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Ref Request Response Response Date

11006 -11007

 

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: Tiverton Road, Bedford

RE: Saunders Field, Kempston,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

3/8/17

 

11008

 

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

Tiverton Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

3/8/17

 

11009

 

1 How many school do you provide internet service to

2 Renew dates for these

3 Retender dates

4 Notice period a school has to give to change over

5 Are there any plans to step away from delivering in the next three years

6 Broadband provider

7 What are the differnet element that comprise the connectivity service

8 Do you provide access central systems independent of who the school uses as their broadband supplier

9 how many schools are converting to academies

10 If you not offer a central service do you have any approved partners that use

if so please provide

Please find the information you requested set out below, in bold

You requested:

1. How many schools do you currently provide a central Internet service to? 33

 

7. What are the different elements that comprise the central connectivity service? Bedford Education Network (33 schools); End site connectivity, filtering, XPorter, AVCO

 

8. Do you provide access to central systems independent of who the school uses as their broadband supplier? Yes

 

9. How many of your schools are converting to academies or trusts? 2 schools have indicated their intentions to academies next year

Further to your request for information dated 1st August 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 with respect to the following requests.

 

You also requested:

2. Contract renewal date for these establishments?

3. Services retender date?

4. Notice period a school has to give to change to an alternative provider

5. Are there any plans to step away from delivering central connectivity service to schools in the next 3 years?

6. Broadband provider e.g. Virgin Media/BT

a. Connection type e.g. ADSL, FTTC, EFM

b. Bandwidth e.g. 100Mbps, 10Mbps

10. If you do not offer a central service do you have any approved partners that you use? If so please list the approved partners?

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 (commercial interests) of the FOI Act (FOIA). 

An explanation follows below:

Disclosure of records as a response to the above questions would prejudice the council’s commercial interests in trading with schools. Disclosure will weaken the council’s position in a competitive environment by revealing market-sensitive information or information of potential usefulness to its competitors.

23/8/17

 

11010

 

Please send me:

The pay grade for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of your fleet of vehicles

The number of immediate people reporting to that person

The job description for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of your fleet of vehicles

The number of vehicles within your fleet and the breakdown between HCV, LCV, Cars, agricultural.

The information you requested is as follows:

The pay grade for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of your fleet of vehicles

Service Manager Fleet & Depot – Pay range £47,164 - £50,213.

The number of immediate people reporting to that person

4 immediate reports plus 9 via a Team Leader.

The job description for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of your fleet of vehicles

Attached.

Please contact:

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

The number of vehicles within your fleet and the breakdown between HCV, LCV, Cars, agricultural.

Bedford Borough Council has 268 road going vehicles in the fleet, of which there are:-

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

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

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

42 X Agricultural

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

22/8/17

 

11011

 

 I would like to submit an FOI request regarding the Business Rates Relief Scheme announced in the March 2017 Budget, which allocates £300 million to local authorities over four years from 2017-18.
Regarding the Scheme, I would like to know:
a.Whether your council has already begun distributing to local businesses the funding made available for 2017-18 as part of the Relief Scheme? 
b.If the answer to (a) is yes, how much (in £s) has already been allocated to local businesses? 

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. whether your council has already begun distributing to local businesses the funding made available for 2017-18 as part of the Relief Scheme?  

The Council is the process of developing a Policy regarding the administration of the discretionary fund and will shortly consulting on this policy.

2. If the answer to (a) is yes, how much (in £s) has already been allocated to local businesses?

Please see answer to (a) above

29/8/17

 

11012

 

 

As I understand it, Section 1(2) of the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 requires each relevant authority to publicise its register.

Specifically, it states:-

Relevant authorities are encouraged to publish, in their Authority Monitoring Report, headline data on the demand for self-build and custom housebuilding revealed by their register and other sources. This can support development opportunities for self-build and custom housebuilding by increasing awareness among landowners, builders and developers of the level and nature of demand for self-build and custom housebuilding in the local area.

Relevant authorities should consider what additional optional information (for example, general location within the authority’s area, plot size preferences and type of housing intended to be built) could be requested of applicants and made available to increase opportunities for self-build and custom housebuilding in their area, having regard to data protection obligations.

The types of information relevant authorities are encouraged to publish include:

the number of individuals and associations on their register;

the number of serviced plots of land sought; and

the preferences people on their register have indicated, such as general location within the authority’s area, plot sizes and type of housing intended to be built, where this information has been requested by the authority and provided by an applicant.

Please find the information you requested below:

The quote you have referred to in your message is not from the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 itself, it is from Planning Practice Guidance which was given to Local Planning Authorities as guidance to assist them in their policy decisions. This guidance is currently being considered.

·                     the number of individuals and associations on their register;

 

No. on Register as at 08.08.17

Individuals

118

Associations

1

·                     the number of serviced plots of land sought; and

 

No. Serviced Plots Sought as at 08.08.17

Individuals

118

Associations

2

·                     the preferences people on their register have indicated, such as general location within the authority’s area, plot sizes and type of housing intended to be built, where this information has been requested by the authority and provided by an applicant.

Please contact:

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

All the above information was received via Application Forms sent to the Council via the website application process at:

Website Application process

·                     When furnishing the reply to my information request could you also confirm the number and location of serviced self-build plots that the Council can currently has on its register which can meet the demand indicated?

We do not hold this information.

14/8/17

 

11013

 

No of new and renewed   Hackney carriages licenses granted

No of new and  renewed   Private hire licenses granted

no of hackney licenses granted to criminal convictions

no of Private hire licenses granted to criminal convictions

In those convicted

The nature and date  of conviction

whether this was known at the time the license were granted

in case  the current  driver status

The policy when deciding regards to driver with convictions

Please find the information you requested below:

Since 1st August 2015:

1. The number of new and renewed Hackney Carriage Driver Licences that Bedford Borough Council has granted is 125

2. The number of new and renewed Private Hire Driver Licences that Bedford Borough Council has granted is 861

3. The number of Hackney Carriage Driver Licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions is 14

4. The number of Private Hire Driver Licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions is 21

In the cases of those convicted:

3.i. The nature and date of conviction

  ii. Whether said drivers conviction was known at the time of the licence being approved

iii. In each case the current licence status of the driver

This information is available on the Bedford Borough Website at the following link:

Councillor meetings

4. The criteria/policy that is applied when deciding on an application from a driver with a current/spent conviction.

The Conviction and Character Policy for Hackney Carriage, Private Hire Drivers & Operators is available on the Bedford Borough Website at the following link:

Taxi Licensing

22/8/17

 

11014

 

For the financial year 2015/16, please list methods for assessing the efficacy of the following non-statutory public health functions of the Director of Public Health, including cost-effectiveness, for each of:

Smoking and tobacco – Stop smoking services and interventions Physical activity – adults Obesity – adults Substance misuse - Alcohol misuse Each of these should specify:

Smoking and tobacco – Stop smoking services and interventions – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to reduce or stop smoking. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention Number of people who accessed the services Number of people who reduced their smoking or stopped smoking as a result of the intervention

Physical activity – adults – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to lead to the taking up of sport on a regular basis. As part of this, please

list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention Number of people who accessed the services Number of people who took up sport on a regular basis as a result of the intervention

Obesity – adults – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to lead to weight loss.

As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention Number of people who accessed the services Number of people who have lost weight as a result of the intervention

Substance misuse - Alcohol misuse – adults – net current expenditure by the local authority on public health interventions whose intention is to diminish alcohol consumption. As part of this, please list:

Net current expenditure on the intervention Number of people who accessed the services Number of people who have reduced their alcohol intake as a result of the intervention

Please also list the metric used to determine cost-effectiveness for each of the above four interventions. If a cost-effectiveness metric is not used, please list any alternative methods for each of the above four interventions.

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

With regards your FOI request (appendix A), please find our response below.

The evidence of efficacy and cost-effectiveness of public health interventions delivered in 2015/16 was assessed when planning services through a variety of sources in the public domain. These included National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance, national guidance by Public Health England, and consideration of available scientific evidence. Please refer to:

NICE and PHE for this information.

Our services are all subject to regular reviews to ensure that they provide value for money, meet statutory requirements including compliance with guidance around the use of the public health grant and statutory requirements on local government to improve the health and well-being of local people. Decision-making around local priorities and use of the grant is also subject to local democratic processes.

The requested service specific information is provided below. Please note that these figures do not reflect current spend and therefore do not provide an up to date picture of current priorities, investment and performance.

Smoking and Tobacco (stop smoking services and interventions)

2015/16

Net current expenditure

£239,000 including staff costs.

Number of people who accessed the service

1,488 people attended their 1st appointment and 1,444 set a quit date.

Number of people who reduced their smoking or stopped smoking as a result of the intervention

703 people quit smoking.

Physical Activity – Adults (public health interventions whose intention is to lead to the taking up of sport on a regular basis)

2015/16

Net current expenditure

Approximately £2,300 (exercise referral)

Number of people who accessed the service

771 adults

Number of people who took up sport on a regular basis as a result of the intervention

116 people took up active membership and continued with the activity

Obesity- Adults (public health interventions whose intention is to lead to weight loss)

2015/16

Net current expenditure

£161,000

Number of people who accessed the service

217

Number of people who have lost weight as a result of this intervention

110

Substance misuse (Alcohol)- Adults (public health interventions whose intention is to diminish alcohol consumption)

2015/16

Net current expenditure (substance misuse)

Total substance misuse expenditure: £1,793,000

It is not possible to disaggregate net current expenditure for alcohol misuse as the services commissioned by Bedford Borough Council are integrated to provide interventions for drug and alcohol misuse.

Number of people who accessed the service

12 months rolling data from the Q4 DOMES report indicates that there had been 145 local adult clients in treatment for alcohol misuse at the end of 2015/16.

Number of people who have reduced their alcohol intake as a result of this intervention

This is not an indicator currently collected by the provider or reported to Bedford Borough Council. However, of the 145 clients indicated above, 59 successfully completed treatment.

31/8/17

 

 

11015

 

I am trying to retrieve spending data for the 2014/15 financial year.

Would it be possible to see the net current expenditure on children's social care in FY14/15? 

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:

 

 

Financial year

Net  expenditure (£s)

2014/2015

 30,794,000

 

18/8/17

 

11016

 

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

Great Barford

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

3/8/17

 

11017

 

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

Any periods since 1st January 2016  in which the property has been empty, the ratepayer during the period and the net rates charged during the period.

  •    THE WESSEX BUILDING, SCHOOL LANE, COLMWORTH, 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.

There have been no periods since 29 September 2016 (the start date of liability) in which the property has been considered to be empty.

25/8/17

 

11018

 

We would be most grateful if you could provide tender information on any of your road contracts, including maintenance work, which you have undertaken in the last 12 months.

Please supply a breakdown of the unit rates and associated quantities for accepted tenders

Thank you for your request for information about road contracts which we received on 2 August 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 form

23/8/17

 

11019

 

 As of August 1st, 2017, what percentage of children in need in the county are from travelling families?

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

As of August 1st, 2017, what percentage of children in need in the county are from travelling families?

Answer: 0.5% of Children in Need in Bedford Borough

8/8/17

 

11020

 

Please provide your authority’s air quality data for 2014/2015/2016 as supplied by the laboratory that analysed the figures  

Please provide the air quality data that your authority supplied to DEFRA in 2014/2015/2016

Please provide the number of air collection tubes that were declared void – and the reasons for that – in 2014/2015/2016

Your request has been reproduced below and answered in turn:

Please provide your authority’s air quality data for 2014/2015/2016 as supplied by the

laboratory that analysed the figures

o The data for the two fixed air quality monitoring stations (active monitoring) within the

Borough can be found by visiting Air Quality England and searching by

locality/local authority.

o The data for the air collection tubes (passive monitoring) is provided with the annual air monitoring quality reports which can be found by visiting Air Quality and Assessment  on the Bedford Borough Council website.

Please provide the air quality data that your authority supplied to DEFRA in

2014/2015/2016

o These reports can be found by visiting the Air Quality and Assessment link given above.

Please provide the number of air collection tubes that were declared void – and the

reasons for that – in 2014/2015/2016

o No tubes were declared void in these years.

29/8/17

 

11021

 

How many childrens residential care have been outsourced

How many childrens residential care have been deemed as requires improvement

Response:

There is only one outsourced residential home.

None of these children are placed in ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ residential units.

24/8/17

 

11022

 

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

What was your budget for expenditure on directly-provided youth services in:

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

What was your budget for expenditure on grants or contracts awarded to third-party organisations to provide youth services in:

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

For directly employed youth service workers:

What was your full-time head count in:

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

What was your part-time head count in:

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

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

What was your budget for expenditure on directly-provided youth services in:

 

 

Net Value

     

 

 

£

     

 

2010/11

518,010

     

 

2011/12

395,399

     

 

2012/13

65,060

     

 

2013/14

37,420

     

 

2014/15

54,500

     

 

2015/16

57,070

     

 

2016/17

57,700

     

 

         

 

         

 

What was your budget for expenditure on grants or contracts awarded to third-party organisations to provide youth services in:

 

£

     

 

2010/11

36,030

     

 

2011/12

15,000

     

 

2012/13

44,550

     

 

2013/14

47,140

     

 

2014/15

32,850

     

 

2015/16

33,100

     

 

2016/17

33,100

     

 

             

For directly employed youth service workers:

What was your full-time head count in:

2010/11 - 7

2011/12 - 5

2012/13 - 0

2013/14 - 0

2014/15 - 0

2015/16 - 0

2016/17 - 0

What was your part-time head count in:

2010/11 -11

2011/12 - 5

2012/13 - 0

2013/14 - 0

2014/15 - 0

2015/16 - 0

2016/17 - 0

Please note these figures include Youth Support Workers.

22/8/17

 

11023

 I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act; it relates to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) / High Needs specialist support services for children and young people funded by your local authority (i.e. Speech and Language, Physical and Sensory Support, Autism Outreach).

For each financial year (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17), please provide:  

1.      A list of each individual SEND / High Needs service provided by your local authority

2.      The number of children/young people supported by each service

3.      The total local authority spend on each service

4.      If a service closed/reformed during the course of the specified year, please state how it changed (i.e. closed, amalgamated with another service, contract handed to private sector) and the date of closure/reform.     

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

 

You Requested:

For each financial year (2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17), please provide:  

 

1.    A list of each individual SEND / High Needs service provided by your local authority

2.    The number of children/young people supported by each service

3.    The total local authority spend on each service

4.    If a service closed/reformed during the course of the specified year, please state how it changed (i.e. closed, amalgamated with another service, contract handed to private sector) and the date of closure/reform.     

 

Response:

Having reviewed the request and the attachment it is considered that responding would take in excess of 18 hours because responding to a key question would require a manual trawl of information as we do not hold information for students who have additional needs on a central data base. However we have been able to fill in some data that is already known on your template- Please see attached spreadsheet.

Should there be any information that would be helpful then please come back to us with your specific question.

Please contact:

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

25/8/17

 

11024

 

1. A list of all Airbnb rentals made by your authority so far in 2017, and for 2016
For each record please provide:

a) the first half of the postcode (e.g. BS1, M4)

b) the dates rented

c) the cost, including any extra charges

d) the purpose of the stay

2. How many Airbnb rentals do you currently have on a retainer?

If you have any, for each one please provide the reason(s) why you have them on retainer.

3. How many reports have you received of Airbnb landlords allegedly letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

4. How many fines or other penalties have you levied to Airbnb landlords for letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016?

Please find the information you requested below in bold

1. A list of all Airbnb rentals made by your authority so far in 2017, and for 2016 – We do not use Airbnb

For each record please provide: N/A

a) the first half of the postcode (e.g. BS1, M4)

b) the dates rented

c) the cost, including any extra charges

d) the purpose of the stay

2. How many Airbnb rentals do you currently have on a retainer? – N/A

If you have any, for each one please provide the reason(s) why you have them on retainer.

3. How many reports have you received of Airbnb landlords allegedly letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016? - Nil

4. How many fines or other penalties have you levied to Airbnb landlords for letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016? - Nil

30/8/17

 

11025

 

 

This is a request for information under the freedom of information act and I hope you can assist me. I appreciate you might not hold all of the information below, but would like to know as much as you can provide. 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/5/2017 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/5/2017, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.

This should include deaths of any clients whose affairs are managed by the Councils Safeguarding or Deputy-ship Teams, where applicable.

Please also supply a list of any Public Health Act Funerals carried out from the above date (also known as Welfare or Environmental Health Act funerals) if this does not form part of your reply to the above. This should include funerals carried out by the council or on behalf of any third party.

If this information is now provided on your website, please send the hyperlink.

Please include as much of the following information as you are able to:

1.   the deceased's full names

2.   the date they died

3.  the approximate value of their estate

4.  their date and place of birth or age at death

5.  whether or not they were married, divorced, single, or widowed

6.   the maiden surnames of married females or widows

7.  their  address at death

8.  the date when a referral was made of this estate to any other 3rd party or body to research or administer and the name of the 3rd party concerned.

9. If a referral to a 3rd party or body  has not yet been made could you advise of the case details as above too.

10.  If a case referral to a 3rd party or body is still  undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details of the case as above. 

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

 

30/8/17

 

11026

 

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

Lancaster Avenue

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

14/8/17

 

11027

 

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

Land Lying to the South East of

Park Lane

Sharnbrook

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

14/8/17

 

11028

 

What is the name and email address of your chief executive/chief constable?

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

1. What is the name and email address of your chief executive/chief constable?

 Philip Simpkins – email address Philip.simpkins@bedford.gov.uk

In respect of questions 2 – 6 – this is not covered under freedom of Information Act

8/8/17

 

11029

 

1. According to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) data, how many opiate clients were in treatment between 31st March 2016 and 1st April 2017?

2. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and/or Coroners statistics, how many deaths related to drug poisoning (as defined by the International Classification of Diseases, ICD-9 and ICD-10) were registered in 2015 where any opioid was mentioned on the death certificate?

3. Is Take-home Naloxone (THN) currently provided? If THN is currently provided, please proceed to respond to Questions 4-14.

4. Was the term ‘Naloxone’ specifically included in the most recent tender document when commissioning for any drug and/or alcohol services?

5. Who is responsible for purchasing Naloxone?

6. How many Naloxone kits were purchased by responsible persons/bodies (see Question 5) in each financial year since 2014/15?

7. Are there any concrete plans to repurchase Naloxone in the next financial year (between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018)?

8. Who is currently directly providing Take-home Naloxone (THN) kits?

9. Have THN providers received training on how to train THN recipients to administer Naloxone? If such training has been provided, please proceed to respond to sub-questions a-b.

a. Which groups received such training?

b. Which organisation(s) and/or individual(s) delivered such training?

10. Who is currently provided with THN kits?

11. Do individuals eligible to receive THN kits (see Question 11) have to fulfil any requirements in order to receive THN kits?

12. What is the maximum number of THN kits an individual can receive at the point of access, if any?

13. How many THN kits were dispensed in the community in each financial year since 2014/15?

14. What recording and/or monitoring practices have been put in place regarding Naloxone, if any?

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

Please contact:

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

 

 31/8/17

 

11030

 

What is the average length of time between a referral being received and a social care assessment being completed  for older  people aged 65 and over  a) in hospitals awaiting discharge and b)  living in the community in each of the following years:

a)      2012/13

b)      2013/14

c)       2014/15

d)      2015/16

e)      2016/17

f)       2017/18 to 01/08/17

How many older people aged 65 and over in hospitals  awaiting discharge waited more than 72 hours for a social care assessment to be completed, breaking the government’s deadline,  in each of the following years:

a)            2015/16

b)            2016/17

c)             2017/18 to 01/08/2017

Please also express this as a percentage of all older people receiving assessments

What are the five longest waits by older people aged 65 and over for a social care assessment once they’ve been referred to the council, and why, for the period 1st January 2016 – 1 August 2017?

What is the average length of time between  the completion of a social care assessment for older people aged 65 and over and the implementation of a care package  for each of the following years:

A.            2012/13

B.            2013/14

C.            2014/15

D.            2015/16

E.            2016/17

F.            2017/18 to 01/08/2017

What are the five longest waits by older people aged 65 and over from the time their social care assessment was completed and a care package was put in place, and why, from 1st January 2016 and 1 August 2017?

What is the total number of social care assessments for older people aged 65 and over that were completed by your local authority in each of the following years:

A.            2012/13

B.            2013/14

C.            2014/15

D.            2015/16

E.            2016/17

F.            2017/18 to 01/08/2017

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

Please note we have not been able to give data relating to clients ‘awaiting’ hospital discharge, this isn’t recorded on Swift database. It would require a manual check of over 6,000 referrals since 2012 to ascertain this.  Also where the request asks for the longest wait times, this is client identifiable data.  In-line with our Freedom of Information policy we decline those requests.

What is the average length of time between a referral being received and a social care assessment being completed  for older  people aged 65 and over  a) in hospitals awaiting discharge and b)  living in the community in each of the following years:

2012/13 = 5 days overall.  Please note location of client at time of referral is not a statutory requirement of Department of Health, as a result is not recorded on the client database (Swift), therefore we are not able to break this down by awaiting discharge or in the community.

2013/14 = 4 days. Please note location of client at time of referral is not a statutory requirement of Department of Health, as a result is not recorded on the client database (Swift), therefore we are not able to break this down by awaiting discharge or in the community.

2014/15= 7 days. Please note location of client at time of referral is not a statutory requirement of Department of Health, as a result is not recorded on the client database (Swift), therefore we are not able to break this down by awaiting discharge or in the community.

2015/16= 10 days. Please note location of client at time of referral is not a statutory requirement of Department of Health, as a result is not recorded on the client database (Swift), therefore we are not able to break this down by awaiting discharge or in the community.

2016/17= 7 days. Please note location of client at time of referral is not a statutory requirement of Department of Health, as a result is not recorded on the client database (Swift), therefore we are not able to break this down by awaiting discharge or in the community.

2017/18 to 01/08/17 = 5 days. Please note location of client at time of referral is not a statutory requirement of Department of Health, as a result is not recorded on the client database (Swift), therefore we are not able to break this down by awaiting discharge or in the community.

How many older people aged 65 and over in hospitals  awaiting discharge waited more than 72 hours for a social care assessment to be completed, breaking the government’s deadline,  in each of the following years:

2015/16 Please note location of client at time of referral is not a statutory requirement of Department of Health, as a result is not recorded on the client database (Swift), therefore not available.

2016/17 Please note location of client at time of referral is not a statutory requirement of Department of Health, as a result is not recorded on the client database (Swift), therefore not available.

2017/18 to 01/08/2017 Please note location of client at time of referral is not a statutory requirement of Department of Health, as a result is not recorded on the client database (Swift), therefore not available.

Please also express this as a percentage of all older people receiving assessments

What are the five longest waits by older people aged 65 and over for a social care assessment once they’ve been referred to the council, and why, for the period 1st January 2016 – 1 August 2017?

Information refused as this is potentially client identifiable data.

What is the average length of time between  the completion of a social care assessment for older people aged 65 and over and the implementation of a care package  for each of the following years:

2012/13= 11 days

2013/14= 10 days

2014/15= 16 days

2015/16= 15 days

2016/17= 14 days

2017/18 to 01/08/2017 = 10 days

What are the five longest waits by older people aged 65 and over from the time their social care assessment was completed and a care package was put in place, and why, from 1st January 2016 and 1 August 2017?

Information refused as this is potentially client identifiable data.

What is the total number of social care assessments for older people aged 65 and over that were completed by your local authority in each of the following years:

2012/13 = 1,082

2013/14 = 1,131

2014/15 = 1,022

2015/16 = 966

2016/17 = 1,007

2017/18 to 01/08/2017  = 341

4/9/2017

 

11031

 

Information request: 2016 office print summary data (i.e. excluding print from the central print room and print produced outside of the council) including:

a) total volume of Print produced in 2016 on the office printers, photocopiers, multi functional devices, fax and scan devices,
b) the percentage of this volume that is colour,
c) the number of active users generating this annual volume,
d) the cost of generating this print including the cost of the devices, Consumables, maintenance, servicing, spare parts and other MPS contacts,
e) the number of Print, copy, scan and fax devices that are generating this print volume
i.e. the response for 2016 could be as simple as a) 5,000,000 printed pages, b) 25% colour, c) 2,000 active users, d) £500,000 spend, e) 300 devices. If any of the information is unknown, please could this be confirmed?
 

Please find the information you requested set out below.

Information request: 2016-2017 office print summary data (i.e. excluding print from the central print room and print produced outside of the council) including:

a) Total volume of Print produced in 2016-17 on the office printers, photocopiers, multi-functional devices, fax and scan devices - 9676049

b) The percentage of this volume that is colour 8%

c) The number of active users generating this annual volume - 1948

d) The cost of generating this print including the cost of the devices, Consumables, maintenance, servicing, spare parts and other MPS contacts - £376,490

e) The number of Print, copy, scan and fax devices that are generating this print volume - 130

15/8/17

 

11032

 

1.            Do you have a mail room?

a.            How many?

2.            How many full time staff work in the mail room?

a.            How many hours per week does a full time employee work?

b.            What is the average hourly pay/rate?

3.            How many part time staff work in the mail room?

a.            How many hours per week does a part time employee work?

b.            What is the average hourly pay/rate?

4.            Do you have a delivery/collection service for mail across the authority?

5.            How do you do this?

6.            If you use a van (s), how many?

a.            How often are these replaced?

b.            Are the drivers of these vehicles part of the mail room staff?

i.              If not;

ii.             How many hours do they work?

iii.            What is the average hourly/pay rate?

7.            Do you have a digital mail room?

8.            Do you scan inbound mail into a workflow system?

a.            If so is this function operated by the mail room?

b.            If not then which department run this operation?

i.              How many staff do this operation?

ii.             How many hours per week do they work?

iii.            What is the hourly pay/rate?

Print/Production

9.            Do you have a print room?

a.            How many?

10.          How many full time staff work in the print room?

a.            How many hours per week does a full time employee work?

b.            What is the average hourly pay/rate?

11.          How many part time staff work in the print room?

a.            How many hours per week does a part time employee work?

b.            What is the average hourly pay/rate? 

Please find the information you requested below, responses are in bold:

1.            Do you have a mail room? Yes

a.            How many? 1

2.            How many full time staff work in the mail room? 0

a.            How many hours per week does a full time employee work? 37 per week (if worked).

b.            What is the average hourly pay/rate? N/A

3.            How many part time staff work in the mail room? 5 (4.05 FTE)

a.            How many hours per week does a part time employee work? Between 22.05 hours per week-35 hours per week

b.            What is the average hourly pay/rate? £8.55 per hour

4.            Do you have a delivery/collection service for mail across the authority? Yes

5.            How do you do this? Internal and External Courier Service

6.            If you use a van (s), how many? 2

a.            How often are these replaced? The vehicles are placed on a 7 year life although as per all fleet vehicles they are assessed prior to being replaced to see if they are able to run on for another year or two.

b.            Are the drivers of these vehicles part of the mail room staff? Yes

i.              If not;

ii.             How many hours do they work? As per 2 and 3/3a

iii.            What is the average hourly/pay rate? As per 3b

 

7.            Do you have a digital mail room? No

8.            Do you scan inbound mail into a workflow system? Certain areas require their incoming post to be scanned into a Document Management System, not all.

a.            If so is this function operated by the mail room? No

b.            If not then which department run this operation? Business Records which is also part of the same department as the Mailroom

i.              How many staff do this operation? 5 (3.50 FTE)

ii.             How many hours per week do they work? Between 15 hours per week- 37 hours per week

iii.            What is the hourly pay/rate? Between £8.45-£8.55

Print/Production

.               Do you have a print room?          Yes

a.            How many?                                        1             

10.          How many full time staff work in the print room?                             5 includes, 2 designers

a.            How many hours per week does a full time employee work?      37.5

b.            What is the average hourly pay/rate?     £9.72

11.          How many part time staff work in the print room?           0

a.            How many hours per week does a part time employee work?    N/A

b.            What is the average hourly pay/rate?     N/A

22/8/17

 

11033

 

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

Greenkeepers Road

Great Denham

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

 

14/8/17

 

11034

 

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

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

Lower Glade Court Lane, Stevington, Bedford, Bedfordshire,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

14/8/17

 

11035

 

Can you please supply me with a list/spreadsheet of all the schools in your area along with their address, name of head teacher, email contact details and school type?

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

You requested:

Can you please supply me with a list/spreadsheet of all the schools in your area along with their address, name of head teacher, email contact details and school type?

Response:

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

1.         States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

Please find the link to the establishment guide which can be found on the Bedford Borough website.

Establishment Guide

Please be aware that this is for the academic year 2016-2017 and is currently being updated in respect of changes to schools categorisation and staffing for the academic year 2017-2018.

10/8/17

 

11036

 

 Can you please supply me with a list/spreadsheet of all the schools in your area along with their address, name of bursar, email contact details and school type?

You requested:

Can you please supply me with a list/spreadsheet of all the schools in your area along with their address, name of bursar, email contact details and school type?

Response: We do not hold the bursar information as requested, you would need to contact the individual schools to make a request from them.

10/8/17

 

11037

 

I am looking for more information on your Environmental health officer/department. In particular I’d be interested in receiving anything you have relating to the functions of the department/person. For what reasons should people contact them (eg types of: pests/ repairs/ environmental issue/ anything else), what things do they not cover, the normal wait time before the environmental health officer/ department addresses the reported issue.

I’m also very keen to know in more detail the type of repairs to property the environmental health officer/department should be informed of. 

You requested information regarding Environmental Health Officers/Department.

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

1.         States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

Please view the following link which covers the information requested.

Environmental Health

 

11038

 

Please would you provide me with all recent Food Inspectors' full reports for the food hygiene ratings in your area? Ideally, I would like every report from the past year.

Applicant did not respond to fee notice request.  Request closed.

 

 

11039

 

1. In your local authority, on the latest date for which figures were available, how many people paid charges for social care, including those who pay for:

- home care

- day care

- community alarms

- other non-residential community care services? 

(please give separate figures for each category)

2. How people are currently in arrears of payment of their social care charges? 

3. How many people currently have debt management procedures commenced against them by your authority for non payment of social care charges?

4. How many people have been taken to court to enforce non payment of social care changes in 2016/17 and 2015/16? 

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

1. In your local authority, on the latest date for which figures were available, how many people paid charges for social care, including those who pay for: 863

- home care

- day care

- community alarms

- other non-residential community care services? 

2. How people are currently in arrears of payment of their social care charges? 242

3. How many people currently have debt management procedures commenced against them by your authority for non payment of social care charges? 133

4. How many people have been taken to court to enforce non-payment of social care changes in 2016/17 and 2015/16? 1 

5/9/17

 

11040

 

Please provide me with an up to date Organisational Structure chart for all Head of Educational Psychology Department including all manager NAMES, contact details and job titles.

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

Please find attached the organisational structure chart for the Educational Psychology Department. The contact for this department is Timothy Long, Head of School Support Services, tim.long@bedford.gov.uk.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment.

25/8/17

 

11041

 

I am attempting to make an assessment of the impact of the IR35 changes that were made by the government in April as they impact upon the children’s services social worker workforce.  I have data from Statistics: Children's social work workforce SFR08/2017 which gives me data for LAs as at September 30th last year.

Please advise the percentage of children’s services social workers as at the date at which you have the most recent information (indicating the date of course) who were directly employed by your Local Authority; employed on an agency basis; and the percentage of posts that were vacant.

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:

 

Effective of 8th August 2017

Percentage

1a) FTE of directly employed

60%

1b) agency as a % of directly employed

58.7% (40 FTE workers)

1c) FTE of vacant posts

40%

4/9/2017

 

11042

 

 1) A list of every care provider in your Local Authority that currently has a contract spot or a fixed term contract that is currently providing for supported living


2) Within the list - How many hours or what is the contract / amount paid to the care provider cpm

3) A full list of the Housing benefit paid to each user, i know names cannot be provided so users for each care provider is enough. Specifically the highest and lowest amount being paid in HB for users in supported living.

4) It may be the property is managed by a housing association if so the names of those.

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

1) A list of every care provider in your Local Authority that currently has a contract spot or a fixed term contract that is currently providing for supported living?

19a Ampthill Road, Beds Supported Housing

Affinity - 20 Campbell Road

Affinity - 9 Campbell Road

Affinity - Silverdale Street

Affinity - South Lodge

Affinity - Stagsden Road

Affinity 11 Sidney Road

Affinity Maia Close

Affinity Tudor Court

Boxtrees

Care Success Solutions

Choice Support

East Thames Ltd

Elm House

Francis House

Fremantle - Coventry Road

Fremantle - Kingsbrook Court

Fremantle Trust-Poplar Tree Ct

Fremantle-1 The Glade

Holly Tree Lodge (Fourways)

Leonard Cheshire - 3  Bartrum

Lillibet Court

Lillibet Manor

Lomack Health Co Ltd

 

Mentaur - Aurora House

Mentaur - Evergreen House

Mentaur - Spring Road

Next Steps Ltd

 

Papworth Trust - Bartrum Court

Salisbury Support 4 Autism Ltd

Social Care Solutions

Together - Ravenhill Way

Turning Point - Downfield Way

Turning Point - Elstow Road

Turning Point - Harter Road

Turning Point - Sandhurst

Wellington Support Ltd


2) Within the list - How many hours or what is the contract / amount paid to the care provider cpm
?

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

‘The information is not held in a reportable format and would therefore involve cases being checked manually which would then exceed the limit which has been set by Freedom of Information’.

6/9/17

 

11043

 

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

Roseberry Avenue

Wootton

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

14.8.17

 

11044

 

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) into electrical consumption and public lighting in your authority.

I have broken down the request into four primary sections:

Part 1

a.       Please provide a breakdown of the total amount of electricity consumed (in kWh) by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) for the year 2012 through to 2016 (or the most recently available five-year period).

Part 2

a.       Please provide a breakdown of the total expenditure (in GBP) on electricity used by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) for the year 2012 through to 2016 (or the most recently available five-year period).

b.       Please provide a breakdown of the total expenditure (in GBP) on all energy used by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) for the year 2012 through to 2016 (or the most recently available five-year period).

Part 3

a.       Please provide the proportion of the public lighting in your authority that is LED-based? (Please provide as a percentage and, if possible, the total number of LED and non-LED lights across the authority).

b.       Please provide the proportion of the public lighting in your authority that is connected LED lighting? By connected we mean lighting that is connected to allow features such as automated or remotely controlled adjustments to the lighting, data collection or integration with other systems in a building or town. (Please provide as a percentage and, if possible, the total number of connected LED lights across the authority).

Part 4

a.       Please provide the proportion of the electricity consumed by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) that comes from renewable sources. 

The information you requested is as follows:

Part 1

a) Please provide a breakdown of the total amount of electricity consumed (in kWh) by your authority for the year 2012 through to 2016.

 

Year

kWh*

2016/17

        14,904,903

2015/16

        15,330,375

2014/15

        15,417,949

2013/14

        14,691,335

2012/13

        16,177,144

*Excluding Schools and Academies. Taken from annual Greenhouse Gas reports

Part 2

a.      Please provide a breakdown of the total expenditure (in GBP) on electricity used by your authority for the year 2012 through to 2016.

b.     Please provide a breakdown of the total expenditure (in GBP) on all energy used by your authority for the year 2012 through to 2016.

Excluding Schools and Academies:

Year

Expenditure - Electricity (2101 & 2104) £

2012-13

1,430,914.54

2013-14

1,272,522.92

2014-15

1,218,474.84

2015-16

1,416,818.44

2016-17

1,401,224.35

 

Expenditure - Gas (2102) £

Expenditure - Oil (2103) £

545,954.57

172,476.34

607,661.65

63,496.87

255,727.10

96,516.12

335,868.46

91,225.94

300,433.32

29,293.96

 

Total Energy Expenditure £

2,149,345.45

1,943,681.44

1,570,718.06

1,843,912.84

1,730,951.63

Part 3

a.       Please provide the proportion of the public lighting in your authority that is LED-based?

We are in the process of upgrading all Highways and public amenity Lighting to LED. By the end of 2017/18 we expect all circa 14,000 units to be converted to LED

b.       Please provide the proportion of the public lighting in your authority that is connected LED lighting? By connected we mean lighting that is connected to allow features such as automated or remotely controlled adjustments to the lighting, data collection or integration with other systems in a building or town.

The lighting upgrade referred to above includes the installation of a CMS system.

Part 4

a.       Please provide the proportion of the electricity consumed by your authority (for example, on local authority-owned buildings and services) that comes from renewable sources.

Year

Solar kWh Generation

2016/17

159218.7

2015/16

153742.2

2014/15

149687.5

2013/14

25840.1

2012/13

6411.9

Hydro kWh Generation

150254

114941

155255

118613

81744

23/8/17

 

11045

 

1.       How many live applications does your Local Authority currently have on your housing list for wheelchair accessible housing?

2.       How many wheelchair accessible homes were let to wheelchair users in the years of 2015 and 2017 inclusive in your locality through your general needs housing process?

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

1.       How many live applications does your Local Authority currently have on your housing list for wheelchair accessible housing?

2.       How many wheelchair accessible homes were let to wheelchair users in the years of 2015 and 2017 inclusive in your locality through your general needs housing process

Please note this information is held by BPHA (Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association). They can be contacted at:

BPHA however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

5/9/17

 

11046

 

Further to the letter from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to the Leader of Bedford Borough Council dated January 2017 regarding the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. Could you confirm that Bedford Borough Council has adopted this definition into their local policies and if so, please provide a link to the decision. 

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.

Notwithstanding the above, Bedford Borough Council regards anti-semitism as abhorrent and has consistently sought to challenge discrimination in all its forms.  The Council works with partners locally to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

4/9/2017

 

11047

 

Can you please forward me the name and contact details for your Electrical specification manager.

The appropriate Manager would be Joanne Branson-Budd, Design Services Manager – joanne.branson-budd@bedford.gov.uk

10/8/17

 

11048

 

1.    Please provide a list of all private loans the council is currently repaying with the following details:

a.            Lender name (i.e. Depfa, now FMS)

b.            Date loan agreed

c.            Repayment period

d.            Original loan amount (£)

e.            Original interest rate %

f.             Any agreed “step up” rate (if applicable) %

g.            Date of agreed “step up” rate (if applicable)

h.            Total amount paid in 2016/2017 (£)

i.              Interest rate paid in 2016/107 %

j.              Total principal left on the loan (£)

2) Where Lender Option Borrower Loans the council may have were provided by Barclays, please state if these loans were restructured in the past two years and include any new interest rate percentage on the loans and when the council will begin to make these repayments.

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

Please find the information you requested attached. 

Please contact:

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

11/8/17

 

11049

 

We request information regarding the tendering process whereby Bedford Borough Council sought a development partner for the Marston Vale Innovation Park (land to the south of Fields Road, Wootton).  For the avoidance of doubt, this tendering process led to the submission of Planning Application 17/00666/MAO – Marston Vale Innovation Park.

In particular, we wish to see all information regarding:

  • Invitation to tender;
  • Tender specifications including the decision-making process;
  • Reports with recommendations on preferred bidders;
  • Final agreement by Bedford Borough Council re the final preferred bidder 
  • A summary of how the process was undertaken, leading to the decision .

The Council has treated your request as one made under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 rather than the Freedom of Information Act, given that the subject matter of the request relates to proposed development of land and is thus ‘environmental information’ as defined by the 2004 Regulations.

I have numbered the various elements of your request in the same order in which you set them out and I respond to each as follows, after ascertaining the extent of information held by Lambert Smith Hampton who acted as the Council’s agents in the tendering process:

Invitation to tender

I attach Expression of Interest Questionnaire.

Tender specifications including the decision-making process

I attach the Best and Final Offer letter giving details of the information required and scoring process.

Reports with recommendations on preferred bidders

I attach the Best and Final Offer summary sheet showing the final assessment of the 5 shortlisted companies. I refer to this below.

Final agreement by Bedford Borough Council that the final preferred bidder was Goodmans Ltd;

I attach Executive Decision 1317 confirming authority to proceed with the bid from Goodman in accordance with the final assessment.  The outcome of the exercise had been communicated to Goodman by telephone by Lambert Smith Hampton and does not exist in any written form as far as the agents or the Council are aware.

A summary of how the process was undertaken, leading to the decision to appoint Goodmans.

This amounts to an explanation of a process and does not therefore constitute information that is held by the Council for the purposes of the Regulations.  Nevertheless, I believe the documents that I am sending to you give you enough detail to enable you to understand how the process was undertaken.

As regards item 3, the information sent is a redacted version of the actual summary sheet.  The reason for this is that the identities of the losing bidders and the way in which they constructed their bids is considered to be commercial or industrial information which the bodies concerned have provided voluntarily for the purposes of the tendering exercise, which they would have regarded as confidential and which they would have supplied in the expectation that the information would not be disclosed to a third party.  Disclosure would, in my view, harm their legitimate economic interests and is likely to deter bidders from engaging in any similar exercise in the future, to the detriment of those bodies and the Council.  In reaching that view, I have applied the exceptions in Regulations 12(5)(e) and 12(5)(f).  I am aware that there is a presumption of disclosure of information and that I have to weigh whether the public interest in maintaining the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.  Since the request relates to the process of the tender and to the development of a purely commercial area, I am satisfied that there is no compelling public interest in disclosing such information and that the information now supplied would enable the reader to understand how the tendering process was undertaken and applied.

Please contact:

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

30/8/17

 

11050

 

We are researching the costs to your organisation for completing chewing gum removal, we have 6 simple questions.

*If you do not hold separate analytics for gum removal alone, please report on street deep cleaning/cleansing/power washing (not sweeping).

1. What primary method of removal do you use for *chewing gum removal:

a. High pressure water lancing

 b. Chemicals/solvents

 c. High pressure steam

 d. Other (please state)

2. If you use high pressure lancing, have you suffered any damage to mortar, paving substrate or paving stones themselves during cleaning?

3. What was the cost of *chewing gum removal (whether carried out in house or contracted out) in:

a. 2015?

b. 2016?

4. Do you contract out your *chewing gum removal services or is us completed all in house?

5. If outsourced, what is the renewal date of the cleaning contract?

6. Please supply the name and contact details for the department responsible for managing this contract.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1.         What primary method of removal do you use for *chewing gum removal: -

a. High pressure water lancing

b. Chemicals/solvents

c. High pressure steam

d. Other (please state)

2.         If you use high pressure lancing, have you suffered any damage to mortar, paving substrate or paving stones themselves during cleaning? - No

3.         What was the cost of *chewing gum removal (whether carried out in house or contracted out) in:

            a. 2015 - £6,827 (figures provided for financial year 2015-16)

            b. 2016? - £2,921 (figures provided for financial year 2016-17)

The reduction in figures from 2015 to 2016 is due to reduced budgets which limited the resources made available at weekends to carry out proactive works for this task.

4.         Do you contract out your *chewing gum removal services or is us completed all in house? - No

5.         If outsourced, what is the renewal date of the cleaning contract? - N/A

6.         Please supply the name and contact details for the department responsible for managing this contract. - N/A

22/8/17

 

11051

 

1) Do you have LOBO loans on your book?

2) If so, when were they taken out and with whom?

3) What were the initial interest rates and the principal?

1) Yes

2)  Depfa Bank originally in 2004 and 2008, loans were transferred to FMS Wert management with effect from 1st October 2013

3)  Loan Detail:- 17/12/2004 - £4,257,990 - Initial Rate of 2.60% for 3 Years then 4.50% for duration to maturity on 17/12/2054

11/01/2008 - £3,702,600 - Rate of 3.92% to maturity on 11/01/2078

11/8/17

 

11052

 

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

De Parys Avenue

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

14/8/17

 

11053

 

For the years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, please provide:

1.       The number of staff employed by the council to have been suspended, providing the date that each was suspended

a.                  Please provide the reason for the suspension

b.                  Please provide outcome of each suspension e.g. returned to work, dismissed or resigned

c.                   Please provide the ? 

d.                  Please note whether the staff continued to receive pay and if so provide the pay bracket of their salary to the nearest £5000

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1)

2012/2013 = 9

2013/2014 = 13

2014/2015=5

2015/2016=11

2016/2017= 12

1a)

2012/2013

7 x Inappropriate behaviour

1 x Failure to comply with reasonable management instruction

1 x Negligence

2013/2014

1 x Unknown from information available

9 x Inappropriate behaviour

1 x Failure to follow policies/ procedures

1 x Capability

1 x Negligence

2014/2015

1 x Unknown from information available

3 x Inappropriate behaviour

1 x Health & safety breach

2015/2016

11 x Inappropriate behaviour

2016/2017

10 x Inappropriate behaviour

1 x Health & safety breach

1 x Negligence

1b)

2012/2013

5 x Case determined

1 x Verbal warning

2 x Written warning

1 x Termination of employment

2013/2014

3 x Case determined

6 x Written warning

1 x Verbal warning

1 x Dismissal

2 x Termination of employment

2014/2015

1 x Case determined

1 x Written warning

2 x Termination of employment

1 x Dismissal

2015/2016

3 x Resignation

6 x Written warning

2 x Dismissal

2016/2017

1 x Resignation

1 x Reinstated

5 x Written warning

3 x Termination of employment

2 x Dismissed

1d) Yes

2012/2013

3 x £15,000-£20,000

3 x £20,000-£25,000

2 x £55,000-60,000

1 x £60,000-£65,000

2013/2014

1 x £10,000-£15,000

5 x £15,000-£20,000

3 x £20,000-£25,000

3 x £30,000-£35,000

1 x £70,000-£75,000

2014/2015

2 x £10,000-£15,000

1 x £15,000-£20,000

1 x £20,000-£25,000

1 x £35,000-£40,000

2015/2016

6 x £15,000-£20,000

2 x £20,000-£25,000

2 x £25,000-£30,000

1 x £30,000-£35,000

2016/2017

2 x £10,000-£15,000

1 x £15,000-£20,000

3 x £20,000-£25,000

4 x £25,000-£30,000

2 x £30,000-£35,000

5/9/17

 

11054

 

Specifically, I'd like to know the cost of all work undertaken to check buildings for fire safety, including testing of cladding components, following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14th June 2017.

Where possible, I'd like this to be broken down into costs by type - for example, costs incurred due to sending cladding for testing, costs incurred through inspections and costs incurred through remedial works.

If any additional costs have been paid due to relocation of residents (in hotel rooms or other temporary accommodation), please include and specify this as well.

In the case of ongoing works please simply include the budget set aside for the project(s).

Please include all costs even if the money is to be paid back by or has already been reimbursed from central government (for example, the DCLG).

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 in bold

Specifically, I'd like to know the cost of all work undertaken to check buildings for fire safety, including testing of cladding components, following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14th June 2017. - Bedford Borough Council does not own or manage any high residential housing stock as all high rise tower blocks and ‘Council housing’ stock was transferred to Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association (bpha) in 1990.

Along with the Fire Service we have undertaken a review of all high rise buildings in our area to indicate which have cladding and who is responsible for them and then carried out a desk top study and inspection into all Council owned builders over 3 storeys. The cost of this work has been £628.80.

The cost of Fire Risk Assessments at the Adult and Children Services residential sites and the Borough Hall complex was £6961.

In terms of schools, the relevant schools all have academy status so we do not hold any information relating to the costing of any fire risk assessments.

Where possible, I'd like this to be broken down into costs by type - for example, costs incurred due to sending cladding for testing, costs incurred through inspections and costs incurred through remedial works. – We have not sent any cladding away for testing or carried out any remedial work.

If any additional costs have been paid due to relocation of residents (in hotel rooms or other temporary accommodation), please include and specify this as well. – We have not relocated any residents.

6/9/17

 

11055

 

Private Hire Drivers, Vehicle Proprietors and Operators, and Hackney Carriage Drivers and Vehicle Proprietors are licensed by your authority, and the licenses held are a matter of public record.

Please can you help me to identify where in your public records I can access the details of each license, including the addresses for each?

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

You requested a list of current and past license holders

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

1.         States that above is exempt information.

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

30/8/17

 

11056

 

Please supply names, emails and contact numbers for the following as per my rights under the Freedom of Information Act.

Head Strategy

Head Housing

Head IT

Head Digital 

Head Transformation

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.

Head Strategy-Mark Minion, Chief Officer for Analytics, Insight & Performance, Mark.Minion@bedford.gov.uk, 01234 267422

Head Housing- Simon White, Assistant Director Commissioning and Business Support, Simon.White@bedford.gov.uk, 01234 267422

Head IT-Rughbir Singh, Chief Officer for Technology, Rughbir.Singh@bedford.gov.uk, 01234 267422

Head Digital – Lee Phanco, Chief Officer for Customer Experience & Digital Services, Lee.Phanco@bedford.gov.uk, 01234 267422

Head Transformation- Mark Stephens, Assistant Chief Executive Business Transformation, Mark.Stephens@bedford.gov.uk, 01234 267422

25/8/17

 

11057 -11058

 

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: Clay Avenue, Stewartby, 

RE; Colesden Road, Wilden,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

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

 

14/8/17

 

11059

 

  I request details of LA-PPC and LA-IPPC processes (air pollution permits) regulated by ***COUNCIL NAME*** under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.
I note that a list of Part B permits is available on your website,  . Could you please confirm whether this is the most up to date version of this document? We would also like to request details of any enforcement notices issued relating to breaches of the terms of the above permits since our last recorded update on 26/02/2016.  Where none have been issued we would be grateful if you could confirm as such
We also require details of any sites designated as contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
•   request the address, grid reference, and site boundaries for all sites within your area that have been designated under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. If there are no such sites please could you confirm as such.
•   If possible GIS data

 Fee not paid

 

 

11060

 

I would like to know:

- How much (if any) S106 funding has been secured for Great Denham Primary School?

- How much of this has been paid to the LA (if applicable)?

- How the funding is due to be spent (if applicable)?

- If no funds were requested, what was the available primary school capacity at the time of responding to the planning application?

- What is the anticipated pupil yield from the development in the catchment area for Great Denham Primary School?

- What are the school level pupil forecasts within the planning area for Great Denham Primary School?

Please see your request and our response below:

 

1.    How much (if any) S106 funding has been secured for Great Denham Primary School?

 

£6,221,976.92

 

2.    How much of this has been paid to the LA (if applicable)?

 

£6,221,976.92

 

3.    How the funding is due to be spent (if applicable)?  

 

On construction of a 2fe Primary School (420 pupils) which was completed and handed over on 5 November 2012.

 

4.    If no funds were requested, what was the available primary school capacity at the time of responding to the planning application?

 

NIL - The school was commissioned as a result of the planned development.

 

5.    What is the anticipated pupil yield from the development in the catchment area for Great Denham Primary School?

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the above and below charts

1.    What are the school level pupil forecasts within the planning area for Great Denham Primary School?

These are the forecast figures submitted to the Department for Education for the School Capacity return 2016. The same figures for 2017 have not yet been approved. Great Denham is included in the forecast for the West Bedford Planning area with 7 other Lower/Primary schools, one Middle deemed primary and one Middle deemed secondary school.

31/8/17

 

11061

 

 ·How many primary schools in your area/authority are expected to be a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017?    ·How many secondary schools in your area/authority are expected to be a) under capacity? b) full and c) over capacity in September 2017?

 Request withdrawn by applicant.

 

 

11062

 

  • How many vehicles per department?
  • Do you currently use vehicle tracking in all departments?
  • What solution you currently use across all departments, is it 1 system or multiple?
  • What are the renewal dates?
  • Who is the person who purchases vehicle tracking for each department for the council
  • What is their best contact method and provide details?

The information you requested is as follows:

How many vehicles per department?

OPERATOR / DEPARTMENT

No of Vehicles

Building Management

1

BUILDING WORKS

12

Children’s Services

4

Clean Safe & Green

1

CLEANSING

27

CLIENT BBC

1

Community Safety

2

DRAINAGE

5

ENGINEERING

20

Environmental Enforcement

3

Environmental Health

1

GROUNDS MAINTENANCE

29

Gypsy Liaison

1

Highways Inspectors

10

Library Services

5

Mail Room

2

Parking Services

3

Physical Disabilities Team

1

REFUSE

39

STREET LIGHTING

15

Trading Standards

1

VEHICLE REPAIR DEPOT

2

Waste Services

4

White Fleet

37

 

226

Do you currently use vehicle tracking in all departments?

Yes

What solution you currently use across all departments, is it 1 system or multiple?

One system

What are the renewal dates?

The vehicles are placed on a 6, 7 or 10 year life span.

Who is the person who purchases vehicle tracking for each department for the council

Stephen Smith, Service Manager, Fleet and Depot Functions

What is their best contact method and provide details?

Postal Address

Bedford Borough Council, Brunel Road, Bedford, MK41 9TG

Telephone Number – 01234 228339

Email AddressStephen.smith@bedford.gov.uk

24/8/17

 

11063

 

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

Waveney Avenue

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

21/8/17

 

11064

 

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

For the following questions I would like the figures for 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14,  2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17.

1.  Total expenditure on all/any domestic violence services, broken down by each year

2.   Total expenditure on Women’s Refuges, broken down by each year

3.     Total expenditure on Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA), broken down by each year

4.    Total expenditure on Floating Support, broken down by each year

5.    Total number of Housing Related Support Units for domestic violence victims for each year, and, if possible, broken down by accommodation type, e.g.: refuge, hostel, BnB place, council owned flat/house, private rented accommodation.

6.    For each year:

a.   Number of cases explored by the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference

b.   Number of cases deemed “high risk” by the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference

c.    Number of referrals to refuge accommodation from the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference

7. For each year, as at 1 January (or another marker point of your choice), how many people were employed Full-time equivalent as Independent Domestic Violence Advisors

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

1.   Total expenditure on all/any domestic violence services, broken down by each year:

BBC only fund refuge and IDVA services. The costs of these are broken down in Q2 & Q3. For total expenditure please add the amounts shown in responses to Q2 &Q3.

2.  Total expenditure on Women’s Refuges, broken down by each year:

Supported Housing (Supporting People) funding:

2009-2010 = Refuges £221098

2010-2011 = Refuges £188980

2011-2012 = Refuges £188980

2012-2013 = Refuges £188980

2013-2014 = Refuges £188980

2014-2015 = Refuges £185367.48

2015-2016 = Refuges £185367.48

2016-2017 = Refuges £185367.48

3.  Total expenditure on Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA), broken down by each year:

Supported Housing (Supporting People) funding:

2010-2011 = IDVA £129500 (inc. £20000 from Home Office Grant)

2011-2012 = IDVA £100000 (inc. £20000 from Home Office Grant)

2012-2013 = IDVA £100000 (inc. £20000 from Home Office Grant)

2013-2014 = IDVA £100000 (inc. £20000 from Home Office Grant)

2014-2015 = IDVA £100000

2015-2016 = IDVA £1000000 (inc. £20000 from Home Office Grant)

2016-2017= IDVA £100000 (inc. £20000 from Home Office Grant)

4.  Total expenditure on Floating Support, broken down by each year:

N/A.

5.   Total number of Housing Related Support Units for domestic violence victims for each year, and, if possible, broken down by accommodation type, e.g.: refuge, hostel, BnB place, council owned flat/house, private rented accommodation.

Refuge places:

2009/2010 = 16

2010/2011 = 16

2011/2012 = 16

2012/2013 = 16

2013/2014 = 16

2014/2015 = 16

2015/2016 = 16

2016/2017 = 16

Move-On units:

2015/2016 = 5

2016/2017 = 5

6.  For each year:

a.   Number of cases explored by the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference:

We are only able to provide data for the following years;

2013-2014 = 245

2014-2015 = 252

2015-2016 = 235

2016-2017 = 196

b.     Number of cases deemed “high risk” by the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference:

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

‘The information is not held in a reportable format and would therefore involve cases being checked manually which would then exceed the limit which has been set by Freedom of Information’.

c.   Number of referrals to refuge accommodation from the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference:

We do not record this information.  

7. For each year, as at 1 January (or another marker point of your choice), how many people were employed Full-time equivalent as Independent Domestic Violence Advisors:

We do not collect or keep this staffing information.

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Section one: You and your Local Authority
Completed by
Full name 
Role 
Local Authority 
Email 
Telephone 
Housing contact
Please provide the name, job title and contact details of a lead Housing contact for your Local Authority
Name Job title Email 

Comment
Section two: Local Authority-provided social housing
Including homes managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management Organisations’ but not including sheltered accommodation (dealt with in section 3) or homes provided through Housing Associations
Question One
Are the social homes your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation or homes provided through Housing Associations)…
Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)? ☐  All  ☐  Some  ☐  None

In your ALMO-managed social homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy? ☐  Yes  ☐  No  ☐  N/A

Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)? ☐  All  ☐  Some  ☐  None

In your TMO-managed social homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy? ☐  Yes  ☐  No  ☐  N/A

Comment


Question Two
Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to social homes?
If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed FoI form.
If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give social tenants around owning and keepings pets. 
☐  Yes  ☐  No

Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require specific written permission for pet cats? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A


Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?) 
Number:       ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require pet cats to be neutered? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require pet cats to be microchipped? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their social homes.
Does your Local Authority keep a pet register? ☐  Yes  ☐  No

Comment


Question Three
Does your Local Authority have a policy / procedure for dealing with cats that have been abandoned or left behind in one of your properties? 
☐  Yes  ☐  No

Does your Local Authority offer or promote any kind of low-cost neutering scheme for cat owners, either yourselves or through an animal welfare charity? ☐  Yes, we offer a scheme
☐ Yes, we promote a charity scheme
☐  No

Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided social homes) 
☐  Yes  ☐  No

If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly-provided social homes) 
Number:                   ☐  N/A

Comment

Question Four
How many social homes does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation or homes provided through Housing Associations)

If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.

Number or Estimate:                                                                      ☐ None

Comment


Section three: Local Authority-provided sheltered accommodation
Including sheltered accommodation managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management Organisations’ but not including housing provided through Housing Associations
Question One
Is the sheltered accommodation your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation provided through Housing Associations)…
Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)? ☐  All  ☐  Some  ☐  None

In your ALMO-managed sheltered homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy? ☐  Yes  ☐  No  ☐  N/A

Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)? ☐  All  ☐  Some  ☐  None

In your TMO-managed sheltered homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy? ☐  Yes  ☐  No  ☐  N/A

Comment


Question Two
Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to sheltered accommodation?
If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed FoI form.
If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give social tenants around owning and keepings pets. 
☐  Yes  ☐  No

Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require specific written permission for pet cats? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A


Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?) 
Number:       ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require pet cats to be neutered? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require pet cats to be microchipped? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations? ☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their sheltered homes.
Does your Local Authority keep a pet register? ☐  Yes  ☐  No

Comment


Question Three
Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided sheltered accommodation) 
☐  Yes  ☐  No

If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly-provided sheltered accommodation) 
Number:                   ☐  N/A

Comment


Question Four
How much sheltered accommodation does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation provided through Housing Associations)

If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.

Number or Estimate:                                                                      ☐ None

Comment

 

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

 

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

 

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Please can you send me a full and up to date list of companies and charities that have become liable for business rates between the 01/08/17-15/08/17.

Please include the business name, address, property type and the date they became liable

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

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

1.         States that 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 

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