Bedford Borough Council Requests and Responses December 2010 by F2Qe57

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									                           Bedford Borough Council Requests and Responses Received June 2011


Request   Date of                                                            Request and Response
ID        response

2250      27/6/2011   Request:

                      I would like to know the following:

                      1)    Can you please list all hotels used as accommodation by people claiming housing benefits in 2009, 2010 and 2011?

                      2)    Can you also provide the overall cost and duration of the claimants stay in each instance?

                      If the time/cost of providing the information to Question 2 exceeds the amount the authority is legally required, please disregard and
                      reply to Question 1 only, but please state you will be doing so in a confirmation e-mail.


                      Our response:

                      Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2250

                      I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council in respect of housing benefit.

                      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 requested and this is detailed below.

                      1)     Can you please list all hotels used as accommodation by people claiming housing benefits in 2009, 2010 and 2011?

                             In 2009, 2010 and 2011 the Council has not placed any Housing Benefit claimants in hotel accommodation.

                             The Council has, however, received applications for Housing Benefit from claimants living in hotel accommodation which
                             they have arranged themselves. These claims are treated exactly the same as any new application for Housing Benefit and
                             will be based on the appropriate Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate depending on the individual/family composition. For
                             example, in Bedford the one-bedroom rate of LHA is currently £98.08 per week and for a single person under the age of 25
                            it will be based on the shared accommodation rate of LHA which is currently £63.50 per week.

                            The Council does not hold this data in a format that would enable a list of all hotels used to be established. The only means
                            to providing this data would be to undertake a full review of individual Housing Benefit claims received in 2009, 2010 and
                            2011. This exercise would take in excess of 18 hours to complete and would, therefore, be exempt as the Freedom of
                            Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request for information if it estimates that the cost of
                            complying with the request would exceed the “appropriate limit.”

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

                  2)        Can you also provide the overall cost and duration of the claimants stay in each instance?

                            As stated above, there is no facility to identify Housing Benefit payments in respect of hotel accommodation



2251   6/6/2011   Request:

                  Please consider this a freedom of information request.

                       1.     Please provide any details of social media courses or training provided to council staff in the last two years. Please include
                             the following details: number of staff trained, time taken to complete course/training, total cost of course/training. Please
                             also provide the name of the company that provided the training as well as a brief description of what the process involved.

                       2. Please also provide details of any staff members with a special responsibility for social media included in their job role.
                          Please include their salary and date of appointment.

                  Our response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2251
                  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 requested below.

                  QUESTION 1:

                  Number of staff trained:     One
                  Duration:                    One day
                  Cost:                         £250
                  Name of company:              The Social Media Academy
                  Overview:                     The one day training course taught the advantages of using social media, such as Facebook
                  and Twitter, to reach a wider audience at minimal cost. The course detailed the benefits and differences of each social
                  networking site and the monitoring tools that can be used to measure the effectiveness of communications.

                  QUESTION 2:

                  No-one in the Council’s Communications & Marketing Team performs a specialist social media function, all team
                  members carry this out as part of their roles.


2252   8/6/2011   Request:

                  I would like to be provided with:

                  1) A spreadsheet containing a list of incidents wherein personal data was lost by your Council, going back as far as your
                  records permit, and details.

                  Please tab delineate the spreadsheet in the following format: date; time; hardware format; cause of loss; type of data; encrypted
                  yes/no?; number of people affected; victims informed yes/no?; data recovered yes/no?; disciplinary/criminal proceedings initiated
                  yes/no?; any other details.
                          Hardware format - The format on which the data was stored, eg, USB stick, CD, laptop etc
                          Cause of loss - Theft, left on train, lost in post, cyber attack etc
                          Type of data - Names, credit card details, dates of birth etc
                          No. of people affected - How many individuals' data was lost?
                          Victims informed - Were the individuals whose data was lost informed about the incident?

                   Our response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2252

                   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 not hold the information you requested.

                   As no incidents have been reported, it is more practical to respond by letter. I hope this is acceptable.

                   The Council’s Corporate User Security Policy states that any data should be held on the server and accessed via VPN. The laptop
                   only holds programmes and the officer decides on any encryption if any data is copied down to the server.

                   Officers sign the Council’s Corporate User Security Policy to confirm they are responsible for any data on remote storage.


2253   28/6/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2253

                   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 in so far as this reply indicates this.

                   How many Taxi/Private Hire drivers currently hold licences issued by the council?

                   At the date of the request, there were 796 licensed drivers.
In relation to the reminder of the questions you asked, the authority is unable to disclosure the information requested due to the
following factors:-

The confirmed position in relation recorded to convictions is obtained from the Criminal Records Bureau by the way of an enhanced
disclosure. This information may only be retained for the purpose of processing an application (and certainly for no longer than 3
months). This information is provided in confidence and would be exempt from disclosure under section 41 of the 2000 Act. Indeed,
we are prohibited from retaining details extracted from the disclosure once the application has been processed. As such we do not
hold the information concerned for licensees outside of the 3 month timeframe referred to and for those we do hold the said
information we are prohibited from onward disclosure.

In addition to information obtained from the Criminal Records Bureau, we hold information provided by applicants and licensees by
way of self-disclosure of convictions, information obtained from the courts following an application from the council concerning
particular convictions and DVLA endorsements. This information is not subject to the restrictions referred to in respect of CRB
Enhanced Disclosures

In relation to this information, there are about 750 files and this is not held electronically and so to obtain the information would
mean we would have to manually go through all the files for the information. This work has been estimated as being would excess
of the appropriate limit referred to below.

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

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

Information provided by applicants, when they apply to become drivers constitutes as Personal Data and therefore exempt under
section 40 of the Freedom of Information.

Notwithstanding the above, you may wish to note that the Authority has a Convictions and Character Policy for Taxi and Private
Hire Drivers and Operators and this was updated in January 2011 (as approved by the General Licensing Committee). Since then,
the Authority has granted 163 drivers licences administratively and 13 applications have been referred to the General Licensing
                   Sub-Committee as the individuals have convictions mentioned in the policy. Of those referred to the Sub-Committee 7 were
                   refused a licence.

                   The Convictions and Character Policy is available using the following link:
                   http://www.bedford.gov.uk/business/licences_and_street_trading/idoc.ashx?docid=19875f16-211a-4f92-8206-
                   1964a49f6570&version=-1


2254   27/6/2011   Request and response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2254

                   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 below:

                   Name of the deceased including any maiden name
                   Date of Birth of deceased
                   Date of Death of deceased
                   Last known Address of the deceased
                   When the estate was passed onto the Treasury Solicitor, Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall, QLTR ( Scotland)
                   Estimate of the estate if any

                   The details requested concern those members of the public who have died without any known next of kin or those people
                   that have died with a named next of kin that cannot be traced and therefore the treasury Solicitor maybe unwilling to act
                   upon.

                   I would like this information from January 2011 to present date if possible.

                   We have no record of anyone who meets this criterion.
2255   27/6/2011   Request and response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2255

                   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. Approximate postal items sent in 1 day across the authority

                   2,500



                   2. Please can you provide details of the carrier/s you use for external post by filling in the following table:
                         Carrier/s    Cost per small letter (A5 or smaller) Cost per large letter (bigger than A5)

                   Royal Mail -DX
                    st
                   1 Class Post 39p DL/C5                    Larger Varies

                    nd
                   2 Class Post 28p DL/C5                    Larger Varies
                   Other post (please list):


                   3. Please provide details of any contracts you have with carriers and the savings that are made, ie, Neopost/ 7p saving on
                   every 1st class letter
                   Royal Mail & Neopost. Only just started using Cleanmail Advance, unsure of complete saving yet.
                                                                                nd
                                                     1st Class                2 class

                   Stamps                            48p                      32p
                   Franking                        28p                      39p

                   Cleanmail Advance               23.6p                    34.8p

                   2. Please can Provide details of any internal mail systems you have in place, and how many FTE’s are employed to carry
                   out postal duties?

                   We have an Internal Courier Service and an External Courier to our other Satellite Sites.

                   We currently have 5.34 FTE’s plus 2.57 FTE temporary staff.

                   3. If you have undertaken a postal review in the past 5 years please could you provide details of what changes were made
                   both internally and externally and the reason why e.g change in carrier for cheaper rates, decrease in internal couriers

                   We have recently reduced our temporary staff hours. Also until 2010 we had a shared service with Central Bedfordshire, but they
                   now undertake their own service. This has caused a drastic reduction in staff.

                   4. If you have undertaken a postal review in the past 5 years please could you provide an approximate cost saving per
                   year

                   We are hoping by using Cleanmail Advance, we will save £40,000 in this current year.

                   5. We are keen to learn from best practice, and would be pleased to speak to the lead officer for your postal review
                   arrangements, if you are happy to provide the name and contact details.

                   Keith Simmons email keith.simmons@bedford.gov.uk


2256   28/6/2011   Request:

                   I am making a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
I would like anonymised copies of the application forms of all of the candidates who have been offered an interview for the post of
Head of Internal Audit. In other words you can redact the names, addressess, DoB, NI number and telephone details.

Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2256

Further to your request for information dated 1 June 2011, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, with the exception of the feedback information set out below, the Council, for the
reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested

You requested anonymised copies of the application forms of all of the candidates who have been offered an interview for the post
of Head of Internal Audit redacting names, addresses, dates of birth, NI numbers and telephone details.

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

1.       States that anonymised copy application forms of the candidates who have been offered an interview for the post of Head
of Internal Audit is exempt information.

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

An explanation follows below.

Section 40(2) of the FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data under
FOI Act would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act (DPA).

You indicated that you are happy for the information to be redacted, however even by redacting the names, addresses, dates of
birth, National Insurance numbers and telephone details it would be possible to identify the individuals fairly easily as application
forms further show the educational background, skills, qualifications and detailed work experience of applicants, as well as referee
details for a specific post. The Council believes that, even if application forms are redacted, it would be clear to others such as
their current employer who the individuals are. The Council is satisfied that the withheld information constitutes ‘personal data’ as
set out in the DPA as it relates to living identifiable individuals.

The Council has therefore considered whether the disclosure of this personal data is subject to the exemption at section 40(2) of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (by virtue of s40(3)(a)(i)).
The Council specifically addressed the question as to whether disclosure of the personal data you have requested would
contravene in particular the first Data Protection principle. That principle requires that any processing of personal data must be fair
and lawful and must otherwise meet one of the conditions provided for in Schedule 2 to the DPA. The Schedule 2 condition which
is most likely to be relevant in this context is that provided for in paragraph 6(1) of Schedule 2. That condition will be met, in
essence, if the public interests in disclosure of the data positively outweigh the data subjects’ private interests in keeping their data
confidential.

In considering whether disclosure of the redacted application forms would be unfair and therefore contravene the requirements of
the first data protection principle, the Council has taken the following factors into account:

o        Applicants would have a reasonable expectation that the content of their application forms would be held in confidence by
        the Council and only used in connection with the recruitment process for the position of the Head of Internal Audit and not
        to be placed in the public domain. The details of their educational background, skills, qualifications and detailed work
        experience contained in the redacted application forms is in relation to a personal job application rather than an
        undertaking in an official or work capacity.

o        Applicants were not notified about processing their personal data other than for the job application itself and have not
        consented to disclosure.

o        In considering if disclosure would cause any unnecessary or unjustified damage or distress, applicants in general would
        be distressed if their personal details were placed in the public domain. Even if the names, addresses, dates of birth,
        National Insurance numbers and telephone details were redacted it would be clear to others such as their current employer
        who the individuals are, and this employer may not know of the applicant’s intention to leave their current job. Therefore,
        disclosure could potentially damage these individuals’ career prospects.

In assessing fairness the Council has considered whether there is a legitimate interest in the public accessing the withheld
information. The Council notes that you have personal reasons for requesting the information, as it is specific to a process in which
you have an interest. The Council does further accept that there is a wider public interest in transparency of public sector
organisations. These interests would be served by the disclosure of the withheld information. However, the Council does not
believe that any legitimate interest in the public accessing the withheld information would outweigh the applicants’ strong
expectations that the information supplied would be held in confidence and the potential damage and distress caused to them by
disclosure of that information.

For these reasons the Council is satisfied that the withheld information is personal data and that disclosure would not comply with
                  the first DPA principle.

                  The Council can however (as per the written feedback supplied by Lee Phanco, Assistant Director, Revenues, Benefits and
                  Customer Services) state that individuals offered an interview scored specifically more highly in the following criteria for the position
                  set out in the job specification:

                         Criterion E         Must have comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience of
                                             current internal audit principles, practices and techniques and the ability to put
                                             them into practice
                         Criterion G         Must be able to plan, manage and deliver the Unit’s work to meet deadlines,
                                             prioritising as necessary whilst working within agreed resource levels.

                  In respect of criterion E the candidates interviewed provided information that demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge,
                  understanding or experience of current internal audit principles, practices and techniques or how these are put into practice.

                  In terms of Criterion G the candidates interviewed demonstrated with examples an ability to plan, manage and deliver work to meet
                  deadlines, prioritising as necessary whilst working within agreed resource levels.


2257   1/7/2011   Request:

                  I would like to obtain information on council tax. In particular I would like answers to the following questions:

                  1) How many councillors were sent one or more reminder letters for late payment of their council tax?
                  2) Of these what was the total amount that they all failed to pay straight away?
                  3) What were the individual amounts of these? i.e. £100 and £560 etc...
                  4) How many councillors have been sent two or more reminder letter for late payment?
                  5) If possible, could the above be broken down to show figures from each political party?

                  The above questions all cover the last full financial year (2010/2011) and only cover people who are councillors and not, for
                  example, just people who work for the council.

                  An example of a preferred response would be:

                  1) 3 (2x Labour, 1x Conservative)
                  2) £2000
                  3) £1000, (Labour) £750 (Labour), £250 (Conservative)
                  4) 1

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2257

                  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 and I have provided the information requested below:

                  1) 4 (1 x Labour, 1 x Lib Dem, 2 x Independent)
                  2) £925.40
                  3) £244 Labour, £139 Lib Dem £ 542.40 Independent
                  4) 2


2258   9/6/2011   Request:

                  I am writing to obtain information about how many tickets BBC
                  applied for and total amount spent on tickets for the 2012
                  Olympics.

                  To outline my query as clearly as possible i am requesting.

                  1.The total number of tickets BBC applied for.

                  2.The total amount paid for tickets (or amount outstanding if not yet paid)

                  3. Please break this down by events

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2258
                  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.

                  We have not applied for any.


2259   4/7/2011   Request:

                  We would like to submit the following Freedom of Information Act request.

                  The Transport Research Laboratory is carrying out research on behalf of the Footways and Cycle Track Management Group
                  (www.footways.org) with the aim of improving the current Footway Risk Analysis Model (a tool available to all local authorities),
                  and developing an equivalent tool for cycleways. This requires data regarding claims, usage and length of footway and cycleway
                  network. Your assistance with the provision of this vital data would be greatly appreciated.

                  The attached file contains a series of questions about your footway and cycleway network and claims relating to them. I would be
                  grateful if you could provide as much information as practicable in response to these questions and where possible, provide the
                  data for the period between 2005 and 2010. Where this is not possible, a minimum of three consecutive years data would suffice.

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2259
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                  Thank you for your request for information about footways and cycleways which we received on 6 June 2011. Your request has
                  been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                  The information you have requested is attached.

                  Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for copies of attachment


2260   1/7/2011   Request and Response:
Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2259
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Thank you for your request for information about wireless services which we received on 7 June 2011. Your request has been
considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested is as follows:

How many of the following are within the control of your council?
Street Lamps – approx 14,000 (as the figure changes regularly)
Traffic Lights – 104 sets
Road Traffic Signs - approx 3,500 (these are illuminated signs and include bollards)
Bus Shelters - In the area of Bedford, Kempston and the Wixams development the Borough Council has 56 advertising shelters
that are owned or managed by Clearchannel, 95 non advertising shelters provided and owned by Clearchannel but owned by
Bedford Borough Council, 3 advertising shelters owned or managed by Adspace 2000         Ltd and 8 non advertising shelters owned
by Bedford Borough Council. Outside of those towns bus shelters are the responsibility of Parish Councils.

If the Council does not control any of the above, please identify who does?
The Council has control of the street lamps, traffic lights and road traffic signs but the control of the bus shelters are explained
above.

Is it within the power of the Local Authority to grant rights for wireless communications in its city centres using street
lighting and furniture? If not who does have the power to grant these rights?
Typically the Local Planning Authority is involved in role out plans of mobile phone companies. We process planning applications
and what are called prior notifications for telecommunication masts and equipment.

The masts are usually free standing within the highway verge / footpath and come with an associated equipment cabin. On
occasion they may use what is called a “swap out” which involves replacing a lighting column with a new lighting column
incorporating an antennae and equipment cabin nearby. There may also be, on occasion, a proposal to install the antennae on a
building or other non-highway structure such as a water tower. The local Planning Authority has the power to approve or refuse the
application and the applicant has a right of appeal against a refusal which is dealt with by a government organisation known as the
Planning Inspectorate. The grant of planning permission does not infer any authorisation necessary to site the equipment required,
e.g. from the local Highways Authority; their permission should be sought separately. Please Note the Town and County Planning
(General permitted Development) Order (as amended) allows minor development by Telecommunications Code System Operators
to be installed without the need to submit an application to the Local authority, the rules can be found under Part 24 of the Order.
                  What rights have been granted for the deployment of wireless services in your city centres using street lighting and street
                  furniture that is controlled by the Local Authority?
                  Regarding the mobile phone companies roll out plans for our Borough Area, the following link takes you to our web page that has
                  the roll out plans for the various operators.

                  www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning_town_and_country/development_management/telecommunications.aspx

                  The Local Planning Authority’s involvement in the process does not extend to the technical data behind the mobile phone
                  technology being used. All the operators are required to do is advise us the equipment is within maximum radiation levels allowed
                  in this country. The data stored on the role out plan doesn’t identify if the site uses street furniture or not.

                  Who is your organisation is responsible for your internal wireless communications strategy and what are their contact
                  details?
                  Larry McArdle, Head of ICT, Lawrence.mcardle@bedford.gov.uk 01234 267422

                  Is the Local Authority planning to develop wireless communications/broadband capability in its city centres and/or any
                  other area for the benefit of the community?
                  Yes. The contact details are Larry McArdle Head of ICT and Paul Vann, Economic Development Growth Manager,
                  paul.vann@bedford.gov.uk

                  Is there any initiative in your area to offer mobile broadband and fixed broadband service to the community?
                  This is currently being investigated by Larry McArdle Head of ICT.

                  What consents would be required to install telecom equipment (wireless or cellular) on street lighting columns, road
                  signage, traffic signals and other street furniture controlled by the local authority?
                  Consent to attach any equipment to highways infrastructure would require prior approval from Bedford Borough Council in its
                  capacity of Highways Authority. Some Street Lighting columns are in the ownership of local Parish Councils and bus shelter
                  suppliers.

                  Is the installation and maintenance of street lighting and street furniture controlled by any other party, such as PHI
                  partnership?
                  No. Installation of equipment on the highway is managed by Bedford Borough Council.


2261   7/6/2011   Request:
                  Can you please provide me with an organisational structure for your OT Service and who the management team are.

                  I'm undertaking research on multi-disciplinary teams within Occupational Therapy and would appreciate your help.

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2261

                  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.

                  In terms of your request below:

                  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. Bedford Borough Council’s organisational structure can be located
                  at the following link:

                  http://www.bedford.gov.uk/idoc.ashx?docid=1f2c2d1f-29c7-476b-9d5c-87559a8f3324&version=-1&folderid=37

                  The Service Manager for Older People Physical & Sensory Needs is Jodi Simpson.


2262   4/7/2011   Request:

                  I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
                  I am looking for information on the number of teachers and school workers employed by the council whose employment was
                  subsequently terminated following receipt of CRB check results.
                  Specifically, could you please provide me with the following:
                  1 a) The total number of teachers and school workers (for example, but not limited to, school assistants, nursery workers,
                  maintenance staff, catering staff etc), employed (either full time, part time, or on temporary contract) by the council, whose
                       employment was then terminated during 2010/11 following the results of a CRB check.
                       b) A breakdown for each individual providing the following details: the length of time they were employed for (to the nearest month,
                       including their start date), the job title of the position they held, and an overview summary of the offences revealed by the CRB
                       check which led to the termination of their employment.

                       2 a) The total number of teachers and school workers (for example, but not limited to, school assistants, nursery workers,
                       maintenance staff, catering staff etc), employed (either full time, part time, or on temporary contract) by the council, whose
                       employment was then terminated during 2009/10 following the results of a CRB check.
                       b) A breakdown for each individual providing the following details: the length of time they were employed for (to the nearest month,
                       including their start date), the job title of the position they held, and an overview summary of the offences revealed by the CRB
                       check which led to the termination of their employment.

                       Response:

                       Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2262

                       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 requested below.

                       There are no school workers employed by the Council whose employment was subsequently terminated following receipt
                       of CRB check results during the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 academic years so far.


2263   Applicant       Request:
       did not
       respond to      Please consider this a freedom of information request.
       points
       raised for      1. I would like a copy of all credit card statements for all government procurement cards since May 2009.
       clarification
                       2. Please also provide a list of government procurement cards used by council staff, noting where they are kept and who is
                       authorised to use each.
                   3. Please provide a copy of any guidance given to staff regarding the use of government procurement cards.


2264   13/6/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 2264 .

                   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 enclosed. You requested:

                   1. How many children’s homes does your local authority currently run and how many children are currently living in them?

                   We provide for disabled children for short breaks, so children live with their carers and have breaks there. We have 3
                   long term beds one of which is currently occupied with two children planed to move in.

                   2. How many of these children’s homes are due to be closed (or are subject to proposed closure) within the next three years?

                   None

                   3. How many council-run children’s homes have closed in your local authority within the last three years?

                   None since April 2009

                   4. How many children were living in the homes when the decision was taken to close them?

                   n/a

                   5. Where were these children moved to?

                   n/a
2265   20/6/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2265

                   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 below:

                   The Homeless Accommodation Draft 1 document provided to me is the actual service agreement that is in place between
                   Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association.

                   Yes, this is the only agreement that the parties are working to.
                                                          st
                   The agreement did commence on 1 April 2010.
                                                                                                                        st
                   The homelessness assessment service and staff were transferred to Bedford Borough Council on 1 April 2010 which is when the
                   agreement commenced.

                   Details of all changes made to the original Agreement for the Management of Temporary Accommodation for Homeless Households
                   already provided to me that have been agreed and implemented between Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing
                   Association from April 2010 to date including the date(s) these changes came into force.

                   No changes to the agreement have been made since April 2010.

                   Full details of these changes with particular reference to Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Agreement for the Management of Temporary
                   Accommodation for Homeless Households.

                   No changes to the agreement have been made since April 2010.

                   I have also enclosed the schedules you have requested, these are schedules to the Agreement for the Management of Temporary
                   Accommodation for Homeless Households which have never been signed or agreed by BPHA.
2266   4/7/2011   Request:

                  Further to our FOI request of 15/03/2011 and the email of 18/05/11 concerning the article that Parliamentary Brief published last
                  month on the Councils' widespread misuse of the Full Electoral Roll (http://www.parliamentarybrief.com/2011/04/rumbled-the-
                  councils-that-dont-register-they-are-breaking-the), the AEA have subsequently given an exclusive interview to Parliamentary Brief
                  to make it clear that the Association “does not encourage the practice of pre-ticking” and following legal advice from an unnamed
                  local council, the AEA now agrees that the practice of pre-ticking the Edited Electoral Roll opt-out is a breach of regulations, in line
                  with the Electoral Commission’s annual advice, since 2003, that the practice is unlawful.

                  In a separate letter John Turner of the AEA has also drawn our attention to the advice that the AEA have provided all its members
                  since June 2010;

                  "Leaving aside the data protection issue and having considered the issue solely from an electoral law viewpoint, we have
                  concluded that we have no reason to disagree with the advice offered in 2003 by the then DCA (now Cabinet Office) and repeated
                  by the Electoral Commission in 2003 in its Circular on the matter. The position is currently set out in the EC's Guidance Manual for
                  EROs at paragraphs 1.24 and 1.25 on page 5 of Part C. We had to accept that the interpretation of the legislation introduced by
                  section 9 of the RPA 2000 as stated by both the Government department and the Electoral Commission was unlikely to be rejected
                  by learned counsel.”

                  A copy of the article is attached.

                  1.     Further to our FOI request sent around of 30/05/10 where we asked whether it was your council's practice to pre-tick, can
                  you confirm whether or not it now remains your ERO’s policy to pre-tick a voter's choice to opt-out of the Edited Register, and if so;
                  a.     is the ERO aware of the advice offered in 2003 by the then DCA (now Cabinet Office) and repeated by the Electoral
                  Commission in 2003 in its Circular on the matter, the advice currently set out in the EC's Guidance Manual for EROs at paragraphs
                  1.24 and 1.25 on page 5 of Part C and the advice of the Association of Electoral Administrators as distributed in June 2010 above,
                  and;
                  b.     has the ERO sought independent legal advice in relation to Electoral Law
                  2.     Further to our article (http://www.parliamentarybrief.com/2011/04/rumbled-the-councils-that-dont-register-they-are-breaking-
                  the) is the ERO aware of any misuse of the Full Electoral Roll by your local council, and what measures is the ERO taking to
                  ensure that your council only uses the Full Electoral Roll for the very limited statutory functions of the local authority relating to
                  “security, law enforcement and crime prevention”.

                  Response:
                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2266

                   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 enclosed.

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


2267   13/6/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 2267

                   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 enclosed. You requested;

                   What areas of the Fostering and Adoption Service does Bedford Borough Council's 62% cover?

                   What areas does Central Bedfordshire Council's 38% cover?

                   All services are provided in both areas, the split is based on population and service demand.


2268   7/7/2011    Request:

                       1.     In the last financial year 10/11 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.
                       2.      How many working days were lost by refuse collectors during the financial year 10/11 as a result of injuries connected
                              with assaults from members of the public while carrying out council duties?

                   NOTE: By refuse collectors I mean all employees whose main duties are involved in the collection of rubbish (all types) from
                   homes and businesses with your authority.

                   NOTE: If the refuse collection duties are carried out by a third party company hired by the council the information is still HELD by
                   the council, because it is information held on your behalf.


                   Response:

                   Subject: FOI 2268 re assaults on refuse collectors

                   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 below.


                            1. In the last financial year 10/11 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. None

                            2. How many working days were lost by refuse collectors during the financial year 10/11 as a result of injuries connected
                               with assaults from members of the public while carrying out council duties? None


2269   22/6/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2269
                   HMO Public Register
                  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 enclosed:
                       Copy of the Public HMO register.


2270   7/7/2011   Request:

                  Please find detailed below our request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

                  We would be grateful if you could supply (ideally in spreadsheet form if convenient), a list of all credit balances owing to
                  incorporated companies in respect of National Non Domestic Rates, both where the credit is owing on the current/closed balance,
                  and also in respect of past years where the credit has not been carried forward. Could you also include (ideally separately), a
                  similar list where any such overpayment/credit has been cancelled by a 'write on'.

                  For clarity, the list(s) are to include, if possible –

                      (1)   The address and ideally the Property Reference Number of the hereditament to which the account refers.
                      (2)   The name of the company to which the credit/overpayment is payable.
                      (3)   The value of the credit/overpayment.
                      (4)   The year(s) to which the credit/overpayment refers.

                  We would like this information to date back as far as your records permit. We are aware that you may not be able to provide
                  information naming individuals as opposed to incorporated entities, and we understand if column (2) is redacted in these cas

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2270

                  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.

                  I have attached a list of Non Domestic Rate accounts where there currently exists a credit balance and a list of Non Domestic Rate
                  accounts where a credit balance has been written on. The list does not include accounts where the ratepayer is an individual rather
                  than a company.

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


2271   6/7/2011   Request:

                  Re:     Tickets offered or given as gifts to council members, employees for the Olympics 2012.

                          From Organisations, Companies Individuals

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2271

                  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.

                  We can confirm that no one has been offered tickets for the 2012 Olympics.


2272   7/7/2011   Request:

                  Do the local council have any plans outlining what the general public should do in the event of an attack by aliens from outer
                  space?

                  Response:
                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2272
                   Re: Planning for an alien attack

                   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 as follows:-

                   ‘Do the local council have any plans outlining what the general public should do in the event of an attack by aliens from outer
                   space?’

                   There are no plans in place specifically for the situation described. However there are aspects of more general plans which are
                   applicable in a wide range of situations. More information on these is available on our website and on the Local Resilience Forum
                   website (www.bllrf.org.uk).


2273   30/6/2011   Request:

                   All information held by the Council relating to The Retreat, Felmersham Road, Radwell.

                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2273

                   Thank you for your request for information about the recent planning history of The Retreat, Felmersham Road, Radwell which we
                   received on 22 June 2011. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   Copies of the planning application and plans can be viewed at the Bedford Town Hall reception (on-line) during normal office hours
                   Monday to Friday and from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday.


2274   12/7/2011   Request:
                   I would like to submit the following Freedom of Information request.

                   Please can you information relating to contacts the council has with third parties for the treatment of waste. The definition of waste
                   should include: -
                        Dry recyclates including paper, glass, cans, metal, plastic, wood, WEEE etc
                        Food waste
                        Green waste

                   Please also provide details of any contract you may have regarding the management of HWRC (household waste recycling centres
                   / CA (Civic amenity) sites or waste transfer stations

                   For each contract please provide:
                        Name of the company holding the contract
                        Start date of contract (month/year)
                        Duration
                        Extension options
                        Tonnes contracted
                        Location of the facility at which the waste is treated (i.e. name of facility or town) – not required for HWRC/CA contracts

                   Response:

                   Thank you for your request for information about the treatment of waste which we received on 13 June. Your request has been
                   considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   All of the requested information is already available on the council’s website at the following link:
                   http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/rubbish,_recycling_and_waste/waste_management_strategy.aspx


2275   13/6/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 2275.

                   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 enclosed. You requested;

                          Can you tell me how many children are currently in residential placements paid for by Bedford Council, including the three
                           council-run beds and homes run by private/voluntary organisations.

                   24 (as of the end of May 2011)

                          I note that no homes have closed ‘since April 2009’. Can you please tell me how many children’s homes were closed in
                           April 2009 – or since June 2008, as per my FOI request? As per my previous request, please confirm how many children
                           were in the home/s at the time and where they were moved to.

                   None were closed in April 2009. We do not have the information on closures since 2008 to March 2009 as that was the
                   responsibility of the former Bedfordshire County Council, but the current Assistant Director is unaware of any closures.


2276   24/6/2011   Request and response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2276

                   I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council regarding test purchasing operations undertaken by officers from
                   Bedford Borough Council.

                   Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can confirm
                   that Bedford Borough Council Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service do hold the information you requested. Please
                   find below our answers to your questions:-

                   1. On how many occasions have the council's Trading Standards team performed test purchases in which underage
                   purchasers attempt to buy cigarettes or alcohol?

                   Please provide separate figures for the past twelve months and the twelve months prior to that. Please indicate whether
                   the test purchase related to cigarettes or alcohol, and whether it targeted an off-licence or licensed premises.

                   The answers to this question are on the spreadsheets that accompany this letter.
                  2. How many children have been involved in test purchasing and what is their age range?

                  Please be aware that the figures given below do include test purchasing operations where products other than alcohol and
                  cigarettes were purchased as sometimes a variety of different age restricted products are test purchased on the same occasion.

                  Date range                       Number of children                Age Range

                  2009 -2010                       11                                        15yrs to 16yrs

                  2010-2011                        7                                         14yrs to 17 yrs

                  2011-12 to date                  2                                         16yrs to 17yrs

                  3. How many times have people been placed under surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)
                  because they are:

                  a) Suspected of selling alcohol and / or cigarettes to underage buyers

                  None, individuals are not placed under surveillance. If RIPA is used it will be to test whether a business makes an illegal sale of an
                  age restricted product.

                  In the year 2009 – 2010 6 RIPA authorisations were granted for test purchases from a total of 57 businesses within the Borough.

                  b) Suspected of buying alcohol and / or cigarettes while underage [please give separate figures for a) and b).]

                  None.

                  4. What forms of surveillance were used in the above cases? (E.g. directed surveillance – filming and covertly monitoring
                  in a public place, use of informants or undercover operatives, or accessing communications data.) Please give detail
                  where possible. For example, if cameras were hidden, specify where.

                  Since 2009 age restricted sales have been witnessed by officers who are present in the shop at the same time as the volunteer. No
                  covert recording equipment has been used.


2277   7/7/2011   Request and Response:
Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2277

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 as follows:

‘I was just enquiring about your stray dog regulations and where the strays went after they have been collected and what happens
to them after their 5/7 days are up.
If you have any figures of collected/re-homed/euthanised dogs I would be very grateful. Also what orders you have in place for
other animals for example cats.’

We have a duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deal with stray dogs. In all cases we hold the dogs for a statutory
7 day period, after which time every effort is made to re-home the dog where appropriate. We have recently upgraded our data
management system and are in the process of reviewing all the necessary data to be recorded in such cases; currently we are able
to provide the following information:

Number of Stray dog reports:
  Year                      No. of Jobs
         2001 2002                 50
         2002 2003                173
         2003 2004                205
         2004 2005                192
         2005 2006                181
         2006 2007                212
         2007 2008                114
         2008 2009                286
         2009 2010                306
         2010 2011                327
                   Breakdown of Stray Dog Reports 2011/12 (to date)

                    Claimed           Re-homed         Euthanased       Died
                    20                14               1                1

                   We have no provisions in place for other animals, eg. Cats.


2278   20/6/2011   Request and response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2278

                   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 below:

                   My request is for information regarding persons who have died with no known next of kin since 4/3/11 to the present day
                   and to include any 'pending' cases that may shortly pass to the Treasury Solicitor and any cases where the Deceased
                   died before 4/3/11 but were not included in your last response to me for whatever reason.

                   This is a nil return.

2279   12/7/2011   Request:

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act I am writing to request information on Bedford Borough Council’s current policy on scanning,
                   data capture, image capture and general management of incoming mail? Do you have a scanning solution, if so please provide
                   details. Please can you provide a contact name for this area within the Authority.

                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2279
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.

        “Under the Freedom of Information Act I am writing to request information on Bedford Borough Council’s current
        policy on scanning data capture, image capture and general management of incoming mail? Do you have a
        scanning solution, if so please provide details.

        The Council has a central Mailing Services Team who receive and sort incoming post. In addition, for certain finance
        related post, they open the letters. The Mailing Services Team circulate the received and sorted post to departments.
        There is currently no Council-wide scanning policy in place regarding the scanning of incoming post. However, plans are in
        place to implement a corporate Electronic Document and Records Management system during the coming year and, as
        part of the move to this system it is likely that there will be a corporate scanning policy.

        A number of Departments already scan incoming post once they receive it. These include:

        The office of the Director of Finance and Corporate Services – who use a Kyocera KM-C4035E
        Vulnerable Children’s Services – who use standalone scanners – Sujitsu FI 6140
        The Parking Shop – who batch scan correspondence and electronically file according to its file structure –HP Color
        Laserjet CM4730MPF and FS-C1020MFP
        Financial Management – scan supplier invoices and utilise OCR technology.
        Environment and Community Services – scan correspondence into a Civica APP software system.
        Council Tax, National Non Domestic Rates, Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit - correspondence is scanned to the
        Northgate Information@Work Document Management System
        Bereavement Services have undertaken some specific scanning/microfiching of documents

        Please can you provide a contact name for this area within the Authority.

        General management of incoming mail – Keith Simmons, Head of Registration and Records
        ICT Systems – Larry McArdle, Head of ICT
        In relation to the Parking Shop’s use of scanning - Fil Cusano, Parking Admin Manager
        In relation to Council Tax, National Non Domestic Rates, Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit - Kevin Yerrill,
        Revenues and Benefits Development Manager
        In relation to Financial Management - Rob Oakes - System Accountant.
2280   28/6/2011   Request:

                   Could you please advise me how many times the council gritted the roads over the winter periods for 2008/2009, 2009/2010 and
                   2010/2011 i.e. three separate figures

                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2280
                                                                                                            th
                   Thank you for your request for information about Winter Gritting which we received on 13 June 2011. Your request has been
                   considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   The information you requested is as follows:

                   2008/09 - 67 salt runs were carried out
                   2010/11 - 51 salt runs were carried out
                   2009/10 - 84 salt runs were carried out

                   The figure for 2008/09 is pre-unitary and relates to how many runs were carried out by Bedfordshire County Council. We do not
                   have comparable figures for Bedford Borough Council for that period.

                   For additional information, please find attached the Winter Maintenance Report for 2010/11.

                   Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for copies of the attachments


2281   7/7/2011    Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2281

                   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.
                   ‘Under the Freedom of Information Act please release any costs to the council relating to visits to the area by any member of the
                   Royal Family in the past year. If additional clarification is required please let me know’.

                   HRH The Princess Royal visited Hinwick Hall on 24 June 2010. The then Speaker, of Bedford Borough Council Cllr Davey and Mr
                   Davey attended as the Borough’s representatives and they were driven there by Mayor’s officer in the civic car. The costs would
                   therefore have been for Mayor’s Officer time and the use of the vehicle. It was 35 mile round trip from Bedford to Hinwick and back.

                   Please see event log below.

                      Thur         0945
                        th                       Royal visit - Opening
                      24         (Pick up                                                                                                          Day
                                                    Hinwick Hall                1230
                                   from                                                        -           -        Speaker        Consort        dress/
                                                 Hinwick Hall College           (BT)
                                  Home                                                                                                            chains
                                  0900)

                   The Mayor‘s Officer’ was involved for about 5 hours overall and cost was £94.85. Please note this was all part of the Mayor’s
                   Officer’s regular salary and the Mayor’s Officer was not paid anything in addition to this.



2282   12/7/2011   Request:

                   I am looking for information concerning the effectiveness of local authorities’ enforcement activities in the private rented sector. I
                   am keen to understand what happens to complaints about private landlords once received by the local authority and if there are
                   any issues taking action against landlords who do not comply with enforcement action.

                   We appreciate that local authorities are structured differently and will have various routes for different kinds of complaints to be
                   handled. The departments that may deal with these complaints include: Housing Advice, Housing Options, Homeless Persons Unit,
                   Environmental Health, Private Sector Housing, Trading Standards, Tenancy Relations, Customer Services, Legal.

                   We have therefore broken down complaints by type in questions 1 – 5, and if different departments in your authority follow through
                   each of these types of complaint you may wish to send questions 7 – 11 to each of those departments to get their response.

                   Response:
                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2282

                   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 enclosed.

                   Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for copies of the attachments


2283   12/7/2011   Request:

                   I am Senior Researcher at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. I am currently working on a research project covering all
                   English councils with a directly elected mayor. Thus, your municipality is one of my cases.

                   In order to construct a statistical model of local elections, I need data on election results for your council from 1998 to 2011. I would
                   be very happy if you could assist me.

                   What I need is the state of the parties in the council after every single council election, that means

                   * the names of the parties,
                   * the total number of seats for each party after each election.

                   I approached other sources (e.g. BBC online) for information, but data quality from this sources seems to be rather poor. For
                   example, mostly elections results distinguish between "Conservative Party", "Labour Party", "Liberal Democrats", sometimes the
                   BNP, and "Other". The label "other" is not sufficient for my research, since I have to separate the "other" parties into different
                   categories. Additionally, other sources only have data available from 2003, but as I pointed out above, I need also data which dates
                   back to 1998.

                   It would be nice if you could send the data I need via eMail. A simple table is sufficient, e.g. like this:

                   Election Year CON LAB LIB XXX YYY ZZZ
                   ----------------------------------------
2002          11 12 5 4 0 1
2003          10 14 7 2 1 2
2004          15 8 8 4 2 0

Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2283

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.


  Election      Con    Lab     Lib       Ind     Better       Rural      Rural        No          T
  Year                         Dem               Bedford      Alliance   Indepen-     Group       o
                                                                         dent                     t
  1998          9      22      15        7       -            -          -            -           53
  1999          9      19      18        7       -            -          -            -           53
  2000          13     18      16        6       -            -          -            -           53
  2002          24     14      12        4       -                                    -           54
  2003          16     12      12        7       6                                    1           54
  2004          16     15      13        3       4            3          -            -           54
  2006          17     12      15        4       3            -          3            -           54
  2007          19     12      16        7       -            -          -            -           54
  2009          9      7       13        7       -            -          -            -           36
  2011          12     12      12        3       -            -          -            1           40

Please note that pre Unitary the Borough Council only had elections in 3 years in every 4, therefore there were no elections in 2001
and 2005. Also there were no elections in 2008 as this was the year prior to Unitary.

Since Unitary there were elections in 2009 and 2011 and these will now be on a four year cycle.
...
2284   4/7/2011   Request:

                  This is a request for the following information, many thanks for your help.

                  Please could you provide staffing numbers for the following employees for 2009, 2010 and 2010:

                  Advisors for special educational needs, diversity and inclusion (separately if possible).
                  Special educational needs, diversity and inclusion managers
                  Special educational needs, diversity and inclusion inspectors.

                  Please could you provide staffing numbers for the following employees for 2009, 2010 and 2010:

                  Advisors, managers and inspectors working with gifted and talented pupils.

                  I’m trying to establish changes in staffing numbers for these employees over this period of time, particularly as a result of budget
                  cuts.

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2284

                  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 requested below.

                  Total numbers

                  2009:   4

                  2010:   4

                  2011:   1
                   Please note that these can not be split into special educational needs, diversity & inclusion and working with gifted and
                   talented pupils as the above number of individuals all covered both areas as part of their roles.


2285   13/7/2011   Request:

                   Business rates

                   In reference to the above we request a list of all current Rateable Value assessments between £500 and £12,000 and indicating
                   which are subject to small business rate relief, other types of relief and whether occupied/vacant.

                   Response:


                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2285

                   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.

                   I attach a spreadsheet with the information you have requested. The list does not include accounts where the ratepayer is an
                   individual rather than a company.

                   Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for copies of the attachments


2286   6/7/2011    Request:


                   The information required is as follows:

                   1. How many penalty charge notices have been issued by Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop in St Peters Street
                   Bedford over the last 24 months?
2. How many penalty charge notices have been canceled / withdrawn by the Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop that
were issued in St Peters Street Bedford, over the past 24 months,

3. What were the specific reasons, the Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop over the past 24 months, used to cancel or
withdrew each of these penalty charge notices issued in St Peters Street Bedford?

4. How many penalty charge notices have been issued by Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop in Bedford over the last
24 months?

5. How many penalty charge notices have been cancelled / withdrawn by the Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop that
were issued in Bedford, over the past 24 months,

6. What were the specific reasons, the Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop over the past 24 months, used to cancel or
withdrew each of these penalty charge notices issued in St Peters Street Bedford?

Response:

Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2286

Thank you for your request for information asking how many Penalty Charge Notices have been issued in Bedford, including St
                                       th
Peters Street, which we received on 10 June 2011. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested is as follows:

1.     How many penalty charge notices have been issued by Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop in St Peters Street
Bedford over the last 24 months?
       Period 01 June 2009 to 30 June 2011 = 234

2.     How many penalty charge notices have been cancelled / withdrawn by the Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking
Shop that were issued in St Peters Street Bedford, over the past 24 months?
       Please see Q3 below

3.     What were the specific reasons, the Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop over the past 24 months, used to
cancel or withdrew each of these penalty charge notices issued in St Peters Street Bedford?
       In answer to both questions 2 and 3 for period 01 June 2009 to 30 June 2011:

       Cancelled - DVLA No Record = 2
       Cancelled - DVLA Mismatch = 1
       Cancelled - General Reason = 1
       Cancelled - Hand Held Void = 2
       Cancelled - Loading/Unloading Evidence = 4
       Cancelled - Blue Badge = 1
       Cancelled - CEO Error = 3
       Cancelled - Processing Error = 1
       Cancelled - Representations Allowed = 12
       Cancelled - Special Circumstances = 3
       Cancelled - Valid Permit = 1
       Cancelled - Vehicle Broken Down = 1

4.      How many penalty charge notices have been issued by Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop in Bedford over the
last 24 months?
        Period 01 June 2009 to 30 June 2011 = 46,371

5.     How many penalty charge notices have been cancelled / withdrawn by the Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking
Shop that were issued in Bedford, over the past 24 months?
       Please see Q6 below

6.       What were the specific reasons, the Bedford Borough Council Bedford Parking Shop over the past 24 months, used to
cancel or withdrew each of these penalty charge notices issued in St Peters Street Bedford?

       (This question is a duplication of Q3 above, so we have assumed you mean Bedford and not St Peters Street).
       In answer to both questions 5 and 6 for period 01 June 2009 to 30 June 2011:

       Cancelled - Address Late Postal TMA = 4
       Cancelled - Dispensation Certificate = 6
       Cancelled - DVLA No Record = 1’504
       Cancelled - DVLA Mismatch = 70
       Cancelled - General Reason = 7
       Cancelled - Hand Held Void = 279
       Cancelled - Inadequate Signage = 243
                          Cancelled - Loading/Unloading Evidence = 244
                          Cancelled - Blue Badge = 1’291
                          Cancelled - Owner Cannot Be Traced = 96
                          Cancelled - CEO Error = 532
                          Cancelled - PD Machine Faulty = 116
                          Cancelled - Permit = 262
                          Cancelled - Police/Emergency Vehicle = 5
                          Cancelled - Processing Error = 49
                          Cancelled - Representations Allowed = 796
                          Cancelled - RingGo = 55
                          Cancelled - Special Circumstances = 765
                          Cancelled - Spoiled Before Issue = 6
                          Cancelled - Stolen Vehicle = 7
                          Cancelled - Suspension Added = 1
                          Cancelled - Test PCN = 23
                          Cancelled - TPT Appeal Accepted = 20
                          Cancelled - TPT No Contest = 33
                          Cancelled - Valid Permit PD Ticket = 2’014
                          Cancelled - Vehicle Broken Down = 58
                          Cancelled - Visitor Voucher = 840


2287   12/7/2011   Request and Responses:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2287

                   I refer to your e-mail of 15/6/11 addressed to Bedford Borough Council. The request was received and registered on 15/6/11, and
                   by the Council’s calculations the 20 day statutory limit expires on 13/7/11 by which date you ought to have received this letter. Set
                   out below is the full request and the Council’s response.

                   1.        Details of the Information being sought (“the Request”):

                   I am requesting information from Bedford Borough Council under the Freedom of Information Act concerning convictions for XXX
                   Properties in Bedford.

                   2.        Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council:
                             2.1        States that the Information is exempt information.

                             2.2        Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 30 –Investigations and proceeding
                                        conducted by Public Authorities - criminal investigation or prosecution or wider functions relating to this or any
                                        civil proceeding or information from confidential sources.


2288   29/6/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2288

                   I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council in respect of buildings containing asbestos.

                   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 requested and this is detailed below.

                   (a)     Which of your council owned buildings contain asbestos?

                           See enclosed list. Please note that some of the addresses in the document have been removed for data protection
                           purposes.

                   (b)     What the council plans are (if any) for the removal of asbestos in the said buildings, including any timeframes.

                           Only those samples where either their condition has deteriorated or where they require removal consequent of
                           refurbishment proposals will be removed. Remaining samples are managed and monitored in accordance with the Control
                           of Asbestos at Work Regulations. There are no specific plans at this time to remove any of the retained asbestos within the
                           Council's properties.

                   (c)     Which contractor would you use for removing any asbestos OR would this go out to tender

                           The approach to be adopted would depend upon the quantity of asbestos to be removed at the time. Only contractors who
                           hold a current license with the HSE will undertake any asbestos removal for the Council. Please see the previous answer.

                   (d)     If you plan to go to tender, when are tenders due to be published for removing any asbestos from the said
                           buildings.
                           This is not applicable at this time.

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


2289   12/7/2011   Request and response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2289

                   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 below:

                   Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request details relating to the adaptation of homes
                   using the Disabled Facilities Grant.

                   In particular, I would like to request the following information:

                       1. The total council expenditure on adaptations to council properties using the disabled facilities grant in each of the
                          last three years;
                          None

                       2. The number of adaptations to council properties provided for by the disabled facilities grant in each of the last
                          three years;
                          None

                       3. The total council expenditure on adaptations to non-council properties using the disabled facilities grant in each
                          of the last three years;

                            2008-2009                £1,296,000
                            2009-2010                £1,723,430
                            2010-2011                £1,080,000
                        4. The number of adaptations to non-council properties provided for by the disabled facilities grant in each of the
                           last three years.

                           2008-2009         212
                           2009-2010         269
                           2010-2011        149


2290   21/9/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2290

                   I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council in respect of legal/insurance claims.

                   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 requested and this is detailed below.

                   1.      The number of legal/insurance claims made against Bedford Borough Local Education Authority as a result of school age
                           pupils (5 to 16 years old) being injured on school trips for the years 2009-10 and 2010-11.

                           None reported to date.

                   2.      The number of successful legal/insurance claims against Bedford Borough Local Education Authority as a result of school
                           age pupils (5 to 16 years old) being injured on school trips between the years 2009-10 and 2010-11 and the amounts
                           awarded.

                           None.


2291   12/7/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 2291.
                  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 enclosed. You requested;

                  The only accurate figures we can provide are for 2011 as before this date there was no systematic monitoring on missing
                  LAC children.

                  1. How many children went missing from local authority care in a). 2009 b). 2010 c). 2011 (so far)?

                  January to May 2011, the total number of Bedford Borough LAC aged 0 to 17 children reported as missing was 14.

                  Several of these children were missing on more than one occasion, so the total number of reports in this period were 38.

                  2. How many of these children were in a). foster care b). residential care c). other?

                  7 were in Foster Care placements, 5 were in Residential placements and 2 were in Hostel placements.

                  3. How many were found within a). one week b). one month c). three months?

                  None were for periods of a week or more

                  4. How many were missing for longer than three months?

                  None

                  5. How many were never found?

                  None


2292   5/7/2011   Request and Response:

                  Request Pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2292
                   Thank you for your request for information. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations
                   2004 and the information is detailed below.

                   1.      A list of all sites owned or operated by Bedford Borough Council which use either heating oil or LPG as a fuel
                           source.

                           The oil fired boilers are at:
                           Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
                           Greys House Education Centre, Manor Drive, Kempston , MK42 7AB
                           Pine Cones, Slade Walk, Bedford, MK41 7SA
                           Blue Peris Centre, Dinorwic, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3ET
                           Former Rainbow School, 5 Chestnut Avenue, Bromham, MK43 8HP
                           80 Bunyan Road, Kempston, MK42 8EX

                           The only LPG boiler is at:
                           Blue Peris Centre, Dinorwic, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3ET

                           For security reasons the Council will not divulge address details of staff housing.

                   2.      Bids to tender for LPG supplies to Bedford Borough Council and details of the procurement process.

                           None according to our records.

                   3.      Any contract (including all indexes, appendices and supplements) between Bedford Borough Council and any of
                           the following three LPG suppliers, Calor Gas, Shell Gas or BP LP Gas.

                           None according to our records.


2293   15/7/2011   Request:

                   Re: Freedom of Information Act enquiry.

                        In accordance with the above, please provide the following information:
                           ·      Dates of all correspondence with Bevan Brittan and Tinklers, Solicitors on the subject of fees for personal searches
                               of the local land charges register.

                           ·      Copies of all the correspondence plus all recorded information appertaining to the correspondence


                   Response:

                   Personal Searches – Correspondence with Bevan Brittan and Tinklers Solicitors
                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2293

                   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 have to
                   inform you that the Borough Council holds no correspondence with either of the two named companies in regard to the subject
                   matter of your request.


2294   28/6/2011   Request and response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2294
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                   Thank you for your request for information about the Contaminated Land Register which we received on 15 June 2011. Your
                   request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   I can confirm that there have been no determinations for the contaminated land register under Part IIA of the Environmental
                   Protection Act 1990. There has also been no remediation notices served for contaminated land under this Act.


2295   15/7/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2295

                   I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council regarding funding levels and enforcement activities undertaken by
                   the Trading Standards Service of Bedford Borough Council.
Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can confirm
that Bedford Borough Council Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service do hold the information you requested. Please
find below our answers to your questions:-

1) What was the authority’s budget for its Trading Standards Department/Office in:
         a) 2009/10?
         b) 2010/11?
         c) 2011/12?

                                                  2009/10      2010/11       2011/12
 Trading Standards
 Expenditure                                      477,750      458,440       403,160
 Income                                            49,900       49,900        30,450
 Net Expenditure                                  427,850      408,540       372,710

 FIU
 Expenditure                                       50,200        50,700             -
 Income                                            81,300        81,300             -
 Net Expenditure                                  -30,600       -31,100             -


2) What is the projected budget for:
          a) 2012/13?
          b) 2013/14?
   The revenue budgets for 2012/13 and 2013/14 have not yet been set. However the projected budgets will be similar to the
   revenue budget for 2011/12, subject to the standard review and budget setting processes carried out each year.

3) If the budget is to be reduced, in which ways will the work done by the Trading Standards Department/Office be
   affected? Are there plans to cut any services in particular?

    As stated above the revenue budgets have not been set for future years, however an ongoing review of the work and services
    offered by the Trading Standards Department, based on statutory and discretionary obligations, will be undertaken as part of
    the overall management of the service.
4) Does the authority have any plans to increase collaborative working with neighbouring authorities and, if so, could
   you give details? What will be the cost saving of this?

   Bedford Borough Council is a member of the East of England Trading Standards Authorities (EETSA). The group is made up of
   11 authorities from the East of England. Officers from Bedford Borough Council participate in regional sub groups across a
   variety of functional areas including under age sales, metrology, food, animal health, agriculture and fair trading. The groups
   meet regularly to share knowledge and experience and to keep up to date on relevant legislative changes.

   The groups also organise regional projects which all authorities can participate in to whatever level they are able. The groups
   bid for central government funding for projects such as a regional tobacco project which has received funding from the
   Department of Health and has been running within EETSA for a number of years.

   EETSA also have a training sub-group which organises relevant low cost training courses both for EETSA members and other
   authorities if places permit. With overall budgetary restrictions affecting training budgets this is an invaluable way to make sure
   that Officers receive the training they require at a cost that the authority can afford.

   The cost saving that membership of EETSA generates has not to my knowledge been calculated. However for the financial
   year 2011-12 the cost of Bedford Borough Council’s membership is £6500 for a unitary authority although the cost of
   membership for a county Trading Standards Service does differ.

5) How many businesses were prosecuted by the authority’s Trading Standards Department/Office:

         a) 2009/10?
         b) 2010/11?

         a) 1
         b) 3

6) How many businesses were advised by the authority’s Trading Standards Department/Office:

           a) 2009/10?
           b) 2010/11?
           c) Are there any future projections?

           a) 228
           b) 131
                               c) No

                   7) Are any Trading Standards functions currently outsourced? If so which and to whom?

                       Bedford Borough Council currently outsources routine Animal Health enforcement to another local authority. The contract is
                       currently out for tender so it is not possible at this time to say which authority will be undertaking the work this year. This was
                       deemed necessary due to a shortage of qualified staff in this area. This is not intended to be a long term arrangement and an
                       officer is currently undertaking training in this area with a view to bringing the work back “in-house” as soon as possible.

                   8) Does the authority have any further plans to outsource any Trading Standards services? If so, which and when?

                       Not at this time.


2296   23/6/2011   Request:

                   This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

                   Please supply details of all spending by your chief executive on a council procurement card or credit card in the financial years
                   08/09, 09/10 and 10/11. Please supply the date, item purchased, reason for the purchase, vendor and cost in an Excel
                   spreadsheet.

                   Please specify all relocation allowances paid to chief executives in your authority in all financial years from 2004/05 to the present.
                   Please state the date, the value of the allowance, the individual's name, where they were relocating from, the reason the allowance
                   was paid and how long that person worked for the authority. Please supply the data in an Excel spreadsheet.

                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2269

                   Thank you for 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.

                   I confirm that neither of the two Chief Executives from 2008/09 to the present has had a Council procurement or credit card.
                  Therefore, there is no expenditure to report. Also, no relocation expenses have been paid to Chief Executives at Bedford Borough
                  Council from 2004/05 to the present. Both the current and previous post holders were already members of staff when they took up
                  the role as Chief Executive.


2297   1/7/2011   Request:

                  I am researching empty homes and would like to find out information about empty properties in your local authority. Please supply
                  me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.
                                                                                             st
                      1. How many empty dwellings were there in your local authority on 31 March 2011?

                      2. a)     What is the current total number of empty dwellings within your local authority where demolition is, or was,
                         planned?

                          b)     Out of these, how many are:

                                  -   Privately owned

                                  -   Owned by the council

                                  -   Owned by housing associations

                                  -   Owned by any other public body

                      3. a)      What specific measures do you use to safeguard empty dwellings from risks (such as squatting)?

                          b)     How much has it cost, in the last financial year, to secure council-owned empty dwellings from risks (such as
                          squatters)?

                          c)     How much do you spend per property to secure against these risks?

                      4. How many empty dwellings that were owned by your local authority have been transferred to another organisation under
        your control within the last two years?


Response:

Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2297

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council in respect of empty properties.

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 requested and this is detailed below.

1.      How many empty dwellings were there in your local authority on 31 March 2011?
        There were 861 dwellings that had been empty for more than 6 months.

2.(a)   What is the current total number of empty dwellings within your local authority where demolition is, or was,
        planned?
        The Council does not have this information.

2.(b)   Out of these, how many are:
        - Privately owned - the Council would not have this information
        - Owned by the council - None
        - Owned by housing associations - the Council would not have this information
        - Owned by any other public body - the Council would not have this information

3.(a)   What specific measures do you use to safeguard empty dwellings from risks (such as squatting)?
          Arrange for properties to be secured and boarded up
          Environmental Health involvement – enforcement action to get the owner to remove rubbish removal, pest control etc
          Offer Empty Homes loans
          At a later stage – Compulsory Purchase Orders

3.(b)   How much has it cost, in the last financial year, to secure council-owned empty dwellings from risks (such as
        squatters)?
        Information not available

3.(c)   How much do you spend per property to secure against these risks?
                           Information not available

                   4.      How many empty dwellings that were owned by your local authority have been transferred to another organisation
                           under your control within the last two years?
                           None


2298   19/7/2011   Request:

                   I would like to request the following information under the freedom of information act regarding Bedfordshire County Council.
                   These requests are specific to Children’s Services.
                   * Number of agency social professionals** between 1st April 2011 and Present
                   * Total spend on agency social professionals for this period
                   * Method of supply for agency social work professionals (i.e. preferred Supplier list, Comensura, Matrix etc)
                   * Renewal date of any current agency supply contract
                   * Contact details for the person responsible for agency contracts
                   **Agency social work professionals include agency social workers, social work senior practitioners and social work managers

                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2298

                   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 requested below and note that the information provided is for the period 4th April 2011 to 26th
                   June 2011.

                   * Number of agency social professionals** between 1st April 2011 and Present
                     22

                   * Total spend on agency social professionals for this period
                     £248,952
                   * Method of supply for agency social work professionals (i.e. preferred Supplier list, Comensura, Matrix etc)
                     Agency Contract, CMS

                   * Renewal date of any current agency supply contract
                     Contract expires 31st August 2013

                   * Contact details for the person responsible for agency contracts
                     Sarah Fuller, Recruitment Manager. Telephone 01234 228084, sarah.fuller@bedford.gov.uk


2299   30/6/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Reference No. 2299

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

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not
                   hold this information as the Council does not have a Benevolent Fund.


2300   18/7/2011   Request:

                   This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

                   Please state the sum of expenses paid to your chief executive for each of the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11.

                   Please supply details of all expenses paid to your chief executive for hospitality in the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11. This
                   should include restaurant meals, corporate entertaining, parties and functions and food and drink. Please supply an individual
                   breakdown of the date, the nature of the event, the venue, and the cost in an Excel spreadsheet.

                   Please supply details of all expenses paid to your chief executive for gifts in the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11. Please
                   supply the date, the item purchased, the vendor, the reason for the purchase and the cost in an Excel spreadsheet.

                   Response:
                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2300

                   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 state the sum of expenses paid to your chief executive for each of the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11.

                   Please supply details of all expenses paid to your chief executive for hospitality in the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11. This
                   should include restaurant meals, corporate entertaining, parties and functions and food and drink. Please supply an individual
                   breakdown of the date, the nature of the event, the venue, and the cost in an Excel spreadsheet.

                   Please see attached.

                   Please supply details of all expenses paid to your chief executive for gifts in the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11. Please
                   supply the date, the item purchased, the vendor, the reason for the purchase and the cost in an Excel spreadsheet.

                   Nil.

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


2301   19/7/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2301

                   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.

                   Your request was:

                   1. Can you please supply details of the Head of Service LAC & Asylum’s previous positions and employers, together with dates
employed, as detailed on his CV.

2. Can you also please confirm that you took into account prior to employing him any details relating to suspensions, complaints or
disciplinary proceedings - completed
or not.

3. Can you please confirm whether he is registered with the General Social Care Council (GSCC) as working in your geographical
area.

QUESTION 1:

We 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 details requested in your first question as stated above is exempt information.

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

Details of Head of Service LAC & Asylum’s previous positions and employers, together with dates employed, as detailed
in his application form amounts to ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

Section 40(2) of the FOIA provides for an absolute exemption in respect of personal data where the disclosure of that data
under FOIA would contravene one of the data protection principles contained in Schedule 1 to the DPA.

The Council specifically addressed the question as to whether disclosure of the personal data you have requested would
contravene in particular the first Data Protection principle. That principle requires that any processing of personal data
must be fair and lawful and must otherwise meet one of the conditions provided for in Schedule 2 to the DPA. The
schedule 2 condition which is most likely to be relevant in this context is that provided for in paragraph 6(1) of schedule
2. That condition will be met, in essence, if the public interests in disclosure of the data positively outweigh the data
subjects’ private interests in keeping their data confidential.

In assessing fairness the Council has considered whether there is a legitimate interest in the public accessing the
withheld information. These interests would be served by the disclosure of the withheld information. However, the
Council does not believe that any legitimate interest in the public accessing the withheld information would outweigh the
data subject’s private interests in keeping their data confidential.

For these reasons the Council is satisfied that the withheld information is personal data and that disclosure would not
comply with the first DPA principle.

QUESTION 2:

The Council can state that our job application form requires a candidate to list their employment history including dates
of employment, positions held and the main duties of the role. Details and reasons must be provided for any gaps in
work history and such gaps are explored at interview.

To meet safeguarding and insurance requirements, the Council requires a minimum of two satisfactory references for all
prospective employees. The referees should have known the candidate for a 3 year period.
Referee 1 - current/last employer.
Referee 2 - previous employer.

Candidates applying for a role working with children or vulnerable adults, who are not currently working with children or
vulnerable adults but have done so in the past, are required to nominate a referee from the organisation where they were
most recently employed in this capacity.

Employment referees are asked of any live disciplinary offences and also about any ‘time expired’ disciplinary offences
where they relate to children. They are also asked if a candidate has been subject to any child protection or vulnerable
adult protection concerns and, if so, the outcome of any enquiry or disciplinary procedure.

The Council also reserves the right to ask the candidate for permission to contact a referee from any organisation they
have been associated with. This can be in addition to, or instead of, the names they provided.

QUESTION 3:

The GSCC confirmed that If a Social Worker is registered with the General Social Care Council ( GSCC ), Care Council for
Wales ( CCW ), or the Northern Ireland Care Council ( NICC ), then the Social Worker can practice in any of these
countries. A Social Worker may be registered with more than one council and can transfer registration.

The Head of Service LAC & Asylum has made a request to the GSCC to change his town of employment after being
appointed to Bedford Borough Council and the register has now been updated.
                  The GSCC register can be checked online at the link below:

                  http://www.gscc.org.uk/registerSearch.php#results



2302   8/7/2011   Request:

                  I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
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                      1. The number of council meetings attended by every councillor since 6 May 2010 to present

                      2. The number and percentage of seats that were un-contested (i.e. where only one candidate stood in a particular
                         seat) since 2007

                      3. The total length of service for each current councillor

                      4. The average response rate by councillors to constituents’ correspondence. This should include postal as well as
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                         e-mail correspondence since 6 May 2010 to present
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                      5. The average attendance at constituency surgeries for every councillor since 6 may 2010.

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2302

                  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   This information is available on our website from the following link
                          http://www.councillorsupport.bedford.gov.uk/mgUserAttendanceSummary.aspx

                  2       There have been no Council seats in any of the Borough Wards elected uncontested since 2007 onwards. Please note this
    relates to only Bedford Borough Council.

3   Cllr Kristy Adams          2 months        (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Colleen Atkins        13 years        (5 May 1988-1996, 10 June 2004-2009, 2009-2011)
    Cllr Apu Bagchi            21 years        (3 May 1990 – present day)
    Cllr Randolph Charles      12 years        (6 May 1999 – present day)
    Cllr Ian Clifton           17 years        (5 May 1994 – 2009, 8 June 2009 – present day)
    Cllr Graeme Coombes        2 months         (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Carole Ellis          20 years        (2 May 1991 – 2009, 8 June 2009 – 2011)
    Cllr Caroline Fensome      2 months        (5 May 2011 to present day
    Cllr Alison Foster          2 months        (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Jon Gambold           2 months        (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Anita Gerard            8 years          (1 May 2003–2007, 2007–2009, 8 June 2009 – 2011)
    Cllr Sylvia Gillard         2 years           (8 June 2009 – 2011, 5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Michael Headley       17 years         (5 May 1994 – present day)
    Cllr Tim Hill              12 years        (8 May 1986 – 1996, 8 June 2009 to present day)
    Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland    2 years          (8 June 2009 – present day)
    Cllr Shan Hunt              11 years          (8 May 1986 – 2006, 24 June 2010 to present day)
    Cllr Will Hunt              15 years         (2 May 1996 – 2009, 8 June 2009 to present day
    Cllr Louise King           2 months         (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Mohammed Masud        2 months        (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Doug McMurdo          2 years          (8 June 2009 to present day)
    Cllr Carl Meader           10 years          (4 May 2000-2002, 1 May 2003-2009, 8 June to
                                                     present day)
    Cllr Philip Merryman       7 years         (10 June 2004 to present day)
    Cllr John Mingay           9 years         (7 May 1992-2009, 8 June 2009 to present day)
    Cllr Stephen Moon          2 months        (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Mohammed Nawaz        2 months        (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Sue Oliver            9 years          (2 May 2002 to present day)
    Cllr Pat Olney              25 years         (8 May 1986-2009, 8 June 2009 to present day)
    Cllr Paul Prescod          2 months        (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr Wendy Rider           2 years          (8 June 2009 to present day)
    Cllr Roger Rigby           11 years         (4 May 2000 to present day)
    Cllr Charles Royden        4 years          (3 May 2007 to present day)
    Cllr James Saunders        2 months        (5 May 2011 to present day)
    Cllr David Sawyer          8 years         (8 June 2003 to present day)
                          Cllr Mark Smith                13 years       (4 May 1995-2004, 3 May 2007-2009,
                                                                              8 June 2009 to present day)
                          Cllr Sallyanne Smith           4 years        (3 May 2007-2009, 8 June 2009 to present day)
                          Cllr James Valentine          2 months       (5 May 2011 to present day)
                          Cllr Henry Vann                2 months       (5 May 2011 to present day)
                          Cllr Jane Walker               2 years        (9 June 2009 to present day)
                          Cllr Tom Wootton              4 years         (3 May 2007-2009, 8 June to present day)
                          Cllr Mohammad Yasin           5 years        (4 May 2006-2009, 8 June 2009 to present day)

                   4      We do not hold this information.

                   5      We do not hold this information.


2303   18/7/2011   Request:

                   This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

                   Please supply details of all conferences, training, away days and leisure activities attended by your chief executive in the financial
                   years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11. Please supply an individual breakdown of the date, the nature of the event, the venue, and the cost
                   in an Excel spreadsheet.

                   Please supply details of all spending on travel and hotel bills for your chief executive in the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11.
                   This should include cars, trains, flights and hotels both overseas and in the UK. In each case, please supply the date, the reason
                   for the travel or the overnight stay, the destination and/or the name of the hotel, and the cost in an Excel spreadsheet. For flights
                   and trains, please specify whether the travel was first class or economy.

                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2303

                   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 enclosed.

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


2304   21/7/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2304

                   Thank you for your request for information about property on Brickhill Drive, Bedford. Your request has been considered under the
                   Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   Please see below our response to your request:-

                   Thank you for your enquiry under the above legislation, I have checked our records and can confirm that Peter Nash (Senior
                   Environmental Health Officer) has been consulted regarding the change of filtration system at the above premises, and a very high
                   level of odour abatement is currently proposed.

                   The Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department should be consulted by the Planning Department once a planning
                   application has been received, it is expected that this application will include the full details of the exact filtration system to be
                   installed. An officer from this department will review the information provided to ensure that the system proposed will comply with
                   the “Guidance on the Control of Odour and Noise from Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Systems” document produced by the
                   Department for Environment and Rural Affairs in 2005.


2305   27/6/2011   Request and response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2305

                   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 below:
                   I require the following details: Name, Last known address, Date of birth,
                   Date of death and estimated size of estate for any persons who have died
                   since March 2011 in your local authority area and whose details you
                   have passed or will be passing onto either the Treasury Solicitor, Duchy of
                   Lancaster/Cornwall or local Procurator Fiscal office in Scotland. The information I am requesting is normally kept by
                   social services or departments such as environmental protection and bereavement services.

                   This is a nil return.


2306   22/7/2011   Request:

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

                   In relation to the 2010/11 financial year, the actual and budgeted amount spent, and for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 financial years,
                   the budgeted amounts to be spent on the following areas:

                   ·    The total Net Current Expenditure and Net expenditure figure spent/budgeted for adults under 65 years in age with Learning
                   Disabilities, including, but not exclusively, nursing care, residential care, home care, day care, supported and other accommodation
                   and direct payments for both in-house services and purchased services.

                   ·   Together with the total figure, please can this be further broken down to show the revenue figure spent/budgeted for adults
                   under 65 years in age with Learning Disabilities for those in:

                   o    Residential care; including, but not exclusively, nursing care, residential care and direct payments for both in-house and
                   purchased services.

                   o    Supported living; including, but not exclusively, supported and other types of accommodation and direct payments for both in-
                   house and purchased services.

                   ·   Can we also get an analysis of the net current expenditure on adults under 65 years in age with Learning Disabilities in age by
                   expenditure type (i.e. Employees, Premises, Transport, Supplies and Services, Third party payments, Transfer payments, support
services, recharges, etc.)

·  For the 2011/2012 and 2012/13 budgeted figures, can you please also state whether this has been revised for the
Comprehending Spending Review (CSR) or not.

·    All the above information in a separate file relating to spend related to ‘Adults under 65 years with Mental Health Needs’.

Please provide the above figures in round thousands and I will appreciate if we can get the information in the form of an excel file
(learning disabilities and mental health in separate excel files) in an email, if not available in excel then a pdf or other formats will be
acceptable.

Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2306

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 below:
In relation to the 2010/11 financial year, the actual and budgeted amount spent, and for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 financial years,
the budgeted amounts to be spent on the following areas:

The total Net Current Expenditure and Net expenditure figure spent/budgeted for adults under 65 years in age with Learning
Disabilities, including, but not exclusively, nursing care, residential care, home care, day care, supported and other accommodation
and direct payments for both in-house services and purchased services.

Together with the total figure, please can this be further broken down to show the revenue figure spent/budgeted for adults under
65 years in age with Learning Disabilities for those in:

Residential care; including, but not exclusively, nursing care, residential care and direct payments for both in-house and purchased
                   services.

                   Supported living; including, but not exclusively, supported and other types of accommodation and direct payments for both in-house
                   and purchased services.

                   Can we also get an analysis of the net current expenditure on adults under 65 years in age with Learning Disabilities in age by
                   expenditure type (i.e. Employees, Premises, Transport, Supplies and Services, Third party payments, Transfer payments, support
                   services, recharges, etc.)

                   For the 2011/2012 and 2012/13 budgeted figures, can you please also state whether this has been revised for the Comprehending
                   Spending Review (CSR) or not.

                   All the above information in a separate file relating to spend related to ‘Adults under 65 years with Mental Health Needs’.

                   Please provide the above figures in round thousands and I will appreciate if we can get the information in the form of an excel file
                   (learning disabilities and mental health in separate excel files) in an email, if not available in excel then a pdf or other formats will be
                   acceptable.



                      FOI 2306.xls




2307   19/7/2011   Request:

                   I have been charged with undertaking some research on the following and I am aware that Bedford has such a scheme

                   Councillor Community Fund
                   Please could you provide details of your Councillor Community Fund -( a scheme for Councillors to allocate money to community
                   groups and schemes within their ward to make an impact on the areas that they represent and to empower local residents)
                   In particular could you provide details how your scheme works, how much is each Councillor allocated per year or is it for a four
                   year term.
                    Details of the rules of the scheme.
                    How do Cllrs apply for funds (or are they able to spend it as they wish)
                    Does each Cllr receive an equal amount and how much
                    Is the impact on the community measured and do the community feel more engaged.
                    Any pitfalls etc?
                    Any further information.


                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2307

                   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.

                   The budget for the scheme is annual and is divided by the number of registered electors per ward.

                   See attached the criteria and ward fund guide.

                   Each Application from a community group must come via the Councillor and is measured on how many of the Council’s priorities
                   are ticked against a project within the ward. This is recorded and measured against crime statistics, ASB and past community
                   engagement. Councillors are encouraged to seek feedback from residents on the success of their projects.

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


2308   14/7/2011   Request:

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

                   -Copies of the annual Health and Safety Return, also known as LAE1, (produced by Bedford Council and sent to the Health and
                   Safety Executive) for the 5 most recent years available.
                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2308

                  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:
                  ‘I would like to request the following under the Freedom of Information Act:
                  - Copies of the annual Health and Safety Return, also known as LAE1, (produced by Bedford Council and sent to the Health and
                  Safety Executive) for the 5 most recent years available.’

                  Please find the information you requested attached:-
                  Copies of Local Authority Health & Safety returns (06/07, 07/08, 08/09, 09/10, 10/11)

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


2309   6/7/2011   Request:

                              1. I would like to request the number of licences issued by the the council during financial year 2010/11:

                                   a) Licence to keep animals under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act (Dangerous Animals Licence)
                                   b) Licence to breed animals under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and Breeding and Sale of Dogs Welfare Act
                                   1999. (Dog Breeding Licence)
                                   c) Animal Boarding Establishment Licence
                                   d) Riding Establishment Licence
                                   e) Pet Shop Licence
                                   f) Zoo Licence

                                   2. Please also provide:

                                   a) the cost of each licence above

                                   3. Which council department is responsible for issuing the above licences?
                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2309

                  Thank you for your request for information about Animal Licences which we received on 28/6/11. Your request has been
                  considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                  I enclose a copy of the information you requested:

                  1-

                       a)          1
                       b)          1
                       c)          10
                       d)          5
                       e)          8
                       f)          0

                  2–

                       a)   £150.00 PLUS vets fees (the vets fees can vary depending on length of time spent at premise etc)
                       b)   £251.00
                       c)   £352.00
                       d)   £280.00
                       e)   £310.00
                       f)   £698.00 PLUS vets fees (the vets fees can vary depending on length of time spent at premise etc)

                  3–
                  Licensing Department (Registration and Records)


2310   4/7/2011   Request and Response:

                  Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2310
                   I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council in respect of compensation payment to accidents in schools.
                   Please note that we are only able to provide information from 1 April 2009 when we became a Unitary Authority with responsibility
                   for schools.

                   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 requested and this is detailed below.

                   From 1 April 2009 there have been four claims relating to personal injury and damage to vehicles.

                   2009/2010 - total paid to date £3,873

                   2010/2011 – total paid to date £4,409


2311   29/6/2011   Request:

                   I am writing to request information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000 relating to the number of schools sued by parents
                   over the past five years. If possible could you separate the figures into each year. I would like to know:

                   1. The number of cases?

                   2. The general reasons for the suings? (i.e. an injury, bullying, etc.)

                   3. The average amount of money given to the parents?

                   4. The number of teachers that have been fired due to a suing?


                   Response:

                   Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2311

                   I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council in respect of the number of schools sued by parents over the past
                   five years. Please note that we are only able to provide information from 1 April 2009 when we became a Unitary Authority with
                   responsibility for schools.
                  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 requested and this is detailed below.

                  1.        The number of cases?
                            2009/2010     6
                            2010/2011     6

                  2.        The general reasons for the suings? (i.e. an injury, bullying, etc.)
                            Injuries sustained and lost or damaged property.

                  3.        The average amount of money given to the parents?
                            2009/2010     £0 paid to date
                            2010/2011     £167 paid to date

                  4.        The number of teachers that have been fired due to a suing?
                            None


2312   6/7/2011   Request and Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2312

                  Thank you for your e-mail dated 29 June 2011 and 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.       How many cheques were issued in total (including both to individuals and to organisations) by your Local Authority
                                                          st                    st
                                between the dates of the 1 April 2010 and the 31 March 2011?
                                                                                  st                  st
                                The total number of cheques issued between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011 was 11,488.

                       2.       How many cheques were received in total (including both from individuals and from organisations) by your Local
                                                                    st                st
                                Authority between the dates of the 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011?”.
                                                                                                      st                   st
                                The total number of cheques received by our Cash Hall between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011 was 54,063.
2313   12/7/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 2313.

                   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 enclosed. You requested;

                   How much did your local authority spend on Connexions-related activity (working with young people not in employment education
                   or training, tracking vulnerable groups or universal careers guidance) in the financial year 2008/09?
                                                                                                                st
                   The authority cannot provide any information prior to when it became Unitary on the 1 April 2009. Central Bedfordshire
                   Council would need to be contact for spend relating to Bedfordshire County Council.

                   How much did you spend on universal careers guidance for young people in the financial year 2008/09?
                                                                                                                st
                   The authority cannot provide any information prior to when it became Unitary on the 1 April 2009. Central Bedfordshire
                   Council would need to be contact for spend relating to Bedfordshire County Council.

                   How much money has your local authority been allocated through the Early Intervention Grant?

                   £6,431,200

                   What percentage of the Early Intervention Grant are you spending on Connexions-related activity (working with young people not in
                   employment education or training, tracking vulnerable groups or universal careers guidance)?

                   No Early Intervention Grant funding was given to Connexions/School Support Services.

                   What percentage of your Early Intervention Grant will be spent on universal careers guidance for young people?

                   None
Are you planning to invest any additional money in universal careers guidance for young people? Yes or No

Yes

If yes, please state how much and how it will be spent?

Careers Education Services and Educational Welfare Service has a total joint budget of £1,223,620, approximately 75% of
this is Careers Education.

How many professionally qualified careers advisers (NVQ level 4 and above) are engaged in delivering universal careers guidance
to young people in your area?

14 Personal Advisers plus 3 senior personal advisers

What plans does your local authority have to ensure a smooth transition of the responsibility for universal careers guidance from
the local authority to schools in September 2012?

Several possibilities are being considered in order for schools to deliver impartial, Information, Advice and Guidance
(IAG) by someone not employed by the school. There may be an impartial careers education trust or the Local Authority
may trade with schools individually or schools will but from alternative providers or there may be other solutions post
September 2012.

What specific activities have you undertaken with schools to prepare them for this new duty?

Possibilities have been discussed with appropriate head teachers

What approach are you taking towards the delivery of careers guidance in Academies?

The same approach as above until July 2012

How many staff did your Connexions service, or equivalent, employ in April 2008?
                                                                                               st
The authority cannot provide any information prior to when it became Unitary on the 1 April 2009. Central Bedfordshire
Council would need to be contact for spend relating to Bedfordshire county Council.
                   How many staff are providing equivalent services (such as careers guidance and personal support) in 2011?

                   n/a see above, as of today, 14 Personal Advisers are currently employed along with 3 senior personal advisers

                   How will you monitor the level of equivalent services being provided in Sept 2011 by the local authorities and schools?

                   As head teachers meetings and there will be a PA in each age appropriate school

                   How will you ensure its quality and sufficiency?

                   The authority has a quality framework that ensures that services are of a quality and sufficient, for example the CCIS
                   system details performance statistics, need can be analysed through this and also corporate needs analysis, there are
                   regular one to one observations of practice.


2314   22/7/2011   Request:

                   How much has the Bedford Borough council has spent on legal and other costs incurred in their dispute with Network Rail relating
                   to the request to remove the footbridge over the Bletchley lines in order to provide new sidings as part of the Thameslink work.

                   Can you also tell me how much has been budgeted for this dispute?

                   Finally can you tell me how much the council has budgeted for the ongoing maintenance of the proposed subway and associated
                   pumps etc which will be required to keep the subway free of water.

                   Response:

                   Subject: EIR 2314 - Railway over railway lines on Bletchley branch
                   Thank you for your request for information about the footbridge over railway lines on Bletchley branch which we received on 29
                   June 2011. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and we give below the
                   information you requested.


                   How much has Bedford Borough Council spent on legal and other costs incurred in their dispute with Network Rail relating to the
                   request to remove the footbridge over the Bletchley lines in order to provide new sidings as part of the Thameslink work.
                   The Council spent £1800 to obtain specialist barrister’s opinion on the status of the riverside path including the footbridge.


                   Can you also tell me how much has been budgeted for this dispute?

                   No additional budget has been set aside for resolution of this matter.


                   Finally can you tell me how much the council has budgeted for the ongoing maintenance of the proposed subway and associated
                   pumps etc which will be required to keep the subway free of water.

                   At this stage, the detail of the proposed subway is not known. This means that it is not possible to ascertain what the budget
                   requirement will be for ongoing maintenance.


2315   12/7/2011   Request:

                   I am writing to apply under the Freedom of Information Act for some basic data on Deprivation of Liberty Orders, or DOLs. Please
                   supply the following data by year from 1st April 2009 until 1st April 2010 , as well as 1st April 2010 to 1st April 2011.

                   1) The number of DOL applications from Care homes and hospitals separately? (if you do not have a joint service then just supply
                   the care home figures) .

                   2) Can we have a breakdown between the number of those that were urgent authorisations and standard applications ?

                   3) How many of the urgent applications were authorised ?


                   4) The number times the DOL's detainee s themselves, or their unpaid representative , or an advocate or paid representative
                   acting on their behalf had sought a review of the authorisation. ?

                   5) The number of DOL's which have been contested through section 21a at the court of protection.
6) How many times you have referred a disputed DOL to the Court of Protection ?


Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2315

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 below:


  Question                                                                 Local Authority                         Hospitals

                                                                 2009/10                 2010/11            2009/10       2010/11
  1. The number of DOL applications
                                                               48 (50 but 2            46 (49 but 3           11               14
                                                            transferred to other    transferred to other
                                                                authorities)            authorities)
  2. Breakdown between the number of those
     that were urgent authorisations and                       18 standard             30 standard         1 standard    3 standard
     standard applications                                       30 urgent               16 urgent         10 urgent     11 urgent
  3. How many of the urgent applications were
     authorised                                                       20                     5                 5               3

     Note that none of the urgent authorisations which were not authorised were refused – all were identified as non-
                                                             deprivations
  4. The number of times the DOL's detainees
     themselves, or their unpaid representative,                      1                      1                 0               1
     or an advocate or paid representative acting
             on their behalf had sought a review of the
             authorisation?
         5. The number of DOL's which have been
            contested through section 21a at the court                      0                       0                   0              0
            of protection
         6. How many times you have referred a
            disputed DOL to the Court of Protection ?                       0                       0                   0              0




2316   Request

       Are the disused clay pits by the rail line subject to planning permission? If so what are the proposals for restoration and if so, do
       you monitor the progress to restoration as there seems little by way of restoration has taken place?

       Response

       RE: Mineral Sites bordering the Midland Main Line


       I can confirm that there are a number of clay pits in close proximity to the railway line which are the subject of planning
       permissions. These sites are monitored by Central Bedfordshire Council Minerals and Waste Team, who also provide the Minerals
       and Waste Planning Service on behalf of Bedford Borough Council.


       As requested, I have provided detail on the restoration proposals for these sites below. I have also attached copies of site plans to
       assist in the identification of these sites.


       Kempston Hardwick Lakes and Pit
       This site is entirely within Bedford Borough and is the subject of two planning permissions. A detailed restoration scheme for
       Kempston Hardwick Lakes is under consideration by the Council. The scheme as proposed includes provision for the stabilisation
of the lakeside slopes and the retention of the lakes for flood water attenuation, recreation use and nature conservation. Rights of
way are also proposed around the perimeter of the lakes.


An interim restoration scheme for the extracted areas of Kempston Hardwick Pit has been agreed with the Council. The scheme
provides for the retention of the lakes and established planting in the southern and central areas of the pit. It also included the
provision of advanced screen planting for the northern half of the pit, where the operator has the option of recommencing mineral
extraction. Before this happens, there is a requirement that a detailed restoration scheme for the site be agreed with the Council.


Coronation Pit
The majority of this site is within Bedford Borough, with a strip along the eastern boundary in the neighbouring authority of Central
Bedfordshire.


The approved restoration scheme for the site is largely based on the natural colonisation of the pit for nature conservation. Further
work is still required in the southern half of the pit including the stabilisation of the boundary slopes and the re-grading of the pit
floor to ensure a minimum of 2 metres of clay is provided to protect the aquifer in the Kellaways Sands beneath the site. Once
these works are complete the pit will be allowed to flood gradually, resulting in varied habitats over time but also providing a surface
water attenuation facility for a new housing development to the south of the pit. Rights of way will also be provided around the
perimeter of the pit upon completion of the engineering works.


This scheme was approved in 2007 however the operator has experienced difficulties in implementing the engineering works due
to the presence on site of Great Crested Newts, a protected species. The operator is currently preparing a revised scheme which
will meet the engineering requirements described above but also account for the presence of Great Crested Newts.


Quest Pit
The majority of this site is within Central Bedfordshire, with a section in the south western corner in Bedford Borough.
The restoration concept for this site is a valley feature with shallow open water, reed beds and connecting ditches, maintained by
continual pumping. Extraction ceased in 2008 before the site was fully extracted, triggering the need for the operator to prepare an
interim restoration scheme. We are awaiting submission of this scheme.


A significant part of the site area does however, have planning permission for the Nirah development, which comprises an
international visitor destination and science research park, including tropical biotope, a water adventure park, hotels, conference
centre and associated development. Permission was granted in 2009 and the developer has 5 years to commence construction of
this development.
Further detail can be found on this application by searching for application reference BC/CM/2006/32 via the following website.
http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/portal/index.asp


Rookery Pit
The majority of this site is within Central Bedfordshire, with a section to the northeast in Bedford Borough.


A detailed restoration scheme for the Rookery was approved by the Council in December 2010. As approved, the northern section
of the pit (Rookery North) will be allowed to continue to naturally regenerate, although some additional landscaping and ecological
works are required. The southern section of the pit (Rookery South) will be levelled, graded and restored to low level agriculture
with a surface water attenuation lake in the north western corner. The boundary slopes will also be regraded and planted with trees,
and rights of way will be provided across the site. A section 106 legal agreement accompanies this planning permission requiring
all mineral extraction and restoration to be completed within 15 years of the date of this permission.


A further application is currently under consideration for Rookery South. Covanta Energy has submitted an application for a
Development Consent Order for a Resource Recovery Facility (RRF). This will comprise an Energy from Waste Facility (EfW) with
an average gross electrical output of 65 megawatts (MWe) and a post-treatment Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to recover
                   bottom ash and metals. As the Covanta proposal is for an onshore power generating station with an electrical output in excess of
                   50 MWe the application is termed “nationally significant” and has therefore been submitted to the Infrastructure Planning
                                                                                                           th
                   Commission to determine. The examination of this application is due to end on the 15 July 2011. Further details can be found on
                   the Infrastructure Planning Commission website.
                   http://infrastructure.independent.gov.uk/projects/eastern/rookery-south-energy-from-waste-generating-station/


                   The above sites were all subject to old mineral permissions which had vague restoration schemes. In recent years, we have
                   undergone a process requiring that more definitive schemes be agreed with the Council. Progress is being made with agreeing
                   details at these sites and therefore ensuring that restoration can proceed in the near future.


                   Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for copies of attachments


2317   27/7/2011   Request:

                   Please state the salary paid to the all Headteachers' under your local authority for each of the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and
                   10/11 in an Excel spreadsheet.

                   Please state the pension contributions for each Headteacher for each of the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11. Please state
                   how much the individual contributed, how much the authority contributed and the total contribution for these periods in an Excel
                   spreadsheet.

                   Please supply details of all bonuses paid to each Headteachers in the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11. This should include
                   the date, the amount of the bonus and the reason for it in an Excel spreadsheet

                   Please supply details of all benefits provided to the Headteachers in the financial years 08/09, 09/10 and 10/11 - for examples
                   leased cars, accommodation and hospitality. Please supply the date, the details of item or service, the reason for it and the cost in
                   an Excel spreadsheet.


                   Response:
Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2317

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 requested attached.

Bedford Borough Council obtained Unitary status on 1 April 2009 and did not maintain any schools prior to this date.
Therefore the data provided relate to the 2009/10 and 2010/11 financial years.

								
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