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11274

 

 I wish to submit a new freedom of information request relating to the organisations internal plans and strategies around the following departments:

Information Technology

a.       IM&T, IS, ICT Strategy 2016 (Not Clinical Strategy)

b.       IM&T, IS, ICT Business/Departmental Plan 2017/18- Update/Version

c.       IM&T, IS, ICT  Department Org Chart

For the documents I have requested above I require the most recent 2018 version/update. If there’re documents that have not yet been published, then please provide me with the relevant date of when these documents will be available.

Applicant did not respond to clarification request.

 

 

11275

 

Details of all noise or other nuisance complaints received about the Cardington airsheds (including their use as Cardington Studios) since 1st January 2012. Please include the date, nuisance type, outcome (inc formal action) and street name of the complainant.

I would also be grateful to know the current planning use class(es) permitted for the airsheds with confirmation of if this is temporary or permanent and also a list of any conditions attached to the planning permission.

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

Details of all noise or other nuisance complaints received about the Cardington air sheds (including their use as Cardington Studios) since 1st January 2012. Please include the date, nuisance type, outcome (inc formal action) and street name of the complainant.

I would also be grateful to know the current planning use class(es) permitted for the air sheds with confirmation of if this is temporary or permanent and also a list of any conditions attached to the planning permission.

All information in relation to planning applications is publicly available on the authority’s website, alternatively you can click on the following link:

Planning

To help give you some guidance, if you click on the link titled ‘To view and comment on planning applications from 1995’ and enter your own criteria into the box titled ‘Description Keyword’ in the Advanced Search, i.e. Hangers this will show planning applications relating to this building.

 

11276

 

Please can you provide me with the following data you are obligated to collect regarding the status of all Alternative Provision (both AP institutions and Pupil Referral Unit) pupils who left secondary school in the 2012/13 academic year.

a) Please provide a breakdown of the number who by 2015/16 are

i) in work

ii) in further education

iii) NEETs

b) Please provide the total number of pupils who left secondary school in the 2012/13 academic year who have subsequently at some point attended:

iv) a prison

v) a young offender institution.

 

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached.

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

16/10/17

 

11277

 

 

EIR 10021 stated that Cross End Lane became an adopted public highway on an unspecified date prior to 1917. Can you please now confirm that the Lane was adopted under the provisions of the Highways Act 1835, and later by virtue of section 36(5) (a) Highways act 1980? If this is not the case please confirm the date and legislation under which the Lane was adopted

Fees Notice sent - response not received

 

11278

 

 REQUEST: 1

Section 10-  Sickness Scheme

Section 10.3

I am only requesting information pertinent to the following clause, contained within Section 10.3 of “The Green Book”:

Authorities shall have discretion to extend the period of sick payin exceptional cases.

Please confirm – Between 01 January 2010 to 31 August 2017:

a.       The total number of employees who were afforded this privilege;

b.      The total duration of the “Extension of Sick Pay”:                                                    i.     In Days; for each employee that was afforded an extension to sick pay in exceptional circumstances ;

c.      The medical reason listed for the absence which warranted the Local Authority to use their discretion and thus “extend the period of sick pay in exceptional cases.”

REQUEST: 2

Section 10- Sickness Scheme

Section 10.9   states:

“An employee who is prevented from attending work because of contact with infectious disease shall be entitled to receive normal pay. The period of absence on this account shall not be reckoned against the employee’s entitlements under this scheme.”

Please confirm – Between 01 January 2010 to 31 August 2017:

a.       The total number of employees who were afforded this privilege;

b.      The total duration of the “Period of absence”:

                                                    i.     In Days ; for each employee that was off work as a result of Section 10.9;

c.      The medical reason listed for the absence which warranted the Local Authority to exercise Clause 10.9 of “The Green Book”;

d.      Whether the employee(s) was “infected” throughout the total paid sick period paid per Clause 10.9;

e.      Whether the employee(s) was also off and paid per Clause 10.9, due to additional sequela and symptoms that were directly attributable to the initial infectious disease.

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1a) 0

b) N/A

c) N/A

2a) 0

b) N/A

c) N/A

d) N/A

e) N/A

 

20/10/17

 

11279

 

In February 2017 Bedford Borough Council released to tender the Community Advice Support Services contract, I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to kindly request the following details:

1.      Unsuccessful bidder’s

2.      Answers to tender questions C1, C2,C3,C4,C5 for each unsuccessful bidder

3.      Value of bidder’s pricing submission

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

Please see responses below:-

Q - In February 2017 Bedford Borough Council released to tender the Community Advice Support Services contract, I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to kindly request the following details:

1.         Unsuccessful bidder’s - The Disability Resource Centre

2.         Answers to tender questions C1, C2,C3,C4,C5 for each unsuccessful bidder –

With regard to your request for answers to tender questions C1, C2, C3, C4, C5 for each unsuccessful bidder, following careful consideration, the Council has determined that the information requested to be disclosed 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) the Council has concluded that due to the recent tendering exercise and also potentially those in the near future a disclosure of any tender proposals received 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.

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

 3.         Value of bidder’s pricing submission - The total value of the unsuccessful bidder’s total pricing submission was £461,549.00.

4.         Their awarded scores

 

 

Total Possible score

Achieved score

Quality Question 1

72 Marks

36  Marks

Quality Question 2

60  Marks

45  Marks

Quality Question

48  Marks

24  Marks

Quality Question

48  Marks

24  Marks

Quality Question 5

12  Marks

12  Marks

 

 

 

Price

20 (%) Marks

20 % Marks

11/10/17

 

11280

 

EIR Request no 10580 and subsequent correspondence confirmed that Cross End Lane ( road section) is recorded on the Gazetteer as a public road maintainable at public expense( red line) thereby meeting the recording requirements of section 36 Highways Act 1980.

The Gazetteer also shows the same section of road simultaneously recorded as a BOAT( orange line). I claim the primary purpose of a highway cannot be for use mainly by road vehicles, and mainly by walkers and horse riders at the same time. Can you please confirm this section of the Lane is incorrectly recorded on the Definitive Map  ( in accordance with traffic survey data submitted to the Council in the period 2011-2016) and that the necessary amendments to the Map are in progress by the Rights of Way Office.

Fees notice sent - awaiting response

 

 

 

11281

 

Please can you answer the following questions regarding Adult Social Care in Bedford?

1. The current average number of weekly hours commissioned to private domiciliary care providers for Adult Social Care as of August 2017 2. The estimated Annual Spend commissioned for Adult Domiciliary Care through private domiciliary care providers (Based on 2016) 3. The type of agreements held with private domiciliary care providers commissioned to deliver Adult Social Care services such as frameworks, Spot Contracts, Block Contracts etc and their start/end dates 4. The lowest and highest (based on the standard daytime week day rate) charge rates per hour of domiciliary care charged to the local authority for Adult Social care commissioned through private domiciliary care providers 5. When you anticipate retendering for domiciliary care services for Adult Social Care 6. The names of the current Domiciliary Care Providers commissioned in your authority to deliver Adult Social Care 7. The contact Name, Email address and Contact number of the person responsible for commissioning domiciliary care services in your authority 8. Are commissioned providers required to use real-time electronic monitoring to provide data to the local authority and if so which system?

9. The number of service users currently receiving a direct payment within your local authority as well as the number of average hours per week.

10. Is the local authority working with health partners to commission health funded care?

11. The authorities’ current market positioning statement for Adult Social Care

Please find the information you requested below and attached.

1. The current average number of weekly hours commissioned to private domiciliary care providers for Adult Social Care as of August 2017:

14.4hours.

2. The estimated Annual Spend commissioned for Adult Domiciliary Care through private domiciliary care providers (Based on 2016):

£9.405 million. (The Council does not hold the data for commissioned spend, therefore we have provided actual spend for 2016/2017).

3. The type of agreements held with private domiciliary care providers commissioned to deliver Adult Social Care services such as frameworks, Spot Contracts, Block Contracts etc. and their start/end dates:

 

The Council is commissioning provision of domiciliary care services from 3rd party providers via a combination of a Framework Agreement and spot purchasing. A new Framework Agreement for the provision of adult domiciliary care and children’s domiciliary care and short breaks was established on 3rd October 2016. The Framework Agreement is due to expire on 2nd October 2018. For the purpose of ensuring that personal choice is factored in when selecting a care provider, the Council utilises when deemed necessary spot purchasing arrangements.

4. The lowest and highest (based on the standard daytime week day rate) charge rates per hour of domiciliary care charged to the local authority for Adult Social care commissioned through private domiciliary care providers:

£12.68 to £21.30

5. When you anticipate retendering for domiciliary care services for Adult Social Care:

Current expectation is April 2018 for new contract commencement in October 2018 however the Council reserves the right to vary this timetable.

6. The names of the current Domiciliary Care Providers commissioned in your authority to deliver Adult Social Care.

Preferred and Approved providers are already in public domain here.

The complete list including spot providers used when preferred/approved cannot pick up is attached.

7. The contact Name, Email address and Contact number of the person responsible for commissioning domiciliary care services in your authority:

George Hunt - Head of Commissioning, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Bedford, MK42 9AP, Tel: 01234 718240 (47240), Mobile:07879 117291

8. Are commissioned providers required to use real-time electronic monitoring to provide data to the local authority and if so which system?

The current status is that the Council prefers providers to use CM2000 for electronic monitoring. The intention is that this will become a requirement in 18/19.

9. The number of service users currently receiving a direct payment within your local authority as well as the number of average hours per week:

466

10. Is the local authority working with health partners to commission health funded care?

Yes,  in areas of community equipment, care homes and various schemes under the umbrella of the Better Care Fund. Not however in the area of home care which the inquiry is focussing on.

11. The authorities’ current market positioning statement for Adult Social Care:

The Councils Market Position Statement is pending internal approval prior to publication.

26/10/17

 

11282

 

I would like to make an FOI request for the following pieces of information:

1) How many FOI requests did you receive in the year Jan 1st 2016 - Dec 31st 2016 (or your equivalent business/financial year), and;

2) How many FOI Section 21 exemptions did you employ during this same time period?

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

1) How many FOI requests did you receive in the year Jan 1st 2016 - Dec 31st 2016 (or your equivalent business/financial year) 1666

2) How many FOI Section 21 exemptions did you employ during this same time period? 133

5/10/17

 

11283

 

 

I would like to make an FOI request for the following pieces of information:

1) How many Subject Access Requests did you receive in the year Jan 1st 2016 to Dec 31st 2016 (or your equivalent business/financial year), and;

2) How many FOI Section 40(1) exemptions did you employ during this same time period?

 

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.

11) How many Subject Access Requests did you receive in the year Jan 1st 2016 to Dec 31st 2016 (or your equivalent business/financial year) 29

2) How many FOI Section 40(1) exemptions did you employ during this same time period? 32

6/10/17

 

11284

 

Request for Information: Special Educational Needs & Disability – Top-Up & High Needs Banding

Allocations

I would like to request the following information:

• A copy of the Council’s current operational guidance for SEND High Needs Funding allocation (a

URL to current policy document would be fine);

 

• Information that describes "banding" or "element" arrangements that the Council uses to guide

its allocation of High Needs Block funding;

 

• Information showing the maximum High Needs or Top-Up funding allocation (in pounds) that

each specific band or element attracts in the current academic year (2017-18);

 

• Information showing the maximum High Needs or Top-Up funding allocation (in pounds) that

each specific band or element attracted for each of the last two academic years (2015-16 and

2016-17).

o If funding allocations for each band/element in 2017-18 are identical to those in 2015-16

and/or 2016-17, please say so.

o If it is more efficient for you to provide these allocations based on financial years rather

than academic years, please use financial years instead.

o If the Council has changed its banding arrangements during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and

2017-18 periods, please provide information showing the previous banding

arrangements as well as the current ones.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

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

Response: See document attached - Agenda Item 8

Information that describes “banding” or “element” arrangements that the Council uses to guide its allocation of High Needs Block funding;

Response: See document attached - Special school funding banding Descriptors

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

Response:  See document attached – Rates 2017 to 2018

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

Response: See document attached – Rates 2016 to 2017

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

Response:  Only inflationary increase added

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

Response: N/A

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

Response: N/A

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of any document required

19/10/17

 

11285

 

 Please provide me with the name and contact details of the manager responsible for issuing licences for market traders.

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

Name and contact details of the manager responsible for issuing licences for market traders:

Barry Phillips

Markets Manager

Email: barry.phillips@bedford.gov.uk

Phone: 01234 718677

9/10/17

 

11286

 

Please let me have the following information in respect of your Borough in the 

calendar years April 2017 to October 2017 & April 2016 to October 2016:

The number of:

1. Fixed Penalty Notices issued for littering

2. Fixed Penalty Notices paid for littering

3. Prosecutions made for non-payment of Fixed Penalty Notices for littering

(Please include FPNs issued for other offences such as dog fouling separately)

4. Litter Abatement Notices under S92 of the Environmental Protection Act 

(EPA) issued

5. Street Litter Control Notices (EPA S93 & 94) issued

6. Litter Clearance Notices (EPA S92A) issued.

Clarification request sent to applicant

 

11287

 

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

9/10/17

 

11288

 

I am  writing to you to make a freedom of information request for a copy of the 2008 report to the County Council Planning and Development Committee concerning the proposed partial closure of Bromham Bridge and the resolution of that Committee following the report.  Can I also have a reply to my questions to the mayor regarding the Council's policy on provision of access for pedestrians and the reasons why nothing has been done to improve access across the bridge

The information you have requested is as follows:

A copy of the 2008 report to the County Council Planning and Development Committee concerning the proposed partial closure of Bromham Bridge and the resolution of that Committee following the report.  

Please find the report attached. Unfortunately I do not have a copy of the resolution.

Please contact:

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

You have asked what is the Council's policy on provision of access for pedestrians and the reasons why nothing has been done to improve access across the bridge.

The Council’s policies for cycling and walking are contained in the Local Transport Plan and the Local Plan.  These policies are available on the Council’s website: you can click on the following links:

Transport Policy

Planning Policy

30/10/17

 

11289

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide the following information: the number of children that have been taken into local authority care (looked after children) from July 2016 to date, where over-feeding/high BMI/obesity (or similar) was cited as a factor in the decision to remove the child. If possible, please provide details of the sex of the child, age or broad age group, and weight of the child at the point of being taken in to care.

Please also provide the number of children that have been subject to a child protection plan/on the child protection register from July 2016 to date where over-feeding/high BMI/obesity (or similar) was cited as a factor in the decision to make the child subject to a plan. If possible, please provide details of the sex of the child, age or broad age group, and weight of the child at the point of being taken in to care.

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide the following information: the number of children that have been taken into local authority care (looked after children) from July 2016 to date, where over-feeding/high BMI/obesity (or similar) was cited as a factor in the decision to remove the child. If possible, please provide details of the sex of the child, age or broad age group, and weight of the child at the point of being taken in to care.

Answer: Zero
Please also provide the number of children that have been subject to a child protection plan/on the child protection register from July 2016 to date where over-feeding/high BMI/obesity (or similar) was cited as a factor in the decision to make the child subject to a plan. If possible, please provide details of the sex of the child, age or broad age group, and weight of the child at the point of being taken in to care.

Answer: Zero

18/10/17

 

11290

 

Please provide hard copies of all correspondence, including the initial representations made via your website and any internal correspondence, relating to PCN X

I refer to your recent enquiry.

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.  Please find the information your requested enclosed.

Please contact:

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

10/10/17

 

11291

 

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

Hurst Grove

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:

Planning

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

Please contact

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

 

10/6/17

 

11292

 

 I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
Question 1: What was the Council’s gross expenditure on social care services for i) children and ii) disabled children under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 in the following years: 2010/11; 2011/12; 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16 and 2016/17?
Question 2: Of gross expenditure on social care services for disabled children in 2016/17, please provide a breakdown by primary support need (as listed  below) and the number of children to receive social care by those categories:
Gross expenditure on social care services for disabled children (2016/2017) (£) 
Number of disabled children
Behaviour   
Communication   
Consciousness   
Autism/Asperger's   
Hand function   
Hearing   
Incontinence   
Learning   
Mobility   
Personal care   
Vision   
Other (DDA)   
Total   
Question 3: Please highlight the mean, lower and upper quartile cost of providing social care services for disabled children in each of the primary support need areas. 
 
Mean cost (£) Lower quartile (£) Upper quartile (£)
Behaviour     
Communication     
Consciousness     
Autism/Asperger's     
Hand function     
Hearing     
Incontinence     
Learning     
Mobility     
Personal care     
Vision     
Other (DDA)     
 
Question 4: As per the question in section 2.3 of Children’s Services Omnibus Survey 2017, does your local authority have a function or team that is able to a) analyse the demand for children’s social care, b) identify unmet needs for individual children and families? If yes to any of the above, please specify the current number of children who have been identified as having unmet need and of those children the proportion that are disabled.
 
Question 5: In the table below, please provide an approximate indication of unmet needs for disabled children by primary support need.
 
 Proportion of disabled children with an unmet need by primary support reason
Behaviour 
Communication 
Consciousness 
Autism/Asperger's 
Hand function 
Hearing 
Incontinence 
Learning 
Mobility 
Personal care 
Vision 
Other (DDA) 
Total 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

Question 1: What was the Council’s gross expenditure on social care services for i) children and ii) disabled children under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 in the following years: 2010/11; 2011/12; 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/16 and 2016/17? 

Answer:

Financial Year

Children

Disabled Children

 

£

£

2010/11

      14,015,732

            883,915

2011/12

      15,067,079

            928,466

2012/13

      18,002,054

            931,610

2013/14

      19,722,977

        1,153,948

2014/15

      23,654,539

        1,045,887

2015/16

      22,555,676

        1,084,163

2016/17

      22,964,405

        1,240,818

The above shows the total children’s service budget and budget for Disabled Children. We are unable to extract the portion of the budget that relates to Section 17 only costs within 18 hours(*).

Question 2: Of gross expenditure on social care services for disabled children in 2016/17, please provide a breakdown by primary support need (as listed in the table below) and the number of children to receive social care by those categories. 

Answer: We are unable to answer this question as we are not able to separately identify Section 17 costs in Q1.

Question 3: Please highlight the mean, lower and upper quartile cost of providing social care services for disabled children in each of the primary support need areas.  

Answer: We are unable to answer this question as we are not able to separately identify Section 17 costs in Q1.

Question 4: As per the question in section 2.3 of Children’s Services Omnibus Survey 2017, does your local authority have a function or team that is able to a) analyse the demand for children’s social care, b) identify unmet needs for individual children and families? If yes to any of the above, please specify the current number of children who have been identified as having unmet need and of those children the proportion that are disabled.

Answer:  We do not have a team that does this function

Question 5:  Please provide an approximate indication of unmet needs for disabled children by primary support need.

Answer: Not applicable, due to the above.

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

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

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

30/10/17

 

11293

 

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

Box End Road

Kempston

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

 

106/17

 

11294

 

 

Please can you send me a list of all the secondary maintained cheque book schools in your region.

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 has one secondary maintained school operating a cheque book facility: Biddenham School

In addition there is an all through maintained federated school which has both primary and secondary year groups and operates a cheque book facility:

  • Castle Newnham Federation

10/10/17

 

11295

 

 I am looking for the number of individuals who are claiming housing benefit in Bed and Breakfast/Board and Lodging private accommodation (i.e. not owned by the council or supported accommodation) and who have not been placed there by the council under homelessness duties. Could you provide this information as a total from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 as well as a snapshot of the number of live cases on 1st Jan 2016?

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

1. Private tenants claiming housing benefit from a Bed and Breakfast and/or all other accommodation with board and lodgings

a. This information broken down by financial year (1st April – 31st March), i.e. the above number in 2010/2011; 2011/2012; 2012/2013; 2013/2014; 2014/2015; 2015/2016

2010/11

1

2011/12

2

2012/13

2

2013/14

1

2014/15

1

2015/16

1

AND

2. Private tenants claiming housing benefit from a Bed and Breakfast and/or all other accommodation with board and lodgings (as described above) on 1st January in each of the above years.

 

2010/11

1

2011/12

0

2012/13

0

2013/14

0

2014/15

0

2015/16

0

30/10/17

 

11296

 

1.      Who is responsible for carrying out inspections of temporary accommodation which house families in your local authority?

2.      How regularly is temporary accommodation which houses families (including that which is privately leased) inspected by you or another body you contract your services to?

3.      What measures do they take to ensure that properties are safe and suitable for children?

4.      Do you have a safeguarding policy that applies when transferring children from local authority accommodation to private rental temporary accommodation? Yes/No

5.      Do you have a safeguarding policy that applies when placing families in B&Bs and/or temporary accommodation? (Please specify which one) Yes/No

6.      Do you seek advice from your Local Authority’s safeguarding service when you place families in B&Bs and/or temporary accommodation? (Please specify which one) Yes/No

Please find your request and our response below:

1.    Who is responsible for carrying out inspections of temporary accommodation which house families in your local authority?

The management company contracted by the Council.

2.    How regularly is temporary accommodation which houses families (including that which is privately leased) inspected by you or another body you contract your services to?

Properties are inspected at each void period and periodically throughout the occupation of each family as part of their tenancy support.

3.    What measures do they take to ensure that properties are safe and suitable for children?

All properties meet a minimal standard at all times.

4.    Do you have a safeguarding policy that applies when transferring children from local authority accommodation to private rental temporary accommodation?

No

5.    Do you have a safeguarding policy that applies when placing families in B&Bs and/or temporary accommodation? (Please specify which one) Yes/No

No

6.    Do you seek advice from your Local Authority’s safeguarding service when you place families in B&Bs and/or temporary accommodation? (Please specify which one) Yes/No

No

31/10/17

 

11297

 

RE: Manor Rd

Could you please provide details of any outstanding statutory notices that relate to the above property and have been issued under the following areas of legislation:

Environment

Health and safety

Housing

Highways (obstruction e.g. overhanging vegetation)

Public Health

No fees paid therefore closed

 

11298

 

 1. How many children were recorded as missing from education[1] in the academic year 2016/2017, in your local authority?

(If possible can we have the figures for the academic year, if this is not possible then please provide the information however you hold it.)

2. Of the children recorded as missing from education during this period, how many were in receipt of free school meals, when last on a school roll?

3. Of the children recorded as missing from education during this period, how many were known to social services?

4. Please give any other relevant information or comments

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

You requested:

1. How many children were recorded as missing from education[1] in the academic year 2016/2017, in your local authority?

(If possible can we have the figures for the academic year, if this is not possible then please provide the information however you hold it.)

Answer: 129

2. Of the children recorded as missing from education during this period, how many were in receipt of free school meals, when last on a school roll?

Answer: 28

3. Of the children recorded as missing from education during this period, how many were known to social services?

Answer: 7

4. Please give any other relevant information or comments. (Please state if you would prefer if they were anonymous.)

Answer: n/a

26/10/17

 

11299

 

Please can you kindly provide me with the name and contact details of the manager responsible garden waste collection and bulky waste items collection. I appreciate that this may be two separate individuals. 

Please find the information you requested below:

1.     The contact for garden waste collection and bulky waste items collection is Paul Pace, Chief Officer Environment, Paul.Pace@bedford.gov.uk, 01234 267422

 

26/10/17

 

11300

 

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

How many complaints were there in 2016 about neighbours having noisy sex? 

How many of these complaints were investigated?

What was the total cost of these investigations?

The information you requested is as follows:

How many complaints were there in 2016 about neighbours having noisy sex? 

None

How many of these complaints were investigated?

N/A

What was the total cost of these investigations?

N/A

How many of these resulted in a conviction?

N/A

2/11/17

 

11301

 

Can I see copies of any correspondence dated from 1960 and 1999 between Bedfordshireand C C the following parties ¬

Badgeworth group of schools owners X in Gloucestershire Badgeworth school Badgeworth Dowdeswell court school downeswell downeswell Clouds house Wiltshire Gloucester police Wiltshire police Another police force.

Any information relating to the criminal charges against staff and the owner before 1986 . At the schools Please provide copies and any notes if this information is held.

2.I also request information about any associated correspondence in particular '

 

Any correspondence from or to any police force in regards to the abovementioned.

Complaints made by a child non sexual

Complaints made by a child Sexual

Complaints made by staff at the school

Also non school staff.

Members of the Public

Bedfordshire social services

Non Gloucester social services

Correspondence for any police force about the group of schools Complaints made to the board or others in regards to the behaviour of staff at the school Complaints made to the board or others in regards to the behaviour of staff at the school Complaints made to you by outside authorities or other councils 3. On 12 March 1978 a member of brent social services was present at court when an allegation of abuse was said in open court, what action, if any did the council take following this disclosure? Large riot in the national newspaper 4. In June 1972 at Northleach magistrates court allegations of abuse were made in the court. I believe that there was a social worker from Bedfordshire  council present at the hearing.

The allegation was made by three boys but only boy appeared in court. What action, if any did the council take following this disclosure?

Were the police alerted following discourse and with who was this information from court shared? What happened to the information and did the council inform the police?

I wish to obtain copies of all the documents held in relation to this matter by Bedfordshire  County Council

5 Gloucester Country Council state they sent you a warning and advising you not to send boys t the schools in 1973 are you aware of the letter

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

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

The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request.  

 The information you are requesting relates to Bedfordshire County Council,  which ceased to exist on 1 April 2009 when unitary councils were introduced across the whole of Bedfordshire.   As the information you are requesting is historical information that relates to Bedfordshire County Council and due the timeframe that this relates 1960-1999, any information that we may hold on behalf of Bedfordshire County Council, would be stored on paper files and therefore require manually checking all paper files for this timeframe to check if this information exists, which would take over 18 hours.

 

12/10/17

 

11302

 

How may social services staff have been disciplined or dismissed for failures to protect a vulnerable person regardless of age. For the passed 2 years.

How many social services staff been disciplined or dismissed for inappropriately intervention with any family that has proven no intervention should have ever taken place. For the passed 2 years

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1. 6 (4 employees have been disciplined and 2 have been dismissed).

2. 0

 

3/11/17

 

11303

 

In regard to fines for people dropping litter and cigarette stubs in Bedford town centre.

1.    The cost to the council for removing one cigarette stub from the ground.

2.    How this relates in proportion to the fine.

3.    How many officers you have that are legally trained to caution members of the public and proof they have completed training.

4.    The cost of administrating one fine relating to cigarette stub or litter.

The information you have requested is as follows:

The cost to the council for removing one cigarette stub from the ground.

The Council does not hold information that breakdowns per cigarette stub.  However I have provided information that may help with your own calculations:

Street Cleaning Operative £12.91 per hour (Manual Operation)

Compact Sweeper Driver £13.85 per hour (Mechanical Operation)

 

How this relates in proportion to the fine.

Again referring to the information provided above, the Fixed Penalty Notice amount perimeters are set by legislation, but the lowest fine is £75, discounted down to £50 if paid within a set period of time (21 days).

 

How many officers you have that are legally trained to caution members of the public and proof they have completed training.

The Council has 35 officers authorised to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for littering.  Any person witnessed committing the offence of littering do not have to be cautioned prior to being issued a Fixed Penalty Notice. All authorised officers have received appropriate training.

 

The cost of administrating one fine relating to cigarette stub or litter.

The Council does not hold the exact information as there are multiple variables on the time each component of processing the Fixed Penalty Notice could take.  An estimation of the shorted possible time and therefore lowest cost could be split as ½ hour for the issuing officer (£9.45) and ½ hour for administration (£6.35)

= Total £15.85.

3/11/17

 

11304

 

1) The total amount of reams of paper used by the authority in the last 12 months

2) The amount of expenditure on printing, photocopying, and consumables for internal purposes. We are not interested in the amount of expenditure for printing of publications for external use.

3) The amount of recycling of paper from your offices.

4) Does the local authority have a target to reduce the use of paper - if so what is the current progress?

5) Does the local authority have a target to reduce their carbon footprint - if so what is the current progress?

Please find your request and our response below:

1.    The total amount of reams of paper used by the authority in the last 12 months

13,400 reams of A4 paper

2,110 reams of A3 paper

2.    The amount of expenditure on printing, photocopying, and consumables for internal purposes. We are not interested in the amount of expenditure for printing of publications for external use.

£431,760

3.    The amount of recycling of paper from your offices  

We do not separately weigh the recycling collected from the council buildings, the commingled recycling collection mirrors that of the household collection system and includes the following items which can be put in the orange topped recycling bins throughout the Council buildings:

Cartons e.g. fruit juice, custard, long life milk, Household plastic packaging e.g. shampoo bottles, bleach bottles, margarine tubs, food trays, Cardboard e.g. greeting cards, cereal and shoe boxes, Mixed paper e.g. newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, Empty food tins and drink cans e.g. baked beans, soup, chopped tomatoes, fizzy drinks, Aerosols e.g. deodorant, polish, shaving foam, hairspray Foil e.g. quiche trays, takeaway containers, kitchen foil, pie trays.

4.    Does the local authority have a target to reduce the use of paper - if so what is the current progress?

There is not a specific target set for the reduction of paper. The Council’s targets are around reducing our carbon footprint, and changing over to multi-function devices was incorporated as part of this target.

5.    Does the local authority have a target to reduce their carbon footprint - if so what is the current progress?

Yes. The Council aspired to achieve a 40% carbon reduction saving on its buildings (baseline 2010) and this year (2017) we have seen the Council overachieve on this target. A huge 43% has been saved in carbon in the council owned buildings.

25/10/17

 

11305

 

 

I would request that the list contains the following information: 

·         Ratepayer name (Information is only requested where the ratepayer is a company and not an individual as I appreciate this is limited by the Data Protection Acts).

·         Address of property concerned.

·         Amount of write on.

·         If possible, the period/financial year relating to write on.

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

2/11/17

 

11306

 

For the financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16

  • How many times in each year between 2011 and 2016 was the council subject to cyber attacks? Please break down these figures by type of attack e.g ransomware, malware, denial of service, phishing attack or other (please specify).
  • How much money has the council invested each year between 2011 and 2016 on cyber/IT security? Please break down these figures by the type of improvement purchased. 

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, in spreadsheet format, as requested.

Please contact:

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

 

1/11/17

 

 

11307

 

Could you please provide the following information around your current Tier 1 and emotional well-being (prevention and early intervention) mental health services for both adults and young people:

a)            Contract/s Name (including whether it is adult or young people or both)

b)            Provider/s

c)            Contract start date

d)            Contract end date

e)            Contract value

f)             Anticipated Re-commissioning 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 see responses below:-

Q - Could you please provide the following information around your current Tier 1 and emotional well-being (prevention and early intervention) mental health services for both adults and young people:

a) Contract/s Name (including whether it is adult or young people or both)

Bedfordshire Adult Mental Health, Learning Disability and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services  

b) Provider/s - East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)

c) Contract start date - 1st April 2015

d  Contract end date - 31st March 2022

e) Contract value - £290,012,800.00 for the entire contract period

f) Anticipated Re-commissioning date - It is anticipated that the re-commissioning process will commence between 6 and 12 months prior to the contract expiry date. The contract was jointly procured by the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council and therefore the exact re-commissioning timeline will be jointly agreed.

11/10/17

 

11308

 

 

As at 1 October 2017

 

  1. How many schools are in your local authority (broken down by sector)
  2. When you have a full complement of headteachers, how many are there by sector?
  3. How many schools share a headteacher and are these permanent or temporary arrangements? (please list the schools)
  4. How many headteacher positions are vacant? (broken down by sector)
  5. For the positions that are vacant, please could you list the schools and when the position was first advertised?
  6. For the positions that are vacant, how many times have these posts been advertised and how many applicants have applied for each post?
  7. If you have had to re-advertise vacancies, what are the main reasons for this? (e.g. suitability, quality, low number of applicants?)

 

General questions:

 

  1. Are there any reasons why some headship/deputy head / assistant head posts are more difficult to fill than others?
  2. Are there any mandatory qualification requirements for headship positions?
  3. Are there any mandatory qualification requirements for deputy and assistant headship positions?
  4. Outside of any mandatory requirements, are there any additional qualifications that are deemed to be desirable for headship/deputy/assistant head positions? if so what are the reasons for this?

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

 

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

 

You requested:

 

As at 1 October 2017

 

  1. How many schools are in your local authority (broken down by sector)

Answer:  Please see PDF document attached.

 

  1. When you have a full complement of headteachers, how many are there by sector?

Answer: -2,  not including the nursery federation and -4, if we do.

 

  1. How many schools share a headteacher and are these permanent or temporary arrangements? (please list the schools)

Answer: No schools “share” a headteacher, there are two federations made up of two schools. (These are very small schools) There is one nursery federation of three schools.

 

  1. How many headteacher positions are vacant? (broken down by sector)

Answer: There NO Head teacher vacancies

 

  1. For the positions that are vacant, please could you list the schools and when the position was first advertised?

Answer: N/A

 

  1. For the positions that are vacant, how many times have these posts been advertised and how many applicants have applied for each post?

Answer: N/A

 

  1. If you have had to re-advertise vacancies, what are the main reasons for this? (e.g. suitability, quality, low number of applicants?)

Answer: N/A

 

General questions:

 

  1. Are there any reasons why some headship/deputy head / assistant head posts are more difficult to fill than others?

Answer:  N/A   (This is a value judgement and not fact)

 

  1. Are there any mandatory qualification requirements for headship positions?

Answer: National requirements

 

  1. Are there any mandatory qualification requirements for deputy and assistant headship positions?

Answer: National requirements

 

  1. Outside of any mandatory requirements, are there any additional qualifications that are deemed to be desirable for headship/deputy/assistant head positions? if so what are the reasons for this?

Answer: N/A

 

Please contact

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

17/10/17

 

11309

 

 Local Air Quality Management Arrangements (LAQM)
Please can you provide answers to the questions below.

1. Background
Name of Local Authority

How many employees are responsible for LAQM? FTE equivalent

2. Air Quality Management Areas
How many Air Quality Management Areas are within your local authority area?

Do all of your Air Quality Management Areas have an Air Quality Action Plan?

What percentage of these Action Plans were produced within 12 months of formal declaration?

3. Local Air Quality Management Reporting
Does your authority produce all statutory Air Quality Reports in house?

If your authority uses an external consultant for the production of Air Quality Reports please indicate which reports they are responsible for e.g. Update and Screening Assessments, Further Assessments, Detailed Assessments, Annual Progress Reports and the new Annual Status Reports.

4. Local Air Quality Management Operational Procedures
Does your authority rely on detailed Technical and Policy Guidance e.g. TG16 and PG16 to fulfil the requirements of the LAQM function?


Has your authority created any ‘local’ working procedures or operational guides to support your LAQM function?
If yes, for what specific areas of the LAQM function?
If no, is there are reason for this?

How long have these local procedures been in place?
Less than 3 months 6-12 months

1-2 years
 2-4 years
We’ve always had them as part of LAQM
 Other

5. Data Management Procedures
Approximately how many diffusion tube sites do you have across your local authority area?

Do you maintain a working master sheet for air quality data i.e. a rolling spreadsheet of monthly results received from the laboratory? 

If yes, how is data from the laboratory reports transferred to the working master sheet? Please describe.

How frequently is data transferred to the working master sheet?  E.g. monthly, quarterly, annually, adhoc when time allows?

Do you have any specific procedures to cross check the accuracy of the data following transfer to the working master sheet?  Please list.



How long have these procedures been in place?
Less than 3 months 6-12 months

1-2 years
 2-4 years
We’ve always had them as part of LAQM Other


Do you retain the laboratory reports following the transfer of data to the working master sheet?  If yes, for how long?

Is your air quality monitoring data subject to any additional audit prior to its inclusion in formal Air Quality Reports reports? Please describe.

Does your authority have any corporate procedures for the management of data (not including personal data covered by the Data Protection Act)?  If yes, how are these procedures communicated?  
Please attach a copy of the relevant procedure(s).

6. Data Storage and Security
Where do you store your electronic air quality monitoring data? e.g. folders within general shared drive, controlled access folders, SharePoint etc?

Is access to your electronic air quality monitoring data password protected?

Is access to air quality data limited in any other formal or informal way?  Please describe.

How long have these procedures been in place?
Less than 3 months 6-12 months

1-2 years
 2-4 years
We’ve always had them as part of LAQM Other

Does your authority have any corporate procedures for the storage and security of data (not including personal data covered by the Data Protection Act)? If yes, how are these procedures communicated?
Please attach a copy of the relevant procedure(s).

Thank you for your request for information about Air Quality which we received on 9 October 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

 

The information you requested is attached.

 

Please contact:

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

7/11/17

 

11310

 

Can you give me a list of services that Bedford Borough Council have either stopped or are now charging for – can the list go back as far as 2012 please?

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

Please see attached.

Please contact:

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

8/11/17

 

11311

 

 State whether the time stamp is created automatically from the machine

why was not the observation provided

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

Please find the information you requested below. 

1.    The time stamp is created automatically from the handheld equipment which is used to issue the Penalty Charge Notice.

2.    The information requested by you previously has been sent in FOI 11290 which contains hard copies of all correspondence previously sent to you regarding your Penalty Charge case.

3.    Observations were carried out on your vehicle which started at 19:44 and observations ended at 19:47 which means your vehicle was observed for a full 3 minutes before the ticket was issued.

The equipment used to issue a Penalty Charge Notice would not allow the ticket to be printed if the observation period was not complete.

10/10/17

 

11312

 

I am sending this request under the Freedom of Information Act to ask for the following information:

1. How many people are being provided ‘emergency housing’ by the council, Please could your break this info down by what type of housing they are staying in using the categories Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Homeless Hostel, self-contained flat or house.

2. How many people who are pregnant or have children are currently in Bed and Breakfast accommodations.

3. How many people who are pregnant or have children living with them in B&B accommodation have been in such accommodation for more than six weeks.

Please find the information you requested below:

1.    How many people are being provided ‘emergency accommodation’ by the council:

B&B = 1

Emergency Accommodation self-contained flat or house  = 45

2.    How many people who are pregnant or have children are currently in B&B accommodation.

Answer is zero.

3.    How many people who are pregnant or have children living with them in B&B accommodation and have been in such accommodation for more than 6 weeks.

Answer is zero.

 

6/11/17

 

11313

 

I am interested in obtaining data on the discharge of the Council’s statutory homeless duty, particularly with reference to private rented sector; I understand that the council can fully discharge the housing duty towards an applicant by making a ‘private rented sector offer’ (PRSO) under s. 193 (7AA)-(7AC) of the Housing Act 1996 as amended by s. 148 (5)-(7) Localism Act 2011.

 

I understand that the offer of accommodation needs to be suitable, but does not require the applicant’s acceptance to be a valid offer. Therefore I would be interested to know:

 

(a) how many times the council have discharged their duty towards an applicant by making a PRSO, each month, since the enactment of the Localism Act 2011, and 

 

(b) in how many instances this has followed the refusal of the offer by the applicant.

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 to this email.

Please contact:

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

3/11/17

 

11314

I am writing to make a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please could you provide UNISON with the following information:

1.      Under the government’s new funding arrangements for training apprenticeships, how much has your local authority contributed to the apprenticeship levy for this financial year 2017/2018?

2.      Please can you:

                            a.          Supply a copy of your model apprenticeship agreement or/and apprenticeship policy/ guidelines. If you do not have one, please state.

                            b.          State which of the following levels of apprenticeship training is available by your local authority and state the apprentice full time weekly Pay for each:

                                              I.          Level 2

                                             II.          Level 3

                                            III.          Level 4

                                            IV.          Level 5

                                             V.          Other (please specify)

3.      Apprentices employed on a contract of training of one year or more will receive annual incremental pay rises. Please supply a copy of the currently agreed pay scales applicable to apprentices employed by your local authority.

4.      For 2015, what was the:

                                    a.          Total number of new apprentices employed:

                                                       I.          Full time

                                                       II.          Part time

                                    b.          Total number of existing staff employed on an apprenticeship scheme:

                                                        I.          Full time

                                                       II.          Part time

                                    c.          Total number of apprenticeships that were completed

                                    d.          Total number of new apprentices that gained further employment.

5.      For 2016, what was the:

                                    a.          Total number of new apprentices employed:

                                                        I.          Full time

                                                       II.          Part time

                                    b.          Total number of existing staff employed on an apprenticeship scheme:

                                                        I.          Full time

                                                       II.          Part time

                                    c.          Total number of apprenticeships completed

                                    d.          Total number of new apprentices that gained employment

6.      For the current year 2017, please:

                                    a.          State the total number of new apprentices employed:

                                                         I.          Full time

                                                       II.          Part time

                                    b.          State the total number of existing staff employed on an apprenticeship scheme:

                                   c.           

                                                        I.          Full time

                                                       II.          Part time

 

                                   d.          State the total number of apprenticeships completed

                                    e.          Total number of new apprentices that have gained employment up to September 2017

                                     f.          Supply a breakdown showing the current number of apprentices employed for each job role/function

                                    g.          Supply a breakdown showing the current number of new and existing apprentices by race, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation.

7.      What terms and conditions are all your apprentices employed on? For example JNC, NJC, SJC, or other (please specify)

8.      When creating new and existing apprenticeships in your local authority, does your recruitment policy and procedures encourage managers not to create apprenticeship opportunities to replace jobs which have been deleted and not to replace employees in any circumstances?

Yes

No

Don’t know

9.      Does your local authority add apprenticeships clauses to relevant tender specifications and encourage existing contractors to implement apprenticeship programmes in their contracts?

Yes

No

Don’t know           

Please find the information you requested below:

1.         Bedford Borough Council’s apprenticeship levy for the period April 2017 to September 2017 was £187,094 

2.        

a.         Currently under review.

b.        

I.          National Living Wage for 25 and over currently £7.50 per hour

II.         National Living Wage for 25 and over currently £7.50 per hour

III.        National Living Wage for 25 and over currently £7.50 per hour, but under review

IV.       The Council is currently reviewing the pay for this level and above (to date -no apprentices have been appointed at this level).

V.        N/A      

3.         Currently under review.

4.        

a.        

I.          17

II.         0

b.        

I.          1

II.         0

c.         15

d.         4

5.        

a.        

I.          12

II.         None.

b.

I.          N/A

II.         N/A

c.         10 with 2 continuing into 2017/18.

d.         6 within the Council and 3 with other employers.

6.        

a.        

I.          10

II.         1

b.                    

I.          3

II.         0

d.         0

e.         0

Race

White British 2

Asian/Asian British 3

Prefer Not To Say 7

Unknown 2

Disability

No    3

Prefer Not To Say   1

Unknown    10

Gender Identity

Female 7

Male 7

Sexual Orientation

Heterosexual 1

Prefer Not To Say 1

Unknown 12

 

7.     Statutory, but this is under review

 

8.     No

 

9.     No

            

3/11/17

 

11315 -11317

 

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: PILLINGE ROAD Bedford

RE:Seaton Drive, Bedford,

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

17/10/17

 

11318

 

1.            What health services does the public health department commission specifically for probation service clients (those seen by the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies, or housed in probation Approved Premises) for:

-              A) Substance misuse (drugs, alcohol and dual diagnosis)

-              B) Public health (smoking cessation, communicable diseases, vaccinations, sexual health, healthy eating, exercise, mentors)

Please describe each service (e.g. clinics co-located with probation staff/within probation premises/Approved Premises, ‘through the gate’ continuity of healthcare work, Integrated Offender Management work), and give grade and hours of work for staff at the service(s)

2.            Does the public health department facilitate access to mainstream (non-offender-specific) healthcare for probation service clients in any way (e.g. directly making probation staff aware of the services and referral procedures)? If so, please could you describe how you do this?

1.                  What health services does the public health department commission specifically for probation service clients (those seen by the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies,

or housed in probation Approved Premises) for:

A) Substance misuse (drugs, alcohol and dual diagnosis)

B) Public health (smoking cessation, communicable diseases, vaccinations, sexual health, healthy eating, exercise, mentors)

 

Please describe each service (e.g. clinics co-located with probation staff/within probation premises/Approved Premises, ‘through the gate’ continuity of healthcare work, Integrated Offender Management work), and give grade and hours of work for staff at the service(s)

 

Answer:  Public Health does not commission services specifically for probation service clients.

 

2.                  Does the public health department facilitate access to mainstream (non-offender-specific) healthcare for probation service clients in any way (e.g. directly making probation staff aware of the

services and referral procedures)? If so, please could you describe how you do this?

 

Answer: Public Health does facilitate access to the following mainstream health and wellbeing services for probation service clients:

 

  • Drugs and alcohol – the commissioned provider of adult drug and alcohol services currently works with both clients of probation and the Community Rehabilitation Company, facilitating access into effective treatment through resource dedicated to a criminal justice caseload, which aims to support the appropriate imposition of community orders e.g. Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRRs), Alcohol Treatment Requirements (ATRs) by the court and ensure that they are adhered to as an adjunct of treatment.
  • Stop smoking – frontline probation service staff trained to deliver ‘very brief advice’ in smoking cessation and refer into Stop Smoking Service for specialist support.
  • Immunisations and vaccinations – probation service clients are likely to receive information through widespread health promotion activity for adult screening and immunisation programmes.
  • Communicable diseases – public health supports outbreak control management team in managing any infectious disease outbreak and this will include probation services as required.
  • Sexual Health and Contraception Service /  Chlamydia screening programme (15-24 years) – provide support to youth offending team regarding local services plus widespread promotion of sexual and contraception provision.
  • Excess weight – probation service clients are likely to receive information indirectly as a result of the wide promotion of programmes, including  in GP Practices and local newspapers.
  • Physical activity – probation service clients are likely to receive information indirectly as a result of the wide promotion of physical activity programmes, including via GP Surgeries and local newspapers.

 

27/10/17

 

11319

 

1) Do you offer children who run away or go missing a return home interview after each episode of running away?

a. Are these provided to all children missing from home and care or those who meet a set criteria?

2) In 2016 and 2015, (two separate answers please) how many children ran away? (please include each child once if they ran away more than once)

a. From care

b. From home

3) In 2016 and 2015, (two separate answers please) how many episodes of run aways were there? (please detail how many times runaway children were reported even if it was one child who ran away more than once)

4) Of those episodes of children reported missing after running away from home in 2015, how many had a return home interview?

5) Of those episodes reported missing in 2016 how many had a return home interview?

7) How many return home interviews were carried out within the 72 hour time frame?

8) Do you have a named senior children’s service manager responsible for monitoring policies and performance relating to children who go missing from home or care?

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

Please find the information you requested below:

1)    Do you offer children who run away or go missing a return home interview after each episode of running away?

a.    Are these provided to all children missing from home and care or those who meet a set criteria?

 

Response: In Bedford Borough Children’s Services all absences and missing episodes are classified as missing episodes.   We are currently in the process of further developing our data collation as well as our procedures and are unable to provide data currently on the number of return interviews undertaken in relation to all missing episodes.

 

2)      In 2016 and 2015, (two separate answers please) how many children ran away? (please include each child once if they ran away more than once):

a.       From care

Response 2016 = 55 children missing from placement.

b.    From home

Response 2016 = 195 children

 

3)   In 2016 and 2015, (two separate answers please) how many episodes of runaways were there? (please detail how many times runaway children were reported even if it was one child who ran away more than once)

Response 2016 = 1,060 episodes

 

4)      Of those episodes of children reported missing after running away from home in 2015, how many had a return home interview?

 

Response Q 2, 3 and 4: 2015 = Information is not fully available for this year as recording of missing children on our client management system was not an embed practice during that year.

 

5)     Of those episodes reported missing in 2016 how many had a return home interview?

Response: 2016 = Please see questions 1.

 

7) How many return home interviews were carried out within the 72 hour time frame?

Response:  We do not hold this information as this is not recorded on client database (AzeusCare)

 

8) Do you have a named senior children’s service manager responsible for monitoring policies and performance relating to children who go missing from home or care?

Response: Yes - Alex Kubeyinje – Head of Social Work

31/10/17

 

11320

 

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

Plot 31

Merchant Gate

Riverside Square

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:

Planning

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

Please contact

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

 

 

17/10/17

 

11321

 

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

How much money was donated by individuals to schools in your area last year? (NB: "Last year" should ideally refer to the financial year 2016/17, but academic or calendar year is also fine if that is easier for you to provide).

If possible, please provide a breakdown of this information by school.

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

Please contact

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

12/10/17

 

11322

 

 I am interested in obtaining data on the discharge of the Council’s statutory homeless duty, particularly with reference to private rented sector; I understand that the council can fully discharge the housing duty towards an applicant by making a ‘private rented sector offer’ (PRSO) under s. 193 (7AA)-(7AC) of the Housing Act 1996 as amended by s. 148 (5)-(7) Localism Act 2011.

I know that the council is not required to make a PRSO within borough, consequently some applicants are being made offers outside of the borough, and outside of London. Can you provide me with a breakdown of:

(a) the geographical location of the properties with which the council have made their PRSOs, and

(b) a summary of (i) the number of instances in which these properties are outside of the borough and (ii) within the borough.

Please find your request and our response below:

a)    The geographical location of the properties with which the Council have made their PSRSO offers

Bedford Borough Council. Attached is a map showing the area of Bedford Borough.

Please contact:

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

b)    A summary of;

i)             the number of instances in which these properties are outside of the Borough

None

ii)            within the Borough:

89

 

6/11/17

 

11323

 

 We would therefore be grateful if you could search your records for  the Hammond Rd site.

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

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

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

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

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

b)    Dates when the landfill was operational.

c)     Types of waste deposited.

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

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

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

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

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

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

If possible, please enclose a copy of your Contaminated Land Strategy with your responses to the above questions.

Thank you for your request for information about Hammond Road, Elms
Farm Industrial Estate which we received on 11th October 2017. Your request has
been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1.
Has the site been identified for inspection or further review under the
Council’s Contaminated Land Strategy (or other Part IIA undertaking)? If
so, please describe the priority status/risk ranking of the site and the
likely timescale for any further scrutiny of the site.
By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was
required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to
inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B
and C of the Act. This site is not listed on our prioritised list of potentially
contaminated sites. Based on information available at this time, it is not
considered likely that the above site will be inspected under the Act.
However, it is possible that new information may become available which
could alter this assessment.

2.
Are there any known contamination issues associated with the site or in
the near vicinity e.g. in terms of former or current contaminative site
uses, leaks or spills of any oil/chemical substances etc.? If there have
been any intrusive investigations at the site or near vicinity, please
provide dates and titles of any reports and confirm whether the reports
are publicly available.
We are not aware of any contamination issues associated with the site, or in
the near vicinity. Neither are we aware of any intrusive investigations having
been undertaken at the site, or in close proximity to it.

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

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

relation to a planning application:

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

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 on www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

3.
Please provide the following details of any current or former landfills located
within a 250m radius of the site:
Please be aware that we hold only limited records of waste deposition. We
would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website

for location of landfills. You
may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at
Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition
records for the Bedford Borough area are held (switchboard: 0300 300 8693).

4.
Are there any known current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions or
enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties, e.g. noise,
odour or dust issues/complaints? If yes, what was the nature of the issue and
what was the outcome?
No, we are not aware of any current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions
or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties.

5.
Are there any known private water supplies recorded on your Local Authority
Private Water Supply Register, within 2km radius of the site? If yes what is
the location (i.e. NGR), the source of abstraction and its purpose?
No, we do not have any private water supplies recorded on our Local
Authority Private Water Supply Register, within a 2km radius of the site.

6. Do you hold any records of flooding at the subject site?
There have been no reported incidents to the Borough Council of flooding at
Hammond Road, Elm Industrial Estate, Bedford.

According to Environment Agency mapping, the property is not at risk from
fluvial/river flooding or reservoir flooding. The surface water mapping shows
localised pockets of surface water flood risk to the south west corner, and to
the western wall of the building. It is advised that the Environment Agency
surface water map is viewed for clarity.

7. Please provide details of any LAAPC/LAPPC authorisations licensed to the
site or to adjoining properties.
There are no LAAPC/ LAPPC authorisations licensed to the site or to
adjoining properties.

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

7/11/17

 

11324

 

Re Hammond Rd site:

To establish if there has ever been any petroleum storage on the site, please would you provide the following information where available:

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

If yes:

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks you for your request regarding previous storage of petroleum in tanks at the site at Hammond Rd, Elms Farm.  I enclose a copy of the information requested.

1. By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was

required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to

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

and C of the Act. This site is not listed on our prioritised list of potentially

contaminated sites. Based on information available at this time, it is not

considered likely that the above site will be inspected under the Act.

However, it is possible that new information may become available which

could alter this assessment.

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

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

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

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

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

relation to a planning application:

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

www.bedford.gov.uk/searchplans

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

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

address:

• You can type this into the simple search screen click on search then

the Related Items Tab.

• Under the Heading Click link below to view planning history, Click on

the address of the property (Please note there may be several addresses

shown click on the one that is relevant to the application you are looking at)

• Click on the Tab - Planning History

• All the relevant applications including conditions are listed here

• For a more detailed Property Search:

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

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

PAGE, on the right hand side:

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

by View Associated Docs

• To view the File Correspondence:

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

documents, please visit the Customer Contact Centre or ring 01234 718068

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

would recommend that you consult the Environment Agency’s website

for location of landfills. You

may also wish to consult the Waste and Minerals Planning Department at

Central Bedfordshire Council, where excavation and waste deposition

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

4.   No, we are not aware of any current or former nuisance issues, prosecutions

or enforcements associated with the site or adjoining properties.

5.  No, we do not have any private water supplies recorded on our Local

Authority Private Water Supply Register, within a 2km radius of the site.

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

 Hammond Road, Elm Industrial Estate, Bedford.

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

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

localised pockets of surface water flood risk to the south west corner, and to

the western wall of the building. It is advised that the Environment Agency

surface water map is viewed for clarity.

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

adjoining properties.

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

7/11/17

 

11325

 

Please provide  details on the number of tickets issued for the offence of using the bus lane between Great Denham and Queens Park. CCTV cameras operate on this bus lane.

Please provide number of tickets issued for each week since beginning of August.

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

I enclose details of the information you requested:

Number of tickets issued for each week since beginning of August 2017.

1-8 August - 8

9-16 August - 17

17-24 August - 4

25-31 August - 8

01-08 September - 5

09-16 September - 10

17-24 September - 13

25-01 October - 6

02-09 October - 3

The bus lane camera remains operational and vehicles issued with Penalty Charge Notices regardless of the bollard working.

It is not relevant for the bus lane to contain a bollard in order for it to be a bus lane.

11/10/17

 

11326

 

1.    What software product(s) are you using to manage your IT Service Management (e.g. Landesk, ServiceNow, Cherwell, Hornbill etc.)?

2.    When does the contract with your current service desk provider end?

3.    How much does your current ITSM service desk tool cost annually?

4.    When will you be looking to review your current service desk tool?

Please find the information you requested set out below,

1. What software product(s) are you using to manage your IT Service Management (e.g. Landesk, ServiceNow, Cherwell, Hornbill etc.)? - LANDesk

2. When does the contract with your current service desk provider end? 24/12/2018

3. How much does your current ITSM service desk tool cost annually? £7,370

4. When will you be looking to review your current service desk tool? There are no plans to review the current service desk tool at present.

6/11/17

 

11327

 

1. How many disabled people have you victimised, harassed or abused?
2. How many times have you been notified of victimisation, harassment or abuse but ignored it?
3. How many prosecutions for misleading prices offences have you taken? (per year since 2004)

4. How many times have you attempted to discipline anyone for doing too much/extra work? 

5. How many times have you commenced disciplinary action against an employee without telling the subject of those proceedings what they were alleged to have done wrong?

6. How many times have you failed to make reasonable adjustments as required by law to assist disabled employees?

7. How many times have you deliberately set about to orchestrate the dismissal of a dedicated, decorated, diligent if disabled employee?

8. How many times have you, or any of your officers, lied to a court of law?

9. How many times have you prosecuted anyone for telling the truth?

10. How many episodes of abuse have you condoned?

 

Please find the information you requested below:

1.     0

2.     None, the Council takes this very seriously.

3.     In 2009 Bedford Borough Council became a Unitary Authority, since 2009 no prosecutions have taken place in relation to misleading prices offences.

4.     0

5.     None, the Council has very clear policies and procedures in place.

6.     0

7.     0

8.     None to the best of our knowledge.

9.     0

10.  0

 

26/10/17

 

11328

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information (held by your insurance team) regarding damage to vehicles caused by poor road conditions on roads under your local authority administration for each financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17.  For each year:

1)      How many claims did you close in 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident?

2)      How many claims remain open for 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident?

3)      The total monetary value of all the claims for vehicle damage caused by, or attributed to, the condition of your road network (such as potholes) for 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident?

4)      The total number of successful claims (on the part of the claimant) for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the condition of your road network (such as potholes) for 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident?

5)      The total monetary value of the successful claims for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the conditions of your road network (such as potholes) for 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident?

Please find the information you requested inserted in text below. 

1)      How many claims did you close in 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident?              169 : 73

2)      How many claims remain open for 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident?              3 : 32     

3)      The total monetary value of all the claims for vehicle damage caused by, or attributed to, the condition of your road network (such as potholes) for 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident?£28,150.25 : £37,760.15

4)      The total number of successful claims (on the part of the claimant) for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the condition of your road network (such as potholes) for 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident? 8: 19

5)      The total monetary value of the successful claims for vehicle damage caused by or attributed to the conditions of your road network (such as potholes) for 2015/16 and 2016/17 regardless of their year of submission, or the date of the alleged incident? £3,234.25 : £21,508.49

 

2015/16

2016/17

1.       Open claims

3

32

2.       Closed claims

169

73

Total Claims (Q1 + Q2)

172

105

3.       Values of all claims

£28,150.25

£37,760.15

4.       Number of successful claims

8

19

5.       Value of successful claims

£3,234.25

£21,508.49

18/10/17

 

11329

 

1.    Further to my email dated 2 October would you also email me copies of the case officer’s reports which were submitted to the “deciding-officer” for consideration, which led to the making of the undermentioned public path orders please?

a)    Bedford Borough Council (Bletsoe: Part of Bridleway No. 10) Public Path Diversion Order 2017

b)    Bedford Borough Council (Dean & Shelton: Part of Footpath No. S2) Public Path Diversion Order 2017

c)    Bedford Borough Council (Wilden: Part of Footpath No. 40) Public Path Diversion Order 2017

d)    Bedford Borough Council (Wymington: Part of Footpath No. 1) [Etc] Public Path Diversion Order 2017

2.    Are there any other reports, apart from the eight copies I have now requested, which have been approved, refused or are pending a decision and which have not been published on the Council’s website? If so, would you inform me which proposals they relate to please?

3.    Finally, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the name and appointment/post title of the deciding officer.

The requestor has withdrawn

 

16/10/17

 

11330

 

Would you email me copies of the case officer’s reports which were submitted to the “deciding-officer” for consideration, which led to the making of the undermentioned public path orders please?

1.    Bedford Borough Council (Oakley: Bridleway No. 11) Public Path Extinguishment Order 2017

2.    Bedford Borough Council (Wilden: Part of Footpath No. 6) Public Path Diversion Order 2017

3.    Bedford Borough Council (Wilden: Part of Footpath No. 7) Public Path Extinguishment Order 2017

4.    Bedford Borough Council (Wilstead: Part of Footpath No. 8) Public Path Diversion Order 2017

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

 

I enclose a copy of the information you requested.

Please contact:

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

 

30/10/17

 

11331

 

 

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:Manor Road, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

 

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

 

17/10/17

 

11332

 

RE: Manor Road, Kempston,

I would like to receive search information for the above property Con29

3.7 Outstanding Notices

3.11 Compulsory Purchase

3.12 Contaminated Land

3.13 Radon Gas

This request was closed as information provided as general business.

 

8/11/17

 

11333

 

This request concerns mental health issues faced by social work staff at your authority.

1)      Please state the number of:

a)      Qualified social workers

b)      All social work staff

at your authority who took long term sick leave, defined as being on leave for 28 or more calendar days (i.e., 4 working weeks) for any reason in each of the following financial years:

i)                 2012/13

ii)                2013/14

iii)               2014/15

iv)               2015/16

v)                2016/17

vi)               2017/18 to 01/09/17

2)      Please state the number of

a)      Qualified social workers

b)      All social work staff

at local authority who took long term sick leave, defined as being on leave for 28 or more calendar days (i.e., 4 working weeks) due to mental health issues, in each of the following financial years:

i)                 2012/13

ii)                2013/14

iii)               2014/15

iv)               2015/16

v)                2016/17

vi)               2017/18 to 01/09/17

3)      Please state the number of permanent

a)      Qualified social workers

b)      All social work staff

at your authority who left your employment for any reason in each of the following financial years.

i)                 2012/13

ii)                2013/14

iii)               2014/15

iv)               2015/16

v)                2016/17

vi)               2017/18 to 01/09/17

 

4)      Please state the number of permanent

a)      Qualified social workers

b)      All social work staff

at your authority who left your employment due to mental health issues in each of the following financial years.

i)                 2012/13

ii)                2013/14

iii)               2014/15

iv)               2015/16

v)                2016/17

vi)               2017/18 to 01/09/17

Please find the information you requested below:

Please note for Qualified Social Workers we have included, ASYE Social Workers , Social Workers, Experienced Social Workers, Advanced Practitioners, Social Workers, and Team Managers. For Social Work Staff we have included all staff that work in Children’s and Adults Social Care (including the support staff such as the Kitchen Staff and Administrators).

 

Question 1 (Any Reason)

A)*Qualified Social Workers

B)*All Social Work Staff

2012/13

4

51

2013/14

5

36

2014/15

13

77

2015/16

6

85

2016/17

14

51

2017/18 to 01/09/17

1

31

 

 

 

Question 2 (Mental Health Issues)

A)*Qualified Social Workers

B)*All Social Work Staff

2012/13

2

11

2013/14

1

6

2014/15

7

15

2015/16

2

17

2016/17

8

16

2017/18 to 01/09/17

0

5

 

 

 

Question 3 (*Leaving - any reason)

A)*Qualified Social Workers

B)*All Social Work Staff

2012/13

15

50

2013/14

18

58

2014/15

20

97

2015/16

14

56

2016/17

13

55

2017/18 to 01/09/17

9

33

*Please note the reason for leaving includes instances where the decision to leave was that of the employee (resignation, retirement and voluntary redundancy).

Question 4- we do not hold this information as we record reasons for leaving under broad categories.

10/11/17

 

11334

 

 

 I request the following 1965 to 1972 all information will be held in your archive department in the children’s committee notes and minutes of meetings including all correspondence of the following groups.  And  information  about the riots at the school debated  in the full council minutes of meetings this is for the riots in march 78 to 81

 

Badgeworth group of schools owners X in Gloucestershire

Badgeworth school Badgeworth

Clouds house Wiltshire

 

Gloucester police

Wiltshire police

Another police force.

Any warnings of any sort.

All documents in regards to the setup of the said school. Clouds hse

Did the council have any legal responsible to the school though the education dept. or any other  department

 

2. I also request information about any associated correspondence in particular '

 

Any correspondence from or to any police force in regards to the above mentioned.

Complaints made by a child non sexual

Complaints made by a child Sexual

Complaints made by staff at the school

Also non-school staff.

Members of the Public

Cheltenham social services

Non Gloucester social services

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

Bedfordshire Archives Service has checked for any reference to the Badgeworth group of schools and Clouds House Wiltshire in the following:

·  minutes of the Education Committee 1965-1972 (reference EM44-48)

·  minutes of the Social Services Committee 1970-1972 (SSM1)

· the index to the County Solicitor’s files

· full council minutes 1978-1981 (CCM16)

Prior to the Social Services Committee being formed in 1970 it is possible that there was a Children’s Committee (there is a reference to the Public Assistance Committee being superseded partly by the Welfare Committee and partly by the Children’s Committee in 1948) however we do not appear to have received any minutes of this committee.

None of the minutes or the indexes searched appears to have any reference to the schools in question, nor to any of the associated material mentioned in the request.

 

 

23/10/17

 

11335

 

1. For the financial years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 (and giving individual figures for each year), please tell me how much of council funds was paid to outside agencies or private sector contractors for the provision of any council services - to put this another way, what was the total value of services commissioned by the council, and therefore not provided by the council's own employees?

 

2. How much was spent, or what was the total cost to the council or services provided in-house (not by an external contractor) for each financial year.

 

3.  What was the council's full budget for each financial year?

 

4. For the year 2016-17 only, please provide a list of all external contractors for the provision of council services and how much was paid to, or invoiced to each.

 

5. Does the council have a policy to refer to service users as customers, clients, residents, taxpayers, or otherwise, in its documentation and web material? Please specify which.

Please find the information below:   

1.

 

Gross Expenditure External Contracts
£ million

2014/2015

229.5

2015/2016

237.2

2016/2017

233.8

2.

 

 

Gross Expenditure Internal Services
£ million

2014/2015

119.0

2015/2016

118.4

2016/2017

115.8

3.  The council's full budget for each financial year

4.  The link below shows payments for supplies and services over £500.

Supplier Payments

5. The council does not have such a policy.

10/11/17

 

11336

 

David Hodgson As you have failed to respond to any of my email to this address (dave.hodgson@bedford.gov.uk)  of a serious nature, regarding departments within the council. 

1. What percentage of emails do you actually read sent to the above address 

2. What percentage of emails do respond to personal to you from the above address  

3. What percentage of email are read by staff and not acted on to the above address

4. What percentage of emails are read by staff and responded to in your name to the above address

5. What percentage are read by staff  and responded to in other staff names to the above address

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

I confirm that the working of the office means that the Mayor and the support staff in his office have access to incoming emails. As such, incoming correspondence may be read by the Mayor and officers or just one. Likewise, there may be discussion of that correspondence between the Mayor and officers and re-reading of the enquiry and a draft response and/or reference to others to read and respond. While the objective is to ensure all emails are responded to appropriately and efficiently we do not keep data on the individual steps taken and then aggregate this into overall figures for the office. As there does not appear to be a business specific purpose for the Council to gather the data sought it has no plans to commence gathering it.

 

2/11/17

 

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