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 7745

 

 May I request the following

information, which relates to vacant, unused, or underused land within your area, currently owned by Bedford Borough Council ?
•How many vacant, unused, or underused plots of land*, greater in size than ¼ acre (1000m2), does Bedford Borough Council own within itself within its boundaries?

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

 19/08/15

7746

 

I would like to know

1. Why has the authority entered into arrangement with any probate researcher to locate next of kin

2 Why does not the authority simply rely on referring deaths of people who are intestate with no identified next of kin to the Bona for general advertisement

3 Please confirm all Public Health Funerals listed were not referred to the treasury.

4 On what basis has the authority entered into agreement

5 Please provide a copy of contract

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. Bedford Borough Council has not entered into any arrangements with probate researchers to locate next of kin or deceased persons who die in the district.  We deal with probate researches on a first come first serve basis and if the need arises that we need to try and obtain a next of kin, we will use one company and then use a different company for the next request so that each company get an equal opportunity.  Using probate researchers is beneficial to the authority, if we know that there is a large estate of a deceased with no known next of kin, we will always try and research a next of kin, so that if a next of kin is found, they may take the funeral arrangements off of us and therefore make all the necessary arrangements, therefore saving officer’s time.

2. The majority of all public health funerals taken on by the local authority, there is no monies within the estate.  Most clients are on benefits and therefore have no funds available and therefore they are not referred to the Bona Vacantia Division.

3. We can confirm that apart from the two estates mentioned we have not referred the funerals listed to Treasury Solicitor as the estate was either under £500 or we had found a next of kin and they were dealing with the estate.

4. As previously mentioned in the above answer to question 1 – the authority has not made any decision to enter into arrangements with the particular named probate researcher.  Any probate researcher which approaches us are put on a list and then we take it in turns to use either one. 

5.There is no contract or record of arrangements.

14/8/15

 

7747

 

May I request the following information, which relates to statutory homeless individuals and households within Bedford Borough Council ?
•What are the number of individuals and statutory homeless households that have presented themselves to your services within Bedford Borough Council? Please give an annual figure for each for the last 5 years where records are available.
•How many of these individuals and households were housed within social housing owned by the council, and how many had to be housed in privately-owned accommodation paid for by the council?
• How many of these individuals and households were offered temporary accommodation within your authority and how many had to be housed elsewhere? Once again, please give figures for the last 5 years.
•How much money was spent in each year by Bedford Borough Council  on temporary housing for the statutorily homeless broken down by cost type?
The anticipated cost types are Private Licence Agreement, Bed and Breakfast, Non Secure Tenancies (Council & RSL owned), Rent - Bad Debt, Property Dilapidation, Client Storage and Furniture. However any additional breakdown of cost available would be greatly appreciated.

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.

May I request the following information, which relates to statutory homeless individuals and households within Bedford Borough Council?

·What are the number of individuals and statutory homeless households that have presented themselves to your services within Bedford Borough Council? Please give an annual figure for each for the last 5 years where records are available.

2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
   3507     4121     3081       2728    2883

·How many of these individuals and households were housed within social housing owned by the council, and how many had to be housed in privately-owned accommodation paid for by the council?

2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
   121       116       174       166        244

·How many of these individuals and households were offered temporary accommodation within your authority and how many had to be housed elsewhere? Once again, please give figures for the last 5 years.

2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
      0          0          0          0          1

·How much money was spent in each year by Bedford Borough Council  on temporary housing for the statutorily homeless broken down by cost type?

·anticipated cost types are Private Licence Agreement, Bed and Breakfast, Non Secure Tenancies (Council & RSL owned), Rent - Bad Debt, Property Dilapidation, Client Storage and Furniture. However any additional breakdown of cost available would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

PSL

179,322

156,499

62,403

97,964

58,920

B&B

0

10,437

23,188

6,465

47,359

INS

0

0

871

6,318

4,187

Total

179,322

166,936

86,462

110,747

110,465

PSL= Private leasing Sector B&B= Bed & Breakfast & INS= Insurance

21/08/15

7748

 

I am asking, under the Freedom of Information Act, the following set of questions:
Defining a “road bridge” as a structure with a span of 1.5m or more providing public highway passage for motor vehicles over an obstacle such as a watercourse, railway, road or valley, please provide the following information for all road bridges for which you have full or partial responsibility as highway authority:
1)How many road bridges do you have full or partial responsibility for?
2)How many road bridge inspections have taken place in each of the last three financial years (2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15)
3) For each of these financial years, how many of these road bridge inspections found that the bridge to be was sub-standard for unrestricted highway use. That is to say that, as a consequence of the inspection findings, additional or accelerated maintenance works were commissioned outside of their normal maintenance schedule and/or traffic management (e.g. weight or flow) restrictions were applied?
4)If it is known, excluding listed/heritage structures where long-term weight restrictions apply, what is your current estimate of the total capital cost of returning all road bridges for which you are responsible to an acceptable standard (that is to say they do not require any additional maintenance outside their normal maintenance schedule with no additional traffic management restrictions)?
5)For the road bridges which were found to be sub-standard, excluding listed/heritage structures where long-term weight restrictions apply, what is the number of road bridges to have had new traffic orders and/or weight restrictions placed upon them and have not yet been repaired to a full standard

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

Please find below the information requested:

Question

12/13

13/14

14/15

1)

230

2)

139

142

153

3)

3

1

2

4)

£2,412,500

5)

1

19/08/15

7749

 

 In accordance with the above Act could I put you to the trouble of providing details of the credits held on your records for ratepayers in respect of payment of Business Rates. 
The information I require would be the Ratepayer name, address, credit amount and the financial year the credit sits in.  This would only be for Limited Companies (corporate) and Government Bodies and not for individuals (sole traders, partnerships).

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed. Please note the data was extracted today, 24 August 2015.

click here for the relevant business rates.

24/08/15

7750

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please disclose answers to the following questions.
1. Voids (this first question is for stock owning local authorities only, but the others are for all councils)
a. How many empty council homes (voids) did you have on 1 August 2015? 2014? 2013?
b. What was the average void time taken to re-let a property on 1 August 2015? 2014? 2013?
2. Bedroom tax
a. How many social tenants in your local authority were experiencing a reduction to their housing benefit because of the removal of the spare room subsidy on 1 August 2015? 2014? 2015?
b. How many tenants have downsized due to the removal of the spare room subsidy as of 1 August 2015? 2014? 2013?
c. How many tenants have moved out of the local authority area due to the removal of the spare room subsidy as of 1 August 2015? 2014? 2013?
d. How many tenants in your local authority have been evicted due to rent arrears compounded by the removal of the spare room subsidy?
3. Benefit cap
a. On 1 August 2015, how many social tenants in your local authority were experiencing a reduction to their housing benefit because of the benefit cap? 1 August 2014? 2015?
b. How many tenants have downsized due to the benefit cap as of 1 August 2015? 2014? 2013?
c. How many tenants have moved out of the local authority area due to the benefit cap as of 1 August 2015? 2014? 2013?
d. How many tenants in your local authority have been evicted due to rent arrears compounded by the benefit cap?
4. DHPs
a. When you initially wrote your council’s policy on discretionary housing payment (DHP), did it contain requirements that potential recipients needed to find employment, or that DHP would be reduced for people spending money on luxury items eg alcohol cigarettes?
b. Since then, have you updated your DHP policy? When? Have you introduced new requirements for some DHP applications – such as a requirement to seek employment – or reduced/turned down DHP awards for those spending on luxuries, eg alcohol, cigarettes?
c. How many applications for DHP have you turned down or reduced because of requirements for some DHP applications – such as a requirement to seek employment – or reduced/turned down DHP awards for those spending on luxuries, eg alcohol, cigarettes? – As of 1 August 2015? 2014? 2013?
5. Universal credit
a. How many tenants in your local authority have been evicted due to rent arrears compounded by universal credit?
b. How many applications have you sent to get the housing element of universal credit paid directly to the landlord (an Alternative Payment Arrangement – APA) at 1 August 2015? How many of these have been successful applications? At 1 August 2015, what was the average time between sending off an APA application and receiving the housing element money in your bank account?
6. Homelessness
a. How many more people do you expect to be made homeless in your local authority because of the reduction in the benefit cap to £23,000/£20,000?

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

 

1. Voids (this first question is for stock owning local authorities only, but the others are for all councils)

a. The Council does not have any housing stock.

b. The Council does not have any housing stock.

2. Bedroom tax 

a. How many social tenants in your local authority were experiencing a reduction to their housing benefit because of the removal of the spare room subsidy on 1 August 2015? 2014? 2015?

Please see the table below with the information available at the closest date to 1 August each year.

Date

Total number of Restrictions

14% Restrictions

25% Restrictions

30 September 2013

996

 

 

31 August 2014

832

682

150

31 July 2015

737

596

141

b. The Council does not hold this information.

c. The Council does not hold this information

d. The Council does not hold this information

3. Benefit cap

a. On 1 August 2015, how many social tenants in your local authority were experiencing a reduction to their housing benefit because of the benefit cap? 1 August 2014? 2015?

 Please see the table below with the information available at the closest date to 1 August each year.

 

Privately Rented

Social Sector

Total

 02/10/13

40

38

78

31/08/14

35

33

68

31/07/15

25

25

50

b.The Council does not hold this information

c.The Council does not hold this information

d.The Council does not hold this information

4. DHPs

The Council’s DHP Policy does not state that DHP will be reduced for people spending money on luxury items eg alcohol or cigarettes; however, the Policy does state that expenditure on non-essential items, including cigarettes and alcohol, will normally be disregarded when determining an applicant’s available income.

·The Policy does not contain a requirement that potential recipients needed to find employment; however, it does states that the steps that have been taken by working-age applicants in receipt of Job Seeker’s Allowance or the work component of Employment and Support Allowance to secure paid employment are factors to be taken into account in deciding whether to award a DHP.

b.· Minor amendments have been made to the Policy since it was initially agreed.

·No additional requirements have been added regarding a requirement to seek employment or to reduced/turn down DHP awards for those spending on non-essential items.

c. · The council does not reduce or turn down applications solely due to expenditure on cigarettes or alcohol, or due to the actions taken to seek employment.  Each application is considered on its individual merits and in the context of the guidelines laid down in the Policy and guidance provided by the Department for Work and Pensions

·In order to provide information regarding the reasons applications were turned down or an amount awarded other than the full shortfall between Housing Benefit and rent, the Council would need to individually review each DHP application and award.  The time required to undertake this work would exceed the statutory time limit for providing information under a Freedom of Information Request.

5. Universal credit

a. This is not applicable. The Council does not have any housing stock, therefore, does not hold this information.

b.This is not applicable. The Council does not have any housing stock, therefore, does not hold this information.

6. Homelessness

a. We do not have any figures estimating whether the reduced benefit cap will lead to an increase in homeless applications.  We have not yet completed our assessment of this area due to the many complex factors that can contribute to or mitigate against an increase in homelessness due to the reduction in the benefit cap.

24/08/15

 

7751

 

 

I am writing to obtain information about the amount your organisation pays to the Confederation of British Industry and its subsidiaries. Please provide the amount paid to the CBI (and its regional subsidiaries) 
(a) in membership fees 
(b) fees for one off conferences or other events and 
(c) fees paid to the CBI for any other services. 
Please make clear if the response includes payments from any Non-Departmental Public Bodies, Executive Agencies etc which fall under the department and please provide a breakdown of what payments came from which agency/body. 
Please provide this information for the period 2009-2015 set out by calendar or financial year.

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

 

Answer :  - We make no payments to the Confederation of British Industry and its subsidiaries

24/8/2015

 

7752

 

 I would like to know
1. Which disabled housing providers you use?
2. How many people are currently awaiting housing with disabled access?
3. How many people are currently housed in temporary accommodation with disabled access?
4. How much you spend per month on temporary housing with disabled access?

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

1. We are not aware of any providers of disabled only housing.  All of the social housing providers we work with have some accessible housing within their stock and where appropriate other adaptations are made to properties to meet the needs of individuals.

2. 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. 

Bedford Pilgrims Housing Association administers the Housing Register on behalf of the Council and therefore any request for information should be directed to them at info@bpha.org.uk

3. 0.

4. £0.

12/8/15

 

7753

 

Figures for:
1.The number of children (or people for whom you may have a statutory duty to provide services) who have entered the country illegally and who may have been referred to your authority by the relevant agencies (Border Force/police etc) for each of the past 5 years to date.
2.The cost of providing these services for each of these years to date.
These may be unaccompanied or accompanied children, and adults, who are eligible for assessment and support by your authority, who have been deemed to be in the UK illegally.

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

 

1.  April 2014 – March 2015 - Received 26 referrals for individuals claiming to be Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children of those referrals 13 were accepted as children who went on to be support under section 20 of the children’s act 1989

April 2013 – March 2015 - Received 23 referrals for individuals claiming to be Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children of those referrals 11 were accepted as children who went on to be support under section 20 of the children’s act 1989

April 2012 – March 2013 - Received 20 referrals for individuals claiming to be Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children of those referrals 7 were accepted as children who went on to be support under section 20 of the children’s act 1989

April 2011 – March 2012 - Received 14 referrals for individuals claiming to be Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children of those referrals less than 5 were accepted as children who went on to be support under section 20 of the children’s act 1989

April 2010 – March 2011 - Received 9 referrals for individuals claiming to be Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children of those referrals less than 5 were accepted as children who went on to be support under section 20 of the children’s act 1989 

2. 

2010-11                £6,138

2011-12                £238,149

2012-13                £119,366

2013-14                £160,058

2014-15                £119,849 (not yet published)

01/09/15

 

7754

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information regarding residential care placements for 18-65s with home care packages for continuing healthcare needs. 
1. Please could you supply the name, email address and telephone number of the commissioner for home care?
2. Please could you outline any commissioning responsibilities the local authority has with regards to CHC funding?
3. Please could you list the providers that are used for complex home care? What is the rate paid per hour? 
Please supply the following information for the financial years 2010-11 to 2014-15, as well as budgets/projections for 2015/16. 
4. The number of home care packages.
5. The number of home care packages that are funded by CHC.
6. The expenditure on home care packages.
7. The expenditure on home care packages for service users with complex health needs

Request withdrawn by applicant.

25/08/15

7755

 

List of roads and Maps

 

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 in request numbers 7192 & 1980.

26/08/15

7756

With respect to Part 3 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, please provide the following information:
(A) Number of Fixed Penalty Notices for each year from 2012 to 2015 (inclusive) for each of the seven offences, where appropriate
1) Failure to comply with duties under s.54
2) Beginning to execute works in contravention of s.55
3) Failure to give notice in accordance with s.55(8)
4) Failure to give notice in accordance with s.57
5) Failure to comply with requirements to give notice of completion of reinstatement s.70(6)
6) Failure to give a notice required by the regulations under s.74
7) Failure to give a notice required by the regulations under s.74
(B) Number of Fixed Penalty Notices for each year from 2012 to 2015 (inclusive) that could have been issued under s.70.6 (Failure to comply with requirements to give notice of completion of reinstatement), but were not issued because more than 91 days had passed since the offence.
(C) Number of Fixed Penalty Notices for each year from 2012 to 2015 (inclusive) paid at the discounted rate
(D) Number of Fixed Penalty Notices for each year from 2012 to 2015 (inclusive) paid at the full rate
(E) Number of Fixed Penalty notices issued to each separate Street works Utility working on the Bedford Borough Council highways for each year from 2012 to 2015 (inclusive)
(F) Number of Fixed Penalty notices paid by each Street works Utility for each year from 2012 to 2015 including both the discounted rate and also at the full rate
(G) The number of shadow FPN's that were recorded to show parity on Bedford Borough Councils own works each year from 2012 to 2015 (inclusive) and the section(s) under which they were issued.
(H) The number of Section 74 overrun charges that have been applied for each year from 2012 to 2015 (inclusive) to each separate utility/undertaker. The amounts applied and the amounts actually paid. Also, the reason for these overruns.
(I) Can you please also confirm if you operate a Permit scheme and if so provide me with a copy

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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

20/08/15

7757

 

 Q1) How many incidents were there of children in the care of your local authority (looked after children) as of 31 March 2015 who went missing within the year 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q2) How many children were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) as of 31 March 2015 who went missing within the year 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q3) How many incidents were there of children in the care of your local authority (looked after children) and in a foster care as of 31 March 2015 who went missing within the year 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q4) How many children were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) and in foster care as of 31 March 2015 who went missing within the year 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q5) How many incidents were there of children in the care of your local authority (looked after children) and in a children’s home (“residential care) as of 31 March 2015 who went missing within the year 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q6) How many children who were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) and in a children’s home (“residential care”) as of 31 March 2015 who went missing within the year 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
2013-14
Q7) How many incidents were there of children in the care of your local authority (looked after children) as of 31 March 2014 who went missing within the year 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q8) How many children were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) as of 31 March 2014 and who went missing within the year 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q9) How many incidents were there of children in the care of your local authority (looked after children) and in a foster care as of 31 March 2014 who went missing within the year 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q10) How many children were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) and in foster care as of 31 March 2014 who went missing within the year 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q11) How many incidents were there of children in the care of your local authority (looked after children) and in a children’s home (“residential care) as of 31 March 2014 who went missing within the year 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.
Q12) How many children who were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) and in a children’s home (“residential care”) as of 31 March 2014 who went missing within the year 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 for a period of:
a) Less than 24 hours [figure does not include those who never went missing];
b) 1-6 days;
c) 7-28 days;
d) 29 days – 183 days (“6 months”);
e) More than 183 days.

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 

20/08/15

7758

 

Social workers
Q1) How many children who were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) as of 31 March 2015 had three or more different social workers within the year 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015.
Q2) How many children who were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) as of 31 March 2014 had three or more different social workers within the year 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014.
Q3) How many children who were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) as of 31 March 2013 had three or more different social workers within the year 1 April 2012 – 31 March 2013.
Q4) How many children who were in the care of your local authority (looked after children) as of 31 March 2015 had the following number of different social workers during their most recent period in care:
a) One social worker;
b) Two;
c) Three;
d) Four;
e) Five;
f) Six;
g) Seven;
h) Eight;
i) Nine
j) 10;
k) 11;
l) 12;
m) 13;
n) 14;
o) 15;
p) 16;
q) 17;
r) 18;
s) 19;
t) 20 or more.

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:
We don’t have a report for number of social workers in the year.  We only report on current key worker.  As such we are not able to answer any of the questions on the FOI as to do so would need to be a manual task and that would take us over the 18 hour limit.

 17/08/15

7759

 

I believe your council has been running a Reducing the Strength scheme or similar scheme, whereby retailers in the area are asked to stop selling beer and cider above a certain abv.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to know:
1.How many off-licence retailers are there in your area?
2.How many have joined the scheme?
3.How many signed up voluntarily?
4.How many had it imposed as a condition on their licence?
5.If the measure was applied as a condition on a licence, have any retailers challenged it?
6.If so, what was the outcome?
7.Who within the council sanctioned the scheme and was responsible for creating the scheme? 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council concerning a Reducing the Strength scheme.   The Council’s stated approach is within its Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of current and future health and social care needs.  The particular chapter of the JSNA is available online.

Progress with the objectives outlined in the above document has been the subject of a report to the Adults and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 9 September 2014 and this report is available on line.

The Council has also referenced its approach in its Statement of Licensing Policy under Section of the Licensing Act 2003.  This Statement is also available online.

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

You requested:

1.At the time of the request there were 91 premises licensed for the retail sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises. 

2.The Council does not hold information to state which of the 91 premises referred to above were selling or not selling alcohol above or below any particular ‘Alcohol by volume’ figure at the time of the request.

3.The Council does not hold information to state which of the 91 premises referred to above were selling or not selling alcohol above or below any particular ‘Alcohol by volume’ figure at the time of the request. The Licensee for one licensed premises agreed to the attachment of a condition not to supply beers, cider and Lagers of 6.5% by Volume ( ABV) or above.

4.The Licensee for one licensed premises agreed to the attachment of a condition not to supply beers, cider and Lagers of 6.5% by Volume (ABV) or above. No other Licensees have pursued applications that have led to the imposition of condition such as that referred to against their consent.

5.The Licensee for one licensed premises agreed to the attachment of a condition not to supply beers, cider and Lagers of 6.5% by Volume (ABV) or above.  In view of the agreement, it would have been surprising to see it challenged.

6.As the attachment of the condition was agreed and no challenge made there is no outcome to report here. 

7.The full Council approved the Statement of Licensing Policy.

01/09/15

7760

 

 I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
- How many fixed penalty fines has you authority issued relating to bin collections (e.g. putting bin out to early or overfilling the bin) for the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.
- The total amount raised from those fines for each of those years.

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

Please find information requested below:

Year

FPN’s Issued relating to bin out to early / overfilling bins

Amount Raised from Fines

2012/13

6

£120.00

2013/14

1

£00.00

2014/15

17

£625.00

** These FPN’s were issued for failing to comply to a Notice served under S46 Environmental Protection Act – the offence for these being due to a condition of the said notice stating

-          ’ Return the wheeled bin to within the boundary of the property as soon as possible on the designated collection day i.e. within 24 hours following the collection/emptying of the bin.

We have provided the information above as the bins may be technically early as they are not removed between collections

19/08/15

7761

 

I would like full break down of how primary school places were allocated for the academic year starting sept 2013 -2015

Specific information on the point of measuring distance for the 'last distance offered' criterion.

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

21/08/15

7762

 

 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 and this is enclosed in Excel spreadsheet as requested. Please note the data was extracted on 24.8.15.

 

03/09/15

7763

 

Under the freedom of information act, we are requesting statistics regarding property preservation issues including the following,
Dry Rot
Wet Rot
Woodworm
Damp Treatment
Please can you provide a breakdown of the amount spent correcting these issues in all council owned properties including properties from both the housing and commercial sector for the previous calendar year.

Thank you for your request for information regarding Property Preservation Issues which we received on 6 August 2015.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.Please see below the information you requested:
Bedford Borough Council does not own any Housing stock as it transferred all of its housing stock to bpha (previously known as Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) in 1990.  Bpha may be able to assist in providing the information you have requested regarding housing stock. Their web site address is www.bpha.org.uk.
The commercial properties are under ‘Full Repairing and Insuring’ (FRI) leases so the tenants are, therefore, responsible for any repair costs etc.
In 2014 the Council issued the following orders:
•The Higgins Museum - Damp proofing work as report March 2014 - £5317.00
•6 St Pauls Square - Damp proofing works in June 2014 - £394.00

11/8/158

 

7764

 

 Please provide the following information:
1. Does your council have responsibility for any off-street parking in car parks in your local authority area?
If the answer to the above is YES, the following questions apply.
2. Is this off-street car parking managed entirely in-house (i.e. day-to-day management, revenue collection and enforcement) by the local authority, or is some (or all) of this outsourced through a contract or partnership with the private sector (or other bodies)?
3. If the latter, what is:
a) the form of contract / partnership which is in place?
b) the scope of the contract / partnership (which services are provided)?
4. Who is / are the supplier of (or your partner in providing) these services?
5. When was the contract(s) awarded, or the partnership(s) established?
6. What is the expiry date(s) of these contracts / partnerships?
7. Is there an option to extend the contract(s) / partnership(s) - and if so for how long?
8. What is the council's intention at the point of expiry i.e. extend, re-tender, bring in-house or other?
9. What is the estimated value of the contract(s) / partnership(s)?

Thank you for your request, for information about off-street parking, which we received on 6th August 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The answers to your questions are set out below.

1.YES
2. YES this off-street car parking is managed entirely in-house.

Questions 3 – 9 Not applicable as this off-street car parking is managed entirely in-house.

14/8/15

 

7765

 

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

 

11/8/15

 

7766

 

Specifically, my query relates to Bushmead Road running from Eaton Socon to the junction with Little Staughton Rd.
Please can you send me:
1.A copy of your current road maintenance policy relating to that road. Please send me the full policy, but this should include details of the intended frequency of road safety inspections, how these inspections should be conducted and the maximum time between identification of a defect and repairs being carried out.
2.A copy of the road repair history for that road over the past year. Again, please send me the full road repair history, but this should include:
- dates of all safety inspections between 1/2/15 to 1/8/15
- details of how safety inspections were undertaken (walked or driven, speed of inspection vehicle etc)
- details of all carriageway defects identified, with description, date and time
- details of how the authority handled these defects, what repairs were undertaken and the time between the identification of each defect and a repair being carried out.

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

21/08/15

7767

 

The plots are off Bedford Road, Sharnbrook, in the area of Sharnbrook Mill Theatre.
The pin marks one of four plots, each plot has a caravan sited.
We have been asked to site a new caravan / lodge on the site marked by the owner of the plot based in Kim Bolton.
Before we start works on the plot, can we please see a copy of the site licence and planning permission under which these caravans are sited and a copy of the ownership 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.

You have requested information on a site identified by a Google Earth Placemark as to whether the site has planning permission for use as a caravan site and whether it has a caravan site licence. The location identified by the placement marker relates to an area of land at the end of Long Heydons, Bletsoe and the answers below are for this site:

1)With regard to your query regarding planning permission the Planning Department have advised the following:-

The information you requested in relation to planning permission is available on the authority’s website and can be located at the link

2)    This site does not currently have a caravan site licence. Investigations are ongoing as to whether the site would require a license or is exempt under the provisions of the The Mobile Homes Act 2013.

07/09/15

7768

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can you provide me with information about whether the council has acquired property (either purchased or rented) outside of the council area in order to house homeless people the council has a statutory obligation to house, either on a temporary or permanent basis.
If yes, please can you provide me with a list of council areas where such property has been acquired, the number of properties in each of these council areas and the number of households currently living in these properties.

 

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.

 

This is a nil return.

 

13/8/15

 

7769

 

I would like to make a Freedom of Information request.

1. In your local authority how many people pay charges for social care,  including those who pay for home care, day care, community alarms and other non residential community care  services? In 2014? In 2013?

2. How many people applied for a waiver of these charges in the calendar year 2014? How many in 2013?

3. How many people were granted a waiver of these charges either in full or partially in 2014? How many in 2013?

4. How people were in arrears of payment of their social care charges of more than 4 weeks in 2014? How many people were in arrears of their payments in 2013?

5. How many people had debt management procedures commenced against them for non payment of social care charges in 2014? In 2013?

6. How many people were taken to court to enforce non payment of social care changes in 2014? In 2013

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.

1.2013 – 347

2014 – 562

2. 2013 – No records available

2014 - 4
3.
2013 – No records available

2014 - 4
4.
2013 – 97

2014 - 157
5.
2013 – 85

2014 - 145
6.
2013 – 0

2014 - 1

07/09/15

7770

 

 Please could you tell me your 2015-16 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.
Please also include weekly payments to former foster carers looking after young people aged 18+ under the staying put provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014.

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 could you tell me your 2015-16 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

Please also include weekly payments to former foster carers looking after young people aged 18+ under the staying put provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Response:

0-4 years old:   £157.15

5-10 years old:  £179

11-15 years old: £222.84

16+  years old: £271.08  

The allowance for Staying Put is  the 16+ allowance minus £52.43 per week

03/09/15

7771

 

Chantry Avenue, Kempston, 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

 

10/8/15

 

7772

 

Please can you advise who would deal with Building management/ Energy management?

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 as follows:

Mark Winstanley, Asset Manager

Mark.winstanley@bedford.gov.uk

11/8/15

 

7773

 

 My request is about the current situation whereby asylum seekers and migrants are entering the UK from Calais in France.
I am to ascertain the cost to the council of supporting these individuals, their families and their dependents.
1…Is the council currently providing services and or financial assistance and or support to any of the asylum seekers and or migrants who have entered the UK from Calais?
2…If the answer is yes can you please state how many asylum seekers and or migrants are currently receiving assistance and or support?      Can you please provide the total number of individuals (irrespective of age).  Can you also provide details of the number of family groups?
3…Can the council please state how much it is currently spending each week to provide this support?    Perhaps it can say how much has been spent on this support since 1  January 2015.
4…Are any of these aforementioned individuals currently being accommodated in houses and or flats and or hostels and or hotels and or bed and breakfast establishments and or campsites and or asylum centres at the expense of the council?
5…If the answer is yes can you please provide figures for the total number of individuals being supported in this way?     Can you also provide figures about the number of family groups.
6…Can you please state how many of these individuals and or families  are being supported by the council are in  houses and or flats and or bedsits.     These flats and houses could be in the council’s geographical area or they could be elsewhere.  They could be privately owned or they could be social housing of some kind.  In the case of each individual and or family can you please state the amount being spent each week on their accommodation?   In the case of each individual and or family can you please state the total amount spent so far?  In the case of each individual and or family can you please state which town and or city and or village the accommodation is?   In the case of each flat and or house can you please state the total number of rooms and the number of  bedrooms and bathrooms?  In the case of each flat and or house can you provide the post code and the council ward. 
7…Can you please state how many individuals and or families are being housed at the council’s expense in hostels and or hotels and or asylum centres and or bed and breakfast establishments and or campsites?  These hostels and or hotels and or asylum centres and or bed and breakfast establishments and or campsites can be within the council’s geographical area or they could be elsewhere.   In the case of each individual and or family can you please state whether they are staying in a hotel and or hostel and or asylum centre and or bed and breakfast establishment and or at a campside.   In the case of each individual and or family can you please state the amount being spent each week on their accommodation?  In the case of each individual and or family can you please state the amount spent so far?
8…Since January 2015 has the council had to place child asylum seekers and or migrants in care. If the answer is yes can you please state the number of children it has placed in care?  How many are still in care?  Does it know how much it is spending each week on this provision and can it provide a figure?
9…Since January 2015 has the council had to provide school places for child asylum seekers and or migrants who have arrived in its area?    If the answer is yes can please state the number of children it has provided places for?    How many are still being taught in school?  Please include details of all places irrespective of whether they are in the council’s geographical area?

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

1.Yes

 

2.Currently we are supporting 39 Unaccompanied Asylum seeking children and former unaccompanied seeking children (18 Plus Yrs.) whom all reported to us that they came through Calais.

 

 

3.The cost for each Child varies due to their individual needs.

For those children under the age of 16 they are placed in foster care. The average cost for a Foster placement per week is £700.00.  

For young people aged 16 – 18 years they are placed in supported accommodation with staff on site the cost of this various between placements but on average £650 - £800 per week dependent on the needs of the individual Child. On top of this each young person receives £57.90p per week living allowance and £20.00 monthly Clothing allowance.

Each young person then is entitled to access a winter clothing allowance of £120.00 per year.

The Local Authority then also supports 18 – 21 year olds who have no recourse to Public Funds ( such as Welfare benefits). The average cost for each young person we support is £115.00 per week for accommodation and £35.15p per week weekly living allowance.

All Young people between the ages of 16 – 21 no matter what accommodation they live in have access to a leaving care grant of £1700.00 to assist them with setting up home etc. 

 

 

4.All our young people are supported by young people support providers in Private Houses or Flats.

 

 

5.We currently have 7 x young people under the age of 16 years living in foster placement

We currently have 15 x 16 to 18 year olds living in Supported accommodation

We currently have 7 x 18 to 20 year olds being support who have no recourse to Public funds

The remaining young people are living independently being responsible for their own rent.

 

 

6.All our young people are supported vetted organisations / support providers in Private Houses or Flats and Foster placements

 

 

7.None

 

8.Please see above answers to questions.

 

 

9.The Council is unable to answer this question as it is less than five and could identify the young persons.

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).

 

07/09/15

7774

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, i would like to request the following.
All companies that have a Business Rates Credit on there account, this should include both active, inactive accounts/closed accounts.  I  would also like any add on's/ Write Ons/ Write offs for both active, inactive and closed accounts. I would like this to go back as far as 1990.

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 attached which was extracted from our system on the 4 September 2015.

Please follow the link for inactive accounts/closed accounts.

07/09/15

7775

 

 Please can you provide me with the following under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
a)List of all Commercial properties and their addresses within your Billing Authority
b) The names of the Rate Payers
c) Billing Authority Reference
d) Rateable value
e) The date the rate payer first became liable

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 attached.

 

07/09/15

7776

 

 Bedford: personnel-training services 2012/S 153-256034 10 08 2012
My request is simply the full names and addresses of all of the companies who submitted a PQQ and / or ITT for this tender and whether they were successful or not

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

Please find the information you requested attached regarding the full names and addresses of all of the companies who submitted a PQQ and / or ITT.

 

19/08/15

7777

 

I would like to make a Freedom of Information request. 
1) How many Freedom of Information requests were received by your authority in the following years
2011
2012
2013
2014
Jan – June 2015
2) What was the overall average response time to Foi requests in
2011
2012
2013
2014
Jan – June 2015
3) How many FOI requests were responded to late in
2011
2012
2013
2014
Jan – June 2015
4) What was the average response time to late FOI requests in
2011
2012
2013
2014
Jan – June 2015
5) What was the average response time to requests responded to within 20 days in
2011
2012
2013
2014
Jan – June 2015
I understand this information might not be recorded but could you estimate:
6) the annual cost to your Local Authority for dealing with Freedom of Information requests?
7) the average time spent dealing with a Freedom of Information request?

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

1) 2011 - 898

2012 - 1110

2013 - 1404

2014 - 1501

Jan – June 2015 - 824

 2)  This is recorded in financial years as follows:

2010/11 – 13 days

2011/12 – 12 days

2012/13 – 13 days

2013/14 – 13 days

2014/15 – 12 days

April – June 2015 – 11 days

 3)   This is recorded in financial years as follows:

2010/11 – 44

2011/12 – 17

2012/13 – 30

2013/14 – 9

2014/15 – 6

April – June 2015 – 1

 4)  This is recorded in financial years as follows:

2010/11 – 6 days

2011/12 – 3 days

2012/13 – 3 days

2013/14 – 9 days

2014/15 –  2 days

April – June 2015 –  2 days

 5) This is recorded in financial years as follows:

2010/11 – 13 days

2011/12 – 12 days

2012/13 – 13 days

2013/14 – 13 days

2014/15 –  12 days

April – June 2015 –  11 days

6) We do not hold this information.  The annual staff costs for those staff members whose main responsibility is processing of requests is £33295. In addition Council Officers  and Managers in all Service Areas are involved in compiling and responding to requests, but this constitutes part of their regular role and therefore their involvement with FOI/EIR requests is not separately identified or recorded.   

7) We do not hold this information , however we have 1.41 FT staff whose primarily role is to deal with FOI/EIR, in additional we have  Councils  Officers and Manager  within the Borough, but this constitutes part of their regular role and therefore their involvement with FOI/EIR requests is not separately identified or recorded.  

07/09/15

7778

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act please:(1)supply any assessment framework that the local authority is providing to schools in its oversight as a suggested replacement for levels.

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)supply any assessment framework that the local authority is providing to schools in its oversight as a suggested replacement for levels.

Response:

Bedford Borough has not provided schools with a new assessment framework. It was made clear by the DfE that it was for schools to develop their own summative assessment systems which meet their individual needs. We have however provided support and guidance to our schools in a number of ways. We have:

·Set up a working party to examine the issue, make recommendations, provide advice and guidance and a suggested approach to all LA schools.

·Commissioned a senior member of staff from a Bedford Borough school with recognised expertise in this area to lead the working party. Developments led by this member of staff were commented on very positively by OFSTED during a recent inspection at the school.

·Arranged a visit by a number of Heads to a pilot school to examine how this school was developing new assessment systems. These findings were then reported back to LA schools

·Communicated with and supported area cluster groups in developing collaborative approaches to summative assessment

·Held workshops and study groups to enable schools to work collaboratively and to facilitate the sharing of developments in practice which had taken place at the cluster level. In this way we have aimed to support a more cohesive understanding and approach at LA level whilst enabling schools to retain their autonomy. These groups have also enabled schools to discuss any commercially produced systems they have examined or considered in order to support them in making their own informed decisions.

·Provided regular updates to schools and shared and circulated useful exemplars and supportive documentation as these have become available

·Used The Bedford Borough Learning Exchange (BBLE) as a vehicle to both update schools and facilitate discussion

·Worked with the Teaching School(s) to ensure a coherence of approach and provision at a subject specific level.

19/08/15

7779

 

 I would like to request under the Freedom of Information act information on the job evaluation rationale for the position of Senior Personal Adviser within Education Support Service which is under Early Help and Intervention within the Adult and Childrens Services directorate.  Please could you also provide me with the policy behind how job roles within the council are graded when carrying out job evaluations.

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 attached information

In circumstances relating to grading review the Council has in place the following process:

If an employee and their manager believe that:

• a fundamental accountability has been omitted from the job description questionnaire; or

• increased duties and responsibilities have been permanently added to the employee’s post since the job was last graded,

The post can be put forward for a grading review.

 

7780

 

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

 

26/08/15

7781

 

Please could you provide me with a list of all taxi base operators licenses within 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 the information you requested. You requested:

Please could you provide me with a list of all taxi base operators licenses within your area.

Answer:

AGS

Magnum Cars

Anglia Cars

JSCars

A-2-B

Key Cars

A1

Daytime Cars

Oakley Travel

Eagle Cars

Clapham Village Cars

Direct Cars

EPL Cars

Havanna Cars

J & A Travel

Bedford Cars

3 Star Cars

Expresslines LTD

Town and Country Cars

UK Travel

247

Anro Executive Cars

Raymond Geary

Sapphire Executive Chauffeur Services

Ambassador Cars

Chryslux Executive Travel

Keith Cooper Private Hire

Top Rank Cars Ltd

RJ Cars

KD Chauffeurs LTD

1-2-1 Cars

Britannia Cars

Bedford Executive Travel

Gemini Cars

Khan's Executive Private Hire

Royal Cars

Castle Cars

Ace Cars

KK Executive Chauffeurs

Central Cars

Legacy Executive Cars

Jameela Travel

On time Cars

Abbey Cars

Affinity Chauffeur Services

M & DH Executive Chauffeurs

Abbott Express Ltd

Express Cars

EPL Cars Ltd

Avant Garde Executive Chauffeur Service

Chauffeur Travel Services Bedford Ltd

Flexible Cars

Gemini Cars LTD

21/08/15

7782

 

RE: Waveney Avenue, 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

 

26/08/15

7783

 

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

 

26/08/15

7784

 

 Please could you provide the following information about the usage of your website:
The total number of sessions (visits) made to your website. The overall "bounce rate" that is the proportion of sessions which involved only 1 pageview. The proportion of sessions on your website made on desktop devices, mobile devices and tablet devices respectively
Please confirm what system you use to measure site usage (such as Google Analytics).
Please provide these figures for the 12 months ending 31 July 2015 unless only a shorter timeframe is possible. If you filter some sessions from your website (such as visits from IP addresses used by your employees), please provide the figures for both the filtered and unfiltered data (what Google Analytics calls "views"). If you have multiple websites pease provide these figures for each site.

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.

1.2,191,255

2.55.00%

3.Desktop - 1,183,817

Mobile  - 641,093

Tablet  - 366,345

4.Google Analytics

5.Period covered is 01 August 2014 to 31 July 2015

6.No filters are applied

7.The council’s website is published at http://www.bedford.gov.uk/ and the stats provided relate to this site.

 

03/09/15

7785

 

 Our questions relate to the age assessment of separated young people. These children are often dubbed as 'UASC' or unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people . The age assessments are normally conducted by qualified social workers within area or specialist teams.
Q 1  a) Between  1st April 2014 to 31 July 2014, how many asylum seeking young people have arrived in your local authority
b)Between  1st April 2014 to 31 July 2014, how many asylum seeking young people claiming  to be under the age of 18 have you age assessed?
Q2  a) Between  1st April 2015 to 31 July 2015, how many asylum seeking young people have arrived in your local authority
b)Between  1st April 2015 to 31 July 2015, how many asylum seeking young people claiming  to be under the age of 18 have you age assessed?
Q3 Since 1st April 2015 how many young people have you assessed as being
 a) between 17 and 17 years and 6 months, i.e between 17 and 17 and a half  ?
b) between 17 years and 6 months and 17 years and 11 months, i.e between 17 and a half and 17 years and 11 months?
Q4 Between 1st April 2014 and 1st April 2015  how many of your age assessments  have been challenged by a community care solicitor?
Q5 Between 1st April 2015 until the end of July 2015, how many of your age assessments  have been challenged by a community care solicitor?

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. 

Q 1 Between the 1st April 2014 – and 31st July 2014 Bedford Borough Council have had less than 5 asylum seeking young persons arrive in the Local Authority.

b) Between the 1st April 2014 to 31st July 2014 Bedford Borough Council age assessed less than 5 individuals as a child out of 5 referrals claiming to be unaccompanied Asylum seeking children.

Q2  Between 1st April 2015 and 31st July 2015 Bedford Borough Council have had 5 or less asylum seeking young people arrive in the local Authority

b)Between the 1st April 2015 to 31st July 2015 Bedford Borough Council age assessed  5 or less individuals as children out of the 11 referrals claiming to be unaccompanied Asylum seeking children.

Q3a)  Bedford Borough Council have assessed or accepted the age of less than 5 unaccompanied Asylum seeking children between the ages of 17 yrs. – 17.5 years.

b)Bedford Borough Council have assessed or accepted the age of less than 5 unaccompanied Asylum seeking children between the ages of 17 yrs. – 17.5 years.

Q4 : Bedford Borough Council has received less than 5 challenges / requests for age assessment appeals during the period of 1st April 2014 and 1st April 2015.

Q5:Bedford Borough Council has received 0 challenges / requests for age assessment appeals during the period of 1st April 2015 and 31st July 2015

28/08/15

7786

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request information from your social services department for service users who they have referred for (or been consulted upon) a disabled facilities grant in the last five years.Please provide the information by completing the attached questionnaire.

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.”

In order to gain this information, we would need to go through each individual application for a Disabled Facilities Grant on the Home Improvement Team system and then compare against their adult social care records (their assessments / care plan / services / reviews).  As there were nearly 180 DFG’s approved in the last financial year, this is going to be a substantial piece of work.  As an estimate this will be around 20 to 30 mins per case just purely from the social care side, which could result in around 90 hours of work.

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

10/09/15

7787

 

How many people in your authority were provided with public health funerals in the years (financial): 
•      2010-11,
•      2011-12,
•      2012-13,
•      2013-14,
•      2014-15.
2.I would also like a breakdown of men and women for each year.
3. would like to know how much the total cost was for the local authority in each of the financial years listed.

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

1.How many people in your authority were provided with public health funerals in the years (financial):

·      2010-11,

·      2011-12,

·      2012-13,

·      2013-14,

·      2014-15.

2.     I would also like a breakdown of men and women for each year.

 

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

3.     I would like to know how much the total cost was for the local authority in each of the financial years listed.

Year

Number of PHF paid for by Bedford BC

Expenditure to nearest £100

Income to nearest £100

2009/2010

10

£11,100

£2,500

2010/2011

9

£6,100

£6,300

2011/2012

4

£1,500

£0

2012/2013

10

£13,600

£0

2013/2014

11

£9,500

£4,800

2014/2015

13

£17,200

£10,200

       

09/09/15

7788

 

I would like to find out the factors that are influencing how the local authorities deal with potholes management in the UK. For this, I would like to obtain some data from your local authority by taking this brief survey.

Please click here for survey

  Closed as general business

.

08/09/15

7789

 

1 am looking for a full list of businesses and charities that have recently become responsible for paying business rates on a property.  I would like the name of the business and the address, including the type of property, RV and date they became responsible for it please

Closed - Applicant did not respond to clarification request.

 

 

7790

 

Please supply information with regard to the number of parking penalty tickets issued for the 3 months before there were changes to the disabled parking arrangements in Bedford and the 3 months after they were implemented.The changes in question relate to the bays becoming time sensitive in that parking in those disabled bays was limited by time.

Thank you for your request, for further information about the Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) relating to disabled parking in Bedford, which we received on 13th August 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the information you requested is set out below. 

The changes to disabled parking arrangements affected bays in Allhallows and Gadsby Street.

A time limit was put in place for disabled parking in Allhallows on 9th January 2014.

30 PCNs were issued in relation to contraventions for the period 1st October – 31st December 2013 inclusive. 

160 PCNs were issued in relation to contraventions for the period 1st February – 30th April 2014 inclusive.

A time limit was put in place for disabled parking in Gadsby Street on 24th September 2012.

0 PCNs were issued in relation to contraventions for the period 1st June – 31st August 2012 inclusive. 

37 PCNs were issued in relation to contraventions for the period 1st October - 31st December 2012 inclusive.

The above PCNs were issued for all contraventions relating to disabled parking and unfortunately, I am unable to distinguish between PCNs issued in relation to the new time limits and PCNs issued for other disabled parking contraventions. 

03/09/15

7791

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you tell me –How many households on your housing waiting list have been successfully nominated by the council to housing association properties in the financial year 

a. 2014/15 -2010-2011

If there has been an increase/decrease in nominations to housing associations, what is the council’s assessment of why that is

How many households on your housing waiting list have been successfully nominated by the council to your own council housing stock in the financial year 

a. 2014/15 - 2010/11

How many households on your housing waiting list have been successfully nominated by the council to the private sector financial year 

a. 2014/15 -2010/ 11

How many households were on your housing waiting list at the end of the financial year

a. 2014/15 -2010/11

under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Bedford Borough Council ceased being a social housing landlord when it transferred its housing stock to Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association in 1990.

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. 

 

However, BPHA (Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) may have the information and they can be contacted at info@bpha.org.uk.

 

Alternatively, I can forward the request to BPHA. Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them.

11/09/15

7792

 

I am looking for data on homeowners that are behind on their mortgage payments. They may have had a court hearing and have fallen into arrears.

We buy houses quickly, so we want to offer the vendors a solution to this and offer our service.I know the court hearings are public data and that data can be requested, so could you please supply us with this data?

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:

 

We have no mortgages in arrears

10/09/15

7793

 

Please let me have

1. The number of adoption breakdowns in the 12 month period from 31st March 2014 to 31st March 2015. To define adoption breakdown, circumstances where either

1A the child or children have re-entered local authority care after being placed in an adoptive family setting, prior to an adoption order being granted for the child or children  OR

1B the child or children have re-entered local authority care after an adoption order has been granted to their adoptive families 

2 The number of looked after children for whom the plan of permanence has changed away from adoption,  covering the period 31st March 2014 to 31st March 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 number of adoption breakdowns in the 12 month period from 31st March 2014 to 31st March 2015. To define adoption breakdown, circumstances where either

1A the child or children have re-entered local authority care after being placed in an adoptive family setting, prior to an adoption order being granted for the child or children  OR

1B the child or children have re-entered local authority care after an adoption order has been granted to their adoptive families 

2 The number of looked after children for whom the plan of permanence has changed away from adoption,  covering the period 31st March 2014 to 31st March 2015.

Response:    

 

Number

Number of children returned to care after living in an adoptive placement, but prior to granting of any adoption order

 1

Number of children returned to local authority care after having an adoption order granted in respect of them

None that we are aware of

Number of  children who have had their adoption decision reversed as their plan of permanence

16

20/08/15

7794

 

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act please:

1.   For each of the last three financial years (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15) and this financial year to date, what is the total number of outdoor football pitches available to hire from the council (please break this down into grass, 3G or other artificial pitches).

2.   For each of the last three financial years (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15) and this financial year to date, please provide the costs of hiring grass, 3G and artificial outdoor pitches?  Please provide the flat-rate fee per match and break this down into the fees for adult and youth games.

3.   For each of the last three financial years (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15) and this financial year to date, what is the total amount the council has spent on the maintenance of its outdoor grass, 3G and artificial football pitches?

4.   For each of the last three financial years (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15) and this financial year to date, what was the total revenue generated from outdoor football pitch hire? (Again, please break this down into grass, 3G or other artificial pitches).

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

 

Please find attached the information requested regarding the council costs. 

 

The Council is also interested in the work you are doing and I would be very grateful if you could let know the outcome of your research.

7794

7795

 

Please advise on your progress in providing replacement properties with funds from right to buy sales since the new rules applied in April 2012.

How many homes have been sold under the right to buy, by your Council, and how many replacement homes have been provided with those funds in:

1. 2012/13.

2. 2013/14.

3. 2014/15.

4. Since April 2015.

Please also advise how many more replacement properties are currently planned with funds earmarked from RTB sales.Finally please indicate if you anticipate that you will be obliged to send any funds to central Government due to being unable to commit to providing the required level of replacement housing and if so how much money you will be sending as a result.

Thank you for your request for information about right to buy properties which we received on 14 August 2015.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

14/8/15

 

7796

 

Could you please send me a full list of businesses and charities that have become liable for the non domestic rates on a property between the 01/08/2015-15/08/2015.  Can you include the business name, business address and the date they became liable please and also the liable party and type of property.

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 on the attached.

10/09/15

7797-7798

 

A list of all commerical properties and what has been marketed through x

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:

A list of Council Owned Commercial property which has been marketed through X Chartered Surveyors Ltd  either on an exclusive basis or not over the last five years.

Nil

Please provide a list of which of your commercial properties have been marketed on an exclusive basis but shared only with the Council marketing department and X Ltd over the last five years.

Nil

 

Please provide what percentage of your commercial property has been marketed through  X Ltd over the last five years.

Nil

01/09/15

7799

 

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

Sidmouth Close,Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

26/08/15

7800

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

 

26/08/15

7801

 

 Please could I request information on the job evaluations and salary grades for the following positions that sit under Early Help and Intervention:  Senior Education Welfare Office, Senior Inclusion Officer for Vulnerable Pupils and PEP, Service Manager for Troubled Families, Early Years Strategy Manager for the Early Years Team and the position of Early Help Professional

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 attached information

In circumstances relating to grading review the Council has in place the following process:

If an employee and their manager believe that:

• a fundamental accountability has been omitted from the job description questionnaire; or

• increased duties and responsibilities have been permanently added to the employee’s post since the job was last graded,

The post can be put forward for a grading review.

14/09/15

7802

 

My request is in respect of the following rating assessments created from the split of the original assessment (1) in the 2005 rating list, into two new assessments (2) and (3):
1.BA Ref: 1006195
Store and Premises, Caste Street, Bedford,
•the ratepayer(s) originally held liable for business rates prior to the split of the assessment for the period 01/04/05-31/03/08;
•the notional charge for each year or part year;
•the transitional adjustment for each year or part year;
•any exempt or void periods within the specified period of liability;
•the amount of relief granted in respect of exempt or void periods; and
•any refunds issued to the ratepayer(s) in respect of these periods.

2.BA Ref: 3001736
Store and Premises, Gnd Flr, 44A Castle Street, Bedford,
ratepayer(s) for the period 12/05/05-31/03/08;
•notional charge for each year or part year;
•transitional adjustment for each year or part year;
•any exempt or void periods within the specified period of liability;
•Amount of relief granted in respect of exempt or void periods; and
•any refunds issued to the ratepayer(s) in respect of these periods.
3.BA Ref: 3001737
Workshop and Premises, 1st Flr, 44A Castle Street, Bedford, MK40 3PJ
•Ratepayer(s) for the period 12/05/05-31/03/08;
•notional charge for each year or part year;
•transitional adjustment for each year or part year;
•any exempt or void periods within the specified period of liability;
•amount of relief granted in respect of exempt or void periods; and
•any refunds issued to the ratepayer(s) in respect of these periods.

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

1.    BA Ref: 1006195

·the ratepayer(s) originally held liable for business rates prior to the split of the assessment for the period 01/04/05-31/03/08;

·the notional charge for each year or part year;

·the transitional adjustment for each year or part year;

·any exempt or void periods within the specified period of liability;

·the amount of relief granted in respect of exempt or void periods; and

·any refunds issued to the ratepayer(s) in respect of these periods.

·Individual cannot supply

·2005/06 = £4051.20, 2006/07 = £4156.80, 2007/08 = £4262.40

·£0.00 all years

·01/04/05 to 31/03/08 totally exempt

·2005/06 = £4051.20, 2006/07 = £4156.80, 2007/08 = £4262.40

·None

2.    BA Ref: 3001736

·ratepayer(s) for the period 12/05/05-31/03/08;

·notional charge for each year or part year;

·transitional adjustment for each year or part year;

·any exempt or void periods within the specified period of liability;

·amount of relief granted in respect of exempt or void periods; and

·any refunds issued to the ratepayer(s) in respect of these periods.

·Individual cannot supply

·2005/06 =£3207.20 (pro rata for 12/05/05 to 31/03/06 = £2846.94), 2006/07= £3290.80, 2007/08 = £3374.40

·£0.00 all years

·No exemptions

·£0.00 all years

·No refunds

3.    BA Ref: 3001737

·ratepayer(s) for the period 12/05/05-31/03/08;

·notional charge for each year or part year;

·transitional adjustment for each year or part year;

·any exempt or void periods within the specified period of liability;

·amount of relief granted in respect of exempt or void periods; and

·any refunds issued to the ratepayer(s) in respect of these periods.

·12/05/05 to 30/01/08 Giant Machine Ltd, 31/01/08 to 31/03/08 Individual cannot supply

·2005/06 =£1160.50 (pro rata for 12/05/05 to 31/03/06 = £1030.14), 2006/07 = £1190.75, 2007/08 = £1221.00 (pro rata for 01/04/07 to 30/01/08 = £1010.63) (pro rata for 31/01/08 to 31/03/08 = £203.50).

·£0.00 all years

·12/05/05 to 30/01/08 No exemptions, 31/01/08 to 31/03/08 Exempt

·12/05/05 to 30/01/08 = £0.00, 31/01/08 to 31/03/08 = £203.50

·No refunds

14/09/15

7803

 

 

Please see below Freedom of Information request from the NSPCC. Please use the same subject title in responses if possible.
1.In the period between 1 April 2014 and 31st March 2015 how many children referred for child protection reasons had: 
a) identified mental health concerns
b) identified mental health concerns associated with abuse or neglect.
2.How many of a) and b) were referred to:
i.CAMHS
ii.A private or voluntary sector therapeutic service
iii.Local authority therapeutic service
iv.Education psychology or a school counselling service
3.In the periods:
a.1 April 2014 and 31st March 2015
b.1 April 2010 and 31st March 2011
how much funding was allocated to the provision of therapeutic support for children
4.Once a child is identified has having been abused and referred for therapeutic support, what is the average wait time before that child sees a therapeutic practitioner?

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

You will note that we are unable to provide a response to Questions 1, 2 & 4.  We don’t routinely collate this data in the categories requested and in order for us to obtain this information would require us to manually check each child’s file individually and this would take in excess of 18 hours to prepare.  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.

The answer to Question 3 is as follows:

Budget for Children’s Therapeutic Services:

a.            2014-2015                £102,570

b.            2010-2011                £145,580

24/08/15

7804

 

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

 

26/08/15

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