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8246

 

Please can I request a full list of businesses, companies, charities that have become responsible for paying business rates at a property from the 15th November 2015 to the 1st December 2015.  I would like to know the business name, the liable party, rateable value and the date they became responsible under the freedom of information act 2000

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

For a copy of the document please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/12/2015

 

8247

 

 I am writing to request some information under the FOI Act from your Children's Services department relating to madrassas and mosques. I understand this information may be held by a Local Authority Designated Officer who oversees allegations of child protection breaches against those in a staff role working with children.  
Please disclose under the FOI Act:
1.The number of complaints or allegations you have received, or been notified of, relating to the sexual abuse of a child or children on the premises of a madrassa or mosque in the following calendar years: a) 2012, b) 2013, c) 2014 and d) 2015 so far. 
2.For each allegation in question 1, please state:
a)whether it was investigated and if so how,
b)whether the police became involved,
c)whether there was a full criminal inquiry,
d)whether there was a prosecution,
e)the details of any disciplinary action taken against individuals concerned,
f)and if the matter was not pursued, please provide the reasons why and information on the ultimate outcome of each matter.
3.The number of complaints or allegations you have received, or been notified of, relating to the physical abuse of a child or children on the premises of a madrassa or mosque in the following calendar years: a) 2012, b) 2013, c) 2014 and d) 2015 so far. 
4.For each allegation in question 3, please state:
a)whether it was investigated and if so how,
b)whether the police became involved,
c)whether there was a full criminal inquiry,
d)whether there was a prosecution,
e)the details of any disciplinary action taken against individuals concerned,
f)and if the matter was not pursued, please provide the reasons why and information on the ultimate outcome of each matter.
5.Whether your council has ever been involved in safeguarding awareness work with madrassas and/or mosques in your area and what form that has taken.
6.The number of madrassas currently known to be teaching children in your council area. 

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.January – December 2012 – 0
January – December 2013 – 0
January – December 2014 – 0
January – 8 December 2015 – 0

2.    For each allegation in question 1, please state:

a)     whether it was investigated and if so how,

b)    whether the police became involved,

c)     whether there was a full criminal inquiry,

d)    whether there was a prosecution,

e)     the details of any disciplinary action taken against individuals concerned,

f)     and if the matter was not pursued, please provide the reasons why and information on the ultimate outcome of each matter.

Answer: n/a

3.January – December 2012 – 0
January – December 2013 – less than 5*
January – December 2014 – 0
January – 8 December 2015 – less than 5*

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

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

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

4.    For each allegation in question 3, please state:

a)     whether it was investigated and if so how,

b)    whether the police became involved,

c)     whether there was a full criminal inquiry,

d)    whether there was a prosecution,

e)     the details of any disciplinary action taken against individuals concerned,

f)     and if the matter was not pursued, please provide the reasons why and information on the ultimate outcome of each matter.

Answer:

January – December 2013 – less than 5* - There were joint police / social work investigations – no one was charged as the victims did not make disclosures when interviewed – from a LADO perspective the concerns were concluded as Unsubstantiated  - Unsubstantiated: this is not the same as a false allegation. It means that there is insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the allegation. The term, therefore, does not imply guilt or innocence.
January – 8 December 2015 – less than 5* - There were joint police / social work investigations – no one was charged as the victims did not make specific disclosures when interviewed

5.The Safeguarding Children Board have been involved in delivering some Safeguarding Awareness raising sessions in December 2011 and again more recently March 2014 in some mosques in Bedford, but there hasn’t been Borough wide coverage.

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

09/12/15

8248

 

Like to see all correspondence in relation to new planning in Bromham

Your request for copies of correspondence etc, constitutes a request under the 2004 Regulations and I am enclosing such items as exist. For the most part, however, your letter seeks an explanation of the decision taken by the Council. That is not information with the scope of the 2004 Regulations and that is my formal response under the regulations. Nevertheless, I am happy to provide an explanation and I have set out the Council’s position in respect of that matter below.

I understand that you took pre application advice, albeit for a scheme proposing two dwellings, but that the subsequent planning application reduced this to one dwelling.

Whilst the pre application service is an important prelude to making an application, it cannot cover all issues.  For example, in this case the Parish Council objected at the application stage, for five reasons.  One of those reasons was that the application was harmful to the historical value of adjacent listed building.

Accordingly, when the case officer presented his draft report to his more senior officer for him to consider, that objection from the Parish caused Mr P to ask whether there was an adjacent listed building or not.  In addition, there is an issue about the impacts of the proposal upon open space and the rural character of this location; that is clear from the planning history and two appeal decisions. The Lodge was clearly at the entrance to a country estate, and so that led to questions being asked by about the history of the Park, the role played by the Lodge, and whether the Lodge was an historic asset (designated or otherwise), and, if it was, what its value and significance was, and whether that was a reason for refusal of the scheme.

This led to a consultation with the Conservation Team, who in turn checked the Historic Environment Record, and upon receipt of that team’s comments alterations were made to the then draft report. Mr P was then satisfied with the report, and gave it his approval. On reflection, the section within the NPPF on Conserving and enhancing the historic environment could have quoted further paragraphs, such as paragraph 128, but the actions of the Council are consistent with that advice.

You now appear to be suggesting that paragraph 041 of the NPPGN requires that any non-designated heritage asset can only be considered if it is on a local list of buildings which is itself incorporated into a Local Plan. That is not our reading of that paragraph, because it indicates that such lists can be a positive way for non-designated heritage assets to be identified, not that that is the only way. 

13/12/2015

 

8249

 

Please could the local authority provide the following information relating to public health services, under the freedom of information Act.1. Please list all the specific public health services which will receive less funding from your local authority following these two budgetary announcements:

a) the 6.2% cut to the 2015-16 public health grant which is being applied from January 2016  
b)      the requirement for public health to deliver average annual real-terms savings of 3.9% over the next five years as outlined in the Chancellor’s spending review on 25 November 2015.

2. For each specific public health service which will receive less funding, please state how much this funding will reduce by.
3. Please list any specific public health services which will be decommissioned by your local authority following these two budgetary announcements:

a)      the 6.2% cut to the 2015-16 public health grant which is being applied from January 2016  
b)      the requirement for public health to deliver average annual real-terms savings of 3.9% over the next five years as outlined in the Chancellor’s spending review on 25 November 2015.

4. For each specific public health service which will be decommissioned, please state how much money this will save.

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 requested is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 22 (information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

You requested:

1. Please list all the specific public health services which will receive less funding from your local authority following these two budgetary announcements:

a)the 6.2% cut to the 2015-16 public health grant which is being applied from January 2016  
b)the requirement for public health to deliver average annual real-terms savings of 3.9% over the next five years as outlined in the Chancellor’s spending review on 25 November
 2015

2. For each specific public health service which will receive less funding, please state how much this funding will reduce by.

3. Please list any specific public health services which will be decommissioned by your local authority following these two budgetary announcements:

a)the 6.2% cut to the 2015-16 public health grant which is being applied from January 2016  
b)the requirement for public health to deliver average annual real-terms savings of 3.9% over the next five years as outlined in the Chancellor’s spending review on 25 November
2015

4. For each specific public health service which will be decommissioned, please state how much money this will save.

Response:

“Bedford Borough Council is awaiting confirmation from Central Government on the reduction to the local public health grant allocation following the announcement in the Autumn Statement.  Plans to mitigate the previously announced 6.2% cut will be revisited once the financial consequences of the latest cut are known”

We will keep this request on file and when information is received we will forward this onto you.

02/12/15 

8250

 

The Care Planning and Care Leavers (Amendment) Regulations 2014 require a child’s care plan to record whether a child is a victim, or there is reason to believe they may be a victim, of trafficking in human beings or is an unaccompanied asylum seeking child. 
Statutory guidance on children who runaway or go missing from care (January 2014) requires data for children missing or away from placement without authorisation to be reported to the Department for Education by the responsible authority.
In this context please release the following information relating to looked after children in your authority for the period 1 September 2014 to 1 September 2015:
1.The total number of looked after children in the care of your authority that have been:
a.Identified as having been trafficked – including, but not limited to those identified through the National Referral Mechanism. 
b.Suspected of having been trafficked, if not included in a.
c.Identified as an unaccompanied asylum seeking child (UASC) or a separated child .
2.The total number of looked after children in the care of your authority:
a.identified or suspected as having been trafficked and that have gone missing or absent.
b.identified as an UASC or separated child and that have gone missing or absent.
3.The total number of individual incidents (which could involve the same child on more than one occasion) of looked after children in the care of your authority
a.identified or suspected as having been trafficked and that have gone missing or absent.  
b. identified as an UASC or separated child and that have gone missing or absent. 
4.The total number of looked after children in the care of your authority that are still missing or absent (including those that subsequently turned 18 without being found) that were identified or suspected as having been trafficked or identified as an UASC or separated child. 
5.For all of the above please provide a break down of these numbers by gender and nationality. If identification is a concern due to small numbers involved please give the total figures and specify whether the child is British / EU / non EU . For Q3 & Q4 please add the length of time the child was missing during each incident.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

In this context please release the following information relating to looked after children in your authority for the period 1 September 2014 to 1 September 2015:

1.The total number of looked after children in the care of your authority that have been:

A)Identified as having been trafficked – including, but not limited to those identified through the National Referral Mechanism. 

Answer: Bedford Borough Council are unable to provide this information as it is less than Five and could lead to the identification of the individual / individuals.*

B)Suspected of having been trafficked, if not included in a.

Answer: None

 CIdentified as an unaccompanied asylum seeking child (UASC) or a separated child.

Answer: Bedford Borough Council are unable to provide this information as it is less than Five and could lead to the identification of the individual / individuals.*

2)The total number of looked after children in the care of your authority:

A)identified or suspected as having been trafficked and that have gone missing or absent.

Answer: None

B)identified as an UASC or separated child and that have gone missing or absent.

Answer: None

3)The total number of individual incidents (which could involve the same child on more than one occasion) of looked after children in the care of your authority

A)identified or suspected as having been trafficked and that have gone missing or absent.   

Answer: None

B)identified as an UASC or separated child and that have gone missing or absent. 

Answer: None

4)The total number of looked after children in the care of your authority that are still missing or absent (including those that subsequently turned 18 without being found) that were identified or suspected as having been trafficked or identified as an UASC or separated child.

Answer: None

5)For all of the above please provide a breakdown of these numbers by gender and nationality. If identification is a concern due to small numbers involved please give the total figures and specify whether the child is British / EU / non EU . For Q3 & Q4 please add the length of time the child was missing during each incident.

Answer: Bedford Borough Council are unable to provide this information as it is less than Five and could lead to the identification of the individual / individuals

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

1.States that the information requested is exempt information.

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

Explanation follows below:

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

10/12/15

8251

 

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

10/12/15

8252 -8254

 

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

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

 

I enclose a copy of the information you requested

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

8/12/2015

 

8255

The address and brief description of premises of rateable value of all commercial properties over £20.000

The names and organisation who are liable to pay rates

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

For a copy of the document please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/12/2015

 

8256

I'd like to know the number of children currently within the Bedford Borough's educational system who are diagnosed with FASD.I would then also like to know if possible the numbers by school type eg Mainstream, SEN 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 enclosed. 

I'd like to know the number of children currently within the Bedford Borough's educational system who are diagnosed with FASD.

I would then also like to know if possible the numbers by school type eg Mainstream, SEN etc

Response:  We do not hold this information.

03/12/15

8257

Can you please provide me with a list of all ratepayers and indicate if they are benefiting from any type of relief.

Please can you include the Ratepayer Name, Property Address, Correspondence address, Rateable Value, BA Reference and the liability start date.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed. Please note the data was extracted on 9 December.

For a copy of the document please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/12/2015

 

8258

 

 I have a few Questions about Apprenticeships and government funding.
1.Does your organisation hire ICT Apprenticeships under the Gov. Apprenticeship Scheme?
2.How many ICT Apprenticeships have you hired in the last financial year?
3.Which companies place the ICT apprenticeships into your company?
4.Are you looking to hire any ICT Apprenticeships and who would hire them?

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

Please find the information you requested below. 

1.     Yes. Funding has been made available to engage apprentices across the Council.

2.     One.

3.     Bedford College and First Place via Develop.

4.     To be reviewed next year.

 

8259

 

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

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

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

1.States that the above is exempt information.

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

 

 

29/12/15

8260

 

 I am wondering if you are able to supply me with some info.regarding the roundabout at the end of meadowsweet drive that connects to mile rd london rd and Howeedan rd pls could u tell me how big that is in mtrs and what the average speed is to go around it and join back onto meadowsweet drive approx 20 mtrs into meadowsweet drive

The Council does not hold any speed data for this roundabout. The speed limit is 30mph and we would expect that traffic will slow down in order to negotiate the roundabout.  The roundabout is not quite circular but the longest diameter is 51 metres.

14/12/2015

 

8261

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we request a list of the all Non-Domestic Rate Accounts that are currently overpaid or in credit. The list should include those relating to this year and any previous year on current or closed accounts.
Please could your office include the following information;-
• Ratepayer
• Rate Account Number
• Billing Authority Reference
• Full Address of Property Concerned
• Amount of Overpayment / Current Account Balance
• Period to which the Overpayment relates; start date and end date where relevant
•The date the Overpayment was created on the Account
• Account status e.g. Open or Closed
• Account Closure date where applicable

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 and this is enclosed in Excel spreadsheet format as requested.

 

For a copy of the spreadsheet please contact :

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

 

21/12/2015

 

8262

 

Statutory check for prospective foster carer

Could you please confirm the no of years you check back when an individual currently lives in your area and, if they previously lived in your area , how far back you would check

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. 

Could you please confirm the number of years you check back when an individual currently lives in your area and , if they have previously lived in your area , how far back you would check as we currently cover a 10 year address history.

Response:

We currently check any Bedford address that applicants have lived covering the last ten years and also if they have live in other local authority areas within the last ten years we would also check those .

10/12/15

8263

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information:
1.How many former council owned properties sold under the right to buy scheme has the council bought back under ‘buyback’ annually from 2012 to date? Please could you provide the figures broken down per year?
2. How many former council owned properties sold under the right to buy scheme from 2012 to date, have been rented back by the council? Please could you provide the figures broken down per year?
3. What is the value of the receipts of right to buy sales since April 2012 and how much of this money has been be returned to central government as it has not been spent on building affordable housing within 3 years of receiving the funds? Additionally, how much interest has been be paid on these payments?
4.How many properties were sold under the right to buy scheme annually from 2012 to date?  What is the total value of the receipts under the right to buy scheme during this period and how much has been reinvested into building new affordable homes? How many new affordable homes have been built?

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

I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The Council transferred its housing stock to BPHA back in 1990 and therefore does not have Right to Buy properties.  We do not hold any information regarding Right to Buy properties for Housing Associations.  The various Housing Associations would need to be contacted individually.

 

03/12/15

8264

 

 Under the freedom of information act 2000 could you please send me the following information:
A complete list of all properties within your authority including
- Valuation Office Reference Code
- Valuation Office Property Description
- Full Property Address
- Occupier Business Name (where applicable)
-  Current Rateable Value
-  Occupation / Liability Start Date
-  Stating where possible which reliefs the property receives (if any)
o   Small business rates relief
o   Retail relief
o   Charitable reliefs
o   Mandatory
o   Transitional
o   Exempt
o   Empty

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

For a copy of the spreadsheet please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

21/12/2015

 

8265

 

Can you please let me know the following:

Do you offer pest control service to public

Do you charge

How many staff were employed under pest control during 1/4/12 , 31/3/13,1/4/13 and 31/3/14

How many F/T staff

Of these how many are servicing technicians

How many of these are F/T

How many initial reactive domestic service request involving rat,mice,mammals,wasps,bedbugs,ants,cockroaches,bird and other like fleas etc, did the council deploy one or more technicians to between 1/4/12 and 31/3/13 and 1/4/13 and 31/3/14

Are you intending to provide this service for the next 12 months

 

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

06/01/16

 

8266

 

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

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/12/2015

 

8267

 

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

Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/12/2015

 

8268

 

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

Wootton

Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/12/52015

 

8269

 

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

Wootton

Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/12/2015

 

8270

 

May I please request all the relevant data pertaining to the following:
1) Number of asylum seekers currently receiving or expecting support from Bedford Borough Council, including individuals, families, and unaccompanied children?
2) The number of applications for asylum received by Bedford Borough Council, along with the number of applications that have been approved within the last 6 months?
3)The resettlement and accommodation programmes in use by the council? Please include the details of any financial assistance and support given by the council.
4) The relevant demographic data, including age range, gender, and country of origin.

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)Number of asylum seekers currently receiving or expecting support from Bedford Borough Council, including individuals, families, and unaccompanied children?

Response:

Unaccompanied Children: Bedford Borough Council are currently supporting 25 unaccompanied asylum seeking children between the ages of 11 – 17 years of age.

Bedford Borough Council are currently supporting 19 former unaccompanied asylum seeking children between the ages of 18 – 21 years of age.

Families: 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 part of your request. See Explanation below:

Information prior to September 2015,  isn’t easily retrievable from our records, in order for us to obtain this would require us checking each individual clients file and doing this would exceed the Fees limit for FOI.

However, as from September 2015, Bedford Borough Council introduced a specific code to identify families/individuals who fall under the category of NRPF (no resource to public funds).  Therefore we can instantly retrieve the figures from this code from September 2015.

We can advise that since September 2015, we have started supporting 1 asylum seeking family.  Please note that this may not be the total number of families currently being supported by Bedford Borough Council, see explanation above.

Individuals (Adults):7

2)The number of applications for asylum received by Bedford Borough Council, along with the number of applications that have been approved within the last 6 months?

Response:

Unaccompanied Children: Bedford Borough Council do not receive applications for asylum it is the home office that receive these.

Bedford Borough Council assists all Unaccompanied Asylum seeking children to apply for asylum in last 6 months Bedford Borough Council has assisted 14 Unaccompanied Asylum seeking children to submit an application for asylum to the Home Office via a solicitor.

Families: The family application outcome is still pending. They recently had a negative response from the Home Office and have since appealed via their legal representative and support from the ACCM and local MP.

Individuals (Adults): 3

3)The resettlement and accommodation programmes in use by the council? Please include the details of any financial assistance and support given by the council.

Response:

Unaccompanied Children: Bedford Borough Council use a variety of accommodation for Unaccompanied Asylum seeking children the accommodation used is dependent on the UASC’s age and needs.

Bedford Borough Council uses the following.

In house foster carers – for all UASC under the age of 16 years (there will be times by a foster placement will be used for an UASC over the age of 16 years for reason such as if there are safe guarding concerns, trafficking concerns or a UASC does not have the skills to live in a placement with less support.

IFA foster carers - for all UASC under the age of 16 years ( there will be times by a foster placement will be used for an UASC over the age of 16 years for reason such as if there are safe guarding concerns, trafficking concerns or a UASC does not have the skills to live in a placement with less support.

Supported Housing projects for those 16 years plus.

Supported lodgings for those 16 plus.

Independent living for those 17 plus years.

Hostels for those 16 plus years

Families: The family claim for financial and accommodation support is still being processed via the National Asylum Seeker Support Team. The family is currently seeking subsistence only due to their change in circumstances. They do not wish to move at this moment due to the support they are receiving in response to their appeal which is linked to the local area (ACCA, Local MP).

Individuals (Adults):We do not currently have a programme so therefore are unable to answer this question.

4)The relevant demographic data, including age range, gender, and country of origin.

Response:

Unaccompanied Children: Age range, Gender and Country of Origin of UASC and former UASC being supported by Bedford Borough Council are

25 young people between the ages of 11 – 17 years of age 4 x females 21 x males,

Country of origin –

Sudan x 1

Albania x 1

Afghanistan x 6

Eritrea x 6

Iran x 4

Ethiopia x 1

Vietnam x 2

Iraq x 2

Nigeria x 1

Sri Lanka x 1   

19 young people between the ages of 18 – 21 years of age 6 x females 13 x males

Country of origin –

Afghanistan x 2

Eritrea x 6

Iran x 2

Ethiopia x 3

Nigeria x 1

Syria x1

Uganda x 1

Gambia x 1

Palestine x 2  

Families:Information only relates to the family we have started supporting Since September 2015. The family originates from Nigeria.  We are unable to provide any further information with regards to this the family due to the possibility of them being identifiable.

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

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

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

Individuals (Adults):All under age of 65, female – Slovakia, female – Sweden, male – Italy – 4 Female & 1 male – Syrian.

05/01/16

8271

 

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

Bedford

Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

16/12/2015

 

 8272

 

 I would like to know
1. How many social workers were employed by Children and Families Services,
Bedford Borough Council, in:-2013 -2014 -2015
(a)For each of these years, how many of these social workers were permanent staff and how many were agency staff?
(b)For each of these years, how much money did you spend on agency staff?

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

Please find the information you requested below.

  Question 1 (a)(Permanent staff):

Key

A= Team managers

 B=Consultant social workers

 C=Senior practitioners

D= Social workers

Date

A

B

 

C

D

07/13

6

8

14.61

35.34

07/14

12

2

16.32

43.27

03/15

6

-

10.82

43.07

Question 1 (a) (Agency staff):

Date

A

B

C

D

07/13

2

1

8

17

07/14

3

1

12

23

03/15

8

-

7

30

 

Question 1 (b):

 

2012/13

£1,552,976.35

2013/14

£1,764,682.48

2014/15

£3,219,918.59

22/12/15

8273

 

 I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act. Please note that this request is specifically not concerned with carers with support needs, or the provisions of the Care Act 2014 that relate to carers with support needs (except question 9(b)).
1.The FACS care levels (Critical, Substantial, Moderate, Low) for which the council funded adult care in 2014/15
2.The number of people who received council-funded adult care under the FACS system during 2014/15
3.The FACS care levels (Critical, Substantial, Moderate, Low) for which the council funded adult care in 2015/16
4.The number of people who are currently receiving council-funded adult care under the FACS system
5.The number of people who have received council-funded adult care under the FACS system so far during 2015/16
6.Any estimated or projected figure for the total number of people who will receive council-funded adult care under the FACS system during the whole of 2015/16 (ie a full-year forecast)
7.Any estimated or projected figure (including rough figures) for the total number of people who will receive (or be eligible for) council-funded adult care during 2016/17 following the implementation of the currently proposed Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations under the Care Act 2014
8.Does the council anticipate that the currently proposed Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations under the Care Act 2014 will expand eligibility for council-funded adult care beyond current eligibility under the FACS threshold currently applied by the council?
9.The council's expected full-year adult care expenditure for 2015/16 (budgeted figure will suffice if need be)
10.Any estimate the council has for the additional costs it will incur in 2016/17 due to (a) the Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations under the Care Act 2014; and (b) the provisions of the Care Act 2014 that relate to carers with support needs

Request withdrawn by applicant

14/12/2015

 

8274

 

 In line with the policy noted on the ERI council website page, please supply me with the following information.
1. What date was the Hastingsbury school rebuild bid submitted?
2. By whom was it submitted?
3. What date was it passed?
4. By whom was it passed?
5. When is the build due to commence?

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

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

Your requested:

1. What date was the Hastingsbury school rebuild bid submitted?

2. By whom was it submitted?

3. What date was it passed?

4. By whom was it passed?

5. When is the build due to commence?

Response:

Bedford Borough Council have not submitted or received a bid to rebuild Hastingsbury Upper School.   There has been council investment to replace the temporary classrooms on the Hastingsbury site.  There has also been an application to Bedford Borough to convert Hastingsbury from an Upper School to a Secondary School as part of the two tier conversion however this is not yet approved or rejected and, in any case, is not a rebuild.  As Hastingsbury is an academy any future FOI requests should go to the Challenger Multi Academy Trust, their contact details are as follows:  http://www.challengermulti
academytrust.org/contact-us/

                                               

09/12/15

8275

 

Re: Rushden Rd Sharnbrook

a copy of the building control and planning application for the above and emails.

 

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

04/01/16

8276

 

 I would be grateful if you would provide the following information which I am making under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Information Request
For your local authority and in the academic year  2014-15, please provide data on:
1.The number of children of primary school age receiving elective home education.
 2.The number of children of secondary school age receiving elective home education.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

For your local authority and in the academic year  2014-15, please provide data on:

Q1

Answer: Years R-6  38

Q2

Answer: Years 7-11  31

17/12/2015

 

8277

 

 Can you please inform me whether you hold on record the number of social care assessments that have been undertaken in each year from 2010 to present in the following categories, a) total number of assessments, b) assessments for each recorded illness group, c) assessments for people with neurological conditions, d) assessments for people with M.E./CFS.
Please can you also provide the number of claimants that successfully received a care package in each of the above groups.
If a service was offered to patients was it a service that included a) short-term care to maximise independence, b) long-term home care, c) assistive equipment. Similarly, where people received a social care package was it for a) personal care, b) access and mobility, or both. 

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

Can you please inform me whether you hold on record the number of social care assessments that have been undertaken in each year from 2010 to present in the following categories:

a)  total number of assessments

2010/11 = 1,637

2011/12 = 1,411

2012/13 = 1,461

2013/14 = 1,542

2014/15 = 1,502

Apr-Nov 2015 = 997

b) assessments for each recorded illness group

c) assessments for people with neurological conditions

d) assessments for people with M.E./CFS.

We cannot, however answer parts b, c & d as the recording of illness is not a statutory requirement of the HISCIC at assessment stage.

This also means we cannot then answer the next sections in relation to care packages and services for these respective groups.

Please can you also provide the number of claimants that successfully received a care package in each of the above groups?

If a service was offered to patients was it a service that included:

a) short-term care to maximise independence

b) long-term home care

c) assistive equipment. Similarly, where people received a social care package was it for

a) personal care

b) access and mobility

or both.  

 

 

06/01/16

8278

 

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

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/12/2015

 

8279

 

I would like to  request details of all contractors working for the council on both public and private sector homes for bathroom adaptations. I would also like to ask if any manufacturer is specified for the following materials- shower doors, trays, wet floor formers and shower waste pumps.

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 your request and our response below/enclosed:

Please find enclosed a list of Contractors used by our Home Improvement Team.*  Please note, applicants can identify their own builder, therefore we are unable to provide a definitive list.

With regard to Public Sector or Registered Social Landlords, some Housing Associations have their own Contractors who carry out the works on behalf of their tenants so this information will be held by respective Housing Associations.

We are unable to provide a definitive list of manufacturers used for shower doors, shower trays, showers and pumps etc as this depends on a number of factors – need of the client, construction of the property, drainage positioning, timescales for the products, specialist equipment etc.

*  Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the list.

15/12/2015

 

8280

 

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

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

 

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/12/2015

 

8281

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information:
1. How many freehold properties does the council have?
2. How many of these properties are leasehold (i.e. are not occupied by council tenants)?
3. a) How many of the leasehold properties have an ‘away address’ (i.e. one that is different to the leasehold property in question) for correspondence purposes?
b) Of these leasehold properties, how many are held by housing associations?

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1.   98 residential dwellings

2.    85 of these dwellings are not occupied by Council tenants (Service tenancies)

3.     67 of the leasehold dwellings have an ‘away address’ recorded

(b)  61 of the leasehold dwellings are held by a housing association

15/12/2015

 

8282

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am writing to request that you provide some information regarding any local welfare assistance scheme set up by your local authority since the closure of the nationally-administered Social Fund in April 2013.
Specifically I would be grateful for your answers to the following questions, where applicable:
1.Did your local authority set up a local welfare assistance scheme following the closure of the Social Fund in April 2013?
2.If the answer to Question 1 is yes, please provide the name of the scheme and confirm whether or not it is still in operation.
3.If the answer to Questions 1 is yes, but the scheme has since closed, please provide the reasons for this.
The remaining questions all assume that a local welfare assistance scheme was set up and is still in operation:
1.What eligibility criteria has been set for assistance under the scheme?
2.What was the total budget of the scheme in each financial year since its introduction (including the budget for the current financial year)?
In each financial year since the introduction of the scheme, including the current financial year to date:
3.How much, and what proportion of the scheme’s total budget, was spent in total?
4.How much (and what proportion of the total amount spent) was spent providing support with housing costs, including but not limited to tenancy deposits and up-front rent payments?
5. How much (and what proportion of the total amount spent) was spent on social care provision?
In each month since the introduction of the scheme:
6. How many applications have you received for assistance under the scheme?
7. How many and what proportion of applications for assistance under the scheme have been approved?
8. How many people have been assisted with (a) food vouchers and (b) food parcels under the scheme?

 

Response not yet provided

 

8283

 

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please could you provide me the following information for social services in your council, for the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015 (to most recent available data)) and split out by year?
•The number of Section 47 enquiries (interviews of a family and, if appropriate, children regarding living conditions for children) conducted?
•The number of Child Protection Conferences held?
•The number of Child Protection Plans implemented?
•The number of applications to a court to have a child put into care?
•The number of cases in which this application was approved?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please could you provide me the following information for social services in your council, for the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015 (to most recent available data)) and split out by year?

  • The number of Section 47 enquiries (interviews of a family and, if appropriate, children regarding living conditions for children) conducted?
  • The number of Child Protection Conferences held?
  • The number of Child Protection Plans implemented?

Answer:

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

1.            States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

This information is available in the public domain, please see links below.

2014/15

2013/14

2012/13

The number of applications to a court to have a child put into care?

Answer: The Local Authority does not always seek to remove a child to ‘put into care’ and therefore we are providing figures for the number of Care Proceedings applications for each year:

2013-2014 (01.04.13 – 31.03.14) = 23

2014-2015 (01.04.14 – 31.03.15) = 42

2015-2016 (01.04.15 – 07.12.15 – TO DATE) = 38

The number of cases in which this application was approved?

Answer: We are assuming ‘approved’ is by the Court and therefore we are providing figures on the number of issued applications

No application has been dismissed in the periods stated above 

17/12/2015

 

8284

 

 Under the provision of the Freedom of Information Act, please can you answer the following questions:
1, How much is  your head of legal paid?
2, How many days annual leave is he entitled to?
3, How much notice does he need to give to take a day off?

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

Please find the information you requested below.

Question 1:

The salary for the Head of Legal Services is £64,300 - £72,767

Question 2:

The Council’s leave entitlement is 26 days per annum, increasing to 31 days upon completion of 5 years continuous local government service. 

Question 3:

As much notice as possible of proposed annual leave dates must be given to ensure adequate staffing coverage at all times.  Such notice must be at least twice the number of days' leave that the employee wishes to take as annual leave.

 06/01/16

 

8285

 

I would like to know the following information of the Council Parking services.if the service is outsourced, and if so who?and details such as start date,end date,duration and any extension dates.the value of contract and money sprnt on contract for years 13/14, 14/15,and the period april 15 to september 15.Also no of staff.

list of info0rmation requested

On street enforcement

off street enforcement

CCTV enforcement

CCTV enforcement IT provider

Notice Processing

Debt collection

Debt recovery

Printing  and Fufilment

Parking mangement system

Pay and display machine maintenance

Pay and display cash collection

Cashless parking provider

Car pound services including removal units

I would also like to know if the council is considering outsourcing in the next two 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.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

11/01/16

8286

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to know the following please:
•How many Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipients live in your borough?
•How much money did you receive from the Government to cover ILF payments between July 2015 and March 2016?
Did you ring fence this funding? (If so, please specify if to ILF users or to adult social care.)
•How many ILF reassessments have you completed in order to establish the recipient’s care plan and how much funding they should receive in future? (If not yet completed, when do you expect these to be finished?)
•Out of those which have been reassessed, please specify, in numerical terms, what has happened to their care package (i.e. how many people have seen theirs reduced, increased or remaining the same?).
If there has been a reduction or an increase, please specify whether this is due to the ILF component or another funding stream.
Please also include (as a percentage) the level of change seen in care packages that have been reduced or increased.
How much money do you plan to budget to cover ILF payments in 2015/2016?
Where will this funding come from? (I.e. will central Government devolve any more funds to cover this/will you be expected to fund it from your existing budget? If the latter, which part of the budget is it coming from?)
Please send all letters, emails and memos you have received from central Government/ILF about the closure and devolution of the ILF. (If this request is too broad, please give me the longest time period as possible that complies with the cost limit.)

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

How many Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipients live in your borough?

There are currently 18 former ILF clients.

How much money did you receive from the Government to cover ILF payments between July 2015 and March 2016?

£292,949

Did you ring fence this funding? (If so, please specify if to ILF users or to adult social care.)

The money was ring fenced to ILF clients receiving direct payments, home care and day care within Adult Social Care.

How many ILF reassessments have you completed in order to establish the recipient’s care plan and how much funding they should receive in future? (If not yet completed, when do you expect these to be finished?)

All the clients were reviewed prior to the transfer and, to date 10 clients have had reviews and the remainder are scheduled.

Out of those which have been reassessed, please specify, in numerical terms, what has happened to their care package (i.e. how many people have seen theirs reduced, increased or remaining the same?).

If there has been a reduction or an increase, please specify whether this is due to the ILF component or another funding stream.

Please also include (as a percentage) the level of change seen in care packages that have been reduced or increased.

There have been no reductions in care packages. However, some clients have been referred to Continuing Healthcare for assessments for health funding.

How much money do you plan to budget to cover ILF payments in 2015/2016?

The full allocation has been budgeted to cover previous ILF payments (£292,949).

Where will this funding come from? (I.e. will central Government devolve any more funds to cover this/will you be expected to fund it from your existing budget? If the latter, which part of the budget is it coming from?)

The money has been allocated through Central Government.

Please send all letters, emails and memos you have received from central Government/ILF about the closure and devolution of the ILF. (If this request is too broad, please give me the longest time period as possible that complies with the cost limit.)

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 information packages from ILF are very large documents and would need to be scanned. A lot of this information was received by email and has now been archived due to the IT systems. As this includes general communication as well as individual service user communication the information would need to be anonymised which would take over the 18 hour limit that has been set.

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

11/01/16

8287

 

A water main burst on Brickhill Drive on 24 November 2014.  Anglian Water subsequently completed repairs on 28 November 2014.

Please advise, and provide dated evidence of, all customer contacts made reporting that water leak to Bedford Borough Council, by any means (eg telephone, email), regardless of the fact that it was for Anglian Water to repair. 

By evidence, I mean appropriately redacted copies of customer contact forms, emails or other hard copy or electronic records. 

Please also include interdepartmental emails, again appropriately redacted, where the water leak forms part or all of the subject matter.  For example, the customer service desk emailing the highways department to advise that a customer has contacted you, telling you about a water leak.

Please also provide evidence of all formal and informal Bedford Borough Council highways inspections for the period 20 to 26 November 2014 inclusive that included Manton Lane/Brickhill Drive. 

By evidence, I mean appropriately redacted copies of inspection records, either hard copy or electronic.  If hard copy forms have been transferred to electronic databases, please include evidence of the database entry date.

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

11/01/16

8288

 

Please could you provide me with the following information for every year for the last 20 years (or as far as your records go back):

a) The number of evictions made of squatters and occupiers from vacant and unoccupied residential properties across the borough.

b) The number of evictions made of squatters and occupiers from vacant and unoccupied commercial properties across the borough.

NB. I appreciate that your historical statistics might merge these figures - please could you mark this in a third column, entitled 'residential/commercial'.

c) The number of officers you have working on the eviction of illegal squatters.

d) The amount of money spent on legal fees in evicting people from squatted properties.

e) The amount of money spent in total in evicting people from squatted properties.

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

Please could you provide me with the following information for every year for the last 20 years (or as far as your records go back):  From 2012 to date

a) The number of evictions made of squatters and occupiers from vacant and unoccupied residential properties across the borough:  1

b) The number of evictions made of squatters and occupiers from vacant and unoccupied commercial properties across the borough:  0

NB. I appreciate that your historical statistics might merge these figures - please could you mark this in a third column, entitled 'residential/commercial'.

c) The number of officers you have working on the eviction of illegal squatters:  1

d) The amount of money spent on legal fees in evicting people from squatted properties:  £325.52

e) The amount of money spent in total in evicting people from squatted properties:  As (d) above

12/01/16

8289

 

1.   When a CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment) is received by the local authority, is contact made within 48 hours? Yes or No?

2.   Does the service specification/commissioning agreement for visually impaired rehabilitation services stipulate that assessments must be carried out within 28 days from the point that the person first had contact with the local authority? Yes or No?

Any additional comments:

3.   If no, is there a specified time in which a person should receive an assessment, from the point that they first had contact with the local authority? If yes, what is the timeframe?

Any additional comments:

4.   Is a specialist rehabilitation assessment carried out? Please select the option that applies:

a)   Yes, all visually impaired people in contact with the council receive a specialist assessment.

b)   No, a generic assessment is carried out.

c)   A specialist assessment is only carried out if a person is referred to the rehabilitation/sensory loss team.

d)   Other – please state:

Please attached copy of all assessments carried out

5.   The following questions concern how many people with a visual impairment are in contact with the local authority and what support they then receive.

a)    What is the total number of visually impaired that have had contact with the local authority since April 2015? (This should include the number of people referred via a CVI, other referrals, and people how have contacted the authority).

b)    How many of these were referred for a rehabilitation assessment?

c)     How many received a rehabilitation assessment within 28 days?

d)    How many had a rehabilitation assessment and a support plan within 28 days?

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

13/01/16

8290

 

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

Willington Road

Cople

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

16/12/2015

 

8291

 

Please could you provide me with:

1) the length of 20 mph zones as well as the number of discrete zones (Self enforcing using traffic calming) 

2) The same information but for 20mph limits (signs only)

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

06/01/15

8292

 

In relation to any meat identification tests that have been carried out on behalf of your council in 2015 please provide me with a copy of the report only if the test showed there was a rogue species in the product.

If the report does not contain any of the following details, then please include them separately:

  1. When the sample was taken,
  2. What the sample was labelled or described as being,
  3. Where the sample was purchased and who was described as the manufacturer/producer of the produce?
  4. What the rogue species were in the produce and the percentage of each rogue species in the product?

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information regarding meat identification tests carried out within the Borough.

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 and I have answered the questions raised in turn below:

The authority can confirm, from its records, that no unsatisfactory test results have been reported in the year 2015 (from 1 April 2014 to date).

22/12/2015

 

8293 - 4

 

 

Granby Way, WOOTTON, BEDFORD,– (Plan to Follow)

Angelica Grove, Houghton Conquest, Bedford, MK45 3FS

Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
Con29R 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; or (f) public health?

Con29R 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
Con29R 3.12 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –

(a) a contaminated land notice;

(b) in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(5) –

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

(c) consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(6) before the service of a remediation notice?

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

 

I enclose a copy of the information you requested

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the environmental information in respect of these properties.

21/12/2015

 

8295

 

Under the freedom of information act, I would like to be sent details of the cost of this allowances exercise including Council staff time spent on the matter, as well as the costs charged by Northgate. I’d then also like to be sent the details of funds raised as a result of people being charged more for council tax.

 

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 and a response to your request is detailed below:

Thank you for your e-mail regarding the review of Council Tax single resident discounts.  We are sorry to hear that you felt offended by the letter and can assure you that there was no intention to insinuate that you may be claiming a discount fraudulently.  The intention of the letter is to ensure that residents claiming discounts are aware of their statutory duties to report any changes of circumstances that might affect their entitlement and are fully informed of the potential consequences and penalties if they should fail to do so.

You can be assured that the Council takes data security very seriously and is very careful with the data that it holds.  Personal data is only shared with a third party company where the law allows for data to be shared, for example where the company is providing a service on behalf of the Council.

In this case the Council has commissioned Northgate Public Services to undertake a review of single resident discounts. 

The review of single resident discounts is currently in progress by Northgate Public Services.  However, Northgate Public Services also undertook a review of single resident discounts in 2014.  Under the terms negotiated with the company the Council only pays a fee where as a result of the review a discount is withdrawn.  In total the amount paid for the 2014 review was £47,642.50 and the review generated additional Council Tax totalling £198,360.07.  The additional Council Tax will then continue to be payable in subsequent financial years.

The review is undertaken entirely by Northgate Public Services which means that there is no requirement for Council staff to be working on the review.

21/12/2015

 

8296

 

The Council has a commercial arrangement with Azeus UK in which the Council provides references for the Azeus IT system and Azeus pays the Council a fixed percentage of UK sales resulting from this.

As the Isles of Scilly have now gone live with their Azeus system, can you confirm that Bedford Borough Council has been paid the agreed percentage by Azeus?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

The Council has a commercial arrangement with Azeus UK in which the Council provides references for the Azeus IT system and Azeus pays the Council a fixed percentage of UK sales resulting from this.

 As the Isles of Scilly have now gone live with their Azeus system, can you confirm that Bedford Borough Council has been paid the agreed percentage by Azeus?

Response:   Yes

17/12/2015

 

8297

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:

  • The name of any Vendor Management System you are currently using to manage supply teacher cover.
  • The name of the provider offering the system.
  • Whether it is a neutral vendor, Master Vendor or another type of Vendor solution.
  •  The duration of the contract and the commercial arrangements of the contract (e.g. set up fees, annual fees, gain share etc.).

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. 

Supply teacher cover is arranged by individual schools.  You will need to therefore contact each individual school for this information, please find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Schools Directory.

16/12/2015

 

8298

 

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

Meadway, Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

16/12/2015

 

8299

 

Please could you provide the following information for each of the last three years ending 31st March (that is 2012/2013; 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.  Please note that we are asking about both unaccompanied asylum seeking children (under 18 years) in question 1; and about unaccompanied care leavers (post 18 years) in questions 2 and 3).

If you are unable to provide data on any of the questions below please indicate this by inserting ‘NO DATA AVAILABLE’.

Looked after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (under 18 years)

1)

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

How long is a UASC untraceable (the local authority has no knowledge of where they are) before they are considered to be ‘missing’? 

Of those who have gone ‘missing’ from local authority care, please state their profile in terms of:

i.

Gender

ii.

Nationality

iii.

Legal/immigration status at the point that ‘missing’ was recorded

iv.

Age at the point missing was recorded

Former UASC care leavers

For each of the same three years please can you provide information about: 

2)

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

Please state the profile of the above in terms of:

i.

Gender

ii.

Nationality

iii.

Legal/immigration status on 31st March in each year 

iv.

Age on 31st March in each year 

v.

Whether or not enrolled in higher education

vi.

Whether or not enrolled in further education

3)

The number of former UASC care leavers who went ‘missing’ whilst still entitled to leaving care services from the local authority.

How long is a former UASC care leaver untraceable (the local authority has no knowledge of where they are) before they are considered to be ‘missing’?

Please state the profile of the above in terms of:

i.

Gender

ii.

Nationality

iii.

Legal/immigration status at the point that ‘missing’ was recorded

iv.

Age at the point that ‘missing’ was recorded

 

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please could you provide the following information for each of the last three years ending 31st March (that is 2012/2013; 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.  Please note that we are asking about both unaccompanied asylum seeking children (under 18 years) in question 1; and about unaccompanied care leavers (post 18 years) in questions 2 and 3).

If you are unable to provide data on any of the questions below please indicate this by inserting ‘NO DATA AVAILABLE’.

Looked after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (under 18 years)

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

Answer:

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

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

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

How long is a UASC untraceable (the local authority has no knowledge of where they are) before they are considered to be ‘missing’? 

Answer:

Bedford Borough Council Report all UASC as missing as soon as they fail to return to property at Set time or are absent from accommodation without notification/ permission on average up to 1 hour after failing to return or absent in cases where Local Authority has no knowledge of where UASC is.

Of those who have gone ‘missing’ from local authority care, please state their profile in terms of:

i.Gender

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

ii.Nationality

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

iii.Legal/immigration status at the point that ‘missing’ was recorded

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

iv. Age at the point missing was recorded

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

Former UASC care leavers

For each of the same three years please can you provide information about: 

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

Answer:

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

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

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

Please state the profile of the above in terms of:

i.Gender

Answer:

Year 2012 /13 - 2 x Female former UASC 7 x Male Former UASC

Year 2013 / 14 - 4 x Female former UASC 10 x Male Former UASC

Year 2013 / 14 - 7 x Female Former UASC 14 x Male Former UASC

ii.Nationality

Answer:

Year 2012 /13 – Afghanistan, Cameroon, Palestine  Nigeria, Uganda – unable to provide number breakdown  for each country as this could lead to the identification of individuals due to numbers being less than five for each country.

Year 2013 / 14 – Afghanistan, Cameroon, Palestine, Nigeria. Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopian - unable to provide number breakdown for each country as this could lead to the identification of individuals due to numbers being less than five for each country.

Year 2013 / 15 – Afghanistan, Cameroon, Palestine, Nigeria, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopian, Iran, Gambia, Syria. - unable to provide number Breakdown for each country as this could lead to the identification of individuals due to numbers being less than five for each country.

iii.Legal/immigration status on 31st March in each year 

Answer:

Year 2012 /13 – 6 x Outstanding Asylum application 3 x granted refugee status. Unable to provide number Breakdown for each country as this could lead to the identification of individuals due to numbers being less than five for each country.

Year 2013 / 14 - 9 x refused Asylum applications 4 x granted Refugee status.  1 x Asylum claim outstanding. Unable to provide number Breakdown for each country as this could lead to the identification of individuals due to numbers being less than five for each country.

Year 2014 / 15 – 10 x refused asylum applications. 2 x deported individuals. 1 x outstanding asylum claim 8 x granted refugee status unable to provide number Breakdown for each country as this could lead to the identification of individuals due to numbers being less than five for each country.

iv.Age on 31st March in each year 

Answer:

Year 2012 /13 – 5 x 18 year olds,  4 x 19 year olds,

Year 2013 / 14 – 5 x 18 year olds , 5 x 19 year olds, 4 x 20 year olds

Year 2014 / 15 – 9 x 18 year olds. 5 x19 year olds   5 x 20 year olds 2 x 21 year olds.

v.Whether or not enrolled in higher education

Answer:

Year 2012 /13 - Bedford Borough Council did not have any former UASC in higher education

Year 2013 / 14- Bedford Borough Council did not have any former UASC in higher education

Year 2014 / 15- Bedford Borough Council did not have any former UASC in higher education

vi.Whether or not enrolled in further education

Answer:

Year 2012 /13 -Bedford Borough Council had 6 Former UASC in Further Education and 4 Former UASC not enrolled in education.

Year 2013 / 14 - Bedford Borough Council had 8 Former UASC in Further Education and 6 Former UASC not enrolled in education.

Year 2014 / 15 - Bedford Borough Council had 13 Former UASC in Further Education and 8 Former UASC not enrolled in education.

3)The number of former UASC care leavers who went ‘missing’ whilst still entitled to leaving care services from the local authority.

Answer:

Year 2012/ 13 Zero Former UASC went missing from Care of the Local Authority.

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

Year 2014/ 15 Less than 5 former UASC went missing from the care of the Local Authority. We are unable to provide exact number as doing so could identify the individual / individuals.

How long is a former UASC care leaver untraceable (the local authority has no knowledge of where they are) before they are considered to be ‘missing’?

Answer:

Bedford Borough Council treat every case differently due to the Former UASC being 18 or over and deemed an adult and can choose to engage or not. Social workers would report Former UASC missing if they suspected that a former UASC had absconded or if they were concerned for the young person’s Welfare. Statutory guidance states those Post 18 years Social workers have a duty to visit former UASC once every eight weeks.

Please state the profile of the above in terms of:

i.Gender

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

ii.Nationality

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

iii.Legal/immigration status at the point that ‘missing’ was recorded

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

iv.Age at the point that ‘missing’ was recorded

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

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

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

1.States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

We are unable to provide this information due to low numbers and the possibility of an individual / individuals being identifiable.

23/12/15

8300

 

1: What was your total spend (Exclusive of VAT) on fostering services through Independent fostering agencies during:

a)    April 2014 – March 2015 Financial Year?

b)    April 2013 – March 2014 Financial Year?

c)     April 2012 – March 2013 Financial Year?

2: How many children were placed with foster carers using independent fostering agencies during:

a)    April 2014 – March 2015 Financial Year?

b)    April 2013 – March 2014 Financial Year?

c)     April 2012 – March 2013 Financial Year?

3: How many children are currently placed using independent fostering agencies?

4: How many children do you currently have waiting for a foster carer?

5: Do you have a framework agreement in place for independent fostering agencies?

a)    Please advise on the expiry date of the current framework / approved provider list.

b)    Is the list currently closed or is the authority taking on new independent fostering providers?

6: Please provide a list of your current, approved suppliers & if applicable, the tier they are placed on.  If the contract is split into lots (i.e 5-10 year olds), please clarify which agencies are approved under each lot. / Please advise on number of current placements with each of these agencies / Please provide a fee breakdown of fees charged by each agency.

7: Please advise on your allowance and pay range for foster carers

8: Do you provide a birthday allowance to foster carers?  If so, how much?

9: Do you provide a Christmas / Religious Festival allowance to foster carers?  If so, how much?

10: Do you provide a Summer holiday allowance to foster carers?  If so, how much?

11: How many foster carers do you currently have registered direct with the authority?

12: How many children are placed with your local authority foster carers (Excluding Independent Fostering Agencies)?

13: Please provide me with the following contact names within the authority:

a)    The name of the senior manager with overall responsibility for commissioning Children’s Services.

b)    The name of the service manager responsible for fostering.

c)     The name of the officer responsible for the recruitment of foster carers

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

11/0/16

8301

 

Questions in respect of Food Operator's Licence: whether registered, details of inspections and food hygiene rating.

 

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

04/01/16

 

8302

 

Questions in regard to a recent dropped court case: names of Councillors and officer involved in the decision; full costs to the council;  number of council tax payers and income through council tax.

 

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

 14/01/16

8303

 

Re: site on Bedford Rd/Manor  Drive, Kempston

Would you please be able to advise if the Council holds any records of the reports on previous ground investigations undertaken at the site, and any remediation strategy documents and validation reports for the works?  If so, would you please be able to advise whether we would be able to visit your offices to read through to summarise the findings?

Also, as part of our Phase 1 investigation, we would normally request a standard environmental search report from the Local Authority to include details any other potential sources of contamination in the area that may impact on the site, such as landfills, other industrial sites, whether current or historical.  Would you please be able to advise us of the costs of the search, and how we go about commissioning the search?

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

As you are aware, the subject site was formerly occupied by a garage and engineering works, and extensive remediation work has been undertaken there.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. There are a number of sites in the vicinity of the subject site which are listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements.

Those listed to inspect within 100m of the site include the following:

  • A former scrap metal yard
  • Former Horseshoe Coaches, transport and haulage premises
  • Former Martell, E and Co, coal and coke merchant
  • Former Aero Controls factory

We are not aware of any landfill sites in the vicinity of the subject site.

11/01/16

8304

 

I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act. Please note that this request is specifically not concerned with carers with support needs, or the provisions of the Care Act 2014 that relate to carers with support needs, except for questions 8 and 9.

  1. The FACS care levels (Critical, Substantial, Moderate, Low) for which the council funded adult care in 2014/15
  2. The number of people who received council-funded adult care under the FACS system during 2014/15
  3. The number of people who have received council-funded adult care under the Care Act 2014 system so far during 2015/16
  4. Any estimated or projected figure for the total number of people who will receive council-funded adult care under the Care Act 2014 system during the whole of 2015/16 (ie a full-year forecast)
  5. Any estimated or projected figure (including rough figures) for the total number of people who will receive (or be eligible for) council-funded adult care during 2016/17 under the Care Act 2014 system
  6. The council's full-year adult care expenditure for 2014/15
  7. The council's expected full-year adult care expenditure for 2015/16 (budgeted figure will suffice if need be)
  8. Any estimate the council has for the full-year additional costs it has incurred in 2015/16 (relative to 2014/15) due to (a) the Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations under the Care Act 2014; and (b) the provisions of the Care Act 2014 that relate to carers with support needs (a combined figure for a and b will suffice if there is no other option)

 

Any estimate the council has for the full-year additional costs it will incur in 2016/17 (relative to 2014/15 or 2015/16 – please specify which) due to (a) the Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations under the Care Act 2014; and (b) the provisions of the Care Act 2014 that relate to carers with support needs (a combined figure for a and b will suffice if there is no other option

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

1. The FACS care levels (Critical, Substantial, Moderate, Low) for which the council funded adult care in 2014/15 

The council funded needs at substantial and critical levels and also moderate if that would have prevented a substantial or critical need developing in the next 6 weeks.

2. The number of people who received council-funded adult care under the FACS system during 2014/15 

1,235

3. The number of people who have received council-funded adult care under the Care Act 2014 system so far during 2015/16

607

4. Any estimated or projected figure for the total number of people who will receive council-funded adult care under the Care Act 2014 system during the whole of 2015/16 (ie a full-year forecast)

2,743

5. Any estimated or projected figure (including rough figures) for the total number of people who will receive (or be eligible for) council-funded adult care during 2016/17 under the Care Act 2014 system

2,900

6. The council's full-year adult care expenditure for 2014/15

2014/2015 Outturn £41.735 million

7. The council's expected full-year adult care expenditure for 2015/16 (budgeted figure will suffice if need be)

2015/2016 Budget £43.258 million

8. Any estimate the council has for the full-year additional costs it has incurred in 2015/16 (relative to 2014/15) due to (a) the Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations under the Care Act 2014; and (b) the provisions of the Care Act 2014 that relate to carers with support needs (a combined figure for a and b will suffice if there is no other option)

Bedford Borough Council has received additional funding relating to the Care Act of £1.399million in 2015/2016  which has all been  allocated to support the  additional costs being incurred as a result of the Care and Support (eligibility Criteria) Regulations under the Care Act 2014.  

9. Any estimate the council has for the full-year additional costs it will incur in 2016/17 (relative to 2014/15 or 2015/16 – please specify which) due to (a) the Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations under the Care Act 2014; and (b) the provisions of the Care Act 2014 that relate to carers with support needs (a combined figure for a and b will suffice if there is no other option)

The 2016/17 budget has not yet been approved. Therefore this information is not available.

13/01/16

 

8305

 

I would like to understand what systems the council is currently using to manage its tree (as in Oak trees etc.) assets.  With this in mind please can you supply me with the following information.

·         Does the council use an electronic (IT system) to manage its tree assets?

·         What is the name of the software the council uses to manage its tree assets?

·         How many trees does the council managing?

·         Does the council pay for the electronic system on an annual basis? If so how much?

·         Did the council pay for the electronic system up front? If so how much? If so does the council pay an annual maintenance charge? if so how much?

·         When was the software installed or service started? Approximate Month/Year is acceptable

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

Please find the information requested below in bold.

·Does the council use an electronic (IT system) to manage its tree assets? - Yes

·What is the name of the software the council uses to manage its tree assets? - Treewise, supplied by Treewise Solutions Ltd

·How many trees does the council managing? - Approximately 28,000

·Does the council pay for the electronic system on an annual basis? There is an annual maintenance fee covering technical support, upgrades etc.

If so how much? – The information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the exception in Regulation 12(5)(e) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 which relates to Confidentiality of commercial or industrial information.

In applying this exception we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are in disclosing the information there is likelihood that it could weaken someone's position in a competitive environment in that it could reveal market sensitive information that has a potential usefulness to competitors within that market.

·Did the council pay for the electronic system up front? - There was an upfront cost which included software installation, hardware procurement and delivery.

If so how much? As above.

If so does the council pay an annual maintenance charge? - Information about maintenance charges are mentioned above.

If so how much? – As above.

· When was the software installed or service started? Approximate Month/Year is acceptable - March 2005

24/12/15

8306

I would like a full list of businesses that have become recently liable for business rates between the 1st Dec 2015 to today the 15th December 2015.  I would like you to include the name of the business and the ratepayer, the full address and rv and the date of liability please

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

 15/01/16

8307

 

1) How many instances of abandoned motor vehicles were recorded between 2004-15? If the data doesn't stretch back to 2004, please use the earliest you have. 

2) If a 3rd party was called to recover, what was the average cost involved?

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

 

Please find the information you requested below. 

 

Year

Number of ABV reports

Average cost of removal

2004

Due to our retention policy we don’t hold any data from 2012 on this subject

2012

212

339

2013

357

85

2014

406

85

2015

425

85

 

23/12/15

8308

 

Can you confirm if I am able to view the register of licensed HMO’s for Bedford.

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

15/01/16

8309

 

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known at the time of death from 1/1/15 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/1/15 but the case has only come  to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:

  1.  Surnames and forenames or initials
  2.  Dates of death
  3.  Age at death or date of birth
  4. Place of birth
  5. Marital status
  6. Maiden surnames of married or widowed women
  7. Usual address at time of death
  8. Approx. value of their estate if known
  9. The date you sent information to the Government Legal Department  (or, if in Lancashire, the Duchy of Lancaster, or, if in Cornwall, the Duchy of Cornwall), or confirmation that this action was not applicable.
  • If you have yet to send the information on, as per 9 above, or a decision has not yet been made whether or not to do so, please also advise of this.

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.

2Specifies, 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  

14/01/16

8310

 

Please can you send me the organisation’s Local Area Network (LAN) contract, which may include the following:

·         Support and Maintenance- e.g. switches, router, software etc

·         Managed

·         Installation

·         Cabling

1.       Existing Supplier: Who is the current supplier for each contract?

2.       Annual Average Spend for Supplier: What is the annual average spending on the supplier above? If there is more than one supplier please split the annual averages spend for each supplier.

3.       Number of Users: Please can you provide me with the number of users each contract covers. Approximate number of users will also be acceptable.

4.       Number of Sites: The number of sites where equipment is supported by these contract.

5.       Contract Type: For each contract is the contract Managed, Maintenance, Installation, Software

6.       Hardware Brand: What is the hardware brand of the LAN equipment?

7.       Contract Description: Please provide me with a brief description of the overall contract.

8.       Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract is and can you please also include any extensions this may include for each contract.

9.       Contract Expiry Date: When does the contract expire for each contract?

10.   Contract Review Date: When will the organisation is planning to review the contract?

11.   Responsible Officer: Who within the organisation is responsible for each of these contract(s) please provide me with contact details including name, job title, contact number and email address?

If the LAN maintenance is included in-house or managed please include the following information:

1.    Hardware Brand: What is the hardware brand of the LAN equipment?

2.    Number of Users: Please can you provide me with the number of users this contract covers. Approximate number of users will also be acceptable.

3.    Number of Sites: Estimated/Actual number of sites the LAN covers.

4.    Responsible Officer: Who within the organisation is responsible for LAN please provide me with contact details including name, job title, contact number and email address?

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

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

Please can you send me the organisation’s Local Area Network (LAN) contract, which may include the following:

  • Support and Maintenance– e.g. switches, router, software etc CSA Waverley
  • Managed n/a
  • Installation n/a
  • Cabling n/a – however where new cabling is required this is with InfoTech Installations Limited

1.Existing Supplier: Who is the current supplier for each contract? CSA Waverley

2.Annual Average Spend for Supplier: What is the annual average spending on the supplier above? If there is more than one supplier please split the annual averages spend for each supplier. £51,090.13

3.Number of Users: Please can you provide me with the number of users each contract covers. Approximate number of users will also be acceptable. 2051

4.Number of Sites: The number of sites where equipment is supported by these contract. 78

5.Contract Type: For each contract is the contract Managed, Maintenance, Installation, Software  Managed

6.Hardware Brand: What is the hardware brand of the LAN equipment? Cisco

7.Contract Description: Please provide me with a brief description of the overall contract. Assured Managed Service with maintenance

8.Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract is and can you please also include any extensions this may include for each contract. 1 contract for 3 years

9.Contract Expiry Date: When does the contract expire for each contract? LAN support 01/03/15 to 28/02/18

10.Contract Review Date: When will the organisation is planning to review the contract? 2018

11.Responsible Officer: Who within the organisation is responsible for each of these contract(s) please provide me with contact details including name, job title, contact number and email address?  Rughbir Singh, Head of ICT Operations, contact details at the head of this letter.

If the LAN maintenance is included in-house or managed please include the following information:

1.Hardware Brand: What is the hardware brand of the LAN equipment? n/a

2.Number of Users: Please can you provide me with the number of users this contract covers. Approximate number of users will also be acceptable. n/a

3.Number of Sites: Estimated/Actual number of sites the LAN covers. n/a

4.Responsible Officer: Who within the organisation is responsible for LAN please provide me with contact details including name, job title, contact number and email address? n/a

14/01/16

8311

 

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

Harrold Place

High Street

Harrold

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

16/12/2015

 

8312

 

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

New Cardington

Colemore Grange

Shortstown

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

31/12/15

8313

 

Re  Dog Control Orders case and the below statement:

Philip Simpkins, chief executive of Bedford Borough Council, said:

'It has come to light that an administrative procedural error has occurred and the council should not have enforced payment against the 44 fixed penalty notices issued in respect of dog control orders."

    

 Please confirm what the administrative procedural error ('s) were and if this information has been shared with other Authorities who have similar Orders in place.

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

The administrative procedural error relating to the Dog Control Order was that the draft Order on the Council’s website did not give a clear start date for the Order to commence.  Furthermore, the media notice did not state where the actual Order could be inspected and copies obtained. The Council has been proactive in its dealings with other Councils with regard to this issue.

14/01/16

8314-5

 

I am carrying out a pre-acquisition survey for a portfolio of properties which include a number of sites on the Elm Farm and Woburn Road Industrial Estates.  The addresses are listed below.  I was wondering if any of these sites are on your list of sites to be reviewed  under Part II A?

Elms Farm Industrial Estate

a) Price’s Candles, 16 Hudson Road, Elms Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0LZ

b) 18 Edison Road, Elms Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0HU

c) BSS Group, Hammond Road, Elms Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0UD

d) ACO Technologies Plc, Caxton Road, Elms Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0EJ

e) Prima Foam House, Caxton Road, Bedford MK41 0ZW

f) Blackburn Metals, Edison Road, Elms Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0HU

Woburn Road Industrial Estate

a) Ideal Industries, Wolseley Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7JY

b) Units A,B,C & D, Postley Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedford MK 42 7BU

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

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. Of the properties listed above, the following are on our list of sites to inspect:

Woburn Road Industrial Estate

a) Ideal Industries, Wolseley Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7JY

b) Units A,B,C & D, Postley Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedford MK 42 7BU

Based on the information which we have to date, no further investigation is anticipated to be required on the Postley Road sites, while they remain in their current use, although this could change if new information comes to light.

15/01/16

8316

 

 I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for all transactions over £500 for March 2013. Please provide the data in a machine readable format (preferably csv). As a minimum, please make sure to include the date, value and recipient of each transaction. Please also provide details on the procurement category of each transaction if you have it.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is now available following repair of the broken link.  The file recorded against March 2013 in the link should provide you with the information requested.

15/01/16

8317

 

 Please can you provide the contact names and email addresses for the following within the council:
The Communications Director, Marketing Director and IT Director.
The amount of council budget being spend on Marketing Services and IT Services.

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 accessible by other means.

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

Budget Book 2015/2016 – see page 92 for IT budgets and page 98 for Communication and Marketing and Marketing and Publicity

22/12/15

 

8318

 

 We would like the following information:
1.How many planning refusals were made by planning committee in the last 12 months contrary to positive planning officer recommendation?
2.How many of these refusals then ended up being appealed?
3.How many of the appeals also considered a costs application?
4.Where a costs application was successful by the appellant how much was awarded (in £)?

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

Please find the information requested below in bold:

1.   How many planning refusals were made by planning committee in the last 12 months contrary to positive planning officer recommendation? The information is available on the authorities website by looking at the committee minutes

2.  How many of these refusals then ended up being appealed? 3

3.  How many of the appeals also considered a costs application? 1

4.  Where a costs application was successful by the appellant how much was awarded (in £)? No decision yet

14/01/16

8319

16

 Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information:
a) How many schools, that you oversee, are on warning or improvement notices? Please could you provide a list of each school on a notice and identify which type of notice each is on (warning or improvement). Ideally, in an excel spreadsheet, but however is easiest for you.
b) How long has each school been on the notice?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

a)How many schools, that you oversee, are on warning or improvement notices? Please could you provide a list of each school on a notice and identify which type of notice each is on (warning or improvement). Ideally, in an excel spreadsheet, but however is easiest for you.

Answer:

There are currently no schools on a warning notice

b)How long has each school been on the notice?

Answer:

N/A

04/01/16

8320

 

 What are the start and end dates (indicating if the ‘end date’ includes any optional extension either exercised, or likely to be exercised by the authority) of all contracted and commissioned services, including Frameworks for adult services covering the following categories;
Learning disability
Mental health
Physical disability
Autism
Complex care

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

19/01/16

8321

 

 Please provide a list of the current providers of all contracted and commissioned services, (including frameworks of adult services) covering the following categories, and indicating which categories providers are associated with;
Learning disability
Mental health
Physical disability
Autism
Complex care

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

Please provide a list of the current providers of all contracted and commissioned services, (including frameworks of adult services) and indicating which categories providers are associated with.

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 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.

Further information is available via the following links.

Home care providers on the approved framework agreement (more details also available at:

Commissioned/contracted services including residential/supported living/extra care and third sector.

Details of approved provider framework for Personalised support services can be found at:

19/01/16

8322

 

 What are the upper and lower rates for 1:1 support on any Frameworks for adult services covering the following categories?
Learning disability
Mental health
Physical disability
Autism
Complex care

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.

What are the upper and lower rates for 1:1 support on any Frameworks for adult services?

Upper rate on home care framework agreement is £16.00 per hour (based on weekday – day rate), lower rate is £11.96 per hour (based on weekday-day rate).

 

19/01/16

8323

 

 What is the average 1:1 hourly rate for providing support applicable to Frameworks for adult services covering the following categories?
Learning disability
Mental health
Physical disability
Autism
Complex care

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. 

What is the average 1:1 hourly rate for providing support applicable to Frameworks for adult services?

Average hourly rate is £13.88 (based on weekday – day rate).

19/01/16

8324

 

 At the time of inviting tenders from providers to join the Frameworks for adult services in the following specialisms;
Learning disability
Mental health
Physical disability
Autism
Complex care
a)Did the Council stipulate the 1:1 rates that apply to these Frameworks or were providers able to quote rates?
b) If providers were invited to quote their rates, did the authority specify upper and lower rates, and if so what were these?

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.

At the time of inviting tenders from providers to join the Frameworks for adult services in the following specialisms;

*      Learning disability

*      Mental health

*      Physical disability

*      Autism

*      Complex care

a)  Did the Council stipulate the 1:1 rates that apply to these Frameworks or were providers able to quote rates?

Providers were able to quote rates.

b) If providers were invited to quote their rates, did the authority specify upper and lower rates, and if so what were these?

Providers were able to quote rates.

19/01/16

8325

 

 What is the average sleep-in rate (per night) for providing support applicable to Frameworks for adult services covering the following categories?
Learning disability
Mental health
Physical disability
Autism
Complex care

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.

What is the average sleep-in rate (per night) for providing support applicable to Frameworks for adult services?

Average sleep in rate per night £74.61 (based on weekday night).

19/01/16

8326

 

 At the time of inviting tenders from providers to join the Frameworks for adult services in the following specialisms;
 Learning disability
 Mental health
 Physical disability
 Autism
 Complex care
a)Did the Council stipulate the sleep-in rates that apply to these Frameworks or were providers able to quote rates?
b)  If providers were invited to quote their rates, did the authority specify upper and lower rates, and if so what were these?

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.

At the time of inviting tenders from providers to join the Frameworks for adult services in the following specialisms;

*      Learning disability

*      Mental health

*      Physical disability

*      Autism

*      Complex care

a)     Did the Council stipulate the sleep-in rates that apply to these Frameworks or were providers able to quote rates?

Providers were able to quote rates.

 b)  If providers were invited to quote their rates, did the authority specify upper and lower rates, and if so what were these?

No upper and lower rates were specified by Local Authority.

19/01/16

8327

 

 Does an upper limit apply to the number of providers that can be on the authority’s frameworks of adult services covering the following specialisms?
Learning disability
 Mental health
 Physical disability
Autism
Complex care
if ‘yes’, what is that upper limit by Framework?

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.

Does an upper limit apply to the number of providers that can be on the authority’s frameworks of adult services covering the following specialisms?

*      Learning disability

*      Mental health

*      Physical disability

*      Autism

*      Complex care

if ‘yes’, what is that upper limit by Framework?

No upper limit currently applies regarding these specialisms.

19/01/16

8328

 

 By Framework associated with the following specialisms?
Learning disability
 Mental health
 Physical disability
 Autism
 Complex care
Does the Framework stipulate an annual inflation percentage on the rates? If ‘yes’, what is that percentage applicable to each Framework

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.

By Framework associated with the following specialisms?

*      Learning disability

*      Mental health

*      Physical disability

*      Autism

*      Complex care

*       

Does the Framework stipulate an annual inflation percentage on the rates? If ‘yes’, what is that percentage applicable to each Framework?

No inflation rate is stipulated in the frameworks.

19/01/16

8329

 

 By Framework associated with the following specialisms?
Learning disability
 Mental health
Physical disability
Autism
Complex care
Are Annual Framework Contract Reviews specified in the Contract Specification?
Reason for requesting the information;

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.

By Framework associated with the following specialisms?

*      Learning disability

*      Mental health

*      Physical disability

*      Autism

*      Complex care

Are Annual Framework Contract Reviews specified in the Contract Specification?

Yes cooperation with the Councils contracts review and quality standards process are a requirement of the frameworks.

19/01/16

8330

 

 Are Frameworks associated with the following specialisms periodically re-opened for new providers during the term of the Contract, and if ‘yes’;
a) What is the frequency of this re-opening, and,
b) What is the date of the next ‘re-opening?
Learning disability
Mental health
Physical disability
Autism
Complex care

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.

Are Frameworks associated with the following specialisms periodically re-opened for new providers during the term of the Contract, and if ‘yes’;

a)    What is the frequency of this re-opening, and,

b)   What is the date of the next ‘re-opening?

*      Learning disability

*      Mental health

*      Physical disability

*      Autism

*      Complex care

Yes the frameworks are periodically reopened but this is not to a set timetable it is done in response to local market conditions i.e. when supply is falling it is open, when supply is plentiful, it is closed.

19/01/16

8331

 

Please provide an organisational breakdown or team structure of the Authority’s Adult Services Commissioning Team.

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

Please provide an organisational breakdown or team structure of the Authority’s Adult Services Commissioning Team.

George Hunt Head of Commissioning

Marek Zamborsky Commissioner Mental Health and Dementia, Learning Disabilities and Autism

Rosalind Harding Commissioner, Older People and Physical Disabilities

Gillian Abbott, Commissioning Project Officer Communications

19/01/16

8332

 

Please provide the name, job title, and contact details of each member of the Authority’s Adult Services Commissioning Team.

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

Please provide the name, job title, and contact details of each member of the Authority’s Adult Services Commissioning Team.

George.hunt@bedford.gov.uk 01234 718240

Marek.zamborsky@bedford.gov.uk

roslyn.harding@bedford.gov.uk

Gillian.abbott@bedford.gov.uk

19/01/16

8333

 

Please provide the name and URL of the procurement E-portal used by the authority to advertise tender opportunities.

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

Please provide the name and URL of the procurement E-portal used by the authority to advertise tender opportunities.

Name of e-procurement portal is Proactis

URL -  

19/01/16

8334

 

In addition to any procurement E-portal, what are the details of all other means used to advertise tender opportunities?

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.

In addition to any procurement E-portal, what are the details of all other means used to advertise tender opportunities?

It is a legal requirement to advertise all contracts from £25k and above in Contracts Finder. In addition if this exceeds the EU threshold for services/works/goods then the opportunity must also be advertised in OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union). Current EU Thresholds (from 01/01/2014) are:

Supplies & Services:  £172,514.00

Works:                      £4,322,012.00

19/01/16

8335

 

 I would like to know how many car parking spaces are allocated in the A Zone of Bedfords on street parking.
I would also like to know how many permits are currently valid for the A zone.
Could I also request the number of and location of payable parking pentities I have recieved within the last three years in Bedford

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

I have set out below the information you requested:

How many car parking spaces are allocated in the A Zone of Bedford’s on street parking. 

210 (Resident and Pay & Display shared spaces)

How many permits are currently valid for the A Zone.

As at 17th December 2015:

171 Resident 1st permits

31 Resident 2nd permits

7 Resident 3rd permits

You also asked for information about the number of and location of payable parking penalties you have received during the last three years in Bedford.  This is set out below and is provided as part of general business, rather than under the

Environmental Information Regulations 2004, and I can confirm that there will be no charge for the provision of this information.

Penalty Charge Notices issued during the period 18/12/2012 and 17/12/2015

Date

Location

15/01/2013

Halsey Road, Kempston

19/06/2013

Alexander Road

17/01/2014

De Parys Avenue

O5/06/2015

Costin Street

12/11/2015

Costin Street

Total

5

11/01/16

8336

 

How many applications for the concessionary transport services for eligible residents

Of these applications how many are referred to a medical assessments per annum

Do you current provide these applications reviews/assessments in house or are the outsoureced

If outsourced when is the currentcontract renewal due

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

·How many applications for the Concessionary transport services for eligible residents (i.e. Freedom passes, Blue Badges and or Taxi cards) do you receive per annum?

Please note that English National Concessionary Travel Scheme passes for the elderly are currently issued by the Council on a 5 year cycle with a bulk issue being undertaken in 2015/16. All figures quoted are for 2014/15.

2014/15 (figures shown include elderly, disabled, companion and community passes)

Transport passes

Total applications received 2773 (new and renewals)

2014/15

Blue Badges

Total applications received 2455 (new and renewals)

Of these applications how many are referred to a medical assessment per annum?

For 2014/15 a total of 782 independent mobility assessments were arranged for passes and Blue Badges combined.

Do you currently provide these application reviews/assessments in-house or are they outsourced?

Outsourced.

If outsourced when is the current contract renewal due?

Contract terminates 31 March 2016 with the option to extend for a further year.

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 "In return for becoming an AzeusCare Development Partner the Council will:
• By acting as a reference site, derive 3% of the gross value or 7%  of licence costs of future UK contracts by AzeusCare or any  successor body over the next 3 years"    
Q1: Has the Council been paid at the 3% rate or the 7% rate?
Q2 : Did the Council decide which rate to apply, or did Azeus UK  make the deciison?

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. 

In your response to the following FOI question:

Link to FOI question.

you confirmed that the Council has been paid commission by Azeus UK in payment for the reference which you provided when Azeus UK were bidding at the Isles of Scilly.

What percentage was applied? I note that Mayoral Decision Paper

link to PDF regarding the Decision Paper

states that two percentage commission rates might apply, as follows:   

"In return for becoming an AzeusCare Development Partner the Council will:

• By acting as a reference site, derive 3% of the gross value or 7% of licence costs of future UK contracts by AzeusCare or any successor body over the next 3 years"  

Q1: Has the Council been paid at the 3% rate or the 7% rate?

Answer: 7% of the licence cost

Q2 : Did the Council decide which rate to apply, or did Azeus UK make the decision?

Answer: The rate applied was agreed by both the Council and Azeus UK

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A previous FOI response stated that the trigger for a payment is  the acceptance certificate from the customer. Scilly Isles have  gone live, so the Council has been able to claim its commission. As far as I can tell from the Azeus website, Newham aren't live yet. I  might be wrong here, as the Newham contract was signed in August
2014, so you would expect the new system to have gone live.     
Q1: If Newham goes live after 18th January 2016, will Bedford
Council still be eligible for its commission payment? Please supply  all correspondence with Azeus / Azeus UK / Azeuscare which  discusses this.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

  Mayoral Decision Paper 1087

 states that the Council will be eligible for a commission from Azeuscare if it provides a reference which leads to a UK sale within 3 years.  

 The paper is dated 18th January 2013.

 A previous FOI response stated that the trigger for a payment is the acceptance certificate from the customer. Scilly Isles have gone live, so the Council has been able to claim its commission. As far as I can tell from the Azeus website, Newham aren't live yet. I might be wrong here, as the Newham contract was signed in August 2014, so you would expect the new system to have gone live.  

Q1: If Newham goes live after 18th January 2016, will Bedford Council still be eligible for its commission payment? Please supply all correspondence with Azeus / Azeus UK / Azeuscare which discusses this.

Answer: The Commission payment for Newham, has been received from Azeus.

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 Costs of Childcare
1.Can you please provide us with the typical (average) prices in your area for maintained (local authority or state school/nursery provision) and PVI (private, voluntary and independent provision, including PVI provision in children’s centres) nursery places for the following provision. 
Please note, nurseries record their prices in different ways. Some have an hourly rate, while others have a weekly rate for 50 hours provision from 8am-6pm. If the nursery does not have a 25 hour rate, please calculate the price of 25 hours provision by halving the 50 hour rate, or failing this, multiplying an hourly rate by 25. A place in a day nursery for children under 2 years and a place in a day
nursery for children  aged 2+
2.Please provide the typical (average) weekly costs for a childminder in your area. 
Please note childminders record their prices in different ways. Some have an hourly rate, while others have a weekly rate for 50 hours provision from 8am-6pm. If the childminder does not have a 25 hour rate, please calculate the price of 25 hours provision by halving the 50 hour rate, or failing this, multiplying an hourly rate by 25.
For a child under 2 and a child aged 2+
3.Please provide the typical (average) weekly cost for a place in an after-school club for 15 hrs per week: £
4.Please give the typical weekly cost for a childminder who picks up children after school and provides childcare until about 6pm: [£    ]
Sufficiency of childcare
5.Based on the most recent update of the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment/report for your area, and other data available, please indicate whether there are is sufficient childcare for the following categories:
2s and under
2 year old children eligible for free early education
3-4 year olds
3-4 year old children eligible for free early education
5-11 year olds
Activities for 12-14 year olds
Disabled children
Parents working full time (i.e. 9am-5pm)
Parents in rural areas (where applicable)
Parents working atypical hours (i.e. outside 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

 

clarification sought

 
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