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11219

 

I am interested in the amounts paid by each school in your Local Authority directly on supply cover (as would be recorded for Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E02) and also to third parties in relation to agency supply staff (as would be recorded for Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E26).

I am looking for this data for the 2016/17 academic year (Sept 16 - Aug 17)

School URN

  • School DfE Number
  • School Name
  • E02 Direct Supply Spend Total
  • E26 Agency Supply Spend Total

Additional information:

  • If possible, please also provide the E26 Agency Spend broken down by individual supplier on a separate worksheet
  • Please sort the schools by type i.e. Primary, Secondary, SEN
  • If data is not available for this time period please can it be provided for the 2016/17 financial year (Apr 16 - Mar 17)

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

Please find the information you requested attached and below:

Please find an attachment detailing the total spent on supply cover by Bedford Borough schools in 2016/2017.

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

The data supplied is the total spend for CFR codes E02 (Supply Teaching Staff) and E26 (Agency Supply Teaching Staff). This has been presented in an excel spreadsheet and contains data at individual school level.  

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

We have also supplied additional information which analyses for each school (where information is held by the council) the spend for E26 by individual supplier. Additional commentary /information as memorandum item/s is also supplied on this worksheet which should be referred to when reviewing the analysis.

12/10/17

 

11220

 

Please can I request the following information: 

1. How many children have been take into care for assaulting or abusing their parents/siblings/carers in each of the following years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (in financial or calendar years, however this information is held)?

2. Of those children mentioned in question 1, how many have have been diagnosed with autism? Please could you provide a similar breakdown for each of the same years requested in question 1.

3. How many of these children attended any programmes aimed at perpetrators of domestic violence in those same years requested in question 1.

Further to your request for information dated 18th September, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

Response:

The reason a child becomes looked after is not categorised in this way.  The only way for us to obtain this information would be a case by case review of each child becoming looked after in each of the years,  this would exceed 100 children in each year and would take over 18 hours to retrieve and collate the information requested.  

 27/9/17

 

11221

 

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

Can you send me a full list of businesses in excel format if possible please that have become liable for business rates between the 1st-15th Sept 17.

Please include the business name and full address, property type, RV and date they became responsible.

 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

17/10/17

 

11222

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I should like to request the following information:

1.      The names and addresses of all museums owned and run by the Council, including those run through a Trust on the Council’s behalf. 

2.      Total annual opening hours for each museum in (1) for each year since 2010.

 

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

The names and addresses of all museums owned and run by the Council, including those run through a Trust on the Council’s behalf:

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD

Total annual opening hours for each museum in (1) for each year since 2010:

Total annual opening hours for 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 (latter projected to end of year) is approximately 1,700 hours per year.

We have not provided figures for the years prior to this, from 2010/11, because the former art gallery & museum was under redevelopment over a several year period in the run up to reopening in June 2013.  During this time, various parts of the site were closed at different times, including closure of the whole site for a significant period of time and therefore it is not possible to provide you with an accurate annual figure.

9/10/17

 

11223

 

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

Flax Close

Oakley

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

22/9/17

 

11224

 

I would like to gather information about the ballot results conducted by each BID established within the Bedford Borough Council between 2005 and 2017. In addition, I would be grateful to receive a copy of the BID Business Plan submitted to the Local Authority for consideration in preparation of a specific ballot (either for the creation of a BID or for its renewal).

To my knowledge, the only BID established during 2005 and 2017 within the Council is the Bedford BID. Ideally, the information I am looking for is as follows:

·         Name of the BID

·         Dates in which ballots were held

For each ballot:

o   Ballot turnout A (in terms of percentage of eligible businesses voting)

o   Ballot turnout B (in terms of percentage of rateable value of businesses voting)

o   Ballot results A (in terms of percentage of eligible businesses voting yes)

o   Ballot results B (in terms of percentage of rateable value of businesses voting yes)

o   BID business plan submitted to the Local Authority for consideration in preparation of a specific ballot.

There have been two Business Improvement District in Bedford Borough both relating to the same area of the town centre.  The first BID commenced on 1 April 2005 and ended on 31 March 2010.  A new BID commenced on 1 April 2010 and was approved through a renewal ballot for a further five years from 1 April 2015.
Detailed information is provided for the three ballots as requested. 
·         Name of the BID  Bedford Bid
·         Dates in which ballots were held – see table below
For each ballot:
o   Ballot turnout A (in terms of percentage of eligible businesses voting) – see table below
o   Ballot turnout B (in terms of percentage of rateable value of businesses voting) – see table below
o   Ballot results A (in terms of percentage of eligible businesses voting yes) – see table below
o   Ballot results B (in terms of percentage of rateable value of businesses voting yes) – see table below
o   BID business plan submitted to the Local Authority for consideration in preparation of a specific ballot. – see attached documents
 
 Please contact

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

6/10/17

 

11225

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please provide me with the following information, for 2016 as a whole:

· The number of people who have died while waiting for a social care package to commence, after an assessment has been made

· The number of people who waited more than a year, or who have been waiting more than a year for a social care package to commence

In the week of August 28 to September 3, 2017, how many hours of agreed social care went unmet (i.e. hours contained on entire care plans which were not able to started or extra hours that were needed on existing care plans but were unable to be added).

Further to your request for information dated 20 September 2017, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request as this information is not held in a simple reporting structure and we would need to examine each record individually.

12/10/17

 

11226

 

 Please can you provide information regarding how much schools within the authority have spent on placing on-line and off-line job adverts to recruit teachers and support staff in the academic year 2016/17. Please provide the information as a breakdown by school and with details of which providers have been used to advertise jobs vacancies

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

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information.  You will need to contact each individual school  for this.  Please find attached a copy of the Bedford Borough Education Establishment Guide for your information.

Please contact

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

26/9/17

 

11227

 

1.            The cost (per listing) for schools to advertise vacancies on the Bedford Borough Council (BBC) jobs area of the website in the academic year 2016/17

2.            The total number of vacancies advertised by schools on the BBC jobs website in the academic year 2016/17

3.            The total receipts received from schools in the academic year 2016/17 to advertise school vacancies on the BBC jobs website

4.            The number of admin hours spent on administering the BBC jobs website specific to school vacancies on a weekly, monthly and/or annual basis in the academic year 2016/17.

5.            The total and/or ongoing cost to Bedford Borough Council developing, hosting and administering the website ‘Teach Bedford’

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.  Schools not buying back the recruitment module pay £75 per vacancy.  Schools buying back the recruitment module pay £46 + an additional £7 per staff member for unlimited adverts.

2. 616 adverts placed.

3. £18,882 for the financial year 2016/17

4. Approximately 5 hours per week.

5. No cost to the Council.

17/10/17

 

11228

 

 How many parents have been prosecuted for child abuse by deliberately manipulating a child against another parent in the Family Court arena.

The time scale is September 1st 2016 too September 1st 2017.

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. 

Response:

Prosecutions of parents are not carried out by the Local Authority.

 

Your request should be directed to the police force for the area you wish to have the information for.

 

27/9/17

 

11229

 

 I am writing with a Freedom of Information request:
 1.          
a.    What activities has your local authority undertaken to promote cervical screening and increase uptake over the last year, August 2016 to August 2017?
 b.    What were the outcomes of those activities? For example, greater awareness, increased screening coverage.
 c.     Have local targets been set to improve cervical screening coverage?
                                       i.        Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)
 
                                     ii.        If yes, please give details
 
d.    Does your local authority public health team have a budget to promote uptake of cervical screening?
                                      i.        Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)
 
                                     ii.        If yes, please give details
 
 2.         
a.     Is your public health team aware of the report published by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in January 2017, ‘Cervical Screening in the Spotlight: an audit of activities undertaken by local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to increase cervical screening coverage in England’?
                                          i.    Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)
 
b.    If yes, have any additional activities to improve cervical screening coverage been undertaken or planned as a result of the ‘Cervical Screening in the Spotlight’ report?
 
                                          i.    Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)
 
                                         ii.    If yes, can you outline the activities / plans?
 
3.          Are women able to attend cervical screening at the sexual health services in your local authority area?  Please mark the correct box.
       
☐ Yes – all women who attend an appointment and are due their cervical screening
 
☐ Yes – some women are able to receive their cervical screening on an opportunistic basis. 
If this is the case, please specify which groups:
 
☐ No – women are unable to receive cervical screening at sexual health services in our local authority area.
 
4.          Have you undertaken any work with local schools or other partners to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine?
 
a.     Yes / No (please delete as appropriate)
 
b.    If yes, please give details.
 

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.           

a.     What activities has your local authority undertaken to promote cervical screening and increase uptake over the last year, August 2016 to August 2017?

1.      We have delivered two public health campaigns to promote cervical screening and raise awareness of its benefits; one in January 2017 “ cervical cancer prevention week” and the other one in June “ cervical screening awareness week”. Campaign reached out to its eligible population through GP practices/community pharmacies/Local authority services/community groups/higher education establishments/faith groups and local business.

2.      Provided clinical updates to Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Board and Health Protection Committee of HWB; identified low performing practices, and sought support from BCCG and NHS England Regional team in addressing gaps at those practices.

3.      Cervical screening awareness raising is part of a wider programme where Public Health is working with GP practices and practice populations in more deprived areas to improve access to services.

4.      Working with local community groups and Healthwatch Bedford Borough, events have been held during 2016/2017 throughout Bedford Borough, particularly  in some of the more deprived areas, to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening.

5.      Working with Cancer Research UK on  a cancer questionnaire which is now available to participants at the community meetings to help the PH team better understand why some groups are now engaging with cervical screening programmes.

 

b.    What were the outcomes of those activities? For example, greater awareness, increased screening coverage.

·        Improved awareness amongst BME communities, and general population of the importance of screening

·        Improved awareness amongst health and social care staff in promoting screening through Making Every Contact Count

·        Improved uptake in some lower performing GP practices in comparison to 2015/16.

·         

c.     Have local targets been set to improve cervical screening coverage?

                                      i.        Yes

                                     ii.        If yes, please give details

·        The target is to reach the national target, and local aspiration has been set up to improve uptake by 3-4% per annum, particularly for lower performing practices.

 

d.    Does your local authority public health team have a budget to promote uptake of cervical screening?

                                      i.        Yes

                                     ii.        If yes, please give details

·          Some budget is available to deliver two national campaigns per annum, public engagement events to promote cervical screening, localised promotional resource material

 

2.           a.     Is your public health team aware of the report published by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in January 2017, ‘Cervical Screening in the Spotlight: an audit of activities undertaken by local authorities 

             and clinical commissioning groups to increase cervical screening coverage in England’?

                                          i.    Yes

b.    If yes, have any additional activities to improve cervical screening coverage been undertaken or planned as a result of the ‘Cervical Screening in the Spotlight’ report?

                                         ii.    If yes, can you outline the activities / plans?

·        Working to increase consistency in service provision and access to service, through gap analysis of lower performing GP practices and their practice populations.  Seeking to address the gap in services provision working with BCCG and NHS England Regional team, and planning further public engagement particularly in areas of higher deprivation. 

 

3.          Are women able to attend cervical screening at the sexual health services in your local authority area?  Please mark the correct box.

☐ Yes – all women who attend an appointment and are due their cervical screening

X  Yes – some women are able to receive their cervical screening on an opportunistic basis. 

If this is the case, please specify which groups:

To women when:

·         there are clinical indicators to do so

·         they are eligible to have one but have never done so

·        they lead a chaotic lifestyle and may not access services 

­­

☐ No – women are unable to receive cervical screening at sexual health services in our local authority area.

 

4.          Have you undertaken any work with local schools or other partners to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine?

a.     Yes

b.    If yes, please give details.

·        Cervical screening campaigns include raising awareness of the importance of the HPV vaccine

·        A letter from Public Health went to all Upper Schools last year to promote benefits of HPV

 4/10/17

 

11230

 

1.  Please supply me with a copy of your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes on council premises. This includes all council owned or leased buildings (for example, libraries, offices, museums), council owned or leased property (for example, parks, gardens, and other areas that form part of the grounds of council offices), and vehicles (for example, council owned or leased cars and vans). 

2.  Please inform me if staff are required to leave their place of work (for example, their desk or vehicle) to vape. 

3.  Please inform me if staff and visitors have to leave the grounds of council owned or leased property to vape. 

4.  Please inform me if staff and visitors are required to use designated smoking areas on council owned or leased property in order to vape. 

5.  Please inform me if your council's policy on the use of e-cigarettes differs in any way from your council's existing policy on smoking. If it does, please explain the differences. 

6.  Please detail your council's policy, if there is one, for staff smoking cessation and also if you encourage your staff to use e-cigarettes as a means of smoking cessation. 

7.  Please inform me when your policy on the use of e-cigarettes was last reviewed, if it is under review, and/or if it is due to be under review in the near future. 

8.  The Government's Tobacco Control Plan explicitly states that "Public Health England has produced guidance for employers and organisations looking to introduce policies around e-cigarettes and vaping in public and recommend such policies to be evidence based. PHE recommends that e-cigarette use is not covered by smokefree legislation and should not be routinely included in the requirements of an organisation's smokefree policy". If the council has not reviewed its policy since the publication of this control plan, does it have any plans to do so in the future? 

9.  Are councillors due to debate/discuss the Government's Tobacco Control Plan and/or Public Health England's advice on vaping policies? 

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 response to question 1-7 remain unchanged, I have attached our response from 5th September 2016 for your reference.

 

8.     There are plans to review the smoke free policy and e-cigarette guidance as part of the tobacco control agenda.

 

9. The Government’s Tobacco Control Plan and Public Health England’s advice on vaping policies have been discussed with the Mayor

 

Please contact

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

 

6/10/17

 

11231

 

Who supplies your Youth Offending/Youth Justice system?

What is the annual cost of support and maintenance for this solution?

When does your contract expire with this supplier?

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 Who supplies your Youth Offending/Youth Justice system?

Answer: CACI

What is the annual cost of support and maintenance for this solution?

When does your contract expire with this supplier?   

Answer:  

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

  1. States that the information requested is exempt information.
  2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section  43(1) and section 43(2) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

In applying this exemption (s) we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are: Exemptions from disclosure under the FOIA for trade secrets and any disclosures that would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any individual (i.e. company or legal entity etc.)  This is currently under discussion as part of the Bedford 2020 project and disclosing this information would have an impact on negotiations and competition.

16/10/17

 

11232

 

FOREST PRIMARY SCHOOL, COTTON END - NEW SCHOOL

I am writing to request a project directory which includes a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the New primary school with amphitheatre, grass pitch, 3G surface pitch, playground, office, staff room and kitchen along with associated access, parking and landscaping.

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

 

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

 

25/9/17

 

11233

 

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

  1. What is the name of the person currently occupying the statutorydirector of children’s services role in your authority?
  2. Are they a social worker in England registered with the Health and Care Professions Council? Yes/No
  3. If No, are they registered with any other professional bodies?
  4. If they are registered with any other professional bodies, which one(s)?
  5. What is the name of the person currently occupying the statutorydirector of adult social services role in your authority?
  6. Are they a social worker in England registered with the Health and Care Professions Council? Yes/No
  7. If No, are they registered with any other professional bodies?
  8. If they are registered with any other professional bodies, which one(s)?

Please find the information you requested below:

  1. Colin Foster
  2. No
  3. No
  4. N/a
  5. Kate Walker
  6. Yes
  7. N/a
  8. N/a

 

18/10/17

 

11234

 

Please can you provide the following details in regards to Healthy Lifestyle Services -

•             Stop Smoking services

•             NHS Health Checks

•             Weight Management

•             Physical Activity

•             Health Trainers (or similar model)

Are any/all of these services outsourced or delivered in-house?

Are they integrated into one service or are they outsourced separately?

If they are outsourced, please provide the following information:

Contract value

Current provider

Contract length

Renewal date

If they are currently delivered separately, are you planning on integrating these services and commissioning under one contract?

Stop Smoking Services

•                    Stop smoking services are delivered both in-house by a specialist stop smoking team and outsourced, predominantly to a range of primary care providers

o   Contract value: £152,719

o   Current providers: GP Practices, Pharmacies

o   Contract length: 3 years

o   Renewal date: 30/09/2019

•                    There are no current plans to deliver stop smoking services under one contract.

NHS Health Checks

•                    NHS Health Checks are outsourced to GP Practices

o   Contract value: £129,200

o   Current provider: GP Practices

o   Contract length: 3 years

o   Renewal date: 30/09/2019

•                    There are no current plans to deliver NHS Health Checks under one contract.

Weight Management

•                    Weight management services are outsourced to a single integrated weight management service.

o   Contract value: £571,114

o   Current provider: BeeZee Bodies

o   Contract length: 3 years and 6 months

o   Renewal date: 01/04/2019

Physical Activity

•        Physical activity is delivered by the Sports Development Team which is an in-house service.

Health Trainers (or similar model)

•        Not currently provided in-house or outsourced.

18/10/17

 

11235

 

1.      Total number of apprentices employed by you?

2a.  List of job description(s) / job role(s) being carried out by apprentices

2b.  The total number of apprentice(s) appointed in each role (listed in the answer to 2a)

2c.  For newly recruited apprentices– what is the apprentice rate of pay (per hour) for each of the listed job descriptions/job roles?  

3.      Are apprentices on the same terms and conditions as your permanent employees? Yes / No

4.      Traineeships are positions offered by employers to those aged 16-24 who are considered ‘not ready’ to take up an apprenticeship or job.  Such positions last between 16 weeks and 6 months.  Does your organisation offer traineeships? Yes / No

4b. If your organisation offers traineeships, do you pay them? Yes / No

5.      What is the apprenticeship completion rate in your organisation in 2016/17?

6.      Do apprentices have a guarantee of a job at the end of the scheme? Yes/No

7.      In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts for 2017/18, what proportion of new starts have come from: (a) Recruitment of new apprentices from external sources (including training providers); (b) Transfer of existing staff to the apprentice programme; (c) Other (Please specify)

8.      In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts, have you reduced recruitment of staff who are not apprentices? Yes / No

9.      In order to meet the organisation’s target for new apprenticeship starts, have you opted not to replace non-apprentice staff when they have left? Yes / No 

Please find the information you requested below:

1.  14

2a.

2b.

 

 

Business Administration

Level 2

4

 

Civil Engineering

Level 3

1

 

Electrical Installation

Level 3

1

 

Plumbing

Level 3

1

 

Paralegal

Level 3

1

 

Civil Engineering

Level 3

2

 

Customer Service

Level 3

3

 

Construction Management

Level 5

1

 

 

2c. Nation rates depending on age National Living Wage for 25 and over currently £7.50 per hour. Pay for Higher Level Apprenticeships (Level 4 – 7) currently under review.

3. No – statutory No, currently apprentices are eligible from statutory entitlements, but this is under review.

4. Yes

4b.Yes

5. 100%

6. No there is no guarantee, however they can apply for roles within the Council.

7. a. 12

    b. 2

    c. 0

8. No

9. No

 

18/10/17

 

11236

 

 

As of 1st September 2017:

Dangerous wild animal (DWA) licences:

1) How many DWA licences are currently issued in your area?  

2) How many of these DWA licences are issued for big cats(  tigers, lions, jaguars, and leopards, big cat hybrids)?

and please indicate for each of the above licences, the big cat species and the number of animals per species?

3) If tigers are licensed, please indicate if any restriction is placed on the breeding of the animals. If there are no restrictions, would the current licence cover the offspring?

4) How many DWA licences are issued for bears and please indicate for each of these licences, the bear species and the number of animals per species?

5) How many applications for licences to keep wild animals under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months?

And on what grounds were they refused?

6) If there are big cats or bears licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences, and the most recent relevant veterinary and inspection report(s) for each licence (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).  If no written reports are available, please indicate the date on which the most recent report was conducted and the outcome of the visit.

Zoo licences:

1) How many zoo licences are currently issued in your area? 

2) How many zoo licences are issued for/ cover big cats and please indicate for each of these licences, the big cats species and the number of animals per species?

3) How many zoo licences are issued for/ cover bears and please indicate for each licence, the species and the number of animals per species?

4) If there are big cats or bears licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured). 

Travelling circus licences:

1) How many licences are issued ( as of the 1st of September 2017) to operate a travelling circus in your area?

2) What animals do these licences cover?

Thank you for your request for information about Dangerous wild animal (DWA) licences which we received on 21/9/17. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. You requested:

As of 1st September 2017:

Dangerous wild animal (DWA) licences:

1) How many DWA licences are currently issued in your area?   NONE

2) How many of these DWA licences are issued for big cats(  tigers, lions, jaguars, and leopards, big cat hybrids)?

and please indicate for each of the above licences, the big cat species and the number of animals per species?

3) If tigers are licensed, please indicate if any restriction is placed on the breeding of the animals. If there are no restrictions, would the current licence cover the offspring?

4) How many DWA licences are issued for bears and please indicate for each of these licences, the bear species and the number of animals per species?

5) How many applications for licences to keep wild animals under the DWA Act have been refused in your area in the last 12 months?

And on what grounds were they refused?

6) If there are big cats or bears licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences, and the most recent relevant veterinary and inspection report(s) for each licence (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).  If no written reports are available, please indicate the date on which the most recent report was conducted and the outcome of the visit.

Zoo licences:

1) How many zoo licences are currently issued in your area?  1

2) How many zoo licences are issued for/ cover big cats and please indicate for each of these licences, the big cats species and the number of animals per species? NONE

3) How many zoo licences are issued for/ cover bears and please indicate for each licence, the species and the number of animals per species? NONE

4) If there are big cats or bears licensed in your area, please provide copies of all licences (on the understanding that for data protection purposes, certain information may be obscured).  NONE

Travelling circus licences:NONE

1) How many licences are issued ( as of the 1st of September 2017) to operate a travelling circus in your area?

2) What animals do these licences cover?

27/9/17

 

11237

 

GOLDINGTON GREEN LOWER SCHOOL - 9 CLASSROOMS

I am writing to request a project directory which includes a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the 9 classrooms toilets, office, plant and store room.

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.

Attached is the project directory that we hold for the Goldington Green Lower School works completed in August 2017.  Borough only holds email contact information for those companies we are in contract with - and therefore there are no details of any subcontractors and suppliers within the list.

Please contact

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

25/9/17

 

11238

 

Please tell me what you are now going to do to ensure the safety of residents and to avoid the risk of any  accidents.

Please tell me when Saxon Way and Anglia Way are going to be adopted. If there is no scheduled date for adoption, please explain why not and please explain what the Borough Council are doing to ensure that adoption is carried out within a sensible and reasonable timescale and as soon as is practicable.

Thank you for your request for information about Anglia Way, Great Denham which we received on 21 September 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Please tell me what you are going to do to ensure the safety of residents and to avoid the risk of any future accidents.

David Wilson Homes are content for Bedford Borough Council to introduce double yellow lines where appropriate, including authorisation for Bedford Borough Council’s officer's to enforce against vehicles parked on the lines.  Highways are working with David Wilson Homes to implement a Traffic Road Order to make it enforceable within the next four weeks.

Please tell me when Saxon Way and Anglia Way are going to be adopted. If there is no scheduled date for adoption, please explain why not and please explain what the Borough Council are doing to ensure that adoption is carried out within a sensible and reasonable timescale and as soon as is practicable.

There is a Highways Act 1980 Section 38 agreement in place between David Wilson Homes and Bedford Borough Council regarding the adoption of Saxon Way. Bedford Borough Council is working with David Wilson Homes to progress the adoption of all roads in Great Denham; however Saxon Way is some way from adoption. David Wilson Homes need to complete the construction of the roads, arrange for the sewers to be adopted by the water authority and satisfy a 12 month maintenance period before adoption can be considered. Surfacing of the roads would not usually commence until all construction accessed from the road is complete.

12/10/17

 

11239

 

Please would you forward me the staffing structure (inclusive of names and full job titles) of your following departments. 
 ·        Estates Department
·        Maintenance Department
·        Facilities Department 
 Please can you also advise:
·        What the total spend on Temporary/Interim staff has been in the last twelve months
Which/if any recruitment consultancies have been used to provide these staff

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

Please find the information you requested below:

Please find attached the organisational structure for the Estates Department, Maintenance Department and Facilities Department, the contact for these departments is Andrew Watkins, Assistant Chief Executive (Enabling). The job titles have been included, however, names of  employees have not been provided as the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose this:

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

1. States that employee names are exempt information.

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

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

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

Please contact:

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

1.     £302,500 within the Estates, Maintenance and Facilities Departments

2.     The Council uses Guidant a managed service, the Council does not hold details of specific recruitment consultancies. 

 

19/10/17

 

11240

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we would like to request the following information.

1)     The number of times between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs/enforcement agents have been instructed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;

a.      Council tax

b.      Parking

c.      Housing Benefit overpayments

d.      Business Rates

e.      Commercial Rents

f.       Any other debt types, including any other overpayments

By “private bailiffs/enforcement agents” we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers.  Please include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant. 

2)     The number of:

a.      Residential properties

b.      Business properties

that fall within this local authority area.

3)     Do you signpost residents to one or more free debt advice agencies as part of your collections process?  (Yes/No) If so, which charities?

4)     Have you adopted the Standard Financial Statement (or Common Financial Statement) as a tool for objectively assessing income and expenditure as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

5)     Do you have a formal policy in place for dealing with residents in vulnerable circumstances as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

6)     Do you currently have a policy of exempting recipients of Council Tax Support from the use of bailiff action? (Yes/No)

Have you adopted the Citizens Advice/Local Government Association (Yes/No)

Please find the information you requested below:

1)      The number of times between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs/enforcement agents have been instructed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;

a.       Council tax 3,527

b.      Parking 4,035

c.       Housing Benefit overpayments 97

d.      Business Rates 236

e.      Commercial Rents (included within 1.f. below)

f.        Any other debt types, including any other overpayments 115

By “private bailiffs/enforcement agents” we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers.  Please include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to execute a warrant. 

2)      The number of:

a.    Residential properties 73,383 (on 30 September 2017)

b.      Business properties 5,399 (separately rated assessments on 30 September 2017)

that fall within this local authority area.

3)      Do you signpost residents to one or more free debt advice agencies as part of your collections process?  (Yes/No) If so, which charities? Where appropriate the Council will signpost residents to debt advice agencies.  For example the leaflet that is enclosed with a Council Tax Summons refers to free independent debt advice at the Bedford & District Citizens Advice Bureau.

4)      Have you adopted the Standard Financial Statement (or Common Financial Statement) as a tool for objectively assessing income and expenditure as part of your collections process? (Yes/No) When undertaking a detailed assessment of a person’s financial situation and evaluating their ability to pay an income and expenditure form replicating the form used by the Citizen Advice Bureau will be used.  Expenditure declared will be measured against the Bureau’s common financial statement. This will ensure a consistent approach is taken to assessing a person’s financial circumstances using a widely recognised methodology.

5)      Do you have a formal policy in place for dealing with residents in vulnerable circumstances as part of your collections process? (Yes/No) Yes – The Council has a Fair Debt Collection Policy

6)      Do you currently have a policy of exempting recipients of Council Tax Support from the use of bailiff action? (Yes/No) No

7)      Have you adopted the Citizens Advice/Local Government Association Council Tax Protocol? (Yes/No) The Council will seek to comply with the Collection of Council Tax Arrears Good Practice Protocol.

19/10/17

 

11241

 

 The name of employees with the job title ‘Policy Officer’ or ‘Research Officer’.

 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. Please see below the job titles that include Policy or Research in the title.

Head of Corporate Policy and Programme Management  - Mark Minion. This is the previous job title of the Chief Officer Analytics, Insight & Performance, as listed on the Council’s website.  Some job titles have changed in the Council’s structure and these changes will be updated on the Council’s website in due course.

Policy Partnerships Manager

Policy Analyst

Service Manager Health & Policy Support

Manager for Transport Policy

Senior Network Policy Officer

Team Leader Planning Policy

HR Adviser (Policy & Review)

Senior HR Adviser (Policy & Review)

Political Research Assistant (Conservative)

Political Research Assistant (Lib Dem)

Political Research Assistant (Labour)

However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the names of the above employees.

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

1. States that employee names are exempt information.

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

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

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

11/10/17

 

11242

 

Area 1 – Volume of Contracting and use of PQQs / SQs

For each of the Financial Years indicated below, please provide figures for:
a)The total number of works contracts awarded by your authority, which had a value between £25,000 and the OJEU standard goods and services threshold (nominally £164k)
and:

b)The number of these procurements in which a separate shortlisting phase (i.e. using a PQQ or SQ to form a shortlist before proceeding to a final tender stage) was used.

Year      2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17

a) – Number of WORKS contracts in range
    
b) – Number of these in which a PQQ stage was used    


Area 2 – Speed of procurement

For each of the Financial Years indicated, for works contracts valued between £25,000 and the OJEU standard goods and services threshold (nominally £164k), please indicate:

c)The average time it took from the date on which the contract was advertised (or tenders / quotations sought if non-advertised process), to the date on which the contract was awarded to the winner.

Year 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17

c) – Average time from advert to award (in days)

NOTE: With specific regard to this item, the researcher is aware that not all authorities may hold this information or be able to compile it easily.

financial quarter, or a representative sample of at least 10 works contracts, would be acceptable. Please indicate if your data is based on either approach.

Area 3 – SME’s winning business

Note that this question is now concerned with all spend, not just the works category.

For each of the Financial Years indicated, please indicate:

d) Your authority’s total third-party spend on goods, works and services,

e) The proportion (either as a monetary figure, or a % ) of that spend which was with SME suppliers

f) The number of procured contracts (irrespective of value or category) won by SMEs.


Year 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17

d) – Total third party spend
    
e) – SME spend as a proportion of total
    
f) – Number of contracts won by SMEs    

 

 

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 see attached response template.

 

Please contact

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

23/10/17

 

11243

 

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

RE:QUEENS DRIVE, BEDFORD, BEDFORDSHIRE,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

Con29 3.13 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

 

6/10/17

 

11244

 

Housing standards enforcement for the year 2014/15, 2015/16 and  2016/17 for

 social housing

private rented

owner occupied

For the above provide hazard across the given categories of accommodation

 

 

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 click here for the information on housing 

23/10/17

 

11245

 

1. What is the name & job-title of the your council's Caldicott Guardian(s)?

2. What is the name and job title of the manager(s) who has operational responsibility for information governance?

3. Does your local authority have a designated data protection officer? If so, what is their name & job-title? 

4. What steps has your local authority taken to prepare for the implementation of General Data Protection Regulations in May 2018?

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

1. What is the name & job-title of the your council's Caldicott Guardian(s)? Simon White Assistant Director for Commisissing and Business Services

 

2. What is the name and job title of the manager(s) who has operational responsibility for information governance?Barbara Morris Assistant Chief Executive (Law & Governance) (Solicitor to the Council)

 

3. Does your local authority have a designated data protection officer? If so, what is their name & job-title? Barbara Morris Assistant Chief Executive (Law & Governance) (Solicitor to the Council)

 

4. What steps has your local authority taken to prepare for the implementation of General Data Protection Regulations in May 2018? The Council has an appointed Data Protection Officer.  It arranged for training of information asset owners throughout its organisation on the requirements for GDPR.  It’s partner on its digital transformation programme, PwC, has also delivered training for those working on that programme.  General training for staff on Data Protection is delivered mainly through an online package provided by Skillport.  Skillport have been approached to update that training package for staff and this is envisaged by the end of the calendar year.  The subject is regularly considered by the Council’s Information Governance Board and this will oversee activities including privacy notices, revisions to contracts with service providers and data processors and amendments to the Council’s Information Asset Register and data breach reporting procedures.

6/10/17

 

11246

 

 I would like to request a list of the addresses of all the long-term empty and derelict residential properties in the Cambridgeshire area.

 

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 for Cambridge as we only cover Bedford.

25/9/17

 

11247

 

Regarding the road  work being done on the A421

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about road works on A421 which we received on 25 September 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Management and maintenance of the A421 is the responsibility of Highways England and not within the jurisdiction of Bedford Borough Council. Therefore, you will need to contact Highways England directly for any information.

4/10/17

 

11248

 

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

RE: Palstra, Shortstown,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

Con29 3.13 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

 

6/10/17

 

11249

 

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

RE: King Alfred Way,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

Con29 3.13 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

6/10/17

 

11250

 

CASTLE NEWNHAM SCHOOL - CLASSROOM BLOCK AND SPORTS HALL

I am writing to request a project directory which includes a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the New sports hall and classroom block and refurbishment of existing building creating six classrooms.

 

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, the Borough only holds email contact information for those companies we are in contract with - and therefore there are no details of any subcontractors and suppliers within the list.

Please contact

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

 

 

2/10/17

 

11251

 

 

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

 Thornton Street

Kempston

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

6/10/17

 

11252

 

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

Warwick 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

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

10/6/17

 

11253

 

Highway Resurfacing Questionnaire
Councils address

A)Please tell me the last three years resurfacing budgets including this year 2017.
B)Please tell me the last three years highway maintenance budgets including this year 2017.
C)What was the councils total m2 resurfacing coverage for the last three years?
Highway Resurfacing Questionnaire
D)Please could you tell me what rating from 1 to 3 your council is in terms of the Incentive fund?
E)What year is your council anticipated on reaching level 3 for the incentive fund?
F)Have you applied for Challenge Fund Money for resurfacing?
G)If money was granted from the Challenge Fund I would like to know what financial year it was granted, how much was granted and what was the project. Please confirm the surfacing location extents and m2.
H)How much is your asset worth if you were to replace everything new.
I)Please can you tell how much money is required for your council to maintain the roads at Asset/service level enhancement, Steady state, Service level reduction and Statutory Minimum? 
J)How many miles or km of road does your council maintain? 
Highway Resurfacing Questionnaire
K)Does your Council track their Carbon Footprint? If so what is the score?  
L)Do you use Low Temperature Asphalts as a material? 
What Resurfacing methods are you currently using? In a percentage please could you tell me the usage of this material over the last three years? 
Surfacing Method  
Foam Base         
Full Reconstruction 150mm>        
Geotextiles         
High Friction Surfacing         
Hydro-Re-Texturing         
Inlay Resurfacing 150        
Insitu-Recycling          
Jet Patching         
Low Temperature Asphalts         
Micro Asphalt         
Re-Texturing         
Slurry Sealing         
Surface Dressing         
Thermal Patching         
Any other Methods that I have not mentioned that you would recommend. Please add there Unit price per m2 

 

Thank you for your request for information about highway resurfacing which we received on 26 September 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please find attached the information you requested.

Please contact

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

13/10/17

 

11254

 

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

 Fields Road

Wootton

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

10/6/17

 

 

11255

 

I would like to request the information under the freedom of information (FOI) statistical information for the following Financial Years 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2017-18 April to August only.

The number of social workers employed by Children's Services who have be subject to disciplinary action on the following criteria:

A. Failure to declare conflicts of interest B. Failure to declare acceptance of gifts or services which exceeds the authority limits C. The number of social workers employed either as council employed - permanent, agency , or under contractual arrangements who have accesed confidential case notes without an acceptable reason to do so.

Please provide details of governance arrangements for when these official documents within the selected years these polices where reviewed , including the governance to ensure adherence.

Please find the information you requested below:

1a. 0

1b. 0

1c. 0 (The Council does not hold this data for agency workers).

2.  The Confidential Reporting Policy was updated in June 2015 and all staff were reminded of the policy via an email communication on 19th April 2016. The policy provides information to staff on how to report any concerns they may have about their colleagues and management.

The Code of Conduct for Officers was updated in March 2016 and all staff were reminded of the policy via an email communication by email on 19th April 2016. The policy includes the requirement for Officers to declare any conflicts of interest and any gifts & hospitality they have received to their manager. The staff induction handbook refers to the Code of Conduct which is discussed with new employees. Each directorate is required to maintain their own record / register of interests and any gifts & hospitality received. This has been strengthened by the requirement for the Monitoring Officer to maintain a central register.

The dates of the previous audits are as follows:

September 2017 (Whistleblowing, Declaration of Staff Interests,  Gifts & Hospitality)– Substantial Assurance

August 2015 (Declaration of Members’ Interests,  Gifts & Hospitality) – Substantial Assurance

November 2013 (Whistleblowing & Complaints Procedure) – Substantial Assurance

20/10/17

 

11256

 

 

Please would you forward me the staffing structure of your following departments.

  • Finance Department
  • Legal Department
  • HR Department
  • Facilities Department
  • Procurement Department
  • Social Services Department
  • Housing Department - both generic and non-generic (if applicable)
  • I.T Department
  • Maintenance/Property Services Department
  • Strategy Department
  • Marketing Department
  • Policy & Communications Department

Please can you also advise:

  • What the total spend on Temporary/Interim staff has been in the last twelve months
  • Which/if any recruitment consultancies have been used to provide these staff

Applicant has not responded to clarification request.

 

11257

 

 

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

Key Croft

Shortstown

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

10/6/17

 

11258

 

Please advise...

- who is commissioned to provide Translation Services

- who is commissioned to provide Sign Language

- who is commissioned to provide deaf 'telephone' services

- who commissions/contract manages the above providers

- length of time each contract has remaining

- activity and cost for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017

Please find the information you requested below:

- who is commissioned to provide Translation Services

- who is commissioned to provide Sign Language

- who is commissioned to provide deaf 'telephone' services

- who commissions/contract manages the above providers

- length of time each contract has remaining

We do not have contracts for any of the above services; we “spot purchase” as and when required.

- activity and cost for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017

 

Activity

2015/2016

£

2016/2017

£

Translation Interpreting

   120,289.80

   119,886.69

Sign Language

     28,257.95

     28,080.50

Deaf 'telephone' services

     28,478.55

     40,144.53

Total

   177,026.30

   188,111.72

 

25/10/17

 

11259

 

Under either the EIR and/or the FOI Act, we would be grateful if you would provide:

·         All recorded information (including Committee Reports, minutes and e-mails) on your liability to refund excessive water and sewerage charges and the arrangements for such refunds.

  • A copy of your standard tenancy agreement including the service charge schedule from 2001 onwards including any subsequent amended tenancy agreements used.

·         A copy of all correspondence clearly setting out the negotiations surrounding your Agreement (as social housing landlord) with your Water Company re your water billing of social housing tenants.

·         A copy of any agreement/ contract between yourselves and the water company pertaining to the supply of water to your social housing tenants irrespective of whether you consider yourself to be an agent or water re-seller.

 

Thank you for your request for information about Refunds for excessive water and sewerage charges  which we received on 27 September 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.

We are unable to answer your request as the Council do not have any housing.  Housing is owned by bpha, contact details below:

 

bpha

Head Office

Bedford Heights

Bedford MK41 7BJ

Telephone: 0330 100 0272

6/10/17

 

11260

 

Re: Riverbank Carlton Road Harrold Beds

We act for the seller of the above mentioned land. We have had an adverse environmental report and we therefore request that you confirm the following: -

That you are aware of the past use of the land and have not identified the study site or any surrounding sites as contaminated land (as defined under part 2A of the EPA 1990) or are not considering any further action against the study site or any surrounding sites either formally or informally under this legislation. If you are considering further action can you please let us know the level of priority assigned to this particular site.

Thank you for your request for information about the site at Carlton Road, Harrold
which we received on 27th September 2017. Your request has been considered
under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

I can confirm that we are not aware of any current or past potentially contaminative
land use on the site. Nor has the site, nor any surrounding site, been determined as
contaminated land as defined in 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 property is not listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites.

A site located approximately 20m East of the property, known as Harrold and Odell
Country Park, is present on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites.
Therefore, it will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. It has been
awarded a low priority for inspection.

Harrold and Odell Country Park is listed on the Environment Agency’s website as
being a historical landfill site. The website states that the site received waste from
31/12/58 to 31/12/77.

Please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We would
recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website : Environment Agency
 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).

7/11/17

 

 11261

 

Petroleum Search - Kempston

We have a site, Ronald Close, Woburn Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedford,

Historical maps show that the site has an industrial past and that there have been/are above ground tanks on the site.

Please could you provide us with a Petroleum Search, identifying whether there are any known underground tanks etc on site and their status.

Your request was considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, not held by Bedford Borough Council.

30/10/17

 

11262

 

BROMHAM C OF E LOWER SCHOOL - CLASSROOM BUILDING

I am writing to request a project directory which includes a list of subcontractors, suppliers and consultants & telephone numbers involved in the Seven classrooms to include toilets, store room a multipurpose hall, kitchen, plant and a cloak room. 

 

 

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, the Borough only holds email contact information for those companies we are in contract with - and therefore there are no details of any subcontractors and suppliers within the list.

Please contact

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

 

 

3/10/17

 

11263

 

Please can I request the following information: 

1. Please can you provide how many primary school pupils attended a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision in each of the following years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (in academic or financial years, however this information is held).

1 a) If possible, please can you also break this down separately to those children aged 5 and under 5.

2. Please can you provide how many spaces you have available for primary school aged children in a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision?

3. Please can you provide how many primary school aged children are on a waiting list for a place in a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision ?

4. If possible, please could you provide how long on average a primary school aged child will attend a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision ?

5. a) Please can you provide how much it costs on average per primary school aged child to attend a Pupil Referral Unit or Alternative Provision for: one week and one month.

b)  Please can you provide how much it costs on average per primary school aged child to attend a mainstream primary school for: one week and one month

 

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.    We only have one Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) within Bedford Borough.  As it is an Academy, you will need to contact them direct for this information,  their contact details are as follows: Greys Education Centre, email: greys@greys.beds.sch.uk, Website http://www.greys.beds.sch.uk/ . Please let me know if you would like me to forward your request to them on your behalf.

 

 

12/10/17

 

11264

 

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

RE:Hillesden Avenue, Elstow,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

Con29 3.13 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 requests for information.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

6/10/17

 

11265

 

I write to request information under the freedom of information act

I am looking for a full list of businesses, Ltd companies and charities that have become responsible for business rates between 15th Sept-30th Sep 2017.

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

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

1.       States that 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

19/10/17

 

11266

 

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

Please provide the information in the Excel template provided (attached).

Q1: What was the total income received from each of the following types of school, for each of the following years; 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18:

  • maintained secondary and primary schools within the LA boundary
  • non-maintained (e.g. academy) primary, secondary and all through schools within the LA boundary
  • other schools within the LA boundary (e.g. special, private)
  • schools outside of the LA boundary

If unable to distinguish between the above sources of income then please state the total income from all schools for each of these years.

Q2: How much income did the LA receive from all schools (in or out of borough, maintained or otherwise) for the following services within each year? 2013/14, 2014/15. 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18

  • Catering products and services
  • Cleaning products and services
  • Furniture & Flooring
  • ICT and ICT related resources
  • Playground equipment and services
  • HR
  • Finance
  • Health & Safety
  • Property & Building Services
  • School Improvement Services
  • Other services

Q3: How much was spent by all maintained primary and secondary schools on the following services within each year? 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18

  • Catering products and services
  • Cleaning products and services
  • Furniture & Flooring
  • ICT and ICT related resources
  • Playground equipment and services
  • HR
  • Finance
  • Health & Safety
  • Property & Building Services
  • School Improvement Services

Q4. Please list all suppliers who currently provided the following services to your maintained primary and secondary schools.

  • Catering products and services
  • Cleaning products and services
  • Furniture & Flooring
  • ICT and ICT related resources
  • Playground equipment and services
  • HR
  • Finance
  • Health & Safety
  • Property & Building Services
  • School Improvement Services

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 response to Q2 (part response), Q3, Q4  you requested attached. 

Please contact:

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

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request for answering Q1 and part of Q2 as our accounting structure does not allow us to provide this information within the timescale.

 

26/10/17

 

11267

 

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

 

1.       How many looked-after children was your council responsible for in 2016-17? If possible please break this down by category ie 23 in care, 12 in foster homes, 7 in custody, 5 in residential schools etc. Please also state how many Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children there were

2.       What was the total amount spent on allowances for these children in the 2016-17 financial year?

3.       Please break this sum down by category:

a.       Birthday allowances

b.      Christmas/festive allowances

c.       Pocket money

d.      Clothing allowances

e.      Luggage allowances

f.        Mobile phone allowances

g.       Toiletries

h.      School prom allowances

i.         Any other categories

4.       Of the total sum spent (ie the answer to Q2), how much went to children in custody/young offenders institutions?

5.       Please state how much children in custody/young offenders institutions are entitled to in allowances ie £25 for birthday presents, £10 for Christmas etc. Do they get it while detained or once released?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

1.    How many looked-after children was your council responsible for in 2016-17? If possible please break this down by category ie 23 in care, 12 in foster homes, 7 in custody, 5 in residential schools etc. Please also state how many Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children there were

Answer: 388 children looked after at any point in 2016-17, of which 38 were unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

2.    What was the total amount spent on allowances for these children in the 2016-17 financial year?

3.    Please break this sum down by category:

a.         Birthday allowances

b.         Christmas/festive allowances

c.   Pocket money

d.   Clothing allowances

e.   Luggage allowances

f.    Mobile phone allowances

g.   Toiletries

h.   School prom allowances

i.          Any other categories

4.    Of the total sum spent (ie the answer to Q2), how much went to children in custody/young offenders institutions?

Answer Question 2, 3 & 4: 

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 partially refuse your request with regards to Question 2, 3 & 4.   In order to obtain this information would involve looking at each individual case in detail which would take over 18 hours.

However we have attached our fostering allowances document for the current year for your information

Please contact:

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

Also, below is a suggested breakdown into the percentages, however this is advice only and would depend on each child’s individual needs. We  do not break it down further and expect Foster Carers to budget accordingly.

Please contact:

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

1.    Please state how much children in custody/young offenders institutions are entitled to in allowances ie £25 for birthday presents, £10 for Christmas etc. Do they get it while detained or once released?

Answer: For Looked After Children (LAC) we provide the following:

Young people will be provided with ‘pocket money’ at a rate of £10.00 per week. Additionally, and in exceptional circumstances a clothing allowance commensurate with the leaving care clothing allowance rate of £20.00 per month will be provided.  For Care leavers Birthday (only paid for 18th and 21st Birthdays - £50) and Christmas allowances (£20) will continue to be paid and depending on the rules of the institution, will be given to the young person or retained until their release.

25/10/17

 

11268

 

FAO finance officer / section 151 officer

Could I please have copies of your ring fenced taxi licensing financial accounts for the following financial years:

2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17.

Could I also please have the financial accounts for your other licensing department budgets for the same years.

Could I please also have a list of roles currently within your licensing tram, their salary and if they are funded from taxi licensing or not.

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.

Q: Could I please have copies of your ring fenced taxi licensing financial accounts for the following financial years:
2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17.
Q: Could I also please have the financial accounts for your other licensing department budgets for the same years.
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. The authority does not have a separate account and budget for taxi licensing; and there is one Licensing Team deal with all sort of licensing applications and relevant enquiries. Therefore it will take excess 18 hours to generate the information requested.
Q: Could I please also have a list of roles currently within your licensing tram, their salary and if they are funded from taxi licensing or not.

Job title and *Salary Range 
Service Manager (Civil Registration & Licensing)
£41,967-£45,647   
Team Leader (Registration & Licensing) 
£26,822-£29,323   
Registration Officer (Licensing)
£20,661-£22,658   
Registration Officer Licensing Compliance
£23,398-£25,951   
Assistant Registration Officer Licensing
£15,807- £16,491   

*Please note we have provided the salary range for the jobs listed above.
 
In so far as staff are engaged on taxi licensing matters it is untended and anticipated that those staff costs are met from fee income charged as part of the taxi licensing framework

24/10/17

 

11269

 

The Education Company provides relevant and timely information to governmental bodies, sector associations, educational suppliers and charities. Currently we are reviewing the education services provided by Local Authorities. Could you please provide details of those performing the following key roles:

  • Director of Children's Services
  • Assistant Director of Education Services
  • Head of School Achievement
  • Head of School Intervention
  • Head of Education Partnerships
  • Head of Education Inclusion/SEND

Please find the information you requested below:

Local Authority Name: Bedford Borough Council

Please contact:

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

20/1/17

 

11270

 

 

would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

-          the number of transgender children currently being taught in pupil-referral units in your local authority

-       the number of children referred by schools in your authority to Camhs services in the academic year 2016-17

-       the number of these children who have been able to access Camhs services since their referral

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 number of transgender children currently being taught in pupil-referral units in your local authority

Answer: Zero (to the best of our knowledge)

·   the number of children referred by schools in your authority to Camhs services in the academic year 2016-17

·   the number of these children who have been able to access Camhs services since their referral

Answer: We do not hold this information.   Please click here to contact East London NHS foundation trust

 

11271

 

Please can I request the following information: 

1. How many licences have been granted for a Licence to keep Dangerous Wild Animals in each of the following years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (in financial or calendar years, however this information is held)?

1 a): how many people currently have a valid licence to keep dangerous wild animals?

2. Please can you provide a breakdown as to what dangerous wild animals were included in the granting of the licence in those same years requested in question 1.3. If possible, please could you provide how many licences have been revoked in those same years as requested in question 1 and the reasons given?

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, please see responses below. You requested:

1. How many licences have been granted for a Licence to keep Dangerous Wild Animals in each of the following years: 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1), 2017 (0) (in financial or calendar years, however this information is held)?

 

1 a): how many people currently have a valid licence to keep dangerous wild animals? NONE

 

2. Please can you provide a breakdown as to what dangerous wild animals were included in the granting of the licence in those same years requested in question 1. WOLF

 

3. If possible, please could you provide how many licences have been revoked in those same years as requested in question 1 and the reasons given? NONE

 

 

18/10/17

 

11272

 

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known, from 1/7/17 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/7/17 but the case has only come  to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:

  1.  Surnames and forenames or initials
  2.  Dates of death
  3.  Age at death or date of birth
  4. Place of birth
  5. Marital status
  6. Maiden surnames of married or widowed women
  7. Usual address at time of death
  8. Approx. value of their estate if known
  9. The date you sent information to the Government Legal Department  (or, if in Lancashire, the Duchy of Lancaster, or, if in Cornwall, the Duchy of Cornwall), or confirmation that this action was not applicable.
  10. If you have yet to send the information on, as per 9 above, or a decision has not yet been made whether or not to do so, please also advise of this.

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

 

19/10/17

 

11273

 

 

Individuals have a right, commonly referred to as a subject access request (SAR), created by section 7 of the Data Protection Act. I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information regarding your processing of subject access requests:

1. How many subject access requests did you receive the identifying paperwork for and process in 2014?

2. How many subject access requests did you receive the identifying paperwork for and process in 2015?

3. How many subject access requests did you receive the identifying paperwork for and process in 2016?

4. How many subject access requests you rejected in 2014?

5. How many subject access requests you rejected in 2015?

6. How many subject access requests you rejected in 2016?

7. What was the average cost for you to process a subject access request in 2014?

8. What was the average cost for you to process a subject access request in 2015?

9. What was the average cost for you to process a subject access request in 2016?

10. How much do you charge an individual to process a subject access request?

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 did you receive the identifying paperwork for and process in 2014? 12

2. How many subject access requests did you receive the identifying paperwork for and process in 2015? 28

3. How many subject access requests did you receive the identifying paperwork for and process in 2016? 29

4. How many subject access requests you rejected in 2014? 4

5. How many subject access requests you rejected in 2015? 10

6. How many subject access requests you rejected in 2016? 9

7. What was the average cost for you to process a subject access request in 2014?

8. What was the average cost for you to process a subject access request in 2015?

9. What was the average cost for you to process a subject access request in 2016?

 

For Q 7 – 9 We do not hold this information. Council Officers and Managers in all Service Areas are involved in compiling and responding to subject access request, but this constitutes part of their regular role and therefore their involvement with such requests is not separately identified or recorded.   

10. How much do you charge an individual to process a subject access request? A fee of £10.00 per subject data

 

5/10/17

 

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