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11152

 

Please find below a number of questions relating to adult social care provision to be considered under the Freedom of Information Act. Please answer each question in respect to the area covered by your local authority.

Terms used in this request

2016/17 refers to the financial year 1st April – 31st March

Domiciliary care refers to social care commissioned by the local authority and provided in a person’s home, and may also variously be referred to as homecare, care at home, or support at home.

FOI questions

1.   (a) In total, how many adults received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority from external providers in 2016/17?

(b)  Of this total, how many were aged i) 18 -64 ii) 65+.

2.   In the past year (up to 29 July 2017),  what percentage of domiciliary care visits commissioned from external providers were delivered in

a) 15 minutes or less

b) 16 – 30 minutes

3.   In total, how many adults who received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority in the year 2016/17 received any visits lasting 15 minutes or less as part of their care package?

4.   In 2016/17 did the local authority commission any 15-minute visits for personal care? Please provide a copy of the local authority’s policy (or other relevant documents) on commissioning domiciliary care visits lasting 15 minutes or less. 

5.   In total, how many hours of domiciliary care were commissioned by the local authority from external providers in the year 2016/17?

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

Please find below a number of questions relating to adult social care provision to be considered under the Freedom of Information Act. Please answer each question in respect to the area covered by your local authority.

Terms used in this request

2016/17 refers to the financial year 1st April – 31st March

Domiciliary care refers to social care commissioned by the local authority and provided in a person’s home, and may also variously be referred to as homecare, care at home, or support at home.

1.               (a) In total, how many adults received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority from external providers in 2016/17?

1,358

(b)          Of this total, how many were aged i) 18 -64 ii) 65+.

18-64 (369)

65+ (989)

2.            In the past year (up to 29 July 2017),  what percentage of domiciliary care visits commissioned from external providers were delivered in

a) 15 minutes or less

b) 16 – 30 minutes

Data not available

3.     In total, how many adults who received domiciliary care commissioned by the local authority in the year 2016/17 received any visits lasting 15 minutes or less as part of their care package?

Data not available

4.     In 2016/17 did the local authority commission any 15-minute visits for personal care? Please provide a copy of the local authority’s policy (or other relevant documents) on commissioning domiciliary care visits lasting 15 minutes or less. 

We do not use 15 minute calls for personal care

5.     In total, how many hours of domiciliary care were commissioned by the local authority from external providers in the year 2016/17? Data not available

29/9/17

 

11153

 

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

 Furzefield

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

 

8/9/17

 

11154

 

Could you please provide a list in excel format of all businesses within your coverage area that currently hold one or more of the following:

- Premises licence

- Caravan site licence

Within these results, please include as far as possible the following details:

1. Business name

2. Business type (hotel, restaurant, etc)

3. Mailing address

4. Business manager / representative

5. Email 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 hold the information you requested.

In regards to Premises licence

The Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested a list of Premises licence

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

1. States that above is exempt information.

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

The register is available for viewing please note that email addresses will not be on the register. Please contact licensing at licensing@bedford.gov.uk or tel: 01234 276935 to arrange viewing.

To provide email addresses to those (where we hold them) would require the individual files being accessed.

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. There are approximately 549 Premises Licence, to retrieve file and identify email addresses the minimum time would be 5 mins per file. 549 x 5 = 2745 minutes.

In regards to Caravan site licence

Please see attached. Please note some information has been withheld.

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

1. States that above is exempt information.

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

26/9/17

 

11155

 

I am making this freedom of information request to ask about fee rates which are being paid to care homes within the local authority. I hope it will be possible to get answers to the following questions.

  1. What is the average weekly fee currently (financial year 2017/18) being paid by your authority to support older (65+) residents of independent sector care homes in a) residential care and b) nursing care? Note: average weekly fees should be stated gross of user charges and net of NHS FNC payable by CCGs*
  2. How many older (65+) residents are you currently** supporting in independent sector care homes for a) residential care and b) nursing care***?
  3. How many residents are you currently** supporting in local authority operated residential care homes***?

* For example, a local authority supports an individual in nursing care at a fee rate of £855 per week including NHS FNC and the local authority receives client contributions of £190 per week. With NHS FNC in England at £155 per week, the weekly fee gross of user charges and net of NHS FNC is £700.

**Latest available figure

***Include full cost payers, if any

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

I am making this freedom of information request to ask about fee rates which are being paid to care homes within the local authority. I hope it will be possible to get answers to the following questions.

What is the average weekly fee currently (financial year 2017/18) being paid by your authority to support older (65+) residents of independent sector care homes in:

a) residential care £628.26

b) nursing care £635.34

Note: average weekly fees should be stated gross of user charges and net of NHS FNC payable by CCGs*

How many older (65+) residents are you currently** supporting in independent sector care homes for:

a)    residential care 305

b) nursing care 68***

How many residents are you currently** supporting in local authority operated residential care homes?

123***

* For example, a local authority supports an individual in nursing care at a fee rate of £855 per week including NHS FNC and the local authority receives client contributions of £190 per week. With NHS FNC in England at £155 per week, the weekly fee gross of user charges and net of NHS FNC is £700.

**Latest available figure

***Include full cost payers, if any

27/9/17

 

11156

 

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

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

RE:Aviary Walk, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

 

8/9/17

 

11157

 

Regarding the issue of statutory nuisance and noise abatement complaints received by your authority, could you please provide responses to the following six questions covering the two time periods stated below:
1st August 2015 – 31st July 2016
1st August 2016 – 31st July 2017
1How many statutory nuisance complaints did the council receive?  
2How many noise abatement orders did the council issue?  
3How many noise abatement orders have been broken?  
4How many fines were given out for broken noise abatement orders?  
5What was the total value of these fines?  

6. How many complaints has the council received for each of the following categories in the time periods below?
Number of complaints from 1st August 2015 – 31st July 2016
Number of complaints from 1st August 2016 – 31st July 2017
Issue
Noise (including loud music and barking dogs)  
Artificial light (except street lights)  
Smokes, fumes or gases  
A build-up of rubbish   
High hedges, trees or boundaries  
Animals – e.g. smells, damage, number of animals  
Condition and maintenance of domestic premises  
Parking and vehicles including mobile homes, caravans and all other motorised and non-motorised vehicles  

Applicant has not responded to clarification request

 

11158

 

This new request is under freedom of information and I'm interested in the following:-  Regarding Goldington Avenue: from the video evidence:                   

   1) the period  covered by the  video monitoring (date from and to)

   2) the number of conflicts

   3)how the conflicts appeared to be resolved.

Traffic volumes:                                 

   1) the traffic volumes on Goldington Avenue, Campbell Road and Bradgate Road, in both directions in hourly time slots (preferably in PDF file(s). (I received something similar for surveys in Nov 2013)

Thank you for your request for information about the one way in Goldington Avenue which we received on 1 September 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The information you requested is as follows:

 

From the video evidence:              

1) the period  covered by the video monitoring (date from and to)

2) the number of conflicts

3)how the conflicts appeared to be resolved.

 

Bedford Borough Council Officers in Highways collected video evidence for a week in June 2015. This data did not show any conflicts on the road during this period.

The Ward Councillors then requested further data is collected in November 2015, which covered a period of 4 weeks. This data was presented direct to the Ward Councillors to analyse.

 

Traffic volumes:                                 

1) the traffic volumes on Goldington Avenue, Campbell Road and Bradgate Road, in both directions in hourly time slots (preferably in PDF file(s). (I received something similar for surveys in Nov 2013)

 

Officers in Highways did not carry out any further volume surveys, as the scheme was cancelled.

27/9/17

 

11159 - 11162

 

Request 1: 

Please confirm or deny if your local authority, or a lead provider contracted by your local authority, places any caps on the total volume of activity for the fitting and removal of intra-uterine devices (IUD) and systems (IUS) in your area within (a) community services (not general practice) and (b) GP practices

If confirm, please provide the cap on the volume of activity for the fitting and removal of intra-uterine devices (IUD) and systems (IUS) for the financial years (i) 2015/16, (ii) 2016/17 and (iii) 2017/18

Request 2: 

Please confirm or deny if your local authority, or a lead provider contracted by your local authority, places any caps on the total volume of activity for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants in your area within (a) community services (not general practice) and (b) GP practices

If confirm, please provide the cap on the volume of activity for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants for the financial years (i) 2015/16, (ii) 2016/17 and (iii) 2017/18

Request 3:

Please provide the total volume of activity for the fitting and removal of intra-uterine devices (IUD) and systems (IUS) in your area within (a) community services (not general practice) for the financial years (i) 2015/16 and (ii) 2016/17 and within (b) GP practices for the financial years (i) 2015/16 and (ii) 2016/17

Request 4:

Please provide the total volume of activity for the fitting and removal of contraceptive implants in your area within (a) community services (not general practice) for the financial years (i) 2015/16 and (ii) 2016/17 and within (b) GP practices for the financial years (i) 2015/16 and (ii) 2016/17

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

 

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

 

Please contact

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

 

19/9/17

 

11163

 

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

Harrold Place

High Street

Harrold

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council 

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

8/9/17

 

11164

 

1. the number of complaints made to environmental health about the occupier of property at wybridge close by other residents of wybridge close since 2013

2. the dates of those complaints

3. a copy of each complaint with any necessary obfuscation to comply with dpa

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. The number of complaints made to Environmental Health about the occupier of 8 Wybridge Close by other residents of Wybridge Close since 2013.

The Council has one complaint about Wybridge Close.

The dates of those complaints.

28th July 2017

  1. A copy of each complaint with any necessary obfuscation to comply with dpa.

The complaint reported noise, odour and rat activity emanating from number Wybridge Close.

27/9/17

 

11165

 

 1. the date of every instance that the EH pest control has called out to a rat problem in the village of KEYSOE in the period 1997-2017

 2. the precise address in KEYSOE that suffered the rat problem

3. if the address is prevented from being disclosed under the dpa the approximate location in keysoe (street will suffice)

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

 

Please see attached

 

Please contact

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

30/11/17

 

11166

 

I am leasing shop from bedford council and I would like to know if I can provide service washes /ironing services to social services or to Bedford borough .What is the process for this please.

Closed as General Business

 

11/9/17

 

11167

 

I would like the information to be emailed to me in electronic form. 

Please confirm:-

1) in the financial years 2016-17 (full year) and separately 2017-18 (for the period of 1st April 2017 until 31st August 2017)

I) total number of summons issued in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates.

II) total number of Liability Orders obtained in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates.

III) total number of referrals made to Enforcement Officers (Bailiffs) to enforce Liability Orders for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates. 

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) in the financial years 2016-17 (full year) and separately 2017-18 (for the period of 1st April 2017 until 31st August 2017)
I) total number of summons issued in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates.
2016-17 749
2017-18 (as at 31 August 2017) 316

II) total number of Liability Orders obtained in the Magistrates Court for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates.
2016-17 436
2017-18 (as at 31 August 2017) 164

III) total number of referrals made to Enforcement Officers (Bailiffs) to enforce Liability Orders for non-payment either in whole or in part of non-domestic (business rates) rates.
2016-17 236
2017-18 (as at 31 August 2017) 121

 

21/9/17

 

11168

 

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating to 'public health act' or 'welfare' or 'contract' or 'paupers' funerals having taken place or due to take place, and/or persons who have died with no  known next of kin since 1/6/17 to the day of your reply. Please include:

 1. full names of deceased persons,
 2. dates of death,
 3. marital status,
 4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
 5. dates of birth or ages at death,
 6. last known addresses,
 7. estimated value of estates,
 8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that
 is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Government Legal Department (formerly Treasury Solicitor) or the Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or, confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

Further to your request for information dated 4 sept 2017, I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1.         States that the above is exempt information.

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

Public Health Funerals

 

29/9/17

 

11169

 

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-

1. A list of all properties that have any credit balance on their council tax account

2. The account number

3. The account holder

4. The property address including postcode

5. Billing Authority Reference Number

6. The current balance

7. Account Start Date

8. Account End 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 find the information you requested attached. 

Please contact

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

2/10/17

 

11170

 

 1) Out of the planning applications that you have received in the last 5 years featuring use category A5, how many of these applications have been granted planning permission?

2) Out of the planning applications that you have received in the last 5 years featuring use category A5, how many of these applications have been refused planning permission?

3) Out of these refused applications (detailed in question 2), how many have been appealed by the applicant?

4)  Out of these applications appealed by the applicant (detailed in question 3), how many of the appeals have been allowed?

5) Does your council currently have a Local Plan Document or Supplementary Planning Document in place, which details the council’s approach to fast food takeaway planning applications?

5a. If YES, when did you release this document? (Please detail the month and year)

5b. If NO, do you have plans to release a document of this description? (Please detail the month and year you expect to release this document)

 

Thank you for your request for information about planning applications featuring Use Class A5 under the Town and Country Planning Act (Use Classes) Order 1987 which we received on 4 September 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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

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.’A5’, this will show planning applications relating to Use Class A5.

 

Does your council currently have a Local Plan Document or Supplementary Planning Document in place, which details the council’s approach to fast food takeaway planning applications?

 

No, not at this current time.

 

18/9/17

 

11171

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please could you provide me with details of the council's 'cautionary contacts list' (CCL) or similar database.

A CCL is a system or register which lists potentially aggressive or abusive customers or members of the public, in an effort to protect council staff from potentially harmful situations, including physical assault and verbal abuse.

Individual departments may have their own lists, such as an “Adults Integrated System”, or have a marker known as a Cautionary Contact Flag.

Under data protection laws, it is important that I do not receive the names or addresses of those people on the register. However, I do seek other details including the ages (if known), the length of time they have been on the list (if known), the reasons for their inclusion and the council department who may come into contact with the person (if known).

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

 

Please find attached the information you have requested. 

Please contact

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

 

29/9/17

 

11172

 

We have unsuccessfully sought to obtain clarifications on a number of issues identified through our analysis through earlier discussions with the Council and now wish to formally request information on the following:

·        The evidence and analysis which underpins the conclusion of the Council’s ‘Education Implications for Local Plan 2035’ report (April 2017) that additional demand cannot be accommodated in Willington. This is simply a statement in the report with no supporting evidence, and we require further information on the approach taken to arrive at this conclusion. Is this based on forecasts or historic evidence on pupil numbers?

·        Related to the above, was the ‘Education Implications…’ analysis for Willington based on the catchment area of the local school(s), the extent of the forecast planning area or another approach? This is not specified and we require clarification on whether its conclusion for Willington is based solely on assessed capacity in the combined Willington/Cople Lower Schools. Would available capacity within walking distance be seen to justify housing allocations in Willington based on its methodology?

·        Confirmation that the outcomes of recent consultations on proposed mergers were known when the ‘Education Implications…’ report was produced, which appears to be the case (paragraph 4.4)

·        Confirmation on how the proposed merging of Great Barford Lower School and Alban Church of England Academy will affect the number of places available across the two sites. When combined, we have calculated that the schools currently have capacity to accommodate 735 pupils, which far exceeds their intended joint operation as a one form entry primary school from September 2018. I note that an intake of 30 reception pupils is planned for next September

·        Noting that new classrooms are to be delivered on the Willington and Cople sites to aid their transition to a joint one form entry primary school, confirmation of the scope to further expand buildings on these sites and at other primary schools in the area around Willington

·        The level of growth taken into account within the latest published SCAP forecasts. Is this based on the Council’s annual housing supply monitoring or another data source? Is it appropriate to use this monitoring report to identify residential growth in Willington which may have an impact on school provision?

Thank you for your request for information about School Organisation and Planning which we received on 4th September 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Response: These conclusions were based on a combination of known pupil numbers and the forecast growth caused by the transition to two tier education
 
Response: As previously answered; the capacity was based on known and forecast pupil numbers as a result of two tier. The forecast shortage of pupil spaces was addressed by the merger of the two schools and the addition of a single classroom on each site. No additional capacity beyond the forecast is available. There are no other schools within walking distance.

Response: Yes we were aware that Willington and Cople are combining. The combining did not free up any capacity and only if the school was to relocate onto a development site would additional capacity be able to be provided. 

Response: One form of entry is forecast at each site and the possibility that this may create capacity was noted in the Education Implications Paper. This relied particularly on the discussions concerning the Central Bedfordshire Children and where they would attend. This however does not mean that development in Willington is now possible. New dwellings would not be in walking distance of Great Barford schools. Bedford Borough would not consider the provision of free school transport to facilitate the movement of children from Willington to Great Barford.

Response: There is no further scope to expand these sites. The additional classroom on each site allows for the move to two tier education which involves the retaing of Years 5 and 6 and the formation of a single form of entry Primary school split by age across two sites. Both sites are constricted and have the minimum play area to satisfy requirements. Urban area schools are all at capacity.  Shortstown and Cotton End are at capacity. There is no school at Cardington.  

Response: For the SCAP return we use the monitoring report of planning permissions as the starting point and take account of whether any of the developments are for non pupil generating uses, adjust if for flats, apply pupil generation rates and collate per catchment area. This is an appropriate methodology

 

26/9/17

 

11173

 

I would like to request a freedom of information for parking pcn issued at a particular site. As I believe the signage is inadequate, and that in turn pcn's are being issues on a daily basis which would support this theory.

The site in question is Bedford southern bypass. North kerb facing east in lay by. A 3 or 6 month period from today's date would be adequate

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.

I would like to request a freedom of information for parking pcn issued at a particular site. As I believe the signage is inadequate, and that in turn pcn's are being issues on a daily basis which would support this theory.

The site in question is Bedford southern bypass. North kerb facing east in lay by. A 3 or 6 month period from today's date would be adequate.

There has been 268 Penalty Charge Notices issued to vehicles in contravention in the layby on the Bedford Southern Bypass since 04/03/2017 to date.

5/9/17

 

11174

 

Please can I have as much of the following information:

Registration number:

Make:

Model:

Licence to:

Licence from:

Of all vehicles registered as a hackney carriage or for private hire from 20/02/2017 to 4/09/2017.

Please can I have acknowledgment of this email to avoid multiple requests?

Further to your request for information dated 9/8/17, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested:

Registration number:
Make:
Model:
Licence to:
Licence from:
Of all vehicles registered as a hackney carriage or for private hire from 20/02/2017 to 4/09/2017.

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

1.  States that above is exempt information.

2.  Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).
The register is available for viewing, please contact licensing at licensing@bedford.gov.uk or tel: 01234 276935 to arrange viewing.

12/9/17

 

11175

 

Please may I be provided with the following information:

1)      The number of Community Protection Notice (CPN) Warnings issued by the local authority for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017;

2)      The number of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) issued by the local authority for the time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017;

3)      Brief details of the circumstances/reasons on why each of the CPNs and CPN warnings were issued;

4)      The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a CPN for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available;

5)      The initial ‘fine’ amount of a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a CPN.

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

1) The number of Community Protection Notice (CPN) warnings issued by the local authority for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017;

1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015: 1

1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016: 16

1 October 2016 to September 2017: 62

2) The number of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) issued by the local authority for the time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017;

1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015: 1

1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016: 2

1 October 2016 to September 2017: 17

3) Brief details of the circumstances/reasons on why each of the CPNs and CPN warnings were issued;

As these are on-going enforcement cases we cannot provide details on individual circumstances.  However the categories they fall within are Waste related issues on private land, vehicle related issue, Noise Nuisance; Dogs related offences and overgrown gardens.

 

4) The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a CPN for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available;

1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015: 0

1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016: 0

1 October 2016 to September 2017: 4

5) The initial ‘fine’ amount of a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a CPN.

The amount of the FPN is £100 with a reduced rate of £60 if paid within eight days.

25/9/17

11176

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the following information:

1. the amount of money spent on asbestos management in schools between 2006 and 2016 (to include the costs of surveys, staff training and work to enclose asbestos within schools) 2. the amount of money spent on asbestos removal from schools between 2006 and 2016 3. the amount of money spent on fines for breaches in the safe management of asbestos in schools between 2006 and 2016 4. funding sought from the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016 5. the amount of funding approved by the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016 6. the projected budget for future management of asbestos in schools between 2017 and 2027

Thank you for your request for information about Asbestos Management which we received on 5 September. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Our Response:

We do not have records from prior to 2009 when Bedford Unitary Authority was formed.

Academy schools carry out their own capital works and are not required to report asbestos to the Authority.

We do not have a programme for the systematic removal of asbestos from schools and therefore do not have funding for that specific purpose.

The Local Authority and Academies are required to comply with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. This requires the recording of known or suspected instances of asbestos in their property and to manage the encapsulation or certified removal of the material on a case by case basis as the property is developed or maintained. The cost of this removal is therefore contained within the costs of the many hundreds of school projects which have occurred over this timeframe and is not available as a collated item for reporting

12/917

 

11177

 

Since 1.4.16 to the date of this e-mail how many times has the council taken action to take children away from foster parents because of concerns for the children’s welfare? In each case provide a brief description as to what those concerns were.

Since 1.4.16 to the date of this e-mail how many times has the council taken action to place a child from a Christian background into a foster care family with a Muslim background?

Since 1.4.16 to the date of this e-mail how many times has the council taken action to place a child from a Muslim background into a foster care family with a Christian background?

Applicant has not responded to clarification request.

 

 

11178

 

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

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

Applecross Walk, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

8/9/17

 

11179

 

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

Dorsey Drive

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your 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

 

8/9/17

 

11180

 

 

Please may I be provided with the following information:

1)      Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] put forward for consultation by the local authority during the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of what was outlawed under the proposals);

2)      Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] introduced by the local authority for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of each act outlawed under the order);

3)      The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a PSPO for the following time periods: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; 1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available;

4)      The initial ‘fine’ amount for a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a PSPO.

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)      Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] put forward for consultation by the local authority during the following time periods:

1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; - PSPO Town Centre Cycling Restrictions – Consultation ran 20/7/15 - 30/9/15

1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; - PSPO Dog Control Order - Consultation ran from 18/4/16 – 31/5/16

1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of what was outlawed under the proposals); - PSPO Dog Control Order – Expansion of the Dog Control Orders to cover new areas  - Consultation ran from 9/5/17 – 31/7/17

Please click here for information on dog control order

 

2)      Details of each Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] introduced by the local authority for the following time periods:

      1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; - None

1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; - PSPO - Town Centre Cycling Restrictions - No person shall cycle/ride bicycles through the main pedestrian area of the town centre between the designated times (09:00hrs and 18:00hrs). This order will come into force on 16 May 2016 for a period of three years until 15 May 2019.

Please click here for cycle rides

 

PSPO - Dog Control Order - The Dogs Exclusion Order: The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to permit the dog to enter or remain on any land to which this Order applies.

The Dogs On Leads Order: The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to ensure that a dog is kept on a lead on any land to which the Order applies. 

The Dogs On Leads by Direction Order: The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to put that dog on a lead under the direction of an authorised officer on any land to which the Order applies.

The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order: The effect of this Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to remove faeces forthwith from any land to which the Order applies.

 

Please click for information on street cleaning and care

1 October 2016 to the most recent statistics for September 2017 (details should include the wording of the Order and a brief description of each act outlawed under the order); - None

1)      The number of fixed penalty notices issued for breach of a PSPO for the following time periods:

1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015; - None

1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016; - 34

1 October 2016 to September 2017 or the most recent statistics available; - 31

The initial ‘fine’ amount for a fixed penalty notice issued for breach of a PSPO. - £50.00 if paid within 8 days, £75 thereafter.

29/9/17

 

11181

 

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

 Chestnut Avenue

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

8/9/17

 

11182

 

I am writing to request data from Bedford Borough Council for the road (including name and/or postcode of the road) most complained about for maintenance reasons e.g. potholes, road surface etc. including the number of complaints it received. I also request data for the road which has had the most money spent on it by the council for repairs. 

I request this data for the year 2016/17

Thank you for your request for information about the most complained road which we received on 6 September 2017. Your request has been considered under the

Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The information you requested is as follows:

Name of the road which has received the most complaints for maintenance reasons and number of complaints its received in 2016/17

Paula Radcliffe Way (MK41 7PJ) and Ampthill Road (MK42 9QL) both received 22 complaints about potholes

Name of the road which has had the most money spent on it and the value of repairs to that road in £'s in 2016/17. 

Paula Radcliffe Way (MK41 7PJ) had the most expenditure for reactive repairs - £20,000.

3/10/17

 

11183

 

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

 Rochester Way

Shortstown

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

 

8/9/17

 

11184

 

 - How many recorded accidents on zebra crossings have there been in Bedfordshire over the last year (August 2016 – August 2017)
- How many recorded accidents on zebra crossings were there in Bedfordshire 5 years ago (August 2011 – August 2012)

 

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

Please find the information you requested attached which is for Bedford Borough not Bedfordshire

Please contact

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

29/9/17

 

11185

 

Please can you advise the following information –

Do you currently have a contract(s) in place with a Managed Service Provider for temporary staffing requirements?

Can you confirm who this/these are with?

Please advise the start date of this/these?

Please advise the end date of this/these?

Please advise the duration (including possible extensions)?

Please advise the categories of staff this contract(s) covers?

What’s the annual spend via the contract(s)?

Please advise the breakdown per category of the spend via the contract?

Is there any off contract spend? If so how much?

Does this only cover temporary or does it include permanent staffing?

If both, please advise the temporary/permanent split?

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.      Yes.

2.      Guidant.

3.      1.9.09.

4.      31.8.19.

5.      Duration confirmed above, we have no further ability to extend.

6.      Admin, Industrial, Social Work, Care, Professional  & Technical.

7.      £11,019,000 (2016/017)

8.      Not available

9.      £762,000 (2016/2017)

10.   Has the ability to cover assistance with permanent recruitment, however, we have a central recruitment team to process direct recruitment.

11.   Not relevant based on response to question 10 above.

              

 

29/9/17

 

11186

 

1.     Does the local authority gather information on cases/referrals where an early help/intervention service is offered to children with needs recorded at a threshold below/prior that of ‘child in need’ (Children Act 1989)?

2.     Please can you tell me the numbers of closed, opened, and active cases of early intervention with children, young people and their families not reaching thresholds for recording as Children in Need statutory cases.

3.     What groups of practitioners are case-holders or ‘lead professionals’ with regard to early intervention work with children and families?

4     Please supply broad detail of models of practice used in working with this service users group. For example, Team around the Child, or Team around the Family, Common Assessment Framework (CAF) or other multi-agency systems of practice.

5     If primary reasons for referral are routinely recorded in any statistical returns or reports for this service user group, please supply aggregate data for the most recent annual report?

6   In addition, if data breakdown of cases by age, gender, and ethnicity is recorded, please supply with the other information requested as above.

7 Does the authority compile strategic reviewing reports describing and analysing the early help/intervention work undertaken with children and families and can recent examples be supplied as part of this FOI request? For example, any recent reports or audits which describe the frameworks and models for local multi-agency practice in early help or intervention would be greatly appreciated.

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.   

 

Please contact

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

21/9/17

 

11187

 

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:STEWARTBY, BEDFORD,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

22/9/17

 

11188

 

I am contacting you regarding any information you hold regarding Asbestos within the property at  Lime Street 

This was developed into flats in 2013-14 and I was told by BC you would be able to assist as an asbestos report regarding the original building use (office) would be filed with you. If I am contacting the wrong person I would be keen to know how I find out if the now removed ceiling tiles contained asbestos.

Applicant has not responded to clarification request

 

 

11189

 

Please can you forward me any statistical information regarding noise nuisance issues that have been investigated, any that have been served noise abatement notices and also how many cases may have proceeded to court.

Thank you for your request for information about noise investigations, notices and prosecutions which we received on 8th September 2017, your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Bedford Borough Council became a unitary authority in April 2009 and information can only be provided from that date.  The information given relates specifically to noise investigations and not to any other type of statutory nuisance.

1. Number of noise complaints received by Bedford Borough Council over the last 10 years.

Year                      No. noise complaints received by
                                      Bedford Borough Council
2009   882
2010   852
2011   917
2012   813
2013   954
2014   773
2015   768
2016   907
2017 (up to 25/9/17) 581


2. Number of noise abatement notices issued by Bedford Borough Council over the last 10  years.

Year  No. noise abatement notices
   issued by Bedford Borough Council
2009  16
2010  8
2011  5
2012  9
2013  3
2014  10
2015  10
2016  18
2017 (up to 25/9/17) 3

3. Number of prosecutions for breach of noise abatement notices taken by Bedford Borough Council over the last 10 years.
 
Year No. of prosecutions for breach of noise
 abatement notices taken by Bedford Borough Council
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 2
2013 1
2014 0
2015 1
2016 1
2017 (up to 25/9/17) 1 

6/10/17

 

11190

 

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

Edward Road

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

22/9/17

 

11191

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would formally like to request a copy of any advice notes and advice (whether written or electronic) and related correspondence (whether written or electronic) produced by Councillors for De Parys Ward Bedford over the last six months (April 2017 to date) regarding traffic issues in the Goldington Avenue area.

In addition I would formally like to request a copy of any advice notes and advice (whether written or electronic) and related correspondence (whether written or electronic) produced by Bedford Borough Council officers over the last six months (April 2017 to date) regarding traffic issues in the Goldington Avenue area.

Thank you for your request for information about traffic issues within the Goldington Avenue area which we received on 8 September 2017. Your request has been considered  under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The information you requested is as follows:

You have asked for a copy of any advice notes and advice (whether written or electronic) and related correspondence (whether written or electronic) produced by Councillors for De Parys Ward Bedford over the last six months (April 2017 to date) regarding traffic issues in the Goldington Avenue area.

Council Officers in Highways do not hold any information you have requested within the timeframe you have given.

I would formally like to request a copy of any advice notes and advice (whether written or electronic) and related correspondence (whether written or electronic) produced by Bedford Borough Council officers over the last six months (April 2017 to date) regarding traffic issues in the Goldington Avenue area.

Council Officers in Highways do not hold any information you have requested within the timeframe you have given.

22/9/17

 

11192

 

 1. What annual salary do you pay the following workers, when employed on staff contracts (if pay scales apply please provide the range) in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services departments?
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
(ii) qualified social worker
(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
(v) service manager/assistant director
(vi) director
Please DO NOT include any employee benefits, bonuses etc in this answer.

2. What is the annual 'true employee cost', factoring in NICs, benefits and all other costs of the following workers, when employed on staff contracts (if pay scales apply please provide the range) in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services departments?
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
(ii) qualified social worker
(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
(v) service manager/assistant director
(vi) director

3. How much per hour do you pay the following workers, when hiring them as locums in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services departments?
(i) NQSW/ASYE social worker
(ii) qualified social worker
(iii) advanced/senior practitioner (caseholder)
(iv) frontline team manager/practice lead/IRO
(v) service manager/assistant director
(vi) director
Please quote the top-line pay rate, before any employer’s NICs etc have been deducted.

4. For the tax year 2016/17, what was your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services department's total spend on:
(i) Employed social work staff (salaries only)
(ii) Employed social work staff (true cost)
(iii) Locum social work staff (wages)
(iv) Locum social work staff (true cost, including but not limited to agency fees, travel/accommodation allowances etc)

5. How much of the 2016/17 spend on locums in your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services department was ‘off-framework’; i.e. outside your neutral vendor/PSL?

6. What was your (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services department’s total annual budget for 2016/17?

7. For (a) children’s and (b) adults’ services, how much was this over- or under-spent by?

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

4/10/17

 

11193

 

1.            Which of your services trade to generate profit (please include services delivered through arms-length companies or similar bodies)?

2.            How many staff are employed in each of the service areas listed in your answer to question 1 (please break you answer down into: senior managers [i.e. Head of Service or above], middle managers and supervisors, front line operatives including team leaders?

3.            Of the staff listed for question 2, how many of them are subject to some form of performance related pay incentive?

4.            What performance areas are targeted by the performance related pay incentives identified in your response to question 3?

5.            How have the performance areas detailed in your answer to question 4 performed over the past 3 years (or since the performance related pay was introduced if it has been in place for less than 3 years)?

6.            If your answer to question 5 identifies that the performance of any areas has not improved, has your authority identified any reasons why the performance related pay has not delivered the desired result?

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.      Which of your services trade to generate profit (please include services delivered through arms-length companies or similar bodies)? Grounds Maintenance, Street Cleansing, Commercial Waste collection.

 

2.      How many staff are employed in each of the service areas listed in your answer to question 1 (please break you answer down into: senior managers [i.e. Head of Service or above], middle managers and supervisors, front line operatives including team leaders?

 

Environmental Services Senior managers: 1, 5-7% time spent on services traded to generate profit

External Grounds Maintenance:

Middle Managers: 2  (Service Managers for Clean Safe and Green Operations – 15% time spent on services traded to generate profit and Business Development and Environmental Resources – 70% services traded to generate profit)

Supervisors: 1 (charge hand) 100% time spent on services traded to generate profit

Operatives: 3 (GPOs) 100% time spent on services traded to generate profit

 

External Cleansing: No separately identifiable staffing – this is carried out by not-for-profit street cleansing staff as an element of standard rounds

 

Commercial Waste Collection:

Middle Managers: (Service Managers for Refuse and Recycling Operations – 30% services traded to generate profit and Business Development and Environmental Resources– 70% services traded to generate profit)

Supervisors: 2 (Bus Dev & Env Eff Team Leader – 80% time spent on services traded to generate profit + Trade Supervisor 100% time spent on services traded to generate profit)

Operatives: 14 (Contract Support Admin, 2 CBOs, Clinical Op, Bulky Driver, 4 HGV drivers, 5 refuse ops) 100% time spent on services traded to generate profit

 

 

1.      Which of your services trade to generate profit (please include services delivered through arms-length companies or similar bodies)?

 

Bedford i-Lab & Bedford i-Kan

Bedford Markets

 

2.      How many staff are employed in each of the service areas listed in your answer to question 1 (please break you answer down into: senior managers [i.e. Head of Service or above], middle managers and supervisors, front line operatives including team leaders?

 

Bedford i-Lab & i-Kan – Innovation Centre Manager, Assistant Centre Managers x2, Customer Service Officers x2

Bedford Markets –Markets Manager & Markets Officer

3 -6  We do not operate performance related pay therefore not applicable.

3/10/17

 

11194

 

1. Whether a Highways adoption agreement regarding the alleyway between Hazelwood Road and Cedar Road was made by the council with the original builders of  the properties.

2. Who was consulted before the Council installed fencing separating the above alleyway from the footpath running from Acacia Road to Jubilee Park in the early 2000's.

Thank you for your request for information about an adoption agreement which we received on 11 September 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1. Whether a Highways adoption agreement regarding the alleyway between Hazelwood Road and Cedar Road was made by the council with the original builders of the properties. – There is no adoption agreement in place between the builders and Bedford Borough Council.  The alleyways are shown on the titles for individual properties, presumably with rights of access for other residents, as per the attached land registry extract.

2. Who was consulted before the Council installed fencing separating the above alleyway from the footpath running from Acacia Road to Jubilee Park in the early 2000's. – Any information we hold in relation to planning applications is available on the authority’s website and can be located here

9/10/17

 

11195 -11196

 

 Could you answer if the library service or local authority completes annual CIPFA library stats

If the answer to the above is Yes, please could you send your 2017 CIPFA library stats return (covering financial year 2016/2017)?

Could you answer if the library service or local authority completes annual CIPFA library stats -yes

2. If the answer to the above is Yes, please could you send your 2017 CIPFA library stats return (covering financial year 2016/2017)? – Please find attached return

Please contact

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

12/917

 

11197

 

Please can you supply the following information:

1.  Does your Local Authority provide designated parking for motor homes?

2.  If yes, does this endorse overnight parking?

3.  If yes, does this include electric hook up points?

4. If yes, what are the charges for parking?

Request withdrawn by applicant

11/9/17

 

11198

 

We understand that the following contract/s has expired or is due to expire by the end of September.

  • Service –  Treatment - Green Only
  • Contractor – Ecoganix Ltd
  • Expiry date - 31/03/2017
  • Service –  Treatment - HWRC
  • Contractor – HW Martin Group
  • Expiry date - 29/06/2017

Can you advise if a new contract has been/will be awarded for this service and if so what the new contract details are (in the same format as below): -

  • Service description
  • Contractor
  • Start data
  • End date
  • Duration and possible extension periods
  • Annual contract value
  • Main waste facility/facilities used
  • Tonnes collected
  • Number of households collected from 
  • Frequency of collection 

Q - We understand that the following contract/s has expired or is due to expire by the end of September.

 

  • Service –  Treatment - Green Only (re tendered, new contract in place from 14th April 2017 to 13th April 2020 with further 1+1 year extension on the Council discretion)
  • Contractor – Growing Beds Recycling Services Ltd
  • Expiry date -31/03/2017 - Initial term expires 13th April 2020

 

  • Service –  Treatment –HWRC (contract initial term expired 20th June 2017, extended for 1 year to expire on 20th June 2018) The contract can be further extended for a 1 year with a final expiry date of 20th June 2019.
  • Contractor – HW Martin Group Waste Ltd
  • Expiry date - 29/06/2017 (been extended to 20th June 2018.)

 

Q - Can you advise if a new contract has been/will be awarded for this service and if so what the new contract details are (in the same format as below): -

 

  • Service description - treatment of green waste collected from HWRC (Household Waste Recycling Centre) & Treatment of green waste collected from the kerbside
  • Contractor - Growing Beds Recycling Services Ltd
  • Start data - 14/4/2017
  • End date - 13/4/2020
  • Duration and possible extension periods - (3 years + 2 x (1+1) year extension)
  • Annual contract value - 286k per annum notional value
  • Main waste facility/facilities used - green waste open windrow composting site at Ravensden, Bedford
  • Tonnes collected - 12000 -13500 tonnes pre-annum depending on season

 

  • Number of households collected from - Approximately 50000 households are on green waste collections
  • Frequency of collection - Fortnightly basis 01 March to 30th of November

6/10/17

 

11199

 

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

Mount Drive

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

22/9/17

 

11200

 

 RE:hgh Street, Kempston,

Further to the above, we would be grateful if you could provide the following:

· Confirm that the Local authority are aware of the past use of the area and have not identified the study site or any surrounding sites as 'Contaminated Land' (as defined under Part 2A of EPA 1990)

·   Confirm that the Local authority are not considering any further action against the study site or any surrounding sites (either informally or formally), under this legislation.

Applicant has not responded to fee request

 

 

11201

 

My questions relate to the council area: Bedford Council (Unitary)

  1. How many total EV charging points are installed in the council area.
  2. How many EV charging points are rapid chargers?*
  3. How many EV charging points are fast chargers?**
  4. How many EV charging points are slow chargers?***
  5. What percentage of charging points are used at least once per day?
  6. What percentage of charging points are used at least once per week?
  7. What percentage of charging points are used at least once per month?
  8. How many charging units has Bedford Council (Unitary) installed in the past 5 years?
  9. How many charging units is Bedford Council (Unitary) planning to install in the next 5 years?

Thank you for your request for information about EV charging points which we received on 11 September 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Bedford Borough Council is currently in a process of reviewing its electric vehicle charging infrastructure in dialogue with local electric vehicle users.  This will also include a review of and upgrade of our current infrastructure in order to provide better feedback and information from the system in terms of usage to help inform our understanding, and support further development.

 

At this time, while we are not in a position to specifically answer questions 5, 6 and 7 easily and would offer the attached usage data.

 

In relation to your question 9, we wish to develop the system very much in line with feedback and input from the emerging local electric vehicle user group to ensure that charging post locations reflect and support the ‘real’ day to day usage by users.

Please contact

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

9/10/17

 

11202

 

I am writing to request the following details from the Council’s register of Private Water Supplies (PWS):

Address

Source location (National Grid Reference)

Source type (e.g. well, borehole, spring)

Purpose (e.g. domestic, commercial)

Thank you for your request for information about private water supplies within Bedford borough which we received on 11th September 2017, your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The majority of the private water supplies located within Bedford Borough area are classed as “Single Domestic Supplies” for the purposes of the DWI statistical return. Testing for these properties is conducted only at the request of the property owner or occupier. To date they have not requested such testing, therefore the information held on them is limited. I enclose a copy of the information you requested.

Please contact

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

 

6/10/17

 

11203

 

Please may you provide the following data under the Freedom of Information Act:

1.      The number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued in each of the following financial years – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

2.      For each of the financial years above, the number of appeals against penalty charge notices issued within those years

3.      For each of the financial years above, the number of the appeals in question 2 that you accepted/upheld (ie that resulted in the PCN being cancelled)

4.      For each of the financial years above, the number of the appeals in question 2 that you rejected (ie that resulted in the PCN staying in force)

5.      For each of the financial years above, the number of the PCNs in question 1 that you are still chasing for payment

6.      For each of the financial years above, the number of the PCNs in question 1 that you have written off (ie that remain in force, but which you have given up chasing for payment)

7.      For each of the financial years above, the total income from PCNs. Please provide gross figures and separate net figures, if available, once costs have been taken into consideration.

Please state the amount you charge for a PCN and what discount, if any, is applied for early payment and the terms of discount, eg £60, reduced to £30 if paid within two weeks

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 attached on PCN

 

Attachment for Q1 to Q6

3/10/17

 

11204

 

If applicable to your council, how many 13-15 year-olds were licenced to work part-time in the area in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016?

•   If data available, how many child employment permits were issued in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 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.

Response: Please see excel spreadsheet attached, which shows the number of Work Permits issued by the Local Authority for the years requested.

 

 

4/10/17

 

11205

 

Please could you confirm whether the answers to Question 3.3 Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) of the required questions from the CON29R are available to view or not. If not, please can you advise us on how we would obtain the information to answer this question, and if there will be a cost in obtaining this information

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

Answers to Question 3.3 Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) of the required questions from the CON29R are available by submitting a CON 29R enquiry asking for Question 3.3 to be answered as an additional question.  Local Land Charges will not answer the question individually.

The details of how to search electronically, by post or in person and the charging schedule are available on the following link on our website:-

Land Charges

10/10/17

 

11206

 

Defining a “road bridge” as a structure with a span of 1.5m or more providing public highway passage for motor vehicles over an obstacle such as a watercourse, railway, road or valley, please provide the following information for all road bridges for which you own as highway authority, including those which are jointly owned with another authority, but for which you are the lead authority:

1.       How many road bridges are you responsible for maintaining?

2.       For the last financial year (2016/17) how many Principal Inspections have taken place

3.       For the last financial year (2016/17) how many General Inspections have taken place?

4.       For the last financial year (2016/17) how many Structural reviews and/or BD21 assessments have been conducted?

5.       How many sub-standard (in terms of capacity) and/or weight restricted bridges do you have?

6.       Of these, how many do you intend to return to full load carrying capacity in the next 5 years?

7.       How many bridges would you return to full load carrying capacity if you had no resource restrictions?

8.       (i) How many of your bridges require post tensioned special inspections (PSTIs)? (ii) How many of those have had PSTIs within the last 18 years?

9.       What is the current Depreciation (i.e. difference between your GRC and DRC as declared for your WGA return for 2016/17)? 

10.   Have you calculated your back log (or workbank) for bridges? What is the calculated value of your backlog of road bridges, or your best estimate if a calculated value is not available? 

11.   What is the annual cost of maintaining your bridge stock at its current level (standstill budget)? 

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

Please find the information requested below:

QUESTION      2016/17
1)                        213
2)                        40
3)                         23
4)                            0
5)                          15
6)                            8
7                           12
8) (i)                       0
8) (ii)                      0
9)                       £64.7 million
10)                  No.  Not known
11)                      Not known

 

10/10/17

 

11207

 

Under the freedom of information act, I wish to know what the council have spent to date on court cases and Social workers wages/expenses. 

This request relates to one specific court case

 

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

The legal costs received to date for Bedford Borough Council in relation to the case in question are £1,483.25. This covers external legal costs for the period from 14th February 2017 to 30th September 2017. Please note these are only costs we have received so far, there are potentially further legal costs still to come.

With regards to your question about legal time spent on this matter, we do not hold this information.

11/10/17

 

11208

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Please tell me: 

1. a) The total number of scheduled road maintenance carried out to roads in your council area in the financial years of:

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

b) Out of the above numbers, how many of those scheduled roadworks overran (in days) in the same financial years of:

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

c) For each year, please provide a breakdown and give the reasons why scheduled maintenance works overran their schedules. 

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

d) Which roadworks resulted in the longest delay? Please state on which portion this happened (Geographical location or between which junctions.) Please also state reasons for delays for all three financial years. 

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

2. In relation to fines to utility companies carrying out maintenance works to roads, please tell me:

a) The total amount of fines in pounds the council charged to utility companies for overstaying and other penalties in the financial years of:

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

b) Please tell me which utility company was charged the most amount and why in the years: 

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

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

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

1. 

a)  The total number of scheduled road maintenance carried out to roads in your council area in the financial years of; - Taken to be major works in annual programme

            2014/2015 - 129

            2015/2016 - 130

            2016/2017 - 106

b)   Out of the above numbers, how many of those scheduled roadworks overran (in days) in the same financial years of: - Do not hold information

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

c)     For each year, please provide a breakdown and give the reasons why scheduled maintenance works overran their schedules. – Do not hold information

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

d)   Which roadworks resulted in the longest delay? Please state on which portion this happened (Geographical location or between which junctions.) Please also state reasons for delays for all three financial years. – Do not hold information

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017  

2. In relation to fines to utility companies carrying out maintenance works to roads, please tell me:

a)   The total amount of fines in pounds the council charged to utility companies for overstaying and other penalties in the financial years of:

            2014/2015 - £156,023

2015/2016 - £136,032

2016/2017 - £170,135

b)   Please tell me which utility company was charged the most amount and why in the years: 

2014/2015 - Cadent Gas, FPN’s and overstay fines

2015/2016 - Anglian Water, FPN’s and overstay fines

2016/2017 - Anglian Water, FPN’s, overstay and defect fines

29/9/17

 

11209

 

 I wish to know:
1) How many vehicles does the council currently lease? *
2) What is the council’s yearly budget for leased vehicles?
3) How many vehicles does the council currently have on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)?
4) What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on PCP?
5) How many vehicles does the council currently have on Hire Purchase (HP)?
6) What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on HP?
7) How many vehicles does the council currently own on other types of finance (not leasing, PCP or HP)?
8) What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on other types of finance (not leasing, PCP or HP)?
9) How many vehicles does the council currently own outright?
10) What is the council’s vehicle purchase budget for the past 10 years?
* Leasing refers to personal contract hire or business contract hire.

Thank you for your request for information about leased/financed/owned vehicles which we received on 12 September 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1)         How many vehicles does the council currently lease? * - Nil
2)         What is the council’s yearly budget for leased vehicles? - Nil
3)         How many vehicles does the council currently have on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)? - Nil
4)         What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on PCP? - Nil
5)         How many vehicles does the council currently have on Hire Purchase (HP)? - Nil
6)         What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on HP? - Nil
7)         How many vehicles does the council currently own on other types of finance (not leasing, PCP or HP)? - Nil
8)         What is the council’s yearly budget for vehicles on other types of finance (not leasing, PCP or HP)? - Nil
9)         How many vehicles does the council currently own outright? – 223 vehicles including scooters, Cars, LGV’s and HGV’s.

10)      What is the council’s vehicle purchase budget for the past 10 years? – Total expenditure for vehicle purchases since unitary (2009/10) to             2016/17 was £11,212,458.

29/9/17

 

11210

 

I would like to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to know the name of the complaints system used by your authority to monitor and process non-statutory and statutory complaints.

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

Response: Bedford Borough Council uses Aptean Respond to monitor and process non-statutory and statutory complaints

 19/9/17

 

11211

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information.

The number of schools and sixth form colleges (both primary, secondary and further education) in the local authority that are currently fitted with fire sprinkler systems

The number of schools and sixth form colleges (both primary, secondary and further education) in the local authority that are currently NOT fitted with fire sprinkler systems

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

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold this information you will need to contact each individual school for this information.

21/9/17

 

11212

 

I would be grateful if you could provide the following information:

1)    The number of dwellings which have been in receipt of a Class C discount (vacant dwellings) to their Council Tax charge in each month since April 2013. 

2)    The number of dwellings which have been charged the additional 50% empty home premium in each month since April 2013. 

3)    The average time (mean and mode, if possible) for which a dwelling is

a) in receipt of a Class C discount, and

b) being charged the additional empty home premium.

4)    The number of dwellings granted a Class C discount to their Council Tax because they were uninhabitable in each month since April 2013.

5)    To give some idea of Council Tax revenue to the local authority, I would like to know

a) the sum total of Class C discounts,

b) the average (mean) amount of discount each property received, and

c) the average (mean) percentage of discount that each property received

in GBP for each month since April 2013.

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 number of dwellings which have been in receipt of a Class C discount (vacant dwellings) to their Council Tax charge in each month since April 2013. 

There has been no discount for substantially unfurnished properties since 1 April 2013

2)    The number of dwellings which have been charged the additional 50% empty home premium in each month since April 2013. 

2013/14 – 166

2014/15 – 166

2015/16 – 149

2016/17 – 127

2017/18 – 119 (as at 1 October 2017)

3)    The average time (mean and mode, if possible) for which a dwelling is

a) in receipt of a Class C discount, and

b) being charged the additional empty home premium.

The data requested above is not held by the Council

4)    The number of dwellings granted a Class C discount to their Council Tax because they were uninhabitable in each month since April 2013.

There has been no discount for substantially unfurnished properties since 1 April 2013

5)    To give some idea of Council Tax revenue to the local authority, I would like to know

a) the sum total of Class C discounts,

b) the average (mean) amount of discount each property received, and

c) the average (mean) percentage of discount that each property received

The data requested above is not held by the Council

11/10/17

 

11213

 

 

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

 Mill Road

Thurleigh

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

Search Plans 

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

Please contact

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

 

22/9/17

 

11214

 

I wish to receive a list of your organisation’s cost codes and a description of what each code stands for. I use the term “cost codes” to refer to codes used by the council relating to a specific area of spending. If the council uses a different term for such spending areas, I would like to be informed of such difference.

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

4/10/17

 

11215

 

My request is as follows:

- When will the council publish the draft budget for the 2018/19 financial year?

- Where on its website will the budget documents be published?

- At what meeting and on what date will the draft budget be up for discussion/approval?

- Where on the council’s website will the final budget documents be published?

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.

- When will the council publish the draft budget for the 2018/19 financial year? The Council does not publish a draft budget

- Where on its website will the budget documents be published? n/a

- At what meeting and on what date will the draft budget be up for discussion/approval? The budget will be considered by Executive on 24 January 2018 and ratified by Full Council on 7 February 2018

- Where on the council’s website will the final budget documents be published?  Executive papers will be published here under the relevant date

25/9/17

 

11216

 

Please respond to the questions with a definitive ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ – if your response requires qualification, then please do make this clear.

1.     Does the council routinely include a long-term (more than three years into the future) planning component in their annual review and care planning process for people with care and support needs? Please respond Yes or No.

2.     Does the council routinely support adults with long-term care and support needs to plan for their future care needs, beyond the next three years? Please answer Yes or No.

3.     Of the adults in the council area with care and support needs whose primary carer is a parent, relative or friend, does the council routinely plan for a situation where that carer is no longer able (for whatever reason) to meet the support needs of the individual? Please answer Yes or No. 

4.     What percentage of adults with long-term care and support needs in the council area, have a friend or family member as a primary carer?

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 respond to the questions with a definitive ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ – if your response requires qualification, then please do make this clear.

  1. Does the council routinely include a long-term (more than three years into the future) planning component in their annual review and care planning process for people with care and support needs?

No – Annual reviews take place under the expectation another review will be taking place in 12 months so long term planning, in this regard isn’t required, but we would work to reduce uncertainty if service users required reassurance around longer terms commitments such as tenancies.

  1. Does the council routinely support adults with long-term care and support needs to plan for their future care needs, beyond the next three years? Please answer Yes or No.

No – Annual reviews take place under the expectation another review will be taking place in 12 months so long term planning, in this regard isn’t required, but we would work to reduce uncertainty in service users required reassurance around longer terms commitments such as tenancies.

  1. Of the adults in the council area with care and support needs whose primary carer is a parent, relative or friend, does the council routinely plan for a situation where that carer is no longer able (for whatever reason) to meet the support needs of the individual? Please answer Yes or No.

Yes.

  1. What percentage of adults with long-term care and support needs in the council area, have a friend or family member as a primary carer?

At the end of March 2017, there were 2,101 clients in receipt of long-term community based services. Of these 792 or (37.7%) received support from a carer.

12/10/17

 

11217

 

I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/7/2017 to the day of your reply. If there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/7/2017, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also include details.

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

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

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

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

1.       the deceased's full names

2.       the date they died

3.       the approximate value of their estate

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

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

6.       the maiden surnames of married females or widows

7.       their  address at death

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

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

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

Further to your request for information dated 15 sept 2017, I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1.         States that the above is exempt information.

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

Public Health Funerals

29/9/17

 

11218

 

Would it be possible to obtain the contact details of the person or person(s) representing Bedford Borough Council on the Learning Disability partnership board?

It would be helpful to have their name, contact email and telephone number.

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:

The representative for Bedford Borough Council on the Learning Disabilities Partnership Board is Mark Harris, Chief Officer, Adults Operational Services. Mark.harris@bedford.gov.uk; telephone: 01234 276747. 

12/10/17

 

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