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1 - 17 June 2016

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

9057

 

 

 

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), please provide us with the following information:
1. A list of the total number of residential park home sites located in your area of authority, including their postal addresses
2. The total number of properties on these park home sites
3. If available, the total number of residents currently living on the park home sites

and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested. The information requested is enclosed below.

1.     A list of the total number of residential park home sites located in your area of authority, including their postal addresses.

A list of mobile home park sites is included with this response.
2. The total number of properties on these park home sites.

The number of licensed units on each mobile home park site is included on the attached list.
3. If available, the total number of residents currently living on the park home sites.

The Council does not hold information relating to the number of residents living on each park home site.

28/6/16

 

9058

 

Please provide me with details of all purchases of bariatric (reinforced/extra large) furniture and equipment made by schools in your area to cater for overweight pupils in each of the following financial years: a) 2011/12 b) 2012/3 c) 2013/14 d) 2014/15 e) 2015/16

 

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 and you will need to contact each individual school for this.  I have attached a copy of the Bedford Borough School Directory, for your information.

 

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

7/6/16

 

9059

 

 In accordance with the provisions specified within the above Act I hereby request the following information or an update of the information since the last request. All information requested relates to Business Rates.
Required Information;- A list of all live business rates accounts with a 2010 list Rateable Value greater than or equal to £5,000.
•Property Reference Number (also known as Billing Authority Reference Number) of the property on which the charge is made. Please note that this is not the Rate Demand or Rate Account Number.
•Current rateable value
•Account holder name
•Property address
•The billing address (where different to the property address), the contact telephone number and email address
•The date the current ratepayer became liable for the business rates – we do not require any historical account liability dates only the current ratepayers liability start date
•Where a property is currently empty please provide the date the ratepayer became liable for empty rates
•Where there is an exemption on the account please provide the start and end date and type of exemption applied (e.g. listed building)
•Where there is a relief on the account please provide the date it was applied and the type of relief (e.g. charity)
•We do not require any personal information or sole traders.

 

 

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

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

 

28/6/16

 

9060

 

Would it be possible to provide the contact details for the internal contract owners?

 

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

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

 

 

29/6/16

 

9061

 

 1.The number of Improvement Notices served under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
2.The failures that were cited in the Improvement Notices (What area of legislation / regulation)  Copies of notices would also be appreciated
3.The number of appeals against Improvement Notices
4.The outcome of any appeals against Improvement Notices
5.The number of Prohibition Notices served under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
6.The failures that were cited in the Prohibition Notices (What area of legislation / regulation) Copies of notices would also be appreciated
7.The number of appeals against Prohibition Notices
8.The outcome of any appeals against Prohibition Notices
9.The number of Prosecutions taken under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
10.The offences that were cited in any prosecutions taken
11.The outcome of any prosecutions (guilty pleas offered, guilty following trial, not guilty following trial, sentences handed out etc.)
12.For all of the above interventions, an indication of the nature of the business enforced against I.e. whether an Independent or a national business
13.The total number of Certificated premises (Licenced under previous regulations) in your enforcement area
14.The number of staff (Full Time Equivalent) who enforce Petroleum and associated regulations on petrol retail sites
15.Have you a formal process to determine when and how any formal notice will be served?
16.Have you a formal process to determine whether a prosecution will be taken?

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

1 The number of Improvement Notices served under the Health and Safety at Work
etc. Act 1974
0

2.
The failures that were cited in the Improvement Notices (What area of legislation /
regulation) Copies of notices would also be appreciated
N/A

3.
The number of appeals against Improvement Notices
N/A

4.
The outcome of any appeals against Improvement Notices
N/A

5.
The number of Prohibition Notices served under the Health and Safety at Work etc.
Act 1974
0

6.
The failures that were cited in the Prohibition Notices (What area of legislation /
regulation) Copies of notices would also be appreciated
N/A

7.
The number of appeals against Prohibition Notices
N/A

8.
The outcome of any appeals against Prohibition Notices
N/A

9.
The number of Prosecutions taken under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act
1974
0 relating to Petroleum and Petroleum Retail sites

10. The offences that were cited in any prosecutions taken
N/A

11. The outcome of any prosecutions (guilty pleas offered, guilty following trial, not guilty
following trial, sentences handed out etc.)
N/A

12. For all of the above interventions, an indication of the nature of the business enforced
against I.e. whether an Independent or a national business
N/A

13. The total number of Certificated premises (Licenced under previous regulations) in
your enforcement area
26


14. The number of staff (Full Time Equivalent) who enforce Petroleum and associated
regulations on petrol retail sites
.5 FTE’s associated to work in this specfic area, they will also be involved in other
work areas.

15. Have you a formal process to determine when and how any formal notice will be
served?
There is not a specific procedure detailing the specific circumstances in which a
formal notice should be served. However general procedures relating to the service
of both improvement notices and prohibition notices, and the general circumstances
when they should be served are in place.

16. Have you a formal process to determine whether a prosecution will be taken?
Yes, formal documented prosecution procedure as wellas enforcement policy.

 

1/6/16

 

9062

 

 My wife and I are looking into purchasing a new build barn conversion in Cople on the site of Dog Farm  and my topographical research on the Environment Agency website shows a number of historical landfill sites surrounding the property. I was wondering if the Building Control would have any more detailed information as to the nature of these highlighted sites, namely their safety classification are the make up of landfill contents under the surface?

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
Unfortunately we generally hold only limited records of waste deposition. Further detail on the sites highlighted on your email may be available on the Environment Agency’s website, as you may already be aware.
You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).
We do hold some further information on one of the sites highlighted on the map in your email. This is the Redland Aggregates site, labelled as ‘Dog Farm’ on the map.
•Planning application D/91/479 relating to the site was approved in November 1992. This allowed extraction of sand and gravel and restoration to agriculture with inert fill, and included a five-yearly inspection to discuss the aftercare programme.
•The site is subject to an annual Defra aftercare appraisal.
•At the time of our study, the site was run by Lafarge Aggregates Ltd, Willington Quarry.

20/6/16

 

9063

 

Please can you notify me if the web domains:http://www.chatta.co.uk/ and app.chatta.co.uk 

Are blocked in any way by your council’s Education IT Services department.
We would like to know if our services and emails can be accessed by schools and nurseries in your area.We would also like to know the name and email address(es) of Education Advisors employed by the council supporting schools in the area. Advisors from these areas please:
Special Education Needs
Early Years Education
School Improvement (Primary Education)
Literacy
Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils
Teaching English as an Additional Language

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

You requested:

Please can you notify me if the web domains:

http://www.chatta.co.uk/ and app.chatta.co.uk 

Are blocked in any way by your council’s Education IT Services department.
We would like to know if our services and emails can be accessed by schools and nurseries in your area.

Response: These have been tested from the schools network and we can confirm we are not blocking these domains.  However if there is a requirement for any specific firewall ports to be open to use any elements of your system we would need a change control form submitting from the school that wishes to use it to unblock the relevant ports.  This would then be reviewed under our internal security process.   

We would also like to know the name and email address(es) of Education Advisors employed by the council supporting schools in the area. Advisors from these areas please:

Special Education Needs

Early Years Education

School Improvement (Primary Education)

Literacy

Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils

Teaching English as an Additional Language

Response:

The contact name and email addresses for Education Advisors in the areas listed, are as follows:

Special Education Needs Tim Long – tim.long@bedford.gov.uk

Early Years Education - Wendy Beeton-Townshend -  Wendy.Beeton-Townshend@bedford.gov.uk

School Improvement (Primary Education) - Judith Lovely Judith.lovely@bedford.gov.uk

Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils - Carrie Traill Carrie.traill@bedford.gov.uk

Teaching English as an Additional Language - Carrie Traill Carrie.traill@bedford.gov.uk

14/6/16

 

9064

 

 1. The information request:
Please can you provide us with the following information:
•the (a) budget and (b) expenditure for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services (total spend) - if you attribute to a CAMHs Tier 1-4 please specify.
•the public health (a) budget and (b) expenditure on children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
•the children’s social care (a) budget and (b) expenditure on children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
•the adult social care (18 - 25 years of age) (a) budget and (b) expenditure on children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
•the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) (a) budget and (b) expenditure on children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
•any additional, discretionary monies (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on child, adolescent or young adult mental health.
We are requesting information for the financial years: 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17.

 

 

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

 

296/16

 

9065

 

Please provide a copy of the Council's Education Return submitted to the Education Funding Agency - Information on Capital Spend - SCAP 2014.

 

 

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

Please find the information you requested here on  the Council's Education Return submitted to the Education Funding Agency - Information on Capital Spend - SCAP 2014.

 

 

 

9066

 

 I would like to request information on the processes and methodology for overseeing the finances of maintained schools within your area. Please provide:
1. A list of maintained schools in your local authority and the date of their last three audits. Please specify whether an audit is internal or external in each case.
2. The regularity with which schools are required to complete an audit – e.g. every three years – as outlined in your local authority’s Scheme for Financing Schools.
3. A list and total number of maintained schools in your local authority which have not completed their most recent expected audit within this timeframe.

 

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 provide a copy of the Council's Education Return submitted to the Education Funding Agency - Information on Capital Spend - SCAP 2014.

Response:  Please see excel spreadsheet attached.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

14/6/16

 

9067

 

 I would like to request information on financial fraud and theft in maintained schools within your area. Please provide, for each school year from 2010 to 2015:
1. A list and total number of internal fraud cases discovered in maintained schools in your local authority, including where possible the name of the school
2. The value of these fraud cases in £
3.The cost of investigating each of these cases, as well as the total cost of all cases, in £
4. Whether any investigations were launched into the tendering or awarding of contracts by these schools, and if so the results of these investigations.

I confirm that we do hold the information you requested which is set against each question below.
1. A list and total number of internal fraud cases discovered in maintained schools in your local authority, including where possible the name of the school
2.he value of these fraud cases in £
2010/11
Southway Nursery – theft of £480 cash.
Biddenham Upper – alteration of cheques by unknown third party £11,818. Investigated by the bank.
2014/2015
Wilstead lower – theft of IT equipment approximately £635 and £3100 cash
3.The cost of investigating each of these cases, as well as the total cost of all cases, in £ - We do not calculate the cost of an investigations
4.Whether any investigations were launched into the tendering or awarding of contracts by these schools, and if so the results of these investigations. –
2011/12
Biddenham Upper – investigation of contract letting arrangements.  Nothing proven.
Woodside Middle – investigation of contract letting arrangements.  Possible collusion of contractors.
2012/2013
Shackleton Lower – Investigation concerning letting of contracts.  Disciplinary action taken.
2013/2014
Beauchamp Middle – investigation of contract letting arrangements. Nothing proven.

14/6/16

 

 

9068 -9069

 

 

 I would like to know:
1.Can you tell me please for each named school in the council area, how many children are enrolled.
2.For each named school, can you please tell me how many languages are spoken by pupils at the school. 3.For each named school, can you tell me how many pupils speak each language.
I would be grateful if you could provide the following information relating to schools under your authority.
Primary schools in each ward:
1.How many children do not have English listed as their first language?
2. Please provide a list of first languages spoken and numbers of children speaking each language.
Secondary schools in each ward:
1.How many children do not have English listed as their first language?
2. Please provide a list of first languages spoken and numbers of children speaking each language.

 

 

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 click here  for the information on how many children are enrolled.

9/6/16

 

9070

 

Please could you provide the name of all parties that are currently contracted by the Local Authority to provide the following services:1. Rates retention services i.e. to increase the rateable value baseline in line with the rates retention scheme imposed by the Localism Act 2013

2. Business rates appeal services for the authorities’ own properties

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

1. Rates retention services i.e. to increase the rateable value baseline in line with the rates retention scheme imposed by the Localism Act 2013
Liberata UK Limited, trading as Capacity Grid. Contract start date - 10 November 2014, end date is expected to be within the next three months.
2. Business rates appeal services for the authorities’ own properties
Wilks Head & Eve LLP, 6th Floor, Fairgate House, 78 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1HB
The contract started in March 2015.  The appointment is not for a specific length of time, but it is limited to appeals against the 2010 valuation list and will remain in place until all these have been cleared.

14/6/16

 

9071

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), please could you provide answers to the following questions:
•What training programmes do you currently provide staff, including specific courses
•How much do you spend on each training course a year? How much have you spent on these over the previous five years?
•How often do you update your cybersecurity policy?

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1.  Please find attached a list of all our courses.

2. We do not hold specific costing on each course, however we can provide a total figure of how much has been spent on training per year:

2015/16

£629,135.17

2014/15

£640,262.57

2013/14

£598,529.29

2012/13

£704,417.55

2011/12

£806,913.10

 

 

3. We do not have a Cybersecurity Policy, however we do have a Computer User Security Policy, which is reviewed on an annual basis.  The last review and update was carried out in March 2016.

29/7/16

 

9072

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), please could you provide answers to the following questions:
• How many connected devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have you issued to staff over the last five years?
• How many do you plan to issue over the next three years?
• How many connected devices were recorded as lost in the last five years?

  Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

3/6/16

 

9073

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

3/6/16

 

9074

 

 

 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST
1. In the last financial year (2015/16) how much money did you pay to students, who attended school under your authority's responsibility, as compensation for personal injuries?
2. How many individual claims did this represent?
3. For all payments in excess of £2,000 please state the amount of compensation and a brief description of the nature of the claim, e.g. Fall from climbing frame (£2,100), Fingers trapped in door (£3,150).
4. In relation to all claims for compensation for personal injury referred to in Q.1 how many of these claims were for injuries sustained as a result of an attack or assault from another student?
5. What was the total compensation paid to students who were attacked or assaulted by fellow students?

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is detailed below:
1. In the last financial year (2015/16) how much money did you pay to students, who attended school under your authority's responsibility, as compensation for personal injuries? £18,000
2.How many individual claims did this represent? 1
3. For all payments in excess of £2,000 please state the amount of compensation and a brief description of the nature of the claim, e.g. Fall from climbing frame (£2,100), Fingers trapped in door (£3,150). £18,000 – thumb trapped in door
4.In relation to all claims for compensation for personal injury referred to in Q.1 how many of these claims were for injuries sustained as a result of an attack or assault from another student? 0
5. What was the total compensation paid to students who were attacked or assaulted by fellow students? £0

6/6/16

 

9075

 

 This is a request for information under the freedom of information act and I hope you can assist me. I appreciate you might not hold all of the information below, but would like to know as much as you can provide.
I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/12/2015 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/12/2015, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.
This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.
Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party.
If this information is now provided on your website, please send the hyperlink.
Please include as m uch of the following information as you are able to:
1  the deceased's full names
2. the date they died
3. the approximate value of their estate
4. their date and place of birth or age at death
5. whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed
6. the maiden surnames of married females or widows
7. their  address at death
8.  the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned.
9. If a referral to a 3rd party or body  has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too.
10.  If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still  undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the case as above.

 

I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1. States that the above is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link below

Please click here for the link on Public Helath Funeral

 

8/6/16

 

9076

 

 1. Please could you supply the name, job title, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for children’s SEN placements. 
For questions 2 through 7, please supply the following information as a snapshot at the end of the year for the financial years 2012/13 to 2015/16, and where possible, the most up to date snapshot available for 2016/17.
2. Please provide the total number of children funded by the local authority with special educational needs (with an EHC plan or statement of SEN/SEND).
3. Of the total number of children with SEN (q.2) please provide the number that are in day placements; in 52 week placements; in 38 week placements.
4. Of the total number of children with SEN (q.2) please provide the number that are looked after children.
5. Of the total number children with SEN (q.2) please provide the number with a special educational need with Autism (ASD); with a Learning Disability: Multiple/Profound; with a Learning Disability: Specific/Moderate; with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (sometimes abbreviated BESD or EBD).
6. Of the total number of children with SEN (q.2) please provide the number that are in Independent Special Schools.
7. Of the total number of children with SEN (q.2) please provide the number that are in out-of-area placements.
8. Please provide the Local Authority’s total expenditure on SEN placements in Independent Special Schools for each of the financial years 2012/13 to 2015/16, and where possible, budgeted expenditure for 2016/17. If expenditure for 2015/16 is not yet available, please provide projected expenditure.

 

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 click here reagarding SEN

30/6/16

 

9077

 

 How many care visits lasted 5 minutes or less in each of the last five years?

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

How many care visits lasted 5 minutes or less in each of the last five years?

We do not commission visits of less than 15 minutes.

1/7/16

 

9078

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

7/6/16

 

9079

 

 1. How many staff employed by the council were overpaid in each of the financial years: 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16?
2. In total, by how much were staff employed by the council were overpaid in each of the financial years: 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16?
3. For each financial year (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 so far), how much of this money has been recouped by the council?
4a. What was the largest overpayment that the council can locate in each of the financial years: 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16? 
4b. What position within the council does the person given the largest overpayment each year hold? Eg, 2011-12: teacher. 2012-13: bin man, etc

 

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 note that the responses below do not include School-based staff.

1.

Year

No. of Staff Overpaid

11-12

7

12-13

22

13-14

21

14-15

28

15-16

16

2.

Year

Total overpayment

11-12

£5938.62

12-13

£9595.75

13-14

£6724.34

14-15

£15849.16

15-16

£10799.25

3.

Year

Money Recouped

11-12

£5799.91

12-13

£9494.78

13-14

£6552.19

14-15

£15560.27

15-16

£9985.77

Some outstanding payments are not recouped in the same financial year, as these are ongoing repayments.

4a.

Year

Largest Overpayment

11-12

£2365.19

12-13

£2016.73

13-14

£1918.1

14-15

£1755.26

15-16

£3114.68

4b.

Year

Position with Largest Overpayment

11-12

Social Worker

12-13

Social Worker

13-14

Residential Worker

14-15

Trainer

15-16

Engineer

 

29/6/16

 

9080

 

1.Since 1 Jan 2010 how many claims have been brought against the Council (i) in the employment tribunal and (ii) in the Court arising in any way out of rights under the Equal Pay legislation?
2.How many of those claims have been settled and for how much in aggregate?
3.How many other settlements has the Council entered into with employees and former employees since 1 Jan 2010 in respect of claims arising in any way out of rights under the Equal Pay legislation and for how much in aggregate?

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1.      Nil

  1. Nil as no claims in relation to Equal Pay legislation have brought against the Council in employment tribunal or in court.

3.      The payments below were made as part of the Council’s Harmonisation exercise to implement Single Status and not as a result of direct claims made by employees.

Number of Employees

101

 

 

 

NB:  As part of the Council’s harmonisation of Terms and Conditions when it became a Unitary Council a one-off sum of £482,896 was paid.  This covers 101 employees.

4/7/16

 

9081

 

Under the Freedom of information act please provide me with the following information for the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16
Reminders and Final Notices issued in financial year
Summonses issued in financial year
Liability Orders granted in financial year
Referrals to Bailiffs / Enforcement Agents
Attachment of earnings Orders issued
Applications for DWP deductions issued
L/O subject to Benefit Attachment - Number
L/O subject to Benefit Attachment - Value
L/O stacked due to benefit attachment - Number
L/O stacked due to benefit attachment - Value
L/O's outstanding - Number
L/O's outstanding - Value
Applications for hardship relief - Number received
Applications for hardship relief - Number granted
Value of Hardship relief granted
"Total number of reminders and Final Notices issued for the financial year regardless of charge period concerned. I require the number of accounts rather than  parties i.e. where a reminder is issued to both Joint and several parties for the same account it should be recorded as 1 reminder.

If you are only able to report on the number physically sent please quote this figure but note this in the notes column"
"Total number of Summonses issued for the financial year regardless of charge period concerned. I require the number of accounts rather than  parties i.e. where a summons is issued to both Joint and several parties for the same account it should be recorded as 1 reminder.

If you are only able to report on the number physically sent please quote this figure but note this in the notes column"
"Total number of Liability Orders issued for the financial year regardless of charge period concerned. I require the number of accounts rather than  parties i.e. where a Liability Order is issued to both Joint and several parties for the same account it should be recorded as 1 reminder.

If you are only able to report on the number physically sent please quote this figure but note this in the notes column"
Liability Orders issued to bailiffs / enforcement agents during the financial year in respect of any financial year
Attachment of Earnings Orders issued during the financial year in respect of any financial year
Applications for DWP deductions made during the financial year in respect of any financial year
"As at 31st March the number of Liability Orders subject to an attachement of benefits

If you are unable to provide as at 31st March provide figure available but please state date of measurement in the Notes column"
"As at 31st March the value of the Liability Orders in Q7

If you are unable to provide as at 31st March provide figure available but please state date of measurement in the Notes column"
"As at 31st March the number of Liability Orders which have recovery action on hold due to an attachment of benefit already running

If you are unable to provide as at 31st March provide figure available but please state date of measurement in the Notes column"
"As at 31st March the value of the Liability Orders in Q9

If you are unable to provide as at 31st March provide figure available but please state date of measurement in the Notes column"
"As at 31st March the number of Liability Orders outstanding

If you are unable to provide as at 31st March provide figure available but please state date of measurement in the Notes column"
"As at 31st March the value of the Liability Orders in Q11

If you are unable to provide as at 31st March provide figure available but please state date of measurement in the Notes column"
Where you have a Council Tax hardship scheme please indicate the total number of applications received in the financial year
Where you have a Council Tax hardship scheme please indicate the total number of applications which were granted in the financial year
Where you have a Council Tax hardship scheme please indicate the value of hardship relief granted in the financial year

 

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

14/6/16

 

9082

 

 I would like a full list of businesses that have become newly liable for business rates in your council area.  Please can you include
Business name
Date of liabitlity
Property type
RV
Full address including the postcode
All the above between the dates 15th May 2016 to the 6th June 2106

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
You requested information on Business rates as stated in your e-mail below.
 Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that the Business Rates data sets information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA). 
An explanation follows below:
The Business Rates data sets are now published on the website.

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

Written on and off – At least quarterly (possibly six monthly)

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

10/6/16

 

9083

 

 Please could you supply the following information.
The statistics (figures rather than percentage) for the substantive outcomes made following offending for
•  all young people,
•  Looked After Children,
•   those living in children’s homes for the years
for the years
•   2012 – 2013
•   2013 – 2014
•  2014 – 2015

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.
The numbers are too low to report (i.e. below 5) and giving the actual numbers could make young people identifiable.

21/6/16

 

9084

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

7/6/16

 

9085

 

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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

7/6/16

 

9086

 

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

 

7/6/16

 

9087

 

We offer asbestos awareness training and training support for ventilation hygiene management

1 Does your trust have a contracts or framework agreement in place with external providers for either or both of these services

Is so when are the contracts due for renewal

who are your current contractors/ providers

what is the annual value of the contracts

 

the requstor withdrawn

13/6/16

 

9088

 

 I have been looking at a property in your area on behalf of a potential purchaser, and the usual Conveyancing reports have highlighted a potential issue with Contaminated Land.
The Silver Birches
Kempston
Beds
Please could you confirm that Bedford BC are aware of the former use(s) of the site and that you have not identified the study site or any surrounding sites as 'Contaminated Land' (as defined under Part 2A of EPA 1990), or are not considering any further action against the study site or any surrounding sites (either informally or formally), under this legislation?

 

 

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

 

I have reviewed the records held by Environmental Health and Trading Standards at Bedford Borough Council (‘the Council’), and can confirm that we are aware of the previous uses of the site.

 

4/7/16

 

9089

 

 Can you please advise if there are any known proposals, by either the Council or external bodies, for a railway, tramway, light railway or Monorail to be introduced within this Local Authority's boundary?

 

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
There are no known plans by the Council or external bodies to introduce a tramway, light railway or monorail within Bedford Borough.

Within the Borough boundary, Network Rail has proposals to upgrade existing rail infrastructure. More information can be obtained from the following websites:
• East West Rail Western Section - Please click here for information on East West rail
• Midland Mainline Electrification - Please click here for Midland Mainline

 

4/7/16

 

9090

 

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

Palgrave Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

7/6/16

 

9091

 

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

 

7/6/16

 

9092

 

 Aelfric Court, Wansbeck Road, Brickhill, 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>

27/6/16

 

9093

 

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

4New Road

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

 

7/6/16

 

9094

 

 

Please supply me with the following statistics for your Council for Goods and Services procurement where 'goods' are tangible products such as pens or computers, generally known as supplies; 'works' are "the construction or demolition of buildings, both residential and non-residential, repair to the fabric of these buildings, construction of roads, bridges, tunnels, and the installation of gas, electric, and plumbing services" and 'services' are the provision of an intangible product such as care or refuse collection, whether it is carried out internally or externally. The following payments should be EXCLUDED: foster carer payments; payments to pension funds; payments to other local authorities for placement of clients or other non-commercial activities; payments to individuals for expenses, insurance settlements, council tax refunds, etc; Benefits payments and transfer payments.

 

The figures should cover (unless stated) the period 1st April 2015 to the 31st March 2016.

1.            Total population of council's area.

2.            Total value of Goods and Services acquired by the council from third party suppliers.

3.            The total number of suppliers (contracted or not) that received a payment for Goods or services.

4.            Total value of goods and services acquired from third party suppliers by the council that were acquired under the terms of a contract whether arranged by the Council independently or by a collaboration with another Council or through participation in a Contract provided through a Framework.

5.            The total value of Goods and Services spent with suppliers whose head office/business address is in the area of the council.

6.            The total number of invoices for goods and services paid by the council during the period 1st April 2015 to the 31st March 2016 whether or not the supplier was contracted to the council or the holder of a framework contract.

7.            The total number of contracts held by the council as at the 31st March 2016.

8.            The total value of third party spend acquired from contracts that were not exclusive to the council arranged with another council or through participation in a contract provided through a Framework.

9.            The total number of contracts held by the council as at the 31st March 2016 with formalised and active contract management (Formalised contract management is viewed as regular, recorded and communicated processes for reviewing progress, issues, performance, outputs and outcomes including remedial action linked to contract terms by a responsible individual or individuals or teams that is active).

10.         The total value of Goods and Services spent with suppliers who are defined as a Small and Medium Enterprise according to the DfTI definition.

I confirm that we partially hold the information you requested.

1. Total population of council's area.

The latest ONS mid-year population estimate for Bedford is 163,924

2. Total value of Goods and Services acquired by the council from third party suppliers.

£204,672,446

3.  The total number of suppliers (contracted or not) that received a payment for Goods or services.

4472

4. Total value of goods and services acquired from third party suppliers by the council that were acquired under the terms of a contract whether arranged by the Council independently or by a collaboration with another Council or through participation in a Contract provided through a Framework.

This information is not held by the Authority.

5. The total value of Goods and Services spent with suppliers whose head office/business address is in the area of the council.

£65,762,651

6. The total number of invoices for goods and services paid by the council during the period 1st April 2015 to the 31st March 2016 whether or not the supplier was contracted to the council or the holder of a framework contract.

We have paid 65,000 invoices within 2015/2016. The Council does not hold information that will enable us to determine how many of the suppliers paid during this period have a direct contract with the council and how many were procured under a Framework Agreement.

7. The total number of contracts held by the council as at the 31st March 2016.

175

8. The total value of third party spend acquired from contracts that were not exclusive to the council arranged with another council or through participation in a contract provided through a Framework.

This information is not held by the Authority.

9. The total number of contracts held by the council as at the 31st March 2016 with formalised and active contract management (Formalised contract management is viewed as regular, recorded and communicated processes for reviewing progress, issues, performance, outputs and outcomes including remedial action linked to contract terms by a responsible individual or individuals or teams that is active).

This information is not held by the Authority.

10. he total value of Goods and Services spent with suppliers who are defined as a Small and Medium Enterprise according to the DfTI definition.

£68,152,45

29/6/16

 

9095

 

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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

86/16

 

9096

 

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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

8/6/16

 

9097

 

 I would like to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please may you provide me with the proxy voting records of the Bedfordshire Pension Fund for the period of 1st May 2015 to 31st May 2016. Ideally I would like to have the following information in electronic format:
• Name of Issuer
• Issuer Identifier e.g. Ticker or CUSIP
• Date of Shareholder Meeting
•Type of Shareholder Meeting (Annual, Special etc.)
• Proposal No.
• Proposal
• Proposer (Management / Shareholder)
• Vote cast by Bedfordshire Pension Fund
• Entity responsible for vote decision (Internal/external asset manager/ proxy voting advisor (PIRC, ISS etc)

 

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

The Pension Fund has delegated the voting to its Investment Managers.

The information requested is available on Bedfordshire Pension Fund’s website.

The Pension Fund has Voting Guidelines within its Statement of Investment Principles (SIP) Appendix 1: SIP available

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of this attachment.


All votes made on behalf of the Fund are disclosed on its website

 

9098

 

We wish to review recent practice in the application of the EIA regulations to this type of project. To assist us we request that you provide the following data for your Authority for the years 2011 to 2015 inclusive:

1) For each long distance aqueduct project voluntarily submitted as an EIA Development:

1a) Your reference number for the development.

1b) The length of the aqueduct.

2) For each EIA screening request made under Part 10(l), to your Authority:

2a) Your reference number for the request.

2b) The length of the aqueduct.

2c) The decision, i.e. EIA Development or Not EIA Development

3) Any long distance aquifer projects identified by your Authority as requiring EIA Screening but not already within the two categories above:

3a) Your reference number for the request.

3b) The length of the aqueduct.

3c) The decision, i.e. EIA Development or Not EIA Development

 

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

The information you requested is below in bold:

1) For each long distance aqueduct project voluntarily submitted as an EIA Development: - None

1a) Your reference number for the development.

1b) The length of the aqueduct.

2) For each EIA screening request made under Part 10(l), to your Authority: - None

2a) Your reference number for the request.

2b) The length of the aqueduct.

2c) The decision, i.e. EIA Development or Not EIA Development

3) Any long distance aquifer projects identified by your Authority as requiring EIA Screening but not already within the two categories above: - None

3a) Your reference number for the request.

3b) The length of the aqueduct.

3c) The decision, i.e. EIA Development or Not EIA Development

 

10/6/16

 

9099

 

I would like to put in a Freedom of Information request.

It is: Can you tell me how many independent reports have been commissioned by the borough council in the last five years, what were they for, who carried them out, how much have they cost the council, which have been implemented and what have they achieved.

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

Please find the information you requested attached   

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of this attachment

7/6/16

 

9100

 

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

 

27/6/16

 

9101

 

1How many Domestic Homicide Reviews has your authority completed between January 2013 and December 2015?
2What is the breakdown for victims
a Age
b.Gender
c.Ethnicity?
3. Where are your Domestic Homicide Review reports published? If possible please provide a web link.

 

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

You have asked How many Domestic Homicide Reviews has your authority completed between January 2013 and December 2015?

The answer is none in that period.  We have not completed a domestic homicide review between those dates.

You also asked where are our Domestic Homicide Review reports published.

We do publish Domestic Homicide reviews, but we have not had one since 2011.  You can view the Domestic Homicide Review by clicking on the following link: Please click here for the link on Domestic Homicide

 

28/6/16

 

9102

 

 I would like to request the following information in response to the questions below, covering the tax year 2015-2016 (unless otherwise stated) held by yourselves or originated by yourselves.
1) As a local authority, do you have tenants in council housing that pay for their water supply through the local authority?
If yes
A) How many tenants pay for their water supply through the local authority
B) And what proportion of households does this represent)?
C) Does the local authority charge a flat rate for water supply to tenants in council housing?
D) Are water charges (flat rate or otherwise) set by the local authority, or the water company?
E) Does the local authority apply an admin fee to water bills, and if so, what is the level of this admin fee?
F) If a tenant wishes to pay their water bills directly to the water company, do they require permission from the local authority in order to liaise with the water company directly?
2) Charges
A) If you charge tenants in council housing for water supply based on the number of bedrooms, please could you provide:
•the charge for water supply for tenants living in a one-bedroom property for the tax year 2016-17
•the charge for water supply for tenants living in a two-bedroom property for the tax year 2016-17
•the charge for water supply for tenants living in a three-bedroom property for the tax year 2016-17
B) If you charge tenants in council housing for water supply based on the number of individuals in the household, please could you provide:
•the charge for water supply for a single council housing tenant for the whole tax year 2016-17;
•the charge for water supply for two council housing tenants for the whole tax year 2016-17;
•the charge for water supply for three or more council housing tenants for the whole tax year 2016-17.
3) Do you have a written agreement with your region’s water company with regards to water rates for local authority housing tenants?

 

Response not yet provided

 

9103

 

 In our institute we are conducting a research on exercise and nutrition sector of UK's healthcare services and practices. I am aware that the City council in each region have long been providing healthcare for risk factors, especially on exercise and nutrition. On that note, I wish to ask about the services status, delivery system of services and institutions that carry out healthcare services provided by the City council.
1. The qualification for healthcare services subjects
- Subject selection criteria and procedure when services are provided at a non-medical facilities at the referral of medical facilities (i.e. GP or hospitals) 2. Legal basis on the range of healthcare services
- When a non-medical practitioner provides healthcare services, there is a potential of legal dispute, how much and what kind of services can a non-medical practitioner provide?
3. Healthcare services structure
- Duration and cost of the services
- The current status of the connection between medical and non-medical healthcare services 4. Organizations that provide services
- Organization facility criteria
- Services personnel
- Services management and supervision

 

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

1. Response: A single weight management provider delivers a range of community based programmes for children, young people and adults, which invariably include an element of physical activity; Public Health does not commission physical activity specifically.  Each programme is evidence based and has clear pathways and referral criteria which has been widely circulated to stakeholders.

2. Response: Any legal requirements are considered at the time of procurement and detailed in the contract accordingly. 

Response: The weight management programmes do not provide clinical input however they must be able to demonstrate professional competence where required e.g. nutrition advice must be provided by a qualified nutritionist or dietitian.  

3. Response: The duration of the contract is 1st September 2015 to 31st March 2019; total value of the Bedford Borough element of the contract is £140,000 per annum.

Response: The weight management service is a fully integrated service and onward pathways are in place for more specialist support if required (see attachment).

4. Response: As this is a non-clinical service no specific criteria is applicable other than the programmes must be accessible and the venue must be assessed for health and safety risk.

 Response: The number of staff will fluctuate according to the number of programmes running however core staff at the time the contract was awarded was 16.

·Response: Unable to answer as we (the commissioner) do not hold this information.

 22/6/16

 

9104

 

Please provide an itemised list of any services that provide mental health support and treatment actively targeting people who are sleeping rough that you funded in:

A.    2015-16

B.    2014-15

C.   2013-14

D.   2012-13

E.    2011-12

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold the information you requested.
contract in each specified financial year.
ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) may have the information and they can be contacted at FOI Request FOIRequest@elft.nhs.uk

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

4/7/16

 

9105

 

Under Regulation 3, heat suppliers were required to notify us of the existence of all heat networks. Can you please forward this to us

 

Awaiting clarification

12/7/16

 

9106

 

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

27/6/16

 

9107

 

 I'm writing to enquire the amount of revenue generated/permits issued for the controlled parking zone K, which covers Clarendon Street, Palmerston Street, Beaconsfield Street and Park Road West from the period of 2000-2005, 2005-2010 and 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.

2000/2005 – Resident 1st – 0

                   Resident 2nd – 0

                 Resident 3rd – 0

2005/2010 – Resident 1st – 131 - £2637.00

                  Resident 2nd –  28 - £1975.00

                  Resident 3rd –     2 - £180.00

2010/2015 – Resident 1st – 619 - £14,479.00

                Resident 2nd – 145 - £10,438.00

                  Resident 3rd –     8 - £752.00

4/6/16

 

9108

 

 Please provide specific details of the information being sought.: Please could you provide the following information regarding stray dogs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 :
1. How many stray dogs entered pounds in your area in 2015?
2. How many of these stray dogs were bull breeds?
3. How many stray dogs in your pounds were euthanised in 2015?
4. How many of these were bull breeds?
5. How many of the stray dogs entering pounds in your area were prohibited types under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act?
6. Are stray dogs entering local authority pounds subject to a veterinary examination upon entry?
7. If so, are bull breeds assessed for injuries potentially attributable to dog fighting or being used as a bait dog (e.g. injuries to legs, tongue injuries, teeth being filed down, other facial scarring etc)?
8. If bull breeds are assessed for such injuries, how many showed signs of such injuries upon entry into the kennels in 2015?

The information requested is enclosed below.

1.How many stray dogs entered pounds in your area in 2015?

100

2. How many of these stray dogs were bull breeds?31

3.  How many stray dogs in your pounds were euthanised in 2015?One

4. How many of these were bull breeds?

One

5.  How many of the stray dogs entering pounds in your area were prohibited types under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act?One

6.  Are stray dogs entering local authority pounds subject to a veterinary examination upon entry?

Veterinary inspections are carried out if there are concerns over the health and wellbeing of any stray dog when it arrives at the kennels. 

7. If so, are bull breeds assessed for injuries potentially attributable to dog fighting or being used as a bait dog (e.g. injuries to legs, tongue injuries, teeth being filed down, other facial scarring etc.)?

Veterinary inspections are carried out if there are concerns over the health and wellbeing of any stray dog when it arrives at the kennels. 

8.  If bull breeds are assessed for such injuries, how many showed signs of such injuries upon entry into the kennels in 2015?N/A

8/7/16

 

9109

 

 Please indicate whether your authority centrally purchases milk on behalf of  schools or nurseries in your authority area (Yes/No)
If NO, please state here, or on a separate sheet, which schools order individually or as part of a group (If group, please list name of group and schools that are part of each group)
What are the contract start and end dates for your milk supply?
"Please name the Milk Supplier for the schools/nurseries; and separate this for Nursery, School milk or Catering Milk Needs.
"
"Please specify total volume supplied to your authority in litres. If you track these  in a different way, please supply the data on a seperate sheet. e.g.
• Nursery milk (subsidised milk for 0-5 years olds)
• School milk (subsidised milk >5-11 year old)
• School Milk (other subsidised milk)
• School Milk (for sale to pupils without subsidy)
• School milk (not subsidised for use in kitchen/catering)
"
What packaging types and sizes for school, nursery or catering milk are used by this school/nursery - please specify volumes used in litres by pack type .
By packaging type, please state whether the waste generated by this school/nursery is recycled, used for energy recovery or landfilled - If not known, simply enter unknown.
If you put milk out to tender, please  provide an example of the last tender (as an attachment or email link)
Please outline the process and selection criteria for the milk supply in your area?
Please list the key points of contact in local school/nursery/catering milk procurement  process, and supply their their email adress or telephone numbers -please supply the data on a seperate sheet if necessary

 

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed.

 Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of this attachment

29/6/16

 

9110

 

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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

27/6/16

 

9111

 

Please could we have all contact addresses and emails of all the Primary schools in your council area.

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

Please could we have all contact addresses and emails of all the Primary schools in your council area.

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

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

This information is available on the Bedford Borough website, via the following link.   Please click on the Schools Directory link, in the related links section on the right hand side of the page.

14/6/16

 

9112

 

 1.Does the council have a contract or framework agreement in place with external providers?
2.if so, when is that contract due for renewal, and what is the process for notifying prospective suppliers?
3.Who is your current contractor/provider?
4.What is the annual value of the contract?

 

I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.The Council does indeed have a measured term contract in place to undertake asbestos refurbishment and demolition surveys, bulk samplings surveys, sampling and monitoring including 4 stage clearance procedure and project management.

2.    The current contract expires in May 2017.  Prospective suppliers must be on Construction Line and be UKAS Accredited Labs for the sampling and analytical works associated with Asbestos.  They must also be able to provide a response time of 2 hours during normal hours and 4 hours outside of normal working hours to carry out bulk sampling.  The Council then select a range of contractors who meet these criteria from Construction Line and will invite them to submit a tender.

3. The current contractor is:

Vintec Laboratories Ltd,

Building Research Establishment,

Bucknalls Lane,

Watford, WD25 9XX

4.  This is a “draw” contract and the annual value can fluctuate.  Based on the last financial year 2015/2016, the value of works undertaken was £22,063.

17/616

9113

 

 Please could you provide me with information about your ICT expenditure, in respect of

Hardware

Software

IT Services

IT outsources

communciation

Staff

 

Response not yet provided

 

9114

 

I live at Lane, Stevington,My property adjoins what I understand to be "common land'  and a variety of footpaths and bridleways.Could you confirm the ownership of the land directly adjoining my property please.

Applicant not responded to request for clarification

 

 

9115

 

Under the Freedom of Information act . Please could I request a list of your business rates liability start dates for July 2016? Is this information published? If not please could I request this information on a monthly basis?

 

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
You requested information on Business rates as stated in your e-mail below.
 Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that the Business Rates data sets information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA). 
An explanation follows below:
The Business Rates data sets are now published on the website.

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

Written on and off – At least quarterly (possibly six monthly)

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

14/6/16

 

9116

 

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

Further to your request for information, I can confirm

that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
You requested information on Business rates as stated in your e-mail below.
 Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that the Business Rates data sets information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA). 
An explanation follows below:
The Business Rates data sets are now published on the website.

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

Written on and off – At least quarterly (possibly six monthly)

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

9117

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information about the number of funerals your organisation has paid for in the last financial year (often referred to as public health or pauper funerals).

1. What are the start and end dates of your financial year?

2. How many of these funerals did you arrange in the last financial year? 

3. How were the funerals providers found - on a case-by-case basis or part of a larger contract? 

4. Whose role was it to find the funeral provider? with contact details if possible.

5. Would you list each funeral with the following details for each: the date, whether the body was buried or cremated, whether a funeral service was held, the total cost, and the funeral provider used, whether an NHS trust contributed any money for this funeral, and if so which trust.

 

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 for public health funerals

 

9118

 

 Please could you provide me with information to answer the following questions:
1. Does the Council have a policy to build homes to the 16 design criteria of the Lifetime Homes Standard in its current planning policies?
2.  In each of the last six years, how many homes have been built to the standards of meeting every criteria of the Lifetime Homes Standard?

 

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
1.We do not currently have a policy requiring building to lifetime homes standard.
2.We do not hold the information.

30/616

 

9119

 

 I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/2/2016 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/2/2016, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.
This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.
Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party.
If this information is now provided on your website, please send the hyperlink.
Please include as much of the following information as you are able to:
1. the deceased's full names
2. the date they died
3. the approximate value of their estate
4. their date and place of birth or age at death
5.whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed
6. the maiden surnames of married females or widows
7.  their  address at death
8. the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned.
9. If a referral to a 3rd party or body  has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too.
10. If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still  undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the case as above.

 

I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1. States that the above is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link below

Please click here for the link on Public Helath Funeral

 

7/7/16

 

9120

 

 I would like to submit this freedom of information request to understand the commissioning of social services in your Local Authority.
 The data that I would like to request are:
• Number of service users by age group in nursing homes, residential homes, supported accommodation, home care, supported living and other community settings (2010-2015)

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

The requested client categories / reported health conditions are not those that are recognised by either DfE (aged under 18s) or HSCIC (aged 18+).  To map clients to these would take significantly more than 18 hours.

29/6/16

 

9121

 

 I would like to submit this freedom of information request to understand the commissioning of social services in your Local Authority.
The data that I would like to request are:
1.)    What was the spend on service users (£, most recent full year)?
2.)    How many service users were placed out of area (out of registered LA) (2010- 2015)?
3.)    What was the amount spend on out of area placements?
4.)    Who is on your preferred provider list for Learning disability (with or without ASD),  Mental Health and Acquired Brain Injury?

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

The requested client categories / reported health conditions are not those that are recognised by either DfE (aged under 18s) or HSCIC (aged 18+).  To map clients to these would take significantly more than 18 hours.

 

29/6/16

 

9122

 

 I would like to request all information regarding the Section 106 agreements applied to Barretts Home, David Wilson Homes or any other developer in regard to the facilities that were to be provide on the plot now covered by planning application - 16/01382/MAF | Erection of Class A1 retail food store with associated car parking, access, landscaping and associated engineering works | Land At Ridge Road / Martell Drive Kempston Bedfordshire and the addition area highlighted for house adjacent to the to both the above application and the primary school, I believe covered by reference H16. If required in order to gain the section106 information the search area should include the developments now classed as “Bedford Meadows, Woodlands, Orchard fields, Great Denham Park” or covered by the “LAND WEST OF KEMPSTON, DEVELOPMENT BRIEF”
In addition I would copy of the feasibility reports for the above referenced planning application particular in relation to traffic studies undertaken, safety studies (suitable and sufficient risk assessments, road safety audits etc.).
I would like visibility of both formal communication (letters etc) and informal communication – meeting notes and emails in relation to both the style of the proposed building (ie. The visual appearance in relation to the surrounding environment) and the size of the proposed development. For note the attached “LAND WEST OF KEMPSTON, DEVELOPMENT BRIEF” makes reference to “7.1.4 Provision of up to 300 sq m (net) retail floor space (convenience only) should be fully integrated within the local centre.”  Which is substantially smaller than the current planning application

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about planning application 16/0382/MAF which we received on 15 June 2016. 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 following here

27/6/16

 

9123

 

Please can you provide details of any conditions which have been applied to supermarkets in the Bedford and Kempston areas restricting their operations (for example delivery restrictions and opening hours restrictions) and reasons for these restrictions. Of particular note are the more recent builds such as Aldi Church Lane and Morrisons Ampthill Road. 

Thank you for your request for information about planning application 16/0382/MAF which we received on 15 June 2016. 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 following here

 

15/6/16

 

9124

 

The data that I would like to request are:
• Number of service users transitioned from children’s services to adult services
• Total spending on top 10 care home providers for Learning Disability (including  ASD), Mental Health, Acquired Brain Injury (most recent calendar or financial year)

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

The requested client categories / reported health conditions are not those that are recognised by either DfE (aged under 18s) or HSCIC (aged 18+).  To map clients to these would take significantly more than 18 hours.

29/6/16

 

9125

 

 How many households on housing benefit have been allocated to a social property (including housing association and council-owned) by your council where they will under-occupy (the property has too many bedrooms for their needs) and therefore be subject to the government’s ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’?
In:
April 2012-March 2013
April 2013- March 2014
April 2014-March 2015
and April 2015- March 2016
How many households overall (including those on housing benefit and those not on housing benefit) have been allocated to a social property by your council that is too large for their needs and where they will under-occupy?
In:
April 2012-March 2013
April 2013- March 2014
April 2014-March 2015
and April 2015-March 2016
What arrangements are made for households that are allocated to properties in which they will under occupy and be subject to the removal of the spare room subsidy? Do they get automatic Discretionary Housing Payment if they are allocated to an oversized home by their local authority

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold the information you requested in questions 1 and 2.

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested for questions 1 and 2.

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

1.  States that the information is exempt information.

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

We do not hold this information as the Council does not own any homes. The Council transferred all of its housing stock to BPHA (previously known as Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) in 1990.  BPHA may be able to assist in providing the information you have requested above. Their web site address is www.bpha.org.uk

I confirm that we do hold the information you requested relating to question 3 and this is attached.

For a copy of the attachment please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/7/16

 

9126

 

St Leonards Mews

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 contaminated land notice;

 in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –
a decision to make an entry; or
an entry; or
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

22/6/16

 

9127

 

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

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

view the application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

27/616

 

9128

 

1. In the last financial year 2015/16 how many incidents did your authority record where refuse collectors were assaulted by members of the public while carrying out council duties? Please give a brief description of the circumstances of the incident.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1.In the last financial year 2015/16 how many incidents did your authority record where refuse collectors were assaulted by members of the public while carrying out council duties? Please give a brief description of the circumstances of the incident. – 3
•Team emptying domestic refuse bins at travellers site were verbally threatened when they refused to empty additional bins from some properties.   
•Operative emptying bins when a private car attempted to squeeze into her driveway.
•Team verbally threatened by car driver.

20/6/16

 

9129

 

With regard to the Freedom of Information Act, I would be grateful if you could provide answers to the following:
1) Does the council maintain a register of potentially contaminated land under part 2a of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?

2) If so, is this available for inspection by the public?

3) If yes, please can you provide all effected contaminated land areas (including location) within your local authority boundaries? 
4) When did the council last carry out a review of this information and publish the results?
5) when will the council be carrying out its next review of this information?
6) Under which section within the authority does the responsibility for the maintenance of the register lie?
7) Do you have records of any underground fuel storage tanks at the site?
8) If yes, where can this be inspected and can you provide a list?

9) Can you please provide any ‘potential contaminated’ land that you may deem to be ‘contaminated land’ under part 2a of the Environmental Protection act 1990 in the near future?
7) Please can you confirm that any findings in your contaminated land register is under the OGL with the ability to use in commercial reports?

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

  1. Does the council maintain a register of potentially contaminated land under part 2a of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (‘the Act’), the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. To date we have not determined any sites within our area as contaminated land, and so do not have any entries on our contaminated land register. It is possible that sites may be determined at a later date.

  1. If so, is this available for inspection by the public?

Please see our response to Question 1, above.

  1. If yes, please can you provide all affected contaminated land areas (including location) within your local authority boundaries? 

Please see our response to Question 1, above.

  1. When did the council last carry out a review of this information and publish the results?

Our inspection of the Bedford Borough area is ongoing.

  1. When will the council be carrying out its next review of this information?

Please refer to our response to Question 1, above.

  1. Under which section within the authority does the responsibility for the maintenance of the register lie?

Pollution Team; Environmental Health and Trading Standards.

  1. Do you have records of any underground fuel storage tanks at the site

We hold some historic physical records of underground fuel tanks at sites within the Borough. Records are also held of current sites with underground storage tanks.

 

  1. If yes, where can this be inspected and can you provide a list?

A list could be provided on request.

 

  1. Can you please provide any ‘potential contaminated’ land that you may deem to be ‘contaminated land’ under part 2a of the Environmental Protection act 1990 in the near future?

 

We do hold a list of sites to inspect based on past or current potentially contaminative use, and sensitivity of receptors. We can provide information on individual sites, but would not provide a list of all sites in the Bedford Borough area.

 

  1. Please can you confirm that any findings in your contaminated land register are under the OGL with the ability to use in commercial reports? 

 

Not applicable; please refer to our response to Question 1, above.

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How many  schools do you  currently provide a central  connectively to

The cost of supplying broadband to each school

What are the different  element that comprise the central  connectively  service

Any cost to the council that form part of a school charging  structure

Broadband provider

Connection type

Bandwidth

Average annual cost for connection type to each school

Contract renewal date

Notice period a school has to give to change to an alternative provider

A list applications the council offers to each school that is currently only accessible via the schools current council supllied internet connection.

Do you provide access to central systems   independent of who the school usues as their broadband supplier

The council stance on alternative broadband providers to schools and advice they send to schools regarding choosing alternative provider

How many of your schools are converting to academies or trusts

Are there any grants or funding incentives opens to schools

Are there any plans to step away from delivery central  connectively  service to schools in the next 3 years

what are the steps you take to ensure that you offer a competitive service to schools

 

I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. 

·   How many schools do you currently provide a central connectivity service to? 28

·   What are the different elements that comprise the central connectivity service? Bedfordshire Education Network (28 schools);  XPorter (32 schools); AVCO (8 schools)

·  Do you provide access to central systems independent of who the school uses as their broadband supplier? Yes

· How many of your schools are converting to academies or trusts? 26 have converted to an academy

·   Are there any grants or funding incentives open to schools? The Council does not offer any grants or funding incentives

 

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

Whitley Road

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

 

27/6/16

 

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1. How are the parking wardens who hand out PCN remunerated?

2. Is there a commission paid for each ticket issued?

3. Are they employed on full-time or contract basis and if the latter, is it a zero hours contract?

4. How is performance managed by the employer?

5. Who is the employer?

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

Please find the information you requested below.

1. How are the parking wardens who hand out PCN remunerated?    Salaried

2. Is there a commission paid for each ticket issued?    No

3. Are they employed on full-time or contract basis and if the latter, is it a zero hours contract?    Full time

4. How is performance managed by the employer?   Supervision/1-1/Performance Development Review

5. Who is the employer?    Bedford Borough Council

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