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11499

 

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

Dover Crescent

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

 

 

23/11/17

 

 

11500

 

I would like to know information regarding homeless young people (16-24). I would like to know the number of young people who have:

A - approached the council for help with issues surrounding homelessness B - been formally assessed for homelessness by the council C - have been accepted as being officially homeless by the council.

I would like figures from the last five years 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.

Please find the information you requested attached. Please note we do not record our figures for 16-24 year olds.  They are based on 18-24 year olds.

Please contact:

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

14/12/17

 

 

11501

 

Please provide the information asked for in the following questions:

·         If a smoking cessation service were to be commissioned in your area would it be your responsibility. If not, whose?

·         Do you currently commission smoking cessation services from community pharmacies in your area?

If yes:

·         How many individual community pharmacies do you commission a smoking cessation service from in your area?

·         What is the annual value of the commissioning contracts with community pharmacies in your area? 2015/16 & 2016/17

·         What was the value of the contracts with community pharmacies in your area in 2013/14 & 2014/15?

·         Are there any plans to decommission, or reduce, smoking cessation services in your area in the next 12 months?

If no:

·         In the last three years have smoking cessation services been decommissioned from community pharmacies in your area? If so, when and why?

·         Do you commission the service to be delivered from another provider (other than a community pharmacy)? If so, which type of organisation?

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 our response below.

If a smoking cessation service were to be commissioned in your area would it be your responsibility. If not, whose?

Answer: Yes, it is the responsibility of Public Health specifically to commission smoking cessation services in Bedford Borough.

·         Do you currently commission smoking cessation services from community pharmacies in your area?

Answer: Yes.

If yes:

·         How many individual community pharmacies do you commission a smoking cessation service from in your area?

Answer: 23 individual community pharmacies are commissioned in Bedford Borough.

·         What is the annual value of the commissioning contracts with community pharmacies in your area? 2015/16 & 2016/17

              Answer: Spend is based on activity and covers pharmacies along with other providers, but there are no contract values for pharmacies alone.

·         What was the value of the contracts with community pharmacies in your area in 2013/14 & 2014/15?

                Answer:  Spend is based on activity and covers pharmacies along with other providers, but there are no contract values for pharmacies alone.

·         Are there any plans to decommission, or reduce, smoking cessation services in your area in the next 12 months?

                Answer: There are currently no plans to decommission or reduce smoking cessation services in Bedford Borough in the next 12 months.

If no:

·         In the last three years have smoking cessation services been decommissioned from community pharmacies in your area? If so, when and why?

Answer: No

·         Do you commission the service to be delivered from another provider (other than a community pharmacy)? If so, which type of organisation? 

Answer: GP Practices primarily plus some voluntary sector organisations

6/12/17

 

 

11502

 

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

Crowe 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

 

23/11/17

 

 

11503

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with the gross cost of a. bed and breakfast hotels and b. all other temporary accommodation used to accommodate households that the council has a statutory responsibility to house, 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.

The gross cost in 2016/17 to accommodate households that the council has a statutory responsibility to house is;

A.    bed and breakfast hotels:    £206,628             

B.     all other temporary accommodation:  £760,535

8/12/17

 

 

11504

 

Please send me for each of the financial years listed below:

·         2015-16

·         2016-17

·         2017-18 (Year to Date (YTD))

1.            The total number of senior / executive roles recruited in your authority.  For the purposes of this request senior / executive roles are defined as :

a.    Chief Executive

b.    Director / Service Director

c.    Assistant Director

d.    Head of Service

2.            For the roles defined at 1. the number of

a.    Permanent / FTC appointments

b.    Interim / temporary appointments

3.            For the roles defined at 1. the source of the appointed candidate being either

a.    Directly sourced by your authority or

b.    Sourced via your agency / managed service supply chain

4.            The total spend associated with recruiting the total number of posts defined at 1.

a.    For permanent / FTC appointments (spend is defined as spend on external agency search or search & selection fees, recruitment advertising costs and external assessor fees)

b.    For interim / temporary appointments (spend is defined as the total spend on interim fees including day rate plus agency margin)

If it is not possible to break out spend by a. and b. above please provide total spend

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 find the information you requested below

 

Please here to download information

14/12/17

 

11505

 

 Please could you tell me:

(1) How many children under 5 (i.e. aged 0-4) are currently accommodated with their families by the local authority's social services, on the grounds of support for a child in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989?

(2) How many of these children aged 0-4 are housed in B&Bs (bed and breakfasts) or hostel-style accommodation?

(3) How many children of all ages are currently accommodated with their families by the local authority's social services on the grounds described in (1), with the definition of children being anyone aged under 18?

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.    

You requested:

(1) How many children under 5 (i.e. aged 0-4) are currently accommodated with their families by the local authority's social services, on the grounds of support for a child in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989?
(2) How many of these children aged 0-4 are housed in B&Bs (bed and breakfasts) or hostel-style accommodation?
(3) How many children of all ages are currently accommodated with their families by the local authority's social services on the grounds described in (1), with the definition of children being anyone aged under 18?

Response:    We don’t hold / have access to figures on children accommodated or housed under Section 17.   In order for us to obtain this information would require us to manually check each individual child’s file, which would take over 18 hours.

11/12/17

 

 

11506

 

1.       What employment support services does your local authority provide for people with a learning disability? Please include both provision that is run directly by your local authority or a provider commissioned by your local authority.

a.       For each of these employment support services, what criteria does a person need to fulfil to access that provision? For example:

(i)                  Do they need to be known to social services?

(ii)                Do they need to be receiving adult social care services?

(iii)               Is eligibility informed by whether a person has had an EHCP or legacy statement in the past?

(iv)               Do they need to be of a certain age group? If so, please specify.

(v)                Do they need to be in receipt of ESA?

(vi)               Do they need to have a particular disability, such as a learning disability?

(vii)             Do they need to meet a number of different criteria to access the provision?

(viii)           Do they have to meet any other eligibility criteria?

Please send us a full list of any criteria used to determine who is able to access employment services, and which support services provided or commissioned by your local authority this applies to. 

2.       Have any of the criteria for any of the provisions changed – comparing the years 2010/2011 or 2012/2013 and 2016/2017?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.               What employment support services does your local authority provide for people with a learning disability? Please include both provision that is run directly by your local authority or a provider commissioned by your local authority.

 

Bedford Borough funds and runs an in house provider Supported Employment Services 

 

For each of these employment support services, what criteria does a person need to fulfil to access that provision? For example:

 

(i)              Do they need to be known to social services?

 

Yes

 

(ii)             Do they need to be receiving adult social care services?

 

No

 

(iii)            Is eligibility informed by whether a person has had an EHCP or legacy statement in the past?

 

If something exists it will be considered in the overall assessment

 

(iv)           Do they need to be of a certain age group? If so, please specify.

 

We work as Adult services – generally 18 plus

 

(v)            Do they need to be in receipt of ESA?

 

No

 

(vi)           Do they need to have a particular disability, such as a learning disability?

 

Yes

 

(vii)          Do they need to meet a number of different criteria to access the provision?

 

Yes

 

(viii)        Do they have to meet any other eligibility criteria?

 

No

 

Please send us a full list of any criteria used to determine who is able to access employment services, and which support services provided or commissioned by your local authority this applies to. 

 

The Care Act 2014 provides national eligibility criteria for access to services, as the supported employment service is directly linked to the Learning disability team – the criteria under the act would apply and as an outcome of formal care and support needs assessment, referrals are made then to the employment team.

 

2.               Have any of the criteria for any of the provisions changed – comparing the years 2010/2011 or 2012/2013 and 2016/2017?

 

No – only the implementation of the Care Act 2014, that supersedes the NHS and community care act 1990 and resulting Fair access to care eligibility criteria.

 

 

27/11/17

 

 

11507

 

Could you please provide the following information around your current supported housing services (excluding elderly residential care), floating housing support services and homelessness services for both adult and young people:

a)            Contract/s name (including whether it is adult or young people or both)

b)            Provider/s

c)            Contract start date

d)            Contract end date

e)            Contract value

f)             Anticipated re-commissioning date and timeline

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 as follows:-

Q - Could you please provide the following information around your current supported housing services (excluding elderly residential care), floating housing support services and homelessness services for both adult and young people:

(a)   Contract/s name (including whether it is adult or young people or both) –

please see attached spreadsheet

(b)   Provider/s – please see attached spreadsheet

(c)   Contract start date – please see attached spreadsheet

(d)   Contract end date – please see attached spreadsheet

(e)   Contract value – please see attached spreadsheet

(f)    Anticipated re-commissioning date and timeline

  • Stonewater Contract 602 – SAWR -  Waiver granted for extension to contract
  • Kings Arms Contract 508 – Barton House – Contract extended whilst Complex Needs Unit is being developed
  • Kings Arms Contract 527 – RSOW – Contract extended to support Rough Sleeper Partnership arrangements
  • Needs Provision and the funding would transfer with it, however it seems this was not agreed with either the current provider or new CNU provider. At present this service is working alongside the Rough Sleeper Partnership providing a key element of the rough sleeper outreach support for Bedford.

Please contact:

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

7/12/17

 

11508

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information from your authority on the number of empty homes:

How many private sector homes are currently deemed as long-term vacant in your local authority i.e. have been empty for over six months?

How many of these properties have been vacant for over a) two years b) five years and c) ten years?

In the year 2016-2017 how many empty homes have been brought into use? (By that I mean are now occupied)

How many Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOS) has your authority used in 2017 to date; 2016; 2015; 2014 and 2013? Please could I have this information broken down by calendar year?

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

 

Please find the information you requested below:

  • How many private sector homes are currently deemed as long-term vacant in your local authority i.e. have been empty for over six months? – Council Tax figures provided on 22/11/2017, record 809 private sector dwellings have been empty for over 6 months.

 

  • How many of these properties have been vacant for over a) two years b) five years and c) ten years? – Council Tax figures provided on 22/11/2017 show: - a) = 161; b) = 95; c) = 87.
  • In the year 2016-2017 how many empty homes have been brought into use? (By that I mean are now occupied) – 84.
  • How many Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOS) has your authority used in 2017 to date; 2016; 2015; 2014 and 2013? Please could I have this information broken down by calendar year? – a) 2013 = 0; b) 2014 = 0; c) 2015 = 0; d) 2016 = 0; e) 2017 = 0.

28/11/17

 

 

11509

 

Questions:

Forced marriage:

For each of the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, please can you disclose:

1a.

The number of reports received by the local authority relating to forced marriages or suspected forced marriages.

2a.

The age of the youngest victim of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage.

3a.

The number of victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were aged 15 or under.

4a.

The number of victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were pregnant or had any children when they were aged 15 or under.

5a.

The number of victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were pregnant or had any children when they were aged 17 or under.

6a.

The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to forced marriages.

7a.

The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were pregnant or had any children when they were aged 15 or under.

8a.

The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to the children had by victims of forced marriage.

9a.

The number of times the local authority reported to the police the father of the children had by victims of forced marriage.

Risk of forced marriage:

For each of the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, please can you disclose:

1b.

The number of reports received by the local authority relating to those at risk of forced marriages.

2b.

The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to those at risk of forced marriages.

3b.

The age of the youngest victim at risk of a forced marriage.

4b.

The number of victims at risk of a forced marriages who were aged 15 or under.

5b.

The number of victims at risk of a forced marriages who were aged 17 or under.

Forced marriage:

For each of the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, please can you disclose:

We are only able to provide the information requested for the period 2016/2017 as prior to 01/04/2016 Bedford Borough Council’s Civil Registration Service shared its services with Central Bedfordshire Council’s Civil Registration Service and as Central Bedfordshire was the lead they would have any relevant statistics in their possession.

1a - The number of reports received by the local authority relating to forced marriages or suspected forced marriages.

For the year 2016/2017, we can confirm that the number of reports received by Bedford Borough Council’s Civil Registration Service relating to forced marriages or suspected forced marriage was zero and therefore consequentially points 2a – 9a are not applicable.

2a - The age of the youngest victim of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage.

N/A

3a - The number of victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were aged 15 or under.

N/A

4a - The number of victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were pregnant or had any children when they were aged 15 or under.

N/A

5a - The number of victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were pregnant or had any children when they were aged 17 or under.

N/A

6a - The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to forced marriages.

N/A

7a - The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to victims of a forced marriage or suspected forced marriage who were pregnant or had any children when they were aged 15 or under.

N/A

8a - The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to the children had by victims of forced marriage.

N/A

9a - The number of times the local authority reported to the police the father of the children had by victims of forced marriage.

N/A

Risk of forced marriage:

For each of the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, please can you disclose:

N/A

1b - The number of reports received by the local authority relating to those at risk of forced marriages.

N/A

2b - The number of care proceedings undertaken by the local authority relating to those at risk of forced marriages.

N/A

3b - The age of the youngest victim at risk of a forced marriage.

N/A

4b - The number of victims at risk of a forced marriages who were aged 15 or under.

N/A

5b - The number of victims at risk of a forced marriages who were aged 17 or under.

N/A

 

 

14/12/17

 

11510

 

1. Does your council currently provide a meals on wheels service? If not but your council did used to provide one, in what year was the service axed?

2. How many meals on wheels were distributed by your council in 2016/17, and each of the last five financial years?

3. How many users of your meals on wheels service were registered in 2012/13 and how many are registered now in 2016/17?

4. What was the cost of a meal to users in 2012 and what is the cost now in 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.

Please find the information you requested below:   

1. Yes

2.

2016/17     13,822

2015/16     14,084

2014/15     16,263

2013/14     15,797

2012/13     17,600

3.   2012/13 138 registered

      2016/17   66 registered

4.  2012 £3.70 per meal

     2017  £5.00 per meal.

13/12/17

 

 

11511

 

As of 10th November 2017, how many SSEN transfers had yet to be completed in your local authority?
o “Completed” here means either that an EHCP is now in place, or that a decision not to produce an EHCP has been communicated to the family.
o If you have already collected this information for an earlier cut-off date within the last month (for example, 31st October 2017 rather than 10th November 2017), please use that cut-off date if it is more efficient for you to do so - but in your response, please specify the cut-off date you used.

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. 

As of 13 October - 8 to complete

As of 14 November - 6 to complete

 

 

11/12/17

 

 

11512

 

I would be most grateful if you could provide me with the following:

1. Documents relating to the award to the local authority of funding from the Home

Office’s Controlling Migration Fund as detailed here .

Please provide documentation for all listed awards including but not limited to:

- Annex A: The bid

- Funding agreement, including time frames

- Other terms and conditions and Key Performance Indicators detailing the

responsibilities of both the Home Office / Immigration Enforcement and the local Authority

- Any documents regarding standard operating procedures or guidance on performing the schemes

- Documents relating to any agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOUs)

between the Home Office / Immigration Enforcement and the local authority, specifically but not exclusively in regards to intelligence sharing and reporting  requirements.

Please find the information you requested below and attached:

1. Documents relating to the award to the local authority of funding from the Home Office’s Controlling Migration Fund as detailed here:

Please provide documentation for all listed awards including but not limited to:

- Annex A: The bid

A copy of the bid is attached.

Please contact:

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

- Funding agreement, including time frames:

Funding has been provided for 18 months from January 2018.  The grant is being paid under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003.

- Other terms and conditions and Key Performance Indicators detailing the responsibilities of both the Home Office / Immigration Enforcement and the local Authority:

DCLG have not yet provided us with any information in relation to performance or monitoring arrangements.  The bid does not require any involvement from our regional Immigration Compliance Enforcement.

- Any documents regarding standard operating procedures or guidance on performing the schemes:

We have received nothing from DCLG in relation to this.

- Documents relating to any agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOUs) between the Home Office / Immigration Enforcement and the local authority, specifically but not exclusively in regards to intelligence sharing and reporting Requirements:

There are no such MOU’s or Agreements in place or being proposed.

7/12/17

 

 

11513

 

Our questions are as follows, and are also attached as a word document should this better facilitate your response :

Priority 1:

If, due to the cost threshold, it is not possible to provide responses to all questions, questions 1-4 are the priority questions.

1) a) How many UASC entered into care in your Local Authority in the last academic year (2016-17)? b) Of these, how many were in education at the end of the school year 2016-17?

2) Of the UASC who entered into care in the last academic year and entered into education in the last academic year (i.e. response to Q1b), how many:

 

 

Started education within 20 days

Started education between 21 days - 3 months

Started education after 3 months or more

Entering education at primary level

 

 

 

Entering education at secondary level

 

 

 

Entering education at FE or sixth form level

 

 

 

 

3) How many UASC in the care of your LA are currently out of education?

4) Of the UASC in the care of your LA currently out of education, how many have been waiting for an education placement for more than 20 days?

Priority 2:

If within the cost threshold, answers to the following questions would also be much appreciated:

 

1.    How many of the UASC in the care of your Local Authority are currently in education, in a) primary school; b) secondary school; c) School Sixth Form; d) Further Education up to the end of Key Stage 4; e) Further Education Key Stage 5 and beyond; f) Pupil Referral Unit, f) alternate provision?

 

2.            What is the total number of a) primary schools; b) secondary schools; c) school sixth forms; d) FE colleges; e) PRUs are there in your LA?

 

3.            How many a) primary schools; b) secondary schools; c) school sixth forms; d) FE colleges; e) PRUs in your LA are providing places for refugee and asylum seeking children?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

Priority 1:

If, due to the cost threshold, it is not possible to provide responses to all questions, questions 1-4 are the priority questions.

 

1)    a) How many UASC entered into care in your Local Authority in the last academic year (2016-17)? education at the end of the school year 2016-17? 

Answer: 24 Entered Care, 13 were still in Care on 31 July 2017, 9 Currently in Care

b) Of these, how many were in

Answer: Suppressed <5 *

 

2) Contact:

freedom of information for a copy of the chart

Answer: Suppressed <5 *

 

3)    Of the UASC in the care of your LA currently out of education, how many have been waiting for an education placement for more than 20 days? 

Answer: Suppressed <5 *

 

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

1.              States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

We are 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.

Priority 2:

If within the cost threshold, answers to the following questions would also be much appreciated:

 

  1. How many of the UASC in the care of your Local Authority are currently in education, in a) primary school; b) secondary school; c) School Sixth Form; d) Further Education up to the end of Key Stage 4; e) Further Education Key Stage 5 and beyond; f) Pupil Referral Unit, f) alternate provision? 

 

Answer:  a) primary school; 0  b) secondary school; Suppressed <5*  c) School Sixth Form; 0  d) Further Education up to the end of Key Stage 4; 0  e) Further Education Key Stage 5 and beyond; 11  f) Pupil Referral Unit, 0  f) alternate provision: 0  

 

2.            What is the total number of a) primary schools; b) secondary schools; c) school sixth forms; d) FE colleges; e) PRUs are there in your LA?

Answer:

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

1.         States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

Information is available in the public domain, via the following link

Schools

3.            How many a) primary schools; b) secondary schools; c) school sixth forms; d) FE colleges; e) PRUs in your LA are providing places for refugee and asylum seeking children?

Answer: Not recorded

14/12/17

 

 

11514

 

Please can you advise us as to where Childrens & Social Services advertise there tender opportunities. A List of current, proposed and historical methods of advertising would be most helpful.

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 as follows:-

 

1.         Please can you advise us as to where Children’s & Social Services advertise their tender opportunities?

a.         Tender opportunities that are subject to the advertising requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 are published on either Contracts Finder and/or Tenders Electronic Daily (T.E.D).  The Council uses the In-Tend e-Sourcing portal through which to manage its procurement activity.  The In-tend system is viewable through the following link:

2.         A List of current, proposed and historical methods of advertising would be most helpful.

 

a.         Contracts Finder

b.         Tenders Electronic Daily (OJEU)

c.         Occasional advertising in local press and/or trade journals

c.         Proactis Group Ltd(contracted provider 2014-2016)

d.         DELTA e-Sourcing (contracted provider 2016-2017)

e.         In-Tend (contracted provider April 2017-Current)

 

28/11/17

 

 

11515

 

Please could I have information on:

1.       a) The total number of teaching staff employed at local-authority run schools in your area in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17?
b) The number of calendar days teaching staff have taken off due to mental health-related illnesses in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17?
c) The number of teaching staff who have taken a period of leave due to mental health-related illnesses of one month or more in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17

2.   a) The number of social care staff employed by your council in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
      b) The total number of calendar days that social care staff have taken off due to mental health-related illnesses in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17  
      c) The number of social care staff who have taken a period of leave due to mental health-related illnesses of one month or more in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17

Please find the information you requested below:

1.a

Year

No. of employees

2013/14

358 (FTE 315.69)

2014/15

335 (FTE 294.46)

2015/16

313 (FTE 246.21)

2016/17

329 (FTE 286.34)

Please note the above figures only include teaching staff in Bedford Borough Council maintained schools, where the Council currently provides an HR Service to the school.

 

b. The Council does not hold this information as sickness reasons for schools staff are not recorded.

c. The Council does not hold this information as sickness reasons for schools staff are not recorded.

2.a

 

Year

No. of employees

2013/14

266 (FTE 202.39)

2014/15

512 (FTE 332.92)*

2015/16

551 (FTE 362.11)

2016/17

623 (FTE 365.78)

 

 

Year

No. of calendar days

2013/14

725

2014/15

1055*

2015/16

1804

2016/17

1066

c.

 

Year

No. of employees

2013/14

6

2014/15

11*

2015/16

16

2016/17

13

 

*Please note in April 2014  staff tupe transferred into the Council from BUPA Care Homes which resulted in a significant increase in staff numbers.

19/12/17

 

 

11516

 

I would like to request the information in questions 1-3 for the last two years, broken down into quarters:

1st October – 31st December 2015

1st January – 31st March 2016

1st April – 30th June 2016

1st July – 30th September 2016

1st October – 31st December 2016

1st January – 31st March 2017

1st April – 30th June 2017

1st July – 30th September 2017

Within your local authority, how many 18-24 year olds:

Presented themselves as homeless, or at risk of homelessness

Were subsequently assessed under the Housing Act 1996

Were subsequently accepted as statutorily homeless and owed a duty

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.

Please contact:

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

 

11/12/17

 

 

11517

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information:

The amount of compensation that has been paid to motorists for road accidents over the last four financial years? (2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14)

How much of that is for pothole-related damage? Ideally can I have that data year on year.

How many claims have been made? How many claims are still open and how many have the council admitted fault/liability?

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

 

I attach a spreadsheet of the information you requested.

Please contact:

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

 

12/12/17

 

 

11518

 Has the police force given any new guidance to its officers about the priorities of dealing with ‘low level’ crime eg burglaries, low level drug dealing (for example a crime assessment policy) etc in the past 12 months?

If you have, would you please enclose a copy of this new guidance? 

Applicant has not responded to clarification request

 

 

11519

 

For each of the following questions please state whether the person in the role is male or female, and what their annual salary is.

·         Who is the head of paid service?

·         Who is the monitoring officer?

·         Who is the chief finance officer?

·         Who is the director of adult services?

·         Who is the director of children’s services?

·         Who is the director of public health?

·         Who is the scrutiny officer?

·         Who is the electoral registration officer?

·         Who is the returning officer?

If any of the above officers do not report directly into the chief executive, for each please state who they report to.

If a role is currently vacant please say so.

 

 

 

11520

 

 I understand that the conduct of charity money collectors is governed by the regulations set down here:

Street Collections

That document says that the regulations pertaining to direct debit collectors are location-specific.

So please do three things for me:

1. Can you confirm that the document linked above relates is a complete statement of the rules relating to collections of money in Bedford?

2. Can you direct me to the regulations for direct debit collectors in Bedford please?

3. I believe all money collectors routinely breech the rules, because they DO move, the DO NOT stand 25 metres apart (they hunt in packs) and the DO cause public annoyance. I have very extensive video evidence to support this. How best should I energise you to take action against them?

Please find the information you requested below:

 

1. The website mentioned is not a Bedford Borough publication.  The relevant details of the Bedford Borough Council policy in relation to street collections can be found at:

Street Collections

2. Can you direct m ot the regulations for direct debit collectors i Bedford please?

There are no specific regulations issued by Bedford Borough Council relating to Direct Debit Collectors in Bedford, however such collectors are encouraged to comply with the regulations relating to cash collections.  

3. I believe all money collectors routinely breech the rules, because they DO move, the DO NOT stand 25 metres apart (thye hunt in packs) and the DO cause public annoyance. I have very extensive video evidence to upport this. How best should I energise you to take action against them?

 

Please contact the licensing team with the evidence and this can be considered. The address is:

licensing@bedford.gov.uk

14/12/17

 

 

11521

 

Could I please be provided with:

1. A spread sheet of details of all contracts between your local authority and X or any of its

individual branches in your area that were signed after 6 April 2013. Those details should include:

a. Date contract signed

b. Total value of contract

c. Summary of services rendered by contract

2. A copy of each of the contracts included in point 1.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that the Council does not hold any contracts with X for the period stated within your letter.

 

28/11/17

 

 

11522

 

How many planning applications have been accepted for improvements to:

1.    Transport links e.g. new rail links, new road links

2.    New commercial units (e.g. bars, clubs, cinemas, live venues)

3.    Communication developments (e.g. fibre optic lines, wifi access)

4.    Erection of large scale dwelling estates

Can each of the above factors be broken down by:

1.    Type of development

2.    Date of requested development start

3.    Location of development within the area covered by Bedford Borough Council

4.    Agent/sponsor - who has submitted the planning

5.    Related cost of development

Thank you for your request for information relating to accepted planning applications in the area covered by Bedford Borough Council, where developments are to be/have been carried out during 2015-2020 which we received on 21 November 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We would like to confirm that all the information is within the public domain on the Council’s website and can be found by using the ‘Advanced Search’ facility on the following link:

Planning Applications

21/11/17

 

 

11523

 

I would be grateful if you could provide the following information with regard to your IT estate and IT procurement:

1) Do you have a procurement policy which supports the use of the GCloud IT procurement framework?

2) Has your organisation adopted a strategy or IT policy guidance for using:

- Cloud infrastructure

- Software as a service

- One policy for both

(please indicate yes or no for each)

3) How many data centres do you have on council premises (secure processing centres which host shared systems)?

4) How many third party data centres do you use?

5) Do you use cloud hosting for your data?

6) Expressed in percentage terms, approximately what proportion of your data is held in:

- An on premise data centre

- A third party data centre

- Hyperscale public cloud ie (provided by AWS/Azure/Google)

- Private cloud

- Other public cloud (eg UK Cloud)

7) Is your IT primarily managed in house or outsourced?

Please find the information you requested set out below,

1)  We follow our Bedford Borough Council’s Contract Procedure Rules and will always consider the GCloud IT procurement framework as an option.

2)  Cloud infrastructure – No

- Software as a service - No

- One policy for both - No

(Please indicate yes or no for each)

3) One

4) None

5) No

6) 

 An on premise data centre – 100%

- A third party data centre 0%

- Hyperscale public cloud ie (provided by AWS/Azure/Google) 0%

- Private cloud 0%

- Other public cloud (eg UK Cloud) 0%

7)  In-house

 

12/12/17

 

 

11524

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act can you please supply the name of the main developer trying to get planning permission on the farmland off Gold Lane, Biddenham please.

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

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is not held by Bedford Borough Council as no planning application has been submitted

23/11/17

 

 

11525

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, can you please supply the name or names of persons or companies who own the land which is proposed to be developed off Gold Lane and the adjacent strips of land over which access may be possible, including access towards the roundabout off the ring round and off Bromham Road and off Gold Lane.

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

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Bedford Borough Council does not hold details of ownership of land and that it would be necessary to apply to the Land Registry for this information, which would be chargeable. The information on how to apply for details of land ownership can be found online via the following link:-

Land Registry

23/11/17

 

 

11526

 

 Can you please answer the following questions for the last 3 completed financial years and figures for the year 2017/2018 to date:

How much were you charged for the kennelling of stray dogs per day for each of the financial years?

How much was your total spend on kennelling for stray dogs per year for the above years?

How many dogs have you kennelled in each year as a stray for these periods?

Do you pay a retention fee for your stray dog provision, irrespective of how many dogs are seized and if so what is that fee?

Can you also please provide the following:

The name and address of the kennels that you use to retain your stray dogs?

What do you do with the dogs that are not claimed? For example pass onto a local charity, put to sleep, pass onto the kennels to rehome.

           Do you receive a notification from the kennel on how many dogs are re- homed / put to sleep? If so please provide this information.

Pending

 

 

11527

 

On the 25 July 2017 I reported a very large long hole on the B655

Hexton Road approximately 1 - 2 miles from the Arnold Academy heading towards Hitchin on the left hand side. I would like to know

if a team was sent out to investigate this hole and if not, why not and if yes what was the outcome?

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4) (a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.Not held by Bedford Borough Council. This information maybe held by Central Bedfordshire Council and they can be contacted at

accesstoinfo@central

Bedfordshire.gov.uk

Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them

22/11/17

 

 

11528

 

Q1) How many of your PCs run on the following? (Please type numbers)

·  Windows 10 =

·  Windows 7 =

·  Windows XP =

·  Other (Please state) =

 

Q2) Are you aware of Window 7’s end of life date? (Delete as appropriate)

·  Yes

·  No

·  Unsure

 

Q3) Do you have an active project to deal with Window 7’s end of life? (Delete as appropriate)

 

·  Yes

·  No

·  Don’t know

 

Q4) If so, is it due to complete before EOL date? (Delete as appropriate)

 

·  Yes

·  No

·  Don’t know

 

Q5) What is your biggest challenge when it comes to migrating to a new operating system? (Delete as appropriate)

·  Cost/budget 

·  Skills shortage

·  Inability to move apps 

 

Q6) If you have previously migrated apps to newer versions of Windows, how long did this take? (Delete as appropriate)

·  Under 1 year

·  1-2 years

·  2-3 years

·  3-4 years 

·  Other (Please state) =

 

Q7) How many computers do you have in your environment? (Type number or delete as appropriate)

·  Please state = 

·  Don’t know 

Please find the information you requested set out below, in red:

Q1)  How many of your PCs run on the following? (Please type numbers)

• Windows 10 = 38

• Windows 7 = 1,812

• Windows XP = 0

• Other (Please state) = Windows 8.1 (6)

Q2)  Are you aware of Window 7’s end of life date? - Yes

Q3)  Do you have an active project to deal with Window 7’s end of life? Yes

Q4)  If so, is it due to complete before EOL date? Yes

Q5)  What is your biggest challenge when it comes to migrating to a new operating system? (Delete as appropriate)

• Cost/budget – no

• Skills shortage - no

• Inability to move apps - no

Q6)  If you have previously migrated apps to newer versions of Windows, how long did this take?

 1-2 years

Q7)  How many computers do you have in your environment? 1856

 

 

12/12/17

 

 

11529

 

Please find attached my FOI request on the topic of "Community care provision for working age adults (18-64 years) with learning disability".

 

Further to your request for information dated 23 November 2017, 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 only been able to partially complete your request because the information requested is very detailed and time consuming to prepare.   Attached is the information that has been prepared but anything more will be over the 18 hour threshold.

Please contact:

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

 

21/12/17

 

11530

 

The questions that comprise this Freedom of Information request are as follows:

1. Are copies of your council’s application form for a Disabled Facilities Grant freely and unconditionally available to adults’ resident in your council’s area?

2. If the answer to question 1 is Yes, please provide an electronic copy of the application form.

3. If the answer to question 1 above is Yes, can the application form:

(a) be downloaded from the councils website?

and/ or

(b) be obtained by calling at a council office?

or

(c) if the answer to both (a) and (b) is No – please explain how the application form can be obtained by an adult resident in your council’s area?

4. If the answer to question 1 is No, please explain what conditions a potential applicant must satisfy before she or he is able to obtain a copy of the application form.

5. Does your council accept uninvited applications for a Disabled Facilities Grant from adults resident in your council’s area? In this context, an ‘uninvited application’ means an application that contains the requisite information specified in section 2(2) and section 19 of the HGCRA 1996 Act together with the appropriate certificate required by virtue of sections 21 – 22A of the Act and which is submitted without prior agreement of your council.

6. Does your council provide applicants’ with independent advocacy support to enable them to complete the application form in way that ensures that it satisfies the council’s requirements for a valid application?

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.     Are copies of your council’s application form for a Disabled Facilities Grant freely and unconditionally available to adults’ resident in your council’s area? -  In regards to accessing the application form for a Disabled Facility Grant, this is dependent on a number of factors as set out in the Housing Grants Construction & Regeneration Act 1996:

·        The person is eligible to apply for the grant funding

·        The person is able to contribute towards their “means tested” contribution

·        The referral for a Disabled Facility Grant is approved / accompanied by an Occupational Therapist referral

 

2. If the answer to question 1 is Yes, please provide an electronic copy of the application form. - As attached on e-mail

 

3. If the answer to question 1 above is Yes, can the application form:

 

(a) be downloaded from the councils website? - The application cannot be downloaded from the Councils’ website as the eligibility of the grant must be checked, however it can be e-mailed to the applicant if they are eligible for the grant funding

 

and/ or

 

(b) be obtained by calling at a council office? - The application can be collected from the Council Offices, however in order for an application form to be given, the person must meet the criteria / be eligible for the grant as highlighted above.

 

or

 

(c) if the answer to both (a) and (b) is No – please explain how the application form can be obtained by an adult resident in your council’s area?

 

4. If the answer to question 1 is No, please explain what conditions a potential applicant must satisfy before she or he is able to obtain a copy of the application form. - Responded in question 1.

 

5. Does your council accept uninvited applications for a Disabled Facilities Grant from adults resident in your council’s area? In this context, an ‘uninvited application’ means an application that contains the requisite information specified in section 2(2) and section 19 of the HGCRA 1996 Act together with the appropriate certificate required by virtue of sections 21 – 22A of the Act and which is submitted without prior agreement of your council. - Bedford Borough Council follows the process and procedure as set out in the Housing, Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996. The Council does not verify from this legislation.

 

6. Does your council provide applicants’ with independent advocacy support to enable them to complete the application form in way that ensures that it satisfies the council’s requirements for a valid application? - The Home Improvement Team, which manages the Disabled Facility Grant process has dedicated Caseworkers, which can help and support the applicant through the process of the grant, including assisting with the completion of the application form.

 

21/12/17

 

11531

 

I do formally request a list of the councils suppliers and contractors , under the freedom of information act. I would like to know the names and details of any organization/business that the council uses to carry out work on a regular basis. 

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 Q1 as an excel document and Q2 email from Jon Shortland originally sent to you on 30 November

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

12/12/17

 

 

11532

 

1.            For all the cases in the 2016/17 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Sexual Misconduct” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was.

2.            For all the cases in the 2016/17 academic year where a child in Years Reception through to Year 6 inclusive was given either a fixed-period or permanent exclusion for an offence at school that was categorised under the heading “Racist Abuse” please provide me with the following information. (i) the sex of the child who was excluded, (ii) the age or year group of the child, (iii) if the exclusion was for a fixed period or permanent and (iv) a brief description of what the misconduct was including the exact details of any racist phrases or words used.

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 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.

11/12/17

 

 

11533

 

 It would be appreciated if you could advise us, preferably on a monthly basis, the number of cyclists who were stopped and prosecuted / fined
this year. If you wish to wait and provide the details for the whole of 2017 these details would be of great value to us.

It would also be appreciated if you could advise us if any monitoring, via the CCTV system, is undertaken to record the number of cyclists
passing any one point in the town centre.

On a separate matter we are still concerned by the increasing number of ‘Blue’ Badges. Could you provide us with a schedule of the number
of Badges issued during each of the last year.

If you have the total number of people who are over the age of 65 and
the number of ‘Registered’ Disabled for the five year it would also be appreciated.

Finally we have noticed a decrease in the number of parking spaces for particular disabled people. Could you please provide us with the
numbers of spaces which have been created in each of the last year.

Further to your request for information below, 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

States that the information requested is exempt information.

Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 22 (information intended for future Publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  The Authority has suggested it would be more beneficial if we wait and provide you with the full 2017 data at the start of January 2018.

 

 

12/12/17

 

 

11534

 

Please would you kindly investigate and respond to the following freedom of information request relating to Adult Social Care services;

1. Does the Council offer an in-house Reablement and/or Home Care service?

2. If yes to question 1, does the Council use an Electronic Scheduling system? If so, what is the name of the supplier and when did their contract start and end?

3. If yes to question 1, does the Council use an Electronic Monitoring system? If so, what is the name of the supplier and when did their contract start and end?

4. If yes to question 1, who is the registered manager of the Reablement and/or Home Care Service?

5. If yes to question 1, how many Service Users are currently in service and how many Care Workers are employed by the Council

6. How many external Providers does the Council work with? Could an up to date list of these Providers be shared?

7. When did the current Provider contracts start and when do they end?

8. Are there any contractual requirements on Providers to use a Call Monitoring system? If so, what is the supplier and when did their contract start and end?

9. Are there any contractual requirements on Providers to use an electronic Finance system to process their invoices? If so, what is the supplier and when did their contract start and end?

10. Please could the agreed service specification/contract with Providers be shared?

11. Who is in charge of the contract management of Providers?

12. Who is the Councils lead around Quality Assurance?

13. Who is the Councils lead for Commissioning?

14. Who is the Councils lead for finance within Adult Social Care?

15. Who is the Director with Adult Social Care responsibilities? 

16. Who is the Assistant Director with Adult Social Care responsibilities? 

Please find  our response below:

1.    Yes

2.    No

3.    Yes, CM2000 - Contractual arrangements are historical and are currently under review

4.    Lorraine Wisby

5.   41 staff, 61 customers

6.    38. A list is attached

7.   The Current Homecare Framework commenced on 3 October 2016 to 31 September 2018.

8.   Yes, there are. The supplier is CM2000. The homecare call monitoring requirement is aligned to the Homecare Framework. See dates above.

9.   Please refer to the response in question 8.

10.  This is attached

Please contact:

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

11.   Lori Dyke

12. Karen Roberts

13. Roslyn Harding

14.  Kim Rowe

15. Kate Walker

16. The AD role was re-profiled earlier this year; there is now currently a Chief Officer of Adult Services role. Mark Harris is the Chief Officer for Adults Operational Services.

 

15/12/17

 

 

11535

 

 
  1. I’d like a full up to date structure chart of the adult social care remit, with names and contact details.
  2. I’d also like a break down of the number of interims in adult social care, there cost to the authority and the approach of obtaining the interims whether through a framework or an agency.

 Pending

 

 

11536

 

Can you tell me how many complaints of alleged sexual harassment/abuse by a councillor your authority received between 1 January 2014 and 27 November 2017?

For each complaint received please can you provide details of;

1) The nature of the allegation/s

2) When it was made

3) Who made the complaint*

4) Where it was said to have taken place

5) Whether it was investigated

6) The result of the investigation

 Can you tell me how many complaints of alleged sexual harassment/abuse by a councillor your authority received between 1 January 2014 and 27 November 2017?  None.

For each complaint received please can you provide details of;

1) The nature of the allegation/s – N/A

2) When it was made – N/A

3) Who made the complaint* - N/A

4) Where it was said to have taken place – N/A

5) Whether it was investigated – N/A

6) The result of the investigation – N/A

*Re point 3 I only ask that you specify whether the complaint was lodged by an elected official, council employee or member of the public - N/A

Please provide the information in the form of an Excel document – N/A

15/12/17

 

 

11537

 

Would you kindly be able to tell me the following:

1.a. How many children became looked-after in your local authority in 2016?

1.b. Of the children from 1.a. how many were in a group of siblings of two or more?

1.c. How many of the above children were initially placed in Kinship Care/Family and Friends care/Connected Persons care in 2016?

 

2. How many looked-after children are currently placed following care proceedings:

a. With long-term local authority foster carers b. In kinship care foster placements

 

3.a. How many applications to be a kinship carer did you receive in 2016 in respect of children subject to Care Proceedings?

3.b. Of the above (3.a.), how many applications were the subject of Viability Assessments?

3.c. Of the applications subject of Viability Assessments in 2016, how many were successful and how many were unsuccessful?

 

4. How many prospective Kinship Carers failed to be approved as family and friends Carers after a full assessment in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively?

 

5. How many children in your local authority in 2016 have been made the subject of a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) following Care Proceedings?

 

6. How many foster carers in your local authority are currently prepared for and approved to be long-term foster carers of sibling groups of:

      a) 2

      b) 3 or more

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

1.a. How many children became looked-after in your local authority in 2016? Answer: 133

1.b. Of the children from 1.a. how many were in a group of siblings of two or more? Answer: 59

1.c. How many of the above children were initially placed in Kinship Care/Family and Friends care/Connected Persons care in 2016? Answer: 8

 

 

2. How many looked-after children are currently placed following care proceedings:

a. With long-term local authority foster carers Answer: 40

b. In kinship care foster placements Answer: 15

 

3.a. How many applications to be a kinship carer did you receive in 2016 in respect of children subject to Care Proceedings?  Answer: 3

3.b. Of the above (3.a.), how many applications were the subject of Viability Assessments? Answer: 3

3.c. Of the applications subject of Viability Assessments in 2016, how many were successful and how many were unsuccessful? Answer:  We do not hold/record this information. We are unable to give a figure for all applications as some are for private proceedings which the Fostering Team do not have any involvement in.

 

 

4. How many prospective Kinship Carers failed to be approved as family and friends Carers after a full assessment in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively? Answer: None were refused at panel

 

5. How many children in your local authority in 2016 have been made the subject of a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) following Care Proceedings? Answer: 7

 

6. How many foster carers in your local authority are currently prepared for and approved to be long-term foster carers of sibling groups of:

      a) 2 Answer: 9

      b) 3 or more  Answer: 6

 

 

21/12/17

 

11538

 

It is a criminal offence (s16 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003) for adults working in education and care settings; clinics; hospitals; voluntary children’s homes; residential family centres; criminal justice settings to have sexual relations with 16 and 17 year old children in their care.

 

I am interested in complaints against adults who work outside of those settings.

 

1. Please tell me the number of complaints or reports about sexual activity between an adult and children aged 16 or 17 in their care made to the Local Authority Designated Officer in the last three years (April 1st to March 31st) in relation to:

 

Please exclude from this request any complaints made about adults working in education and care settings; clinics; hospitals; voluntary children’s homes; residential family centres; criminal justice settings.

 

2. Please tell me how many complaints of this nature led to a referral being made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 

3. Please tell me what fields the adults complained about were working in.

Pending

 

 

 

11539

 

 

How much did your authority spend on trading standards during trading years 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, what is the expected allocation for authority spending on trading standards for 2017-2018, and how many FTE members of staff have been working on trading standards over the same period?

 Pending

 

 

11540

 

To be clear, these questions do not relate to your statutory requirement to offer the Minimum Wage (£7.05 per hour for those aged under 25 years) or the National Living Wage (£7.50 per hour for those aged over 25 years).

Please can you tell us:

1.    Has your local authority chosen to become a Real Living Wage employer (i.e. made a voluntary commitment to pay all staff the Real Living Wage as determined by the Living Wage Foundation)?

2.    Do you currently require contractors who deliver social care in your local authority to be Real Living Wage employers?

3.    Over the last 12 months, have tendering processes favoured (i.e. offered additional marks to) organisations which can demonstrate that they are Real Living Wage employers?

Please find the information you requested below:

1. The Council pays the Real Living Wage as determined by the Living Wage Foundation, however the Council is not an accredited Living Wage employer.

2. No

3. No

 

21/12/17

 

11541

 

My inquiry concerns CCTV cars that have to keep their engines running so their camera equipment can work.

 

I am approaching a number of councils to get a scope of the issue. So if you do not use CCTV cars in your area, please ignore this request.

 

There is a lot of concern from people across the country, particularly in urban areas, about the adverse effects idling vehicles have on people’s health.

 

As such, can you please confirm if your CCTV cars have to keep their engines on to run their cameras.

 

For example, if a council officer was on patrol in a CCTV car, but had parked the car. If the officer then turned the engine off, would the cameras stop working?

 

How often are your CCTV cars parked when they are in the process of monitoring other drivers? Does most of the CCTV recording happen when the cars are parked or when they’re on the move?

 

Can you also confirm what you use the CCTV cars for.

 

Is it just for parking infractions? Or do you use them to patrol parents dropping off their kids at the school gates? Can you please provide a full list of how CCTV cars are being used to monitor your area.

 

Are there any other reasons why CCTV cars must have their engines running? For example, is it for the health and safety of the officers inside?

Please find the information you requested below. 

We no longer have the CCTV equipment on our vehicle due to running costs not be viable.

 

 

11/12/17

 

 

11542

 

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

Mareth 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

 

11/12/17

 

 

11543

 

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

Ashburnham 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

 

11/12/17

 

 

11544

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act can I ask for the following information:

1.    How many households are currently on your Council’s waiting list for social housing?

2.    How many households have been on a waiting list for social housing for a) over 5 years or b) over 10 years c) over 15 years?  

3.    What was the average waiting time for social housing for your Council in each of the five last financial years? (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15. 2015/16, 2016/17)

4.    How many under-24s (individuals or families where the oldest individual is 24 or under) were awarded social housing in each of the five last financial years? (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15. 2015/16, 2016/17)

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. In 1990 Bedfordshire Pilgrim Housing Association took over all Bedford Borough Council Housing stock. They can be contacted at http://www.bpha.org.uk/ Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them.

 

 

30/11/17

 

 

11545

 

1) How much money is spent by the council, or by contracted caterers, on disposable plastic-lined coffee cups, and how much did these purchases cost? I would like this information broken down by year for the past three financial years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17).

2) How much money is spent by the council, or by contracted caterers, on disposable plastic cutlery, and how much did these purchases cost? I would like this information broken down by year for the past three financial years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17).

3) Does the council intend to continue purchasing disposable coffee cups and plastic cutlery?

4) Does the council have recycling facilities in its district that have the capability to recycle the specific coffee cups and plastic cutlery purchased?

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

Please see below information you requested:

To date this year (1/4/17 to 31/3/18) at (Borough Hall, Customer Service Centre and the Raleigh Centre) we have spent £702.72 on cups and plastic utensils.

1/4/16 to 31/3/17 we spent £1,054.08

1/4/15 to 31/3/16 we spent £995.52

 

 

6/12/17

 

 

11546

 

 Highways Act 1980 (as amended) Section 38

 

Please kindly provide a schedule of all section 38 highway adoption agreements entered into between the authority and developers from 1/1/14 to the present.

The key details I am seeking are listed below. 

1.  Name of Developer, e.g. Persimmon Homes

2.  Contact details for developer, including

(i) Contact name

(ii) Email

(iii) Telephone number

(iv) Address

3.  Site address including postcode, i.e. location of the development

4.  Approximate scale and type development e.g. 50 houses

5.  Planning application number

6.  Date of s.38 agreement

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

Please find attached a spreadsheet with most of the information requested, including: Name of Developer, Development Name, Planning Application Number, Section 38 Agreement Number and Date of S38 Agreement.

Please contact:

freedomofinformaiton@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the spreadsheet

 

5/12/17

 

11547

 

I would be grateful if you could please confirm the following information for the property below.

THE WESSEX BUILDING, SCHOOL LANE, COLMWORTH, BEDFORD, MK44 2JZ - BA Reference: 3004470

1. The ratepayer(s) since the property was entered into the rating list.
2. Any periods the property has been empty since the property was entered into the rating list.
3. Details of any business rate reliefs that have been awarded.

Please find the information you requested below:

1.       The ratepayer(s) since the property was entered into the rating list.

D & M Removals Limited

2.       2. Any periods the property has been empty since the property was entered into the rating list.

N/A

3.       3. Details of any business rate reliefs that have been awarded.

N/A

19/12/17

 

 

11548

 

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: Boteler Gardens, Bedford, Bedfordshire,

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

Con29 3.13 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. 

 

Please contact:

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

11/12/17

 

 

11549

 

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: Halifax Road, Shortstown, Bedfordshire,

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

Con29 3.13 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. 

Please contact:

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

 

 

11/12/17

 

 

11550

 

What  knowledge does Portfolio Holder for Children's Social Care & Lead had knowledge of spend in the case regards information to the cost of barrister and solicitors in court cases in the Republic of Ireland

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.  

 

19/12/17

 

11551

 

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

Spenser 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

 

11/12/17

 

11552

 

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

Swallowfield

Wyboston

 

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

 

11/12/17

 

 

11553

 

1.) How much money did the running of the Christmas lights in the town centre cost in the following years: 2016, 2015 and 2014?

2.) In total, how much money did all the Christmas lights in the town centre being used this year cost to buy?

3.) How much money has been invested into maintenance and repairs for Christmas lights in the following years: 2016, 2015 and 2014?

4.) How long did it take to put up this years Christmas lights in the town centre and how many people put them up?

Please find the information you requested in bold below. 

1.) How much money did the running of the Christmas lights in the town centre cost in the following years: 2016, 2015 and 2014?

Year

£

2016

55,151

2015

57,082

2014

55,867

2.) In total, how much money did all the Christmas lights in the town centre being used this year cost to buy? - The original purchase price was £100,000, although these were purchased prior to the Authority becoming unitary in 2009.

3.) How much money has been invested into maintenance and repairs for Christmas lights in the following years: 2016, 2015 and 2014? - We cannot separately identify these costs, although they are included within the costs in question 1.

4.) How long did it take to put up this years Christmas lights in the town centre and how many people put them up? - It takes approximately 10 to 15 days to put the lights up in Bedford town centre with 4 to 10 staff working on this at various times.

20/12/17

 

11554

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the following information on Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) working for your local authority. 

  1. How many Approved Mental Health Professionals did the council have warranted to carry out Mental Health Act duties on its behalf on (or the nearest possible date - please specify): 1 April 2016, 1 April 2017, and 30 September 2017. Please note, I am asking for the actual number of AMHPs warranted, not a full-time equivalent number. 
  2. Please specify how many AMHPs currently undertake the role on a full-time basis. 
  3. If possible, please provide a breakdown of how many AMHPs in your local authority/mental health NHS trust are a) social workers b) mental health or learning disability nurses c) psychologists and d) occupational therapists. 
  4. Between 1 April 2016 and 30 September 2017, did your local authority undertake any analysis of whether it has sufficient numbers of AMHPs in post? If yes, please attach a copy of this report(s). 

Please find the information you requested below:

 

1.  AMPHs warranted by Bedford Borough Council:

At 1/4/16  - 4; At 1/4/17 – 9; At 30/9/17 – 13

2.  None

3.  BBC has 1 AMPH who is a Social Worker.

4.  No

 

15/12/17

 

 

11555

 

In regards to GDPR-  but as per the new regulation this must be compliance by May 2018. Can you please explain how organisation going to manage this?

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

The Council has a comprehensive project and implementation plan approved by the Council’s Management Team to ensure compliance.  We do not have agreements with outside organisations to provide compliance services. 

14/12/17

 

 

11556

 

 

Pages 71-72 of the Council's Statement of Accounts 2016-17 provides an overview of the Council's actions as a lessor. It refers to one property which is leased as a financial lease and an undefined number of properties that the Council leases out under operating leases.

Please can you provide information about each of these individual financial and operating leases, including (but not limited to) the property/asset that is the subject of each individual lease; the lessee; the length of lease at issue; the length of lease remaining; the expected annual lease payment; and if possible the lease agreement.

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.  We are able to provide addresses and length of lease for finance and operating leases but due to commercial/contractual sensitivities with our tenants and landlords we are unable to provide rental information or copies of lease agreements.

Please contact:

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

 

2/1/18

 

11557

 

I was hoping you could provide me with the following information:

 

First Name, Surname, Job Title, Company Email Address, Direct Phone Number, Work Mailing Address for:

 

1)      Director of Children’s Services

2)      Director of Adults’ Services

3)      Director of People Services

4)      The person in charge of procurement contracts/funding for children’s and adults’ social care services.

 

Please find the information you requested below:

1.       Colin Foster

Director of Children’s Services

Colin.Foster@bedford.gov.uk

Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

 Tel: 01234 267422

2.       Kate Walker

Director for Adult Services

     Kate.Walker@bedford.gov.uk

Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

Tel: 01234 267422

3.       Barbara Morris

Assistant Chief Executive (Law & Governance)

Barbara.morris@bedford.gov.uk

Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

Tel:  01234 267422

4.       Andrew Watkins

Assistant Chief Executive (Enabling)

Andy.watkins@bedford.gov.uk

Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

Tel:  01234 267422

21/12/17

 

11558

 

For the last two tax years please provide the following information 

 

A What was the total amount paid out in housing benefit to private sector landlords

 

B What was the total amount paid out in housing benefit to social housing providers

 

C What was the total amount of overpayments 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 attached. 

Please contact:

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

 

20/12/17