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9492

 

 

Where provisions to tackle antisocial behaviour contained in the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (Injunction to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance, Community Protection Notice, Public Space Protection Order, Criminal Behaviour Order) have been used against rough sleeping (see below for a definition of rough sleeping) or associated behaviours (e.g. placement of material deemed to be bedding on the floor; sleeping in public; sleeping out after dark), how many of the following interventions have been made for failing to comply with any of the measures, between the Act’s implementation in October 2014 and April 2016:

 

a)            Prosecutions

b)            Convictions

c)            Fixed Penalty Notices

d)            Cautions

e)            Fines

f)            Prison sentences

 

If possible within the cost limits, could you give the demographic breakdown of the aggregate number of interventions? So looking at prosecutions, convictions, Fixed Penalty Notices, cautions, fines and prison sentences as one whole group, what is the demographic breakdown (gender, nationality, ethnicity and whether adult or child) of this group?

 

And also, how many of each of these early interventions commonly used to resolve antisocial behaviour before resorting to provisions in the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, have been used to tackle rough sleeping or associated behaviours (eg. placement of material deemed to be bedding on the floor; sleeping in public; sleeping out after dark) between the Act’s implementation in October 2014 and April 2016:

 

a)            Warnings

b)            Community Remedies

c)            Mediations

d)            Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

e)            Referrals to support or counselling services

f)            Community Protection Notice Warnings

 

If possible within the costs limits, could you give the demographic breakdown of the aggregate number of these early interventions? So looking at warnings, community remedies, mediations, Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, and referrals to support or counselling services as one whole group, what is the demographic breakdown (gender, nationality, ethnicity and whether adult or child) of this group?

 

Could you clarify whether you are only recording data on interventions for failing to comply for cases that your authority is responsible for?

 

Definition of rough sleeping:

Rough sleeping means that you do not have anywhere to sleep in. People bedding down in doorways, cars, derelict buildings, sheds, tents (excluding campsites) or any other place that is not designed and is unsuitable for people to sleep in are classed as sleeping rough.

 

 

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

 

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

 

29/9/16

 

9493

 

 On line survey regarding the price and availability of older people’s social care services in your area.

 

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

 

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

30/9/16

 

9494

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with an extract from the annual complaints reports data for every aggressive animal complaint for 2015 and 2016 to date, including:

 

The date the complaint was submitted.

The specie of the animal that caused the complaint.

The variety/breed of the animal that caused the complaint.

A description of the complaint.

If it was a repeat complaint about the same animal. (Yes or No)

 

 

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

 

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

27/9/16

 

9495

 

 

1a) Between April 1st 2015 and March 31st 2016 how many looked after children are you aware of who were placed in your area by other local authorities

1b) Of these children how many did you receive notification about their placement from
The placing local authority only 
Their children’s home only
The foster agency only 
Other placements (like secure units, supported accommodation) only 
Both the local authority and the placement 
No notification – they came to our attention because they went missing 
No notification – they came to our attention for other reasons like criminal or anti-social behaviour, sexual exploitation etc. 

2.a) In what setting does your local authority operationally assess the risks to and responses needed for missing children?
Through a multi-agency safeguarding hub which deals with a range of safeguarding requests
 
Through a multi-agency missing children’s team
 
Through the local authority’s safeguarding ‘front door’ which deals with a range of safeguarding requests
 
Through a dedicated missing children team based within your local authority
 
Other mechanism (please describe) 

b) If you monitor and respond to missing episodes in a multi-agency partnership (for example through a multi-agency safeguarding hub) please could you list all the organisations that have a permanent and co-located staff member in the partnership and all the members who have a virtual presence or contribute on a case by case basis?
Permanent co-located member
Virtual member/case-by-case participant
3a) When the police receive a report of a missing child and need to conduct a risk assessment to determine their immediate response what local authority information do they have access to? (tick each that applies)
 Missing from care Missing from home
Police have read only access to children’s social care database in real time
  
Police access children’s social care information through a multi-agency hub database
  
Police do not have access to local authority information systems at the time of initial assessment 
 

b) Do you provide your police force with a risk assessment when a looked after child from another local authority is placed within you area?
No Yes Only for high risk looked after children
  

c) When you place a child out of area and within the boundary of a different police force to your own do you provide this police force with a risk assessment to inform any missing person investigation related to the child?
No Yes Only for high risk looked after children
  


4a) Which children, whom your local authority is responsible for, receive an offer of a return interview? (tick all that apply)
Children missing from family home 
Children absent from family home 
Looked after children missing from care 
Looked after children absent from care 
Children reported as going missing from school 
None 
Interviews are provided on a case by case basis 

b) Who provides these return interviews: (tick one box for each category)
 Local authority staff External provider Both  Neither
Children missing from the family home
    
Children absent from the family home
    
Looked after children missing from care    
Looked after children absent from care    
 
c) Do you have arrangements in place to offer return interviews to looked after children living in your area that have been placed there by other local authorities? (Yes/No)
We provide return interviews for all out of area looked after children placed in our locality 
We provide a spot purchase service for local authorities who have placed children in our area 
We do not provide return interviews to children placed in our area by other local authorities 

5a) How do you share information from return interviews with your police force? (tick the one that most closely reflects your practice)
Children’s Services collate all the information centrally and then pass relevant details to the police 
An external provider collates all the information centrally and then passes relevant details to the police 
Individual practitioners pass on relevant information according to their professional judgement 
Return interview forms are automatically shared with the police in full with no redaction 
A relevant summary of the interview/key intelligence/safeguarding issues only is shared with the police in all instances 
A relevant summary of the interview/key intelligence/safeguarding issues only is shared with the police on a case by case basis 
Information from return interviews is not routinely shared with the police 
Our return interview providers/team are co-located with the police to share information 

b) Do you have an information sharing protocol or agreement in place between yourselves, the police and any return interview providers in relation to sharing information about missing children? If so please attach.


6)
a) How many children classified as either missing or absent between 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016) were assessed to be at high risk of harm because of:
i) child sexual exploitation
ii) gang involvement
iii) criminal activity
iv) trafficking
v) risk of suicide
vi) substance misuse

b) How many return interviews did you/your external provider complete for missing children in the year April 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016


c) As a result of return interviews conducted between April 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016 how many children and young people have been:
Referred to early help services 
Referred to a family intervention team 
Found to be a child in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 
Taken into care by the local authority 
Referred to CAMHS 
The subject of a strategy meeting 
Put on child protection plan 
Provided with intensive help to reduce missing episodes 
Provided with group-work to reduce missing episodes 

d) Please attach or summarise your policy regarding support following a missing episodes

 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

1a) Between April 1st 2015 and March 31st 2016 how many looked after children are you aware of who were placed in your area by other local authorities
175 at any point during 2015/16


1b) Of these children how many did you receive notification about their placement from
The placing local authority only
 
Their children’s home only
 
The foster agency only
 
Other placements (like secure units, supported accommodation) only
 
Both the local authority and the placement
 
No notification – they came to our attention because they went missing 
No notification – they came to our attention for other reasons like criminal or anti-social behaviour, sexual exploitation etc. 

Response:  Unable to provide this information as to obtain this would exceed the fees limit (*)

2.a) In what setting does your local authority operationally assess the risks to and responses needed for missing children?
Through a multi-agency safeguarding hub which deals with a range of safeguarding requests
 Missing Children are dealt with via MASH
Through a multi-agency missing children’s team
 
Through the local authority’s safeguarding ‘front door’ which deals with a range of safeguarding requests
 
Through a dedicated missing children team based within your local authority
 
Other mechanism (please describe)
 

Response: Unable to provide this information as to obtain this would exceed the fees limit (*)

b) If you monitor and respond to missing episodes in a multi-agency partnership (for example through a multi-agency safeguarding hub) please could you list all the organisations that have a permanent and co-located staff member in the partnership and all the members who have a virtual presence or contribute on a case by case basis?
Permanent co-located member Virtual member/case-by-case participant
Health
Police
Children’s Social Care
Early Help Housing
YOT
Drug and Alcohol
Probation
Adults Social Care
Education

3a) When the police receive a report of a missing child and need to conduct a risk assessment to determine their immediate response what local authority information do they have access to? (tick each that applies)
 Missing from care Missing from home
Police have read only access to children’s social care database in real time
 No No
Police access children’s social care information through a multi-agency hub database
 Yes Yes
Police do not have access to local authority information systems at the time of initial assessment 
N/A 
N/A

b) Do you provide your police force with a risk assessment when a looked after child from another local authority is placed within you area?
No Yes Only for high risk looked after children
X  

c) When you place a child out of area and within the boundary of a different police force to your own do you provide this police force with a risk assessment to inform any missing person investigation related to the child?
No Yes Only for high risk looked after children
X  

4a) Which children, whom your local authority is responsible for, receive an offer of a return interview? (tick all that apply)
Children missing from family home Yes
Children absent from family home Yes
Looked after children missing from care Yes
Looked after children absent from care Yes
Children reported as going missing from school 
None 
Interviews are provided on a case by case basis Yes

b) Who provides these return interviews: (tick one box for each category)
 Local authority staff External provider Both  Neither
Children missing from the family home
   Yes 
Children absent from the family home
   Yes 
Looked after children missing from care   Yes 
Looked after children absent from care   Yes 
 
c) Do you have arrangements in place to offer return interviews to looked after children living in your area that have been placed there by other local authorities? (Yes/No)
We provide return interviews for all out of area looked after children placed in our locality 
We provide a spot purchase service for local authorities who have placed children in our area Yes
We do not provide return interviews to children placed in our area by other local authorities 

5a) How do you share information from return interviews with your police force? (tick the one that most closely reflects your practice)
Children’s Services collate all the information centrally and then pass relevant details to the police 
An external provider collates all the information centrally and then passes relevant details to the police 
Individual practitioners pass on relevant information according to their professional judgement X
Return interview forms are automatically shared with the police in full with no redaction 
A relevant summary of the interview/key intelligence/safeguarding issues only is shared with the police in all instances 
A relevant summary of the interview/key intelligence/safeguarding issues only is shared with the police on a case by case basis 
Information from return interviews is not routinely shared with the police 
Our return interview providers/team are co-located with the police to share information 

b) Do you have an information sharing protocol or agreement in place between yourselves, the police and any return interview providers in relation to sharing information about missing children? If so please attach.

Response: No

6)
a) How many children classified as either missing or absent between 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016) were assessed to be at high risk of harm because of:
i) child sexual exploitation  - 13 recorded as at risk of child sexual exploitation
ii) gang involvement - Not recorded on client database
iii) criminal activity - Not recorded on client database
iv) trafficking - Not recorded on client database
v) risk of suicide - Not recorded on client database
vi) substance misuse  - Not recorded on client database

b) How many return interviews did you/your external provider complete for missing children in the year April 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016
Not recorded on client database

Response 6(a) ii, iii, iv, v, vi and (b): Unable to provide this information as to obtain this would exceed the fees limit (*)

c) As a result of return interviews conducted between April 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016 how many children and young people have been:
Referred to early help services 
Referred to a family intervention team 
Found to be a child in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 
Taken into care by the local authority 
Referred to CAMHS 
The subject of a strategy meeting 
Put on child protection plan 
Provided with intensive help to reduce missing episodes 
Provided with group-work to reduce missing episodes 

Response 6 a, b, c:   Unable to provide this information as to obtain this would exceed the fees limit (*)

d) Please attach or summarise your policy regarding support following a missing episodes

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

28/9/16

 

9496

 

 

I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 about Business Rates Accounts held by your Council:

·         Account Name

·         Account Start Date

·         Billing Authority Reference

·         Current 2010 List Rateable Value

·         Details of any reliefs where applied, including a further breakdown if possible of:

o   Type of relief applied

o   Date the relief was applied

o   Value of the relief

·         Full Address of the rated assessment

·         Billing Address

·         Occupied/Empty Status

·         Description

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

5/9/16

 

9497

 

1. How many teachers have taken time off during term time due to stress or anxiety over the past five academic years (2010-2015)?

2. For each teacher who has taken time off for stress or anxiety, please tell me:

A) The number of days they took off, for each of the past five academic years (2010-2015)

B) The name of the school where they worked

 

 

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 the information but that it may be held by individual schools.

 

16/9/16

 

9498

 

 

I would like to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I am currently looking at the use of Direct Payments by people with a learning disability. 

 

Please could you let me know:

 

1) 2014/2015. Please can you tell me how many adults with a learning disability aged between 18 - 64 received a Direct Payment from your authority for the costs of all or part of their services between April 2014 and March 2015?

 

2) 2015/1016. Please can you tell me how many adults with a learning disability aged 18 - 64 received a Direct Payment from your authority for the costs of all or part of their services between April 2015 and March 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.

 

1)    2014/2015. Please can you tell me how many adults with a learning disability aged between 18 - 64 received a Direct Payment from your authority for the costs of all or part of their services between April 2014 and March 2015? 51.

 

2)    2015/1016. Please can you tell me how many adults with a learning disability aged 18 - 64 received a Direct Payment from your authority for the costs of all or part of their services between April 2015 and March 2016? 45

28/9/16

 

9499

 

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

Grenadier Close

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

5/9/16

 

9500

 

 

I would be grateful if you could provide me with a formal quotation to obtain full details of all Personal Injury Accidents that have occurred within the area of Bedford over the past five years, up to the most recent data available.

The area covers Polhill Avenue, the B660 (Kimbolton Road)  and the surrounding roads and junctions 

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Personal Injury Accidents which you originally e-mailed to us on 4 August 2016 and I apologise that you did not receive an acknowledgement.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

 

As requested, please find attached accident data for the past five years for Kimbolton Road and Polhill Avenue, Bedford.  The data is presented in a summary, detailed reports of each incident, and a location plan.

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

2/9/16

 

9501

 

 

1.      Have you used emergency accommodation in the financial year 2015/16 for young runaways aged under 16?

A)     Yes  B) No

 

2.      If yes, how many bed spaces have been used for young runaways aged under 16 accommodated in an emergency after going missing in the financial year 2015/2016.

 

3.      How many  police protection orders have been issued for young runaways aged under 16 who cannot immediately access emergency accommodation or return home safely between the hours of 2200 and 0600 in the financial year 2015/16?

 

4.      What emergency accommodation provision to you have for 16 and 17 year olds which can be accessed by young runaways?

 

5.      I would also like to publish this data externally. Please can you confirm this is ok.

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

  1. Have you used emergency accommodation in the financial year 2015/16 for young runaways aged under 16?

A)    Yes  B) No

Response: Yes

 

  1. If yes, how many bed spaces have been used for young runaways aged under 16 accommodated in an emergency after going missing in the financial year 2015/2016.

 

  1. How many  police protection orders have been issued for young runaways aged under 16 who cannot immediately access emergency accommodation or return home safely between the hours of 2200 and 0600 in the financial year 2015/16? 

 

Response Q2 & 3: As “runaway” is not a category on our client management system we cannot collate the data to identify accommodation provided to young runaways as opposed that which has been provided to all children and young people.

In order for us to obtain this information would require us to check all children’s and young people’s files manually and doing this would take over 18 hours.

 

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 and 3.

 

 

  1. What emergency accommodation provision to you have for 16 and 17 year olds which can be accessed by young runaways?

 

Response – We have a number of local providers of independent supported accommodation in the area and local authority supported lodgings and crash pads. We currently sport purchase and 2 of the providers will take emergency referrals.  We are considering for the future the benefits of a Framework of providers or a Dynamic Purchasing System.

 

I would also like to publish this data externally. Please can you confirm this is ok. - Yes

 

29/9/16

 

9502

 

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.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

5/9/16

 

9503

 

 

Please can you provide me with the following under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

a)      List of all Commercial properties and their addresses within your Billing Authority

b)      The names of the Rate Payers

c)       Billing Authority Reference

d)      Rateable value

e)      The date the rate payer first became liable

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

5/9/16

 

9504

 

RE: Riverside close

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information in relation to the above subject property.

1. The property is part of an established development. We require details of the extent of public drains and sewers for which they hold maintenance and renewal liabilities. 

Thank you for your request for information about 12 Aldwyk Court, Riverside Court which we received on 4 September 2016 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 not held by Bedford Borough Council.

6/9/16

 

9505

 

 

1.       Please provide details of the agencies that have access to the information that a family has been attached to the Troubled Families Programme. (May I suggest a list.) For example, the DWP, the police, schools, etc.

 

2.      What is the nature of their access to this information? For example, is the information available on their IT systems? Or can they access the information via other agencies’ IT systems? If so, what is the terms of this access?

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

1.       Please provide details of the agencies that have access to the information that a family has been attached to the Troubled Families Programme. (May I suggest a list.) For example, the DWP, the police, schools, etc.

 

Response:

·       Internal managers within Bedford Borough Council’s Early Help Service.

·       Bedfordshire Police

·       Department of Work & Pensions

·       Bedford Youth Offending Service

 

 

2.      What is the nature of their access to this information? For example, is the information available on their IT systems? Or can they access the information via other agencies’ IT systems? If so, what is the terms of this access?

 

Response:

·       Internal managers within Bedford Borough Council’s Early Help Service – We send them details of the Troubled Families cohort at the begging of every month. This will include details of the family members (name, D.o.B, address etc.) in a spreadsheet format. This includes all families currently existing on the Troubled Families cohort, and all families that are now closed to us.

 

 

·       Bedfordshire Police - We send them details of the Troubled Families cohort at the begging of every month. This will include details of the family members (name, D.o.B, address etc.) in a spreadsheet format. This includes all families currently existing on the Troubled Families cohort, and all families that are now closed to us. This information is sent via a secure GCSX email account.

 

·       Department of Work & Pensions – WE only provide information to set markers on DWPs Labour Market System, to update which families are receiving out-of-work benefits, and are either on or off the programme. No personal details are submitted. WE will update the ‘LMS markers’ once a month.

 

 

·       Bedford Youth Offending Service - We send them details of the Troubled Families cohort at the begging of every month. This will include details of the family members (name, D.o.B, address etc.) in a spreadsheet format. This includes all families currently existing on the Troubled Families cohort, and all families that are now closed to us.

 

 

3/10/16

 

9506

 

 

1.       How many road bridges are you responsible for maintaining?

2.       For each of the last three financial years (2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14) how many Principal Inspections have taken place

3.       For each of the last three financial years (2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14) how many General Inspections have taken place?

4.       For each of the last three financial years (2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14) how many Structural reviews and/or BD21 assessments have been conducted?

5.       How many sub-standard (in terms of capacity) and/or weight restricted bridges do you have?

6.       Of these, how many do you intend to return to full load carrying capacity in the next 5 years?

7.       How many bridges would you return to full load carrying capacity if you had no resource restrictions?

8.       How many of your bridges require post tensioned special inspections (PSTIs)? How many of those have had PSTIs within the last 18 years?

9.       What is the current Depreciation (i.e. difference between your GRC and DRC as declared for your WGA return for 2015/16)?

10.   Have you calculated your back log (or workbank) for bridges? What is the calculated value of your backlog of road bridges, or your best estimate if a calculated value is not available?

11.   What is the annual cost of maintaining your bridge stock at its current level (standstill budget)?

12.   Given that the DfT settlement for Highways Maintenance has an indicative allocation for bridges, what proportion of that settlement does your authority allocate to the structural maintenance of bridges?

13.   In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge for local highway authority bridge engineers over the next 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 which is attached.

 

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

27/916

 

9507

 

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

 Woden Gardens

Great Denham

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

5/9/16

 

9508

 

 I have been wanting to send a freedom of information request relating to the Council’s existing contracts relating to facilities management.
 
A.      Lift Service and Maintenance
B.      Air Conditioning and Ventilation Servicing and Maintenance
C.      Cleaning and Janitorial
D.      Mechanical And Electrical Maintenance
E.       Property Maintenance And Day To Day Repairs
 
In regards to the types of contracts I have displayed above can you please send the Council’s primary contracts? Or can you please send me the contract that are above £1000.
Also, so that I understand the information you have provided to me please state information if the Council doesn’t have any contract I have stated within this request.
 
1.       Contract Type – Please use the list I have provided above
2.       Existing Supplier – Please state the supplier for each contract
3.       Annual Spend- Please can you provide me with the spend for each individual supplier
4.       Contract Duration- please note if there are any extensions period available and if so what?
5.       Contract Start
6.       Contract Expiry
7.       Contract Review
8.       Contract Description- a small description of the type of services included within each contract.
9.       Number of sites covered for each contract e.g. the Council may have a maintenance agreement with a supplier that covers several sites/buildings.
10.   Can you also send me the contact details of the person within the Council that is responsible for each one of these contract your have submitted.

 

 

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 excel sheet.

 

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

26/9/16

 

9509

 

 

Can you please advise what arrangements are in place for the management of the following services: -

·         Parking enforcement and ticketing

·         Car parks management

·         Pay and display

·         Parking  machine cash collection

Please provide details for both on-street and off-street parking.

If some, or all, elements are managed in-house please say so. If any elements, or the whole service, are contracted out to a third-party company can you tell me the details for each as follows: -

1. The name of the contractor

2. Start date of the contract

3. Contract term (plus any extension options not yet exercised)

4. End data of contract

5. Annual value of the contract

6. Full description of the services covered (e.g. back-office, on-street ticketing, council car parks 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 below. 

Can you please advise what arrangements are in place for the management of the following services: -

·    Parking enforcement and ticketing /in house

·    Car parks management/in house

·     Pay and display/in house

·     Parking machine cash collection/ Jade Security, contract started on 01/06/2013 - Contract term 4 years - End date of contract 31/03/2017 - Value of contract £615,205.48 - Cash collection from car parks and on street machines

 

16/9/16

 

9510

 

 

How much money your local authority spent enforcing regulations on emissions control, waste and contaminated land (separately) in 1995, 2005 and 2015 (separately).

 

How many FTE staff you had employed on emissions control, waste and contaminated land (separately) in 1995, 2005 and 2015 (separately).

 

Whether the income received from industry charges for these regulatory activities covers the full costs incurred by your authority?

 

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

 

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

4/10/16

 

9511

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act,I would like to apply to be sent a copy of the register for Licensed Landlords under Bedford Council.

 

This should cover the Mandatory ,Additional and Selective Licences and give the addresses of the Landlords as well as all the details of the licensed property.

 

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information on licensed House in Multiple Occupation within Bedford Borough. 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 requested is enclosed with this letter.

 

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

4/10/16

 

9512

 

 

nder the freedom of information act, I was hoping I could request the contact details for the person or persons who are responsible for your external domiciliary care contracts. I would also like to request any contact details for the person or persons responsible for any contract cleaning services.

 

 

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.

 

Under the freedom of information act, I was hoping I could request the contact details for the person or persons who are responsible for your external domiciliary care contracts?

Roslyn Harding, Acting Head of Commissioning

Roslyn.harding@bedford.gov.uk

01234 228940

 

I would also like to request any contact details for the person or persons responsible for any contract cleaning services?

Chris Mears, Facilities Manager

Chris.mears@bedford.gov.uk

01234 228466

5/10/16

 

9513

 

 

Please could you furnish me with the amount of money your organisation collected in fines and summons cost in relation to Council Tax in the last three financial 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, which is below:

The table below details the total summons and liability order costs collected in relation to council tax during the following financial years:

Year Amount Collected
£
2013/14 363,436
2014/15 330,214
2015/16 321,017

4/10/16

 

9514

 

 

The Grant Thornton contract has expired can you provide the update or has this been extended?

 

Please find the information you requested below:

 

1.      We have switched provider for employment taxes advice. The new provider is PSTax and this is effective from 01/04/16.

 

23/9/16

 

9515

 

 

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

 

Ochart Gardens

Wootton

MK43 9GY

 

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

9/9/16

 

9516

 

 

Please can I request the following information:

 

1.      How many teachers have been (a) investigated, (b) suspended, (c) faced some sort of disciplinary action, (d) had their contract terminated for racist behaviour or racism in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

2.       Of those teachers who have been reprimanded in some way for racism, please could you clarify if this was right wing extremism, Islamophobia or anti-Semitism in those years requested?

3.      Of those teachers who have been reprimanded in some way for racism in question 1 b) and c), did they return to work in the same school?

4.      Have any teachers been found to belong to any far right wing groups in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016? If so, please specify which group and whether the teacher was allowed to remain in school for those years requested.

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested below and note this relates to Bedford Borough maintained schools where we are the HR provider.

 

1. 0

2. 0

3. 0

4. 0

4/10/16

 

9517

 

 

I am seeking information on application numbers and waiting lists for your council’s housing register. 

 

Could you send me answers to these questions:

 

- How many households are currently registered on your housing register (and actively seeking a home)?

 

- How many households applied to join your housing register in the 2015-2016 financial year?

 

- How many of those households were accepted onto the register?

 

- How many of those applicants were turned down? What were the main reasons why they were turned down?

 

- How many households on your housing register are transfer tenants seeking transfer to a new property?

 

- Does your council make direct offers of social housing? If Yes, how many direct offers were made in the 2015-2016 financial year? 

 

- From what bands/points ranges are people on your housing register most likely to be made an offer of council housing?

 

- In those bands/points ranges:

 

What was the median waiting time for an eligible household in 2015-2016 for:

           A one bedroom home

           A two bedroom home

           A three bedroom home

           A four bedroom home

 

Please also send me a copy of your council’s housing allocation policy. 

 

 

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.

 

I am seeking information on application numbers and waiting lists for your council’s housing register. 

 

Could you send me answers to these questions:

 

- How many households are currently registered on your housing register (and actively seeking a home)?

 

- How many households applied to join your housing register in the 2015-2016 financial year?

 

- How many of those households were accepted onto the register?

 

- How many of those applicants were turned down? What were the main reasons why they were turned down?

 

- How many households on your housing register are transfer tenants seeking transfer to a new property?

 

- Does your council make direct offers of social housing? If Yes, how many direct offers were made in the 2015-2016 financial year? 

 

- From what bands/points ranges are people on your housing register most likely to be made an offer of council housing?

 

- In those bands/points ranges:

 

What was the median waiting time for an eligible household in 2015-2016 for:

•           A one bedroom home

•           A two bedroom home

•           A three bedroom home

•           A four bedroom home

 

Please also send me a copy of your council’s housing allocation policy. 

 

Please note this information is held by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) and 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.

 5/10/16

 

9518

 

 

It is now over six months since the introduction of the new fining

regime and the extensive publicity you obtained for those who

cycle in the town centre.

It is evident that there are many cyclists still flouting the no cycling

ban, every day in the pedestrian areas of the  town centre.

it would be appreciated if you could advise

us of the number of people who have been fined for cycling since

the introduction of the new regime.

 

 

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:

 

The number of people who have been fined for cycling in the pedestrian areas of the  town centre since the introduction of the new regime is 31.

21/9/16

 

9519

 

 

Please detail the names and email address(es) of those interested individuals together with their position.

Questions (please separate information by Childrens and Adults Services)

1.       Please list the positions for Qualified Social Work Professionals at your organisation.

2.       The total number of vacancies for the positions as at 31/03/16

3.       The total number of employed personnel for these positions as at 31/03/16

4.       The number of leavers from these positions during 2015/16

 

5a. The number of posts detailed in Q1 advertised during 2015/16

5b. The number of candidates invited to interview

5c. Number of candidates achieving a benchmark score that would have allowed for appointment.

5d. Number of posts filled.

 

6a. For each of the years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 how many internal candidates applied for a Qualified Social Work Professional position at a higher grade to their existing post.

6b. Number of candidates listed in 5a that were invited to interview.

6c. Number of these candidates which were offered a position at the higher grade.

6d. Number of non-successful candidates that were still employed at your organisation as at 31/7/16

 

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

 

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

7/10/146

 

9520

 

 

Under the freedom of information act I would like to request details as to how many parking tickets have been issued in the last six months within the black tom area of Bedford. I live in Garfield st Bedford and leaving the area at 6.20am I noted approximately 61 parking spaces in the adjacent RPZ whilst we are subjected to traffic wardens ticketing our cars from 6.00 am when we are unable to park in our streets. This will increase when we are no longer able to park in Park road north due to the introduction of the CPZ. I will await your reply at your convenience as long as it is before the 20 days as set out in the act.

 

 Under the freedom of information act I would like to request details as to how many parking tickets have been issued in the last six months within the black tom area of Bedford.

 

 

Stanley Street - 18

Palmerston Street - 65

Beaconsfield Street - 79

Garfield Street - 23

Gladstone Street - 44

Hartington Street - 51

Salisbury Street - 23

Foster Hill Road – 29

Clarendon Street – 51

 

16/9/16

 

9521

 

 RE:DINES CLOSE, WILSTEAD, 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?

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

19/9/16

 

9522

 

 

I am emailing to make a request for answers to my following questions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

1. What was the latest price paid per ream (500 sheets) of standard white copier paper (80 gsm or equivalent)? 

2. If the answer to question 1. is not representative of a usual price paid, what is the average price paid per ream of copier paper during financial year 2015/16? 

3. How many reams of copy paper were purchased during the 2015/16 financial year? 

 

 

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. What was the latest price paid per ream (500 sheets) of standard white copier paper (80 gsm or equivalent)? £4.27 per 1000 = £2.135 per ream

2. If the answer to question 1. is not representative of a usual price paid, what is the average price paid per ream of copier paper during financial year 2015/16? n/a

3. How many reams of copy paper were purchased during the 2015/16 financial year? 14,600 reams or 7300,000 sheets

 

5/1016

 

9523

 

 

Please could you tell me your 2016-17 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, not including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

 

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

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed

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

29/9/16

 

9524

 

 

1) How many letters does the council send on average per year? How much of this is bulk mail?

2) Looking at the Royal Mail account how much do you spend on post a year and how much of this is first and second class?

3) What are your mailroom costs.

clarification sought

 

 

9525

 

 

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

 

 Harter Road

Kempston

Bedford

 

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

9/9/16

 

9526

 

 

Please could you supply the names and ORG charts for the following:

 

- SEN Managers

- School Improvement Managers

- Head of Inclusion.

- Head of Curriculum Development

- Head of Sensory

- Head of Early Years

- Head of Welfare

- Head of Life Long Learning

 

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested below:

 

a)     SEN Managers - Tim Long

b)     School Improvement Managers - Carrie Trail & Judith Lovely

c)     Head of Inclusion - Wendy Beeton-Townshend

d)     Head of Curriculum Development – N/A

e)     Head of Sensory - Tim Long

f)       Head of Early Years - Tim Long

g)     Head of Welfare - Wendy Beeton-Townshend

h)     Head of Life Long Learning - N/A

 

Please also find attached the Organisation Chart for our Children’s & Adult Services.

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

 

10/10/16

 

9527

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with information about the number of mothers who have had five or more children removed from their care over the past 10 years. Please also provide an indicator of how many had some or all of their children returned to their care.

 

Please could you also provide me with information about the number of children removed from the care of the mother who has had the most children looked-after.

 

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. 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with information about the number of mothers who have had five or more children removed from their care over the past 10 years. Please also provide an indicator of how many had some or all of their children returned to their care.

 

Response: 11 mothers with 5 or more children removed in last 10 years, 4 of 11 had child some or all of children returned to their care.

 

Please could you also provide me with information about the number of children removed from the care of the mother who has had the most children looked-after.

 

Response: The highest number removed is 6 children

14/9/16

 

9528

 

 I am writing to request data for the road (including name and/or postcode of the road) most complained about for maintenance reasons in Bedford e.g potholes, road surface etc including the number of complaints it received . I also request data for the road in Bedford which has had the most money spent on it by the council for repairs. 

I request this data for the year 2015/16 and that the data be returned in the following format:

 

Road name of road which has received the most complaints for maintenance reasons  - Post Code - # Of Complaints 

 

Road name of road which has had the most money spent on repairs - Post Code - Value of repairs to that road in £s. 

 

Following Clarification:

Thank you for your request for information about the most complained road in Bedford which we received on 9 September 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  Following receipt of your clarification on 11 October 2016, please find below the information you requested:

 

In 2015/16 the name of road which received the most complaints for maintenance reasons and the number of complaints it received:

Bedford Road, Kempston

Complaints received =  18 for carriageway defects 

 

In 2015/16 the name of road which has had the most money spent on repairs and the value of repairs to that road:

Tavistock Street, Bedford

Capital maintenance scheme for carriageway repairs = £320,000

20/10/16

 

9529

 

 

* Under the freedom of information act, could you please disclose the following information?

 

1. Does Bedford borough Council have any specific detailed information concerning the finances, expenditure & income in relation to sustainable projects & recycling?

 

2. Do the council sell collected domestic recycled waste materials to generate income? 

 

2.(B) Are these finances available to view by the public in regards to loss / profit of domestic collected recyclable material?

 

3. In regards to  - The micro power station, Elstow, Bedford waste management states, " The site generates between 550/600kw of renewable energy,

which the borough receives a percentage of the income." What is this percentage & income?

 

4. Bedford and Kempston have a total of 33 mini recycling sites accepting the deposit of materials ranging from paper, glass, plastic and paper. 

Do these collected materials get sold for profit, and if so what are these profits? 

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about sustainable projects and recycling which we received on 10 September 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please find the information requested below in bold:

 

1. Does Bedford borough Council have any specific detailed information concerning the finances, expenditure & income in relation to sustainable projects & recycling?

 

Yes, see below.

 

2. Do the council sell collected domestic recycled waste materials to generate income? 

 

The Council gets income from the sale of colour separated glass collected from approximately 70 brings sites across the Borough.   This was approx. £35,000 in 2015/16.

 

Under a separate contract for the sale of kerbside collected recyclable materials, the Council got an income of approx. £180,000 in 2015/16.

 

2.(B) Are these finances available to view by the public in regards to loss / profit of domestic collected recyclable material?

 

This is a basic income fee per tonne of recyclable material which meets the input specification.

 

3. In regards to - The micro power station, Elstow, Bedford waste management states, " The site generates between 550/600kw of renewable energy, which the borough receives a percentage of the income." What is this percentage & income?

 

The Council received income of approx. £17,900 for the generation of electricity from Landfill gas. Actual income received is dependent on the amount of landfill gas extracted, made into electricity and sold to notational grid. 

 

4. Bedford and Kempston have a total of 33 mini recycling sites accepting the deposit of materials ranging from paper, glass, plastic and paper.   Do these collected materials get sold for profit, and if so what are these profits? 

 

Please check answer to Question 2 above.

 

10/10/16

 

9530

 

 

 

Total value of all monies paid to Benjamin UK Ltd or Benjamin UK Property Ltd for childcare services from January 2015 to July or August 2016 by month.

 

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.

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

1.   States that the information is exempt information.

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

The information requested can be found on the Council’s website as follows, and is on the internet page which contains as list of payments over £250:

 

16/9/16

 

9531

 

 

I am seeking a copy of the Acceptable Use Policy made available for users of computer facilities in public libraries in your local authority, preferably in electronic format. 

 

I would also like information as to who was involved in writing the Acceptable Use Policy, preferably in electronic format.

 

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested below in bold.

 

I am seeking a copy of the Acceptable Use Policy made available for users of computer facilities in public libraries in your local authority, preferably in electronic format – attached.

 

I would also like information as to who was involved in writing the Acceptable Use Policy, preferably in electronic format - The Library Service AUP was drawn up by the Library Management Team and the Virtual Library Manager.

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

 

16/9/16

 

9532

 

 

Could you please set out:

 

  • The number of PCNs issued to users displaying a 'Week' Visitor Permit
  • The number of appeals citing PCN's issued to users displaying out-of-date "Week' permits
  • The outcome of appeals where appellants cited the display or terms of 'Week' visitor permits (as % allowed or dismissed)

 

 

Further to your request for information dated 11th September 2016, 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.

 

In the last three financial years there have been 10573 Penalty Charges issued to vehicles for Code 19 (No valid permit or pay and display ticket) this would mean going through every single Penalty Charge Notice individually to find the information requested.

To go through one PCN it will take 5 minutes so by calculation it would take 881 hours to complete this task.

 

If you are able to narrow down your request to a reasonable amount this may be possible. I would suggest the maximum period of a month or the alternative would be to request alternative information.

15/9/16

 

9533

 

 

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

Lansdowne 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

 

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/9/16

 

9534

 

I would like a full list of businesses and charities that have recently bocame resonsible for business rates in your council area between the 25th Aug 16 to the 15th September 16.

 

Could you include the business name and address, the date they became responsible, the RV and property type please

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

10/10/16

 

9535

 

 

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

 

2. How many former ILF recipients who have had community care assessments have had reductions in levels of their care package funding and/or support compared to the total they received from both the ILF and the Local Authority combined before closure?

 

Of these how many have had reductions:

a)      Of under 10%?

b)      Of between 10 and 20%?

c)       Of between 21 and 40%?

d)      Of between 41 and 50%?

e)      Of over 50%?

 

3. The government has committed to four years’ worth of funding through the former ILF Recipient Grant. Will your local authority be:

 Ring-fencing this to care and support for former ILF recipients?

• Ring-fencing to adult social care?

• Not ring-fencing?

 

4. How many former ILF recipients have:

a)      as part of their re-assessment been referred for a Continuing Healthcare Assessment

b)      and of these how many were found eligible?

 

5. How many complaints have been received from former ILF recipients concerning their re-assessments and the outcomes thereof?

 

6. How many former ILF recipients have been moved into residential care following the closure of the ILF?

 

 

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 attached spreadsheet.

 

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

10/10/16

 

9536

 

 1. Please supply me with information that justifies why Bedford Borough Council send out their own council tax Summonses, despite 
the following legislation clearly stating that it's the court who should send out these documents and that it's a criminal offence, amounting to harassment to impersonate the court?

MAGISTRATES’ COURTS ACT 1980 Part II

Civil Jurisdiction and Procedure

Jurisdiction to issue summons and deal with complaints

51- Issue of summons on complaint

Where a complaint relating to a person is made to a justice of the 
peace, the justice of the peace may issue a summons to the person 
requiring him to appear before a magistrates' court to answer to 
the complaint.

THE COUNCIL TAX (ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS 1992

PART VI – ENFORCEMENT

Application for liability order

34. —(2) The application is to be instituted by making complaint to 
a justice of the peace, and requesting the issue of a summons 
directed to that person to appear before the court to show why he 
has not paid the sum which is outstanding.

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE ACT 1970 – Part V

Miscellaneous Provisions

40 Punishment for unlawful harassment of debtors.

(1) A person commits an offence if, with the object of coercing 
another person to pay money claimed from the other as a debt due 
under a contract, he—

(d) utters a document falsely represented by him to have some 
official character or purporting to have some official character 
which he knows it has not.

"A summons may be issued by a justice, the justices’ clerk or a 
member of the clerks staff with delegated powers contained in the 
Justice Clerk Rules 1999 (Statutory Instrument 1999/2784). Para 1 - 
37 of the Schedule to these rules specifies the actions the 
Justice’s clerk has been authorised to carry out."

1a) Nowhere in the above does it state that a Local Council can issue and/or send out a Court Summons. As Bedford Borough Council issues and sends out numerous Court Summons's each year relating to Council Tax, can you tell me if it is lawful for you to issue Court Summons's? Can you also quote the passage from the rule/regulation/law which states a local Council can issue Court Summons’s. This summons is electronically signed by a Legal team manager, what right do they have to summons?

2) I have visited Bedford Magistrates Court, and they confirmed the Council hires out the court room for the day in which mulitple Liability Orders are batch processed. How can a Magistrate process all the Orders? I remind Bedford Borough Council that in the case Regina v. Brentford Justices. Ex parte Catlin, the closing comments of Lord Widgery C.J

"....It must however be remembered that before a summons or warrant is issued the information must be laid before a magistrate and he must go through the judicial exercise of deciding whether a summons or warrant ought to be issued or not. If a magistrate authorises the issue of a summons without having applied his mind to the information then he is guilty of dereliction of duty and if in any particular justices' clerk's office a practice goes on of summonses being issued without information being laid before the magistrate at all, then a very serious instance of maladministration arises which should have the attention of the authorities without delay...."

3) Can you provide the Magistrates Oath before this administrational process is started?

4) Please provide evidence of the Clerk of Justice's wet ink signatures on all summonses.

5) Contract and guidance information provided to your Bailiff contractors.

6) A full breakdown of Liability Order costs relevant to costs involved in the liability order collections process

 

 

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 and attached:

 

1.      Section 51 of the Magistrates’ Court Act 1980 provides for the Council to apply to the Magistrates’ Court for a summons to be issued.  It is established and accepted practice for the Council to then send the summonses granted by the Court on their behalf.

 

2.      The Council does not hire the Court room.  The cases are listed by the court who will fix a date when the applications for the liability order will be heard.

 

3.      The Council does not hold this information.  You may wish to contact the Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court.

 

4.      There is no requirement for a wet ink signature under rule 109 Magistrates’ Court Rules 1981.

 

The contract in place with the Enforcement Agent companies appointed by the Council is commercially sensitive. 

However, the Council’s Fair Debt Collection Policy includes a Code of Practice for Enforcement Agents. 

5.      I have provided in the attached document a breakdown of the calculation of summons and liability order costs which has been approved by the Magistrates’ Court.

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

4/10/16

 

9537

 

 How many Parking Penalty Charge Notices were issued on 16 & 17 July 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 below. 

 

How many Parking Penalty Charge Notices were issued on 16 & 17 July 2016.

 

16th July 2016 – 136

17th July 2016 - 123

 

16/9/16

 

9538

 

 

(Please provide the following information for each month from October 2015 to September 2016 and also include a gender split)  

·        “How many people have been fined because of smoking in a vehicle carrying anyone under the age of 18?”

o   How much money has been collected in fines?

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.

There have been 0 fines issued in relation to smoking in a vehicle carrying anyone

under the age of 18 between October 2015 to September 2016.

7/10/16

 

9539

 

 

I wish to know the following information for each year of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 thus far. This can be each financial year or each calendar year, depending on which information is more convenient to obtain.

-        For each year, how many adults have sought housing/ accommodation in your remit after allegedly experiencing domestic abuse/ violence?

-        For each year, how children have sought housing/ accommodation in your remit after a member of their household allegedly experienced domestic abuse/ violence?

-        For each year, how many adults have been provided housing/ accommodation in your remit after allegedly experiencing domestic abuse/ violence?

-        For each year, how many children have been provided housing/ accommodation in your remit after a member of their household allegedly experienced domestic abuse/ violence?

-        For each year, how many adults have been turned down/ refused an application for housing/ accommodation in your remit after allegedly experiencing domestic abuse/ violence?

-        For each year, how children have been turned down/ refused an application for housing/ accommodation in your remit after a member of their household allegedly experienced domestic abuse/ violence?

-        For each year, how much money has been spent on domestic violence/ abuse services?

-        For each year, how many domestic violence/ abuse services have been in operation in your area?

-        For each year, how many domestic violence/ abuse services have closed in your area?

 

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 attached spreadsheet.

 

Please note information has been provided from 2010/2011 only.

 

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

7/10/16

 

9540

 

 

 

Precise, accurate and legal extent of the highway boundary at this location, in particular, the Northwest side of the A4280 Goldington Road

 

Thank you for your request for information about the extent of the highway boundary for the junction at Norse Road / Goldington Road which we received on 12 September 2016. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please find attached a plan in response. The purple shaded area represents the adopted public highway.

4/10/16

 

9541

 

 1. A copy of all the governing documents relating to the above Charity (and Freeman's Common itself) from the date of the original establishment of the Charity up until the date of this email including any amendments or changes made to the governing documents and the reason for the changes.
Including but not limited to: What the Charity is set up to do (objects) , how the Charity will do those things (powers), who will run it (charity trustees), what happens if changes to the administrative provisions need to be made (amended provision), what happens if the Charity needs to wind up (dissolution provision),  how the Charity trustees will run the charity and arrangements for meetings, voting and financial administration, what actions need to be taken to enable any asset of the Charity to be sold.

2. We understand that arrangements have been made to transfer the assets and function of the Bedford Freeman's Common Charity to "The House of Industry Estate Charity".
Please provide copies all documentation regarding this change and the reasons for it.

3. Copies of all communication with The Charity Commission regarding Bedford Freeman's Common Charity and also any communication with The Charity Commission regarding the transfer of assets and function of Bedford Freeman's Common Charity to The House of Industry Estate Charity.

4. Copies of all minutes, documentation and communication from all departments/committees of Bedford Borough Council and from The Freeman's Common Charity itself relating to the decision to submit Bedford Freeman's Common Charity land to the "Call for Sites (site 423)" in Bedford Borough Council's Local Plan 2035

 

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.

 

The Council acts as Trustee to the Charity but, as you will see from the link below charities are not subject to FOI.

Click here not subject to FOI

 

However, the following links may provide some useful information.

 

click here for the another links on meeting

 

click here for charity commission

 

Alternatively, the charity commission may be able to help and their contact details are FOIrequests@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk

 

 

7/10/16

 

9542 -9543

 

 

RE: Gillespie Close, Bedford, RE: Goldington Road, Heron House, 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?

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

19/9/16

 

9544

 

 

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

Sandhurst 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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/9/16

 

9545

 

 

I make this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please release to me the following information:

  • The names and addresses of buildings owned by the council which are currently inhabited by property guardians. 
  • The number of people in each property.
  • The rent charged to live in each property.
  • The name of the property guardian company used by the council.
  • The council's policy on the use of property guardians to secure vacant buildings.
  • A copy of the contract property guardians must sign to live in the properties.

 

 

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. 

21/9/16

 

9546

 

 

  What is the time delay between the app purchase for the parking ticket for car registration x at location 9520 on 30/07/2016 at 12:37 and the ticket purchase showing on your systems for a ticket inspector to see? Please provide evidence of the time

 

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. 

What is the time delay between the app purchase for the parking ticket for car registration x at location 9520 on 30/07/2016 at 12:37 and the ticket purchase showing on your systems for a ticket inspector to see?.

The booking made on 30/07/2016 reached the phone and pay company systems at 12:37:40.

It takes less than 5 seconds for bookings by phone to arrive on the Civil Enforcement Officers handheld equipment.

This is the case as long as the network coverage is good and strong at the time.

16/9/16

 

9547

 

 

1 (a) How many children have been taken in to care because of concerns about a dog in the family home in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

 

1 (b) If possible, could you supply the age of the child and the breed of dog in the years requested? 

 

 

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.”

 

You requested:

1 (a) How many children have been taken in to care because of concerns about a dog in the family home in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

1 (b) If possible, could you supply the age of the child and the breed of dog in the years requested? 

 

Answer:

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

 

20/9/16

 

9548

 

 

1. How many foster parents have been refused a child because of a dog in their home in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

 

2. Do you have a specific policy on foster parents owning dogs?

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

Please note: Prior to 2014 The Fostering service was a shared service and hosted by Central Bedfordshire, you will need to contact them for the information prior to 2014.  Their contact details are here

 

10/10/16

 

9549

 

 1. Please provide details of the number of homeless families with children accommodated under the terms of Section 17 of the Children Act 1989  on the 31st March 2016, broken down by  those deemed to be “intentionally” homeless.

 

2. How many of those mentioned above deemed to be “intentionally” homeless are accommodated in temporary accommodation with:

a) shared facilities (e.g. kitchens and/or bathrooms)

b) self contained (no shared facilities)

 

3. Please provide details of the number of homeless families with children accommodated under the terms of Section 17 of the Children Act 1989  on the 31st March 2016 with no recourse to public funds.

 

4. How many of those mentioned above with no recourse to public funds are accommodated in temporary accommodation with:

a) shared facilities (e.g. kitchens and/or bathrooms)

b) self contained (no shared facilities)

 

5. Please provide details of the number of homeless families with children accommodated under the terms of Section 17 of the Children Act 1989  on the 31st March 2016 for any other reason.

 

6. How many of those mentioned above are accommodated in temporary accommodation with:

a) shared facilities (e.g. kitchens and/or bathrooms)

b) self contained (no shared facilities)

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1. Please provide details of the number of homeless families with children accommodated under the terms of Section 17 of the Children Act 1989  on the 31st March 2016, broken down by  those deemed to be “intentionally” homeless.

Response: There were 4 families that this department were funding costs for rent at this time – this team does not make the decision about whether they were homeless  intentionally or otherwise.

2. How many of those mentioned above deemed to be “intentionally” homeless are accommodated in temporary accommodation with:

a) shared facilities (e.g. kitchens and/or bathrooms)

b) self-contained (no shared facilities)

Response: No families were in a) shared facilities

3. Please provide details of the number of homeless families with children accommodated under the terms of Section 17 of the Children Act 1989  on the 31st March 2016 with no recourse to public funds.

Response: 3 were NRPF (No Recourse to Public Funds)

4. How many of those mentioned above with no recourse to public funds are accommodated in temporary accommodation with:

a) shared facilities (e.g. kitchens and/or bathrooms)

b) self-contained (no shared facilities)

Response: No families were in a) shared facilities

5. Please provide details of the number of homeless families with children accommodated under the terms of Section 17 of the Children Act 1989  on the 31st March 2016 for any other reason.

Response: The other family were EU Citizens “ where a family excluded by Schedule 3 NIAA is requesting Section 17 CA support”

6. How many of those mentioned above are accommodated in temporary accommodation with:

a) shared facilities (e.g. kitchens and/or bathrooms)

b) self-contained (no shared facilities)

Response: No families were in a) shared facilities

12/10/16

 

9550

 

 RE:Pinchmill Way, Sharnbrook,

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?

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

19/9/16

 

9551

 

 

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

 

Orchard Street

Kempston

Bedford

 

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/9/16

 

9552

 

 

I request the following information.

  1. Does your (Bedford) council have any policy of granting council tax exemptions/reductions for members of religious communities?
  2. (If yes to 1) Please provide us with a link to or copy of this policy and its terms
  3. (If yes to 1) Have you ever carried out an Equality Impact Assessment of this policy?
  4. (If yes to 3) Please provide us with a link to or copy of Equality Impact Assessment
  5. (If yes to 1) In each of the last 3 years for which you have data, please tell us:
    1. How many people claimed a council tax exemption/reduction (for being a member of a religious community)?
    2. What was the total value of council tax exempted/reduced (specifically for being a member of a religious community)?

 

 

 

Response not yet provided

 

9553

 

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

Moor Lane

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/9/16

 

9554

 

 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/5/2016 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/5/2016, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.

 

This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.

Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party.

 

If this information is now provided on your website, please send the hyperlink.

 

Please include as much of the following information as you are able to:

 

1.       the deceased's full names

2.       the date they died

3.       the approximate value of their estate

4.       their date and place of birth or age at death

5.       whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed

6.       the maiden surnames of married females or widows

7.       their  address at death

8.       the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned.

9.       If a referral to a 3rd party or body  has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too.

10.  If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still  undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the case as above.

  I prefer to receive replies by email only if this is possible and am grateful for your help.

 

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

Please click here for the link on Public Helath Funeral

7/10/16

 

9555

 

 

 

We are seeking to identify the average cost of a post mortem within your local authority.  This is so that we can compare the costs of conventional autopsy to digital autopsy.  In this respect will you please provide the following information within 20 days:

 

1.      Do you have a contract with an NHS provider to carry out a post-mortem service on behalf of the coroner/local authority?

 

2.      If the answer to question 1 is yes, please state which NHS trusts or hospitals these contracts are with? 

 

3.      If the answer to question 1 is no, what provisions do you have in place to carry out post- mortems?

 

4.      What is the value, in total, of the contracts?

 

5.      What is the cost per post-mortem case?

 

6.      What were the total number of post-mortems carried out, in the last 12 months, under this contract
 

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. 

 

However, Central Bedfordshire Council may have the information and they can be contacted at accesstoinfo@Centralbedfordshire.gov.uk .

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

 

20/9/16

 

9556

 

 

1  How many Adult (over 65) residential and nursing homes you have and what each are banded at?  (if this is not possible how many homes are at the top band?) What are your current rates?

 

2  Are your rates/bandings determined by quality standards or linked to dependency?

 

3  Do you have an up to date list of current rates, preferably excluding FNC, or if FNC is included please confirm what rate this is.

 

4  Are there any additions/premiums applied eg dementia or continence?

 

5  What is in the Contract regarding 3rd party top ups in response to the Care Act?

 

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. How many Adult (over 65) residential and nursing homes you have and what each are banded at?  (if this is not possible how many homes are at the top band?) What are your current rates?
The Council currently owns 6 residential care homes and one respite home for service users with learning disabilities.
The weekly rate for the 6 homes is £565.60 per week, respite home is £1599.90 per week.
2. Are your rates/bandings determined by quality standards or linked to dependency?
We use a banding tool to determine the rate for the person based on their dependency.
3. Do you have an up to date list of current rates, preferably excluding FNC, or if FNC is included please confirm what rate this is?

Residential Low £476.99
Residential Medium £517.14
Residential High £567.84
Nursing £567.84+RNCC
4. Are there any additions/premiums applied eg dementia or continence?
Rate is determined by banding assessment of needs as per Question 3.
5. What is in the Contract regarding 3rd party top ups in response to the Care Act?
Provider is to collect top-up from third party.

14/10/16

 

9557

 

 

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

 

Sunderland Place

Shortstown

Bedford

 

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

19/9/16

 

9558

 

 

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

 

 Pilsbury close

Wootton

 

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

19/9/16

 

9559

 

 

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

 

Roseberry Avenue

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

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

mailto:freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

19/9/16

 

9560

 

 

1) What is the number of public health funerals carried out by your authority in the year to August 2016? And in the year to August 2015, 2013, 2010 and the year 2000?

2) Please can you tell me the age of the oldest and youngest person who had a public health funeral.

3) Please can you give me a breakdown of the gender of those who had a public health funeral (e.g. 100 men, 50 women).

4) If it is recorded, was their family unable to pay or unwilling to?

5) What is the cost to yourselves of providing public health funerals for each year since 2006? And in the year 2000?

 

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 contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy

10/10/16

 

9561

 

Since I have never had a bonfire at my home in the decade I’ve been fortunate to live in this lovely village, I shall robustly defend any suggestion that I have ever caused a statutory nuisance and I invite you to inspect my gardens forensically to see if you can detect any trace of a bonfire!

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I now submit a formal request to see a copy of the complaint.

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:

“Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I now submit a formal request to see a copy of the complaint”.

A complaint was made to Bedford Borough Council on 7th September 2016, regarding an alleged smoke nuisance. After discussing the issue with the person who made the complaint, it was highlighted that the likely property where the smoke originated was at a different address.  In light of this information the Council wrote to the occupant of that address. The letter brought the occupant’s attention to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and statutory smoke nuisance and provided some guidance on bonfires.

16/10/16

 

 

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