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10657

 

 

 

 

Please can you provide me with the name and contact details of the manager/s in the council that are responsible for the following licences/ registrations:  Premise Licence and Personal Licence (Alcohol & Entertainment), Food Busi

.: I would like the following information:

1. How often do you check roads for potholes 2. Once reported how long do you take to repair 3. I would like to know the dates of when you checked the all  roads in  Sharnbrook, Souldrop Including the access road between Sharnbrook and Souldrop ( both the road past tofte Manor and the A6) 4. I would like to know the dates of when you checked all roads in Carlton over the past 12 months 4. I would like to know how many pot holes you have repaired in Sharnbrook. Souldrop and carlton over the past 12 months and where they are situatedness and Street Trading (relating mainly to cafes with outside seating).

 

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.      Keith Simmons - Head Of Democratic & Registration Services, keith.Simmons@bedford.gov.uk, 01234 267422

 

25/5/17

 

10658

 

Please would you be able to provide the following information in respect of placements made by the local authority of elderly persons funded (in whole or part) by yourselves. The information should be readily available from the relevant department with responsibility for social care.

For persons benefitting from local authority funding, what is the fee to be paid by the council for elderly persons placed within independent sector care homes during the financial year 2017/2018 for the following categories of care?

1.       Elderly Residential Care

2.       Elderly Dementia Residential Care

3.       Elderly Nursing Care*

4.       Elderly Dementia Nursing Care*

*Please state fee exclusive of the Free Nursing Care payment for 3 and 4.

What were the corresponding fees for the financial year 2016/2017?

 

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


What were the corresponding fees for the financial year 2016/2017?
                 From 10th April 2017
Residential Low £535.00
Residential Medium £535.00
Residential High £595.00
Nursing                £595.00+RNCC

15/6/17

 

10659

 

I’m writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act, in annual data sets for each of the last eight years.

1) The amount of money spent on specialist refuge support services during FY2007/2008, FY 2008/2009, FY 2009/2010, FY 2010/2011, FY2011/2012, FY2012/ 2013, FY2013/2014, FY2014/2015, FY2015/2016 and FY2016/2017 (FY denotes financial year in this request)

2) The amount of money spent on supported housing during each year specified

3) The maximum bed capacity in the authority’s refuges, for each year specified

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

1)2009/10 – £68,816 + Butterfly House

2010/11 – £68,816

2011/12 – £68,816

2012/13 – £68,816

2013/14 – £68,816

2014/15 – £68,816

2015/16 – £68,816

2016/17 - £68,816

Please note that Bedford Borough Unitary only came into existence from April 2009 hence financial information provided only covers FY’s 2009/10 to 2016/17.

2) We are unable to provide the answer to this question without further clarification?

Supported Housing is a very broad term, please can you specify what is meant by this term?

3) 2009/10 – 16

2010/11 – 16

2011/12 – 16

2012/13 – 16

2013/14 – 16

2014/15 – 16

2015/16 – 16

2016/17 - 16

15/6/17

 

10660

 

Please can you kindly forward a list of HMO landlord list

refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. The information requested i.e. list of licensed Houses in Multiple Occupation within the Borough, is enclosed with this letter.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk  for a copy

18/5/17

 

10661

 

Business Rates ,I would be grateful to receive information/data, as at the 1st of April 2017, 

 

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

The Business Rates data sets are now published on the website.

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

Written on and off – At least quarterly

(possibly six monthly)

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

18/5/17

 

10662

 

I’m writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act, in annual data sets for each of the last ten years.

1) The number of specialist refuges for women/non-binary victims of domestic violence and their kin with specialist needs (BaMER, LGBT, disabled, those with mental health conditions, problematic substance users, older women/non-binary people) in each the council area, and the maximum capacity of these refuges, in FY2007/2008, FY 2008/2009, FY 2009/2010, FY 2010/2011, FY2011/2012, FY2012/ 2013, FY2013/2014, FY2014/2015, FY2015/2016 and FY2016/2017

2) The amount of local authority money spent on refuge services for women with specialist needs, in each financial year specified in Q1

3) A list of funding streams and contracts for support services for survivors (or those at risk) of domestic violence, during each financial year specified in Q1

4) A list of all grant funding streams specifically for these services, during each financial year specified in Q1

5) The total value of each grant funding stream in each year specified, during each financial year specified in Q1

6) A list of recipients of grants under each grant funding stream in each year, together with the funding awarded to each organisation each year, and what services were supported through this grant

7) A list of all current contracts for provision of these services, together with the contracted provider under each contract, the start date and length of each contract, the full-term value of each contract, and the funding programme the contract was awarded under (e.g. supported housing), in each financial year specified in Q1

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

The number of specialist refuges for women/non-binary victims of domestic violence and their kin with specialist needs (BaMER, LGBT, disabled, those with mental health conditions, problematic substance users, older women/non-binary people) in each the council area, and the maximum capacity of these refuges, in FY2007/2008, FY 2008/2009, FY 2009/2010, FY 2010/2011, FY2011/2012, FY2012/ 2013, FY2013/2014, FY2014/2015, FY2015/2016 and FY2016/2017?

Bedford Borough has 1 x specialist refuge. This is Santosh Asian Women’s refuge. This refuge provides 6 units of accommodation and has operated across all the financial years listed.

The amount of local authority money spent on refuge services for women with specialist needs, in each financial year specified in Q1?

2009/10 –

2010/11 –

2011/12 –

2012/13 –

2013/14 – £68,816

2014/15 – £68,816

2015/16 – £68,816

2016/17 - £68,816

Please note that Bedford Borough Unitary only came into existence from April 2009 hence financial information provided only covers FY’s 2009/10 to 2016/17.

A list of funding streams and contracts for support services for survivors (or those at risk) of domestic violence, during each financial year specified in Q1?

Please see relevant table on attachment.

A list of all grant funding streams specifically for these services, during each financial year specified in Q1?

The only grant funding which we have received is Home Office IDVA grant and that has been received for FY’s 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 & 2015/16.

The total value of each grant funding stream in each year specified, during each financial year specified in Q1?

A £20,000 IDVA grant was received from the Home Office for each year listed in Q4.

A list of recipients of grants under each grant funding stream in each year, together with the funding awarded to each organisation each year, and what services were supported through this grant?

2012/13 – Victim Support

2013/14 to 2015/16 – Homegroup (Stonham)

The full £20,000 was paid to the IDVA provider at the time as part of their annual contract value.

7) A list of all current contracts for provision of these services, together with the contracted provider under each contract, the start date and length of each contract, the full-term value of each contract, and the funding programme the contract was awarded under (e.g. supported housing), in each financial year specified in Q1?

Please see relevant table on attachment.

 

 

15/6/17

 

10663

 

Can you please tell me the median waiting time for a property from the housing waiting list in your local authority in the following financial years:

·         2015/2016

·         2016/2017

Please supply figures for a:

·         1-bed home

·         2-bed home

·         3-bed home

·         4-bed home

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

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

15/6/17

 

10664

 

1.   In the last five financial years ending (2016/17) how many child deaths have been scrutinised by your Child Death Overview Panel where the “Form C Analysis Proforma”, or its equivalent, was completed in relation to a child’s death.

2.  On the “Form C Analysis Proforma” there is a tick box to state if bullying was believed to be a factor in the death. For how many cases in the five year period referred to in Question 1, was the “YES” tick box completed for this bullying category?

3.  On the “Form C Analysis Proforma” there is a tick box to state if smoking by the mother during pregnancy was believed to be a factor in the death. For how many cases in the five year period referred to in Question 1, was the “YES” tick box completed for this smoking by the mother during pregnancy category?

4. On the “Form C Analysis Proforma” there is a tick box to state if  consanguinity was believed to be a factor in the death. For how many cases in the five year period referred to in Question 1, was the “YES” tick box completed for this consanguinity category?

 

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 this is exempt information.

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

This information is available in the public domain, via the following link:

 

7/6/17

 

10665

 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with full answers to each of the following questions:

1.   How many children has your council taken in under the ‘Dubs amendment’ since last year?

2.  Of these, how many have undergone Merton-compliant age assessment and found to be over 18?

3.   How many children in your area have been reunited with family members under Dublin III regulations since last year?

4.  Of these, how many placements have broken down (ie because the family member was unable to look after them)?

5.   In the past year, how many former UASC care leavers attended university and how much money did the council spend on their fees, accommodation etc?

 

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

1. How many children has your council taken in under the ‘Dubs amendment’ since last year?

Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers *

2.  Of these, how many have undergone Merton-compliant age assessment and found to be over 18?

Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers *

3.   How many children in your area have been reunited with family members under Dublin III regulations since last year?

Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers *

4.  Of these, how many placements have broken down (ie because the family member was unable to look after them)?

Answer: Suppressed due to low numbers *

5.  In the past year, how many former UASC care leavers attended university

Answer:  Suppressed due to low numbers * 

and how much money did the council spend on their fees, accommodation etc?

Answer: We do not pay their fees but they all receive £4250per year towards cost of accommodation/living expenses; £500 initial laptop grant if needed; £500 towards books/equipment and travelling.

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

1. States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

We are unable to provide the exact figure (5 or fewer) or any further information due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

8/6/17

 

10666

 

 Please enter the weekly nursing care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority paid in the previous financial year (2016/17) for residents placed in independent care homes for frail older people client groups.
1. Weekly fees for NURSING CARE of frail older people for the previous financial year:
Minimum £  per week
Maximum £  per week
Please enter the weekly nursing care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority is paying for new residents being placed in independent care homes in 2017/2018 for frail older people client groups.
2. Weekly fees for NURSING CARE of frail older people for the current financial year:
Minimum £  per week
Maximum £  per week
3. Do the current fees include the NHS Funded Nursing Care (NHS FNC)?
 Yes
 No
4. Does the Social Services Department pay the NHS Funded Nursing Care (NHS FNC) directly to the care home on behalf of the clinical commissioning group (CCG)?
 Yes
 No
5. Please indicate your projection of the average PERCENTAGE increase in nursing care fee rates paid for by the authority for frail older people next year (i.e. percentage change from 2017/18 to 2018/19)
  %
Please enter the weekly residential care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority paid in the previous financial year (2016/17) for residents placed in independent care homes for frail older people client groups.
6. Weekly fees for RESIDENTIAL CARE of frail older people for the previous financial year:
Minimum £  per week
Maximum £  per week
Please enter the weekly residential care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority is paying for new residents being placed in independent care homes in 2017/2018 for frail older people client groups.
7. Weekly fees for RESIDENTIAL CARE of frail older people for the current financial year:
Minimum £  per week
Maximum £  per week
8. Please indicate your projection of the average PERCENTAGE increase in residential care fee rates paid by the authority for frail older people next year (i.e. percentage change from 2017/18 to 2018/19) 
9. Comments: In relation to both nursing and residential fees for frail older people, please describe any additions, premiums and/or fee bandings payable (e.g. additions for single rooms, meeting quality criteria, staff qualifications; fee bandings by dependency or district; etc).
Please enter the weekly nursing care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority paid in the previous financial year (2016/17) for residents placed in independent care homes for dementia client groups.
10. Weekly fees for NURSING CARE of dementia for the previous financial year:
Minimum £  per week
Maximum £  per week
Please enter the weekly nursing care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority is paying for new residents being placed in independent care homes in 2017/2018 for dementia client groups.
11. Weekly fees for NURSING CARE of dementia for the current financial year:
Minimum £  per week
Maximum £  per week
12. Do the current fees include the NHS Funded Nursing Care (NHS FNC)?
 Yes
 No
13. Does the Social Services Department pay the NHS Funded Nursing Care (NHS FNC) directly to the care home on behalf of the clinical commissioning group (CCG)?
 Yes
 No
14. Please indicate your projection of the average PERCENTAGE increase in nursing care fee rates paid by the authority for dementia next year (i.e. percentage change from 2017/18 to 2018/19)
  %
Please enter the weekly residential care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority paid in the previous financial year (2016/17) for residents placed in independent care homes for dementia client groups.
15. Weekly fees for RESIDENTIAL CARE of dementia for the previous financial year:

Minimum £  per week
Maximum £  per week
Please enter the weekly residential care fees (exclusive of third party top-ups) that the local authority is paying for new residents being placed in independent care homes in 2017/2018 for dementia client groups.
16. Weekly fees for RESIDENTIAL CARE of dementia for the current financial year:
Minimum £  per week
Maximum £  per week
17. Comments: In relation to both nursing and residential fees for dementia care, please describe any additions, premiums and/or fee bandings payable (e.g. additions for single rooms, meeting quality criteria, staff qualifications; fee bandings by dependency or district; etc).
18. Please indicate your projection of the average PERCENTAGE increase in residential care fee rates paid by the authority for dementia next year (i.e. percentage change from 2017/18 to 2018/19)
  %
19. What PERCENTAGE change do you expect in the number of older people supported by the local authority in care homes (for residential and nursing care combined) at the end of 2017/2018 compared with the end of 2016/2017 (+ / -)?
  %
Thank you for completing Care Markets’ annual local authority usual costs survey.
20. Name
21. Job Title
If you have any additional documentation relating to the fee levels or eligibility criteria which might prove helpful in interpreting the information

22. Additional comments or information on any part of the survey can be entered here:

 

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

Please see attached.

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk to  see the attachment

 

19/6/17

 

 10667

 

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to ask for your authority’s figures for the following areas:

·         Spending on 13-17 year old victims of domestic abuse for financial years:

o    2015-2016

o    2014-2015

o    2013-2014

·         Spending on 13-17 year old perpetrators of domestic abuse for financial years:

o    2015-2016

o    2014-2015

o    2013-2014

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

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

 

8/6/17

 

10668

 

Please provide the following information for planning permissions agreed on developments of more than 10 dwellings in the financial years 2009-10 to 2016-17, or up to the latest year for which information is available.

a) he planning application reference number

b)  Financial year in which planning permission was agreed

c) Whether the application was for a site specifically allocated for residential development in the Local Plan

d) The total number of homes permitted

e) The total number of affordable homes permitted

f)  The split of affordable homes between: 1) shared ownership / other low cost homeownership; and 2) affordable / social rent

g) The value (or best estimate of value) of financial contributions payable under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act

h)  Whether S106 contributions were reduced on viability grounds during the application stage

i)  Whether S106 contributions were later reduced through a deed of variation or any statutory power or procedure

Thank you for your request for information about planning permissions agreed on developments of more than 10 dwellings which we received on 19 May 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

a)    The planning application reference number - Information relating to planning applications is publicly available and can be located at the following link here

b)    Financial year in which planning permission was agreed - Same as a) above

c)   Whether the application was for a site specifically allocated for residential development in the Local Plan - Information is available online here

d)    The total number of homes permitted - Same as a) above

e)    The total number of affordable homes permitted - Same as a) above

f)     The split of affordable homes between: 1) shared ownership / other low cost homeownership; and 2) affordable / social rent  - Information is available online on the Gov UK website - Local authority housing statistics data returns

g)    The value (or best estimate of value) of financial contributions payable under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act - Same as a) above

h)    Whether S106 contributions were reduced on viability grounds during the application stage - Information is available online at the following link:

See housing strategy 2012 -20

(bottom right hand corner)

       West Wixams, Elstow School, Land North of Bromham Shed 1 Cardington, Britannia Works, High Street Stagsden, Lansdowne Road

i)   Whether S106 contributions were later reduced through a deed of variation or any statutory power or procedure . Please click here for the information

See housing strategy 2012 -20

(bottom right hand corner)

Land West of Bedford Phase 2, RAF Cardington Phase 2

1/6/17

 

10669

 

1)  A description of the current structure and governance of the social service(s) in place for children and young people (up to the age of 25) with disabilities, and how this/these service(s) work(s) with other services or organisations such as SEN (Special Education Needs) or Health.

For example, a Local Authority may have a team looking after children aged 0 – 11 (with all staff from one department) and then another one covering children and young people aged over 11 until 25 (with staff from 2 departments). The way these teams work with other services and organisations (i.e. integrated or not) should also be explained, in particular if there is a form of integration or formal board or partnership or group in place.

(2)   A description of any significant change(s), made during the last 10 years, to the structure and governance of the social service(s) in place for children and young people (up to the age of 25) with disabilities, as well as any recorded lessons learned from these/this change(s).

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)   Answer: 

Children with disabilities - We have One 0-18 disability team

Special Educational Needs – Please see structural chart attached on current SEND services.

(2)    Answer: No significant changes, other than we are no longer a County Council.

Please contact:

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

6/6/17

 

10670

 

 Could you please advise me on the amount of time and money that has already been spent on the above proposal and the predicted cost if the proposal is carried out.
What the reasons are behind it and it's hoped for outcome.

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

Could you please advise me on the amount of time and money that has already been spent on the above proposal and the predicted cost if the proposal is carried out.

The Council is yet to spend any money on these proposed restrictions. Officer time has been spent in meeting with Councillors and drawing up of proposals (approximately 3 hours).  The likely costs of carrying out the work is approximately £12,000. 
What the reasons are behind it and it's hoped for outcome.

The proposal is to remove the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) from that section of Bushmead Avenue between The Embankment and the end of the park. The remaining section of Bushmead Avenue will retain the existing CPZ. 

The intention of the scheme (that has been promoted by the Ward Councillors and the Castle Road Residents Association) is to free up much needed road space for residents in the nearby streets to park. 

2/6/17

 

10671

 

1. Please can I have the contact details for the tiers of management that the Winter Maintenance Operation would fall under. Starting from the Chief Executive and working down through various tiers of management, including any Corporate Directors of Department, Heads of Service, and Senior Management.

Can I please have the following information:-

* Name

* Email Address

* Postal Address

2. I would also like to know if the highway gritting is carried out in-house or if it is done by a highways contractor, if this is the case can you please let me know which company this is? And when the current contract has run from and will expire on? And whether the gritting equipment used by the contractor is council sourced or if it is left to the highways contractor to source the equipment?

Thank you for your request for information about Winter Maintenance which we received on 20 May 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1. Please can I have the contact details for the tiers of management that the Winter Maintenance Operation would fall under. Starting from the Chief Executive and working down through various tiers of management, including any Corporate Directors of Department, Heads of Service, and Senior Management.

Chief Executive - Philip Simpkins

Executive Director Environment & Sustainable Communities - Stewart Briggs

Assistant Director Highways - Glenn Barcham

Head of Highways - Brian Hayward (main contact for Bedford Borough Council’s Winter Maintenance Programme)

2. I would also like to know if the highway gritting is carried out in-house or if it is done by a highways contractor.

Winter maintenance/gritting is carried out in-house.

6/6/17

 

10672

 

I am not satisfied with the outcome of my complaint and I now intend to escalate matters. However, before doing so, I would like to obtain full details of the decisions that were made regarding the hedge. To this end, I would like to make a FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST in order to obtain the following:

1. Minutes of any meetings that were held by the developers of the site and/or their agents and the Planning Authority and/or their agents to discuss the nature and implementation of the screening hedge with particular regard to the species and planting scheme recommended as being suitable;

2. Copies of any discussions that were held between the developers of the site and/or their agents and the Planning Authority and/or their agents and any other interested parties regarding the requirements of Condition 20 of Planning Permission 13/01273/FUL which states: “No development shall take place until there has been submitted to and approved by the local planning Authority a scheme for a 3m high hedgerow to be planted to the south west of the access road.”

3. Copies of any other material produced by or submitted to the developers and/or the local planning Authority which may have any relevance, however slight, to the decisions made regarding the hedgerow referenced in Condition 20.

 

Thank you for your request for information about the  development

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

 

The information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the exception(s) in Regulation 12(5)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 which relates to the course of justice and inquiries.

 

We are not able to disclose information in relation to live enforcement cases on the basis that it relates to both law enforcement and contains information from confidential sources and would adversely affect the course of justice.

 

Correspondence relating to condition discharges is publicly available on the website and can be located as the following link: here

 

The condition reference is 16/02230/AOC

 

19/4/17

 

10673

Please can you help with the following queries regarding libraries:

1.      How many library service points did you have in 2010? Please detail any mobile libraries separately to buildings.

2.      How many library service points do you have currently, May 2017 (or the nearest available date, specifying this)? Please detail any mobile libraries separately to buildings.

3.      How many library service points have been transferred from council control to the control of volunteers since 2010?

4.      How many library service points have been transferred from council control to the control of another provider since 2010?

5.      How many library service points have had their opening hours reduced since 2010? And can you outline any changes please?

6.      How many library service points have moved premises since 2010?

7.      Please tell us how many new libraries have opened since 2010 (not existing libraries moving to different buildings). Please detail any mobile libraries separately to buildings.

8.      How many library service points are proposed for closure within the next year? Please detail any mobile libraries separately to buildings. 

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

10.    How many members of staff work for your libraries service currently, May 2017 (or the nearest available date, specifying this) - headcount please, not FTE?

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

1.         How many library service points did you have in 2010? Please detail any mobile libraries separately to buildings. 5 libraries, 1 Mobile Library, 1 Library Link Mobile (Housebound Service)

2.         How many library service points do you have currently, May 2017 (or the nearest available date, specifying this)? Please detail any mobile libraries separately to buildings. 5 libraries, 1 Mobile Library, 1 Library Link Mobile (Housebound Service)

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

4.         How many library service points have been transferred from council control to the control of another provider since 2010? None

5.         How many library service points have had their opening hours reduced since 2010? And can you outline any changes please? None

6.         How many library service points have moved premises since 2010? None

7.         Please tell us how many new libraries have opened since 2010 (not existing libraries moving to different buildings). Please detail any mobile libraries separately to buildings. None

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

9.        How many members of staff worked for your libraries service in 2010 (headcount please, not FTE)? 109 headcount (not FTE)

10.      How many members of staff work for your libraries service currently, May 2017 (or the nearest available date, specifying this) - headcount please, not FTE? 73 headcount (not FTE)

23/5/17

 

10674

 

Please accept this email as a Freedom of Information Request relating to the car park at the rear of Broadway House, The Broadway, Bedford.

Without limitation, we would like to see any information or correspondence sent by or to the owners of Broadway House X

Further to your request for information dated 29 May, 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 above is exempt information.

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

Due to the Data Protection Act 1998 the Council declines to disclose this information as it is in relation to a third party.

23/5/17

 

10675

 

This is a freedom of information request asking for the following information:Between 1st January 2015 and 1st January 2017, how many incidents have been reported involving school children on taxi journeys.In the last financial year, how much was spent by the local authority on transporting children in taxis

Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.  Request closed.

 

 

10676

 

Could you please advise:

·   How many vehicles are in your council's fleet and type (specifically refuse collection and recycling vehicles)

·    Does the council have a waste contractor?  If so, who holds the current contract?

·   Name and contact details of the Fleet / Transport Manager

·  Name and contact details of the Communications / Marketing Manager

Thank you for your request for information about Fleet and Communications which we received on 23 May 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

·  How many vehicles are in your council's fleet and type (specifically refuse collection and recycling vehicles)

Bedford Borough Council has 226 road going vehicles in the fleet of which there are:-

·  34 x Refuse Collection/Recycling vehicles between 3.5t’s and 32t’s

·  23 x Cleansing caged vehicles and sweepers between 3.5t’s and 15t’s

·    27 x other HGV’s of various sizes between 5.0t’s and 18t’s

·    The remainder of the fleet is made up of a mixture of vans and tipper vehicles up to 3.5t’s

·   Does the council have a waste contractor?  If so, who holds the current contract?

Being and Unitary Council, Bedford Borough Council is both a collection and disposal authority. The refuse and recycling collection services are delivered and managed within the Council (Council’s own staff).

·   Name and contact details of the Fleet / Transport Manager

Stephen Smith – Fleet and Depot Service Manager

Stephen.smith@bedford.gov.uk

01234 228339

·   Name and contact details of the Communications / Marketing Manager

Keiron Fletcher – Head of Communications

Keiron.fletcher@bedford.gov.uk

01234 276277

8/6/17

 

10677

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the local authority to provide me with the following information.

a)      The total capital spend within the local authority on either expanding, updating or building new kitchens and dining facilities in primary schools in order to deliver universal free school meals for infant school children. Please include total spend on appliances and other items needed to deliver the policy.

b)      The total amount, if any, the local authority received from central government in capital funding to deliver the above named policy

Thank you for your request for information regarding the Universal Free School Meals Policy, which we received on 23 May 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

a)   £413,517

 

b)   £317,152 

 

21/6/17

 

10678

 

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

Stephenson Walk

Wootton

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk to view the environmental information

 

26/6/17

 

10679

 

I was hoping to gather the contact details and email address for the person or persons who deal with your cleaning contracts and staff. Primarily the details of people who work with the cleaning of council owned buildings or any outsourced cleaning you provide.

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 as follows:-

Chris Mears Facilities Manager  eamil chris.mears@bedford.gov.uk

 

1/6/17

 

10680

 

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

Park Road

Stevington

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk to view the environmental information

 

26/6/17

 

10681

 

Environmental Information Regulations 2004 regulations 5(2), 9(1) and 12(4)a.

Under regulation 5(2) you have a duty to make information available on request. I will wish to inspect information (if held) for the below con29 questions for the following land and or buildings

RE:Ashmead Road, Bedford

Con29 Questions

Con29 3.7 Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters exist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry herein:

b) environment;(c) health and safety; (d) housing; (e) highways; (f) public health or (g)flood and costal erosion risk management?

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

Con29 3.12 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

Under regulation 12(4)a you may refuse to disclose this information if it is not held.

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

 

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

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

 

26/6/17

 

10682

 

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

Palgrave Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk to view the environmental information

 

26/6/17

 

10683

 

 I would like the following information:

1. How often do you check roads for potholes 2. Once reported how long do you take to repair 3. I would like to know the dates of when you checked the all  roads in  Sharnbrook, Souldrop Including the access road between Sharnbrook and Souldrop ( both the road past tofte Manor and the A6) 4. I would like to know the dates of when you checked all roads in Carlton over the past 12 months 4. I would like to know how many pot holes you have repaired in Sharnbrook. Souldrop and carlton over the past 12 months and where they are situated

Applicant did not respond to fees request.  Request closed.

 

 

10684

 

Could you please send any policy, strategy, directive or similar document which sets out how Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision is funded at an individual level, eg. banding, maximum spend per child?

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.

Answer:  Please see document attached.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk to see attached document

7/6/17

 

10685

 

Please could you tell me?

1. How many children/ young people between the ages of 0 and 25 years old in your local authority have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHCP?

2. How many children with special educational needs in your local authority area required an Education Health Care Plan or a statement of SEN for transitioning from primary to secondary school in September 2017?

3. How many of these children (Q2) received their final transition Education Health Care Plan or statement by 15 February 2017?

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

1.  How many children/ young people between the ages of 0 and 25 years old in your local authority have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHCP? –

Answer:  As per SEN 2 return January 2017 - 964

2.   How many children with special educational needs in your local authority area required an Education Health Care Plan or a statement of SEN for transitioning from primary to secondary school in September 2017

Answer: 30

3.  How many of these children (Q2) received their final transition Education Health Care Plan or statement by 15 February 2017?

Answer: 27

7/6/17

 

10686

 

 Freedom of Information (FOI) questions on local authority education provision for children and young people with vision impairment: 2017
1: Organisation and funding of your local authority Education Vision Impairment (VI) Advisory service
Q1. How does your local authority meet its responsibility to provide a VI service (i.e. specialist educational provision for children and young people with vision impairment)? Please tick all that apply
A In-house service provided centrally by the LA 
B Part of a consortium of LAs/joint arrangement with other LAs. Please give names of the other LAs:
Please give the name of the lead LA: 
C Bought in from another LA (please give the name of the LA) 
D Commissioned to a school/group of schools 
E Commissioned to a charity or voluntary organisation 
F Commissioned to an external (non-public sector) agency 
G Other (please give details)
Q2. How is the VI service positioned in your LA? Please tick one only
A Within generic SEN service (i.e. wider range of SEN than sensory) 
B Within sensory service (VI, HI and MSI) 
C Stand alone VI service 
D Other (please give details)
Q3a. What is the overall VI service budget (including staff, equipment and training) for 2017/18?
Q3b. What was the overall VI service budget (staff, equipment and training) for 2016/17?
Q4. Which of the following arrangements apply to the VI service in your LA? Please tick all that apply
A Fully traded to maintained schools (including academies)  
B Partially traded to maintained schools (including academies) 
C No elements of VI service support are traded to maintained schools (including academies) 
D Fully traded to further education (FE) colleges 
E Partially traded to further education (FE) colleges 
 Please give further details about the traded services arrangements recorded in Q4:
Section 2: Number of children and young people (CYP) on the VI service caseload
Q5a. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment on the VI service caseload (i.e. those supported by the VI service and not included in Q5b):
Total aged 0 - 4: 
Total aged 5 - 16: 
Total aged 17 - 19: 
Total aged 20 - 25: 
Q5b. Please give the number of children and young people with vision impairment, known to the VI service but not receiving direct support from the LA service (e.g. who are being monitored only, who are in a VI resourced or independent school, or whose family home is in the LA but who are being educated in another authority). These are in addition to CYP included in Q5a.
Total aged 0 - 4:  
Total aged 5 - 16: 
Total aged 17 - 19: 
Total aged 20 - 25: 
Please use this space if you would like to add any further comments to explain your response to Q5a or Q5b:
Q6a. What is the total number of children and young people on the VI service caseload (recorded in Q5a) who use (or in the case of EYFS children, are expected to use) braille as their sole or main literacy medium?
Q6b. What is the total number of children and young people known to the VI service (recorded in Q5b) who use braille as their sole or main literacy medium?
Section 3: VI service policies
Q7a. Are there any groups of children and young people with VI that are NOT currently supported by the VI service?
a) Specific age groups (please give details of age groups not supported): YES/NO
b)CYP in specific types of setting (please give details of the settings where there is no VI service support): YES/NO
c)CYP with complex needs:  YES/NO
d)Any other groups (please give details of the groups concerned):  YES/NO
Q7b. If YES to any of the above, for each of the groups affected please give reasons why support is not provided:
Reason Group(s) affected
Lack of staff capacity 
CYP in this group do not meet VI service criteria for support 
Settings won’t buy in support from the VI service 
The VI service has never supported this group
Alternative provision is made for this group (please give details) 
Other reason (please give details
Q8. Has VI service support been REDUCED for any children or young people with VI within the past 12 months? YES/NO
If YES, please give reasons why support has been reduced and the group(s) of CYP who have been affected:
Q9. In which of the following settings does the VI service support early years children (i.e. 3 years and under)? Please tick all that apply
AWithin the child's home 
BIn pre-school/early years settings 
CSchool settings (e.g. nursery class in mainstream or special school) 
DIn settings where the child is cared for by a childminder 
EOther settings (Please give details)
Q10. What criteria does the VI service use to determine eligibility for support?
a)NatSIP Eligibility Framework for Scoring Support Levels (2015) YES / NO
If ‘yes’, please give the minimum score for VI service support:
b)Level of visual acuity (VA) YES / NO
If ‘YES’, please give the minimum VA for VI service support:
c)Only CYP who are registered as severely sight impaired/blind or sight impaired/partially sighted are eligible for support YES / NO
d)Support is provided to ALL CYP in certain groups (e.g. early years) YES / NO
If ‘YES’ please give details:
e)Other YES / NO
If ‘YES’, please give details:
Q11. What criteria does the VI service use for allocating levels of support?
a)NatSIP Eligibility Framework for Scoring Support Levels (2015): YES/NO
b)An earlier version of the NatSIP Eligibility Framework: YES/NO
c)Modified NatSIP Eligibility Framework:  YES/NO
d)Banding system:     YES/NO
e)Locally developed criteria:    YES/NO
f)Other arrangement (please give details): YES/NO
Q12a. Does your LA require a child or young person with VI to meet any of the following criteria before they will be considered for assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP):
a)The CYP’s VI must be of a specified level of severity/visual acuity:  YES/NO
b)The CYP must have additional SEND:     YES/NO
c)The CYP must be failing to make the expected level of progress:  YES/NO
d)The CYP is expected to attend a special school:    YES/NO
Q12b. Please give details of any other criteria your LA uses to decide whether to assess a child or young person with VI for an EHCP:
Q13. Please give the link to your LA’s Local Offer page for the VI/sensory education service:
Section 4: Joint working with other agencies
Q14. What arrangements do you have for working with health and social care?
a)Established arrangement with Health for referring babies and children to the VI service         YES / NO
b)Multi-disciplinary meetings with health and social care YES / NO
c)Regular meetings and/or contact with social care  YES / NO
d)Regular meetings and/or contact with health  YES / NO
e)Other (please give details)    YES / NO 
Q15. Who in your LA holds the vision impairment register for children and young people who are blind or partially sighted?
a)Social care sensory team:    YES / NO
b)Social care children’s team:    YES / NO
c)Local society for blind people/sight loss society:                YES / NO
d)Other (please give details):    YES / NO
Section 5: VI service staffing
Q16. Which (if any) of the following qualifications are held by the person with responsibility for strategic management of the VI service? (Please tick all that apply)
AQualified teacher of pupils with vision impairment (QTVI)
(i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in VI) 
BQualified teacher of the Deaf (TOD)
(i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in HI) 
CQualified teacher of pupils with Multi-sensory Impairment (QTMSI)
(i.e. holds the mandatory qualification (MQ) in MSI) 
DOther qualifications (please give details)
Q17a. Please give the numbers of teachers employed directly by the VI service (this includes peripatetic/advisory and school based teachers and VI service manager if s/he has a caseload)
Number of teachers Number as full time equivalent (FTE)
QTVI with mandatory qualification (MQ) (VI) 
In training for MQ (VI)  
Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) who will begin training within 2 years  
Qualified teachers without MQ (VI) not in or due to begin training within 2 years  
QTMSI with MQ (MSI)  
QTVI and QTMSI MQ (holds both qualifications)  
QTVI vacancies currently advertised  
QTVI vacancies – advertised but no suitable applicants
Q17b. Are any of the above posts on a temporary contract? YES/NO
If YES, please give details of number and type of posts:
Q18. Please give the numbers of teaching assistants (TAs) in your LA who are providing support to pupils with vision impairment (this includes service and school based staff)
Employment arrangements Number of TAs
Employed and recruited directly by VI service – centrally based/peripatetic 
Employed and recruited directly by VI service – school based 
Employed and recruited directly by schools and supported by VI service 
Employed and recruited directly by schools with no involvement from VI service 
Other arrangement (please give details)
Q19a. Please give details of any other staff employed directly by the VI service (not already included in Q16, Q17 or Q18), and staff who are externally commissioned by the VI service or bought in from another team within the LA
Type of post Number of people employed by the VI service Number of externally commiss-ioned staff Number bought in from another team in the LA Total as full time equivalent (FTE)
Resource technicians (for production of accessible materials)    
ICT support technicians    
Dedicated early years staff     
Family support workers    
Mobility/rehabilitation officer    
Mobility/habilitation officer for children    
Admin/secretarial    
Other (please give details)
Q19b. Are any of the above posts on a temporary contract? YES/NO
If YES, please give details of number and type of posts:
Section 5: Proposed future changes to the VI service
Q20. Are there any plans to lose existing staff posts, or gain additional posts, in the VI service in 2017?
YES / NO
If YES, please give number of posts that will lost or gained
Type of post Number of posts to be lost Number of posts to be gained
VI/sensory service managers  
QTVIs  
Teaching assistants  
Resource technicians  
ICT support technicians  
Dedicated early years staff   
Family support workers  
Mobility/rehabilitation/habilitation officer  
Admin/secretarial  
Other (please give details)
Q21a. Are there any current or proposed reviews of the VI service that will affect the way it is organised, managed or funded (including moving to/from a traded services arrangement), or is likely to affect the way that support for children and young people with VI is provided or funded? YES/NO
Q21b. If 'YES':
Please give details of changes including when these have taken/ will take effect:
Did you/will you be consulting with children, young people and their parents to involve them in decisions about the support available to them?
YES / NO
 Did you/will you be be giving other stakeholders such as voluntary organisations an opportunity to respond to the review?
YES / NO
Please use this space if you would like to add further information to explain your response to any of the questions in this questionnaire. Please give the question number that your comments apply to:

 

 

 

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 see word document attached.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk to see attached document

 

21/6/17

 

10687

 

Please answer the following under the 2000 Freedom of Information Act.

1.  How many independent (privately funded and run) alternative provision schools are there in the LA? (these are for excluded pupils mostly. Am not talking about independent special needs schools. Am talking about privately funded alternative provision schools, not AP academies or free schools).

2.  What are their names, please.

3.   How many pupils were sent to privately funded, independent alternative provision schools in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16, and 2016-17, broken down by year, please?

4.  Who is choosing those places – the LA, or schools? Please explain.

5.  How much did it cost for the LA to fund those places in independent, private alternative provision in each of those years?

6.   How much did each pupil cost on average to send into private alternative provision, for each of those years?

7.   How many pupils were moved into local authority-run pupil referral units in the above years, 2011-12 all the way through to 2016-1? Broken down by year please.

8.  How many pupil referral units are in the LA?

9. Why or under what circumstances does the LA send pupils into private alternative provision, rather than PRUs?

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

1.     How many independent (privately funded and run) alternative provision schools are there in the LA? (these are for excluded pupils mostly. Am not talking about independent special needs schools. Am talking about privately funded alternative provision schools, not AP academies or free schools).

Answer: 0

2.     What are their names, please.

Answer: N/A

3.     How many pupils were sent to privately funded, independent alternative provision schools in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16, and 2016-17, broken down by year, please?

Answer: 0

4.     Who is choosing those places – the LA, or schools? Please explain.

Answer: N/A

5.     How much did it cost for the LA to fund those places in independent, private alternative provision in each of those years?

Answer: N/A

6.     How much did each pupil cost on average to send into private alternative provision, for each of those years?

Answer: N/A

7.     How many pupils were moved into local authority-run pupil referral units in the above years, 2011-12 all the way through to 2016-1? Broken down by year please.

Answer:  N/A – All excluded pupils go to the Greys Education Centre which is our Pupil Referral Unit Academy.

8.     How many pupil referral units are in the LA?

Answer: 1

9.     Why or under what circumstances does the LA send pupils into private alternative provision, rather than PRUs?

Answer: In exceptional circumstances and these circumstances would usually involve a social care/education package within and Education Health and Care Plan.

20/6/17

 

10688

 

 

Please answer the following under the 2000 Freedom of Information Act.

 

1.       How many independent hospital schools or independent schools that cater for medical needs (privately funded and run) are there in the LA? (Am not talking about independent special needs schools. Am also not talking about academies or free schools, just privately run and funded).

2.       What are their names, please.

3.       How many pupils were sent to independent hospital/medical needs schools in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17, broken down by year, please?

4.       Who is commissioning those places – the LA, or schools? Please explain.

5.       How much did it cost for the LA to fund those places in independent, private hospital school provision in each of those years?

6.       How much did each pupil cost to the LA to send into private hospital schools/medical needs schools on average for each of those years?

7.       How many local authority-run hospital schools/medical needs schools are in the LA?

8.       How many pupils were sent to the local authority-run hospital schools/medical needs schools in each of the years 2011-12 all the way through to 2016-17? Broken down by year?

9.       How much does a place at the local authority-run hospital school or medical needs school cost on average?

10.   Why or under what circumstances does the LA send pupils into private hospital schools/medical needs schools

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information.  Please contact Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group https://www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/home/ who may be able to assist you with your request.

 

 

8/6/17

 

10689

 

 

Please answer the following under the 2000 Freedom of Information Act

 

1.       How many children of eligible school age were electively home educated in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17? Broken down by each year, please, and by school year of the pupil, please.

2.       If there has been an increase, could the council please offer explanations as to why?

3.       If a decrease, again an explanation as to why that might be.

4.       How many pupils returned from being electively home educated into schools in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Please specify by type of school they returned to a) primary mainstream school b) secondary mainstream school b) pupil referral unit c) independent alternative provision d) special needs school, for each of those years.

5.       Why do pupils return into mainstream school? Reasons for that, please.

6.       How many home tuition tutors for pupils needing lessons at home were employed by the council in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17? Broken down by year, please.

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

You requested:

1.       How many children of eligible school age were electively home educated in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17? Broken down by each year, please, and by school year of the pupil, please.

2.       If there has been an increase, could the council please offer explanations as to why?

3.       If a decrease, again an explanation as to why that might be.

4.       How many pupils returned from being electively home educated into schools in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Please specify by type of school they returned to a) primary mainstream school b) secondary mainstream school b) pupil referral unit c) independent alternative provision d) special needs school, for each of those years.

Answer:

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request with regards to Question 1, 2 , 3 & 4.

The data we hold on our database is not held in a way that it would be easy to report in the way the information has been requested. We would either have to write new reports or extract the data manually which would take more than18 hours for us to obtain this information.

5.  Why do pupils return into mainstream school? Reasons for that, please

Answer: We do not hold this information.

6.    How many home tuition tutors for pupils needing lessons at home were employed by the council in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17? Broken down by year, please.

Answer: We don't directly employ any home tutors.

8/6/17

 

10690

 

Could you please provide details of any proposals or approvals for new, or expanded, rail, tram, light railway or monorail schemes within the Council’s area of authority, other than HS2, since 31/08/2016?

Thank you for your request for information about rail schemes which we received on 25 May 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Could you please provide details of any proposals or approvals for new, or expanded, rail, tram, light railway or monorail schemes within the Council’s area of authority, other than HS2, since 31/08/2016? There are no known plans by the Council or external bodies to introduce a tramway, light railway or monorail within Bedford Borough.

Within the Borough boundary, Network Rail has proposals to upgrade existing rail infrastructure. More information can be obtained from the following websites:

East West Rail Western Section

and

Midland Mainline Electrification

30/5/17

 

10691

 

We are interested in the statistics which count the Number of Patients with a Delayed Transfer of Care at midnight on the last Thursday of the reporting period, Acute and Non-Acute, for NHS Organisations in England by the responsible organisation.

1) For the month of March 2017, please tell us how many individuals in Bedford Borough appear within the following Delayed Transfer of Care categories:

Di) Awaiting residential home placements or availability

Dii) Awaiting nursing home or placement or availability

E) Awaiting care package in own home

I) Housing

2) Please tell us how many of the individuals listed at 1) above are aged 64 or under (i.e. born during or after 1953).

3)  In total, how many days delayed have the people listed at 2) above experienced?

 

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

1)      For the month of March 2017, please tell us how many individuals in Bedford Borough appear within the following Delayed Transfer of Care categories:

Di) Awaiting residential home placements or availability 6

Dii) Awaiting nursing home or placement or availability 0

E) Awaiting care package in own home  8

I) Housing 0

2)       Please tell us how many of the individuals listed at 1) above are aged 64 or under (i.e. born during or after 1953).  3

3)     In total, how many days delayed have the people listed at 2) above experienced? 26

20/6/17

 

10692

 

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

 Queensbury Close

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Please only respond to the relevant questions, where your specific department is listed.

 

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

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk to view the environmental information

 

26/6/17

 

10693

 

I’d like to request the following information:

·     The amount spent on the development of mobile applications by Bedford Council during each of the last 3 years

·   The number of mobile applications Bedford Council has had developed during each of the last 3 years

·     Who Bedford Council used to develop apps during the last 3 years - internal / external. If external which organization(s)?

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 amount spent on the development of mobile applications by Bedford Council during each of the last 3 years
2014-15 £12,720 
2015-16 £72,711
2016-17 £29,902
·  The number of mobile applications Bedford Council has had developed during each of the last 3 years:
1
·  Who Bedford Council used to develop apps during the last 3 years - internal / external. If external which organization(s)?: External - Vodafone  Ltd (Total Mobile)

19/6/17

 

10694

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your Council
1-Do you use a public buying organisation for energy  - examples of PBOs
2-Name of your supplier for gas
3-Name of your supplier for Non half hourly electricity
4-Name of your supplier for half hourly electricity
 5-The end date of your contract for these energy supply contracts.

Thank you for your request for information about energy which we received on 25 May 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1) Do you use a public buying organisation for energy  - Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

2) Name of your supplier for gas – Corona Energy

3) Name of your supplier for Non half hourly electricity - Npower

4) Name of your supplier for half hourly electricity - Npower

5) The end date of your contract for these energy supply contracts. – Electricity = 31/03/2019, Gas = 31/03/2021

5/6/17

 

10695

 

Please would you be so kind as to help us identify the relevant staff responsible for the provision of Assistive Technology, such as Tele Care, for the residents of your borough:

Consequently, please would you provide us with the following information:

1)      Full names, job titles and contact details (including telephone and email addresses) of the responsible Managers and Officers?

2)      What section / department the above staff are part of?

3)      The total amount the Council currently spends on Assistive Technology services on either a ‘spot’ or ‘block’ contract basis?

4)      Details of any existing service requirements and any forthcoming tenders and contract renewals for such services?

5)      Whether the Council has in-house provision for such services and if not what percentage of the total amount spent on such services is spent with external providers, either charities or private providers?

  The requestor has withdrawn

 

 

10696

 

 About you
FIS area 
FIS telephone number 
Name of person providing information 
Section A – Cost of holiday childcare
1.Please give the typical (average) price per day and per week of a full-time holiday club/play scheme place in your area for both the maintained sector (run by the local authority or state school/nursery) and the PVI sector (run by private, voluntary and independent organisations, including PVI provision in children’s centres).
2.Please provide us with the price of full time holiday childcare per week at:
The most expensive holiday club/play scheme that you are aware of in your area 
The cheapest holiday club/play scheme that you are aware of in your area
3.What is the typical length of a session at a holiday club/play scheme for both the maintained and the PVI sector?
Typical length (in hours)
Maintained sector 
PVI sector 
Section B – Holiday childcare in your area
4.What is the total number of holiday clubs/play schemes in the maintained and the PVI sector?
Total number
PVI sector 
Total in maintained sector 
Of which…
Managed by schools 
Managed separately by the local authority 
Section C – Availability of holiday childcare
5.(a) For the following categories, please mark the box indicating whether the total number of holiday clubs/play scheme providers has increased, decreased, or stayed the same since 2016.
Increased Decreased
Same as 2016
Not applicable (no provision either year) Don’t know
Maintained sector     
PVI sector
(b) Similarly, please mark the box indicating whether the total number of holiday childcare places across all sectors has increased, decreased, or stayed the same since 2016.
Increased Decreased
Same as 2016
Don’t know
Overall number of places  
6.Does your local authority have enough holiday childcare (childcare sufficiency) for the following groups?
Data not collected Yes: in all areas Yes: in some areas No Cannot tell from our data
4-7 year olds     
8-11 year olds     
12-14 year olds     
Disabled children     
To cover parents working full-time (9am-5pm on weekdays)     
Children in rural areas
7.Have any parents reported a lack of holiday childcare in your area in the last 12 months?
Yes 
No 
Don’t know
Thank you for completing this survey. We really appreciate

 

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 regading child care

20/7/17

 

10697

 

In accordance with the above Act could I put you to the trouble of providing details of the credits held on your records for ratepayers in respect of payment of Business Rates.  

The information I require would be the Ratepayers name, address, credit amount, the property reference number and the financial year the credit sits in.  This would only be for Limited Companies (corporate) and Government Bodies and not for individuals (sole traders, partnerships). 

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

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

23/6/17

 

10698

 

Please can you send me the Educational ORG Chart for the senior and middle management including names.

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 attached the information you have requested.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk to see the attachment

16/6/17

 

10699

 

 1. Do you have any guidance or policy documents or other such written material in respect of undertaking assessments and providing support pursuant to section 17 of the Children Act 1989 to families with no recourse to public funds (including documents specific to this issue, or of more general application but covering this issue)?
2. If yes, please provide us with a copy.
3. Do you have any guidance or policy documents or other written material in relation to “Zambrano” carers (including documents specific to this issue, or of more general application but covering this issue)?
4. If yes, please provide a copy.
5. Please provide me with a copy of the local protocol for child in need assessments
6. Please provide a copy of your threshold document (see paragraph 18 Chapter 1 of the statutory guidance for the requirements to publish this document)
7. If there is an organizational chart or equivalent document for the NRPF team please provide me with a copy (NB: I would have no objection to the redaction of names)
8. Please provide any information sharing protocols or such documents that covers requesting and sharing information with credit reference agencies.
9. If a form is used to request information from credit reference agencies please provide a copy. If there is no form, please explain how these requests are made.
10. Please provide a copy of the consent form families are asked to sign when being assessed for support under section 17 of the Children Ac 1989. 
 Training
11.  Do you provide training to staff members on the provision of support to people with no recourse to public funds?
12.  If yes, please provide details of how frequently such training sessions are run, which departments or teams attend and provide us with a copy of any training material provided during these courses.
13.  Have your staff members received training on Paragraph 10A schedule 3 of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002?
Requests for assessments and/or support
14.  Do you have a specific team that assists with requests for access to support from families with no recourse to public funds?
15.  What is the professional background of the staff who carry out child in need assessments for families with no recourse to public funds?
16.  Do you record all requests for s.17 support (whether made by phone or in person) even if no assessment is carried out?
17.  If yes, how many requests for an assessment were made by families with no recourse to public funds in the period between November 2016 and April 2017?
18.  How many assessments in respect of families with no recourse to public funds requesting accommodation and/or subsistence support were carried out in the period between November 2016 and April 2017?
19.  How many families were offered accommodation and/or financial support following such an assessment?
20.  In how many cases in which support was provided was the person a “Zambrano carer”
21.  In how many cases in which support was provided did the person have limited leave to remain with NRPF?
Judicial review
22.   How many judicial review pre-action protocol letters were received in respect of a refusal to assess and/or provide support pursuant to your duties under s.17 between November 2016 and April 2017?
23.   How many judicial review proceedings were issued against you received in respect of a refusal to assess and/or provide support pursuant to your duties under s.17 between November 2016 and April 2017?
24.   In how many cases where judicial review was threatened was support provided (either pre or post issue of proceedings)?
25.   What were your costs a) to your own legal department, and b) in party/party costs? Please provide a breakdown of pre- and post-judgment costs.
Financial subsistence
26.   Do you pay a set rate of financial subsistence to families with no recourse to public funds?
27.   If yes, what is paid?
28.   How has that figure been reached? E.g. is it by reference to Child Benefit rates, asylum support (section 4 or section 95 rates)?
29.   When was this level set?
30.   Who took this decision?
31.   Please provide copies of any reports, minutes, decision documents detailing the setting of this rate?
32.   If you do not pay a set rate of financial subsistence to families with no recourse to public funds, do you have any guidelines relating to rates of financial support?
 33.   If yes, please provide a copy.
 Accommodation
34.   Please provide a copy of any policy or internal guidance or other written material relating to the allocation of accommodation to families with NRPF pursuant to s.17 (this includes any policies/guidance/written material relevant to the location of properties provided.)
35.   How do you guarantee the quality and suitability of the private landlords and accommodation providers you contract with in housing NRPF families under s. 17?
Paragraph 10A Schedule 3 of Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002
36.   Do you have any guidance or policy documents or other written material in relation to Paragraph 10A schedule 3 of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002?
37.   If yes, please provide a copy.
38.   Do you expect to see an increase in requests for support when Paragraph 10A comes into force?
39.   If yes, how do you plan to fund the probable increase in requests for support when Paragraph 10A comes into force?
40.   How will you manage the increase in requests for support in terms of sourcing accommodation and staffing?
41.   Which team in your Council will carry out assessments under Paragraph 10A?

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 

 

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

 

Please see attached here on policy

26/6/17

 

10700

 

1.      Does your Local Authority have in-house provision for assistive technology and telecare services and what percentage of the total amount is spent with external providers?

2)      How much did your Local Authority spend on assistive technology and telecare services in 2015/16 and 2016/17 and how much is it planning to spend in 2017/18 on either a ‘spot’ or ‘block’ contract basis?

3)      How many service users in your area received assistive technology and telecare services on 1st April 2015, 1st April 2016 and 1st April 2017?  

4)      Please provide; full names, job titles and contact details (including telephone numbers and email addresses) of the responsible Managers and Officers and what section / department these staff are part of?

5)      Please provide details of any forthcoming tenders and contract renewals for such services? I would also be very interested in reading any other comments about commissioning and implementation of assistive technology and telecare services, including any other requirements in your area you might have.   

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
1.Does your Local Authority have in-house provision for assistive technology and telecare services and what percentage of the total amount is spent with external providers?
Yes, 90% based on 2016/2017 expenditure.
2)How much did your Local Authority spend on assistive technology and telecare services in 2015/16 and 2016/17 and how much is it planning to spend in 2017/18 on either a ‘spot’ or ‘block’ contract basis?

  2015/2016
Gross Expenditure  212,274  
Net Expenditure 167,274
 2016/2017

Gross Expenditure  312,058
Net Expenditure 267,058

 2017/2018
Gross Expenditure  210,960
Net Expenditure 165,960

3)How many service users in your area received assistive technology and telecare services on 1st April 2015, 1st April 2016 and 1st April 2017? 
2015 data is not available, but 2016 was 1351 and 2017 was 1448
4) Please provide; full names, job titles and contact details (including telephone numbers and email addresses) of the responsible Managers and Officers and what section / department these staff are part of?

Kam Lall, Advanced Practitioner – 01234 276608
Julie Edwards, Team Manager – 01234 276380
Jodi Simpson, Head of Service – 01234 228211

5) Please provide details of any forthcoming tenders and contract renewals for such services? I would also be very interested in reading any other comments about commissioning and implementation of assistive technology and telecare services, including any other requirements in your area you might have.  

There are no current tenders and consideration is being given for future contracts in line with integration with Community Health Services.

26/6/17

 

10701

 

I would like to request a copy of your list of approved memorial masons and sculptors within your jurisdiction. 

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. 

13/6/17

 

10702

 

 I am applying under the FOI Act for the five years individually from 2012-2017 for the number of times your Social Services department or your legal department has instigated child protection/ safeguarding procedures because of concerns about “Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) or Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy (MSP).

2) Can you also tell us whether the allegation was made by an educational professional, health professional, social services professional or non professional.

3) Can you also tell us whether at any stage during the process the child involved had a diagnosis of ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

Response:

Fabricated illness is not a DfE official factor, as such we have no way of extracting this information.   We only record conferences by Category of abuse (i.e. neglect, emotional abuse, etc) not by specific concerns. Therefore, without going through individual cases or asking people about trying to remember cases, we couldn’t achieve capturing specific data for FII cases.

14/6/17

 

10703

 

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

1.  How many public health funerals were carried out in the financial year 2011/12?

2.  What was the cost of an individual public health funeral in 2011/12, separately for a) burials and b) cremations

3.   What was the total cost of public health funerals for the Local Authority in 2011/12?

4.  How many public health funerals were carried out in the financial year 2015/16?

5.   What was the cost of an individual public health funeral in 2015/16, separately for a) burials and b) cremations;

6. What was the total cost of public health funerals for the Local Authority in 2015/16? 

 

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

Please contact

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

19/6/17

 

10704

 

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

 Belvoir Walk

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

5/6/17

 

10705

 

I am trying to establish the current levels of council spending on children’s social care services.

Therefore please provide the following information:

The approved budgets for children’s social care services in 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18. 

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

Question 1.         
The approved budgets for children’s social care services in 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Approved Budget
2014/2015        £23,588,975
2015/2016        £22,885,935
2016/2017        £22,113,050
2017/2018        £23,454,952    
Question 2.     
The individual overspends on the above budgets in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

2014/2015     Overspend on Budget     £286,196                                 
2015/2016     Underspend on Budget         £133,323
2016/2017      Overspend on Budget    £1,056,426                               

 

10706

 

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

 Cardington Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

5/6/17

 

10707

 

Can you please provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act: 

  1. What is the indemnity limit on your Official Search Certificates?
  2. How many claims have been lodged in the last five years, in relation to local authority searches?
  3. How many of those claims were successful?

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. You requested

  1. What is the indemnity limit on your Official Search Certificates? £5,000,000.00 (£5m)
  2. How many claims have been lodged in the last five years, in relation to local authority searches? None
  3. How many of those claims were successful? None - N/a

26/6/17

 

10708

 

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act to ask for the following information:

1.  How much money has the council spent on evicting and/or getting court injunctions against travellers illegally pitching on land.

2. What other costs has the council incurred moving travellers from  land. 

3.      Can this information be broken down by calendar year, for 2014, 2015, 2016 and this year to date.   

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about unauthorised encampments which we received on 30 May 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested is attached.

Please contact

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

23/6/17

 

10709

 

With regards to your social care case management system(s), please provide the following information:

1.      Who supplies your current Children's & Adults social care case management system(s)?

2.      What reporting tools & reporting software do you use in conjunction with this system(s). For example, Business Objects; SSRS; Crystal Reports etc

3.      Is your case management system hosted on-site, or is it externally hosted?

4.      If your case management system is currently hosted on-site, do you have plans to move to external hosting? If so, when do you hope to achieve this by?

5.      How many people are directly employed by your Local Authority to support & maintain your social care case management system(s)?

6.      Please specify the roles they carry out.? For example, Systems Admin; User Admin; Database Admin; Data & Performance Mgt; Data Cleansing; Training; Business Analysis; Project Manager; Supplier/Relationship Management; Super-User; Application Support etc

7.      Please state how much time (FTE) is allocated to each role?

8.      Does an external supplier provide services to support & maintain your social care case management system(s)?

9.      If so, please specify the services they deliver? For example, Systems Admin; User Admin; Database Admin; Data & Performance Management; Data Cleansing; Training; Business Analysis; Project Management; Supplier/Relationship Management; Super-User; Application Support etc

10.    Where appropriate, please state how much you spent in the last financial year (2016/17) on each of these services?

11.    Excluding payments to the system supplier itself, please provide an estimate of your total expenditure on support & maintenance your social care case management system(s) in 2016/17?

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. Who supplies your current Children's & Adults social care case management system(s)?
Answer Children’s Services: The Children’s social care database is supplied by Azeus. 
Answer Adults Services: ASC database OLM - Swift
2. What reporting tools & reporting software do you use in conjunction with this system(s). For example, Business Objects; SSRS; Crystal Reports etc
Answer Children’s Services: Reporting tools are built into the system and are generated and processed using JASPERSOFT.   We also use Business Objectives.
Answer Adults Services: Business Objects
3. Is your case management system hosted on-site, or is it externally hosted?
Answer Children’s Services: At present the case management system is hosted on site.
Answer Adults Services: On site with remote support access
4. If your case management system is currently hosted on-site, do you have plans to move to external hosting? If so, when do you hope to achieve this by?
Answer Children’s Services: We don’t have any plans to move our current Social Care Case Management systems to hosted solutions, although we may seek to re-procure our case management systems in the near future.
Answer Adults Services: No
5. How many people are directly employed by your Local Authority to support & maintain your social care case management system(s)?
Answer Children’s Services: At present, there is a small team of 3.1 FTE equivalent who support and maintain the system.
Answer Adults Services: None
6. Please specify the roles they carry out.? For example, Systems Admin; User Admin; Database Admin; Data & Performance Mgt; Data Cleansing; Training; Business Analysis; Project Manager; Supplier/Relationship Management; Super-User; Application Support etc
Answer Children’s Services: The team consists of Team Manager, Systems Administrator and  Administration post.  The team provides all training requirements across children’s services, Business Analysis resource for the request for change process and product review processes, Systems Administration, Data cleansing  as well as managing the Supplier Relationship Management. The Database Administration is out sourced and provided by the supplier at a cost to the local authority.  Performance management is managed by a separate corporate performance team who provide the Data and Performance for the council as a whole. 
Answer Adults Services: n/a
7. Please state how much time (FTE) is allocated to each role?
Answer Children’s Services: The team consists of 1 FTE x Team Manager, 1.6 FTE  x Systems Administrator and 1x 0.5 FTE Administration post
Answer Adults Services: n/a
8. Does an external supplier provide services to support & maintain your social care case management system(s)?
Answer Children’s Services: The Database Administration is out sourced and provided by the supplier at a cost to the local authority.
Answer Adults Services: Yes
9. If so, please specify the services they deliver? For example, Systems Admin; User Admin; Database Admin; Data & Performance Management; Data Cleansing; Training; Business Analysis; Project Management; Supplier/Relationship Management; Super-User; Application Support etc
Answer Children’s Services: The Database Administration is out sourced and provided by the supplier at a cost to the local authority.
Answer Adults Services:  Recovery and upgrade support
10. Where appropriate, please state how much you spent in the last financial year (2016/17) on each of these services?
Answer:
Adult Social Care Case Management - £335,552
Children’s Social Care Management - £ 80,910
11. Excluding payments to the system supplier itself, please provide an estimate of your total expenditure on support & maintenance your social care case management system(s) in 2016/17?
Answer:
Adult Social Care Case Management - £159,844
Children’s Social Care Management - £ 86,670

26/6/17

 

10710

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to know the average time taken for the council to pay invoices submitted to it by suppliers. I would like this data for the year ending March 31 2017.

 

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:

Period                 Average Time Taken
                              To Pay Invoices
April                       26
May                        24
June                      24
July                        25
August                  22
September           28
October                 24
November            23
December           24
January                27
February               23
March                    26
FY 2016-2017      25

 

10711

 

 
I would like to request a copy of planning permission information in relation to the "St Marys at Kings Field" Linden Homes development in Biddenham; the site just off of the Great Ouse Way

In particular, I am interested in receiving information about:
  • the approved design and construction of the properties in this development;
  • any conditions or limitations that have been imposed on the design or construction of these properties;
  • requirements or other conditions in relation to energy efficiency rating (or EPC) for these properties; and
  • any decision in relation to the inclusion or exclusion or any "green" technologies in design or construction of the properties on this development, such as electro-voltaic and/or "hot water" solar panel on the roof, or other technologies.
 

Thank you for your request for information about planning permission in relation to St Mary’s at Kings Field in Biddenham which we received on 31 May 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is publically available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link here

The application number for Land North of Bromham Road, Biddenham is 01/02199/EIA and you will need to search for the area of development you are interested in.

 

5/6/17

 

10712

 

 I am contacting you to ask if you would kindly supply updated information on your elected councillors for 2017-2018.

1.Details of Individual Councillors    
2.Please provide the following information for all councillors,  
Names & Addresses                                           

Telephone Numbers                                     

Email Addresses                                                        

Political Affiliations                                                

Ward or Division names                                          

Retirement year              
Gender                                                    

3.Council Leadership
Political Composition
If no outright majority, which parties control the Council?   
Name and title of who Chairs the council 

Name and title of deputy Mayor/Chair 

Leader of the Council  

Deputy Leader of the Council 

Group Leaders

Deputy Group Leaders 
Green
4.Cabinet and Committee Membership
Cabinet Members and Responsibilities          
Committee Chairs

Committee Membership  
4. Contact Details
If you would like us to send this request someone different in future, please provide their information below  
Name:           
Position:       
Direct Tel:                                 Fax:
Email:            

 

 

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 attached.

 

Please contact

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

14/6/17

 

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