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7990

 In the last financial year 2014/2015 please provide me with the number of settlements and the total amount paid as compensation to teachers or teaching assistants for injuries sustained at schools or outside schools. For each incident please provide me with the amount of compensation, costs and a summary of the claim.
Please clearly indicate any incidents where compensation was made to staff as a result of an injury sustained from an attack by a pupil, or in an incident when trying to restrain a violent pupil.

 

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:

Your request:

In the last financial year 2014/2015 please provide me with the number of settlements and the total amount paid as compensation to teachers or teaching assistants for injuries sustained at schools or outside schools. For each incident please provide me with the amount of compensation, costs and a summary of the claim.

Please clearly indicate any incidents where compensation was made to staff as a result of an injury sustained from an attack by a pupil, or in an incident when trying to restrain a violent pupil.

Note: The question relates to payments made in 2014/2015 regardless of when the incident took place. If the settlement was made by the authority's insurers it is still information "held" by your authority under the terms of the Act.

Our response:

None

02/10/15

7991

 

 Part 1
A)  Accessibility Strategies
Please could you send me a copy of your Council's Accessibility Strategy, that complies with Schedule 10 of the Equality Act:
B) Transport
Does your local authority's school transport contract include the provision of wheelchair-accessible coaches available to mainstream schools for trips?
Part 2: Data
Please include responses to the following questions in respect of the state-funded secondary schools only, including academies and free schools.
1. What is the total number of secondary schools in your local authority area?
2. How many of these are:
a) RED. Not wheelchair-accessible - it would be impossible or very difficult for a wheelchair-user to learn alongside her/his disabled peers at the school, because, for example, all or most of the main buildings that have upper floors do not also have lifts OR there are an insufficient number of disabled toilets on site OR most of the main buildings and areas of the site are not accessible via level access or a ramp.  In practice a RED school would have difficulty timetabling teaching to allow several wheelchair-users to receive a mainstream education.
b) AMBER.  Partially wheelchair-accessible - a wheelchair user could follow a mainstream curriculum at the school, but a significant proportion of the site is upstairs and not accessible via a lift OR some main buildings do not have a disabled toilet OR one or more of the main entrances to your school has stepped access. In practice an AMBER school would have to undertake some rearrangement of the timetable to allow a wheelchair-user to receive a mainstream education AND/OR the child would have to take some circuitous routes around the site to reach teaching and recreational areas.
c) GREEN. Fully wheelchair-accessible - all (or at least 90% of) teaching areas are accessible to wheelchair users, there are lifts to upper floors where applicable, and disabled toilets are provided in all main buildings.  In practice a GREEN school would not have to rearrange the timetable to cater for a child following the mainstream curriculum who uses a wheelchair

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. 

Part 1:

A)  Accessibility Strategies

Please could you send me a copy of your Council's Accessibility Strategy, that complies with Schedule 10 of the Equality Act:

click here for the legislation act. 

Answer:

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

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

This is available via the following link 

B) Transport

Does your local authority's school transport contract include the provision of wheelchair-accessible coaches available to mainstream schools for trips?

Answer:

We do not have any involvement in the contracting of transport for school trips.  Schools secure the transport themselves.

With regards to home to  school transport, we do contract wheelchair accessible vehicles where the students’ needs requires it.  This will form part of the service specification for the particular route when going to tender.

Part 2: Data

Please include responses to the following questions in respect of the state-funded secondary schools only, including academies and free schools.

1.What is the total number of secondary schools in your local authority area?

Answer: There are 20 schools which admit pupils of a secondary age (only 5 of these are secondary schools)

2. How many of these are:

a)    RED. Not wheelchair-accessible - it would be impossible or very difficult for a wheelchair-user to learn alongside her/his disabled peers at the school, because, for example, all or most of the main buildings that have upper floors do not also have lifts OR there are an insufficient number of disabled toilets on site OR most of the main buildings and areas of the site are not accessible via level access or a ramp.  In practice a RED school would have difficulty timetabling teaching to allow several wheelchair-users to receive a mainstream education.

b)    AMBER.  Partially wheelchair-accessible - a wheelchair user could follow a mainstream curriculum at the school, but a significant proportion of the site is upstairs and not accessible via a lift OR some main buildings do not have a disabled toilet OR one or more of the main entrances to your school has stepped access. In practice an AMBER school would have to undertake some rearrangement of the timetable to allow a wheelchair-user to receive a mainstream education AND/OR the child would have to take some circuitous routes around the site to reach teaching and recreational areas.

c)    GREEN. Fully wheelchair-accessible - all (or at least 90% of) teaching areas are accessible to wheelchair users, there are lifts to upper floors where applicable, and disabled toilets are provided in all main buildings.  In practice a GREEN school would not have to rearrange the timetable to cater for a child following the mainstream curriculum who uses a wheelchair.

Answer:  We do not hold this information.  You will need to contact the schools directly for this information.   A list of the schools is provided, see table below.  Please also find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Schools Directory which contains the contact information for the schools listed, for your information.

 19/10/15

7992

 

 he request relates to adult social care provision.
1. How many adults has your local authority assessed under section 9 of the Care Act from 1 April 2015 to 30 September 2015?
2. Of these assessments, how many were carried out by a a) registered social worker or b) a registered occupational therapist?
3. How many of the adults assessed for care and support needs from 1/4/2015 to 30/9/2015 did the authority determine had eligible needs for care and support, under section 13 of the Care Act?
4. How many of the adults assessed from 1/4/2015 to 30/9/2015 were given a personal budget under section 26 of the Care Act?
5. For how many of the adults assessed from 1/4/2015 to 30/9/2015 did your local authority arrange an advocate under section 67 of the act?
6. For how many adults did your local authority carry out a full community care assessment from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015?
7. Of adults who received a community care assessment from 1/4/2014 to 31/3/2015 how many did the local authority determine had eligible needs during the same period, under the Prioritising need in the context of Putting People First guidance?

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.
1. How many adults has your local authority assessed under section 9 of the Care Act from 1 April 2015 to 30 September 2015?
832.
2. Of these assessments, how many were carried out by a a) registered social worker or b) a registered occupational therapist?
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 assessment to identify the job role of the professional carrying out the assessment. As there were 832 assessments this would be a substantial piece of work.
The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.
3. How many of the adults assessed for care and support needs from 1/4/2015 to 30/9/2015 did the authority determine had eligible needs for care and support, under section 13 of the Care Act?
380/832 = 45.7%
4. How many of the adults assessed from 1/4/2015 to 30/9/2015 were given a personal budget under section 26 of the Care Act?
131/832 = 15.7%
5. For how many of the adults assessed from 1/4/2015 to 30/9/2015 did your local authority arrange an advocate under section 67 of the act?
This information is not available.
6. For how many adults did your local authority carry out a full community care assessment from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015?
1502
7. Of adults who received a community care assessment from 1/4/2014 to 31/3/2015 how many did the local authority determine had eligible needs during the same period, under the Prioritising need in the context of Putting People First guidance?
1235/1502 = 82.2%

26/10/15

7993

 

 Please can you send me an electronic copy of the following which your organisation may hold;
1)  equivalent to Corporate/ Strategic risk register/log/matrix.
Note; this will have all your organisations key risks included and likely be managed/reviewed by your senior management team
2) equivalent to Departmental/Team/Section risk register/log/matrix for each of the relevant departments indicated below.
Note; this will have the relevant departments risks and likely be managed/reviewed by Department management team
a)     Housing
b)    Direct Labour Organisation
c)     Call Centre
d)    Human Resources
e)     Finance
f)      Information Technology
g)    Legal
h)     Marketing
i) Procurement and Contract management. Note: this is the department and not the contracts let by the Department. For example it may include not complying with the Public Contract Regulations 2015 which may also be a project specific risk.
3) equivalent risk register/log/matrix pre and post procurement, for any external expenditure above £200k per annum, where the document has been produced and or reviewed beyond April 2013 (inclusive). I do not require more than 10 risk registers for this sub-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 the information which is attached.

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder.  For further information regarding Re-use of Public Sector information please see link to see PDF file.

REFERENCE QUESTIONS 2 AND 3

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.

29/10/15

7994

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please can you provide me with the information in relation to business rates accounts in your area : (Please note : we are not requesting data of any companies that are a sole trader or an individual and only require information relating to Limited companies).
(a) Addresses of all commercial properties that currently have a credit on their account above £1,000.
(b) The names and addresses of the ratepayer of the property referred to in (a)  if they are NOT a sole trader or individual.
(c) The amount by which the account is in credit
(d) The rating year that the credit arose
(e) The date the information was generated.

 

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

 30/10/15

7995

 

 FOI request:
1.  On what date was a sign placed at the entrance to the Foster Hill Road cemetery providing details of the relevant dog control order?
2.  Were details of the order placed in a local newspaper when it was made?  Which paper?  What date?
3.  Does the order apply to any access land, as specified in the 2006 regulations?

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 and attached.

 1.  On what date was a sign placed at the entrance to the Foster Hill Road cemetery providing details of the relevant dog control order? Sign placed up at all entrances 27 June 2013.

2.  Were details of the order placed in a local newspaper when it was made?  Which paper?  What date? As per attached 24 Feb 2013, notice placed in the Beds On Sunday

3.  Does the order apply to any access land, as specified in the 2006 regulations? For the purposes of this Order, the land to which the Order is applicable is set out below:


Land which is used as a memorial, burial ground, cemetery or garden of remembrance together with any forecourt, terrace, yard or walkway providing access, and together with adjoining verges, landscaped areas and gardens.
All designated carriageways (A or B classified roads) and adjoining footpaths and verges of such carriageways.

 

08/10/15

7996

 

 I would  like to put in a freedom of information request to see the contract and and understand how the council manages the service, serious incidents and near misses. I would also like to see copies of Robinson pools PSOPs ( pool safety operating procedures)

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

12/11/15

7997-7999

 

 RE:Bushmead Avenue, Bedford
Lovell Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Castle Gate, Castle Mews, 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?

 

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

20/10/15

8000

 

 

 We request the following information in electronic format and that the response is within the guidelines laid down under the act.
1.The number of all leisure assets held by the Council or controlled by them.
2.The type of leisure facilities held.
3.The age of all swimming pools operated or controlled by the Council or their appointed agents (Leisure Provider)
4.The size of swimming pools and spa facilities
5.Planned replacement of these facilities.
6.Running costs including all energy and repair costs for each facility.
7.Capacity and user numbers of each swimming pool.

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 in bold

1.The Number Of All Leisure Assets Held By The Council Or Controlled By Them:

Bedford Borough Council own in total 8 Leisure sites. Since February 2014, these Leisure sites are operated and managed by an external operator: Fusion-Lifestyle. The Leisure site(s) are:

·Robinson Pool

·Oasis Beach Pool

· Kempston Pool

· Bedford International Athletic Stadium

·Bunyan Sports Centre

· Kempston Outdoor Centre

·Blue Peris Outdoor Centre

·Mowsbury Golf And Squash Complex

2.The Type Of Leisure Facilities Held:

·Robinson Pool: Traditional pool facility incorporating a dance studio, and 62 station gym

·Oasis Beach Pool: Traditional leisure pool facility incorporating beach area, water slides or flumes, free weights and cardio gym

·Kempston Pool: Traditional accessible leisure pool incorporating gym, sauna and spin studio

·Bedford International Athletic Stadium: Traditional international athletic stadium featuring a track, sports areas, and facilities

·Bunyan Sports Centre: Traditional sports facility offering multi-activity sports such as tennis, squash etc

·Kempston Outdoor Centre: This facility offers outdoor activities to schools, clubs, and groups to experience the great outdoors

·Blue Peris Outdoor Centre: This facility offers a wide range of outdoor activities geared for school trips (residential)

·Mowsbury Golf And Squash Complex: Traditional golf complex incorporating a squash centre

3.The Age Of All Swimming Pools Operated Or Controlled By The Council Or Their Appointed Agents:

·Robinson Pool construction year: 1969

·Oasis Beach Pool construction year: 1991

·Kempston Pool construction year: 1991

4.The Size Of Swimming Pools And Spa Facilities:

·Robinson Pool: 6 Lane - 33 and 1/3 pool, Diving Pit, and Small teaching pool

· Kempston Pool: 4 Lane, 25 meter pool

·Oasis Beach Pool: Leisure pool with beach area

5.Planned Replacement Of These Facilities:

·No future plan to replace these facilities

6.Running Costs Including All Energy And Repair Costs For Each Facility:

·Information not available to the Council. (Relevant information is held by Fusion-Lifestyle.)

7.Capacity And User Numbers Of Each Swimming Pool:

·Information not available to the Council. (Relevant information is held by Fusion-Lifestyle.

 12/10/15

8001

 

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating
 to public or welfare funerals and/or persons who have died with no
 known next of kin since 1/1/15 to the day of your reply. Please
 include:

 1. full names of deceased persons,
 2. dates of death,
 3. marital status,
 4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
 5. dates of birth or ages at death,
 6. last known addresses,
 7. estimated value of estates,
 8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that
 is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Treasury Solicitor or the
 Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or,confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

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

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

1. States that the above is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link regarding public or welfare funerals.

 

 26/10/15

8002

 

 1. Would you tell me the organizations (section/unit etc.) supporting children with special educational needs?
Please put “*” in the ( ) head of appropriate answers.
(     ) SEN Team/School Admissions Team
(     ) Parent Partnership/SENDIASS
(     ) Choice Advisor
(     ) EHC Team
(     ) Family Information Service
(     ) Others (          )
2. Would you tell me the independent organizations (Information, Advice and Support Services) in your LA?
(     ) Parent Partnership/SENDIASS
(     ) Choice Advisor
(     ) Family Information Services
(     ) Others (              )
3. Do you think that SEN Team/School Admissions Team and independent organizations (section/unit etc.) co-operate with each other?
Please put “*” in the ( ) head of appropriate answers.
(     ) Yes
(     ) No
Other Opinion
(           )
4-1. If they co-operate with each other, do you have opportunities to concern in children with SEN at the same time? (e.g. SEN Team and SENDIASS have conferences about the child’s admissions who doesn’t have a statement with SEN.)
Please put “*” in the ( ) head of appropriate answers.
(     ) Yes
(     ) No
Other Opinion
(             )
4-2. If “Yes”, when do you have these opportunities?
Please put “*” in the ( ) head of appropriate answers.
(     ) conferences about the child’s admissions
(     ) consultation with the parent of children with SEN
Other Opinion
(                  )
5. Would you tell me about the information of sharing among these support services?
   SEN Team PP/SENDIASS EHC Team 
   
a)Home address    
b)Whether or not  having 
 statement/EHC Plan    
c)Whether or not having siblings
6-1. Would you tell me the sort of occupation of attending Parent Partnership/SENDIASS?
(             )
6-2. Are there any required certification of those staffs?
If so, please put “*” in the ( ) head of appropriate answers.
(     ) Teachers
(     ) College Professors
(     ) Psychologists
(     ) Staff of Local Authorities
Other Opinion
(              )  
7-1. Do you have choice advisors?
Please put “*” in the ( ) head of appropriate answers.
(     ) Yes
(     ) No
If “Yes”,
7-2. What do you think of factors about your LA having choice advisors?
(                  )
If “No”,
7-3. What is the reasons to have Parent Partnership but don’t have choice advisors?
(                    )
8. Would you tell me the number of users of Parent Partnership/SENDIASS?
Please put “*” in the ( ) head of appropriate answers.
(     ) 0~30
(     ) 31~50
(     ) 51~70
(     ) 71~100
(     ) 101~
9. Would you tell me the advantage and disadvantage of co-operate with various services (organization/ section/ unit)?
(e.g. Advantage: To share works among services makes works more efficient. Disadvantage: To share information among some services is difficult.)
Advantage (            )
Disadvantage (       )
10. What do you think about the big issue of school admissions for children with SEN.
Please tell me about it in detail. 

 

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

21/10/15

8003

 

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

 

07/10/15

8004

 

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

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

07/10/15

8005

 Under the Freedom of Information Act I request that you provide me with the installation dates and the location of Dog Control Order signs in this area along with the dates and number of time these signs have been replaced since the order came into force, along with copies of the contractors work orders for the sake of accuracy.

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 in bold

Installation dates of Dog Control Order Signs at Bedford Cemetery - Signs placed up at all entrances 27 June 2013

Location of Dog Control order signs - See attached plan

Dates and number of times these signs have been replaced since the order came into force, along with copies of the contractors work orders for the sake of accuracy.

·Report from cemetery staff that sign at top gate, Mallard Hill of cemetery missing 06/03/2015 – replaced with’ laminated copy’ by internal workforce 09/3/2015  (Job ref APP B79511 reference)

·Report from member of the public that sign missing at cemetery 13/04/2015 – (Job Ref APP B86076 laminated copy installed)

·Report of sign missing at Bedford Park Entrance 31/03/2015 – officers arranged and installed at all entrances to have laminated signs where missing (2 signs only missing)

·New signage ordered on 13/04/2015 through ‘Contract Signs’ to replace existing stock, but our own officers/workforce installed the signs

·30/04/2015 – all laminated signs replaced with new metal signs on 30/04/2015 by officers/own workforce.  All 4 entrances had signs

 

8006

 

Financial Details of the proposed sale of land at X

Following careful consideration, I regret to inform you that we have decided not to disclose this information.

The information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the exception in Section 12(5)(e) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, which relates to the confidentiality of commercial or industrial information.

An explanation follows below:

The information you request is confidential information that cannot be released as details of the contract are still subject to negotiation.

 

 

21/10/15

8007

 

Please advise if the local authority is offering a ‘local discount’ to business ratepayers under Section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988. As you will be aware, these powers were introduced via Section 69 of the Localism Act which enabled Council’s to award a locally determined discretionary discount/relief on business rates.

For any scheme that exists, please advise:

1. The criteria that must be fulfilled

2. The value of any relief/discount that may be given to a ratepayer per financial year/period of scheme

3. The period of the scheme

4.  Final date for applications

5. If any relief will be backdated

6. How applications can be made

7. Provide a copy of any scheme outline that has been published

Where no local discount/relief scheme exists, please advise accordingly.

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

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

1.States that the information is exempt information.

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

The information requested can be found on the Council’s website as follows:

 

06/10/15

8008

 

 Please could you provide a list of all ratepayers* in receipt of the following business rates reliefs:
1.Mandatory Charitable Relief (granted under S.43 and S.45 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988)
2.Discretionary Rate Relief (granted under S.47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988)
a.Where this is granted and if your systems allow, please advise the type of relief granted whether retail relief, reoccupation relief, new build relief, flood relief, non-profit/sporting organisations or a local discount scheme.

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

 

 

8009

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, details in respect to the contracts below,
The details we require are for Specialist Cloud Services
•Who is the senior officer(s) (outside of procurement) responsible for Specialist Consultancy Services for technology recruitment spend
•Who is the senior officer responsible for Specialist Consultancy Services for technology recruitment spend  within Procurement

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

Please find the information you requested set out below in red text:

Reply Form - Framework Agreement - Lot 4 – Specialist Cloud Services

 

Question Detail

 

Q1

·         Who is the senior officer(s) (outside of procurement) responsible for Specialist Consultancy Services for technology recruitment spend (Lot 4)

The relevant Head of Service

Q2

·         Who is the senior officer responsible for Specialist Consultancy Services for technology recruitment spend (Lot 4) within Procurement

We do not have a category manager for this service. The head of service is responsible for this function.

14/10/15

8010

 

 RE: Home care visits
I write to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please provide answers for each of the calendar years 2013, 2014 and 2015 to date.
1)   How many home care visits did you commission?
2)    How many local authority commissioned home care visits were delivered in:
a.    An hour or more
b.    30 minutes or less
c.    15 minutes or less
d.    10 minutes or less
e.     5 minutes or less
3)    How many local authority commissioned home care visits:
a.  Started after the scheduled time by 30 minutes or more
b. Were missed.
4)  How many medicine errors were recorded to have taken place during local authority commissioned home care visits?

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

Please provide answers for each of the calendar years 2013, 2014 and 2015 to date.

We do not hold reports for previous years, we currently do not have a report developer therefore we can only provide some of the data in financial years.

1) How many home care visits did you commission?

2013-2014 – 562213

2014-2015 - 580653

2015-2016 - 857191

2) How many local authority commissioned home care visits were delivered in:

a. An hour or more

b. 30 minutes or less

c. 15 minutes or less

d. 10 minutes or less

e. 5 minutes or less

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. 

3) How many local authority commissioned home care visits:

a.  Started after the scheduled time by 30 minutes or more

b. Were missed.

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

4)  How many medicine errors were recorded to have taken place during local authority commissioned home care visits?

(Medicine errors may include the incorrect medication or incorrect strength, dose, formulation, quantity, directions, route of administration, label details, omitted medicines, medicine expired, medicine unfit for purpose)

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.”

Not all cases of missed medication would result in a safeguarding alert which is then logged on the system, if medication is missed accidently this is then recorded on the clients file. Unfortunately to retrieve this information would involve looking back through every client record of which the numbers of clients are provided in question 1.

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.

05/11/15

8011

 

 This is a request for information, filed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We wish to obtain information, from the Council, relating to unclaimed credits for non-domestic ratepayers. We are aware that all Billing Authorities hold on account sums of money that are due to be returned to business ratepayers and for a variety of reasons have not been repaid and maybe considered untraceable by the Council. This maybe because Companies do not know that there is an overpayment, they may have moved premises, merges and/or changed their name or simply ceased trading. In such circumstances, the monies could be due to the creditors of that company. Exacta shall use the information requested to trace those businesses who have failed to claim such credit balances.
We therefore request a list of both credit balances and credit balance write ons accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all “incorporated” companies within the authorities billing area, including
•The name of each ratepayer for which the credit or credit write on relates to.
•The value of overpayment in each case.
•The year(s) in which overpayment was made.
•The hereditament address.

 

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

04/11/15

8012

 

 I would like to request information held by your local authority on number of school aged children (5-16) that were not placed in a school by the start of the academic year 2014/15.
Please provide:
1. The total number of school aged children that were not on roll at a school by the start of the academic year 2014/15. The start of the academic year being defined as the first day of the autumn term in your local authority.
2. The school year the children should be in.
3. The date on which they were placed in a school in your local authority.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

I would like to request information held by your local authority on number of school aged children (5-16) that were not placed in a school by the start of the academic year 2014/15.

Please provide:

1.The total number of school aged children that were not on roll at a school by the start of the academic year 2014/15. The start of the academic year being defined as the first day of the autumn term in your local authority.

2.The school year the children should be in.

3.The date on which they were placed in a school in your local authority.

Answer:

We are unable to interrogate the admissions database retrospectively to identify this information. However, the Council had a press enquiry on the 26th August 2015 about a similar matter and below is the response given. A similar response would have been appropriate for the 2014/2015 academic year. Please see below:

Children in Bedford Borough Area yet to be allocated a place in:

·A primary school: 16 all of which are late applications and therefore have yet to be processed.

·A secondary school: 6 (3 for upper schools, 3 for secondary schools) all of which are late applications and therefore have yet to be processed.

This pupils will be found a place by the start of the school term. When processed they will either be offered one of their preferred schools or the nearest school with places available.

03/11/15

8013

 

I would like to make a request for the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act (2000).

1. Who is part of your software development and testing framework?

2. What is your spend annually for development and testing of software?

3. Can you confirm if any further regional frameworks exist for such services in addition to the framework reffered to in question 1?

4. When are the framework(s) referred to in question 1 and/or question 3 subject to re-procurement?

5. Who is your point of contact for IT procurement?

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

Please see responses below.

1.Who is part of your software development and testing framework?

This is delivered in house by the software development team.

2.What is your spend anually for development and testing of software?

Annual spend is £176,510

3.Can you confirm if any further regional frameworks exist for such services in addition to the framework reffered to in question 1?

On the basis that the Council does not commission from a framework and there is provision in-house. The council has not researched if any regional frameworks exist.

4.When are the framework(s) referred to in question 1 and/or question 3 subject to re-procurement?

N/A to the Council.

5.Who is your point of contact for IT procurement?

Rughbir Singh, Head of ICT Operations.

03/11/15

8014

 

 I would like to request information held by your local authority on the Health and Safety guidance provided to schools and teachers in your authority.
Please provide:
1. A copy of your latest Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies that apply to local authority maintained schools in your local authority and any written guidance that accompanies them.
2.Copies of any materials handed out to teachers or schools that provide guidance on Health and Safety issues.
3. Any specific guidance around guidance or best practice related to physical contact with pupils

 

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

22/10/15

8015

 

 1. GovMetric feedback, where utilized, on the customer satisfaction of services provided either face-to-face, on the web, telephone, email or by post. The information should include the number of responses received in each customer satisfaction category for each service rated, as well as any comments provided.
2.  Please provide this data for a period of 12 months dating back from 30 September 2015 (or if less, the period that this data has been collected). 

 

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

07/10/15

 

8016

 Please could you provide me with the name(s) of the software application(s) (or the name of the company that develops it) used in your organisation for the following functions:
1. Housing Management (for example, Northgate Housing, Capita Academy, Orchard Housing or Civica Saffron)
2. Housing & Council Tax Benefit (for example, Capita Academy, Civica IBS/OpenRevenues or Northgate iWorld/Anite/SX3)
3. Customer Relationship Management (for example, KANA/Lagan, Oracle LG45, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP CRM or Northgate Front Office)
4. Income Management (for example, Capita AIM, Civica ICON or Northgate
PARIS)
5. Call Logging (for example, Tiger 20/20, Datatrack Eclipse or BTS
Commsware)
6. Waste Management (for example, P&L or Mayrise)
7. Workflow (for example, Northgate Anite or Civica Comino, Kofax or OpenText LinkLink)
8. Waste Collection (for example, Mayrise, Bartec Auto ID)
9. Libraries (for example, lorensbergs, netloan,Capita TALIS, Insight Media ICAM, Axiell Galaxy or SirsiDynix)
10. Corporate Asset Management (for example, TechnologyForge, CIPFA IPF or Northgate Codeman)
11. Data analytics (for example, IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects, Oracle, Tableau or QlikView)
12. Productivity (for example, Microsoft Office, Google Docs or OpenOffice)

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 the name(s) of the software application(s) (or the name of the company that develops it) used in your organisation for the following functions:

1. ABRITAS –Adult Services

2. Northgate & Northgate Images@Work Finance

3. Swift – Adult Services/Centrepoint -Corporate Policy/Civica APP - Environment Services

4. Capita AIM  -Finance

5. Civica APP - Environment Services/BTS Commsware – IT/Matsoft – Finance

6. Whitespace Powersuite -Environment Services

7. fast Control by CIVICA and Uniform by IDOX -Building Control/Northgate Images@Work (Finance Revenues and Benefits processes only)

8. Bartec Waste Collector and Webaspx route Optimisation software - Environment Services

9. Insight Media ICAM , Axiell Galaxy, Cardbox Software Ltd and various Microsoft applications including Microsoft Access - Libraries

10. Uniform by Idox and KEL Sigma – Property Services

11. Cognos - Payroll/Civica and Feret- Home Improvement Team/JC Applications Development/JCAD) – LACHS & RISK -Finance

12.Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project -IT

 

29/10/15

8017

 

 The number of Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders the local authority have attempted to secure since the law came into effect on 17 July 2015 and on what dates they were requested.
The number of Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders the local authority have successfully secured since the law came into effect on 17 July 2015 and on what dates they were secured.
The numbers and ages of the girls who were made subject of the Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders and their location in the local authority 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. 

The number of Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders the local authority have attempted to secure since the law came into effect on 17 July 2015 and on what dates they were requested.
Answer: Nil

The number of Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders the local authority have successfully secured since the law came into effect on 17 July 2015 and on what dates they were secured.
Answer: Nil

The numbers and ages of the girls who were made subject of the Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders and their location in the local authority area.
Answer: Nil

22/10/15

8018

 

 Freedom of Information Request : Primary & Secondary school catchment area maps for this education authority's area 
Assuming that school catchment areas (or equivalents) are used, please can you provide the primary & secondary school catchment area maps for this education authority's area

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

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website www.bedford.gov.uk/catchmentareas.    If you do not have access to the internet at home you may be able to use facilities at your local public library.

12/10/15

8019

 

1.How many former Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipients reside in your authority area?
2. How many former ILF recipients have had community care assessments since the closure of the ILF fund?
3. How many former ILF recipients who have had community care assessments have had their care packages reduced following the assessment?
4. How many former ILF recipients who have had community care assessments have had reductions in levels of care package funding and/or support of under 10%? How many have had reductions of between 10 and 20%? How many have had reductions of between 21% and 40%? How many have had reductions of between 41% and 50% ? How many have had reductions of over 50% ?
5. What % of former ILF recipients, who have had a cut to their care package come from the following impairment groups: people with learning difficulties/disabilities; people with physical impairments; people with cognitive impairments; people with long term health conditions; people with mental health issues?
6. How many former ILF recipients who have had community care assessments were provided with independent advocacy as detailed in the Care Act 2014?
7. How much funding did your authority receive from the Department for Communities and Local Government for your INDEPENDENT LIVING FUND GRANT DETERMINATION (2015/16)?
8. What was the quarterly spend on ILF payments to ILF recipients residing in your authority prior to the closure of the ILF at the end of June 2015?
9. How is this funding being used?
10. Are any former ILF recipients moving from their own home into residential care or supported housing following their community care assessment?
11. Have any former ILF recipients had support replaced with the use of incontinence pads as part of the reassessment process and if so how many?
12. Did your authority carry out an Equality Impact Assessment regarding the impact of the closure of the ILF and transfer of responsibilities to the Council including the decision whether or not to ring fence the transition funding? If so please send me 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.

1.  How many former Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipients reside in your authority area?

There are currently 18 former ILF clients.

2.  How many former ILF recipients have had community care assessments since the closure of the ILF fund?

All Group 2 ILF recipients have been reviewed prior to the ILF closure and ongoing reviews are being completed.  Group 1 clients have been visited for an initial introduction meeting and assessments are ongoing.

3.  How many former ILF recipients who have had community care assessments have had their care packages reduced following the assessment?

As of 12th October 2015, no clients have had the care packages reduced.

4.  How many former ILF recipients who have had community care assessments have had reductions in levels of care package funding and/or support of under 10%? How many have had reductions of between 10 and 20%? How many have had reductions of between 21% and 40%? How many have had reductions of between 41% and 50%? How many have had reductions of over 50%?

As of 12th October 2015, no clients have had the care packages reduced.

5.  What % of former ILF recipients, who have had a cut to their care package come from the following impairment groups: people with learning difficulties/disabilities; people with physical impairments; people with cognitive impairments; people with long term health conditions; people with mental health issues?

N/A

6. How many former ILF recipients who have had community care assessments were provided with independent advocacy as detailed in the Care Act 2014?

All clients are aware of their entitlement to independent advocacy.   To our knowledge, no clients are yet receiving an independent advocacy support.

7. How much funding did your authority receive from the Department for Communities and Local Government for your INDEPENDENT LIVING FUND GRANT DETERMINATION (2015/16)?

£292,949 has been allocated. 

8. What was the quarterly spend on ILF payments to ILF recipients residing in your authority prior to the closure of the ILF at the end of June 2015?

This question should be directed to Department of Work and Pensions.  Bedford Borough Council is aware of the spend by ILF to Group 2 users in the lead up to the ILF closure.  However, it does not have full details of the Group 1 users.

9. How is this funding being used?

This question should be directed to Department of Work and Pensions.  Bedford Borough Council is able to advise regarding Group 2 users.  However, it does not have full details of the Group 1 users.

10. Are any former ILF recipients moving from their own home into residential care or supported housing following their community care assessment?

As of 12th October 2015, no former ILF clients have moved into residential care.

11. Have any former ILF recipients had support replaced with the use of incontinence pads as part of the reassessment process and if so how many?

Not as of 12th October 2015. One client is considering residential care.  However, this is due to a change in her condition / level of functioning rather than changes to ILF funding.

12. Did your authority carry out an Equality Impact Assessment regarding the impact of the closure of the ILF and transfer of responsibilities to the Council including the decision whether or not to ring fence the transition funding? If so please send me a copy.

No.  As there were no changes directly affecting ILF recipients with regards to their level of care, an EIA was not completed.

04/11/15

8020

 

 I am submitting a Freedom of Information request regarding the exact location, size and cost (if applicable) of Council owned land (with or without building(s)) that is either unused, has no current active usage, awaiting development or is the least managed.

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

Please see below your request and our response:

Request

‘The exact location, size and cost (if applicable) of Council owned land (with or without building(s)) that is either unused, has no current active usage, awaiting development or is the least managed. By ‘cost’, I mean the cost of the land if it is up for sale. Can you also let me know the original purchase price too.’

Response

The sites listed on the attached spreadsheet are Borough owned sites which are either unused, has no current active usage, awaiting development or is the least managed.  This does not mean that all of the sites are currently available for disposal. 

When a site is surplus to requirements and deemed available for disposal it will be openly marketed and usually progresses to a disposal by way of a tender process.  The council is required by Section 123 of the 1972 Local Government Act to ensure it obtains best value when disposing of any asset.  In addition, the Council’s approved Corporate Asset Plan 2012 - 2016 requires that, in line with Government guidance, all assets not required to meet the Council’s service priorities or statutory needs will be disposed of for best consideration.  

This policy also directly assists the Council’s Capital Investment Strategy by providing capital receipts to meet direct funding needs for approved Capital investment schemes.  The Corporate Asset Plan specifically requires that surplus land assets are included in a planned disposal programme to directly fund the Council’s Capital Investment programme.

All but two of the attached sites were acquired as part of a significantly larger land holding which does not provide a value of the remaining, existing land holding.  Two sites were acquired by way of a land swap, of which the dates are included on the attached spreadsheet.

All corporate land holdings are listed on the Bedford Borough Council website. Please see link.

 10/11/15

8021

 

How many spot fines or summons have been issued in relation to breaches of Dog Control area regulations in the borough, and specifically in Wilstead, in the twelve months up to the introduction of the orders, and since they were introduced in relation to failing to remove dog waste, failure to carry the means to remove dog waste, dogs off the lead etc.? Similar figure for areas of the borough which do NOT have Dog control areas in place.

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

How many spot fines or summons have been issued in relation to breaches of Dog Control area regulations in the borough, and specifically in Wilstead, in the twelve months up to the introduction of the orders,

12 months prior to the introduction of Orders, it was Dog Fouling only – None for Wilstead

Dog Fouling – Fouling on Land Act

Spot Fines

Summons

4

1

Since they were introduced in relation to failing to remove dog waste, failure to carry the means to remove dog waste, dogs off the lead etc.

Whole of Borough

Dog Fouling

Dogs on Lead

Dogs on Lead by Direction

Spot Fines

Summons

Spot Fines

Summons

Spot Fines

Summons

40

6

8

2

(1 covering 7 offences)

0

0

Wilstead

Dog Fouling

Dogs on Lead

Dogs on Lead by Direction

Spot Fines

Summons

Spot Fines

Summons

Spot Fines

Summons

0

0

0

0

0

0

Similar figure for areas of the borough which do NOT have Dog control areas in place.

Dog Control Orders – Dogs Fouling and Dogs on Lead by direction are Borough Wide therefore no answer can be given.

5/11/15

8022

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request the following information regarding electric vehicles and charging points in your council.Between 1st June 2014 – 31st May 2015:

1. How many electric vehicle charging points did your council install?

2a. What was the total cost of installing these charging points?

2b. What was the total number of charging points under your council’s control at the end of 31st May 2015?

3. How many times have the charging points been used in total (within the specified date range)?

4. How much did the council spend on promoting electric vehicles and charging points (during the specified date range)?

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

1. How many electric vehicle charging points did your council install?
None

2a. What was the total cost of installing these charging points?
Not Applicable

2b. What was the total number of charging points under your council’s control at the end of 31st May 2015?
Seven

3. How many times have the charging points been used in total (within the specified date range)?
Data on usage is provided by Evalu8 and is not necessarily broken down by weekly / monthly usage. I have provided a table of usage from 2012 to 13th Feb 2015 and an additional table from Jan 1st 2015 to May 25th 2015, so there may be a slight overlap in the data for the time periods you specify. Our contact at Evalua8 is Oycan Mustafa oycan.mustafa@evalu8-ti.org.uk
Location Usage figures
  2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 to date
Bedford Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street Bedford MK42 9AP Plugged into 2 times, energy withdrawn 0.32Kwh Plugged into 9 times, energy withdrawn 128.25Kwh Plugged into 67 times, energy withdrawn 407.75kWh
Bedford Road, Kempston  - MK42 8DD Plugged into 31 times, energy withdrawn 290.45Kwh Plugged into 160 times, energy withdrawn 2033.80Kwh Plugged into 76 times, energy withdrawn 788.92Kwh
De Parys Avenue, Bedford – MK40 2TX Plugged into 7 times, energy withdrawn 11.48Kwh Plugged into 59 times, energy withdrawn 196.1Kwh Plugged into 237 times, energy withdrawn 1826.83Kwh
Bedford Railway Station, Ashburnham Road car park MK40 1DX Plugged into 4 times, energy withdrawn 0.31Kwh Plugged into 0 times, energy withdrawn 0Kwh Plugged into 9 times, energy withdrawn 186.14Kwh
St John’s Street Car Park, Kempston - MK42 8EP Plugged into 4 times, energy withdrawn 0.16Kwh Plugged into 7 times, energy withdrawn 53.13Kwh Plugged into 1 time, energy withdrawn 0.54Kwh
St Peter’s Street Car Park, Bedford -  MK40 2PR Plugged into 4 times, energy withdrawn 24.58Kwh Plugged into 8 times, energy withdrawn 26.92Kwh Plugged into 25 times, energy withdrawn 141.77Kwh

1st Jan 2015 - 25 May 2015 (circa 5 months)   
 Sum of kWh Used Count of Use uses per month
Borough Hall,
Cauldwell Street, MK42 9AP 361.7 60 12
De Parys Avenue, MK40 2TX 1885.3 217 43
St Johns Street Car Park,
St Johns Street, MK42 8EP 42.5 10 2
138 Bedford Road, MK42 8DD 270.3 34 6
St Peters Car Park,
Goldington Road, MK40 2PR 242 33 6
Bedford Station,
Ashburnham Road, MK40 1DQ 2 2 0.4
Bedford Station,

Ashburnham Road, MK40 1DQ 46.4 3 0.6
Grand Total 2850.2 359 71

4. How much did the council spend on promoting electric vehicles and charging points (during the specified date range)?
There is no identified revenue funding for promoting EV vehicles and charge point use.

05/11/15

8023 -8024

 

 

 I would like you to provide a response to the following questions: 
Re:  Melrose Drive, Elstow, Bedford,
 The Crescent, 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?

 

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

20/10/15

8025

 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, I would be grateful if you would provide the following information:

How many public burials have your local authorities carried out in  in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15?

Of these public burials, how many were carried out because:

a) No next of kin could be contacted

b)The family were unable to pay for a funeral

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

 
How many public health funerals has this local authority arranged each year?     Of these public burials how many were carried out because 
    (a) no next of kin (b) family unable to pay for funeral
2010-11 9   6 3
2011-12 4   3 1
2012-13 10   5 5
2013-14 11   6 5
2014-15 13   5 8

03/11/15

8026

 

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

 

20/10/15

8027

 

 This request refers to the implementation and preparation Bedford Borough Council has done with the Care Act 2014.
1.How much money has the council received from the Department of Health to help implement the cap on care costs, as provided for by the Care Act 2014?
2.How much of this money has been spent to date? Please provide a breakdown by financial year.
3.Has the council spent any additional funds on preparing for/implementing the cap on care costs?  (Such as introducing a meter system for costs, or assessing self-funders, or any other work involved?) If so please state the total additional cost to your council.
4.To date how much money in total has been spent on preparing for/implementing the cap on care costs by your council? Please break this down by type of cost (such as procuring  IT, hiring additional staff, employing contractors).

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 not received any funding from the Department for Health for the care cap, therefore our response is as follows:

1.     £0

2.     £0

3.     No

4.     £0

 

19/10/15

8028

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request the following.
All companies that have a Business Rates Credit on their 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.
Could the data please be provided in excel format and include the following information.
Company Name, Property Address, Start Date, Property Ref, Credit or Write on Amount, Date that credit or write on refers to.  Account Status / Closed / Active
I would ask that the data is up to date  as possible. Could you please advise the date that the data is extracted.

 

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

04/11/15

8029

 

 I would like to request information held by your local authority on the numbers of school aged children (5-16) that are home schooled.
Please provide:
1. The number of children who were not on roll at a school at the start of the academic year 2014/15 due to the fact their parents have chosen to home school them.
2. The number of children being home schooled in the academic years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14.
3. Any information on the monitoring systems in place for these children to ensure they are making expected levels of progress.

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 note: As the numbers fluctuate on a daily basis, it is impossible to give an answer “for the year” but on a given date in that year the following numbers were on our record.

1.On 01.09.15 there were 63 home educating children

2.On 17.12.14 (closest to start of Sept 2014) – there were 80 home educating children

On 09.10.13 – there were 49

On 24.09.12 – there were 47

On 20.01.12 – there were 42

3.Families are offered a visit on an annual basis or asked to provide information about the education that their children are receiving. They are always asked about the progress their children are making and how they know that they are.

 

30/10/15

8030

 

I would like to request information held by your local authority on the numbers of school aged children (5-16) that have moved schools within your local authority.

Please provide:

1.  The number of children in your local authority that have transferred between schools during term time in the academic years; 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

2. The reason for their transfer.

3.Of these children, how many were permanently transferred to a new school.

4. The school year these children were in when they moved.

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.We have attached a file which contains the number of applications where places were offered for Bedford Borough schools for the years requested and by year group.  The assumption we have had to make is that places offered equates to a child moving school.

2.We do not record on our database the reason for the “move”.  To answer this question would require us to locate every application form and see what, if anything, the parents had put in the way of a reason.  This would take much longer than the required 18 hours.

3.We have had to assume that a request for a place equates to a permanent move so the numbers are those on the file.

4.This is identified in the file.

Please see the attached spreadsheet which is refered to as "the file" in the answers.

30/10/15

8031

 

 RE:  Morewood Centre, Bedford
Are there any records of petroleum storage at or in the immediate vicinity of the site, either in above ground or below ground tanks?  
If yes:
1.    How many tanks were there and what was their capacity? Please provide a plan showing the tank locations if possible.
2.    How long were the tanks in use/known to be present on site?
3.    What is the current status of the tanks? If they have been decommissioned by filling, please detail fill material.
4.    Are there any known leaks or spills associated with the tanks?
5.    Are there any records of integrity testing? If so when was this undertaken and what were the results?

Your request has been considered under theEnvironmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

 

27/10/15

8032

 

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

 

20/10/15

8033

 

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

 

20/10/15

8034

 

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

 

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

 

20/10/15

8035

 

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

 

20/10/15

8036

 

 I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I am contacting every Social Services Department in the country to find out information relating to the Children and Families Services within each local authority.  
In particular, I would like to know
1. What percentage of jobs filled by agency staff were advertised as permanent positions by Children and Families Services, in your City Council in the following departments:
-Early Help (pre-birth to 4 years and 5-19 years)
-MASH (or equivalent, e.g. PAN)
-Child Protection
From
-April 1 2012 to end of March 2013
-April 1 2013 to end of March 2014
-April 1 2014 to end of March 2015
2. What is the overall budget for social provision at your City Council and what percentage of that was apportioned to the Children and Families Services Department during the following time periods:
-April 1 2012 to end of March 2013
-April 1 2013 to end of March 2014
-April 1 2014 to end of March 2015
3. Workload: What is the average number of cases/children per
(a)Individual social worker and
(b)Family support worker within Children and Families Services, at your City Council
-April 1 2012 to end of March 2013
-April 1 2013 to end of March 2014
-April 1 2014 to end of March 2015
4. In relation to Child Protection and Child in Need cases, please indicate the average referral times from the point of referral to being signed off by team managers within these time periods:
-April 1 2012 to end of March 2013
-April 1 2013 to end of March 2014
-April 1 2014 to end of March 2015
5. Please specify how many days were lost through ill health at your City Council by:
(a) Social workers
(b) Family support workers
Please provide this information broken down per quarter during this time period:
-April 1 2012 to end of March 2013
-April 1 2013 to end of March 2014
-April 1 2014 to end of March 2015
Can you provide a breakdown of this sick leave into the number of staff taking sick leave and their lengths of absence?

 

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.We do not hold this data as agency staff details are held on a separate system.  Agency workers are therefore not linked to a specific post within the Council’s establishment on our HR systems which means we cannot link them to specific vacancies.
2.All Budget Figures taken from the RA form.

Year

Total Social Care Budget
£000

Children's Social Care
£000

% Children's Social Care

2012/2013

76,331

23,933

31%

2013/2014

77,814

28,673

37%

3.We are unable provide individual social worker data as we only report at the top level, i.e. overall frontline social worker average. Our top level figures are as follows:
April 1 2012 to end of March 2013 =  17.4 as at 31st March 2013 (this is the average caseload of a frontline worker in children’s social care)
April 1 2013 to end of March 2014 = 17.6 as at 31st March 2014 (this is the average caseload of a frontline worker in children’s social care)
April 1 2014 to end of March 2015 = 22.3 As at 31st March 2015 (this is the average caseload of a frontline worker in children’s social care)
4.The Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”
This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”
The Council has therefore decided to refuse this request.
An explanation follows below:
There is not a specific report that links Referral to Assessments on either systems used by Bedford Borough Council. To put these together would take over the 18 hour threshold.

5.Unfortunately we cannot provide the exact breakdown requested due to our reporting system.

Social Workers Children’s Services 
Year Number of FTE days lost  Number of individuals  
  

Social Workers Children’s Services

Year

Number of FTE days lost

Number of individuals

2012/13

149.76

13

2013/14*

447.87

27

2014/15

656.28

48

*Please note that the Fostering & Adoption Service TUPE transferred into Bedford Borough on 01.01.2014 which significantly increased Social Worker numbers. 
 
Family Support Workers Children’s Services 
Year Number of FTE  days lost  Number of individuals  
 

Family Support Workers Children’s Services

Year

Number of FTE  days lost

Number of individuals

2012/13

97

3

2013/14

5

1

2014/15

0

0

 

 

05/11/15

8037

 

 I am looking to find out:
- How much does it cost the local authority to pound stray dogs every month for 2015?
- How much does it cost for the local authority to pound stray dogs year on year?  Please can we have the yearly figures broken down over the last 5 years – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, up to and including 2015
- Please can you also tell us what the council’s process is from the report of a stray dog to impounding it?
- Finally, how many unclaimed dogs are rehomed and how many are put down a month?

   Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

 

 

8038

 

 This request is made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and further to a decision of the Information Tribunal in England and the London Borough of Bexley v Information Commissioner 2007. In accordance with the above, I hereby request a list of Business Rate accounts that meet the following criteria:
•Current overpayment/credit shown for any financial year if credit balance hasn't been carried forward.
•Accounts where a 'write on' has been used since 1st April 2000 to cancel an overpayment which has not since been reversed.
I would request that the list contains the following information:
•Ratepayer name (Information is only requested where the ratepayer is a company and not an individual as I appreciate this is limited by the Data Protection Acts).
•Address of property concerned.
•Amount of overpayment/write on.
•If possible, the period/financial year relating to overpayment/credit/write on.

 

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

04/11/15

8039

 

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

 

20/10/15

8040

 

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

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

1. By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites. However, it has been given a very low priority for inspection, and is considered very unlikely to be identified as contaminated land. It will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. It is not possible to state when this assessment will be undertaken.

2. We are not aware of any contamination issues in the close vicinity of the site, (i.e. within 100m).

We do not hold any site investigation/ remediation reports regarding the site. I am aware that a Ground Investigation Interpretative Report, by White Young Green, dated September 2003 was submitted as part of the planning application for 'Site B, Wallis Way', (Planning Ref: 10/00978/REM). I do not know whether this relates to the subject site, or another site on the same street. When the report was submitted, the Environmental Health Department had no comment to make or further requirements regarding potential contamination. Further information on this application, and
possibly a copy of the report is available on our Planning portal on the Bedford Borough Council website.

3. We are not aware of any current or former landfills within a 250m radius of the site. 

Please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website (http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby), for location of landfills. You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

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

5. There are no private water supplies within a 2km radius of the site, recorded on our Private Water Supply Register.

6. We have no records of reported flooding around Wallis Way. However, we recommend that you consult the Environment Agency ‘Risk of Flooding from Surface Water’ map on their website. This map shows pockets of surface water flooding on the land between Wallis Way and Cambridge Road, Bedford.

7. No LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations are licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

26/10/15

8041

 

 Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
The number of disabled children aged 0-5 in the authority’s register of disabled children under the Children Act 1989.
-Please provide a breakdown of this information for the age ranges 0-3 and 4-5.
•Please state whether the register of disabled children captures information on all child’s impairments.  If yes, please state the number of children who have more than one impairment. Please provide a breakdown of this information for the age ranges 0-3 and 4-5.
•The number of disabled children aged 0-5 who access play opportunities provided or commissioned by the local authority.  By play opportunities we mean play groups, nurseries, special play areas, short breaks and other settings where children can interact with each other.
•Please state whether the local authority has a strategy for commissioning play opportunities for disabled children aged 0-5?  If yes, please send a copy.  
•What funding was allocated by the local authority to secure play opportunities for disabled children aged 0-5 years:
a.In 2009-2010 financial year 
b.In 2014-2015 financial year

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

• The number of disabled children aged 0-5 in the authority’s register of disabled children under the Children Act 1989.
Answer: 10
Please be advised that the register is voluntary so only those that have registered are recorded.  Also the register is a disability register and therefore does not identify whether the child is disabled or not, just that they have a disability.
- Please provide a breakdown of this information for the age ranges 0-3 and 4-5.
Answer:
age ranges 0-3          6
and 4-5.                      4         

• Please state whether the register of disabled children captures information on all child’s impairments.  If yes, please state the number of children who have more than one impairment. Please provide a breakdown of this information for the age ranges 0-3 and 4-5.

Answer: Yes
age ranges 0-3          6
and 4-5.                      3

• The number of disabled children aged 0-5 who access play opportunities provided or commissioned by the local authority.  By play opportunities we mean play groups, nurseries, special play areas, short breaks and other settings where children can interact with each other.

Answer: We do not hold this information. We do not know who is on the register and we can only identify the number of children with whom we are working at this time. They may be registered as disabled but we cannot be sure if this is so. We can only provide crude numbers regarding children on our caseload who are accessing nurseries etc. but that will not capture the whole population of under 5s with disability.

We can only provide the number of places funded as short breaks– see attached, this document contains a list of specialist play schemes.

• Please state whether the local authority has a strategy for commissioning play opportunities for disabled children aged 0-5?  If yes, please send a copy.  

Answer: No

• What funding was allocated by the local authority to secure play opportunities for disabled children aged 0-5 years:
a. In 2009-2010 financial year 
b. In 2014-2015 financial year

Answer:
We have no specific allocation of funding for play opportunities for children with a disability (0-5 years).

09/11/15

8042

 

The request is for the questions below, 1.A to 3.C, answered for the financial years 2004/05 up to and including 2014/15.

1.A Total number of domestic council tax liability orders issued

I hope that this is self explanatory.

1.B Number of households receiving domestic council tax liability orders

I understand that this number would be distinct from the total number of liability orders, and remove any ‘double counting’ from the above figure.

1.C Total sum of unpaid domestic council tax (before recovery)

This would be the total amount of council tax that the authority has pursued in the particular financial year, not regarding any successful or unsuccessful actions to recover these sums.

1.D Total sum of unpaid domestic council tax (after recovery)

This would be the total amount of unpaid council tax after any recovery attempts. I appreciate that this may be problematic where recovery stretches beyond the financial year in question, if possible could you please calculate this sum based on when the debt itself was incurred rather than deducting from future years when recovery occurs.

2.A Cost for raising a summons (Paid to the Council)

These two questions both relate to the fees charged to council taxpayers as processing fees. I understand that there are two sides to the equation, fees charged by the council and fees charged by the courts. Please could you record both where they are distinct.

2.B Cost for liability (Paid to the Magistrates)

See above.

3.A Total number applications for discretionary relief received

Although I understand that the system has changed significantly in recent years, could you please record details for both schema.

3.B Total number of households granted discretionary relief

The total number of successful applications.

3.C Total monetary sum of discretionary relief granted

The total value of all successful applications.

 

Response was in the form of an online survey that the requestor had provided.

10/11/15

8043

 

 Would you please supply a  copy of the Bedford Council's bid to SEMLEP under the second round of the Local Growth Fund (LGF2) for Bedford Town Centre Transport Strategy.
Would you also give details of the allocation received from SEMLEP as a result of this bid with an indication of the timing of the projects which have been accepted.
As the Council submitted a bid, I would also like a copy of any scheme estimates and drawings or an opportunity to view such details.

 

RespoUnder 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

09/11/15

8044

 

 I would like to make a request under the freedom of information on the Care home detailed below.
Lansdowne Homes Care Ltd
44 Harpur Street
Bedford
MK40 2QT
Can you please supply me with the total fees paid by Argyll & Bute Council to this home during the periods Y/E 1993. Y/E 1994, Y/E 1995, Y/E 1996, Y/E 1996. Y/E 1997, Y/E 1998, Y/E 1999, Y/E 2000, Y/E 2001, Y/E 2002.

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

I would like to make a request under the freedom of information on the Care home detailed below.

Lansdowne Homes Care Ltd

44 Harpur Street

Bedford

MK40 2QT

Can you please supply me with the total fees paid by Argyll & Bute Council to this home during the period Y/E:

1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002
If specific fees to the above home are not available, please indicate what the level of fees Argyll & Bute set during this period.
 
As this request asks for fees paid by Argyll & Bute Council we are unable to provide this information. However if you are requesting information for Bedford Borough Council please note that we are unable to provide this financial information prior to 1 April 2009 when we became a unitary authority.

09/11/15

8045

 

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

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

20/10/15

8046

Could you please provide appendix 1 and appendix 2 of the Putnoe Primary school disciplinary policy.  The Policy is on the school website and refers to appendix 1 and appendix 2 which are not on the website.

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. 

Your requested;

Could you please provide appendix 1 and appendix 2 of the Putnoe Primary school disciplinary policy.  The Policy is on the school website and refers to appendix 1 and appendix 2 which are not on the website.

Response: Putnoe Primary school is an academy, they are the public body and are responsible for a reply.

15/10/15

8047-8049

 

 Rousbury Road, Stewartby, Bedfordshire,
 Elstow Road, Kempston, Bedford,
 Kingfisher Road, Wixams, 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

 

29/10/15

8050

I would be grateful if you could supply me with a list of the empty commercial properties within Bedford.

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

You requested:

A list of the empty commercial properties within Bedford; a spreadsheet of the addresses, the length of time each property has been empty, size (in sq ft or m) and current commercial classification class.

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

1.States that the information requested is exempt information

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 31 (Law Enforcement) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

An explanation follows below

The Council considers that the information in relation to vacant commercial properties is exempt under Section 31 which is concerned with prevention of crime.

The addresses of vacant properties that are not currently on the market for sale or lease cannot be provided for security reasons.  Releasing this information into the public domain may result in damage to and theft from property.  Damage and theft may cause properties to become unsafe, putting the public at risk.

Although we cannot disclose the vacant commercial properties’ addresses, you may find the below link to the Council’s webpage useful as it lists the empty properties which are currently being marketed.

Click here to see the list of vaccant properties.

 15/10/15

8051

 

 How many Muslim Supplementary schools, Mosques or Madrassa’s do you have registered in your local authority?
How many complaints of children being physically abused did you receive between January 2011 and September 2015 including the stated months?
How many complaints of children being verbally abused did you receive between January 2011 and September 2015 including the stated months?
How many complaints of children being sexually abused did you receive between January 2011 and September 2015 including the stated months?

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

1.We do not hold this information.   We do not have a register for madrassahs - they are settings that do not need to be registered with either the local authority or with Ofsted - however whenever there is an allegation about an adult who works in a mosque it should be referred to the LADO - as this would be an adult who works with children.

 

2.April – March 2011 – 0
April – March 2012 – 0
April – March 2013 – less than 5*
April – March 2014 – 0
April – March 2015 – less than 5*
April – September 2015 – 0

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

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

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

3.April – March 2011 – 0
April – March 2012 – 0
April – March 2013 – 0
April – March 2014 – 0
April – March 2015 – 0
April – September 2015 - 0

4.April – March 2011 – 0
April – March 2012 – 0
April – March 2013 – 0
April – March 2014 – 0
April – March 2015 – 0
April – September 2015 - 0

5.April – March 2011 – 0
April – March 2012 – 0
April – March 2013 – 0
April – March 2014 – 0
April – March 2015 – 0
April – September 2015 - 0

03/11/15

8052

 

1. How many Muslim children were placed in foster care in the past 12 months 2. How many of these were placed in non-Muslim homes?

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

You requested.

1.How many Muslim children were placed in foster care in the past 12 months

2.How many of these were placed in non-Muslim homes?

Answer: Less than 5*

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

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

*Due to low numbers and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable we are only able to advise that this is less than 5.

15/10/15

8053

 

 Please would you give me figures for September 2015. If you do not hold figures for that month, please give figures for the most recent month for which complete figures are available (and indicate what month that is).
1.  How many domiciliary care staff and managers are currently working on
your behalf? Please indicate whether they are working directly for the
council or for home care providers contracted by the council.
2.  How many of the domiciliary care staff (below manager level) currently
working on your behalf have achieved:
a.The Care Certificate
b The Common Induction Standards in adult social care
c. The National Minimum Training Standards in healthcare
d.  Either A Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care or an
NVQ Level 2 or 3 qualification in Health and Social Care.
3.  How many of the domiciliary care managers currently working on your
behalf have achieved either a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health,
Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services or a Level 4 Health
and Social Care NVQ.

 


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

03/11/15

8054

 

 1. Over the last 12 months, what is the average time (in days) taken to make payments to Tier 1 contractors for construction and building maintenance contracts, following the receipt of an undisputed invoice or payment notice? (ANSWERS; GIVE TIME IN DAYS; DON’T KNOW)
2.  For construction and building maintenance contracts established since 1 March 2015, are you, or will you be putting in place monitoring and reporting whether your main contractors are paying their sub-contractors within 30 days? (ANSWERS; WE ARE already MONITORING AND REPORTING THAT PAYMENT TAKES PLACE WITHIN 30 DAYS ROUTINELY; WE WILL BE MONITORING AND REPORTING THAT PAYMENT TAKES PLACE WITHIN 30 DAYS ROUTINELY; WE DON’T AND WILL NOT BE MONITORING AND REPORTING THAT PAYMENT TAKES PLACE WITHIN 30 DAYS; DON’T KNOW)
3. For new construction and building maintenance contracts established since 1 March 2015, are you or will you be taking steps to ensure that within 30 days payment is applied along your Tier 1 suppliers’ supply chain? (ANSWERS; WE ARE Already TAKING STEPS; WE WILL BE TAKING STEPS; WE DON’T AND WILL NOT BE TAKING STEPS; DON’T KNOW)
4.  For construction and building maintenance contracts since 1 March 2015, have you built in a contractual requirement for your suppliers to pay the suppliers directly below them in the supply chain within 30 days (or are you taking steps to apply this)? (ANSWERS: WE HAVE BUILT IN A CONTRACTUAL REQUIREMENT FOR PAYMENT TO FLOW THROUGH THE SUPPLY CHAIN WITHIN 30 DAYS ROUTINELY; WE WILL BE BUILDING IN A CONTRACTUAL REQUIREMENT FOR PAYMENT TO FLOW THROUGH THE SUPPLY CHAIN WITHIN 30 DAYS ROUTINELY; WE WILL NOT BE BUILDING IN A CONTRACTUAL REQUIREMENT FOR PAYMENT TO FLOW DOWN THE SUPPLY CHAIN WITHIN 30 DAYS ROUTINELY; DON’T KNOW)
5.To what extent do you use PAS 91 as the pre-qualification standard for your construction and building maintenance contracts? (ANSWERS: WE DO and we use it exclusively, WE DO, WE DON’T, DON’T KNOW)
6. If you answered the previous question ‘NO’, are you considering using PAS 91 (substantially) in the future for new construction and building maintenance contracts? (ANSWERS: WE ARE; WE AREN’T; DON’T KNOW)

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

 

8055

 

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

 

20/10/15

 8056

 

 I am writing to submit a freedom of information request in relation to childcare provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities in your local authority. I would like to find out the following information:
1.What proportion of children with SEND living in the local authority attend:
a)mainstream childcare provision?
b)specialist childcare provision?
c)no known childcare provision?
2.What is the average cost of mainstream childcare provision in the local authority in comparison to specialist childcare provision?
3.What additional funding is available to childcare providers to enable children with SEND to access provision, and how much of this has been claimed (in the past 12 months)?
4.How many complaints has the local authority received about the availability, quality or cost of childcare provision for children with SEND (in the past 12 months)?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Clarification: I am looking at the sufficiency of childcare for disabled children (using the definition of disability given in the Disability Discrimination Act (1995), which the local authority has a duty to ensure, as well as to monitor. This is for all ages 0-19 (although I know not all local authorities have information on provision for older children), and would include children of school age with statements or EHCPs as well as younger children who have been identified as disabled. By childcare provision, I mean any form of childcare, including childminders, nurseries or preschools, using the same definition as that used in local authority childcare sufficiency assessments.

1 .We do not hold this information. We do not know who is on the register and we can only identify the number of children with whom we are working at this time. They may be registered as disabled but we cannot be sure if this is so. We can only provide crude numbers regarding children on our caseload who are accessing nurseries etc. but that will not capture the whole population of under 5s with disability.

2.There are two kinds of ‘specialist childcare provision’ in the Borough:

Specialist holiday schemes – e.g. Autism Bedfordshire, Beds & District Cerebral Palsy Society & Beds Mencap Summer Playscheme;

Community Childminding Scheme – The Community Childminding Scheme is a specialist referral service in Bedford Borough providing childminders for children with disabilities or for those from families with additional needs or in crisis.  Payments are made by social services.  The payments start at £5.50 per hour, depending on need, time of day etc. 

Average Costs:

Day Nursery; £207.01 per week

Pre School; £10.29 per 3 hour session

Childminder; £4.50 per hour

Out of School Care; £6.51 per session

Mainstream Holiday Scheme; £27.25 per full day (average 9 hours)

Specialist Holiday Scheme; £19 per day (not a full day but an average of 6.5 hours)

We have sent out an email to all childcare providers to ask if they charge an additional rate for a child with SEND where a parent has made a private arrangement with them. Of the responses received so far, none would charge extra for a child with SEND.

So, from the figures we have, apart from the Community Childcare Scheme (where Social Services pay), there is no evidence that care for children with SEND is more expensive that for mainstream.

In addition, St John’s Special School also have a nursery, see reply below:

‘Probably slightly different scenario for us, to mainstream settings.  Early years pupils who have had a place at St John's named by the Local Authority are allocated hours based on a number of factors, including the needs of the child, how many hours the parents would like, and the availability of spaces.  We do not offer an option for parents to purchase additional hours’. 

3.Currently there are two options available to Early Years settings:

1. Additional Needs Funding

Settings with a child who has identified additional needs are eligible to apply for funding to assist in employing a member of staff for one hour per morning or afternoon session that the child attends (up to a maximum of 5 sessions per week).

2. Exceptional Needs Funding to support the inclusion of children with complex / severe SEN

This funding is only for the very small percentage of children who have severe or complex Special Education Needs:

• Children who are likely to need additional support throughout their school career because of a significant disability requiring the support of a multi-disciplinary team.

• Children who demonstrate extreme, sustained / unpredictable behaviour which at times endangers themselves or those around them.

Settings with a child who meets the exceptional needs descriptors are eligible to apply for funding to assist in employing a member of staff to cover the morning or afternoon session the child attends (up to a maximum of 15hours support per week).

Funding is at a universal rate of £9.14 per hour is used for all top-up payments

Over the academic year of 2014-15, funding allocated totalled £192,693.

4. One

 

03/11/15

8057

 

 RE: Riverfield Drive, Goldington, Bedfordshire,
We are currently undertaking an environmental review of the above site and would be grateful if you could conduct a search for the following details:
1.Is the site likely to be investigated further under the Council’s Part IIA Strategy and if so what level of priority would it be given?
2.Does the Council have any specific concerns regarding ground conditions at the site?
3.Is the Council aware of any previous site investigations and / or remediation work that has been undertaken on site or in the surrounding area?
4Records of any pre-licensing landfill sites within 500m, including:
•licence holder
•location (grid reference and boundary plan)
•dates of operation and nature of fill material
•details of any leachate / landfill gas monitoring
5.Pollution records / known areas of contamination within 500m, including:
•location / grid reference
•nature / source of pollution
•previous land uses
•any further details (e.g. remedial work)
•details of bulk storage tanks on the site
6.Part B (APC) Authorisations within 500m, including:
•authorisation holder
•location / grid reference
•nature of authorisation

 

 

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

I have consulted the records held within the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, and have answered your query as follows:

1. By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (‘the Act’), the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. Based on information available at this time, it is not considered likely that the above site will be inspected under the Act. However, it is possible that new information may become available which could alter this assessment.

2. The Council has no specific concerns regarding ground conditions at the site.

3. We are not aware of any intrusive site investigations or remediation having been undertaken at the subject site.

The Riverfield Drive housing development is located approximately 200m South of the subject site. Part of the land now occupied by this estate
was formerly occupied by a power station, and an associated landfill site. It is included on our list of sites to inspect under the Act.

The Riverfield Drive housing estate was constructed over a number of years and was developed under a number of planning applications, many of which did not have associated conditions requiring investigation of contamination on land. We are not aware of any comprehensive, site-wide investigation having been made of the land underlying the estate.

We have a file note indicating our (Environmental Health’s), satisfaction that our requirements regarding contaminated land were fulfilled on part of the site. (‘Sites B and C’, dated 4th March 1999.)

We have a file note from Connolly Homes’ site manager, confirming that the properties built by them were all constructed with gas protection measures. (This does not apply to the whole Riverfield Drive Estate).

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

4. We are aware that a landfill site was formerly located on land now occupied by the Riverfield Drive housing estate, as mentioned above.

For further information on landfill sites in this area, we suggest that you consult the Environment Agency’s website(http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby), for location of landfills. You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

5. We are not aware of any areas of contamination within 500m of the subject site.

6. There are three businesses holding Part B (APC) Authorisations within 500m of the subject site. These are listed below:
• Tesco Service Station, Riverfield Drive, located approximately 150m South West of the subject site.
• Johnsons The Cleaners, dry cleaners, located at Tesco superstore approximately 150m South West of the subject site.
• Tri-D, Motor Engineers, located on Bury Walk, approximately 230m North of the site.

10/11/15

8058 -8059

 

 RE:Lovell Rd Oakley
Please could you advise if you have any information on the former below ground fuel tanks at the above site
However, any available information you might have on the site would be great to assist in our geo-environmental assessment. 

Your request has been considered under theEnvironmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

following on from our previous letter regarding the property, which we sent on 6th November. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I have consulted the records held within the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, and have answered your query as follows:

 

We do not hold any detailed information regarding the landfill in question. It is possible that the Environment Agency may hold more information, (Environment Agency Anglian Region switchboard: 08708 506 506).

 

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

 

 

 

27/10/15

8060

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek to understand the expenditure on / procurement budget for the years 2010-2014 (inclusive) for Bedford Borough Council, awarded to each of the following areas:
i.Telehealth
ii.Telecare
iii.Digitally-enabled services for health and/or social care provision

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:

Expenditure on / procurement budget for telehealth, telecare and digitally enabled services for health and / or social care

budget

14/15

13/14

12/13

11/12

10/11

Telehealth 0 0 0 0 0
telecare 106.410 127.380 127.350 125.600 124,360

outrun

14/15

13/14

12/13

11/12

10/11

Telehealth 0 0 0 0 0
 Telecare 76,119 120,930 98,283 37,083 129,221

Telecare and digitally enabled services are recorded against the same budget and cannot be separated.
From 2012/13 the budget and outturn includes the cost of employees within the provision of the service.

19/10/15

8061

 

 I work for a research and design consultancy currently preparing a white paper on the future use of commercial properties. I am keen to demonstrate the unfortunate waste of space under current practices with concrete evidence. Would you please provide me with the following information for commercial premises which are currently vacant and where the rateable value of the property exceeds £18,000;
- The full address including postcode
- The name of the account holder where it is not an individual (if it is, please leave blank)
- The rateable value of the property
- The date on which the premises first became vacant
- The type of property (if such information is easily included)

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 see Excel Spreedsheet.

06/11/15

8062

 

 I wonder if you could provide some information in relation to the following questions.
1.Does your Local Authority have a specific policy or restriction related to Escapology (yes or no)
1.If yes, please provide a link to that policy.
1.In the last 12 months, how many outdoor events have had to be cancelled due to concerns over Health and Safety?
1.If an event was cancelled, what were the reasons and the date (such as flooded site and 14.10.15)? 
1.In the last 12 months have any officers within the Council had reason to request a performer not conduct an escapology related act or stunt, (such as being upside down in a strait jacket or escaping from a burning cage) due to concerns over health and safety?
1.If so, what were those concerns (such as, no insurance)?
2.Has any guidance been obtained by the local authority from HSE or local HSE office in relation to the public performance of Escapology? 
1.If so, what was that guidance?

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

 

1.    Does your Local Authority have a specific policy or restriction related to Escapology (yes or no) - No

2.    In the last 12 months, how many outdoor events have had to be cancelled due to concerns over Health and Safety? - None

3.    In the last 12 months have any officers within the Council had reason to request a performer not conduct an escapology related act or stunt, (such as being upside down in a strait jacket or escaping from a burning cage) due to concerns over health and safety? - No

4.    Has any guidance been obtained by the local authority from HSE or local HSE office in relation to the public performance of Escapology? - No

 

28/10/15

8063

 

I would like to know if you are using

1. Box, office365 (cloud) or Salesforce in the council,
2. how many licences/users you have for each application,
3. and which department are using them.

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. We are licensed for Office365
2.  No licences/users using Office 365, but it is part of our Enterprise Agreement
3.  No department as it is part of our Enterprise Agreement

30/10/15

8064

 

Please can you send over a full list of companies and charities that have become responsible for business rates between the 01/10/2015 to 15/10/2015.  I would like to know the name of the business and the rate payer, address and date they became responsible if possible

 

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 see Excel Spreedsheet regarding business rates.

06/11/15

8065

 

RE: Union St

what was the past industrial use

what site work or investigation was carried

what information is held on Pollution

any concern on ground conditions

whether the site has been on risk of contamination

relevant  conditions discharged

Safe removal decommissioning of tanks

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

1.We do not hold comprehensive records of past industrial use of this site. It is listed in our records as having been a ‘garage and /or vehicle repair facility’.

2.We are not aware of any site investigations or remedial works carried out at the site or in close proximity.

3.We are not aware of any contamination on the site. We do not hold records of pollution incidents. The Environment Agency hold these records. (Switchboard: 08708 506 506).

4.By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. This is by virtue of its previous use as ‘Kennings’, a ‘garage/ vehicle repair facility’. It is not possible to state when this assessment will be undertaken. At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or not it expects this site to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in the course of completion. Therefore no reply given above refers to contaminated land for the purposes of the said Act. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, references to contamination should not be taken to mean the land has been deemed prejudicial to health or a nuisance for the purposes of Part III of the Act.

5.The site has been risk ranked in accordance with our Contaminated Land Strategy, and has been assigned a ‘medium’ risk level.

6.I believe that a response to this question has already been provided by our Planning Department.

7.I believe that a response to this question has already been provided by our Planning Department.

8.Records held by our Petroleum Officer confirm that all tanks were excavated and removed from Kennings Ltd, Bromham Road, Bedford on 10th March 1987.

06/11/15

8066

 

 Please provide me with the total value collected in fines and the total number of fines issued for driving in the bus lane on Horne Lane, Bedford, MK40 between the 30th of September 2014 and the 30th September 2015

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the information you requested is set out below. 

Please provide me with the total value collected in fines and the total number of fines issued for driving in the bus lane on Horne Lane, Bedford, MK40 between the 30th of September 2014 and the 30th September 2015 (or for the period of one year up to the date of the latest information that is available).

During the period 1st October 2014 – 30th September 2015 inclusive, income totalling £71,742 was received in respect of contraventions relating to the Horne Lane bus lane.

During the period 1st October 2014 – 30th September 2015 inclusive, a total of 2,653 Penalty Charge Notices were issued in respect of contraventions relating to the Horne Lane bus lane.

30/11/15

8067

 

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

 

20/10/15

8068

 

I should like some information as to how your council applies the CRAG regulations which obtained from 2012. In particular how the rules with respect to deprivation of capital and notional capital are applied.

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

I should likesome information as to how your council applies the CRAG regulations which obtained from 2012. In particular how the rules with respect to deprivation of capital and notional capital are applied.

The question to which I require an answer is this:

A gift of money is made by a client in a care home and is judged as deliberate deprivation of capital. Have you regarded that gift as being made from the client’s disregarded capital of £14250 and from then on, for the purposes of calculation of fees, treated the gift (notional capital) as a permanent part of the client’s capital?

To illustrate: A person makes a gift of £5000 from capital of £35000 which is judged to be deliberate deprivation of capital. He is treated as still possessing the £5000. So he has to pay full fees. Eventually his capital reduces to £23250 but because he is still deemed to possess the £5000 he continues to pay full fees.

His capital subsequently falls to £18250, his total being deemed to be £23250 and he becomes entitled to assistance from the local authority with his capital being charged at tariff income on capital of £9000. This carries on until his actual capital has reduced to £9250 when his total capital is deemed to be £9250 + £5000 = £14250. So the disregarded capital remaining is £9250.

As this has not actually happened in Bedford Borough there is nothing we can disclose under the freedom of information act. However, should such an instance occur we would follow the guidance as issued by the department of health which is attached

09/11/15

8069

 

 I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/5/2015 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/5/2015, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.
This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.
Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party.
If this information is now provided on your website, please send the hyperlink.
Please include:
1.  the deceased's full names
2.  the date they died
3.  the approximate value of their estate
4.  their date and place of birth or age at death
5.  whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed
6.  the maiden surnames of married females or widows
7.  their  address at death
8.  the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned.
9.  If a referral to a 3rd party or body  has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too.
10.  If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still  undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the case as above.

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

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

1.States that the above is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link relating to public health funerals.

 

13/11/15

8070

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) we would like to request contact information for all Licensed Venues within your local authority.
We would like an electronic copy only of this information, and would like the following included:
•Venue Name
•Address
•Owner name
•Landlord name
•Phone number

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8071

I would like to request information under FOIA about the direct disposal by the council of land and property interests where the purchaser is an overseas company.

By ‘overseas company' I mean any body corporate either legally incorporated in a foreign country or registered to or providing an address in a foreign country.

I would be especially interested in this information in respect of the three calendar years from January 2012 up until the date my request was lodged. However, I will be grateful for the requested information in respect of a narrower time frame if this would help to make release of the information more manageable for you within cost/time restrictions.

1) Please can you advise me how and where information is stored about the purchasers of council interests in land and buildings, in particular the names of any IT databases or paper-based filing systems used and how they can be filtered or searched to reveal direct disposals to an overseas company?

2) Please can you tell me how many land and property interests have been directly disposed of to an overseas company?

3) Please can you provide me with brief details of each disposal, in particular the date of disposal and address of the land/building, a link to the council report, or some other piece of information I can use to look this up myself?

Your request has been considered under the

Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please see below your request including your clarification, and our response:

‘I would like to request information under FOIA about the direct disposal by the Council of land and property interests where the purchaser is an overseas company. I am also seeking information from your property management database about the granting of leasehold interests to overseas companies, as well as the disposal of freehold and leasehold interests to overseas companies.

I include a list of 226 countries and territories I would like searched. I would therefore be grateful if you could write a script and return the requested information in respect of all of these keywords.’

1.    Please can you advise me how and where information is stored about the purchasers of Council interests in land and buildings, in particular the names of any IT databases or paper-based filing systems used and how they can be filtered or searched to reveal direct disposals to an overseas company?

The database in which information is stored relating to purchasers is ‘Capps Uniform’. This database was used to search for the information you requested.

2.    Please can you tell me how many land and property interests have been directly disposed of to an overseas company?

Nil

3.   Please can you provide me with brief details of each disposal, in particular the date of disposal and address of the land/building, a link to the Council report, or some other piece of information I can use to look this up myself?

Nil

05/11/15

8072

I would like to request information under FOIA about planning applications where the applicant is an overseas company.

By 'overseas company' I mean any body corporate either legally incorporated in a foreign country or registered to or providing an address in a foreign country.

I would be especially interested in this information in respect of the three calendar years from January 2012 up until the date my request was lodged. However, I will be grateful for the requested information in respect of a narrower time frame if this would help to make release of the information more manageable for you within cost/time restrictions.

1) Please can you advise me how and where information is stored about applicants for planning permission, in particular the names of any IT databases or paper-based filing systems used and how they can be filtered or searched to reveal applications where the applicant is an overseas company?

2) Please can you tell me how many planning applications have been lodged by an overseas company?

3) Please can you provide me with brief details of each planning application, in particular the address of the land/building, the planning reference number, or some other piece of information I can use to look this up myself?

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

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

19/10/15