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Ref Request Response Response Date

9915

 

  1. How many retaliatory evictions has your authority stopped since the Deregulation Act came into effect on 1st October 2015? (If you have no official statistics recorded please give your best estimate)

 

2. How many inspections of private rented properties has your authority carried out since October 1st 2015?

 

3. How many inspections at the request of tenants of private rented properties has your authority carried out since October 1st 2015?

 

4. How many complaints from tenants about the condition of private rented accommodation has your authority received since October 1st 2015?

 

5. How many Improvement Notices/Notices of Emergency Remedial Action has your authority served with regards to private rented accommodation since October 1st 2015?

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information regarding information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 concerning the Deregulation Act 2015 and its application within the Borough of Bedford. Under the provisions of the

Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do not hold the information you requested, this request has been answered in turn below:

1. How many retaliatory evictions has your authority stopped since the Deregulation

Act came into effect on 1st October 2015?

 The Council’s Housing Options team have no records regarding this issue, therefore

the answer is nil.

2. How many inspections of private rented properties has your authority carried out

since October 1st 2015?

 345

3. How many inspections at the request of tenants of private rented properties has

your authority carried out since October 1st 2015?

 940

4. How many complaints from tenants about the condition of private rented

accommodation has your authority received since October 1st 2015?

 940

5. How many Improvement  Notices/Notices of Emergency Remedial Action has your authority served with regards to private rented accommodation since October 1st

2015?

 Improvement Notices x25

 Notices of Emergency Remedial Action x10

20/12/16

 

9916

Under the Freedom of Information Act within the last 24 months please provide the following information:
1) Does the council use a genealogy firm or tracing agents?
a) Is this firm or agent regulated?
b I) Did you select the genealogy firm or tracing agents through a tendering process?
b II) If yes, are you able to provide a copy of the winning tender application?

c) For what reason would you require the services of a genealogy firm or tracing agents?
2) For each public health funeral please provide :
a) The deceased persons first name and surname

b) The deceased persons date of death and date of birth
c) The last known residence of the deceased
d) Has the next of kin of the deceased been traced?
e) The date on which these details and any additional details have been referred to the Government Legal Department/ Treasury Solitcitor, Duchy of Lancaster, Duchy of Cornwall, QLTR, National Ultimus Haeres, or any other organisation.
f) Name of any other organisation that these details have been passed to.

3) Please provide name and contact details of the person and department who would need to contact family members or next of kin following a public health funeral.

a) Please provide name and contact details of the person and department who need to trace owner's of empty homes.

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) Does the council use a genealogy firm or tracing agents? From time to time, the Council will use a genealogy firm to trace relatives of deceased whose’ estate is of value.
a) Is this firm or agent regulated? The Council uses various firms to trace relatives as far as is aware there is not a regulatory body for these firms at present.
b I) Did you select the genealogy firm or tracing agents through a tendering process? Not applicable – genealogy firms do not charge the council for these services.
b II) If yes, are you able to provide a copy of the winning tender application?c) For what reason would you require the services of a genealogy firm or tracing agents? The services of a genealogy firm would be used to trace next of kins whose funeral has been arranged under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984.

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

3) Please provide name and contact details of the person and department who would need to contact family members or next of kin following a public health funeral.

Samantha Smith

Assistant Registrar

Bereavement Services

104 Norse Road

Bedford, MK41 0RL

Tel: 01234 276852

a)  Please provide name and contact details of the person and department who need to trace owner's of empty homes.

Barry Garner

Housing Strategy Officer

Bedford Borough Council

Borough Hall

Cauldwell Street

Bedford

MK42 9AP

T: 01234 718581

3/1/17

 

9917

 

Please can you send over a full list of companies, businesses and charities with in your council area, that have become liable for business rates between to 12th Nov 16 to the 1st Dec 16.Please include the business name, address, rv, and date of liability and the liable party

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 six monthly(possibly quarterly)

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

29/12/16

 

9918

 

Please provide me with the following record information:

1.  Do you have an Electronic Fax Management System (A Fax Server)?

2. How many manual fax machines do you have?

3.  Who is the Manufacturer of your MultiFunction Printers, and who maintains them?

4.  Who is the manufacturer of your Telephony system and who maintains it?

5.   What is the job title of the person responsible for your Fax policy/strategy?

6.   Do you use Text Messaging?

7.   What is the job title of the person responsible for your Text Messaging policy/strategy?

. 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. Do you have an Electronic Fax Management System (A Fax Server)? Yes

2. How many manual fax machines do you have? 3

3.   Who is the Manufacturer of your MultiFunction Printers, and who maintains them? Kyocera, maintained by Annodata

4.  Who is the manufacturer of your Telephony system and who maintains it? Cisco Systems – maintained by ONI

5.  What is the job title of the person responsible for your Fax policy/strategy? n/a – we do not have a Fax policy/strategy

6.  Do you use Text Messaging? Yes

7  What is the job title of the person responsible for your Text Messaging policy/strategy? n/a – we do not have a Text Messaging Policy/Strategy

15/12/16

 

9919 - 9920

 

 

 

RE:High Street, Sharnbrook, Bedford, RE: Roseby Way, Bedford,

Can you please provide responses to the following CON29R questions in respect of the above property:

 

3.7. Outstanding notices

Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters subsist in relation to the

property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in this form?

(b) environment

(c) health and safety

(d) housing

(f) public health

(g) flood and coastal erosion risk management

3.11 Conservation area

Do the following apply in relation to the property?

(a) the making of the area a conservation area before 31 August 1974

(b) an unimplemented resolution to designate the area a Conservation Area

3.12. Compulsory purchase

Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire

the property?

Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

12/12/16

 

9921

 

I wish to make a Freedom of Information Request. My request is below.

1. Please provide the name of the software supplier and product name used within your Local Authority for the following business functions: 

- Building Control

- Planning (Development Control)

- Local Land Charges

- Environmental Health

- Grounds Maintenance

- Address Management (LLPG)

- Licensing (inlc Taxi's, alcohol, etc)

- Private Sector Housing

- Trading Standards

- Waste Management 

2. Please provide the current contract end date for the each of these contracts 

3. Please advise on the current contract value and the annual support and maintenance for each of these contracts

 

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 requested on business functions here

 

 

 

28/12/16

 

9922

 

Could you please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1. How many street lights is your council currently responsible for?

2. Does your council currently switch-off street lights for the whole time during the night i.e. from last light to first light? If so, how many lights are switched off?

3. Does your council currently switch-off street lights for a period of time during the night i.e. for a set number of hours each night? If so, how many lights are switched off?

4. Does your council currently dim street lights for during the night? If so, how many lights are dimmed?

5. Is your council planning to switch off or dim street lights in the future?

Thank you for your request for information about street lighting which we received on 1 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1) How many street lights is your council currently responsible for? 13,756 street lights

2) Does your council currently switch-off street lights for the whole time during the night i.e. from last light to first light? If so, how many lights are switched off?

None of our street lights are we switched off for the whole night.

3) Does your council currently switch-off street lights for a period of time during the night i.e. for a set number of hours each night? If so, how many lights are switched off? Yes, we have 230  that are switched off for a period of time during the night.

4) Does your council currently dim street lights for during the night? If so, how many lights are dimmed?

Yes, 231 lights are currently dimmed at points during the night.

5) Is your council planning to switch off or dim street lights in the future?Yes

22/12/16

 

9923

 

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

Felmersham Road

Radwell  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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

13/12/16

 

9924

 

I would be grateful if you could provide figures for the following from the period 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015:

  1. In total, how many adult safeguarding referrals (SV1 forms) were made to the Adult Safeguarding Team by the Housing Options Team.
  2. In total, how many child safeguarding referrals (MASH forms) were made to Children's Social Services by the Housing Options Team.
  3. In total, how many MARAC referrals were made by the Housing Options Team.
  4. In total, how many households approached the Housing Options team having fled domestic abuse.
  5. In total how many of those households who approached the Housing Options Service having fled domestic abuse were referred to (a) Adult Safeguarding, (b) Children's Social Services and (c) MARAC

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

I would be grateful if you could provide figures for the following from the period 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015:

  1. In total, how many adult safeguarding referrals (SV1 forms) were made to the Adult Safeguarding Team by the Housing Options Team.

0.

  1. In total, how many child safeguarding referrals (MASH forms) were made to Children's Social Services by the Housing Options Team.

93 referrals were received.

  1. In total, how many MARAC referrals were made by the Housing Options Team.

4.

  1. In total, how many households approached the Housing Options team having fled domestic abuse.

135.

  1. In total how many of those households who approached the Housing Options Service having fled domestic abuse were referred to (a) Adult Safeguarding, (b) Children's Social Services and (c) MARAC

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.

‘We do not hold this information in a reportable format and therefore would have to go through each of the 135 cases individually which would then exceed the timescale set for Freedom of Information’.

3/1/17

 

9925

 

Can you please provide details of the cost incurred in relation to the switch over to fortnightly bin collections.

Specifically I would like the following questions answered:

1. Has the council purchased new bin collection vans in the past 12 months, if so how many and at what cost?

2. Has the council worked to optimise the routes, and has any money been spent in doing this?

3. How much money has been spent in the past 12 months optimising routes?

Thank you for your request for information about costs incurred in relation to the switch over to fortnightly bin collections which we received on 2 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1) The Council has purchased 3 domestic refuse collection vehicles in the past 12 months, as part of the council’s fleet replacement programme, at a cost

of £511,000

2)  Yes

3) The Council has spent £6,000 on Route Optimisation.

3/1/17

 

9926

 

 PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: LAND AT BEDFORD ROAD, WILLINGTON
I would appreciate any information you are able to provide on the following:
1.  Known pollution incidents which may have affected the site.
2.  Contaminative activities at the site.
3.  Pre-licensing or unlicensed landfilling activities within a 500m radius of the site, including landfill location, depth, presence of lining system, age and type of waste deposits.
4.  Results of any landfill gas and leachate monitoring.

Thank you for your request for information about Land at Bedford Road, Willington which we received on 30th November 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

You have asked that we provide information on any of the following:

1.   Known pollution incidents which may have affected the site.We are not aware of any pollution incidents which may have impacted upon the site. However, please be aware that we do not keep a register of such occurrences. I would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency, (Anglian Region general enquiries line: 08708 506 506).

2.     Contaminative activities at the site.

We are not aware of any former potentially contaminative activities at the site.

However the following potentially contaminative activities have taken place in the surrounding area:

· A former sand and gravel pit located in the field immediately across Balls Lane to the West. This pit is known to contain putrescible waste.

·  A former sand and gravel pit located off Church Road, approximately 380m North of the site.

·  A former sand and gravel pit located approximately 390m North West of the site.

·   A former gravel pit located approximately 500m East of the site.

3.  Pre-licensing or unlicensed landfilling activities within a 500m radius of the site, including landfill location, depth, presence of lining system, age and type of waste deposits.Please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website  for location of landfills. You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

4. Results of any landfill gas and leachate monitoring.

We do not undertake, nor keep any record of such monitoring.

22/12/16

 

9927

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the "Act") to request the following information from your 'premises licensing' department (or such other department as may possess the relevant information):

·  venue name (i.e. Liquid, Wetherspoon's, etc.);

·  postal address (including full postcode);

·  maximum permitted occupancy (i.e. venue capacity);

·  permitted opening/operating hours; and 

·   to the extent known, venue type (i.e. bar, pub, club, etc.),

of all premises within your jurisdiction that currently possess a licence to sell alcohol for consumption on-premises under the Licensing Act 2003 (as updated, amended and replaced from time to time).

Further to your request for information dated 5/12/16, 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 the registers for licensed premises: and the registers for club premises licences

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

1.States that 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) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

Please see link here the registers for licensed premises

Please see here for the registers for club premises licences

Please note that none of the registers include the capacity of the venues

In respect of the capacity of the venues

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.”

 

Details of capacity are not recorded on the registers and to retrieve this information for each venue we would need to access and peruse approximately 650 files, estimate an average of 5 minutes per file = 54hours.

The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part of your request.

15/12/16

 

9928

 

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

 Nettleton Mews

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

13/12/16

 

9929

 

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.

Requestor withdrawn

 

 

9930

 

How many qualified social workers in your employment were working in adult social care within the National Health Service: (a) on 1 December 2015; (b) on 1 July 2016; (c) on 1 December 2016?

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

Please see below the answers to your question as detailed herein:

How many qualified social workers in your employment were working in adult social care within the National Health Service:

(a) on 1 December 2015;     9 social workers          

(b) on 1 July 2016;            10 social workers

(c) on 1 December 2016? 10 social workers

6/1/17

 

9931

 

 

RE: Piper Lane 

Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?. Enclosed is a plan for the property.

The request is for any information held by way of the

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT

and

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals, Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.

Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

Thank you for your request for information about Piper Lane which we received on 5/12/16

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

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

 

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

 

9/12/16

 

9932

 

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

 Falcon Field

Wixam

Wilstead

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

13/12/16

 

9933

 

RE: Palgrave Rd

Contaminated Land

1.     Is the site (or are adjacent sites) recorded on your contaminated land register?  If so:

o   why is it (are they) registered?

o   has any remedial action taken place?

·       are there any current notices served under the Environmental Protection Act Part 2A?

 

2.     Are there any landfill sites close to the site?

 

3.     Are you aware of any gaseous contamination associated with the following former BGS mineral sites?

o   Ampthill Road Gravel Pit

o   Kempston Road (opencast working)

o   Ampthill Road Sand Pit

o   Bedford Ballast Pits

o   Cox’s Pits (limestone)

·       Bedford New Ballast Pit

Thank you for your request for information , Palgrave Road, Bedford which we received on 29th November 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.     Is the site (or are adjacent sites) recorded on your contaminated land register?  If so:

o   why is it (are they) registered?

o   has any remedial action taken place?

·       are there any current notices served under the Environmental Protection Act Part 2A?

As you will be aware, 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.

Neither this site, nor any adjacent sites, has been determined as contaminated land, and therefore they have not been recorded on our contaminated land register. However, this site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, by virtue of being part of the wider site which was formerly occupied by George Fisher Castings/ Britannia Ironworks. However, the site is being developed and so investigated and remediated, through the Planning system. Therefore it is unlikely that it will be investigated under the Act, unless it is developed to a more sensitive use.

2.     Are there any landfill sites close to the site?

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

3.     Are you aware of any gaseous contamination associated with the following former BGS mineral sites?

o   Ampthill Road Gravel Pit

o   Kempston Road (opencast working)

o   Ampthill Road Sand Pit

o   Bedford Ballast Pits

o   Cox’s Pits (limestone)

·       Bedford New Ballast Pit

We are not aware of any gaseous contamination associated with the above mineral sites

22/12/16

 

9934

 

Please would you tell me:

1. How often is household waste (i.e. non-recyclable rubbish) collected in your authority?

a) weekly

b) fortnightly

c) other (please specify)

2. Are there any areas of your authority where this frequency differs? If so, please specify.

Thank you for your request for information about bin collections which we received on 5 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1) How often is household waste (i.e. non-recyclable rubbish) collected in your Authority?The Council collects household waste on a fortnightly basis.

2) Are there any areas of your authority where this frequency differs? If so, please specifyThere are a number of flats within the Borough that currently remain on a weekly collection (some twice a week).  This is due to restrictions with storage space.  The Recycling team are working through, on an individual basis, to see what measures can be put in place to bring any onto fortnightly collections.

23/12/16

 

9935

 

I would like to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act regarding your IT network infrastructure.

Please could you answer the following questions regarding the equipment for Bedford Borough Council at Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9AP.

1.) How many desktop PCs do you have at this site? Which brand(s) are they?

2.) How many laptops/notebooks or tablet PCs do you have at this site? Which brand(s) are they?

3.) How many thin clients do you have at this site? Which brand(s) are they?

4.) What operating systems do you run on your PCs/Laptops?

5.) How many desktops, laptops and thin clients do you have in total in your organisation across the country?

6.) How many physical servers do you have on site? Which brand(s) are they?

7.) Which server operating systems do you use?

8.) How many virtual servers do you have on site?

9.) Which server virtualisation software do you use?

10.) Do you access any virtual servers in the cloud?

11.) What supplier provides the maintenance (out of warranty) support on your desktops and servers and when does the contract expire?

12.) What suppliers/brands of Storage Area Networking (SAN) do you use?

13.) Which application do you use for Enterprise Resource Planning/Management (ERP/ERM)?

14.) Which application do you use for Groupware Products?

15.) Which application do you use for Database Products?

16.) Which application do you use for CRM Software?

17.) Which application do you use for Business Intelligence Systems?

18.) Which application do you use for Finance & Accounting Systems?

19.) Which application do you use for Human Resources Application Systems?

20.) Are any of your business applications cloud based? If so please state which ones.

21.) What are the names, line types and speeds of your ISPs?

22.) Who is your primary voice carrier?

23.) Approximately how many phone extensions do you have at this site?

24.) Do you use VoIP for your internal communications?

25.) Are your external calls through your voice carrier carried over VoIP or do they go over a conventional phone line?

26.) Which brand of PBX do you use at this site?

27.) Which supplier has the maintenance contract on your PBX and when does it expire

28.) Who supplies the outsourced or managed service for your data centre and when does the contract expire?

29.) Who supplies the outsourced or managed service for your service desk and when does the contract expire?

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

1.) How many desktop PCs do you have at this site? Which brand(s) are they? 1311, Dell

2.) How many laptops/notebooks or tablet PCs do you have at this site? Which brand(s) are they? 1142, Dell, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Google

3.) How many thin clients do you have at this site? Which brand(s) are they? None

4.) What operating systems do you run on your PCs/Laptops? Windows 7

5.) How many desktops, laptops and thin clients do you have in total in your organisation across the country? See answers to Q1, 2 and 3 – we are a local authority, not a countrywide organisation

6.) How many physical servers do you have on site? Which brand(s) are they? 48 Blade Servers, Dell

7.) Which server operating systems do you use? 2008R2/2012/2012R2

8.) How many virtual servers do you have on site? 400

9.) Which server virtualisation software do you use? VMWare

10.) Do you access any virtual servers in the cloud? No

11.) What supplier provides the maintenance (out of warranty) support on your desktops and servers and when does the contract expire? We do not have out of warranty maintenance support

12.) What suppliers/brands of Storage Area Networking (SAN) do you use? Dell

13.) Which application do you use for Enterprise Resource Planning/Management (ERP/ERM)? None

14.) Which application do you use for Groupware Products? None

15.) Which application do you use for Database Products? MS SQL; MySQL; Oracle; Oracle1, MS Access

16.) Which application do you use for CRM Software? None

17.) Which application do you use for Business Intelligence Systems? Business Objects XI

18.) Which application do you use for Finance & Accounting Systems? Agresso

19.) Which application do you use for Human Resources Application Systems? ResourceLink

20.) Are any of your business applications cloud based? If so please state which ones. ICT Operations do not use cloud hosting, but a few service areas do use cloud hosting for some of their data, but we do not hold information on what applications are cloud based

21.) What are the names, line types and speeds of your ISPs? Ja.Net; 100 Mbps

22.) Who is your primary voice carrier? Gamma

23.) Approximately how many phone extensions do you have at this site? 1600 (over all Bedford Borough Council sites)

24.) Do you use VoIP for your internal communications? Yes

25.) Are your external calls through your voice carrier carried over VoIP or do they go over a conventional phone line? Incoming and outgoing calls are via Gamma over SIP

26.) Which brand of PBX do you use at this site? Cisco Call Manager

27.) Which supplier has the maintenance contract on your PBX and when does it expire?  Maindec; 31 March 2018

28.) Who supplies the outsourced or managed service for your data centre and when does the contract expire? N/A

29.) Who supplies the outsourced or managed service for your service desk and when does the contract expire? N/A

5/1/17

 

 

9936

 

RE:Thirlmere Road, Kempston, Bedford

Please could you supply the following Con29 information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

Con29 3.3 Drainage is the property served by sustainable urban drainage system/ Are there any SuDs featured within the boundary of the property? If yes, is the owner responsible for maintenance?
Con29 3.7Do 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; (f) public healthor (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

Con29 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 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?

 

 

Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

12/12/16

 

9937

 

Please provide specific details of the information being sought.: Please see questions below:

1.Do you look after your own IT or is it outsourced?

2. Do you use software from any of the following vendors: Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and IBM

If so, how much did you pay in last financial year for these software licenses?

3. How many computer users do you have?

4  Do you use any Apple Macs?

5.  When do you need to renew the contract with your vendors for software licenses? What was the value of your last contract?

6.  Do you currently measure software usage versus the number of licenses purchased? If so what is used for software usage metering?

7.  Do you use a software asset management tool, if so which one?

8.   Please also provide details of IT Contracts Managers and any person(s) involved in IT Software procurement.

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

1.  Do you look after your own IT or is it outsourced? We look after our own IT

2.  Do you use software from any of the following vendors: Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and IBM – Microsoft, Oracle, IBM

If so, how much did you pay in last financial year for these software licenses? See attached s/sheet

3.  How many computer users do you have? 1800

4.  Do you use any Apple Macs? Yes

5.  When do you need to renew the contract with your vendors for software licenses? What was the value of your last contract? See attached s/sheet

6.   Do you currently measure software usage versus the number of licenses purchased? If so what is used for software usage metering? SCCM

7  Do you use a software asset management tool, if so which one? Licence Dashboard

8.  Please also provide details of IT Contracts Managers and any person(s) involved in IT Software procurement.  The Head of ICT Operations – Rughbir Singh – contact details above.

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

15/12/16

 

9938

 

Please send me:

1. Information on the amount and types of training delivered to your Adult Social Care staff, across the whole Adult Social Care department, including mandatory and non-mandatory training, separately for the current financial year, for the full 2015/16 financial year and for the full financial year 2011/12.

2.  Information on the amount and types of training delivered to your Adult Social Care residential care staff, including mandatory and non-mandatory training, separately for the current financial year, for the full 2015/16 financial year and for the full financial year 2011/12.

3.      Information on the amount and types of training delivered to your Adult Social Care domiciliary care staff, including mandatory and non-mandatory training, separately for the current financial year, for the full 2015/16 financial year and for the full financial year 2011/12.

4.      Information on the split between training that is delivered through face-to-face learning (e.g. classroom-based) and through e-learning for your Adult Social Care staff, separately for

the current financial year, for the full 2015/16 financial year and for the full financial year 2011/12.

5.      Information on how you measure the quality of training delivered, the learning achieved and that the learning benefits are sustained within the work place, and any data you have that evidences the quality of training and learning achieved separately for the current financial year, for the full 2015/16 financial year and for the full financial year 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 hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested below:

1-3.  Please find attached – We do not hold this information separately for Residential and Domiciliary Care.

4.   Please find attached – the spreadsheet named E-Learning Training  is all our courses that are provided online and the spreadsheet named Course List is all our courses delivered face to face.

5.    All course activity is subject to immediate evaluation which is used to review future content and make changes if benefits are identified. The quality of the training provided is constantly under review and any changes to the content and approach taken will be implemented in association with our approved training provider. Post activity evaluation to review learning outcomes and application will be undertaken through regular supervision sessions between the delegate and their Line Manager and through the annual Performance Development Review meeting (with a six monthly review) where development activity is actively discussed and the benefits obtained are reviewed and monitored. This forms an core part of an employee’s learning and development plan for the next 12 months and is reviewed thereafter on a continuous rolling basis.

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment

16/12/16

 

9939

 

 Temporary accommodation placements
1. (i) The names of all local authority areas in which you have placed statutorily
homeless households into temporary accommodation;
(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, placed in (a)
2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November.
2. Details of any temporary accommodation leased (as opposed to spotpurchased)
by your council in other local authority areas since April 2013.
How many units have been leased, from whom, from what date, for how long
and at what cost?
Private rented sector discharges of duty
3. (i) The names of all local authority areas into which you have discharged
homelessness duty via a private rented tenancy offer under Section 193 7AA
7AC of the 1996 Housing Act as amended by s.148 (5)-(7) Localism Act 2011;
(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, who received an
offer in (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November;
(iii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, who declined an
offer in (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November.
4. (i) The names of any local authority areas into which you have discharged
homelessness duty by way of a private rented tenancy, but not via a Section
193 7AA-7AC offer (so excluding the numbers in Q3);
(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, rehoused in this way
during (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November.
(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, rehoused in this way
during (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November

 

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

Further to your request for information for questions 1, 4, 5 and 6,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 information is not held in a reportable format and would therefore involve cases being checked manually which would then exceed the limit which has been set by Freedom of Information’.

Temporary accommodation placements

1. (i) The names of all local authority areas in which you have placed statutorily homeless households into temporary accommodation;

(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, placed in (a)2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November.

2. Details of any temporary accommodation leased (as opposed to spot purchased)by your council in other local authority areas since April 2013.

How many units have been leased, from whom, from what date, for how long and at what cost?Nil.

Private rented sector discharges of duty

3. (i) The names of all local authority areas into which you have discharged homelessness duty via a private rented tenancy offer under Section 193 7AA 7AC of the 1996 Housing Act as amended by s.148 (5)-(7) Localism Act 2011;

(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, who received an offer in (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November;

(iii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, who declined an offer in (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November.None out of area.

4. (i) The names of any local authority areas into which you have discharged homelessness duty by way of a private rented tenancy, but not via a Section 193 7AA-7AC offer (so excluding the numbers in Q3);

(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, rehoused in this way during (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November.

Out-of-area financial assistance and homelessness prevention

5. (i) The names of all local authority areas to which you have supported residents who were not owed a main homelessness duty to move;

(ii) the number of households, broken down by LA area, supported in (a)2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November.

(The term "supported" refers to assistance with deposits or other rental costs; house removals arrangements; and council tax payments, as well as any other support your council offers to residents to move out of the local authority area.)

6. The amount your local authority spent on providing support as defined in Q5 in (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November.

7. For each of the years (a) 2013/14 (b) 2014/15 (c) 2015/16 (d) 2016/17 to 30 November, what proportion of the people supported to move as per Q5 had, or would have, seen their income reduced because of:

(i) the overall benefit cap

(ii) the 'bedroom tax' and

(iii) other welfare reforms?

We do not hold this information.

3/1/17

 

9940

 

This request concerns the number of fixed penalty notices issued by your authority.
1) Please state the number of fixed penalty notices issued by your council for dropping litter in each of the following financial years. 
i)                    2013/14
ii)                   2014/15
iii)                 2015/16
2) Please state the amount of money collected by your authority from these fixed penalty notices for littering in each of the following financial years. 
i)                    2013/14
ii)                   2014/15
iii)                 2015/16
3) Please state the number of fixed penalty notices for littering which were unpaid at the end of each of the following financial years. 
i)                    2013/14
ii)                   2014/15
iii)                 2015/16
4) Please state whether fixed penalty notices for littering are currently issued by your council itself of by a private company contracted by your council.
a)   If collected by the council directly, please state the number of employees authorised to issue the fixed penalty notices.
b)  If they are issued by a private company, please state the name/s of the company/s, and the date the contract/s started.

Thank you for your request for information about Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) which we received on 7 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the

Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1)

i)         2013/14  = 639

ii)        2014/15  = 507

iii)       2015/16   = 255

2) 

i)          2013/14 = £27,750

ii)        2014/15 = £21,950

iii)       2015/16  = £11,175

3)

i)         2013/14 = 123

ii)        2014/15 = 100

iii)       2015/16 = 53

4) a)   54

b)      Not Applicable

 

 

28/12/16

 

9941

 

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

 Coronation Way

Stewartby

Bedfordshire

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

13/12/16

 

9942

 

 RE:Phillpotts Avenue, Bedford,

Please could you supply the following Con29 information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

Con29 3.3 Drainage is the property served by sustainable urban drainage system/ Are there any SuDs featured within the boundary of the property? If yes, is the owner responsible for maintenance?
Con29 3.7Do 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; (f) public healthor (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

Con29 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 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?

Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

12/12/16

 

9943

 

I refer to your average speed cameras fitted at Lovell Rd Oakley ; SZ 25 and SZ 24.

What is the distance between the two points please. How exact is this measurement? Whay is the margin of error?

When were the cameras switched on?

How many deaths have there been in Oakley as a result of speeding?

Thank you for your request for information about Average Speed Cameras which we received on 7 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is in relation to Average Speed Cameras located at Lovell Rd Oakley; SZ 25 and SZ 24 and is as follows:

What is the distance between the two points please.

The information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, not held by Bedford Borough Council.  This is because your question relates to the certification of the Average Speed Cameras and this information is held by Bedfordshire Police as the enforcement authority.  In order to obtain an answer to this specific question we recommend that you contact Bedfordshire Police by e-mailing foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.  Alternatively if you wish I can re-direct your FOI request to them on your behalf.

How exact is this measurement?

Same as above

What is the margin of error?

Same as above

When were the cameras switched on?

Same as above

How many deaths have there been in Oakley as a result of speeding?

A search of the national collision recording database suggests that there have been no speed related fatal collisions in Oakley since 2013.

9/1/17

 

9944

I would like to find out the extent of business process automation in your organisation.

Business process automation (BPA) describes use of a digital platform to replace manual and/or paper-based systems, to reduce costs, increase efficiency and empower service users to be able to do more for themselves.The questions are as follows:

1      Do you have an organisation-wide strategy for BPA for the delivery of council services? If not, do you plan to develop such a strategy in the next 24 months?

2      Does each council directorate have its own strategy for BPA? If not, please can you indicate if they are in development?

3      Please can you list the top five business processes in your organisation by volume of transactions per annum and indicate which are fully automated, partly automated or not yet automated?

4      Please can you list the top five business processes in your organisation by total financial cost and indicate which are fully automated, partly automated or not yet automated?

5      Have you conducted an organisation-wide audit to identify business processes which can be automated? If not, please can you indicate if you are currently planning such an audit and when it will be complete?

6      Have you identified the current council activities where the highest cost savings can be delivered through business process automation? If not, please can you indicate if you are currently planning such an audit?

7      Please can you indicate council services that will introduce or improve automation in the next year?

8      What budget has your council allocated to support business automation projects in the past two years? Please indicate any documents relating to the business case to support such a budget.

9 What is the job title of the person who is ultimately responsible for business process automation strategy in your organisation?

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

1   Do you have an organisation-wide strategy for business process automation (BPA) for the delivery of council services? If not, do you plan to develop such a strategy in the next 24 months?
The council does not have an organisation wide strategy. The council is currently reviewing its service provision and all options are being considered.

2 Does each council directorate have its own strategy for BPA? If not, please can you indicate if they are in development?
Each council directorate does not have its own strategy for BPA. See response to question 1 above.

 3 Please can you list the top five business processes in your organisation by volume of transactions per annum and indicate which are fully automated, partly automated or not yet automated?

This information is not available; the council is currently reviewing its service provision.

4   Please can you list the top five business processes in your organisation by total financial cost and indicate which are fully automated, partly automated or not yet automated?

This information is not available; the council is currently reviewing its service provision.

5  Have you conducted an organisation-wide audit to identify business processes which can be automated? If not, please can you indicate if you are currently planning such an audit and when it will be complete?

The council is conducting an organisation wide audit of business processes to identify potential improvements which concludes end of March 2017.

6   Have you identified the current council activities where the highest cost savings can be delivered through business process automation? If not, please can you indicate if you are currently planning such an audit?

The council has not yet identified the highest cost savings that can be delivered through process automation.

7   Please can you indicate council services that will introduce or improve automation in the next year?

The council is currently reviewing its service provision and all options are being considered.

8  What budget has your council allocated to support business automation projects in the past two years? Please indicate any documents relating to the business case to support such a budget.

There have been no budgets allocated to specifically support business automation projects in the past two years.

9   What is the job title of the person who is ultimately responsible for business process automation strategy in your organisation?

Assistant Chief Executive (Business Transformation)

15/12/16

 

9945

 

 

I am writing to request some information about refugees resettled under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme (SVPRS), including dependents.

I am after the following information:

1. How many people has your LA pledged to resettle under the SVPRS by the end of the scheme (end of 2020?)

2. How many people have been resettled in your LA under the SVPRS as of Friday 9 December 2016?

3. Can you provide any information about the way housing is found for refugees resettled under the SVPRS, specifically:

- are any of the houses organised through private companies such as G4S or Serco? If so how many properties?

- are you aware of any charities or faith groups making property available to house refugees brought in through the scheme? If so, how many properties? 

4. Please provide any official correspondence or communications from your council regarding the policy of obtaining accommodation for refugees under the SVPRS.

 

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

1.     How many people has your LA pledged to resettle under the SVPRS by the end of the scheme (end of 2020?)

We will settle circa 20 families, based on a family size of 5, ie we are looking to resettle circa 100 people.

2.     How many people have been resettled in your LA under the SVPRS as of Friday 9 December 2016?

4 families which is 20 people in total.

3.     Can you provide any information about the way housing is found for refugees resettled under the SVPRS, specifically

- are any of the houses organised through private companies such as G4S or Serco? If so how many properties?

- are you aware of any charities or faith groups making property available to house refugees brought in through the scheme? If so, how many properties? 

          The Council is securing properties through the private rented sector directly. No third parties are involved.

4.     Please provide any official correspondence or communications from your council regarding the policy of obtaining accommodation for refugees under the SVPRS.

The is no Council policy involved therefore there is no communication we can release.

 10/1/17

 

9946

 

I would like to make a request under the freedom of information act to obtain information regarding school cluster groups and/or federations of schools within the local authority. I would like the following information please:

Number of cluster's and or federations in the authority.

Which schools are in each cluster/federation.

The name of the cluster or federation lead and the name of the school in which they work.

Academy groups opperating in the authority

 

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

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information.  Please find attached a copy of Bedford Borough Schools Establishment Guide for your information.

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attached

14/12/16

 

9947

 

 

How many paupers funerals took place in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?

How much has the council spent on paupers funerals in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?

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. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attached

6/1/17

 

9948

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please can you provide me with details of the following:

Tender for provision of Telecare and Community Alarm Service

My request is for the full names and addresses of all the companies who, if carried out, submitted a PQQ and/ or ITT for this tender and whether they were successful or not, as well as details of the contract value and renewal date of contract.

If no tender has taken place please provide details of how the service is provided across the county and a contact name of who managed the service

I can confirm that the information you requested is partially held by Bedford Borough council.

Part A of the FOI Request:-

The full names and addresses of all the companies who, if carried out, submitted a PQQ and/ or ITT for this tender and whether they were successful or not.

The information is not held due to the fact the contract was tendered in 2007 by Bedfordshire County Council and no records are available in relation to this process.

Part B of the FOI request:-

Details of the contract value and renewal date of the contract:-

It is anticipated that the contract will be retendered within 2017 and the total contract value is £626,570.00

13/12/16

 

9949

 

How many Public Space Protection Orders does the council have in place?

How much does the council fine people for sleeping rough/being in breach of the order?

How much (total cost) has the council fined people for sleeping rough/ being in breach of the order in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016? (or all applicable years)

How many people have been fined for sleeping rough/being in breach of the order in in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016? (or all applicable 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.  The information you requested is as follows:

How many Public Space Protection Orders does the council have in place?

Two:

1.  The first PSPO tackles cycling within a defined area of the Bedford Town Centre.

2.  The second PSPO addresses Dog Control at various locations across the Borough.

How much does the council fine people for sleeping rough/being in breach of the order?

The Council does not fine people for sleeping rough as no order exists connected to this issue.

How much (total cost) has the council fined people for sleeping rough/ being in breach of the order in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016? (or all applicable years)

n/a

How many people have been fined for sleeping rough/being in breach of the order in in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016? (or all applicable years)

n/a

3/1/17

 

9950

 

Please provide me with the number of times restraints have been used on pupils at Pupil Referral Units (also known as pupil re-integration units or short stay schools) in your council over the last three years. By restraint, I am referring to instances where a child or young person has been restrained or when restraint techniques or holds have been used. Please break this information down by school population, number of restraints recorded and year.

Of those, please provide the following;

a) the number of cases during which staff or pupils suffered an injury;
b) the number of instances after which any first aid and/or medical attention was required;
c) the number of times police were called linked to an incident; and
d) the number of cases which involved pupils who were vulnerable for SEN, disability, medical or social reasons

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

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information.  We only have one Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) within Bedford Borough.  As it is an Academy, you will need to contact them direct for this information,  their contact details are as follows: Greys Education Centre, email: greys@greys.beds.sch.uk,  For Website

Please click here

 

12/12/16

 

9951

 

RE:Drayton Rd 

Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?. Enclosed is a plan for the property.

The request is for any information held by way of the

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT

and

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals, Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.

Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

Thank you for your request for information about Drayton Rd which we received on 8/12/16

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

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

9/12/16

 

9952

 

RE: Gladstone st 

Can you please provide full information held by the Building Control Department with regards to the above address?. Enclosed is a plan for the property.

The request is for any information held by way of the

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT

and

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS

Alongside the information, will you kindly supply appropriate dates, descriptions and reference numbers regarding ALL data falling within Building Regulation Approvals, Building Regulation Completion Certificates and any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme?.

Further, has the Local Authority, in relation to the property, authorised any proceedings for a contravention of any provision contained in any Building Regulations?

Thank you for your request for information about Gladstone St which we received on 8/12/16.

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

The Council takes the view that a request for information in respect of Building Regulation documentation relating to a particular property would fall within the scope of regulation 2 of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and considers the information as environmental information pursuant to those regulations.

Regulation 13 EIR provides that personal data of someone other than the person making the request shall not be disclosed where either one of two conditions are satisfied. The first condition is that disclosure would contravene one of the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or would contravene section 10 of the DPA. The Council is satisfied that the information sought is the personal data of the owner/occupier of the property as defined by section 1 of the DPA and that an owner/occupier is reasonably entitled to expect that any information which is not on a public register and which identifies him or her would not be published. The Council’s view is that it would be easy to identify an individual from the information sought. Further, the request for information does not indicate why the information is sought; whilst there may be some wider public interest in disclosure and it is quite possible that the consequences of disclosure would be limited, the Council takes the view there are no features present in the request which outweigh the owner/occupier’s rights in respect of personal data.

 

9/12/16

 

9953

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request the following information from your organisation:

Under Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 all landlords have an obligation to carry out basic repairs and maintenance to the properties for which they are responsible for. Where a local authority maintains control over its social housing stock it is defined by statute as being the landlord.

Local authorities also have a statutory duty to ensure that all of the social homes within their control meet the Decent Homes Standard.

Should a social housing tenant report to their local authority who is acting as a landlord, an issue of disrepair, which is subsequently not dealt with in a period of reasonable time, the tenant has the right to bring a legal claim against the local authority.

Under the Freedom of Information legislation please disclose to me the following information:

-        In each of the last five financial years the number of claims that have been brought against your authority, for failing to adequately maintain or undertake repairs, on the housing stock for which your authority had control of.

-        In each of the last five financial years how many claims have been settled by your authority, for failing to adequately maintain or undertake repairs, on the housing stock for which your authority had control of.

-        In respect of the settled claims made within the last five financial years, please disclose to me the amount of money that your local authority paid in damages and legal costs , for failing to adequately maintain or undertake repairs on the housing stock for which your authority had control.

For your reference please provide the information to me in a sequential order, broken down by each financial year. For example individual totals for the financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

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

Please note this information is held by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) as the Council transferred the housing stock to them in 1989. They can be contacted at info@bpha@org.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

10/1/17

 

9954

 

1) The number of refuges for female victims of domestic violence within the borough/district that were open in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (or, if 2007 figures are not available, starting with the earliest annual figures available)

2) The maximum bed capacity in the refuges in the borough/district during each year specified

3) How much money was spent on maintaining women’s domestic violence refuges in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2015 and 2016 in the borough/district

4) The number of specialist domestic refuges for women from minority groups (BaME, LGBT, disabled) in the borough/district, and the maximum capacity of these refuges, during each year specified,

5) The amount of local authority money spent on maintaining specialist refuge services for women from minority groups, during each year specified

 

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

1)    The number of refuges for female victims of domestic violence within the borough/district that were open in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (or, if 2007 figures are not available, starting with the earliest annual figures available)?  2.

2)    The maximum bed capacity in the refuges in the borough/district during each year specified?    17.

3)    How much money was spent on maintaining women’s domestic violence refuges in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2015 and 2016 in the borough/district?

Please see attached spreadsheet.

4)    The number of specialist domestic refuges for women from minority groups (BaME, LGBT, disabled) in the borough/district, and the maximum capacity of these refuges, during each year specified?

1 refuge – 6 bed spaces.

5)    The amount of local authority money spent on maintaining specialist refuge services for women from minority groups, during each year specified?

Please see the attached spreadsheet.  The row, ‘Raglan Asian Women’ shows the spend on this kind of provision.

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attached

9/1/17

 

9955

 

 

 Please could you supply the name, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for children in need of help and/or protection.

For questions 2-6 inclusive, please supply the following information as a snapshot at the end of the year for the financial years 2013/14 – 2016/17 (predicted). 

For questions 2-6 inclusive, please supply the following information specific to those cases where drug and/or alcohol misuse is a factor.

2.     Please advise on the number of children identified as children in need.

3.     Please advise on the number of children who were subject to Section 47 enquiries.

4.     Please advise on the number of children who were subject to child protection conferences.

5.     Please advise on the number of children who were the subject of a child protection plan. 

6.     Please advise on the number of children whose cases were taken to court proceedings concluding in care/placement/adoption orders.

7.     Please advise on the average cost per case in 2015/16 (or 2016/17 if available) of each of the above stages. 

8.     Please advise as to which of the above stages may use drug and alcohol testing as evidence and reasons as to why it is/isn’t used. 

9.     For each financial year 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many hair drug and alcohol tests were conducted?

10.   In a situation where hair drug/alcohol testing is used as evidence, do you have a preferred provider for this service? If not, please provide a list of providers used in these cases and the total expenditure with each provider for financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17. 

 

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 with regards to Questions 2-8 inclusive.

You requested:

1.     Please could you supply the name, email address and telephone number of the commissioner with responsibility for children in need of help and/or protection.

 Answer: The Head of Service with responsibility for commissioning within a wider portfolio in children’s social care services is Martin Purbrick, Head of Service (LAC) martin.purbrick@bedford.gov.uk01234 228017

For questions 2-6 inclusive, please supply the following information as a snapshot at the end of the year for the financial years 2013/14 – 2016/17 (predicted). 

For questions 2-6 inclusive, please supply the following information specific to those cases where drug and/or alcohol misuse is a factor.

      2.     Please advise on the number of children identified as children in need.

3.     Please advise on the number of children who were subject to Section 47 enquiries.

4.     Please advise on the number of children who were subject to child protection conferences.

5.     Please advise on the number of children who were the subject of a child protection plan. 

6.     Please advise on the number of children whose cases were taken to court proceedings concluding in care/placement/adoption orders.

7.     Please advise on the average cost per case in 2015/16 (or 2016/17 if available) of each of the above stages. 

8.     Please advise as to which of the above stages may use drug and alcohol testing as evidence and reasons as to why it is/isn’t used. 

9.     For each financial year 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many hair drug and alcohol tests were conducted?

Answer:        31/3/15-1/3/16 = 58

                        31/3/16-13/12/16=30 (13th Last invoice on system)

10.   In a situation where hair drug/alcohol testing is used as evidence, do you have a preferred provider for this service? If not, please provide a list of providers used in these cases and the total expenditure with each provider for financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17. 

Answer: Our current preferred provider is Lextox.

 

9956

 

I would like to establish some information regarding contract of supply for agency staff in both children’s and adult’s services and we would be grateful if you could answer the following questions for us:

1. Could you please provide an organisation structure chart for children and young people’s services including the names of all teams and team managers and their contact details.

2. Could you please provide an organisation structure chart for adults services including the names of all teams and team managers and their contact details.

3. How many temporary social work staff did the authority have deployed across Children’s Services in November 2016?

4. How many temporary social work staff did the authority have deployed across Adults Services in November 2016?

5. How do you engage locum social workers in the council (managed service, PSL, etc?) and who in the council is responsible for this?

6. Can you tell me the amount of £ agency spend there has been outside of the agreed vendor contract you have procured for staff?

7. Can you tell me the departments within Social Services that have had off contract agency spend?

8. In the past 12 months, have you procured an employment agency to engage permanent social work staff?

9. If so, who in the council is responsible for this?

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

1 & 2.  Please find attached, please note the Heads of Service are the contacts for their service areas.

3. 58 temporary social work staff, this only includes temporary staff engaged through the Guidant contract and does not include staff engaged outside this vendor contract.

4. 10 temporary social work staff, this only includes temporary staff engaged through the Guidant contract and does not include staff engaged outside this vendor contract.

5.         a) The Council has a corporate contract in place with Guidant for the supply of interim resource, which includes social workers.

b) Sarah Fuller, HR Manager is the sponsor.

6. Adults Services: £303,995 & Children’s Services: £31,590 (across all social care posts).

7. Adult services – In house Day Care and In House Residential Home & Children’s Services  –  Children’s Respite Homes.

8. Through the Guidant contract we have used an agency to assist with the permanent recruitment of Adult Social Workers.

9. Sarah Fuller, HR Manager.

10/1/17

 

9957

 

This is an FoI request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The information I am requesting is as follows:

1.      How much money has the Council spent on cyber security measures in the following financial years:

a.      2016-17 (so far)

b.      2015-16

c.      2014-15

d.      2013-14

e.      2012-13                                                    i.     If data for the current financial year is incomplete or unavailable, please provide the data for the most recent financial years. If these exceed the cost limit of FoI requests, then please provide the data for as many recent years as possible.

2.      How many cyber-attacks has the Council experienced in the following financial years:

a.      2016-17 (so far)

b.      2015-16

c.      2014-15

d.      2013-14

e.      2012-13                                                    i.     If data for the current financial year is unavailable, please provide the data for the most recent financial years. If these exceed the cost limit of FoI requests, then please provide the data for as many recent years as possible.

3.      How were each of these cyber threats dealt with? If this request exceeds the FOI cost limit, then please provide as much explanation as possible of how the Council dealt with the most recent cyber threats.

4.      What was your Council’s total spending for the following financial years:

a.      2016-17

b.      2015-16

c.      2014-15

d.      2013-14

e.      2012-13

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 much money has the Council spent on cyber security measures in the following financial years:
                          £
a. 2016-17    66,251  (to date)
b. 2015-16      7,847
c. 2014-15    16,769
d. 2013-14    69,281
e. 2012-13             0

2. How many cyber-attacks has the Council experienced in the following financial years:
a. 2016-17 (so far) 2
b. 2015-16 0
c. 2014-15 0
d. 2013-14 0
e. 2012-13 0

3. How were each of these cyber threats dealt with? If this request exceeds the FOI cost limit, then please provide as much explanation as possible of how the Council dealt with the most recent cyber threats.
2016-17 (so far) – both attacks were of a ransomware nature. Individual machines(under 10 per attack) that were affected were isolated and have been wiped then rebuilt. Encrypted files on file servers were identified and restored from backup. Samples of each ransomware payload files were sent to our AV provider for analysis and virus detection file updates. Additional protective measures were implemented on e-mail gateway and AV solutions to prevent further instances of same attack vector.

4. What was your Council’s total spending for the following financial years:
                          £million         Note
a. 2016-17        130.241     (budget)
b. 2015-16        134.878     (actuals)
c. 2014-15        142.636     (actuals)
d. 2013-14        146.363     (actuals)
e. 2012-13        123.849     (actuals)

2212/16

 

9958

 

  1. Current supplier(s) for eLearning content and eLearning platform, i.e. LMS/VLE.
  2. The next contract renewal date for eLearning content and platform
  3. Current spend on eLearning (broken down by content and LMS/VLE, if appropriate)

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:

Question 1
Me Learning specifically for Care Act 2014 E-Learning platform and training portfolio.
Skillsoft (LMS)

Question 2
31/3/2017
25/7/2018 (for Skillsoft);
25/07/2017 (for data protection e-course which runs on the Skillsoft LMS)

Question 3
Contract price £16,200 for 1/4/2015 to 31/3/2017 (Government funded)

£14,968.28 for the Skillsoft LMS and all its content (25th July 2016 – 24th July 2017) plus £1,500 (25th July 2016 – 25th July 2017) – for a data protection e-course which runs on the Skillsoft LMS.

20/12/16

 

9959

 

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

 Welbeck Gardens 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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

13/216

 

9960

 

This query relates to the right to rent provisions set out in the Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016, which are now established in law. These provisions require landlords to carry out immigration checks of tenants, and expose them to a civil penalty fine, or up to five years in prison for non-compliance. In addition they grant powers to landlords to evict tenants, including children, without a court order in certain circumstances. They are currently in force in England, and a further rollout is planned for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

I am writing to enquire whether, in light of the above changes, or (depending on your area) planned changes, you could provide us with answers to the following questions:

1. Do you have a scheme in place regulating or licensing landlords in your area?

2.  Have you put in place any internal policies or guidance to assist the following teams, or others, to carry out their work in light of the right to rent scheme?

a.  Housing team

b.  Trading Standards team (in relation to letting agents)

c.  Landlord licensing team   (if applicable)

Please provide copies of any such policies or guidance.

3. Have you put in place any systems to monitor the impact of the right to rent scheme on:

a.  Homelessness;

b.  Discrimination;

Please provide copies of any documents, emails, meeting minutes relating to such monitoring efforts.

4.  Are you providing training, outreach, or other engagement in respect of the right to rent scheme, for example to landlords, service users, or your staff? Please provide copies of training materials, or other related documents.

5.  Are you taking any other action to ensure compliance with your Public Sector Equality Duty in relation to the right to rent scheme? If so, what?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council on the policy of the Council relating to landlord immigration checks. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can confirm that the Council does hold the information you requested which is included below.

1. Do you have a scheme in place regulating or licensing landlords in your area?

Yes. Bedford Borough Council implements the statutory mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing scheme as required by the Housing Act 2004. Since 2013 the Council has had an Additional HMO licensing scheme that applies to other types of HMO properties within the Borough.  

2.     Have you put in place any internal policies or guidance to assist the following teams, or others, to carry out their work in light of the right to rent scheme?

a. Housing team

b. Trading Standards team (in relation to letting agents)

c. Landlord licensing team   (if applicable)

Please provide copies of any such policies or guidance. No.

3.  Have you put in place any systems to monitor the impact of the right to rent scheme on:

a.  Homelessness;

b.  Discrimination;

Please provide copies of any documents, emails, meeting minutes relating to such monitoring efforts.

No systems have been implemented to monitor the right to rent. If an individual does not have the right to rent and are homeless then they are not eligible for Council support. 4.  Are you providing training, outreach, or other engagement in respect of the right to rent scheme, for example to landlords, service users, or your staff? Please provide copies of training materials, or other related documents.

Yes. Contact is made with landlords within the Borough through regular landlords fora and newsletters where current issues can be raised and discussed. 

5.    Are you taking any other action to ensure compliance with your Public Sector Equality Duty in relation to the right to rent scheme? If so, what? No.

5/1/17

 

9961

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information:

· How many schools in your area/authority do you deem as a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity?

·  Will your local authority be in need of yet more additional primary school places by September 2017

 

clarification sought

 

 

9962

 

Please provide the following information, in an electronic format by replying to this e-mail:

1. The number of metal dealer 'site licences' issued under SMDA13, within your local authority area, in each of the following individual years (i.e. broken down by year, not cumulative): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

2. The number of metal dealer 'collectors licences' issued under SMDA13, within your local authority area, in each of the following individual years (i.e. broken down by year, not cumulative): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

3. The number of metal dealer 'site licence' visits undertaken to SMD sites registered under SMDA13, within your local authority area, in each of the following individual years (i.e. broken down by year, not cumulative): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

4.  The number of metal dealer 'collector licence' visits undertaken to SMD sites registered under SMDA13, within your local authority area, in each of the following individual years (i.e. broken down by year, not cumulative): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

5.  The number of unlicensed metal dealers which have been subject to enforcement/ legal action by yourselves, in each of the following individual years (i.e. broken down by year, not cumulative): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

 

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 attached metal dealer

6/1/17

 

 

9963

 

The number of adults who have died awaiting the start of an initial package of social care in a) 2013/14, b) 2014/15, c) 2015/16 and d) 2016/17 to date

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
The number of adults who have died awaiting the start of an initial package of social care in a) 2013/14, b) 2014/15, c) 2015/16 and d) 2016/17 to date (please see table below):
YEAR         Number of adults who
                      have died
                    awaiting a package
                     of social care
2013/14            *220
2014/15            *159
2015/16              *96
2016/17(YTD)     *22

*PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PROXY BASED ON CLIENTS WITH OUTCOMES OF ASSESSMENTS THAT MAY HAVE LED TO A SERVICE. HOWEVER THE CLIENT DIED BEFORE ANY POTENTIAL SERVICE COULD BE PROVIDED

11/1/17

 

9964

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information:

 What is your total council house waiting list?

  How many people have been on a waiting list for a council owned/arm’s length run property for a) 5 years or b) 10 years?

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

Please note this information is held by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) as the Council transferred the housing stock to them in 1989. They can be contacted at info@bpha@org.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

10/1/17

 

 

9965

 

 

Please can you respond to the following questions with regards to Finance Management Systems within your maintained schools:

1) Which Finance Management System do you use?

2)  Do you mandate a particular Finance Management System to your schools? If so what system?

3) When does the contract expire?

4)  What is the value of the current contract?

5)  Please provide the name, direct telephone number and email address of the contact that manages the procurement process, when looking at Finance Management Systems for your schools.

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 is below:

 

Bedford Borough Council does not mandate which Finance Management System our maintained schools are to use. It is up to each individual school to procure their own Finance Management system.

 

13/12/16

 

9966

 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/9/2016 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/9/2016, 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. 

 

Further to your request for information dated 30/11/16 I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1.         States that the 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 for Public Health Funerals

 

6/1/17

 

 

9967

 

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

Meadway Harrold 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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

13/12/16

 

9968

 

Please could you tell me, under the FOI Act, which three pubs within your district (where your council is responsible for licencing) received the most complaints against them during 2016 (January 1st - present).

Please name the pubs and provide the number of complaints against them. For the highest ranking pub, please also provide the nature of the complaints (i.e. noise complaint, 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 find the information you requested here in respect of number of compliants

 

 

10/1/17

 

9969

 

 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we hereby request that you provide the following information about ALL premises within the Billing Authority area that have a business rates credit on account:

1.     The Address of each non-domestic property within the Billing Authority area with a credit on account

2.     The Billing Authority Reference number of each property

3.     The Rateable Value of each property

4.     The full name of the Rate Payer at each property

5.     The calendar date that the current Rate Payer first became liable for the business rates at each property

6.     Amount of credit on account

7.     What year the credit was created and applied to the account (NOT the year to which the credit applies)

8.     The year / years that the credit relates to

 

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 six monthly(possibly quarterly)

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

12/1/17

 

9970

 

Please can you let me know:

1.   How many childcare providers in your Authority area are currently liable to pay business rates?

2.  How many childcare providers in your Authority area currently pay business rates?

3. How many childcare providers in your Authority are currently receiving business rates discounts or relief?

4.  How many childcare providers have requested local discounts on their business rates, but have been declined by your Authority?Please could you also forward me the minutes of any meetings at which these decisions were 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.

Please find the information you requested below: 

1.  How many childcare providers in your Authority area are currently liable to pay business rates?

The Council does not maintain records on childcare providers.   However, Business Rates data is published on the Council’s website. 

2. How many childcare providers in your Authority area currently pay business rates?Please see response to (1) above.

3.  How many childcare providers in your Authority are currently receiving business rates discounts or relief?

Please see response to (1) above.

4. How many childcare providers have requested local discounts on their business rates, but have been declined by your Authority?

The Council does not maintain records on childcare providers.

The Council’s is currently consulting on the Discretionary Rate Relief policy to take effect from 1 April 2017 and further information can be obtained by clicking here

Please could you also forward me the minutes of any meetings at which these decisions were taken.

Minutes of Council meetings are published on the website

12/1/17

 

9971

 

We are therefore requesting the Pension Fund/ Committee/ Board would set out the appropriate response of the fund to the following questions:

(1) Please provide the two most recent versions of the Statement of Investment Principles (SIP)

(2) Will the fund be reviewing its SIP documents to pursue best practice and review carbon risk management and investment mandates in advance of LGPS pooling? If so when?

(3) Please provide current contract and procurement documents for the Investment Adviser(s) to the Pension Fund Committee.

(4) Please provide current procurement and contract documentation for the external fund manager(s) as set out in investment management agreements.

(5) Please provide a list of compliance breaches identified by the Head of Finance/ s.151 officer and brought to the attention of the Pension Fund Committee, during the last three (3) financial years.

(6) What steps have the Pension Fund Committee and Board taken to address the financial risks posed by climate change?

(7) Since the December 2015 Paris COP agreement, Peabody bankruptcy, and Exxon Mobil downgrade, has the pension fund changed its approach to climate change risks and investment in carbon stocks?

(8) Please provide Pension Fund Committee and Board meeting minutes where climate change, and carbon bubble investment risk was discussed, and minuted 2014 - 2016.

(9) Have you surveyed or formally consulted with your individual members or employers for their views on your ESG policies or practices in the last 10 years?

(10) How much does the fund spend on ESG engagement services and can you give any examples of engagement activities relating to climate change/carbon risk from the last 10 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.

 

Please find the information you requested in respect of pensions

 29/12/16

 

9972

 

 Our environmental search for  De Havilland Avenue, Shortstown, Bedford, is in need of further assessment, and so in order for us to get the search upgraded, please can you provide the following answers back to us via email as soon as possible:

·  Are the Council aware of the above cited historic tank within 100m of the property 

·   Are the Council considering any further action against the study site or any surrounding sites (either informally or formally) under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?

· If the Local Authority are considering further action under this legislation, please establish the level of priority assigned to this site (category level and number within category) and likely timescale (i.e.  approximately how many sites do they investigate per annum)

 

Thank you for your request for information about  De Havilland Avenue, Bedford which we received on 12th December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

No records are held with the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department of any tanks within 100m of the site. According to our Petroleum Officer, Richard Chattaway:

‘It is possible that the address was part of the old airfield, or that the tanks were situated there, which would have made them Crown property, and therefore we would have no record.’

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. Neither this site, nor any adjacent sites, are listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites.

12/1/17

 

9973

 

 RE:Quenby Way, Bromham, Bedford,

Please could you supply the following Con29 information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

Con29 3.3 Drainage is the property served by sustainable urban drainage system/ Are there any SuDs featured within the boundary of the property? If yes, is the owner responsible for maintenance?
Con29 3.7Do 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; (f) public healthor (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

Con29 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 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?

 

 

Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

23/12/16

 

9974

 

 Can you please tell me who at the council is responsible for checking the health & safety competence, training certificates & insurances of contractors used within the council's frameworks

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

This is a combination between the relevant service areas and the procurement team. In the first instance this is checked with the relevant Category Manager dealing with the tender on behalf of the service area.

16/12/16

 

9975

 

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

Tandys Close

Turvey

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

13/12/16

 

9976

 

 

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

Norcott Mead Shortstown

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

13/12/16

 

9977

 

Q1a - How many Private roads have been adopted by the County Council in the past 10 years?  (please provide a yearly breakdowns if possible)

Q1b - How many had section 38 (of the Highways Act 1980) agreements?

Q2a - How many Private roads are in the process or waiting to be assessed to be adopted?

Q2b - How many of those had section 38 (of the Highways Act 1980) agreements?

Q3 - How many of those were from new built estates, homes or businesses - constructed in the past 10 years?

Q4 - In total - how much money did the Council need to spend to adopt/ change the roads to the standard required to be a public road in the past 10 years? (please provide yearly breakdowns if possible).

Thank you for your request for information about road adoptions which we received on 13 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  We have been through our records to provide responses to your questions within our time limit to avoid having to make a charge for this information.  To the best of our knowledge the information you requested is as follows:

Q1a - How many Private roads have been adopted by the Council in the past 10 years?  (please provide a yearly breakdown if possible)

98 roads have been adopted by Bedford Borough Council in the past 10 years, as per the attached spreadsheet.

Q1b - How many had section 38 (of the Highways Act 1980) agreements?

All of the roads adopted were included within section 38 agreements.

Q2a - How many Private roads are in the process or waiting to be assessed to be adopted?

330 roads or lengths of roads over 134 development sites.

Q2b - How many of those had section 38 (of the Highways Act 1980) agreements?

53 development sites have section 38 agreements in place, and 81 sites where the section 38 agreement is in progress.

Q3 - How many of those were from new built estates, homes or businesses - constructed in the past 10 years?

108 of the 134 sites are under construction or were constructed in the past 10 years.

Q4 - In total - how much money did the Council need to spend to adopt / change the roads to the standard required to be a public road in the past 10 years? (please provide yearly breakdowns if possible).

The Council has not spent any money making up private roads in the past 10 years.

11/1/17

 

9978

 

I would like the information to be emailed to me in electronic form. 

Please confirm:-

1) total number of all assessments liable for non-domestic (business) rates in the local authority area.

2) in the financial years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016 to 30th November 2016 please advise:-

I) total number of summons issued in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates)

II) total number of Liability Orders obtained in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates)

III) total number of referrals made to Enforcement Officers (Bailiffs) to enforce Liability Orders for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates)

 

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) total number of all assessments liable for non-domestic (business) rates in the local authority area.
There are currently 5,279 hereditaments on the Rating List in the Bedford Borough Council area.
2) in the financial years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016 to 30th November 2016 please advise:-
I) total number of summons issued in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates)
II) total number of Liability Orders obtained in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates)
III) total number of referrals made to Enforcement Officers (Bailiffs) to enforce Liability Orders for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates)
Activity   2014/15    2015/16      2016-17
                                                  to 30/11/16

Summonses
issued        797          645                579


Liability Orders
 obtained   480           415                 337


Referrals to
enforcement  322     110                  173
Agents

12/1/17

 

9979

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Please tell me: 

1) The number of people awaiting the start of an initial package of adult social care on the week beginning 5th December 2016. (i.e. excluding increases to existing packages).

2) The single longest number of days an individual had been waiting for the commencement of an initial adult social care package on 5th December 2016. 

3) The total number of hours of adult social care that went unmet the week beginning 5th December 2016 (i.e. hours that had been approved but went unmet between 5th and 9th December).

 

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

1)    The number of people awaiting the start of an initial package of adult social care on the week beginning 5th December 2016. (i.e. excluding increases to existing packages).

16.

2)    The single longest number of days an individual had been waiting for the commencement of an initial adult social care package on 5th December 2016.

28 days.

3)    The total number of hours of adult social care that went unmet the week beginning 5th December 2016 (i.e. hours that had been approved but went unmet between 5th and 9th December).

If it were possible to provide an accurate difference between commissioned and actual hours delivered, the data for actual delivery would come from the care providers invoices. The provider invoices that cover the period 5th – 9th Dec will not reach us until mid January 2017 at the earliest.

The actual delivery of care on most providers invoices would be given as a total number of hours delivered to a particular client for a 4 week/monthly period. Therefore if there was a difference between the commissioned and actual hours it would not be possible to say how many of these ‘unmet’ hours fell in the date range the FOI request is asking for.

In summary, When provider real time call monitoring (CM2000) is implemented, we would be able to make an accurate calculation of ‘unmet’ hours but at present this is not possible.

 

9980

 

Would you please provide me with the following information for commercial premises which are currently vacant and where the rateable value of the property exceeds £5,000;
- The full address including postcode
- The name of the account holder where it is not an individual (if it is, please leave blank)
- The rateable value of the property
- The date on which the premises first became vacant
- The type of property (if such information is easily included)

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 six monthly(possibly quarterly)

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

3/1/17

 

9981

 

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

Haynes 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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

28/12/16

 

9982

 

  Could you please provide me with a list of Dates and Times for the last 3 years that a PCN has been issued under a Code 1  for Castle Road , Bedford  (if possible can it be narrowed to the stretch between Albany  Road and the Roundabout with the church)

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.

Dates and times between the following 01/12/2013 – 01/12/2016 on the stretch of road requested.

19/12/2013 – 08:04

23/12/2013 – 08:58

23/12/2013 – 09:06

09/01/2014 – 08:07

12/01/2014 – 10:21

12/02/2014 – 16:03

15/03/2014 – 08:08

10/05/2014 – 09:15

13/07/2014 – 10:34

19/10/2014 – 11:30

16/04/2015 – 08:04

17/05/2015 – 11:35

12/06/2015 – 08:04

29/06/2015 – 08:21

17/09/2015 – 10:46

21/12/2015 – 10:13

24/04/2016 – 16:32

17/07/2016 – 16:36

10/10/2016 – 08:11

08/10/2016 – 08:42

06/10/2016 – 09:26

24/11/2016 – 08:26

15/12/16

 

9983

 

Q – How many requests to adopt Private Roads have the authority rejected in the past 10 years?

Q – How many of those were part of a new business or residential estate/project built in the past 10 years? 

Thank you for your request for information about the adoption of private roads which we received on 14 December 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

How many requests to adopt Private Roads have the authority rejected in the past 10 years?

The information you have requested falls under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. This is because the Council does not hold records of refusals to adopt private roads.

The Council will however refuse to adopt roads that are not constructed in full compliance with its standards and specifications. The Council actively encourage developers to offer new roads for adoption and will adopt all roads that are constructed in accordance with the standards and requirements.

Where developers decide not to build roads to adoptable standards subsequent requests for the road to be adopted would be refused without works being completed to bring the roads up to the required standard.

How many of those were part of a new business or residential estate/project built in the past 10 years?

Whilst Bedford Borough Council encourages developers to offer all developments of more than 5 dwellings for adoption, we do not have the powers to force developers to do so. It isn’t unusual for developers to construct roads with the intention of them remaining private in perpetuity and as such several private roads have been built in the borough in the last 10 years.

12/1/17

 

9984

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to ask that you supply copies of all responses provided by your local authority to the following Home Office correspondence concerning local authority capacity to care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

(a)    The letter dated 8 September 2016 sent to ‘All Local Council Leaders’ by Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Immigration. This letter had the heading ‘UNACCOMPANIED ASYLUM SEEKING AND REFUGEE CHILDREN’; and

(b)    The letter dated 14 October 2016 sent to Local Authority Leaders by the Rt Hon Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, and Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families. This letter had no heading but  concerned local authority capacity to care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and began with ‘At the start of September the Immigration Minister wrote to you to ask you to participate...”; and

(c)    Any other request by the Home Office for indications of how many places your local authority would be willing to offer to unaccompanied asylum seeking children under s.67 Immigration Act 2016, ‘the Dubs Amendment’ or under the National Transfer Scheme.

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

We write on behalf of our client, Help Refugees Ltd, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to ask that you supply copies of all responses provided by your local authority to the following Home Office correspondence concerning local authority capacity to care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

 

(a)  The letter dated 8 September 2016 sent to ‘All Local Council Leaders’ by Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Immigration. This letter had the heading ‘UNACCOMPANIED ASYLUM SEEKING AND REFUGEE CHILDREN’; and

(b)  The letter dated 14 October 2016 sent to Local Authority Leaders by the Rt Hon Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, and Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families. This letter had no heading but  concerned local authority capacity to care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and began with ‘At the start of September the Immigration Minister wrote to you to ask you to participate...”; and

(c)  Any other request by the Home Office for indications of how many places your local authority would be willing to offer to unaccompanied asylum seeking children under s.67 Immigration Act 2016, ‘the Dubs Amendment’ or under the National Transfer Scheme

Bedford  Borough has committed to taking  UASC up to 0.07% of its under 18 children population (This is approximately 26 children/young people) as required under the regional and national protocol. these will arrive from a variety of sources  including the national transfer scheme. In addition we are cooperating with the Home office in respect of any Dublin Treaty children /young people with a family connection to Bedford..  In addition we are currently supporting former UASC through leaving care and Bedford is committed to providing a home for up to 10 Syrian families and we are currently awaiting our fifth arrival.

There is no single reply to the letters you refer to rather Bedford’s commitment has been relayed via a number of routes but mainly through the regional response coordinated by the ADCS working with our  strategic migration office hosted by the EELGA.

We trust that this information meets your request.

11/1/17

 

9985

 

I am researching cloud computing in the public sector and would like to know the following

1. How many data centres does your organisation currently operate?

1a.  What is the total count of servers within those facilities?

1b.  What is the breakdown of operating systems, including versions (e.g. Windows Server 2008 R2) used on those servers?

2.    Are these data centres supplied through a contract?

2a.  If so, who is the primary operator and when is your current contract due to expire?

3.    What is your annual IT budget?

4.    Do you currently use a public cloud Infrastructure provider for any of your IT provision

4a.  If so, which public cloud vendors are you currently using?

5.    Do you have a current Transformation programme in place?

5a. if so, what are the timeframes for this to be completed?

5b. Who is your transformation lead?

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

1.    How many data centres does your organisation currently operate? 2

1a.  What is the total count of servers within those facilities? 48 Blades (but 32 are being decommissioned) and 400 virtual servers

1b.  What is the breakdown of operating systems, including versions (e.g. Windows Server 2008 R2) used on those servers? Windows 2008R2/2012/2012R2

2.    Are these data centres supplied through a contract? No

2a.  If so, who is the primary operator and when is your current contract due to expire? n/a

3.    What is your annual IT budget? The overall IT budget for 2016/17 is £2,381,000

4.    Do you currently use a public cloud Infrastructure provider for any of your IT provision No

4a.  If so, which public cloud vendors are you currently using? n/a

5.    Do you have a current Transformation programme in place? Yes

5a. if so, what are the timeframes for this to be completed? 2020/21

5b. Who is your transformation lead? Mark Stephens, Assistant Chief Executive (Business Transformation)

21/12/16

 

9986

 

RE:Bower Street, Bedford

Please could you supply the following Con29 information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:

Con29 3.3 Drainage is the property served by sustainable urban drainage system/ Are there any SuDs featured within the boundary of the property? If yes, is the owner responsible for maintenance?
Con29 3.7Do 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; (f) public healthor (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

Con29 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29 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?

 

 

Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

23/12/16

 

9987

 

Please could I request the following under the Freedom of Information Act:

Can you tell me how many referrals you received from GPs about child safeguarding in: 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 (latest figures, please specify what date). 

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.

2013/14 = 0  2014/15 = 8  2015/16 = 9

2016/17 (latest figures, please specify what date). As at 30th November 2016 = 9

16/12/16

 

 

9988

 

I would like a full and up to date list of businesses and companies in your area that have become liable for business rates between the 1st to the 14th December please.

Please include the business name, rv, address and date they bacame liable.

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 six monthly(possibly quarterly)

Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

3/1/17

 

9989

 

Please could you provide us with the following:

1.  How many sports coaches or people involved in overseeing sports clubs have been referred to your LADO or designated officer, or authority, because of child welfare concerns, broken down by year over the last three full calendar years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

2. Please say which sports were involved.

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. 

Year                                Jan – Dec 2014
Total Number of Referrals        3
Sports          Football x 2    Gymnastics x1

Year                                   Jan – Dec 2015
Total Number of Referrals  0
Sports                                  N/A     
    
Year                                  Jan - Dec 2016  
Total Number of Referrals  3
Sports                               Swimming  x1
                                         Tennis x1
                                         Football x1

4/1/16

 

9990

 

1. I would like to request your records of individuals and companies successfully prosecuted for offences under the Housing Act 2004 from 1 January 2015 until the 1 December 2016. This is likely to include: name, business address, rental address, offence, fine, sentence etc.

2. I would like to request your private rented sector enforcement records - where you record improvement notices, emergency remedial notices, hazard awareness notices and prohibition notices - from November 2010 until November 2016 (or whatever date range you have available). This is likely to include: landlord name, business address, rental addresses, notice types, date, hazards, outcome etc. But please exclude the tenant/complainants name(s).

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom

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

 

Plese contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the request

17/1/17

 

9991

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information regarding your local welfare assistance scheme:

1.       The total number of applications received each year by your local assistance scheme since April 2013.

2.       The total number of successful applications who have received support each year from your local assistance scheme since April 2013.

3.       Where your local assistance scheme has multiple strands (e.g. Crisis Grants and Community Support Grants) could you also provide the information requested above in 1 and 2 for each strand.

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

1.  The total number of applications received each year by your local assistance scheme since April 2013.

Home in the Community Grants

2013/14 - 338

2014/15 - 293

2015/16 – 242

Crisis Grants

We are unable to provide this information as the numbers of calls received are not always applications for crisis grants, but a mixture of queries, signposting and general advice given.

2.  The total number of successful applications who have received support each year from your local assistance scheme since April 2013.

Home in the Community Grants

2013/14 – 173

2014/15 – 110

2015/16 – 88

Crisis Grants

2013/14 – 227

2014/15 – 112

2015/16 – 42

Foodbank(Cash grants are not awarded for the provision of food unless there are exceptional circumstances. The policy states the Local Welfare Provision make referrals to local foodbanks for the provision of food to eligible persons.)

2013/14 – 742

2014/15 – 605

2015/16 – 232

3.       Where your local assistance scheme has multiple strands (e.g. Crisis Grants and Community Support Grants) could you also provide the information requested above in 1 and 2 for each strand.

See above 

17/1/17

 

9992

 

1. Number, type, model and manufacturer of any Pay and Display machines in the Local Authority area
2. Any communication from the manufacturer, machine supplier or servicing company concerning known failure modes e.g jams, payment not registering etc
3. Any communication from the manufacturer, machine supplier or servicing company concerning unexpected failure modes.

 I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 
Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested below.
1. Number, type, model and manufacturer of any Pay and Display machines in the Local Authority area   
84 Metric Elite pay and display
15 Metric Aura pay and display
82 Metric Accent pay and display
2 Parkeon Strada pay and display
14 Amano pay on foot
12 Metric Elite pay and display
2. Any communication from the manufacturer, machine supplier or servicing company concerning known failure modes e.g jams, payment not registering etc
 All of our machines are serviced in house as we do not hold a service contract at present.
3. Any communication from the manufacturer, machine supplier or servicing company concerning unexpected failure modes.
 None

12/1/17

 

9993

 

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

 Folkes Road 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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

Thank you for your requests for information.  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:

Search Plans 

The data used for answering questions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7(e) is accessible for viewing on appointment directly with Highways Development Control.

Please contact

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information

 

28/12/16

 

9994

 

I am requesting:

·  A copy of any written advice sent from the council (acting in its capacity as a local education authority) to primary school head teachers or board of governors in regards to participation in the boycott

· A copy of any written advice sent to head teachers/governors which discusses the possibility of head teachers being in breach of contract if they participated in the boycott

·  An answer to the following questions:

o   Did the council seek to encourage schools not to participate in the boycott?

o   Did the council take no stance on whether schools should participate in the boycott?

o   Did the council inform head teachers that they might be in breach of contract if they participated in the boycott?

 

 

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. 

 

Response:  No we do not have any of the information.

 

 

4/1/17