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10866

 

We kindly request the information in queries 1-6 below for:

·        Each quarter of the financial year 2015-2016

-        1st April – 30th June 2015

-        1st July – 30th September 2015

-        1st October – 31st December 2015

-        1st January – 31st March 2016

·        Young people aged over the age of 16, and under the age of 25

1: Homelessness presentations, assessments, and eligibility in 2015-16

Within your local authority, what were the number of 16-24 year olds who:

1)      Presented themselves as homeless, or at risk of homelessness

2)      Were subsequently accepted as statutorily homeless and owed a duty

3)      Were classed as “intentionally homeless”

4)      How many people of this age group have been classed as IH before?

5)      How many people (of any age group), have been classed as being IH between the ages of 16 and 25?

6)      Of those who were not accepted as statutorily homeless and owed a duty, please provide the number who:

a.      Were classed as having “No Fixed Abode” (NFA), or equivalent.

b.      Were not classed as NFA, or statutorily homeless, but were provided with shelter through the housing team or Social Services.        

Query 2: Reason for leaving the last settled base Within your local authority, what was the number of 16-24 year olds who were accepted as statutorily homeless and owed a duty, who had one of the following main reasons for leaving their last settled base in 2015-16?

1)      Left prison/on remand

2)      Left hospital

3)      Left LA care

4)      Left foster care

5)      Foster carers no longer registered with LA

6)      Left NGO, or charity accommodation

7)      NGO, or charity closed, or was no longer registered with the LA

8)      Other reasons

Query 3: Education

Of those considered to be statutorily homeless, how many were in some form of education at the time of presenting themselves as homeless?

1)      Total in education at the time of presenting

2)      How many were still in education, or had graduated, 6 months later?

Query 4: Employment Of those assessed as statutorily homeless, and owed a duty, how many were in some form of employment:

1)      At the time of presenting themselves as homeless?

2)      6 months later

Of those assessed as intentionally homeless, how many were in some form of employment:

1)      At the time of presenting themselves as homeless?

2)      6 months later

Query 6: Accommodation cost

of those provided support with accommodation, what was the mean rent per month, that was paid by Housing Benefit, for:

1)      Accommodation in the Private rented sector

2)      Purpose-built temporary accommodation, such as hostels

3)      Bed and Breakfasts

Query 6: Recruitment

Of the number of beds available for 16-24 year olds, how many:

1)      House multiple residents, who are restricted to a range within this age group?

2)      House multiple residents, who are not restricted to a range within this age group?

3)      House residents independently.

4)      Fall outside of these descriptions.

Of the number of staff working within these places of accommodation, who have direct contact with the residents, how many:

1)      Have some form of DBS check (not including enhanced)

2)      Have an enhanced DBS check

3)      Have no DBS check

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

 

Please see attached regarding homeless and young people

 

 

1/8/17

 

10867

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please can you provide me with the information in relation to business rates accounts in your area : (Please note : we are not requesting data of any companies that are a sole trader or an individual and only require information relating to Limited companies)
(a) Addresses of all commercial properties that currently have a credit on their account above £1,000.
(b) The names and addresses of the ratepayer of the property referred to in (a)  if they are NOT a sole trader or individual.
c) The amount by which the account is in credit
(d) The rating year that the credit arose

(e) The date the information was generated from your system. 

 Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.
You requested information on Business rates as stated in your e-mail below.
 Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council
1.States that the Business Rates data sets information requested is exempt information.
2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 of the FOI Act (FOIA). 
An explanation follows below:
The Business Rates data sets are now published on the website.

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

31/7/17

 

10868

 

Please could you tell me the following:

1. How many children have been taken into care for being obese over the last five years from 2011 to 2016?

2. A breakdown of how many were taken into care for being obese each year between and including this period?

3. How many children have been taken into care for obesity so far in 2017?

4. What are the age ranges of the children?

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Response:

We do not hold/record any information on our database relating to the obesity of Looked After Children as this is not a specific category that we use. We undertake holistic medical assessments for care proceedings, and record the details in individual files. To obtain this information, this would require us manually checking each individual Looked After Childs file, for the years requested, which would take over 18 hours.

13/7/17

 

10869

 

 1.      Smoke Safety Mask

a.      Has the Council purchased any “Smoke Safety Masks” in the last 5 years? A ”Smoke Safety Mask” is a mask that is worn to prevent smoke inhalation and provide clean/filtered air to the wearer in the event of a fire escape or smoke hazard.

b.      If the answer is “Yes” for question 1 (i) how many did the Council purchase (ii) from whom did they purchase and (iii) at what price per unit? (iii) were these purchases for residential housing or other facilities or buildings owned or controlled by the Council?

2.      Housing and Residential Stock

a) How many residential buildings does the Council have in its housing stock?

b) How many of those in a) are towers rather than residential houses?

c) Please confirm if there are additional housing/towers within the ownership/control of a housing authority and provide the name of the relevant housing authorities?

3. Fire Incidents

a) How many fire incidents occurred in the housing stock owned/controlled by the Council in the last 3 years?

b) What were the number of (a) injuries and (b) deaths as a result of the incidents reported in a). 

3.      Contact Names

Please can you confirm the name, job title and email address for the following:

a.     Head of Health and Safety and the person responsible for ensuring health and safety compliance of the Council’s housing stock?

b.    Person responsible for ensuring fire safety compliance of building within ownership/control of the Council?

c. Head of Housing

d. Head of Facilities Management

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.      Smoke Safety Mask

a.      Has the Council purchased any “Smoke Safety Masks” in the last 5 years? A ”Smoke Safety Mask” is a mask that is worn to prevent smoke inhalation and provide clean/filtered air to the wearer in the event of a fire escape or smoke hazard. A picture example of a “Smoke Safety Mask” is attached: - No

b.      If the answer is “Yes” for question 1 (i) how many did the Council purchase (ii) from whom did they purchase and (iii) at what price per unit? (iii) were these purchases for residential housing or other facilities or buildings owned or controlled by the Council? – N/A

2.      Housing and Residential Stock

a) How many residential buildings does the Council have in its housing stock?  Bedford Borough Council does not own or manage any residential housing stock.  The Council transferred its Housing Stock (council housing) to bpha in 1990.

b) How many of those in a) are towers rather than residential houses? - N/A

c) Please confirm if there are additional housing/towers within the ownership/control of a housing authority and provide the name of the relevant housing authorities? - N/A

3. Fire Incidents

a) How many fire incidents occurred in the housing stock owned/controlled by the Council in the last 3 years? - See response to Q2 above - N/A

b) What were the number of (a) injuries and (b) deaths as a result of the incidents reported in a). - See response to Q2 above - N/A

4.      Contact Names

Please can you confirm the name, job title and email address for the following:

a.     Head of Health and Safety and the person responsible for ensuring health and safety compliance of the Council’s housing stock? - See response to Q2 above - N/A

b.    Person responsible for ensuring fire safety compliance of building within ownership/control of the Council? - Mark Winstanley, Asset Manager, mark.winstanley@bedford.gov.uk  

c. Head of Housing - See response to Q2 above – N/A

d. Head of Facilities Management – Chris Mears, Facilities Manager, chris.mears@bedford.gov.uk  

24/7/17

 

10870

 

Please see below my freedom of information act request. If you cannot answer all or some of the questions please could you respond anyway.

I would like information on people dying with no next of kin being known, from 1/3/17 to the day of your response to this request. If someone died before 1/3/17 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.

Further to your request for information dated 16/1/17, 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 for Public Health Funerals

 

31/7/17

 

10871

 

Please would you provide me with:

1. The number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) issued to vehicle drivers for driving or parking in designated cycle lanes during the following calendar years:

a) 2015

b) 2016

c) 2017 to date (3rd July or the nearest available date

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

Bedford Borough Council Parking Services do not issue Penalty Charge Notices to vehicle owners specifically for having parked in advisory cycle lanes.

Most of the cycle lanes in Bedford are categorised as advisory.

However where there are yellow lines or loading bans in cycle lanes, we will enforce on those grounds

6/7/17

 

10872

 

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

The Green

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

 

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

7/7/17

 

10873

 

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

Francis Groves Close

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

7/7/17

 

10874

 

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

How many reviews/reassessments were conducted during the period 01/01/16 to present by the following?

a.            Council employed Social Workers/Reviewing Officers

b.            Independent Social Workers/Reviewing Officers (not employed directly by the local authority)

c.            Reviews/reassessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contractors/contracts

Can you confirm how many Reviews/Reassessments to be undertaken are older the 12 months and fall outside of Care Act Compliance (Council Backlog)?

The Total budget spend on Reviews/Reassessment between 01/01/2016 to present, broken down to include:

a.            The total council spend on Reviews/Reassessments split between Council employed Social Workers/Reviewing Officers, Independent Social Workers/Reviewing Officers and/or recruitment agencies for the period 01/01/2016 to present

b.            Cost per Review/Reassessment for Council employed Social Workers/Reviewing Officers.

c.            Cost per Review/Reassessment for Independent Social Workers/Reviewing Officers

d.            Cost per Review/Reassessment for recruitment agency Social Workers/Reviewing Officers.

The Total Review/Reassessment team budget for 2017-2018?

Details of the current Review/Reassessment team members by name / job title and number of qualified Social Workers/Reviewing Officers working in your local authority. Please include contact details for the current Head of Adult Services and Review/Reassessment Team Manager

 1. How many reviews/reassessments were conducted during the period 01/01/16 to present by the following? 
a. Council employed Social Workers/Reviewing Officers 2042
b. Independent Social Workers/Reviewing Officers (not employed directly by the local authority) 0
c. Reviews/reassessments allocated to 3rd part recruitment agency contractors/contracts 32
 
2. Can you confirm how many Reviews/Reassessments to be undertaken are older the 12 months and fall outside of Care Act Compliance (Council Backlog)? None
a. The Total budget spend on Reviews/Reassessment between 01/01/2016 to present, broken down to include: 
Council employed Social Workers/Reviewing Officers £525,386
Independent Social Workers/Reviewing Officers  £0
recruitment agencies  £10,870
 
b. Cost per Review/Reassessment for Council employed Social Workers/Reviewing Officers. £257
c. Cost per Review/Reassessment for Independent Social Workers/Reviewing Officers £0
d. Cost per Review/Reassessment for recruitment agency Social Workers/Reviewing Officers. £340
 
3. The Total Review/Reassessment team budget for 2017-2018? £399,420
 
Please note that the above response relates to all costs incurred by the review team, including management and administration time and non-payroll costs. 
 
4. Details of the current Review/Reassessment team members by name / job title and number of qualified Social Workers/Reviewing Officers working in your local authority. Please include contact details for the current Head of Adult Services and Review/Reassessment Team Manager 
 
a.  The Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose some of the information requested. 
Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council  
1. States that employee names are exempt information. 
2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 40(2) by virtue of 40(3)(a)(i) of the FOI Act (FOIA) as it comprises personal data and disclosure would be unfair. 
Employee names amount to ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). As you may know, s.40(2) FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data under FOIA would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in schedule 1 to the DPA.  The question which the Council must address in response to your request is whether disclosure of the personal data in the format you requested would contravene in particular the first data protection principle. That principle requires that any processing of personal data must be fair and lawful and must otherwise meet one of the conditions provided for in schedule 2 to the DPA. The schedule 2 condition which is most likely to be relevant in this context is that provided for in paragraph 6(1) of schedule 2. 
The Council considers that disclosure of information that would identify individuals is unwarranted because of the disproportionate adverse effect on the legitimate interests of the individuals concerned namely that they would expect that personal information would remain confidential and not be disclosed by the Council.  The Council has carefully considered whether the weight of the public interest arguments and the benefits in favour of disclosure would outweigh the harmful consequences of disclosure.  It has concluded that it would not. 
We however provide a list of job titles and associated staff numbers within the Adult Services Review Team which are detailed below and of which 3 individuals are Qualified Social Workers. 
 
Review Team Manager-1 FTE 
Lead Nurse Practitioner- 1 FTE 
Care Standards Review Officers-5FTE 
Social Workers=2 FTE 
 
b. 5 FTE as listed above 
 
c.  
Head of Adult Services: The current Service Manager for this team is  Head Of Commissioning, George Hunt (George.Hunt@bedford.gov.uk
Review /Reassessment Team Manager: Review Team Manager, Amanda Neville-Patterson (Amanda.Neville-Patterson@bedford.gov.uk)  

27/7/17

 

10875

 

Could you please advise on the procedure which we are required to follow when asking the council for its possible permission to deposit our recycling banks on council's land.

Thank you for your request for information about a possible deposit of one of your recycling banks on council land which we received on 4 July 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

The procedure to follow when requesting a recycling bank to be installed on council owned land is to email the request to recycling@bedford.gov.uk detailing what sites you wish to place banks at, the dimensions of the banks and any signage to be placed on them. We also require a copy of your waste carriers registration to be attached along with the email. Unfortunately at this moment in time, all our sites are currently fully occupied with charity banks and our own recycling banks.

13/7/17

 

10876 - 10877

 

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: Wingfield Close,

RE:  LANSDOWNE ROAD

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

7/7/17

 

10878

 

Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

Please tell me how many people assessed as homeless died in your local authority area while sleeping rough in a) 2012/13 b) 2013/14 c) 2014/15 d) 2015/16 e) 2016/17

If possible (but please don't reject the entire request if this part is not possible) please tell me for each person a) the cause of death b) whether that person had approached the council requesting assistance prior to their death c) the age of the person 

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

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

 

 

 

 

19/7/17

 

 

10879

 

I am seeking information about  Discretionary Housing Payments awards and DHP spending at your council in the most recent financial year (April 1 2016 to March 31 2017).

Could you send me answers to these questions:

1. What was the council's total DHP budget (spent and unspent) for the 2016-2017 financial year?

2. What percentage of the council's total DHP funding for 2016-2017 was paid out in awards?

3. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2016-2017 financial year?

4. If Yes, did your council top up its government allocation?

5. Did your council have any unspent DHP budget at the end of the 2016-2017 year? If Yes, how much?

6. How many applications for Discretionary Housing Payments were made to your council by eligible applicants in the 2016-2017 financial year?

(By “eligible applicants,” I mean DHP applicants who were in receipt of housing benefit or Universal Credit housing costs at the time of their applications and who applied for a Discretionary Housing Payment for help with housing payment problems that DHPs can be used to cover (for example, the bedroom tax, rent shortfall due to LHA caps, rent in advance and tenancy deposit assistance, etc).

7. How many of those applications were rejected/unsuccessful?

8. What were the three main reasons that eligible DHP applicants had their DHP applications turned down in the 2016-2017 financial year?

9. Does your council apply conditions to DHP awards (for example, must people agree to participate in debt advice/debt management sessions or training or other help in order to secure a DHP?)

10. If the answer to Q9 is Yes, what conditions apply?

11. Does your council restrict the number of DHP awards an applicant can receive?

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

1.  What was the council's total DHP budget (spent and unspent) for the 2016-2017 financial year?

Total:        £308,094.00

Spent:      £307,053.00

Unspent   £1,041.00

2.     What percentage of the council's total DHP funding for 2016-2017 was paid out in awards?

99.6%

3.     Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2016-2017 financial year?

no

4.     If Yes, did your council top up its government allocation?

n/a

5.     Did your council have any unspent DHP budget at the end of the 2016-2017 year? If Yes, how much?

£1.041.00

6. How many applications for Discretionary Housing Payments were made to your council by eligible applicants in the 2016-2017 financial year?

(By “eligible applicants,” I mean DHP applicants who were in receipt of housing benefit or Universal Credit housing costs at the time of their applications and who applied for a Discretionary Housing Payment for help with housing payment problems that DHPs can be used to cover (for example, the bedroom tax, rent shortfall due to LHA caps, rent in advance and tenancy deposit assistance, etc).

695

7.     How many of those applications were rejected/unsuccessful?

226

8.     What were the three main reasons that eligible DHP applicants had their DHP applications turned down in the 2016-2017 financial year?

Excess income

Failure to follow advise (on repeat award)

No shortfall between HB award and rent charged

9.     Does your council apply conditions to DHP awards (for example, must people agree to participate in debt advice/debt management sessions or training or other help in order to secure a DHP?)

Bedford’s DHP policy states that proof of engagement with advise/support services will increase the likelihood of an award, but each claim is be considered on its own merits.

10.  If the answer to Q9 is Yes, what conditions apply?

n/a

11.  Does your council restrict the number of DHP awards an applicant can receive? No

31/7/17

 

10880

 

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

Conduit Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

7/7/17

 

10881

 

Please can you confirm Names, Email addresses and where possible Telephone numbers of The Senior Management within the directorate who would be the individual responsible for compliance of GPDR (General Data Protection Regulation) which takes affect May 2018.

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

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

Please find attached the departmental structure of the ICT (IT) Department and for Democratic & Registration Services Department.

The responsibility for compliance with GDPR currently sits under the Chief Officer for Democratic & Registration Services, Keith Simmons, Keith.Simmons@bedford.gov.uk 01234 267422.

Please contact

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

2/8/17

 

10882

 

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

 Megginson Way

Shortstown

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

 

7/7/17

 

10883

 

I would be grateful if you could provide responses to the following questions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, regarding individuals referred to your children’s services department as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children:

In the financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017:

1.       How much money was spent by your local authority on legal costs relating to challenges to age assessments that have been conducted by your children’s services?

2.       If possible, please provide a breakdown of the budget lines of these legal costs.

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

Please find the information you requested attached  regarding age assessments

 

2/8/17

 

10884

 

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

 Cantley Road

Great Denham

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

 

7/7/17

 

10885

 

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

 

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

 

7/7/17

 

10886

 

Please can you assist me through the Freedom of Information in providing the following information please:-

1.   Please state the number of printers currently within the organization, including MFD´s & photocopiers.

2.   What percentage of your fleet is in colour vs mono?

3.   In terms of useage, what is your monthly page volumes?

4.  Who are the main manufacturers for the printers (hardware)?

5.  Who are the main supplier(s) of print consumables (Toner, spares, etc)?

6.   What are the start and end dates for the print support contract(s) if applicable?

7.   What is the approximate spend on printers and consumables during the last year?

8.  What is the length of the MFD contract(s)?

9.   What is the approximate spend on MFD’s and consumables during the last full year?

10.  What are the start and end dates for the managed print contract in your organization (if applicable)?

11.  Which procurement route or framework was used to procure this service?

12. The named person and their role in your organization is in charge of the procurement for printing and any managed print contracts.

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.   Number of printers currently within the organization, including MFD´s & photocopiers. 130

2.   What percentage of your fleet is in colour vs mono? 47% are colour devices

3.   In terms of usage, what is your monthly page volumes? 894285

4.   Who are the main manufacturers for the printers (hardware)? Kyocera

5.   Who are the main supplier(s) of print consumables (Toner, spares, etc)? Kyocera

6.   Start and end dates for the print support contract(s) if applicable? 01/11/14 – 1/10/19

7.   Approx. spend on printers and consumables during the last year? 2016-17 total spend is £400,980 (includes MFD's)

8.   What is the length of the MFD contract(s)? 5 years

9.   Approximate spend on MFD’s and consumables during the last full year? 2016-17 total spend is £351,700 (annual lease/rent + excess charges)

10. Start and end dates for the managed print contract in your organization? 01/11/14 – 01/10/19

11. Which procurement route or framework was used to procure this service? Formal EU Tender

12. The named person and their role in your organization is in charge of the procurement for printing and any managed print contracts. Paul Smith, Senior Category Manager

27/7/17

 

10887

 

 

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

Whitbread Avenue

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

 

7/7/17

 

10888

 

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

RE: Saunders Field,

Con29 Questions

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

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

Con29 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to

compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

remediation notice?

 

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

 

7/7/17

 

10889

 

Please provide the sum total of pension fund investments, and full details of what the Council Pension Fund currently invests in, including the full name and amounts of each fund, bond, institution or investment held, by asset class/ category,for the 2016/17 financial year.

 

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

Please find the information you requested attached. 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

7/7/17

 

10890

 

RE:Wentworth Drive Bedford

 There is a big Pylon beside the property and the electric cables are going past above the rear garden,

1) Does Bedford Council has any plans in the future to putdown this Pylons? If yes by when tentatively.

2) Did Bedford Council receive any complaints.queries regarding the Pylons from the near by residents in the past , If yes what kind of queries/complaints are those.

3) May I know if the Bedford Council has taken any measures to control/optimise 'electro magnetic radiation'  levels, if yes ? what are those please.

4) Does Bedford Council provide any information/equipment that is used to prevent electro magnetic radiation for the properties that are near/under the Pylons/Pylon cables?

5) Does Bedford Council provide any special care for the families with infants, toddlers and young kids who live near/under the Pylons and the Pylon cables?

6) How many cases of Leukaemia and Cancer were received by the GP's for the properties near Pylons in Bedford, May I know the appropriate department from whom I can get this information.

7) How safe are the Pylons in the residential areas?

 Thank you for your request for information about a Pylon located next to the property at 59 Wentworth Drive, Bedford which we received on 6 July 2017 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

You may be able to find the information by contacting Public Health England (for health related issues) and National Grid UK (for technical related issues).

Link to Public Health England and

National Grid

 

6/7/17

 

10891

 

Under the freedom of information act 2000 I request the following information:

1. The number of menu description* breaches / non compliance recorded 

 at establishments such as restaurants and takeaways inspected in 2016/17 (to date), 2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14.

2. Details of the aforementioned establishments including their name and details of the breach / problems found.

a. if possible, please split these into which area of menu description rules was breached - i.e. was it mislabelled as home-made, vegetarian etc.

3. the number of establishments that failed to accurately declare food allergens on their menus (including risks of cross-contamination) in 2016/17 (to date), 2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14.

4. Details of the aforementioned establishments including their name and details of the breach / problems found.

5. The total number of establishments under your remit.

* based on trading standards rules, there are regulations about when labelling something 'home-made,' 'fresh,' or 'vegetarian' etc., as well as rules on labelling foods as genetically modified.

Thank you for your request for information about 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.

Information gained during food inspections is not, currently, recorded in a format
that allows the separate recording of individual areas where non-compliance is
identified. The amount of time that it may take to establish the information you have
requested has been considered to require the review of approximately 2,500
inspections which it is estimated would take approximately 600 hours. However it
may be possible to provide related information that may assist the purpose of your
enquiry, and I would be happy to discuss your needs in order to identify if
information held by this authority can be of assistance.

I am able to confirm that there are currently 1450 food businesses registered with
Bedford Borough Council.

25/7/17

 

10892 - 10893

 

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

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

RE: Cotton End Road, Wilstead, Bedford

RE; Martell Drive, Orchid Fields, Kempston

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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.

14/7/17

 

10894

 

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

1)  The number of tenants of the council who were injured in accidents which occurred in their home. This includes the whole building, i.e. corridors, stairwells and on-site outdoor areas in multi-unit blocks, or any other part of the site. I would like this information for the following periods:

i.                     16/17

ii.                  2015/16

iii.                  2014/15

iv.                 2013/14

v.                   2012/13

vi.                 2011/12

vii.                2010/11  

2)      The number of tenants of the council who were killed in accidents which occurred in their home. This includes the whole building, i.e. corridors, stairwells and on-site outdoor areas in multi-unit blocks. I would like this information for the following periods:

i.                  2016/17

ii.                 2015/16

iii.                 2014/15

iv.                  2013/14

viii.                2012/13

ix.                  2011/12

x.                   2010/11

If possible, I would like the information for both 1) and 2) to be categorised by nature of incident, e.g. slip on stairs, electrocution, etc.

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. 

Bedford Borough Council does not own or manage any residential housing stock, directly or via an ALMO.  The Council’s housing stock was transferred to a local housing provider, BPHA (http://www.bpha.co.uk/) in 1990.

18/7/17

 

10895

 

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

High Street

Bedford

 

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your 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

14/7/17

 

10896

 

 

Please could you supply the following information:

 

  1. A list of each council / public pool facility with address and contact details; phone & email address for either a pool only facility or a pool within a Sports / Leisure, or other, facility.

 

  1. Details of who manages the pools or sports / leisure, or other, facility; either council directly, a trust, management company or combination.

 

  1. Which centres have public single sex swimming sessions as part of the timetable (inclusive of normal and summer time table changes).

 

  1. How many hours of single sex swimming sessions per week are provided per gender (female / male).

 

  1. If only one gender, either female or male, is provided for please supply the data (supportive evidence) that shows need and the demand over and above a provision for the opposite gender.

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

1.     A list of each council/public pool facility with address and contact details; phone & email address for either a pool only facility or a pool within a Sports/Leisure, or other, facility.

Kempston Pool and Fitness                                                  

Hillgrounds Road                                                                    

Kempston                                                                                 

MK42 8SZ                                                                                

Thomas Lewis (GM): 01234 843777                                                 

Thomas.lewis@fusion-lifestyle.com     

 

Robinson Pool and Fitness

Bedford Park

Bedford

MK40 2JZ

 

Kenny Brown: 01234 357157

Kenny.brown@fusion-lifestyle.com                                                     

Oasis Leisure Pool

Cardington Road

Bedford  

MK42 0BZ

Paul Jeyes: 01234 272100

Paul.jeyes@fusion-lifestyle.com

2.     Details of who manages the pools or sports/leisure, or other, facility; either council directly, a trust, management company or combination.

All Bedford Borough Leisure Facilities are manged by Fusion Lifestyle (since February 2014) – a registered charity

3.     Which centres have public single sex swimming sessions as part of the timetable (inclusive of normal and summer time table changes).

 Kempston Pool have two weekly sessions (Females)

·       Wednesday 20.30 Hrs – 21.30 Hrs

·       Sunday 18.30 hrs – 19.30 Hrs

Robinson Pool (Females)

·       Sunday 16.00 Hrs – 17.00 Hrs

4.     How many hours of single sex swimming sessions per week are provided per gender (female/male).

      Female – 3 hours/week

5.     If only one gender, either female or male, is provided for please supply the data (supportive evidence) that shows need and the demand over and above a provision for the opposite gender.

In order to help achieve increased participation across the community it is very important to focus on key groups who are often underrepresented in their participation levels. Sport England research shows that there are 2 million fewer women than men regularly playing sport and also indicates that men play more sport than women from birth to the age of 70. Helping more people get active means happier, healthier communities and getting women and girls involved in sport and activity is a crucial part of this. In the Sport England ‘Go where women are’ strategy, 13 million women say they would like to participate more in sport and physical activity.

 

 

10/7/17

 

10897

 

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

The total sum of revenue made from delivering and carrying out pest control services by your council and the total profit from delivering and carrying out pest control services for these time periods:

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

 

Thank you for your request for information about Pest Control Revenue and Profit which we received on 7 July 2017.  Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please click for the Pest Control Revenue and Profit

 

2/8/17

 

10898

 

The number of pest control treatments and incidents you have performed and carried out, please categorise these (i.e rats, mice, cockroaches, squirrels, bed bugs, fleas, wasps, clothes moths, tropical ants, garden ants etc.) for these time periods:

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

 

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

 

Please find the information you requested attached regarding pests

4/8/17

 

10899

 

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

Fairholme

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

14/7/17

 

10900

 

I would like to know the amount of money the council spent on the services of external law firms and barristers in the last years (year ending March 31 2017). If this is not possible within the restrictions of the Freedom of Information Act, one year of data will suffice.

 

Sought clarification

 

 

10901

 

 

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

The number of trees and brushes cut down, and if possible the cost of this, by your council for these time periods:

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Thank you for your request for information about cutting down trees and shrubs which we received on 7 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below:

The number of trees and bushes cut down, and if possible the cost of this, by your council for these time periods:

 

Felled

Cost

2010/11

47

£3,149

2011/12

101

£7,171

2012/13

123

£4,472

2013/14

132

£6,972

2014/15

118

£7,849

2015/16

66

£5,585

2016/17

89

£9,300

Please note this information only relates to trees as we do not keep a record of shrubs cut down.   A programme of winter maintenance pruning and ad hoc H&S pruning takes place across the parks and open spaces but it is rare that shrubs are removed completely unless dead or diseased.

18/7/17

 

10902

 

I would like to request the below information in line with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000.

•  The number of Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board Members

•   The number that has a social work qualification and are currently registered with the HCPC

•    Whether the Director of Adult Social Services has a social work qualification and is currently registered with the HCPC

•  Is The Principal Social Worker a board member

•  The gender split of the Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board and the ethnicity split.

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

Please note this information is from the senior management team for adult services.

The number of Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board Members?1.

The number that has a social work qualification and are currently registered with the HCPC?
1.
Whether the Director of Adult Social Services has a social work qualification and is currently registered with the HCPC?

Yes.
Is The Principal Social Worker a board member?

Yes at present.
The gender split of the Adult Social Care (Social Services) Board and the ethnicity split?

Female, white British.

4/8/17

 

10903

 

RE:St Loyes Street, Bedford,

We have been instructed by our client to undertake an audit of their licences We should be grateful if you could provide details of any enforcement action, or warnings or any other issues that there have been with the premises over the last 2 years, which resulted or may result in any proceedings being bought under the Licensing Act 2003 or review of the Premises Licence in respect of noise or environmental issues;

Thank you for your request for information  which we received on 8th July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The response to your question is contained below

Since the 8th July 2015 no matters relating to noise or other environmental issues have resulted in proceedings being taken under

the Licensing Act 2003.

14/7/17

 

10904

 

RE ;

Teazels / Kingfisher Café Harrold Odell Country ParkThe information I want to get from you includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copies of the communication regards the tender process, including all submissions and dates.
  • Copies of all communication within the borough (emails, memo’s etc) which brought the council to the decision to award the new lease to Churchill Catering.
  • A copy of the final signed lease which Churchill Catering are bound to operate under.

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

In response to question number 1;

Following careful consideration, the Council has determined that the information requested to be disclosed within Question 1, comes within the terms of Section 43(2) of the FOI Act due to the likelihood of prejudice to the commercial interests of the third (3rd) parties who afforded this information to the Council as part of a competitive process.

In line with Section 2 of the Act, the Council has to apply the public interest test for the purpose of establishing whether there is a public interest in the disclosure of the commercial information.

The Council has applied the public interest test and has determined that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information requested. This is based on the following considerations:-

(a)   With regards to the other bidders’ submissions in relation to this procurement process, the Council has concluded that due to the short period of time that has elapsed since completion of the tender process for this contract, a disclosure of the tender proposals at this point in time would adversely impact the Bidders' position in a competitive environment and would diminish their negotiating powers by revealing information of potential usefulness to their competitors. Furthermore it would adversely impact on the authority’s working relationship with Churchill Catering and consequently it could negatively affect the delivery of the terms of the lease.

(b)   It is also the council’s decision that disclosure of bidders’ commercial and financial proposals in respect of this tender, is not considered to be in the wider public interest.

For responses to your questions numbered 2, please see attached Appendices 1; Tender Evaluation Matrix. Please note Churchill Catering is stated as Bidder 2 within the matrix.

For responses to your questions numbered 3, please see attached Appendices 2; Draft Lease as included in the Invitation to Tender Pack Please note that it is the council’s decision that disclosure of a copy of the final lease signed by the Council and Churchill Catering is not considered to be in the wider public interest as it contains information deemed commercially sensitive.  The disclosure of such information would adversely impact on the Council’s working relationship with the Churchill Catering and consequently affect the delivery of the terms of the lease negatively.

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

31/7/17

 

10905

 

 1) Waste and recycling dates for all properties, organised by address and postcode. I need the source data. Please include the UPRN for each property

2) All information required to convert schedule codes to calendar dates, including week codes for fortnightly collection and changes for bank holidays etc.

3) Details of any planned changes to the schedules.

 

Thank you for your request for information about waste and recycling which we received on 10 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you have requested is as follows:

1) Waste and recycling dates for all properties, organised by address and postcode. Please include the UPRN for each property.

Please refer to the spreadsheet contained within the attached Zip File listing all properties.

2) All information required to convert schedule codes to calendar dates, including week codes for fortnightly collection and changes for bank holidays etc.

Please refer to the PDFs contained within the Zip File showing calendar dates, including week codes for fortnightly collection and changes for bank holidays.

You will have to match the PDF calendars provided in column H (day) and column I (calendar letter) of the spreadsheet.  For example, Key Croft, Shortstown,  is a Friday collection on Recycling Calendar B.  Therefore the calendar for this address is the PDF titled ‘Calendar 36 Fri B’

3) Details of any planned changes to the schedules.

There are no planned changes to the schedules.

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

1/8/17

 

10906

 

  • A complete list of all commercial properties within your council area (Both Ltd and Sole Trader) with details of:
    • Full address and postcode
    • Valuation Reference Number
    • Valuation Office Property Description
    • Business Name / Occupier Details
    • 2017 Rateable Value
    • Any Reliefs each property is receiving

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 

4/8/17

 

10907

 

RE:Eastwood Cottages Kempston

“A written comment from the Environmental Health Department (Local Authority) including the following:

A comment on the Property's potential to be investigated under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990. The comment needs to include whether or not the Property is likely to be investigated under this legislation, if so what priority it has been given, and a reason for this priority status.”

Thank you for your request for information about  Eastwood Cottages, Manor Road, Kempston Hardwick, Bedfordshire which we received on 11th July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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, by virtue of having previously been a waste treatment/ transfer site. It will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements.

The site is considered to be a medium priority for inspection, due to a medium/ low risk land use, and the presence of a sensitive receptor, (i.e. houses with gardens).

27/7/17

 

10908

 

What is the value of property owned by the council that generates an income (excluding council housing)?

How much in monetary value, if any, of this portfolio relates to residential property? 

What is the value of this portfolio has been purchased since 2010 specifically to generate an income?

What is the estimated return on investment from the portfolio over the next five years? Eg. % rental yield  

Please provide the type and value of a) the largest property and b) the smallest property.

What is the value, if any, of property owned outside the local authority area?

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

What is the value of property owned by the council that generates an income (excluding council housing)?

£52,546,150.00

How much in monetary value, if any, of this portfolio relates to residential property?

£0

What is the value of this portfolio which has been purchased since 2010 specifically to generate an income?

£3,260,000.00

What is the estimated return on investment from the portfolio over the next five years? Eg.% rental yield

Gross Yield 2016/17 onwards

Total Income                    £4,180,676
Asset Valuation              £52,546,150
Gross Yield                     8.0% for next five years

Please provide the type and value of a) the largest property and b) the smallest property.

     Type   

a) Largest      Shopping Centre 

    Value (£)     3,930,000.00
   Type   
b) Smallest       Farm Land

Value (£)             2,000.00
  

What is the value, if any, of property owned outside the local authority area?  £0

1/8/17

 

10909 - 10910

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

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

Re:Bushfield Court, Shortstown, Bedford, Bedfordshire

RE:Winchell Mews, 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 3.11 Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

 

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

14/7/17

 

10911

 

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I request to know how much money in Great British Pounds (£) your council has spent on cleaning graffiti during the duration of 30th June 2016 to 1st July 2017?

I am happy to receive this data in numerical form. For example:

“This UK council has spent £1,000 on cleaning graffiti in the time period 30th June 2016 to 1st July 2017”

 

Thank you for your request for information about graffiti cleaning which we received on 11 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I request to know how much money in Great British Pounds (£) your council has spent on cleaning graffiti during the duration of 30th June 2016 to 1st July 2017? -  £26,126.52

 

 

28/7/17

 

10912

 

Please could you send me the following information for the upcoming entry year (entering Reception in September 2017) for Castle Newnham Primary School:

  • The number of students who have accepted a place
  • The number of students who were admitted in the priority group "looked after children / children in care"
  • The number of students who were admitted in the priority group "special educational needs"
  • The number of students who were admitted in the priority group "siblings"
  • The number of places available after all priority groups have been allocated places
  • The radius distance of the cutoff for allocating places
  • The number of children accepted this year as siblings who live outside the cutoff distance
  • The furthest distance from the school of a student who has accepted a place as a sibling
  • The distance within which a student would have to reside in order to go to the number 1 position on the current waiting list (at time of writing)
  • Whether there are any students of a priority group (looked after children, SEN, siblings) that are on the current waiting list
Any other criteria or preference other than distance from the school that is applied to the waiting list

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 could you send me the following information for the upcoming entry year (entering Reception in September 2017) for Castle Newnham Primary School:

  • The number of students who have accepted a place

Answer: 90 places have been offered. Parents are not required to accept this offer but must notify us if they do not require the place.

  • The number of students who were admitted in the priority group "looked after children / children in care"

Answer:  2

  • The number of students who were admitted in the priority group "special educational needs"

Answer: This is not an admission criterion for the school.

  • The number of students who were admitted in the priority group "siblings"

Answer: 36

  • The number of places available after all priority groups have been allocated places

Answer: By the use of the words “priority groups” I am assuming that you mean any criteria that are a higher priority than “Any Other Children”? If this is the case, then there were 52 places remaining after those in the All Looked After Children ad Siblings were offered places.

  • The radius distance of the cut off for allocating places

Answer: The last place was offered to a child in the Any Other Children criterion who lives 527.28m from the school.

  • The number of children accepted this year as siblings who live outside the cut off distance

Answer: I assume that you meant the number in the siblings criterion who were offered a place but live further away that the last place offered above? If this is the case, the number is 17

  • The furthest distance from the school of a student who has accepted a place as a sibling

Answer: 2080.59m

  • The distance within which a student would have to reside in order to go to the number 1 position on the current waiting list (at time of writing)

Answer: Closer than 208.40m

  • Whether there are any students of a priority group (looked after children, SEN, siblings) that are on the current waiting list

Answer: No

  • Any other criteria or preference other than distance from the school that is applied to the waiting list

Answer:  The same criteria used for allocating places are used to prioritise the waiting list in accordance with the school’s admissions policy. I.E. All Looked After, Siblings, Any Other Children.

4/8/47

 

10913

 

1) Please could you tell me your 2017-18 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

2) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for foster carers (NB this is different to allowances for the child). Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands for carers and how much you pay per week at each level/band.

ii) The number of foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

3) Please could you tell me your weekly allowances to former foster carers looking after young people in Staying Put 18+ arrangements, broken down by year 1, year 2, and year 3+ if necessary.

4) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for former foster carers looking after young people in Staying Put arrangements. Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands and how much you pay per week at each level/band.

ii) The number of former foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance

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. 

 

1)    Please could you tell me your 2017-18 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

Response:  Please see pdf document attached.

2)    Please detail your current fee/reward structure for foster carers (NB this is different to allowances for the child). Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands for carers and how much you pay per week at each level/band.

ii) The number of foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

Response:  Please see pdf document attached.

3)    Please could you tell me your weekly allowances to former foster carers looking after young people in Staying Put 18+ arrangements, broken down by year 1, year 2, and year 3+ if necessary.

 Response from Children’s Services: 

Standard Allowance                        £271.08

Pocket Money                                  -£12.00

Clothing Allowance                         -£19.39

Savings                                            -£20.00

TOTAL                                             £219.69

This remains at this level for the 3 years if the young person remains in a Staying Put Arrangement, as the expectation would be for the young person to find employment and they also have a right to benefits post 18.

4)    Please detail your current fee/reward structure for former foster carers looking after young people in Staying Put arrangements. Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands and how much you pay per week at each level/band.

ii) The number of former foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

Response from Children’s Services: 

i)             As previously shared these are the current Tiers we have for Foster Carers:

Tier 1 = £100 weekly

Tier 2 = £175 weekly

Tier 3 (specialist carers) = £385 weekly

Currently the carers will receive in addition to the Fostering Allowance for the young person.  The fee that they were receiving when the child was LAC eg. Tier 1 £100, Tier £175 & Tier £385.

If carers were approved as connected persons carers they do not receive the Tier element.

ii)            Currently we have 3 carers on the Standard Tier (no fee element), 1 on Tier 2 and 1 on Tier 3.  This is subject to annual review.

Response Q 3 & 4 from Adult’s Services:

We have a number of people in shared lives placements who previously were there in foster placements. There are 5 placements currently, however one of these placements has 2 siblings placed together. The daily rate is £52 a day so £364 a week. All carers are paid the same rate.

Please contact:

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

7/8/17

 

10914

 

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on school crossing patrollers.

Regarding lollipop ladies and men within your council area, please provide me with:

·        How many lollipop ladies and men were employed by the council in the financial year 2016/17, and how many were employed in each of the four previous financial years?

·        How much has been spent on the wages of lollipop men and women in the financial year 2016/17, and how much was spent in each of the four previous financial years?

·        How many crossings within the council area were staffed by lollipop ladies and men in the year 2016/17? How many crossings were staffed by lollipop ladies and men in each of the previous four financial years?

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

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

Please find below the information you requested;

No of Patrollers   Salary Exp   No of crossings

12/13      23           £77,676                  20

13/14      22           £77,650                  20

14/15      21           £86,667                  20

15/16      21           £85,955                  18

16/17      21           £81,016                  18

Please note:

-       2012/13 included 1 standby staff member.

-       2 sites are double man sites

-       The number of SCP’s is the total number of unique individuals over the course of the year.  In 2016/17 and 2015/16 staff turnover meant that prima facie, adjusting for the 2 two-man sites there were more staff than sites whereas in fact two different staff members were employed on one site at different points during the year.

-       Salary expenditure includes NI and Pension

19/7/17

 

10915

 

Please can you tell me how many governor-led preschools you had in the school years: 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 (to date)

Please can you tell me how many schools in your authority admit children as pupils (ie. into nursery class) at age 2 in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 (to date)

Please can you tell me how many schools in your authority admit children as pupils at age 3 (ie. into a nursery class) in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 (to date)

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

Please can you tell me how many governor-led preschools you had in the school years: 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 (to date)
Answer: 2017/18 (to date) 32 (12 of these are preschools the rest are nursery classes)
 
Please can you tell me how many schools in your authority admit children as pupils (ie. into nursery class) at age 2 in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 (to date)
Answer:
Spring
Census                 Number of schools
                              with  2 year olds on
                               roll in a nursery class
2014                       21
2015                       23
2016                       26
2017                       27
Please can you tell me how many schools in your authority admit children as pupils at age 3 (ie. into a nursery class) in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 (to date)
Answer:
Spring
Census                  Number of schools with
                                 3 year olds on roll in a
                                  nursery class
2014                        29
2015                        29
2016                        31
2017                        32

Follow up response

Do you have 12 governor led pre-schools which do not require staff to have QTS and 20 primary schools which take children into maintained nursery class? Answer: Yes

Are you including the governor-led pre-schools in the third answer about schools with 3yo on roll?Answer: Yes

24/7/17

 

10916

 

 1)How many complaints from tenants did the Council receive in total about private rental properties between July 2012 and July 2017, broken down by year

2)How many complaints from this total number were received in relation to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year ?

3)How many inspections on private rental properties were carried out under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System? How many of these inspections were carried out on HMOs during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year?

4)How many category 1 hazards were discovered in total during the course of HHSRS inspections, and how many of these were discovered in HMOs during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year?

5)How many category 2 hazards were discovered in total during the course of HHSRS inspections, and how many of these were discovered in HMOs during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year?

6)Where complaints were received by the council during the period specified in Q1, how many resulted in:

i)No action being taken : total number, and number of HMOs - broken down by year

ii)Informal action taken against landlords: and number of HMOs - broken down by year

iii)formal enforcement action being taken against landlords: total number and number of HMOs - broken down by year

If this request is likely to exceed the cost limit, I would kindly request that you disregard questions 3 and 6 and focus on questions 1,2,4,5

 

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.  Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

 

 Please click here for the information on HMO

4/8/17

 

10917

 

We know you are very busy dealing with more requests than what we would like to ask. We just wondered if you know anything about a house on Hitchin Road, Henlow which is next to ‘Perfect Aquatics’?

It appears to be in an empty semi derelict state and we wondered if you could give us some information as to whom owns it with a particular interest in buying it.

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that Bedford Borough Council does not hold this information.  You requested information regarding a property on Hitchin Road, Henlow and I write to advise you that Henlow lies within Central Bedfordshire Council’s area.  You may contact their Access to Records service at the following email address: accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk should you wish to approach them yourselves.

However, please let me know if you’d like us to forward your request directly to them.

n.b. Request transferred by request on 13/7/17

12/7/17

 

10918

 

Re: Trip on Pavement London Rd

We would be grateful if you could disclose the following information:-

Details of any complaints 12 months prior to the accident;

Details of inspections 12 months prior to the accident and 12 months post accident;

Details of any repairs, requisition orders and copy invoice for the repairs to the pavement /slab.

Thank you for your request for information about Highways inspection records which we received on 6 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Looking at our records the incident was reported to the Council’s Highways Department on 22 January 2016 which resulted in an interim Highways Inspector deploying the Council’s Incident Support Unit (ISU) to attend site and make good the damaged pavement slab, without realising the location was privately owned.  Works orders are not always raised for repair works carried out by the Councils internal ISU team.

I have attached a document containing a map and image that highlights the areas maintained by the Council.  Also contained within the document is the customer report raised on 22 January 2016.

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

21/7/17

 

10919

 

Information regarding an environmental search at Wyboston.

Number of operational tanks on record?

5

Age of operational tanks?

4 years (2013)

Construction details of operational tanks? double / single skin, steel / GRP etc)

Double skin steel

To the best of your knowledge are there any old / decommissioned tanks present at the site?  If yes, please provide details e.g. number, location, construction details, when they were decommissioned and by what method etc Please provide plans if possible.

All previous tanks were removed when reconstruction was undertaken in 2013/14

Construction details of fuel lines? (double / single skin, steel / GRP etc)

Double skin steel

What type of wetstock gauge /system does the site operate?

For example, electronic / dipstick (please provide make and model if available) Also, is the site linked to a third party wet-stock monitoring company?

Electronic ( Veeder Root). Third Party = Fairbanks.

Have the tanks or lines been pressure tested in the last 5 years?

If so, please provide results.

Yes  – Lines - see attached documents.

When was the site first licensed to store petroleum spirit?

December 1988

When was the site last redeveloped (i.e. new tanks/lines etc?)

2013/14

Is there any information regarding reported fuel leaks or spillages at the site? If yes, please provide details i.e. volume lost, fuel type, cause, actions taken etc

We have no record of any fuel leaks or spillages at the site.

Is there any other information relating to potential for ground contamination? For examples, site investigation reports or anecdotal information etc.

We understand that intrusive investigations have been undertaken at the site in relation to previous planning applications. Previous planning applications for work at the Wyboston petrol filling station include planning application reference 12/01180/FUL. The Environment Agency were consulted, and commented regarding potential risks to controlled waters. They were concerned about underground storage tanks which were located below the water table. We do not know whether the tanks in question remain at the site.

Other applications relating to this site upon which we have been consulted include the following:

13/00103/FUL, 13/01661/AOC, 13/01739/AOC, 13/01740/AOC and 13/02252/AOC (‘no comment re contamination on land’ on the last application). There may have been other planning applications relating to this site. Please note that ‘AOC’ applications relate to discharge of conditions.

There may be further information on this site, including details of previous intrusive investigations, within the Planning records on the Bedford Borough Council website. These records may be accessed using the following instructions:

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

•             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

We are not aware of any other information relating to the potential for ground contamination at the site.

Is there any other information that would be useful to a contractor redeveloping the site? For example: information on below ground features such as culverts, deep services, tube lines etc

No.

8/8/17

 

10920

 

 Specifically, I am interested in the total number of developments (as defined by the The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011) that took place between 1st June 2016 and 1st June 2017 within various planning authorities. 

Thank you for your request for information about planning development which we received on 12 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

Planning Applications

12/7/17

 

10921

 

I wondered if your department had data/information on any fly tipping that had been reported by people in Wootton, and the outcomes.     

Thank you for your request for information about fly tipping in Wootton which we received on 12 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Incidents of fly tipping removed by
Bedford Borough Council (Wootton)
2015                 41
2016                 36
2017 (to date) 14

Of the 91 incidents of those reported, 15 were made by Wootton residents

Below are the locations the fly tipping was removed  from and the number of incidents.

Bedford Road           3
Bourne End Road    4
Cause End Road     1
Cranfield Road         7
Farrell Road              1
Fields Road             27
Hall End                    1
Hall End Road         3
Hoo Lane                  2
Keeley Lane            10
Lorraine Road          2
Manor Road               2
Tithe Barn Road       25
Wood End Road      1
Wootton Green         2
Grand Total              91

Enforcement Action
Caution and costs issued for offence in Hoo Lane on 8/7/16 – Householder Duty of Care offence contrary to Section 34 Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Pending prosecution for fly tipping offence in Hoo Lane 8/7/16 – Fly tipping offence contrary to Section 33 Environmental Protection Act 1990 + waste carrier offence contrary to Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989.

31/7/17

 

10922

 

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

Birkdale Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

 

14/7/17

 

10923

 

1.            Number of Printers within the Council?

2.            Did you lease/rent or purchase the printers?

3.            If leased/rented what is the annual lease/rent charge?

4.            Who are the main printer supplier(s)?

5.            Does the council have a support contract(s) for Printers?

6.            What is the length of the printer support contract?

7.            What are the start and end dates for the print support

contract(s)?

8.            What is the approximate spend on printers and consumables

during the last financial year?

9.            What is the total mono print volume per annum?

10.          What is the total colour print volume per annum?

11.          What is the number of MFD’s or Photocopiers within the

University?

12.          Who are the main MFD/Copier Suppliers(s)

13.          What is the length of the MFD/copy contract(s)?

14.          What are the start and end dates on the MFD/copy contracts(s)?

15.          Approximate spend on MFD’s/copiers and consumables during the last

financial year?

16.          If leased/rented what is the annual lease/rent charge?

17.          What is the total mono MFD/copy volume per annum?

18.          What is the total colour MFD/copy volume per annum? 

19.          Does the council have a managed print contract?

20.          What are the start and end dates for this contract?

21.          Which procurement route or framework was used to procure this

service?

22.          Does the council have one or more onsite print rooms?

23.          If the council has an onsite print room is this managed in

house or outsourced?

24.          How many staff work in the print room (s)?

25.          Who are the main MFD/Photocopier Suppliers(s) for the

Print room devices?

26.          What is the length of the MFD/Photocopier contract(s) for the

Print room?

27.          What are the start and end dates on the MFD/Photocopier

contracts(s) for the Print room?

28.          If leased/rented what is the annual lease/rent charge?

29.          Which procurement route or framework was used to procure this

service?

30.          What is the approximate spend on MFD’s/Photocopiers and

consumables for the last financial year for the print room?

31.          What is the total mono MFD/copy volume per annum?

32.          What is the total colour MFD/copy volume per annum? 

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.   Number of Printers within the Council? 130

2.   Did you lease/rent or purchase the printers? Printers are supplied as part of a managed print contract – see answer to Q19

3.   If leased/rented what is the annual lease/rent charge? See answer to Q16

4.   Who are the main printer supplier(s)? Kyrocera Ltd

5.   Does the council have a support contract(s) for Printers? Yes

6.   What is the length of the printer support contract? 01/11/14 – 01/10/19

7.   What are the start and end dates for the print support contract(s)? 01/11/14 – 01/10/19

8.   What is the approximate spend on printers and consumables during the last financial year? 2016-17 total spend is £400,980 (includes MFD's)

9.   What is the total mono print volume per annum? 8977280

10. What is the total colour print volume per annum? 698769

11. What is the number of MFD’s or Photocopiers within the University? 67 within the Council

12. Who are the main MFD/Copier Suppliers(s) Kyrocera Ltd

13. What is the length of the MFD/copy contract(s)? 5 years

14. What are the start and end dates on the MFD/copy contracts(s)? 01/11/14 – 01/10/19

15. Approximate spend on MFD’s/copiers and consumables during the last financial year? 2016-17 total spend is £351,700 (annual lease/rent + excess charges)

16. If leased/rented what is the annual lease/rent charge? 2016-17 annual rent/lease cost is £336,340

17. What is the total mono MFD/copy volume per annum? 1529066

18. What is the total colour MFD/copy volume per annum?  80087

19. Does the council have a managed print contract? Yes

20. What are the start and end dates for this contract? 01/11/14 – 01/10/19

21. Which procurement route or framework was used to procure this service? Formal EU Tender

22. Does the council have one or more onsite print rooms? Yes

23. If the council has an onsite print room is this managed in house or outsourced? In house

24. How many staff work in the print room (s)? 5

25. Who are the main MFD/Photocopier Suppliers(s) for the Print room devices? Konica Minolta

26. What is the length of the MFD/Photocopier contract(s) for the Print room? Machines are owned

27. What are the start and end dates on the MFD/Photocopier contracts(s) for the Print room? N/A

28. If leased/rented what is the annual lease/rent charge? N/A

29. Which procurement route or framework was used to procure this service? OGC buying Solutions

30. What is the approximate spend on MFD’s/Photocopiers and consumables for the last financial year for the print room? £22267.45

31. What is the total mono MFD/copy volume per annum? Print room only - 2169639

32. What is the total colour MFD/copy volume per annum?  Print Room only - 536434

27/7/17

 

10924

 

 Please provide the sum total of pension fund investments, and full details of what the Council Pension Fund currently invests in, including the full name and amounts of each fund, bond, institution or investment held, by asset class/ category, and provided in Microsoft excel format for the 2016/17 financial year.

 

Sought clarification

 

 

 

10925

 

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

Seaton Drive

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

 

10926

 

 GENERAL

Please state the name of your local authority.

Who is the designated policy lead for weight management/obesity-related intervention provision in your local authority? Please provide their name and email address in your answer.

PREVALENCE

Please state the number of patients requiring weight management interventions in the past years 2014, 2015 and 2016 by tier 1, 2, 3 or 4.

SERVICE PROVISION

General

What tier weight management interventions do you commission? Please select all that apply:

·         Tier 1

·         Tier 2

·         Tier 3

Who is the commissioned organisation(s) to deliver the intervention(s)? Please specify the name of each applicable intervention; what tiers it covers; and the date each intervention was commissioned.

Please state the name of the relevant organisation and intervention not previously provided that has been decommissioned in the past five years.

Referral route and entry criteria

How do patients access this intervention(s)? Please select all that apply from the list below:

·         Universally available

·         Self-referral

·         GP/nurse referral

·         Other health professional referral

·         Direct referral from NHS Health Checks

·         Other

What is the eligibility criteria for adults? Please select all that apply from the list below:

·         BMI

·         Postnatal Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups

·         People with learning disabilities

·         People with poor mental health

·         People with physical disabilities

·         Low income groups

·         Unemployed

·         Other, please specify:

Intervention details

What is the title and name of the intervention(s)?

What are the aims and objectives of these intervention(s)?

What NICE guidance is the intervention(s) based on? Please select those which apply:

·         NICE Guidance CG43

·         Other:

How long does the intervention last for?

What is covered by the intervention? Please select all that apply:

·         Behaviour change concept - please specify under ‘other’

·         Healthy eating principles - please specify under ‘other’

·         Physical activity

·         Physical activity theory

·         Building resilience

·         Other, please specify

Where is the intervention delivered?

·         Community Home Hospital / GP Leisure centre

·         School (during school hours)

·         School (after school hours)

·         Workplace

·         Other, please specify

Cost

What is the amount that has been spent on all commissioned weight management intervention(s), and amount budgeted by your local authority for the 2015/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 financial year?

What is this spend as a percentage of the total health programme spend for your clinical commissioning group for 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 financial years?

How long is the intervention(s) commissioned for? Please specify months/years:

How many individuals access or are referred to these the intervention(s)?

How many individuals are eligible to access the intervention(s)?

What is the average weight loss at the end of the intervention(s) (%)?

What is the average weight loss at 12 months (%)?

How many patients as a percentage of those receiving obesity interventions have sustained weight loss beyond the 12 months following the intervention?

As a percentage, how many people have voluntarily ceased receiving an intervention before its completion in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Exit routes

Are participants directed into any other interventions at the end?

·         Yes

·         No

·         Please specify:

Additional Comments

Please provide any additional comments relating to weight management services in your area that you have.

Please state the name of your local authority.

Bedford Borough Council

As Bedford Borough Council also commissions weight management services on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council, the following response covers both Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.

Who is the designated policy lead for weight management/obesity-related intervention provision in your local authority? Please provide their name and email address in your answer.

Jackie Golding (Head of Public Health) jackie.golding@bedford.gov.uk

PREVALENCE

Please state the number of patients requiring weight management interventions in the past years 2014, 2015 and 2016 by tier 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council do not hold information regarding referrals to Tier 3 and Tier 4 services.

2014-2015:

 No Tier 1 programmes commissioned.

 75 children/young people were referred to Tier 2 services.

 563 adults were referred to Tier 2 services.

2015-16:

 We do not hold information regarding the number of children/parents referred to Tier 1 programme.

 We do not hold information in relation to the period April 2015 to August 2015 however 34 children/young people were referred to Tier 2 services from September 2015 to March 2016.

 291 adults were referred to Tier 2 services from April 2015 to September 2015; we do not hold information from September 2015 to March 2016.

2016-17:

 We do not hold information regarding the number of children/parents referred to Tier 1 programme.

 130 children/young people and 1,791 adults were referred to Tier 2 programmes.

SERVICE PROVISION

General

What tier weight management interventions do you commission? Please select all that apply:

Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council commission Tier 1 and Tier 2 weight management interventions.

Who is the commissioned organisation(s) to deliver the intervention(s)? Please specify the name of each applicable intervention; what tiers it covers; and the date each intervention was commissioned.

BeeZee Bodies CIC was commissioned in June 2015 to deliver Tier 1 and Tier 2 weight management services on behalf of both local authorities. Please see ‘Intervention’ section for details of specific interventions.

Please state the name of the relevant organisation and intervention not previously provided that has been decommissioned in the past five years.

No programmes have been decommissioned in the past 5 years.

Referral route and entry criteria

How do patients access this intervention(s)? Please select all that apply from the list below:

 Universally available (Tier 1 only)

 Self-referral

 GP/nurse referral

 Other health professional referral

 Direct referral from NHS Health Checks

 Other: Lifestyle Hub

What are the eligibility criteria for adults? Please select all that apply from the list below:

Adults with a BMI >25 can access the weight management programmes; this includes:

Postnatal Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups

People with learning disabilities

•People with poor mental health

•People with physical disabilities

•Low income groups

•Unemployed

•Other, please specify:

 Pregnant women – regardless of ethnic background

 Adults from faith communities

Intervention details

What is the title and name of the intervention(s)?

BZ Bumps – an antenatal and postnatal programme (Tier 2)

HENRY – a programme for children under 5 and their parent(s)/guardian (Tier 1)

BZ Families – a programme for families looking for help and support with lifestyle changes (Tier 2)

Gutless – a programme specifically for men (Tier 2)

Believe – a programme for faith communities (Tier 2)

BZ Chat – a programme for anyone that has access to a computer/tablet/ smartphone (Tier 2)

Weight Watchers – (Tier 2)

Slimming World – (Tier 2)

What are the aims and objectives of these intervention(s)?

Tier 1 – To support individuals to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Tier 2 – To support individuals to lose weight and maintain weight loss, and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

What NICE guidance is the intervention(s) based on? Please select those which apply:

NICE Guidance: CG43, CG189, QS111

How long does the intervention last for?

The length of interventions range from 8 to 17 weeks, and include 12-months post intervention support.

What is covered by the intervention? Please select all that apply:

• Behaviour change concept - please specify under ‘other’

• Healthy eating principles - please specify under ‘other’

• Physical activity

• Physical activity theory

• Building resilience

• Other, please specify

 Parenting skills

 Emotional wellbeing

 Behaviour Change = COM B Model

 Healthy Eating Principles = Eatwell guide, portion sizes etc.

Where is the intervention delivered?

Interventions are delivered from the following venues:

Community

•School (after school hours)

•Workplace

•Other, please specify

 Children Centres

Cost

What is the amount that has been spent on all commissioned weight management intervention(s), and amount budgeted by your local authority for the 2015/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 financial year?

Total Weight Management £000:

2014/15:

Budget 350

Spend 307

2015/16:

Budget 408

Spend 398

2016/17:

Budget  420

Spend 428

What is this spend as a percentage of the total health programme spend for your local authorities for 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 financial years? 2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

% of the total health programme spend*

26

35

39

* For the purpose of this response, "health programme spend" has been defined as the total local authority spend on NHS Health Checks, Smoking Cessation services and Weight Management.

How long is the intervention(s) commissioned for? Please specify months/years:

The current contract runs from 1st September 2015 to 31st March 2019.

How many individuals access or are referred to these intervention(s)?

2014-2015:

 No tier 1 programmes commissioned.

76 children were referred to the Tier 2 service and 75 children accessed the service. 

563 adults were referred to Tier 2 services and  554 adults accessed the service.

2015-2016:

 We do not hold information regarding the number of children/parents referred to Tier 1. However, 36 children accessed a Tier 1 service from September 2015 to March 2016.

 We do not hold information in relation to the period April 2015 to August 2015 however 34 children/young people were referred to, and accessed, a Tier 2 services from September 2015 to March 2016.

370 adults were referred to Tier 2 services and 288 adults accessed a Tier 2 service.

2016-17:

 We do not hold information regarding the number of children/parents referred however 142 children accessed the Tier 1 intervention.

 130 children/young people were referred and 89 accessed a Tier 2 service.

 1,791 adults were referred and 934 accessed a Tier 2 service.

How many individuals are eligible to access the intervention(s)?

We do not hold this information.

What is the average weight loss at the end of the intervention(s) (%)?

The average weight loss for adults completing Tier 2 weight management interventions in 2016/17 was 5kg (5% of body weight).

What is the average weight loss at 12 months (%)?

We do not hold this information.

How many patients as a percentage of those receiving obesity interventions have sustained weight loss beyond the 12 months following the intervention?

We do not hold this information.

As a percentage, how many people have voluntarily ceased receiving an intervention before its completion in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016?

2014-15:

 23% of children/young people voluntarily ceased receiving a Tier 2 intervention before its completion.

 33% of adults referred voluntarily ceased receiving a Tier 2 intervention before its completion.

2015-16:

 18% of children/young people voluntarily ceased receiving a Tier 2 intervention before its completion from September 2015 to March 2016.

 27% of adults voluntarily ceased receiving a Tier 2 intervention from April 2015 to September 2015.

2016-17:

 13% of children/parents voluntarily ceased receiving a Tier 1 intervention before its completion.

 28% of children/young people voluntarily ceased receiving a Tier 2 intervention before its completion.

 26% of adults voluntarily ceased receiving a Tier 2 intervention before its completion.

Exit routes

Are participants directed into any other interventions at the end?

Yes, participants are directed to a wide range of other interventions including: leisure services / activities, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol service, debt management, social care including safeguarding, and diabetes programmes.

Additional Comments

Please provide any additional comments relating to weight management services in your area that you have.

None.

9/8/17

 

10927

 

What IT system software, from which supplier, do you use in the following areas:

  • Admissions
  • Early Years
  • Transport
  • Education Management e.g. FSM, SEN, Attendance
  • Youth support/Justice

 

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

1.       What IT system software, from which supplier, do you use in the following areas:

·        Admissions

Answer:

System: Synergy Admissions

Supplier: Servelec Synergy Limited

  • Early Years

Answer:

System: Servelec-Synergy

Supplier: Servelec Synergy Limited

  • Transport

Answer:

System: Routewise

Supplier: Trapeze

  • Education Management e.g. FSM, SEN, Attendance

Answer:

System: Servelec-Synergy

Supplier: Servelec Synergy Limited

  • Youth support/Justice

Answer:

            Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service:

System: Child View

Supplier: CACI

Note : We are not youth service. Youth Justice is a wide term as other LA may have different set ups.

25/7/17

10928

 

 I would be extremely grateful if you could please provide the information requested below;

1.       Please provide the details of any recycling service changes, planned or expected over the next 2-3 years.

2.       What arrangements do the council have in place for the reprocessing of collected paper and card?

Thank you for your request for information about recycling which we received on 14 July 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

1.  Please provide the details of any recycling service changes, planned or expected over the next 2-3 years.

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

2.  What arrangements do the council have in place for the reprocessing of collected paper and card?

Currently all paper and card collected by Bedford Borough Council is taken to Elstow WTS operated by Shanks Ltd and most is taken for further processing at Viridor’s Milton Keynes’ plant. Details of these contracts can be found on the ‘Waste Contracts Datasheet’

Paper and card collected at the Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centre is handled by the contractor – HW Martin Ltd.

28/7/17

 

10929

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act please provide me with the following information

·        With regards to the delivery of 30 free hours of childcare, what is the per child per hour funding arrangement with the local authority from government, including for children with special educational needs and who speak English as a second language.

·        With regards to the delivery of 30 free hours of childcare, of your funding arrangement with government, how much per hour per child will be provided to childcare settings in the local authority area, including for children with special educational needs and who speak English as a second language.  

·        With regards to the delivery of 30 free hours of childcare, how many places for children are required within the local authority area.

·        With regards to the delivery of 30 free hours of childcare, how many places for children have been created within the local authority area.

Please find the information you requested below:

 

·         With regards to the delivery of 30 free hours of childcare, what is the per child per hour funding arrangement with the local authority from government, including for children with special educational needs and who speak English as a second language.

 

             

Basic Rate of DSG per pupil hour (3+4 year olds)

£4.56

         

Basic Rate of DSG per pupil hour (2 year olds)

£5.39

         
             

Other Supplements

           

Maintained Nursery School Supplement

£78,313

Lump sum to Bedford Nursery Federation

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

£73,038

53p per pupil hour for eligible pupils

 

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

£43,050

£615 per pupil for eligible pupils

 
             
               

 

·         With regards to the delivery of 30 free hours of childcare, of your funding arrangement with government, how much per hour per child will be provided to childcare settings in the local authority area, including for children with special educational needs and who speak English as a second language.  

 

 

                   

Base Rate per pupil hour (3+4 year olds)

£4.01

                 

Base Rate per pupil hour (2 year olds)

£5.09

                 
                     

Deprivation 0-30% rate per pupil hour (3+4 year olds)

£0.73

Those pupils living in an area in the 0-30% most deprived areas in England according to IMD

Deprivation 31-60% rate per pupil hour (3+4 year olds)

£0.30

Those pupils living in an area in the 31-60% most deprived areas in England according to IMD

                     

Average 3+4 year old rate (Base Rate + Deprivation)

£4.29

                 
                     

Nursery School Lump Sum

£78,313

                 

EYPP per pupil hour (for eligible pupils)

£0.53

                 

DAF per pupil (for eligible pupils)

£615

                 
                     

SEN Inclusion Fund (Low Level Need Funding)

£50,000

Considered at panel after setting application

       

SEN Inclusion Fund (High Needs Funding)

£250,000

Considered at panel after setting application

       
                     

·         With regards to the delivery of 30 free hours of childcare, how many places for children are required within the local authority area.

1520 (DfE estimate)

·         With regards to the delivery of 30 free hours of childcare, how many places for children have been created within the local authority area.

We have sufficient spaces and created 128  additional places using capital

9/8/17

 

10930

 

I am writing to obtain information concerning Mileage Allowance Payments made by the council to its staff (not members) in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 financial years

Please provide:

·         The rate paid per mile for cars above 1200cc for casual users in 2015-16 and 2016-17

·         The total amount spent on Mileage Allowance Payments to staff in 2015-16 and 2016-17

Please find the information you requested below:

1. 45p per mile for all ccs up to 10,000 miles per year then 25p per mile thereafter.

2. The total amount spent on mileage allowance payments to staff in 2015/2016 was £394,659. The total amount spent on mileage allowance payments to staff in 2016/2017 is £374,974.

 

 

10/8/17

 

10931

 

I write to request a full and up to date list of businesses, charities and companies that have become liable for business rates between the 1st July 2017 to the 15th July 2017.

Please include

Business Name

Full address and postcode

Property type

Date of liability

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 

7/8/17