of schedule 2. That condition will be met, in essence, if the public interests in disclosure of the data positively outweigh the data subjects' private interests in keeping their data confidential.

The Council has considered whether the weight of the public interest in favour of disclosure of the post holders’ names, would outweigh the consequences of disclosure. It has concluded that it would not as these post holders will not reasonably expect their details to be made publicly available.

 

 

01/12/15

8157

 

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

16/11/15

8158

 

Please supply me, under the Freedom of Information Act, the following information:
What are the your criteria for people 0-25 years old being eligible to receive a Personal Budget?
How many individuals in this age range have requested a Personal Budget for: short breaks; education; and other support since September 2014?
How many people aged 0-25 received a Personal Budget for short breaks, education and other support since September 2015?
How many people aged 0-25 have been refused a Personal Budget since September 2014?
On what grounds are they refused?
Do you have an eligibility statement or policy around accessing personal budgets in your 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 some of the information you requested

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

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

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

Part of this information is available in the public domain, please see links below.

What are the your criteria for people 0-25 years old being eligible to receive a Personal Budget?

Response Education: This information is available via the following website link

Response Children’s Services Social Care:  Children’s services social care has had a Direct Payment Scheme in for about 10 years.  The scheme provides payments to a dedicated bank account and is given in lieu of care services families have been assessed as needing, and is intended to give users greater choice in their care.  Some payments are paid annually in an advanced lump sum for families to use flexibly over the year others are paid monthly or ad hoc as needed/specified.  Currently we do not yet have a functioning Personal Budget Scheme as we do in Adult Services but it is something we need to fully develop as well as the option of Holding Accounts. 

Response Adults Services: Criteria for 18+ is the National Eligibility criteria which was brought in with the Care Act.

For young adults age 18 to 25 please see adults services pages on our website

How many individuals in this age range have requested a Personal Budget for: short breaks; education; and other support since September 2014?

Response Education/Children’s Services Social Care: We do not hold this information.

Response Adults Services: 146.

How many people aged 0-25 received a Personal Budget for short breaks, education and other support since September 2014?

Response Education/Children’s Services Social Care: We do not hold this information.

Response Adults Services: We do not hold this information.

How many people aged 0-25 have been refused a Personal Budget since September 2014?

Response Education/Children’s Services Social Care: We do not hold this information.

Response Adults Services: We do not hold this information.

On what grounds are they refused?

Response Education/Children’s Services Social Care: We do not hold this information.

Response Adults Services : We do not hold this information.

Do you have an eligibility statement or policy around accessing personal budgets in your area?

Response Education: Yes, this information is available via the following website https://sendguide.bedford.gov.uk/

Response Adults Services: Yes, this information is available via the following website

02/12/15

8159

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the local authority to provide me with the following information:
1)The amount the local authority spends on residential care per child per week in a) local authority provision b) non-local authority provision.
Referring only to children who are the responsibility of the local authority, please provide:
2)The number of children in regulated children's homes
3)The number of children placed in regulated children's homes within the LA boundary
4)The number of children placed in regulated children's homes outside the LA boundary
5)The number of children placed more than 20 miles from their home
6)The number of children placed in regulated children’s homes that have run away or gone missing from home or care.
For all questions, please provide this data as of March in the following years i) 2010 ii) 2014 iii) 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 enclosed. 

1)The amount the local authority spends on residential care per child per week in a) local authority provision b) non-local authority provision.

Answer:

 

a) local authority provision

b) non-local authority provision.

i) 2010

£2,732.00

£3,656.56

ii) 2014

£3,580.50

£3,122.02

iii)2015

£3,689.00

£3,450.33

Referring only to children who are the responsibility of the local authority, please provide:

2)The number of children in regulated children's homes

Answer:  2010 = 15 (rounded) ; 2014 = 20 (rounded); 2015 = 30 (rounded).

3)The number of children placed in regulated children's homes within the LA boundary

Answer: 2010 = x (suppressed due to low numbers*) ; 2014 = 10 (rounded); 2015 = 10 (rounded).

4)The number of children placed in regulated children's homes outside the LA boundary

Answer: 2010 = 10 (rounded); 2014 = 10 (rounded); 2015 = 20 (rounded).

5)The number of children placed more than 20 miles from their home

Answer: 2010 (not available) = ; 2014 = 50 (rounded); 2015= 40 (rounded).

6)The number of children placed in regulated children’s homes that have run away or gone missing from home or care.

Answer: 2010 = (not available) ; 2014 = x (suppressed due to low numbers*); 2015 = x (suppressed due to low numbers*).

For all questions, please provide this data as of March in the following years i) 2010 ii) 2014 iii) 2015. If it is not possible to give the data as of March, please provide data for the closest available period in that year.

* 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 Section40 (Personal Information)of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

Explanation follows below:

This information is suppressed due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.   We are there for only able to advise that the figure is less than 5.

03/12/15

8160

 

 I wish to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.
1. How many requests were received by the LA for Education Health and Care needs assessments between 1/9/14 and 1/9/15?
2. How many of the requests received by the LA for Education Health and Care needs assessments between 1/9/14 and 1/9/15 resulted in an assessment by 25/9/15?
3. How many of the Education Health and Care needs assessments carried out by 25/9/15  following requests received between 1/9/14 and 1/9/15 have resulted in an Education Health and Care Plan being issued by 25/9/15?
4 How many appeals were brought by 25/9/15 against the LA's decisions to refuse requests received between 1/9/14 and 1/9/15 for Education Health and Care needs assessments?
5 How many appeals were brought by 25/9/15 against the LA's decisions not to provide an Education Health and Care Plan following assessments carried out by 25/9/15 of requests made between 1/9/14 and 1/9/15?
6 How many requests were received by the LA between 1/9/13 and 1/9/14 for an assessment for a statement of special educational  need?
7. How many of the requests received by the LA between 1/9/13 and 1/9/14 for an assessment for a statement of SEN  resulted in an assessment by 26/9/14?
8. How many assessments for statements carried out by 26/9/14 following requests received between 1/9/13 and 1/9/14 resulted in a statement?
9. How many appeals were brought by 26/9/14 against decisions by the LA to refuse requests received between 1/9/13 and 1/9/14 for an assessment for a statement of SEN?
10. How many appeals were brought by 26/9/14 against decisions by the LA not to provide a statement of SEN following assessment of requests received between 1/9/13 and 1/9/14?

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. 

1.165

2.80 this number would have been higher but requests received  on 01.09.15 for example were not completed before 25.09.15

3.80 this number would have been higher but requests received  on 01.09.15 for example were not completed before 25.09.15

4.1

5.0

6.179

7.76 this number would have been higher but requests received  on 01.09.14 for example were not completed before 25.09.14

8.75 this number would have been higher but requests received on 01.09.14 for example were not completed before 25.09.14

9.0

10.0

 

16/11/15

8161

Contact details for Data Protection Officer/Freedom of Information Officer.

 

clarification sought

 

8162

 

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.
•Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference Number) of the property on which the charge is made. Please note that this is not the Rate Demand or Rate Account Number.
•Current rateable value
•Account holder name
•Property address
•The billing address (where different to the property address), the contact telephone number and email address
•The date the current ratepayer became liable for the business rates – we do not require any historical account liability dates only the current ratepayers liability start date
•Where a property is currently empty please provide the date the ratepayer became liable for empty rates
•Where there is an exemption on the account please provide the start and end date and type of exemption applied (e.g. listed building)
•Where there is a relief on the account please provide the date it was applied and the type of relief (e.g. charity)
•We do not require any personal information or sole traders.

 

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

03/12/15

8163

 

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

16/11/15

8164

 

 As part of my research on Cloud Computing within Local government I wanted to understand the following information.
Does the Council have/ or planning to have a Cloud Strategy in place?
If so, Who is responsible for the Cloud Strategy? (Name/Job title)
Does the Council use SharePoint online or Office 365?
If so who is responsible for this? (Name/Job title)
What is SharePoint online/Office 365 being used for? eg collaboration, business processes, mobile working etc.
Finally how many people in the council have access to cloud products such as Office 365?

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 set out below in red text:

Does the Council have/ or planning to have a Cloud Strategy in place? There is no Cloud Strategy in place at present.

If so, who is responsible for the Cloud Strategy? (Name/Job title) N/A

Does the Council use SharePoint online or Office 365? No

If so who is responsible for this? (Name/Job title) N/A

What is SharePoint online/Office 365 being used for? eg collaboration, business processes, mobile working etc. N/A

Finally how many people in the council have access to cloud products such as Office 365? None

25/11/15

8165

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I seek the following information.

I would like to know, for the period covering 2009 to present day, the number of children under the age of 18 taken into care by your authority (whether it be by social services or another of your departments) due to fears/reports/evidence of that child being a victim of sexual abuse. 

Please provide the figures broken down by year. If cost allows, please provide the age of each child. If cost allows, please also provide a short description of the relation between child and abuser/alleged abuser (i.e. parent? sibling? other relative? foster carer?)

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 not record this information in a retrievable format. We are unable to provide this information as it is not and has never been systemically recorded at the point of a Child Becoming Looked After.

 

11/11/15

8166

 

 1.How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC)   did the authority have in its care on 9th November 2015?
2. Please provide the names and locations (including postcode) of all the firms used by the UASC in your care on the date above in relation to advice, assistance and/ or representation with an asylum claim or asylum appeal (please exclude other matters on which legal advice for a child is arranged)?  Please put the number of UASC represented by each firm next to the firm’s name.
3.  Do all the firms listed in your answer to Q.2 work under legal aid contracts  to conduct asylum work or does the Local Authority pay for any UASC (in care on 9th November) as a ‘private client’ of a firm  without a legal aid contract for immigration?  If the authority does pay privately for any UASC in your care in relation to an asylum claim or appeal, please explain your reason for doing so?
4. Of the UASC in your authority’s care on 9th November 2015 please state:
•  How many were accepted into care with an immigration/asylum lawyer already assisting them with their asylum claim?
•  How many has the local authority itself arranged provision for in relation to an asylum claim or appeal?  
•  How many remain without legal representation to assist with an asylum claim on 9th November?  Please provide a narrative in relation to the reasons why any UASC in this last category have not yet been found a legal representative.
5. For the top three legal providers (by reference to numbers of UASC represented) in your answer to question 2 what is the average cost to the authority for a single visit of a UASC to the provider? Please break this into costs related to:  staff time; travel costs; other cost to the authority. 

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.    How many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC)   did the authority have in its care on 9th November 2015? 

As of the 9th November 2015 we have the following 24 UASC              

2.    Please provide the names and locations (including postcode) of all the firms used by the UASC in your care on the date above in relation to advice, assistance and/ or representation with an asylum claim or asylum appeal (please exclude other matters on which legal advice for a child is arranged)?  Please put the number of UASC represented by each firm next to the firm’s name.

          JL Solicitors

            Luton                   

            LU1 2SJ

x 8 UASC                       

Solomon Solicitors

            Dunstable   

            LU1 1EH

x 10 UASC         

Paragon Law

Nottingham                   

NG1 3AJ

We are unable to provide numbers as this is less than 5 and providing numbers could identify children*

We have less than 5 x UASC who have sourced their own solicitors who are all different solicitors via foster carers or by themselves. (Providing this information could identify the children so we are unable to provide this information*)

3.Do all the firms listed in your answer to Q.2 work under legal aid contracts  to conduct asylum work or does the Local Authority pay for any UASC (in care on 9th November) as a ‘private client’ of a firm  without a legal aid contract for immigration?  If the authority does pay privately for any UASC in your care in relation to an asylum claim or appeal, please explain your reason for doing so?

Answer: YES all firms work under Legal aid Contracts.

4.Of the UASC in your authority’s care on 9th November 2015 please state:

•How many were accepted into care with an immigration/asylum lawyer already assisting them with their asylum claim?

Answer: We are unable to provide numbers as this is less than 5 and providing numbers could identify children*

•How many has the local authority itself arranged provision for in relation to an asylum claim or appeal?

Answer: 20 were arranged by the LA as mentioned above have less than 5 x UASC who have sourced their own solicitors who are all different via foster carers or by themselves.

•How many remain without legal representation to assist with an asylum claim on 9th November?  Please provide a narrative in relation to the reasons why any UASC in this last category have not yet been found a legal representative

Answer: 0

5.    For the top three legal providers (by reference to numbers of UASC represented) in your answer to question 2 what is the average cost to the authority for a single visit of a UASC to the provider? Please break this into costs related to:  staff time; travel costs; other cost to the authority. 

Answer: The Young People are supported to attend their Solicitors appointments with their support Providers and this is covered with the accommodation and support packages which is a set weekly fee. Travel costs depend on the location of the young person’s accommodation to the solicitor’s office. On average between £7 - £20.00 per solicitor’s appointment.

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

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

1.    States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

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

10/11/15

8167

 

 I write to make an application under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information .
Please provide statistical information relating to children who have died (within your jurisdiction) receiving in-patient psychiatric care at the time of their death.
1.For each year, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 please provide the number of children who have died receiving in-patient care at the time of their death.
2.For each year, please provide equal opportunities monitoring information for any child who has died including the child’s age, gender and ethnicity
3.For each year, please provide the patient status, i.e. whether the child was detained or non detained at the time of their death
4.For each year, please provide the location of the death i.e. whether they were in a hospital or unit and the name of the psychiatric service provider.

 

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

11/11/15

8168

 

1) Can you please tell me how much was spent on Children’s Services in 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and how much will be spent this current financial year? Can I please have a separate figure for each year?

2) In relation to Q1, can you please tell me how much of an overspend there was for the department for each year? Can I please have a separate figure for each year, including a prediction for this financial year if the exact figure is not yet known?

 

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

 

Bedford Borough Council Children’s Services Expenditure:

 

 

Budget £'000

Outturn £'000

Over/ (Under) spend £'000

2012/2013

19,848

20,475

627

2013/2014

19,099

20,797

1,699

2014/2015

23,829

23,564

(266)

2015/2016 (forecast)

23,378

23,364

(14)

02/12/15

8169

 

1.Has the Council conducted any ‘Public Health Act Funerals since 01/07/15 to the Present (can you include up to the date you respond to my request)?
2. If the answer to this question is yes, excluding any cases that have already been published, can you disclose:
a)The full names of the deceased
b)The date of birth of the deceased
c)The date of death of the deceased
d) Date of Funeral of the deceased
e) The last known address of the deceased
f) Whether the details of the deceased, have been/will be or are likely to be referred to the Government  Legal Department (if you are not sure then can you just answer that field ‘unsure, or unknown’ or words to that effect).
g) Has the Council located a new of kin?

 

 

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 relating to your questions

 

 

 

8170

 

RE: Clover Ave

Flood risk search

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

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, by virtue of being part of the Riverfield Drive Estate, parts of which were formerly occupied by a power station, and an associated landfill site. It will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. X Clover Avenue is not located on the land which was occupied by the power station, but will be inspected together with the rest of the estate.

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

The Riverfield Drive housing estate was constructed over a number of years

and was developed under a number of planning applications, only some of which

had associated conditions requiring investigation of contamination on

land.

We would recommend that you consult with our Planning Department to find out the planning application reference under which this part of the estate was developed, whether it included any conditions requiring investigation of contamination on land and whether these were discharged.

We are not aware of any comprehensive, site-wide investigation having

been made of the land underlying the estate. We have a copy of a letter from Trafalgar House Technology, who· were commissioned to undertake investigations of the (larger) site, dated 25/05/94.This indicates that they found evidence of contamination on the site, and that they laid a 1m thick capping layer over the site. No plan is included to indicate where capping layers were laid. Our records also indicate that the site survey had been agreed with This Department. This information is from a letter dated 1996. The investigation appears to have been done in 1989. I cannot comment on whether the investigation would comply with current standards,

and whether any other remediation was required and/ or carried out.

30/11/15

8171 - 8172

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

17/11/15

8173

 

 

Please could you provide me with information on the following:
Details of who provides your e-procurement software and contract management software
The return information should include:
1.Category of service i.e. e-procurement, contract management
2.Name of supplier i.e. Due North
3.Annual value of contract i.e. £10,000 p/a
4.Expiry date of contract i.e. 01/06/2015
5.Business / service owner (please include full contact details) i.e. Mrs Barbara Brown
6.If contract management functionality is via a module on your current e-procurement system, is it currently being used?
7.If you are not currently using any contract management software, what are the main tools being use to manage contracts i.e. Excel Spreadsheets

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 responses below.
1. Category of service i.e. e-procurement, contract management
E-Procurement
2. Name of supplier i.e. Due North
Proactis
3. Annual value of contract i.e. £10,000 p/a
£21,660
4. Expiry date of contract i.e. 01/06/2015
07/05/2016
5. Business / service owner (please include full contact details) i.e. Mrs Barbara Brown
Mark Stephens, Head of Procurement & Business Transformation

6. If contract management functionality is via a module on your current e-procurement system, is it currently being used?
No.
7. If you are not currently using any contract management software, what are the main tools being used to manage contracts i.e. Excel Spreadsheets
Excel spreadsheets and CAPITA (for Adults Social Care)

16/11/15

8174

 

 Please provide, for all schools in your local authority:
1. A copy of the most recent admissions policy for schools in your local authority, including information on school catchment areas. 
2.The number of children who did not receive their first preference of school in the local authority that was:
a. Between 0-100m away from the child’s registered address.
b. Between 100m-300m away from the child’s registered address.
c. Between 300m-500m away from the child’s registered address.
d. Between 500m-1km away from the child’s registered address.
e. Over 1km away from the child’s registered address.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please provide, for all schools in your local authority:

1.Response: Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

This information is available on our website via the following link: www.bedford.gov.uk/admissions

2. the data in the way it has been requested in question 2 at the time of the 2015 allocations.  We do record oversubscribed schools and how far the last place offered lived from the school.

24/11/15

8175

 

 I would like to request information on the number of teachers taking leave of absence in schools in England:
Please provide:
1. The number of absence periods due to illness taken by teachers in schools in your local authority for the academic years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15.
2. The date that all of these periods of absence commenced and ended.
3. The reason for each of these absence periods.
4. Please categorise these absence periods (anonymously) by teacher, as well as the type of school they work in and their local authority.

 

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

04/12/15

8176

 

1.In the 12 months ending 30 September 2015, and in the preceding 12 months ending 30 September 2014,
a) How many adult safeguarding alerts (concerns from April 2015) were received, and
b) How many investigations (enquiries from April 2015) were undertaken?
2. In the 12 months ending 30 September 2015 on how many occasions was no action taken in response to those alerts/concerns as a consequence of
a) The alleged victim having no need for care and support as defined in section 42(1) of the Care Act 2015 or
b) Because it was concluded that the alleged victim had the ability to protect him or herself, in accordance with the same Care Act section.
3.  In the 12 months ending 30 September 2015
a) On how many occasions was an adult safeguarding representative unable to gain access to an adult who was suspected to be at risk of neglect or abuse, where access was blocked by a family member or other Third Party.
b) What action, if any, was taken in response?
c) Was access eventually achieved?
4. Has your LA appointed a Designated Adult Safeguarding Manager?
a) What is the estimated or known cost of this role?
b) What is the estimated or known overall cost of recruiting, appointing, and payment of salaries and other associated costs?
c) Do you anticipate maintaining this role in the new financial year?

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

1. In the 12 months ending 30 September 2015, and in the preceding 12 months ending 30 September 2014, 

a)   How many adult safeguarding alerts (concerns from April 2015) were received, and

b)   How many investigations (enquiries from April 2015) were undertaken?

 

14/15
Qtr1

14/15
Qtr2

15/16
Qtr1

15/16
Qtr2

Safeguard-ing Alerts

349

371

302

311

Safeguard-ing

Enquiries

69

84

40

41

2. In the 12 months ending 30 September 2015 on how many occasions was no action taken in response to those alerts/concerns as a consequence of 

a)    The alleged victim having no need for care and support as defined in section 42(1) of the Care Act 2015 or

b)    Because it was concluded that the alleged victim had the ability to protect him or herself, in accordance with the same Care Act section. 

 

15/16
Qtr1

15/16
Qtr2

Safeguarding Alerts Not Passing Onto Safeguarding Enquiry

262

270

3.  In the 12 months ending 30 September 2015:

a)   On how many occasions was an adult safeguarding representative unable to gain access to an adult who was suspected to be at risk of neglect or abuse, where access was blocked by a family member or other Third Party.

b)   What action, if any, was taken in response?

c)    Was access eventually achieved?

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. 

4.  Has your LA appointed a Designated Adult Safeguarding Manager? 

a)    What is the estimated or known cost of this role?

b)    What is the estimated or known overall cost of recruiting, appointing, and payment of salaries and other associated costs?

c)    Do you anticipate maintaining this role in the new financial year?

Bedford Borough Council have not appointed a specific Designated Adult Safeguarding Manager however, we do have in post a Team Manager for the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Team.

03/12/15

8177

 

 I wish to request, under the Freedom of Information Act, that you supply me with:
1. The number of allegations of financial irregularity that have been made against schools maintained by Bedford Borough Council during the financial year 2012-13; during the financial year 2013-14; and during the financial year 2014-15; and how many allegations of financial irregularity have so far been made this financial year.
2. The steps that have been taken in each case to investigate the allegation.
3.  Whether any of these allegations are currently going through the courts.

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.There have been two allegations of fraud in school since 2012/2013, formal investigations were undertaken regarding allegations and both were upheld.  There have been none in this financial year to date 

2.Bedford Borough Audit team conducted full investigations of each allegation

3.No cases are currently in court however one of the cases mentioned in (1) above was heard in court and the verdict was guilty.

26/11/15

8178

 

further to you previous response could you please just clarify the (1) Thank you for the more detailed response and the associated links, which I’ll digest more fully when I have a little more time. I do appreciate the greater depth now provided, though could you please just clarify the £10.4m reserve figure, which you say is “...at the mid-point of recommended reserves, based on the annual risk assessment”. Does this mean that the recommended level is between zero and £20m? If so, “zero” reserves would surely represent a reckless position to be in, so I do of course hope that the Borough manages to maintain a more appropriate status than that – with or without projected service cuts.(2)Regarding the physical land asset in Balliol Road, whilst this issue digresses from my original purpose in writing to you now, it does touch on the subject of Borough assets and their potential value and/or use. The school may not view it as a requirement but I suspect I am not the only local resident who wishes that, if it is not to be used for anything else, it could be at least partially paved in order to provide a substantial drop-off/pick-up point for the school. In August 2010, Brian Glover (then Assistant Director – Chief Education Officer) responded to my enquiries on this matter, saying ..

Whilst I appreciate that you have justifiable concerns I am afraid I continue to disagree with your solution.  The efforts the school has made and will continue to make to encourage sustainable travel are the right ones.  The provision of extra parking or drop-off even if it were in my gift (which as an officer in Children’s Services it clearly is not) is not the way to minimise the use of cars to transport children to school.  It would have completely the reverse effect and would increase the problem you identify not reduce it.  I would reiterate if residents have issues with the way motorists are driving and or parking in residential areas they should address these concerns to the appropriate responsible body namely the Police. If residents feel extra parking restrictions are needed then I am sure your local representative will raise those concerns with the appropriate Bedford Borough Directorate.  I will continue to encourage Head teachers, including Mrs Storey, to promote the need for sustainable travel and discourage the use of cars.

(3) Yellow lines were subsequently installed at several adjacent junctions but people continue to ignore these, whilst contacting the Police would inevitably bring no timely response, given the pressures on their resources that have been well-documented in the media of late. Personally, I have no problem with CCTV vehicles catching miscreants on their occasional visits but do these even operate at all now? Basically, commendable though the policy advocated by Mr Glover was and is, the situation does not improve, whilst a ready solution, right next to the school, continues to languish unused. If you could perhaps refer this matter on to the requisite department within the Borough, maybe the future use of this land could be quite simply determined in a way that makes we local residents’ lives more tolerable and enhances the safety of schoolchildren, who would no longer have to perhaps cross a road that is dangerously over-crowded with vehicles twice a day. It seems so muddle-headed not to use such an asset for this purpose when it is just sitting there, unused and seemingly unwanted for anything else.

Dear Mr Summers

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 and this is below.

Q1:  The Council last reviewed the level of the General Fund Balance at the meeting of the Executive on 17 June 2015.  The calculation for the General Fund Risk Assessment is shown at Appendix D of the Provisional Outturn 2014/2015 report. 

 The recommended range of reserves is between £8.9 million and £12.0 million.

Q.2  The land near Balliol School is surplus and officers will recommend it is disposed of.

Q.3  Parking Services enforce the double yellow lines at junctions along Balliol Road as part of regular school patrols and continue to use the CCTV vehicle to assist with enforcement of school zig zags.

 

25/11/15

 

8179

 

The information required is set out below.  Please could I ask you to pass this on to the most relevant officer(s) within your authorities, with the request that they complete it and return it to me as soon as possible? 

1. Which model(s) of Primary Child and Adolescent Mental Health delivery do you use or are located in?

Please tick all that apply:
 tick
Within CAMHS 
Traded full cost by LA 
Semi-traded 
Located in local area based small multi-disciplinary teams 
All PMHWs located in one team 
Service offered to clusters of schools 
Triage based model with requests from multi sources (e.g. schools, GPs, CPE, CAMHS etc) 
Outsourced by Private Company 
Other – please describe                   

2. What performance measures do you use –please describe or provide examples
3. Does your service CURRENTLY prioritise particular children or types of work? If so state the priority groups.

Please rate the top 5 your service CURRENTLY prioritises 1-5.

 Tick
School based work  
Consultation based work  
CAMHS 
Training  
Early Intervention/Prevention 
Early Years 
Statemented children 
Children in specialist resources in Borough 
LA project work 
LA strategic work  
Research 
Parenting support 
Statutory work 
YOS 
Substance Misuse 
Other – please describe ……
4. Please list IN ORDER 1-5 how you would prefer PMHW time to be used.

 Tick
School based work  
Consultation based work  
CAMHS  
Training  
Early Intervention/Prevention 
Early Years 
Statemented children 
Children in specialist resources in Borough 
LA project work 
LA strategic work  
Research 
Parenting support 
Statutory Work 
YOS 
Substance Misuse 
Other – please describe …… 

5. What type of supervision do you have in your service and how often do you have it?
Please attach your policy & record forms if possible.

6. Please indicate what percentages of your time you spend on:

Consultation 
Assessments 
Direct Work 
Training 
Statutory work 
Research, project or organisation focused work 
Strategic work 
Providing Clinical Supervision 
Receiving Clinical Supervision 
Time on admin 
Other (please specify) 

7. What Service Directorate are the PMHWS located in? Please attach a structure diagram if possible.
The information required is set out below.  Please could I ask you to pass this on to the most relevant officer(s) within your authorities, with the request that they complete it and return it to me as soon as possible?

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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.  I would advise you that this information is held by the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group who are based at Capability House,  Wrest Park, Silsoe Bedfordshire  MK45 4HR.  Please let me know if you wish us to transfer your request on your behalf.

 

17/11/15

8180

1. How many crematoria are under the control of the Council?

2. Does the Council have a policy for the introduction or removal of religious symbols, e.g. the Christian cross, from the associated ‘chapels’, when requested to do so by members of other faiths or of none?

3. If there is such a policy, could you please provide details of this policy?

4. Do any of the crematoria currently contain any permanent/fixed religious symbols?

5. What percentage of cremations held at your crematoria are non religious?

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.

 

Plese find the information you requested attached. 

1.1

2.The Council is a member of the Charter for the Bereaved.  All religious symbols are removable and we have a selection of symbols.  If family wish to have no symbol in place, this is also allowed.

3.We are a member of the Charter for the Bereaved. Please see link to their website which has the complete Reference Charter.

http://www.iccm-uk.com/iccm/index.php?pagename=charterforbereaved

4.No.

5.In the last financial year April 2014 – March 2015, there was approximately 42% non-religious cremations.

 

02/12/15

8181

 Please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
•In the 12 months commencing 1 October 2014 how many (a) Independent Mental Capacity Advocates or (b) trained advocates were used through commissioned services for adults deemed to have a lack of capacity and who were involved in a safeguarding referral.
•In the 12 months commencing 1 October 2014 how many residential care homes for older people commissioned by you have
a)Been rated inadequate by the regulator, and how many for more than 12 months? How many service users are placed by you in these services?
b)Been rated as requiring improvement by the regulator, and how many for more than 12 months?  How many service users are placed by you in these services?
c) Issued with a requirement notice? How many service users are placed by you in these services?
d) Issued with a warning notice? How many service users are placed by you in these services?
e) Placed in special measures? How many service users are placed by you in these services?
•In the 12 months commencing 1 October 2014 how many domiciliary care services for older people commissioned by you have
a) Been rated inadequate by the regulator, and how many for more than 12 months? How many service users are placed by you in these services?
b) Been rated as requiring improvement by the regulator, and how many for more than 12 months? How many service users are placed by you in these services?
c)Issued with a requirement notice? How many service users are placed by you in these services?
d)Issued with a warning notice? How many service users are placed by you in these services?
e)Placed in special measures? How many service users are placed by you in these services?

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

In the 12 months commencing 1 October 2014 how many (a) Independent Mental Capacity Advocates or (b) trained advocates were used through commissioned services for adults deemed to have a lack of capacity and who were involved in a safeguarding referral.

 

14/15
Qtr3

14/15
Qtr4

15/16
Qtr1

15/16
Qtr2

Private Or Paid Advocacy Support

4

8

7

7

In the 12 months commencing 1 October 2014 how many residential care homes for older people commissioned by you have:

a)Been rated inadequate by the regulator, and how many for more than 12 months? 0

b)Been rated as requiring improvement by the regulator, and how many for more than 12 months? 4 

How many service users are placed by you in these services? 35

c)Issued with a requirement notice? 1

How many service users are placed by you in these services? 6

d)Issued with a warning notice? 0

How many service users are placed by you in these services? 0

e)Placed in special measures? 0

How many service users are placed by you in these services? 0

Up to the 01/10/2015 Bedford Borough Council has two residential care homes that are awaiting inspection under the new ratings. 

In the 12 months commencing 1 October 2014 how many domiciliary care services for older people commissioned by you have: 

a)Been rated inadequate by the regulator, and how many for more than 12 months? 0

How many service users are placed by you in these services? 0

b)Been rated as requiring improvement by the regulator, and how many for more than 12 months? 1

How many service users are placed by you in these services? 30

c)Issued with a requirement notice? 0

How many service users are placed by you in these services? 0

d)Issued with a warning notice? 0

How many service users are placed by you in these services? 0

e)Placed in special measures? 0

How many service users are placed by you in these services? 0

09/12/15

8182

 

 I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1) How many children were in foster care in your local authority on 31 October 2015?
2) How many children in foster care on 31 October 2015 were in the care of an in-house (i.e employed by the local authority) foster carer?
3) How many children in foster care on 31 October 2015 were in the care of a foster carer arranged through an independent or voluntary fostering agency?
4) How much has the local authority spent on commissioning foster carers arranged through independent or voluntary fostering agencies in the financial year (April – March) a) 2012/13 b) 2013/14 c) 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 the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.    How many children were in foster care in your local authority on 31 October 2015?

Answer: 174

2.    How many children in foster care on 31 October 2015 were in the care of an in-house (i.e employed by the local authority) foster carer?

Answer: 84

3.    How many children in foster care on 31 October 2015 were in the care of a foster carer arranged through an independent or voluntary fostering agency?

Answer: 90

4.    How much has the local authority spent on commissioning foster carers arranged through independent or voluntary fostering agencies in the financial year (April – March) a) 2012/13 b) 2013/14 c) 2014/15
Answer:

 

£

2012/2013

4,240,260

2013/2014

4,962,802

2014/2015

4,647,259

08/12/15

8183

 

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

 

16/11/15

8184

 

 We would be grateful to receive all information you hold on and in relation to the following:
1.All contracts awarded through the commissioning of sexual violence/abuse services or sexual violence/abuse  related services in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. Please include the following details:
1.1.Names of organisations awarded contracts
1.2.Financial amounts awarded
1.3.The duration of the contracts (including breakdown of amount awarded per year)
In relation to the above, please specify the category of the contracted services, i.e.:
(i)advocacy, including independent sexual violence (ISVA) advice services
(ii)face to face services: counselling, emotional support, group support
(iii)forensic sexual assault services, including Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs).
2.Plans, strategies or other public documents that relate to spending and investment in sexual violence/abuse services or sexual violence/abuse related services.

 

nder 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. 

25/11/15

8185

 

 Please provide me with the information below at your earliest convenience.
1. All commercial properties within your billing authority, including all active and closed. Please go as historic as possible.
2. Property Rateable Value
3. Occupier name
4.  Any relief being claimed
5.  BA reference number
6.  Property Description
7.  Please note whether this is an active or closed account


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

10/12/15

8186

 

 Pease provide me with the information below at your earliest convenience.
1. All roadworks/ maintenance/ emergency repairs that were carried out throughout your billing Authority from 2010 until now. 2. Please include full location
3. Please include date start and date finish(if ongoing please state that)
4.  Any commercial property newly built since 2010 including full address of site location and time periods. Please include company name and property description of the occupiers.

clarification sought

 

 

8187

 

I request a copy of the quarterly public records from Q3 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. 

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

 

20/11/15

8188

QUESTIONS
1. As of todays date, How many children and young people you have placed in the following:
a. Independent SEN Day Schools
b. Independent SEN 38week/ term time Residential School Placements
c. Independent SEN 52 week Residential School Placements 
2. For each of the categories in Question 1 above please also tell me how many of these are placed inside your Local Authority boundary? 
3. Can you please tell me for the categories and placement numbers in question 1, the breakdown of these placements  by primary need in the following categories if possible:
Social, Emotional, Behavioural
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Hearing Impairment/Visual Impairment
Speech and Lang/Communication
Learning Difficulties/SLD/MLD
Other
3 Can you tell me the average cost of placements for the following:
• Independent SEN Day School Placements
• Independent SEN Residential (38week Placements)
• Independent SEN Residential (52week Placements) 
4. How do you make both SEN independent day placements and 38/52 week independent residential school placements? Do you have a contract or framework? If you do could you send me the details of this please, such as the name of the contract, contract period and which providers are on it please?
5.Do you have a SEN strategy / plan that you could send or tell me where I could find it please?
6. Could you please provide name, position and contact details for the following people within your local authority?
a. Lead person for making independent SEN placements
b. Director of Children’s Services
c. Budget holder for Independent SEN Placements
7. If you are able to, could you please give the names of the top three independent special schools that you have placements with (by placement 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 the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

1. A: 15

B: 2

c.8

2.a – 2 in borough

b – 0 in borough

c – 0 in borough          

3. a – 14, b – 1, c – 3

Autism Spectrum Conditions

 a – 1, b – 0, c – 1

Hearing Impairment/Visual Impairment

 a – 0, b – 1, c – 0

Speech and Lang/Communication

 a – 0, b – 0, c – 0

Learning Difficulties/SLD/MLD

a – 0, b – 0, c - 4

4.·Independent SEN Day School Placements

 £29,830

·Independent SEN Residential (38week Placements)

£127,430

·Independent SEN Residential (52week Placements)

£205,340

5.Decisions about placements are made by multi agency panels

We use the National Schools Contract when each separate placement is made at residential schools.  For day placements we have a service level agreement with each provider.

6.Answer: Please see document attached.

7.A: Diane Boyd, SEND Team Manager

B: Kevin Crompton, Director of Children’s and Adults Services

C: Diane Boyd – SEND Team Manager

8.·On Track Educational Services

·Oracle

·Ashmeads School

 

01/12/15

8189

I would like to know please:-

1)  The name of the Director responsible for Childrens Services

2)The name of Director responsible for Adult Services

3)The name of the IT Systems Manager responsible for the above IT applications areas (possibly different people)

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

Please find the information you requested below.
1 & 2.   Kevin Crompton – Director of Children’s and Adult Services

3.Rughbir Singh – Head of ICT Operations

24/11/15

8190

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with copies of the following:
1. Council policy relating to pet shop puppy trading
2. A description of the process by which Council ensures pet shops do not sell puppies / dogs without informing you, either at the licence application / renewal stage or through variation in an existing licence
3. A description of the process by which Council addresses breaches of its policy on pet shop licenses
4. A description of any procedure in place to invite, field and address notifications of breaches of Council policy on puppy trading from the public.
5. If Council includes a minimum age for puppies at sale, a description of the method by which Council enforces this regulation
6. Copies of any additional documents which relate to puppy trading, including but not limited to:
•position statements
• press releases since 2010
• operating plans and systems of work
• risk assessments for licensing officers
• pro forma / model letters used in the licensing process.
7. If not supplied otherwise, minutes of any committee meeting at which review of any of these documents has been discussed since 2010, or at which review of these documents has been proposed for the future.

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, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested for question 1- 5

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

1.States that question 1 - 5  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 links below :

1. Council policy relating to pet shop puppy trading

Please see Bedford Borough Council Website regarding puppy trading

2. A description of the process by which Council ensures pet shops do not sell puppies / dogs without informing you, either at the licence application / renewal stage or through variation in an existing licence

Please see Bedford Borough Council Website for Guidance Notes on applying for a Pet Shop Licence.

3. A description of the process by which Council addresses breaches of its policy on pet shop licenses

Please see Bedford Borough Council Website regarding enforcement and prosecution

4. A description of any procedure in place to invite, field and address notifications of breaches of Council policy on puppy trading from the public.

Please see Bedford Borough Council Website regarding licences

Please see link  to our render form.

5. If Council includes a minimum age for puppies at sale, a description of the method by which Council enforces this regulation

Please see Bedford Borough Council Websitein regards to enforcement and prosecution

Please see Guidance Notes for Pet Shop Licences

6. Copies of any additional documents which relate to puppy trading, including but not limited to:

Position statements – None available

Press releases since 2010 – None available

Operating plans and systems of work – same as above  question 1 – 5 , Please see link below.

Risk assessments for licensing officers – None which relate to puppy trading

Pro forma /Model letter used in the licensing process - same as above  question 1 – 5 , Please see Bedford Borough Council Website for standard licence conditions/application forms

Free Format Letters used

7. If not supplied otherwise, minutes of any committee meeting at which review of any of these documents has been discussed since 2010, or at which review of these documents has been proposed for the future.

None Available

 

 

8191

Please could you provide the following information for each of the last three years ending 31st March (that is 2012/2013; 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.  Please note that we are asking about both unaccompanied asylum seeking children (under 18 years) in questions 1-4; and about unaccompanied care leavers (post 18 years) in questions 5-8).
If you are unable to provide data on any of the questions below please indicate this by inserting ‘NO DATA AVAILABLE’.
Looked after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (under 18 years)
1) The number of  unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) that were looked after by this Local Authority.
For each year (where possible) please state the profile of the above in terms of:
i. Gender
ii. Nationality
iii. Legal/immigration status on 31st March in each year (e.g. no decision made as yet; granted asylum; granted temporary protection as a child (Discretionary Leave / UASC leave) refused asylum with no grant of leave)
iv. Age on 31st March in each year
2) The number of UASC who were placed in this LA by other Local Authorities
3) The number of UASC placed by this Local Authority place in other LAs.
4) The number of UASCs who went ‘missing’  from the care of the local authority.
How long is a UASC untraceable (the local authority has no knowledge of where they are) before they are considered to be ‘missing’?
Of those who have gone ‘missing’ from local authority care, please state their profile in terms of:
i. Gender
ii. Nationality
iii. Legal/immigration status at the point that ‘missing’ was recorded
iv. Age at the point missing was recorded
Former UASC care leavers
For each of the same three years please can you provide information about:
5) The number of former UASC care leavers who were supported under leaving care legislation by this local authority.
Please state the profile of the above in terms of:
i. Gender
ii. Nationality
iii. Legal/immigration status on 31st March in each year
iv. Age on 31st March in each year
v. Whether or not enrolled in higher education
vi. Whether or not enrolled in further education
6) The number of former UASC care leavers who went ‘missing’ whilst still entitled to leaving care services from the local authority.
How long is a former UASC care leaver untraceable (the local authority has no knowledge of where they are) before they are considered to be ‘missing’?
Please state the profile of the above in terms of:
i. Gender
ii. Nationality
iii. Legal/immigration status at the point that ‘missing’ was recorded
iv. Age at the point that ‘missing’ was recorded
7) The number (if any) of appeal rights exhausted care leavers who were supported by the local authority beyond grant funding from the Home Office.
8) The number (if any) of human rights assessments made for care leavers with appeal rights exhausted.
9) The number (if any) of care leavers with appeal rights exhausted who continued to receive support from the Local Authority following human rights assessment.

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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.

Response:

The information you have requested is in various formats as the service was previously a joint service.  It would therefore take over 18 hours,  for us to retrieve and collate this information.

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 revised information you requested enclosed. 

Would it be possible for you to consider answering only the first three questions of the request? The request would therefore be as follows:

Please could you provide the following information for each of the last three years ending 31st March (that is 2012/2013; 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.  Please note that we are asking about both unaccompanied asylum seeking children (under 18 years) in questions 1-4; and about unaccompanied care leavers (post 18 years) in questions 5-8).

If you are unable to provide data on any of the questions below please indicate this by inserting ‘NO DATA AVAILABLE’.

Looked after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (under 18 years)

1) The number of  unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) that were looked after by this Local Authority.

For each year (where possible) please state the profile of the above in terms of:

i. Gender

ii. Nationality

iii. Legal/immigration status on 31st March in each year (e.g. no decision made as yet; granted asylum; granted temporary protection as a child (Discretionary Leave / UASC leave) refused asylum with no grant of leave)

iv. Age on 31st March in each year

Response:

2012 – 2013 The local authority had 7 UASC come to their attention and was accommodated under section 20 of the children’s act 1989

During this year; these young people were from the following Nationalities, Afghani. Eritrean, Ethiopian, Iranian.

The Gender of the young people this year was 5 males and 2 females.

Immigration status for the young people in this year on the 31st March was – 6 asylum seekers awaiting decisions from the home office 1 young person granted refugee status

Ages for the young people for this year on March 31st were 2 x under 16 year olds 5 x 16- 17 year olds

2013 -2014 the local authority had 11 UASC come to their attention and was accommodated under section 20 of the children’s act 1989

During this year; these young people were from the following Nationalities, Gambian, Nigerian, Syrian, Vietnamese, Afghani, Eritrean, and Ethiopian

The Gender of the young people this year was 7 males and 4 females.

Immigration status for the young people in this year on the 31st March was – 11 asylum seekers awaiting decisions from the home office

Ages for the young people for this year on March 31st were 4 x under 16 year olds 7 x 16- 17 year olds

2014 – 2015 The local authority had 13 UASC come to their attention and was accommodated under section 20 of the children’s act 1989

During this year; these young people were from the following Nationalities. Iranian, Eritrean, Sudanese, Albanian, Ethiopian, Vietnamese.

The Gender of the young people this year was 12 males and 1 female.

Immigration status for the young people in this year on the 31st March was – 5 young people granted Refugee status and 8 asylum seekers awaiting decisions from the home office

Ages for the young people for this year on March 31st were 1 x under 16 year olds 11 x 16- 17 year olds 1 x 18 year old.

2) The number of UASC who were placed in this LA by other Local Authorities

Response:  We do not hold this information.  Whilst we are informed by other LA’s when they place children within our Authority, we do not routinely collect data on those children’s immigration status (this data will be held by the Local Authority who are responsible for the Looked After Child).

3) The number of UASC placed by this Local Authority place in other LAs.

Response:

2012 – 2013 of the 7 UASC who came to the attention of the Local Authority 5 were placed in other LA’s

2013 – 2014 of the 11 UASC who came to the attention of the Local Authority 9 were placed in other LA’s

2013 – 2014 of the 13 UASC who came to the attention of the Local Authority 5 were placed in other LA’s

 

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 I would like to know the following:
•The number of times tenants have complained about their landlords to the council in each of the last five complete financial years (i.e. 2010-11 to 2014-15).
•In each case I would like to know the reason for the complaint and the type of landlord (e.g. private, housing association, social).
•I would also like to know whether a complaint resulted in any charges being brought against the landlord.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or
not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested
and I have answered the questions raised in turn below:
1. The number of times tenants have complained about their landlords to the
council in each of the last five complete financial years (i.e. 2010-11 to 2014-15).
Year No. of complaints
2010-11 -953
2011-12 -901
2012-13 -999
2013-14 -1168
2014-15 -1049
2. In each case I would like to know the reason for the complaint and the type of
landlord (e.g. private, housing association, social).
Please see Appendix A attached, all house condition complaints are investigated
regardless of tenure.
3. I would also like to know whether a complaint resulted in any charges being
brought against the landlord.
For the purposes of this response ‘charges’ has been interpreted as the laying of
informations against an individual.
Year Laying of informations
2010-11- 0
2011-12 -0
2012-13 -1
2013-14 -2
2014-15 -2

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