||1. How many charities in total on 1/1/2011 rented council
2. How many currently rent council
3. How many charitable
organisations been evicted from council property since
4. Has the council cut the reduced
rent scheme to any extent and if so by how much?
5. If the answer to (4) is
i) By how much have rents
ii)How much does the council hope to save by altering
the reduced rent scheme?
||1. Does the Council operate a garden waste collection service?
2. If so, does the Council charge residents
for this service? How much?
3. If paid for, how many subscribers (a) does
the service currently have (b) have there been in each year the
service was available?
4. If paid for, how many subscribers join and
leave the service on average each year?
5. What is the total cost to the
Council/contractor of operating the service each year? What is the
unit cost per subscriber?
6. What is the total revenue of the service
7. How many collection trucks are used in
providing the service? Who owns the trucks and what did they cost
8. If operated as a wheelie bin service, how
many garden waste bins are collected by the crews per hour, on
9. Who is the Council's supplier of garden
waste wheelie bins (if used) and what was the most recent unit
10. What plans does the Council have to (a) expand the
service (b) increase/introduce charges in the next three
|| Contract information – vehicle rental and vehicle
||I would like to request a copy of your current contracts
register detailing all current live contracts.
I understand that your contracts register contains
details of your current contracts including start date, end date,
contract value and winning supplier
FOIA1731 Response (147KB)
||Could you please tell me, under the Freedom of Information Act
2004, how much money Scarborough Borough Council has paid to
private companies and/or individuals whose job it has been to
identify potential ways in which the council could save money?
I would like to know the total amount charged
to the council in
financial year 2010/11 to date, as well as the totals for the
previous four years. I would also like to see copies of any
reports on potential savings which have been provided to you by
these individuals and/or companies for the 2009/10 and 2010/11
financial years (to date).
Northgate Report Feb 2010
Northgate Report Review 29 January 2010 part 1 (7.4MB)
Part 2 (4.3MB)
||Does your council offer recycling credits to charities? YES/NO
If YES, what materials do you pay
for? (including Furniture items)
If YES, at what rate do you pay recycling
If we were to apply for recycling credits,
who is your contact point at the council?
If you do not offer Recycling Credits at present, will you be
reviewing this policy in the future and if so, when will this
review take place?
Following widespread restructuring in local
authorities I would like to know the name and email address of the
senior officer currently in the following roles at your
Finance (e.g. Finance Director)
Human Resources (e.g. Head of Human Resources)
Information Technology (e.g. IT Director)
Performance Management (e.g. Performance Manager)
If the Council has entered into Shared Service
with another Council, can you please let us know the name of that
Council and which officer from either Council now leads the above
Additionally, in relation to the use of
application software at the Council we would like to know the name
of the Vendor and application name for the following systems:-
Finance General Ledger (e.g. Oracle Financials, Agresso)
Planning/Budgeting (e.g. Excel, SPSS, component of Ledger
Human Resources (Personnel/payroll e.g. iTrent, Resourcelink,
Performance management (e.g. Covalent, Corvu, Inphase. This
software has typically recorded your National, Local and
The Corporate Business Intelligence reporting tool (e.g.
Cognos, Crystal, Business Objects)
||Please could you provide the name and e-mail address of the
persons with the following roles at the Council.
Head of Refuse;
Head of Street Cleaning;
Head of Civil Enforcement Team/Car Wardens;
Head of Highways;
Head of Parks and Countryside;
Head of Grounds Maintenance;
The person responsible for winter management planning at the
The person responsible for Health and Safety (the welfare of the
workforce) e.g. the Health and Safety Officer; and
The person in charge of procurement for the
||I am writing to obtain information about employer contributions
to, and the deficit of, the local government pension scheme.
1. The total amount paid in employer’s
contributions to staff pension schemes in the financial year
2009-10, not including staff in schools and the fire service.
“Employer’s contributions” should include all payments to the
scheme, including added years benefit and unfunded payments.
2. The total amount paid in employer’s
contributions to staff pension schemes in the financial year
2010-11, not including staff in schools and the fire service.
“Employer’s contributions” should include all payments to the
scheme, including added years benefit and unfunded payments.
3. How many serving councillors are members of
the pension scheme for each of the financial years 2009/10 &
The deficit of the pension scheme on each of the following
days: 1st April 2009, 1st April 2010, and
1st April 2011.
1. All copy documentation to show all the
steps the Council are taking to balance their land charge
2. A copy of the accounts (and accompanying
reports) for the land charge section showing the profit and loss
for they years 2005 to date.
3. All documents, both internally (including management team
and committee reports) and that from external bodies (including
government departments and the LGA) making representations and
suggestions with regard to search fees and the land charge
20110329 ICM Charges
||We write to request, under the Environmental Information
Regulations, the following information relating to Betton Bird of
Prey & Conservation Centre:
of all reports relating to zoo inspections (including Informal and
Special Inspections) carried out under the Zoo Licensing Act since
2. A copy
of the zoo’s current stock list.
of any correspondence between the zoo and the council, relating to
zoo licensing, since January 2005.
A copy of all zoo licenses issued since January
2005 plus any attached conditions.
1. How many residents in your council
area have been identified by the council as currently being "at
risk" of losing their homes? (eg: those in housing difficulty who
have contacted the council for assistance in any of the above
situations and those identified by the council as being at risk of
becoming homeless), comparing figures September 2010 and September
2. Can you provide a breakdown of these
residents by their tenure (privately renting, council tenants,
3. Can you provide a breakdown of the
reasons given by households in need of advice or assistance (eg:
redundancy, family breakdown, domestic violence, financial
4. Does your council have an accurate
figure or estimate for the number of people in the council area
currently sleeping rough, as at your last rough sleeping count?
5. Does your council have an
accurate figure or estimate for the number of people placed by
the council and currently living in temporary accommodation?
Comparing figures forSeptember 2010 and September 2011.
6. What is the council's total budget
for homelessness services in the 2011/12 financial year, and how
does this compare to the budget for 2009/10 and 2010/11?
7. Has the council been forced to scale back its
homelessness services/provision due to budget cuts in the past
1) OCR scanning technology is used within Scarborough Borough
Council and in which departments?
(2) What type of documents are processed by OCR scanning
(3) Name of supplier for current OCR scanning contract?
(4) What Document Management System is currently in place within
Scarborough Borough Council?
(5) Is there a Workflow system as well? Please name it.
(6) Which ERP system is currently used with Scarborough Borough
Council and what version?
(7) Does Scarborough Borough Council use Invoice Capture
Software? Please name it.
(8) If no how many council employees are tasked with Invoice
1) How many FOIA requests has the Council
2) How many FOIA requests have received a
formal designation number and formal response?
3) How many FOIA requests have been issued
with a refusal Notice?
4) How many responses have invoked any of
the exemption clauses of the FOIA, DPA or EIR?
5) How many FOIA requests have resulted in
an appeal to the ICO?
6) How many FOIA appeals to the ICO have
7) How many FOIA appeals to the ICO have
8) How many FOIA appeals to the ICO are
presently pending resolution?
9) How many upheld ICO appeals have
resulted in sanctions against the Council; please list, by number
and date, quoting the ICO judgement showing the nature and degree
of the sanction(s)?
9) How many complaints have been lodged
against the Council or indivdual employees of the Council?
10) How many complaints have been
11) What sanctions or reprimand was imposed
as a result of successful complaints (if any)?
12) Of those complaints that failed to
achieve resolution at all three stages of the Council's Complaints
Procedure, how many resulted in a complaint to the Local Government
13) How many were denied?
14) How many were upheld?
15) How many are presently pending
16) Of those that were upheld, how many
have resulted in sanctions against the Council; please list, by
number and date, quoting the LGO judgement showing the nature and
degree of the sanction(s)?
17) How many Council employees named in
complaints are still in the Council's employ?
18) Of those, how many resigned
voluntarily, for reasons unconnected with the outcome of the
19) How many former employeesof the Council
against whom complaints have been lodged have signed non-disclosure
20) How many present employees of the Council against whom
complaints have been lodged have signed non-disclosure
Could you please tell me if I report a
breach of planning permission is the person responsible for the
breach told the
identity of the person who reported them. And can Council
Officers from departments other than Planning access the
information on the Council computer system.
- name of deceased (including maiden name)
- date and place of death
- data and place of birth
- last known residence for the deceased
- whether next of kin have been traced
- value of the estate
- date of which referred/due to be referred to the Treasury
||From March 2011 how many public health funerals has your
organisation has performed. The names ( including maiden names),
date of death, dates of birth and last known residence for the
deceased. Whether next of kin have been locatedHas the
estate, if any, been passed onto the Treasury Solicitor, Duchy of
Cornwall/ Lancaster or in Scotland the QLTR and when was it sent.
The value of said estate
||I would like to know how many public health funerals have
been carried out by you local authority since March
2011 when no known next of kin can be found. 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
||I require the following details: Name, Last known
address, Date of birth, Date of death and estimated size of estate
for any persons who have died, since March 2011 in your
local authority area and whose details you have passed or will be
passing onto either theTreasury Solicitor, Duchy of
Lancaster/Cornwall or local Procurator Fiscal office in
||I wish to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act I
require the following details.
Name of the deceased including any maiden
Date of Birth of deceased
Date of Death of deceased
Last known Address of the deceased
When the estate was passed onto the Treasury
Solicitor, Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall, QLTR ( Scotland)
Estimate of the estate if any
The details requested concern those members of
the public who have died without any known next of kin or those
people that have died with a named next of kin that cannot be
traced and therefore the treasury Solicitor maybe unwilling to act
I would like this information from January
2011 to present date if possible.
The information is most likely held by the Enviromental
Protection Department or similiar within your local authority I am
happy to receive the information via email.
|| Estates NOK Information
||My last foi request was sent 18/1/11. I would like information
about any person who has died apparently intestate and with no
living blood relatives being known when they died, from 1st June
2010 to the date of your response. In particular:
The date(s) they passed away.
Their addresses at death.
Their forenames, or initials, plus
Ages at death or dates of birth.
Places of birth.
Marital condition (bachelor, spinster
Maiden surnames of married/widowed/divorced
The values of their estates.
The date(s) on which information was referred
to the Treasury Solicitor, Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall.
Please also advise if you have yet to refer the information
above, or a decision is still pending.
||Estates NOK Information
||1. Please would you confirm that the MOU approved by Cabinet
was the document subsequently signed by the Chairman of the Whitby
Harbour Board, without any further amendment. and2. Please
may I have a copy of the plans referred to in sections 5e and 5f of
the MOU as forming part of Appendix 5, but which were not
included in the PDF published with the Cabinet
My request is for information regarding
persons who have died with no known next of kin since 1/6/11 to the
present day and to include any 'pending' cases that may shortly
pass to the Treasury Solicitor and any cases where the Deceased
died before 1/6/11 but were not included in your last response to
me for whatever reason. More specifically;
1. full names,
2. dates of birth / ages at death,
3. marital status,
4. maiden surnames of married females,
5. dates of death,
6. last known addresses,
7. estimated value of estates,
8. date(s) when the information was
passed (or information that is pending or about to be passed) to
the Treasury Solicitor (or Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or
Q<R in Scotland).
||I would like to know how many public health funerals have been
carried out by you local authority since June 2011. 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.
||The names of all Public Health Funerals/ bona vacantia
estates passed or in the process of being
referred ie pending referral to The Treasury
Solicitor (BV) Department or Duchy of Lancaster within
the last 4 weeks.
We request the following information only:
1) The full name
of the deceased
2) The date of
3) Last known
value of estate ( if not exempt )
I would be grateful if you would provide a breakdown of the
amount written off by the council in unpaid debts over the
following three financial years: 2008/9; 2009/10; 2010/2011,
broken down for each year by type of debt: including council
tax, business rates, parking fines, overpaid benefits
||The names of all bona vacantia estates referred or
in the process of being referred to The Treasury
Solicitor (BV) Department within the last two
I request the following information only:
1. The full name if the deceased
2. The date of death
3. Last known address (if not
4. The value of the estate (if not exempt)
||Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold
relating to persons who have died with no known next of kin since
my last request of 12/5/11 to the day of your reply. Please
1. full names of deceased persons,
2. dates of death,
3. marital status,
4. maiden surnames of married or widowed
5. dates of birth or ages at death,
6. last known addresses,
7. estimated value of estates,
8. date(s) when the information was passed (or
information that is about to be or likely to be passed) to the
Treasury Solicitor or the Duchy of Lancaster or
||I would like information on people dying with no next of kin
being known at the time of death from the date of my last request
of 1/4/11 to the day of your response to this request. If someone
died before 1/4/11 but the case has only come to your
attention since my last request, could you please also include
details, as follows:
1. Surnames and forenames or
2. Dates and places of death
3. Age at death or date of birth
4. Place of birth
5. Marital status
6. Maiden surnames of married or widowed
7. Usual address
8. approx. value of their estate if
9. The date you sent information to the
Treasury Solicitor (or, if in Lancashire, the Duchy of Lancaster,
or, if in Cornwall, the Duchy of Cornwall), or confirmation that
this action was not applicable.
10. If you have yet to send the information on, as
per 9 above, or a decision has not yet been made whether or
not to do so, please also advise of this.
I would like to know details of anyone who has
died with no known next of kin from my last request of 21/3/2011 to
the present, but to include details of any person who may
have died prior to this date whose details were not included
in your last reponse to me, and to be more specific;
1. their full names
2. the date they died
3. 3. the approximate
value of their estate
4. 4. their dates of
birth or age at death
5. 5. whether or not
they were married, divorced, single, or widowed
6. 6. the maiden
surnames of married females or widows
7. 7.their address
8. 8. the date when a
referral was made of this estate to the Treasury Solicitor or Duchy
of Lancaster or Cornwall
9. 9. If a referral to
the Treasury Solicitor or Duchy has not yet been made and you
think it will be made soon could you advise me of this too.
10. 10. If a case is still undecided or awaiting
referral, please also advise of details.
||1) How many homes have been given planning permission on Green
Belt land for each calendar year since 2001?
2) How many applications for planning
permission for homes on green belt land were received for
each calendar year since 2001?
3) How many homes have been given planning
permission on Brownfield land for each calendar year since
4) How many applications for planning
permission for homes on Brownfield land were
received for each calendar year since 2001?
5) How many of these homes were
6) How many applications for planning
permission were received on green belt land for each calendar year
7) How many applications for planning
permission were received on Brownfield land for each calendar year
8) For question 6 how many were granted
9) For question 7 how many were granted
10) For question 1, how many of these homes
were classed as Affordable?
11) For question 2, how many of these homes were classed as
||A list of all Public Space Surveillance camera positions.
This information is submitted to yourselves usually in the form of
an asset register containing longitude and latitude or other
geographical coordinates/indicators of the camera(s) position. This
includes all cameras owned/operated by your organisation and also
we request all positions of Bus Lane/Traffic enforcement
||I am trying to collect a full list of biodiversity and habitat
offsetting schemes across England. Offsetting is where the impacts
of a development are compensated for by creating a habitat on a
separate site (as opposed to mitigation which takes place on site).
The questions are as follows:
1. Can you provide details of any planning
permissions granted by your Local Planning Authority which mandated
any habitat or biodiversity offsetting schemes under Conservation
(Natural Habitats, &c) Regs 1994 (Commonly known as 'Habitats
Regulations' under the EU Habitats Directive)?
2. Have you undertaken any other offsetting
scheme under other planning legislation (such as Section 106
planning agreements)? Are you aware of any voluntary or other
offsetting agreements that have taken place by developers?
3. Can you send all the relevant
documentation relating to any offsetting schemes (preferably as
PDFs)? This could include, but should not necessarily be limited
-- Environmental Impact Statements
-- Any Section 106 documentation relating to
the offsetting schemes
-- Details of long-term management plans
-- Evidence of current condition of offset
-- Evidence of effect on transported
4. How much did each individual offsetting
5. Can you provide any evidence of any
monitoring and follow-up assessing the ongoing quality of the
6. Has your local authority instigated any
enforcement action if the offsetting was unsuccessful? What was the
outcome of the enforcement for each offsetting scheme?
7. Does your Local Authority employ an
in-house ecologist? If not, how do you get advice on ecological
matters in planning?
Definition: Offsetting -- where the environmental impacts of
a development are compensated with some environmental that takes
place at a different location. This is different from mitigation,
where the impacts of a particular development are compensated on
the same site.
||The above paper was sent to all Councils in March 2011.
Paragraph 4 appears to be missing. £34,555 is being given to
each Council. Please advise me whether this meets your lost
income and liability to refund unlawfully charged fees.
I note Councils are now being offered
financial support. Is there likely to be a shortfall and, if so,
who will bear the cost?
Was there a legitimate expectation that all
Councils would have their losses met in full?
The documents below suggest that such an
expectation would be reasonable.
DEFRA letter dated 28.9.10 to local
“There should be no overall cost to
local authorities in the current financial year as the loss of
income and repayment of unlawful charges will be met by central
The Ministry of Justice advised 11.11.10
Paragraph 1 of page 12 of the Cross-Whitehall
review of statutory duties states that “The cost of the recent
withdrawal of the fee for a personal search of the local land
charges register in England for the current year is being met by
How does the £34,555 compare with the figures
you supplied to Government via the MOJ and LGA?
Do you know what rationale determines that the same sum goes
to all Councils irrespective of size? For example, Lambeth Borough
Council’s auditor, Deloitte’s, calculate Lambeth Council’s EI
refund liability to be a minimum of £6 million. Please advise me of
||All copy correspondence (including E- mails) your land
charges staff have had amongst themselves and with all other
bodies (including but not confined to staff at other Councils)
on the subjects of :
1. Meetings of land charges staff, including
reports and minutes of such meetings.
2. NLIS including copy contracts and
3. Search numbers for official and personal
searches over the last 6 years
4. Market share of the Council for
searches compared with the private sector
5. The formulation of Council charging
policies and practises for all such environmental information
as to enable a land property search to be undertaken
6. Restrictions on appointments for personal
searches and number of searches permitted per appointment.
7. Staff numbers, staff reorganisations and
8. Charging policies and practices for
personal searches of the local land charges register.
9. Liability for charges illegally made.
||DEFRA wrote to all local authorities 27.7.10, advising them
that a fee for a personal search of the local land charges register
is incompatible with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
and the underlying 2003 European Directive. Such charges are
therefore unlawful. Under EIR/FOI, I should be grateful if
you would inform me of:
· The Council’s understanding of the
legal position on charges for personal searches.
· The Council’s current charging policy
for personal searches.
· Estimates of the financial liability
for refunds of charges wrongly made.
The reply should include all recorded
information covering the above issues.
I.e. Committee reports, meeting minutes, correspondence
within the Council and with outside organisations, including
List 1 - New Business Rates accounts opened
from 1/4/2007 and 31/3/2009
List 2 - A current list of live Business
In each case please provide the following information:
- Properties with a rateable value in excess
- Name and Address of the current rate
– Billing Authority Reference Number
If possible please also indicate where the property is
currently subject to empty rates (either within the statutory void
period or where empty rates are being charged)
||I would be obliged if you could forward the information
requested below for our clients:-
· Details of all genuine credits
that are held on your business rates system, to include: credits
written away to suspense/ control accounts
· amounts written off during the
last 12 months
Please exclude all non genuine credits that
may have arisen as a result of internal accounting practices.Could
you please provide the following details :-
· Name of Company
· Amount (Value)
· Date credit arose
· Property Address
· Property Postcode
· Billing Address
· Billing Postcode
· Account Number
· Property Reference Number
· Reason for Credit
Zurich Assurance, Reed Employment Ltd, The Sofa Workshop Ltd,
Kier Homes, Europcar/National Car Rental/Kier
||Please could you advise under the freedom of information act
when the below property started paying business council tax from
residential: 28 Muston Road, Hunmanby, North
||(a) Addresses and rateable values of Commercial properties that
are within your District Council up to a rateable value of £12,000
who are eligible for, but not currently receiving small business
rate relief; and(b) If possible, the names of the
owners of those properties referred to in (a).
||List of Council Tax and BID accounts that meet the following
1. Current overpayment/credit shown for
2008/2009 or any other financial year if credit balance hasn't been
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
||Under the Freedom of Information Act, I was wondering if
anyone had appealed against a PCN given to them for parking in the
Filey Country Car Park when they had paid for a ticket in the Filey
Caravan park and if so what was the outcome?
|| FOIA1712 Response
|| Council Tax information
||We therefore request a breakdown of credit balances accrued
since your earliest records, for the amounts owing to all
“incorporated” companies within the authorities billing area,
· The name of each business in
respect of which Non-Domestice Rate credit balances remain
· The value of overpayment in each
case which remains unclaimed;
· The year(s) in which overpayment
was made; and
· The hereditament address
Please note that no personal data (as defined under the Data
Protection Act 1998) is requested and any personal data contained
within files concerning Non-Domestic Rates is exempted from this
I would like to obtain information on council
tax. In particular I would like answers to the following
1) How many councillors were sent one or more
reminder letters for late payment of their council tax?
2) Of these what was the total amount that
they all failed to pay straight away?
3) What were the individual amounts of these?
i.e. £100 and £560 etc...
4) How many councillors have been sent two or
more reminder letter for late payment?
5) If possible, could the above be broken down
to show figures from each political party?
The above questions all cover the last full
financial year (2010/2011) and only cover people who are
councillors and not, for example, just people who work for the
An example of a preferred response would
1) 3 (2x Labour, 1x Conservative)
3) £1000, (Labour) £750 (Labour), £250