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11337

 

I would like to ask for any information that you have in relation to the land location which is in part owned by Bedford Borough Council and the Harpur Trust.

I would like to have the following information

  1. Copy of any planning applications made for the above site in the last 10 years
  2. Copy the dead’s that declare ownership of the land which I understand is owned in three parts, Harper Trust , Bedford CC and Bedford College.
  3. Copy of any minutes of meetings help by the council cabinet or meetings internally  or other meetings with 3rd parties including the Harper Trust that have been help in the last 10 years that have within the subject of the above land or when these have been on the agenda for discussion.
  4. Copy of any travel impact assessments undertaken in either Beverly Crescent or Beverly grove undertaken in the last 5 years.
  5. Copy of any Environmental  assessments undertaken in either Beverly Crescent or Beverly grove undertaken in the last 5 years.

Please see your request and our response below:

Copy of any planning applications made for the above site in the last 10 years

All information in relation to planning applications is publicly available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link:

Planning

  1. Copy the deed’s that declare ownership of the land which I understand is owned in three parts, Harper Trust , Bedford CC and Bedford College.

 

Attached is the Land Registry title and plan for this site.

2.    Copy of any minutes of meetings held by the council cabinet or meetings internally or other meetings with 3rd parties including the Harpur Trust that have been held in the last 10 years that have discussed the subject of the above land or when these have been on the agenda for discussion

As part of the Local Plan 2035 we held a call for sites which asked landowners and promoters to submit development proposals on available land.  This process is different to the planning application process.   The Local Plan process assesses firstly the quantative need for development and secondly it identifies deliverable sites to be allocated for future development. Not all of the sites submitted are needed for future development. 

All of the sites we received are published on our website along with supporting information.  The site you refer to is Site 490 Beverley Crescent, the information about which can be found using this link:

Planning Browse

We do not have copies of deeds of ownership however a plan of land ownership is published with site information mentioned above.  To help with the assessment of sites as far as the local plan process goes, we have undertaken highway assessments.  The assessment for the Beverley Crescent Site is attached for your information.

As part of the 2017 consultation on the Local Plan 2035, site assessment work was published

Local Plan

Document G:  Site assessments and potential options for allocation.xls  using the excel spreadsheet, look at the urban area tab.  The site was excluded from allocation due to overriding highway constraints.   Due to the site being in the urban area, which is the most sustainable location in the Borough, we included it as having potential for development in the future should an acceptable highway solution be found.  This was explained in the Consultation Paper 2017 paragraph 2.30 and Table 2.  The consultation paper can be found using the same link above and at the top of the list of documents in the grey box.

Please also see below a link to the minutes of the Executive meeting which approved the Consultation Paper for public consultation. The Consultation Paper included the Beverley Crescent site as an ‘opportunity site’.

Councillor Support

1.    Copy of any travel impact assessments undertaken in either Beverly Crescent or Beverly grove undertaken in the last 5 years.

All information in relation to travel impact assessments will be in connection to planning applications which are publicly available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link

Planning

 

1.    Copy of any Environmental  assessments undertaken in either Beverly Crescent or Beverly grove undertaken in the last 5 years.

All information in relation to environmental assessments will be in connection to planning applications which are publicly available on the authority’s website and can be located at the above Planning link

25/10/17

 

11338

 

Please can you provide me with all enforcement notices and letters regarding uPVC replacement windows on properties within the Bedford Conservation Area sent by Bedford Borough Council during the last 18 months.

Please can you also provide me with certificates of lawful development (including reports of officers) regarding uPVC replacement windows on properties within the Bedford Conservation Area issued by Bedford Borough Council during the last 18 months.

Thank you for your request for information regarding documents relating to planning permission and lawful permitted development consents for properties with uPVC windows within the Bedford Conservation Area, which we received on 16 October 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

All information in relation to planning applications and permissions is publicly available on the Council’s website and can be located at the following link:

Search Plans Page

To help give you some guidance, if you click on the link titled ‘To view and comment on planning applications from 1995’ and enter your own criteria into the box titled ‘Description Keyword’ in ‘Advanced’ search ie ‘Conservation Area fields’ for planning applications or if you wish, you can select enforcement or appeals, this will show all planning applications relevant to your search and you will be able to view any documents associated with each application. On this page, the Map tool also shows the conservation areas (when loaded) and identifies planning applications, appeals and enforcement when you click on any sites with red outlines.

19/10/17

 

11339

 

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1)  All local authorities are required by Schedule 2, 2(1) of the Children Act 1989 to hold a register of disabled children. Does your local authority have a ‘Disabled Children’s Register’?
If so:

a) What is the total number of disabled children on your register in:

i)        2013/14?

ii)       2014/15?

iii)     2015/16?

iv)     2016/17?

b)      If possible, please break down the totals from question 1(a) by single year of age until 17 (inclusive)

 

2)  a) What is the total number of children identified as having a learning disability, for whom you are the responsible authority, in:

i)        2013/14?

ii)       2014/15?

iii)     2015/16?

iv)     2016/17?

b)      If possible, please break down the totals from question 2(a) by single year of age until 17 (inclusive)

c)       How many of the children identified as having a learning disability in 2(a) are currently placed out of area?

3)      Of the services that are listed in your Local Offer that are accessed by children with a learning disability and/or their parents:

a)       What age range is each of these services suitable for?

b)      How much money was spent on each of these services in:

i)        2013/14?

ii)       2014/15?

iii)     2015/16?

iv)     2016/17?

c)       How many children are currently on a waiting list to access each of these services?

d)      What is the approximate wait time from referral to access for each of these services?

e)      What are the current routes for referral to each of these services?

 

4)      Does your local authority provide specific parenting programmes for parents of disabled children? For each programme:

a)       What is the name of the programme?

b)      Is it for parents of a child with a specific impairment (e.g. autism, learning disability, etc.)?

c)       How many parents currently access the programme?

d)      How many parents are currently on a waiting list to access the programme?

5)      As per the question in section 2.3 of Children’s Services Omnibus Survey 2017, does your local authority have a function or team(s) able to:

a)       Analyse the demand for children’s social care

b)      Identify unmet needs for individual children and families

If yes to any of the above, please specify the name of this function.

6)      How much money was spent by your local authority on out of area placements across education, health and social care for children with a learning disability in:

a)       2013/14?

b)      2014/15?

c)       2015/16?

d)      2016/17?

7)      How much money was a) allocated to the local authority through the High Needs Block; b) spent by the local authority on children with high needs; c) transferred to the Schools Block from the High Needs Block; and d) transferred to the High Needs Block from the Schools Block, in:

i)        2013/14?

ii)       2014/15?

iii)     2015/16?

iv)     2016/17?

8)      Does your local authority have an early intervention strategy?

a)       If so, please could you provide this?

9)      Does your local authority have eligibility criteria for determining access to children’s social care under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989?

a)       If so, please could you provide this?

b)      Does your local authority have identified priorities for joint commissioning arrangements under Section 26 of the Children and Families Act 2014?  If so, please could you provide this?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

1)         All local authorities are required by Schedule 2, 2(1) of the Children Act 1989 to hold a register of disabled children. Does your local authority have a ‘Disabled Children’s Register’?

Answer: Yes, we have responsibility for the Voluntary Disability Register.


If so:

a)       What is the total number of disabled children on your register in:

i)        2013/14?

ii)       2014/15?

iii)     2015/16?

iv)     2016/17?

b)      If possible, please break down the totals from question 1(a) by single year of age until 17 (inclusive)

 

Answer:  We do not hold this information in the detail requested, in order for us to obtain this information would exceed the fees limit. (*)

 

2)      a) What is the total number of children identified as having a learning disability, for whom you are the responsible authority, in:

i)        2013/14?

ii)       2014/15?

iii)     2015/16?

iv)     2016/17?

b)      If possible, please break down the totals from question 2(a) by single year of age until 17 (inclusive)

c)       How many of the children identified as having a learning disability in 2(a) are currently placed out of area?

Answer: Answer:  We do not hold this information in the detail requested, in order for us to obtain this information would exceed the fees 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

3)      Of the services that are listed in your Local Offer that are accessed by children with a learning disability and/or their parents:

a)       What age range is each of these services suitable for?

b)      How much money was spent on each of these services in:

i)        2013/14?

ii)       2014/15?

iii)     2015/16?

iv)     2016/17?

c)       How many children are currently on a waiting list to access each of these services?

d)      What is the approximate wait time from referral to access for each of these services?

e)      What are the current routes for referral to each of these services?

Answer:   We do not hold this information - The Local Offer lists a vast range of services for which the majority we don’t provide as a Local Authority.   We do not hold the financial information requested in this way, in order for us to obtain this information would exceed the fees limit. (*)

4)      Does your local authority provide specific parenting programmes for parents of disabled children? For each programme:

a)       What is the name of the programme?

Answer: Webster Stratton

b)      Is it for parents of a child with a specific impairment (e.g. autism, learning disability, etc.)?

Answer: Autism and ADHD

c)       How many parents currently access the programme?

Answer: Not currently running

d)      How many parents are currently on a waiting list to access the programme?

Answer: None – this is a course that runs when needed and is bespoke to parents

5)      As per the question in section 2.3 of Children’s Services Omnibus Survey 2017, does your local authority have a function or team(s) able to:

a)       Analyse the demand for children’s social care

b)      Identify unmet needs for individual children and families

If yes to any of the above, please specify the name of this function.

Answer: We do not have any team other than the Disability Team and may have some support from Commissioning or Performance teams.

6)      How much money was spent by your local authority on out of area placements across education, health and social care for children with a learning disability in:

a)       2013/14?

b)      2014/15?

c)       2015/16?

d)      2016/17?

 

Answer:  We do not hold the financial information in this way, in order for us to obtain this information would exceed the fees limit. (*)

 

7)      How much money was a) allocated to the local authority through the High Needs Block; b) spent by the local authority on children with high needs; c) transferred to the Schools Block from the High Needs Block; and d) transferred to the High Needs Block from the Schools Block, in:

i)        2013/14?

ii)       2014/15?

iii)     2015/16?

iv)     2016/17?

 

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).

Please follow the links below.

2013/14 - 

BBC Schools Forum Budgets

DSG Funding Block

2014/15 -

BBC Schools Forum Budgets

DSG Funding Block

2015/16 -

BBC Schools Forum Budgets

DSG Funding Block

2016/17 -

BBC Schools Forum Budgets

DSG Funding Block

8)      Does your local authority have an early intervention strategy?

a)       If so, please could you provide this?

Answer: Yes, please see PDF document attached – Early Help Strategy. 

Please contact:

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

9)      Does your local authority have eligibility criteria for determining access to children’s social care under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989?

a)       If so, please could you provide this?

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).

Please follow the links below.

Health and Social Care thresholds.

Does your local authority have identified priorities for joint commissioning arrangements under Section 26 of the Children and Families Act 2014?  If so, please could you provide this?

Answer:  Please see document attached – Bedford Borough Send Strategy 2016-2018.

Please contact:

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

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part of your request.

9/11/17

 

11340

 

I would like to request information under the freedom of information act please.

We offer maintenance support for office photocopiers, printers, scanners and associated print related products.

Please can you tell me who is currently providing maintenance support for the Develop, Panasonic, Konica Minolta & Toshiba photocopiers and printers at:

Shortstown Primary School

Beauvais Square

Shortstown

MK42 0GS

Acorn Childcare UK

Bushland Rd

Northampton

NN3 2NS

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. 

You requested:

Please can you tell me who is currently providing maintenance support for the Develop, Panasonic, Konica Minolta & Toshiba photocopiers and printers at:

Shortstown Primary School

Beauvais Square

Shortstown

MK42 0GS

Response:   We do not hold this information.  You will need to contact the school direct for this information.

Shortstown Primary School

Acorn Childcare UK

Bushland Rd

Northampton

NN3 2NS

Response:  We do not hold this information.  You will need to contact them direct for this or the local authority that this falls within, which we believe is Northamptonshire County Council 

18/10/17

 

11341

I apply under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act for the following information about children and young people from European countries cared for or supported by your Local Authority.

 To be specific, I am seeking information relating to children and young people who are: 

  • Up to the age of 25; 
  • Who are from countries in the EU or the EEA, who are in the care of, or supported by, the Local Authority 
  • To avoid confusion, the EU/EEA states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
  • This would include children and young people who have been taken into care because of child protection concerns and/or where private/public family law proceedings are underway. They may have been placed in foster care or other forms of accommodation, or they may be detained but are still being financed by your own Local Authority. They may or may not have an allocated Social Worker.

Request - In 2016:

1. How many European national children under the age of 16 were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?

2. How many European national children between the ages of 16 to 18 were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?

3. How many European national 18 - 25 year olds were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority?

 

If possible, please also provide the following information:

4. What are the predominant nationalities of the children identified at (1) & (2) above? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities

5. What are the predominant nationalities of the 18-25 year identified at (3) above? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

1. How many European national children under the age of 16 were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority? *Suppressed due to low number

2. How many European national children between the ages of 16 to 18 were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority? *Suppressed due to low number

3. How many European national 18 - 25 year olds were being supported / accommodated by your Local Authority? None

 

If possible, please also provide the following information:

4. What are the predominant nationalities of the children identified at (1) & (2) above? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities *Suppressed due to low number

5. What are the predominant nationalities of the 18-25 year identified at (3) above? For example please provide us with the top five nationalities N/A None

 

*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.

 

 

 

26/10/17

 

11342

 

 
  1. Please provide a copy of the legal advice received in regard of the ICHA letter and documents titled ‘The illegal placements of children in residential care by local authorities and dysfunctional market place’. This was emailed to all DCSs nationally on 13 June 2017 and also to all Chief Executive, Administrative and Financial Officers, section 151 officers, Monitoring officers.
  1. Please provide the conclusion of the discussions between the senior officers named and any actions to be taken?
  1. If no action was considered necessary to be taken, please advise the reason.
  1. Please provide a copy of the response made to ICHA?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

1. Response: Legal advice was not sought on this occasion in response to the letter of 13th June 2017, Bedford Borough has taken the same position as ADCS on this matter in the ADCS response of 13th June 2017.

 

2. Response: Discussions were held between the Director of Children’s Services, the Chief Executive and the Assistant Director. This resulted in an email stating confirming that Bedford Borough has taken the same position as ADCS on this matter in the ADCS response of 13th June 2017.

 

3. Response: Bedford Borough has no placements that breach the guidance at this time therefore no further action is required.

 

4. Response: No correspondence available.

9/11/17

 

11343

 

Please provide the following information.

Q1: On which date did the Council contract with Azeus to provide a children's social care IT system?

Q2: On which date did the system go fully live? By this I mean all children's social workers using it daily

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

Q1: On which date did the Council contract with Azeus to provide a children's social care IT system?

Answer: Bedford Borough Council entered into a Development Partnership with Azeus and signed a Legal agreement in relation to this partnership on 06 June 2013.

Q2: On which date did the system go fully live? By this I mean all children's social workers using it daily

Answer: The system Go Live Date for all Front line teams was 24 March 2014.  

31/10/17

 

11344

 

 

1.     Does your local authority provide a dedicated continence clinic? Yes / No.

If you answered no, please go to question 5.

 

2.     Which of the following is covered by the dedicated continence clinic:

a.     Bedwetting

b.     Daytime wetting

c.     Toilet training

d.     Constipation/soiling

e.     Product supply for paediatric continence problems

 

3.     How many hours a week does the clinic run?

 

4.     Is the amount of time dedicated to service provision in this clinic:

a.     Determined by the number of children and young people (from birth to 18 years) visiting each week? Yes / No

b.     Regulated in another manner? Please explain.

 

5.     Is continence a listed responsibility provided by your local authority area for any of the following professions:

a.     School nurses Yes / No

b.     Health visitors Yes / No

c.     Other healthcare professionals Yes /No. If yes, please specify who.

 

6.     If you answered yes to any of the professions listed in question 5 could you please tell us:

a.     How many children and young people with continence problems do each of these professionals have responsibility for?

b.     How many children and young people are on the waiting list for this service, and how long has the person currently at the top of the list had to wait?

 

7.     If you answered no to any of the professions listed in question 5, was there a decision taken to remove continence from the listed responsibilities of any of these professionals and, if so, when did this happen?

 

8.     Do you have any future plans to:

a.     commission new paediatric continence provision? Yes / No

b.     review the existing paediatric continence provision? Yes / No

 

If so, please provide details.

 

9.     Are you aware of the NICE-accredited Paediatric Continence Commissioning Guide?

1.     Does your local authority provide a dedicated continence clinic?    No.

If you answered no, please go to question 5.

2.     Which of the following is covered by the dedicated continence clinic: NA If you answered no, please go to question 5.

a.     Bedwetting

b.     Daytime wetting

c.     Toilet training

d.     Constipation/soiling

e.     Product supply for paediatric continence problems

3.     How many hours a week does the clinic run? NA If you answered no, please go to question 5.

4.     Is the amount of time dedicated to service provision in this clinic: NA If you answered no, please go to question 5.

a.     Determined by the number of children and young people (from birth to 18 years) visiting each week? Yes / No

b.     Regulated in another manner? Please explain.

5.     Is continence a listed responsibility provided by your local authority area for any of the following professions:

a)      School nurses: Yes – School Nurses, Community Staff Nurses, Associate Practitioners and Health Care Assistants all have a responsibility to provide what was known as tier 1 support for enuresis and soiling advice.

·         The 3 systems approach is used to address wetting, however day wetting is referred onto a specialist clinic for further assessment when a child is over 5 years old.  

·         There is an expectation that this support and information is provided and if there is no improvement within 6-8 weeks, the child can be referred to the specialist clinic over the age of 7 years.

·         Year R health screening questionnaires are sent to every parent/carer; they include any concerns around their children’s continence that they want support with?  The 5-19 service follow this up with low level support in line with NICE guidance.

·         ERICS free downloads are used to support service delivery in continence support for children and young people.  The ERIC website details are on the cover letter included with the year R screening letters and the ERIC website link is embedded on the School Nursing website.

b)      Health visitors:  Yes – this forms part of the 0-5 Healthy Child Programme Universal offer and includes support for parents to toilet train young children and mange bedwetting and constipation/soiling.

·         Progressive - Universal Plus intervention delivered by the 0-5 service includes support for children displaying behavioural issues or with additional developmental or physical needs up to tier 1 prior to referral to specialist support.

·         Referral into specialist teams for Tier 2 support can be made when child reaches 7 years of age and when Tier 1 intervention has been unsuccessful.

c)      Other healthcare professionals Yes /No. If yes, please specify who. No

6.     If you answered yes to any of the professions listed in question 5 could you please tell us:

a.     How many children and young people with continence problems do each of these professionals have responsibility for? Please see attachment.

b.     How many children and young people are on the waiting list for this service, and how long has the person currently at the top of the list had to wait? No waiting list.

7.     If you answered no to any of the professions listed in question 5, was there a decision taken to remove continence from the listed responsibilities of any of these professionals and, if so, when did this happen? N/A

8.     Do you have any future plans to:

a.     commission new paediatric continence provision? No

b.     review the existing paediatric continence provision? No

If so, please provide details.

9.     Are you aware of the NICE-accredited Paediatric Continence Commissioning Guide? No

a.     If so, do the services commissioned in your LA use it?

Please find attached the following Excel document:   Adhoc HVs - Enuresis / Encopresis

Please contact:

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

3/11/17

 

11345

 

1.  How much did you spend on Adult & Children’s Social Care non-permanent staff in the financial year April 2016 to March 2017?

2.  How much have you spent on Adult & Children’s Social Care non-permanent staff in the financial year April 2017 to the end of September 2017?

3.  Please can you detail which agency / framework this resource was procured through.

4.  What is your vacancy rate within the Adult and Children’s Social Care team?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.  How much did you spend on Adult & Children’s Social Care non-permanent staff in the financial year April 2016 to March 2017? £5.1 million

2.  How much have you spent on Adult & Children’s Social Care non-permanent staff in the financial year April 2017 to the end of September 2017? £2.6 million

3.  Please can you detail which agency / framework this resource was procured through. Brook Street (UK) Limited (T/as BS Social Care) Care Forum (Mk) Ltd NRS Global Ltd Orchid National Nursing Supply BSS Recruitment UK Recruit Employment Services Plc Everycare (MK & Beds) Ltd. Guidant.

4.  What is your vacancy rate within the Adult and Children’s Social Care team? .  Data is at 10.10.17 and does not include agency that may be covering vacant posts. 

Team

Vacancy Rate (FTE %)

Adults Operational Services

19.04

Children’s Social Care

40.3

 

13/11/17

 

11346

 

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 1/8/17 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 18 October 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

15/11/17

 

11347

 

Please send me your response to the following questions:

On average, between the period of the 30th September 2016 – 1st October 2017,

What was your headcount of employees?

What was your headcount of apprentices?

What was your headcount of apprentices, that had a disability?

In the period between 30th September 2016 – 1st October 2017,

How many apprenticeship starts were made during this period? 

How many apprenticeship starts were made during this period by people that had a disability?

How many people applied for your apprenticeships, that had a disability?

How many people received interviews for your apprenticeships, that had a disability?

How many people were unsuccessful in securing your apprenticeships, that had a disability?

In the next year, do you have any plans to increase the number of apprentices you employ that have a disability?

Do you currently offer any support initiatives to help enable disabled people to access your apprenticeships?

If yes, what are these initiatives?

Request withdrawn by applicant

 

 

11348

 

 Please provide us the following information

1/ Jurisdiction

A list of each of the following accompanied by whether selection of the Relevant Services they fall under 1/ a Council tender or framework process, 2/ direct sourcing by the property, 3/ separately managed service 

  1. Schools and Colleges.
  2. Care homes and other residential care.
  3. Community buildings, including but not limited to libraries, town halls, council buildings, sports halls and clubs, youth and other community centres.

2/ Tender details

List of all known frameworks or tenders for any servicing, maintenance, tankering, sampling, installation, and/or inspection in your jurisdiction.  This should include:

  1. Relevant area, total number and type of properties.
  2. Primary person or organisation handling the tender or framework.
  3. Contact details of this primary person or organisation.
  4. Steps to be taken to ensure MPC Services will be included in the tender or framework circulation.
  5. Initial expiry date of current tender or framework.
  6. Expected date for opening the next tender or framework period.

3/ Council owned property managers

List of all known organisations managing council owned properties, whether that organisation is a public or a private entity:

  1. Management organisation name
  2. Commentary on the properties covered
  3. Contact details

I attach and list below the information you requested:

1/ Jurisdiction

In relation to your query on pumping stations or off mains grid sewage treatment plants please find attached list of properties falling under the Councils  jurisdiction

2/ Tender details

The Council holds one contract within the scope of your request: Name of tender i.e. Foul Pumping Contract (is there a BBC reference?) 

A - list of properties covered by the Foul Pumping contract

B - Primary contact – Margaret Birtles Manager for Asset and Estate Management

C - Contact details – Margaret Birtles contact email margaret.birtles@bedford.gov.uk

D – All tenders issued are subject to the Councils Contract Procedure Rules which are available on Bedford Borough Councils website via the following link:

Tenders

E – The expiry date of the Foul Pumping contract is 30th April 2020

F - Depending on the procurement route chosen it is anticipated that re-procurement would commence January/February 2020.

3/ Council owned property managers

The Council manages its own portfolio with exception of Fusion Lifestyle Leisure who manage the Leisure Centres on the Councils behalf

 

14/11/17

 

11349

 

List of all housing developments within the Borough containing more than 10 houses, for which planning permission was granted within the last 7 years, each entry in the list to comprise:

 -- date of permission having been granted

 -- location (address including postcode)

 -- number of houses

 -- developer

 -- status, if known (i.e., whether building in progress, completed etc.)

Thank you for your request for information regarding housing developments within Bedford Borough for which planning permission was granted within the last seven years, which we received on 18 October 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

All information in relation to planning applications and permissions is publicly available on the Council’s website and can be located at the following link here

 

24/10/17

 

11350

 

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

Seaton Drive

Bedford

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

 

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link

Planning

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.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

9/11/17

 

11351

 

I would like to request the following information:

·         The total number of ‘cyber’ thefts/ crimes reported to you from January 2015 - September 2017.

·         The total monetary value of the ‘cyber’ thefts for this time period.

If data is not collected for the entirety of  these time frames (January 2015 - September 2017), please provide me with the figures held within this period. If figures are not held annually but the information is recorded in monthly increments, please still provide this data as it can be analysed.  

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

 

• The total number of ‘cyber’ thefts/ crimes reported to you from January 2015 - September 2017 - 4

• The total monetary value of the ‘cyber’ thefts for this time period - 0

 

 

6/11/17

 

11352

 

Can you send a full up to date list of businesses, charities and companies that have become newly liable for business rates between the 01st Oct 17-15th Oct 17.

Please include

* Business name

* Full address and postcode

* Date of liability

* RV

* Type of property 

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

8/11/17

 

11353

 

With reference to the reconnections scheme for rough sleepers;

1.       How many rough sleepers have been reconnected from your local authority area to locations outside the United Kingdom since 2012, broken down case by case and annually?

2.       What is the cost of international reconnections from your local authority area since 2012, broken down case by case and annually?

3.       Where international reconnections from your local authority area have occurred since 2012, which countries have rough sleepers been reconnected to, how many people have been reconnected to each country, and in which year did the reconnections happen?

4.       Where international reconnections from your local area have occurred since 2012, for each case, what is the main mode of transport used for the reconnection?

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  our response below:

Response

2015, Man reconnected to Serbia via Plane, £168.00

2015, Man reconnected to Knock, Ireland via Plane, £155.03

2016, Man reconnected to Poland, via Bus, £51.04

2016, Man reconnected to Romania via Plane, £78.49

2016, Man reconnected to Latvia via Plane, £62.99

2017, Man reconnected to Prague via Plane, £80.49

NB: we do not hold information for previous years.

 

7/11/17

 

11354

 

Please provide a list (in Excel format) of all planning applications submitted on or after 1st October

2013 where no decision was made within 26 weeks (unless a longer period has been agreed in

writing between the applicant and the local planning authority) and NO refund of fees has been

made to date. The information should be provided in the following format/columns.

Col 1: Planning Application Number

Col 2: Applicant Name

Col 3: Planning Application Date

Col 4: Planning Application Fee Paid / £

Col 5: Decision Due By Date

Col 6: Decision Date Actual

Col 7: Extension Agreed (if appropriate) - Yes or No?

Could you also inform me if your council publishes extension of time agreements on the planning portal.

I enclose a copy of the information you requested.

In response to your question as to whether the Council publishes extension of time agreements on the planning portal, this is published on the website within each individual planning application under ‘Important Dates’ and titled ‘Agreed Expiry Date’.

Please contact:

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

 

25/10/17

 

11355

 

Please provide us with any documents or records which you hold in relation to asbestos at Margaret Beaufort Middle School.  This includes the following type of document:

Reports

Inspections

Memoranda

Registers

Surveys

Site Plans

In particular we request documents or records which relate to periods 1982 -1987

Thank you for your requests for information about asbestos at Margaret Beaufort Middle School records which relate to periods 1982 to1987, Riseley Lower School records which relate to periods 1976 to1984 and Sharnbrook Upper School records which relate to periods 1985 to 1990, which we received on 19th October 2017 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

 

Not held by Bedford Borough Council - Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist on 1st April 2009.  The Property Services department have advised that they are unable to find any information for the timescale that the information has been requested.

 

7/11/17

 

11356

 

Please provide us with any documents or records which you hold in relation to asbestos at Riseley Lower School.  This includes the following type of document:

Reports

Inspections

Memoranda

Registers

Surveys

Site Plans

In particular we request documents or records which relate to periods 1982 -1987

 

As 11355

 

11357

 

Please provide us with any documents or records which you hold in relation to asbestos at Sharnbrook Upper School.  This includes the following type of document:

Reports

Inspections

Memoranda

Registers

Surveys

Site Plans

In particular we request documents or records which relate to periods 1982 -1987

As 11355

 

11358

 

Please would it be possible to receive information on the following questions for the [insert police region] region; 

Q1. How many car thefts and break-ins have been recorded in your force area over the last 3 years? (Please provide separate figures for 2016, 2015, and 2014 broken down on a month by month basis)

Q2. How many of the above incidents have been a) car thefts b) car break-ins and c) theft of the car key from the owner's home, and the theft of the vehicle? (Please provide separate figures for 2016, 2015, and 2014 broken down on a month by month basis)

Q3. How many of these thefts recorded the loss of Christmas presents from the car, over the last 3 years? (Please provide separate figures for 2016, 2015, and 2014 broken down on a month by month basis) 

Clarification sought from requester

 

 

11359

 

 I request the following information relating to allegations of child sexual abuse by staff members at boarding schools, that were reported to your local authority since the introduction of the Local Authority Designated Officer role in 2007.

If this request will take longer than the approved number of research hours to complete an FOI request, then please amend this request to only provide details relating to allegations that have been reported to you since Jan 1st2012.

For ease I have included the list of boarding schools (and their addresses) that fall under the jurisdiction of your Local Authority.

For clarity, I can confirm the information you provide will be only used to provide national statistics, and the specific information provided by your local authority will not be examined or broadcast in isolation.

1) How many school staff have been accused of the sexual abuse of a pupil from the boarding schools listed below since the introduction of the Local Authority Designated Officer role in 2007?  

This figure will relate only to incidents which were reported to your local authority/ LADO, and ‘since 2007’ refers to when reported to you, rather than when the alleged incident took place 

2) This information should be broken down by case and should include: 

a) The year the alleged incident was reported to the Local Authority/LADO (calendar year) 

b) The year the alleged incident took place (calendar year(s) 

c) The job title of the accused staff member, to be limited to ‘teacher’ or ‘non-teacher’ 

d) What was the judgment made during the allegation management meeting? Options include unfounded, unsubstantiated or substantiated,or add another as needed (NB: specific details of further actions followed are included in questions below) 

e) During the investigation into the allegation, or following its conclusion, did the council/LADO or school report the alleged incident to the police (answers should be ‘yes’ or ‘no’). 

f)  Was the staff member suspended as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ ‘no’ or 'don't know'). 

g)  Was the staff member disciplined or given a written warning as a result of the incident (answers should be 'no', 'disciplined', 'written warning' or 'don't know'). 

 h) Was the staff member given further training as a result of the incident  (answers should be  ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or don't know'). 

i) Was the staff member dismissed as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ ,‘no’ or 'don't know'). 

j) Did the Local Authority/LADO or school send a referral to the Disclosure and barring service about this incident (answers should be ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or 'don't know'). 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

You requested:

 

1) How many school staff have been accused of the sexual abuse of a pupil from the boarding schools listed below since the introduction of the Local Authority Designated Officer role in 2007?  

 

This figure will relate only to incidents which were reported to your local authority/ LADO, and ‘since 2007’ refers to when reported to you, rather than when the alleged incident took place. 

 

Answer: Since 2007, we can confirm that no staff from Bedford School have been reported to the LADO, accused of sexually abusing children.

 

2) This information should be broken down by case and should include: 

 

a) The year the alleged incident was reported to the Local Authority/LADO (calendar year) 


b) The year the alleged incident took place (calendar year(s) 


c) The job title of the accused staff member, to be limited to ‘teacher’ or ‘non-teacher’ 

 

d) What was the judgment made during the allegation management meeting? Options include unfounded, unsubstantiated or substantiated, or add another as needed (NB: specific details of further actions followed are included in questions below) 


e) During the investigation into the allegation, or following its conclusion, did the council/LADO or school report the alleged incident to the police (answers should be ‘yes’ or ‘no’). 


f)  Was the staff member suspended as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ ‘no’ or 'don't know'). 


g)  Was the staff member disciplined or given a written warning as a result of the incident (answers should be 'no', 'disciplined', 'written warning' or 'don't know'). 

 

 h) Was the staff member given further training as a result of the incident  (answers should be  ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or don't know'). 


i) Was the staff member dismissed as a result of the incident (answers should be ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or 'don't know'). 

 

j) Did the Local Authority/LADO or school send a referral to the Disclosure and barring service about this incident (answers should be ‘yes’ , ‘no’ or 'don't know'). 

 

Answer: N/A

 

 

2/11/17

 

11360

 

Please send me:

1.       Statistics on the average change in annual income families with children in your local authority area have experienced as a result of the changes to welfare payments and benefit rules since 2010.

2.       Statistics on the average change in annual income disabled people living in your local authority area have experienced as a result of the changes to welfare payments and benefit rules since 2010.

3.       The number of housing evictions that have taken place in your local area as a result of either the Benefit Cap and/or the Bedroom Tax.

4.       Statistics on the number of people in your local authority who have had a social care assessment and are now being supported by a paid care worker.   

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

 

  1. Statistics on the average change in annual income families with children in your local authority area have experienced as a result of the changes to welfare payments and benefit rules since 2010. The Council does not hold this information.

 

  1. Statistics on the average change in annual income disabled people living in your local authority area have experienced as a result of the changes to welfare payments and benefit rules since 2010.The Council does not hold this information.

 

  1. The number of housing evictions that have taken place in your local area as a result of either the Benefit Cap and/or the Bedroom Tax. The Council has no Housing stock and holds no information regarding tenant evictions.

 

4.       Statistics on the number of people in your local authority who have had a social care assessment and are now being supported by a paid care worker.   During 2016/17, 1,165 people were referred to adult social care that then went on to, at some point during that year, receive a service deemed to be classified as a ‘paid care worker’.

 

31/10/17

 

11361

 

I am writing under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act to request information regarding pest control services supplied to residents and businesses within your council jurisdiction over the past four financial years.

1) For each year, please state whether you provided in-house public pest control services or used services supplied by external contractors (contracted to the council).

 

2) What was your annual budget each year for environmental health and for public pest control in particular? Please state these separately and indicate whether the figure provided for the environmental health budget includes the figure for the public pest control budget.

 

3)      What was a) your gross annual expenditure and b) your gross annual revenue each year from offering public pest control services? 

4)      What was the total number of pest control requests that your in-house or contracted operators responded to each year? These include call-out visits, treatments and repeat treatments, but exclude advice provided via telephone or e-mail. Please give the number of requests for each of the following species (where applicable)

Pending

 

 

11362

 

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

Cawne Close

Wilstead

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link

Planning

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.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

9/11/17

 

11363

 

Please disclose the full details of what the Council Pension Fund currently invests in, including all individual investments held by funds or institutions associated with it down to each individual security.

Please note that this is in accordance with UK and European statutes including the Transparency Directive of 2004 (rev 2013) of the European Securities and Markets Authority.

To be clear I wish to obtain the full listing of specific securities both directly and indirectly held by the pension fund including exposure via any legal vehicle, be it investment vehicle, exchange traded fund, or any other regulated or non-regulated structure.  

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

Please find the information you requested attached. 

 

Please contact:

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

 

2/11/17

 

11364

 

1.      Does the council outsource their transactional services to another authority or shared service?

2.      Which Finance system is used by the authority (Oracle, Agresso, Sage, E-Financial, SAP etc.)

3.      Has this finance system been used for the last 6 years?

a.       If no, what finance system was previously in place?

b.      When did this system change take place?

4.      Please state the total number of Accounts Payable invoices processed by the authority in the last financial year (16/17) 

5.      Please provide a breakdown of the total value of Accounts Payable invoices (3rd party supplier spend) for each of the last 6 years.

6.      How many active suppliers are currently on the Supplier Masterfile?

7.      How many inactive suppliers are currently on the Supplier Masterfile?

8.      Is 3rd party pre-payment software utilised by the authority to prevent invoice payment errors from occurring?

a.      If so, please provide contract period

9.      Over the last 6 years, please state the name(s) of all external organisation(s) used to review Accounts Payable transactions and identify and recover erroneous payments (Duplicates, Overpayments, VAT input errors or credits on statements), and the period(s) reviewed by each.

a.      Please state the total value of moneys recovered by each provider in the period(s) reviewed. 

b.      Please state the total amount paid to any external parties/ total cost to of utilising these services, for this review work.  

10.  Do you use any external provider to ensure invoices correlate to the 
contract charges i.e. checking volume discounts have been applied (please 
state name)?

a.     What % fee or rates does the authority pay for this service?  

11.   Please provide a contact list for finance & procurement departments at the authority

12.  What internal controls does the authority have to prevent payment errors occurring (3 way matching, no PO no PAY, invoice scanning etc.)

13.  Does the authority conduct supplier statement reconciliation exercises on any suppliers?

a.     If so, what selection criteria is adhered to?

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached. 

 

Please contact:

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

13/11/17

 

11365

 

 1) A copy of the Council's current operational guidance for SEND High Needs Funding allocation (a URL to current policy document would be fine);

2) Information that describes 'banding' or 'element' arrangements that the Council uses to guide/distribute its allocation of High Needs Block funding from the DSG;

3) Information showing the maximum High Needs or Top-Up funding allocation (in pounds) that each specific band or element attracts in the current year (2017-18);

4) Information showing the maximum High Needs or Top-Up funding allocation (in pounds) that each specific band or element attracted for each of the last two years (2015-16 and 2016-17).

5) High Needs Block (of DSG) budget and outturn for financial years 2015-16, 2016-17 and forecast for 2017-18.  If any overspend in the financial years, how the council is/has mitigated this?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

1.    A copy of the Council’s current operational guidance for SEND High Needs Funding allocation (a URL to current policy document would be fine);

Response: See document attached - Agenda Item 8

2.    Information that describes 'banding' or 'element' arrangements that the Council uses to guide/distribute its allocation of High Needs Block funding from the DSG;

Response: See document attached - Special school funding banding Descriptors

3.    Information showing the maximum High Needs or Top-Up funding allocation (in pounds) that each specific band or element attracts in the current academic year (2017-18);

Response:  See document attached – Rates 2017 to 2018

4.    Information showing the maximum High Needs or Top-Up funding allocation (in pounds) that each specific band or element attracted for each of the last two years (2015-16 and 2016-17).

Response: See document attached – Rates 2016 to 2017

5.    High Needs Block (of DSG) budget and outturn for financial years 2015-16, 2016-17 and forecast for 2017-18.  If any overspend in the financial years, how the council is/has mitigated this?

Response:

 

 

 

£000

2015-16

Budget

21,613

 

Outturn

19,978

No overspend

 

 

 

 

 

2016-17

Budget

22,038

 

Outturn

21,621

No overspend

 

 

 

 

 

2017-18

Budget

22,133

 

Forecast as at 31 October 2017

21,256

No anticipated overspend

 

 

 

If funding allocations for each band/element in 2017-18 are identical to those in 2015-16 and/or 2016-17, please say so.

Response:  Only inflationary increase added

If it is more efficient for you to provide these allocations based on financial years rather than academic years, please use financial years instead.

Response: N/A

If the Council has changed its banding arrangements during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 periods, please provide information showing the previous banding arrangements as well as the current ones.

Response: N/A

Please contact:

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

 

 

16/11/17

 

11366

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, please can you provide the following information:

1) The number of vehicles reported as abandoned within your local authority area in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

2) The number of abandoned vehicles removed by your local authority in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

3) The number of abandoned vehicles destroyed by your local authority in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

4) The amount of money spent by your local authority on removing and destroying abandoned vehicles in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

5) The amount of money in fines distributed by your local authority to people for abandoning their vehicles in 2017 (to date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Please see our response below:

1)   

2017 (to date)  - 856

2016 - 904

2015 - 432

2014 - 406

2013 - 357

2012 – 215

 

2)   

2017 - 82

2016 - 106

2015 - 40

2014 - 21

2013 - 19

2012 - 9

3)    2017 (to date) – 115 (this is greater than number removed as some would have been impounded in 2016 awaiting a decision to destroy in 2017).

2016 - 116

2015 - 30

2014 - 19

2013 - 15

2012 - 5

4)   

Data held is for financial year and is the costs we have been charged by our contractors for removing and disposing of the vehicles, this does not include the Councils Officer time spent investigating the vehicle.

2017/18 (to date) - £4,308

2016/17 - £9,442

2015/16 - £2,643

2014/15 - £1,333

2013/14 - £1,226

2012/13 - £6,461

5)   

The below data is number of FPN’s (£200) issued for abandoning a vehicle.

2017 (to date) – 22

2016 - 16

2015 - 1

2014 - 0

2013 - 0

2012 - 0 

 

8/11/17

 

11367

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST -
WASTE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL
TONNAGES AND FACILITIES USED.

AUTHORITY NAME:
RECYCLED
COMPOSTED -OPEN WINDROW
COMPOSTED - CLOSED SYSTEM
ANAEROBIC DIGESTION
Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT)
EFW
RDF EXPORT
LANDFILL
For the following years
TONNAGE    
2008/9 2009/10 2010/11 
2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 
2014/15 2015/16 2016/17

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

Please find the completed information in the attached spreadsheet.  The information has been completed from when the Council became a unitary authority in 2009.  Further information can be found at Waste Data

 

1/11/17

 

11368

 

1.How many valid planning applications were received from September 2015 to September 2017 which involved an element of energy production? 
2.How many of these applications were approved, either as outline permission, or conditionally/unconditionally in the following categories, please indicate whether the energy production was (a) microgeneration/predominantly for the use of the site, or (b) for the local or national energy grid?

Microgeneration/site
fossil fuels     
biomass     
energy from waste     
wind     
photovoltaic/solar     
tidal     
hydro 

whether these are only

 Approved

 Refused

 National/local

grid Approved

Refused

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

 

The information requested is publicly available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link:

Search Plans

To help give you some guidance, if you click on the link titled ‘To view and comment on planning applications from 1995’ and enter your own criteria into the box titled ‘Description Keyword’ in the Advanced Search, i.e. the type of energy of interest, this will show planning applications/permissions relating to these specific matters.

25/10/17

 

11369

 

Can you please tell me if you have any proposals for any railway, tramway, light railway or monorail schemes within the Bedford local authority boundary?

Please find our response below:

There are no known plans by the Council or external bodies to introduce a tramway, light railway or monorail within Bedford Borough.

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

East West Rail Western Section

Midland Mainline Electrification

 

25/10/17

 

11370

 

Under FOI please provide the following information relating to how the council rosters its staff.

•   Does the council currently use rostering software?

•   Please state the name(s) of all rostering software used, split by the following departments.  Where no rostering software is used, please explain how these staff are rostered:  a. Adult Services, b. Reablement Team c. Children Services, d. Education, e. Environmental, e. Other (please specify)

•  Does the council store its rostering data on its own servers or in the Cloud? Again please provide this information for each of the following staffing groups:  a. Adult Services, b. Reablement Team c. Children Services, d. Education, e. Environmental, e. Other (please specify)

•   What other rostering systems are used by the council?   Please state the names of any providers used and what they are used for

•  Please provide details of contract duration and when they expire

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

Please find the information you requested attached

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

 

13/11/17

 

11371

 

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

Annes Court

St. Leonards Avenue

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link

Planning

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.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

9/11/17

 

11372

 

 Please provide information to the cost of barrister and solicitors in court cases in the Republic of Ireland in which I have knowledge of one case with at least 12 hearings. Also please provide a breakdown of each hearings cost from February this year to date

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 external legal costs of barristers and solicitors in the Republic of Ireland received from February 2017 to date (but yet not paid) for Bedford Borough Council in relation to the case in question are €24,215.23.

As requested, please find below a breakdown of each hearing costs (UK) from February 2017 to date:

17/02/17 - £480 (inc VAT)

27/02/17 - £912 (inc VAT)

23/08/17 - £840 (inc VAT)

18/10/17 - £1,350 (inc VAT)

Please note these are the only costs we have received so far, there are potentially further legal costs still to come.

20/11/17

 

11373

 

I would like to obtain recent information, from the council, relating to unclaimed business rate credit balances. Please also indicate when the requested information (spreadsheet or website) has been updated.

I am aware that all billing authorities hold on account sums of money that are due to be returned to ratepayers, and for a variety of reasons have not been repaid and maybe considered untraceable by the council.

I therefore request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all incorporated companies, within the authorities billing area, with credits of £2,500 and above, including the following information:

The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances remain payable

  1. The value of over payment in each case which remain unclaimed
  2. The years(s) in which over payment was made and the hereditament address
  3. The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances have been written back on to the NDR account
  4. The value of write back in each case which remains unclaimed
  5. The Year(s) in which write back was made (if available) and the hereditament address that the write back relates to.

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

 

 

8/11/17

 

11374

 

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

Please could you tell me, the number of School Crossing Patrol roles (known as lollipop men and women) in your local authority area.

I would like the information for each of the following academic years:

:: September 1, 2017 to date

:: September 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017

:: September 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016

:: September 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015

:: September 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014

:: September 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013

Please could you also tell me, for each of the academic years above, the following information:

:: The number of men and number of women employed as School Crossing Patrol working in your local authority area.

:: The mean (average) age of School Crossing Patrol workers

:: The mean (average) hourly pay of School Crossing Patrol workers

:: Whether each School Crossing Patrol is paid for by the local authority, a local school, a mixture of both, or another body (please state which).

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 chart 

 

20/11/17

 

11375

 

I am writing on behalf of the Access to Records Campaign Group with a Freedom of Information request.

1.   How many Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act 1998 did your Local Authority / Data Controller receive in the following years?

 i.        2014

 ii.        2015                                        iii.        2016

2.How many Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act 1998 did your Local Authority / Data Controller receive from adult care leavers for their own social care records in the following years?

i.        2014

ii.        2015

iii.        2016

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 Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act 1998 did your Local Authority / Data Controller receive in the following years?

                                              i.        2014 12

 

                                             ii.        2015 28

 

                                            iii.        2016 29

2.            How many Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act 1998 did your Local Authority / Data Controller receive from adult care leavers for their own social care records in the following years?

                                              i.        2014 one

 

                                             ii.        2015 none

 

                                            iii.        2016 two 

 

8/11/17

 

11376

 

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Could I please request the following information

1) The budget for your council's press office/media department in 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17

2) The headcount of staff employed in your council's press office/media department in 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17

3) A structure chart and job descriptions and salary bands for the media relations/press office team currently employed by your council.

Please find the information you requested below:

1.

 

 Year

Total

Staffing only

 

£000

£000

2011/12

458

253

2012/13

397

204

2013/14

374

190

2014/15

312

192

2015/16

290

195

2016/17

278

200

2.

 

Year

Headcount (FTE)

2011/12

6 (FTE 5.65)

2012/13

5 (FTE 4.55)

2013/14

5 (FTE 4.55)

2014/15  

5 (FTE 4.15)

2015/16

5 (FTE 4.40)

2016/17

5 ( FTE 4.41)

a)Structure Chart:

b)Please find attached the job descriptions.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 for a copy of the Organisation Chart and job descriptions

c) Salary bands:

 

Internal Communications Officer

£32,486-£35,444

Communications Officer X2

£30,153-£31,601

Marketing and Sponsorship Officer

£32,486-£35,444

Manager for Communications & Marketing

£52,499-£58,938

 

20/11/17

 

11377

 

1) The total amount of public money that has been spent on the school by Bedford Borough Council, including in its consulting, planning, construction and all other stages. Please note this includes demolition of the previous town hall, and the new footbridge across the Ouse River.

  Pending

 

 

11378

 

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

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

Con29 3.13 Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property) –

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

9/11/17

 

11379

 

 How many fines has your local authority levied on letting agents for breaches of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 since it came into force?

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:

How many fines has your local authority levied on letting agents for breaches of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 since it came into force?

Since the Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force Bedford Borough Council have currently levied 0 fines against letting agents for breaches of the Act.

1/11/17

 

11380

 

 I would like to know:

-       How many tenant complaints have been made about the state of local authority housing, for each of the last five years

-       How many of these complaints resulted in work being done on a tenant’s property, broken down for each of the last five years

-       How many units of local authority housing do you have, broken down for each of the last five years

-       How many people are on the waiting list for a council house, broken down for each of the last five years

Please see your request and our response below:

How many tenant complaints have been made about the state of local authority housing, for each of the last five years?

How many of these complaints resulted in work being done on a tenant’s property, broken down for each of the last five years?

How many units of local authority housing do you have, broken down for each of the last five years?

How many people are on the waiting list for a council house, broken down for each of the last five years?

Bedford Borough Council’s social housing stock was transferred to Bedford Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA) in 1990. They can be contacted at http://www.bpha.org.uk/

26/10/17

 

11381

 

 Please provide the following information relating to council owned and/or operated car parks within Bedford.

The names of all council owned and/or operated public car parks and corresponding space numbers

Number of On-Street parking spaces within Bedford. 

Ticket and contract parking revenue generated at the council’s off-street car parks during the 2016/17 financial year

Ticket and contract parking revenue generated by the council’s on-street parking spaces during the 2016/17 financial year

PCN/ECN revenue generated at the above during the same period

Operating expenses incurred at the above during the same period

Details of any capital expenditure/improvement works undertaken in any of the above car parks during the same period

If, in accordance with the Traffic Management Act 2004, the council produces an Annual Parking Report containing the above information, please provide a copy of this report. 

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. 

The names of all council owned and/or operated public car parks and corresponding space numbers

See attachment

Number of On-Street parking spaces within Bedford.

3981

Ticket and contract parking revenue generated at the council’s off-street car parks during the 2016/17 financial year

£2,280,500

Ticket and contract parking revenue generated by the council’s on-street parking spaces during the 2016/17 financial year

£982,900

PCN/ECN revenue generated at the above during the same period

£758,400

Operating expenses incurred at the above during the same period

£3,174,500

Details of any capital expenditure/improvement works undertaken in any of the above car parks during the same period

Window replacement at Queen Street Multi Storey Car Park.

If, in accordance with the Traffic Management Act 2004, the council produces an Annual Parking Report containing the above information, please provide a copy of this report. 

There is currently no annual report for the period.

10/11/15

 

11382

 

I would be grateful if you would supply a list of addresses for current HMO licensed properties in the Bedford area including the name(s) and correspondence address (es) for the license holders. 

I am making this request for full details as required by Section 232 (1) (a) of the Act as prescribed by the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulation 2006).

I refer to your enquiry for information held by the Council submitted on the 24th October 2017 requesting information on Houses in Multiple Occupation licensed by the Borough 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 which was supplied to you by email.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the information

 

 

16/11/17

 

 

11383

 

Would you please provide me with the following information for commercial premises which are currently vacant and where the rateable value of the property exceeds £10,000. The information should include:

The Full address including postcode

Property reference number

The name of the account holder where it is not an individual (if it is, please leave it blank)

The rateable value of the property

The date on which the premises first became vacant

The type of property (if such information is easily included)

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

8/11/17

 

11384

 

- How many allegations of a) sexual assault and b) sexual harassment has your council received relating to social service' staff in each of the past four calendar years? These include full time employees and contractors.

- In how many of the cases were any of the alleged victims under 18 at the time of the alleged offence?

- In how many of the cases were any of the alleged victims current or former clients/customers?

- For each case, did it lead to i) internal disciplinary proceedings, ii) external disciplinary proceedings (i.e. through a regulator) and/or iii) a financial settlement?

- For each case, please provide a broad description of the allegations involved, including the number of alleged victims / alleged perpetrators; their age (within a 10-year band); the date of the alleged offence and whether the alleged perpetrator occupied a managerial position.

- For each case, please list the gender of the alleged perpetrator and the alleged victim. Alternatively, provide totals for the genders of the alleged perpetrators and alleged victims across all of your cases.

- For each case which was dealt with by disciplinary proceedings, please state how many alleged offenders were i) fired; ii) suspended, iii) received written or verbal warnings.

- Please provide the value of any financial settlement in each case.

- Did any settlements (financial or otherwise) include clauses placing any restriction on the ability of the alleged victim to discuss the events involved - or the council itself? If so, how many?

Please find your request and our response below:

How many allegations of a) sexual assault and b) sexual harassment has your council received relating to social services’ staff in each of the past four calendar years?

None.

In how many of the cases were any of the alleged victims under 18 at the time of the alleged offence?

Not applicable.

In how many of the cases were any of the alleged victims current or former clients/customers?

Not applicable.

For each case, did it lead to i) internal disciplinary proceedings, ii) external disciplinary proceedings (i.e. through a regulator) and/or iii) a financial settlement?

Not applicable.

For each case, please provide a broad description of the allegations involved, including the number of alleged victims / alleged perpetrators; their age (within a 10-year band); the date of the alleged offence and

whether the alleged perpetrator occupied a managerial position.

Not applicable.

For each case, please list the gender of the alleged perpetrator and the alleged victim. Alternatively, provide totals for the genders of the alleged perpetrators and alleged victims across all of your cases.

Not applicable.

For each case which was dealt with by disciplinary proceedings, please state how many alleged offenders were i) fired; ii) suspended, iii) received written or verbal warnings.

Not applicable.

Please provide the value of any financial settlement in each case.

Not applicable.

Did any settlements (financial or otherwise) include clauses placing any restriction on the ability of the alleged victim to discuss the events involved - or the council itself? If so, how many?

Not applicable.

17/11/17

 

11385

 

1.    We would like to know the average weekly rate you paid to care home providers for people aged 65+ for the financial years 2015-16 and 2016-17:

a.    Personal care, basic rate

b.    Personal care, dementia needs

c.    Nursing care, basic rate

d.    Nursing care, dementia needs.

These figures should be exclusive of any NHS continuing healthcare funding contributions.

If you pay a single rate regardless of needs for residential and/or nursing care, please supply as the ‘basic rate’.

2.            We would like to know how many care home places for people aged 65+ you funded for the financial years 2015-16 and 2016-17:

a.            Partly funded

b.            Wholly funded

3. Of those people aged 65+ residing in a care home that you wholly funded in 2015-16 and 2016-17:

a.            How many entered into a third-party top-up contract with you in 2015-16?

b.            How many entered into a third-party top-up contract with you in 2016-17?

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

Please find the information requested within the spreadsheet enclosed.

Please contact:

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

14/11/17

 

11386

 

 I am interested to know what agreements the organisation has around General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance services, replaces the 1995 EU directive (Directive 95/46/EC) and was introduced in May 2016 with full enforcement due in May 2018.

If the organisation does have agreement in place, please can you provide me with the information below?

a)       Supplier- name of the supplier

b)      Contract Spend- The total annual spend of the agreement.

c)       Contract Duration- please provide me with the number of years and any potential extensions on the agreement.

d)      Contract Description- Brief description sentence of the service provided under the agreement.

e)      Start Date- When the agreement went like please provide me with the month and year.

f)        Expiry Date- When the agreement is likely to be expired. Month and year.

g)       Review Date- When is it likely the contract will be reviewed? Month and year.

h)      Contact details of the responsible for the contract(s) above. Name, Job Title, Contact Number and Email ID.

If the organisation does not yet have the GDPR agreement in place please can you provide me with the following information:

1.       When does the organisation plan to have this agreement in place?

2.       When do you plan to go out to market for GDPR

3.       Who within the organisation will be responsible for this agreement?

4.       Any other notes the organisation can provide in relation to the future procurement of compliance services.

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. 

 

23/11/17

 

11387

 

Re. School funding and expenditure for financial years: 2014-15 to 2016-17

1.What was the high needs funding block income for each year?

2.What was the high needs spending for each year?

3.What was the shortfall in the high needs budget for each year?

If there was a shortfall, how has it  been dealt with in each of those three years (2014-15 to 2016-17)?

Please select at least one of the following four options:

1. Transfers of funding from other blocks of the Dedicated Schools Grant

2. Use of reserves

3. Carrying forward overspends 

4. Other (please state)

What is the projected shortfall in high needs funding for 2017-2018 and, if available, 2018-19?

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

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested here on school funding

 

 

16/11/17

11388

 

In terms of the Freedom of Information Act of 2000, and subject to section 40(2) on personal data, could you please provide me with a complete and up-to-date list of all business (non-residential) property rates data for your local authority, and including the following fields:

Business addresses and their occupiers with rateable values between £2,000 and £14,600 that are NOT in receipt of small business rate relief.

Please also list their property description, actual liability (i.e. rates payable), what date they are liable from and indicate if the account is live or not.

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

8/11/17

 

11389

 

 Can you please supply the following information. On children referred to children’s social care by the NSPCC for each of the years ending 31st March 2015, 2016 and 2017 and for the 6 months from 1st April 2017 to 30th September 2017.:
  1. How many referrals were made by the NSPCC
  2. How many children were referred by the NSPCC
  3. How many of the above referrals led to an episode as a child in need
  4. What was the initial category of need in the above episodes of need
  5. How many of the above referrals led to a Strategy discussion
  6. How many of the above referrals led to a section 47 enquiry
  7. How many of the above referrals led to a child being placed on a child protection plan
  8. What was the category of abuse allocated at the start of these child protection plans
  9. How many children referred above became looked after looked after
  10. How many of the children referred by NSPCC became looked after children and left care to be adopted
  11. How many of the children referred by NSPCC became looked after children and are currently on a placement order

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

Can you please supply the following information. On children referred to children’s social care by the NSPCC for each of the years ending 31st March 2015, 2016 and 2017 and for the 6 months from 1st April 2017 to 30th September 2017.:

How many referrals were made by the NSPCC

  • 2014/15 = 8
  • 2015/16 =20
  • 2016/17 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 33

How many children were referred by the NSPCC

  • 2014/15 = 8
  • 2015/16 =20
  • 2016/17 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 33

How many of the above referrals led to an episode as a child in need

  • 2014/15 = 8
  • 2015/16 =20
  • 2016/17 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 33

What was the initial category of need in the above episodes of need

  • 2014/15 = 8 Abuse & Neglect
  • 2015/16 = 20 Abuse & Neglect
  • 2016/17 =  *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) =  *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 33 Abuse & Neglect

How many of the above referrals led to a Strategy discussion

  • 2014/15 = 7
  • 2015/16 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2016/17 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 15

How many of the above referrals led to a section 47 enquiry

  • 2014/15 = 5
  • 2015/16 =*suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2016/17 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 13

How many of the above referrals led to a child being placed on a child protection plan

  • 2014/15 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2015/16 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2016/17 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = 0
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 6

What was the category of abuse allocated at the start of these child protection plans

  • 2014/15 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2015/16 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2016/17 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = n/a
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5

How many children referred above became looked after looked after

  • 2014/15 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2015/16 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2016/17 = *suppressed due to low numbers below 5
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = 0
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 6

How many of the children referred by NSPCC became looked after children and left care to be adopted

  • 2014/15 = 0
  • 2015/16 = 0
  • 2016/17 = 0
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = 0
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 0

How many of the children referred by NSPCC became looked after children and are currently on a placement order

  • 2014/15 = 0
  • 2015/16 = 0
  • 2016/17 = 0
  • 2017/18 (so far as at 27/10/2017) = 0
  • Whole period (01/04/2014 to 27/10/2017) = 0

 

*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.

9/11/17

 

11390

 

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

The software used by the Media/Communications team to manage press enquiries, send press releases, monitor the media and maintain a press contacts database.

The software used by the Media/Communications team to manage and store interactions with stakeholders (e.g. the media, regulators, government agencies, the community, the public)

The software used by the Public Affairs or any other relevant team to monitor the political environment and Parliament and log interactions with politicians, civil servants, lobbying bodies, trade unions, etc.

Please find the information you requested below:

·         The software used by the Media/Communications team to manage press enquiries, send press releases, monitor the media and maintain a press contacts database.

We use Microsoft Office.

·         The software used by the Media/Communications team to manage and store interactions with stakeholders (e.g. the media, regulators, government agencies, the community, the public)

 We use Microsoft Office.

·         The software used by the Public Affairs or any other relevant team to monitor the political environment and Parliament and log interactions with politicians, civil servants, lobbying bodies, trade unions, etc.

N/A.

 

 

23/11/17

 

11391

 

How much has Bedford council received from the RNF from the government over the last 4 years and how much will it receive for next year.

Also how much of this funding was spent directly on young people and children service.

Please could I have the information per year given and spent from 2014.

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: 

The Council’s funding in terms of government grant was based on the Four Block Model which incorporated a number of elements; one being the Children’s RNF. Other elements included a Central Allocation being the basic support needed to finance the lowest level of need across the Council. The Council’s grant allocation also reflected its relative resources, i.e. its ability to raise Council Tax. It is difficult therefore to isolate one element such as the Children’s RNF and compare this to the Council’s locally determined spending decisions.

For the most recent years Government Grant has been reducing on a proportionate basis and therefore comparing Children’s spending over this period to the Children’s RNF is not appropriate.

For information Children’s spend is as follows:

2013/2014           £32.6m
2014/2015           £31.3m
2015/2016           £31.0m
2016/2017           £30.6m

 

30/11/17

11392

 

I write to you in relation to a contract you awarded.

Contract title: GB-Bedford: BBC572740 Home from Hospital and Reablement

Award Notice

Publication date of the award: 09/03/2017

Information Requested

In accordance with s.1 of the Act, which provides a general right of access to information held by public authorities, I wish to receive the following information:

A copy of the list of all bidders (company names) at PQQ and/or tender stageand, from those, the bidders who were successful

I request that any personal data relating to individuals is removed before this information is sent. Should the scorecards be unavailable I would request that the list of applicants only be submitted.

 

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.

Contract Awarded title: GB-Bedford: BBC572740 Home from Hospital and Reablement

A copy of the list of all bidders (company names) at PQQ and/or tender stage and, from those, the bidders who were successful

Bidders names: British Red Cross, Age UK Bedfordshire, Destiny Intergrated Care Ltd, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, Bedfordshire Supported Housing Ltd

Successful Bidder – British Red Cross

 

7/11/17

 

11393

 

Re: site on Holme Street

It is understood that the site previously formed part of a depot, which has since been redeveloped into a day nursery post 2000. 

We would therefore be grateful if you could confirm if any ground investigation reports are held for the site and immediate surrounding area and the nature/extent of works undertaken (if any).  Where possible please could we obtain copies of these for review?  Furthermore, we are looking to confirm whether any conditions were imposed on the development and if these have been appropriately discharged.

Please could you also confirm the risk ranking/priority status of the site under the Council’s Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part IIA undertaking)?

In addition, please could you provide responses to the below queries:

  1. Please provide details of any current or former landfills located within a 250m radius of the site.
  2. Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site? If yes what is the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?
  3. Do you hold any records of flooding at the subject site?

 

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

 

Please see attached

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

1/12/17

 

11394

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following financial information from Bedford Borough Council.

A.      Gross local authority budget for the financial year 2016/17, including:

1.      Gross amount of central government allocations (Settlement Funding Assessment) for the financial year 2016/17

2.      Gross amount of Council Tax revenue for the financial year 2016/17

3.      Gross amount of business rate income locally retained by the local authority for the financial year 2016/17

B.      Gross local authority budget for the financial year 2017/18, including:

1.      Gross amount of central government allocations (Settlement Funding Assessment) for the financial year 2017/18

2.      Gross amount of Council Tax revenue for the financial year 2017/18

3.      Gross amount of business rate income locally retained by the local authority for the financial year 2017/18

C.      Projected gross local authority budget for the financial year 2018/19, including:

1.      Projected gross amount of central government allocations (Settlement Funding Assessment) for the financial year 2018/19

2.      Projected gross amount of Council Tax revenue for the financial year 2018/19

3.      Projected gross amount of business rate income locally retained by the local authority for the financial year 2018/19

D.      Has the local authority carried out an impact assessment as to whether the local authority will be impacted negatively / positively / no impact by the plans to introduce 100% retention of business rates locally?

E.      If yes to [D], was the impact negative / positive / no impact for the local authority?

1.      If negative or positive, what was the difference?

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

Please find the information you requested attached. 

Please contact:

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

 

8/11/17

 

11395

 

 In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information on expenditure on adult social care services by Bedford Borough Council

A.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) on adult social care services in 2016/17, including details of:

1.      Gross local authority expenditure on residential care home services for older people (over 65) including nursing care for the financial year 2016/17

2.      Gross local authority expenditure on home care services (domiciliary care) for older people (over 65) for the financial year 2016/17

B.      Please provide the gross expenditure (actual spending) of [A1] as broken down by:

1.      Directly provided local authority services

2.      Commissioned through contracts with private providers

3.      Commissioned through contracts with voluntary providers

C.      Please provide the gross expenditure (actual spending) of [A2] as broken down by:

1.      Directly provided local authority services

2.      Commissioned through contracts with private providers

3.      Commissioned through contracts with voluntary providers

D.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) on adult social care services in 2014/15 and 2015/16, including detail of:

1.      Gross local authority expenditure on care home services for older people (over 65) including nursing care for the financial year 2014/15 and 2015/16

2.      Gross local authority expenditure on home care services (domiciliary care) for older people (over 65) for the financial year 2014/15 and 2015/16

E.      Allocated gross budget (expected spending) for adult social care services for the financial year 2017/18, including:

1.      Allocated gross budget for local authority expenditure on residential care home services for older people (over 65) including nursing care for the financial year 2017/18

2.      Allocated gross budget for local authority expenditure on home care services (domiciliary care) for older people (over 65) for the financial year 2017/18

F.       Projected gross budget (expected spending) for adult social care services for the financial year 2018/19, including details of:

1.      Projected gross budget for local authority expenditure on residential care home services for older people (over 65) including nursing care for the financial year 2018/19

2.      Projected gross budget for local authority expenditure on home care services (domiciliary care) for older people (over 65) for the financial year 2018/19

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached. 

Please contact:

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

 

22/11/17

 

11396

 

During the period of 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017:

1. How many individuals who received a ‘positive reasonable grounds decision’ or a ‘positive conclusive decision’ from the National Referral Mechanism - or otherwise identified themselves as victims of modern slavery - and applied for homelessness assistance pursuant to section 183 Housing Act 1996 were unsuccessful in their application? If you do not have a policy to take modern slavery into consideration when assessing applications for homelessness assistance, please state so.

2. How many potential victims did you refer to the NRM who had no fixed abode, lived in temporary accommodation or otherwise identified themselves as homeless?

3. Please provide an annual breakdown of the funding (£) allocated to the council’s Supporting People Budget over the last three financial years? 

Please find your request and our response below:

1.    How many individuals who received a ‘positive reasonable grounds decision’ or a ‘positive conclusive decision’ from the National Referral Mechanism - or otherwise identified themselves as victims of modern slavery - and applied for homelessness assistance pursuant to section 183 Housing Act 1996 were unsuccessful in their application? If you do not have a policy to take modern slavery into consideration when assessing applications for homelessness assistance, please state so.

Any person applying to the local authority as homeless is assessed under the Housing Act 1996 Part 7. We are unable to identify any specific cases where an applicant has been a victim of modern slavery without having to spend time going through case by case. The question does not give any time period and therefore we are unable to give consideration to the numbers of cases involved.

2.    How many potential victims did you refer to the NRM who had no fixed abode, lived in temporary accommodation or otherwise identified themselves as homeless?

None

3.    Please contact:

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

6/11/17

 

11397

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information on expenditure on adult learning disabilities by Bedford Borough Council.

A.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) on all adult learning disabilities services in the financial year of 2016/17 (Please provide the breakdown of expenditure by people aged 18-64 and 65+ if available).

B.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) in the financial year of 2016/17 on:

1.      residential services for adults with a learning disability in 2016/17

2.      supported accommodation for adults with a learning disability in 2016/17

(Please provide the breakdown of expenditure by people aged 18-64 and 65+ if available).

C.      Please provide the gross expenditure (actual spending) of [B] as broken down by:

1.      Directly provided local authority services

2.      Commissioned through contracts with private providers

3.      Commissioned through contracts with voluntary providers

D.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) on all adult learning disabilities services in 2014/15 and 2015/16, including detail of:

1.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) on residential services for adults with a learning disability in financial year 2014/15 and 2015/16

2.      Gross local authority expenditure (actual spending) on supported accommodation for adults with a learning disability in the financial year 2014/15 and 2015/16

(Please provide the breakdown of expenditure by people aged 18-64 and 65+ if available).

E.      Allocated gross budget (expected spending) for adult learning disability services for the financial year 2017/18, including details of:

1.      Allocated gross budget for residential services for adults with a learning disability for the financial year 2017/18

2.      Allocated gross budget for supported accommodation for adults with a learning disability in 2017/18

(Please provide the breakdown of the allocated budget for services for people aged 18-64 and 65+ if available).

F.       Projected gross budget (expected spending) for adult learning disability services in 2018/19, including details of:

1.      Projected gross budget for residential services for adults with a learning disability for the financial year 2018/19

2.      Allocated gross budget for supported accommodation for adults with a learning disability in 2018/19

(Please provide the breakdown of the projected budget for services for people aged 18-64 and 65+ if available).

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

Please find the information you requested attached. 

 

Please contact:

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

 

22/11/17

 

11398

 

 In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information on population profiles and needs analysis for older people and people with a learning disability by Bedford Borough Council.

A.      Estimated total number of people:

1.      Aged 65+ residing within the local authority

2.      Aged 18-64 with a learning disability residing within the local authority

3.      Aged 65+ and with a learning disability residing within the local authority

If b. and c. are not available then please provide the estimated total number of people with a learning disability of any age residing within the local authority

B.      Projected % change in people residing within the local authority by 2021/22 (or alternatively to the nearest year that projected figure are available)

1.      Aged 65+

2.      Aged 18-64 with a learning disability

3.      Aged 65+ with a learning disability

If b. and c. are not available then please provide the projected % increase of total number of people with a learning disability of any age residing within the local authority

C.      Total number of people of older people (over 65) assessed for local authority adult social care support in 2016/17

D.      Total number of people assessed as qualifying for local authority adult social care support in 2016/17 in the following areas:

1.      Care home services for older people (over 65), including nursing homes

2.      Home care (domiciliary care) services for older people (over 65)

E.      Total number of people (over 65) in receipt of a personal budget

F.       Total number of people (over 65) in receipt of Direct Payments

G.      Total number of people with a learning disability assessed for local authority support for residential services for people with a learning disability

H.      Total number of people assessed as qualifying for local authority support for residential services for people with a learning disability in the following areas:

1.      Residential services for people with a learning disability (18-64)

2.      Residential services for people with a learning disability (over 65)

I.         Total number of people assessed as qualifying for local authority support for a learning disability who are in receipt of a personal budget

J.        Total number of people assessed as qualifying for local authority support for a learning disability who are in receipt of Direct Payment

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 the information you requested attached

 

Please contact:

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

 

 

16/11/17

 

11399

 

I am requesting the following information:

1. How do you currently accommodate young people (16-24 years old) and unaccompanied minors(UASC) within your borough?

2. How do you currently accommodate young people (16-24 years old) and unaccompanied minors(UASC) outside of borough?

3. Within your borough, how many young people aged between 16 & 24-year olds? and unaccompanied minors UASC) are living in –

a) Shared accommodation

b) 24 hours semi-independent accommodation

c) Self-contained

d) Mother and baby

e) Young Offenders

Outside of your borough, how many young people aged between 16 & 24-year olds? and unaccompanied minors UASC) are living in –

f) Shared accommodation

g) 24 hours semi-independent accommodation

h) Self-contained

i) Mother and baby

j) Young Offenders

4. How do you currently accommodate young people with Referral and Detention/Training Orders?

a. Have you found them hard to place?

b. If accommodation is made available, would you consider placing them in a Halfway House

5. How many young people, unaccompanied minors (UASC), mothers and baby and young offenders did you place in semi-independent accommodation between –:

a) 2014 – 2015

b) 2016 – 2017

6. Can you specify what was weekly cost for-?

a) 24-hour accommodation –  with and without support

                    I.     Lowest

                  II.     Highest

                III.     Average

b) Shared –  with and without support

                  IV.     Lowest

                    V.     Highest

                  VI.     Average

c) Studio –  with and without support

                VII.     Lowest

              VIII.     Highest

                  IX.     Average

d) Mother and baby –  with and without support

                    X.     Lowest

                  XI.     Highest

                XII.     Average

e) Young Offenders

              XIII.     Lowest

                XIV.     Highest

                  XV.     Average

7. Can you explain your commissioning process for supported living accommodation for care leavers 16 - 24-year-old, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC), mother and baby and young offenders? Do you spot purchase, have framework contacts/agreement or block contracts? Do you require more providers?

 

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

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested about accommodation for young people

 

21/11/17

 

11400

 

 Please supply under Freedom of Information rules all correspondence written or electronic with any person leading up to and concerning planning application

As the application of interest is a 2017 application, all correspondence in relation to planning applications received after November 2016 is publicly available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link: www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

 

To help give you some guidance, a ‘How To’ guide on this page explains how to view. This application is not yet determined so further correspondence could be received.

 

31/10/17

 

11401

 

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

Clarendon 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

 

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

Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link

Planning

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.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

 

16/11/17

 

11402

 

Please could you tell me:

:: The number of fines (financial penalties) 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 of this year).

:: 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 (please state)

:: 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 (please state)

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

 

1.   

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

Answer: 295

b)    the number given for truancy or repeated poor attendance

Answer: 56

c)    any other reason (please state)

Answer: 0

 

2.   

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

Answer: 274

b)    the number given for truancy or repeated poor attendance 

Answer: 35

c)    any other reason (please state)

Answer: 0

 

 

 

14/11/17

 

11403

 

In your last financial year, how much in total was spent by your local authority on:

  • Training taxi drivers and passenger assistants (or variation on wording of transport professionals) to transport children to and from school.
  • Training taxi drivers and passenger assistants (or variation on wording of transport professionals) to transport children with special educational needs, additional needs and disabilities to and from school.
  • Employees involved in providing or co-ordinating training for transport professionals.

 

In your last financial year, how much in total was budgeted by your local authority on:

  • Training transport professionals who transport children with Special Educational Needs
  • Training offered in support of transporting children to and from school provided by you.

Please find the information you requested below: 

This combines the training costs within transport and licensing.

 

Q1

Spend on training taxi drivers and passenger assistants (or variation on wording of transport professionals) to transport children to and from school.

 

£1,030

     
         

Q2

Spend on training taxi drivers and passenger assistants (or variation on wording of transport professionals) to transport children with special educational needs, additional needs and disabilities to and from school.

 

£8,620

     
         

Q3

Spend on employees involved in providing or co-ordinating training for transport professionals.

 

£12,110

     
         

Q4

Budget for training transport professionals who transport children with Special Educational Needs

 

£4,310

     
         

Q5

Budget for training offered in support of transporting children to and from school provided by you

 

Nil.

     

 

17/11/17

 

11404

 

There is a new fixed camera outside St. John Rigby school. I would like to know under FOI

1.   how much the cost of install is and ongoing cost.

2.  Who paid for it

3.  Is it aimed purely at the entrance or also those that double park adjacent

Please find your request and our response below:

1.    £26,000 for the installation of the camera and £600 per annum for maintenance.

2.    Bedford Borough Council.

3. It will only record those vehicles that park on the School Keep Clear markings.

 

23/11/17

 

11405

 

I write to ask you to provide me with information regarding the education and school placements given to children under 16 years of age with Special Educational Needs.

I would like you to supply me with the information requested for the past two school years (2015/16 and 2016/17).

I would ask you to provide the information in an excel document, broken down under the following headings:

Academic Year (2015/16 and 2016/17)

Category of Need (BESD, ASD, etc.)        

Name of School               

Type of school - (Maintained/non-maintained/independent)

Type of placement - (Day or 38 week placement)            

Cost of placement per year

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Response: Please see Excel document attached.

Please contact:

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

3/11/17

 

11406

 

Please see attached spreadsheet which contains 50 domestic addresses that have been either owned or managed by Genesis Housing Association (and its subsidiaries, listed below) within the borough of Bedford.

Genesis Housing Association

Genesis Housing Group

Genesis Housing

Genesis East (Springboard Housing)

Genesis West (PCHA / Paddington Churches Housing Association)

Genesis East Anglia (St Matthews Housing)

Genesis Supported West

Eastwards Trust

Genesis Community

Pathmeads

Grainger Geninvest

Stoke Quay New Homes

By way of this email I would like to formally request details of the liability periods for Genesis and its subsidiaries for the attached addresses. Please could you complete the attached spreadsheet, and return at your earliest convenience. For some addresses there may be multiple accounts/periods for Genesis Housing Association, so in this case please duplicate the address line where necessary.

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached 

Please contact:

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

 

 

15/11/17

 

11407

 

 1.    For construction and building maintenance contracts established since 1 January 2017, have you, or will you be putting in place monitoring and reporting whether your main contractors/suppliers are paying their sub-contractors/suppliers within 30 days? (Please choose]

A)   We are already monitoring and reporting that payment takes place within 30 days routinely

B)   We will be monitoring and reporting that payment takes place within 30 days routinely

C)   We don’t and will not be monitoring and reporting that payment takes place within 30 days

D)   If you don’t know, please provide information on what policy you do pursue

2.    For construction and building maintenance contracts established since 1 January 2017, have you built in a contractual requirement for your suppliers to pay the suppliers directly below them in the supply chain within 30 days (or are you taking steps to apply this)?[Please choose]

A)   We have built in a contractual requirement for payment to flow through the supply chain within 30 days routinely

B)   We are taking steps to apply a contractual requirement for payment to flow through the supply chain within 30 days routinely

C)   We have not and will not be building in a contractual requirement for payment to flow through the supply chain within 30 days

D)   If you don’t know, please provide information on what policy you do pursue

3.    For construction and building maintenance contracts established since 1 January 2017, do you deduct cash retentions from your main contractors/suppliers? [Please indicate any answers that describe your current position – it could be more than one]

A). We do not deduct cash retentions

B). We deduct cash retentions up to 5%

C). We deduct retention above 5%

4. When you regularly deduct cash retentions, do you use the cash:

[Please indicate any answers that describe your current position – it could be more than one]

A). To bolster your working capital

B). To fund other construction-related activities

C). To fund other activities (not related to construction)

D). To invest in overnight money markets

E) OTHER: Please specify

5. For construction and maintenance contracts established since January 2017:

[Please choose]

A). If you do not deduct cash retentions, do you insist that your main supplier/contractor does not deduct cash retentions from their sub-contractors/suppliers too.

B). You do not impose any contractual requirements on your main suppliers about cash retentions from their sub-contractors/suppliers

C). OTHER: Please specify​

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

I detail the information you requested below:

1C - We don’t and will not be monitoring and reporting that payment takes place within 30 days

2A - We have built in a contractual requirement for payment to flow through the supply chain within 30 days routinely

3B - We deduct cash retentions up to 5%

4E – The cash retention is reserved for future release to the contractor at the appropriate time in accordance with the contract

5B -  You do not impose any contractual requirements on your main suppliers about cash retentions from their sub-contractors/suppliers

 

9/11/17

 

11408

 

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

Poppyfields

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

 

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

Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link

Planning

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.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

9/11/17

 

11409

 

In the last financial year 2016/2017 please provide me with the number of settlements and the total amount paid as compensation to teachers or teaching assistants for injuries sustained at schools or outside schools. For each incident please provide me with the amount of compensation, costs and a summary of the claim.

Please clearly indicate any incidents where compensation was made to staff as a result of an injury sustained from an attack by a pupil, or in an incident when trying to restrain a violent pupil.

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 highlighted in your request below. 

There has been no settlements for compensation for injuries on teachers or teaching assistants.

There are has been no compensation made to staff as a result of injury sustained from an attack by a pupil or restraining a pupil.

There has been no payments made in 2016/2017 regardless of when the incident took place

1/11/17

 

11410

 

Please can you send me the email address for your transport department.

Please find the information you requested enclosed.

Please can you send me the email address for your transport department.

stephen.smith@bedford.gov.uk

 

20/11/17

 

11411

 

1. We would like to know what artworks the council has purchased in the financial years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17. This covers artworks such as paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures etc.

2. For each artwork we would like to know how much the council spent on it, the name of the artwork, the name of the artist and where it currently resides, for example on public display in a town hall, in the mayor's private office, in storage etc.

3. We would also like to know what artworks were sold in the same period. We would like to know the name of the artwork, the name of the artist, how much the artwork was sold for, and where possible when the artwork was bought, how much it was bought for, when it was sold and who it was sold to.

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

 

No artwork was purchased or sold within this timescale.

 

23/11/17

 

11412

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act can you please tell me the following information for the past three academic years (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 to date):

1) The total number of schools that come under your provision and how many are special needs schools (including PRUs, SEN schools, SEMH schools, SLD/ASD schools and PMLD schools)?

2a) For schools in your area, how many reports of physical violence were made against school staff by pupils?

2b) How many of these reports involved violence against support staff (ie teaching assistants, pastoral support staff, learning mentors, special needs teaching assistants)?

3) Can you tell me how many reports of physical violence were made against school staff by pupils at special needs schools (including PRUs, SEN schools, SEMH schools, SLD/ASD schools and PMLD schools)?

4a) Including reports of physical violence, how many reports of any kind of harassment (including verbal abuse or threats) were made by school staff about pupils?

4b) What is the breakdown of these reports of harassment specifically regarding special needs schools in your area?

5) How many children were suspended across the area in each academic year for violent or threatening behaviour? How many of these children were pupils at special needs schools?

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

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested about special needs schools

 

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the establishment guide for schools

22/11/17

 

11413

 

We require data pertaining to each child placed in specialist residential 2+:1 placements (used for LAC who are deemed perhaps too difficult to care for in traditional children's homes/foster homes and sometimes requested as an alternative to a secure children's home) in both 2015 and 2016.

We would like to know:

  1. Population served
  2. Available data pertaining to demographics/socio-economic status of general population served
  3. Population of looked after children in 2016
  4. Number of looked after children placed in specialist residential 2+:1 placements in 2015 and 2016
  5. Anonymised information for the above as according to the attached table.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1. Population served

Answer: Total population as at 2016:  168,751

2. Available data pertaining to demographics/socio-economic status of general population served

Answer: We do not hold this information. This is not data that we are required to keep.

3. Population of looked after children in 2016

Answer: Overall Looked After Children at 31st March 2016 = 253.

4. Number of looked after children placed in specialist residential 2+:1 placements in 2015 and 2016

Answer: We do not keep this data. It would require an examination of the agreements and invoices for all placements over 2 years which would take over the required timeframe to obtain(*)

5. Anonymised information for the above as according to the attached table.

Answer: Declined due to answer 4 above(*) and the risk of identifying data(**)

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part of your request.

(**)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 this information,  as providing this could make a child/young person identifiable.

22/11/17

 

11414

 

1. In the most recent financial year (2017-17) how much money was paid in grants and funding to local businesses/start-ups, religious groups/establishments, and charities by your council? This does not include loans.

For example, payments made to support a new business that could benefit the local economy, enable a charity to carry out worthy project, money to enable a local church to offer support to homeless people, etc.

2. Please break down by the name of the charity/business, the amount of money they received, and a brief outline of the services or projects they offer/planned to offer.

 

Request withdrawn

 

 

11415

 

I’d like to request the contact information for your Educational Authority. 

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

I’d like to request the contact information for your Educational Authority. 

Response:  Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford,  MK42 9AP, Tel: 01234 267422

 

2/11/17

 

11416

 

I am currently undertaking environmental consultancy work on a site at Bedford Lane, Bromham and would like to ask if you have any information relevant to this site in your database. 

We are interested in any environmentally pertinent information about the site including:

·         Are there any environmental issues associated with the above named site?  We are specifically interested in anything that could have led to contamination of soil or groundwater either beneath the site or within a 500m radius.

·         Do you hold any records of water quality within 1km of the site?

·         Are you aware of the presence of above ground storage tanks/gas meters on the site or adjacent sites and are you aware of any spills or leaks associated with these?

·         Any knowledge of former uses of the site?

·         Whether the site has been or is likely to be designated as Contaminated Land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?

·         Are there any records of landfill or waste transfer activities within 500m of the site?

·         Have there been any soil or groundwater remedial works carried out at the site or within 500m of the site?

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

1.    Are there any environmental issues associated with the above named site? We are specifically interested in anything that could have led to contamination of soil or groundwater either beneath the site or within a 500m radius.

Our records indicate that a historical landfill site formerly operated on the Northern section of the site. The Environment Agency website indicates that it accepted inert waste from 1st November 1985 to 1st November 1987.

We are not aware of any other potential environmental issues at the site.

2.    Do you hold any records of water quality within 1km of the site?

We do not hold any records of water quality within 1km of the site. The Environment Agency may be able to assist. (Switchboard number for Anglian Region: 03708 506 506, website: (www.environment-agency.gov.uk).


3.    Are you aware of the presence of above ground storage tanks/gas meters on the site or adjacent sites and are you aware of any spills or leaks associated with these?

We have no record of any petroleum storage in the area outlined in this request, within our petrol files. Nor do we hold any other records in relation to above ground tanks/ gas meters, at or adjacent to the site.

4.    Any knowledge of former uses of the site?

We do not hold any record of previous uses of the site.

5.    Whether the site has been or is likely to be designated as Contaminated Land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?

The site has not been determined as Contaminated Land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is not included on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, (list of sites to inspect). This is subject to change should any new relevant information come to light.

At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or not it expects this site to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in the course of completion.

6.    Are there any records of landfill or waste transfer activities within 500m of the site?

A quarry was formerly located adjacent to the Eastern boundary of the site. We have no record of whether any waste has been deposited at the site. It is included on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites.

Please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website (http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby), for location of landfills. You may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).


7.    Have there been any soil or groundwater remedial works carried out at the site or within 500m of the site?

We do not hold any record of any investigation or remedial works carried out either on, or within 500m, of the site.

You may wish to consult the records held by the Planning Department for any such investigations, which may have been completed as part of the requirements for any planning applications associated with the site. Please see below for instructions on how to use the Planning Department’s web pages.

•             To find your application numbers / information, please go to www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

•             Click on the link to view and comment on planning applications

•             If you have a planning application number or the first line of the address:

•             You can type this into the simple search screen click on search then the Related Items Tab.

•             Under the Heading Click link below to view planning history, Click on the address of the property (Please note there may be several addresses shown click on the one that is relevant to the application you are looking at)

•             Click on the Tab - Planning History

•             All the relevant applications including conditions are listed here

•             For a more detailed Property Search:

•             Click on the Property Tab followed by address search. Please ensure you follow the instruction on this screen labelled: HELP WITH THIS PAGE, on the right hand side:

•             To view plans, decision notices, click on the Documents tab followed by View Associated Docs

•             To view the File Correspondence:

If you require assistance searching for the application numbers or copies of documents, please visit the Customer Contact Centre or ring 01234 718068 or refer to the How To Guides on www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

22/11/17

 

11417

 

Re: Apex Business Park Bedford

As part of our assessment, we would be grateful if the contaminated land team could confirm if the Site has been priorities for inspection under Part 2a of the EPA 1990, and if so, what priority is it considered to be. 

As part of our assessment, we would be grateful if the contaminated land team could confirm if the Site has been prioritised for inspection under Part 2a of the EPA 1990, and if so, what priority is it considered to be. 

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area, and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is not listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and so will not be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. This is subject to change, should new relevant information come to light.

In addition, we would like to enquire if the team hold any ground investigation or remediation reports / aware of any environmental issues for the Site, and if so can copies of the associated documents / a summary of the information be provided.


We are aware of a previous planning application which was made for a site on, or close to, the Site, ‘Land East of Wallis Way and Cambridge Road, Bedford’. The main application was under reference 15/01067/MAF, and a Phase 2 contamination on land investigation was submitted with application to discharge reference 16/01589/AOC. The report, and other relevant documents, should be available on the Planning pages of Bedford Borough Council’s website. It is possible that other relevant documents may be held within the Planning Department’s records. Please see below for instructions on how to access this information:

•             To find your application numbers / information, please go to www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

•             Click on the link to view and comment on planning applications

•             If you have a planning application number or the first line of the address:

•             You can type this into the simple search screen click on search then the Related Items Tab.

•             Under the Heading Click link below to view planning history, Click on the address of the property (Please note there may be several addresses shown click on the one that is relevant to the application you are looking at)

•             Click on the Tab - Planning History

•             All the relevant applications including conditions are listed here

•             For a more detailed Property Search:

•             Click on the Property Tab followed by address search. Please ensure you follow the instruction on this screen labelled: HELP WITH THIS PAGE, on the right hand side:

•             To view plans, decision notices, click on the Documents tab followed by View Associated Docs

•             To view the File Correspondence:

If you require assistance searching for the application numbers or copies of documents, please visit the Customer Contact Centre or ring 01234 718068 or refer to the How To Guides on www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

22/11/17

 

11418

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which is entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

1.             The Full address including postcode 

2.             Property reference number 

3.             The name of the account holder where it is not an individual (if individual, please leave it blank)

4.             The rateable value of the property 

5.             if empty, The date on which the premises first became vacant 

6.             The type of property (if such information is easily available)

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

8/11/17

 

11419

 

I am trying to find up to date information about Mental Health services in the Borough

The data from this web page is from 2012, some of the services mentioned do not exist (e.g. SEPT). could you ask the relevant member of staff to provide up to date information about the trends and data locally please and what services are available?

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. 

Response:   The JSNA page covering Mental Health for Children and Young People is currently being refreshed and it is expected that it will be published on the Bedford Borough website in December 2017.   However, I am able to share with you the attached document – Bedfordshire Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan 2017-2020, which includes the information requested.

3/11/17

 

11420

 

Due to a large volume of complaints from members of the public about the sale of real fur at council run markets we are preparing a new page for our website to provide information about individual Local Authority’s policies on the subject.

1.   Does your Local Authority have an Animal Welfare Charter?

2.      

a.   (if yes) Please supply a copy

b.   (if no) Would you be happy to receive examples of other Local Authority Animal Welfare Charters?

3.   Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.)

4.      

 .             (if you have them) Please supply copies of policies/agreements covering this subject.

a.           (if you don’t have them) Would you be happy to receive a recommended form of words to include in policy documents and stallholder agreements?

5.   Could you please send me the contact details of the portfolio holder or committee chair whose remit includes markets?

The information that you have requested is as follows:

 

1.    Yes, the local authority owns and operates markets as follows:

 

2.    Wednesday Charter Market

Thursday Gourmet Food Market

Thursday Kempston Market

Friday Home & Garden Market

Saturday Charter Market

 

3.    No – we do not have an Animal Welfare Charter

 

4.    It would be useful to receive examples of other Local Authority Animal Welfare Charters

 

5.    We do not knowingly encourage the sale of goods containing real fur, however, it is impossible to inspect every single product line on offer.  There is currently nothing within the market regulations to prevent the sale of these items. There is, however, a blanket ban on the sale of any animals.

 

6.    It would be useful to receive any examples of documentation you feel is appropriate.

 

7.    The portfolio holder is the Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

7/11/17

 

11421

 

As discussed I just wanted to drop you an email confirming our discussion.

You advised me that you would like to be provided with the name and address of the complainant that has submitted noise complaints in relation to the site at Postley Road, Kempston.  During our discussions you explained that the organisation have concerns relating to harassment by a complainant/resident and require the information to be able to write to the individual.  You explained that a number of different incidents/complaints have led to your concerns.

Thank you for your request for information about the name and address of the

complainant, that has submitted noise complaints in relation to the site at Postley Road, Kempston which was received on 31st October 2017.

Following careful consideration, I regret to inform you that we have decided

not to disclose this information.

The information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the exception(s) in Regulation 13 (1) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 which relates to The provision of personal data that breaches the data protection principles.

I understand that the reason for your request related to concerns around possible harassment from an individual, for your information I can advise you that 4 separate residents have submitted complaints relating to noise from the  site, with these being received between June and September (inclusive).

Although I am unable to provide the information you requested I will be contacting you separately to this request to determine if there is any further assistance that this department can provide in relation to the concerns raised within your request.

17/11/17

 

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