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8362

 

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

 

12/01/16

8363

 

 

 A list of  business rates accounts where a credit exists for the account holder, including ended accounts.
•Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference Number) of the property to which the credit applies.
•Property address
•The account holder name
•Credit amount
•Financial year the credit sits in

 

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

01/02/16

8364

 

Could you provide me with a list of empty properties owned by businesses ?

 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

 29/01/16

8365

 

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

 

12/01/16

8366

 

 How many children did you take into care in the 2015 calendar year where the child’s proximity to a dog was cited as a factor in the care proceedings?
For each child please state if the issue surrounded either the (a) potential danger of a dog attack, (b) the hygiene issues of living in close proximity to a dog or (c) both (a) and (b)?
For each child please state the breed of dog or dogs involved.

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.”

You requested:

How many children did you take into care in the 2015 calendar year where the child’s proximity to a dog was cited as a factor in the care proceedings?

For each child please state if the issue surrounded either the (a) potential danger of a dog attack, (b) the hygiene issues of living in close proximity to a dog or (c) both (a) and (b)?

For each child please state the breed of dog or dogs involved.

Note: If you cannot do a search of the total number of cases within 2015 without the request breaching the cost limit under FoI please limit your inquiry to just the first 20 care cases in 2015. Please inform me that this reduced scope was the basis for the answer that you then provide.

Answer:

Proximity to a dog is not a recordable factor for becoming looked after. We would record their category of need, e.g. Abuse / Neglect, child disability etc. Therefore in order to obtain the information you have requested, would require us to manually check each individual child’s file and collate this information, which would exceed the fees limit of 18 hours.

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request to the first part of your request.*

With regards to the second part of your request, we have manually checked the first 20 care cases in 2015 and can advise that this is a Nil return.

01/02/16

8367

 

We hereby request a list detailing all current Rateable Value assessments and which accounts are, and which are not,  subject to some form rate relief Please include the following columns insofar possible.
•Full Postal Address
•Rating Description (e.g. offices, workshop etc.)
•Correspondence Address (if different from Full Postal Address)
•Account Name
•Account No./Ref.
•Property Ref
•RV 2010
•RV 2005
•SBRR (discount, not multiplier) – yes or no
•Retail Rate – yes or no
•Vacant – yes or no
•Other relief (e.g. charity, hardship, rural, community & amateur sports clubs etc.) – yes or no
•Current liability start date if post 1/4/2010 – dd/mm/yy

 

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

29/01/16

8368

 

Over the last four years, how many persons employed directly by your council have/have been: 
i) Dismissed from employment/terminated employment/sacked
ii) Suspended on full/part pay – please include the number of weeks or days spent off work on full pay for each individual
iii) Suspended without pay – please include the number of weeks or days spent off work for each individual
iv) Received a verbal or written warning
v) Faced disciplinary action not specified above – please specify
Please break down by the above categories and by the following years
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
2. Please include the department and/or position of the employee if possible. 
3. Please also provide a full list of reasons why the action took place for each case. 
4. Providing you hold this information: for each of the financial years above, what is the estimated cost? I.e. how much money has been paid in salaries to individuals who have not been at work due to suspension?
5. Over the last four financial years, how many individuals have been suspended on full pay for over 253 days?

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

 02/02/16

8369

 

No of net increases in the no of pitches in your area as a result of development

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

The information you requested is below in bold.

The site(s) in question in your area are –

Meadow Lane – 10 pitches

Meadow Lane – Phase 2 – 4 pitches

Meadow Lane – Phase 3 – 4 pitches

What is the net increase in the number of pitches in your area as a result of the above development(s)?

During 2013-2015 a net total of 20 new pitches were provided and are broken down as follows:

Kempston Hardwick - 6 pitches

Meadow Lane - 14 pitches

18 of these were funded by the Affordable Housing programme 2011-15 and 2 were funded under a previous funding scheme from DCLG.  All 20 are new pitches.

01/02/16

8370

 

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

 

12/01/16

8371

 

 1. In the past five years, have you cancelled, curtailed, or introduced charging for any rubbish uplift service including, but not limited to Christmas Trees and bulky items? If so please provide details?
2. For each of the past five years, please provide an estimate for how many Christmas Trees the council or its contractors have had to remove from streets and other public spaces and the cost associated with said removals.
3. For each of the past five years, please provide an estimate of how much the council has spent on removing fly-tipped rubbish.

 

Question 1
In the past five years, have you cancelled, curtailed, or introduced charging for any rubbish uplift service including, but not limited to Christmas Trees and bulky items? If so please provide details?
No

Question 2
For each of the past five years, please provide an estimate for how many Christmas Trees the council or its contractors have had to remove from streets and other public spaces and the cost associated with said removals.
NOTE: BBC provides a christmas tree recycling service for residents at various sites through out the borough. The costs and tonnages below are provided for this service. Flytiped trees are not seperately recorded therefore this data cannot be provided.
Financial Year
a)Cost to remove
b)Tonnage collected
2010/11
a)3679.35
b)15.66
2011/12
a)2593.3
b)6.74
2012/13
a)3463.08
b)13.02
2013/14
a)3463.08
b)13.92
2014/15
a)3551.14
b)10.44
Question 3
For each of the past five years, please provide an estimate of how much the council has spent on removing fly-tipped rubbish.
Financial Year
Cost incurred from fly-tipped rubbish (£)
2010/11
385,323
2011/12
378,713
2012/13
362,689
2013/14
258,741
2014/15
296,270

18/01/16 

8372

 

1.The total number of planning applications which have been considered, and of that, the total number of applications a) approved and b) rejected by the planning committee since 1st January 2014
2.The total number of applications which were refused consent by the planning committee contrary to an officer recommendation for approval, and the dates of the committee on which this occurred
3.The total number of applications granted by the planning committee contrary to an officer recommendation for refusal, and the dates of the committee on which this occurred
4.The total number of applications which when considered were deferred by the planning committee 

 

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

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

 

05/01/16

8373

 

 We would like an extract from the Public Register of Food Businesses in the local authority's region with the following information on all food businesses:
1. Business Name
2. Business Address Line 1
3. Business Address Line 2
4. Business Address Line 3
5. Business Address City
6. Business Address Post code
7. Business Email address
8. Business Telephone number
9. Type of food business / usage
10. Name of Business Operator

 

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

01/02/16

8374

 

I would be grateful if you could provide the following detail to assist us with our endeavours:
1.What was the Local Authorities annual spend on domestic furniture for the last financial year?
2.What was the Local Authorities annual spend on White goods for the last financial year?
3.What is the predicted Local Authority spend for this financial year and the next financial year?
4.Which organisation currently holds the contract with you to deliver the following goods:
a.Residential/domestic furniture?
b.White goods?
5.When is the contract for these respective provisions due for renewal?
6. What is the standard cost to the Local Authority for the specific furniture and white goods items ordered?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Our response to Questions 1-5 are detailed below:

1.What was the Local Authorities annual spend on domestic furniture for the last financial year?

£17,282

2.What was the Local Authorities annual spend on White goods for the last financial year? £29,600

3.What is the predicted Local Authority spend for this financial year and the next financial year?

2015/16 – Furniture £20,000

2015/16 – White goods £30,000

2016/17 – Furniture £20,000

2016/17 – White goods £30,000

Requests for this service are demand led and it is therefore difficult to predict trends/growth.

4.Which organisation currently holds the contract with you to deliver the following goods:

a.Residential/domestic furniture?

The ReUse Centre, Bedford

b.White goods? Family Fund Trading

5.When is the contract for these respective provisions due for renewal? March 2016 with the option to extend

However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested in Question 6.

You requested:

What is the standard cost to the Local Authority for the specific furniture and white goods items ordered?

 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 43 (Commercial Interests) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

In applying this exemption we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are as follows:

Maintaining commercial confidentiality in respect of specific item costs is considered to enhance the Council’s negotiating position with respect to any future contract negotiations which will assist in achieving the best value for money to the benefit of local taxpayers

01/02/16

8375

 

Zoo Licensing Act 1981
I would like to receive a copy of the current licence for any premises licensed under the above act

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

21/01/16

8376

 

I am interested in buying the following property and wondered if you would be able to confirm the classification of use please? Kempston Highs st.

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

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located at the link below.  There is a ‘How to Guide’ to find the Use Class of a Property (no. 10).

 

 

06/01/16

8377

 

What do those involved in the holding of information intend to do to address this war crime ? 

 

Clarification sought

 

8378

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Land at Yielden
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
except those that benefit from an exemption under section 14 of the 1981 Act

 

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

 

12/01/16

 

8379

 

The total number of planning applications you received in each of the following calendar years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
In each of the above years I would also like to know the following information:
1, The number of applications that were major developments and the number that were ordinary applications
2, The number of major development applications that received a formal decision within the statutory 13 week time limit
3, The proportion of major development applications that were initially rejected
4, The number of major development applications, including appeals, that took between 13 and 26 weeks to receive a final decision
5, The number of major development applications, including appeals, that took between 26 and 52 weeks to receive a final decision
6, The number of major development applications, including appeals, that took more than 52 weeks to receive to a final decision
7, The proportion of ordinary applications that received a formal decision within the statutory 8 week time limit.
8, The proportion of ordinary applications that were initially rejected
9, The proportion of ordinary applications, including appeals, that took between 8 and 26 weeks to receive a final decision
10, The proportion of ordinary applications, including appeals, that took between 26 and 52 weeks to receive a final decision
11, The proportion of ordinary applications, including appeals, that took more than 52 weeks to receive to a final decision

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

The information requested is below in bold.

1, The number of applications that were major developments and the number that were ordinary applications 

2, The number of major development applications that received a formal decision within the statutory 13 week time limit

3, The proportion of major development applications that were initially rejected

4, The number of major development applications, including appeals, that took between 13 and 26 weeks to receive a final decision

5, The number of major development applications, including appeals, that took between 26 and 52 weeks to receive a final decision

6, The number of major development applications, including appeals, that took more than 52 weeks to receive to a final decision

7, The proportion of ordinary applications that received a formal decision within the statutory 8 week time limit.

8, The proportion of ordinary applications that were initially rejected

9, The proportion of ordinary applications, including appeals, that took between 8 and 26 weeks to receive a final decision

10, The proportion of ordinary applications, including appeals, that took between 26 and 52 weeks to receive a final decision

11, The proportion of ordinary applications, including appeals, that took more than 52 weeks to receive to a final decision

The information in relation to Q1-11 is available on the authorities’ website by conducting a search of www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans followed by the TO VIEW AND COMMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS link.  Use the ADVANCED SEARCH and any of the criteria shown for planning applications and/or Appeals.  In addition each local Authority provides statistical information on performance to Central Local Government who publish the information online and is accessible via http://www.gov.uk/. This statistical information is provided every quarter as the PS1 and PS2 Returns and includes separation between Majors and all other app types by Development Type codes 01 - 028 (DOE’s 01 – 06 are now the only Major codes - previously for some the years requested, this was 01-12).

The Planning Inspectorate who determine Planning Appeals would have similar statistical information about processing times and would also be available on http://www.gov.uk/

I would also like to know the number of full time and part time staff, whether permanent or casual, who currently work in your planning department and how that number has changed each year from 2010. 

Current                56.99 FTE

31.03.2015           53.92 FTE

31.03.2014           56.73 FTE

31.03.2013           60.33 FTE

31.03.2012           60.80 FTE

31.03.2011           64.90 FTE

31.03.2010           70.73 FTE

I would also like to know how many people working in your planning department have been formally disciplined or dismissed for misconduct since 2010, and in each case a summary of the reason – None.

29/01/16

8380

 

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

 

12/01/16

8381

 

 I would like to make the following Freedom of Information request to your council:
1.How many times have looked-after children been logged as missing from care over the last three years? This relates to the number of cases logged, including in the total, cases where children may have gone missing more than once.
2. I would like the figures broken down by year for:2013 2014 2015
3. How many children have been reported missing from care over the last three years?
Please break down for each year, including the age of the child who went missing, how many times in that year they went missing, and how long they were missing for. If the child was never found, please also include this. As well as breaking down by year, please also break down by the age of the child.

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 make the following Freedom of Information request to your council:

1.How many times have looked-after children been logged as missing from care over the last three years? This relates to the number of cases logged, including in the total, cases where children may have gone missing more than once.

2. I would like the figures broken down by year for:

2013

2014

2015

Answer Q1 & 2:

Looked After Children missing from care

  • 2013 (90 episodes relating to 33 children)
  • 2014 (87 episodes relating to 26 children)
  • 2015 (214 episodes relating to 28 children)

Please note increase in episodes during 2015 could, in part, be due to increased reporting of missing and absent.

3.How many children have been reported missing from care over the last three years?

Please break down for each year, including the age of the child who went missing, how many times in that year they went missing, and how long they were missing for. If the child was never found, please also include this.

As well as breaking down by year, please also break down by the age of the child.

Answer:

  • Breakdown by age = due to low number in age groups this could make children identifiable, therefore cannot provide this data*
  • Breakdown by length of time missing = due to low number in length of time groups this could make children identifiable, therefore cannot provide this data*
  • Child never found = due to low number this could make children identifiable, therefore cannot provide this data*

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

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

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

An explanation follows below.

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

13/01/16

8382

 

 Please could I request the following information:
1) Please provide figures for the number of unaccompanied asylum seeker children that were in your local authority's care in the following years - 2015, 2014, 2013
2a) Please provide figures for the number of unaccompanied asylum seeker children who have gone missing from your local authority care in the following years - 2015, 2014, 2013
b) Where possible, can you give an age breakdown to the figures in a)
c) Where possible, can you provide a breakdown of country the individual was originally from to the figures in a) 
3) how many children identified as missing in 2a) were subsequently found?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please could I request the following information: 

1)    Please provide figures for the number of unaccompanied asylum seeker children that were in your local authority's care in the following years - 2015, 2014, 2013 

Answer:

The number of former UASC care leavers who were supported under leaving care legislation by this local authority.

April 2012 / March 13 – Bedford Borough Council Supported 9 Former UASC Care Leavers

April 2013 /March 14 – Bedford Borough Council Supported 14 Former UASC Care Leavers

April 2014 /March 15 – Bedford Borough Council Supported 21 Former UASC Care Leavers

April 2015/ Jan 2016 - Bedford Borough Council Supported 29 Former UASC Care Leavers

2)

a)    Please provide figures for the number of unaccompanied asylum seeker children who have gone missing from your local authority care in the following years - 2015, 2014, 2013 

Answer:

 The number of UASCs who went ‘missing’ from the care of the local authority.

April 2012 / March 13 Zero UASC went missing from Care of the Local Authority.

April 2013 /March 14 Less than 5 UASC went missing from the care of the Local Authority. We are unable to provide exact number as doing so could identify the individual / individuals. *

April 2014 /March 15 Zero UASC went missing from care of the Local Authority.

April 2015/ Jan 2016 Zero UASC went missing from care of the Local Authority.

b)    Where possible, can you give an age breakdown to the figures in a) 

Answer:

We are unable to provide exact age breakdown as doing so could identify the individual / individuals as the number is less than five *

c)    Where possible, can you provide a breakdown of country the individual was originally from to the figures in a) 

Answer:

We are unable to provide the breakdown of Country of origin as doing so could identify the individual / individuals as the number is less than five *

3) how many children identified as missing in 2a) were subsequently found? 

Answer:

Zero young people have been found that subsequently went missing.

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

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

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

An explanation follows below.

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

13/01/16

8383

 

Please note that questions 1 and 2 apply to intended changes to the local council tax support scheme in your area in April 2016, while question 3 refers to specific protections for vulnerable groups. Please answer question 3 regardless of your answer to question 1.
Changes to the scheme in 2016/17
1.Does your local authority intend to change its current council tax support scheme in April 2016? (yes/no/undecided)
2.If yes, please outline if and how any of the following components of the scheme will change in 2016/17:
Component of Council tax Support Scheme
Require all residents to pay at least some of their council tax liability, regardless of income
Cap the amount that can be claimed based on the band of the property
The rate at which council tax support is withdrawn (tapered) as income increases
The maximum capital/savings someone can have to be eligible for council tax support (savings limit)
The minimum amount of council tax support that can be claimed before it is withdrawn in full
Entitlement to a second adult rebate
The components of income that are considered in the means-test
The hardship funding available to affected residents
Specific protections for vulnerable groups
Please answer question 3 regardless of your answer to question 1.
3.If exceptions are made for ‘vulnerable’ groups in your area’s local council tax support scheme, please describe what these exceptions are and which groups are exempt (for example: families with children aged under 5; recipients of Disability Living Allowance

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

Please note that questions 1 and 2 apply to intended changes to the local council tax support scheme in your area in April 2016, while question 3 refers to specific protections for vulnerable groups. Please answer question 3 regardless of your answer to question 1.

Changes to the scheme in 2016/17

1.    Does your local authority intend to change its current council tax support scheme in April 2016? (yes/no/undecided) Yes

2.    If yes, please outline if and how any of the following components of the scheme will change in 2016/17:

Component of Council tax Support Scheme

Will this be different in 2016/17?

(Yes or No)

Details (such as reducing the savings limit to £6,000 or changing the taper rate to 25%)

Require all residents to pay at least some of their council tax liability, regardless of income

 No

 

Cap the amount that can be claimed based on the band of the property

 No

 

The rate at which council tax support is withdrawn (tapered) as income increases

 No

 

The maximum capital/savings someone can have to be eligible for council tax support (savings limit)

 No

 

The minimum amount of council tax support that can be claimed before it is withdrawn in full

 No

 

Entitlement to a second adult rebate

 No

 

The components of income that are considered in the means-test

 No

 

The hardship funding available to affected residents

 No

 

Specific protections for vulnerable groups

Please answer question 3 regardless of your answer to question 1.

3.If exceptions are made for ‘vulnerable’ groups in your area’s local council tax support scheme, please describe what these exceptions are and which groups are exempt (for example: families with children aged under 5; recipients of Disability Living Allowance).

The Council’s Scheme allows for discount of up to 100% to most Council Taxpayers based on their income.  Various allowances are made to assist vulnerable groups through disregarding certain forms of income such as Child Benefit, DLA etc.  The Council Tax Support Scheme is available here

 08/01/16

8384

 

Regarding transfer of soil for reconstruction

 

Closed as General Business

15/01/16

8385

 

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

 

12/01/16

8386

 

The newspaper article reads:“Freedom of Information figures reveal that a £347,556 bill was sent to Bedford Borough Council for 2013/14”Can you give me some details of this bill?

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 correct information you requested.

The  Invoice we received from PHE ( invoice number 1404174) was the revenue costs of £ 47,556,  the actual cost to the authority is excluding VAT (VAT is reclaimed by local authorities) so it is £39,630.  This is for whole of the Bedfordshire and includes geography of the two local authorities.

The actual cost of £39,630 has been split between the two local authorities and the cost to Bedford Borough Council was £15,987.

15/01/16

8387

 

Please could you supply the following information with regard to council facilities for accepting payments by credit and debit cards:
Information requested:
1.At the time of receiving this request, are all of your merchant accounts (the facilities for accepting payments from the public by credit / debit cards) fully compliant with the PCI DSS requirements?
2.If your systems ARE compliant, please could you advise the cost of attaining compliance in the following cost areas:
a.External costs (e.g. consultants, QSA's, project management etc)
b.Internal costs
c.Capital costs
3.If your systems are NOT YET compliant, please could you indicate ANTICIPATED costs (N.B. If you have not yet quantified these potential costs, then please simply mark as N/A)
a.Anticipated external costs
b.Anticipated internal costs
c.Anticipated capital costs

I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and is detailed below:
1.At the time of receiving this request, are all of your merchant accounts (the facilities for accepting payments from the public by credit / debit cards) fully compliant with the PCI DSS requirements?
The Council’s merchant accounts are fully compliant with PCI DSS requirements with one minor exception which is used to processes a very low number of low value transactions.  The Council is currently in the process of evaluating the requirements to achieve compliance for this merchant account.
2.If your systems ARE compliant, please could you advise the cost of attaining compliance in the following cost areas:
a.External costs (e.g. consultants, QSA's, project management etc)
b.Internal costs
c.Capital costs
The Council has not accounted separately for the internal costs of achieving compliance and, therefore, does not hold this information with the exception of  capital costs of approximately £10,000.
3.If your systems are NOT YET compliant, please could you indicate ANTICIPATED costs (N.B. If you have not yet quantified these potential costs, then please simply mark as N/A)
a.Anticipated external costs
b.Anticipated internal costs
c.Anticipated capital costs The Council has not yet determined the anticipated future costs of achieving compliance for the remaining merchant accounts and, therefore, does not hold this information.

21/1/15

 

8388

 

How Many Qualified Social Worker positions are there in total across children’s services?
How Many Qualified Social Worker positions are there in total across adults services?
How many Team Manager Positions are there in total across children’s services?
How many Team Manager Positions are there in total across adults services?
How many Head of Service (or equivalent Grade) positions are there in total across children’s services?
How many Head of Service (or equivalent Grade) positions are there in total across adults services?
How many agency social workers are there in children’s services?
How many agency social workers are there in adult services?
What % of Qualified Social Workers are agency workers in children’s services?
What % of Qualified Social Workers are agency workers in adults services?
What % of Team Managers are agency workers in children’s services?
What % of Team Managers are agency workers in adults services?
What are the Pay grades and Salary bandings for Qualified Social Workers, Team Managers, Service Managers and Head of Service positions?
What company corporate benefits are there for Qualified Social Workers, Team Managers, Service Managers and Head of Service positions?
What Joining Bonuses or incentives do you offer to attract Qualified Social Workers and Team Managers?
Do you use a recruitment agency to recruit for permanent Qualified Social Workers, Team Managers, Service Managers and Head of Service positions?

 

Request withdrawn.

12/01/16

8389

 

 

 1. How many specialist domestic abuse services have you ceased funding for in 2014?
b. How does that compare with the previous year?
2. How many non-specialist domestic abuse services (I.e. Housing associations) have won funding that independent specialist DA services used to have in 2014?
 3. Do you cap the number of non-locals able to access accommodation services?

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

1.How many specialist domestic abuse services have you ceased funding for in 2014?  0

b. How does that compare with the previous year? N/A.
2. How many non-specialist domestic abuse services (I.e. Housing associations) have won funding that independent specialist DA services used to have in 2014?
0.

3. Do you cap the number of non-locals able to access accommodation services? No.

02/02/16

8390

 

Can you tell me how many parents assessed by the Phycologist's That was appointed by the Local Authority in court proceedings was diagnosed with a personality disorder ?

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. 

12/01/16

8391

 

Cost of the NIRAH project

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

As a point of clarification, I can advise that the loans that you refer to in your letter were made by the East of England Development Agency and Bedfordshire County Council, not by Bedford Borough Council.  It is noted that, following the creation of unitary authorities in 2009, Central Bedfordshire Council acted as host authority for the project. 

The funding secured by NIRAH Holdings Limited was used to establish the project and secure outline planning permission, obtained in September 2009.  From our records, we are aware that NIRAH secured an Option Agreement dated 22 December 2005 to purchase the site for £2 from Hanson.  The Option Agreement reflected the considerable amount of remediation works required to bring forward development.

A large proportion of the land required, Quest Pit, was transferred to NIRAH Holdings Limited in March 2010 under the terms of the Option Agreement.  Planning permission in respect of the site expired on 23 September 2014 and NIRAH Holdings Ltd had no funds to reapply.  The project did not progress beyond the Pre Seed Phase and NIRAH Holdings Limited went into administration in 2015.

Moorfields Corporate Recovery Limited were appointed as Joint Administrators and subsequently disposed of the sole assets of NIRAH, the c.140 acre former clay extraction site named Quest Pit.  The site was marketed by Savills, including being advertised in the Estates Gazette property journal.  The site was sold for £125,000.  The proceeds of sale, less administration and disposal fees (residual sum) payable to Bedfordshire Consortium Limited was £52,318.13, subject to final interest being applied to the Joint Administrator’s bank account.

 26/01/16

8392

 

1. The total amount of money spent by the council on advertising and marketing per financial year from 2010/11 to 2014/15 inclusive;
2. The total amount of money spent by the council on Facebook advertising and marketing per financial year from 2010/11 to 2014/15 inclusive; and
3. The total amount of money spent by the council on Twitter advertising and marketing per financial year from 2010/11 to 2014/15 inclusive;

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

1.The total amount of money spent by the council on advertising and marketing per financial year from 2010/11 to 2014/15 inclusive;

All cost centres total spend on advertising and marketing

   
       

Account

Account (T)

Amount

Year

4406

Marketing & Promotion

  501,825.87

2011

4406

Marketing & Promotion

  263,545.42

2012

4406

Marketing & Promotion

  237,467.29

2013

4406

Marketing & Promotion

  283,486.89

2014

4406

Marketing & Promotion

  295,547.18

2015

2. The total amount of money spent by the council on Facebook advertising and marketing per financial year from 2010/11 to 2014/15 inclusive; and

All cost centres advertising spend on Facebook

   
       

Account

Account (T)

Amount

Year

4406

Marketing & Promotion

  0

2011

4406

Marketing & Promotion

0

2012

4406

Marketing & Promotion

  0

2013

4406

Marketing & Promotion

  0

2014

4406

Marketing & Promotion

  £981.69

2015

 3.The total amount of money spent by the council on Twitter advertising and marketing per financial year from 2010/11 to 2014/15 inclusive;

The Council has not used Twitter advertising and marketing during this period.

27/01/16

8393

 

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

 

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

 

12/01/16

8394

 

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

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

26/01/16

8395

 

Request - In the last two calendar years (January 2014 to December 2015):
1. How many non-EU children subject to immigration control under the age of 16 were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?
2. How many non-EU children subject to immigration control between the ages of 16 to 18 were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?
3. How many non-EU 18 - 25 year olds subject to immigration control were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?
4. What are the predominant nationalities of the children identified at (1) & (2) above? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities
5. What are the predominant nationalities of the 18-25 year identified at (3) above? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities
6. Of the children identified at (1) & (2) above, how many have:
•  Indefinite leave to remain in the UK
•  Limited/temporary/discretionary leave to remain in the UK  
•  No leave to remain in the UK
•   Another form of immigration status (please specify)
7. Of the 18-25 year olds identified at (3) above, how many have:
•  Indefinite leave to remain in the UK
•  Limited leave to remain in the UK
•   No leave to remain in the UK
•  Another form of immigration status (please specify)
8. Does your authority have any internal written policies/guidance on assisting children to resolve their immigration issues? If so, can you please provide us with a copy? 

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Request - In the last two calendar years (January 2014 to December 2015):

1. How many non-EU children subject to immigration control under the age of 16 were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?

Answer:

January 2014 – March 2015 8 Young people under the age of 16 years were supported as Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children by Bedford Borough Council during this year.

April 2015 – December 2015 5 Young people under the age of 16 years were supported as Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children by Bedford Borough Council during this year.

2. How many non-EU children subject to immigration control between the ages of 16 to 18 were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?

Answer:

April 2014 – March 2015 14 Young people between the age of 16 – 18 years were supported as Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children by Bedford Borough Council during this year.

April 2015 – December 2015 26 Young people between the age of 16 – 18 years were supported as Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children by Bedford Borough Council during this year.

3. How many non-EU 18 - 25 year olds subject to immigration control were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?

Answer:

April 2014 – March 2015 19 Young people between the age of 18 – 25 years were supported as Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children by Bedford Borough Council during this year

April 2015 – December 2015  17 Young people between the age of 18 – 25 years were supported as Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children by Bedford Borough Council during this year.

4. What are the predominant nationalities of the children identified at (1) & (2) above? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities

Answer:

Afghani

Eritrean

Iranian

Iraqi

Ethiopian

5. What are the predominant nationalities of the 18-25 year identified at (3) above? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities

Answer:

Eritrean

Ethiopian

Afghani

Iranian

Palestinian

6. Of the children identified at (1) & (2) above, how many have:

• Indefinite leave to remain in the UK

Answer: Zero young people have been granted indefinite leave to remain,  

• Limited/temporary/discretionary leave to remain in the UK  

Answer:

8 young people have been granted 5 years Refugee status.

6 young people have been given DLR until they turn 17.5 yrs.

• No leave to remain in the UK

Answer:

11 Young people have not been granted leave to remain due to outstanding cases.

• Another form of immigration status (please specify)

Answer: N/A

7. Of the 18-25 year olds identified at (3) above, how many have:

•Indefinite leave to remain in the UK

Answer: Zero young people have been granted indefinite leave to remain,

• Limited leave to remain in the UK

Answer: 10 young people have been granted 5 years refugee status

• No leave to remain in the UK

Answer:

5 Young people have not been granted leave to remain due to outstanding cases.

4 young people have been refused and are appealing their refused decisions.

6 young people Are Refused asylum seekers ARE (All Rights Exhausted)

• Another form of immigration status (please specify)

Answer: N/A

8. Does your authority have any internal written policies/guidance on assisting children to resolve their immigration issues? If so, can you please provide us with a copy? 

Answer: Bedford Borough Council does not have any internal written policies / Guidance on assisting children to resolve their immigration issues.

12/01/16

8396

 

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 1/9/15 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.

Further to your request for information dated 8 January 2016, 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

 

27/01/16

8397

 

1.How many housing complaints did the council receive?
2.How many of these complaints were regarding properties owned or run by private companies or housing associations by council tenants? If logged can you provide the complaint log and which companies/providers they were about?
3.How much did the council pay private companies and landlords to provide housing provision? Can this number be provided for the past 3 years.
4.How many people in temporary accommodation have made complaints?
5.How many new residential units approved by the council were built in the borough in 2015? 
6.What is the borough’s target for affordable homes? 
7.How many people in the borough did the council class as ‘intentionally homeless?’ Could these numbers be provided for the past three years - if possible with a monthly breakdown. 
8.How many people appealed voluntary homelessness decision by asking for a review of the council’s decision? Could these numbers be provided for the past three years - if possible with a monthly breakdown.
9.How many housing developments are expected to be completed in 2016 and how many involved a renegotiation on the number of affordable housing units? 

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 below in bold

1. How many housing complaints did the council receive?

2012/2013       999

2013/2014      1168

2014/2015     1049

Please note the figures provided above relate to requests for service made by members of the public regarding poor standards/housing conditions regarding the property they reside at.  These figures consist of service requests where tenants are ‘complaining’ about the standards at the property and/or about their landlord.  All service requests are investigated in accordance with national legislation and local guidance to determine the overall safety standards of private sector housing within Bedford Borough. The Council does not have its own stock and these service requests relate to RSL/private landlords.

2.  How many of these complaints were regarding properties owned or run by private companies or housing associations by council tenants? If logged can you provide the complaint log and which companies/providers they were about? - All house condition complaints are investigated regardless of tenure.

3.  How much did the council pay private companies and landlords to provide housing provision? Can this number be provided for the past 3 years. 

2012/2013     £105,340

2013/2014      £120,553

2014/2015      £135,809

4. How many people in temporary accommodation have made complaints? - When we record complaints about council services we do not ask the complainant for the status of their accommodation.  We therefore do not hold this information.

5. How many new residential units approved by the council were built in the borough in 2015? - The Council publishes housing completions by financial rather than calendar year.  For the financial year 2014/2015 there were 839 gross dwelling completions in Bedford Borough.

6.  What is the borough’s target for affordable homes? - The current target in the Borough’s Housing Strategy is 200 completions of affordable housing per financial year.  This target is under review.

7.  How many people in the borough did the council class as ‘intentionally homeless?’ Could these numbers be provided for the past three years - if possible with a monthly breakdown. -  This information is in the public domain and can be located at this link

8.  How many people appealed voluntary homelessness decision by asking for a review of the council’s decision? Could these numbers be provided for the past three years - if possible with a monthly breakdown. – We have assumed that ‘voluntary homeless’ is referring to all homeless applications.  If this is not the case then please reply to us with the correct definition of homeless individuals that you are seeking the information for.

2013/2014 – 13 review requests (we do not hold sufficient information to be able to provide a monthly breakdown)

2014/2015 – 14 review requests – 3 in June, 1 in July, 2 in August, 1 in September, 2 in October, 2 in December, 3 in February

2015/2016 – 18 review requests (as at the 4th of February 2016) – 5 in July, 4 in October, 4 in November, 3 in December, 2 in January

9. How many housing developments are expected to be completed in 2016 and how many involved a renegotiation on the number of affordable housing units? - The council does not hold this information.

5/2/16

 

8398

 

Please provide details of:
1a) Funding the council has allocated to activities related to human trafficking (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns) for the years 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17. If this is not possible or too broad, please refer to 1b)
1b) Data for the latest three years on record on council budget allocated to human trafficking-related activities (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns). If this is not possible or too broad, please refer to 1c)
1c) data on council budget allocated to human trafficking-related activities (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns)  in 2014-15.
2) if the council hasn’t allocated any funding specifically to human trafficking-related activities (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns)  since 2010, please confirm that in writing.
3a) Please provide all documents (for example presentations, briefing notes, policy documents) describing any strategy/programme/policy the council has implemented/is implementing in relation to human trafficking (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns) dating back to 1 January 2010. If this is too broad please refer to 3b)
3b) please provide the latest document describing any strategy/programme/policy the council has implemented in relation to human trafficking (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns) in 2014-15.
4) If the council has not had/doesn’t have any strategy/programme/policy dedicated specifically to human trafficking (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns) please confirm that in writing.

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:

1a) Funding the council has allocated to activities related to human trafficking (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns) for the years 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17. If this is not possible or too broad, please refer to 1b)

1b) Data for the latest three years on record on council budget allocated to human trafficking-related activities (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns). If this is not possible or too broad, please refer to 1c)

1c) data on council budget allocated to human trafficking-related activities (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns)  in 2014-15.

Answer 1a, b, c: See answer to Question 2.

2) if the council hasn’t allocated any funding specifically to human trafficking-related activities (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns)  since 2010, please confirm that in writing.

Answer:  Since 2010 Bedford Borough Council has not allocated any funding specially to human trafficking related actives.  This would be part of our generic safeguarding expenditure.

3a) Please provide all documents (for example presentations, briefing notes, policy documents) describing any strategy/programme/policy the council has implemented/is implementing in relation to human trafficking (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns) dating back to 1 January 2010. If this is too broad please refer to 3b)

Answer: See answer to Question 3b.

3b) please provide the latest document describing any strategy/programme/policy the council has implemented in relation to human trafficking (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns) in 2014-15.

Answer:

The National Working Group report published a report in August 2015 and referred to the Trafficking of Human Beings. The report can be viewed at the link and the recommendations are being addressed by the Pan Bedfordshire CSE & Missing Strategic Group.

We also have on our the Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board webpages information re child trafficking

We have guidance for practitioners in chapter 1.6.4 of our Pan Bedfordshire Interagency child protection procedures titled Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked

Bedfordshire against Modern Slavery (BAMS) together with Bedfordshire Police held a conference on the 16.10.15 on the issue of modern slavery. The conference raised awareness of and provided information for front-line workers to be more confident in identifying signs of modern slavery and reporting suspicions. It bought together practitioners from a range of services to share current knowledge and identify the key issues facing those subject to modern slavery in Bedfordshire.

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board provides the following free e-learning training to all partners across Bedford Borough in respect of Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery. This course is about understanding, combating and helping people who are being trafficked, exploited or used in modern slavery. It examines different types of exploitation, how individuals become victim to abuse and what actions professionals should take to recognise victims and help them.

4) If the council has not had/doesn’t have any strategy/programme/policy dedicated specifically to human trafficking (for example, but not limited to prevention, victim identification and support, awareness campaigns) please confirm that in writing. 

Answer:  Please see answer to Question 3b.

28/01/16

8399

 

1.Did your local authority respond to any of the requests for help to accommodate unaccompanied children arriving in Kent made in 2015 by taking on Children Act 1989 responsibilities for any such children?   If so, how many children have been accepted into your local authority’s care?
2.Since the beginning of 2015, how many offers have been made to your local authority to foster refugee or asylum seeking children by its residents?
3.What actions, if any, has your local authority’s fostering service undertaken to increase the number of suitable fostering placements that could be offered to refugee or asylum seeking children by its residents since the beginning of 2015?
4.Has this issue been raised at cabinet or any local authority committee meeting?   If so, please provide the minute(s) or any item relating to this

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.Did your local authority respond to any of the requests for help to accommodate unaccompanied children arriving in Kent made in 2015 by taking on Children Act 1989 responsibilities for any such children?   If so, how many children have been accepted into your local authority’s care?
Answer: No – Bedford Borough Council were not in a position to offer assistance. Zero UASC from Kent have been accepted by the Local Authority.

2.Since the beginning of 2015, how many offers have been made to your local authority to foster refugee or asylum seeking children by its residents?

Answer: Zero

3.What actions, if any, has your local authority’s fostering service undertaken to increase the number of suitable fostering placements that could be offered to refugee or asylum seeking children by its residents since the beginning of 2015?

Answer: Supporting unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children In house training programme has been offered to our in-house Foster carers

4.Has this issue been raised at cabinet or any local authority committee meeting?   If so, please provide the minute(s) or any item relating to this matter.

Answer: No

25/01/16

8400

 

Does the council have external consultants  for ecternal lightings? If so, can you please give details of

1 ) How is it awarded

2) If any framework

3)subject for procurement

4)any for tenders in the few years

5) The procedure and cost

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

Does your organisation utilise external consultants for lighting design work for external lighting?

No - Bedford Borough Council undertake all external lighting design work using internal resources.

13/01/16

8401

 

Please could you provide the following information for each of the last three years ending 31st March (that is 2012/2013; 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.  
1)The number (if any) of appeal rights exhausted care leavers who were supported by the local authority beyond grant funding from the Home Office.
2) The number (if any) of human rights assessments made for care leavers with appeal rights exhausted. 
3) The number (if any) of care leavers with appeal rights exhausted who continued to receive support from the Local Authority following human rights assessment.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1)The number (if any) of appeal rights exhausted care leavers who were supported by the local authority beyond grant funding from the Home Office.

Answer:

Year 2012 – 2013 The local Authority is unable to share this information as it is less than 5 individuals and due to low numbers could Identify the young people.*

Year 2013 – 2014 6 Appeal Rights Exhausted Young People were supported by the Local Authority beyond grant funding from the home office

Year 2013 – 2015 10 Appeal Rights Exhausted Young people were supported by the Local Authority beyond grant funding from the home office.

2) The number (if any) of human rights assessments made for care leavers with appeal rights exhausted.

Answer:

Year 2012 – 2013 The local Authority is unable to share this information as it is less than 5 individuals and due to low numbers could identify the young people.*

Year 2013 – 2014 6 Appeal Rights Exhausted Young People had Human rights assessments completed  

Year 2013 – 2015 10 Appeal rights exhausted young people had Human Rights assessments completed.

3)The number (if any) of care leavers with appeal rights exhausted who continued to receive support from the Local Authority following human rights assessment.

Answer:

Year 2012 – 2013 The local Authority is unable to share this information as it is less than 5 individuals and due to low numbers could identify the young people.*

Year 2013 – 2014 5 Appeal Rights Exhausted Young People had Human rights assessments completed and continued to receive support

Year 2013 – 2015 10 Appeal rights exhausted young people had Human Rights assessments completed and continued to receive support.

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

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

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

An explanation follows below.

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

12/01/16

8402

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we hereby request that you provide the following information about ALL premises that incur a Business Rates liability within the Billing Authority area:
1.The Address of each non-domestic property within the Billing Authority area
2.The Billing Authority Reference number of each property
3.The Rateable Value of each property
4.The full name of the Rate Payer at each property
5.The calendar date that the current Rate Payer first became liable for the business rates at each property

 

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

 9/2/16

 

8403

 

Freedom of Information Request- Fixed Telephony, Broadband and WAN contracts Information.
I want to submit a freedom of information request for the following information relating to Fixed Telecommunications and Internet Services:
If there is more than one supplier for each of the contract information I am requesting below please can you split each contract individually and not combined. Please also separate the expiry data and spend and number of lines for each supplier. An example of this can be viewed at the bottom of this request.
Contract 1
1. Current Fixed Line (Voice Circuits) Provider- Supplier’s name, if there is not information available please can you provide further insight into why?
2. Fixed Line- Contract Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier please split the renewal dates up into however many suppliers
3.Fixed Line- Contract Duration- the number of years the contract is for each 
4.Type of Lines- Please can you split the type of lines per each supplier? PSN, Analogue, SIP
5.Number of Lines- Please can you split the number of lines per each supplier? SIP trunks, PSN Lines, Analogue Lines
Contract 2
6.Minutes/Landline Provider- Supplier’s name (NOT Mobiles) if there is not information available please can you provide further insight into why?
7. Minutes/Landline Contract Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract.
8. Minutes Landline Monthly Spend- Monthly average spend. An estimate or average is acceptable.
9. Minute’s Landlines Contract Duration: the number of years the contract is with the supplier.
10. Number of Extensions- Please state the number of telephone extensions the organisation currently has. An estimate or average is acceptable.
Contract 3
11. Fixed Broadband Provider- Supplier’s name  if there is not information available please can you provide further insight into why?
12.  Fixed Broadband Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier please split the renewal dates up into however many suppliers
13.  Fixed Broadband Annual Average Spend- Annual average spend for each broadband provider. An estimate or average is acceptable.
14.  VOIP/PBX Installation Date of the organisation’s primary telephone system: - please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable).
Contract 4
 15.   WAN Provider- please provide me with the main supplier(s)  if there is not information available please can you provide further insight into why?
16.  WAN Contract Renewal Date- please provide day, month and year (month and year is also acceptable). If this is a rolling contract please provide me with the rolling date of the contract. If there is more than one supplier please split the renewal dates up into however many suppliers
17. Contract Description: Please can you provide me with a brief description of the contract
18. Number of sites: Pleas state the number of sites the WAN covers. Approx. will do.
19. WAN Annual Average Spend- Annual average spend for each WAN provider. An estimate or average is acceptable.
18.  Internal Contact: please can you send me there full contact details including contact number and email and job title.
If your organisation has a managed services contract which includes all or two out of three of the services stated above please state which of these is included with the contract. It would also be for me to if there are any other service support areas that are included within these contracts.
Managed Service Contract
• Number of Extensions
• Type of Lines
• Number of Lines
• Minutes Landline Monthly Average Spend
• Fixed Broadband Average Annual Spend
• WAN Average Annual Spend
• Internal Contact: please can you send me there full contact details including contact number and email and job title.

 

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.

 

Contract 1 - Current Fixed Line (Voice Circuits)

 

(1) Fixed line supplier

(2) Fixed line Renewal Date

(3) Fixed line Contract Duration

(4) Fixed line type

(5) Fixed line Number of Lines

BT

Rolling contract. There is no fixed end date

Rolling contract. There is no fixed end date

BT: ISDN30 and analogue

BT:  202 as of 25/02/15

BT ISDN30 = 15 channels

Virgin Media

Rolling contract. There is no fixed end date

Rolling contract. There is no fixed end date

Virgin Media: Analogue

estimate no more than 20 analogue lines

 

Contract 2 - Minutes/Landline

 

(6) Minutes/ Landline Supplier

(7) Minutes/ Landline Contract Renewal Date

(8) Minutes/Landline Monthly spend

(9) Minutes/ Landline contract duration

(10) Minutes/Landline Number of Extensions

Gamma

Rolling contract

£3611.89 (includes DR element £1200) £1198 approx

Rolling

155 SIP channels At Borough Hall
155 SIP channels at Barkers Lane
3050 DDI numbers

 

Contract 3 – Fixed Broadband

 

(11) Fixed broadband supplier

(12) Fixed broadband Renewal Date

(13) Fixed broadband Annual Average Spend

(14) VOIP/PBX Installation Date of the organisation’s primary telephone system

Ja.Net

 

Rolling contract

 

Line: £15,550

Regional network contribution to service: £18,762

June 2009

 


Contract 4 - WAN Provider

 

 

(15) WAN suppliers

(16) WAN Contract Renewal Date

(17) Contract Description

(18) Number of sites

(19) WAN Annual Average Spend

Updata

Rolling contract, 90 days’ notice required

 

12 months, then Rolling contract, 90 days’ notice required

 

Corporate and school sites (68)

£285,000 (exc VAT)

Virgin Media

31/03/2016

Annual Rental

Libraries (10)

£61,375.75

 

(18)  Internal Contact: please can you send me there full contact details including contact number and email and job title – Rughbir Singh, Head of ICT Operations, contact details as above.

 

8/2/16

 

8404

 

 

 I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act to ask for the following information:
The most recent individual 'RAG' ratings - red, amber, green - of each school in Bedford Borough Concil. These are based on how students perform against national figures and are unconnected to Ofsted reports.

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

You requested:

The most recent individual 'RAG' ratings - red, amber, green - of each school in Bedford Borough Council. These are based on how students perform against national figures and are unconnected to Ofsted reports.

Answer:

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

This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour.  The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”

The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part of your request as explained below;

It is our view that the OFSTED data dashboard is a common source of public information which is sufficient for any organisation or parent to be able to ascertain the performance of any school. 

Other judgements we have made have been agreed with individual schools against criteria that were agreed between the school and the Local Authority, the ratings are therefore not comparable and are part of individual school improvement programmes. These ratings are often snap shot views if a particular time  and not adequately validated for public sharing. It is our view that sharing this information would be detrimental to the processes of honesty, trust and open-ness that are so important for school improvement. Schools will not feel confident to ask Local Authorities, or other agencies, to assess them on non-statutory areas for improvement if this data (which is confidential to the school) is to be considered to be public information.

We would therefore have to discuss the disclosure with  every school with a view to them agreeing we release our grading,  this would take a school improvement adviser a significant amount of time to do this

25/01/16

8405

 

 1) How many of your organisation's computers have the Internet Explorer browser installed?
2) Of these computers with the Internet Explorer browser, how many of these use the versions Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, or any version which precedes these versions?
3) When will you upgrade the Internet Explorer browser of any of your organisation's computers still running the aforementioned versions (versions 8, 9, 10 - or any version predating these) to Internet Explorer version 11 or Microsoft Edge?
4) When upgrading versions 8, 9, 10 of Internet Explorer (or any version predating these) on your organisation's computers to Internet Explorer version 11 or Microsoft Edge, is the upgrade automatic? Or will it require individual users to accept the upgrade?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested set out below in red.

1) How many of your organisation's computers have the Internet Explorer browser installed? – All of them

2) Of these computers with the Internet Explorer browser, how many of these use the versions Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, or any version which precedes these versions? – All of them have IE8 as standard, but some have upgraded their IE to IE9 (83); IE10 (196) and IE11 (100).

3) When will you upgrade the Internet Explorer browser of any of your organisation's computers still running the aforementioned versions (versions 8, 9, 10 - or any version predating these) to Internet Explorer version 11 or Microsoft Edge? – Potential date to upgrade all computers to IE11 is March/April time but this is dependent on other software being upgraded first to make it compatible to run with IE11

4) When upgrading versions 8, 9, 10 of Internet Explorer (or any version predating these) on your organisation's computers to Internet Explorer version 11 or Microsoft Edge, is the upgrade automatic? Or will it require individual users to accept the upgrade? – Upgrade would be automatic via group policy.

22/01/16

 

8406

 

1 Please tell me how many compensation claims have been settled with members of the public who have suffered personal injury or damage to their property as a result of the council's failure to maintain roads and footpaths properly in each of the following financial years: a) 2014/15 b) 2013/14 c) 2012/13 d) 2011/12 e) 2010/11
2 Please provide a breakdown as follows:
a) For each case, please tell me whether the claimant was i) a pedestrian ii) a cyclist iii) a motorist
b) For each case, please tell me the compensation sum paid to the claimant
c) For each case, please give me details of injuries sustained by the claimant or the damage to their property
d) For each case, please give me a brief summary of the incident
3 Please tell me how much the council spent on filling in potholes in each of the following financial years: a) 2014/15 b) 2013/14 c) 2012/13 d) 2011/12 e) 2010/11

 

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

25/01/16

8407

 

Please can you confirm if your Revenues and Benefits is run In House or Outsourced.  

 

clarification sought

 

8408

 

1.How many cases of child exploitation have been referred to the local authority each year from 2010-2015?
2.Where did the referrals come from?
-Schools -Police -Health services -Other, please specify
Please provide the data for each year from 2010-2015.
3.Of these cases, how many involved boys and how many involved girls? Please provide the data for each year from 2010-2015.
4.How many of these victims received support from social services? Please provide the data for each year from 2010-2015.
5.How many of these victims received specialist therapeutic support? Please provide the data for each year from 2010-2015.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Question 1. How many cases of child exploitation have been referred to the local authority each year from 2010-2015?
Answer:
Prior to 2013/14 = not available* 
2013/14 = 22 children referred to the Child Sexual Exploitation Panel (CSEP)
2014/15 = 30 children referred to the Child Sexual Exploitation Panel (CSEP)
2015/16 (to Quarter 2)  = 16 children referred to the Child Sexual Exploitation Panel (CSEP)
*This was not recorded in an accessible way during these time periods. This information is not available and to retrieve and collate this information would exceed the “appropriate limit”.
This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour. The Regulations also say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”
The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request with regards to this question.
Question 2. Where did the referrals come from?
Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers **
Question 3. Of these cases, how many involved boys and how many involved girls? Please provide the data for each year from 2010-2015.
Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers **
Question 4. How many of these victims received support from social services? Please provide the data for each year from 2010-2015.
Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers **
Question 5. How many of these victims received specialist therapeutic support? Please provide the data for each year from 2010-2015. 

21/1/16

 

8409

 

1. Which single council run car park in your council area achieved the highest income in the 2014/15 financial year. Please give the name and address of the car park, what the total income from it was to the council last year and how many parking spaces are in that car park?

2. Which single street in your council area has produced the highest income from parking enforcement (income from just fines) in the 2014/2015 financial year? Please provide details of the number of tickets issued and the income to the council of motorists paying parking enforcement fines in this single street in the 2014/15 financial year.

Your request, for information about parking income, which we received on 13th January 2016. This has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the requested information is set out below.

1. The single car park that achieved the highest income in 2014/2015 is Lurke Street Multi Storey Car Park (Lurke Street, Bedford MK40 3HZ) and it generated income of £503,349. This car park has 790 car park spaces.

 

2. The single street that produced the highest income from parking enforcement (income from just fines) in 2014/2015 is Castle Lane and has generated income of £37,496.67, resulting from the issue of 1043 Penalty Charge Notices.

19/1/2015

 

8410

 

Please send me the average hourly commissioned price paid by the local authority to providers for adult home care in each of the following financial years: 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16.

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 
Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is detailed below:
Your request
Please send me the average hourly commissioned price paid by the local authority to providers for adult home care in each of the following financial years: 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16.
Our response:
2009/10 £16.80        
2010/11 £18.50        
2011/12 £14.90        
2012/13 £12.50        
2013/14 £14.60        
2014/15 £16.00        
2015/16 We are unable to provide this information as the financial year is not yet complete

02/02/16

8411

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

26/01/16

8412

 

Our client has been presented with highways tripping claim, relating to a trip over X on the highway.
In order that we may further consider this claim, we would be grateful to receive details of the highways inspection regime for Gladstone Street, and also inspection records for the period between December 2014 and January 2016. Please can you also include records of any complaints, any section 81 notices issued and also any repairs carried out?

 

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

Gladstone Street, Bedford is an annually walked inspection.  Please find attached:

Safety Inspection Data Sheet – 20/08/15

Daily Call-out Sheets – 25/08/15 & 27/08/15

Screen shot of carriageway patching repair – 05/08/15

Complaints – 02/03/15 to 05/01/16

No Section 81’s have been reported.

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

11/2/16

 

8413 - 8417

 

1)Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide an estimate for the number of referrals made to drug and alcohol treatment services in your area for the following financial years:
a. 2009/2010 b. 2010/2011 c. 2011/2012 d. 2012/2013 e. 2013/2014 f.  2014/2015
2)Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide an estimate for the number of referrals made to alcohol treatment services in your area for the following financial years:
a. 2009/2010 b. 2010/2011 c. 2011/2012 d. 2012/2013 e. 2013/2014 f.  2014/2015
3) Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide the out-turn data for budget spent on drug and alcohol treatment services in your area for the following financial years:
a. 2009/2010 b. 2010/2011 c. 2011/2012 d. 2012/2013 e. 2013/2014 f.  2014/2015
4)Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health tell me who is responsible for policy which provides support to children of:
a. Dependent drinkers b. Hazardous drinkers
5) Does the Local Authority have plans to produce a strategy of support for children of:
a. Dependent drinkers b. Hazardous drinkers

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.

Q1. Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide an estimate for the number of referrals made to drug and alcohol treatment services in your area for the following financial years:

a. 2009/2010 – N/A

b. 2010/2011 – N/A

c. 2011/2012 – N/A

d. 2012/2013 – N/A

e. 2013/2014 – N/A

f.  2014/2015 – N/A

A1. Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is the commissioner of drug & alcohol services both for CBC and Bedford Borough Council (BBC) across CBC and BBC and as such they have replied to this request on behalf of both local authorities. 

It is not possible to estimate the number of “referrals made” to drug and alcohol service as there were/are multiple and changing routes for referral including the provision for residents to self-refer.  We are only able to identify those referrals that come into the service, and this number may not be an accurate reflection of the number of “referrals made” as a significant proportion of any referrals may not reach the service.  As well as these there are always a significant number of inappropriate referrals and as such these are not recorded.

Limited information on new entrants into the treatment system is available if required.

Q2.Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide an estimate for the number of referrals made to alcohol treatment services in your area for the following financial years:

a. 2009/2010 – N/A

b. 2010/2011 – N/A

c. 2011/2012 – N/A

d. 2012/2013 – N/A

e. 2013/2014 – N/A

f.  2014/2015 – N/A

A2.Please see the answer above.

Q3.Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide the out-turn data for budget spent on drug and alcohol treatment services in your area for the following financial years:

a. 2009/2010 – N/A

b. 2010/2011 – N/A

c. 2011/2012 – N/A

d. 2012/2013 – N/A

e. 2013/2014 -   Bedford Borough Council - £1,906,022.34

Central Bedfordshire Council - £2,773,138.93

f. 2014/2015 - Bedford Borough Council - £1,885,101.23

Central Bedfordshire Council - £2,716,355.09

A3.Budget data is not available at Local Authority Level prior to 2013/2014 as prior to that date budgets sat with NHS commissioners.

Q4.Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health tell me who is responsible for policy which provides support to children of:

a.Dependent drinkers

b.Hazardous drinkers

A4.There is no named individual responsible for specific policy regarding children and young people in these circumstances. However, support to children and young people in these circumstances fall under the Director of Adult and Children services in line with safeguarding and child in need practices.

Q5.Does the Local Authority have plans to produce a strategy of support for children of:

a. Dependent drinkers

b. Hazardous drinkers

A5.No

01/02/16

8418

 

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

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

26/01/16

8419

 

 1. Has the council introduced any Public Space Protection Orders under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014?
2. Please provide details of any and all activities prohibited under a Public Space Protection Order in your jurisdiction.
3. Is the council consulting  on, or has the council consulted on ,the introduction of any Public Space Protection Orders?
4. Please provide details of any and all activities which would be prohibited under a Public Space Protection Order that has been
 or is being consulted on in your jurisdiction.
5. Has the council undertaken any other work relating to the introduction of any Public Space Protection Orders within your jurisdiction?
6. Please provide details of any fixed penalty notices issued under a Public Space Protection Order in your jurisdiction - including the number of notices issued, the offence in question and the amount of the penalty.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or  not the information exists. I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested and
I have answered the questions raised in turn below:
1. Has the council introduced any Public Space Protection Orders under the Anti-
Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014?
No.
2. Please provide details of any and all activities prohibited under a Public Space
Protection Order in your jurisdiction.
n/a
3. Is the council consulting on, or has the council consulted on, the introduction of
any Public Space Protection Orders?
Yes.
4. Please provide details of any and all activities which would be prohibited under a
Public Space Protection Order that has been or is being consulted on in your
jurisdiction.
The consultation carried out in 2015 related to a proposed PSPO in order to restrict
cyclists from riding bikes through the main pedestrianised area of Bedford town centre
(a defined area) between designated times.
5. Has the council undertaken any other work relating to the introduction of any
Public Space Protection Orders within your jurisdiction?
No, although consideration is being given to reviewing the existing dog control orders
(DCO) within the Borough, with a view to replacing these DCOs with PSPOs, as
required under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
6. Please provide details of any fixed penalty notices issued under a Public Space
Protection Order in your jurisdiction - including the number of notices issued, the
offence in question and the amount of the penalty.
Nil.

 05/02/16

8420

 

I would like a full list of businesses and charities that are or just have become liable for paying for business rates within your council area between 01/01/2016-15/01/2016.  Could you include the dates, business name and address, liable company and the rateable value.

 

 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

12/2/16

 

8421

 

 All Companies/Organisations that have a Business Rates Credit/Overpayment and/or any Write On/Write Offs on their account.
Could I as that you please include both open/active and closed/inactive accounts. Can I also ask that you detail whether the account is open/active and closed/inactive accounts and if the account is in Administration/Liquidation etc.
I would request that the date from 1990 to present day

 

 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

12/2/16

 

8422

 

 Housing Benefit | Refusal | minimum earnings thresholds
We would like to know whether you can disclose the number of applications by EU nationals and/or their families for housing benefit which have been refused in the past 24 months which were refused on the basis (as one of the grounds) that the applicant (or if a joint application, the relevant applicant) did not meet the criteria in the policy called “minimum earnings thresholds

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do not routinely collect this information and therefore do not hold the information you have requested. 

 

15/01/16

8423

 

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

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

26/01/16

8424

 

1. The currently proposed increase (if any) in the council tax rate charged by the council for 2016/17. Please give a total figure and then divide it into (a) non-ringfenced increase and (b) adult care precept (if applicable). So, if the increase is 3.99%, please respond with 3.99% comprising of (a) 1.99% and (b) 2%. In this question, "proposed" includes where a council is consulting on a preferred option, or in the absence of this, where a council has temporarily assumed a certain level of increase (possibly in its Medium Term Financial Plan) prior to a final decision. 
2. Please state what level of council tax rate rise (if any) is currently assumed or forecast for (a) 2017/18, (b) 2018/19 and (c) 2019/20 (this may be via the MTFP)
3. In which financial year did the council last increase the council tax rate?
Please note that the responses to questions 1 and 2 should be percentage figures, not monetary values. Questions 1-3 only concern the council tax rate charged by the council, not by any other organisations (e.g. other councils, town councils, police and fire authorities etc).
Questions 4 and 5 apply to councils in England with responsibility for delivering adult care services:
4. What is the forecast shortfall in the council's 2016/17 adult care services budget, including cost pressures and central government funding cuts, but *prior* to applying any savings proposals, fee increases, and forecast revenue from the council tax adult care precept?
5. How much additional revenue does the council expect to generate through its proposed council tax adult care precept in 2016/17?
6. Has the council been given dispensation by the UK government to increase its council tax rate by more than 2% in 2016/17 without a referendum, by virtue of its pre-existing low council tax rates?
7. On what date is the council cabinet/executive (or equivalent) due to finalise its proposed council tax rate for 2016/17?
8. On what date is the council (presumably via a meeting of full council) due to formally approve its council tax rate for 2016/17?
Questions 9-12 apply to English councils with responsibility for Council Tax Support/Reduction schemes:
9. What was the maximum percentage of a working-age Council Tax Support (CTS) claimant's council tax bill that was paid by the council under the council's 2015/16 CTS scheme (excluding specified protected/vulnerable groups)?
10. What is the maximum percentage of a working-age Council Tax Support (CTS) claimant's council tax bill that will be paid by the council under the council's 2016/17 CTS scheme or proposed CTS scheme (excluding specified protected/vulnerable groups)?
11. What other changes (if any) is the council making (or proposing to make) to working-age entitlement under its CTS scheme in 2016/17? (This excludes minor routine alterations that do not affect working-age claimants' entitlement to receive CTS)
12. On what date is the council due to formally approve its CTS scheme for 2016/17 (if not already done so)? 

  I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and is detailed below against each question
1. The currently proposed increase (if any) in the council tax rate charged by the council for 2016/17. Please give a total figure and then divide it into (a) non-ringfenced increase and (b) adult care precept (if applicable). So, if the increase is 3.99%, please respond with 3.99% comprising of (a) 1.99% and (b) 2%. In this question, "proposed" includes where a council is consulting on a preferred option, or in the absence of this, where a council has temporarily assumed a certain level of increase (possibly in its Medium Term Financial Plan) prior to a final decision.
The Council Tax increase for 2016/2017 is agreed to be 3.99%, as set out as below:
1.99%  Non-ringfenced increase
2.0%     Adult Social Care
2. Please state what level of council tax rate rise (if any) is currently assumed or forecast for (a) 2017/18, (b) 2018/19 and (c) 2019/20 (this may be via the MTFP)
The MTFS, as agreed in October 2015, set out proposed increases in Council Tax of 1.5% in each of the three financial years, as set out above
3. In which financial year did the council last increase the council tax rate?
The last increase in Council Tax in Bedford Borough Council was in 2010/2011
Please note that the responses to questions 1 and 2 should be percentage figures, not monetary values. Questions 1-3 only concern the council tax rate charged by the council, not by any other organisations (e.g. other councils, town councils, police and fire authorities etc).
Questions 4 and 5 apply to councils in England with responsibility for delivering adult care services:
4. What is the forecast shortfall in the council's 2016/17 adult care services budget, including cost pressures and central government funding cuts, but *prior* to applying any savings proposals, fee increases, and forecast revenue from the council tax adult care precept?
£5.271 million
5. How much additional revenue does the council expect to generate through its proposed council tax adult care precept in 2016/17?
The additional revenue due to the authority as a result of an increase in adult social care precept equates to £1.430M
6. Has the council been given dispensation by the UK government to increase its council tax rate by more than 2% in 2016/17 without a referendum, by virtue of its pre-existing low council tax rates?
No
7. On what date is the council cabinet/executive (or equivalent) due to finalise its proposed council tax rate for 2016/17?
The 2016/2017 budget was considered by Executive on 20 January 2016
8. On what date is the council (presumably via a meeting of full council) due to formally approve its council tax rate for 2016/17?
The 2016/2017 budget was agreed by Full Council on 3 February 2016
Questions 9-12 apply to English councils with responsibility for Council Tax Support/Reduction schemes:
9. What was the maximum percentage of a working-age Council Tax Support (CTS) claimant's council tax bill that was paid by the council under the council's 2015/16 CTS scheme (excluding specified protected/vulnerable groups)?
100% for Council Tax Bands A to D, 82% of Council Tax Bands E to H
10. What is the maximum percentage of a working-age Council Tax Support (CTS) claimant's council tax bill that will be paid by the council under the council's 2016/17 CTS scheme or proposed CTS scheme (excluding specified protected/vulnerable groups)?
100% for Council Tax Bands A to D, 82% of Council Tax Bands E to H
11. What other changes (if any) is the council making (or proposing to make) to working-age entitlement under its CTS scheme in 2016/17? (This excludes minor routine alterations that do not affect working-age claimants' entitlement to receive CTS)

Please click here for the information on scheme


12. On what date is the council due to formally approve its CTS scheme for 2016/17 (if not already done so)?
6 January 2016

12/2/16