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Bedford Borough Council Requests and Responses December 2010 by kGhYMo8

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									                             Bedford Borough Council Requests and Responses Received May 2012


Request   Date of                                                           Request and Response
ID        response

3163      29/5/2012   Request:

                      Freedom of Information Act 2000:-

                                  All properties within your Billing Authority area with a credit held on the account whereby;
                                  o The credit totals over £2,000.
                                  o The credit is dated before 2012.

                      The fields required are all non-personal;
                      Primary Liable Party Name (Business Name)
                      Full Property Address
                      Postcode
                      Billing Authority Reference Number (Assessment Number)
                      Current Rateable Value
                      Credit Amount
                      Date Credit Applies To

                      Our response:

                      Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm
                      that we do hold the information you requested which you will find in the attached excel spreadsheet.

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


3164      15/5/2012   Request and response:

                      Thank you for your request for information about property at Redwood Grove and Rochester Way, Shortstown. Your request has
                      been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
                   I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. Regarding the questions
                   relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website
                   http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning_town_and_country/view_applications_plans__docs.aspx


                    Property Address:
                    Rochester Way, Shortstown,
                    3.7     Outstanding Notices
                            Do any statutory notices which relate to the following
                            matters subsist in relation to the property other than
                            those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in
                            this schedule:-
                                 b) environment                                         b)    No
                                 c) health & safety                                     c)    No
                                 d) housing                                             d)    No
                                  f) public health                                       f)   No

                    3.11      Compulsory Purchase                                       No
                              Has any enforceable order or decision been made to
                              compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
                    3.13      Radon Gas                                                 No
                              Do any records indicate that the property is in a
                              ‘Radon Affected Area’ as identified by the Health
                              Protection Agency?



3165   31/5/2012   Request:

                   1) For the last financial year, please provide a list of organisations that you have contracted to provide services to the public. If you
                   have records that indicate that any contractors are religious in nature, please indicate which contractors these are.

                   2) In the past five years, have you changed any organisation you use for any specific public service? Please list instances, dates,
                   original organisation and replacement organisation.
                         Our response:

                         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


3166   30/5/2012         Request:

                         I would like to request the following information

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                             1. 1.      Number of Service Users accessing a Personal Budget on 31 March 2012

                         Split by Adult, Child, Carer

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                             1. 2.      Number of Service Users accessing a Direct Payment on 31 March 2012

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                         Split by Adult, Child, Carer

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                             1. 3.      Number of Service Users accessing an Individual Service Fund on 31 March 2012

                         Split by Adult, Child, Carer

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                             1. 4.      Amount of money spent on Direct Payments - 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012

                         (This should be the gross cost, before personal contributions are taken into account)
                         Split by Adult, Child, Carer

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                             1. 5.      Amount of money you have re-claimed from your Service Users – 1 April 2011 – 31st March 2012.
(any reason for reclaiming money already spent with the Service User, death, overspend, reducing high balances etc…)
Split by Adult, Child, Carer

    1. 6.    The name of the organisation which your organisation has commissioned to deliver your Personal Budget Support
       Service

Split by Adult, Child, Carer

    1. 8.      A copy of your Personal Budget Agreement

Response:

Please find the information you requested below:


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    1.    Number of Service Users accessing a Personal Budget on 31 March 2012 Split by Adult, Child, Carer

          703 adults, 347 carers, Children’s Services does not operate a personal budget scheme

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    2.    Number of Service Users accessing a Direct Payment on 31 March 2012 Split by Adult, Child, Carer

          236 adults, 346 carers, There were 37 families accessing a direct payment for their child on 31 March 2012

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    3.    Number of Service Users accessing an Individual Service Fund on 31 March 2012 Split by Adult, Child, Carer

          Adult Services and Children Services do not operate Individual Service Funds.

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    4.    Amount of money spent on Direct Payments - 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012 (This should be the gross cost, before
          personal contributions are taken into account) Split by Adult, Child, Carer

          Adults - £1.79 million, Carers, £361k, £129,000 was spent on Direct Payments 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012 in
          Children Services.
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5.   Amount of money you have re-claimed from your Service Users – 1 April 2011 – 31st March 2012. (any reason for
     reclaiming money already spent with the Service User, death, overspend, reducing high balances etc…) Split by Adult,
     Child, Carer

     £93k in overpayments which have resulted from closures in DP accounts, death of service users or reducing high
     balances. It is not possible to separate the amount reclaimed into amounts per category.

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     Total amount re-claimed from Service users in Children’s Services from 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012 is
     £7,887.52 for 5 families. Reason for re-claim is Direct Payments ceased & non use of full hours.

6.   The name of the organisation which your organisation has commissioned to deliver your Personal Budget Support Service
     Split by Adult, Child, Carer

     We have a number of providers who provide personalised support services -
     http://www.bedford.gov.uk/health_and_social_care/help_for_adults/information_and_advice/personalised_suppor
     t_services.aspx

     These are our approved providers. Each provider is commissioned on an individual basis according to individual
     support requirements.

     The Disability Resource Centre provides a Payroll Management Service to Direct Payment Recipients open to
     Bedford Borough Council’s Children’s Services.

7.   Average cost (per Service User) to the Local Authority to for Financial Monitoring Split by Adult, Child, Carer

     This information is not available.

8.   A copy of your Personal Budget Agreement


                                                                                                      Please see attached
     DP3 Direct Payments Recruiting Carer Aug Starting Your Childs   DP Leaflet.doc     Insurance
       Agreement.dot          2011.doc         DP July 2011.doc                       Providers.doc   Please contact
                              freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachments


3167   28/5/2012   Request and response:

                   Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating to persons who have died with no known next of kin since
                   my last request of 1/10/11 to the day of your reply. Please include:

                   full names of deceased persons,
                   dates of death,
                   marital status,
                   maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
                   dates of birth or ages at death,
                   last known addresses,
                   estimated value of estates,
                   date(s) when the information was passed (or information that is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Treasury Solicitor or the
                   Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall

                   This is a nil return.


3168   30/5/12     Request:

                   We would like to lodge a contaminated land enquiry in relation to a plot of land located at Chawston Lakes, Roxton Road, Wyboston
                   as detailed on the attached plan.

                   We are interested in any information within 250m of the site relating to the following:

                   i)      Any derelict or despoiled land.
                   ii)     Any contaminated land, land granted planning permission subject to contamination remedial measures being carried out and
                            remediated land
                   iii)    Any mineral workings, past or present.
                   iv)     Any unlicensed water abstractions not covered by the Environment Agency, Water Resources records.
                   Response:
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                   Thank you for your request for information about Chawston Lakes, Roxton Road, Wyboston which we received on 2               May 2012.
                   Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   I enclose a copy of the information you requested:

                   By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans
                   to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. The site is included
                   on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. It is considered
                   to be a medium-risk site. On our list it is noted only as ‘lake (Roxton)’. However, I have consulted a map provided by the Minerals
                   and Waste Planning team at Central Bedfordshire Council, which indicates that mineral extraction has taken place at the site. I have
                   requested further information on the site, e.g. whether any waste has been deposited here, but have not yet received a response. I
                   will let you know as soon as I receive any further information.

                   It is not possible to state when the assessment of the site will be undertaken. At this stage, the Council is unable to state whether or
                   not it expects this site to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in the course of completion. Therefore
                   no reply given above refers to contaminated land for the purposes of the said Act. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, references to
                   contamination should not be taken to mean the land has been deemed prejudicial to health or a nuisance for the purposes of Part III
                   of the Act.

                   We do not hold any other information regarding the history of the site, or any other concerns in relation to potential contamination on
                   land here.

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


3169   30/5/2012   Request:

                   Regarding property on Midland Road, Bedford. The building used to be a Woolworths outlet. Could you please tell me if the site has
                   been identified as needing further assessment under the boroughs contaminated land inspection strategy? If so, is it prioritised for
                   investigation?
                   I would also greatly appreciate any general comments regarding the history of the site, and if there are any major concerns in the
                   surrounding area.

                   I would also appreciate any general comments regarding ground conditions for the buildings on the site, as well as in the
                  surrounding area, and if there are any major concerns in the surrounding are.

                  Response:

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

                  I enclose a copy of the information you requested:

                  By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how it plans
                  to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. The site is included
                  on our prioritised list of potentially contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. Three former
                  potentially contaminative uses have been identified at the site:

                          Leather tanning and dressing at 9 Midland Road
                          A coppersmith at the former 27 Well Street (now Midland Road)
                          A builders yard, ‘Pratt Ltd. At 11d Midland Road.

                  It is considered to be a medium-risk site. It is not possible to state when the assessment will be undertaken. At this stage, the
                  Council is unable to state whether or not it expects this site to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection of land is in
                  the course of completion. Therefore no reply given above refers to contaminated land for the purposes of the said Act. Similarly,
                  unless otherwise noted, references to contamination should not be taken to mean the land has been deemed prejudicial to health or
                  a nuisance for the purposes of Part III of the Act.

                  We do not hold any other information regarding the history of the site, or any concerns in relation to potential contamination on land
                  here.


3170   1/6/2012   Request:

                  1. Please supply the information requested for the last three years, broken down by financial year.
                  2. How many people have been made redundant from your council.
                  3. How many of the people made redundant from your council, have been re-hired as members of staff ?
                  4. What was the amount, in total, paid out to those workers who left and were then rehired?
                  5. If possible, please supply an individual breakdown of payments referred in Question 4.
                  6. How many of the people made redundant from your council, have been subsequently taken on, on an interim or a consultancy
                   basis?
                   7. What was the selection process for employing people referred to in Question 6?

                   Response:

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

                   Please find the information you requested attached.

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


3171   24/5/2012   Request and Response:

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

                   1.     Can you tell me the number of road traffic accidents on Goldington Road, Bedford (from Polhill Avenue running to
                          the junction with Norse Road).
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                          The number of road traffic collisions involving injury during the period 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2011 on Goldington
                          Road, Bedford between it’s junction with Polhill Avenue and its junction with Norse Road was 37.

                          We can only report on the number of injury collisions that were reported to the police. We do not hold a
                           comprehensive record of non injury collisions.
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                           Data for 1 January 2012 to 1 May 2012 has not yet been collated.

                   2.     Can you also tell me the number of pedestrian accidents/deaths on the same stretch of Goldington Road?
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                           During the period 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2011 on Goldington Road, Bedford between its junction with Polhill
                           Avenue and its junction with Norse Road there were 5 collisions which resulted in pedestrian injuries. None of these
                           collisions involved a fatality.
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                          Data for 1 January 2012 to 1 May 2012 has not yet been collated.
3172              Request:

                         How much has been spent by your council area on maintaining roads in 2010/11 and 2011/2012 (per financial year);
                         How much was your budget in 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 for maintaining roads per financial year?
                         Whether your budget for maintaining roads is at an emergency level for 2012 (this financial year)? Yes or No answer
                         How many claims for compensation were lodged by drivers as a result of damage to their car due to the poor state of the
                            roads in 2010/11 and 2011/12
                         The total cost your council area has paid out to drivers in compensation due to the poor state of the roads in 2010/11 and
                            2011/12

                  Applicant did not respond to clarification request.



3173   1/6/2012   Request:

                  As a local authority carrying out

                      (1) enforcement of bus lane contraventions using an approved device
                      (2) enforcement of civil enforcement using an approved device

                  For each of the above, could you please advise

                          (1) When did you commence enforcement using approved devices?
                          (2) How many locations do you have a static enforcement camera deployed at, please name them?
                          (3) How many enforcement vehicles do you possess?
                          (4) For each month since this type of commenced enforcement, how many penalties have you issued each month for
                              relevant contraventions, broken down by static and mobile device.
                          (5) If you have increased the number of devices or locations since commencement, please provide a breakdown by device
                              and/or location so that the figures do not misrepresent the compliance level achieved.

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

When did you commence enforcement using approved devices?

December 2010

How many locations do you have a static enforcement camera deployed at, please name them?

1 re-deployable static bus lane enforcement camera, currently located in The Kingsway Bedford, but only commencing live
    enforcement in June 2012

How many enforcement vehicles do you possess?
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2 enforcement vehicles (1 vehicle operating since December 2010 and the 2         vehicle commencing at the start of May 2012)

For each month since this type of commenced enforcement, how many penalties have you issued each month for relevant
    contraventions, broken down by static and mobile device.

All by mobile vehicle device as follows:

Dec 10 = 98
Jan 11 = 321
Feb 11 = 350
Mar 11 = 329
Apr 11 = 484
May 11 = 478
Jun 11 = 420
Jul 11 = 508
Aug 11 = 357
Sep 11 = 374
Oct 11 = 328
Nov 11 = 470
Dec 11 = 277
Jan 12 = 398
                   Feb 12 = 350
                   Mar 12 = 344
                   Apr 12 = 355

                   If you have increased the number of devices or locations since commencement, please provide a breakdown by device
                   and/or location so that the figures do not misrepresent the compliance level achieved.
                        nd
                   The 2 vehicle commenced at the start of May 12 for which we do not have the full month’s figures. The Bus lane camera has not
                   commenced live operation at this date.



3174   24/5/2012   Request and Response:

                   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.

                   Sunday 3rd June               Bedford Town Concert Band

                   Tuesday 5th June              Bedford Pipe Band

                   Sunday 1st July               Saxophrenia

                   Sunday 8th July               Bedford Saxophone Workshop

                   Sunday 8th July               Bedford Town Band

                   Sunday 15th July              Toddington Town Band

                   Sunday 29th July               Heath Band

                   Sunday 5th August              Hitchin Band

                   Sunday 12th August             Bedford Town Decibels
                   Sunday 19th August

                   Sunday 26th August             The Rhythm Express

                   Sunday 2nd September           The Salvation Army

                   Sunday 9th September           Bedford Town Concert Band



3175               Request:

                   I am requesting information regarding a site in Bedford located at the following address: G Park, Cambridge Road, Bedford,
                   (attached is a site location plan). Particular information that I am after includes any records of any contamination / pollution incidents
                   on site which you may have, any records of landfills / made ground concerns over ground. Also any information regarding whether
                   or not the site has been identified and prioritised with regards to Part 2A would be most helpful.

                   Request withdrawn


3176   21/5/2012   Request:

                   How many jobs previously held by council employees were transferred to the private sector in 2010/11 and 2011/12?

                   Response:

                   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.

                   2010/11: None

                   2011/12: 14
                  These were building maintenance posts responsible for carrying out maintenance in housing association homes. The housing
                  association ended the contract with Bedford Borough Council and awarded it to two private sector companies and our employees
                  had TUPE rights. This was not Bedford Borough Council’s decision, but one made by the housing association.


3177   7/6/2012   Request:

                  Are there any issues with Contaminated Land at the following address

                  Woodpecker Gardens, Reflections Wixams

                  Could you please advise whether this site has any contaminated land issues associated with it?

                  Response:

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

                  I enclose a copy of the information you requested:

                  By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (‘the Act’), the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail
                  how it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. Based
                  on information available at this time, it is not considered likely that the above site will be inspected under the Act. However, it is
                  possible that new information may become available which could alter this assessment.

                  As you may be aware, the address above is part of the wider Wixams development. The redevelopment of the Wixams site was
                  covered by the following outline planning permissions;
                       01/01862/FUL by Central Bedfordshire Council, (then Mid-Bedfordshire District Council)
                       01/02607/FUL by Bedford Borough Council

                  Both of these decision notices contain a requirement under Item 24 to “Provide written confirmation by a suitably qualified
                  person that all works have been implemented in accordance with the relevant regulations and agreed strategy and that the
                  land is suitable for its intended use”.
                  Large parts of the wider Wixams site were used for former industrial uses, including the manufacture of explosives during the
                  Second World War. Therefore, in order to fulfil the requirements of the planning permissions, a substantial amount of ground
                   investigation has been undertaken at the Wixams in relation to potential contamination of the ground. Contamination of various
                   types has been found, and remediation of this is underway. We are satisfied that this has been completed in occupied areas of the
                   site. We are satisfied that the completed investigations, and the ongoing remediation comply with current regulations and guidance,
                   and that dwellings within the Wixams site are suitable for their current use.

                   Please note that Woodpecker Gardens is located on a part of the site which was previously occupied by undeveloped land, i.e.
                   ‘greenfield land’. Therefore no contamination was considered likely to be encountered there, although it was investigated as part of
                   the overall site development.



3178   17/5/2012   Request and Response:

                   BR/06/0388 and RG/09/0024
                   Two storey front extension and loft conversation at above address

                   The query regarding the balustrading came from a surveyors site note on 7 February 2011 and may/may not be applicable.

                   The electrical certificates are indeed on file and I apologise for the misplacement of these.

                   We do also need to check the fire door frames on site but will take a pragmatic approach to this.

                   XXXX is a fully qualified and experience surveyor and takes a practical approach.

                   I would suggest that you contact us for another inspection which I will make sure is carried out.

                   The composition of the Building Control team has undergone a major change in recent months and colleagues are having to pick up
                   and complete cases based purely on the file records. Whilst in a small number of instances this might give rise to the impression of
                   delay and inconsistency described in your e-mail this is not a true reflection of XXX’s abilities and efforts.

                   I do appreciate the lengths you have gone to in explaining the problems and the constructive tone you have employed in the
                   correspondence. Please contact me directly if matters are not now shortly resolved to your satisfaction.

                   With regard to your request for a copy of your file there is no statutory requirement for building regulation records to be made
                   available for inspection and the file will consist of some personal data which comes under the Data Protection Act. Therefore you
                   would need to submit a Data Subject Access Request (details enclosed). Other information is probably subject to the
                   Environmental Information Regulations and could be released although once XXXX has visited you may decide that there is no
                   need to pursue this avenue. In the circumstances can I urge you to proceed within the further inspection and then decide whether
                   you wish to pursue your data request.


3179   21/5/2012   Request and response:

                   Thank you for your request for information concerning Commuted Sums for Affordable Housing which we received on 10 May 2012.
                   Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, we respond accordingly.

                   The total value of commuted sums (accepted from developers in lieu of on-site affordable housing provision outlined in section 106
                   agreements) agreed by the council and developers are (by year of s106 agreement signed):

                   2011-12 – £0
                   2010-11 – £138,605
                   2009-10 – £0
                   2008-09 – £0

                   The number of affordable homes not built onsite (i.e. as part of the development relating to the section 106) due to commuted sums
                   arrangements in the local authority area are:

                   2011-12 – 0
                   2010-11 – 2
                   2009-10 – 0
                   2008-09 – 0


3180   28/5/2012   Request and response:

                   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:

                   I am writing to submit a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act to obtain official statistics from your Education
Department in relation to the Published Admissions Numbers and Catchment Areas of all primary and secondary schools within
your jurisdiction.

In particular, I would be grateful if you could provide to me the following:

       A full list of all primary and secondary schools within your council’s jurisdiction.

       The PAN (Published Admissions Number) figure for each school

        For each school, the specific distance measured from the gates of the school to the property of the furthest successful
applicant to the school for the previous academic year (or the most recent figure you have, if this is not available).

That is to say, what is the furthest distance from the school that a pupil lives who successfully obtained a place in the most recent
admissions process? If you are not able to provide an exact distance but you do hold records on approximate distances then I would
be happy to receive these (rather than nothing).

Please see excel documents attached.

       For each school, a breakdown of the allocation of places to students in the previous intake. For clarity, I am happy to use
either any existing classification your council uses, or otherwise if no such system exists then I would like to receive the breakdown
according to the widely-used national classification system as follows:

        o        Looked-after children

        o        Exceptional arrangements

        o        Siblings

        o        Children for whom the school is the nearest to their home

        o        Any other applicant

We do not collate the data into a single spreadsheet/s because each school have their own criteria, therefore we have
enclosed the raw data for you to collate in your preferred method. Please see pdf document attached.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the documents
3181   12/6/2012   Request:

                   1.  How many Looked after Children (“LAC”) is the local authority responsible for currently, and for each of the last five years?
                   2.  How many LAC are currently placed with independent care provision?
                   3.  How many LAC are currently placed in residential care, fostering care, other provision?
                   4.  Currently and for each of the last 5 years, how many LAC that are in foster care:
                               1. Are placed in Local Authority provision and how many are placed with Independent Fostering Agencies?
                               2. Are placed in county and how many out of county?
                   5. Does the LA operate a framework agreement or preferred provider lists or other contractual arrangements for foster care? If so:
                               1. How many IFAs are on each tier of the framework agreement / preferred provider list?
                               2. How long does the current arrangement run for?
                               3. What are the key terms of the arrangement?
                               4. What is the specified weekly fee rate?
                   6. What OFSTED rating does the LAs foster services current have?
                   7. How much does the local authority spend annually on:
                               1. Residential care for LAC
                               2. Private foster care for LAC
                               3. In-house foster care for LAC
                   8. How has the total spend on each type of care for LAC changed over the past 3 years?
                   9. Please list all independent foster care providers to the Local Authority detailing – company name, number of children in
                       placement, total spend for the last financial year.
                   10. What is the average weekly fee paid to independent providers of foster care?

                   Response:

                   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 Looked after Children (“LAC”) is the local authority responsible for currently, and for each of the last five years?
                        2011/12 – 216.
                        2010/11 – 163.
     2009/10 – 163.

2.   How many LAC are currently placed with independent care provision?
     85.

3.   How many LAC are currently placed in residential care, fostering care, other provision?
     6 residential, 171 fostering and 39 other provision.

4.   Currently and for each of the last 5 years, how many LAC that are in foster care:

             1. Are placed in Local Authority provision and how many are placed with Independent Fostering Agencies?
                2011/12 – 93 / 78
                2010/11 – 67 / 55
                2009/10 – 69 / 41

             2. Are placed in county and how many out of county?
                2011/12 – 71 / 100
                2010/11 – 45 / 77
                2009/10 – 36 / 74


5.   Does the LA operate a framework agreement or preferred provider lists or other contractual arrangements for foster care? If so:
            3. How many IFAs are on each tier of the framework agreement / preferred provider list?
            There are 19 providers on the IFA framework agreement.
            4. How long does the current arrangement run for?
            The agreement started in November 2011 and will run for 3 years with a possible 2 year extension, subject to
            certain contractual conditions.
            5. What are the key terms of the arrangement?
            The specification is broadly based on the national IFA contract and the Eastern Region five contract.
            6. What is the specified weekly fee rate?
            Each provider has tendered a specific price, depending on the type of placement being requested.

6.   What OFSTED rating does the LAs foster services current have?
     All Ofsted ratings are published on the Ofsted website, www.ofsted.gov.uk
                   7.   How much does the local authority spend annually on:
                              7. Residential care for LAC
                              Approximately £2,100,000
                              8. Private foster care for LAC
                              Approximately £2,800,000
                              9. In-house foster care for LAC
                              Approximately £2,000,000

                   8.   How has the total spend on each type of care for LAC changed over the past 3 years?
                        The spend on each type of case has increased over the past 3 years.

                   9.   Please list all independent foster care providers to the Local Authority detailing – company name, number of children in
                        placement, total spend for the last financial year.
                        See attachment.

                   10. What is the average weekly fee paid to independent providers of foster care?
                       £799.51

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


3182   31/5/2012   Request:

                            1.    Figures for the total amount of money (in cash terms) lost to the local authority last year (2011/12) and for each of the
                                 previous three years (2008/09, 2009/10, and 2010/11) resulting from unpaid tenant rents, council tax and business
                                 rates.

                            2.    Estimates of outstanding unpaid tenant rents, council tax and business rates income for 2011/12 that the authority has
                                 not yet received but expects to claw back over time.

                   I would like these figures broken down by subject - i.e. different totals for council tax and business rates etc, where possible

                   Response:

                   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 you find the information below.

                    1.The amount written off in      CTAX         NNDR
                    respect of financial years
                    2008 to 2011 is:
                    2008/09                            105,436      605,579
                    2009/10                             76,148      443,544
                    2010/11                             40,982      186,800
                    2011/12                              3,547            0


                   The following are the figures for commercial tenants rents as we do not have housing tenants;

                   The figures are as follows:-

                   2008/09 Write off was £142,965.70

                   2009/10 Write off was £34,555.81

                   2010/11 No write off in 2010/11

                   2011/12 Write off £5476.70

                   2.The current unpaid balances for CTAX and NDR for 2011/12 are £1.846 million and £1.067million respectively. The amount the
                   Council expects to recover for outstanding rent from 2011/12 is £252,187.



3183   13/6/2012   Request:

                   I would like to request the following information concerning the chief executive’s salary and benefits and the council leaders’ full
                   allowance;

                   - The chief executive’s current basic salary
                   - Other benefits received, for example, pension contributions, car, health care package etc.
- The leader’s full allowance
- Any other benefits the leader receives

Response:

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 terms of freedom of information, I would like to request the following information concerning the chief executive’s salary
and benefits and the council leaders’ full allowance;

- The chief executive’s current basic salary
- Other benefits received, for example, pension contributions, car, health care package etc.
- The leader’s full allowance
- Any other benefits the leader receives
You requested chief executive’s current basic salary and benefits

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

1.     States that chief executive’s basic salary is exempt information.

2.      Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 21 (Information Accessible to applicant by other means)
of the FOI Act (FOIA). Please see link below

http://www.bedford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/chief_executive.aspx

You also requested the Mayor’s allowance and benefits

Under the Council’s Members Allowances Scheme, the Mayor receives an allowance of £60,000 pa (this is subject to tax and NI).
The Mayor is entitled to, and has joined, the Bedfordshire LG Pension Scheme.
3184   6/6/2012   Request:

                  1.The jobs people have in your office and the wages they are paid. This includes NI contributions and pensions costs both present
                  and after they have left the post including yourself.
                  2. The cost of administration including photocopies, and what rent you would pay for your office if you were a business.
                  3. Any consultants advice which helped has helped you make decisions. Including the 500.000 pounds for the three to tier two tier
                  system
                  4. All Advertising costs including leaflets.
                  5. Any costs involving travel both for you, your staff and any visitors
                  6. Any depreciation costs due to any assets your office hold .
                  7. Any costs which due to my lack of intelligence i have forgot including the cost of voting for a Mayor.

                  Response:

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

                  1. The jobs people have in your office and the wages they are paid. This includes NI contributions and pensions costs both present
                  and after they have left the post including yourself.

                          The Mayoral and Civic Support Team comprises the following posts:

                          Mayor’s Assistant
                          PA to the Mayor
                          Casework and Ceremonial Support Officer
                          Mayor’s Officer

                          The current total staffing costs (including NI and Superannuation amount to £145,802. The Council is not able to provide
                          the costs for individual posts because as these are unique within the organisation. Under section 40(2) of the Freedom of
                          Information Act 2000 such personal data constitutes exempt information if it would contravene any of the eight data
                          protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998, the first of these data protection principles is that
                          personal data must be processed fairly and lawfully. It would neither be fair nor lawful for the Council to process any of its
                          former employees’ personal information by disclosing such information. This personal data therefore constitutes exempt
                          information.

                          The posts of Casework and Ceremonial Support Officer and Mayor’s Officer both have a wider remit than simply providing
        support to the Mayor and they undertake other work on behalf of the Council.

        There is an absolute exemption against providing information concerning any allowance payable to any Member under
        section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as the information concerning allowances payable under the Council’s
        Members Allowances Scheme is available on the Council’s website and to be helpful you can access this from the following
        link:
        http://www.councillorsupport.bedford.gov.uk/documents/s15017/Part18MembersAllowanceScheme.doc.pdf.
        (As this information is in the public domain this does not form part of the formal Freedom of Information response but you
        will note that the Council’s Members Allowances Scheme provides the Mayor with an allowance of £60,000 pa.) Employers
        National Insurance and Superannuation contributions in addition to the figure in the Members Allowances Scheme come to
        £19,214.

        You have requested information about costs of Members of staff after they have left their posts. This request of yours is a
        request for someone else’s personal data information. Under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 such
        personal data constitutes exempt information if it would contravene any of the eight data protection principles in Schedule 1
        to the Data Protection Act 1998, the first of these data protection principles is that personal data must be processed fairly
        and lawfully. It would neither be fair nor lawful for the Council to process any of its former employees’ personal information
        by disclosing such information. This personal data therefore constitutes exempt information.

        The next issue whether this exemption provides an absolute exemption or whether the public interest test must be
        considered. The public interest is whether it is necessary in all the circumstances of the case for the public interest in
        maintaining the exclusion of the duty to confirm or deny outweighs the public interest in disclosing whether the public
        authority holds the information. By section 2(3)(f)(ii) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 there is an absolute exemption
        for a response to a freedom of information request for a third party’s personal data where it would breach one of the data
        protection principles as is the case in this request and so it confers an absolute exemption.

2. The cost of administration including photocopies, and what rent you would pay for your office if you were a business.

        The Council does not break down office running/administration costs to the degree your question asks for, it therefore
        cannot provide you with information about the administration or rental costs for the Mayor’s office.

3. Any consultants advice which helped has helped you make decisions .Including the 500.000 pounds for the three to tier two tier
system

    The Mayor’s office has not engaged any consultants to help the Mayor make decisions. Council Officers engage consultants
    from time to time when, in their professional opinion, such services are required. The Mayor has no input into such decisions
    and consultants do not advise him directly. The engagement of any consultants must follow the Council’s financial and contract
    procedure rules.


4. All Advertising costs including leaflets.

The Mayor’s office does not produce any paid for advertising.

5. Any costs involving travel both for you, your staff and any visitors

    The Council has not met any travel costs for the Mayor’s visitors.

        Since the current Mayor’s election in October 2009, the following travel costs have been incurred by:

        a)       The Mayor

                Rail fares totalling £94.50

        b)       Staff

                 Rail fares totalling £223.75

        The cost of fuel for the Council’s civic vehicle for the period October 2009 – April 2012 is £4788.19, broken down as follows
        between the financial years.

        October 2009 – March 2010               £ 744.33
        April 2010 – March 2011                 £ 1861.33
        April 2011 – March 2012                 £ 1847.74
        April 2012 -                            £ 334.79

        Please note that the civic vehicle is used by Councillors and Officers on official business if it is a more cost effective or
        practical means of travelling than using public transport or private vehicles and that it is not possible to isolate the cost of
        the use of the vehicle by the Mayor.


6. Any depreciation costs due to any assets your office hold .
                  The Mayor’s office does not hold any assets and therefore is not liable for any depreciation costs.


                  7. Any costs which due to my lack of intelligence i have forgot including the cost of voting for a Mayor.

                  See attached

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


3185   1/6/2012   Request:

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

                  The Meadows, Stewartby, Bedford

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

                  3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

                  Response:

                  I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. Regarding the questions
                  relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website
                  http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning_town_and_country/view_applications_plans__docs.aspx
                   Property:
                   The Meadows, Stewartby,

                   3.7       Outstanding Notices
                             Do any statutory notices which relate to the following
                             matters subsist in relation to the property other than
                             those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in
                             this schedule:-
                                  c) environment
                                  c) health & safety                                  b) No
                                  e) housing                                          c) No
                                   f) public health                                   d) No
                                                                                       f) No
                   3.11      Compulsory Purchase                                      No
                             Has any enforceable order or decision been made to
                             compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
                   3.13      Radon Gas                                                No
                             Do any records indicate that the property is in a
                             ‘Radon Affected Area’ as identified by the Health
                             Protection Agency?

3186   1/6/2012   Request:

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

                  Property at Hinwick

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

                  3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                  3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

Response:

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. Regarding the questions
relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website
http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning_town_and_country/view_applications_plans__docs.aspx

 Property:
 Property at Hinwick,

 3.7      Outstanding Notices
          Do any statutory notices which relate to the following
          matters subsist in relation to the property other than
          those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in
          this schedule:-
               d) environment
               c) health & safety                                   b) No
               f) housing                                           c) No
                f) public health                                    d) No
                                                                     f) No
 3.11     Compulsory Purchase                                       No
          Has any enforceable order or decision been made to
          compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
 3.13     Radon Gas                                                 No
          Do any records indicate that the property is in a
          ‘Radon Affected Area’ as identified by the Health
          Protection Agency?
3187   8/6/2012   Request:

                  Please provide me with answers to the following questions:

                      1) The name of the purchaser of the data (or a suitably anonymous identification which indicates whether the purchaser was
                         an individual or an organisation)

                      2) The total revenue from the selling of electoral roll data
                                                               st              st
                  I would request that the period covered is 1 May 2007 – 1 May 2012. (But do not request the information be broken down
                  by years)

                  Please break down your response by the sales concerning the full register and sales of the edited register.

                  Response:

                  I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the Register of Electors. The registration of electors is
                  governed by the Representation of the People Act 1983 as amended. Under Section 8 of the Act, the council must appoint an officer
                  of the council to be the registration officer for any constituency or part of a constituency coterminous with or situated in the council’s
                  area. I am the appointed officer for the registration area of Bedford Borough. My appointment as Electoral Registration Officer is
                  separate to my appointment as Chief Executive and, although appointed by the council, the Electoral Registration Officer’s
                  responsibilities and duties are personal. An example of this is that the register of electors is deemed to be the property of the
                  Electoral Registration Officer, not the local authority.

                  The Electoral Registration Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity. A list
                  of public bodies and local authorities that are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act is available at the following
                  website:

                  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/schedule/1

                  As you will see, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act
                  1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject
                  to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

                  Details of persons and organisations that are entitled to receive free copies or to be sold copies of the register of electors are
                  governed by Regulations 97 – 114 of the Representation of the People Regulations 2001, as amended.
Notwithstanding that there is no statutory obligation to provide this information, please see below information to the requests you
make:

“Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request details of whether your Local Authority has sold any electoral roll
data.
                                               st           st
I would request that the period covered is 1 May 2007 – 1 May 2012. (But do not request the information be broken down by
years)

Please break down your response by the sales concerning the full register and sales of the edited register.”

Please provide me with answers to the following questions:

3) The name of the purchaser of the data (or a suitably anonymous identification which indicates whether the purchaser was an
   individual or an organisation)

          Company                                                                       Version
          Call Credit                                                                     Full
          Aristotle International Europe Ltd                                              Full
          Equifax                                                                         Full
          Experian                                                                        Full
          Crediva Ltd Cardiff                                                             Full

          Company / Individual                                                          Version
          Coast Insurance                                                                Edited
          Warden Hill School of Motoring Ltd                                             Edited
          JDP Financial Services Ltd                                                     Edited
          Individual                                                                     Edited
          Cruise Select                                                                  Edited
          Individual                                                                     Edited
          Cruise Select                                                                  Edited
          Individual                                                                     Edited
                              City & County Developments                                                   Edited
                              Individual                                                                   Edited


                   4) The total revenue from the selling of electoral roll data

                       The total revenue for the combined sale of both the full and edited versions of the Electoral Register, from the period 1 May
                       2007 to 1 May 2012, is £4,882



3188   13/6/2012   Request:

                   I am carrying out a commercial land use survey. I believe all the properties on the attached list are used for commercial use. I need
                   to ascertain the exact use the land is put to. To this end can you provide the name and address of the ratepayer.

                   Response:

                   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 you find the information in the attached spreadsheet.


3189   28/5/2012   Request and response:

                   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.

                   How many adults with a learning disability in Luton are in paid full time or part time employment. Also would like to know
                   how many are doing voluntary work. Please can you also provide known number of Adults with learning disability in
                   Luton.

                   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.
       1/6/2012    Further response:

                   Please find the information you later requested below:

                   How many adults with a learning disability in Bedford are in paid full time or part time employment? Also would like to
                   know how many are doing voluntary work. Please can you also provide known number of Adults with a learning disability
                   in Bedford?

                   Please note we do not distinguish between “part” and “full” time for paid workers.

                   Paid Workers - 21
                   Volunteers - 44

                   The latest figure of the number of adults with a learning disability known to services as of April 2012 - 485


3190   18/5/2012   Request:

                   I request a copy of the quarterly public records from the latest quarter for the following information, preferably in Excel or PDF
                   format:

                        1.     Names and vintage years of all private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate/REIT partnerships in
                             the Bedfordshire Pension Fund portfolio.

                        2.     Most updated information available on amount committed to the partnerships and amount drawn by the partnerships.

                        3.     Distributions made to Bedfordshire Pension Fund to date by each individual partnership

                        4.     Net Asset Value of each partnership, and estimated remaining value of each partnership, as permitted under the
                             Partnership.

                        5.     Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each individual partnership, for the most recent date available. (Please specify whether
         the data is net or gross of expenses and fees).

    6.      Investment multiple for each individual partnership.

    7.     The dollar amount of “total management fees and costs paid” for each individual partnership on an annualized, year-end
         basis.

    8.      Date as of which all the above data was calculated.

    9.     Names and service type provided of service providers (ex. Placement Agents, etc.) assisting Bedfordshire Pension Fund
         with each individual partnership.

    10. Names of all private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate/REIT partnerships partially and fully sold
       by Bedfordshire Pension Fund, including date of sale.

Response:

I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council relating to the most recent quarterly and annual public records for
the following:-

    1.   Names and vintage years of all private equity, venture capital, mezzanine, distressed, real estate/REIT partnerships in the
         Bedfordshire Pension Fund portfolio.

    2. Most updated information available on amount committed to the partnership and amount drawn by the partnerships.

    3. Distributions made to Bedfordshire Pension Fund to date by each individual partnership.

    4. Net Asset Value of each partnership, and estimated remaining value of each partnership.

    5. Internal rates of return (IRRs) for each individual partnership, for the most recent date available. (Please specify whether the
       data is net or gross of expenses and fees).

    6. Investment multiple for each individual partnership.
                       7. The dollar amount of “total management fees and costs paid” for each individual partnership on an annualized, year-end
                          basis.

                       8. Date as of which all the above data was calculated.

                       9. Names and service type provided of service providers (ex. Placement Agents, etc.) assisting Bedfordshire Pension Fund
                          with each individual partnership.


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

                     BEDFORDSHIRE PENSION FUND
                     PRIVATE EQUITY & PROPERTY
                     FUNDS
                     31 March 2012

                     Name                       Category   Curren    Incepti    Commitm     Contributi   Distribution   Value     Net
                                                           cy        on         ent         on                                    IRR

                                           th
                     Phildrew Ventures 4        Private    GBP           -      £820,000    £820,000        £483,800    £4,100    N/A
                     Fund                       Equity


                   Please note, however, that the dollar amount of “total management fees and costs paid for each individual partnership on an
                   annualised, year end basis is not available as this investment dates back to the 1990s and would have been paid in Sterling. Also
                   there is no response to the investment multiple for each individual partnership as this is a single investment.


3191   17/5/2012   Request and response:

                   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:
                   I want to know whether your council or any official education authorities connected with it suggest that schools in your area could
                   use the BBC CD-Rom Sex and Relationship pack/CD-Rom and/or Channel 4’s Living and Growing in any PSHE or any other
                   lessons, and if so what age group it/they are recommended for?

                   In regards to resources for Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) it is up to each individual school which resources they
                   use but the Local Authority strongly advises open communication with parents about the content of their SRE programme
                   including the resources they will use. Schools should check resources for relevance with regards to sensitivity e.g race,
                   culture, gender, religion, disability etc. Resources should be used according to the needs of each individual school based
                   on their own assessment of SRE. We are aware that a number of schools do use Living and Growing but we are not aware
                   of them using the other resource mentioned.


3192   24/5/2012   Request:

                   1.
                   Between January 2009 and January 2012 how much compensation has the County Council paid out to members of the public who
                   have injured themselves on uneven paving stones?

                   2.
                   During the same period how much money has been spent on newspapers and periodicals for staff use?

                   3.
                   How much money has been spent on stationery in a) 2009 b) 2010 c) 2011?

                   4.
                   How many businesses currently owe the Council more than £1,000 and are beyond the required paying period?


                   Response:

                   I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by Bedfordshire County Council. For your information the County Council ceased
                   to exist on 31 March 2009.

                   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 have some of the information you requested which you will find below.
                   Q1 – We can only answer the question with regard to the period since we have become a Unitary Authority on 1 April 2009 to
                   January 2012. The answer is £20,500.

                   Q2 & Q3

                                                                                     2009        2010        2011
                                                                                        £           £           £
                    Q2            Total Newspapers & Periodicals                      957       1,300         665
                    Q3            Total Stationery                                250,237     353,327     215,836

                   Q4 – We regret that we are unable to answer question 4 because to do so would require more than 18 hours work. This is for the
                   following reasons:

                           The Council does not categorise debts as being owed by a ‘business’ on its debtors databases. In order to identify whether
                            the debt was owed by a business or an individual or other non-business organisation, each debtor record would need to be
                            reviewed individually.
                           Businesses may owe a number of different amounts and the Council does not record a total sum owed by any one
                            business. Therefore to determine which business owed more than £1,000 would require a manual process to cross
                            matching all debts identified as being owed by a business to determine the total amount owed,.



3193   13/6/2012   Request:

                   I would like to request the following FOI data:

                            What is the longest waiting time (in days) for a parking permit in your council area?
                            How much do you/ did you charge for a residential parking permit in your area 2008, 2011, and this year (2012)? Please
                               provide an average for each year specified.
                            What is the cost in £ and location of the most expensive residential parking permit in your council area?
                            How much money was generated in your council area from residential parking permits in 2011?
                            Has your council increased the number of parking zones in the past 12 months? Yes or No
                            How many parking enforcement officers (i.e. parking attendants) does your council employ this year (2012), and how many
          did your council employ in 2011 and 2008? Please provide a number for each year specified.

Response:

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

What is the longest waiting time (in days) for a parking permit in your council area?
Parking permits are invariably processed the same day as the receipt of application. Delays only occur where applicants have not
provided the stated proof of residency.

How much do you/ did you charge for a residential parking permit in your area 2008, 2011, and this year (2012)? Please
provide an average for each year specified.
In 2008 first vehicle permits were charged at £20, second permits £70 and third permits £90
In 2011 first vehicle permits were charged at £21, second permits £73 and third permits £94
In 2012 first vehicle permits were charged at £25, second permits £73 and third permits £94

What is the cost in £ and location of the most expensive residential parking permit in your council area?
All permits are charged at the same rate (as above) across the Borough

How much money was generated in your council area from residential parking permits in 2011?
£55,899

Has your council increased the number of parking zones in the past 12 months?
                                th
Yes, Clapham Road went live on 6 June 2012

How many parking enforcement officers (i.e. parking attendants) does your council employ this year (2012), and how many
did your council employ in 2011 and 2008? Please provide a number for each year specified.
       st
As at 1 April (not including any prevailing vacancies):
                   In 2008 Bedford Borough Council employed 13 CEO’s
                   In 2011 Bedford Borough Council employed 15 CEO’s
                   In 2012 Bedford Borough Council employed 17 CEO’s


3194   15/6/2012   Request:

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

                           a)   the total number of affordable housing units within the local authority area for each of the following years – 2008/9,
                           2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12

                           b)   within the figures for (a), the total number of social rented housing units for the following years – 2008/9, 2009/10,
                           2010/11, 2011/12

                           c)   the number of new-build units approved in the local authority area in each of the following years – 2008/9, 2009/10,
                           2010/11, 2011/12

                           d) within the figures for (c), the total number of affordable new-build housing units approved in the local authority area in
                           each of the following years – 2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12

                           e)   the total number of people currently on the local authority’s social housing waiting list (please provide the date to
                           which the data is accurate)

                           f)   the average waiting time of people housed by the local authority in social housing during 2011/12

                           g)   the longest waiting time of any one person housed by the local authority in social housing during 2011/12

                           h)   the average number of people applying to rent social housing property during 2011/12

                           i)    the maximum number of people who applied to rent a particular social housing property during 2011/12
        j)   the number of pre-existing social rented housing units that became available for new tenants (e.g. previous tenant
        moved out) during 2011/12

Response:

Please find the information you requested below:

Please note Bedford Borough Council ceased being a social housing landlord when it transferred its housing stock to BPHA in 1990
so therefore can only answer part of this Freedom of Information Request. Please contact BPHA at info@bpha.org.uk for further
information.

        a)   the total number of affordable housing units within the local authority area for each of the following years –
        2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12

          Year            Total number of           Total new build           Of Which Are
                          affordable housing        approvals (gross)         Affordable?
                          units in the Borough

          2008/2009       10,725                    74                        20
          2009/2010       10,924                    1382                      449
          2010/2011       10,990                    143                       110
          2011/2012       10,765                    73                        2

        b)   within the figures for (a), the total number of social rented housing units for the following years – 2008/9,
        2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12

        This information is held by Bedford Pilgrim Housing Association not Bedford Borough Council.

        c)   the number of new-build units approved in the local authority area in each of the following years – 2008/9,
        2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12

        Please see table above.
d) within the figures for (c), the total number of affordable new-build housing units approved in the local
authority area in each of the following years – 2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12

Please see table above.

e)    the total number of people currently on the local authority’s social housing waiting list (please provide the
date to which the data is accurate)

3270 households in December 2011.

f)   the average waiting time of people housed by the local authority in social housing during 2011/12

This information is held by Bedford Pilgrim Housing Association not Bedford Borough Council.

g)   the longest waiting time of any one person housed by the local authority in social housing during 2011/12

This information is held by Bedford Pilgrim Housing Association not Bedford Borough Council.

h)   the average number of people applying to rent social housing property during 2011/12

This information is held by Bedford Pilgrim Housing Association not Bedford Borough Council.

i)    the maximum number of people who applied to rent a particular social housing property during 2011/12

This information is held by Bedford Pilgrim Housing Association not Bedford Borough Council.

j)   the number of pre-existing social rented housing units that became available for new tenants (e.g. previous
tenant moved out) during 2011/12

This information is held by Bedford Pilgrim Housing Association not Bedford Borough Council.
3195   17/5/2012   Request and Response:


                   “To find out if your authority invests in Imperial Tobacco and/or Altria Group and/or British American Tobacco, and how
                   much in rough terms in each company. The specific names for the tobacco firms to make search easier:-

                   Altria Group Inc
                   British American Tobacco
                   Imperial Tobacco Group
                   Japan Tobacco Inc
                   Altria Group Inc
                   Imperial Tobacco
                   Philip Morris International.”

                   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 can verify that Bedford Borough Council have no investments in any of the
                   named tobacco companies.



3196   25/5/2012   Request:

                   This is a proactive approach and is not about a complaint.

                   We are about to open a new store in your area

                   I would like to know more about the area in which we are about to trade from a noise perspective. Are there any previous issues in
                   the area.

                   Service area responded as general business.


3197   29/5/2012   Request:
       How much Section 106 agreement money does the council currently hold?
       Since 2005, what is the longest length of time that the council has held Section 106 money?
       How much Section 106 money has the council had to return in since 2005?
       How much was returned in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011?

Response:

Thank you for your request for information concerning s106 monies which we received on 16 May 2012. Your request has been
considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, we respond accordingly.

1. The Council currently holds £5,750,035 of s106 monies.

2. We are not able to provide precise details in regards to your question on the longest length of time s106 money has been held by
   the Council. We do not record this information only the repayment deadlines which are 5 or 10 years from receipt of sum or last
   instalment. All s106 sums are spent within their deadline or returned to developers.

3. The Council has returned s106 monies as follows:
      2005 - £0
      2006 - £0
      2007 - £0
      2008 - £0
      2009 - £2,297
      2010 - £3,970
      2011 - £141,031
      2012 - £0

   The Council has in place procedures to monitor collection and use of s106 expenditure to ensure each of the contributions
   received are collected and used within the required timescales, and in line with the terms of the s106 agreement to which the
   Obligation relates, which are usually specific.

   All the s106 funds returned relate to obligations for Highway Works or Traffic Regulation Orders where the criteria for using the
   finance was not met, it was agreed the works were not needed or the works carried out cost less than obtained from the
   developer and the surplus was returned.
3198   1/6/2012    Request:

                   An online survey questionnaire in respect of local authority Pay Policies which relate to directly employed staff, contractors and
                   other local employers.

                       1. As at 1 April 2012, had the local authority make a policy commitment to pay all directly-employed staff the Living Wage at
                          the relevant hourly rate as a minimum?
                       2. As at 1 April 2012, had the local authority made a policy commitment to require (some or all) external contractors to pay
                          staff the Living Wage at the relevant hourly rate as a minimum?
                       3. As at 1 April 2012, had the local authority contacted any local employers to encourage them to pay the Living Wage as a
                          minimum? If not, are there any plans to do so in the future?
                       4. As at 1 April 2012, had the local authority contacted its contractors to encourage them to publish and/or manage pay
                          multiples? If not, are there plans to do so in the future?
                       5. As at 1 April 2012 had the local authority contacted any local employers to encourage them to publish and/or manage pay
                          multiples? If not, are there plans to do so in the future?
                       6. Please let us know about any other policies or practices relating to fair pay that the local authority has adopted or
                          encouraged contractors or any local employers to adopt. Please provide website links for further information if necessary.

                   Response:

                   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


3199   13/6/2012   Request:

                   I own the above property and currently have tenants residing. They have expressed their concern regarding the tenants in the
                   adjacent property and have made us aware of the complaints they have raised with yourselves.

                   I would be grateful if you could forward a copy of these complaints, any correspondence and reports regarding this matter to me for
                   my records and immediate attention at the address below
                   Response:

                   Thank you for your request for information about the tenants of Canberra Road, Shortstown, Bedford. Your request has been
                   considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   Enclosed with this letter are copies of the information we hold relating to your enquiry.

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


3200   18/6/2012   Request:

                   In accordance with the above Act could I put you to the trouble of providing details of all properties benefiting from mandatory
                   charitable relief in respect of payment of Business Rates.

                   The information I require would be the Ratepayer name, address, and the period from which the relief has been granted

                   Response:

                   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 you will find the information in the attached spreadsheet.

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



3201   18/5/2012   Request:

                   Tree Preservation Orders and Trees within a Conservation area. Part of our database needs to include the following information

                   ·     Location of the tree - preferably grid reference, then postcode full address or finally just street
                   ·     Type of tree
                   ·     Date listed

                   Response:

                   Thank you for your request for information about Tree Preservation Orders which we received on 17 May 2012. Your request has
                   been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   The information you requested is available on the authority’s website
                   http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/historic_environment/tree_preservation_orders.aspx



3202   1/6/2012    Request:

                   In respect of an accident investigation, please let me have the usual report.

                   Response:

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I confirm that the
                   circumstances of the accident report were assessed and there was no investigation deemed necessary by an inspector. Therefore
                   we do not hold the information requested.


3203   21/5/2012   Response:

                   Further to your request under the above Act for information dated 26 April 2012 addressed to Assistant Chief Executive
                   (Governance), I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the
                   Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

                   You requested the Council to provide and send you and your family the referrals, responses, decisions and any other information
                   that the Council gave and received through (presumably) its Children’s and Adults Services.

                   Further to the letter dated 2 May 2012 and pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council:

                   1.     States that this information is subject to an absolute exemption.
                   2.     Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 40(1) (Personal Information) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

                   An explanation follows below.

                   The information you are requesting is personal information, such information is not disclosable under the Freedom of Information
                   Act 2000 but instead under the Data Protection Act 1998. For access to this information which may be held by Bedford Borough
                   Council please see the attached Guidance notes and application form in respect of a Data Subject Access request. Alternatively
                   these documents may be accessed at the following link:
                   http://www.bedford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/data_protection,__foi__eir/data_protection_act_1998.aspx


3204   28/5/2012   Request and Response:

                   Thank you for your request for information about the Weekly Collections Support Scheme being run by the Department for
                   Communities & Local Government which we received on 18 May 2012. Your request has been considered under the Environmental
                   Information Regulations 2004 and we give below the information you requested.

                   Bedford Borough has submitted a bid to this fund. Details of Bedford Borough’s Weekly Collections Support Scheme Bid are given
                   below:

                   Total funding applied for: £2m

                   Period of funding applied for: 3 yrs

                   Funding to be spent on the following items:

                   Wheeled refuse and recycling bins x 60,000
                   Combination of new refuse collection vehicles/ vans
                   Bartec 'Waste Collector' in-cab computer solution and handheld solution
                   2 x Resources (recycling Officers)
                   Waste minimisation campaign


3205   18/6/2012   Request:
                   Can you please provide me with a list of registered tattooist and Ear and Body piercers registered with the council.

                   Response:

                   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 enclosed a list of the tattooists and ear piercers who are registered with Bedford Borough Council. We do not hold a list of
                   body piercers as Bedford Borough Council is in the process of adopting the new byelaws requiring Body Piercers to register with the
                   Council.

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


3206   22/5/2012   Request and response:

                   Further to your request for information dated 19 May 2012, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the
                   Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

                   You requested;

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request the re-referral rates and number of re-referrals within Children's Social Care
                   for each of the last three years broken down into domestic abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse and family breakdown.

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

                   1.     States that this is exempt information.

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

                   An explanation follows below.

                   We don't collect the information in the format requested, so it would be a manual task for someone to go through 1,200 referrals
                   (3,600 plus for the past 3 years).
                   Closely matching data to this is however already collected and published by the DfE
                   http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d001041/index.shtml

                   This is the 2010/11 Children in Need Census and table 11 shows primary need at initial assessment and table 16 shows re-referral
                   rates. Historical data (i.e. for 2009/10) is available on the same site. Data for 2011/12 is not complete and this is due for completion
                   at the end of July, with DfE publication expected in November 2012.


3207   28/5/2012   Request and Response:

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

                   Please find the information you requested below:

                   I would like to know details of anyone who has died with no known next of kin from 1/1/2012 to the day of your reply. If
                   there are any new cases where the person died prior to 1/1/2012, but that were only dealt with after this date, please also
                   include details, and to be more specific;

                   1.    their full names

                   2.    the date they died

                   3.    the approximate value of their estate

                   4.    their dates of birth or age at death

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

                   6.    the maiden surnames of married females or widows

                   7.    their address at death
                   8.     the date when a referral was made of this estate to the Treasury Solicitor or Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall

                   9.     If a referral to the Treasury Solicitor or Duchy has not yet been made and you think it will be made soon could you
                        advise me of this too.

                   10. If a case is still undecided or awaiting referral, please also advise of details.

                   This is a nil return.


3208   19/6/2012   Request:

                   I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, regarding the following, in respect of ratepayers who
                   are a limited company:

                   (i) Names and addresses of ratepayers for whom you hold a historic credit, and the financial year to which the credit relates.

                   (ii) the names and addresses of ratepayers for whom there has been a write on of a historic credit, and the financial year to which
                   the credit relates.

                   (iii) the amount of each historic credit

                   Response:

                   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 you will find the information in the attached excel spreadsheets.

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


3209   20/6/2012   Request:

                   In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act I would be grateful if the Council would provide the following information.

                    Activity                       Contract Titles         Length       of   Expiry   date   of   each   Name of the current
                                                     each Contract    Contract including    any   Contractor or whether the
                                                                      extensions                  services are in-house

 Refuse Collection


 Recycling Collection

 Food Waste Collection

 Garden (Green) Waste
 Collection
 Street Cleansing


Response:

Thank you for your request for information about contracts for waste and street cleansing which we received on 21 May 2012. Your
request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and we give below the information you
requested.


 Activity                       Contract Titles             Length of each    Expiry date of       Name of the current
                                                            Contract          each     Contract    Contractor or whether
                                                                              including    any     the services are in-house
                                                                              extensions

 Refuse Collection               N/A                        N/A               N/A                  In house


 Recycling Collection            N/A                        N/A               N/A                  In house
                    Food Waste Collection              N/A - Bedford Borough          N/A                N/A                    N/A
                                                      Council does not operate
                                                      separate food waste
                                                      collections
                    Garden (Green) Waste               N/A                           N/A                 N/A                    In house
                    Collection
                    Street Cleansing                   N/A                           N/A                 N/A                    In house




3210   28/5/2012   Request and Response:

                   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 Local Authority staff was employed centrally – or by outside agencies contracted to the authority - to support the
                   education of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children at the end of the academic year 2011/12?

                   Please indicate their roles (e.g. consultant, teacher, home school liaison etc) and their full-time equivalent commitment to this work
                   (eg ft; 0.5fte; 0.25fte etc). If this support was part of a wider role please estimate the proportion of their time allocated to it as full-
                   time equivalent (eg ft; 0.5fte; 0.25fte etc).

                   2)    Could you please anticipate whether these staffing levels will have changed by the start of the new academic year 2012/13
                   and if that is the case - what the projected staffing levels and roles will be then?

                   The Traveller Education function is subsumed in the roles of all staff within School Standards and Interventions (15 FTE).
                   We do not have a stand alone Traveller Education Service.

                   The Team has been maintained at its current level in 2012/13 and we currently do not anticipate any changes in 2013/14.


3211   20/6/2012   Request:
                   We are writing to request a schedule (in Microsoft Excel format if possible) of all National Non-Domestic Rate accounts in your
                   billing authority area that show a credit (in excess of £500) for any period from 1 April 1990 to date. The reason for the credit might
                   be, but will not be limited to: closed account, alteration to the rating list, void relief awarded, section 44a relief awarded, certification,
                   and transfers between accounts or interest.

                   We do not expect you to supply details for sole traders or private individuals, partnerships or limited liability partnerships. We require
                   details of limited companies, unlimited companies, public limited companies, government departments, and local authorities

                   Please supply the name of the ratepayer, the billing authority reference number, the address of the hereditament, the amount of the
                   credit balance and the rate year(s) to which it applies. Please confirm the date the schedule was generated.

                   Response:

                   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 you will find the information in the attached excel spreadsheet.

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


3212   15/6/2012   Request:

                   The number of teaching assistants and higher level teaching assistants employed within primary schools in the local authority area
                   each year since 2009/10.

                   Please provide the information in the following format:

                    Provide data for each financial year, by giving the overall headcount (and, if available, FTE) staffing numbers as of the start of each
                   financial year – i.e. 01/04/09, 01/04/10, 01/04/11, 01/04/12

                       1. Provide the annual data broken down by staffing category. As a guide, these might include:
                              a. Teaching Assistant – Special Schools
             b.   Teaching Assistant – Mainstream
             c.   Teaching Assistant – Mainstream/CPD Co-ordinator Role
             d.   Teaching Assistant (Band 2)
             e.   Teaching Assistant (Band 3)
             f.   Teaching Assistant (Band 1)
             g.   Teaching Assistant (Special Schools) B/2
             h.   Teaching Assistant (Special Schools) Band 1
             i.   Higher Level Teaching Assistant

    2. The list of categories the local authority uses to respond to this request will depend on how the authority categorises and
       sub-categorises teaching assistants (the non-exhaustive list above is from Cornwall)
    3. Please state the number of primary schools covered by the data for each year
    4. Explain whether the data includes primary schools that have academy status
    5. Please provide the number of hours the authority required to locate and extract the requested data

Academies:

 If in response to point 4 of this request, the authority states that the data does not include teaching assistants employed at primary
schools with academy status, the following provisions also apply to the data from 2011 and 2012:

                                                                                                st                 st
 State the number of primary schools in the local authority area that had academy status on 1 April 2011 and 1 April 2012
respectively

    6. Provided the response to part 6 of this request is not ‘zero’ for both years, please state how many of the teaching assistants
       for 2010 and 2011 respectively were employed in schools that had achieved academy status by the following year (i.e. how
       many of the teaching assistants listed for April 2010 were at schools that had achieved academy status by April 2011, and
       the same again for April 2011 vis-à-vis April 2012)
    7. In the event that responding to part 7 of this request would not be possible within the section 12 time limit, please instead
       provide the total combined school roll for the schools covered by the response to this request (i.e. non-academy primary
       schools) for April 2010, April 2011 and April 2012 respectively, and then the total combined school roll for primary schools
       with academy status at April 2011 and April 2012 respectively

Whilst I recognise that parts 7 and 8 of this request are complex, they are to ensure the data can be placed within the context of the
                   reduced number of schools that the data covers year-on-year. They are necessary for contextual accuracy.

                   Response:

                   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 and note the following:

                       1)   Figures represent headcount not FTE.
                       2)   As Bedford Borough is a three-tier authority we have included figures for Lower and Middle schools.
                       3)   Figures include schools that are now Academies.
                       4)   Number of schools covered included on spreadsheet.
                       5)   Number of hours required to complete request – 4 hours.


                    Job Title                           Apr-09     Apr-10     Apr-11     Apr-12
                    Teaching Assistant 1                  123        161        179        197
                    Teaching Assistant 2                  521        653        688        777
                    Teaching Assistant 3                  157        171        170        188
                    Teaching Assistant 4                     6          5          6          6
                    Higher Level Teaching
                    Assistant                               49         56          51       57
                    TOTAL                                  856       1046        1094     1225

                    No of schools                           67          67         66       66

3213   28/5/2012   Request and response:

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

                   1.     The Bedford Borough corporate training budget has neither commissioned nor funded any NLP training within the
                   past three years.

                   2.     N/a


3214   20/6/2012   Request:

                   Please supply the names, addresses, amounts of credits and the year that they appear for all accounts where they sit and remain
                   unclaimed. IN addition please also include all cases where money has been written back after the ratepayer has failed to return a
                   refund claim form.

                   Response:

                   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 you will find the information in the attached excel spreadsheets.

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



3215   15/6/2012   Request:

                   Would you be able tell me the amount of money that your authority spent in the 2011/2012 financial year on highway maintenance.
                   If possible, can you split the figure between capital and revenue expenditure.

                   Would you also be able to tell me how much money you are planning to spend on highway maintenance in the current (2012/2013)
                   year. Again, if possible, can you split the figure between capital and revenue expenditure.

                   Clarification:
                   I am interested in carriageway repairs only.

                   Response:

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

                   How much has your authority spent in the 2011/2012 financial year on highway maintenance?

                   Revenue spend = £1,008,091.90
                   Capital spend = £3,340,000

                   How much money is your authority planning to spend in the current year (2012/2013) on highway maintenance?

                   Revenue budget = £983,000
                   Capital budget = £3,304,000



3216   14/6/2012   Request:

                   We kindly request the following information:

                       1. Please confirm if your organisation has a Preferred Supplier List/Framework Agreement for the supply of contingent labour
                          (temporary, contract, interim) or permanent IT/ICT staff? For example, this could include positions including IT Support,
                          Installation, Software Developers, Technical Architects etc.

                       2. If yes, how many organisations are contracted to the Preferred Supplier List/Framework Agreement? Please provide the
                          company names.

                       3. Please confirm if your organisation has a Preferred Supplier List/Framework Agreement for the supply of contingent labour
                          (temporary, contract, interim) or permanent Project and Programme Management (PPM) staff? For example this could
                          include positions including Change/Transformation Managers, Business Analysts, Commercial Managers, Project Support
                          Officers etc.
    4. If yes, how many organisations are contracted to the Preferred Supplier List/Framework Agreement? Please provide the
       company names.

    5. Please detail the start and end dates of the above contracts?

    6. Please detail your confirmed spend on the recruitment of IT and PPM contingent labour for the financial year 2010/11 and
       the most up to date spend figures for 2011/12.

    7. Please provide a copy or, if publically available online, a link to your Corporate Plan and ICT Strategy.

    8. Please provide an Organisational Chart (or Charts if broken down by department) showing your organisational structure.

    9. Please provide the following details for the following staff including Name, Telephone Number and email address:

        a.   Chief Information Officer
        b.   Chief Technology Officer
        c.   IT Director
        d.   Head of Projects/Programmes
        e.   Head of Service Delivery
        f.   Commercial/Procurement Director
        g.   Commercial/Procurement Manager
        h.   Category Lead for Contract Recruitment

Response:

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

Please find the information you requested below.

1. The Council has in place a contract with CMS for the supply of temporary labour and this will cover IT/ICT staff. We do
not use organisations for
   permanent recruitment as this is undertaken in house.
2. CMS has over 300 supplier agencies.
3. See response to Question 1. This applies for all resource requirements.
4. CMS has over 300 supplier agencies.
                   5. 1st September 2010 to 31st August 2013. With the ability to extend.
                   6. We do not hold this information by job category.
                   7. Please find attached
                   8. Please find attached
                   9. The Director overseeing ICT is Trevor Roff, Director of Finance & Corporate Services, Trevor.Roff@bedford.gov.uk ; tel.
                   01234 267422
                   The contact for a, b, d, e, f & g is Larry McArdle, Head of ICT, Lawrence.Mcardle@bedford.gov.uk, tel. 01234 267422
                   The contact for Recruitment is Karen Johnson, Head of HR Operations, Karen.Johnson@bedford.gov.uk, tel. 01234 267422


3217   18/6/2012   Request:

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request you to provide me with the following information.

                          The number of social workers employed within your local authority at (a) May 2010 and (b) at the time of the most recent
                           available data
                          The number of agency social workers contracted to your local authority at (a) May 2010 and (b) at the time of the most
                           recent available data
                          The number of open cases allocated to social workers within your local authority at (a) May 2010 and (b) at the time of the
                           most recent available data

                   Response:

                   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 number of social workers employed within your local authority at (a) May 2010 and (b) at the time of the most recent
                           available data

                   Adult Services

                           (a) May 2010 – we do not hold accurate information for this date.
                           (b) May 2012 – 40
Children’s Services

       (a) May 2010 – 27
       (b) June 2012 - 31


      The number of agency social workers contracted to your local authority at (a) May 2010 and (b) at the time of the most
       recent available data

Adult Services

   (a) May 2010 – 11
   (b) May 2012 – 8

Children’s Services

    (a) May 2010 – 14
    (b) June 2012 - 5


      The number of open cases allocated to social workers within your local authority at (a) May 2010 and (b) at the time of the
       most recent available data

Adult Services

   (a) May 2010 – 1867
   (b) May 2012 – 1526


Children’s Services

Children in Need:
    (a) As at 30th May 2010 there were 1,145
    (b) As at 31st March 2012 there were 1,269
                   Youth Offending Services (YOS):
                      (a) 58 BBC Young People were open on 30.05.10 allocated to a total of 12 qualified Social Workers
                      (b) 39 BBC Young People were open on 31.03.12 allocated to a total of 7 qualified Social Workers



3218   1/6/2012    Request and response:


                   Please find the information you requested below:

                       1. What is the largest house – defined by the number of bedrooms – that you provide to a household within your
                          authority, through whatever funding means (eg. Council owned, council managed or privately rented
                          accommodation)?

                           1 x 4 bed flat provided as temporary accommodation

                       2. Please state
                          (i) the number of bedrooms 4 bedrooms

                           (ii) the first section of the postcode and the first digit of the second section of the postcode (eg E11 3??), MK42 9

                       3. (iii) the monthly cost to the authority of providing the home to the household?

                           Rent is £1069.98 monthly + £260 per month management charge (£60pw). Costs met by Housing Benefit

                       4. If a council owned property please state how much money has been spent on renovation, repair, redecoration on
                          the property in the last five financial years?

                           Not council owned


3219   24/5/2012   Request:
                       1. A) In the last financial year (2011/12) how much money did you pay to students, who attended school under your authority’s
                          responsibility, as compensation for personal injuries? (B) What were your authorities legal costs associated with those
                          claims?

                       2. How many individual claims did this represent?

                       3. For all payments in excess of £2,000 please state the amount of compensation paid, the legal fees paid and a brief
                          description of the nature of the claim, e.g. Fall from climbing frame (£2,100), Fingers trapped in door (£3,150).

                       4. In relation to all claims for compensation for personal injury referred to in Q.1 how many of these claims were for injuries
                          sustained as a result of an attack or assault from another student?

                       5. What was the total compensation paid to students who were attacked or assaulted by fellow students?


                   Response:

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

                       1) A) Compensation paid £5,500
                          B) Own legal costs £0
                       2) 1
                       3) Compensation paid £5,500 : Own legal costs £0 : Climbed and fell from top of a fence.
                       4) 0
                       5) £0



3220   15/6/2012   Request:

                       1. Whether the Council funding or spot purchase from the following Day Care services. If does, what’s the spot purchase rate?
                              Biggleswade Day Centre, 143 London Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8HA
                              Houghton Regis
                              Silsoe, Holly Walk, Silsoe
               Lansdown Care, 44, Harpur Street,Bedford,
               Day care Solutions, 67, Harpur Street, Bedford,
               St Mark’s Clubhouse, St Mark’s Church Community Centre, Calder Rise, Bedford
               Ampthill Social Centre
               Barford Avenue Day Centre
               Prebend Day Centre
               Rivermead Day Centre
               Gemini Day Centre Ltd
               Sandy Neighbourhood Centre
               Abbotsbury Resource Day Centre
               The Moorings Family Centre

    2. In your response to my question 5 ‘contract value for blocked purchase day service’, you stated that the Council supports
       external providers with a base funding. Can you give me the figure for the base funding per contract?

    3. The Council still retains a larger proportion of Day Care service in housing, especially for the learning disability client group.
       Is the Council has any plan for re-provision in-house Day Care services within next 12 months?

Response:

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:

    4. Whether the Council funding or spot purchase from the following Day Care services. If does, what’s the spot
       purchase rate?


               Biggleswade Day Centre, 143 London Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8HA:
                Spot purchase is £28.55 per day plus £3 transport charge.


               Houghton Regis:
    We do not purchase any services from this provider.


   Silsoe, Holly Walk, Silsoe:
    Spot purchase is £50.52 plus £30 transport.


   Lansdowne Care, 44, Harpur Street,Bedford:
    This centre does not have a standard spot rate per day.


   Day care Solutions, 67, Harpur Street, Bedford:
    We do not place with a provider of this name but we do have placements with Social Care Solutions but there is no
    spot purchase rate.


   St Mark’s Clubhouse, St Mark’s Church Community Centre, Calder Rise, Bedford:
    We do not have a spot purchase rate for this provider.


   Ampthill Social Centre:
    Spot purchase is £28.55 per day plus £3 transport charge


   Barford Avenue Day Centre:
    There is no spot purchase rate for this provider.
          Prebend Day Centre:
           There is no spot purchase rate for this provider.


          Rivermead Day Centre:
           We fund a block purchase with this provider.


          Gemini Day Centre Ltd:
           There is no spot purchase rate for this provider.


          Sandy Neighbourhood Centre:
           There is no spot purchase rate for this provider.


          Abbotsbury Resource Day Centre:
           There is no spot purchase rate for this provider.


          The Moorings Family Centre:
           There is no spot purchase rate for this provider.



5. In your response to my question 5 ‘contract value for blocked purchase day service’, you stated that the Council
   supports external providers with a base funding. Can you give me the figure for the base funding per contract?
                   Bechar - £17,054


                   Oakley Day Centre - £5,701

                       6. The Council still retains a larger proportion of Day Care service in housing, especially for the learning disability
                          client group. Is the Council has any plan for re-provision in-house Day Care services within next 12 months?


                   We will review the potential for any re-provision of day services over the next 12 months but will not complete any re-provisions
                   within that timescale.



3221   21/6/2012   Request:

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

                   (a) addresses and rateable values of all properties that have any historic credit on their account

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

                   Response:

                   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 you will find the information in the attached excel spreadsheet.

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


3222   15/6/2012   Request:

                       1. A list of all current members of the local Health and Wellbeing Board (“the Board”), together with their positions (especially
       for ex officio members) and any declared party political affiliations
    2. Details of how individual Board members with declared party political affiliations were chosen for Board membership,
       together with a list of candidates they were chosen ahead of (be it through election or selection) and those candidates’
       declared party political affiliations
    3. A list of any unfilled positions on the Board, and details of when and how they will be filled (including details of any ex officio
       or political status)
    4. Details of any relationship between the Board and the Local Enterprise Partnership, including any areas of joint working
    5. Any register of interests that has been created for members of the Board
    6. If no register of interests has been drawn up specifically for Board members, then a copy of the declared interests of each
       councillor who is a member of the Board

Response:

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. A list of all current members of the local Health and Wellbeing Board (“the Board”), together with their positions
       (especially for ex officio members) and any declared party political affiliations:

        The formal response to this and all the other parts of your request is that there is no information available. This is
                                                                                       st
        because officially Health and Wellbeing Boards do not commence until the 1 April 2013. I presume that you intended to
        request information on the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board and to be helpful I propose to respond to your “request” for
        this information but on an informal basis but as though this had been your request for information. My informal response in
        terms of the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board is that this is the subject of an absolute exemption as this information is
        accessible to you by other means as it is in the public domain as part of the Council's publication scheme. It is
        available from the Bedford Borough Council Website link at
        http://www.councillorsupport.bedford.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=549 ]

    2. Details of how individual Board members with declared party political affiliations were chosen for Board
       membership, together with a list of candidates they were chosen ahead of (be it through election or selection) and
       those candidates’ declared party political affiliations:
               Again, the assumption is that your question is in relation to the Membership of the Shadow Board. This is also subject to the
               absolute exemption under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2008 as this information is accessible to you by
               other means. This was discussed at the inaugural meeting of the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board that was held on the
               27th January 2011 and the details which are part of the Council's public scheme can be accessed from the following link
               http://www.councillorsupport.bedford.gov.uk/documents/s14352/2011%2001%2027.pdf. The Members invited to attend the
               inaugural shadow meeting was based on those with Executive Portfolios.

           3. A list of any unfilled positions on the Board, and details of when and how they will be filled (including details of any
              ex officio or political status):

               None.

           4. Details of any relationship between the Board and the Local Enterprise Partnership, including any areas of joint
              working:

               Again, this is subject to an absolute exemption under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2008 as this information
               is accessible to you by other means...the Mayor sits on the Board of SEMLEP and the details can be accessed from the
               following link http://www.semlep.com/board/

           5. Any register of interests that has been created for members of the Board

               None.

           6. If no register of interests has been drawn up specifically for Board members, then a copy of the declared interests
              of each councillor who is a member of the Board:

               Information on Members’ declared interests are in the public domain on the Bedford Borough website at
               http://www.councillorsupport.bedford.gov.uk/mgListDeclarationsOfInterest.aspx?RPID=549



3223   Request:

       Please provide details of:
                           How many individuals in your council have been assessed for adult social care in each of the last five financial years
                          How many have been categorised in each band (low, moderate, substantial and critical [according to the DH Fair access
                           to care services guidance]) in each year
                        What support has been offered to individuals placed in each category (low, moderate, substantial and critical [according to
                           the DH Fair access to care services guidance]) in each year
                   Please can you also provide details on how many individuals in your council have sold their homes to pay for residential care in
                   each financial year since 1997-98.

                   What is the average length of time for an assessment of somebody for adult social care in the last year for which figures are
                   available.

                   How many adults in your council have had to be re-assessed due to moving from a different council in each of the last five years,
                   and in each year, what was the average wait before requesting an assessment and receiving support for those who are eligible?

                   Clarification sought


3224   18/6/2012   Request:
                                          st                     st
                       1) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 what services did you offer for females aged:

                           a) 10-13

                           b) 14-17

                           c) 18-25
                                          st                     st
                       2) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 what gender specific services did you commission for females aged:

                           a) 10-13

                           b) 14-17
        c) 18-25
                       st                       st
    3) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 how many females aged a) 10-13, b) 14-17, c) 18-25 were on a

        i)       Youth rehabilitation order

        ii)      Referral order

        iii)     Reparation order
                       st                       st
    4) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 what percentage of your budget was spent on services for females
       aged:

        a) 10-13

        b) 14-17

        c) 18-25
                       st                       st
    5) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 what percentage of your budget was spent on gender specific services
       for females aged:

        a) 10-13

        b) 14-17

        c) 18-25

Response:

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;
                     st                     st
   1) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 what services did you offer for females aged:

       d) 10-13

       e) 14-17

       f)   18-25

Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service - offered a 3 week sexual health programme specifically for girls aged 14 - 18 years.
This group was delivered by our specialist worker in the service (Drug alcohol and sexual health worker).

Leaving and After Care - The group was entitled "Taking care of our mental health and emotional well being - getting the
most out of life". It was underpinned by "Mindfullness theory" and was structured in a "Person-Centred" way. It covered
topics such as:- relationships; transitions; managing difference; self-image; developping confidence; sexuality; present
and past life themes, patterns and strategies and endings and moving forward. The group was run jointly by Leaving &
Aftercare Team and Systemic Therapist CAMS. It ran on 12th; 19th and 26th July and 2nd and 9th August from 4.30 - 6.30
with a follow up session on 30th August. 8 girls (LAC and Leaving Care) attended. The group was entitled "Taking care of
our mental health and emotional well being - getting the most out of life". It was underpinned by "Mindfullness theory"
and was structured in a "Person-Centred" way. It covered topics such as:- relationships; transitions; managing
difference; self-image; developing confidence; sexuality; present and past life themes, patterns and strategies and
endings and moving forward.

The Youth Service - supported young people (male and female) between the ages of 13-19yrs or up to 24yrs if the young
person had a learning difficulty

The Youth Service provided group works to young people in Upper Schools, Detached Youth Work sessions, and within
general Youth Clubs nights.

Specific Female groups included - Sexual Health, Asian Girls Group (Art and Dance), Virtual Babies, Self Esteem Groups,
Arts and Crafts, Female residential trips, Music Studio
                     st                     st
   2) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 what gender specific services did you commission for females aged:
          d) 10-13

          e) 14-17

          f)    18-25

None
                         st                     st
       3) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 how many females aged a) 10-13, b) 14-17, c) 18-25 were on a

          iv)      Youth rehabilitation order

          v)       Referral order

          vi)      Reparation order

The data below is for those that were on an active order during the period specified, there are 3 young females that
received multiple orders within this period and their age at the time of the start of the order has been noted

i)     Youth Rehabilitation Order
       a) 10-13 = 0
       b) 14-17 = 4, however 3 of these females received multiple orders throughout the      time period but all fall into the
14-17 age band
       c) 18-25 = 0


ii)       Referral Order
          a) 10-13 = 0
          b) 14-17 = 11
          c) 18-25 = 1


iii)      Reparation Order
          a) 10-13 = 0
          b) 14-17 = 0
                          c) 18-25 = 0

                   Please note we only work with clients up to the age of 18. Depending on the order it would then be transferred when they
                   reach 18 to Probation Service.
                   Age is at start of the Order
                                         st                  st
                      4) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 what percentage of your budget was spent on services for females
                         aged:

                          d) 10-13

                          e) 14-17

                          f)   18-25

                   Youth Services – 60% of their budget

                   Youth Offending Service (YOS) - 45%

                   Leaving Care – 55%
                                         st                  st
                      5) Between the 1 April 2011 and the 31 March 2012 what percentage of your budget was spent on gender specific services
                         for females aged:

                          d) 10-13

                          e) 14-17

                          f)   18-25

                   Overall from the 3 Services (Youth Service, YOS and Leaving Care) - 20%



3225   21/6/2012   Request:
In respect of the oil products (i.e. fuel for transportation and heating) that you purchase:


    1. Do you issue formal tenders for these products?
    2. For the last 3 years please can you provide information on the selection criteria used for Question 1 above and how many
       times you have gone through this process to select suppliers?
    3. Which suppliers of oil products have you a) purchased from and b) considered buying oil products from in the past 3 years?
       How many other suppliers submitted compliant bids or met your selection criteria e.g. if you have a framework agreement
       with suppliers.
    4. How many sites were supplied with oil products and in what counties were those sites located?

Response:

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

In relation to Fuel purchased for Transportation:

Fuel is purchased via the spot market and is supplied by whichever company provides the best quote when a purchase is due.

There are currently two sites within Bedford Borough that fuel is purchased for, Brunel Road, where both road derv and gas oil are
stored and are regularly purchased (approx 2 times per week) and Mowsbury Park depot that stores gas oil which is purchased
approximately 3 or 4 times a year.

In relation to purchase of oil products, this relates to oil for heating of Borough Hall:

Do you issue formal tenders for these products?
We use Public Sector frameworks that meet the OJEU requirements e.g. ESPO.

For the last 3 years please can you provide information on the selection criteria used for Question 1 above and how many
times you have gone through this process to select suppliers?
We have not tendered within the last 3 years.

Which suppliers of oil products have you a) purchased from and b) considered buying oil products from in the past 3
                   years?
                   EMO Oil.

                   How many other suppliers submitted compliant bids or met your selection criteria e.g. if you have a framework agreement
                   with suppliers
                   None as have not tendered within last 3 years.

                   How many sites were supplied with oil products and in what counties were those sites located?
                   One - Bedfordshire


3226   19/6/2012   Request:

                          The information you have available to families with children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities on your
                           key-working services. In particular, we would like to receive information on the process for parents to gain support from
                           someone fulfilling a key-working function and any eligibility criteria that may apply
                          Your local authority’s policy and/or strategy on key working
                          The number of key workers in your area and the caseload they support
                          Information on how key working is funded in your area and the total budget allocated

                   Response:

                   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. I can confirm that this information is held and has already supplied to you by:

                   Julie Cronin
                   Early Support Co-ordinator
                   SEPT Community Health Services, Bedfordshire
                   Child Development Centre Hill Rise Kempston MK42 7EB
                   Telephone: 01234 310278|Mobile: 07768 460341| Fax: 01234 310277
                   Email: Julie.cronin1@sept.nhs.uk


3227   29/5/2012   Request:
Please can you provide me with the following information:
1.      The number of employees you have
2.      The number of different physical locations from which you operate
3.      The number of devices that you have that connect to your network.
4.      The number of physical servers in operation
5.      The number of virtual servers in operation
6.      The main manufacturer of your telephone system (PBX)
7.      The main manufacturer of your LAN network
8.      The main manufacturer of your physical Servers

Response:

     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 set out below.

Please can you provide me with the following information?

1. The number of employees you have
- 2025

2. The number of different physical locations from which you operate
- This information is exempt on the basis that the information is accessible to the applicant by other means. The information is to be
found on the Bedford Borough Website: www.bedford.gov.uk in the Corporate Asset Plan 2012-2016, Appendix 5, Section 3.0,
Operational Properties.

3. The number of devices that you have that connect to your network.
- 6,030

4. The number of physical servers in operation
- 46

5. The number of virtual servers in operation
- 300

6.     The main manufacturer of your telephone system (PBX)
                  - CISCO
                  7. The
                  main manufacturer of your LAN network
                  - CISCO

                  8. The main manufacturer of your physical Servers
                  - DELL



3228   2/7/2012   Request:

                  Please supply me with the details of the standard payment terms your council employs in dealings with its suppliers, contractors and
                  any other party supplying a service or product at a cost to your council.

                  Please also supply the most recent available figures showing, within a 12-month period:

                  * The percentage of bills your council settled in 10 days or less;

                  * The percentage of bills your council settled in 30 days or less;

                  * The percentage of bills your council took more than 30 days to settle.

                  Please also supply me with the mean average of the amount of time, in days, your council took to settle bills, within the same 12
                  month period

                  Response:

                  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 blue.

                  Please supply me with the details of the standard payment terms your council employs in dealings with its suppliers, contractors and
                   any other party supplying a service or product at a cost to your council.
                   30 days from date of receipt

                   Please also supply the most recent available figures showing, within a 12-month period:

                   * The percentage of bills your council settled in 10 days or less;              16.74%
                   * The percentage of bills your council settled in 30 days or less;               84.95%

                   * The percentage of bills your council took more than 30 days to settle.         15.05%

                   Please also supply me with the mean average of the amount of time, in days, your council took to settle bills, within the same 12
                   month period.
                   31 days


3229   21/6/2012   Request:

                   1.   Revenues collection

                                    a. Does the Local Authority run its revenues collection function as an in-house service, or is this function
                                    outsourced to a 3rd party?

                                    b.   If it is outsourced to a third party, who is it?

                                    c. Approximately how many FTE do you typically have working within the Local Authority’s revenues collection
                                    function? (FTE is defined as the number of “Full Time Equivalent” staff members. For example, if there are two
                                    members of staff, one of whom works full-time and one of whom works half-time, their combined FTE figure would
                                    be 1.5 )

                   2.   Benefits provision

                                    a. Does the Local Authority run its benefits provision function as an in-house service, or is this function
                                    outsourced to a 3rd party?
                 b.   If it is outsourced to a third party, who is it?

                 c. Approximately how many FTE do you typically have working within the Local Authority’s benefits provision
                 function?

3. What is the Local Authority’s approximate annual expenditure on the revenue and benefits function? (Note: Please only
include the administration cost and exclude the actual monetary value of revenues collected and benefits issued)

Response:

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 you will find the information below.

1.   Revenues collection

      a. Does the Local Authority run its revenues collection function as an in-house service, or is this function outsourced to a
      3rd party? - In-house

      b.   If it is outsourced to a third party, who is it? n/a

      c. Approximately how many FTE do you typically have working within the Local Authority’s revenues collection function?
      (FTE is defined as the number of “Full Time Equivalent” staff members. For example, if there are two members of staff, one of
      whom works full-time and one of whom works half-time, their combined FTE figure would be 1.5 )

       13 FTE staff within the Council Tax & Non Domestic Rates function

2.    Benefits provision

      a. Does the Local Authority run its benefits provision function as an in-house service, or is this function outsourced to a 3rd
      party?

      In-house
                          b.    If it is outsourced to a third party, who is it?

                          n/a

                          c.    Approximately how many FTE do you typically have working within the Local Authority’s benefits provision function?

                          18 staff within the assessment team

                   3.   What is the Local Authority’s approximate annual expenditure on the revenue and benefits function? (Note: Please only
                         include the administration cost and exclude the actual monetary value of revenues collected and benefits issued)

                          The gross cost for the Revenues and Benefits function is £1,834,767.92.


3230   26/6/2012   Request:

                   At the time of the elections to the council held in 2011 and 2009, please could you tell me:

                        a) The population over 18, in aggregate across the council

                        b) The number of people, in aggregate across the council, who were registered to vote
                        c) The number of people, in aggregate across the council, who did vote
                        d) The turnout at ward level (by individual ward, as a percentage)

                   Response:

                   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.

                   You requested:
                  I have an FOI request relating to local elections.

                  At the time of the elections to the council held in 2011 and 2009, please could you tell me:

                       e) The population over 18, in aggregate across the council



                  In 2009 the 18+ population of Bedford Borough was estimated at 122,800. In 2010 it was 125,200. The 2011 population estimate
                  has not yet been published by ONS.

                       f) The number of people, in aggregate across the council, who were registered to vote
                       g) The number of people, in aggregate across the council, who did vote
                       h) The turnout at ward level (by individual ward, as a percentage)

                  You requested b, c and d above

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

                  1.      States that the above in question is exempt information.

                  2.      Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 21 (Information Accessible to applicant by other means)
                  of the FOI Act (FOIA).

                  Please see link below.

                  www.bedford.gov.uk/democracy


3231   1/6/2012   Request:

                  Please could I be supplied in hard copy all notes taken at meetings as regards the above(proposed new surgery), and the action
                  taken after those meetings , Please could you date and time , Please could you then update me with the arbitration of the above
                  with XXXX, And tell me please why is this arbitration behind closed doors, And who is speaking on behalf of the council, Finally how
                  long would you think this arbitration will take, And what is its estimate of cost,
                   Response:

                   Thank you for your request for information about proposed new surgery at New Cardington which we received on 27 May 2012.

                   Following careful consideration, I regret to inform you that we have decided not to disclose this information.

                   The information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the exception 12(4)(e) and 12(5)(b) and 12(5)(d) as applied by
                   Regulation 12(1) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 which are set out below:

                   Regulation 12(4)(e): (e) the request involves the disclosure of internal communications.

                   Regulation 12 (5) says: (5) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), a public authority may refuse to disclose information to the
                   extent that its disclosure would adversely affect—

                   (b) the course of justice, the ability of a person to receive a fair trial or the ability of a public authority to conduct an enquiry of a
                   criminal or disciplinary nature;
                   (d) the confidentiality of the proceedings of that or any other public authority where such confidentiality is provided by law;

                   Please note 12(1)(b) and 12(2)

                   Regulation 12(1) says: (1) Subject to paragraphs (2), (3) and (9), a public authority may refuse to disclose environmental
                   information requested if - (a) an exception to disclosure applies under paragraphs (4) or (5); and (b) in all the circumstances of the
                   case, the public interest in maintaining the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

                   Regulation 12 (2) states: 12. (2) A public authority shall apply a presumption in favour of disclosure.

                   In applying this exception(s) we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in
                   disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are the request is for information which is currently
                   the subject of a process of arbitration. We don’t know what information might be required for that arbitration and our assumption
                   must be at this stage that it is all required. We don’t want to disclose our case and we don’t know how they will put its case.



3232   28/6/2012   Request:
            1. The individual names of all councillors who are claiming pension contributions from Bedford Borough Council? From
               the public purse.
            2. The amount of money that is claimed individually and by whom?
            3. The total amount of money that has been paid 2009/12
            4. The annual costing of these contributions

Response:

1. The individual names of all councillors who are claiming pension contributions from the Bedford council? “From the public purse”.

Your request is for someone else’s personal data information, that is, for someone other than yourself. Under section 40(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 such personal data constitutes exempt information if it would contravene any of the eight data
protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998, the first of these data protection principles is that personal data
must be processed fairly and lawfully. Under the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Government data transparency the
provision of such information would be permissible in respect of employees earning more than £58,000 and it is considered that this
should also be applicable for such information concerning Councillors. Therefore, the Council considers that such a request in
respect of individual councillor’s pension contributions below this amount would not be a fair one for the Council to process. This
personal data therefore constitutes exempt information.

The next issue whether this exemption provides an absolute exemption or whether the public interest test must be considered. The
public interest is whether it is necessary in all the circumstances of the case for the public interest in maintaining the exclusion of the
duty to confirm or deny outweighs the public interest in disclosing whether the public authority holds the information. By section
2(3)(f)(ii) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 there is an absolute exemption for a response to a freedom of information request
for a third party’s personal data where it would breach one of the data protection principles as is the case in this request and so it
confers an absolute exemption.

The Council does not hold any information concerning Councillors earning more than £58,000 and therefore it is unable to provide
information concerning any individual Councillors.

2. The amount of money being claimed individually, and by who.

The same reasoning in respect of the answer to the first question also applies to this one. (I would mention that any money would
not be claimed by an individual as you suggest but would be paid on their behalf by Bedford Borough Council as a member of the
Local Government Pension Scheme.

3. The total amount that has been claimed for the period of 2009/2012
                   I confirm that the Council does hold this information and the same data protection implications do not arise in respect of this
                   response as for your previous two questions. As was mentioned in the response to the previous question you should note that this is
                   money not claimed but paid on their behalf by Bedford Borough Council as members of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

                   The total amount for the period 2009/2012 was £176,696.

                   4. The annually costing of these contributions

                   2009/2010     £37,729
                   2010/2011     £76,527
                   2011/2012     £62,440



3233   25/6/2012   Request:

                                       1.   The cost of meals delivered to people in their own homes for each year from 2007 - 2012
                                       2.   The number of service users for each year from 2007 - 2012
                                       3.   The maximum weekly charge for adult social care for each year from 2007 - 2012
                                       4.   The cost of single journey to day care provision for each year from 2007 - 2012
                                       5.   The cost of a return journey to day care provision for each year from 2007 - 2012
                                       6.   The number of service users of transport to day care for each year from 2007 - 2012
                                       7.   Parking charges in each car park run by the local authority for each year from 2007 – 2012
                                       8.   Any extension in the hours for which parking fees are charged in the same period.

                   Response:


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

                   Please find the information you requested below:

                   1.   The cost of meals delivered to people in their own homes each year from 2007 – 2012?
         YEAR              2009              2010               2011            Upto 31.05.12
         PRICE             £6.61             £6.61              £6.61               £5.97
         COST           £139,497.44       £116,666.50        £121,716.54         £44,154.12

2.   The number of service users that had meals delivered to their own homes each year from 2007 – 2012?

         YEAR             2009                2010               2011           Upto 31.05.12
         MEALS            21104               17650              18414              7396


3.   The maximum weekly charge for adult social care in each year from 2007 – 2012?

     We do not have a maximum charge but we would not charge more than the cost of the service provided or in the case of
     homecare, we would not charge more than the following per hour:

     2009/10 - £16.60
     2010/11 - £16.60
     2011/12 - £17.20
     2012/13 - £17.60


4.   The cost of a single journey to day care provision in each year from 2007 – 2012?

     Please note that the costs below are the average daily contract prices for our adult day care transport. Vehicles vary from taxis
     to large coaches and nearly all involve multi pick ups. Average per passenger day care transport costs will be considerably
     lower.

       YEAR                     2009/10                  2010/11                  2011/12
       Single Trip              £80.65                   £77.14                     72.8
       Return Trip              £161.30                  £154.28                  £145.61
       Cost                   £215,015.54              £238,523.97              £246,297.00
                   5.   The cost of a return journey to day care provision in each year from 2007 – 2012?

                        Please see Q4 above.

                   6.   The number of service users of transport to day care in each year from 2007 – 2012?

                        2006/07 - 1066
                        2007/08 - 1069
                        2008/09 - 1102
                        2009/10 - 1064
                        2010/11 - 1029
                        2011/12 - 351

                        You will note from the figures above that there was a huge drop in client numbers from 2010/11 to 2011/12. The reason for this
                                                 st
                        is following Unitary on 1 April 2009, where Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist, the Routewise system still held client
                        information for both Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council right up until July/august 2010.

                   7.   Parking charges in each car park run by the local authority from 2007 – 2012?

                        Please see attached spreadsheet.

                   8.   Any extension in the hours for which parking fees are charged over the same period?

                        In 2012 enforceable hours were extended from the historical 09.00hrs - 17.00hrs to 08.00hrs – 18.00hrs



3234   15/6/2012   Request:

                   Which of the following Government Procurement Services (Buying Solutions) framework contracts have you bought a product,
                   equipment or service from in the last 12 months?;

                   *Traffic Management Technology-Ancillary equipment
                   *Traffic Management Technology-Electronic and Interactive Message Signs
                   *Traffic Management Technology-National Traffic Control, Urban Traffic Control and Common Database Systems
                   *Traffic Management Technology-Parking and Access Control Services
                   *Traffic Management Technology-Street lighting services
                   *Traffic Management Technology-Traffic and Vehicle Monitoring Services
                   *Traffic Management Technology-Traffic Management Research and Consultancy
                   *Traffic Management Technology-Traffic Management Solutions
                   *Traffic Management Technology-Traffic Safety
                   *Traffic Management Technology-Traffic Signals and Ramp Metering

                   Response:

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

                   Bedford Borough Council has not used the Government Procurement Service list of suppliers to buy goods or services.


3235   27/6/2012   Request:

                   This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
                   This request relates to wildlife management particularly how the Canada Geese (Branta Canadensis) population is
                   controlled.

                   Questions 1 - 4 refer to general wildlife management.

                   1) Can you please provide your Authority’s policy for dealing with Wildlife Management?
                   2) How often is this reviewed / updated?
                   3) When was it last reviewed?
                   4) What experts / organisations / websites / professionals did you seek advice from before determining your wildlife management
                   policy?

                   Questions 5 - 8 refer to Canada Geese.

                   5) How( if applicable) do you specifically manage the Canada Geese (Branta Canadensis) population numbers within your parks
                   and public open space waters?
                   6) What control measures are in place?
                   7) Provide numbers for each control measure for the last five years?
                   8) How have you determined the level of ecological damage caused to your sites?
Response:

Thank you for your request for information about wildlife management, particularly how the Canada Geese (Branta Canadensis)
population is controlled, which we received on 28 May 2012. Your request has been considered under the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 and we give below the information you requested.

Questions 1 - 4 refer to general wildlife management.

1) Can you please provide your Authority’s policy for dealing with Wildlife Management?

        Bedford BC has no specific Wildlife Management policy but relevant issues are addressed in a range of other documents
        including a Greenspace Strategy, site plans and Local Development Framework documents. The Council is a partner and
        signatory to the Beds and Luton Biodiversity Action Plan.


2) How often is this reviewed / updated?

        The schedule for reviews and updates is set out in the individual strategies and plans.


3) When was it last reviewed? N/A – see above


4) What experts / organisations / websites / professionals did you seek advice from before determining your wildlife management
policy?

        The Council has access to some in-house expertise and a standing arrangement with the local wildlife trust for specific
        expertise where needed. It also liaises with national agencies, partner organisations and consultants of wildlife
        management issues including consultation on plans and strategies noted above.

Questions 5 - 8 refer to Canada Geese.

5) How (if applicable) do you specifically manage the Canada Geese (Branta Canadensis) population numbers within your parks
and public open space waters?
                          A few years ago the Council introduced a control programme including egg oiling and public information to discourage
                          feeding etc.


                   6) What control measures are in place?

                          Annual egg oiling and the public information still in place.


                   7) Provide numbers for each control measure for the last five years?

                           On average approx 40 nests and 200-300 eggs oiled every year for the last 5.


                   8) How have you determined the level of ecological damage caused to your sites?

                          No surveys have been carried out to assess possible damage although the most contentious area is the Embankment and
                          associated greenspaces where ecological values are lower.




3236   25/6/2012   Request:

                   I would like to know how many children in local authority care, aged over sixteen have been placed in bed and breakfast or hostel
                   accommodation in the financial years:
                   2008-9
                   2009- 10
                   2010-11

                   Response:

                   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;
                   I would like to know how many children in local authority care, aged over sixteen have been placed in bed and breakfast or hostel
                   accommodation in the financial years:

                   2008-9 - Pre-Unitary
                   2009-10 - 3
                   2010-11 - 2

                   Please note that we do not hold information for prior to April 2009 as prior to this date information would have related to
                   Bedfordshire County Council. Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist on 1 April 2009 when unitary councils were
                   introduced across the whole of Bedfordshire.
                   All services previously hosted by the County Council are now provided by either Bedford Borough Council or Central
                   Bedfordshire Council depending on the area concerned.



3237   31/5/2012   Request and response:
                    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 set out below:

                         I want to submit a freedom of information request for the following information relating to ICT &
                         Telecommunications:

                           1) Current Fixed Line Provider
                           - British Telecom (BT)
                           2) Fixed Line Renewal Date
                           - All lines are on a 12 month 'rolling' contract basis, month to month with a 30 day termination clause.
                           3) Fixed Line Duration
                           - 12 Months initially then month to month
                           4) Number of lines
                           - Variable, 241 during April 2012
                           5) Minutes Provider
      - BT and COLT
      6) Minutes Renewal Date
      - Subject to a 'rolling' contract, 30 days notice with BT and 12 months notice with      COLT
      7) Minutes Monthly Spend
      - (*) See Below
      8) Minutes Duration
      - per second billing
      9) Number of Extensions
      - 4,450 available, not all in use
      10) Fixed Broadband Provider
      - All with either BT or ZEN
      11) Fixed Broadband Renewal Date
      - All subject to a 'rolling' contract, 30 days notice with both 12 months duration
      12) Fixed Broadband Annual Spend
      - (*) See Below
      13) PBX Installation Date
      - November 2006
      14) Renewal Date of any leased Telephony Systems
      - There are no leased Telephony Systems
      15) Lease Provider
      - There are no lease agreements in place
      16) WAN Provider
      - Primarily UPDATA
      17) Wan Renewal Date
      - Subject to a 'rolling' contract with 90 days notice
      18) WAN Annual Spend
      - (*) See Below
      19) Managed Services Contract Details
      - There are no Managed Service Contracts within the above

(*) Referring to elements 7, 12 and 18 above:

In regards to the information requested in these areas, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. However, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not oblige the Council to comply with a request or
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 purposes 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 as the information requested would need to be manually
                     disaggregated and extracted from hundreds of detailed supplier invoices.



3238   15/6/2012   Request:

                   I am requesting the number of employees your authority has dismissed in the last 5 years. I would like to request this data by year
                   and categorised by category i.e job redundant, voluntary redundant, retirement, disciplinary dismissed, sickness dismissal or
                   performance capability dismissed.

                   Response:

                   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 for non-school based staff.




                    Reason                             2009/10       2010/11    2011/12
                    Dismissal Other                              3          7            11
                    Dismissal Summary                            4          6             2
                    End of Fixed Term Contract                 6         60          14
                    Redundancy                               12         131         105
                    Early Retirement due to Ill
                    Health                                     2          1           1
                    *Retirement Standard                     32          26          24

                   *Please note that this category could include both retirement dismissals under the former legislation and voluntary
                   resignations due to retirement.




3239   11/6/2012   Request and Response:

                   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 details below are for Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Library Services as we share resources.

                          The names of any third party suppliers (aggregators) of e-book and/or audio book lending services:
                           W F Howes supplying OneClickdigital

                          The start date of e-book and/or audio book lending services (please provide month and year for each service):
                           March 2010.

                          The terms of the contract(s) with third party suppliers of each service (including cost and duration of the contract)
                           1 Year – price is commercially confidential.

                          How each service is funded (e.g., provided by an outside source, taken from a specific internal budget)
                           From the Library Resources Fund.
   The total amount spent on each service and the total amount budgeted to be spent over the duration of the
    contract (please indicate where the budget has/will be spent, e.g., purchasing stock, payment to third party for
    hosting the material, promotion etc.)
    As above because we have identified a single supplier this information is commercial in confidence.

   Usage levels of each of the services, including data received from third party sources in addition to any data that
    the libraries themselves gather, specifically:

       o   any information relating to number of titles in the e-book/audio book collection (please indicate if there are
           multiple copies of the same title)
           564 e/audio titles currently, 5 are added each month. These are available for multiple concurrent access.

       o   total number of loans on a monthly basis since the inception of the services
           9,116 (see stats provided below)

       o   number of visitors to any websites directly related to the services
           Not available.

       o   number of users registered
           From March 2010 to June 2011 a total of 709 users. During the period July 2011 to March 2012 the figures have
           not been available. They will be supplied again from April 2012.

   The number and type of e-book readers held by libraries and whether these are made available for general loan or
    loan to specific user groups (e.g., visually impaired users, housebound users)
    None

   Details of any formal complaints about either service
    There have been two themes to complaints:
    The transition when there were changes to a new platform and downloading software .
    Apple compatibility.

   Any instances of un-authorised access to any either service
                           No.

                          Any impact assessments carried out under the disability equality duty relating to either service
                           No.



3240   25/6/2012   Request:

                   Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

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

                   PENNARD CLOSE
                   GREAT DENHAM
                   BEDFORD

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

                   3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

                   Response:

                   Thank you for your request for information about Pennard Close. Your request has been considered under the Environmental
                   Information Regulations 2004.
                   I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. Regarding the questions
                   relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website
                   http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning_town_and_country/view_applications_plans__docs.aspx

                    Property Address:
                    The Fairways, Pennard Close, Great Denham

                    3.7       Outstanding Notices
                              Do any statutory notices which relate to the following
                              matters subsist in relation to the property other than
                              those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in
                              this schedule:-
                                   e) environment
                                   c) health & safety                                  b) No
                                   g) housing                                          c) No
                                    f) public health                                   d) No
                                                                                        f) No
                    3.11      Compulsory Purchase                                      No
                              Has any enforceable order or decision been made to
                              compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
                    3.13      Radon Gas                                                No
                              Do any records indicate that the property is in a
                              ‘Radon Affected Area’ as identified by the Health
                              Protection Agency?



3241   25/6/2012   Request:

                   Personal Property Search Data – request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

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

                   HENMAN CLOSE
                   KEMPSTON
BEDFORD

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

3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

Response:

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

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. Regarding the questions
relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website
http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning_town_and_country/view_applications_plans__docs.aspx

 Property Address:
 Henman Close, MK42 7FH
 3.7     Outstanding Notices
         Do any statutory notices which relate to the following
         matters subsist in relation to the property other than
         those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in
         this schedule:-
              f) environment
              c) health & safety                                    b) No
              h) housing                                            c) No
               f) public health                                     d) No
                                                                                       f) No
                    3.11      Compulsory Purchase                                      No
                              Has any enforceable order or decision been made to
                              compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
                    3.13      Radon Gas                                                No
                              Do any records indicate that the property is in a
                              ‘Radon Affected Area’ as identified by the Health
                              Protection Agency?

3242   25/6/2012   Request:

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

                   OLIVER CLOSE
                   KEMPSTON
                   BEDFORD

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

                   3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

                   Request:

                   Thank you for your request for information about Oliver Close. Your request has been considered under the Environmental
                   Information Regulations 2004.
                   I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. Regarding the questions
                   relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website
                   http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning_town_and_country/view_applications_plans__docs.aspx

                    Property Address:
                    Oliver Close, Kempston, Bedford
                    3.7      Outstanding Notices
                             Do any statutory notices which relate to the following
                             matters subsist in relation to the property other than
                             those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in
                             this schedule:-
                                  g) environment
                                  c) health & safety                                   b) No
                                  i)   housing                                         c) No
                                   f) public health                                    d) No
                                                                                        f) No
                    3.11      Compulsory Purchase                                      No
                              Has any enforceable order or decision been made to
                              compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?
                    3.13      Radon Gas                                                No
                              Do any records indicate that the property is in a
                              ‘Radon Affected Area’ as identified by the Health
                              Protection Agency?

3243   25/6/2012   Request:

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

                   Plover Way, Bedford MK41 7HT

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

                   3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
                   3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

Response:

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

I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department. Regarding the questions
relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website
http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning_town_and_country/view_applications_plans__docs.aspx

 Property Address:
 Plover Way, Bedford
 3.7      Outstanding Notices
          Do any statutory notices which relate to the
          following matters subsist in relation to the property
          other than those revealed in a response to any
          other enquiry in this schedule:-
               h) environment
               c) health & safety                                 b) No
               j)   housing                                       c) No
                f) public health                                  d) No
                                                                   f) No
 3.11     Compulsory Purchase                                     No
          Has any enforceable order or decision been made
          to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

 3.13     Radon Gas                                               Yes
          Do any records indicate that the property is in a       This property falls within a Radon
‘Radon Affected Area’ as identified by the Health   Affected Area as it is underlain,
Protection Agency?                                  completely or partly by geology which has
                                                    potential to cause radon levels to exceed
                                                    the action levels for either basic or full
                                                    radon protection. The level of protection
                                                    needed, if any, is site specific. Radon
                                                    Affected Areas are designated by the
                                                    Health Protection Agency They estimate
                                                    that between 1-3% of properties in the
                                                    area could be affected and recommend
                                                    that the level of radon gas should be
                                                    measured. The present owner or (for a
                                                    new property), the builder should be
                                                    asked if the radon levels have been
                                                    measured in the property; whether the
                                                    results were at, or above the Action Level
                                                    (prescribed by the HPA) and if so,
                                                    whether remedial measures were
                                                    installed and if the radon levels were re-
                                                    tested and confirmed, the effectiveness of
                                                    the measures.

                                                    The HPA should be contacted for any
                                                    further advice. (Tel: 01235-831600 or
                                                    through their internet address:
                                                    www.hpa.org.uk/radiation).

                                                    A guide containing further information
                                                    about Radon Affected Areas is available
                                                    free from DEFRA Warehouse
                                                    Publications, Admail 6000, London SW1A
                                                    2XX (Tel: 08459-556000 and Fax: 020-
                                                    8957-5012) or from DEFRA Radioactive
                                                    Substances Division, Zone 4/E7,
                                                    Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street,
                                                                                    London SW1E.


3244   20/6/2012   Request and Response:

                   Further to your request for information dated 30 May 2012, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the
                   Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

                   You requested:

                   I am interested in the amounts paid by each school in your Local Authority directly on supply cover (as would be recorded for
                   Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E02) and also to third parties in relation to agency supply staff (as would be
                   recorded for Consistent Financial Reporting purposes under code E26).

                   I am looking for this data for the 2011 / 12 financial year and would like this supplied in an excel spreadsheet please detailing

                   School URN
                   School DfE Number
                   School Name
                   E02 Direct Supply Spend Total
                   E26 Agency Supply Spend Total

                   Additional Information

                          If it is attainable I would like the E26 Agency Spend broken down by individual supplier
                          Can you sort the schools by type i.e. Primary, Secondary, SEN
                          I can be contacted via this email address if there are any questions you may have to help speed up this request

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

                       1. States that the information requested is exempt information.

                       2. Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 22 (Information intended for future publication) of the
                          FOI Act (FOIA). This information will be available later on in the year via the DfE website
                          (http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/adminandfinance)
3245   19/6/2012   Request:

                   As requested on the phone I would like to know how many accidents were reported to Bedford Borough Council in 2011 and how
                   many of them ended up legal in action being taking.

                   Response:

                   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 you will find the information below.

                   There were 2996 accidents reported on Bedford Borough Council’s accident reporting system in 2011. To arrive at this figure, an
                   accident has been defined as an incident resulting in personal injury and/or property damage. This figure does not include
                   accidents reported to the Council in its role as an enforcing authority under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous
                   Occurrences Regulations 1995 (as amended 2012). The Corporate Safety Unit does not hold records relating to whether or not
                   legal action was taken in relation to these accidents reported.

                   Our Insurance Department report that 70 personal injury type insurance claims have been notified to the Council during 2011 and
                   these have resulted in legal action against the Council.


3246   20/6/2012   Request:

                   I am in the midst of purchasing a property. My Valuation report requested my solicitor instructs a Environmental search as part of
                   the legal work she needs to do before we sign contracts.
                   Under the Contaminated Land Search findings it says "In need of further assessment". This is due to "Unspecified works adjacent to
                   the site between circa 1971 and 1987."

                   Because of the above, I wish to make further enquiries regarding this, to provide further detail to this. What I hope is that the council
                   are able to confirm that there is no further risk of contamination and provide a response to the above finding.
                   Response:
                                                                                                                                   st
                   Thank you for your request for information about property on Maryville Road, Bedford which we received on 31 May 2012. Your
                   request has been considered under the
                   Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   I have searched the files held in the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, and have answered your query as
                   far as I can:

                          By virtue of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Council was required to formulate a Strategy to detail how
                           it plans to meet its duty to inspect land in its area and identify contaminated land under sections 78B and C of the Act. The
                           former ‘unspecified works’ adjacent to the South of 9 Maryville Road, is included on our prioritised list of potentially
                           contaminated sites, and will be assessed as part of our inspection arrangements. It is listed as Lynton Works, and falls
                           within the mechanical engineering category. It is listed as a medium priority site. We do not currently have a target for
                           number of sites to investigate per calendar year. Therefore I cannot estimate when this site is likely to be investigated.
                          The Council is unable to state whether or not it expects this site to be identified as contaminated land because its inspection
                           of this site has yet to be undertaken. Therefore no reply given here refers to contaminated land for the purposes of the said
                           Act. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, references to contamination should not be taken to mean the land has been deemed
                           prejudicial to health or a nuisance for the purposes of Part III of the Act.

                          We have no other record of potential contamination or investigation of contamination at the former works site.



3247   11/6/2012   Request and Response:

                   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:

                   Please could you provide me with the information to the questions below in accordance with the Freedom of Information
                   Act.

                   a) Did you identify women specifically in your annual rough sleeper count for the DCLG in 2011?
                   There were no females known to be rough sleeping at the time of the DCLG estimate.

                   b) If so, how many women slept rough in your borough last year?

                   There was one female known to be rough sleeping fairly regularly in the Autumn of 2011 but she was accommodated in the Night
                   shelter during the week of the Estimate.


3248   11/6/2012   Request and Response:

                   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.

                   1) Please tell me how many obese patients in your region are classified "housebound" or have their mobility severely
                   impaired and require care workers to assist them with basic hygiene duties?

                   2) Please tell me the weight of each of these patients

                   3) Please tell me the cost to the council of caring for these patients in the last financial year (2011/12)

                   Bedford Borough Council does not collect information regarding people’s weight.

                   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.

								
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