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1 - 18 June 2017

 

Ref Request Response Response Date

 

10713

 

 

 An approximate breakdown of how your CCTV control room is funded.

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.

Question:

A brief breakdown of the portioned approximations would be really helpful (e.g. x% from local businesses, x% from the city council, x% from police contributions, x% from alternative initiatives such as a home call alarm system).

Answer:

Funded by Bedford Borough Council 85%

Funded derived from income for service provision (e.g. service agreements etc) 15%

21/6/17

 

10714

 

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

 Saunders Field,, Kempston, Bedford,

Con29 Questions

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

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

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

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

(a) a contaminated land notice;

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

(i) a decision to make an entry; or

(ii) an entry; or

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

5/6/17

 

10715

 

Addresses of all empty properties , the owner of the properties and finally risk register

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 some of the information you requested.

Please find your request and our response below:

(a)  Addresses of all long term empty private and council owned homes for which a non-individual is listed as either being the owner or as having a material interest in the property, and that are within the Bedford Borough Council area

This is a nil response relating to council owned homes. We would not hold information relating to privately owned homes.

(b)  Addresses of all long term empty commercial properties for which a non individual is listed as either being the owner or as having a material interest in the property that are within the Bedford Borough Council area

This is a nil response relating to council owned commercial properties. We would not hold information relating to privately owned commercial properties.

(c)  The names of the owners of those properties referred to in (a) and (b)

Nil

(d)  The Bedford Borough Council local buildings at risk register

Please find attached.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

16/6/17

 

10716

 

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 1/3/17 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 16/1/17, I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

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

1. States that the above is exempt information.

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

28/6/17

 

10717

 

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

Chamberlain 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

 

5/6/17

 

10718

 

 

 Under the FOI act please may i request the address list for all the HMO properties in the area.

 

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

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

Please find the information you requested attached to this email. 

 

Please contact

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

 

26/6/17

 

10719

 

Please could you advise me how much does Bedford Borough Council pay per month to Bedford Citizens Housing Association for a council funded standard room at Bedford Charter House residential care home at 1B Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2PU. If there are different levels of payment for residents with different levels of need, please state the amount paid for the each level. In case this makes any difference, I am referring only to residents who do not qualify for any funding from the NHS.

 

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

Please could you advise me how much does Bedford Borough Council pay per month to Bedford Citizens Housing Association for a council funded standard room at Bedford Charter House residential care home at 1B Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2PU. If there are different levels of payment for residents with different levels of need, please state the amount paid for the each level. In case this makes any difference, I am referring only to residents who do not qualify for any funding from the NHS.

Bedford Borough Council have 15 placements, the average cost is £562.37, top rate is £595 and lowest is £465.53.

 30/6/17

 

10720

 

This Freedom of Information request relates to post adoption letterbox contact.

1)      In the last 12 months how many exchanges of letters have Bedford Borough Council dealt with?

2)      Of those that you have dealt with, how many have required further social work intervention and birth parent support?

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.

1)       Answer: April 2016 to March 2017  -  189 exchanges

2)           Answer: April 2016 to March 2017 - 3

22/6/17

 

10721

 

 My questions

1.     Do you commission palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25? (yes/no)

2.     Do you have a published strategy or care pathway for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions? If so, please provide a link or an attachment.

3.     Does your local sustainability and transformation plan set out what support will be available for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions? (Yes/No).

4.     Do you assess numbers and needs of children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25 among the population you serve (yes/no)? If yes, please tell us how you assess this and how many children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions there are in your area.

5.     Do you jointly commission palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25 with your local clinical commissioning groups in a way which is consistent with the Children and Families Act 2014? (yes/no)

6.     Do you take steps to integrate assessments, plans and services for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25 (yes/no)? If yes, please tell us how.

7.     Do you commission short breaks (respite) for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25 (yes/no)? If yes, please state how much you spent on this in 2017/18.

8.     Do you commission any of the following services for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions? If yes, please state which outcomes you ask service providers to achieve and how much you spent on them in 2016/17:

  • Voluntary sector children’s palliative care services (including children’s hospice services) (yes/no)? If yes, which voluntary sector services do you commission and how much did you spend on them in 2016/17?
  • Emotional and psychological support for children and their families (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families before a child under the age of 1 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families after a child under the age of 1 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families before a child or young person aged 1 – 25 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families after a child or young person aged 1 – 25 has died (yes/no)?

·        Equipment (yes/no)?

9.     Do you commission any of the following services to provide care out of hours and at weekends for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions? We define ‘out of hours and at weekends’ as 6:30pm – 8am on weekdays and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

  • Voluntary sector children’s palliative care services (including children’s hospice services) (yes/no)?
  • Emotional and psychological support for children and their families (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families before a child under the age of 1 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families after a child under the age of 1 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families before a child or young person aged 1 – 25 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families after a child or young person aged 1 – 25 has died (yes/no)?

·      Equipment (yes/no)?

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

1.     Do you commission palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25? (yes/no)

Answer:  No, we  don’t commission services that are nominated for, or targeted only to, children with life limiting or threatening conditions.  We commission services for those who meet our  eligibility criteria for children in need and short breaks services.  We do however work closely with CCG health colleagues at a monthly funding panel to jointly assess and fund packages of support that would meet the needs of children with such diagnoses. Funding levels of support are assessed and agreed based on the needs of the family not by the type of diagnosis or medical condition.

2.     Do you have a published strategy or care pathway for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions? If so, please provide a link or an attachment.

Answer: The care pathway is commissioned through our Clinical Commissioning Group and delivered through specialist nurses and a hospice. Please contact the Bedfordshire CCG who hold this information – see contact details below.

3.     Does your local sustainability and transformation plan set out what support will be available for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions? (Yes/No).

Answer: This is currently being led by the CCG – Please contact Bedfordshire CCG – see contact details below

4.     Do you assess numbers and needs of children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25 among the population you serve (yes/no)? If yes, please tell us how you assess this and how many children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions there are in your area.

Answer: This is currently being led by the CCG – Please contact Bedfordshire CCG – see contact details below

5.     Do you jointly commission palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25 with your local clinical commissioning groups in a way which is consistent with the Children and Families Act 2014? (yes/no)

Answer: Yes we commission some services jointly with the local CCG.

6.     Do you take steps to integrate assessments, plans and services for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25 (yes/no)? If yes, please tell us how.

Answer:  Yes we commission some services jointly with the local CCG.

7.     Do you commission short breaks (respite) for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions between the ages of 0 and 25 (yes/no)? If yes, please state how much you spent on this in 2017/18. Packages of support can be specified as for Carers Needs or for a specific outcome ie independent training or can  be more holistic . 

8.     Do you commission any of the following services for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions? If yes, please state which outcomes you ask service providers to achieve and how much you spent on them in 2016/17:

Voluntary sector children’s palliative care services (including children’s hospice services) (yes/no)? If yes, which voluntary sector services do you commission and how much did you spend on them in 2016/17? 

  • Emotional and psychological support for children and their families (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families before a child under the age of 1 has died (yes/no)? 
  • Bereavement care - to families after a child under the age of 1 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families before a child or young person aged 1 – 25 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families after a child or young person aged 1 – 25 has died (yes/no)?
  • Equipment (yes/no)? Not from social care

9.     Do you commission any of the following services to provide care out of hours and at weekends for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions? We define ‘out of hours and at weekends’ as 6:30pm – 8am on weekdays and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. 

  • Voluntary sector children’s palliative care services (including children’s hospice services) (yes/no)? 
  • Emotional and psychological support for children and their families (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families before a child under the age of 1 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families after a child under the age of 1 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families before a child or young person aged 1 – 25 has died (yes/no)?
  • Bereavement care - to families after a child or young person aged 1 – 25 has died (yes/no)?
  • Equipment (yes/no)?

Answer 7, 8 & 9: We do not hold this information. Packages of support can be specified as for Carers Needs or for a specific outcome i.e. independent training or can  be more holistic .  Children’s social care commission Domiciliary Care and Short Breaks for all children with assessed needs within our CWD Team some of whom might have life limiting or threatening conditions.  We don’t record funding specifically for these category of needs so cannot provide this information.  This information may be held by CCG, please contact Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

who may be able to assist you with your request.

 

10722

 

Please provide answers on the following aspects of refuse collection in Bedfordshire:

1. Why can we not place glass waste in orange recycling bin? (This is fine in Northamptonshire)

2. Does Bedford council extract glass from black mixed waste bins and recycle it? If not, why not?

3. What percentage of disposed glass collected does Bedford council recycle? If <100% please explain

4. Why is green waste not collected for 6 months of the year and why is it only collected fortnightly in the other 6 months? (Result is collection for only 3 months a year: unacceptable)

5. Why does Bedford not operate a food waste bin? (Again this works fine in Northamptonshire)

6. Does Bedfordshire extract food waste from black mixed waste bin for composting? If not, why not?

7. How much waste does Bedfordshire send to landfill per annum? To what extent has this decreased in past 5 years and what is the performance of the authority versus target?

Thank you for your request for information about refuse collection in Bedfordshire which we received on 4 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

1. Why can we not place glass waste in orange recycling bin? (This is fine in Northamptonshire).  The contract for the recycling of orange bin waste does not currently provide for the inclusion of glass. This will be reviewed when the contract is next tendered.

2. Does Bedford council extract glass from black mixed waste bins and recycle it? If not, why not?  Yes, it is extracted as part of the treatment process for black bag waste along with metals.

3. What percentage of disposed glass collected does Bedford council recycle? If <100% please explain.  Glass collected via the council’s mini recycling sites and separated from black bag waste is 100% recycled.

4. Why is green waste not collected for 6 months of the year and why is it only collected fortnightly in the other 6 months? (Result is collection for only 3 months a year: unacceptable).  Green waste is collected fortnightly from the 1st March to the 30th November each year (i.e. 9 months). The service is suspended between the 1st December and the 28th February (i.e. 3 months) due to the low volumes of green waste produced at that time of year.

5. Why does Bedford not operate a food waste bin? (Again this works fine in Northamptonshire).  Our current black bag waste contract treats this waste using a process called Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT).  This process requires a certain level of organic waste to be present in order for it to be successful. The costs/benefits of separately collecting and treating food waste will be reviewed when the contract is next tendered.

6. Does Bedfordshire extract food waste from black mixed waste bin for composting? If not, why not? No, Bedford Borough does not separate food as mentioned above for process reasons.

7. How much waste does Bedfordshire send to landfill per annum? To what extent has this decreased in past 5 years and what is the performance of the authority versus target? Please find attached Waste Data Sheet which can also be downloaded from here

. Our provisional un-audited figure for the percentage of waste sent to landfill for 2016/17 is 23.4%. There are no specific targets for individual Local Authorities in respect of waste to landfill, however the EU Landfill Directive required member states to reduce biodegradable waste landfilled to 35% of that produced in 1995 by 2020. Based on 2016/17 figures Bedford Borough Council is already meeting this target.

 

 

6/6/17

 

10723

 

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: Oakley Rise, 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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

5/6/17

 

10724

 

As the 2016/2017 financial year is now finished, we are keen to get hold of the information we requested for the period in full, rather than projections/information based on 10 months. So we are coming to come back to you at this point to ask that you send the information we asked for relating to 2016/2017 which you could not do at the time we sent the FOI request. The relevant questions we sent are:

·        The amount spent by your council on support for adults (aged 18-64yrs) with learning disabilities during 2016/2017

·        The number of adults (aged 18-64yrs) with a learning disability receiving long term support from your council during 2016/2017

·        The number of adults (aged 18-64yrs) with a learning disability receiving short term support from your council during 2016/2017

·        The amount spent by your council on individual care packages for adults (aged 18-64yrs) with a learning disability during 2016/2017

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

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

·       The amount spent by your council on support for adults (aged 18-64yrs) with learning disabilities during 2016/2017 - £0.586 million

·       The number of adults (aged 18-64yrs) with a learning disability receiving long term support from your council during 2016/2017- 434

·       The number of adults (aged 18-64yrs) with a learning disability receiving short term support from your council during 2016/2017- 25

·       The amount spent by your council on individual care packages for adults (aged 18-64yrs) with a learning disability during 2016/2017 - £15.794 million                                                                     

 

27/6/17

 

10725

 

A List of all business premises accurate at April 2016 with;

(a) List all Commercial properties with their Rateable Values and addresses.

(b) The names and addresses of the Rate payers referred to above

for each property and their correspondence address (if different

from the property address)

(c) The full billing authority reference for each property (this is the property reference not the account number)

(d) The current liability payable for the year 2015/16 & 2016/17

(e) The date the rateable occupier first became liable for the

business rates

(f) If the property is empty that date it became empty

(g) Please also state which hereditament is currently receiving

I. Charitable rate relief (mandatory rate relief)

II. Discretionary rate relief

III. Empty property rate relief

IV. Listed building exemption

V. Retail Relief

VI Small Business Rate Relief

VII. Any other relief

(h) List of all credits on account and the amounts

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

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

27/6/17

 

10726

 

  • we are in need, please, of a list of all Businesses with current Rateable values between £100 and £15000 who have had small business rates relief put in place since and including 01/04/2017 who did not receive a rebate of ANY monies paid from the last valuation period (2010-2017), if possible please make addresses and Rateable values visible.

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

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

27/6/17

 

10727

 

Will you please advise me,

1. How many automatic wash/dry toilets your authority provided by way of Grants for Disabled Home Adaptations in 2016/17?

2. How many automatic wash/dry toilets your authority provided for your own housing stock in 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 some of the information you requested.

1.   In 2016/17 Bedford Borough Council supplied eight automatic wash/dry toilets via Disabled Facility Grants.

 2.   We do not hold this information as the Council transferred its housing stock to bpha (previously known as Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) in 1990.  Bpha may be able to assist in providing the information you have requested above. Their web site address is please click here

29/6/17

 

10728

 

It is a request for the following information please:

1.  Please provide full name, contact phone number and e-mail address for the following individuals within your Council:

a.       Financial Director

b.       Fleet Manager

c.       Sustainability Manager

d.       Climate Change Manger

e.        Energy Manager

g.       In the event that c-e above are the same person, then the details of that person only are fine. Most similar title(s) to the roles describes above is also fine.

2.    a. How many grey fleet (personal cars used for Council business) do you pay mileage claims for? (most recent years data please).

b.  How many electric vehicles do you have on your fleet? (most recent years data please).

3. a. What is the Councils carbon reduction target and by when is it to be achieved?

b.   What carbon reduction has the Council made to date (most recent year’s data)?

c.   What is the year that this figure/percentage represents?

d.   What is the baseline year that this is based upon?

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. Please provide full name, contact phone number and e-mail address for the following individuals within your Council:

a. Financial Director

Andy Watkins

Assistant Chief Executive & Chief Finance Officer

Andy.watkins@bedford.gov.uk

01234 267422

b. Fleet Manager

Stephen Smith

Service Manager Fleet and Depot Functions

Stephen.smith@bedford.gov.uk

01234 718275

c. Sustainability Manager

Paul Pace

Head of Environment

Paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk

01234 267422

d. Climate Change Manger

Paul Pace

Head of Environment

Paul.Pace@bedford.gov.uk

01234 267422

e. Energy Manager

Paul Pace

Head of Environment

Paul.pace@bedford.gov.uk

01234 267422

g. In the event that c-e above are the same person, then the details of that person only are fine. Most similar title(s) to the roles describes above is also fine.

2. a. How many grey fleet (personal cars used for Council business) do you pay mileage claims for? (most recent years data please).

693 (based on non-school employees that claimed mileage for journeys undertaken between 01/04/16 and 31/03/17)

b. How many electric vehicles do you have on your fleet? (most recent years data please).

We have two ‘63’ plate electric Renault Kango vans and one ‘58’ plate Vectrix electric scooter on the fleet.

3. a. What is the Councils carbon reduction target and by when is it to be achieved?

40% by 2016/17

b. What carbon reduction has the Council made to date (most recent year’s data)?

36%

c. What is the year that this figure/percentage represents?

2015/16

d. What is the baseline year that this is based upon?

2009/10

26/6/17

 

10729

 

When was the last risk assessment of the building carried out and by whom?
I'd like to know whether or not the people who carried out the risk assessments were adequately trained to complete risk assessments?
What were the findings of the risk assessment reports for the last 12 months?
Who were the potential hazards escalated to?
What were the plans of action following the latest reports raised in the last 12 months with what timescale to deliver these precautions?
What is the Bedford Borough Council's formal agreement of responsibilities between the Lakeview Village Hall voluntary management committee and Bedford Borough Council?"
Additionally I would like to request a copy of the incident report that would have been submitted to Bedford Borough Council in compliance with RIDDOR.

 

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 holdsome of the information you requested.  The information you requested is as attached:

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

3/7/17

 

10730

 

 

RE: Land at G Park, Bedford

 I would be grateful if you could confirm whether or not the Site is on your list of prioritised sites under Part 2A and, if so, what priority it is considered to be?  Also, please could you let me know whether you are aware of any previous intrusive investigations and/or remediation at the Site?

By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. This site is not listed on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites. It will not be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements.

 

We are not aware of any previous intrusive investigation, or remediation, at the site. I would recommend that you access the records held by our Planning Department, to confirm whether any investigation has been required, under permission given for developments at, or close to, the site.

12/7/17

 

10731

 

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

Water Lane

Renhold

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

 

12/6/17

 

10732

 

  • How many fines have been issued by the council for dog fouling in the last three years for which figures are available;
  • How many complaints, referring to dog fouling, by members of the public have been made in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and 
  • How many complaints in total have been made by members of the public to the council in each of the last three years for which figures are available; broken down, where relevant, into categories of complaint.

Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.  Request closed.

 

10733

 

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

 Hazelwood 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

 

12/6/17

 

10734

 

I would like to obtain the information, from the Council, relating to unclaimed business rate credit balances.

I am aware that all Billing Authorities hold on account sums of money that are due to be returned to ratepayers and for a variety of reasons have not been repaid and maybe considered untraceable by the Council.

I therefore request a breakdown of credit balances accrued since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all incorporated companies within the authorities billing area with credits of £5,000 and above , including the following information:

A) The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances remain payable. 

B) The value of over payment in each case which remains unclaimed. 
C) The years(s) in which over payment was made and the hereditament address.
D) The name of each business in respect of which non-domestic rate credit balances has been written back on to the NDR account.
E) The value of write back in each case which remains unclaimed.
F) The years(s) in which write back was made (if available) and the hereditament address that the write back relates to.

 

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

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

 

27/6/17

 

10735

 

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

 Alnwick Way ,Great Denham

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

 

12/6/17

 

10736

 

I would be grateful if you could provide me with data as below from your Children’s Services department.

1. Number of section 37 Children Act 1989 investigations you have been directed to undertake by the Family Courts per year from January 2011 - December 2016.

2. Whether you have been directed to undertake more than one section 37 Children Act 1989 investigation in relation to the same child between January 2011 - December 2016.

3. Recorded outcomes of section 37 Children Act 1989 investigations you have undertaken between January 2011 - December 2016., e.g. application for a care order, supervision order, supporting a special guardianship order, child arrangements order, child in need plan, child protection plan or no further action. 

4. The duration (in weeks) of the section 37 investigations you have undertaken between January 2011 - December 2016.

5. The total duration (in weeks) of your involvement in private proceedings where section 37 investigations have been directed between January 2011 - December 2016.

6. How work required for a section 37 investigation is allocated to your staff, for example, whether it is initially given to a social worker with a certain level of experience, or whoever has availability. Whether there is an internal policy on work allocation for section 37 investigations.

7. The process followed when undertaking section 37 investigations e.g. interviews with children, parents, third parties. The decision making process when deciding what to recommend to court e.g. any internal meetings with the practice manager, the legal department, senior management.

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

1.  Number of section 37 Children Act 1989 investigations you have been directed to undertake by the Family Courts per year from January 2011 - December 2016.

Answer:

Apologies – Break down of Question 1 – there were 15 matters in the whole timeframe  as follows:

2011: 3

2012: 3

2013: 1

2014: 3

2015: 2

2016: 3

2.     Whether you have been directed to undertake more than one section 37 Children Act 1989 investigation in relation to the same child between January 2011 - December 2016.

Answer: 4

3.     Recorded outcomes of section 37 Children Act 1989 investigations you have undertaken between January 2011 - December 2016., e.g. application for a care order, supervision order, supporting a special guardianship order, child arrangements order, child in need plan, child protection plan or no further action.

Answer:

2011: Residence Order for shared care, CAO, CAO

2012: CP Plan, CAO, CAO

2013: Care Proceedings

2014: Supervision Order discharged, CAO and Specific Issue Order and Family Assistance Order, CIN Plan and CAO

2015: CAO, Care Proceedings

2016: CAO, CAO, CAO

4.     The duration (in weeks) of the section 37 investigations you have undertaken between January 2011 - December 2016.

Answer:

Section 37 Reports are usually provided for within a 6-8 week period on each occasion as directed in each case

5.     The total duration (in weeks) of your involvement in private proceedings where section 37 investigations have been directed between January 2011 - December 2016.

Answer:

(These are approximates):

2011: 8 weeks, 4 weeks,  24 weeks

2012: 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 32 weeks

2013: 1 year+ (Care Proceedings resulted)

2014: 4 weeks, 24 weeks, 4 weeks

2015: 36 weeks, 40 weeks (Care Proceedings resulted)

2016: 28 weeks, 1 year+

6.     How work required for a section 37 investigation is allocated to your staff, for example, whether it is initially given to a social worker with a certain level of experience, or whoever has availability. Whether there is an internal policy on work allocation for section 37 investigations.

Answer: It is allocated from MASH to the Assessment Team and the manager will decide who has capacity to do the work.

7.     The process followed when undertaking section 37 investigations e.g. interviews with children, parents, third parties. The decision making process when deciding what to recommend to court e.g. any internal meetings with the practice manager, the legal department, senior management.

Answer: The team manager signs off the report and legal will have oversight. 

4/7/17

 

10737

 

Re: Eltow Rd

1) Copies of current road maintenance

2) Copies of road repair between 22/2/17 to 23/5/17

Applicant did not respond to fee request.  Request closed.

 

 

10738

 

This request concerns the number of care packages provided by your local authority.

1)      Please state the total number of clients receiving packages of care from your local authority broken down into the following categories: 

a)      All clients aged over 18 years

b)      Clients aged 18-64 years

c)      Clients aged 65 year old and over

In each of the following financial years:

i)       2013/14

ii)      2014/15

iii)     2015/16

iv)     2016/17

2)      Please state the number of home-based care packages provided by your local authority to clients broken down into the following categories:

a)      All clients aged over 18 years

b)      Clients aged 18-64 years

c)      Clients aged 65 year old and over

In each of the following financial years:

i)       2013/14

ii)      2014/15

iii)     2015/16

iv)     2016/17

3)      Please state the number of residential care packages provided by your local authority to clients broken down into the following categories:

a)      All clients aged over 18

b)      Clients aged 18-64 years

c)      Clients aged 65 year old and over

In each of the following financial years:

i)       2013/14

ii)      2014/15

iii)    2015/16

iv)    2016/17

4)  Please state the number of nursing care packages provided to clients by your local authority broken down into the following categories:

a)      All clients aged over 18

b)      Clients aged 18-64 years

c)      Clients aged 65 year old and over

In each of the following financial years:

i)    2013/14

ii)    2014/15

iii)   2015/16

iv)    2016/17

5)  Please state the number of clients over the age of 65 years that had third party top up arrangements in place for:

a)      Residential care

b)      Nursing care

Please also state the average cost of top up arrangements to the third party per week.

Please provide information for each of the following financial years:

i)    2013/14

ii)   2014/15

iii)   2015/16

iv)    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 click here for the information on care packages

4/7/17

 

10739

 

I would like to receive an up to date project directory and a list of sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants of all of the companies involved in the construction of:

THE HILLS ACADEMY - CLASSROOM BUILDING

Scheme compromises of Single storey classroom building with associated parking and landscaping.

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 some of the information you requested.

Response

Please find attached as requested. Bedford Borough Council’s project directory for the works at The Hills Academy contains details of the Lead Contractor and Project Manager. The Council does not hold contact details for sub-contractors and suppliers.

Please contact

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

15/6/17

 

10740

 

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

Harpur Street

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

Thank you for your 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

 

16/6/17

 

10741

 

How much has the enforcement and clean up of fly tipping activities cost your authority in each financial year from 2013 up to the current date?"

Thank you for your request for information about fly tipping which we received on 7 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find the information you requested below in bold:

Year TOTAL Cost 
2013/14 £258,741.00  
2014/15 £296,270.00 
2015/16 £262,217.00 
2016/17 £262,518.00 

Year Clean up   
2013/14 £183,267.00 
2014/15 £161,450.00 
2015/16 £156,353.00 
2016/17 £150,435.00 

Year Enforcement
2013/14 £75,474.00
2014/15 £134,820.00
2015/16 £105,864.00
2016/17 £112,083.00

 

22/6/17

 

10742

 

Please would you tell me.

1. How much capital expenditure went on building or improving school facilities in your authority in order to comply with the Universal Infant Free School Meals requirement in the following financial years:

a) 2014/15

b) 2015/16

c) 2016/17

Please break each figure down by how much of the totals were raised by your authority or given as grants by the Government.

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding Universal Infant Free School Meals which we received on 7 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

Please see attached response

 

5/7/17

 

10743

 

Could you please provide me with each of the local filter criteria you used during the first phase of the Troubled Families Programme. If you changed your local filter criteria during the first phase of the programme, could you please provide me with all of the local criteria you used during the first phase of the programme and, if possible, the dates that each of the criteria were in use.

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. 

Response:

Unfortunately, we have not been able to find any specific information around which local criteria were used in Phase 1 on the programme.

The only information regarding local criteria from Phase 1 of the programme is below. This is by no means a definitive answer, but is the only indication from the information available around the local criteria from Phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme.

Local Discretion –

CIN

Potential LAC (looked after child).

Adult Crime, frequent police call-outs, Toxic 3 (substance, domestic violence or mental health), under 18 conception, various health problems.

29/6/17

 

10744

 

 Please could you let me know the names and email addresses for your:

Head of Research
Head of Analysis
Head of Intelligence
Head of Performance

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 contact for all the areas requested is Mark Minion, Head Of Corporate Policy And Programme Management , Mark.Minion@bedford.gov.uk

16/6/17

 

10745

 

I require the organisation’s to provide me with the following contract information relating to the following corporate software/enterprise

applications:

1. Enterprise Resource Planning Software Solution (ERP) -this is

the organisation’s main

ERP system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades.

2.Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution-this is the organisation’s main

CRM system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades.

Example of CRM systems the organisation may use could include Microsoft Dynamics, Front Office, Lagan CRM, Firmstep

3. Human Resources (HR) and Payroll Software Solution-this is

the organisation’s main

HR/payroll system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades. In some cases the HR contract maybe separate to the payroll contract please provide both types of contracts. Example of HR/Payroll systems the organisation may use could include iTrent, Resourcelink,

4.  The organisation’s primary corporate Finance Software

Solution-this is the organisation’s main finance system and may include service support, maintenance and upgrades. Example of finance systems the organisation may use could include E-Business suite, Agresso (Unit4), eFinancials, Integra, SAP

In some cases you may come across contracts that provides service support maintenance and upgrades separate to the main software contract, please also provide this information in the response following the requested data below.

For each of the categories above can you please provide me with the relevant contract information listed below:

1.  Software Category: ERP, CRM, HR, Payroll, Finance

2. Software Supplier: Can you please provide me with the software provider for each contract?3.   Software Brand: Can you please provide me with the actual name of the software. Please do not provide me with the supplier name again please provide me with the actual software name.

4.  Contract Description: Please do not just state two to three words can you please provide me detail information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included.

Please also include any modules included within the contract as this will support the categories you have selected in question 1.

5.  Number of Users/Licenses: What is the total number of

user/licenses for this contract?

6.  Annual Spend: What is the annual average spend for each contract?

7.   Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract

please include any available extensions within the contract.

8.   Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract?

Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.

9.   Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract?

Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.

10.   Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract?

Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provide please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.

11.   Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the

person within the organisation responsible for this particular software contract (name, job title, email, contact 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 attached. 

 

 

Please contact

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

28/6/17

 

10746

 

I have a further freedom of information act/Environmental Information Regulations request:

1.  Does the Council have guidance for its arborists concerning when a tree is to be inspected for risk? If so, please will you provide me with a copy of the guidance in place from 2008 to 2014. Does this guidance differentiate between different tree species?

2.  In the document labelled "Inspection History", tree G111114020 is recorded as having been planted in 1983, to be of 10m height and 30cm diameter. When was this record made? How is this information used and is this information updated?

3.   Please will you provide the history of claims against the Borough Council in the MK40 3 postcode area.

 

Thank you for your further request for information about 5 St Andrews Road, Bedford Borough Council which we received on 8 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
1.Does the Council have guidance for its arborists concerning when a tree is to be inspected for risk? If so, please will you provide me with a copy of the guidance in place from 2008 to 2014. Does this guidance differentiate between different tree species?
Inspections for risk are generated from
1) our tree management systems recommended actions from the previous inspection. In other words, when the tree is first plotted, the inspector will recommend an inspection regime based on the condition of the tree at the time of plotting.  If in subsequent inspections the inspection regime needs to be amended it will be accordingly. The inspection of the tree will consider its condition, age and species type and risk to nearby targets. Young, healthy trees will not usually require a risk assessment.
2) inspections can be made when a complaint about a tree is made and a site visit is carried out. 
2.In the document labelled "Inspection History", tree G111114020 is recorded as having been planted in 1983, to be of 10m height and 30cm diameter. When was this record made? How is this information used and is this information updated?
The record was made in 2008 when the tree was plotted. The figures on the screen would have been taken at the time the tree was plotted. The screen should have shown new figures below for subsequent inspections. It is not known why this hasn’t been shown, possibly a software fault or user error. The data is filled in as required by the tree management software and is considered good practice as it follows the recommendations set out in the British Standard for tree pruning. The Council has a schedule of rates contract for tree works. The diameter is used to calculate pricing in the schedule of rates. The information should be updated whenever the tree is re-inspected.
3.Please will you provide the history of claims against the Borough Council in the MK40 3 postcode area.
Location Detail                                                                 Year
Rothsay Road     Branch fell on a parked vehicle   2010
Seaton Drive      Tree roots under garden paving   2010
Rothsay Road    Tree roots in drain      2011
Widecombe Close          Tree roots under the drive way         2011
Dudley Street           Tree branch damaged tile on roof        2011
Bower Street           Garden wall damaged by tree roots                 2011
Denmark Street          Tree roots caused cracking
   within the house          2011
Goldington Road     Tree roots damaged drain   2012
Denmark Street          Tree had fallen & caused damage  to the garden wall             2012
Bradgate Road        Tree roots damaged garden wall              2012
Pembroke Street        Tree roots damaged garden wall             2012
Kimbolton Ave        Tree roots damaged garden wall            2012
Dudley Street         Tree fell over in high winds &
   damaged a parked vehicle         2013
Denmark Street        Person tripped over a tree stump          2015
Bower Street         Tree roots damaged garden wall      2015
St Minver Road       ‘Good Neighbour’ advise to carry out work    on a tree to prevent any damage to   a nearby house     2015
Bower Street        Tree roots damaged garden wall       2015
Pembroke Street       Allegedly tree roots damaged
  garden wall         2016
Goldington Road          Tree roots contributed to the garden    wall cracking      2016
Ashburnham Road   Tree branch fell on to a parked vehicle       2017

30/6/17

 

10747

 

 1 Do you currently provide specific areas in any of your cemeteries for the burial of Muslims? Yes / No

2 If you do not currently provide specific areas for Muslim burial, have you done so in the past? Yes / No

3 If you do not currently provide specific areas for Muslim burial, do you have any plans to do so? Yes / No

4 If you do not currently provide specific areas for Muslim burial in your own cemeteries, do you have any arrangements in place with any other cemetery to meet the needs of your Muslim residents ? Yes / No

 

If the answers to questions 1 to 4 are all ‘No’, there is no reason for you to complete the rest of this form. Please simply email me to advise me that this is the case.

5 Do you provide areas specifically allocated for different Muslim groups? Yes / No

6 If so, please specify which groups.

7 Do you permit Muslim burials on Saturdays? Yes / No

8 Do you permit Muslim burials on Sundays? Yes / No

9 Do you permit Muslim burials on Public Holidays? Yes / No

10 How quickly can you accept a request for a Muslim burial? Please specify 'same day', 'next day' etc. and any restrictions, such as the time the booking is made and the availability of resources.

11 For each cemetery where you currently provide and/or have previously provided specific areas for Muslims:

a Name of cemetery

b Number of adult burials to date

c Number of adult burials in 2016

d Number of unused adult graves remaining

e Number of child burials to date

f Number of child burials in 2016

g Number of unused child graves remaining

h Please specify the age bands you use to define ‘adult’ and ‘child’

12 Which type of grave do you provide for the burial of Muslims:

a Earth grave

b Burial chamber (please describe)

c Other (please describe)

13 Are graves for Muslims orientated specifically with regard to the location of Makkah / Mecca? Yes / No

14 Do you permit shroud burial? Yes / No

15 Do you provide, or allow others to provide, any wooden planks for covering a shroud burial? Yes / No

16 Do you permit anyone to enter the grave in order to place the body at the base of the grave? Yes / No

17 Do you permit mourners to backfill the grave after the burial? Yes / No

18 Do typical Lawn section regulations apply to the areas allocated for Muslim burial? Yes / No

19 Do you permit the surface of the grave to be mounded? Yes / No

20 Do you permit the erection of a memorial consisting of a headstone? Yes / No

21 Do you permit the erection of a memorial consisting of a headstone and kerbs? Yes / No

22 Do you provide any specific prayer facilities in the cemetery for Muslims to use? If so, please specify.

23 Do you provide any specific washing facilities in the cemetery for Muslims to use for ablutions? If so, please specify.

24 Please provide details of any type of Muslim burial provision that you offer that is not adequately reflected in the questions above.

25 Please provide the details of the fees that you charge for Muslim adult and child burials.

 

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

 

 

Please click for the information requested for the burial of Muslims

30/6/17

 

10748

 

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

Northwick Close

Great Denham

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

 

12/6/17

 

10749

 

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

Bromham Road

Biddenham

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

 

12/6/17

 

10750

 

 Local Government Survey – Direct Debit collections      
Name of Authority            
Part A – Direct Debit       
Council Tax
Housing Rent 
  Sundry Debtors
Business Rates 
Benefit Overpayments 
Leisure Centre Memberships
How do you process your Direct Debits, e.g. in-house as a direct submitter to Bacs or via a third-party bureau Bureau?      
How many Direct Debit mandates do you have?      
What percentage is that of the total collections?      
What choice of payment dates do you offer customers? (i.e. 1st, 5th, 15th, 25th etc)   What choice of payment frequency do you offer customers?       
Weekly      
Fortnightly      
4 weekly      
Monthly      
quarterly      
Half-Yearly      
Yearly      
Other (please specify)      
Do you offer Paperless Direct Debit?      
By Phone?      
Online?      
Automated phone e.g. IVR or Touchtone      
How many Direct Debit transactions have you collected between 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?  How many were returned unpaid between 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017?    What percentage of unpaid direct debits were ‘refer to payer’?     Do you automatically re-attempt a 'refer to payer' or collect by another means?    How many indemnity requests have you received this year?      
Do you use SMS Text messaging to remind customers of direct debit payments / notification of failed payments / notification of re attempt dates ?      
How do you notify your customers of setup or amendments?      
Letters      
If yes, do you print these letters in house?      
Email      
What is your advance notice period? E.g. the notice you give your customers of a Direct Debit payment before it’s taken from their account?      
Do you verify customer details e.g. to ensure you have the correct bank account details for the account information the customer provides? If so, which credit authority do you use?    What was the cost to upgrade to Bacs TLS 1.2 last year?      
Part B – General       
With whom does the authority hold its primary bank account?      
Who provides the authority’s Bacs processing software?      
Is it cloud based or onsite?      
Do you utilise this software for Direct Credits as well? E.g. for payroll     Who provides the authority’s Income Management and Funds Distributions solutions, for each business stream?      
Who is the person responsbile for Income Collection?      
How many staff hours per day is involved in the administration of direct debits?    Name      
Position      
Telephone number      
email      

 

 

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

 

Please find the information you requested attached

 

Please contact

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

7/7/17

 

10751

 

 Under the FOI Act please can you let me know your orginsations budget for:
2016
2017
This is the total operating budget for your orginsation across all departments etc

 

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

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

1.  States that the information is exempt information.

2.    Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act – information reasonably accessible by other means.

The information requested can be found on the Council’s website here

12/6/17

 

10752

 

 DRIVERS LICENCE TYPE NUMBER LICENCE COST (£)
Number of licensed drivers Hackney carriage  
 Private hire  
 Dual badge  
   
 VEHICLES LICENCE TYPE NUMBER LICENCE COST (£)
Number of licensed vehicles Hackney carriage  
 Private hire  
   
 OPERATORS LICENCE TYPE NUMBER LICENCE COST (£)
Number of operators Private hire  
   
VEHICLE AGE RESTRICTION LICENCE TYPE AGE 
Up to what age are they accepted for first licensing Hackney carriage  
 Private hire  
Up to what age will they no longer be licensed Hackney carriage  
 Private hire  
   
 REGULATION YES NO NUMBER
Is there a cap on  taxi numbers?   
   
 SEATING YES NO 
Do you limit seating capacity of MPVs   
Do you mandate removal of a seat, for back row access   
   
 LIVERY YES NO COLOUR
Do you have an arbitrary colour for hackney carriages    
Do you have an arbitrary colour for PHVs    
   
 CCTV YES NO 
Does your council mandate CCTV   
If not, does your council allow the use of CCTV   
 YES  NO HOW MUCH (£)
Do you offer a subsidy for the cost of these cameras?   
   
 BUS LANES LICENCE TYPE YES NO
Does your council allow access on the bus lanes to Hackney carriage  
 Private hire  

 

 

 

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

15/6/17

 

10753

 

 

Could you please provide me with the following information:

·         The cost of a place in your Local Authority-run Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) for a place as part of: offsite Alternative Provision, a Fixed Term exclusion, a Permanent Exclusion

·         The charges your Local Authority exacts on schools which permanently exclude. Whether there are penalty charges above the removal of pupil funding to the PRU.

·         Whether your Local Authority-run PRU conducts outreach work with mainstream schools on a traded basis, and the price of this service if so.

 

 

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 here on PRU

 

6/7/17

 

10754

 

  1. How much is the legal services department training budget?
  2. How many fee earners are employed in the legal services department?
  3. How many paralegals (or of equivalent title) are employed in the legal services department?

How many legal executives are employed in the legal services department?

  1. How many solicitors are employed in the legal services department?
  2. How many legal apprentices are employed in the legal services department?

What is the salary range of paralegals employed in the legal services department?

  1. What is the salary range of legal executives employed in the legal services department?
  2. What is the salary range of solicitors employed in the legal services department?

What is the salary range of legal apprentices employed in the legal services department?

  1. Can you supply me with a copy of the job descriptions for each of the following roles:

11.1        Paralegal;

11.2        Legal executive;

11.3        Solicitor; and

11.4        Legal apprentice.

Can employees in the legal services department work from home and/or agile work and what is the policy for this?

What employee benefits are available for working in the legal services department, for example and including but not limited to: pension schemes, healthcare, flexi-time?

Is the legal services department an ABS, shared-service and/or in-house department?

Does the legal services department sell services to external clients?

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

  1. How much is the legal services department training budget? £ £9,410

How many fee earners are employed in the legal services department? 15

  1. How many paralegals (or of equivalent title) are employed in the legal services department? 2
  2. How many legal executives are employed in the legal services department? 2
  3. How many solicitors are employed in the legal services department? 12
  4. How many legal apprentices are employed in the legal services department?1
  5. What is the salary range of paralegals employed in the legal services department? Grade 8, £23,398 - ££25,951
  6. What is the salary range of legal executives employed in the legal services department? This depends on the job the legal executive does  
  7. What is the salary range of solicitors employed in the legal services department? Grade 13, £44,967 – 45,647
  8. What is the salary range of legal apprentices employed in the legal services department? Between £3.87 per hour and £7.20 per hour based on age
  9. Can you supply me with a copy of the job descriptions for each of the following roles:

11.1        Paralegal; attached

11.2        Legal executive; attached

11.3        Solicitor; and attached

11.4        Legal apprentice. Attached

  1. Can employees in the legal services department work from home and/or agile work and what is the policy for this? Yes, there is no defined Policy
  2. What employee benefits are available for working in the legal services department, for example and including but not limited to: pension schemes, healthcare, flexi-time? Employees in the legal department share the same employee benefits as all Council Employees. Flexible working hours and Local Government Pension Scheme
  3. Is the legal services department an ABS, shared-service and/or in-house department? In-house

Does the legal services department sell services to external clients? Yes, where possible

Please contact

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

13/6/17

 

10755

 - 10756

 

 

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: NORMANDY CLOSE, KEMPSTON, BEDFORD, BEDFORDSHIRE,

RE: Maskell Drive, 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 request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

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

 

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the environmental information

 

16/6/17

 

10757

 

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please could you provide me with;

1.       The percentage of cash-accepting car park ticket machines, which you are responsible for, that currently accept the new £1 coin

2.       If you do not currently have 100% compatibility, when do you estimate all cash-accepting car park ticket machines will be able to accept the new £1 coin

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 percentage of cash-accepting car park ticket machines, which you are responsible for, that currently accept the new £1 coin

100%

2.  if you do not currently have 100% compatibility, when do you estimate all cash-accepting car park ticket machines will be able to accept the new £1 coin

Not applicable.

13/6/17

 

10758

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), I request a copy of the quarterly public records from the latest quarter for the following information about Bedfordshire Pension Fund                                                               1.Names and vintages of all private equity and infrastructure partnerships or funds in the pension scheme's portfolio.
2.Percentage of the pension fund currently invested in private equity and infrastructure, and the target percentage allocation for the past three years.
3.Current information on amount committed to each partnership and amount drawn by the partnerships.
4.Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each individual partnership for the most recent date available. Please include data for net and gross IRRs, if available. Please also include other performance metrics used by your pension fund.
5.Please name any private equity and infrastructure co-investments you have made, and the manager responsible.
6.Please disclose any direct private equity and infrastructure investments you have made.
7.Investment multiple for each partnership.
8.Names of all private equity and infrastructure partnerships or funds partially and fully sold by the pension scheme, including date of sale.
9.Names of advisors mandated by the pension fund to advise on allocations to private equity and infrastructure.
10.Names and Contact details of the individual responsible for the pension funds allocation to private equity and infrastructure.

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 most of the information you requested.  Please find the information you requested below each question:

1. Names and vintages of all private equity and infrastructure partnerships in Bedfordshire Pension Fund’s portfolio.

Answer: Phildrew Ventures 4th Fund c 1995

2.   Percentage of the pension fund currently invested in private equity and infrastructure, and the target percentage allocation for the past three years.

Answer 0% - all 3 years

3.   Current information on amount committed to each partnership and amount drawn by the partnerships.

Answer: Committed and drawdown £820,000

4.    Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each individual partnership for the most recent date available. Please include data for net and gross IRRs, if available. Please also include other performance metrics used by your pension fund.

Answer: Not available

5.    lease name any private equity and infrastructure co-investments you have made, and the manager responsible.

Answer: None

6.    Please disclose any direct private equity and infrastructure investments you have made.

Answer: None

7.   Investment multiple for each partnership.

Answer: Not applicable

8.   Names of all private equity and infrastructure partnerships or funds partially and fully sold by the pension scheme, including date of sale.

Answer: None


9.   Names of advisors mandated by the pension fund to advise on allocations to private equity and infrastructure.

Answer: Hymans Robertson

10.  Names and Contact details of the individual responsible for the pension funds allocation to private equity and infrastructure.

Answer: No individual: Bedfordshire Pension Fund Committee is the final decision link here

 

13/6/17

 

10759

 

Re: London Road, Bedford

 Is the site registered, or likely to be registered in the future, as contaminated land by the Council under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990?

·      Is the site on the Council’s prioritisation list as part of your contaminated land strategy? If so, where does it sit on this list?

·       Do you know of any pollution or contamination incidents or issues that have occurred or are occurring at or near the site?

·       Are you aware of any environmental conditions that were attached to the initial application of the site? If so, have these been discharged to the satisfaction of the Council?

·      Are there any records of landfills/made ground (type, date, who by, concerns) present at or near the site?  If so, are there any concerns relating to gas at the site (ground gas protection measures necessary?)?

·         Are there any records of complaints about the site e.g. odour, noise, nuisance?

·         Are there any Part B processes on the site or nearby?

 

Thank you for your request for information about  London Road, Bedford which we received on 13th June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

 

Please click here for information on London Rd

24/7/17

 

10760

 

 RE:Queensbury Close Bedford

WeWould you please confirm whether or not you are aware of this land having ever suffered from land contamination and if so, what remedial work was carried out.

  Closed as General Business

 

17/6/17

 

10761

 

 

I would like to receive an up to date project directory and a list of sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants of all of the companies involved in the construction of:

RISELEY PRIMARY SCHOOL - CLASSROOM BUILDING

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 some of the information you requested.

Response

Please find attached as requested. The Council’s project directory for the works on the new Riseley Primary school contains details of the lead contractor and project management company.  The Council does not hold contact details for sub-contractors and suppliers.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

27/6/17

 

10762

 

 We ask the following questions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
1.What was the council’s gross expenditure on children’s social services and expenditure on service provision in:
Financial year Gross expenditure (£s) Of which (£s) was spent on service provision
2016/17  
2015/16  
2014/15  
2013/14  
2012/13  
2011/12  
2010/11  

2.How many disabled children does the council currently have a record of, and what is their primary support reason?
Primary care need Number of children recorded by council
Total 
Autistic spectrum disorder 
Learning disability 
Mental health condition 
Life limiting illness 
Physical disability 
Sensory impairment 
Other 

3.How many disabled children did the council provide social care services to in:

Financial year Total disabled children receiving services
2016/17 
2015/16 
2014/15 
2013/14 
2012/13 
2011/12 
2010/11 
4.Of those disabled children to receive services in 2016/17, how many received the following service types and what was the total expenditure on each service type?
Service type Total disabled children receiving services Total expenditure (£s)
Short breaks/respite care  
Portage services  
Emotional support  
Occupational therapy  
Speech and language therapy  
Leisure/play opportunities  
Buddying/befriending  
Daily living skills training  
Transportation services  
Provision of equipment  
Home adaptations  
Personal budgets and/or direct payments  
Other  

 

 

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 attached regarding childrens social care service

11/7/17

 

10763

 

 

What was your total expenditure to recruitment agencies over the last 12 months, for permanent staff?

What recruitment agencies have you paid fees to over the last 12 months, for permanent staff?

 

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:

 Question: What was your total expenditure to recruitment agencies over the last 12 months, for permanent staff?           

Answer: £15,127      Period April  2016 to March 2017          

Question: What recruitment agencies have you paid fees to over the last 12 months, for permanent staff?               

Answer: Michael Page Ltd          

5/7/17

 

10764

 

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

 Pennard Close

Great Denham

Bedford

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.10 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.12 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.14 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

3.15 – Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council

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

 

16/6/17

 

10765

 

 In the last financial year 2016/17 how many incidents did your authority record where refuse collectors were assaulted by members of the public while carrying out council duties? Please give a brief description of the circumstances of the incident.

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.  Response zero

19/6/17

 

10766

 

Can you provide the following information under FOIA, please?  Many thanks.

·   What is your current phone system and what is the current licence configuration, including contact centre arrangements

·   What is the telephony architecture (is it hosted, resilient, etc.)

·    When does the maintenance agreement run out and who is the system maintained by

·   How many SIP/ISDN lines and DDIs do you have, when does the contract end and who provides them

·   What is your IT infrastructure architecture (WAN), who provides it and when does it expire

·  What is your LAN infrastructure and when do you plan to carry out any upgrades or refreshes

·   Can you provide a copy of your IT strategy?

 

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

·      What is your current phone system and what is the current licence configuration, including contact centre arrangements

o   Cisco Call Manager V10

o   1800 Standard phone users

o   80 Finesse Contact Centre users

·      What is the telephony architecture (is it hosted, resilient, etc.)

o   Resilient

·      When does the maintenance agreement run out and who is the system maintained by

o   31st March 2018

o   System maintained by MCS

·      How many SIP/ISDN lines and DDIs do you have, when does the contract end and who provides them

o   150 SIP Trunks provided by Gamma. Rolling contract

o   10 ISDN trunks provided by BT. Rolling contract

·        What is your IT infrastructure architecture (WAN), who provides it and when does it expire:

o   Updata - rolling contract

o   BT broadband rolling contract

o   Virgin Media – annual rental

·      What is your LAN infrastructure and when do you plan to carry out any upgrades or refreshes

o   LAN hardware is Cisco routers and switches. New hardware was recently installed at Borough Hall to replace core equipment and floor switches. No further upgrades or refreshes planned.

·      Can you provide a copy of your IT strategy?

o   The latest version is currently in working draft format, and therefore not yet available for publication.  The current published copy is attached to the email.

Please contact

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

29/6/17

 

10767

 

 

I wrote to request a full and uo to date list of businesses & charities that have become liable for business rates between the 15th May 17 to the 15th June 17.Include the business name and full address, property type and the date of liability too

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

As a rule these will be updated as

follows:

Business Rates Data Sets – Monthly Balances

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

 Credit Balances – Bi-monthly

27/6/17

 

10768

 

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

Windlass House

PalgraveRoad

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

 

 

16/6/17

 

10769 - 10770

 

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: PALGRAVE ROAD,

RE: Winchell Mews, Great Denham,, 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

 

16/6/17

 

10771

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can you provide me with the following in relation to Reception and Year 6 place applications for September 2017:

  • a list of all schools for which the authority handles the applications process, and whether they applications relate to Reception or Year 6
  • whether or not these schools were oversubscribed
  • the oversubscription criteria used to decide the last place offered, including the distance from the school of the last place offered, if this was a factor (e.g. in a tie-break).

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can you provide me with the following in relation to Reception and Year 7 place applications for September 2017:

  • a list of all schools for which the authority handles the applications process, and whether they applications relate to Reception or Year 7
  • whether or not these schools were oversubscribed
  • the oversubscription criteria used to decide the last place offered, including the distance from the school of the last place offered, if this was a factor (e.g. in a tie-break).

 

Response: Please see documents attached.

Please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

for a copy of the attachment

21/6/17

 

10772

 

 A survey of English Local Authorities’ contaminated Land prioritisation strategies in order to propose a national prioritisation strategy to be adopted in the UK and potentially in Nigeria”. Consequently, I humbly request details of your council’s contaminated land prioritisation strategy in order to compare and analyse the various Local Authorities’ prioritisation strategies and data, so as to come up with a most suitable strategy or a combination of strategies for a consensus to be reached as to which prioritisation strategy can be adopted nationally across the UK with least resource requirement. What I require is the scoring scheme used including the weightings used in each category and the means by which scores are combined to give an overall index.

Thank you for your request for information about the area administered by Bedford Borough Council which we received on 15th June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Our contaminated Land Strategy is available on the Bedford Borough Council website under the following link:  contaminated land

To complement the strategy I have provided details of the scoring scheme which we have used to prioritise sites for detailed inspection.  Please find attached details of the scoring scheme, ‘Appendix 1’.

Regarding the information which you have requested relating to data for individual sites, I have listed three examples below:

High Scoring site.

Previous Use: Gasworks (50 points)

Current use: Housing with gardens (20 points)

Adjacent use: Housing with gardens (15 points)

Priority score: 85 points

Medium Scoring site.

Previous Use: Factory/works (25 points)

Current use: Housing with gardens (20 points)

Adjacent use: Housing with gardens (15 points)

Priority score: 60 points

Low Scoring site.

Previous Use: Brewery (5 points)

Current use: Housing no gardens (15 points)

Adjacent use: Housing no gardens (10 points)

Priority score: 30 points

19/7/17

 

10773

 

Please can you let me know:

How many permanent members of staff did you hire via recruitment agencies over the last 12 months?

What departments did you source permanent staff via recruitment agencies for? Please provide job titles if possible

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.      3

2.      Property Services (Principal Professional)

      Procurement & Business Transformation (Senior Professional x 2)

Please note the above information is based on starters who joined the Council from 1st June 2016 – 31st May 2017.

22/6/17

 

10774

 

1. Which NHS clinical commissioning groups do you work with to commission a community equipment service?

2. What mechanism is in place to apportion the cost of equipment between the local authority and the NHS? Is it:

a) An agreed risk share (e.g. local authority pays for 50% of equipment costs, NHS pays for 50% of equipment costs)

b) Based on who prescribes the equipment (e.g. NHS is charged for equipment prescribed by NHS staff, local authority is charged for equipment prescribed by local authority staff)

c) Based on whether the equipment is prescribed to meet 'health' or 'social care' needs?

d) Other - please describe

3. In the financial year 2016/17, what proportion of the total community equipment service cost was funded by the NHS, and what proportion was funded by the local authority?

4. In the financial year 2016/17, what proportion of the total spend on community equipment was prescribed by NHS staff, and what proportion was funded by local authority staff?

5. In the 2016/17 financial year, what was the total spend on the community equipment service?

6. In the 2016/17 financial year, what was the spend per head of population on the community equipment service?

7. Do you operate a definition of which items of equipment meet 'health' needs and which meet 'social care' needs? If so, please provide a copy.

8. As of 31 March, 2017, how many people were authorised to prescribe items of community equipment? How many of these were NHS staff and how many were local authority staff?

 

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

 

Please note this information is held by Central Bedfordshire Council as the service is hosted by them. They can be contacted at accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk however please let me know if you would like me to send your request on to them.

  

 4/7/17

 

10775

 

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

Merchants Court

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

 

 

23/6/17

 

10776

 

  1. Under safeguarding procedures how many children have concerns been raised to you about their potential radicalisation in each of the last three years (i) 2014, (ii) 2015 and (iii) 2016.
  2. In each year what was the split between males and females and what was the age of the youngest?

 

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. 

Response: This data is not available from our Client Management System (AzeusCare). 

This is not an existing or new code.  We attach a link to the guidance to the CiN Census.  Page 33 lists all factor codes for 2016-17 you can see that ‘radicalisation’ is not one of them.

21/6/17

 

10777

 

 

If there is more than one provider please split all the information including  including the annual average spend, number of users, duration, contract dates and internal contact details.

1.       Network Provider(s) - Please provide me with the network provider name

2.       Annual Average Spend- Can you please provide me with the average annual spend over the 3 years. If this is a new contract can you please provide the estimated annual spend.

3.       Number of Users- Number of connections for each network provider.

4.       Duration of the contract- please state if the contract also include contract extensions for each provider.

5.       Contract Start Date- please can you provide me with the start date of the signed agreement. Please do not provide me with the framework contract date i require the contract dates of the signed agreement.

6.       Contract Expiry Date- please can you provide me with the expiry date of the signed agreement. Please do not provide me with the framework contract date i require the contract dates of the signed agreement. If the contract is rolling please state.

7.       Contract Review Date- Please can you provide me with a date on when the organisation plans to review this contract.

8.       The person within the organisation responsible for this particular contract. Can you send me the full contact details Contact Name, Job Title, Contact Number and direct email address for each network provider? If full contact details cannot be provided please send me the actual job title.

If the supply of mobile phones if provided by an external organisation please state the name of the organisation, the number of users (Connections of your organisation only) and the name of the network provider.

Please can you provide me with the latest information- If the organisation’s is currently out to tender please can you also state the approx. date of award along with the information above.

Also if contract in the response has expired / rolling please can you provide me with further information if available of the organisation's plans going forward with regards to mobiles and the current status?

If this contract was awarded within the past three months can you please provide me with a shortlist of suppliers that bid on the contract?

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.

1.  Network Provider(s) - Please provide me with the network provider name.  Vodafone

2.  Annual Average Spend- Can you please provide me with the average annual spend over the 3 years. If this is a new contract can you please provide the estimated annual spend.  £100K per annum.

3.  Number of Users - Number of connections for each network provider.  As of May 2017 there are 963 connections.

4.  Duration of the contract- please state if the contract also include contract extensions for each provider.  Out of contract.

5.  Contract Start Date- please can you provide me with the start date of the signed agreement. Please do not provide me with the framework contract date i require the contract dates of the signed agreement. Out of contract

6.  Contract Expiry Date - please can you provide me with the expiry date of the signed agreement.  Please do not provide me with the framework contract date i require the contract dates of the signed agreement. If the contract is rolling please state. Out of contract

7.  Contract Review Date- Please can you provide me with a date on when the organisation plans to review this contract. Being reviewed now.

8.  The person within the organisation responsible for this particular contract. Can you send me the full contact details Contact Name, Job Title, Contact Number and direct email address for each network provider? If full contact details cannot be provided please send me the actual job title.  Rughbir Singh, Head of ICT Operations, contact details as above

 If the supply of mobile phones if provided by an external organisation please state the name of the organisation, the number of users (Connections of your organisation only) and the name of the network provider. As above in 1, 2 & 3

 Please can you provide me with the latest information- If the organisation’s is currently out to tender please can you also state the approx. date of award along with the information above. Not going out to tender.

 Also if contract in the response has expired / rolling please can you provide me with further information if available of the organisation's plans going forward with regards to mobiles and the current status? New contract is being negotiated with Vodafone.

 If this contract was awarded within the past three months can you please provide me with a shortlist of suppliers that bid on the contract? Not applicable

286/17

 

10778

 

Correspondence regards a sign post on a verge at kimbolton Rd

Thank you for your request for information about the Brickhill Parish Council road sign which we received on 16 June 2017. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find enclosed a copy of the information you requested.

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

 

28.6.17

 

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