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1 - 15 Nov 2017

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

11422

 

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

1. Total number of domestic burglaries reported to, or attended by, for the 2016 calendar year, per calendar month.

2. Total number of burglaries from a commercial property reported to, or attended by, for the 2016 calendar year, per calendar month.

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

 

 1  Total number of domestic burglaries reported to, or attended by, for the 2016 calendar year, per calendar month - Do not hold. This maybe  held by Bedfordshire Police, Greyfriars, Bedford, MK40 1HR and their email address is foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them

 

2.     Total number of burglaries from a commercial property reported to, or attended by, for the 2016 calendar year, per calendar month. Nil

30/11/17

 

11423

 

Can you please provide the following information drawn from the UKFSS database for 2015 and 2016:

i) Details of all meat and meat products, game and poultry that were submitted for sampling analysis by you (the local authority).

Please include at the minimum:

- The date of the test

- The premises type

- The level 4 category description

- The food description

- The nature of the product (raw, processed, ready to eat, etc)

- The type of hazard tested for

- Whether it passed

- Any enforcement action

- Any post-enforcement follow up action and its findings

ii) Details of all meat and meat products, game and poultry that were subject to food labeling checks by you (the local authority).

Please include at the minimum:

- The date of the test

- The premises type

- The level 4 category description

- The food description

- The nature of the product (raw, processed, ready to eat, etc)

- Whether the product was compliant with labeling rules

- If non-compliant, the specific labeling fault (eg nutritional declaration, allergen declaration etc)

- Any enforcement action

- Any post-enforcement follow up action and its findings

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

 

Please find the attach information which is in response to your recent enquiry regarding details of all sampling analysis for meat and meat products, game and poultry undertaken in 2015 & 2016  from the UKFFS database.  In relation to the second part of your enquiry regarding details of meat and meat products, game and poultry that were subject to labelling checks, I can confirm that no samples were taken for verification of labelling checks during 2015 & 2016.

 

please contact:

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

 

 

 

 

29/11/17

 

 

11424

 

Could I please have a copy of the bid submitted to SEMLEP for £5.1M for the Ampthill Road Southern Gateway and a copy of the drawings for the proposed scheme.

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

I attach a copy of the information you requested:

please contact:

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

 

3/11/17

 

11425

 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/8/2017 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/8/2017, 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

 

21/11/17

 

11426

 

As you may be aware, from 1 April 2016 the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) requires all relevant authorities to keep a register of individuals and associations of individuals who wish to acquire serviced plots of land to build their own homes in the authority’s area and to have regard to those registers in carrying out their planning, housing, land disposal and regeneration functions. Section 1(2) of the 2015 Act also requires each relevant authority to publicise its register.

In this context, if your authority holds a Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding register, I am requesting the following information from your authority:

1. The number of individuals listed on the register as at 31 October 2017;

2. The number of new entries of individuals on the register between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017;

3. The number of associations of individuals (groups) listed on the register as at 31 October 2017;

4. The number of associations of individuals (groups) which were registered between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017;

5. If there are groups listed on the register, the total number of people in those groups as at 31 October 2017; and

6. If there are groups listed on the register, the total number of people in those groups which were registered between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017.

Please see information you requested below:

1.    The number of individuals listed on the register as at 31 October 2017;

The number of individuals on our Register as at 31 October 2017 was 137.

2.    The number of new entries of individuals on the register between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017;

The number of new entries between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017 was 87.

3.    The number of associations of individuals (groups) listed on the register as at 31 October 2017;

The number of associations on the Register as at 31 October 2017 was 1.

4.    The number of associations of individuals (groups) which were registered between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017;

The number of associations registered between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017 was 1.

5.    If there are groups listed on the register, the total number of people in those groups as at 31 October 2017;

The total number of people in the only association was 2.

6.    And, If there are groups listed on the register, the total number of people in those groups which were registered between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017.

The total number in associations was 2.

 

 

3/11/17

 

11427

 

Please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1. In 2016-17, how many applications for in-year admissions to mainstream schools did the local authority make on behalf of its looked-after children?

2. How many of these were to (a) maintained schools and (b) academies/non-maintained schools? 

3. How many of these applications were successful, within the timescale of 20 school days? Please provide this figure for (a) maintained schools and (b) academies/non-maintained schools.

4. How many of the applications were successful beyond 20 school days? Please provide this figure for (a) academies and (b) academies/non-maintained schools.

5. What were the reasons for any delays beyond the 20 day limit? Please say in how many cases each of the below reasons applied:

-               Bureaucracy

-               Communication difficulties

-               Response not provided within timescale

-               Initial refusal being challenged through appeal process

-               Initial refusal lead to threat to direct

-               Initial refusal lead to request to direct

-               Other

 6. How many applications were unsuccessful? Please provide this figure for (a) academies and (b) academies/non-maintained schools.

7. What reasons were given for rejecting applications? Please say in how many cases each of the below reasons applied:

-         That by admitting a looked after child it would ‘seriously prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources’.

-         Already over PAN

-         Unable to meet needs of pupil

-         Other

8. How many cases resulted in a direction to another admissions authority?

9. How many cases were referred to the Department for Education/ESFA?

10. How many of these referrals resulted in the school/academy being directed to take the pupil onto its roll?

11. What was the longest length of time it took from the point of applying in-year to a mainstream school/academy, to a pupil being accepted onto its roll?   

Applicant has not responded to clarification request.

 

11428

 

 

Question 1: For the Looked After Children team

1. How many of the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) in the care of your

 Local Authority identify as Afghan?

Questions 2 - 3: For the Leaving Care team

2. How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 in the care of your Local Authority 

 identify as Afghan?

3. How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 who identify as Afghan in the care of your

    Local Authority have either Refugee Status, Indefinite Leave to Remain or Humanitarian

 Protection?

Questions 4 - 6: For the Virtual School

4. a) How many of the UASC who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority were out 

  of education at the date of their last review?

  b) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 21 who identify as Afghan in the care of

        your Local Authority were out  of education at the date of their last review?

5. a) How many of the UASC who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority had

        achieved qualifications at i) entry level, ii) Level 1 or 2, iii) Level 3 at the date of their last

        review?

    b) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 who identify as Afghan in the care of

        your Local Authority had achieved qualifications at i) entry level, ii) Level 1 or 2, iii) Level

        3, iv) Levels 4-6 at the date of their last review?

6. a) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 in the care of your Local Authority have

        entered university in the last three years?

    b) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 who identify as Afghan in the care of

        your Local Authority have entered university in the last three years? 

 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.

You requested:

Question 1: For the Looked After Children team

 

1. How many of the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) in the care of your

    Local Authority identify as Afghan?

Answer: Information suppressed due to low numbers*

 

Questions 2 - 3: For the Leaving Care team

 

2. How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 in the care of your Local Authority 

     identify as Afghan?

Answer: 6

 

3. How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 who identify as Afghan in the care of your

    Local Authority have either Refugee Status, Indefinite Leave to Remain or Humanitarian

    Protection?

 Answer: Information suppressed due to low numbers*

 

 

Questions 4 - 6: For the Virtual School

 

4. a) How many of the UASC who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority were out 

        of education at the date of their last review?

Answer: Information suppressed due to low numbers*

 

    b) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 21 who identify as Afghan in the care of

        your Local Authority were out  of education at the date of their last review?

Answer: Information suppressed due to low numbers*

 

5. a) How many of the UASC who identify as Afghan in the care of your Local Authority had

        achieved qualifications at i) entry level, ii) Level 1 or 2, iii) Level 3 at the date of their last

        review?

Answer: Information suppressed due to low numbers*

 

    b) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 who identify as Afghan in the care of

        your Local Authority had achieved qualifications at i) entry level, ii) Level 1 or 2, iii) Level

        3, iv) Levels 4-6 at the date of their last review?

Answer: Information suppressed due to low numbers* 

 

6. a) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 in the care of your Local Authority have

        entered university in the last three years?

Answer: Maximum 12, currently 9

 

    b) How many of the care leavers up to the age of 24 who identify as Afghan in the care of

        your Local Authority have entered university in the last three years?

Answer: 0

 

 

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

1.                 States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

We are unable to provide the exact figure (5 or fewer) or any further information due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

28/11/17

 

11429

 

Can you send me a list of businesses that have recently become liable for business rates within your council area.

 

The requirements that I need are

 

The dates between the 15th October 2017-02nd November 2017 (please show the liable date)

The full address and postcode

The RV

Property 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.

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

23/11/17

 

11430

 

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

Church Lane

Colmworth

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

9/11/17

 

11431

 

Under the FOI act, please provide a response to the following questions with regards to the councils spend on social care agency staff.

 1.    Total spend on agency staff in 16/17

 2.    Total spend on social care agency staff in 16/17

 3.    Please provide a breakdown of all the agency/contractors used to supply social care agency staff in 16/17. Providing the associated spend for each provider. If possible, please provide the list ranked by cost (highest spend to lowest spend)

 

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

 

 

Please click here for the information on councils spend on social  care agency staff

 

23/11/17

 

 

11432

 

How does Bedford Borough Council have its computer software set to deal with non specific payments. Current or oldest year's liability?

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

 

The computer system used by the Council to administer Council Tax has sophisticated cash allocation rules.  These cash allocation rules ensure payments are allocated correctly to the appropriate year.  There will, however, be circumstances where payments do not match these rules and, therefore, in these circumstances the payment will be allocated to the oldest debt.

 

Where appropriate the Council will review the allocation of payments and if a payment has been allocated to the oldest debt, which should have been allocated to the current year, arrangements will be made to transfer the payment to the current year and for any recovery activity that may have been carried out to be reviewed.

27/11/16

 

11433

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information for public health funerals (for 1 March 2017 to 3 November 2017):

1) Name of the deceased

2) Date of birth

3) Date of death

4) Last residential address

5) Have the next of kin/ family members been traced?

6) What date has the details been transferred to the QLTR, Bona Vacantia, Treasury Solicitor, Government Legal Department, National Ultimus Haeres or Duchy?

 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

21/11/17

 

11434

 

 Please would it be possible to receive information on the following questions for the Bedfordshire area; -        What is the total sum of speeding offences registered within your constabulary during the last five years?
-        Within your constabulary, what is the location of the speed camera that catches the most amount of people speeding?
-        Within your constabulary, what is the highest speed (mph) recorded by any one speed camera? (Please include speed restriction)
  Of all total speeding offences during the last five years, please provide the following demographics:
1.        Age
2.       Sex
3.       Location

 Thank you for your request for information about speeding cameras and offences which we received on Friday 3 November 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

This information is not held by Bedford Borough Council but is held by Bedfordshire Police, Greyfriars, Bedford, MK40 1HR, foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.

 

6/11/17

 

11435

 

Would be possible to please get the email address and contact details for the person or persons  in charge of Street Scene,Street furniture and related street waste services.

Please find information requested below:

Alison Ivatt
Manager for Grounds Maintenance, Street Cleansing and Parks & Open Spaces

alison.ivatt@bedford.gov.uk

 

6/11/17

 

11436

 

Pool car usage data for the period 2015/16

1.        How many pool cars, either leased or owned, does your council have?

2.        What is the total annual spend on pool cars?

3.        What is the total annual miles of pool cars?

4.        How many regular pool car users are there?

5.        How many casual pool car users are there?

6.        What is the overall cost per mile of pool cars?

Staff car used for work usage data

 

We understand local authorities can maintain and attribute data to more than one category of pool car user. For example, essential pool car users in receipt of a lump sum for mileage, pool car users, and casual users. For the period 2015/16 and 2016/17, in each of your local authority’s defined categories:

7.        How many council staff use their own car during the course of the day to carry out council work?

8.        How many miles were travelled by staff in their own car on council activity?

9.        What was the average cost per mile reimbursed to users?

10.     What was the target cost per mile?

11.     How much did your council spend in 2015/16 and 2016/17 on reimbursing staff for miles travelled for council activity in their own cars?

Operational policies

12.     Please provide the name and/or job title of the person responsible for developing and monitoring policies on employee car usage in your council.

13.     What policies, working documents or plans does your council have in place to reduce volume and/or cost per mile of usage by pool and/or staff cars?

14.     What policy documents does the council hold on general car usage policy and associated targets and metrics?

15.     Is your local authority pursuing new methods to address major issues or needs around car usage in your local authority? If yes, please provide the supporting documentation.

Commuting

16.     What is the average number of staff arriving to work in offices or other shared places of work of the council on a weekday?

17.     Of that number, how many staff on average drive their own car to that office?

18.     Does your council have any carpool or similar commuting schemes in place?

19.     If so, what incentives or compensation is offered to encourage staff to take advantage of these?

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.      In 2015/16 and 2016/17, the Council operated one pool car for shared use by various employees to carry out their Council duties and activities.  (Other vehicles operated by the various service areas were not classified as pool cars/vans as they were used solely for their operation and were not readily available for shared use.)

2.      In 2015/16 the total annual spend on the pool car was £3,613.46 (estimated as the records of the old vehicle are no longer available).

In 2016/17 the total annual spend on the pool car was £2,283.46

3.      In 2015/16 the total annual miles of the pool car was 1,500 (estimated as the records of the old vehicle are no longer available).

In 2016/17 the total annual miles of the pool car was 1,502.28

4.      This information is not held.  In 2015/16 and 2016/17, the pool car was used by several service teams on an ad hoc basis and use varied considerably according to service delivery needs.  The council does not maintain records about frequency of use by officer name or service team.

5.      This information is not held.  In 2015/16 and 2016/17, the pool car was used by several service teams on an ad hoc basis and use varied considerably according to service delivery needs.  The Council does not maintain records about frequency of use by officer name or service team.

6.      In 2015/16, the cost of operating the pool car was £2.41 per mile (estimated as the records of the old vehicle are no longer available).

In 2016/17, the cost of operating the pool car was £1.52 per mile.

7.   2015/16  4356 mileage claims for the financial year.  This is unable to be broken down any further.

      2016/17 4308 mileage claims for the financial year.  This is unable to be broken down any further.

8.   2015/16 890429 miles

     2016/17 863484 miles

9.   2015/16  45p per mile

      2016/17 44p per mile

10.  45p per mile for first 10000 miles and 25p per mile for over 10000 miles

11.  2015/16 £400513.01

      2016/17 £382227.10

12.  The Council recognises the need for policies on employee car usage and is planning to undertake a staff travel habits surveywith a view to developing a Travel Plan, which will assist in the development of such policies.  The officer responsible for this is the Manager for Transport Policy.

13.  The Council recognises the need for working documents or plans to reduce volume and/or cost per mile of usage by pool and/or staff cars.  As stated above, the Council is planning to undertake a staff travel habits surveywith a view to developing a Travel Plan and which will assist in the development of such documents/plans.

14. None at present.  As stated above, the staff travel habits survey with a view to developing a Travel Plan will assist in the development of such policies and will incorporate performance targets and metrics.

15. In addition to the staff travel habits survey, with a view to developing a Travel Plan, the Council is working with other large employers in the area to look for joint approaches to congestion related problems. The Council is delivering substantial investment in the town centre area over the next three years by increasing capacity at key pinch points, and investing in new technology to reduce variations in journey times.

16. There are approximately 1200 staff who work at the Corporate Buildings. The council has 550 car parking spaces that are practical for staff to use who are based in these buildings. Staff who work for Bedford Borough Council and wish to use a car parking space (with the exception of those based in schools) are required to join the car park scheme and pay for car parking.

17.     Approximately 1,280 Bedford Borough employees have joined the car parking scheme and are based at locations  across the Borough (not only Corporate Buildings).

18.     The Council has a car share scheme.

19.     Please see below the relevant section from the Councils Car Parking Policy:

Car Sharers:

The Council encourages the use of car sharing in a bid to reduce the number of single occupants in a vehicle at any one time.  

Where employees car share using one vehicle, only one charge will be applied and therefore the other employees who are part of that car share will be able to opt out.  Employees will be responsible for making their own arrangements if the charge is then to be distributed amongst those that they car share with.

Where employees car share and both use their vehicle, for example it is taken in turn each week, neither employee will be able to opt out.  However, only 50% of the charging band that the individual employee falls within would be applied.  Only one parking permit will be provided but will include both car registrations.  

5/12/17

 

11437

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can I ask for the following information on faulty streetlights reported in your area.

-How many streetlights have been reported as faulty in your area in each of the financial years 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15?

-What was the average amount of time taken between the reporting of a fault with a streetlight and its resolution in each of the financial years 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15?

-What was the longest delay between the reporting of a streetlight problem and its resolution in each of the financial years 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15?

-What is the most recent estimate of the number of streetlights in your area that are currently not functioning or partly functioning?

Please see response for the information you requested below:
-How many streetlights have been reported as faulty in your area in each of the financial years 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15?

2014-15 – data cannot be verified (* please see note below)
2015-16 –  data cannot be verified (* please see note below)
2016-17 – 1,908 (Apr 16 – Mar 17)

-What was the average amount of time taken between the reporting of a fault with a streetlight and its resolution in each of the financial years 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15?

2014-15 – data cannot be verified (* please see note below)
2015-16 – data cannot be verified (* please see note below)
2016-17 – 11.03 days (Apr 16 – Mar 17)

-What was the longest delay between the reporting of a streetlight problem and its resolution in each of the financial years 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2014/15?

2014-15 – data cannot be verified (* please see note below)
2015-16 – data cannot be verified (* please see note below)
2016-17 – 278 days (Apr 16 – Mar 17)

-What is the most recent estimate of the number of streetlights in your area that are currently not functioning or partly functioning? 145 estimated

(* note for above where data cannot be verified) -  Prior to April 2016 street lighting services in Bedfordshire were provided by Amey under a contract, let by the former County Council and administered by Central Bedfordshire Council.  Bedford Borough Council only carried out street lighting repairs on minor roads within the town of Bedford.  Records for the latter work were kept manually and are no longer searchable.  Fault reporting was computerised in April 2016 and data is available from this point onwards.

28/11/17

 

11438

 

I would like to be provided the names and contact details (phone no and email) of the following 2 persons within Bedford Borough Council. They are:

1) The Head of Health and Safety , and

2) the Head of Estates (the person looking after grounds and amenities) or equivalent

Please find the information you requested below:

Estates - Margaret Birtles MA MRICS, Manager for Asset and Estate Management, Margaret.birtles@bedford.gov.uk, tel: 01234 276894

Health and Safety - John Molyneux, Chief Officer for Regulatory Services and Culture of Bedford Borough Council, john.molyneux@bedford.gov.uk tel: 01234 718501

 

 

6/11/17

 

11439

 

1) Please could you confirm that you still have a S167 list or lists?

2) Assuming so,  provide information in response to the following questions 2a) to 2j):

2a) The statutory guidance states "The Government therefore recommends that a vehicle should only be included in the authority’s (S167) list if it would be possible for the user of a “reference wheelchair” to enter, leave and travel in the passenger compartment in safety and reasonable comfort whilst seated in their wheelchair."

Is this the definition you have used for a taxi or PHV to be considered wheelchair accessible for the purposes of the list?

2b) The statutory guidance states: "Before drivers can be subject to the duties under section 165 of the Act, the LA must first publish their list of designated vehicles, and clearly mark it as ‘designated for the purposes of section 165 of the Act’. LAs should ensure that their designated lists are made easily available to passengers, and that vehicle owners and drivers are made aware.  Lists should set out the details of the make and model of the vehicle, together with specifying whether the vehicle is a taxi or private hire vehicle, and stating the name of operator."

Have you published your list? Is it marked "designated for the purposes of Section 165 of the Act"? Is the make and model of each vehicle listed? Is each vehicle identified as a taxi or a private hire vehicle? Is the name of the operator of each vehicle given in the list? Have you made owners and drivers of vehicles on the list aware that their vehicle has been listed?

2c) The guidance states: "it would also be helpful to include information about the size and weight of wheelchair that can be accommodated, and whether wheelchairs that are larger than a “reference wheelchair” can be accommodated."

Does your list include information on each vehicle as to the size and weight of wheelchair that can be accommodated, and whether wheelchairs larger than a "reference wheelchair" can be accommodated?

2d) The guidance states: "We encourage LAs to provide drivers of taxis and PHVs who are not exempt from the duties with clear guidance on their duties with respect to the carriage of passengers in wheelchairs, either as part of existing driver-facing guidance, or as supplementary communication."

Have you provided non-exempt taxi/PHV drivers with such guidance?

2e) The guidance states: "We recommend that licensing authority rules for drivers are updated to make clear when a meter can and cannot be left running".

Have you updated such rules to make this clear?

2f) The guidance states: "Section 172 of the Act enables vehicle owners to appeal against the decision of a LA to include their vehicles on the designated list. That appeal should be made to the Magistrate’s Court, or in Scotland the sheriff, and must be made within 28 days of the vehicle in question being included on the LA’s published list."

Please tell me how many such applications have been made to the Magistrates Court, and how many have been successful.

2g) How many drivers has the authority prosecuted for discriminatory behaviour contrary to S165 of the Act? How many such prosecutions were successful? What were the sentences?

2h) How many drivers licensed by yourselves have been prosecuted by other people or bodies for failure to comply with S165 of the Act? How many such prosecutions were successful? What were the sentences?

2i) Where drivers have been prosecuted under S165 of the Act, thus affecting their standing as a "fit and proper person", what resultant disciplinary action have you taken in respect of their taxi or private hire vehicle drivers' licenses?

3) The Guidance states; "the Act allows LAs to grant exemptions from the duties to individual drivers. These provisions are contained in section 166, and were commenced on 1st October 2010."

3a) How many exemptions have you granted under S166 of the Equality Act 2010?

3b) The guidance states: "We understand that some licensing authorities have already put in place procedures for accessing and exempting drivers, and as an absolute minimum, we think that the evidence provided should be in the form of a letter or report from a general practitioner."

Do you accept or require a letter or report from a GP to process applications for driver exemption under S166?

3c) The guidance states: "The Government’s view is that decisions on exemptions will be fairer and more objective if medical assessments are undertaken by professionals who have been specifically trained and who are independent of the applicant. We would recommend that independent medical assessors are used where a long-term exemption is to be issued, and that LAs use assessors who hold appropriate professional qualifications and who are not open to bias because of a personal or commercial connection to the applicant"

Have you appointed independent medical assessors to determine applications for medical exemption under S166?

3d) Please provide a copy of your application form for driver exemption under S166.

3e) The guidance states: "Section 172 of the Act enables drivers to appeal against the decision of a LA not to issue an exemption certificate. That appeal should be made to the Magistrate’s Court, or a sheriff in Scotland, and must be made within 28 days beginning with the date of the refusal."

How many appeals against refusal to issue S166 exemptions have been heard?

3f) How many appeals against refusal to issue S166 exemptions were successful?

4) The guidance states: "We would therefore recommend that LAs also publish a list of vehicles that are accessible to passengers in wheelchairs who are able to transfer from their wheelchair into a seat within the vehicle. It should be made clear however that this list of vehicles has not been published for the purposes of section 165 of the Act and drivers of those vehicles are therefore not subject to the legal duties to provide assistance."

Do you currently publish a list of vehicles that are accessible to passengers in wheelchairs who are able to transfer from their wheelchairs into a seat within the vehicle?

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested below:

 

1)     Please could you confirm that you still have a S167 list or lists?

YES.

 

2)     Assuming so,  provide information in response to the following questions 2a) to 2j):

 

2a) The statutory guidance states "The Government therefore recommends that a vehicle should only be included in the authority’s (S167) list if it would be possible for the user of a “reference wheelchair” to enter, leave and travel in the passenger compartment in safety and reasonable comfort whilst seated in their wheelchair." (para 1.15).

 

Is this the definition you have used for a taxi or PHV to be considered wheelchair accessible for the purposes of the list?

It is.

 

2b) The statutory guidance states: "Before drivers can be subject to the duties under section 165 of the Act, the LA must first publish their list of designated vehicles, and clearly mark it as ‘designated for the purposes of section 165 of the Act’.

(para 1.19).

 

LAs should ensure that their designated lists are made easily available to passengers, and that vehicle owners and drivers are made aware.  Lists should set out the details of the make and model of the vehicle, together with specifying whether the vehicle is a taxi or private hire vehicle, and stating the name of operator."

(para 1.20).

 

Have you published your list?

S 167 list is published on the website.

 

Is it marked "designated for the purposes of Section 165 of the Act"?

The authority’s list is marked ‘List of Designated Vehicles under Section 167 of the Equality Act 2010’ Section 167 itself identifies the list is maintained for the purposes of Section 165. As such the duties on drivers apply to the vehicle drivers concerned. 

 

Is the make and model of each vehicle listed?

Yes.

 

Is each vehicle identified as a taxi or a private hire vehicle?

Yes.

 

Is the name of the operator of each vehicle given in the list?

No.

 

Have you made owners and drivers of vehicles on the list aware that their vehicle has been listed?

This is an ongoing element of work.

 

2c) The guidance states: "it would also be helpful to include information about the size and weight of wheelchair that can be accommodated, and whether wheelchairs that are larger than a “reference wheelchair” can be accommodated."

(para 1.20).

 

Does your list include information on each vehicle as to the size and weight of wheelchair that can be accommodated, and whether wheelchairs larger than a "reference wheelchair" can be accommodated?

No.

 

2d) The guidance states: "We encourage LAs to provide drivers of taxis and PHVs who are not exempt from the duties with clear guidance on their duties with respect to the carriage of passengers in wheelchairs, either as part of existing driver-facing guidance, or as supplementary communication."

(para 1.27).

 

Have you provided non-exempt taxi/PHV drivers with such guidance?

Department of Transport Guidance to licensees on the Equality Act provisions has been provided to licensees.

 

2e) The guidance states: "We recommend that licensing authority rules for drivers are updated to make clear when a meter can and cannot be left running".

(para 1.30).

 

Have you updated such rules to make this clear?

No as there has been no change to the application of when a meter can or cannot be left running.

 

2f) The guidance states: "Section 172 of the Act enables vehicle owners to appeal against the decision of a LA to include their vehicles on the designated list. That appeal should be made to the Magistrate’s Court, or in Scotland the sheriff, and must be made within 28 days of the vehicle in question being included on the LA’s published list."

(para 1.23).

 

Please tell me how many such applications have been made to the Magistrates Court, and how many have been successful.

NONE.

 

2g) How many drivers has the authority prosecuted for discriminatory behaviour contrary to S165 of the Act? How many such prosecutions were successful? What were the sentences?

NONE.

 

2h) How many drivers licensed by yourselves have been prosecuted by other people or bodies for failure to comply with S165 of the Act? How many such prosecutions were successful? What were the sentences?

The Council does not hold this information.

 

2i) Where drivers have been prosecuted under S165 of the Act, thus affecting their standing as a "fit and proper person", what resultant disciplinary action have you taken in respect of their taxi or private hire vehicle drivers' licenses?

N/A.

 

3) The Guidance states; "the Act allows LAs to grant exemptions from the duties to individual drivers. These provisions are contained in section 166, and were commenced on 1st October 2010."

(para 1.31).

 

3a) How many exemptions have you granted under S166 of the Equality Act 2010?

NONE.

 

3b) The guidance states: "We understand that some licensing authorities have already put in place procedures for accessing and exempting drivers, and as an absolute minimum, we think that the evidence provided should be in the form of a letter or report from a general practitioner."

(para  4.10).

 

Do you accept or require a letter or report from a GP to process applications for driver exemption under S166?

Yes.

 

3c) The guidance states: "The Government’s view is that decisions on exemptions will be fairer and more objective if medical assessments are undertaken by professionals who have been specifically trained and who are independent of the applicant. We would recommend that independent medical assessors are used where a long-term exemption is to be issued, and that LAs use assessors who hold appropriate professional qualifications and who are not open to bias because of a personal or commercial connection to the applicant"

(para 4.11).

 

Have you appointed independent medical assessors to determine applications for medical exemption under S166?

The absence of applications has meant that there has not been the need to make an appointment.

 

3d) Please provide a copy of your application form for driver exemption under S166.

The Council does not have a single form for this purpose.

 

3e) The guidance states: "Section 172 of the Act enables drivers to appeal against the decision of a LA not to issue an exemption certificate. That appeal should be made to the Magistrate’s Court, or a sheriff in Scotland, and must be made within 28 days beginning with the date of the refusal."

(para 4.18).

 

How many appeals against refusal to issue S166 exemptions have been heard?

NONE.

 

3f) How many appeals against refusal to issue S166 exemptions were successful?

N/A.

4/12/17

 

11440

 

 I would like to receive the most recent salary scales for the following positions (or equivalent) within your Fostering Teams that perform duties such as recruitment of Foster Carers, Supervising Social Workers and Assessing social worker (Form F, Special Guardianship/ Connected persons/Kinship assessments).

NQSW Social Worker

Experienced Social Worker level , 3

Experienced Social Worker level , 3

Senior Social Worker level 4

Deputy Team Manager

I would also like to know if Social workers in the Fostering Team receive a market supplement in addition to their basic salary.

Furthermore, do you pay a car user allowance to Fostering social workers, free parking/subsidised parking,

What are the caseloads for social workers in the Fostering team both assessment and supervision roles?

What work issued equipment do your social workers in the Fostering Team have access to? For example, a work mobile phone, i-pad, laptop etc..

Please disclose any other benefits that social workers specifically in the Fostering team have access to.

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1a. AYSE Social Worker (NQSW Social Worker)

Basic Pay - £26,822 – £29,323

2a Market Rate Supplement

NIL

1b. Social Worker

Basic Pay - £30,153– £31,601

2b Market Rate Supplement

£6,000pa

1c. Experienced Social Worker

Basic Pay - £32,486 – £35,444

2c. Market Rate Supplement

£6,000 pa

1d.  Advanced Social Worker(Senior Social Worker)

Basic Pay - £36,379 – £41,025

2d.  Market Rate Supplement

£4,600 pa

1e.Deputy Team Manager

2e. No such role in the Council.

2b. ASYE Social Workers and Social Workers are exempt from parking charges due to the grade of their post, Experienced Social Workers, Advanced Social Workers and Team Managers have an option to opt in to the Council’s car parking scheme, which is offered at a subsidised rate.

3a.  In the main, it’s a dual role the expectation is a case load of at least 16 cases for supervision and support.  In addition, for a mainstream assessment there will be occasions when supervising Social Workers will be asked to complete other assessments as requested.

3b. All Social Workers have a standard mobile phone and some of the Social Workers have access to a laptop.

4a. Social Workers have access to the following benefits:

Social Worker Benefits

1/12/17

 

11441

 

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

Conder Boulevard

Shortstown

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

9/11/17

 

11442

 

 The no of active  planning enforcement cases in relation to beaches of planning control consisting of unlawful residential development

 The no of planning enforcement cases in relation to beaches of planning control consisting of unlawful residential development within the last 3 years

 Pending

 

 

11443

 

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

 St. John's Street, 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 3.12 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

9/11/17

 

11444

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000), I request the following information:

(1)    The number of residential properties (houses, flats, maisonettes) where the council owns the freehold but is no longer the leaseholder, i.e. the number of properties sold under the Right to Buy.

(2)    The number of properties in the answer to (1) where the leaseholder registered address for correspondence is different to the leasehold address (an away address)

(3)    If available, the number of these homes (answer to (2)) where the leasehold was sold after April 2012.

 

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:

 

Q1:       9

Q2:       2

Q3:       0

 

 

29/11/17

 

11445

 

For each of the financial years 14/15, 15/16, 16/17 and 17/18 to November 1, what was the total  number of safeguarding alerts your council received concerning people who are residents of sheltered housing or other supported living schemes? 

For each of the financial years please include the age of the alleged victim within 10-year time-frames so as to preserve anonymity ie 0-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 ,50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90-99, 100-109.
*Please state the nature of the alleged abuse. Was it: 
Physical abuse

       Domestic violence or abuse

        Sexual abuse

        Psychological or emotional abuse

       Financial or material abuse

        Modern slavery

         Discriminatory abuse

         Organisational or institutional abuse

         Neglect or acts of omission

         Self-neglect

Other please state

*Was the alert substantiated or unsubstantiated?
*If substantiated, please state the action taken.

*Were police called? 
*Was a prosecution brought?

Further to your request for information dated 6 November 2017, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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

 

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.

 

9/11/17

 

11446

 

I would like to make the following Freedom of Information request to your council.

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please see attached

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

 

29/11/17

 

11447

 

Can you let me know how many children in your local authority were being home schooled during the following three years please:

Between March 2014 and March 2015, March 2015- 2016 and March 2016- 2017.

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

Can you let me know how many children in your local authority were being home schooled during the following three years please:

Answer:

March 2014 -  181

March 2015 -  217

March 2016 -  212

March 2017 -  253

If there has been a significant increase or decrease between 2015 and 2017, any explanation would be welcome.

Answer:

We are experiencing a significant rise in children being withdrawn to home educate.    This is often due to parent’s dissatisfaction with a school or their child’s friendships issues, it is rarely to home educate as a life ethos choice.

13/11/17

 

11448

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please can you provide details of the location of any authorised roadworks in the Cotton End area of the A600 on the 26th Oct 2017 including any delayed roadworks

Please see information below as you requested:

 

Emergency roadworks were carried out by UK Power Networks (electricity company) on the A600 in Cotton End on 26 October 2017. This was to repair a major fault with the electrical supply.

 

8/11/17

 

11449

 

I would be very grateful if you could please send me information on the following:

  1. A summary of the detached youth work services that you undertake within your organisation
  2. Information on which districts / geographical areas are covered by your detached your work service
  3. The number of detached youth workers employed by your organisation (WTEs) in the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
  4. The total spent on detached youth work services by your organisation (£’000) in the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
  5. Details on the operating hours of your detached youth work service, specifically:
    • The number of days per week the service runs
    • The number of sessions that are provided each day (specifying if this varies by day)
    • The length in hours that these sessions run for (specifying if this varies by day)
    • The number of young people contacted within each session (specifying if this varies by day / session)
  6. Number of children and young people contacted (both unique contacts and total contacts where an individual was seen multiple times) by your detached youth work team in the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
  7. Performance against the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (e.g. % reduction in school truancy rates) that you use to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of your detached youth work services in the years 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
  8. A summary of any interaction and / or joint work with other agencies including: schools; police; and social services

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

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information.  We have no detached youth work services here in Bedford Borough

 

22/11/17

 

11450

 

 

Please can you advise the overall spend on disability equipment (for example seating and standing) for children with special needs within the following periods; 

2015/2016 - Actual spend 
2016/2017 - Actual spend 
2017/2018 – Budgeted

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

You requested:

Please can you advise the overall spend on disability equipment (for example seating and standing) for children with special needs within the following periods; 

2015/2016 - Actual spend 
2016/2017 - Actual spend 
2017/2018 – Budgeted

Response:

You will need to contact Bedford Clinical Commissioning Group for this information, their contact information is detailed below:

Online via their website:

By email to: bccg.complaintsandfoi@nhs.net

Or by post to:
FOI Officer
Bedfordshire CCG
Capability House
Silsoe
BEDFORD
Bedfordshire

MK45 4HR

Please let me know if you would like me to forward your request to them on your behalf.

22/11/17

 

11451

 

 

 
  1. Are you using any software to manage your incoming communication channels (phone, email, live chat etc) from constituents (e.g. Zendesk, Desk.com, Intercom, RightNow, Service Cloud, Freshdesk etc.)?
  2. If so, what is the software called?
  3. When does the contract with this current software provider end?
  4. How much does your current software cost annually?
  5. What is your annual budget for this type of software?
  6. When will you be looking to review your current software?

 

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 contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

29/11/17

 

11452

 

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

Marina Court, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

Con29 3.12 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

5/12/17

 

11453

 

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.

I understand your local authority hold the figures of the number of people on the electoral register for each ward in your area.

I would like to know the following.

For each ward in your local authority: the total number of people on the electoral register broken down by individual ward for the following time points:

a.   At the time of the European referendum (23/06/2016)

b.   At the end of 2016 (01/12/2016)

c.    At the time of the 2017 general election (08/06/2017)

d.   At the time of most recent records you hold

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

 

5/12/17

 

11454

 

Are you currently implementing a new Children’s Social Care Case Management Software – Yes/No

If yes you are implementing a system then please provide what Children’s Social Care Case Management Software are you implementing and when is the planned go-live date of all functionality as per the tender?

Is this the same with the dates on the tender documents? If not what is the difference Have there been any additional costs outside the original contract for the implementation? If yes, please specify

If No you are not currently implementing a Children’s  Social Care Case Management Software, with regard to the last system you implemented how long in months from contract award date did the software to go live and the previous case management to be switched off?

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

Are you currently implementing a new Children’s Social Care Case Management Software

No, Bedford Borough Council is not implementing a new Children’s Social Care Case Management Software; we are however exploring options / functionality within the current contract held with AZEUS and how this can be enhanced to support the future service model.

If yes you are implementing a system then please provide what Children’s Social Care Case Management Software are you implementing and when is the planned go-live date of all functionality as per the tender?

N/A

Is this the same with the dates on the tender documents? If not what is the difference Have there been any additional costs outside the original contract for the implementation? If yes, please specify

N/A

If No you are not currently implementing a Children’s  Social Care Case Management Software, with regard to the last system you implemented how long in months from contract award date did the software to go live and the previous case management to be switched off?

AZEUS was contracted in 2013, implementation commenced shortly after with the official go live date 24th March 2014, the previous system (Northgate CCM) was shut down 21st March 2014.  

5/12/17

 

11455

 

Under the Freedom of Information

Please find the information you requested below: 

1) Has or will your local authority have a Christmas lights switch on or similar event in October, November or December 2017?

If no, then no further questions apply. 

If yes, then please confirm the following:

2) Who did the switch on or performed at the event?

3) Were they paid a fee to do so? If so, how much were they paid? If more than one, please provide a breakdown.

4) Were expenses paid, either in addition to any fee or instead of? If so, please provide a breakdown of these.

Please find the information you requested below: 

 

1) Has or will your local authority have a Christmas lights switch on or similar event in October, November or December 2017? Yes 23rd  November

 

If no, then no further questions apply. 

If yes, then please confirm the following:

 

2) Who did the switch on or performed at the event? Father Christmas

 

3) Were they paid a fee to do so? If so, how much were they paid? If more than one, please provide a breakdown. No

 

4) Were expenses paid, either in addition to any fee or instead of? If so, please provide a breakdown of these. No

 

 

8/11/17

 

11456

 

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

Martell Drive, Kempston, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

Con29 3.12 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

9/11/17

 

11457

 

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

 

Wendover Drive, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

Con29 3.12 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

9/11/17

 

11458

 

 Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 (as amended): Request for Information

 

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 originated from my Private Member’s Bill and so naturally, I am very interested to know how the Act is now operating in practice.

 

As you will know, under Section 2A of the Act (as amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016) Bedford Borough Council must give suitable development permission in respect of enough serviced plots of land to meet the demand for Self-build and Custom Housebuilding in your authority’s area arising from each base period.

 

Pursuant to that requirement, and Paragraph 50 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), I would therefore be very grateful if you could provide me with the following information:

 

1)     The total number of entries on Bedford Borough Council’s self-build register for the base period 2015-16;

 

2)     Pursuant to 1) above and if applicable, the number entries on Part 1 of Bedford Borough Council’s self-build register for the base period 2015-16;

 

3)     The total number of suitable development permissions which Bedford Borough Council has given up to 7 November 2017 to meet the demand arising from the base period 2015-16;

 

4)     For each permission given in answer to 3) above, please provide details of:

a.      The planning permission reference number;

b.     Application type (e.g. full, outline);

c.      A brief description of the proposal (e.g. erection of detached two-storey dwellings); and

d.     The total number of units/dwellings consented (e.g. 5, 10, 15, etc).

 

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

 

The answers to your request are as follows :

 

1)     The total number of entries on Bedford Borough Council’s self-build register for the base period 2015-16

50

 

      2)     Pursuant to 1) above and if applicable, the number entries on Part 1 of Bedford Borough Council’s self-build register for the base period 2015-16

                 N/A -  the register is currently undivided

 

      3)     The total number of suitable development permissions which Bedford Borough Council has given up to 7 November 2017 to meet the demand arising from the base period 2015-16

                The number of permissions for single dwellings given during the period 01 November 2016 – 07 November 2017  is  67  please see attached

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

      4)     For each permission given in answer to 3) above, please provide details of:

      a.      The planning permission reference number;

      b.     Application type (e.g. full, outline);

      c.      A brief description of the proposal (e.g. erection of detached two-storey dwellings); and

      d.     The total number of units/dwellings consented (e.g. 5, 10, 15, etc).

 

Please note these permissions relate solely to single dwellings whether new build, change of use or replacement as described. They do not include permissions for sites providing 2+ dwellings some or all of which may be considered suitable for self-build. Further information on these permissions is publically available on the Council’s website

29/11/17

 

11459

 

Please can you send me the Organisational Structure Chart for the Special Educational Needs department, including names

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 Special Educational Needs Department. The name of the Manager of the Special Educational Needs Department is Timothy Long.

 

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

 

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

1. States that employee names are exempt information.

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

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

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the org chart

6/12/17

 

11460

 

 I am interested in the numbers of children being housed by the local authority in temporary accommodation.
In answering all these requests, please include children housed by your local authority within your borough AND in other boroughs. Please DO NOT include children housed by other local authorities within your borough.
Please do not include households where a woman is pregnant but does not yet have dependent children. If it is not possible to separate these cases, please indicate that they have been included and quantify them if possible.
Please give figures as at November 8 (the date of this request). If this is not possible please give figures for the nearest possible date and specify what that date is.
Questions:
(1) Please could you tell me how many children under 5 (i.e. aged 0-4) are currently housed in temporary accommodation by the local authority?
(2) Please could you also tell me how many of these children aged 0-4 are housed in B&Bs (bed and breakfasts)?
(3) Please could you tell me how many children of all ages are currently housed in temporary accommodation by the local authority (with the definition of children being anyone aged under 18)?

 

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)     As at 30th November 2017 there were 47 children under 5 housed in our Temporary Accommodation.

 

2)     As at 30th November 2017 there were zero children currently housed in our B&B.

 

3)     As at 30th November 2017 there were 139 children of all ages (under 18) currently housed in our Temporary Accommodation.

 

 

1/12/17

 

11461

 

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

Harewelle Way

Harrold

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

9/11/17

 

11462

 

1.       Please can you tell me which electronic management system you use to manage your EHC plans?

In the calendar year 2016:

2.       Please can you tell me what percentage of new EHC plans, excluding exception cases, were issued within 26 weeks and within 52 weeks?

Please can you tell me the actual number of plans issued within 26 weeks and the total number of plans. (eg. 80%: 8 plans out of 10)

Please can you tell me the actual number of  plans issued within 52 weeks and the total number of plans. (eg. 100%: 10 plans out of 10)

3.       Please can you tell me what percentage of new EHC plans, including exception cases, were issued within 26 weeks and within 52 weeks?

Please can you tell me the actual number of plans issued within 26 weeks and the total number of plans.

Please can you tell me the actual number of  plans issued within 52 weeks and the total number of plans.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

1.

Answer: The EHC Assessment process is administered using Synergy.

 2.

Answer: The deadline for issuing EHCPs on time is 20 weeks.  131 / 131 – 100% were issued on time excluding exceptions.

3..

Answer: The deadline for issuing EHCPs on time is 20 weeks.  131 / 134 – 98% were issued on time including exceptions

Of the 3 that were issued late, 1 was a day late, 1 was 2 weeks late and 1 was nearly 3 months late but that was at request of parents.

 

14/11/17

 

11463

 

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

 Downham Close

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. 

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

16/11/17

 

11464

 

Please can you send me an up to date Organisational Structure Chart for the Special Educational Needs department, including names.

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 Special Educational Needs Department. The name of the Manager of the Special Educational Needs Department is Timothy Long.

 

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

 

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

1. States that employee names are exempt information.

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

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

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the org chart

 

6/12/17

 

11465

 

I have some questions regarding the Crematorium facility under the operations of this local authority:

Questions:

1. Cremations done per year at facility; 2012-to now.

2. What is maximum capacity or number of possible cremation that can be done per year.

3. Number of cremation machines at facility.

4. How many cremation machines are operational.

5. Number of machines with mercury abatement.

6. Revenue, expenses and profit from facility; last two reported financial years.

7. Average cost of cremation; current price.

8. Cost of a no-service (low cost) cremation; current price.

9. What is your average waiting time, if any - last available data.

 Pending

 

11466

 

We would like to submit a request for the following information under the Freedom of Information.

1.       How many requests for Claimed Paths/Routes have been submitted in the last 5 years?

2.       Of those requests, how many Claimed Paths/Routes are still under investigation?

3.       Of those requests, how many Claimed Paths/Routes have now been formally recorded on the Definitive Map as a Public Right of Way?

Please see information you requested below:

1.       How many requests for Claimed Paths/Routes have been submitted in the last 5 years? – 3 x requests

2.       Of those requests, how many Claimed Paths/Routes are still under investigation? – 2 x requests

3.       Of those requests, how many Claimed Paths/Routes have now been formally recorded on the Definitive Map as a Public Right of Way? - NONE

 

14/11/17

 

11467

 

Please could we request that you check your records and advise whether or not the following vehicle/registration is a licenced taxi or private hire vehicle as of the 10th October 2017.

X - Ford Galaxy

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

We have no record of that vehicle being licensed as a Private Hire or Hackney in this area and have no way of knowing who (if anyone) might have it licensed for taxi work.  

24/11/17

 

11468

 

Under the FOI request. Can you please let me have the name and email addresses of the following officers in your organisation

Chief Executive All   
Director Education   
Director Transportation   
Director Environment   
Director Adult Services   
Director Housing   
Director Children Services   
Director Commercialisation   
Director/Manager leading on Smart Cities / Digital Transformation    

Please find the information you requested below:

Title: Chief Executive 

Area: All

Name: Philip Simpkins

email: Philip.Simpkins@bedford.gov.uk

Title: Director

Area: Children Services (also covers Education)

Name: Colin Foster

email: colin.foster@bedford.gov.uk

Title: Director

Area: Environment (also covers Transportation)

Name: Craig Austin

email: craig.austin@bedford.gov.uk

Title: Director

Area: Adult Services

Name: Kate Walker

email: kate.walker@bedford.gov.uk

Title: Director

Area: Customer (includes Housing)

Name: Vacant

Title: Commercialisation

Area:  This role does not exist in the Council

Title: Assistant Chief Executive (Director/Manager leading on)

Area:  Digital Transformation

Name: Mark Stephens

email: mark.stephens@bedford.gov.uk

6/12/17

 

 

11469

 

Please can you tell me whether foster carers are given extra money  for the items/occasions below on top of their regular allowance or whether these things have to be paid for out of their regular allowance. Can you tell me the situation this year and on each of the last five years.

If extra payments are given, please also tell me how much is paid for these items? If the amount varies, please let me know what the minimum and maximum payment is for each of the items.

On mileage. As well as the payment per mile please also tell me if carers can claim all mileage. If not please tell me the number of miles a foster carer has to drive before they can claim mileage if such an arrangement is in place. Please also tell me what type of journeys carers can claim for ie travel without the child to training; travel without the child to meetings; travel to contact meetings with birth parents; travel with the child to meetings with social services etc)

1)      New placement costs (ie to buy clothes, bedding etc for the arrival of a child)

2)      Birthdays

3)      Christmas or other religious holidays.

4)      School uniforms

5)      Payment for school trips

6)      Savings for children

7)      Mileage

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed.:

  

2014

 

Extra payments available

Must be covered by regular allowance

New placement  costs

Discretion of Fostering Team Manager

*

Birthdays

Between £140.35 and £199.00

 

 

Christmas or religious holiday

Between £140.35 and £199.00

 

School Uniforms

Change of School U16 £200, Change of School O16 £300, Starting Work O16 £300

*

Payment for School trips

Discretion of Fostering Team Manager

 

Savings for children

 

 

Mileage

£0.469 pence per mile after the first 3 miles each way.

*

 

 

2015

Extra payments available

Must be covered by regular allowance

2016 to 2017 etc.

New placement  costs

Discretion of Fostering Team Manager

*

Discretion of Fostering Team Manager

Birthdays

Between £142.86 and £202.58

 

Between £142.86 and £202.58

Christmas or religious holiday

Between £142.86 and £202.58

 

Between £142.86 and £202.58

School Uniforms

Change of School U16 £200, Change of School O16 £300, Starting Work O16 £300

*

Change of School U16 £200, Change of School O16 £300, Starting Work O16 £300

Payment for School trips

Discretion of Fostering Team Manager

 

Discretion of Fostering Team Manager

Savings for children

 

*

 

Mileage

£0.469 pence per mile after the first 3 miles each way.

 

£0.469 pence per mile after the first 3 miles each way.

These allowances are dependent on the age of the children in placement.

Day school trips should be covered by the allowance.

Foreign school trips can be negotiated again dependent on the cost and if additional equipment is needed.( for example ski wear )

Saving for children is also age related suggested weekly amount is £10 weekly  0-10 - £15 10 -15  

Equipment for newly approved carers is determined by what is needed.

4/12/17

 

 

11470

 

Please can you advise if X ever gets involved in planning issues?  If so please can you provide case numbers for 3 recent cases.

This is publicly available on the authority’s website and can be located at the following link

Planning search

 

14/11/17

 

11471

 

should be grateful if you could supply an email address for your chief planning officer

Please find the information you requested below:  

The email address for our Chef Officer Planning and Highways is Jon.Shortland@bedford.gov.uk

 

13/11/17

 

11472

 

May I request the following information pursuant to the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please?

1.    A copy of the Case Officer Report which led to the making of Bedford Borough Council (Wilden: Part of Footpath No. 6) Public Path Diversion Order 2017.

2.    A copy of the Case Officer Report which led to the making of Bedford Borough Council (Wilden: Part of Footpath No. 7) Public Path Extinguishment Order 2017.

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

Further to Andrew Prigmore’s email sent to you at 18.25 on 11 December please find attached response to your request.

Please contact:

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

 

11/12/17

 

11473

 

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

Barn C

Mount Pleasant Farm

Turvey Road

Stagsden

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

16/11/17

 

11474

 

Please can you send me a list of privately owned residential tower blocks (6 storeys and above) in your council area. Please also include information on any cladding that is on the buildings and if this is made of aluminium composite material, if you have this information. 

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

Please find attached a spreadsheet with what information we have to date on privately owned buildings over 6 storey’s in our area as requested.

Please contact:

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

 

16/11/17

 

11475

 

Please could you supply the following information for clarity?  

  1. Is a member of the public, if/when challenged by a Bedford Borough Civil Enforcement Officer for the dropping of litter in a public place, legally obliged to provide their name & address to the Civil Enforcement Officer for the issuing of a fixed penalty notice?
  2. If the answer to the question above is 'yes', please could you provide with the precise legislation i.e. Act, Chapter & section, that is used or relied upon by Bedford Borough Civil Enforcement Officers, in order secure these details?
  3. Is a Fixed Penalty Notice issued by A Civil Enforcement Officer a 'civil debt' or 'a fine'?

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

 

Please find the information you requested below:

  1. Is a member of the public, if/when challenged by a Bedford Borough Civil Enforcement Officer for the dropping of litter in a public place, legally obliged to provide their name & address to the Civil Enforcement Officer for the issuing of a fixed penalty notice?

Yes, see section 88 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

Section 88 Fixed penalty notices for leaving litter

(8A)If an authorised officer of a litter authority proposes to give a person a notice under this section, the officer may require the person to give him his name and address.

(8B)A person commits an offence if—

(a)he fails to give his name and address when required to do so under subsection (8A) above, or

(b)he gives a false or inaccurate name or address in response to a requirement under that subsection.

The Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers are ‘authorised officers’ for the purposes of section 88 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990:

Section 88 Fixed penalty notices for leaving litter

(1)Where on any occasion an authorised officer of a litter authority finds a person who he has reason to believe has on that occasion committed an offence under section 87 above in the area of that authority, he may give that person a notice offering him the opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for that offence by payment of a fixed penalty

  1. If the answer to the question above is 'yes', please could you provide with the precise legislation i.e. Act, Chapter & section, that is used or relied upon by Bedford Borough Civil Enforcement Officers, in order secure these details?

See above

  1. Is a Fixed Penalty Notice issued by A Civil Enforcement Officer a 'civil debt' or 'a fine'?

The Fixed Penalty Notice is an opportunity to discharge liability for a criminal offence under section 87 of the 1990 Act (leaving litter) – it is not a civil debt or a fine.

27/11/17

 

11476

 

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

Austin Mews

Austin Canons

Kempston

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

 

16/11/17

 

11477

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the following information on the use of funding panels within the council’s adults’ services department. For the purpose of this request, we define a funding panel as a panel to which social workers present cases, in order to get agreement and funding for the care and support package a person may need. 

1.     Does the council use a funding panel to make any personal budget allocation decisions for adult social care? 

2.     Does the council have separate funding panels for different service user groups e.g. older people, learning disability? If yes, please list.

3.     What panels were in place on 1 November 2010, 1 November 2011, 1 November 2012, 1 November 2013, 1 November 2014, 1 November 2015, 1 November 2016?

4.     Does the funding panel consider residential care packages, domiciliary care packages, supported living packages, any other types of care? (Please list).

5.     What is the financial threshold i.e. above what level of expenditure that requires a case to be considered by the panel? Please specify for each type of care. 

6.     Has this changed since the panel was set up? If so, when and from how much?

7.     Does the panel consider new cases only, or reviews of existing care packages as well?

8.     Does the council operate any funding panels in conjunction with other agencies e.g. the NHS? If yes, please list these agencies and the remit of these funding panels.

Please find your request and our response below: 

1.            BBC does not hold a “Funding Panel” but does has weekly “Validation Boards”, these consider applications for funding but aren’t able to decline funding requests if all of the correct information is provided and relevant policies and legislation have been adhered to. The panel does have the ability to defer applications if this information isn’t provided, as an example if capacity is in question but an MCA hasn’t been completed then an application will be deferred until an MCA has been completed. Information can be provided outside of the weekly meetings to negate any delays in provision. I have answered the questions below in regards to the validation boards.

2.           Validation boards for adults are as follows 1) Older Person’s services and Physical Disabilities, 2) Working Age Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.

3.            As above but working age mental health used to be in validation board 1 up until April 2017.

4.          All requests for costed support are considered.

5.            No threshold.

 

6.            Has this changed since the panel was set up? If so, when and from how much?

 

No

 

7.            Does the panel consider new cases only, or reviews of existing care packages as well?

 

Reviews are brought to the boards but are agreed by the relevant review team.

 

8.            Does the council operate any funding panels in conjunction with other agencies e.g. the NHS? If yes, please list these agencies and the remit of these funding panels

 

S117 cases are considered at the boards and then feedback offered to the NHS, who can then challenge if required.

 

17/11/17

 

11478

 

How many Gypsy and Travellers children have been removed from their families by Bedford Council?

How many of those have bee returned to their families?

How many Gypsy and Traveller children have Bedford placed for adoption or foster care in Bedford, or elsewhere How many of these have been placed with Gipsy and Traveller families?

How many Gypsy and Traveller children from outside the council area are placed in Bedford

Please provide yearly figures over the last five years for each question. If you are unable to provide figures, please state whether or not these two ethnicities are recorded by your council.

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

You requested:

How many Gypsy and Travellers children have been removed from their families by Bedford Council?

2016/17 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2015/16 – 0

2014/15 – 0

2013/14 – 0

2012/13 – 0

 

 

How many of those have been returned to their families?

2016/17 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2015/16 – 0

2014/15 – 0

2013/14 – 0

2012/13 – 0

 

How many Gypsy and Traveller children have Bedford placed for adoption or foster care in Bedford, or elsewhere

2016/17 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2015/16 – 0

2014/15 – 0

2013/14 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2012/13 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

 

How many of these have been placed with Gipsy and Traveller families? 

2016/17 – 0

2015/16 – 0

2014/15 – 0

2013/14 – 0

2012/13 – 0

 

How many Gypsy and Traveller children from outside thecouncil area are placed in Bedford?

2016/17 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2015/16 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2014/15 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2013/14 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2012/13 – 0

 

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

1.                 States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

We are unable to provide the exact figure (5 or fewer) or any further information due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

28/11/17

 

11479

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request a copy of the quarterly public records from Q2 2017 of the following information at the partnership level, preferably in Excel or PDF format:

1.       Names and vintage years of all private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate/REIT, debt and infrastructure partnerships in Bedfordshire Pension Fund’s portfolio.

2.       Commitments made to each partnership.

3.       Contributions drawn down since inception.

4.       Distributions made to Bedfordshire Pension Fund to date by each individual partnership.

5.       Net Asset Value of each partnership.

6.       Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each partnership. Please note if the IRRs are not net.

7.       Investment multiple (TV/PI) for each individual partnership.

8.       The dollar amount of “total management fees and costs paid” for each individual partnership.

9.       Date as of which all the above data was calculated.

10.   Names of all alternative asset partnerships partially and fully sold by Bedfordshire Pension Fund, including date of sale.

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

 

 

16/11/17

 

11480

 

 Re: Hammond Rd, Elma Farm

We would be grateful if you could search your records for this site.

In particular, please respond to the following questions, although any additional information would be useful:

1.  Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the Council’s Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part IIA undertaking)? If so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.

2.  Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site uses, leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.? If there have been any intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please provide dates and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports are publicly available.

3.  Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills located within a 250m radius of the site:

a)    The location of all landfills, both closed and operational (i.e. National Grid Reference and location plan if available).

b)    Dates when the landfill was operational.

c)     Types of waste deposited.

d)    Any information on volume of waste deposited, depth of infilling and landfill structure.

e)     Details of any landfill gas monitoring, site investigation or gas spiking undertaken at the landfill or in the immediate vicinity of the site.

4.  Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise, odour or dust issues/complaints?  If yes, what was the nature of the issue and what was the outcome?

5. Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site? If yes what is the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?

6. Do you hold any records of flooding at the subject site?

7. Please provide details of any LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

1. By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to

inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B

and C of the Act. This site is listed on our prioritised list of potentially

contaminated sites. Based on information currently available to us, we have

assessed it as being a low priority for inspection. However, it is possible that

new information may become available which could alter this assessment. It

is not possible to state when our assessment will be undertaken

2.  We are not aware of any contamination issues associated with the site, or in

the near vicinity. Neither are we aware of any intrusive investigations having

been undertaken at the site, or in close proximity to it.

You may wish to consult the records held by the Planning Department, with

respect to any such investigation, which may have been undertaken in

relation to a planning application:

• To find your application numbers / information, please go to

www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

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

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

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

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

• Click on the Tab - Planning History

• All the relevant applications including conditions are listed here

• For a more detailed Property Search:

• Click on the Property Tab followed by address search. Please

ensure you follow the instruction on this screen labelled: HELP WITH THIS

PAGE, on the right hand side:

• To view plans, decision notices, click on the Documents tab followed

by View Associated Docs

• To view the File Correspondence:

If you require assistance searching for the application numbers or copies of

documents, please visit the Customer Contact Centre or ring 01234 718068 or refer to the How To Guides

3.

Please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We

would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website  for location of landfills. You

may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition

records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

4. 

No, we are not aware of any current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties

5.

No, we do not have any private water supplies recorded on our Local Authority Private Water Supply Register, within a 2km radius of the site.

6.There have been no reported incidents to the Borough Council of flooding at

Units 1 and 2, Hammond Road, Elm Industrial Estate, Bedford.

According to Environment Agency mapping, the property is not at risk from

fluvial/river flooding or reservoir flooding. The surface water mapping shows

localised pockets of surface water flood risk around the two buildings. It is

advised that the Environment Agency surface water map is viewed for clarity.

7.

There are no LAAPC/ LAPPC authorisations licensed to the site or to adjoining properties.

Please be advised that a copy of our contaminated land strategy is available on the Bedford Borough Council website under Environment and Planning\ Pollution\Contaminated Land.

12/12/17

 

11481

 

Part 1

1. Does your Council currently use a private company to undertake any of the following services:

• Public Relations

• Social Media Communications

• External Stakeholder Communications

• Internal Stakeholder Communications.

2. If yes, can you please confirm:

• When the current contract was last let

• When the current contract expires

• Whether the current contract has options to extend its length

• When you expect to retender the contract.

3. If no (to question 1 above), are you considering letting such a contract in the future and if so, do you have an approximate timetable for engaging the market?

Part 2

4. Have you used a private company to help you with any other marketing or public information campaigns in the past 2 years?

5. If so, could you please provide a brief overview of what those campaigns were about and approximately how long your contract with the company was for to support the campaign/s? 

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

Part 1

1. Does your Council currently use a private company to undertake any of the following services:

• Public Relations - No

• Social Media Communications - No

• External Stakeholder Communications -No

• Internal Stakeholder Communications. -No

2. If yes, can you please confirm: N/A

• When the current contract was last let

• When the current contract expires

• Whether the current contract has options to extend its length

• When you expect to retender the contract.

3. If no (to question 1 above), are you considering letting such a contract in the future and if so, do you have an approximate timetable for engaging the market? No

Part 2

4. Have you used a private company to help you with any other marketing or public information campaigns in the past 2 years? No

5. If so, could you please provide a brief overview of what those campaigns were about and approximately how long your contract with the company was for to support the campaign(s)? N/A

 

 

12/12/17

 

11482

 

-    What is the total sum of speeding offences registered in your constabulary during 1st January 2015 - 31st October 2017? Please break this down annually for 2015, 2016 and 2017 (to the most recent date held)

-        Within your constabulary in the calendar year of 2015, what is the location of the speed camera that has registered most speeding offences? [This needs to include all detection methods]

-        Within your constabulary in the calendar year of 2016, what is the location of the speed camera that has registered most speeding offences? [This needs to include all detection methods]

-        Within your constabulary in the calendar year of 2017 (to the most recent date held), what is the location of the speed camera that has registered most speeding offences? [This needs to include all detection methods]

-        Within your constabulary, what is the highest speed (mph) recorded, by any one detection method? Please provide this for 30mph and national speed limit restriction zones. Please break this down annually for 2015, 2016 and 2017 (to the most recent date held)

1.        E.g. Highest speed recorded is 80mph in a 30mph restriction zone in 2015.

2.       E.g. Highest speed recorded is 110mph in a national speed limit (70mph) restriction zone in 2015.

Thank you for your request for information about speeding cameras and offences which we received on Friday 3 November 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

This information is not held by Bedford Borough Council but is held by Bedfordshire Police, Greyfriars, Bedford, MK40 1HR, foi@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.

 

17/11/17

 

11483

 

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

 Watercress Rise, St Mary s Fields, Bedford, 

Con29 Questions

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

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

Con29 3.12 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

16/11/17

 

11484

 

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

 Tunstall Walk, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

Con29 3.12 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

16/11/17

 

11485

 

Under Freedom of Information, I would like to request data, as detailed below, for the 12 month period 01-01-2016 to 31-12-2016 (the first full year that Contracts Finder was in operation).

1.      What is the value threshold above which contract opportunities are advertised by your organisation?

2.      Please provide the following details for each medium sized opportunity (£25,000 - or figure stated in question 1 - to £164,000) that has been advertised during the period:

                    I.            What is the date of publication and product / service category?

                  II.            How many expressions of interest were received?

                III.            How many expressions of interest were made by SMEs (please provide number or state ‘not known’)?

                IV.            How many bids were received?

                  V.            How many of the bids were from SMEs (please provide number or state ‘not known’)?

                VI.            What is the estimated contract value?

              VII.            Was the successful supplier an SME? (please state if ‘not known’)?

            VIII.            Has a contract awards notice been published on Contracts Finder?

1.     What is the value threshold above which contract opportunities are advertised by your organisation?

The Councils Contract Procedure Rules (purchasing rules) require tender opportunities with a value of £100k or over to be advertised unless purchasing from a compliant framework, DPS or other approved procurement route.  It should be noted that Officers can choose to advertise below the £100k threshold should circumstances dictate.

 

2.     Please provide the following details for each medium sized opportunity (£25,000 - or figure stated in question 1 - to £164,000) that has been advertised during the period:

Please see attached.

 

Please contact:

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

 

12/12/17

 

11486

 

Please can you send me a full and up to date list of business, charities, Ltd companies and PLC's that have recently become liable for business rates.

The exact information I require is...

Liabilities between the 01/11/2017-15/11/2017 and the date of liability

Full business name

Full address and postcode

Property type

Rateable Value

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

15/11/17

 

11487

 

I'm interested in:

If Bedford Borough Council has guidelines on required additional classrooms, specifically for an influx of students upon a school changing to a two-tier system but really for any change in number of students (guidelines on student : classroom ratio, and max. number of pupils in a class?)

-also guidelines on additional facilities, amenities, equipment

Any formal cause for concern raised by a school, or the council, as a result of a increase in students from changing to two-tier.

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

Response:
The Department for Education produce written guidelines for school buildings, know principally as 'Building Bulletins'. BB98 and BB99 provide recommendations for the design of Primary and Secondary schools, their equipment levels and suggestions concerning how to use space within the guidelines.   This is not a statutory requirement however the guidance is often considered as part school design.
The only statutory guidance on class size concerns Primary education and that sets a limit of 30 children per class.
Following the two tier consultation process carried out in 2015, the local authority and schools have worked in tandem to provide sufficient and suitable classroom spaces for all children in Bedford Borough. This programme will be completed in the summer of 2018. There have been no unresolved concerns raised by schools.

 

30/11/17

 

11488

 

 

1. How many sexual harassment complaints/allegations have been made by council staff about co-workers/contractors to your council in the last five financial years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

 

2. How many sexual harassment complaints/allegations have been made by members of the public about council staff/contractors to your council in the last five financial years - 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

 

3. Of these complaints, how many were made against men and how many against women. Please give this figure for each individual financial year above.

 

4. Please provide a total figure of how many individual men and how many individual women have had complaints about them in the above five financial years.

 

5. What was the overall outcome of each of the complaints detailed in questions 1 & 2 e.g. disciplinary, sacking, warning etc.

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

1. How many sexual harassment complaints/allegations have been made by council staff about co-workers/contractors to your council in the last five financial years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. None

2. How many sexual harassment complaints/allegations have been made by members of the public about council staff/contractors to your council in the last five financial years - 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17? None

3. Of these complaints, how many were made against men and how many against women. Please give this figure for each individual financial year above. N/A

4. Please provide a total figure of how many individual men and how many individual women have had complaints about them in the above five financial years. N/A

5. What was the overall outcome of each of the complaints detailed in questions 1 & 2 e.g. disciplinary, sacking, warning etc. N/A

6/12/17

 

11489

 

 RE: Holme Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Are there any records of petroleum storage at or in the immediate vicinity of the site, either in above ground or below ground tanks?   

If yes:

1.      How many tanks were there and what was their capacity? Please provide a plan showing the tank locations if possible.

2.      How long were the tanks in use/known to be present on site?

3.      What is the current status of the tanks? If they have been decommissioned by filling, please detail fill material.

4.      Are there any known leaks or spills associated with the tanks?

5.      Are there any records of integrity testing? If so when was this undertaken and what were the results?

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding the previous storage of petroleum in
above or underground tanks at ,Holme Street, Bedford, . Your request has been considered under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

 

5/12/17

 

11490

 

 

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

 

Re: King Alfred Way, Great Denham Park, Great Denham,

Con29 Questions

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

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

Con29 3.12 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

16/11/17

 

11491

 

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

 

 Rothsay 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

 

 

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

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

Planning

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

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information.

16/11/17

 

11492

 

   Please confirm:

a.       The mean hourly ‘base rate’ of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2017/18 (i.e. total base rate spending divided by number of hours)

b.      the mean hourly ‘average rate’ (i.e. factoring in supplements) of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2017/18 (i.e. total spending divided by total hours).

c.       the planned mean hourly ‘base rate’ of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2018/19 (i.e. total base rate spending divided by number of hours)

d.      the mean hourly ‘average rate’ (i.e. factoring in supplements) of 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement funding for PVI providers in your area in 2018/19 (i.e. total spending divided by total hours).

 

e.      The early years funding supplements available to providers in 2017/18 (e.g. quality, flexibility etc).

 

f.        The early years funding supplements that will be available to providers in 2018/19.

 

2.            Have you informed local providers of their 3- and 4-year old funding rates for 2018/19? If yes, when did you do so? If no, when do you intend to do so?

 

3.            How many 30 hours codes have been:

a.       issued

b.      validated

in your local authority (as of the date of responding to this FoI)?

 

4.            Have you received any formal parental complaints about the 30 hours? If so, please confirm how many were many in total, the general complaint categories (e.g. ‘inability to find a place’, ‘providers charging top-ups’ etc), and how many complaints fell under each category.     

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1

a. £4.01

b. 3 & 4 year old PVI funding £4,473,244

    3 & 4 year old total hours  1,042,359

     Average rate £4.29

c.  £4.01 (base rate not to change 2018/19

d.  Budget has not been set for 2018-19, however the rates and supplements are staying the same as 2017-18.  Therefore you could assume an average rate of £4.29 like in 2017-18 however, the proportions of the supplements may change

e. Deprivation. 

- 0-30% Most disadvantaged using the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (IMD)

- 31-60% Most disadvantaged using the IMD

Nursery School Lump Sum

f.  Same as answer e.

 

2.

 No, rates are confirmed in March of each year. We have already set the budget at below 5% so there will be no change in funding rates.

3.

The figures as of 6 December 2017 are:

1031 codes issued

768 codes validated

4.

We have not had any formal complaints about the 30 hours. We have taken a few calls where there has been queries / misunderstandings about additional charges but these have all been sorted out quite quickly and no formal complaint has been made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13/12/17

 

 

11493

 

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

 

1. Over the last five years, how many social housing dwellings has your local authority demolished? Please can your provide an overall figure for each financial year from the 2012/2013 financial year, including this financial year to date?

 

2. Over the last five years, how many social housing dwellings have been disposed of by your local authority? Please can your provide an overall figure for each financial year from the 2012/2013 financial year, including this financial year to date?

 

Thank you for your request for information about demolition and sales of social housing which we received on 15/11/17.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is, under Exception 12(4)(a) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.Not held by Bedford Borough Council. In 1990 Bedfordshire Pilgrim Housing association took over all Bedford Borough Council Housing stock. They can be contacted at http://www.bpha.org.uk/. Please let me know if you would like me to transfer your request to them.

18/11/17

 

11494

 

. How many Gypsy / Traveller/ Roma children have been removed from their families?

 

2. How many of these children have later been returned to their birth families?

 

3. How many of these children have been placed for adoption or fostering by Gypsy or Traveller families?

 

4. How many of these children have been placed for adoption or fostering with non-Gypsy or Traveller families?

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.

 

For each year for the last 5 years:

 

1.     How many Gypsy / Traveller/ Roma children have been removed from their families?

Answer:

2016/17 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2015/16 – 0

2014/15 – 0

2013/14 – 0

2012/13 – 0

                              

 

2.     How many of these children have later been returned to their birth families?

Answer:

2016/17 – information suppressed due to low numbers*

2015/16 – 0

2014/15 – 0

2013/14 – 0

2012/13 – 0

 

3.     How many of these children have been placed for adoption or fostering by Gypsy or Traveller families? 

Answer:   

2016/17 – 0

2015/16 – 0

2014/15 – 0

2013/14 – 0

2012/13 – 0

 

4.     How many of these children have been placed for adoption or fostering with non-Gypsy or Traveller families?           

Answer:

2016/17 – 0

2015/16 – 0

2014/15 – 0

2013/14 – 0

2012/13 – 0

 

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

1.                 States that this is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

We are unable to provide the exact figure (5 or fewer) or any further information due to low numbers in the cohort and the possibility of a child/young person being identifiable.

 

30/11/17

 

11495

 

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known, from 1/9/17 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/9/17 but the case has only come  to your attention since, could you please also include details, as follows:

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

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

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

1.         States that the above is exempt information.

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

Public Health Funerals

 

7/12/17

 

11496

 

Re:Proposed Development at Bedford Lane, Bromham

 

 I’d like to know if there have been any odour complaints from within the vicinity of the Proposed Development.

Records of complaints have been reviewed for Barker Drive and Stagsden Rd. 

  • No odour complaints have been recorded from Barker Drive
  • A summary of complaints received from Stagsden Rd are listed in Appendix A

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

13/12/17

 

11497

 

I am writing to request details held by your organisation under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.  The information I require is as follows:

 

Name of Local Authority:

Name of the Early Years Strategic Lead:

Contact Number of Early Years Strategic Lead:

Contact Email for Early Years Strategic Lead:

 

Name of the LSCB Chair:

Contact Number of LSCB Chair:

Contact Email for LSCB Chair:

 

Name of the LSCB Business Manager:

Contact Number of LSCB Business Manager:

Contact Email for LSCB Business Manager:

 

Name of the Local Authority Designated Officer:

Contact Number of the LADO:

Contact Email for the LADO:

 

Name of Children’s Services Manager:

Contact Number of the Children’s Services Manager:

Contact Email for the Children’s Services Manager:

 

Name of Adult Services Manager:

Contact Number of the Adult Services Manager:

Contact Email for the Adult Services Manager:

 

Name of the Designated Adult Safeguarding Lead:

Contact Number of the DASL:

Contact Email for the DASL:

 

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Please contact:

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

 

 

22/11/17

 

11498

 

The details of the request are:

 

“To provide for each ward within the Borough of Bedford the following:

 

·        The amount of Council Tax due in each month, for each of the last 13-years

·        The amount of Council Tax not collected in each month for each of the last 13-years

·        The proportion of that uncollected Council Tax in each month over the last 13-years which has remained outstanding after 1-month

·        The proportion of that uncollected Council Tax over the last 13-years which has remained outstanding after 3 months

·        The proportion of that uncollected Council Tax in each of the last 13-years which has remained outstanding after 6-months

·        The amount of money spent by Bedford Borough Council in each year of the last 13 years pursuing people, like myself, who have made regular Council Tax Payments within the month that the payment has fallen due, but which has not met the unilaterally applied deadline.”

Further to your request for information dated 15/11/17, 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. It would take in excess of 18 hours to provide this information, as this would require a manual review of in excess of hundreds of thousands of records.  However, please see attached the following information which you may find helpful.

Please contact:

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

 

7/12/17

 

 

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