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20 - 30 April 2015

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

7272

 

 I would be very grateful if you could supply the information requested below that relates to your council’s implementation of the Care Act 2014.
1.does your council charge carers for services where they meet the eligibility criteria for carers set out within the Care Act? If no
2.does your charging policy permit you to levy such charges should you decide to do so in future?
3.do you plan to introduce such charges in future?

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

1.No.

If no

2.There is currently no reference to this.

3.No.

 

 18/05/15

 

7273

 

 I would therefore very much appreciate the following information where you hold it for the last three years (financial year or Jan-Dec, whichever you record by):
1. Number of FOI (including EIR) requests received per year.
2. Percentage of requests in Q1 answered in 20 working days.
3. Number of FOI (including EIR) requests by requester type. e.g. broken down by requests from the media, business, student, MP etc. (where obvious from the request.)
4. Number of requests your authority has deemed vexatious under s14.
5. For those requests in Q4, a quick description /summary / one word answer of why each request was deemed vexatious e.g. zombies, dragons, repeat requester, vexatious complainant

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)No of FOI for the following years are

     Jan 12 – Dec 12 – 1110

     Jan 13 – Dec 13 – 1404

     Jan 14 – Dec14   - 1501

2)    Percentage answered within 20 days

2012/2013 – 98.35%

2013/2014 – 99.3%

2014/2015 – 99.7%

3)    Do not hold this information

4)    None

5)    Not applicable

11/05/15

7274

 

Please can you provide the name(s) of the independent agency or charitable organisation which your local authority uses to provide statutory adoption counselling/therapy services to birth parents of children adopted from the care of the said local authority.

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

In relation to birth parent support for families where there is a plan for adoption of their chid Bedford Borough use Adoption plus who are a Voluntary Adoption Support Agency.

22/04/15

7275

 

Can you please provide information regarding the support given to children under 16 years of age with special education needs from 1st Sept 2013 to 31st jan 2015 under the following:

Academic year

Gender

Category of need

Type of school

Type of placement

Cost of placement per year

Age of child at placement

Does the child have a care order

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

Please see attachment for special education.

 11/06/15

7276

 

 I’m trying to collect information on flooding for sites within the Bedford local authority area to feed into Level 2 Flood Risk Assessments.
The sites are centred on grid references:
•TL 04278 49266; and
•TL 05073 48859
Where available the following information is required:
•historical flooding incidents in the surrounding area;
•site specific flood risk issues;
•flood related assets in the surrounding area; and
•surface water drainage constraints in the surrounding area.

Thank you for your request for information about flooding in Bedford at two locations and your revised request for information
about flooding near Interchange Retail Park at one location only on the 23rd April
2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.
I enclose a copy of the information you requested:
 Historical flooding incidents in the surrounding area – The adjacent Cow Bridge
(road/rail bridge used to flood to approximately 300-400mm on the public highway
area.
 Site specific flood risk issues – the site appears to be in flood zones 2 and 3 for
fluvial flooding from the adjacent Elstow Brook.
 Flood related assets in the surrounding area – culverts under the B530 highway and
the adjacent rail line.
 Surface water drainage constraints in the surrounding area – any surface water
drainage from the site is likely to need attenuation at better than greenfield run off
rates prior to discharge to the Elstow Brook. This needs to be agreed with The
Bedfordshire and River Ivel Drainage Board not Bedford Borough Council.

24/04/15

7277

 

 I would like to know please the name of both the application vendor and the vendors software modules used by the Council in conjunction with its business of Highway and Environmental services.

Thank you for your request for information about both the application vendor and the vendors software modules used by the Council in conjunction with its business of Highway and Environmental services. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested is below:

  • Symology Insight for management of infrastructure assets, including highways, footways, lighting, street works, and customer reports
  • Civica APP for Customer reports, Performance Indicators, and request for services for Environmental Enforcement, Street Cleansing, Grounds Maintenance Recycling and Refuse services
  • Powersuite for Commercial Waste Collection only
  • Bartec for Domestic recycling, refuse collection with In-Cab units

 

29/04/15

7278

 

 1.Which of the following methods does your authority use to decide/prioritise/appraise the need to implement a stand-alone formal pedestrian crossing facility? Please tick one box
No. of reported injury collisions
Pedestrian flow x Vehicle flow (PV2)
In-house methodology – please also refer to Section X below
According to elected member decision alone
Number of public requests alone
A combination of the above – please circle relevant method below
1  2  3    4  5
None of the above
2.In your opinion, what are the main advantages and disadvantages of using a prioritisation methodology/tool to implement a stand-alone formal pedestrian crossing facility?
3.Does your authority currently use a prioritisation tool to RANK potential stand-alone pedestrian crossing facilities in order of importance?
YES – please go to Q7 below
NO – please go to Q8 below
4.If your answer to Question 3 above is YES
Can you briefly explain how your prioritisation tool works or provide a link to this information on your authority’s website?
5.If your answer to Question 3 above is NO
(a) Can you briefly explain how your authority does decide which stand-alone pedestrian crossing facilities are implemented first, considering the answers already given in Q1 above.
(b) Do you think it would be beneficial to your authority to use some form of formalised prioritisation tool?
6.Below are a number of factors which could be included in a prioritisation methodology tool.  Please indicate how important you consider each factor to be (where 1 indicates no importance and 5 indicates great importance.)
Factor
Safety of road user groups
Vehicle congestion & delay
Accessibility – to local facilities/routes
Sustainability – of walking/cycling modes
Environmental factors
Economic benefits
Specific local needs – vulnerable road users, overcome severance
Ability to maintain – future maintenance implications
Value for money – ratio of benefit to cost
Policy compliance – local or national
Deliverability
Other – please specify
Other – please specify
7.Thinking about the Localism Act 2011 and the localism agenda arising from this, how important do you consider ‘LOCAL NEEDS’ to be in any prioritisation methodology? Please indicate below how important you consider this factor to be (where 1 indicates no importance and 5 indicates great importance.)
8.How much Integrated Transport Block Capital Grant did your authority receive from DfT in the last three financial years?
9.How much funding did your authority allocate for the provision of new, stand-alone  pedestrian crossing facilities in each of those years?
10.What is the average cost of a stand-lone ‘zebra’ type pedestrian crossing in your authority 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 and this is enclosed.
Please see transport questionnaire.

18/05/15

7279

 

 I wish to submit to the organisation a freedom of information request relating to the organisations :    
1.contact centre/call centre contracts
2.inbound network services contracts
Please send me the following information for each provider:
1.ncumbent Supplier: For each of the contract(s) please can you provide me with the supplier of the contract.
2.Annual Average Spend: the annual average (over 3 years) spend for each supplier
3.Contract Expiry: the date of when the contract expires.
4.Contract Review: the date of when the contract will be reviewed.
5.Contract Description: a brief description of the services provided of the overall contract.
6.Contact Details: The person from within the organisation responsible for the contract. Please provide me with their full name, actual job title, contact number and direct email address.
7.Number of Agents; please provide me with the total number of contact centre agents;
8.Number of Sites; please can you provide me with the number of sites the contact centre covers.
9.Manufacturer of the contact centre: Who is the manufacturer of the contact centre system that you operate?
10.Busy Periods: Please state the month(s) which the contact centre is at its highest/busiest during the year. This can be based upon the number of calls. Your provider may be able to tell you quicker. E.g. JAN-MAR, APR, JUNE.
11.Do you use Microsoft Exchange 2003 as your email server? If not, then which product do you use?
12.Number of email users: Approximate number of email users across the organisations.

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

 

7280

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

07/05/15

 

7281

 

planning objections or reports of any building within the
property boundary

Thank you for your request for information about planning objections or reports of any building within the property boundary (X-YHigh Street, Roxton). Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and can advise we do not hold the information.

18/05/15

7282

 

Transport-
Can you please provide me with information on the following category of service (a category of service would be classed as an area of business within the Local Authority, for example Transport or Social Care):
1)Does the Local Authority currently operate any form of supplier framework (a supplier framework would classed as a list of enrolled and accredited companies or individuals that provide goods or services to the Local Authority) for:-
a.SEN Transport –
b.Home to School –
c.Taxi Services –
d.Transport for Adult Care -
2) If the Local Authority does operate a supplier framework, when do these frameworks run out? :-
a.SEN Transport –
b.Home to School –
c.Taxi Services –
d.Transport for Adult Care -
3)If the Local Authority does operate a supplier framework, how many suppliers are listed on the framework?:-
a.SEN Transport –
b.Home to School –
c.Taxi Services –
d.Transport for Adult Care -
4)Does the Local Authority own and operate an internal fleet of vehicles that is utilised for services such as SEN Transport or Taxi Services?
5)If so, please can you provide with the size of the fleet.
6)During the financial year of 2014/15, what has been the actual spend of:-
a.SEN Transport-
b.Home to School –
c.Taxi Services –
d.Transport for Adult Care –
7)During the financial year of 2014/15, what has been the actual spend of “spot purchases” or Transport placements that were not purchased on the supplier framework (if one does exist):-
a.SEN Transport-
b.Home to School –
c.Taxi Services –
d.Transport for Adult Care –
8)Does the Local Authority utilise a technology (this could be either a piece of software or computer programme) to help commission Transport Services (these would be defined as SEN Transport, Home to School etc) for a citizen?
9)If so, when does the contract for these services expire, what has been the cost for the contract and what is the name of the technology?
a.Expiration date –
b.Cost –
c.Technology -
10)What is the size of the team that works within the Transport Department of the Local Authority?
11)Please can you provide me with a hierarchy of the team that comprises the Transport Department with names and job roles? 

Thank you for your request for information, about transport services procured/provided by the Council, which we received on 21st April 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1)a.            SEN Transport –

b.            Home to School –

c.             Taxi Services –

d.            Transport for Adult Care –

The Council operates a Passenger Transport Services Framework in relation to client transport services (a), (c) and (d), which includes taxi operators.

2) a.            SEN Transport –

b.            Home to School –

c.             Taxi Services –

d.            Transport for Adult Care –

The current Passenger Transport Services Framework (which relates to client transport services (a), (c) and (d), including taxi operators and which was in operation during 2014/15) is due to expire on 30th April 2015.  The new Framework will run from 1st May 2015 until 30th April 2016, with the option of a one year extension.

3)a.            SEN Transport –

b.            Home to School –

c.             Taxi Services –

d.            Transport for Adult Care -

The Passenger Transport Services Framework in operation during 2014/15 lists 74 suppliers and the new Framework lists 49 suppliers.

4) The Council owns and operates an in-house vehicle fleet which is used for the provision of client transport services such as SEN transport but not taxi services.

5)The Council’s in-house client transport fleet comprises 31 vehicles.

8)The Council utilises PROACTIS (an e-procurement system).

9) a.            Expiration date –  The current PROACTIS contract expires on 29th April 2016 and there is an option to extend the agreement subject to performance.

b.Cost – The annual cost is £21,000 per annum (fixed cost).

c.Technology – PROACTIS is an e-procurement system.   The link to the PROACTIS website is http://www.proactis.com/Home

10) and 11) Please can you provide me with a hierarchy of the team that comprises the Transport Department with names and job roles?

Please see attached organisation chart.

30/04/15

7283

 

Please can you provide a graphic of your organisational structure

 Please see attached organisational structure

23/04/15

 

7284

 

 Under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, please provide any and all of the following information where it relates to and applies to your organisation:
•Development Policies & Procedures
•Capital Works Policies & Procedures
•Major Projects Policies & Procedures

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

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

1.States that the information is exempt information.

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

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

-Development Policies & Procedures – information regarding development plan policies can be found at http://www.bedford.gov.uk/planningpolicy

12/05/15

7285

 

We request, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, a list of all Non-Domestic rate accounts that are currently overpaid or in credit. This should include those relating to this year or any previous year on current or closed accounts.
Please could your office include the following, preferably on an emailed Excel spreadsheet:
•Ratepayer
•Rate Account Number
•Billing Authority Reference
•Full Address of Property Concerned
•Amount of Overpayment
•Period that the Overpayment Relates to, Start and End Date Where Relevant
•The date the Overpayment was Created on the Account
•Account Closure Date if Relevant

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 for Business Rate Accounts in Credit which is attached.

15/05/15

7286

 

 I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
I would like to details of:
1.The total number of persons currently employed in teaching in the area overseen by your Local Education Authority, grouped by nationality.
2.The number of persons currently employed in teaching in the area overseen by your Local Education Authority, grouped by nationality within staff group types, including but not limited to the following staff groups:
a.Primary school teachers
b.Head teachers at primary schools
c.Secondary school teachers
d.Head teachers at secondary schools
e.Teaching assistants

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 regarding teachers attached.

13/05/15

7287

 

 I would like to request that you provide the following under the Freedom of Information Act:
How many qualified Social Workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis at the Council on 1st April 2015 analysed by:
1. Children’s Services
2. Adult Services

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

1. 33
2. 7

23/04/15

7288

 

 Under FOIA 2000, please can you tell me the following:
a) Has the Local Authority used an online auction site, 'dynamic purchasing’ or micro-tendering process (e.g. SProc.net devised by Matrix SCM) to tender home care packages for those aged 65 or over since April 2012? If so, what is the name of the system and when did you begin using it? Please say when you stopped using it if you began using it and have now ceased.
b) How many home care packages for those aged 65 or over have been awarded using such a system for each of the last 4 years?
c) Does the Local Authority have their own quality rating system for home care providers for those aged 65 or over? Please provide details of how it works if so. If you do, what percentage of successful bids were submitted by providers rated as below adequate or satisfactory for 2014 or the most recent year you have records for?
d) What is the lowest bid (in price, please provide in £/hr) to win a care package contract under the SProc.net micro-tendering process for home care packages for those aged 65 or over since the introduction of SProc.net?
e) What is the highest bid (in price, please provide in £/hr) to win a care package contract under the SProc.net micro-tendering process for home care packages for those aged 65 or over since the introduction of SProc.net?

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.

A)We have not used any online auction site, online “dynamic purchasing” or micro-tendering process.

B)Not applicable – we have not used online system.

C)Our quality assurance process does not translate to “quality rating”. We run approved providers framework, where all the providers that are part of the framework are rated as “pass”.

D)We have not used Sproc.net

E)We have not used Sproc.net

18/05/15

7289

 

 I request copy of contract/agreement/terms & conditions
between you and X regarding my child

We must inform you that the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not cover the release of personal information into the public domain therefore this data is Exempt under Section 40 – Personal Data of the Freedom of Information Act.
In order to access this information you will need to contact your social worker directly.

22/04/15

7290

 

 I would like to request the following information in relation to care homes for the elderly, where 'care home' is taken to mean any residential home designed for elderly people included but not limited to care homes, nursing homes, residential homes
1) How man elderly (65+) residents were the local council authority funding or partially funding care home places for in (a) 2015 (b) 2014 (c) 2010
2) What was the total local authority budget for funding care home places in (a) 2015 (b) 2014 (c) 2010
3) How many elderly (65+) residents were assessed as not being eligible for any sort of care funding in (a) 2015 (b) 2014 (c) 2010 because their needs were assessed as falling below the eligibility criteria.
4) How many elderly (65+) residents were assessed as not being eligible for funding to support the cost of a Care Home in (a) 2015 (b) 2014 (c) 2010 because their needs were assessed as falling below the eligibility criteria

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

1)2010       =             520

2014       =             442

2015       =             407

2)2009/2010 = £14,218,730

2013/2014 = £13,973,780

2014/2015 = £13,529,610

3)As this information is not required to be reported on as part of a statutory return, we are unable to report on this and provide a response.

4)As this information is not required to be reported as part of a statutory return, we are unable to report on this and provide a response.

18/05/15

 

7291

 

 

 

For each financial year, 2013/14 and 2014/15 please let me know, with regard to children who are considered to be or to potentially be in need of help or protection:
1. Which expert witness firms/agencies were used and how much was spent with each one;
2. Which firms/agencies were used to provide assessments of parents or individuals applying for special guardianship orders (including residential/viability/community assessments) and how much was spent with each one;
3. Which firms/agencies were used to provide assessment of potential in-house foster parents or adopters and how much was spent with each one;
4. Which firms/agencies were used to provide independent fostering services and how much was spent with each one;
5. Which firms/agencies were used to provide independent adoption services and how much was spent with each one;
6. Which firms/agencies were used to provide consultancy services to child protection/children in need teams and how much was spent with each one
(NB I only want to know about firms offering assistance at professional level, please do not include generic services such as IT support, health and safety etc);
Examples might be a firm that conducted an assessment or review of part of the service, or assisted with performance management, or provided a case file audit.
7. Which firms/agencies were used to provide interim management services and how much was spent with each one;
8. Which firms were used to provide residential children's home services and how much was spent with each one;
9. Which firms/agencies were used to provide social worker contractors for defined projects or work that would otherwise be carried out in-house and how much was spent with each one;
10. Which firms/agencies were used to provide temporary or locum staff (eg for sickness cover) and how much was spent with each one;
11. Which firms were used to provide independent reviewing officers and how much was spent with each one.
12. Which firms/agencies were used to provide intervention services to families considered to be "on the edge of care" and how much was spent with each one.

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

.

 

 

7292

 

 Could I please request information relating to Con29R questions 3.7, 3.11, 3.12 & 3.13 regarding the below property;
GILLESPIE CLOSE, BEDFORD

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

 

28/04/15

7293

 

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

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

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

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

28/04/15

7294

Please provide specific details of the information being sought.:
1: How many actual 20MPH signs have been installed throughout the Borough.
2:Can you provide the total cost for all of the 20MPH signage, legal orders, signage, posts and installation, cost of road markings including repeater signs and road marking.
3:Any evidence that a change in speed limit from 30MPH to 20MPH "Basically, people are more likely to choose to walk or cycle if traffic speeds are lower." as quoted in your reply to my initial enquiry.
4: Figures provided by speed data collection before and after the implementation of 20MPH speed limits.
5: Total number of offenders prosecuted by Bedfordshire Police for exceeding 20MPH in the last calender year.

Thank you for your request for information about 20mph Signs which we received on 22 April 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

Q1:How many actual 20MPH signs have been installed throughout the Borough.

Q2:Can you provide the total cost for all of the 20MPH signage, legal orders, signage, posts and installation, cost of road markings including repeater signs and road marking.

Q3:Any evidence that a change in speed limit from 30MPH to 20MPH "Basically, people are more likely to choose to walk or cycle if traffic speeds are lower." as quoted in your reply to my initial enquiry.
Q4:We do not hold this information.

 

20/05/15

7295

I would like you to provide a response to the following question:
1. How many individual cases of primary school children self harming have been recorded by you in the last 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.: 1.

 

11/05/15

 

7296

Under FOI act I would like to request the following info:
1.How many mother and baby placements were place by your borough between 2011 & 2014?
1ii.How many into residential & how many into foster care?
2.How long on average did each placement last?
2ii. For foster care and residential.
3.What was the average cost per placement per week?
3ii.Seperate for foster care and residential.
4. How many residential mother & baby placements are available in your borough?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.Residential Family Centre - 01/04/11 to 31/03/14   31 families went into a Residential Family Centre (for a residential parenting assessment)
Foster Care - Data suppressed due to low numbers to avoid children from being identifiable*

2.Residential Family Centre - We cannot give an average as the older placements do not have start and end dates, regularly recorded placements lasted between 1 day and 5 months but placements were sometimes extended if there were difficulties with accommodation on leaving the centre.
Foster Care - Data suppressed due to low numbers to avoid children from being identifiable*

3.Residential Family Centre –The current costs start between £1,500 and £2,800 per week for 1 parent and 1 child and increase depending on the size of the family and any other additional needs identified/reports & intervention required.

4.There is 1 Residential Family Centre within Bedford Borough.

5.No the LA places where best meets the needs of the family.

6.Data suppressed due to low numbers to avoid children from being identifiable.

7.Residential Family Centre – 45% were placed out of area when there was no in-Borough resource

 

19/05/15

7297

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to know the following:
1.A list of all Primary and Secondary schools in your Local Authority that were oversubscribed on the relevant national offer day in 2015 (16th April 2015 for Primary and  2nd March 2015 for Secondary).
2.For each of the schools individually identified under 1 above:
a.The admission criterion that the last successful pupil was admitted under;
b.The home to school distance and unit of measurement of this last successful applicant (i.e. the cut off distance), assuming distance was used to prioritise this last place?

FOI 7292 – Bedford Borough Council
Oversubscription Information – All Rounds 2015
2015 Upper
School Tie-breaker (criterion and distance (metres))
Sharnbrook Any Other - 12,816.01
St Thomas More Any Other - 1,082.49
Wootton Any Other - 6,337.10
2015 Middle
School Tie-breaker (criterion and distance (metres))
Alban Any Other - 6,258.12
Daubeney Any Other – 1,839.31
Goldington Feeder 1 – 2,984.48
Lincroft Any Other – 4,625.54
Marston Vale Any Other – 4,782.00
2015 Starting School
School Tie-breaker (criterion and distance (metres))
Bedford Road Any Other – 751.12
Camestone Any Other – 1,017.57
Castle Any Other – 905.80
Cauldwell Catchment – 734.12
Cotton End Feeder 1 – 1,626.86
Eileen Wade Any Other – 10,223.50
Elstow Any Other – 1,161.15
Great Barford Feeder – 3,906.12
Great Denham Other Siblings – 2,195.21
John Gibbard Feeder – 7,029.80
Kempston Rural Any Other – 1,762.04
Lakeview Other Siblings – 3,770.20
Livingstone Any Other – 766.54
Priory Catchment – 411.44
Queens Park Catchment – 372.60
Renhold Feeder 1 – 1,694.77
Roxton Any Other – 3,708.68
Shackleton Catchment – 721.67
St James Any Other – 1,812.35
St John Rigby Other Siblings – 1,557.39
St Lawrence Feeder 1 – 2,187.46
The Hills Any Other – 2,281.96

12/05/15

7298

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act and refers to fly-tipping and fly-tipping of white goods.
Please can you tell me:
1)How many incidents of fly-tipping were recorded by your council in the calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 so far? 
2)How much money has your council spent on fly-tipping in the calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 so far? 
3)How many incidents of fly-tipping white-goods (fridges and freezers) were recorded by your council in the calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 so far? 
4)How much money has your council spent on fly-tipping of white goods in the calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 so far?

Thank you for your request for information about fly tipping please see attached table.

 

30/04/15

7299

I am seeking information with regards to noise complaints to your local authority. Specifically, I request the following information:
NUMBER OF NOISE COMPLAINTS
1.How many noise complaints did you receive in 2009 and 2014? Please also provide figures for the first quarter of 2015.
Please give an overall number as well as a categorised break-down on where the noise originated. The categories should be whichever way you store the data.
COST OF NOISE COMPLAINTS
2.Please provide an estimated cost for an initial assessment of a noise complaint in 2009 and in 2014. Please also provide a figure for the first quarter of 2015.
3.Please provide an estimate for the total cost to the council in relation to noise complaints in 2009 and 2014. Please also provide a figure for the first quarter of 2015. This should include all aspects from initial consultation to any action required and administration costs.
NOISE COMPLAINTS ACTION
4.How many noise complaints, not related to noise from residential properties, were referred to the police in 2009 and 2014? Please also provide a figure for the first quarter of 2015.
If you are unable to break it down in this way, please state this in your answer and provide an overall number of complaints referred to the police in 2009, 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.
5.How many noise complaints had further action taken in 2009 and 2014? Please also provide figures for the first quarter of 2015.
Further action should include anything other beyond an initial consultation.
6.How many noise abatement orders were issued in 2009 and 2014? Please also provide figures for the first quarter of 2015.
Please exclude any noise abatement orders issued to residential properties.
BUILDING PROJECTS
7.How many council-organised construction (including road) projects did you have in operation in 2009 and 2014? Please also provide figures for the first quarter of 2015.
8.How many council-organised construction (including road) projects had extended working hours in 2009 and 2014? Please also provide figures for the first quarter of 2015. Extended working hours should be outside the council’s recommended period.
For example:
If your council’s construction hours are normally Monday-Friday 7:30am-6pm; Saturday 8am – 4pm; Sunday 10am – 4pm, you should count any work that took place outside of those hours.
9.How many construction projects (outside of council projects) were granted extended working hours in 2009 and 2014? Please also provide figures for the first quarter of 2015. Extended working hours should be outside the council’s recommended period.
For example:
If your council’s construction hours are normally Monday-Friday 7:30am-6pm; Saturday 8am – 4pm; Sunday 10am – 4pm, you should count any work that was granted to take place outside of those hours.
I would like this information for the calendar years 2009 and 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 as stated in the questions

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 see attached document regarding noise complaints.

17/06/15

7300

Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Edward Road
Bedford
MK42
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

 

23/05/15

7301

1.Please could you tell me which service areas in your authority communicate with families where parents wish to electively home educate children with a statement of SEN or an EHCP
2.Please could you tell me which service areas in your authority correspond with parents regarding the annual review of the statement of SEN or the EHCP
3.Please could you provide an email address for these service areas.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested enclosed.
1.The SEND Team would deal with this, the Officer for Elective Home Education who is part of the SEND Team can be contacted at EHE@bedford.gov.uk, SEND Team can be contacted at statass@bedford.gov.uk
2&3. All Annual Reviews are dealt with by the SEND Team – statass@bedford.gov.uk

29/04/15

7302

Please could you provide the following information under the FIA of the details of the person or persons requesting information on your web page reference No 7056 and 7064.

Further to your request for information regarding the details of the person or persons requesting information on our web page reference No 7056 and 7064  , I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested:The above

 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).  

 

11/05/15

7303

I would like to submit a new freedom of information request.
1.Contracts/Agreements relating to the supply of Gas which may include the following:
•Natural Gas Supply
•Gas Heating / Boiler Maintenance
•Installation of Gas Central Heating Systems
2.Contracts/Agreements relating to the supply of Electricity which may include the following:
•Street Lighting
•Electricity Supply (Half Hourly)
•Electricity Supply (Non Half Hourly)
•Corporate Electricity Supply
Contract Information- For each of the types of the contract that I am requesting please can you send me the following information. Please can you remember if there is more than one provider can you please split the contract information up for each individual provider?
1.Unique Contract Key: Please can you provide me with a unique reference quote that relates to each contract.
2.Current Provider: If there is more than one provider please split the contract information individually.
3.Annual Average Spend: Please can you send me the average spends over the last three years. Approximate spend is also acceptable.
4.Contract Duration: Duration of the contract/agreement and can you please include any extension periods that could be executed
5.Contract Commence Date: The date the contract/agreement commenced
6.Contract Expiry Date: The date the contract/agreement expired
7.Contract Description: A brief description of the contract of what support/service in involved
8.Responsible Officer: Who within the organisation is responsible for this contract. Please can you send me the full names, actual job title, internal contact number and the officers direct email address.
If there is more than one supplier please split each profile of the above data types for each supplier. E.g. separate spend, expiry date, responsible officer.

Thank you for your request for information about the supply of Gas which we received on 27 April 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Energy Contracts

Bedford Borough Council currently procures energy for its buildings and schools through a Professional Buying Organisation (PBO), namely Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO).  Below are the current contracts in place start and end as follows:

 

Supply

Supplier

Start Date

End Date

Average Spend

Gas

British Gas

 1st June 2013

 31st March 2017

£617k

Non Half-Hourly (NHH) Electricity, Half-Hourly (HH) Electricity and Unmetered Supplies (UMS) Electricity

npower

 1st April 2015

31st March 2019

£1,680k

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Council has entered into YPO’s flexible purchasing framework; involving YPO purchasing energy prior to the supply period (Purchase In Advance (PIA) Flexible Purchase).

 

Responsible Officer for Energy is: Paul Pace, Head of Environment, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP.

Tel: 01234 718275. E-mail: paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk

 

Heating / Boiler Maintenance:

 

Unique Contract Key - NA - PPM Mechanical Plant

Current Provider - J W Housden Ltd

Annual Average Spend - The cost of the service and break down included is £21,670.00.

Contract Duration - Current contract 3 years.

Contract Commence Date - April 2012

Contract Expiry Date - June 2015

Contract Description - Boiler & mechanical servicing & repairs, 24 hour call out.

Installation of Gas Central Heating Systems - The council does not have a contract for replacing central heating installations.  Any new or replacement systems would be individually tendered to comply with BBC standing orders using the Proactis tendering system.

Responsible Officer for Heating / Boiler is: Ken Huck, Principal M&E Engineer, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP. Tel 01234 276645.  E-mail: ken.huck@bedford.gov.uk

27/05/15

 

7304

This is a Freedom of Information Request to gather data on Independent Visitors services for looked after children in England.  The 1989 Children’s Act was updated with the Children and Young Persons Act 2008, with Section 23ZB: “A local authority looking after a child must appoint an independent person to be the child’s visitor if – (a) the child falls within a description prescribed in regulations made by the appropriate national authority; or (b) in any other case, it appears to them that it would be in the child’s interests to do so.  (2) A person appointed under this section must visit, befriend and advise the child.” 
Barnardo’s is hosting the National Independent Visitors Network project funded by the Tudor Trust.  The network speaks to many children and young people who have not heard of Independent Visitors and hence the project aims to raise awareness and standards of services nationally.   The reason for this information request is to gather a national overview of how many children are being provided with an Independent Visitor and how these services are run. We will use the data to identify any themes, examples of best practice and areas for development. 
We have spoken to the Independent Visitor services through our Network about this information request, so your commissioned or in-house service should have the data to hand.  Please note this information request is not extended to Independent Advocacy or Children’s Rights which are distinct services.
1a)Does your local authority have an Independent Visitor service?
b)Is the service run internally or externally?  
c)If the service is external, who is the provider?
d)What is the agreed number of matches for your service at any one time?  (This may be found in the contract).
2a)How many children / young people are currently matched with an Independent Visitor?
b)How many children / young people have been referred and are on a waiting list?
c)How many current matches have been visiting for over two years?  Over five years?
3a)What is the annual budget for the service in 2015/16?
b)What was the annual budget for 2014/15?
c)What was the annual budget for 2013/14?
4a)What is the eligibility criteria for children / young people receiving your Independent Visitor service and how does the local authority prioritise referrals?
b)How many current matches are funded for young people aged 18yrs – 25yrs?  
5.How many full-time equivalent workers are staffing your Independent Visitor service (Including any coordinators, administrators, managers)?  Please break down by staff type.

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.a)Yes

b)Externally

c)Spurgeons

d) 20 matches within the contract

2. a)As of 1.1.15 we had 12 matched children/Young People

b)As of 1.1.15 we had 6 unmatched children/Young People

c)As of 1.1.15 we had 2 matches of less than 12 months and 4 over 5 years the rest in between

3.a)£24,276

b)£31,276

c)£31,276

 

4. a)We do not have a strict referral criteria at the moment but our priority are those looked after children where communication between the child and a parent or any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for the child has been

infrequent; or the child has not been visited (or has not lived with) a parent or any person who is not the child’s parent but who has parental responsibility for the child, during the preceding 12 months.  We do however say Spurgeons will consider all referrals.

b)In 2014 2015  we were only asked for 1 post 18 funded match

5.Contact and  IV Co-ordinator (1 x part time) IV Co-ordinator (1 x part time) with finance support from their central office.

 

19/05/15

 

7305

Dear Bedford Borough Council,
I would like to find out a little bit about the stock of empty homes, and empty rooms.
1.I would like to find out the number of empty homes that Bedford Borough Council currently has or is aware of?
2.How many households currently have additional room/s for which they are paying the empty room tax?

In respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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

Bedford Borough Council transferred its housing stock to a registered provider in 1990 and therefore does not own any housing stock.

 

30/04/15

 

7306

Please could you complete the survey on stray and abandoned dogs?

Please see survey.

14/05/15

 

7307

Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known as:
Poppyfields
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

 

28/04/15

 

7308

Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
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

 

28/04/15

 

7309

Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known as:
Plot x New Cardington
Colemore Grange
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

 

28/04/15

 

7310

Under the Freedom of Information Act I request the following information. Please separate the data by the year it relates to and please provide me with the information electronically.
1. Number of reports the council has received concerning breeders/individuals selling dogs with concerns under the (a) breeding and sale of dogs Welfare Act (1999) and (b) Animal Welfare Act (2006), over the last four years (2011 - 2015).
2. The number of websites or online adverts advertising the sale of animals that have been reported to the council in the last four years with concerns under (a) Breeding and Sale of Dogs Act and (b) Animal Welfare Act.
3. The number of prosecutions your council has carried out on individuals and organisations concerning (a) breeding and sale of dogs Welfare Act (1999) and (b) Animal Welfare Act (2006), for the last four years (2011 - 2015).

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. Our answers are given below:-

 

1. (a)   None

    (b)   None


2.(a)   None

   (b)   None

 

3. (a)   None  

   (b)   None

 

14/05/15

7311

I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Questions:
1.a-How many people who have worked for you were paid off-payroll in the financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15?
1.b-How many people working for you are currently paid off-payroll?
2.a-How many of the off-payroll workers in the 2013/14 financial year were either board members or senior officials with significant financial responsibility?
2.b-How many of the off-payroll workers in the 2014/15 financial year were either board members or senior officials with significant financial responsibility?
2.c-How many of the off-payroll workers currently working for you are either board members or senior officials with significant financial responsibility?
3.a-Please provide the names and job titles for the off-payroll workers in 2013/14 who were either board members or senior officials with significant financial responsibility.
3.b-Please provide the names and job titles for the off-payroll workers in 2014/15 who were either board members or senior officials with significant financial responsibility.
3.c-Please provide the names and job titles for the off-payroll workers who are currently board members or senior officials with significant financial responsibility.
4-For each of the off-payroll workers named in 3a, 3b and 3c, please state the length of time that they have been paid off-payroll.
5-For each of the off-payroll workers named in 3a, 3b and 3c, please state the name of the company which was paid for the work.
6-For each of the off-payroll workers named in 3a, 3b and 3c, please state whether this firm is a personal service company.
7-For each of the off-payroll workers named in 3a, 3b and 3c, please state whether assurances were sought that the correct amount of tax was paid for the work.
8-For each of the off-payroll workers named in 3a, 3b and 3c, please state whether assurances were received that the correct amount of tax was paid for the work.
9-For each of the off-payroll workers named in 3a, 3b and 3c, please state whether proof was received that the correct amount of tax was paid for the work.
10-For each of the off-payroll workers named in 3a, 3b and 3c, please state whether you took on PAYE responsibilities for the worker and whether you paid National Employment for the work.
11-For each of the off-payroll workers named in 3a, 3b and 3c, please confirm whether or not the appointment was made because of ‘exceptional circumstances’. If so, please explain what these exceptional circumstances were

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


1.a The Council has not paid any member of staff directly through its creditors system in the two years requested ie there have been no off-payroll payments.  The Council does, from time to time, need to employ agency staff to cover vacancies, undertake specific projects or meet peak workloads.  Where this occurs the Council has a contract with the agency and they deal with the payroll arrangements for that individual.  Given you ask in your supplementary request for the number of agency staff engaged above service manager in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 this was one and three respectively. 
1.b Non off payroll payments.  Three by agency see explanation above.

2.a Non through off payroll arrangements.  One by means of agency see explanation above.

2.b Non through off payroll arrangements.  Two by means of agency see explanation above.

2.c Nil

3.a see below **
3.b see below **
** 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(2) by virtue of 40(3)(a)(i) of the FOI Act (FOIA) as it comprises personal  data, and disclosure would be unfair.

The individuals’ names and job titles amounts to ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As only two individuals are concerned they may be identifiable from the job titles. S.40(2) FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data under FOI Act would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in schedule 1 to the DPA. 

22/05/15

 

7312

I am writing to request information about social workers. I would like the following information broken down annually for the last three years up to the time this request is answered (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15). Please be consistent in using either financial or calendar years.
I would also like the information broken down into children & families social workers, and adult care social workers.
a) The number of social workers that took time off work for reasons related to stress, compared to the total number of social workers employed by the council
b) The average number of days taken off work due to reasons related to stress (for those social workers who did take time off due to stress)
c) The estimated cost to the council of these absences
d) The total amount spent by the council on agency social workers
e) The average number of cases held by each social worker, and the highest number of cases held by a social worker at any one time.

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

 

Please find the information you requested below. 

 

 

CHILDRENS

ADULTS

QUESTION A

2012/13

2 out of 65

1 out of 28

2013/14

2 out of 66

3 out of 28

2014/15

4 out of 60

2 out of 32

QUESTION B

2012/13

44

3

2013/14

49

13

2014/15

29

71

QUESTION C

2012/13

£8,415.74

£512.61

2013/14

£9,979.04

£4,827.54

2014/15

£12,598.02

£9,628.66

QUESTION D

2012/13

£1,552,976.35

£555,242.44

2013/14

£1,764,682.48

£651,927.10

2014/15

£3,219,918.59

£576,696.28

QUESTION E

2012/13

17.5        average

30           highest

 

The expectation is a minimum of

 25 and a maximum of 35 cases

2013/14

17.2        average

34           highest

2014/15

22.6        average

59           highest

 

 

22/05/15

 

7313

I am looking for some information under the freedom of information act.
I would like a full up to date list of new liabilities for business rates between the 15/04/2015 to the 30/04/2015.  Could you please include the type of property, business name, address and the date they became liable.

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.

 

20/05/15

7314

Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known as:
Ashmead 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

 

28/04/15

 

7315

I wish to submit a freedom of information request to the organisation with regards to their current recycling and waste support and maintenance contracts.
Examples of recycling contracts you could have:
•Green Waste Disposal
•Household Waste Recycling Centres
•Refuse Recycling Street Cleaning
•Recycling Collection Services
Examples of waste management contracts you could have:
•Waste Development Environmental Assessment
•Waste Transfer & MRF (Materials recovery facility)
•Waste Disposal Landfill
•Bulky Waste
For each of the types of contract above please can you send me :
1.Contract Type- From the examples given above please state what type of contract this is. Please state other and type of contract if the type of contract is not listed above. In some cases the organisation will have one or two big contracts that is covered in a managed contract please state in the contract description what services the contract provides as well.
2.The supplier of the recycling or waste contract
3.What is the annual average spends for each of the suppliers. For those organisations with new contracts can you please specify the estimated spend?
4.A brief description of what the contract entails. Please to specific to the services provided under these contract(s). Please provide me with a few sentences.
5.What is the contract duration of the each of the contract(s)?
6.What is the start date of each contract(s)?
7.What is the expiry date of each contract(s)?
8.When does the organisation intend to review these contract(s)
9.Who is responsible for reviewing this contract please send me their full name, actual job title, contact number and their direct email address.
Even if the organisation has a managed contract please can you send me all the contract information I have requested including the contact details.
If this contract has just been award within the last six months can you please send me information on the shortlist of suppliers that bid on the contract?

Thank you for your request for information about waste and recycling contracts which we received on 28 April 2105. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find attached the information requested. 

We normally start reviewing, preparing and go back out to tender 18 months before expiry of the end of the contract term.

 

The contact is Paul Pace, Head of Environment, Tel 01234 718275, paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk

 

05/05/15

7316

On behalf of YMCA England, I would like to make a request for the following data for Bedford under the Freedom of Information Act to support a piece of research we are carrying out nationally on youth homelessness.
The specific data I am looking for and hope you can help with is detailed below.
1.Decisions taken by your local authority under the 1996 Housing Act on applications from eligible households
Age range:
oAll (total)
o16-17 year olds
o18-21 year olds
o18-24 year olds
Time series:
o1998 – 2014
Data sets:
oUnintentionally homeless and in priority need (acceptances)
oIntentionally homeless and in priority need
oHomeless but not in priority need
oNot homeless
Data type:
oNumeric totals for each of the age ranges
2.Reason for acceptance: Households accepted by your local authority as owed a main homelessness duty by priority need category
Age range:
oAll (total)
o16-17 year olds
o18-21 year olds
o18-24 year olds
Time series:
o1998 – 2014
Data sets:
oTotal number of households accepted
oHouseholds with dependent children
oHousehold member pregnant
oHousehold member vulnerable through: Old age, Physical disability, Mental illness, Young person, Domestic violence, Other
oHomeless in emergency
Data type:
oNumeric totals for each of the age ranges
3.Reason for loss of last settled home: Households accepted by your local authority as owed a main homelessness duty by reason for loss of last settled home
Age range:
oAll (total)
o16-17 year olds
o18-21 year olds
o18-24 year olds
Time series:
o1998 – 2014
Data sets:
oTotal number of households accepted
oRelatives/friends no longer able or willing to provide accommodation; Parents, Other
oRelationship breakdown with partner; Violent, Other
oMortgage arrears (repossession or other loss of home)
oRent arrears
oEnd of assured shorthold tenancy
oLoss of other rented or tied housing
oOther reasons
Data type:
oNumeric totals for each of the age ranges
4.Type of temporary accommodation: Households in temporary accommodation by type of accommodation, and cases where duty owed but no accommodation has been secured at the end of each quarter
Age range:
oAll (total)
o16-17 year olds
o18-21 year olds
o18-24 year olds
Time series:
oQ1 1998 – Q4 2014
Data sets:
oTotal in temporary accommodation
oTotal in bed and breakfast hotels
oHostels (including women’s refuges)
oLocal Authority or Housing Association (LA/HA) stock
oLeased from the Private Sector by an LA or HA
oOther Private Sector accommodation (including private landlord)
oOf which: in temporary accommodation in another local authority district
oDuty owed, no accommodation secured; A main duty accepted
Data type:
oNumeric totals for each of the age ranges.

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

Please find attached the information requested on youth homelessness.  Please note that we do not have the information broken down by age range as requested. The data we record is for age range 16-24 year olds. Also our data is only available from financial year 2009/2010.

 

28/05/15

7317

Dear Bedford Borough Council
I am writing to request some information under the Freedom of
Information Act.
The questions relate to Employment References and HR resources.
1. Which department/person(s) deals with Employment References at
your company (or the name of company if outsourced)?
2. What is the average annual salary of the person(s) dealing with
Job References? (If outsourced, how much do you pay annually for
this service?)
3. How are Employment References requested for new starters? How
are they chased up? (email/telephone/postal service/fax)
4. How are Employment References completed for ex-employees
(email/telephone/postal service/fax)?
5. How many hours (on average) does your company (or the outsourced
company) spend, each month, requesting and chasing employment
references for new starters?
6. How many hours (on average) does your company spend(or the
outsourced company), each month, completing employment references
for leavers?
7. How many leavers (on average) does your company have per month?
8. How many starters (on average) does your company have per month?

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. Employee Resourcing Team.
2. £21,211 per annum.
3. Requested via email, fax or post and chased via email, phone, post or fax depending on the information provided by the candidate.
4. Email, post and fax.
5. Approximately 5 hours per week.
6. Approximately 1 – 1½ hours per week.

7. Average of 31 per month.
8. Average of 30 per month.

30/04/15

7318

Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known as:
Bedford part of x Wollaston
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

 

21/05/15

7319

We are acting for the sellers of the above property. We have been provided with a failed Environmental Report from the buyers solicitors (attached) and would be grateful if you could provide us with your assessment/info on this.

Thank you for your request for information about  X Bushmead Avenue, Bedford  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. I have answered your query below:

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. Our records indicate that a garage/ vehicle repair premises was formerly present at X Bushmead Avenue. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. Based upon our risk assessment, it is considered to be a medium priority for inspection. However, it is not possible to state when this assessment will be undertaken. At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or not it expects this site to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in the course of completion. Therefore no reply given above refers to contaminated land for the purposes of the said Act. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, references to contamination should not be taken to mean the land has been deemed prejudicial to health or a nuisance for the purposes of Part III of the Act.

 

The Petroleum Officer, Mr Richard Chattaway, has consulted his records and has no record relating to X Bushmead Avenue, nor any other address on Bushmead Avenue.

 

We have no other information relating to presence of tanks in this location.

 

19/05/15

7320

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST
I am working on behalf of the College of Optometrists and interested in finding out information relating to child vision screening for a public health project.
The National Screening Committee currently recommends that children aged 4 to 5 have their vision screened - http://www.screening.nhs.uk/vision-child.
I would appreciate it if you could provide the information in the format of the below template.
I would like to know if your organisation:
1.Currently provides – or directs another organisation/ partner to provide - vision screening to children aged 4 to 5? [please delete as appropriate]
Yes/No
2.If Yes to question 1, approximately how many children in this age group do you screen
Figure
Percentage (%) of eligible population
3.If Yes to question 1, approximately how many children that undergo vision screening are referred on for further investigations annually?
Figure
Percentage (%) of those screened.

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

 

However screening children aged 4 to 5 for their vision is not part of a national screening programme.  It is an early intervention and prevention part of “the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) 0-5 years”.  SEPT has been commissioned by NHSE to deliver the universal and targeted interventions within the programme and SEPT children community Eye services is providing school vision screening for reception classes (4-5).  The service is based in Enhanced Services Centre, Bedford Health Village, Kimbolton Road, Bedford.  Its contact detail is 01234 897445.  Also, 0 – 19 Locality Manager can be contacted on 01234 317152,  who can  signpost you to the named contact in the eye services.

 

07/05/15

7321

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
I should like to request the following information:
1)The names of internal
a)document formats
b)accounting reference codes
c)any further details
by which information about commuted payments in lieu of affordable housing is recorded by
i)the planning department
ii)the finance department
2)For each commuted payment in lieu of affordable housing agreed above £1m in the past three years, please provide
a)the value agreed
b)the value received
c)the company that paid it
d)the value earmarked for affordable housing
e)the number of affordable housing units agreed for the commuted payment
If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I will also expect you to release all non exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to charge excessive fees.

Thank you for your request for information about commuted payment in lieu of affordable housing.Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1. Internal document formats are in Word, Excel and PDF. The planning department records all details on an Access based bespoke database. The finance

   department records details on the finance system called Agresso. The income is posted to an income account code and a work order that denotes each S106

   agreement the income belongs to.  When the income is to be spent it is transferred to a project (work order) on an income account code and the expense is

   coded to an expense account code.

2. We have not agreed, at any time, sums in lieu of Affordable Housing over £1M.

 

28/05/15

7322

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
I should like to request the following information:
1) For each of the last five financial years, the number of times the council
a) has used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to spy on people
b) the reasons for each use
c) the internal expense of each use
d) the external spend for each use
d) the names of companies contracted out for each use

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

1a&b)The number of times in the last five financial years that  RIPA has been used and the reasons are :-

2010/2011 – 1 for Flying tipping

2011/2012 – 3 for  Fraud and Counterfeit

2012/2013 – 0

2013/2014 – 6 for Trading Standards, Cold Calling , illegal waste and Fraud

2014/2015 -  3 for Theft(Pay and Display Car parking machine),illegal waste and Trading Standards

c)Do not hold

d)Do not hold

e)The only times that a private company is used when concerned with Acquisition of Communication Data , and the company used is the National Anti-fraud Network (NAFN)

 

13/05/15

7323

Please see below my freedom of information act request. If you cannot answer all or some of the questions please could you respond anyway?
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 Treasury Solicitor (or, if in Lancashire, the Duchy of Lancaster, or, if in Cornwall, the Duchy of Cornwall), or confirmation that this action was not applicable.
10.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.

Further to your request for information regarding the details of the person or persons requesting information on our web page reference No 7056 and 7064  , I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested:The above

 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).

 

24/05/15

7324

Under the Freedom of Information Act I seek the following information:
1.The number of planning applications that were: a) received  b) approved c) rejected  d) withdrawn  e) appealed successfully f) appealed unsuccessfully for each of the following financial years: 2014-15 (up to availability at point of answering), 2013-14, 2012-13.
For each category (a-f), please also specify how many applications were for major developments.
2.How many schemes were recommended for approval by the planners and the refused by the committee members? Please answer for each of the following financial years: 2014-15 (up to availability at point of answering), 2013-14, 2012-13.
3.Since April 2012, how many consented schemes were never built or had to reapply for planning?
4.The average length of time to process planning applications that were a) approved b) rejected c) appealed successfully for each of the following financial years: 2014-15 (up to availability at point of answering), 2013-14, 2012-13. For each category (a-c), please also specify in how many cases did the application run over the specified target determination date.
5.Please name the application that took the longest to be determined in 2014 or 2015. Please also state its outcome (e.g. approved or rejected) and how long this application took from lodging to determination.
6.Please name the single application that has received the most objections (since April 2012). Please also state its total number of objections.
7.The total number of objections to planning applications for each of the following financial years: 2014-15 (up to availability at point of answering), 2013-14, 2012-13.
If this request will currently exceed the FOI cost limit please answer as many questions as possible within this starting with question 1.
If the request will still exceed the cost limit in its current form please notify me immediately, rather than after 20 working days, or carry out the request for as many years as would fall within the cost limit.
I would like to receive this information electronically, preferably as a data set, eg. in Excel, NOT as a PDF.
If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others, I would ask that you release the available data as soon as possible.
If you need any clarification then please do not hesitate to contact me. Under Section 16 it is your duty to provide advice and assistance and so I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

Thank you for your request for information about planning applications which we received on 29 April 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is available on the authority’s website and can be located via the link

 

 

 

13/05/15

7325

RE: Queensbury Close bedford.
15th july 2012
We act on behalf of the named client who is making a claim against shop x in relation to their defective equipment coming from x Midland Road, Bedford which caused her to fall on the date above
I would like  to see a copy of the council inspections on shop x in the said area 12 months prior to the 15th July 2012 and copies of any works orders or complaints for the road in questions.

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

29/05/15

7326

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known as:
Bungalow x
Shelton Road
Upper Dean
Huntingdon
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

 

21/05/15

7327

Re: Freedom of Information Request
Could you please answer the following in relation to your borough/district.
1.Have you issued any contaminated land notices?
2.Have you, or the Secretary of State, made any decisions to make an entry, or made any entries on your register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
3.Have you, or the Secretary of State consulted with any property or land owners under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 prior to issuing a remediation notice?
If the answers are positive to any of the above, could you please provide the location of the site and details of any activity?

I refer to your recent enquiry for relating to environmental searches. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I enclose a copy of the information you requested:

1)    The Council has not issued any contaminated land notices

2)    Neither the Council or Secretary of State have made any decisions to make an entry on the register.

3)  Neither the Council or Secretary of State have made any consultations relating to any possible remediation notices.

 

15/05/15

 

7328

Please provide details of all planning gain and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) agreements made in each of the years 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/4, used to provide or fund primary or community health care infrastructure.
Please detail: development and developer agreement made with; the developer's obligation under the agreement; the total value to the authority of the planning gain/CIL and the amount earmarked or used for community or primary care infrastructure; how much has been received to date (if the full amount is yet to be received, please explain why); how the planning gain/CIL funds have/will be spent.
Provide details of all planning gain/CIL funding spent by the authority on community or primary health care infrastructure for each of the years in question.

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

22/05/15

 

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