Bedford Borough Council Requests and Responses December 2010

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					                         Bedford Borough Council Requests and Responses Received February 2011


Request ID   Date of                                                           Request and Response
             response

1935         28/2/2011   Request:

                         I write to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2001.
                         I should be grateful if you would provide the following information:
                               The charges set/to be set for searches of the Local Land Charges Register 1.4.11. to 31.3.12.
                               How the proposed percentage increase/decrease in charges for environmental information compares with increases
                                   in other Council budgets i.e. above or below the going rate.
                               The assumptions/projections that informed your decisions on environmental charges, including the annual budget.
                               Reports and minutes of Committee and Management meetings on charge setting.
                         You will be aware that you are unable to charge for a personal search under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)
                         2005. Could you please advise me how the Council coped with this sudden loss of an income stream whilst meeting its statutory
                         duty to balance the land charge budget? It seems a difficult task not helped by the downturn in the property market.
                         If you have not yet reached a decision, please inform me of current deliberations and when a decision will be reached.
                         The assumption built into the FOI is, of course, that to disclose information is itself of value and in the public interest in order to
                         promote transparency and accountability in relation to the activities of public authorities. There is a particular public interest
                         benefit in openness concerning financial matters.

                         Our response:

                         I would respond on behalf of the Council as follows in the order you set them out.

                             1. The proposed fees and charges are as set out in the following link to the decision of the Council’s Executive in
                                December 2011: http://www.councillorsupport.bedford.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=526
                             2. It states that the proposed increase is 3.1% rounded to the nearest £1. This is consistent with other proposed increases
                                throughout the Council.
                             3. Charges are developed on the basis of statutory powers.
                             4. Please see 1 above.

                         Your comments are noted in regard to the Council’s charges and as noted in 3. above the charges are set with reference to the
                   statutory powers.



1936   15/2/2011   Request:

                   Re: Inspection records – Manor Road

                   Under the general requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request you would provide copies of the road and
                   safety inspections in relation to the above referenced road (Location details provided above).

                   Our response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 1936

                   Thank you for your request asking for copies of road and safety inspection records for Manor Road. Your request was received
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                   on 1 February 2011 and has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004.

                   You will find the information you requested attached to this e-mail.

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



1937   1/3/2011    Request:

                   I am writing to obtain information about how much council employees can claim per mile for using their car, motorbike or bicycle,
                   and for how much the council pays out in mileage allowances per year.

                   To outline my query as clearly as possible, I am requesting:

                       1. How much council staff can claim per mile for using their vehicle. Please provide the rate for each of the financial years:
                          2008-09, 2009-10 and the current 2010-11 year. If applicable please break this down by type of user or use, and please
                          provide the rates for different types of transportation.
    2. Please also provide the different rates if a threshold exists, for example, if the rates are different for the first 10,000
       miles and thereafter.

    3. The total amount paid out in mileage allowance payments for “casual users”, broken down by financial years, 2008-09,
       2009-10 and 2010-11 to date.

    4. The total amount paid out in mileage allowance payments for “essential users”, broken down by financial years, 2008-
       09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 to date. Please also break these totals down into lump sum payments and claim
       reimbursements.

Our response:

Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request 1937

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

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the Authority must state whether or not the information exists and I can
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confirm that we do hold the information you requested. It is important to note that from 1 April 2009 Bedford Borough Council
became a Unitary Authority.

       How much council staff can claim per mile for using their vehicle. Please provide the rate for each of the financial years:
        2008-09, 2009-10 and the current 2010-11 year. If applicable please break this down by type of user or use, and please
        provide the rates for different types of transportation.
                Please refer to the attached spreadsheet named Response to Q1 and 2 FOI 1937

       Please also provide the different rates if a threshold exists, for example, if the rates are different for the first 10,000
        miles and thereafter.
                Please refer to the attached spreadsheet named Response to Q1 and 2 FOI 1937

       The total amount paid out in mileage allowance payments for “casual users”, broken down by financial years, 2008-09,
        2009-10 and 2010-11 to date.
                Please refer to the attached spreadsheet named Response to Q3 and 4 FOI 1937

       The total amount paid out in mileage allowance payments for “essential users”, broken down by financial years, 2008-
        09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 to date. Please also break these totals down into lump sum payments and claim
                           reimbursements.
                                  Please refer to the attached spreadsheet named Response to Q3 and 4 FOI 1937

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


1938   14/2/11     Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000

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

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

                   Please find the information you requested on the attached spreadsheet.

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


1939   22/2/2011   Request:

                   Under the Freedom of Information act I am hoping to obtain some contact information / names for person(s) working within Adult
                   Social Care Finance at the Council.

                   Please can you tell me if it possible to forward contact details for the following positions:

                       1. Adult Social Care: Finance Manager / Head of Finance / Principle Finance Manager
                       2. Financial Assessment and Charging Manager / Income Manager
                       3. Transforming Social Care Lead

                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1939
                   I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.

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

                   Please find the information requested attached.

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


1940   22/2/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1940

                   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 below the information you requested.

                   1)   Please can you confirm if Finance forms part of the Adult Social Care or if it is a separate function

                        Finance is a separate function

                   2)   What Social care/Case Management system is used by the Council, i.e. Swift, CareFirst, Framworki etc

                        Swift


1941   28/2/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1941

                   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 below the information you requested.
     How much the council has spent on backing events with the twinned towns?
        The following are total amounts provided to Community groups for twinning related activities occurring in the financial
        year shown.

        2009/10 - £17,307 (£14,000 of which relates to a Community Grant paid to Sport Bedford in relation to the 2012 Sport
        Festival to be held in Bedford)

        2010 /11 - £6917 List of Grants on the internet   (www.bedford.gov.uk/twinning)
       How much has been spent on twinning activities?
        The following are total amounts spent by the Council for twinning activities it organised.

        2009/10 – £13452 (£8905 of which related to the 2009 Sports Festival held in Bamberg)

        2010/11 - £4,246
       How much has been spent on entertaining dignitaries from our twinned towns?
        The following are total amounts spent by the Council in relation to visiting representatives from our twin towns.

        2009/10 - £171

        2010/11 - £1256
       How much has been spent on members and officers from the council visiting our twinned towns?
        2009/10 - £1342 – travel costs Officers (£971 relate to the Sports Festival); Members fund their own travel costs.

        2010/11 – Nil
                          The Twinning Budget

                          2009/10 - £36,059 (£8905 related to the 2009 Sports Festival and £14,000 related to the 2012 Sports Festival)

                          2010/11 - £16,050

                          There is extensive information on our twin towns available on the Council’s internet site using the following link
                          www.bedford.gov.uk\twinning


1942   1/3/2011   Request:

                  Under the FOI Act 2000 s1.(1) we write to request the following:

                  The names of all bona vacantia estates passed to The Treasury Solicitor ( BV ) Department within the last 6 months.

                  We request the following information only

                      1) The full name of the deceased
                      2) The date and place of death

                  Under the FOI Act 2000 this information is not reasonably accessible to us by any other means as it has not been made publicly
                  available by the Treasury Solicitor.

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1942

                  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 below the information you requested.
                  The names of all bona vacantia estates passed to The Treasury Solicitor ( BV ) Department within the last 6 months.

                       1)      The full name of the deceased
                       2)      The date and place of death

                  We have only had one client where this applies:

                  1.        Full Name - Joan Christian (also known as Joan Allum-Christian)

                  2.        Date of death - 05/07/2010

                  3.        Last known address - Fenwick House, 1 Cowper Road, Bedford MK40 2AS

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                  This information was passed to the Treasury Solicitor on 30 September 2010 who have now found a relative.


1943   2/2/2011   Request:

                  Please consider this a freedom of information request.
                      1. Please could you provide details of any cars leased or bought for use by council members or employees in the last five
                          years. Please include the following information: make and model of car, whether it was leased or bought, when it was
                          leased or bought and for how long the contract is for, and for what purpose the car is kept.
                          If the car was bought, please also provide details of what happened/will happen when it is no longer required by the
                          council. Has a council member or council employee ever been allowed to keep a car that was purchased by the
                          council?
                      2. Please also provide details of how many staff are employed as drivers, at what cost annually, and for what purpose.

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1943

                  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
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                   confirm that we do hold the information you requested. It is important to note that since 1 April 2009 the Council became a
                   Unitary Authority.

                   Please find below the information you requested.

                   Q1. Please find attached the detailed list of cars leased by the council as part of staff employment packages for enhanced and
                   essential car users. The cars are leased on a 3 year term and the employee is offered the option to purchase the car from the
                   leasing company at the end of its term. It is not policy for staff to be allowed to keep any car unless it is personally purchased
                   by them and then becomes privately owned.

                   The Council has an ACP loan policy for staff to purchase cars if they are enhanced and essential car users. A loan can be for a
                   period of 5 years for a new vehicle and 4 years for a second hand vehicle. It is important to note that the lease car scheme is
                   ceasing from 31 March 2011 as part of the Council’s review of staff benefits.

                   Q2. Please refer to the attached spreadsheet named Response to Q2

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


1944   15/2/2011   Request:

                   FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST
                   I am researching waste management for your council.

                   Please tell me the data for 2009/10 for:

                   NI 191: residual household waste:_______ kg

                   NI192 household waste recycled and composted: _______ %

                   NI 193 municipal waste landfilled ______ %

                   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.

                  Data for 2009/10:

                  NI 191: residual household waste:     694.95 kg

                  NI 192: household waste recycled and composted: 38.3%

                  NI 193: municipal waste landfilled: 53.1%

1945   2/3/2011   Request:

                  I would like to know how many public health funerals have been carried out by you local authority since June 2010.

                  I would like to know the deceased names (including maiden names), date of birth and death, last known address and when or
                  if the estate will be passed onto the Treasury Solicitor, QLTR or the Duchy of Cornwall and Lancaster.

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1945

                  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 below the information you requested.

                  Public health funerals carried out by the local authority since June 2010

                      See attached schedule
                  Deceased names, date of birth and death, last known address and date information passed on the to Treasury Solicitor

                  We have only had one client where this applies:


                  1.    Full Name - Joan Christian (also known as Joan Allum-Christian)

                  2.    Date of death - 05/07/2010

                  3.    Last known address - Fenwick House, 1 Cowper Road, Bedford MK40 2AS
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                  This information was passed to the Treasury Solicitor on 30 September 2010 who have now found a relative.

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



1946   2/2/2011   Request and Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1946

                  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 below the information you requested.

                  1. For persons benefitting from local authority funding, what is the fee to be paid by the council for elderly persons placed in
                     residential care within the independent sector during the financial year 2011/2012?

                                                             Home Grade       Home Grade      Home Grade          Home
                                                                 0                1               2              Grade 3
                   Residential Home – Price per
                                                              £438.64          £457.06          £468.48         £480.00
                   person per week

                  2. What is the corresponding fee for the financial year 2010/2011?

                      As above

                  3. In the current financial year (2010/2011), what is the level of additional payment made by the council for elderly service
                      users in residential care who are suffering from dementia?

                      Nil.

                  4. Do the local authority currently incorporate quality payments to care home operators as part of the elderly residential care
                     fee based upon the CQC star rating system?

                      Yes as shown in the grid above

                  5. If yes to 4, what plans for the future does the local authority have, now that the CQC star rating system has been abandoned
                      by the regulatory body?

                      Inspection is provided on the same basis by local authority quality assurance team

                  6. Does the local authority currently operate residential care or nursing homes for the elderly?

                      No

                  7. If yes to 6, is there an ongoing consultation process to consider the potential closure or sale of the homes?

                      Not applicable



1947   2/3/2011   Request:

                  Please consider this a freedom of information request.
    1. How much has the council spent hiring celebrities for council events, campaigns or training from Jan 2008 to date? By
        celebrity, I mean someone who could reasonably be deemed a well known personality, not simply pop stars etc.

    2. Please provide a full list of each celebrity booking, giving the following information: name, reason for booking (and what
        he/she did - i.e. did he/she speak? teach? open a new facility? etc etc), event, fee paid, venue, date.

    3. Please also note in each case if food, accommodation was paid for by the council, and if so where did he or she dine and
        stay and what did the bills come to?

Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1947

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.

Kenyan athletes and officials in June last year for a week.

From 6-13 June 2010, six world class Kenyan athletes and officials visited Bedford Borough specifically to engage in a
programme of sports and community development activities in support of the council and its partners. The guests included

        Sammy Wanjiru (2008 Beijing Olympic Marathon Champion)

        Wilfred Bungei (2008 Beijing Olympic 800m Champion)

        Benjamin Limo (2005 Helsinki World 5000m Champion)

        Catherine Ndereba (twice World Marathon Champion and ex world record holder for Marathon)

        Paul Tergat (Five-time World Cross Country Champion, Twice Olympic Silver Medallist and multiple World Record
        Holder)
                          Duncan Kibet (second fasted marathon runner in history – 2:04:27 from Rotterdam 2009)

                          Isaiah Kiplagat (Chairman, Athletics Kenya)

                          David Okeyo (Secretary General, Athletics Kenya)

                          Lt Col Kariuki Gitau (Kenyan Armed Forces)

                      The guests came to Bedford UK especially to support our London 2012 Inspire Mark accredited programme of ‘be the best
                      you can be’ sports and community development activities – as world class role models, they gave their time free of charge.
                      Bedford Borough Partnership (Local Strategic Partnership) paid for their flights, accommodation and meals.

                      The Programme of activities included the athletes visiting five schools, the children’s ward of Bedford Hospital, the
                      university of Bedfordshire’s Sports Science Laboratories, a community group after school club for Kenyan children in
                      Bedford, Bedford and County Athletics club master class, an open to all event to ‘run with the stars’ and a celebration event
                      involving all those that contributed to the weeks activities. In addition, Paul Tergat gave the keynote speech to the Borough
                      Assembly conference of 300 delegates from service providers and community groups working together to improve Bedford
                      Borough.

                      The total cost to the Bedford Borough Partnership of putting on the Programme of sports and community development
                      activities was c£35k –

                         Travel – c£11k

                         Accommodation, food & incidentals (Swan Hotel, preferential rate negotiated) – c£6k

                          Programme events – c£6k

                          Communications, documentary, legacy – c12k



1948   15/2/2011   Request and Response:
                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000

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

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

                  Please find the information you requested below.

                  1. How many IT Staff are employed within the council (approx)

                  62

                  2. The budget spent on IT last year, and expenditure so far this year. With breakdowns of this expenditure if possible. I’m
                  particularly interested in areas where the council has spent IT budget on new initiatives.

                         £3.5 million last year
                         The detail is shown on the attached spreadsheet
                         The following Council web site shows the Council Budgets and Capital programme, together with Statement of
                          Accounts, which may also be useful to you:

                  http://www.bedford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_budgets_and_spending/budget_and_capital_programme.aspx


                  3. The name of the councils IT Director & contact details:

                  Larry McArdle, Head of ICT Lawrence.mcardle@bedford.gov.uk


1949   4/2/2011   Request:

                  Further to my email below I have now received the invoice for the works carried out. I would ask again please for a letter to
                  support the facts stated below so that I can issue this to the leaseholders threatening action against me

                  Our Response:
                  Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 1949
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                  Thank you for your request for information about which we received on 12 January 2011. Your request has been considered
                  under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                  I enclose a copy of the information you requested:
                  •       Ref: 990397

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


1950   7/2/2011   Request:

                  Please answer the following question in relation to your authority’s use of the provisions under the Regulation of Investigatory
                  Powers Act during the 2010 calendar year (1.1.10 to 31.12.10).

                  In how many cases was a staff member of your authority the subject of EITHER an application for directed surveillance or the
                  acquisition of communications data (phone number subscriber details)? Please give a brief summary of the circumstances
                  surrounding each case.

                  Our response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1950

                  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 answer the following question in relation to your authority’s use of the provisions under the Regulation of Investigatory
                  Powers Act during the 2010 calendar year (1.1.10 to 31.12.10).

                  In how many cases was a staff member of your authority the subject of EITHER an application for directed surveillance or the
                  acquisition of communications data (phone number subscriber details)? Please give a brief summary of the circumstances
                  surrounding each case.
                   I can confirm there were not any staff members under the subject of either an application for directed surveillance or the
                   acquisition of communications data.


1951   7/2/2011    Request:

                   Since 1.4.09 to 31.12.10 how much money has your council spent directly employing somebody where the majority of their job
                   relates to the use of Twitter, or spent using consultants on “Twitter” including the setting up of sites or on training staff to use this
                   medium?

                   For each item of spend please state how much was spent and what it was spent on.

                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1951

                   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.

                   Since 1.4.09 to 31.12.10 how much money has your council spent directly employing somebody where the majority of their job
                   relates to the use of Twitter, or spent using consultants on “Twitter” including the setting up of sites or on training staff to use this
                   medium?

                   We haven’t spent any money on consultants and we don’t have anyone whose job is primarily related to using twitter


1952   23/2/2011   Request:

                   1. In relation to money paid out in salary, bonuses and overtime to refuse collectors in your area, please state the 10 highest
                   annual amounts for the years 2008/09 year and the 2009/10 year. For the three biggest amounts in each year please state what
                   proportion of the total pay was salary, bonus and overtime.
                  2. In relation to money paid out in salary, bonuses and overtime to any manual workers (typical non-‘white collar’ type
                  employment) in your area please state the largest total pay package for the years 2008/09 and 2009/10. For each of these
                  amount please include details of the job title and how the total pay was broken down between salary, bonuses and overtime..

                  Our response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1952

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

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

                  1.        In relation to money paid out in salary, bonuses and overtime to refuse collectors in your area, please state the 10
                            highest annual amounts for the years 2008/09 year and the 2009/10 year. For the three biggest amounts in each year
                            please state what proportion of the total pay was salary, bonus and overtime.

                  Please see Appendix A

                       2.    In relation to money paid out in salary, bonuses and overtime to any manual workers (typical non-‘white collar’ type
                            employment) in your area please state the largest total pay package for the years 2008/09 and 2009/10. For each of
                            these amount please include details of the job title and how the total pay was broken down between salary, bonuses
                            and overtime

                  Please see Appendix A

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


1953   4/3/2011   Request:

                  This is a Freedom of Information request to ask:

                  1. How many warning letters were issued to households in relation to presentation of household waste (eg overfilling wheelie
                  bins, leaving out too many bags, putting residual waste or recycling out at the wrong time etc)...
a) since 1 May 2010
b) in the financial year 09/10

2. How many statutory notices were issued in relation to presentation of household waste (eg overfilling wheelie bins, leaving
out too many bags, putting residual waste or recycling out at the wrong time etc)...
a) since 1 May 2010
b) in the financial year 09/10

3. How many fines or fixed penalty notices were issued in relation to presentation of household waste (eg overfilling wheelie
bins, leaving out too many bags, putting residual waste or recycling out at the wrong time etc)...
a) since 1 May 2010
b) in the financial year 09/10

4. What was the total value of those fines and fixed penalty notices issued
a) since 1 May 2010
b) in the financial year 09/10

5. How many prosecutions were sought for non-payment of the fines
a) since 1 May 2010
b) in the financial year 09/10

6. What was the outcome of each of the prosecutions listed in 5a), and for what reason were the relevant original fines/fixed
penalties issued in each case?

Our response:

Subject: FOI 1953 - Bin fines to Feb 2011
I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.

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

Please find the information you requested below.

1. How many warning letters were issued to households in relation to presentation of household waste (eg overfilling wheelie
bins, leaving out too many bags, putting residual waste or recycling out at the wrong time etc)...
                  a) since 1 May 2010 - 279
                  b) in the financial year 09/10 - 2

                  2. How many statutory notices were issued in relation to presentation of household waste (eg overfilling wheelie bins, leaving
                  out too many bags, putting residual waste or recycling out at the wrong time etc)...
                  a) since 1 May 2010 - 97
                  b) in the financial year 09/10 - 201

                  3. How many fines or fixed penalty notices were issued in relation to presentation of household waste (eg overfilling wheelie
                  bins, leaving out too many bags, putting residual waste or recycling out at the wrong time etc)...
                  a) since 1 May 2010 - 26
                  b) in the financial year 09/10 - 26

                  4. What was the total value of those fines and fixed penalty notices issued
                  a) since 1 May 2010 - £1870
                  b) in the financial year 09/10 - £2080

                  5. How many prosecutions were sought for non-payment of the fines
                  a) since 1 May 2010 - NONE
                  b) in the financial year 09/10 - 0

                  6. What was the outcome of each of the prosecutions listed in 5a), and for what reason were the relevant original fines/fixed
                  penalties issued in each case? Not applicable


1954   3/3/2011   Request:

                  Freedom of Information request to ask:

                  1.a) How much income has the council received from selling personal details so far during the current financial year (10/11)?
                  1.b) To which companies has the data been sold or passed on?

                  2.a) How much income did the council receive from selling personal details in the previous financial year (09/10)?

                  2.b) To which companies was the data sold or passed on?
To help you find the answer, I point out that in many cases data is sold from the edited version of the electoral register -
although this question is open to include other instances if they are relevant to your authority.


Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1954

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:

 Freedom of Information Request – Electoral Registration (Sale of the Register)

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:

1.a) How much income has the council received from selling personal details so far during the current financial year (10/11)?

If I am to understand by personal details you are referring to the public information contained within the Register of Electors, I
can confirm that a total income of £2,081.15 has been received. This includes a total payment received of £1112 for copies of
the Full Electoral Register, £427.50 for copies of the Edited Electoral Register and £542 for copies of the Marked Electoral
Registers.

1.b) To which companies has the data been sold or passed on?

  Company                                                 Version
  Crediva Ltd Cardiff                                     Full
  Call Credit                                             Full
  Experian                                                Full
  Equifax                                                 Full
  Cruise Select                                           Edited
  Warden Hill School of Motoring Ltd                      Edited

2.a) How much income did the council receive from selling personal details in the previous financial year (09/10)?

As per question 1. a), I can confirm that a total income of £1576 has been received. This includes a total payment received of
£1390 for copies of the Full Electoral Register and £186 for copies of the Edited Electoral Register.

2.b) To which companies was the data sold or passed on?

  Company                                                 Version
  Crediva Ltd Cardiff                                     Full
  Call Credit                                             Full
  Experian                                                Full
  Aristotle International Europe Ltd                      Full
                     Equifax                                                  Full
                     Warden Hill School of Motoring Ltd                       Edited

1955   11/2/2011   Request:

                   I should be grateful if you could let me have details of estates relating to persons dying with no known next of kin that have been
                   passed or are due to be passed to the Treasury Solicitor covering the period September 2010 to January 2011.

                   The information I request should include: name of the deceased; date of birth; date of death; last known address; approximate
                   value of estate and date passed to Treasury solicitor.

                   Response:

                   Freedom of Information Request
                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1955

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

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

                   Please find the information you requested enclosed.

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


1956   25/2/2011   Request:

                   FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

                   I want to know about waste. To make it easier I have put my questions into an excel spreadsheet.
                   Please fill in the attached spreadsheet, and send it back to me. Thanks.

                   Our Response:
                   Subject: Freedom of Information request no 1956 - waste collection, waste disposal

                   Attachments: FOI 1956 - waste collection waste disposalFINAL.xls

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

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

                   Please find the information you requested attached.

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


1957   10/2/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1957.

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

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

                   Please find the information you requested enclosed. You requested;

                   [1] What Management Information System (MIS) that has been procured by the council for the current use in its schools? If it
                   has changed in the two last years, please state the previous MIS.

                   [2] As defined in 1 above, when did the council first procure the current MIS?

                   [3] When did the council last go to tender for its school MIS?

                   [4] How many schools within the council remit use the MIS as defined in 1 above? Please give a breakdown in numbers in terms
                   of secondary, primary, special, and whatever other categories there are that school fall into.

                   [5] As defined in 1 above, what is the annual cost of maintenance, service contracts and/or other usage charges (e.g.
                  entitlement fees) made by the supplier(s) of the school MIS for financial years 2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11 and forthcoming
                  2011/12? Please enumerate by supplier and MIS if more than one involved.

                  [6] As defined in 1 above, was there an initial up front licence and/or service charge to establish the MIS? If so please indicate
                  the cost and the financial year in which it was made? Has the scope of the procured MIS changed since that initial charge (e.g.
                  an additional module of service option was added in a later year)?

                  [7] As defined in 1 above, which MIS modules or service options were procured? Please enumerate the core modules/services
                  as well as other optional modules/services which may be used in terms of secondary, primary, special, and whatever other
                  categories there are that school fall into.

                  [8] Further to 7 above, are there modules or services that have been paid for but have not yet been deployed to schools? If so,
                  what are those modules/services, how many schools are affected and what is the timetable for deployment?

                  [9] Is the council following the recommendations made in Bectas MIS Value For Money 2010 report regarding ensuring that they
                  have a de minimis annual maintenance service from their MIS supplier(s)?

                  [10] Is the council preparing to go out to (re)tender for its school MIS? If so, in which year does it expect to place the OJEU
                  advertisement?

                  [11] Is the council intending to extend the facilities or services of its existing MIS (e.g. parent portal, teacher home access to MIS
                  facilities), and if so when does it expect to place the OJEU advertisement/VEAT (Voluntary Ex Ante Transparency) notice?

                  Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist as at 1 April 2009 and two new unitary authorities were created in its place.
                  Bedford Borough Council have not procured any MIS systems for any schools and there is no intention to do so.

                  All schools in the Local Authority purchase their own MIS out of their school budgets. Our schools have currently
                  signed contracts with either RM Integris G2 or Capita SIMS.

                  We are unable to answer Questions 2 – 11 as we do not hold this information.


1958   7/3/2011   Request and Response:

                  Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1958
I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council.

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

1. How many households in your local authority area will see a reduction in their housing benefit in January 2012?

    This refers to a future event, for which the data is not held.

2. What proportion of housing benefit claimants who become homeless because of a shortfall between their housing
   benefit payments and rents does the council currently house within the borough?

    The policy is for all homeless people to be housed within the Borough.

3. What proportion of housing benefit claimants who become homeless because of a shortfall between their housing
   benefit payments and rents does the council currently house outside the borough?

    None.

4. From January 2012, what proportion of homeless housing benefit claimants does the council plan to house within
   the borough?

    This refers to a future event, for which the data is not held.

5. From January 2012, what proportion of homeless housing benefit claimants does the council plan to house outside
   the borough?

    This refers to a future event, for which the data is not held.

6. Is the council expecting a rise in the number of housing benefit claimants entering the borough from other local
   authority areas from April 2011 and January 2012?

    This refers to a future event, for which the data is not held.
1959   9/2/2011    Request:

                   Please provide details of the following:

                   1.   How many voids/ empty properties does the council currently have?

                   2.   How many of these properties have not been re-let because they do not meet the Decent Homes standard?

                   3.   What proportion of your overall stock meets the Decent Homes standard?

                   Response:

                   Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1959

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

                   Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists, and I can
                   confirm that in respect of your request in respect of housing I can advise that the Council has no housing stock having
                   transferred it over 20 years ago. It has a very small number of properties (less than 20) that are used operationally as service
                   tenancies. These properties have been used in this manner for many years.


1960   10/2/2011   Request:

                   Please find below a number of freedom of information requests regarding Libraries. I would be grateful if you could kindly treat
                   each request separately. Where there is only partial data available (i.e. if certain years are missing), please just provide the
                   largest data possible.

                   1. What was your total spending on libraries in each year from 1997 to the most recent? Please include the total figure in
                   £sterling and as a proportion of total borough spending in each year.

                   2. What was the estimated population in the region where this money was spent in each year from 1997 to the most recent?
                   Please separately include how many children under the age of 16 there were in your region in each year since 1997.
3. How many new books were purchased each year between 1997 to the most recent? What was the total cost of book
purchases in each year between 1997 and the most recent - both as a £ figure and as a proportion of total spend on libraries?

4. How many DVDs, video cassettes, CDs and video games were purchased each year between 1997 to the most recent? What
was the total cost of these purchases in each year between 1997 and the most recent - both as a £ figure and as a proportion of
total spend on libraries?

5. How much did each library in your area spend on administration (including all stationery costs and staff salaries) in each year
from 1997 to the most recent (both as a £ figure and as a proportion of total spend on libraries)?

6. How much money was spent on library furniture in each year from 1997 to the most recent (both as a £ figure and as a
proportion of total spend on libraries)?

7.How much is the annual rent for each library in your region? Please provide this figure for each year from 1997 to the present
both as a £ figure and as a proportion of total spend on libraries.

Our Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1960

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

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

1. What was your total spending on libraries in each year from 1997 to the most recent? Please include the total figure in
£sterling and as a proportion of total borough spending in each year.
£2009/10 £2.169million budget 1.74% of total Council budget
£2010/1 £2.169million budget 1.69% of total Council budget

2. What was the estimated population in the region where this money was spent in each year from 1997 to the most recent?
Please separately include how many children under the age of 16 there were in your region in each year since 1997.
2009/10 and 2010/11 158,000 of which approximately 30,800 under 16

3. How many new books were purchased each year between 1997 to the most recent? What was the total cost of book
purchases in each year between 1997 and the most recent - both as a £ figure and as a proportion of total spend on libraries?
                   2009/10 26,823 new books purchased cost £198,099; 9.1%

                   4. How many DVDs, video cassettes, CDs and video games were purchased each year between 1997 to the most recent? What
                   was the total cost of these purchases in each year between 1997 and the most recent - both as a £ figure and as a proportion of
                   total spend on libraries?
                    2009/10 1,318 purchased (no video games) cost £14,193; 0.65%

                   5. How much did each library in your area spend on administration (including all stationery costs and staff salaries) in each year
                   from 1997 to the most recent (both as a £ figure and as a proportion of total spend on libraries)?
                    2009/10 £60,498; 2.78%

                   6. How much money was spent on library furniture in each year from 1997 to the most recent (both as a £ figure and as a
                   proportion of total spend on libraries)?
                    2009/10 £21,300; 0.98%

                   7.How much is the annual rent for each library in your region? Please provide this figure for each year from 1997 to the present
                   both as a £ figure and as a proportion of total spend on libraries.
                   2009/10 None. Buildings are owned by the Council.


1961   22/2/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1961

                   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.

                   Request:       Reviewing the audited financial statements of Central Bedfordshire County Council I noticed a large deficit of
                   £326.4m, increased from £160.9m from the previous year. First of all I would like a more detailed explanation of the Actuarial
                   movement of £224.3m as disclosed in page 63 of the financial statements.

                   Response:         Unfortunately this is not available. The actuary only discloses a single figure as detailed in your question. A
                   key factor in this movement is the lower discount rate used in the calculation of 5.5% as at 31 March 2010. This is detailed on
                   page 61 of the Financial Statements and compares with the 1 April 2009 figure of 6.9%.
                   Request:          Secondly could you please let me know at what percentage the last Actuary contributions were set, within the
                   last three years and in accordance to the 2004 Pension Act, what changes have been proposed, as a result of the last years
                   significant increase in the deficit of the Fund, and when is likely to be the next review of the proposed contributions.

                   Response:       Central Bedfordshire contribution rate was 21.9% in 2009/10. The Pension Fund scheme is part of the Local
                   Government Pension Scheme and is regulated under those specific regulations. The Pension Fund is currently concluding the
                   March 2010 valuation. The Fund is in the process of agreeing employer contributions with the scheme employers for the period
                   1 April 2011 – 31 March 2014.

                   Request:       Finally, it would be very much appreciated if you could provide an estimate of the forecast interest charge of the
                   Pension fund deficit for 2010/11, extrapolated from the actual 10 months to January 2011, and an estimate for the following
                   2011/12. The interest charge for 2009/10 was £29.4m (page 63, audited financial statements)

                   Response:        Estimated figure for 2010/11 (based on estimated March 2010 data) by the Actuary is £37,435 million. There is
                   no estimate for 2011/12 as the real discount rate as at 31 March 2011 is not yet known.


1962   11/3/2011   Request:

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

                   A. Addresses of all "long term (6 month and over)" empty Residential premises that are within the Council Area; and

                   B. The names of the owners of those properties referred to in A,

                   C. Addresses of all "long term (6 month and over)" empty commercial property that are within the Council Area; and

                   D. The names of the owners of those properties referred to in C

                   Our Response:

                   Request Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1962

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

                   In accordance with the decision of the Information Tribunal on 10th May 2007 in the Bexley case (between Mr Colin P England,
                   London Borough of Bexley, and the Information Commissioner), the addresses of empty properties can only be disclosed where
                   they are not owned by an individual (i.e. natural persons or the beneficiaries of deceased individuals, if they are also natural
                   persons). Thus, under Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the addresses of empty properties which are owned
                   by an individual (or individuals) are exempt from disclosure, so the information we can provide is listed below and attached.

                   Please provide a list of:

                   (A)    Addresses of all "long term (6 month and over)" empty Residential premises that are within the Council Area

                          A list of the long term empty residential properties where our records indicate that the owner is not an individual is
                          attached at Appendix 1.

                   (B)    The names of the owners of those properties referred to in (A)

                          This information is already in the public domain and available from the Land registry.

                   (C)    Addresses of all "long term (6 month and over)" empty commercial property that are within the Council Area; and

                          Long term empty commercial properties where our records indicate that the owner is not an individual is attached at
                          Appendix 2.

                   (D)    The names of the owners of those properties referred to in (C)

                          This information is already in the public domain and available from the Land registry.


1963   21/2/2011   Request:

                   Copy of the draft committee report for 65 Putnoe Lane 10/02787/FUL

                   Our Response:
                  Planning Committee Draft Report for 10/02787/FUL
                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1963

                  I refer to your enquiry of 10 February 2011. The request was received and registered on 10 February 2011 and, by the
                  Council’s calculations the 20 day statutory limit for a response expires on 10 March 2011. Set out below is the full request and
                  the Council’s response.

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

                            A copy of the draft committee report for 10/02787/FUL.

                  2.        Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council:

                            2.1        States that the Information is exempt information.

                            2.2        Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 22 - Information Intended for Future
                                       Publication.


1964   9/3/2011   Request and Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1964

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

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

                  Please find the information requested below.

                  1.     According to our HR records schools lost teacher working days due to sickness absence as detailed below.
                  Please note the data is provided for Lower and Middle schools respectively and indicated per month from April 2009 till
                  February 2011.

                                           Month                Days
Group: Lower Schools    April 2009       53.00
                        May 2009         90.00
                        June 2009        241.00
                        July 2009        152.00
                        August 2009      43.00
                        September 2009   98.00
                        October 2009     211.00
                        November 2009    320.00
                        December 2009    210.00
                        January 2010     230.00
                        February 2010    290.00
                        March 2010       411.00
                        April 2010       231.00
                        May 2010         302.00
                        June 2010        273.00
                        July 2010        247.00
                        August 2010      132.00
                        September 2010   181.00
                        October 2010     205.00
                        November 2010    280.00
                        December 2010    397.00
                        January 2011     311.00
                        February 2011    256.00
Group: Middle Schools   April 2009       105.00
                        May 2009         134.00
                        June 2009        274.00
                  July 2009          296.00
                  August 2009        210.00
                  September 2009     181.00
                  October 2009       422.00
                  November 2009      339.00
                  December 2009      287.00
                  January 2010       366.00
                  February 2010      410.00
                  March 2010         488.00
                  April 2010         291.00
                  May 2010           377.00
                  June 2010          432.00
                  July 2010          329.00
                  August 2010        220.00
                  September 2010     209.00
                  October 2010       277.00
                  November 2010      355.00
                  December 2010      286.00
                  January 2011       297.00
                  February 2011      239.00




2.   In terms of the cost of Agency Supply Teaching Staff our Finance records indicate that Lower Schools have
     spent £336,661.29 and Middle Schools have spent £538,512.26 in the 2009/10 Financial year (the period from
     April 2009 till March 2010). Please be aware that this total agency cost covers not only sickness cover, but
     also agency staff used to cover for example vacancies or any other reason as we do not record reasons for
     agency cover.
1965   11/3/2011   Request:

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act, requesting the following information from you.
                       1. Your postal spend in 2009 and 2010 on the following - exact costs where possible or if unavailable please provide
                       estimated costs –
                              st
                           - 1 class post including number of items
                              nd
                           - 2 class post including number of items
                           - Other postal spend
                       2. How do you process your mail? – stamps, franking, Postage Paid Impressions ( PPI ), Down Stream Access ( DSA ) ,
                       DX or if any other service please specify
                       3. If DSA please indicate service provider and agreed current rates – e.g. OGC pricing or bespoke / machine readable
                       letters and non machine readable letters
                       4. If using a postal franking system, please specify supplier and model
                                                                                 rd
                       5. Is the equipment owned or leased through supplier / 3 party finance house
                       6. If equipment is owned outright , the month, year and cost of purchase plus the annual maintenance costs
                       7. If leased, the month, year and term of lease plus quarterly / annual costs including maintenance
                       8. Does the outgoing mail need to be reconciled to show breakdown of departmental spend ?
                       9. If so, for how many cost centres are utilised ?
                       10. Will the 2011 budget be an increase on the 2010 spend ? If so what is the estimated 2011 postal budget ?
                       11. What is the reduction, as a percentage, that your postal services will be tasked with in 2011?
                       12. What is the typical decision process within your organisation for postal services ?
                       13. Who is ultimately responsible for making decisions such as the allocation of contracts for postal and affiliated services
                       for your organisation ?
Our Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1965

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

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

1. Your postal spend in 2009 and 2010 on the following - exact costs where possible or if unavailable please provide
estimated costs –
            st
          - 1 class post including number of items
            nd
          -2     class post including number of items
          - Other postal spend
          Spend in 2009/10 - £517,985
          Spend in 2010/11 £455,944 to date
                  st
          40% 1 class
                  nd
          60% 2        class
2. How do you process your mail ? – stamps, franking, Postage Paid Impressions ( PPI ), Down Stream Access ( DSA )
DX or if any other service please specify –
    Methods Franking, PPI and DX. (Stamps in emergencies)


3. If DSA please indicate service provider and agreed current rates – e.g. OGC pricing or bespoke / machine readable
letters and non machine readable letters –
    N/A
4. If using a postal franking system, please specify supplier and model –
                       FP Jetmail and Neopost lJ85
                                                                               rd
                   5. Is the equipment owned or leased through supplier / 3 party finance house –
                       Jetmail owned, Neopost rented
                   6. If equipment is owned outright , the month, year and cost of purchase plus the annual maintenance costs –
                       Jetmail £10,800 cost, maintenance £900pa
                   7. If leased, the month, year and term of lease plus quarterly / annual costs including maintenance –
                       Neopost rental £967.02 per quarter. (we also have a ‘scaler and feeder’ from FP, this cost £6,500 in2006/7.
                   8. Does the outgoing mail need to be reconciled to show breakdown of departmental spend?-
                       Yes
                   9. If so, for how many cost centres are utilised? –
                       Approx. 250
                   10. Will the 2011 budget be an increase on the 2010 spend? If so what is the estimated 2011 postal budget? –
                       £489,000
                   11. What is the reduction, as a percentage, that your postal services will be tasked with in 2011? -
                       N/A
                   12. What is the typical decision process within your organisation for postal services? –
                       Down to the individual Service Area.
                   13. Who is ultimately responsible for making decisions such as the allocation of contracts for postal and affiliated
                   services for your organisation? –
                      Council
                   (Please note PPI is prepaid envelopes, DX is a legal system)


1966   10/3/2011   Request:

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act could you please provide the following information:
                   * The number of job losses expected over the next 12 months.

                   * The sum of money expected to be spent on redundancy packages.

                   If the decision on how to balance the budget following this year's cuts are yet to be made, please refrain from responding to this
                   FOI until the decision has been made.

                   Our Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1966

                   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.

                   Neither the number of job losses over the next 12 months nor the sum of money expected to be spent on redundancy
                   payments is clear at the present time.


1967   18/2/2011   Request:

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

                          The total unrecoverable costs of any cancelled Building Schools for the Future projects in your area, including the costs
                           of designers, architects, builders and consultants.

                   Our Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1967.

                   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:

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

                   * The total unrecoverable costs of any cancelled Building Schools for the Future projects in your area, including the costs of
                   designers, architects, builders and consultants.

                   Total expenditure on preparations for Building Schools for the Future in the Borough was approximately £500,000.


1968   14/2/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000

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

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

                   Please find the information you requested below.

                   1. Is GIS used within your authority - Yes

                   2. If yes, please provide details of the primary uses - please list:-

                   Planning applications and constraints, Building Control applications, Local Land Charges, Rights of Way, Emergency Planning,
                   Council land and property ownership, Electoral boundaries, Highways information, Historic and natural environments, Street
                   furniture, Parking zones, Countryside, parks and open spaces management, transport management and planning,
                   environmental issues and services, tree management, land and property units, school admissions, Environmental Health
                   information.

                   3. How many users approximately use the GIS system - Over 60

                   4. Which GIS system is currently used: ESRI / Map Info / Other - CadCorp / Cartology GSi
                   5. What is the annual cost of maintenance for the GIS system(s) - £40k and over

                   6. How many officers are within the GIS team? Please state number. 1 in post + 1 vacancy

                   7. Which section/department does your GIS team sit within?
                   Applications and Development, ICT Services

                   8. Have you got an LLPG (Local Land and Property Gazetteer) - Yes

                   9. If yes, is your LLPG integrated into the GIS system or are separate layers loaded on an ad-hoc basis – GMS software
                   enables LPG Points to be plotted.


1969   15/3/2011   Request:

                   Freedom of Information Request – Projects


                   Can you please provide, in electronic format, all documents relating to the following planned, in progress or completed,
                   Company wide or Business area Projects Types :

                   Project Types

                       ·      Electronic Document & Records Management Solution
                       ·      Case Management Solutions
                       ·      Paper Archive Solutions
                       ·      Document Scanning Projects
                       ·      Information Management Strategy

                   Document Types

                   Feasibility Stage – For example Feasibility Study, Research etc
                   Initiation Stage – For example Project Definition Document, Project Brief, Business Case, Project Plan, Resource Plan,
                   Communications Strategy, Training Strategy, Communications (Presentations, Posters, Newsletters, Emails etc), Stage Plans,
                   Lessons Learnt, Reports etc
                   Requirements Definition Stage – For example Business Analysis Strategy and Plan, Questionnaires and Surveys, Functional,
                   User and Technical Requirements Specification etc
                   Procurement Stage – For example Request for Information, Supplier responses to Request for Information, Procurement
                   Process and Selection Procedure, Invitation to Tender, supplier Responses to Invitation to Tender etc
                   Design & Development Stage – For example As is Process Maps, To be Process Maps, File Plan, Metadata, Policies,
                   Procedures, Training Material for all roles, Design Strategy, Solution Design, Technical Architecture, Development Strategy etc
                   Implementation Stage – For example Implementation Strategy, Implementation Plan, Training Schedule
                   Handover Business as Usual Stage - For example Handover Plan

                   Our Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1969

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

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

                   Please find the information you requested attached. Also see website link below.
                   http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/CommunityAndLiving/ArchivesAndRecordOffice/RecordsManagementService.aspx

                   In respect of Electronic Document &Records Management Solution – this is currently out to tender. We have used OGC
                   Framework Agreements to 11 Companies.

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


1970   10/3/2011   Request:

                   Please find a freedom of information request below on the subject of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
                   posts.

                       1. In this financial year (i.e. the year from April 2010), how many whole-time equivalent (WTE) posts in Child and
                          Adolescent Mental Health Services (targeted or specialist) have you ceased funding?*
                       2. Please list the job titles of the posts for which funding has ceased (including grade/band/level for each).
                       3. In the coming financial year (i.e. the year from April 2011), how many whole-time equivalent (WTE) posts in Child and
         Adolescent Mental Health Services (targeted or specialist) do you plan to cease funding?*

*Please note, if funding for a joint-funded post between your local authority and the PCT has ceased, please indicate in your
answers to questions 1 and 3 only the proportion of the post which your local authority funds.

Our Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No .1970

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;

Please find a freedom of information request below on the subject of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
posts.

    1.  In this financial year (i.e. the year from April 2010), how many whole-time equivalent (WTE) posts in Child and
       Adolescent Mental Health Services (targeted or specialist) have you ceased funding?*
    2.  Please list the job titles of the posts for which funding has ceased (including grade/band/level for each).
    3.  In the coming financial year (i.e. the year from April 2011), how many whole-time equivalent (WTE) posts in Child and
       Adolescent Mental Health Services (targeted or specialist) do you plan to cease funding?*

*Please note, if funding for a joint-funded post between your local authority and the PCT has ceased, please indicate in your
answers to questions 1 and 3 only the proportion of the post which your local authority funds.

Q1 – 2010/2011 there is no reduction.

Q2 – Not applicable

Q3 - Bedford Borough Council commissions CAMHS services in partnership with NHS Bedfordshire and Central
Bedfordshire Council. Currently, this service is provided by South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT).

For 2011/12 there is a reduction in the level of funding pooled for all 3 partners agencies. This has, at this stage, not
                  led to any direct reduction in posts as there were a number of vacancies (which the provider was carrying) that we had
                  identified as a potential reduction in funding earlier in the year.


1971   9/3/2011   Request:

                  We should be obliged if you would provide under Freedom of Information Act 2000 details from your organisations Constitution,
                  Policies, Rules and/or procedures (or other relevant documentation) which specifically guides/recommends or mandates your
                  organisation to limit or exclude electrical work being undertaken under British Standard 7671.

                  Our request is also concerned with consequences of such Constitution, Policies, Rules and/or Procedures (or other relevant
                  documentation) where BS 7671 work is undertaken by a third party but where your authority is affecting the choice of a suitable
                  contractor, as can be illustrated by the list below. Please would you provide this information where your are carrying out your
                  functions of procuring, authorising/approving, requiring or recommending works under BS 7671 in relation to the following
                  duties:
                  Building Control Service under the Building Act 1984
                  Municipal Buildings responsibility – Construction and Maintenance
                  As a Licensing Authority under Licensing Act 2003, in relation to certification required by converted/embedded conditions, or
                  those agreed to (following relevant representation) or imposed on licensees by the Licensing Committee
                  Housing Act 2004, in relation to grants formal notices requiring works or works in default
                  Works on Council houses/Housing stock and related building
                  Health and safety at work etc, Act 1974 in relation to the service of notice requiring such work or advice on potential electrical
                  contracting companies/membership bodies

                  Furthermore where your Constitution, Policies, Rules and/or Procedures (or other relevant documentation) specifically
                  guides/recommends or mandates your organisation to limit or exclude electrical work being undertaken in relation to the
                  functions listed above, please would you provide the details on the decisions and reasons why the decision(s) were made.

                  Our response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1971

                  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.
                  Building Control Service under the Building Act 984 – There are no policies limiting NAPIT under Building Regulations or
                  the Building Act in place in Building Control.

                  Municipal Building responsibility – Construction and Maintenance – As Above

                  As a Licensing Authority under Licensing Act 2003, in relation to certification required by converted/embedded
                  conditions, or those agreed to (following relevant representation) or imposed on licensees by the Licensing Committee
                  –This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
                  Regulations 2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a
                  maximum of 18 hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour. The Regulations also
                  say that In calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably
                  expects to incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a
                  document which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information,
                  and (d) extracting the information from a document containing it.”

                  The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part of the request as this would mean manually going through large number
                  the files.

                  Housing Act 2004, in relation to grants formal notices requiring works or works in default – There is no reference in our
                  policies and procedures to matters relating to electrical work or competent persons. Where there are controlled works we submit
                  this to Buildings Control to determine the requirements.

                  Works on Council houses/Housing stock and related building – We do not have any Housing Stock. In 1990 Bedfordshire
                  Pilgrim Housing Association took over all Bedford Borough Council Housing stock. They can be contacted at www.bpha.org.uk.

                  Health and safety at work etc, Act 1974 in relation to the service of notice requiring such work or advice on potential
                  electrical contracting companies/membership bodies. – We do not have a specific policy of rule. We do not recommend or
                  exclude any of NAPIT / ECA / NICIEC. The choice of contractor is left to the dutyholder.


1972   9/3/2011   Request and Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1972.

                  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;

Please can you provide Unison with the following information?

1       For the financial year 2010-11:

        a) What revisions did your local authority make to the budget for young people’s services following the announcement
        of ‘in-year’ reductions by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 24 May 2010.

        £410k from the Connexions budget only.

        b) What was the overall reduction in expenditure (to the nearest (£’000) for i) local authority provided youth services and
        ii) voluntary sector provided youth services.

        None.

        c) What was the overall reduction (Part time/Full time) in the number of directly employed youth workers.

        None.

        d) What was the overall reduction in i) the number of youth centres; ii) the number of places available and iii) outreach
        provision.

        None.

2       For the financial year 2011-12 and beyond:

        a) What proposals affecting the provision for young people are under consideration as part of the budget making
        process

        A £500,000 cut to Integrated Youth Support (IYS) and the de-integration of IYS to different service areas.
    b)      Under these proposals
            i) What is the proposed overall reduction in expenditure (to the nearest (£’000) for i) local authority provided
            youth services and ii) voluntary sector provided youth services

            i) Local Authority Reduction £122,590 ii) Voluntary Sector reduction £21,030

            i) What is the proposed overall reduction (Part time/Full time) in the number of directly employed youth workers

            ii) 3.04 FTE (made up of 2 x FT 1 x 0.5 and 2 x 0.27)

            iii) What is the proposed overall reduction in i) the number of youth centres; ii) the number of places available
            and iii) outreach provision

            iii) i) None ii) reduced by approx 20% iii) reduced by approx 20%

3   What is the current balance of expenditure on young people’s services (in £’000s) between local authority and voluntary
    sector provision
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     Actual Expenditure as at 24 Feb 2011 £502,461.46
    - Local Authority: £467,872.46
     -Voluntary Sector: £34,589

4   Please supply a copy of the current youth service staffing structure showing the grade and rate of pay, gender and race
    for each post

    There are 13 staff, 6 male, 7 female.

    1 member of staff is on JNC 21-24.
    6 are on JNC 14-17 and 6 are on JNC 2-5.

    The background of the staff is as follows;

    6 White British
    4 Black or Black British
    1 Mixed White and Black
    1 Asian Other
                           1 Asian or Asian British.

                   5       Please state whether youth workers are employed on JNC terms and conditions or other (please specify)

                           Yes


1973   18/2/2011   Request:

                   Under the terms of the above act please can you provide details of the Schools under the control of your Authority that do not
                   use the Authority and or your nominated contractor for the provision of their catering / school meals requirements. By means of
                   clarification the general terminology used to describe such Schools who undertake their own catering service may also be
                   known as “Self Managed” and or “In House” schools.

                   Please can you supply the following information relating to such Schools:-

                   School Name
                   School Address
                   Telephone Number
                   Email
                   Head Teachers Name

                   Our Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1973.

                   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;

                   Under the terms of the above act please can you provide details of the Schools under the control of your Authority that do not
                   use the Authority and or your nominated contractor for the provision of their catering / school meals requirements. By means of
                   clarification the general terminology used to describe such Schools who undertake their own catering service may also be
                  known as “Self Managed” and or “In House” schools.

                  Please can you supply the following information relating to such Schools:-

                  School Name
                  School Address
                  Telephone Number
                  Email
                  Head Teachers Name


                  Please see spreadsheet attached.

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


1974   9/3/2011   Request:

                  I would like to request the following information;

                  - School spend on supply teachers in Bedfordshire
                  - School supply on agency teachers in Bedfordshire

                  If this can be obtained for the last academic year, running from 2009 to 2010 or the most recent obtainable, please can you
                  break this down by individual school spend.

                  Our Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1974.

                  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 detailed below You requested:
                  - School spend on supply teachers in Bedfordshire
                  - School supply on agency teachers in Bedfordshire

                  Please find attached information as requested, although the Council reports its information in financial years, therefore
                  the data is for 2008/9 and 2009/10.

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


1975   9/3/2011   Request and Response:

                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1975

                  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 list all the celebrity speakers paid to attend council functions for the years:
                  2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/2008, 2009/2010, 2010/2011.

                  The findings are as follows:

                   1) Steve Cram (sports star) presented the Bedford i-Vita Awards in March/April 2008 and his cost was £4,200 + VAT. I-Vita
                  was funded through East of England Development Agency (EEDA), Sport England and the Borough Council as well as
                  membership fees from local health, sport and well-being businesses and income from the events through sponsorship and
                  involvement.

                  2) The Sports Awards are a Sport Bedford function organised by the Sports Development Team.

                  The event is sponsored by a number of different sponsors and Sport Bedford pay for any shortfall between the cost incurred and
                  the sponsorship obtained.

                  The event has included guest speakers in the past, the majority of whom have been Bedford athletes who have “performed” for
                  free.
Paula Radcliffe
Tim Foster
Martin Bayfield
Barry Fry

Danny Crates (Paralympics Athlete / World Champion) was a motivational speaker at a County disability sports day we ran on
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behalf of the County Sports Partnership at Bedford International Athletics Stadium (BIAS) on 11 June 2010

The total funding for the event was provided by a grant to the Borough Council from the English Federation of Disability Sport
(EFDS).His cost was £500.00

3) Kenyan athletes and officials in June last year for a week.
From 6-13 June 2010, six world class Kenyan athletes and officials visited Bedford Borough specifically to engage in a
programme of sports and community development activities in support of the council and its partners. The guests included

        Sammy Wanjiru (2008 Beijing Olympic Marathon Champion)

        Wilfred Bungei (2008 Beijing Olympic 800m Champion)

        Benjamin Limo (2005 Helsinki World 5000m Champion)

        Catherine Ndereba (twice World Marathon Champion and ex world record holder for Marathon)

        Paul Tergat (Five-time World Cross Country Champion, Twice Olympic Silver Medallist and multiple World Record
        Holder)

        Duncan Kibet (second fasted marathon runner in history – 2:04:27 from Rotterdam 2009)

        Isaiah Kiplagat (Chairman, Athletics Kenya)

        David Okeyo (Secretary General, Athletics Kenya)

        Lt Col Kariuki Gitau (Kenyan Armed Forces)
                       The guests came to Bedford UK especially to support our London 2012 Inspire Mark accredited programme of ‘be the best
                       you can be’ sports and community development activities – as world class role models, they gave their time free of charge.
                       Bedford Borough Partnership (Local Strategic Partnership) paid for their flights, accommodation and meals.

                       The Programme of activities included the athletes visiting five schools, the children’s ward of Bedford Hospital, the
                       university of Bedfordshire’s Sports Science Laboratories, a community group after school club for Kenyan children in
                       Bedford, Bedford and County Athletics club master class, an open to all event to ‘run with the stars’ and a celebration event
                       involving all those that contributed to the weeks activities. In addition, Paul Tergat gave the keynote speech to the Borough
                       Assembly conference of 300 delegates from service providers and community groups working together to improve Bedford
                       Borough.

                       The total cost to the Bedford Borough Partnership of putting on the Programme of sports and community development
                       activities was c£35k –

                           Travel – c£11k

                           Accommodation, food & incidentals (Swan Hotel, preferential rate negotiated) – c£6k

                           Programme events – c£6k

                   Communications, documentary, legacy – c12k


1976   16/3/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1976

                   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 below the information you requested.
                   Information relating to persons who have died with no known next of kin since your last request of 14/10/10 to the day
                   of your reply.

                   We have no clients this relates to since your previous request.


1977   17/3/2011   Request:

                   This request is made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and further to a decision of the Information Tribunal in England
                   and the London Borough of Bexley v Information Commissioner 2007.

                   In accordance with the above, I hereby request a list of Council Tax and BID accounts that meet the following criteria:

                       1. Current overpayment/credit shown for 2008/2009 or any other financial year if credit balance hasn't been carried
                          forward
                       2. Accounts where a 'write on' has been used since 1st April 2000 to cancel an overpayment which has not since been
                          reversed

                   I would request that the list contains the following information:

                          Ratepayer name *
                          Address of property concerned
                          Amount of overpayment/write on
                          If possible, the period/financial year relating to overpayment/credit/write on

                       *Information is only requested where the ratepayer is a company and not an individual as I appreciate this is limited by
                       the Data Protection Acts.

                   Our Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1977

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

                   I have attached a list of accounts where there remains a credit balance outstanding on the Non Domestic Rate account and a
                   list of accounts where a credit balance has been written on in respect of overpaid Non Domestic rates. There were no credit
                   balances or write ons in respect of the BID levy.

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


1978   16/3/2011   Request:

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can you tell me how many new staff posts your council has created since 1st May
                   2010? (Please note, just for the sake of clarity, that I am only interested in NEWLY-CREATED posts, not cases where staff have
                   left and their vacancy has been filled.)

                   Please provide the job title and salary / banding in each newly-created post.

                   In each case, please also indicate whether the post has been filled or is still vacant.

                   Finally, please could you provide me with a headcount for the total number of staff employed by your council on 1st May 2010
                   and 1st February 2011.

                   Our Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1978

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

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

                   Please find the information requested attached.

                   The headcount for Council staff, excluding schools was 2,495 on 1 May 2010 and 2,364 on 1 February 2011.
                   Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the attachment


1979   17/3/2011   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 below.


                   I would like to request details of any schemes run or supported by the council which promote the use of reusable (non-
                   disposable) nappies, eg. by providing vouchers or trial packs to mothers.

                   Firstly, please give details of any such initiatives which the council has run or supported over the past decade, including how
                   long they have been running.

                   The Bedford Borough incentive scheme operates on a £25 cash back for a £50 spend on washable nappies, covers or training
                   pants from any company, or subscribing to a laundering service. Payments are limited to the first 50 successful applicants in
                   any year. The scheme has been running for 1 year.


                   Secondly, please give details of any companies which contribute to the cost of running such schemes, or which run them in
                   association with the council, including how much they contribute financially per year and whether they profit from the
                   arrangement.

                   No companies contribute to the running of the scheme and the scheme does not recommend any companies either. Bedford
                   Borough Council is a member of the ‘GO Real’ campaign and use their logo on leaflets, posters and cash back claim forms.


                   Thirdly, if you have a reusable nappy scheme, please give a yearly break-down showing the following:

                       i.      The number of people who have used it

                               April 2010 to March 2011 there have been 18 successful applicants for the incentive.
                       ii.     What they received under the scheme (eg. £50 cash-back on reusable nappy purchases)

                               They received £25 back for their purchases on real nappies.

                       iii.     The total cost to the council per year of running the scheme.

                   April 2010 to March 2011 the budget for the real nappy campaign is £3041 this includes costs for leaflets, posters, advertising
                   and a competition starter pack. Please note: part of this cost is based on 50 applications being received this financial year.


1980   7/3/2011    Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1980.

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

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

                   Please find the information you requested enclosed. You requested:

                   The cases of all students who have been removed from a school after being found to be older than the permitted age. Include
                   all cases from the past five calendar years.

                   Include all cases where the student is currently appealing the decision, or where the decision is under review, and where the
                   student has not been removed and has been allowed to return.

                   Included the students' nationality, the age they claimed to be/the age it was initially believed they were, their actual age,
                   the start and removal date, and the school.

                   Bedford Borough is not aware of any such cases.


1981   18/3/2011   Request:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please send me the following information:

    1. The amount in £ of your total expenditure through grants to voluntary and community sector organisations for the year
       2010/11
    2. The amount in £ of your total expenditure through contracts to voluntary and community sector organisations for the
       year 2010/11
    3. The overall percentage of your total budget expenditure through grants and contracts to voluntary and community
       sector organisations for the year 2010/11

    4. The anticipated amount in £ of your total expenditure through grants to voluntary and community sector organisations
       for the year 2011/12
    5. The anticipated amount in £ of your total expenditure through contracts to voluntary and community sector
       organisations for the year 2011/12
    6. The anticipated overall percentage of your total budget expenditure through grants and contracts to voluntary and
       community sector organisations for the year 2011/12

    7.    The total numbers of grants issued to voluntary and community sector organisations during the year 2010/11
    8.    The total number of contracts issued to voluntary and community sector organisations during the year 2010/11
    9.    The anticipated number of grants issued to voluntary and community sector organisations during the year 2011/12
    10.   The anticipated number of contracts issued to voluntary and community sector organisations during the year 2011/12

Our Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1981.

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:

It is important to note that the information is estimated data. Please also note that the 2011/12 forecasts do note include data
from all Directorates due to ongoing procurement procedures.
The amount in £ of your total expenditure through grants to voluntary and community sector organisations for the year 2010/11
£648,000

The amount in £ of your total expenditure through contracts to voluntary and community sector organisations for the year
2010/11
£8,771,000

The overall percentage of your total budget expenditure through grants and contracts to voluntary and community sector
organisations for the year 2010/11
3%

The anticipated amount in £ of your total expenditure through grants to voluntary and community sector organisations for the
year 2011/12
£399,000

The anticipated amount in £ of your total expenditure through contracts to voluntary and community sector organisations for the
year 2011/12
£4,917,000

The anticipated overall percentage of your total budget expenditure through grants and contracts to voluntary and community
sector organisations for the year 2011/12
2%

The total numbers of grants issued to voluntary and community sector organisations during the year 2010/11
283

The total number of contracts issued to voluntary and community sector organisations during the year 2010/11
117

The anticipated number of grants issued to voluntary and community sector organisations during the year 2011/12
19

The anticipated number of contracts issued to voluntary and community sector organisations during the year 2011/12
102
1982   23/2/2011   Request:

                   As of 1 February 2011:

                   1 How many DWA licenses are issued in your area?

                   2) How many of these licenses are issued for primates (monkeys, apes or prosimians such as lemurs)?

                   3) What is the cost of obtaining a DWA license in your area?

                   4) What is the cost of renewing a DWA license in your area?

                   5) In April 2010, Defra’s Code of Practice for the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-Human Primates came into force. When
                   inspecting properties for licensing or renewal, are the requirements laid out in this Code taken into consideration?

                   6) Are there any breeders or dealers of primates licensed under the Pet Animals Act 1951 in your area?

                   If there are any primates licensed in your area, please provide the following additional information:

                   For each license issued for a primate / primates, please provide the following information:

                   a) How many individuals and of what species (please provide Latin name: i.e. Cebus apella) are covered?

                   b) Is the license issued for specific individuals or for a set number of any given species (i.e. if a licensed monkey dies, may the
                   owner replace the monkey with another of the same species without applying for a new license)?

                   c) Is there a restriction placed on breeding? If not, does the license automatically cover the offspring?

                   d) What is the age and sex of each licensed primate?

                   e) Where were the primate / primates obtained?
                   Our Response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 1982

                   Thank you for your request for information about Primate Licensed under the DWA Act 1976 which we
                                 st
                   received on 21 Feb 2011 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   Please find our response as follows:

                       1.         One
                       2.         None
                       3.         £144.00 PLUS vet fees (do not know what the vet fees are as it depends how long the vet stays at the premise
                                 etc, the applicant pays the fees)
                       4.         Same as Number 3 above
                       5.         Not applicable to the DWA we licence, we licence wolves so no primates etc.
                       6.         No

                       Section headed “if there are any primates licensed in your area etc”   N/A


1983   16/3/2011   Request:

                   Under the Environmental Information Regulations and the Freedom of Information Act could you please detail all firms and
                   organisations with whom the Council have enjoyed a solicitor/client relationship since 2004 or received documents subject to
                   legal professional privilege?

                   Could you please detail:

                            1.   The date of the appointment and the nature of the work in question

                            2.   The fees paid by the Council and the budget meeting the cost of the expenditure

                            3.   The Committee minutes authorising the appointment
                           4.   The procedure interview/tendering etc that led to the appointment

                           5.   The duration of the instructions

                           6.   The reason it was determined the work could not be undertaken in house

                           7.   Any relevant background papers.

                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1983

                   I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Authority under the provision of the Freedom of
                   Information Act.

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

                   This appropriate limit has been set in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
                   2004 which provides that for a local authority the appropriate limit is £450. This is calculated by reference to a maximum of 18
                   hours being taken and the cost of staff time being set in the Regulations as £25 per hour. The Regulations also say that In
                   calculating the amount the Council may, “for the purpose of its estimate, take account only of the costs it reasonably expects to
                   incur in relation to the request in: (a) determining whether it holds the information, (b) locating the information, or a document
                   which may contain the information, (c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and (d)
                   extracting the information from a document containing it.”
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                   The Council has therefore decided to refuse your request as on 1 April 2009 Bedford Borough Council took over the
                   responsibility of the former Bedfordshire County Council who ceased to exist. If you would like to revise the request from that
                   date then please let me know.


1984   17/3/2011   Request:

                   Please supply any information you hold on the incidence of people living in residential care catering for themselves instead of
                   eating the residential home's food.
                   Please indicate how the food is funded in such cases; and if such residents are prepared or reimbursed by the home or the
                   Council for this cost, how much they are given to pay for their food.


                   Our response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1984

                   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 below the information you requested.

                   Please supply any information you hold on the incidence of people living in residential care catering for themselves
                   instead of eating the residential home's food.

                   Please indicate how the food is funded in such cases; and if such residents are prepaid or reimbursed by the home or
                   the Council for this cost, how much they are given to pay for their food.

                   We have checked with our residential services and cannot identify any such cases and as far as we are aware we do not have
                   any individuals who 'self-cater' instead of eating the residential home's food.


1985   18/3/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 –
                   Request No. 1985

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

                   Please find the information you requested as follows:
1)       The specific locations that flood in Bedford (ie street names/ postcodes/open areas etc) and even those areas that may
not have recently flooded but are still at risk of flooding. This will allow me to determine the size of the study area and possibly
gain information on migrants in the area. I have contacted the Environment Agency who have advised me that the following
locations receive flood warnings, but I wondered if you had more specific information?
Cople,
Willington,
Great Barford,
Tempsford,
Roxton,
Wyboston,
Eynesbury,
Eaton Ford,
Saint Neots,
Little Paxton,
The Offords.

We do not hold a record of specific flood locations. The Environment Agency may be able to assist with locations prone to flood
in from the River Great Ouse and the River Ivel. The Bedford Internal Drainage Board may also hold information on some areas
(Tel: 01234 354396, Website:http://www.idbs.org.uk/).

I should also point out that a number of these locations are outside of the Bedford Borough area Tempsford, Eynesbury, Eaton
Ford, Saint Neots and Little Paxton and the Offords.

2)      I would also like information on where migrants are located in the flood prone and wider local area (or further
information on where there may be clusters of ethnic minority communities) to gain an understanding of the location of migrant
groups in this location (if such data exists).

Please see the attached information on the demography of Bedford Borough; this is also available on our Bedford Borough
Council website, see link below:

        http://www.bedford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/statistics_and_census/borough_statistical_profile.aspx

3)      A breakdown of the different migrant groups in the area, in order to determine which migrant groups may be involved in
the study (especially in the flood prone areas named above). These locations are too small for this data to be available from the
census results.
        See answer to question 2 above.
                   4)     Any information on community participation groups or involvement by migrant/ethnic minority groups in EA flood
                   awareness schemes in the areas- and access to gatekeepers of these groups- who may be useful when accessing migrant
                   communities.
                          We are not aware of any.

                   5)      Information on flood awareness groups in the area not necessarily in relation to migrants, but they may be useful to
                   contact as gatekeepers and potential 'guides' in the field.
                           We are not aware of any.

                   6)      Information or access to reports about these flood prone areas- to identify existing research in the locations.
                           We do not presently hold any such information for these areas. The Environment Agency or the Bedford Internal
                           Drainage Board may be able to assist.

                   7)       I would also appreciate it if I could have some feedback on the potential of conducting my research in these locations,
                   such as whether there is existing community response or action groups, whether any previous similar work has been conducted
                   in the area with residents, or whether there has been any research with ethnic minority/migrant groups etc. Also, I would be
                   interested in any potential problems in these areas with communities or any other potential issues that may act as barriers to the
                   research.
                            No research of this sort has been done as far as we are aware.


1986   18/3/2011   Request:

                   Re: Site Waste Management Plans

                   1. Which department is responsible for site waste management plans?
                   2. How many site waste management plans have been prepared since the Regulations came into force in 2008?
                   3. How many plans have you inspected since the regulations came into force in 2008??
                   4. How many Fixed Penalty Notices have you issued since the regulations came into force in 2008?
                   5. How many cases have gone to Magistrates Court since the regulations came into force in 2008?

                   Our response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 1986
       Thank you for your request for information about Site Waste Management Plans which we received on 22 February 2011. Your
       request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

       Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is not held
       by Bedford Borough Council.

       1.      Which department is responsible for site waste management plans?

               The client proposing to undertake development or demolition is responsible for preparation and monitoring of a SWMP.

       2.      How many site waste management plans have been prepared since the Regulations came into force in 2008?

               The Council does not hold this information, it is the responsibility of the main contractor to maintain the information.

       3.      How many plans have you inspected since the regulations came into force in 2008?

               None

       4.      How many Fixed Penalty Notices have you issued since the regulations came into force in 2008?

               None

       5.      How many cases have gone to Magistrates Court since the regulations came into force in 2008?

               None


1987   Request:

       Please could you let me know
       How many people work for the BCC and
       How much money is used in a year in total.

       Clarification was sought from requester but they did not respond.
1988   4/3/2011   Request and Our response:

                  Thank you for your request for information about recycling which we received on 23 February. Your request has been
                  considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                  I give below the information you requested:

                  1) What arrangements are currently in place for collecting household rubbish (eg, weekly collection for all recycling and rubbish,
                  alternate week collections of recycling and rubbish, alternate week collections with weekly food collections etc)?

                  Weekly collection for rubbish. Alternate weekly collections for garden waste and other mixed dry recyclables (one bin for paper,
                  card, plastic, textiles and tins).

                  2) Have you any plans to change to any other system for collecting rubbish and recycling? If so, why?

                  No

                  3) Are you planning any changes or cuts to your waste and recycling services as a result of reductions in budget?

                  We are planning to optimise our rounds to make more efficient use of our waste collection vehicles. This should reduce mileage
                  and carbon emissions creating savings on fuel to the council without reducing the level of service.

                  4) If you have alternate week collections and are planning to maintain them, what are the main reasons for remaining with that
                  system/barriers to change?

                  N/A

                  5) How many fixed penalty notices did you issue under section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) in the past 12
                  months? What was the total value of the fines issued?

                  26 issued. Total value of fines issued = £1860.

                  6) Have you any innovative schemes, such as a shop voucher rewards scheme, in place to encourage recycling and reduce
                  waste? If not, are you planning any such scheme?
                  Households without a recycling bin are offered them for free, however in the run up to spring we will also be offering discounts
                  on the cost of additional recycling and green waste bins via our ‘Bin Bonanza’ promotion. This should allow all of those keen
                  recyclers to place more of their recyclables out for collection. We are also shortly introducing kerbside battery recycling
                  collections


1989   1/3/2011   Request and Response:

                  Supporting People
                  Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1989

                  I refer to your letter of 19 February addressed to Freedom of Information Officer. The request was received and registered on
                  23 February 2011, and by the Council’s calculations the 20 day statutory limit expires 23 March 2011 by which date you ought
                  to have received this letter. Set out below is the full request and the Council’s response.

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

                            I am doing a survey on the effects of Supporting People charges upon self funding people in rented Sheltered
                            Housing. I understand that in some cases people who were in Sheltered Housing tenure, prior to 2003 do not pay the
                            Supporting People charge. In others they do. It would be most appreciated if you could advise me the policy
                            towards, the above, is in your Supporting People area.

                  2.        Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council:

                            2.1       States that the Information is exempt information.

                            2.2       Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 21 (Information accessible by other
                                      means).

                  The information you have requested is available on the Council’s website at the link below. This paragraph is not part of the
                  formal Freedom of Information response.

                  http://www.bedford.gov.uk/health_and_social_care/help_for_adults/supporting_people/leaflets_and_other_information.aspx
1990   17/3/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1990

                   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 hold some of the information you requested.

                   Please find below the information you requested.

                     1. Name of respondent

                       Simon White, Assistant Director for Commission and Business Support

                     2. How many Blue Badges do you currently have on issue

                       7,837

                     3. How many badges did you issue in 2009

                       The figures for 2009 relate to April 2008 to December 2009 as we became a unitary authority at that time.

                       New badges issued: 822
                       Renewals issued: 1,406

                     4. How many badges did you issue in 2010

                       The figures for 2010 relate to January to December 2010

                       New badges issued:              981
                       Renewals issued:              1,881

                     5. How many reports of misuse did you have in 2009

                       This data is not recorded in a retrievable format and would take in excess of 18 hours to compile.*
6. How many reports of misuse did you have in 2010

 This data is not recorded in a retrievable format and would take in excess of 18 hours to compile.*

7. How many officers (full or pt) are allocated to investigating Blue Badge misuse (one per week = 0.2)

  None
8. How many people were prosecuted in 2009

 None

9. How many people were prosecuted in 2010

 None

10. In 2009 & 2010 how many were prosecuted under S.117 RTA

 None

11. How many were prosecuted under an either way offence

 None

12. What were the total fines issued by the Court for Blue Badge misuse in 2009

 We do not hold this information as Blue Badge misuse is not separately identified. .

13. What were the total fines issued by the Court for Blue Badge misuse in 2010

 We do not hold this information as Blue Badge misuse is not separately identified.

14. What were the total costs awarded by the Court for BB misuse in 2009

 We do not hold this information as Blue Badge misuse is not separately identified.
                     15. What were the total costs awarded by the Court for BB misuse in 2010

                       We do not hold this information as Blue Badge misuse is not separately identified.

                     16. Which department enforces the BB scheme

                       Bedford Parking Services

                     17. Which department issues the BB scheme

                       Adult Services

                     18. Which Director is responsible for enforcement of the BB Scheme

                       Executive Director for Environment and Sustainable Communities

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

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

                   The Council has therefore decided to refuse this part of your request relating to questions 5 and 6.


1991   14/3/2011   Request:

                   Please provide me with the names, address and telephone number of the following council employees:

                   Streetscene manager:
                   Landscape Architect:
                   Parks manager:
                   Children’s Play areas manager:
                   Street Lighting Manager:
                   Waste manager:

                   Our Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1991

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

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

                   Please find the information requested attached.


1992               Request:

                   Freedom of Information Request

                   This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please send me the following information:

                       The average amount of notice given to changes of funding to voluntary and community sector organisations – either to
                       grants or contracts - so far during 2010/11
                       The total number of changes to funding to voluntary and community sector organisations – either to grants or contracts –
                       which were made without issuing a formal consultation so far during 2010/11
                       The average number of responses to consultations concerning changes of funding to voluntary and community sector
                       organisations so far – either through grants or contracts - during 2010/11

                   Clarification was sought from requester but they did not respond.

1993   23/3/2011   Request:
The Government plans to introduce the Universal Credit and plans to incorporate Housing Benefit within that structure.

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

Q1:           Name of your council:

Q2:           How is the service supplied (please state which)

  i.    By directly employed council staff

  ii.   By directly employed council staff that are part of public - public shared services agreement

 iii.   By an external contractor

Q3)      Are you currently engaged in a procurement exercise for the provision of housing benefit services?

Q4)      If the answer to Q3 is ‘Yes’, please state:

        i)          The stage in the procurement process are you at

        ii)         The name of shortlisted bidders or the preferred bidder, if known

        iii)        The date the new contract is anticipated to commence from

        iv)         The date the new contract is anticipated to terminate at

        v)          The number of staff anticipated to transfer as part of the contract

        vi)         Whether Council Tax benefit is anticipated to be delivered under the contract
      vii)                Which other functions (e.g. IT; HR; Finance) form part of the contract?

Q5:     If the answer to Q1 was ‘by directly employed council staff’ please state

                    i.        How many staff are employed delivering this service and the number of a) male and b) female staff

                   ii.        Which computer system is used

                   iii.       What job evaluation scheme has been used to evaluate the posts

                   iv.        Is Council Tax benefit delivered by the same group of staff

Q6:     If the answer to Q1 was ‘by directly employed council staff that are part of a public public shared services agreement’
      please state

             i.           Which other councils are part of this arrangement?

             ii.          How many staff (in total) are employed delivering this service by each participating council, and the number of
                          a) male and b) female staff?

         iii.             Which other functions (e.g. IT; HR; Finance) are included in the shared services agreement?

         iv.              Is Council Tax benefit delivered by the same group of staff?

         v.               What job evaluation scheme has been used to evaluate the posts?

         vi.              What is the address of the workplace(s)?

        vii.              Which computer system is used?

Q7:     If the answer to Q1 was ‘provided by an external contractor’ please state

       viii.              The name of the contractor
           ix.   What is the address of the workplace(s)?

           x.    Who is liable for the accommodation costs?

           xi.   What was the start date of the current contract

          xii.   When is the end date for the current contract

         xiii.   What is the latest figure for the annual cost of the contract for this service?

         xiv.    Would the council face financial penalties if the contract were terminated early?

          xv.    How many staff (in total) are employed delivering this service and the number of a) male and b) female staff?

         xvi.    Is Council Tax benefit delivered by the same group of staff

         xvii.   Which other functions (e.g. IT; HR; Finance) form part of the contract?

        xviii.   What job evaluation scheme has been used to evaluate the posts

         xix.    Which computer system is used?

Our Response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1993

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

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

Please find the information requested below.

Q1:              Bedford Borough Council
                   Q2:             Housing & Council Tax Benefit
                   i.              Yes
                   ii.             N/a
                   iii.            N/a

                   Q3:             No

                   Q4:             N/a
                   Q5:
                   i.              26 staff members of which 22 female & 4 male
                   ii.             Northgate Version 6

                   iii.            The Hay Job Evaluation Scheme is used for jobs in the “middle to top” of the organisation i.e from
                                   spinal column point 37 or equivalent and above and the National Joint Council Job Evaluation Scheme
                                   from the “middle to the bottom” of the organisation i.e spinal column point 36 or equivalent and below
                   iv.              Yes

                   Q6:             N/a

                   Q7:             N/a


1994   3/3/2011    Request:

                   I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the freedom of information
                   act. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. If however this request is too
                   wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise
                   and assist requesters.

                   I would like to ask a plethora of questions relating to DNA/Fingerprints/Other forms of biometric data profiling.

              1.   How many misclassifications have resulted from DNA profiling by your Local Police Force?

              2.   What are the latest figures on i) how many children under the age of 18, have had their fingerprints/ DNA profiles/other
                   biometric data taken in Primary Schools in your area, and of these how many asked for parental consent ii) Secondary Schools
                   iii) academies iv) Sixth Form Colleges ?

              3.   How much does it cost each school to take every child’s fingerprint/ DNA profile/other biometric data?

              4.    How many full time international students from outside the EU or Switzerland attending a University/Higher Education place of
                   learning in your local area, have had their DNA / fingerprints/ other forms of biometric data taken ii)-Can a breakdown by country
                   of origin be given?

              5.   How many international students spending i) year ii) – A semester at a UK University have had their DNA/ other fingerprints/
                   other forms of biometric data taken iii)- Can a breakdown by country of origin be given?

                   Our 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.

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that
                   we do not hold this information. You would need to go directly to the schools themselves, a list of which can be found
                   on the Borough’s website. www.bedford.gov.uk


1995   15/3/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 1995
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                   Thank you for your request for information about the carriageway relating to Aylesbury Road, Bedford which we received on 24
                   February 2011. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Please find below
                   the information you have requested:

                   -   Dates of all safety inspections undertaken on the carriageway in the last two years;
                       Please see attached non-feasance inspection records (PDF document).

                   -   Details of all carriageway defects identified during safety inspections in the two years;
                       Please see attached non-feasance inspection records (PDF document).
                   - Details of how carriageway safety inspections are undertaken, including whether walked or driven, the speed of the
                   inspection vehicle and the number of persons
                      in the vehicle;
                      Walked by inspector.

                   -   The intended frequency of carriageway safety inspections;
                       Yearly.

                   -   Details of all complaints and/or enquiries relating to the carriageway, received in the two years;
                       Please see attached Excel spreadsheet.

                   -   The hierarchy classification;
                       Non-principle highway

                   -   The road/section number;
                       27300756

                   -   The defect intervention criteria adopted in relation to the identification of all categories of carriageway potholes;
                       50mm depth, with vertical sides.

                   - The time period adopted between identification and repair (temporary and permanent) of all categories of carriageway
                   defects;
                      Once identified repaired within 24 hours.

                   - Whether or not the authority has formally adopted all or part of the standards contained within the national code of practice
                   for highways maintenance
                       management;
                       Yes, the authority has adopted the Code of Practice.

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


1996   23/3/2011   Request:
For the financial years 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11 (part), please confirm the amount (if any) paid under any grants,
consultancies or contracts by the public sector

       Please confirm the subject matter of any grants, consultancies or contracts

       Please confirm the extent of any links during 2010 between your authority and representatives of this group and provide
        copy notes of any meetings

Organisations:

    •   The Electoral Reform Society Limited (and its subsidiaries and associated companies Electoral Reform Services Ltd,
        Electoral Reform International Services Ltd, Membership Engagement Services Ltd and Xpress Solutions Ltd)

    •   Any joint venture business in which any of the previously named entities participate or have an interest.

While this information does concern a third party, we will not accept an assertion that disclosure would, or would be likely to,
prejudice commercial interests of third parties as legitimate grounds for refusing this request, under the exemption at section 43
of the Freedom of Information Act. In Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No. 5 the Information Commissioner’s
Office clearly states that the exemption is subject to the public interest test.

There is a clear public interest in furthering the understanding of the issues surrounding the referendum on the parliamentary
voting system, to allow the public to participate in the debate involved. As such, even if disclosure is felt to prejudice a
commercial interest, unless that creates a significant public harm the public interest is still likely to lie in disclosure.

Our response:

Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 1996

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

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

Please find the information you requested enclosed.
                  Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for copies of attachments


1997   9/3/2011   Request:

                  Environmental Information Regulations request

                  We write to request, under the Environmental Information Regulations, the following information :

                      1. Copies of all reports relating to zoo inspections (including Informal and Special Inspections) carried out under the Zoo
                         Licensing Act since January 2005.

                      2. A copy of the zoo’s current stock list.

                      3. Copies of any correspondence between the zoo and the council since January 2005.

                      4. A copy of the current zoo license plus any attached conditions.

                      5. A copy of the inspection carried out under the Zoo Licensing Act which originally granted the zoo a dispensation under
                         section 14 (if this inspection took place prior to January 2005).

                  Response:

                  Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations – Request No. 1997
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                  Thanks you for your request for information about Wild Britain which we received on 24 February 2011. Your request has
                  been considered under Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                  Please find the information requested attached.


1998   8/3/2011   Request:

                  I would like to request formally all outstanding Section 278 Highways Act (1980) Agreements on record in the area of Bedford
Borough Council

Response:

Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 1998

Thank you for your request for information about outstanding S278 Agreements which we received on 24 February 2011. Your
request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find below the information you requested:

        QINETIQ Ltd
        Twinwood Road, Clapham/Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest
        Twinwoods Business Park
        Lloyds TSB Bank Plc
        £155,195.00

        Bellway Homes North London
        A600, High Road, Shortstown
        Development at RAF Cardington, Shortstown
        National House Building Council
        £1,568,666.00

        David Wilson Homes South Midlands
        Cemetery Road, Kempston
        Development on Land West of Kempston
        National House Building Council
        Bond originally £1,024,964.00 now reduced to £256,241.00

        JS Bloor (Northampton) Ltd
        Bedford Road, Elstow
        Wixams Village 1 Development, Elstow
        National House Building Council
        Bond originally £77,831.00 now reduced to £19,457.75

        St. James Property (Grosvenor Place) Ltd
                            B530, Ampthill Road, Kempston Hardwick
                            Development at Former Coronation Brickworks
                            Barclays Bank Plc
                            £279,300.00


1999   11/3/2011   Request and Response:

                   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No 1999.

                   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;

                   I would like to know the following pieces of information relating to expenditure by the local authority on the Building Schools for
                   the Future programme since it began in 2004:

                       1. The total amount spent on architects’ fees for BSF projects; the value of relevant contracts signed with architecture and
                          landscape architecture firms; and the names of those firms.
                      We are unable to give a figure for architect’s fees as we did not employ a separate architectural practise but instead
                      used an integrator, namely Aecom.


                       2. The total amount spent on lawyers’ fees for BSF projects; the value of relevant contracts signed with legal firms; and the
                          names of those firms.
                       We spent £4000 on legal advice from Ward Hadaway


                       3.   The total amount spent on consultants’ fees for BSF projects; the value of relevant contracts signed with consultancies;
                            and the names of those firms.
                       We had consultancy contracts in place with the following AA Projects, Cocentra, Aecom, Grant Thornton and Ward
                       Hadaway. The total value of these contracts was £325,000
                       4.    The total amount spent on planning and pre-procurement for BSF projects.

                       We incurred no planning or pre procurement costs

                       I am aware that some local authorities were yet to spend any money under the BSF programme – please let me know if this
                       is the case. I am also aware that many local authorities established Local Education Partnerships (LEPs) to oversee their
                       BSF projects – if this is the case, I would be grateful if you could pass on this FOI request to the LEP.

                       We had reached SFC2 stage and were embarking on the OBC. No LEP had been formed.



2000   25/3/2011   Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request No. 2000

                   I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council regarding test purchase operations used by Trading Standards
                   in the enforcement of the sale of age restricted products.

                   Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists. I can
                   confirm that Bedford Borough Council Trading Standards Service do carry out test purchasing operations, using volunteers,
                   which are designed to test whether age restricted products are being sold illegally. Please find below the answers we are able to
                   give to you questions and if no answer has been provided the reason for that omission.

                   Question 1.
                   On how many occasions in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 have the Trading Standards team used minors (under age of 16)
                   in test purchases in shops or vendors of any type. In each case could the following please be included
                   a) the date of purchase
                   b) the name of the shop and its location
                   c) what was purchased (the item)
                   d) how many minors were used, and also where possible their ages

                   Test purchasing operations are generally conducted as a result of intelligence led enforcement against any business alleged to
                   be selling age restricted products. We believe that questions 1(a), 1(b) and 1(c) are seeking information that is exempt
                   information under the provisions of Section 30 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as it is information gathered for the
                   purposes of criminal investigations. However we are able to disclose the total numbers of test purchase visits that took place in
each of the years you requested and this information is included with this letter, attached to this email, broken down into the
number of premises that were visited each year and the numbers of sales of an age restricted product that took place and the
number of no sales that occurred.

Please be aware that the information given does not include visits relating to the test purchase of video recordings, fireworks
and butane as enforcement undertaken under the Video Recordings Act 2010 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987 is
considered specified information for the purpose of the Enterprise Act 2002 by virtue of inclusion in Schedule 14 and as such
there is an absolute exemption from disclosure under Section 44 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Question 1(d)
Regarding how many minors were used in each test purchasing operation we also believe is exempt from disclosure under
Section 30 of the Act. However I can say that in general each visit would have involved two volunteers although on some
occasions there may have been specific operational reasons to vary this number.

Question 2
Could I also be provided with how much the Council spent paying minors to carry out test purchases, with a note in
each case with details about the item bought and the sting. Could this information please be broken up on a year by
year basis, starting at 2008, with the latest figures available for 2011?

LACORS practical guide to test purchasing, published in March 2010, states “The Education Act 1996, Section 558 defines a
child as ‘any person who is not over the compulsory school age’ thus any person under the age of 16 years and still in full time
education is deemed to be a child. It follows therefore that where the young person is deemed to be a child, their involvement in
test purchase operations is not considered to be employment by virtue of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, Section
30(1). Such a child may not be in the paid employment of the Local Authority. Where the young person involved in the test
purchase operation is over 16 years of age and has ceased full time education they may be employed and paid by the Local
Authority for the purposes of the operation.” Therefore the Council does not pay volunteers under the age of 16 who participate
in an underage sales test purchasing programmes.

Question 3
How much money in expenses/allowances has been provided to minors carrying out test purchases, with a note in
each case with details about the item bought and the sting. Could this information please be broken up on a year by
year basis, starting at 2008, with the latest figures available for 2011?

LACORS practical guide to test purchasing, published in March 2010, states that “Nothing in this guide precludes an authority
from paying reasonable expenses to any young person engaged in assisting an Authority with test purchase operations. This
may include travel, subsistence and a gratuity (for example a voucher or token) to the young person”. LACORS also advises
                   that Councils may provide refreshments for their volunteers.

                   Trading Standards do not pay its volunteers, however we do provide them with refreshments at the end of each operation and
                   they receive a gratuity from us towards their mobile phone costs in accordance with the LACORS guidance.

                   Question4
                   What is the estimated operational cost to the council of all test purchases involving minors in 2008, 2009, 2010 and
                   2011?

                   In order to provide you with this information it would be necessary to review each operation and to cost out all aspects of it
                   including officer time, officer mileage costs and money spent during each operation. In addition some of the data you require
                   would have been held by Bedfordshire County Council which was the enforcement authority until April 2009 when the Council
                   was disaggregated and the Trading Standards function was transferred to Bedford Borough Council. Due to the nature of this
                   request we believe that the exemption in Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will apply in this case.


2001   25/3/2011   Request:

                   Under the Freedom of Information Act please provide the following:

                   *The amount paid in compensation by the council to individuals for the damage caused by potholes and poor road maintenance
                   in
                   2007/2008
                   2008/2009
                   2009/2010
                   And the financial year 2010/2011 up to the current date.

                   * Please also provide the road maintenance budget for each of these years.


                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2001
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                   Thank you for your request for information about Pothole Compensation and Road Maintenance which we received on 28
                   February 2011. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004.
                  Changes made to local government in Bedfordshire saw two new unitary authorities created in April 2009, Bedford Borough
                  Council and Central Bedfordshire Council and this was to replace Bedfordshire County Council. Bedford Borough Council
                  became responsible for the Bedford Borough administrative area and Central Bedfordshire Council became responsible for the
                  old Mid Beds and South Beds area. Consequently I am unable to provide the requested data for the period prior to April 2009.

                  The information you have requested is as follows:

                  The amount paid in compensation by the council to individuals for the damage caused by potholes and poor road
                  maintenance in:

                  2009/2010 = £3065
                  2010/2011 = £2318 (to date)

                  Please also provide the road maintenance budget for each of these years:

                  Routine Highways Maintenance Revenue Budgets:

                  2009/2010 = £2,019,800
                  2010/2011 = £2,149,180

                  Capital Maintenance Budgets:
                  (this budget funds carriageway resurfacing schemes as well as works on street lighting, bridges, paths and highways drainage)

                  2009/2010 = £6,939,000
                  2010/2011 = £7,000,000


2002   1/3/2011   Request:

                  Please disclose under the FOI Act:

                         The most recent unpublished inspection report of Whipsnade Zoo
                   Response:

                   Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2002

                   Thank you for your request for information about Whipsnade Zoo which we received on 28/02/11. Your request has been
                   considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

                   Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you have requested is not held
                   by Bedford Borough Council. This information is held by Central Bedfordshire who can be contacted by e-mail
                   accesstoinfo@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or alternatively we can pass the request to them; please let us know which way you
                   would like us to proceed.


2003   29/3/2011   Request:

                   I am currently appealing a parking ticket issued by Bedford Borough Council to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal . However before I
                   decide if I am taking my appeal any further, I am seeking further information from you.

                   So under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, to assist with my appeal to the relevant adjudicator please can you
                   provide the following information:

                          Copies of engineers diagrams showing the layout of this restriction.

                          Logs of maintenance visits verifying existence and condition of the signs.

                          Logs of maintenance work actually carried out in respect of this location.

                          The number of PCNs issued by Bedford Borough Council in respect of this location and cancelled following informal
                           challenges.

                          The number of PCNs issued by Bedford Borough Council in respect of this location and cancelled following formal
                           appeal to them.

                   Response:
Request pursuant to Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004 – Request No. 2003
                                   rd
Thank you for your letter dated 23 March, giving clarification to your original request to your initial request for information about
                                                                   th
parking restrictions in Bedford which we received by e-mail on 28 February 2011. Your request has been considered under
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you requested is as follows:

       Copies of engineers diagrams showing the layout of this restriction.

        Please find details enclosed.

       Logs of maintenance visits verifying existence and condition of the signs.

        As there is no signage requirements for double yellow lines, there are no signs to maintain. In accordance with our
        enforcement procedure, signage and lines must be clearly visible and must conform to the directions given within with
        Traffic Sign and Regulations and General Directions 2002. Should the signs and lines not be compliant with these
        guidelines, the enforcement of parking restrictions shall not take place until such necessary remedial works are carried
        out to bring these lines and signs up to Regulation. Our lines and signs are inspected by out enforcement team (Civil
        Enforcement Officers) during their patrols and are reported for remedial work should it be required. Enforcement is
        carried out over 7 days of the week and we find that this method of maintaining and inspecting the quality of the signs
        and lines to be the most efficient method of inspections and allows the Council to utilise the efficiency of its staff.

       Logs of maintenance work actually carried out in respect of this location.

        There have been no works carried out at this location within the last 2 years.

       The number of PCNs issued by Bedford Borough Council in respect of this location and cancelled following informal
        challenges.

        Please find details enclosed
      The number of PCNs issued by Bedford Borough Council in respect of this location and cancelled following formal
       appeal to them.

       Please find details enclosed

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

				
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