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17- 31 July 2017

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

10932

From 01 January 2016 to the day this request is processed, I would like to know the number of overseas trips council officials have taken in the course of conducting council business.

For each overseas trip, please provide the following information:

- The date and duration of the overseas trip, as well as the country/city that was visited

- The full name, title and position of the council official who went on the overseas trip

- The reason or reasons why the council official went on the overseas trip

- The cost of the overseas trip (please provide a breakdown of travel costs, accommodation costs and expenses)

- Please state whether the council met the costs of the overseas trip, or whether an individual, group, company, consortium, charity or another organisation met the costs.

- Please provide the full name of the individual, group, company, charity or organisation that met the costs. If it is a group or consortium, please state who or what composes the group or consortium.

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

In respect of Children Services

- The date and duration of the overseas trip, as well as the country/city that was visited

Answer: 15/01/17 to 18/01/17 to Islamabad, Pakistan

- The full name, title and position of the council official who went on the overseas trip

Answer:  A social worker.  Full name of the worker not provided* See below

 - The reason or reasons why the council official went on the overseas trip

Answer: A child had to be returned to her father and it was court ordered

- The cost of the overseas trip (please provide a breakdown of travel costs, accommodation costs and expenses)

Answer: 

£1836.00 (1x adult tickets and one child ticket) flights

£400.80 Hotel accommodation

£86.51 expenses

- Please state whether the council met the costs of the overseas trip, or whether an individual, group, company, consortium, charity or another organisation met the costs.

Answer: The council met the cost

- Please provide the full name of the individual, group, company, charity or organisation that met the costs. If it is a group or consortium, please state who or what composes the group or consortium.

Answer: Bedford Borough Council

In respect of Adult Services

Adult Services had one overseas trip that involved 3 Council officers supporting 7 adults with Learning Disabilities to Belfast to compete in the George Best Cup. Costs incurred by the Council Officers are as follows:

- The full name, title and position of the council official who went on the overseas trip

Answer:  A senior Day care officer, Day Care Officer and Care Assistant.  Full name of the worker not provided* See below

The reason or reasons why the council official went on the overseas trip

Answer:  The three officers from Bedford Day Services supported six service users (adults with Learning Disabilities) from the Day Service football team to travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland to compete in the George Best Community Football Cup.

This was a progression for the team following the success they had playing in the Beds County Disability League. The competition is run by the Irish Football Association in conjunction with the Beds FA and was aimed at ensuring that people with learning disabilities have the opportunity to compete in sporting activity at the highest level against other teams from around the world.  The trip also enabled service users to improve their independent living skills by going abroad without their families or carers.

- The cost of the overseas trip (please provide a breakdown of travel costs, accommodation costs and expenses)

Answer:

The total overall cost for the three staff was £450.00

Staff Accommodation at £30 pppn = £270

Staff flights at £60pp return = £180

 

There were no expenses and staffs were paid their normal contracted wage.

Please state whether the council met the costs of the overseas trip, or whether an individual, group, company, consortium, charity or another organisation met the costs

Answer:

The council met the costs of the three staff supporting the activity.

*The Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose some of the information requested.

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

1. States that employee names are exempt information.

2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 40(2) by virtue of 40(3)(a)(i) of the FOI Act (FOIA) as it comprises personal data and disclosure would be unfair.

Employee names amount to ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As you may know, s.40(2) FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data under FOIA would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in schedule 1 to the DPA.  The question which the Council must address in response to your request is whether disclosure of the personal data in the format you requested would contravene in particular the first data protection principle. That principle requires that any processing of personal data must be fair and lawful and must otherwise meet one of the conditions provided for in schedule 2 to the DPA. The schedule 2 condition which is most likely to be relevant in this context is that provided for in paragraph 6(1) of schedule 2.

The Council considers that disclosure of information that would identify individuals is unwarranted because of the disproportionate adverse effect on the legitimate interests of the individuals concerned namely that they would expect that personal information would remain confidential and not be disclosed by the Council.  The Council has carefully considered whether the weight of the public interest arguments and the benefits in favour of disclosure would outweigh the harmful consequences of disclosure.  It has concluded that it would not.

We however have provided job titles and associated staff numbers.

9/8/17

 

10933

 

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating to 'public health act' or 'welfare' or 'contract' or 'paupers' funerals having taken place or due to take place, and/or persons who have died with no  known next of kin since 1/5/17 to the day of your reply. Please include:
 1. full names of deceased persons,
 2. dates of death,
 3. marital status,
 4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
 5. dates of birth or ages at death,
 6. last known addresses,
 7. estimated value of estates,
 8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that
 is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Government Legal Department (formerly Treasury Solicitor) or the Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or, confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

Further to your request for information dated 17 July 2017, I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1.         States that the above is exempt information.

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

Public Health Funerals

 

10/8/17

 

10934

 

 From your allocated Public Health budget, how much did you spend on the following areas of drug and alcohol treatment?

1.            Total substance misuse budget.

2.            Residential rehabilitation budget (tier4)

3.            Residential detoxification budget (tier 4)

4.            Community substance misuse services (tier 3)

Please can you provide me with the above break down for the following years

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

From your allocated Public Health budget, how much did you spend on the following areas of drug and alcohol treatment?

1.                  Total substance misuse budget :  Please see below.

Please contact:

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

2.                  Residential rehabilitation budget (tier4):  £17,290 of the Public Health budget is spent on residential rehabilitation.

3.            Residential detoxification budget (tier 4): No public health budget is spent on residential detoxification.

4.            Community substance misuse services (tier 3): This spend cannot be disaggregated from the total adult substance misuse budget.

 

9/8/17

 

10935

 

Further to telephone  conversation in regards to odour complaint.

I hereby request a copy of the original complaints minus the details of the complainant as to not infringe  any Data Protection, if this could be actioned within the next seven days that would be appreciated .

There have been 3 complaints in respect of these premises.

 

Please contact

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

 

 

3/8/17

 

10936

 

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

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

Goodmayes Close, Bedford

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

As I am a prospective applicant under regulation 9(1) please advise whether you hold any information on the properties listed above. A yes or no answer for each property will be sufficient to this initial enquiry.

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

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.

20/7/17

 

10937

 

I am submitting an FOI request. With regard to Margetts Rd in Kempston, can you please tell me:

How many patrols for illegal/ nuisance parking were carried out in the previous 12 months to April 1st 2017?

How many patrols were carried out on a Thurs, Fri or Saturday between 7pm and 11pm in that time?

How many tickets were issued for illegal/ nuisance parking in the previous 12 months to April 1st 2017?

How many tickets were issued for illegal/ nuisance parking between 7pm and 11pm in that period?

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 part of the information you requested.

Please find some of the information you requested below. 

I am submitting an FOI request. With regard to Margetts Rd in Kempston, can you please tell me:

How many patrols for illegal/ nuisance parking were carried out in the previous 12 months to April 1st 2017?

157 visits.

How many patrols were carried out on a Thurs, Fri or Saturday between 7pm and 11pm in that time?

This information is not held.

How many tickets were issued for illegal/ nuisance parking in the previous 12 months to April 1st 2017?

16 PCNs issued.

How many tickets were issued for illegal/ nuisance parking between 7pm and 11pm in that period?

5 PCNs issued between the times above.

20/7/17

 

10938

 

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

Rushden Road

Wymington

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

 

20/7/17

 

10939

 

I would be extremely grateful if you could please provide the relevant information for the following questions;

1.       Are the council expecting to re-procure a collections contract of dry recyclates or bring this service back in- house?

2.       What is the current material mix the council collects?

3.       Does the council expect any change to the material mix available for collection?

Thank you for your request for information about recycling services which we received on 18 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1.   Are the council expecting to re-procure a collections contract of dry recyclates or bring this service back in- house?

Details of current dry recyclables contracts can be found on this link:  ‘Waste Contracts Datasheet’ 

2.   What is the current material mix the council collects?

The materials currently collected for recycling can be found at this link:  What goes in my bin

3.   Does the council expect any change to the material mix available for collection?

The Council currently has no confirmed service changes planned, however we are working with WRAP to review our collection systems with a view to coming more in line with the ‘Greater Consistency in Household Recycling Framework’.

19/7/17

 

10940

 

1. Please can you advise of the number of children of pre-school age that have been added to the census for a school (including primary, lower and academy) and a nursery/pre-school within the Bedford Borough area for the Spring/Summer 2017 terms. 

2. Additionally, how many of such census additions do not contain a separate application for each setting that is signed by a parent or guardian (i.e. where the parents have specifically not requested that the funding be split).

Answer 1:

Number of children added to the census for nursery/preschool/ childminder:

Setting Type

Spring Term 2017

Summer Term 2017

Private

67

58

Voluntary

46

25

Independent

4

4

Total

117

87

Number of children added to the census for primary lower academy:

Pre School aged children that started at a school or maintained nursery since the January census day of 19/01/2017. There are 257 in total.

Answer 2:

33 should have local agreements in place. 110 early years providers require parents to sign a Parent Declaration form which informs all parents /carers whose children also attend a primary lower academy.

9/8/17

 

10941

 

I am writing to request data for the number of and value of tickets and fines handed out for the below motoring related offences for the latest 12 month period you hold data for:

Drink Driving violations

Drug Driving violations

Speeding violations
Parking violations
No insurance violations

Using a mobile phone while driving violations

I request this data for or the most recent 12 month period available, and that the data be returned in the following format:

-         number of times committed

- number of fines issued

 - value of fines paid

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 some of the information you requested.

Please find some of the information you requested below. 

Parking violations

number of times committed - number of fines issued - value of fines paid

On Street contraventions – 23,440

Off Street contraventions – 3,460

Total fines issued – 26,900

Value of fines paid £758,350 (2016/2017)      

Information regarding the following issues is not held by Bedford Borough Council:

Drink Driving violations

number of times committed - number of fines issued - value of fines paid

Drug Driving violations

number of times committed - number of fines issued - value of fines paid

Speeding violations

number of times committed - number of fines issued - value of fines paid

No insurance violations

number of times committed - number of fines issued - value of fines paid

Using a mobile phone while driving violations

number of times committed -number of fines issued - value of fines paid

Bedfordshire Police may hold this information.  They can be contacted at: Beds Police should you wish to contact them directly, however, please let us know if you’d like us to forward your request to them.

20/7/17

 

10942

 

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

Redwood Grove

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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 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 environmental information

21/7/17

 

10943

 

 Can you please supply the following information regarding referrals etc. to children’s social care or its predecessor for two cohorts of children? Children born in the year from 1st April 2011  to 31st March 2012, before their fifth birthday and separately children born in the year from 1st April 2006 to 31st March 2007 also before their fifth birthday:

1.       How many children had ever been referred

2.       How many referrals were made on these children

3.       How many children had started an episode as a child in need

4.       How many children had ever been subject of a section 47 enquiry

5.       How many children had ever been subject of a child protection plan (or placed on a child protection register)

6.       For those children placed on a child protection plan/register the category of abuse allocated at the start of the first plan/registration

7.       How many children had ever been looked after

8.       How many looked after children had left care to be adopted

9.       What was the legal status of looked after children born 1st April 2011  to 31st March 2012 at 31st March 2017 and for children born  1st April 2006 to 31st March 2007 at 31st March 2012

Questions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9  are counts of individual children whilst question 2 asks for the number of referrals made on children in this cohort. For questions 4 & 5 include children placed on the register prior to their birth should be included.

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

1.     How many children had ever been referred

·       DOB 2006/07 = 374 (note no data provided prior to 01/04/2009)

·       DOB 2011/12 = 514

2.     How many referrals were made on these children

·       DOB 2006/07 = 560 (note no data provided prior to 01/04/2009)

·       DOB 2011/12 = 1,293

3.     How many children had started an episode as a child in need

·       DOB 2006/07 = 374 (note no data provided prior to 01/04/2009)

·       DOB 2011/12 = 514

4.     How many children had ever been subject of a section 47 enquiry

·       DOB 2006/07 = 49 (note no data provided prior to 01/04/2009)

·       DOB 2011/12 = 114

5.       How many children had ever been subject of a child protection plan (or placed on a child protection register)

·       DOB 2006/07 = 26 (note no data provided prior to 01/04/2009)

·       DOB 2011/12 = 83

6.     For those children placed on a child protection plan/register the category of abuse allocated at the start of the first plan/registration

·       DOB 2006/07 = * suppressed as one or more group has numbers below 5

·       DOB 2011/12 = * suppressed as one or more group has numbers below 5

7.     How many children had ever been looked after

·       DOB 2006/07 = 12 (note no data provided prior to 01/04/2009)

·       DOB 2011/12 = 46

8.     How many looked after children had left care to be adopted

·       DOB 2006/07 = 0 (note no data provided prior to 01/04/2009)

·       DOB 2011/12 = 17

9.     What was the legal status of looked after children born 1st April 2011  to 31st March 2012 at 31st March 2017 and for children born  1st April 2006 to 31st March 2007 at 31st March 2012

·       DOB 2006/07 @ 31 March 2012 =  * suppressed as one or more group has numbers below 5

·       DOB 2011/12 @ 31 March 2017=   * suppressed as one or more group has numbers below 5

 

Please note: We are not able to provide data prior to 1st April 2009 (i.e. when we became a unitary authority).  Prior to this date information would have related to Bedfordshire County Council. (Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist on 1 April 2009 when unitary councils were introduced across the whole of Bedfordshire).  As a result this may skew some of the data relating to the 2006/07 cohort.

 

*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 (fewer than 5) or any further information due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

27/7/17

 

10944

 

I would like to request information under the Freedom of Information Act about inspections of homes in the private rented sector and enforcement measures. 

Please could you answer the following questions:

1) The total number of inspections carried out by your local authority using  the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) in 2016/17 and 2015/16?

 2) The total number of Category 1 hazards – as defined by the 2004 Housing Act – found by officers within your local authority in 2016/17 and 2015/16?

 3) The total number of improvement notices served by your local authority in the course of dealing with Category 1 or 2 hazards within 2016/17 and 2015/16? 

 4) The total number of prohibition orders made by your local authority in the course of dealing with Category 1 or 2 hazards within 2016/17 and 2015/16?

 5) The total number of hazard awareness notices served by your local authority in 2016/17 and 2015/16?

6) The number of housing prosecutions taken by your local authority under the Housing Act 2004 in 2016/17 and 2015/16?

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 attached the information you requested. 

Please contact:

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

 

11/8/17

 

10945

 

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

1.    Total Council spending on domestic abuse services for each financial year between 2004-2005 and 2016-2017, inclusive.

2.    A breakdown of Council spending on domestic abuse services for each financial year between 2004/05 and 2016/17, inclusive. I would like to know how much was spent on specific services, e.g. refuges, advocacy, prevention efforts etc.

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

 

Please contact:

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

 

15/8/17

 

10946

 

Could I have a list of the occupants of this property for the last 5 years

Further to your request for information dated 29 June 2017, 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 personal data is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

Where the information concerns a third party and disclosure would breach Principle One of the Data Protection Act.  We are not obliged, under section 40(2) of the Act, to provide information that is the personal information of another person if releasing would contravene any of the provisions in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

25/7/17

 

10947

 

1. For each of your constituencies, a copy of your full verification statements for the 2017 general election count, including

(i) for each polling district separately, (a) the number of electors; and (b) the verified number of ballots

(ii) for postal votes, (a) total postal ballots issued; and (b) total postal ballots received

2. The same information as in 1), but for the 2015 general election

3. The same information as in 1), but for the 2016 EU referendum

(Note: Some of you sent us this information for the 2016 referendum in response to our survey last year seeking other referendum voting details; if you are one of the authorities who already sent us this, there is no need to send it again, please simply confirm this has already been sent).

4. Please also let us know if the boundaries of any polling districts have changed between the 2015 general election and the 2017 general election. If so, please indicate which polling districts were affected and when the change took effect

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

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

Please contact:

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

 

 

10/8/17

 

10948

 

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

Rushden Road

Souldrop

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

20/7/17

 

10949

 

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

Redwood Grove

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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 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 environmental information

 

21/7/17

 

10950

 

-       How many illegal immigrants have you employed since 2012? If any, please break down the number by years i.e. 2012, 2013, 2014 and so on. For clarification by employed I mean anyone paid to work on a full-time, part-time, freelance, staff, sub-contractor or consultant basis.

-       Of those people, if any, please provide where possible the following:

o    Nationality

o    Position held/work employed to do

o    Length of employment

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.       0

2.       N/A

 

 

16/8/17

 

10951

 

1.       Please provide all documents, procedures, policies and / or protocols relating to data protection and information sharing held by the local authority in relation to assessments and support for families.

2.       Please confirm whether the LA consider that information obtained in a Children Act 1989 assessment is sensitive personal data as set out in section 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998?

3.       What is the protocol to ensure confidential information is kept private when a Home Office worker attends a Children Act assessment?

4.       Please confirm whether the LA routinely seek consent from children/parents before sharing any information obtained in a Children Act assessment with the Home Office? Please provide all consent pro formas used for this purpose.

5.       At the stage of seeking consent, are parents/children told that they can refuse consent, and of the consequences of refusal? Please confirm what is told to the parents / children. If there is a written document provided to them, please provide this to us. If not, please set out what it is that parents and children are told.

6.       If consent is refused what are the consequences?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please provide all documents, procedures, policies and / or protocols relating to data protection and information sharing held by the local authority in relation to assessments and support for families.

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.

Please find the link to the Information Sharing Protocol

Please confirm whether the LA consider that information obtained in a Children Act 1989 assessment is sensitive personal data as set out in section 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998?

Answer: Yes

What is the protocol to ensure confidential information is kept private when a Home Office worker attends a Children Act assessment?

Answer: We would anticipate the family/young person would have prior notice that home office worker is attending and we would clarify with the family/young person that it is ok for them to be present.

Please confirm whether the LA routinely seek consent from children/parents before sharing any information obtained in a Children Act assessment with the Home Office? Please provide all consent pro formas used for this purpose.

Answer: Information Sharing Form – PDF Document attached.

Leaflet - A guide for Parents, carers and families Information sharing and consent. – Section 21 Information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  Available via the following link:

A Guide for Parents, Carers & Families

At the stage of seeking consent, are parents/children told that they can refuse consent, and of the consequences of refusal? Please confirm what is told to the parents / children. If there is a written document provided to them, please provide this to us. If not, please set out what it is that parents and children are told.

Answer: This depends on the issue, we do not have written document.

If consent is refused what are the consequences?

Answer: This will depend on each individual case.

14/8/17

 

10952

 

1.             This question relates to SEND Tribunals brought against your local authority. For each financial year (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17*) please state:

a)             The total number of registered appeals

b)            Of those (a), the total number of appeals conceded by your local authority before reaching a hearing

c)             The total number of appeals that reached a hearing (in person or in papers)

d)            Of those (c), the total number of SEND tribunals (including First Tier and Upper Tribunals) found in favour of your local authority

e)             Total legal costs to your local authority to contest appeals brought at SEND tribunals (including First Tier and Upper Tribunals)

2.             This question relates to children aged 5-16 with a Statement of SEN/EHC Plan living within your local authority area who are not registered at any school / have no school place (including special schools and alternative provision). For each of the following dates (1 July 2013, 1 July 2014, 1 July 2015, 1 July 2016 and 1 July 2017**), please state the total number: 

a)             Home educated

b)            Awaiting provision

c)             For all those awaiting provision, please state i) the average length of wait (mean average) and ii) the five longest lengths of wait. 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.             This question relates to SEND Tribunals brought against your local authority. For each financial year (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17*) please state:

a)             The total number of registered appeals
Answer:
2012/13 - 3  
2013/14 - 3  
2014/15 - 4
2015/16 - 4
2016/17 - 6

b)            Of those (a), the total number of appeals conceded by your local authority before reaching a hearing
Answer:
2012/13 - 2
2013/14 - 0
2014/15 - 0
2015/16 - 0
2016/17 - 1

c)             The total number of appeals that reached a hearing (in person or in papers)
Answer:
2012/13 - 1
2013/14 - 1
2014/15 - 2
2015/16 - 1
2016/17 - 4

d)            Of those (c), the total number of SEND tribunals (including First Tier and Upper Tribunals) found in favour of your local authority
Answer:
2012/13 - 0
2013/14 - 1
2014/15 - 0
2015/16 - 0
2016/17 - 2

e)             Total legal costs to your local authority to contest appeals brought at SEND tribunals (including First Tier and Upper Tribunals)
Answer: No legal costs for any years

2.             This question relates to children aged 5-16 with a Statement of SEN/EHC Plan living within your local authority area who are not registered at any school / have no school place (including special schools and alternative provision). For each of the following dates (1 July 2013, 1 July 2014, 1 July 2015, 1 July 2016 and 1 July 2017**), please state the total number: 

a)             Home educated
Answer:
1 July 2013 as at 20.06.13 -1
1 July 2014 as at 24.06.14 - 3
1 July 2015 as at 3.09.15 - 3
1 July 2016 as at 05.08.16 - 1
1 July 2017 as at  15.06.17 - 4

b)            Awaiting provision
Answer:

1 July 2013 as at 20.06.13 - 0
1 July 2014 as at 24.06.14 - 0
1 July 2015 as at 3.09.15 - 0
1 July 2016 as at 05.08.16 - 0
1 July 2017 as at  15.06.17 - 0

c)             For all those awaiting provision, please state i) the average length of wait (mean average) and ii) the five longest lengths of wait.  

Answer:  N/A

9/8/17

 

10953

 

1.       Please provide details of how many cyber-attacks to computer systems, networks or devices have taken place.

2.       Please provide details of how many cyber security incidents caused internal systems or devices to be infected or for services    to be affected.
3.       How many times have you reported cyber security incidents to:
          a) Police
          b) NCSC
          c) Information Commisioner’s Office (ICO)
          d) Other, please provide detail
4.       How many cyber security incidents have caused the loss/breach of data?
5.       Please provide details of the cyber security awareness training provided to staff.
6.       Please detail the number of staff trained in cyber security awareness.
7.       Please detail what percentage of the annual budget has been allocated towards:
          a) securing IT-systems and networks against cyber-attacks
          b) training staff in cyber security awareness

1.     Please provide details of how many cyber-attacks to computer systems, networks or devices have taken place. 2013 – 0; 2014 – 0; 2015 – 0; 2016 – 2; 2017 (to date) - 2

2.     Please provide details of how many cyber security incidents caused internal systems or devices to be infected or for services to be affected. Less than 10 in each case.

3.     How many times have you reported cyber security incidents to:

a)     Police - none

b)    NCSC - none

c)     Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) - none

d)    Other, please provide detail - none

4.     How many cyber security incidents have caused the loss/breach of data? None

5.     Please provide details of the cyber security awareness training provided to staff. All staff must read and sign the Computer User Security Policy, which includes cyber security awareness.  We also periodically send round cyber security awareness reminders using internal communications.   The ICT Security Officer has undertaken some cyber security awareness e-learning.

6.     Please detail the number of staff trained in cyber security awareness. See answer to Q5 above

7.     Please detail what percentage of the annual budget has been allocated towards:

a)     securing IT-systems and networks against cyber-attacks:

            Year                 % of Bedford Borough Council Budget

            2013-14             0.023%

            2014-15             0.078%

            2015-16             0.057%

            2016-17             0.449%

b)    training staff in cyber security awareness

                  Year                 % of Bedford Borough Council Budget

                  2013-14             0.000%

                  2014-15             0.000%

                  2015-16             0.000%

                  2016-17             0.003%

16/8/17

 

10954

 

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

Land adjoining

Lincoln Road

Kempston

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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 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 environmental information

 

21/7/17

 

10955

 

Please respond to the following questions solely for home educated children. That is children electively home educated by their parents or guardians who do not attend school. Do not include children for whom Local Authority provision is made (EOTAS).

1.            How many full time equivalent education officers do you have dealing with home educated children? (If roles also cover other duties, please only give the number of hours the officers devote to home education.)

If you use an outside agency, rather than Local Authority staff to undertake home education visits, please specify that to be the case and provide the annual cost of the agency services.

2.            What formal recognised qualifications do your Home Education officers hold in the assessment of Paediatric Health?

3.            How many home educated children does your Authority visit for home education checks annually? (Please do not include children for whom any other forms of contact are used, unless a visit is also made).

4.            How long on average does each visit last including travelling time?

5.            Where a visit is not undertaken and other forms of information provided such as an education report or samples of work, please state the average staff time taken to deal with each child.

6.            How many children under 16 are you aware of who are home educated in your area? If possible, please give separate figures for age 5-10 and 11-16.

That is children electively home educated by their parents or guardians who do not attend school. Do not include children for whom Local Authority provision is made (EOTAS).

1.    How many full time equivalent education officers do you have dealing with home educated children? (If roles also cover other duties, please only give the number of hours the officers devote to home education.)

Answer: 0.5

If you use an outside agency, rather than Local Authority staff to undertake home education visits, please specify that to be the case and provide the annual cost of the agency services.

     

2.    What formal recognised qualifications do your Home Education officers hold in the assessment of Paediatric Health?

Answer: Qualified Teacher Status, with full safeguarding training- not sure of the relevance of Paediatric Health Assessment.

3.    How many home educated children does your Authority visit for home education checks annually? (Please do not include children for whom any other forms of contact are used, unless a visit is also made).

Answer: Fewer than 5. 

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

1.              States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

We are 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.

4.    How long on average does each visit last including travelling time?

Answer: One hour

5.    Where a visit is not undertaken and other forms of information provided such as an education report or samples of work, please state the average staff time taken to deal with each child.

Answer: 30 minutes

6.    How many children under 16 are you aware of who are home educated in your area? If possible, please give separate figures for age 5-10 and 11-16.

Answer: 387

8/8/17

 

10956

 

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

Kempston 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 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 environmental information

21/7/17

 

10957

 

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

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

Goldington Road, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

27/7/17

 

10958

 

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

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

Chiltern Avenue, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

27/7/17

 

10959

 

Can you please confirm the cost of average cameras on the embankment (initial and any ongoing costs)

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

You asked for the cost of the Average Speed Cameras installed on the Embankment (initial and any ongoing costs).

Installation costs for the full system (i.e. 4 cameras) = £86,456

Annual maintenance costs for all Average Speed Cameras (of which there are 32, including these 4) = £24,000 per annum.  This includes data costs, calibration, software maintenance.

16/8/17

 

10960

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2004, I am requesting the following information:

1)      The total number of residential properties in your local authority area that were classed as second homes in each of the years 2012/3, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, and 2016/7.

2)      The total number of residential properties in your local authority area that were classed as unoccupied and substantially unfurnished in each of the years 2012/3, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, and 2016/7.

3)      The total number of residential properties in your local authority area that are classed as empty in each of the years 2012/3, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, and 2016/7.

4)      The level of council tax discount your local authority provided for second homes in each of the years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, and 2016/17.

5)      The level of council tax discount your local authority provided for properties which are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished in each of the years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, and 2016/17.

6)      The rate of additional council tax your local authority charged under the empty homes premium in each of the years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, and 2016/17.

7)      The number of empty properties in your local authority area which were charged the empty homes premium in each of the years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, and 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.

Please find the information you requested below: 

Please contact:

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

18/8/17

 

10961

 

I would be very grateful if you could please provide the following information. I request this information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

1.       The number of private rented sector offers (PRSOs) made to discharge the authority’s duty to homeless households in temporary accommodation that were made by your authority in 2015/16. These are sometimes also referred to by local authorities as ‘AST discharge of duty’. Below we refer to these as ‘PRSOs’.

2.       The amount spent by your authority on the following costs in 2015/16

·         The amount spent on cash incentives to private landlords to secure their property for use for a PRSO.

·         The amount spent on tenancy deposits for PRSOs. Please give a breakdown where possible between:

-        The amount spent on tenancy deposits given as a bond, to recover at a later date

-        The amount spent on tenancy deposits as a payment that is not intended to be recovered from the tenant at a later date

·         The amount spent on upfront rent payments for PRSOs giving a breakdown where possible between:

-        The amount spent on upfront rent payments given as a bond, to recover at a later date

-        The amount spent on upfront rent payments as a payment not intended to be recovered at a later date

·         The amount spent on any other payments given to private landlords (for example to cover rent non-payment or void periods) for PRSOs

If it is not possible to separate out costs in such a way, please give the total amount of money spent on the following for securing properties for PRSOs:

·         Cash incentives

·         Deposits

·         Rent upfront

·         Any other payments given (for example to cover rent non-payment or void periods)

 

 3.       The amount spent by your local authority on the following costs in 2015/16

·         The amount spent on staff salaries to secure properties for PRSOs

·         The amount spent on any other administrative or other costs involved to secure properties for PRSOs

Please find the information you requested listed below:

1.    The total number of private rented sector offers (PRSO) during 2015/16 is 14.

2.    The amount spent by Bedford Borough Council on the following costs in 2015/16:

·         The amount of incentives paid to private landlords to secure a property for PRSO: £3,216.64

·         The amount spent on tenancy deposits for PRSO:

·         The amount spent on tenancy deposits given as a bond, to recover at a later date: £16,832.18

·         The amount spent on tenancy deposits as a payment that is not intended to be recovered at a later date. None

·         The amount spent on upfront rent payments for PRSO breakdown between:

·         The amount spent on upfront rent payments: N/A

·         The amount spent on upfront rent payments as a payment not intended to be recovered at a later date: £579.31

·         The amount spent on other payments given to private landlords for PRSO: None

3.    The amount spent by your local authority on the following costs in 2015/16

·         The amount spent on staff salaries to secure properties for PRSO: £72,930

·         The amount spent on any other administrative or other costs involved to secure properties for PRSO: None

B.      The amount spent by your local authority on the following costs in 2015/16

·         The amount spent on staff to secure private rented properties for PRSOs, prevention or relief action or for temporary accommodation - £72,930

 

18/8/17

 

10962

 

Could I have the total number of cars caught exceeding the average per month since it was brought in around the embankment

You have asked for the total number of cars caught exceeding the average speed limit per month since the Average Speed Cameras were installed along the Embankment.

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.  This is because this information is held by Bedfordshire Police as the enforcement authority.  In order to obtain an answer to your question we recommend that you contact Bedfordshire Police by e-mailing foi@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.  Alternatively if you wish I can re-direct your FOI request to them on your behalf.

15/8/17

 

10963

 

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

Lansdowne 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

 

27/7/17

 

10964

 

We are writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This request concerns the fees that Bedford Borough paid for care services for adults aged 65 and over in the last financial year (2016-2017). 

1. We are interested to know more about the prices paid (per night, or per 24 hour period) for respite care in a residential care home.

A)     What is the most expensive price paid?

B)      What is the cheapest price paid?

C)      What is the average of all prices paid?

2. We are interested to know more about prices paid for day care (per day).

A)     What is the most expensive price paid?

B)      What is the cheapest price paid?

C)      What is the average of all prices paid?

3. We are interested to know more about any provisions or assumptions which Bedford Borough makes during the resource allocation process for direct payments.

A) Do you make notional provision for respite care? If so, how much is allocated per night, or per 24 hour period?

B) Do you make notional provision for day care?  If so, how much is allocated per day?

4. We are interested to gather data concerning outcomes for people as a result of the interventions addressed in questions 1, 2 and 3 above.  Do you have any relevant data which you can direct us to?

This request concerns the fees that Bedford Borough paid for care services for adults aged 65 and over in the last financial year (2016-2017). 

1. We are interested to know more about the prices paid (per night, or per 24 hour period) for respite care in a residential care home.

A)     What is the most expensive price paid? £1400

B)      What is the cheapest price paid? £453.76

C)      What is the average of all prices paid? £567.63

2. We are interested to know more about prices paid for day care (per day).

A)     What is the most expensive price paid? £99    

B)      What is the cheapest price paid? £18.50

C)      What is the average of all prices paid? £45.03

3. We are interested to know more about any provisions or assumptions which Bedford Borough makes during the resource allocation process for direct payments.

A) Do you make notional provision for respite care? If so, how much is allocated per night, or per 24 hour period? Respite is provided as part of a direct payment if it meets an assessed need.

B) Do you make notional provision for day care?  If so, how much is allocated per day? See 3a above.

4. We are interested to gather data concerning outcomes for people as a result of the interventions addressed in questions 1, 2 and 3 above.  Do you have any relevant data which you can direct us to?

No – outcome data is not available as we don’t record outcomes in a way in which can be reported upon.

21/8/17

 

10965

 

 Please provide the following information:

Copies of any agreement governing supply of water to residential tenants within the last 6 years, including any agreements (whenever agreed) between Water Authorities and the Council from whom stock has been transferred.

  1. A copy of all pro forma tenancy agreements between the Council and its residential tenants from the time the Council first recovered water charges in the rent (suitably anonymised).
  2. The date when the Council first incorporated water charges into its tenancy agreements as a rental payment.
  3. The date when the Council ceased to recover water charges in residential tenancy agreements as a rental payment.
  4. Decisions and minutes from any meetings within the local authority deciding to incorporate the water rates in the residential tenancy agreements.

The number of Council owned residential properties in your administrative area

Thank you for your request for information regarding water charges to residential tenants, which we received on 24 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Following your request, it has been 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.

An explanation follows below:

Bedford Borough Council does not own a housing stock and therefore your request does not apply. The Council’s Housing Stock was transferred to BPHA (http://www.bpha.co.uk/) in 1990.

2/8/17

 

10966

 

I would like to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please could you tell me:

:: The number of fines issued to parents for children being out of school without permission (unauthorised absence) during the summer term of the academic year 2016/17 (the summer term that has just ended).

:: Please could I have this information broken down to give, for summer term 2016/17 - 

a) the number of fines given to parents for taking children on holiday without permission 

b) the number given for truancy or repeated poor attendance 

c) any other reason.

:: The number of fines issued to parents for children being out of school without permission (unauthorised absence) during the summer term of the academic year 2015/16 (the summer term last year).

:: Please could I have this information broken down to give, for summer term 2015/16 - 

a) the number of fines given to parents for taking children on holiday without permission 

b) the number given for truancy or repeated poor attendance 

c) any other reason.

 

The request was withdrawn

 

10967

 

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: Saunders Field, Kempston, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

27/7/17

 

10968

 

Further to my FOI requests referenced above from 2014 and the information published by the Council detailed below, please could you advise whether the Council has produced any updated statistics about the number of private hire drivers and hackney carriage drivers with convictions?

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 that format.  However, we do have the following:

An application is referred to the General Licensing Sub-Committee if the applicant’s convictions fall within the Character and Conviction Policy which can be accessed via the following link here

 

A report is provided to the General Licensing Committee detailing applications considered by the Sub-Committee and the outcome of those applications these reports can be accessed on the Council’s website via the following Link here 

31/717

 

10969

 

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information.

1) Number of parking charge notices taken to formal challenge over the last five years and the number that have been decided in the favour of the appellant (please provide these figures on an annual basis, either by financial year or calendar year, whichever is the easiest).

2) Average cost of taking a parking charge notice to formal challenge over the same period (again please provide on an annual basis if there is a difference in costs)

3) Number of parking charge notices taken to independent adjudicator over the last five years and the number that have been decided in the favour of the appellant (please provide these figures on an annual basis, either by financial year or calendar year, whichever is the easiest).

4) Average cost of taking a parking charge notice to an independent adjudicator over the last five years and the number that have been decided in the favour of the appellant (please provide these figures on an annual basis, either by financial year or calendar year, whichever is the easiest).

Please find some of the information you requested below.

1) Number of parking charge notices taken to formal challenge over the last five years and the number that have been decided in the favour of the appellant (please provide these figures on an annual basis, either by financial year or calendar year, whichever is the easiest).

Our system only shows the current state of any Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) so we are unable to search for this information e.g. if a representation was rejected and the customer subsequently paid the charge,   

the current state would be ‘Paid’ along with any PCNs paid at the same amount (which may not have made formal representations).

 2) Average cost of taking a parking charge notice to formal challenge over the same period (again please provide on an annual basis if there is a difference in costs)

We do not hold this information as the amount of time taken for issuing and processing a PCN together with dealing with correspondence is not recorded.

3) Number of parking charge notices taken to independent adjudicator over the last five years and the number that have been decided in the favour of the appellant (please provide these figures on an annual basis, either by financial year or calendar year, whichever is the easiest).

April 2011 – March 2012

Parking Contraventions

78 appeals referred to tribunal

16 appeals allowed by Adjudicator

20 appeals not contested

Bus Lane Contraventions

0 appeals referred to the tribunal

0 appeals allowed by Adjudicator

0 appeals not contested

April 2012 – March 2013

Parking Contraventions

92 appeals referred to tribunal

17 appeals allowed by Adjudicator

29 appeals not contested

Bus Lane Contraventions

14 appeals referred to the tribunal

3 appeals allowed by Adjudicator

4 appeals not contested

April 2013 – March 2014

Parking Contraventions

63 appeals referred to tribunal

8 appeals allowed by Adjudicator

27 appeals not contested

Bus Lane Contraventions

14 appeals referred to the tribunal

0 appeals allowed by Adjudicator

7 appeals not contested

April 2014 – March 2015

Parking Contraventions

156 appeals referred to tribunal

36 appeals allowed by an Adjudicator

65 appeals not contested

Bus Lane Contraventions

48 appeals referred to tribunal

10 appeals allowed by an Adjudicator

28 appeals not contested

April 2015 – March 2016

Parking Contraventions

80 appeals referred to tribunal

23 appeals allowed by an Adjudicator

19 appeals not contested

Bus lane Contraventions

12 appeals referred to tribunal

2 appeals allowed by an Adjudicator

3 appeals not contested

4) Average cost of taking a parking charge notice to an independent adjudicator over the last five years and the number that have been decided in the favour of the appellant (please provide these figures on an annual basis, either by financial year or calendar year, whichever is the easiest).

We do not hold this information.

14/8/17

 

10970

 

I am interested in figures from 2016.

How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were reunited with their families in your area in 2016?

How many are still registered as living with those family members?

How many then went into the care of the local authorities?

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. 

How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were reunited with their families in your area in 2016?

Answer: 2

How many are still registered as living with those family members?

Answer: 0

How many then went into the care of the local authorities?

Answer: 0

7/8/17

 

10971

 

 1.    Please confirm what formal arrangements have been made permitting Home Office staff or immigration officers to be present at Local Authority Offices. Please provide copies of all documents in your possession relating to the presence of Home Office staff or immigration officers at Local Authority offices. This should, for the avoidance of doubt, include (but not be limited to) any Memorandum of Understanding, protocols, inter-departmental / inter-authority agreements.

2.  Is immigration advice ever provided during the course of these meetings by the Home Office or the Local Authority staff ?

3.   If immigration advice is provided does the Local Authority monitor the accuracy of the advice given or the training of the Home Office staff member dispensing this advice ? 

4.  For the period between 1 November 2016 and 30 April 2017 (inclusive), please provide the following information:

a)       How many families  approached your authority for a needs assessment and / or support?

b)  How many of these families:

i)  Have children who are British nationals?

ii)   Have children who are subject to immigration control?

iii)  Have parents who are subject to immigration control?

c)   How many families were advised that the Home Office would be involved in the assessment?d)      By what method were they advised (eg, verbally, in writing)?   Please provide copies of all documentation that explains the role of the Home Office to the (potential) service users. If the advice is provided verbally to the individuals, please confirm what verbal advice is given.

e)  Of those advised that the Home Office would be involved in the assessment:

i)   how many consented to the Home Office’s involvement? How many did not?

ii)   Please confirm whether written consent is required from the individuals. If so, please provide copies of consent form pro formas which the individuals are to sign to record consent. If written consent is not required, please explain how the individuals’ consent is recorded, where it is recorded and who has access to such information as to consent.

iii)    How many assessments were not completed due to the parents/carers refusing to cooperate further after this advice was given?

iv)   Of those who did not consent, please confirm whether the assessment was completed. If not, in what number of cases was assistance still provided to the family?

v)   If the assessment was not completed, what further steps were taken to ensure there were no safeguarding concerns for the child/ren involved?

Response:  This is a nil response.  We do not have any Embedded Home Office workers within Children’s or Adults’ Services.

7/8/17

 

10972

 

 

This request concerns waiting periods for Disability Facility Grants.

1)   Please state the number of applications for Disabled Facility Grants received by your local authority.

Please provide information for the following financial years:

a)      2012/13

b)      2013/14

c)       2014/15

d)      2015/16

e)      2016/17 to 25th July 2017.

2)      Of these applications received, please state the number of Disabled Facility Grants that were

a)      Approved

b)      Rejected

By your local authority.

Please provide information for the following financial years:

a)      2012/13

b)      2013/14

c)       2014/15

d)      2015/16

e)      2016/17 to 25th July 2017.

3)      For applications rejected, please state the number of these rejections that were overturned at appeal and approved.

Please provide information for the following financial years:

a)      2012/13

b)      2013/14

c)       2014/15

d)      2015/16

e)      2016/17 to 25th July 2017.

4)      Please state the average waiting period for an applicant to receive a decision about their application for a Disabled Facility Grant.

Please provide information for the following financial years:

a)      2012/13

b)      2013/14

c)       2014/15

d)      2015/16

e)      2016/17 to 25th July 2017.

5)      Please state the average waiting periods for an applicant to receive their first payment after a decision has been made to approve their application for a Disabled Facility Grant.

Please provide information for the following financial years:

a)      2012/13

b)      2013/14

c)       2014/15

d)      2015/16

e)      2016/17 to 25th July 2017.

6)      Please state the mean average total Disabled Facility Grant paid by your local authority to applicants.

Please provide information for the following financial years:

a)      2012/13

b)      2013/14

c)       2014/15

d)      2015/16

e)      2016/17 to 25th July 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.
Please find your request and our response below:
1)Please state the number of applications for Disabled Facility Grants received by your local authority.

Year period          Total
1 April 2012 /
31 March 2013         377

1 April 2013 /
 31 March 2014        209

1 April 2014 /
 31 March 2015        184

1 April 2015 /
31 March 2016         143

1 April 2016 /
25 July 2017            245

2)Of these applications received, please state the number of Disabled Facility Grants that were approved or rejected.

Year Period        Approved  Rejected
1 April 2012 /
 31 March 2013 375                0

1 April 2013 /
 31 March 2014 205                 0

1 April 2014 /
 31 March 2015 181                  0

1 April 2015 /
 31 March 2016 138                  0

1 April 2016 /
 25 July 2017 232                       0

In accordance with the Disabled Facilities Grant legislation “Housing Grants Construction & Regeneration Act 1996” applications are not rejected, however they must be eligible to apply for the funding as set out in the legislation. Therefore in response to the question regarding rejection, there is a zero return.

3)For applications rejected, please state the number of these rejections that were overturned at appeal and approved.
As previously stated in question 2, any applications for a Disabled Facility Grant, the person must first be eligible to apply for the funding as set out in the “Housing Grants Construction & Regeneration Act 1996”. If the person is not eligible, they will not be able to submit an application. Therefore in response zero applications have been overturned at appeal and subsequently approved.
4)Please state the average waiting period for an applicant to receive a decision about their application for a Disabled Facility Grant.
Once the grant application has been submitted the legislation states the Council has 6 months from the date of application to approve a DFG.  The Council tries to approve a grant as quickly as possible, though this can be influenced by a number of factors, however there are no breaches above the 6 months as stated in the “Housing Grants Construction & Regeneration Act 1996”.
5)Please state the average waiting periods for an applicant to receive their first payment after a decision has been made to approve their application for a Disabled Facility Grant.
In order to pay the grant funding for the disabled works, an invoice must be provided by the builder in order for the funding to be paid. On the application form for a DFG, the applicant has a choice for the Council to pay the Contractor direct or for the applicant to receive the grant money and pay the contractor. However an invoice must always be provided to the Council irrespective of the payment option chosen.
Timeframes to determine the first payment is difficult to achieve as this depends on the following:
•Payment terms and conditions of the Contractor
•When the works have been carried out
•When the contractor invoices
•If the works have been completed to regulation standard and certification has been provided
All payments to contractors and applicants are completed and given within the grant legislation, Council’s financial system and the contractors payment terms.
6)Please state the mean average total Disabled Facility Grant paid by your local authority to applicants

Financial Year      Mean average of grant  funding

1st April 2012 /
31st March 2013          £3238.66

1st April 2013 /
 31st March 2014         £5361.92

1st April 2014 /
 31st March 2015        £6090.45
1st April 2015 /
 31st March 2016          £7305.02

1st April 2016 /
25th July 2017             £4749.31

8/9/17

 

10973

 

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on school class sizes at Local Authority maintained schools in your local area:

  1. How many secondary school classes in your area are expected to have (a) between 30 and 35 pupils and (b) over 35 pupils in the school year 2017/18?
  2. How many secondary school classes in your area had (a) between 30 and 35 pupils and (b) over 35 pupils in the years (i) 2015/16 (ii) 2016/17
  3. How many primary school classes in your area are expected to have (a) between 30 and 35 pupils and (b) over 35 pupils in the school year 2017/18?
  4. How many primary school classes had (a) between 30 and 35 pupils and (b) over 35 pupils in the years (i) 2015/16 and (ii) 2016/17?
  5. What is the largest class size at a secondary school in your area expected to be in the school year 2017/18?
  6. What is the largest class size at a primary school in your area expected to be in the school year 2017/18? 

In addition, if available please could you provide information on current projections for additional school places at Local Authority maintained schools set to be required in your local area:

  1. Based on current projections, how many additional secondary school places do you estimate you will have to provide in your local area in 2020/21?
  2. Based on current projections, how many additional primary school places do you estimate you will have to provide in your local area in 2020/21?

1. Answer:  We do not have this information until Spring census 2018 -  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). 

2. Answer:
i)  2015/16 between 30 and 35 – 0,   >35  0
ii) 2016/17 between 30 and 35 – 1.  >35 0
Source: Spring 2016 and 2017 school census. Maintained schools only. NC year 7 to 11. This information is not included as part of the authorised academy census dataset released by the DfE.

3. Answer:  We do not have this information until Spring census 2018 - Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

4. Answer:
i)  2015/16 between 30 and 35 – 112,   >35  0
ii) 2016/17 between 30 and 35 – 119.  >35 0
Source: Spring 2016 and 2017 school census. Maintained schools only NC year R to 6. This information is not included as part of the authorised academy census dataset released by the DfE.

5. Answer: Do not have this information until Spring census 2018 - Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

6. 
Answer: Do not have this information until Spring census 2018 - Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

In addition, if available please could you provide information on current projections for additional school places at Local Authority maintained schools set to be required in your local area:

1. Answer: Based on structure in place May 2016 and including academies and post 16  Secondary  -  96 additional places  

2. Answer: Based on structure in place May 2016 and including academies  Primary – 0 additional places

Context

Bedford Borough is currently restructuring its education provision from 3 tier (Lower, Middle Upper) to 2 tier. Middle schools will be closed or merged with Lower or Upper schools to become Primary and Secondary schools.

8/8/17

 

10974

 

Q1.Does the local authority adult social services department have a sensory loss team? Please select the option that applies
a) Yes
b) No
c) Other – please state
Q2.How many specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss are employed by the local authority*? Please select the option that applies
a) 0
b) 1
c) 2
d) 3 or more
e) Don’t know
*By specialist, we mean a qualified social worker who is specially trained and/or has in-depth knowledge in providing an assessment, care management, advice, counselling, or support for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss
Q3.We are interested to learn more about the characteristics, typical qualifications and roles and responsibilities of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss, social workers and other staff employed by the local authority.
For all specialist social workers for people who are deaf d/Deaf or have hearing loss and other staff employed by the local authority, please select all the options that apply:
a) Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss use BSL as their first or preferred language
b) Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss are trained to BSL level 1 or 2
c) Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss are trained to BSL level 3 or above
d) Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss hold a case load
e) Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss hold commissioning responsibility and/or are involved in commissioning decisions
f) Non-specialist social workers and/or other staff employed by the local authority have expertise in deafness and hearing loss issues (e.g. they are trained in BSL and/or good communication with people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss)
g) Don’t know
h) Other – please state
Q4.Has the local authority made changes to the number of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss employed the by the local authority over last two financial years (2015/16 and 2016/17) ? Please select all the options that apply
a) The number of specialist social worker roles for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss has increased
b) The number of specialist social worker roles for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss has reduced
c) The working hours of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss have been increased
d) The working hours of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss have been reduced
e) Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss have been re-deployed in non-specialist social work roles
f) No changes have been made
g) Don’t know
h) Other  - please state
Q5. Are there plans to reduce the number of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss in this financial year (2017/18)? Please select the option that applies
a) Yes
b) No
c) Don’t know
(Optional) Please provide further information on planned changes
Q6. Does the local authority collect any local data* on the number of people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss who access care and support services? Please select all the options that apply
a) Data is collected on the number of people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss who contact the local authority
b) Data is collected on the number of people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss who receive an assessment
c) Data is collected on the number of people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss who receive care and support
d) Don’t know
e) Other – please state
*By local data, we mean specific data on people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss, as opposed to general data on people with physical disabilities, sensory loss or other conditions.
Q7. We are interested to learn more about the local authority’s assessment process for community equipment or aids for the home or other forms of intermediate care, re-ablement or rehabilitation support, otherwise known as “prevention” services
How does the local authority assess needs of people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss who may need to access these services? Please provide details of the local authority’s assessment criteria (if available).
Q8. We are interested to learn more about the local authorities’ assessment process for people who are deaf or have hearing loss with multiple or complex care and support needs such as physical or learning disabilities, autism or other conditions, who may require a more intensive needs assessment.
How does the local authority assess people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss with multiple or complex care and support needs? Please select all the options that apply
a) A specialist social worker for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss is involved in social care assessments
b) A qualified appropriate communication professional, such as a BSL interpreter, is provided for social care assessments, if the person needs one
c) Knowledge and advice is sought from an internal or external expert, who may or may not be present at face-to-face assessments
d) Multiple assessments are carried out over a period of time and/or take account of the person’s care and support history
e) Don’t know
f) Other, please state
Q9. What forms of care and support does the local authority for people who is d/Deaf or has hearing loss who meet the eligibility criteria does the local authority provide or fund? Please select the options that apply
a) Equipment provision
b) Advice
c) Support planning and on-going care management
d) Information and advisory services (e.g. on information and advice benefits, Access to Work, or products and equipment that may benefit people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss)
e) Communication support
f) Advocacy
g) Other – please state
Q10.What forms of specialist* care and support for people who are d/Deaf with multiple or complex needs who do meet the eligibility criteria does the local authority provide or fund? Please select the options that apply
a) Supported living
b) Home care
c) Residential care
d) Community outreach services or day centres
e) Respite care and support for carers
f) Other – please state
*By specialist, we mean care and support provided for other conditions that recognises the importance of good communication for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss and takes account of the unique values and culture of the Deaf community.
Q11. What kind of support do you offer to people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss that do not meet the eligibility criteria? Please select the options that apply
a) Signposting other charities or organisations that support people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss
b) Signposting to community support networks such as clubs for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss
c) Signposting to hearing aid support services provided by charities or other organisations
d) Signposting to lip-reading classes
e) Other – please state 

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

Q1.Does the local authority adult social services department have a sensory loss team? Please select the option that applies

a)    Yes

b)    No

c)    Other – please state

Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council operated a shared service for visual and hearing impairment under a Service Level agreement

Q2.How many specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss are employed by the local authority*? Please select the option that applies

a)    0

b)   1

c)    2

d)    3 or more

e)    Don’t know

*By specialist, we mean a qualified social worker who is specially trained and/or has in-depth knowledge in providing an assessment, care management, advice, counselling, or support for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss

Q3.We are interested to learn more about the characteristics, typical qualifications and roles and responsibilities of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss, social workers and other staff employed by the local authority.

For all specialist social workers for people who are deaf d/Deaf or have hearing loss and other staff employed by the local authority, please select all the options that apply:

a)    Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss use BSL as their first or preferred language

b)    Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss are trained to BSL level 1 or 2

c)    Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss are trained to BSL level 3 or above

d)    Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss hold a case load

e)    Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss hold commissioning responsibility and/or are involved in commissioning decisions

f)     Non-specialist social workers and/or other staff employed by the local authority have expertise in deafness and hearing loss issues (e.g. they are trained in BSL and/or good communication with people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss)

a)    Don’t know

b)    Other – please state

Q4.Has the local authority made changes to the number of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss employed the by the local authority over last two financial years (2015/16 and 2016/17) ? Please select all the options that apply

a)    The number of specialist social worker roles for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss has increased

b)    The number of specialist social worker roles for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss has reduced

c)    The working hours of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss have been increased

d)    The working hours of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss have been reduced

e)    Specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss have been re-deployed in non-specialist social work roles

f)     No changes have been made

g)    Don’t know

h)    Other  - please state

Q5. Are there plans to reduce the number of specialist social workers for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss in this financial year (2017/18)? Please select the option that applies

a)    Yes

b)    No

c)    Don’t know

Q6. Does the local authority collect any local data* on the number of people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss who access care and support services? Please select all the options that apply

a)    Data is collected on the number of people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss who contact the local authority

b)    Data is collected on the number of people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss who receive an assessment

c)    Data is collected on the number of people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss who receive care and support

d)    Don’t know

e)    Other – please state

Q7. We are interested to learn more about the local authority’s assessment process for community equipment or aids for the home or other forms of intermediate care, re-ablement or rehabilitation support, otherwise known as “prevention” services

Initial Enhanced Assessments are carried out to prioritise work-loads. A home assessment is then carried out and equipment / re-ablement provided to meet the identified need. This is governed by the Care Act (2014) eligibility criteria. A care/support plan is then completed.

Q8. We are interested to learn more about the local authorities’ assessment process for people who are deaf or have hearing loss with multiple or complex care and support needs such as physical or learning disabilities, autism or other conditions, who may require a more intensive needs assessment.

How does the local authority assess people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss with multiple or complex care and support needs? Please select all the options that apply

a)    A specialist social worker for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss is involved in social care assessments

b)    A qualified appropriate communication professional, such as a BSL interpreter, is provided for social care assessments, if the person needs one

c)    Knowledge and advice is sought from an internal or external expert, who may or may not be present at face-to-face assessments

d)    Multiple assessments are carried out over a period of time and/or take account of the person’s care and support history

e)    Don’t know

f)     Other, please state

Q9. What forms of care and support does the local authority for people who is d/Deaf or has hearing loss who meet the eligibility criteria does the local authority provide or fund? Please select the options that apply

a)    Equipment provision

b)    Advice

c)    Support planning and on-going care management

d)    Information and advisory services (e.g. on information and advice benefits, Access to Work, or products and equipment that may benefit people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss)

e)    Communication support

f)     Advocacy

g)    Other – please state

Advocacy has been commissioned from an outside provider.

Q10.What forms of specialist* care and support for people who are d/Deaf with multiple or complex needs who do meet the eligibility criteria does the local authority provide or fund? Please select the options that apply

a)    Supported living

b)    Home care

c)    Residential care

d)    Community outreach services or day centres

e)    Respite care and support for carers

f)     Other – please state

Q11. What kind of support do you offer to people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss that do not meet the eligibility criteria? Please select the options that apply

a)    Signposting other charities or organisations that support people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss

b)    Signposting to community support networks such as clubs for people who are d/Deaf or have hearing loss

c)    Signposting to hearing aid support services provided by charities or other organisations

d)    Signposting to lip-reading classes

e)    Other – please state

23/8/17

 

10975

 

Please could you advise if there any proposed Road, Rail or Traffic Schemes in regards to CON29R questions 3.4 (a-f), 3.5(a-b) and 3.6(a-l) currently in effect within your administrative boundary

There are no known plans by the Council or external bodies to introduce one of these schemes in the Borough of Bedford.

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

East West Rail Western Section

Midland Mainline  Elecdtrification

11/8/17

 

10976

 

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

 High Street

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

 

27/7/17

 

10977

 

Private tenants claiming  housing benefits from 2010 -  2106

Private tenants claiming housing benefits from 2010 -  2106 on 1st January from 2010 - 2016

Further to your request for information dated 26 July 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 therefore decided to refuse your request.

11/8/17

 

10978

 

 How many people have been referred through the prevent strategy in the last year (2016 – 2017 – latest figures)

Out of those referrals, how many cases was action was taken?

How much have you spent on the prevent strategy in the past two years?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

How many people have been referred through the prevent strategy in the last year (2016 – 2017 – latest figures)
Out of those referrals, how many cases was action was taken?
How much have you spent on the prevent strategy in the past two years?
Please give this as a yearly breakdown

Answer: 

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

  1. States that the information requested is exempt information.
  2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 24 (National security) and Section 31 (Law Enforcement) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

 

In applying this exemption(s) we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are because the level of breakdown requested, i.e. individuals referred from a particular local authority (or LEA), when used in connection with other information which may be available by other sources, could lead to individuals being identified. This could result in individuals being more reluctant to engage with the programme which in turn would have a direct impact on national security and law enforcement.

21/8/17

 

10979

 

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:High Road, Cotton End, 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 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

27/7/17

 

10980

 

Please provide specific details of the information being sought.: For the following years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 for Learning Disabilities only, can you advise

1.   o you have a fee for standard residential placements and if so what is your current standard residential weekly fee?

2.   If you also have non-standard residential fees, what defines them as being non-standard placements?

3.  What percentage increase has been awarded to both standard and non-standard residential care placements?

4.   If non-standard residential placements have not increased in value, what are your grounds for not doing so?

5.   What are your client numbers in residential care, split by standard and non-standard placement?

6.   What percentage of your client base in residential care is deemed to be out of County, please reply splitting the percentage in standard and non-standard placements?

7.   What is your gross budget for residential care at the start of each of those financial years and what percentage is allocated to non-standard placements?

8.   Do you use the IESE care fund calculator to aid fee negotiation? Yes/No

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

Please provide specific details of the information being sought.: For the following years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 for Learning Disabilities only, can you advise:

Do you have a fee for standard residential placements and if so what is your current standard residential weekly fee?

We do not have a set weekly fee for Learning Disability placements.

If you also have non-standard residential fees, what defines them as being non-standard placements?

N/A.

What percentage increase has been awarded to both standard and non-standard residential care placements?

3%.

If non-standard residential placements have not increased in value, what are your grounds for not doing so?

N/A.

What are your client numbers in residential care, split by standard and non-standard placement?

2015/16 = 116,  2016/17 = 100, 2017/18 = 98.

What percentage of your client base in residential care is deemed to be out of County, please reply splitting the percentage in standard and non-standard placements?

2015/16 = 22%   2016/17 = 23%  2017/18 = 23%.

What is your gross budget for residential care at the start of each of those financial years and what percentage is allocated to non-standard placements?

Year                    Gross Residential Budget - Learning Disabilities

2015/16                £8.188 million

2016/17                £7.894 million

2017/18                £8.922 million

We do not hold the information at the level of detail requested to answer the second part of this question.

Do you use the IESE care fund calculator to aid fee negotiation?

No.

23/8/17

 

10981

 

 Figures from 2016:

1. How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children claimed asylum within your area?

2. How many were given an age-assessment upon arrival?

3. How many of those given an age-assessment were assessed as over 18?

4. Of those who were assessed as over 18, how many appealed the assessment and were found to be under 18?

5. Of those who were assessed as over 18, how many appealed the assessment and were still found to be over 18?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1. How many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children claimed asylum within your area?
Answer: 18

2. How many were given an age-assessment upon arrival?
Answer: 17

3. How many of those given an age-assessment were assessed as over 18?
Answer: 0

4. Of those who were assessed as over 18, how many appealed the assessment and were found to be under 18?
Answer: 0

5. Of those who were assessed as over 18, how many appealed the assessment and were still found to be over 18?
Answer: N/A

218/17

 

10982

 

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

Walsingham Close

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

 

27/7/17

 

10983 - 10986

 

 1.  (a) How many providers of childcare and early years education will be operating in your local authority area in academic year 2017-18?

  (b) How many providers of childcare and early years education were operating in your local authority area in academic year 2015-16?

   (c) How many childcare and early years providers in your local authority area have said that they will not participate in the Government’s scheme to offer 30 hours free childcare per week from September 2017?

2.   How many looked after and previously looked after children living in your local authority area, who applied for a primary or secondary school place starting in September 2017, were not offered a place at a school within your local authority area?

3.    How many teachers at local authority maintained schools in your area have had to take a leave of absence due to stress in the following academic years:

(a)    2014-15

(b)    2015-16

(c)     2016-17

4.     How much did your local authority spend on parenting support initiatives in the following financial years:

(a)    2015-16

(b)    2016-17

(c)    2017-18

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

(a) How many providers of childcare and early years education will be operating in your local authority area in academic year 2017-18? FOI 10983

Answer:  

 

 

Provider Type

Academic Year 2017/2018

Childminders

125

Day Nursery

33

Maintained Nursery Class

14

Maintained Pre schools

20

Pre Schools

42

Total

234

          (b) How many providers of childcare and early years education were operating in your local authority area in academic year 2015-16?

Answer:  

 

 

Provider Type

Academic Year 2015/2016

Childminders

118

Day Nursery

30

Maintained Nursery Class

14

Maintained Pre schools

20

Pre Schools

42

Total

224

          (c) How many childcare and early years providers in your local authority area have said that they will not participate in the Government’s scheme to offer 30 hours free childcare per week from September 2017?

Answer:  To the best of our knowledge there are currently 4 settings that are choosing not to take part in the 30 hour offer.

2.   How many looked after and previously looked after children living in your local authority area, who applied for a primary or secondary school place starting in September 2017, were not offered a place at a school within your local authority area? FOI 10984

Answer:  None

3.    How many teachers at local authority maintained schools in your area have had to take a leave of absence due to stress in the following academic years: FOI 10985

(a) 2014-15

(b) 2015-16

(c) 2016-17

Answer:  We do not hold this data as reasons for school staff sickness is not recorded on our HR system. This information is held within individual schools.  Please find attached a copy of the Schools Directory for your information.

4.     How much did your local authority spend on parenting support initiatives in the following financial years: FOI 10986

(a) 2015-16

(b) 2016-17

(c) 2017-18

Answer:  Request for clarification sent on 7th August 2017. We are unable to respond to this request until we receive clarification from the requester.

23/8/17

 

10987

 

Have housing staff been instructed to ask an individual applying for housing in your local authority whether he/she has served in the Armed Forces? (Please answer with either yes, no, don’t know, other)

Do staff routinely ask an individual applying for housing in your local authority whether he/she has served in the Armed Forces? (Please answer with yes, no, don’t know, other)

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

 

Have housing staff been instructed to ask an individual applying for housing in your local authority whether he/she has served in the Armed Forces? (Please answer with either yes, no, don’t know, other).

 

Yes.

 

Do staff routinely ask an individual applying for housing in your local authority whether he/she has served in the Armed Forces? (Please answer with yes, no, don’t know, other).

 

Yes.

 

22/8/17

 

10988

 

I would like to know the total amount spent by Primary Schools on external supply teachers / supply agencies. I would like a gross figure, and don't require any details of which agencies have been used.  I would like the figures from April 2016 - April 2017.

Request withdrawn

 

 

10989

 

Under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000 I would like to request the following information:

1.     Please provide a copy of your Council’s Information Governance traded support offer to schools. This should include the following information:

a.      Actual services available under the offer

b.      Cost to schools per service, whether inclusive or ad hoc

 

2.      Please provide a copy of any materials your council has created to support schools to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation.

Answer: Please find attached out traded Governance offer to schools as it currently stands

Please contact:

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

 

8/8/17

 

10990

 

 

In relation to the questions below please can you provide answers based upon the financial years for: 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15;

1.            How many licenses does the council issue each year?

2.            What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

3.            How many staff does the council have in the licensing department?

4.            More specifically how many of the following do you employ;

a.            Licensing support officers?

b.            Licensing support supervisors?

c.            Environmental health officers?

d.            Environmental health supervisors?

e.            Enforcement officers?

f.            Other?

5.            How many Animal licenses and permits do you issue each year?

a.            How long does a license last for?

b.            What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

6.            How many Food, drink and entertainment licenses do you issue each year?

a.            How long does a license last for?

b.            What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

7.            How many scrap metal dealer's Licenses do you issue each year?

a.            How long does a license last for?

b.            What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

8.            How many Health and beauty licenses do you issue each year?

a.            How long does a license last for?

b.            What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

9.            How many Transport (including Taxi licenses) and streets licenses do you issue each year?

a.            How long does a license last for?

b.            What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

10.         How many Business and trading licenses do you issue each year?

a.            How long does a license last for?

b.            What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

11.         How many House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licenses do you issue each year?

a.            How long does a license last for?

b.            What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

12.         How many Selective licenses do you issue each year?

a.            How long does a license last for?

b.            What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

 

Clarification sought

 

 

10991

 

Please can you supply a full and up to date list of businesses that have become responsible for business rates.

Between the 15th July 2017 and the 31st July 2017

Please include the full business names and address

The type of property that has been occupied

The rateable value

The date of responsibility

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

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

1.       States that the information is exempt information.

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

Business Rates data sets can be found on the Council’s website as follows:

Business Rates

As a rule these will be updated as follows:

•           Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

•           Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

24/8/17

 

10992

 

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

1. Have you commissioned the Local Government Association to undertake a corporate peer challenge for your council?

2. If yes, had you published the report produced as a result of this corporate peer challenge before receiving this request?

3. If you have had a corporate peer challenge, please provide the report produced as a result of this.

4. If you have had a corporate peer challenge but have not published the resulting report please explain why this decision was made or give the date when you expect the report to be published.

Further to your request for information dated 27/7/17, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested Corporate Peer Challenge

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

1.States that above is exempt information.

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

Corporate Peer Review Report - Please click here for corporate peer

Appendix A Feedback Report -

Please see link here for appendix A reoport

Appendix B Action Plan -

Please see attached link for action plan

 

31/7/17

 

10993

 

I would like to know, between the dates of April 2017 and March 2018, the total spend by primary schools on supply. I do not need to breakdown of who they spent this with, purely the total amount each primary school spent on third party supply agencies for temporary staffing.

 

Clarification sought

 

 

10994

 

I understand that at some point in the past the Council formerly intended to sever Cambridge Road but that has been cancelled. I did not know the relevant dates for this.

Please tell me what the Council’s former plans were in that regard.

Specifically:

  • when did the Council decide to sever or restrict the traffic on Cambridge Road?
  • where was the severance to be?
  • what time frame did the Council have for completing that work?
  • to whom did it communicate (or where did it publish) that decision? Please provide what was published if anything was.
  • when did the Council instal the turning point that is currently around 150m or so up Cambridge Road on the RHS heading east?
  • when did the Council decide not to sever Cambridge Road?
  • when did the Council install the bollards that are now to be seen in the turning point?
  • why did the Council cancel its plan to sever Cambridge Road?
  • please provide any other information in relation to this issue that you have.
  • does the Council have any traffic volume data for the current use of Cambridge Road? If so please provide it.
  • does the Council have any traffic volume data for the current use of Wallis Way? If so please provide it.
 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Cambridge Road which we originally received on 28 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

 

When did the Council decide to sever or restrict the traffic on Cambridge Road?

The issue was first discussed in 1998 as part of the Local Plan process when the land south of Cambridge Road was proposed for development as employment land. One of the key principles of Policy E2 of the Local Plan 2002 (v) was to,

-        progress the closure of Cambridge Road to normal traffic within the timescale of the development of the Cambridge Road employment site, subject to the requirements of the highway authority for maintaining a public transport route and both cycle and pedestrian movement here, and provision of a turning head for service vehicles.

 

Where was the severance to be?

The mechanism for the provision for the road closure was set out in the legal agreement (Section 106 Town and Country Planning Act 1990) which was first signed in 2002 and then resigned in 2005 by the developers and Bedfordshire County Council. This set out the requirement for an agreement between the developer and the Council so that if the Council decided to pursue the option of a road closure through the Traffic Regulation Order process, it could do so under S278 of the Highways Act 1980.

 

The relevant clause in the agreement stated that if a scheme were to go ahead then the details would be agreed between the developer and the Highway Authority (then Bedfordshire County Council). The location of the closure on Cambridge Road was not set out in any formal agreement.

 

No scheme was progressed and as such, no location for the closure was identified.

 

What time frame did the Council have for completing that work?

The legal agreement stated that if no scheme was called for or agreed within 5 years of the date of the Traffic Contribution being received, then the developer would be relieved of the obligation to close the road.

 

To whom did it communicate (or where did it publish) that decision? Please provide what was published if anything was.

The legal agreement is a public document and is available .

Please contact:

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

 

When Traffic Regulation Orders are issued, they are subject to public consultation within a clearly defined legislative framework.

 

When did the Council install the turning point that is currently around 150m or so up Cambridge Road on the RHS heading east?

Between 2005 and 2008

 

When did the Council decide not to sever Cambridge Road?

By 2010, it became apparent that the Highway Authority (by this point, Bedford Borough Council) would not be pursuing closure of Cambridge Road.

 

When did the Council install the bollards that are now to be seen in the turning point?

Between 2005 and 2008

 

Why did the Council cancel its plan to sever Cambridge Road?

Roads are generally kept open to traffic unless there are overwhelming reasons to close them. In this case, closure of Cambridge Road would reduce the resilience of the network and encourage longer trips. The road is not in a location which encourages people to take short cuts, therefore closure would be of little or no benefit.

 

Please provide any other information in relation to this issue that you have.

You will be aware that a 30mph speed limit has been put in place to the eastern side of Arkwright Road, and that the Council is investigating the reduction of the speed limit from this point to 40mph for consistency with the rest of the industrial estate.

 

Does the Council have any traffic volume data for the current use of Cambridge Road? If so please provide it.

Traffic volume counts were undertaken in May 2016 for a period of 7 days. Weekday average flows (two way) were 7,454 (4,023 eastbound and 3,431 westbound).

 

Does the Council have any traffic volume data for the current use of Wallis Way? If so please provide it.

The Council does not hold any current traffic flow data for Wallis Way.

22/9/17

 

10995

 

Request the following information1)      If the Council has let one or more contracts for Arboriculture/tree surgery services under the EU Procurement Directives, we request, for each contract, (a) the name of the successful contractor, (b) the value at which the contract was let and (c) the term of the contract, including any option to extend.

2)      If the Council has procured Arboriculture/tree surgery services within a wider multi-service contract under the EU Procurement Directives, then please provide details of (a) the service provider (b) which services are included in the contract and (c) the approximate value of the Arboriculture/tree surgery packages.

3)      If the Council delivers Arboriculture/tree surgery services through an in-house workforce, and prefers to deliver best value through this route, then please inform us of this, and the approximate annual expenditure of the Arboriculture/tree surgery services.

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

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1)            If the Council has let one or more contracts for Arboriculture/tree surgery services under the EU Procurement Directives, we request, for each contract, (a) the name of the successful contractor, (b) the value at which the contract was let and (c) the term of the contract, including any option to extend.

Only Q1 applies to Bedford Borough Council

a)    The name of the current contractor is the F. A Bartlett Tree Expert Company Limited

b)   The value at which the contract was let was between £180,000 to £200,000 per annum

c)    The term was over 4 years with no option to extend

Please note that the current contract is in the late stages of being re-tendered.  The new contract will be based on an indicative spend of approximately £230,000 per annum and will have a term of 3 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years.  It will commence on 1st November 2017.

2)         If the Council has procured Arboriculture/tree surgery services within a wider multi-service contract under the EU Procurement Directives, then please provide details of (a) the service provider (b) which services are included in the contract and (c) the approximate value of the Arboriculture/tree surgery packages. – N/A

3)         If the Council delivers Arboriculture/tree surgery services through an in-house workforce, and prefers to deliver best value through this route, then please inform us of this, and the approximate annual expenditure of the Arboriculture/tree surgery services. – N/A

18/8/17

 

10996

 

could you kindly send me a copy of your "Private Hire Register" or a link to where it can be downloaded.

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

8/8/17

 

10997

 

 

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

Northdale Close

Kempston

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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

 

3/8/17

 

10998

 

 

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

The Orchard

Riseley

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

3.7 (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

 

3/8/17

 

10999

 

1.  Please provide an organisational chart of your Childrens Services Department from Director down to Team Managers providing the names of current postholders as appropriate (Director down to Service Manager would be excellent including Heads of Service, Principal Offficers).

2.  Please identify who within Children’s Services and your Human Resources Department takes lead responsibility on social worker recruitment.

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.     Please find attached. 

(Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the chart)

2.     In Children’s Services Darryl Freeman, Assistant Director (Chief Social Worker) takes lead responsibility on social worker recruitment and in Human Resources Sarah Fuller, HR Manager-Resourcing takes lead responsibility on social worker recruitment.

17/8/17

 

11000

 

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

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

Re; Odin Close, 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 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

Thank you for your 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

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.

 

3/8/17

 

11001

 

Please provide the following:

1.     The numbers of students in EHE (elective home education) for the school year 2016/17. If possible please also break this down by reason for EHE (if recorded) if also possible then please further break it down by gender, ethnicity and religion (if recorded).

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

The numbers of students in EHE (elective home education) for the school year 2016/17. If possible please also break this down by reason for EHE (if recorded) if also possible then please further break it down by gender, ethnicity and religion (if recorded).

Response:

Please see excel spreadsheet attached.

We do not record reason for EHE on our system and we do have reliable religious data either.

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

14/8/17

 

11002

 

To whom it may concern,

Please could you send me the following information: 

1) How many test purchases you have conducted on websites selling knives in your area? 

2) How many passed and how many failed?

3) The dates of these test purchases?

If time permits could you give me data for 16 and 17.

 

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

1) 0 test purchases were conducted on websites selling knives in Bedford
Borough Council during 2016 and to date during 2017.

2) N/A based on answer to question 1 above

3) N/A based on answer to question 1 above

4) During 2016 test purchases were undertaken at 8 retail premises, these were
conducted on the 29th October 2016 with 2 failures.

During 2017 test purchases have been undertaken at 9 retail premises,to

date, these were conducted on the 22nd July resulting in 1 failure.

24/8/17

 

11003

 

I would like to know the total amount spent by Primary Schools on external supply teachers / supply agencies. I would like a gross figure, and don't require any details of which agencies have been used, so under the terms of the FOI Act, I should imagine you are able to provide this (excluding academies and alike). I would like the figures from April 2016 - April 2017.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested which is attached.  Please also refer to the notes below in conjunction with the spreadsheet.

Please contact:

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

This data has been obtained from the Department for Education (DfE) COLLECT Portal following the submission of Bedford Borough Council’s maintained schools Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) returns for the financial year 2016/2017 (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017).

We do not hold this data for academies or free schools. Where schools convert to academy the data that is reported on the COLLECT Portal is for the period from 1 April to the point the school ceases to be maintained by the local authority.

The data supplied is the total spend for CFR code E26 (Agency Supply Teaching Staff). This has been presented in an excel spreadsheet and contains data at individual school level for primary schools maintained by the local authority.  

9/8/17

 

11004

 

In all data and questions please include all types of care homes including with nursing and without as well as dementia specialist homes within any reference to ‘care homes’. 

Our Freedom of Information request centres around the issue of care home third party top ups- that is, the process whereby a relative or friend may pay an extra amount of money so that an older person may go to a care home that costs more than the council is offering to pay someone as their personal budget.  

Third Party Top-Ups

1.   (a) What is the total number of care home placements for individuals aged 65+ organised by the local authority?

Please provide data for the following dates.

31 March 2017

31 March 2016

(b) What is the total number of care home placements that include a third party top-up for someone aged 65 and over organised by the local authority?

Please provide data for the following dates.

31 March 2017

31 March 2016
(c) Of the total number of care home placements for someone aged 65 and over that include a third party top-up, how many of these agreements are between:

i) the third party, the provider, and the local authority
ii) just the third party and the provider
Please provide data for the following date.

31 March 2017

2.   What percentage of those individuals aged 65+ who have entered a third party top-up arrangement with the local authority were presented with a written agreement before starting the payment, as outlined in the Care Act 2014?

Please provide data for the following financial years.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016

3.    How often does the local authority review third party top-up agreements for care homes in your area with the individual who pays this top up? (Please specify whether this review takes place as part of the service user’s annual review and also how the third party is included.)

Please tick appropriate answer.

More than once a year

Once a year (As part of service user’s annual review)

Once a year (Not as part of service user’s annual review)

Less frequently than once per year

Other (Please specify) 

4.    What information and advice services are provided by your local authority to ensure people receive ‘sufficient’ information and advice prior to entering a third party top-up agreement? Please specify both online and offline sources. (Please attach any information materials made available if possible.) 

Does this include a referral to independent financial information and advice? (Please attach any information materials made available if possible. We would be particularly interested to know if a directory is provided.) 

5.   How does the council satisfy itself that each person assessed as needing state funded care has been offered at least one care home place that can be met within their personal budget?

Please include any guidance procedure or policy documents describing the steps that should be taken to ensure that an option not requiring a third party top up has been offered.  

Deferred Payments

6. For each of the financial years below, how many applications did the council receive for deferred payments with regards to care homes and how many of these were accepted?

Please provide data for the following financial years.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016

1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015

Market Shaping

7.   How does the Local Authority satisfy itself that it has met its need to ensure a person with assessed care needs has a variety of high quality (care) services to choose from (as outlined in the Care Act 2014)?

8.   Does the local authority take into account the Care Quality Commission ratings of care homes when choosing which care home placements to offer individuals who have been assessed as needing state funded care?
Yes 

No

9.   a.) If yes, of all of those people who have been assessed as needing a state funded care home placement, what number and percentage were placed in a care home rated by the Care Quality Commission as either ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’?    

Please provide data for the following financial years.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016

b.) Please provide statistics for the number of people who are residents in ‘inadequate’ and ‘requires improvement’ care homes on the following dates.

31 March 2017

31 March 2016

1.           (a) What is the total number of care home placements for individuals aged 65+ organised by the local authority?

Please provide data for the following dates.

31 March 2017 - 649

31 March 2016 - 625

(b) What is the total number of care home placements that include a third party top-up for someone aged 65 and over organised by the local authority?

Please provide data for the following dates.

31 March 2017

31 March 2016

We do not hold this information.

(c) Of the total number of care home placements for someone aged 65 and over that include a third party top-up, how many of these agreements are between:

i) the third party, the provider, and the local authority
ii) just the third party and the provider

Please provide data for the following date.

31 March 2017

We do not hold this information.

2.           What percentage of those individuals aged 65+ who have entered a third party top-up arrangement with the local authority were presented with a written agreement before starting the payment, as outlined in the Care Act 2014?

Please provide data for the following financial years.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016

We do not hold this information.

3.           How often does the local authority review third party top-up agreements for care homes in your area with the individual who pays this top up? (Please specify whether this review takes place as part of the service user’s annual review and also how the third party is included.)

Please tick appropriate answer.

More than once a year

Once a year (As part of service user’s annual review)

Once a year (Not as part of service user’s annual review)

Less frequently than once per year

Other (Please specify)

We do not hold this information.

4.           What information and advice services are provided by your local authority to ensure people receive ‘sufficient’ information and advice prior to entering a third party top-up agreement? Please specify both online and offline sources. (Please attach any information materials made available if possible.) 

Does this include a referral to independent financial information and advice? (Please attach any information materials made available if possible. We would be particularly interested to know if a directory is provided.) 

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

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA).

An explanation follows below.

Further information is available via the following links: http://www.bedford.gov.uk/

5.           How does the council satisfy itself that each person assessed as needing state funded care has been offered at least one care home place that can be met within their personal budget?

Please include any guidance procedure or policy documents describing the steps that should be taken to ensure that an option not requiring a third party top up has been offered.  

Will send response to this question when we have received the information.

Deferred Payments

6.           For each of the financial years below, how many applications did the council receive for deferred payments with regards to care homes and how many of these were accepted?

Please provide data for the following financial years.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016

1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015

Not able to provide information on the total number of 

applications.  Deferred payments accepted in:

2014/15 = 1

2015/16 = 2

2016/17 = 1

Market Shaping

7.           How does the Local Authority satisfy itself that it has met its need to ensure a person with assessed care needs has a variety of high quality (care) services to choose from (as outlined in the Care Act 2014)?

The Authority closely monitors the local market to ensure there is sufficient choice of services for local people to choose from. Providers who experience difficulty in maintaining standards are supported to do so with a co-produced action plan. This applies across all regulated services as a matter of routine through our annual care standards monitoring reviews. The ability of regulated and non-regulated providers to meet care plan objectives is assessed at the service user’s annual review. Where there appears to be an issue regarding the capacity of services to meet demand the authority will either signpost to alternatives or commission new services to meet local needs.

8.           Does the local authority take into account the Care Quality Commission ratings of care homes when choosing which care home placements to offer individuals who have been assessed as needing state funded care?

Yes 

9.           a.) If yes, of all of those people who have been assessed as needing a state funded care home placement, what number and percentage were placed in a care home rated by the Care Quality Commission as either ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’?    

Please provide data for the following financial years.

1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017 – 40

1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016 - 42

b.) Please provide statistics for the number of people who are residents in ‘inadequate’ and ‘requires improvement’ care homes on the following dates.

31 March 2017 - 31

31 March 2016 - 29

31/8/17

 

11005

 

I am requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2004:

What was your council’s budget for housing adaptations for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

What was your council’s total spend on housing adaptations for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

What was your council's total spend on Disabled Facilities Grants for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

What was your council's total spend on Disabled Facilities Grants for each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

How many applications for Disabled Facilities Grants did your council receive in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

How many applications for Disabled Facilities Grants were accepted by your council, and how many were rejected, in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

How many requests for housing adaptations did your council receive in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17?

How many requests for housing adaptations did your council grant, and how many were rejected, in each of the years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16, 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.

 

Please find our response enclosed.

Please contact:

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

 

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