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8340

 

 1. Which team (or person) in your local authority is responsible for supporting early years settings (including those on school sites) with issues relating to EAL (English as an additional language)?
2. What are their contact details?
3. What support do they provide early years settings for use with (a) the children and (b) their parents (eg types of training, interpreting, resources)?
4. Which resources / programmes etc does your LA recommend that early years settings use with young children aged 0-5 with EAL?
5. Can you signpost us to any good/outstanding early years settings, particularly on a school site, that use these resources and programmes?
6. How many children in early years settings within your LA have EAL?

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.Which team (or person) in your local authority is responsible for supporting early years settings (including those on school sites) with issues relating to EAL (English as an additional language)?

The Bedford Borough Council

Our EAL Adviser for Teaching and Learning (ATL) was appointed in July 2015. The ATL is working with all schools at a strategic level to develop skills, understanding and expertise to meet the needs of EAL students throughout the Borough. In addition we are working with the EAL Academy to further develop provision, practice and structures via training and targeted input to facilitate school to school support etc. EAL provision is therefore an area under development within the Borough at present.

1.What are their contact details?

See below.

2. What support do they provide early years settings for use with (a) the children and (b) their parents (eg types of training, interpreting, resources)?

The role of the EAL Adviser for Bedford Borough Council is to monitor and support the performance of schools and early year settings of EAL learners by :

·identifying, signposting and facilitating the sharing of good practice in schools and settings through data analysis and consultations

·supporting those  with identified weaknesses to improve their provision for EAL pupils

·providing bespoke advice on  efficient and effective educational provision for EAL learners

·providing EAL LA training and Personal Study Groups to further develop quality provision and practice as advised by the DFE

·providing early years EAL training by other relevant training providers,  i.e EAL Academy

·By supporting the schools in developing awareness of cultural differences and their possible effect on the curriculum

·supporting good practice in early years settings to actively engage parents and families as equal partners in supporting children to achieve their potential

1.Which resources / programmes etc does your LA recommend that early years settings use with young children aged 0-5 with EAL?

This is an area currently under development as part of our EAL Strategy which is in the public domain.

2.Can you signpost us to any good/outstanding early years settings, particularly on a school site, that use these resources and programmes?

Please contact schools for further details.

3.How many children in early years settings within your LA have EAL?

For EYFSP  - the table 5 on the EYFSP SFR gives EAL numbers – and the percentage achieving – see the additional tables at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/early-years-foundation-stage-profile-results-2014-to-2015

04/01/16

8341

 

 I would like to see a copy of the Pavenham Park inspection reports for August of this year and 2014, please.  According to the regulations in the new Bill, this is a statutory requirement - it always has been, of course, but seldom carried out here.  Please advise that you have these and that you will let me have sight of them, or preferably a copy, as soon as possilble.

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

You requested copies of reports relating to the August 2015 and 2014 inspections of the site which were carried out by officers from Regulatory Services.

A site visit was made to the Park in July 2015 after the Council received a complaint. A full inspection was not carried out on this visit as the annual (2015-16) site inspection is not due until Feb/Mar 2016 and therefore there is no inspection report to provide to you . However I can confirm that following this visit a number of matters were raised with Tingdene Parks Ltd which I have listed below :-

·         The electrical condition report for the site electrical installation,

·         The tree’s on the south and eastern side of the park,

·         The plan of the park showing the layout of the caravans, roads etc.,

·         Fire points,

·         The LPG storage tanks,

·         Display of the site licence and

·         Provision of car parking on site.

The 2014-15 site inspection was carried out in March 2015. The inspection covered the following areas of the site  :-

·         Condition of the site boundary,

·         Layout of and space between the caravans,

·         Condition and spacing of roads, gateways and footpaths,

  • Hard standings under caravan,

·         Fire precautions on the site,

·         Storage of LPG,

·         Electrical Installation,

·         Water supply and drainage,

·         Storage space,

·         Provision of car parking on site,

·         Recreational space and

·         Display of notices/site licence.

Our records show that the site was considered to be compliant at the time of the inspection.

 15/01/16

8342

 

 1. Please state whether you have any evidence within your Authority area to suggest that any home educated child (a child educated by their parents not by Local Authority or registered school provision)  has been radicalised. Yes or no
If you answered yes to the above, please answer the following. Where numbers are small a range of 1-5 is acceptable:
2. How many home educated children in your area to your knowledge joined any radical group. State which group.
3. How many home educated children in your area to your knowledge been radicalised through provision of tuition at a centre for education tuition
4. How many home educated children in your area to your knowledge been radicalised through a home education group (a group set up and run by home educating families)
5. How many home educated children in your area to your knowledge been radicalised through any other means. If Yes, state which means.

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. 

You requested:

1. Please state whether you have any evidence within your Authority area to suggest that any home educated child (a child educated by their parents not by Local Authority or registered school provision)  has been radicalised. Yes or no

If you answered yes to the above, please answer the following. Where numbers are small a range of 1-5 is acceptable:

2. How many home educated children in your area to your knowledge joined any radical group. State which group.

3. How many home educated children in your area to your knowledge been radicalised through provision of tuition at a centre for education tuition

4. How many home educated children in your area to your knowledge been radicalised through a home education group (a group set up and run by home educating families)

5. How many home educated children in your area to your knowledge been radicalised through any other means. If Yes, state which means.

Answer:

Bedford Borough Council is not aware of any Elective Home Educated students known to us being radicalised; we have no evidence to suggest that any have, therefore the answer to each of the questions in this request is zero.

 04/01/16

 

8343

Please email me the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please provide answers for each of past five financial years including the current financial year to date:

1.       a. How many of those in adult social care were receiving services funded by council money (whether through a block contract, a direct payment or other funding arrangement)?

b. How many of them had their services reviewed by the council in that year?

2.       a. How many of those receiving adult domiciliary care had their domiciliary care funded by the council (whether through a block contract, a direct payment or other funding arrangement)? N.B by domiciliary care I mean ongoing personal home care, not step-down or reablement services.

b. How many of them had their domiciliary care services reviewed by the council in that year?

3.       a. How many safeguarding alerts were made in adult social services in that year?

b. How many safeguarding alerts were investigated?

4.       How many adult social services social workers and reviewing officers were employed by the council in that year?

5.       How many safeguarding officers were employed by the council in that year?

 

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

Please provide answers for each of past five financial years including the current financial year to date:

1.    a. How many of those in adult social care were receiving services funded by council money (whether through a block contract, a direct payment or other funding arrangement)?

2010/11                3,995

2011/12                3,659

2012/13                3,692

2013/14                3,555

2014/15                3,667

2015/16*              3,790

Please note the data for 2015/16 is up to and including 30th November 2015

b. How many of them had their services reviewed by the council in that year?

2010/11                3,377

2011/12                2,998

2012/13                3,093

2013/14                3,020

2014/15                2,996

2015/16*               2,208

Please note the data for 2015/16 is up to and including 30th November 2015

2.    a. How many of those receiving adult domiciliary care had their domiciliary care funded by the council (whether through a block contract, a direct payment or other funding arrangement)? N.B by domiciliary care I mean ongoing personal home care, not step-down or re-ablement services?

2010/11                1,118

2011/12                1,157

2012/13                1,205

2013/14                1,275

2014/15                1,663

2015/16*             1,597

Please note the data for 2015/16 is up to and including 30th November 2015

b. How many of them had their domiciliary care services reviewed by the council in that year?

2010/11               

2011/12               

2012/13           Please note the authority conducts holistic reviews, therefore we are

  unable to provide the number of home care reviews completed

2013/14               

2014/15               

2015/16

3.    a. How many safeguarding alerts were made in adult social services in that year?

2010/11                966

2011/12                1,233

2012/13                1,289

2013/14                1,829

2014/15                1,303

2015/16*             613

Please note the data for 2015/16 is up to and including 30th September 2015

b. How many safeguarding alerts were investigated?

2010/11                329

2011/12                395

2012/13                333

2013/14                481

2014/15                241

2015/16*             81

Please note the data for 2015/16 is up to and including 30th September 2015

4.    How many adult social services social workers and reviewing officers were employed by the council in that year?

Sept 2014     -             33.21 FTE employed

Sept 2015     -             34.19 FTE employed

Further information to follow.

5.    How many safeguarding officers were employed by the council in that year?

As far as the safeguarding function of the team is concerned we currently have 2 advanced practitioners, 1 full time support worker and a floating support worker that supports both the safeguarding function and the DOLS function, and team manager.

The other workers are employed as a result of DOLS not safeguarding and are MCA/DOLS co-ordinator, advanced practitioner, social worker, 2 admin, 1 support worker and a support worker that supports both safeguarding and DOLS.

22/01/16

8344

 

 1.    How many library service points did you have in 2010? Do you have a list of addresses for those at all?
2      Please tell us how many library service points you have currently, November 2015, and provide the addresses.
3.  How many have been transferred from council control to the control of volunteers since 2010?
4.    Of those, which have had their opening hours reduced since 2010? And can you outline any changes please?
5.    Please tell us how many libraries have moved premises since 2010 and provide the former and current address.
6.    Please tell us how many new libraries have opened since 2010 (not existing libraries moving to different buildings) and provide addresses.
7.    How many library service points are proposed for closure within the next year? Please detail any mobile libraries separately to buildings
8.    How many members of staff worked for your libraries service in 2010 (headcount please, not FTE)?
9.    How many members of staff work for your libraries service (headcount please, not FTE) today?
10.  How many volunteers were assisting with the operation of the library service in 2010?
11.  How many volunteers assist with the operation of the library service today?

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

Please find the information you requested below in bold

1.How many library service points did you have in 2010? Do you have a list of addresses for those at all? - 5 libraries:

Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1PG

Bromham Library, Springfield Drive, Bromham MK43 8NT

Kempston Library, Halsey Road, Kempston MK42 8AU

Putnoe Library, Library Walk, Putnoe Street, Bedford MK41 8HQ

Wootton Library, Lorraine Road, Wootton, MK43 9LH

A Mobile Library and Library Link Mobile (housebound service) are based at Kempston Library

2.Please tell us how many library service points you have currently, November 2015, and provide the addresses - 5 libraries, as above

3.How many have been transferred from council control to the control of volunteers since 2010? - None

4.Of those, which have had their opening hours reduced since 2010? And can you outline any changes please? - n/a

5.Please tell us how many libraries have moved premises since 2010 and provide the former and current address - None

6.Please tell us how many new libraries have opened since 2010 (not existing libraries moving to different buildings) and provide addresses - None

7.How many library service points are proposed for closure within the next year? Please detail any mobile libraries separately to buildings - None at present

8.How many members of staff worked for your libraries service in 2010 (headcount please, not FTE)? - 93

9.How many members of staff work for your libraries service (headcount please, not FTE) today? - 61

10. How many volunteers were assisting with the operation of the library service in 2010? - 36

11. How many volunteers assist with the operation of the library service today? - 69

23/12/15

8345

 

In respect of a Planning Complaint regarding a unit.

1) what instruction was received from senoir officer

2) were you asked to investigate

3) why did you compromise health and safety

4)Did you refer to the deeds

5)your consent as no objections raised, does it make any kind of consultation or sense as an E H O report

6) It is a seroius health and safety issue

7) why have you not consulted the neighbouring units

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested and I have answered the questions raised in turn below:

1. The Environmental Health service received no instruction from the senior planning
officer or the Chief Executive.
2. The Environmental Health service was not asked to investigate the activities at these
premises. Please note that the Environmental Health service acts as a consultee as
part of the local planning process. When planning applications are received by the
Council regarding development, construction, change of use in premises etc, the
Environmental Health service is asked to comment on any issues that may impact on
the amenity of nearby residents or may give rise to pollution. These issues typically
include, noise, air quality and contaminated land. The Environmental Health service
was first consulted on 2 September 2008.
3. The Environmental Health service cannot comment on health and safety issues that
may arise from a planning application, only matters of material planning consideration
can be considered as part of the planning process.
4. Deeds and ordinances of any unit will not be a material planning consideration for the
Environmental Health service to consider as part of the planning process.
5. Having considered the planning application in line with the local planning process,
taking into account the remit of the Environmental Health service when acting as a
consultee in that process, the Environmental Health Officer reached the opinion that
subject to an ‘hours of use’ condition being placed on the planning permission, the
proposed activities would not adversely impact on the amenity for local residents. As
such no objection was raised.
6. If you have a concern about health and safety arising from the use of the units, I would advise you to contact the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who are the enforcing
authority for this type of commercial workplace/premises. They can be contacted by Stewart Briggs Executive Director for Environment and Sustainable Communities
Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP DX 117105 Bedford 4 Phone (01234) 267422 Minicom (01234) 221827 Web www.bedford.gov.uk phone on 01234 220633 or by writing to HSE, Woodlands, Manton Lane, Manton Lane Industrial Estate, Bedford.

7. As stated above the Environmental Health service acts as a consultee as part of the
local planning process which is administered by the Planning service of the Borough
Council, therefore it is not the procedure for the Environmental Health service to consult
with residents regarding local development. The Planning service is responsible for
administering the consultation process for planning applications received regarding
development within the Borough.

 21/1/16

8346

 

Please could you provide the following information regarding your Finance and Procurement or ERP solutions?
1. What Financial and Procurement or ERP solution and version does the council use?
2. How many users are using the system?
3. When are you planning your next upgrade (month and year)?
4. When do you intend to review a replacement Financials and Procurement or ERP system and if so are you going to benchmark or market test potential solutions?
5. Is your Financial and Procurement or ERP system currently outsourced, managed or hosted and if so to which supplier?
6. If you answered no to the above question, are you considering moving to an outsourced, managed or hosted solution for your Financial and Procurement or ERP system?
7.What is the value of the current Financial and Procurement or ERP system contract and when does the contract expire?
8. Who is the person responsible for the Financial and Procurement or ERP system – please provide full name, title and contact information (if possible).
9. Are you in a shared service for either ICT, Financial and Procurement or ERP solutions?
 a)    If yes, what is the nature of the shared service?
 b)    If no, what plans do you have for shared service/partnership working in the future?
10. Please provide details of any shortfalls or areas where the current system does not meet current or future requirements.

 

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

08/01/16

8347

 

 In light of local authorities’ responsibility to monitor the performance of maintained schools in their area, checking progress, attainment and the standards of the given school, they typically keep documentation of this process on a rolling basis. This may include a risk register. 
I would like to request information held by your organisation on the means you use to monitor schools’ performance and progress.
Please provide:
1. A copy of any documentation used in monitoring individual primary and secondary schools’ performance in your local authority.
2. A copy of your local authority’s risk register for individual primary and secondary schools.
3.The criteria, metrics and escalation process used in the monitoring of schools under your jurisdiction.

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.A copy of any documentation used in monitoring individual primary and secondary schools’ performance in your local authority.

Answer:

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 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

The following data is used to inform the monitoring of induvial primary/lower and secondary/upper and middle schools.

 

In addition officers are held to account through a termly performance clinic and through the Council’s over view and scrutiny committee. – see link below

2.A copy of your local authority’s risk register for individual primary and secondary schools.

Answer:

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part of your request as explained below;

It is our view that the OFSTED data dashboard is a common source of public information which is sufficient for any organisation or parent to be able to ascertain the performance of any school. 

Other judgements we have made have been agreed with individual schools against criteria that were agreed between the school and the Local Authority, the ratings are therefore not comparable and are part of individual school improvement programmes. These ratings are often snap shot views if a particular time  and not adequately validated for public sharing. It is our view that sharing this information would be detrimental to the processes of honesty, trust and open-ness that are so important for school improvement. Schools will not feel confident to ask Local Authorities, or other agencies, to assess them on non-statutory areas for improvement if this data (which is confidential to the school) is to be considered to be public information

We would therefore have to discuss the disclosure with  every school with a view to them agreeing we release our grading,  this would take a school improvement adviser a significant amount of time to do this.

3.The criteria, metrics and escalation process used in the monitoring of schools under your jurisdiction.

Answer:

The document attached details the criteria, metrics and escalation process used in the monitoring of schools under our jurisdiction.

23/12/16

8348

 

 All correspondence and documentation sent and received (letters, emails, memos etc), from October 4th - November 30th 2013, by members of the leadership team within Children's Services departments, concerning information regarding independent schools operating without registration.

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.

You requested:

All correspondence and documentation sent and received (letters, emails, memos etc), from October 4th - November 30th 2013, by members of the leadership team within Children's Services departments, concerning Joanne Harker's request for information regarding independent schools operating without registration.
Response: Nil

07/01/16

8349

 

 1. For each of the last five financial years (10/11 – 14/15) what was the total number of employees who signed compromise agreements when they left the council?
2. For each of the last five financial years how much was paid in total to departing employees as part of the compromise agreements?

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

Please find the information you requested below and note this excludes school-based employees.

 

 

Question 1

Question 2

 

2010/11

 

11

 

£285,368.12

 

2011/12

 

16

 

£340,099.38

 

2012/13

 

14

 

£584,658.79

 

2013/14

 

6

 

£124,086.01

 

2014/15

 

13

 

£307,213.94

06/01/16

8350

 

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

 

31/12/15

8351

 

 Could you please provide me with the number of times Bedford Borough Council was found to have breached the Data Protection Act
 in 2014 or for the most recent time period available.    
Where any breaches have occurred, can you please provide details of      those breaches, such as what the breach was and any fines imposed.

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 for the most recent period you requested.

Please find below the information for the year to 23 December 2015. There have been no court cases to date for this period.

13/02/2015

Social services record addressed to Watling House and delivered in error by courier to Luton Town Hall. Luton Children's Services notified Bedford Borough Council Records Management Service that they would forward to addressee. File did not arrive and had not been received back at Bedford Borough either.

 

This file was later located at the intended destination.

This incident was reported to the ICO who took no further action.

01/09/2015

Response to a Data Subject Access Request was collated and handed to Data Subject.  Upon opening, it was discovered that the personal file provided related to another council employee with the same name.

Procedures reviewed and preventative measures are now in place. Refresher DP training to be undertaken by those officers involved.  

 

This incident was reported to the ICO who was satisfied with the measures now in place to prevent further incidents of this kind and took no further action.

 

19/01/16

8352

 

Name of the software used by your Business Rates Department to calculate rates liabilities.

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:

 Name of the software used by your Business Rates Department to calculate rates liabilities - Northgate V6

 

25/02/16

8353

 

1. In each of the last three full financial years (2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015) how much money was spent on transport projects that was under £10,000 in value? This would include all work within the transport sector such as feasibility studies, highway design work, road safety work, transport assessments plus all others.
2. Out of the total figure from the above, how much of the work was carried out by external bodies i.e. consultancies.
3. If the work was carried out by a consultant can you advise how the consultant was selected i.e. framework, 3 quotes, reputation, trade show etc. 

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

In each of the last three full financial years (2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015) how much money was spent on transport projects that was under £10,000 in value?

2012/13 - £35,014

2013/14 - £24,911

2014/15 - £53,453

Projects include:

Traffic Management Requests - review and implement waiting restrictions (i.e. double yellow lines and loading bays), prohibiting verge and footway parking, road closures, upgrading traffic signs and road markings, installing traffic calming features, average speed cameras, and cycle barriers. 

Parking Survey and Annual Parking Report, specialist advice on communications planning and the development of communications for Union Street Cycle Safety Scheme.

2. Out of the total figure from the above, how much of the work was carried out by external bodies i.e. consultancies.

95% of this work is carried out by contractors/consultants.

3. If the work was carried out by a consultant can you advise how the consultant was selected.

Contractors are procured by the tender process. One consultant was procured on the basis of being a local expert.

27/01/16

8354

 I am making this request for information under the Freedom of Information Act .
Please can you state the names of your current providers of Enforcement (Bailiff) Services for Revenues (Council Tax and NNDR) and/or Parking services?
Please can you state whether this work is let through a contract or an SLA?
What was the start date for  the contract or SLA  for each of these providers and services  and when is it due to end?
Is there any provision to extend the contract, and  if so, for how long?
How many warrants and/or liability orders were sent to Enforcement Agencies for each of these services in the financial years ending March 2014 and 2015?
Do the Enforcement Agents provide any debt collection service for you? Which debts do they collect on your behalf?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists; I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is set out below.
Please can you state the names of your current providers of Enforcement (Bailiff) Services for Revenues (Council Tax and NNDR) and/or Parking services?
Bristow & Suter

Equita Ltd.

Please can you state whether this work is let through a contract or an SLA?
Contracts

What was the start date for  the contract or SLA  for each of these providers and services  and when is it due to end?
Start date: 1st May 2015

End date: 1st May 2018

(Dates the same for both contractors)
Is there any provision to extend the contract, and  if so, for how long?
Yes – 2 years (for both contracts)
How many warrants and/or liability orders were sent to Enforcement Agencies for each of these services in the financial years ending March 2014 and 2015?

Service

2013/2014

2014/2015

Council Tax

4,239

4,290

NNDR

332

296

Parking Services

2,604

4,650

Do the Enforcement Agents provide any debt collection service for you? Which debts do they collect on your behalf?
As part of the contract the Enforcement Agents provide a debt collection service in respect of Sundry Debts and Housing Benefit overpayments.  The Enforcement Agents do not provide any debt collection service to Parking Services.

25/01/16

8355

 

 Please provide me with the names, job title, organisation and email address of the professionals who sat on the SEND Multi Agency Panel on 5.11.15.

 

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

05/01/16

8356

 

 I am looking for a full up to date list of businesses that have become responsible for paying business rates between the 15th December to the 31st December 2015.  I would like you to include the business name, address, date of liability and the rateable value if possible.

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

25/01/16

8357

 

The contract with X expired in June has this contract been renewed?

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

Please find below your request and our response:

Request
The contract with J W Housden Ltd expired in June has this contract been renewed?

Response

The contract for boiler servicing was retendered in April 2015 and awarded again to JW Housden who were successful in their submission.

06/01/16

 

8358

 

 I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1. The number of homeless people's tents (or similar makeshift accommodation, e.g. boxes) that were confiscated or cleared by the council during 2015.
2. Any information on how the homeless people referred to in response to q1 were rehoused by the council
3. Details of any Public Space Protection Orders the council currently has in place, including the dates they were implemented, the areas they cover, the activities they regulate or prohibit, and the reasons for their introduction
4. Details of any Public Space Protection Orders the council is currently proposing or considering, including the dates they would be implemented from, the areas they would cover, the activities they would regulate or prohibit, and the reasons for their proposed introduction
5. All consultation responses submitted to the council regarding the Public Space Protection Orders referred to in questions 3 and 4

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.

1.The number of homeless people's tents (or similar makeshift accommodation, e.g. boxes) that were confiscated or cleared by the council during 2015?

No records held.

2.Any information on how the homeless people referred to in response to q1 were rehoused by the council? 

N/A.

3.Details of any Public Space Protection Orders the council currently has in place, including the dates they were implemented, the areas they cover, the activities they regulate or prohibit, and the reasons for their introduction? 

0.

4.Details of any Public Space Protection Orders the council is currently proposing or considering, including the dates they would be implemented from, the areas they would cover, the activities they would regulate or prohibit, and the reasons for their proposed introduction?

0.

5.All consultation responses submitted to the council regarding the Public Space Protection Orders referred to in questions 3 and 4?

N/A.

27/01/16

8359

 

 It would be hugely helpful if you could provide the following information:
•Any data the authority holds on (i) the prevalence of fuel poverty in the area and (ii) the characteristics of the households affected
•Details of any local programmes or initiatives intended to address the problem of fuel poverty in the authority (links to relevant web pages would be sufficient)

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 data that he authority holds on the prevalence of fuel poverty in the area and the characteristics of the households affected.  You also requested details of any local programmes or initiatives intended to address the problem of fuel poverty in the authority.

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) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

Data the authority holds on the prevalence of fuel poverty in the area and the characteristics of the households affected:

Bedford Borough Council commissioned a Private Sector House Condition Survey (PSHCS) in 2011 as a means of maintaining a detailed picture of housing conditions in the private sector (owner occupied and privately rented homes). It can be downloaded from the following Webpage: Section 9.10 ‘Area Focus on Fuel Poverty’ (p.84) provides details on the levels of fuel poverty in the different wards of Bedford Borough.  Bedford Borough Council uses the Sub-regional Fuel Poverty data produced by DECC

Details of any local programmes or initiatives intended to address the problem of fuel poverty in the authority:

The Council’s Affordable Warmth Strategy and Action Plan are available on this webpage:

The action plan details the activities and actions which Bedford Borough Council and partners will carry out in order to work together to reduce fuel poverty in the Borough.

21/01/16

8360

 

 Please provide data for each specific academic year  (2011-12, 2012-13,2013-14, 2014-15) 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. 

Please provide data for each specific academic year  (2011-12, 2012-13,2013-14, 2014-15) 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. 

Primary

40

Secondary

48

12/01/16

8361

 

 1)What advice and support is provided for people who Whistleblow on safeguarding and quality issues?
2)How are people who whistleblow with the intention of protecting a vulnerable adult protected?

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)What advice and support is provided for people who Whistleblow on safeguarding and quality issues?

2)How are people who whistleblow with the intention of protecting a vulnerable adult protected?

If people who whistle blow wish to remain anonymous we will try to respect this and ensure any documentation completed does not contain personal information. We provide general advice and will try and signpost if the individual needs more support.

27/01/16