Ref: Date of Response: Information Requested: Response: Exemptions:
4872 26.07.17 and 04.08.17

Choice Based Lettings: 

1. The total number of people added to the local authority’s housing waiting list, or otherwise made eligible to bid for social housing during 2015/16 

2. The total number of lettings made through a choice based lettings or equivalent scheme during 2015/16 

3. The total amount spent on the Choice Based Lettings programme or equivalent scheme during 2015/16 by the local authority. This should where possible include all costs

4. The total amount spent (including staff costs) on any other processes involved in administering applications to join the housing waiting list, or otherwise to apply to be made eligible to bid for social housing during 2015/16 

Environmental Health: 

1. The total number of cases worked on by the council’s environmental health team during 2015/16 

2. The total number of cases worked on by the council’s environmental health team related to all rented residential housing (including all types of rented property including homes owned by the council, a registered provider or a private landlord) during 2015/16 

3. The total number of staff hours spent on all cases related to all rented residential housing during 2015/16 

4. The cost (including salaries and administration) to the council of work done on cases related to all rented residential housing during 2015/16

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

Choice Based Lettings (26.07.17): 

1. The Council is unable to provide the information as requested because the Devon Home Choice IT system (Home Connections) can only report on data as at a specific date, not historic data. The Housing team are able to provide instead, the numbers of households in housing need and in Band E as at 1 April 2015 and 1 April 2016, as this is collected for Devon Home Choice Monitoring Report (held on their website): 

01.04.15:

Housing need Bands (A-D) = 1325

No housing need Band (E)  = 1300

Total                                 = 2625

01.04.16:

Housing need Bands (A-D) = 1410

No housing need Band (E)  = 1613

Total                                 = 3023

The above are households that North Devon Council manages their applications. 

2. Number of homes in North Devon let through Devon Home Choice 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016 = 298 

3. Devon Home Choice is paid for by partner landlords. A charge is made for each home advertised through the scheme. 

  • Each of the 10 Devon local authorities contributed 1,000 pounds in 2015/16 towards the running costs of Devon Home Choice 
  • Three local authorities (East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council and Mid Devon District Council) are landlords and so also paid the following amounts to advertise homes through Devon Home Choice in 2015/16: 

-      East Devon District Council = 5,925 pounds

-      Exeter City Council = 7,075 pounds

-      Mid Devon District Council = 6,275 pounds

4. In 2015/16 the other expenditure was as follows: 

  • 210 pounds to Exeter City council towards the IT work required to comply with the ‘Right to Move’ statutory guidance
  • 22 pounds – Travel
  • 67,271.56 pounds – Support costs (including staff) 

Environmental Health (provided 02.08.17, permitted extension to deadline to complete): 

1. 12,876 cases for the whole of Environmental Health and Housing 

2. 620 housing related cases, broken down into the following categories: 

HHSRS inspections = 172

Fire notifications = 1

Empty homes = 1

PS Housing Management = 49

PS Housing overcrowding = 1

Housing complaints = 191

PSH immigration = 3

HMO inspections = 150

Notices = 52

3.Environmental Health and Housing do not carry out accurate time recording; therefore they have provided an estimate of 5,698 hours spent working on housing related matters by housing staff

4. 338,104 pounds. Please note the figure provided is calculated from the official hourly rates of 3.5 housing staff members 

  • The newly adopted corporate method for hourly rate calculation is the hourly salary rate + a percent multiplier for corporate costs and services, support costs, on costs etc. 
  • Environmental Health and Housing went through a restructure last year and during which the Private Sector Housing Team moved from Housing and into Public Protection and the Assistant to Head of Service (who is a manger) was drafted in to address varied issues. The normal structure has a Service Lead to head up the team (a less costly post) answerable to a Manager whose time is split between four different functional areas
  • In producing the above figure, the hourly rates if the housing staff (3.5) have been added them together then multiplied by 37 hours and 52 weeks
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4886 07.08.17 

Further information further to information received 28 July 2017: 

Household type, bedroom need and age profiles for each housing band

The following information was provided to the applicant, following on from the response provided 28 July 2017: 

Band B = 3 

Breakdown of bedroom need:

1 bedroom = 2

2 bedroom = 1 

Breakdown of household type by person:

1 person = 2

2 person = 1

Breakdown of applicant’s age range:

16 – 25 years = 1

26 – 54 years = 1

55+ years = 1 

Band C = 8 

Breakdown of bedroom need:

1 bedroom = 4

2 bedroom = 3

4 bedroom = 1 

Breakdown of household type by person:

1 person = 4

2 person = 2

3 person = 1

6 person = 1 

Breakdown of applicant’s age range:

16 – 25 years = 0

26 – 54 years = 4

55+ years = 4 

Band D = 18 

Breakdown of bedroom need:

1 bedroom = 13

2 bedroom = 3

3 person = 2 

Breakdown of household type by person:

1 person = 10

2 person = 4

3 person = 3

4 person = 1 

Breakdown of applicant’s age range:

16 – 25 years = 1

26 – 54 years = 7

55+ years = 10 

Band E = 64 

Breakdown of bedroom need:

1 bedroom = 36

2 bedroom = 20

3 bedroom = 6

4 bedroom = 2 

Breakdown of household type by person:

1 person = 27

2 person = 23

3 person = 7

4 person = 4

5 person = 3 

Breakdown of applicant’s age range:

16 – 25 years = 3

26 – 54 years = 34

55+ years = 27
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4890 07.08.17

1. What is the value of property owned by the council that generates an income (excluding council housing)?

2. How much in monetary value, if any, of this portfolio relates to residential property?

3. What is the value of this portfolio has been purchased since 2010 specifically to generate an income?

4. What is the estimated return on investment from the portfolio over the next five years? eg. percent rental yield

5. Please provide the type and value of:

a) the largest property

b) the smallest property

6. What is the value, if any, of property owned outside the local authority area?

 The applicant was provided with the following in response:
  1. 4,459,186.40 pounds
  2. None
  3. None purchased since 2010
  4. 1.227m pounds receivable in rent over the next five years
  5. The Council has a number of properties valued at 1 pound, with Plot 3, Seven Brethren Bank being the highest value at 725,000 pounds
  6. The Council does not own any property outside of the local authority area
None
4895 03.08.17

1) How many complaints from tenants did the Council receive in total about private rental properties between July 2012 and July 2017, broken down by year? 

2) How many complaints from this total number were received in relation to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year? 

3) How many inspections on private rental properties were carried out under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System? How many of these inspections were carried out on HMOs during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year? 

4) How many category 1 hazards were discovered in total during the course of HHSRS inspections, and how many of these were discovered in HMOs during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year? 

5) How many category 2 hazards were discovered in total during the course of HHSRS inspections, and how many of these were discovered in HMOs during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year?

6) Where complaints were received by the council during the period specified in Q1, how many resulted in: 

i) No action being taken : total number, and number of HMOs - broken down by year 

ii) Informal action taken against landlords: and number of HMOs - broken down by year 

iii) formal enforcement action being taken against landlords: total number and number of HMOs - broken down by year

The applicant was provided with the following information in response: 

1. The following totals relate to complaints from tenants from both private and Registered Social Landlords (RSL) properties.  Unfortunately the system used by the Private Sector Housing team does not record if tenants are private or RSL:

2012/2013 = 259

2013/2014 = 206

2014/2015 = 170

2015/2016 = 191

2016/2017 = 137

2017/2018 = 45 

2. Private Sector Housing (PSH) advise that they are unable to provide this information as any complaints will be recorded against individual flats but the HMO component records from the ‘shell’ address, so the HMO component would be ‘Brynsworthy House’ but the complaint would be recorded against ‘Flat 3, Brynsworthy House’. 

3. 2012/2013 = 278

   2013/2014 = 267

   2014/2015 = 194

   2015/2016 = 172

    2016/2017 = 90

    2017/2018 = 20

Again, PSH are unable to provide the number of inspections that were carried out on HMO’s during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year.  The reason is the same as given in response to Q2.

 4. 2012/2013 = 193

    2013/2014 = 182

    2014/2015 = 84

    2015/2016 = 81

    2016/2017 = 70

    2017/2018 = 21

Again, PSH are unable to provide the number that these that were discovered in HMOs during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year.  The reason is the same as given in response to Q2 and part of Q3.

5. 2012/2013 = 289

    2013/2014 = 307

    2014/2015 = 175

    2015/2016 = 158

    2016/2017 = 107

    2017/2018 = 29 

Again, PSH are unable to provide the number of these discovered in HMOs during the period specified in Q1, broken down by year.  The reason is the same as given in response to Q2, part of Q3 and part of Q4. 

6. i) 0 – Action always taken.  This can be letter, telephone calls to the landlord etc.

    ii) 2012/2013 = 113

       2013/2014 = 72

       2014/2015 = 125

       2015/2016 = 159

       2016/2017 = 122

       2017/2018 = 38

 iii)  2012/2013 = 146

      2013/2014 = 134

      2014/2015 = 45

      2015/2016 = 32

      2016/2017 = 15

      2017/2018 = 7

 
4896 16.08.17

1. Total number of applications for planning permission for all developments[1] made to yourselves as the (Local) Planning Authority that were passed (ie. development was allowed)

2. Of these applications made for planning permission for development, please confirm the number of which had an accompanying Environmental Statement (ES)

 2. i) Of which the need for an Environmental Statement was decided via individual analysis of the planning permission development application’s merits (ie. the number of applications decided to require an ES via case-by-case analysis[2])

2. ii) Of which the need for an Environmental Statement was decided via reference to the EIA thresholds (ie. the number of planning permission development applications decided via the assessment criteria set out in the EIA Regulations[3])  

[2] As specified in the Consolidated EIA Directive 2011/92/EU and its subsequent 2014 amendment (Directive 2014/52/EU), Article 4(2)

[3] Developments assessed using Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 of the The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017

 

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

1. One

2. One

2. i) One

   ii) Zero

None
4899 02.08.17 Copy of the public notification of the Inspectors Inquiry by North Devon Council and copies of the press advertisements’ and dates sources of publication, following on from the applicant’s previous requests to try and establish the justification and planning policy that led to the dropping of the designation of the Wildlife Corridor, Bradiford Valley, Barnstaple

Applicant provided with the following response:

Planning Policy confirms that it does not hold a copy of the public notification of the Inspectors Inquiry by the Council nor do they hold any photocopies/newspaper cuttings of the public notifications as they would have appeared in the North Devon Journal. The Council also confirmed that it does not hold a specific document that itemises all details and dates of any press advertisements that would have been placed in the North Devon Journal or any other publication

What Planning Policy has been able to provide is as follows and was provided to the applicant:

1. A copy of the notice of Adoption published in the London Gazette and North Devon Journal dated Thursday 20 July 2006 to start the 6 week High Court Legal Challenge Period

2. A copy of the statement by the Council regarding the Local Plan Inquiry notice which would have been placed as an advert in the North Devon Journal, 6 and 13 May 2004.  The applicant was informed that Planning Policy are unable to locate any copies of the appendices’ as referred to at the bottom of the document and therefore consider that these are no longer held

3. Notice of Proposed Modifications to Proposals for the Alteration of a Local Plan (North Devon Local Plan 1995-2011).  Planning Policy advise that this would have been placed as an advert in the North Devon Journal in early November (the exact date is not known or recorded) prior to the start of the consultation, 7 November 2005

4. The Local Plan Review leaflet which Planning Policy arranged for a copy to be delivered via Royal Mail to every household that existed in 2000 prior to the first exhibition in South Molton, week commencing 8 May 2000

5. Local Plan Review – Pre Deposit Public Consultation – Summary of Responses. Pages 1 and 2 refer to Public Consultation Exercises carried out

 

None
4906 02.08.17 From 1 January 2016 to date, the number of overseas trips Council Officials have taken in the course of conducting council business The applicant was advised that there have been no overseas trips made by Council Officials conducting council business from 1 January 2016 to date None
4907 14.08.17 All information held regarding a closed enforcement matter concerning the applicant and their property in Barnstaple Most of the information was provided to the applicant apart from a small amount of personal information (information that would, if released identify a living third party) Regulations 12 (3) and 13
4916 11.8.17
  1. The number of Private Rented Sector Offers (PRSOs) made to discharge the authority’s duty to homeless households in temporary accommodation that were made by the authority in 2015/16. These are sometimes also referred to by local authorities as ‘AST discharge of duty’
  1. The amount spent by the authority on the following costs in 2015/16

 · The amount spent on cash incentives to private landlords to secure their property for use for a PRSO 

· The amount spent on tenancy deposits for PRSOs. Please give a breakdown where possible between:

- The amount spent on tenancy deposits given as a bond, to recover at a later date

 - The amount spent on tenancy deposits as a payment that is not intended to be recovered from the tenant at a later date 

· The amount spent on upfront rent payments for PRSOs giving a breakdown where possible between: 

- The amount spent on upfront rent payments given as a bond, to recover at a later date 

- The amount spent on upfront rent payments as a payment not intended to be recovered at a later date 

· The amount spent on any other payments given to private landlords (for example to cover rent non-payment or void periods) for PRSOs

If it is not possible to separate out costs in such a way, please give the total amount of money spent on the following for securing properties for PRSOs:

· Cash incentives

· Deposits

· Rent upfront

· Any other payments given (for example to cover rent non-payment or void periods) 

3.The amount spent by the local authority on the following costs in 2015/16 

· The amount spent on staff salaries to secure properties for PRSOs

· The amount spent on any other administrative or other costs involved to secure properties for PRSOs

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

1. 0. NDC did not discharge duty to any households in TA through PRSO in 2015/16 

2. 0 pounds. NDC did not spend any money on discharge of duty through PRSO’s in 2015/16 

3. 0 pounds. NDC did not have any costs in relation to PRSO’s in 2015/16

None
4918 07.08.17

1. Waste and recycling schedules for all properties, organised by address and postcode. If the information is not kept at the level of individual properties, please provide the list at street level, ideally including the USRN. Please include day of the week and collection frequency (weekly, fortnightly etc) for each service type. I request that all data is provided in CSV format, ideally with separate columns for the different parts of the address. A link to a web service does not meet my requirements, though the source data for a web service may. Please include the UPRN for each property if held. This is now permitted by the AddressBase licence. See: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/about/news/2015/uprn-release-sharing-location-data.html for details.

Variants are acceptable if they contain the requested data. Separate spreadsheets for each waste or recycling type are also fine

2. For collections that are not weekly, details of how to work out which week a collection will be. For example, if a "Week 1/week 2" system is used, then please provide an example of a date in week 1 and a date in week 2. For example "2nd January 2017 was in Recycling Week 1" 

3. Details of all alterations to regular schedules for bank holidays etc. Please provide this for all future dates in 2017 and 2018, if available

4. Details of any planned changes to these schedules

Please also treat this as a request for re-use of the dataset under RPSI. Please confirm that the Council grants permission for reuse, ideally under the Open Government Licence

The applicant was provided with some of the information (provided in two csv spreadsheets

Applicant advised that the Council’s ICT department received an e-mail from Ordnance Survey regarding the request which advised they were seeking the views of Royal Mail as to whether the data requested can be disclosed.  

ICT received an update during the afternoon of 28 July confirming that the Council is not permitted to disclose the full information sought

Instead, the Council are only permitted to provide the waste/recycling data held with the UPRN, as permitted under the policy as referred to in the original request.  The addresses however are already publicly available via Ordnance Survey or one of its licenced partners, and so this information is therefore withheld as the applicant is able to access this by other means 

Advised applicant that the Council is unable to provide consent for re-use until further guidance is received from Ordnance Survey

Section 21 of Act
4920 15.08.17

The latest evidence of current housing need as recorded on Devon Home Choice specifically for Braunton and also for North Devon in its entirety

Applicant provided with the following in response: 

Please note that the following is a snap shot in time. Housing advise that the Council attempts to future proof accommodation sizes in North Devon to reflect needs over a period of time. The different house sizes North Devon Council requires on a new development (10 percent 1-bed; 60 percent 2-bed; 24 percent 3-bed and 6 percent 4-bed) isn’t just about proportions by bed need at one point in time. For example, in Braunton 55 households need 1-bed accommodation (59 percent of the total need instead of the 10 percent we request on new sites) but of these 55 households, 42 households are 55+ years and as such the needs of a proportion of these may be met by sheltered/older persons accommodation housing for which the waiting list is a lot shorter (around 18 months). Therefore, the 2-bed, 3-bed and 4-bed proportions are always higher on new developments than these figures would initially suggest; as waiting time for family size houses can be significantly higher: 

Braunton: 

There are currently 93 households living in Braunton parish on DHC; broken down below by banding and bed need: 

  • Emergency Housing Need Band A = 0
  • High Housing Need Band B = 3
  • Medium Housing Need Band C = 8
  • Low Housing Need Band D = 18
  • No Housing Need Band E = 64 

(below is explanation of the banding criteria) 

• 1 bedroom need = 55

• 2 bedroom need = 27

• 3 bedroom need = 8

• 4+ bedroom need = 3

Emergency Housing Need Band A 

Applications will only be placed in this band if the need for housing is assessed as so exceptional that it takes priority over all other applicants. For example: 

- Urgent health or wellbeing need

- Homes is in a state of emergency repair

- Need to escape violence, harassment or a traumatic event 

(Substantial evidence must exist to award this priority) 

High Housing Need Band B 

Applications will be placed into this band if: 

- A Devon council has accepted a statutory homelessness duty

(and not possible to secure private sector accommodation)

- Assessed by Devon council as being threatened with homelessness

- Severely overcrowded

- Tenant of DHC partner landlord and want to move to smaller home

- High health and wellbeing need

- Home is in a state of high disrepair

- Move on from supported accommodation 

Medium Housing Need Band C 

Applications will be placed into this band if: 

- Overcrowded and lack one bedroom

- Medium heath and wellbeing need

- Live on or above 4th floor with children under eight years of age

- Served in Armed Forces and been assessed in urgent housing need

- Need to move for work 

Low Housing Need Band D 

Applications will be placed into this band if: 

- A Devon council has accepted a statutory homelessness duty

(and is possible to secure private sector accommodation)

- No permanent home (ie. sofa surfing)

- Low health and wellbeing need

- Valid Notice to Quit issued

- Meeting a local priority agreed by the local authority managing the application

- Having a housing need but no local connection to Devon

- Having deliberating worsening housing circumstances 

No Housing Need Band E 

Applications will be placed into this band if it is considered that they are assessed as adequately housed 

For further information regarding DHC (including a copy of its policy), please refer to: www.devonhomechoice.com 

Households can be on DHC that have accommodation (either social housing, private sector or owned property) but have a housing need identified; which may include requirement to downsize to smaller property, medical need for alternative accommodation, threat of homelessness, lacking bedroom etc. (see above)

Households on DHC can consist of individuals, couples or those with dependant children

Breakdown of household type by person: 

  • 1 person = 43
  • 2 person = 30
  • 3 person = 11
  • 4 person = 5
  • 5 person = 3
  • 6 person= 1 

Breakdown of applicant’s age range: 

  • 16 – 25 years = 5
  • 26 – 54 years = 46
  • 55+ years = 42 

It is not possible to provide details of applicant’s particular needs as they will be considered when assessing relevant health and wellbeing need

North Devon: 

There are a total of 2,492 applications registered on Devon Home Choice that North Devon Council manages the applications for. Below applications broken down by banding: 

  • Emergency Housing Need Band A = 0
  • High Housing Need Band B = 200
  • Medium Housing Need Band C = 305
  • Low Housing Need Band D = 674
  • No Housing Need Band E = 1313 

Below applications broken down by bedroom need: 

  • 1 bedroom need = 1428
  • 2 bedroom need = 682
  • 3 bedroom need = 291
  • 4+ bedroom need = 91 

Households on Devon Home Choice can consist of individuals, couples or those with dependant children 

Breakdown of household type by person: 

  • 1 person = 1164
  • 2 person = 585
  • 3 person = 344
  • 4 person = 213
  • 5 person = 113
  • 6+ person= 73 

Breakdown of applicant’s age range: 

  • 16 – 25 years = 321
  • 26 – 54 years = 1310
  • 55+ years = 861
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4921 04.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX33 2HU Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal None
4922 04.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 7EQ Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
4924 07.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX36 4AN Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
4925 04.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX37 9SF Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
4926 08.08.17

Contract(s) for Server Hardware Maintenance, Server Virtualisation Licenses and Maintenance and Storage Area Network (SAN) Maintenance/Support which may include:

· Server Hardware Maintenance- contracts relating to the support and maintenance of the organisation’s physical servers. 

· Virtualisation Licensing (VMware, Solaris, Unix, Linux, Windows Server) 

· Virtualisation Maintenance/Support (VMware, Solaris, Unix, Linux, Windows Server) 

· Storage Area Network Maintenance/Support (EMC, NetApp etc.)

Applicant provided with a link to the Council’s website where some of the information sought is published in a dataset:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=71B23B85-60AF-4FAF-AC53-7E680DFC2293&DS=4005

The remainder of the information was provided to the applicant

Sections 16 and 21 of Act
4929 09.08.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX36 4DN

Information provided to the applicant, where held

None
4930 21.08.17

Correspondence between the Council and Batsworthy wind turbine operator following receipt of Hoare Lea Acoustics Supplementary Analysis Report on 16 June 2017

Applicant was provided with copies of all held correspondence

None
4931 21.08.17

In relation to Batsworthy wind turbines, the reasons by the Council decided no to consult with the community before responding to the site operator

Applicant was provided with a copy of the report that went to Senior Management Team which sets pit the Council’s intentions, with reasoning, as regards communicating with the community on the matter

None
4932 04.08.17

1. If the Council has let one or more contracts for Arboriculture/tree surgery services under the EU Procurement Directives, you requested for each contract, (a) the name of the successful contractor, (b) the value at which the contract was let and (c) the term of the contract, including any option to extend

2. If the Council has procured Arboriculture/tree surgery services within a wider multi-service contract under the EU Procurement Directives, then please provide details of (a) the service provider (b) which services are included in the contract and (c) the approximate value of the Arboriculture/tree surgery packages

3. If the Council delivers Arboriculture/tree surgery services through an in-house workforce, and prefers to deliver best value through this route, then please inform us of this, and the approximate annual expenditure of the Arboriculture/tree surgery services

The applicant was provided with the following information in response to the request:

1. N/A

2. Please refer to the Council’s Contracts Register which details the current grounds maintenance contract with ISS. As part of the Contract, the Council has included a tree survey, database and reports using the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) survey method for approximately 1,700 trees throughout the district. For this, the Council pays approximately 1,500 pounds per annum

3. N/A

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4933 09.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 9BT Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
4934 01.08.17  Identifying the first names of two individuals that the applicant knows the surname of, that reside in the North Devon area Applicant advised by the Council's Electoral Services team that they are able to view a copy of the open register and make hand written notes  None
4936 18.08.17

1. The pay grade for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of the Council’s fleet of vehicles 

2. The number of immediate people reporting to that person 

3.The job description for the Fleet Manager/person in charge of the Council’s fleet of vehicles 

4.The number of vehicles within your fleet and the breakdown between HCV, LCV, Cars, agricultural

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

  1. 29,325 - 35,444 pounds
  2. Five members of staff
  3. Job Description provided
  4. 42 HGV vehicles, 27 Transit/Connect vans, 2 Forklifts, 1 JCB, 2 precinct sweepers
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4937  02.08.17  Business Rates Relief Scheme announced in March 2017 budget which allocated 300m pounds to Local Authorities over four years from 2017/18:

a) whether your council has already begun distributing to local businesses the funding made available for 2017-18 as part of the Relief Scheme? 

b) if the answer to (a) is yes, how much (in pounds) has already been allocated to local businesses? 
 

The applicant was provided with the following in response:

 

a) No

b) N/A
None
4938 14.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in Barnstaple (no postcode provided) Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal None
4939  03.08.17  Business rates information relating to a business in Barnstaple, EX31 3TL Information provided to the applicant, where held None
4940 14.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX33 2PF Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
4941 31.08.17

1. The Council’s air quality data for 2014, 2015 and 2016 as supplied by the laboratory that analysed the figures 

2. The Council’s air quality data that it supplied to DEFRA in 2014, 2015 and 2016 

3. Number of air collection tubes that were declared void – and the reasons for that – in 2014/2015/2016
The applicant was provided with the information, where held None
4942 14.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX35 6AQ Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal None
4943 14.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 9HQ Applicant provided with the information requested by e-mail for fee of 5.42 pounds None
4944 16.08.17

1. A list of all Airbnb rentals made by the authority so far in 2017, and for 2016, providing: 

a) the first half of the postcode (eg. BS1, M4)

b) the dates rented

c) the cost, including any extra charges

d) the purpose of the stay 

2. How many Airbnb rentals does the authority currently have on a retainer? 

If the authority has any, for each one provide the reason(s) why it is held on a retainer 

3. How many reports has the authority received of Airbnb landlords allegedly letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016? 

4. How many fines or other penalties has the authority levied to Airbnb landlords for letting their properties out for more than 90 days a year since January 1, 2016? 

If the authority has levied any penalties, state what they were including the amounts of any financial penalties

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

1. 

The Council has made two separate bookings through Airbnb:

2016:

a) E2 

b) 19.10.16 

c) 167 pounds (1 night at 90 pounds), plus 55 pounds cleaning fee and 22 pounds service fee (including VAT) 

d) Attendance of conference held by Council’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) supplier Firmstep and viewing of telephony demonstrations for Customer Contact Centre

2017:

a)LS6

b)17-20 October 2017

c) 297 pounds (3 nights at 80 pounds per night), plus 20 pounds cleaning fee and 37 pounds Service fee (including VAT)

d) Local Government Communications Annual Conference

2. Not Applicable 

3.The Council’s Private Sector Housing Team confirms that the system they use does not record if a property is an Airbnb; therefore the information is not held 

Applicant advised to contact Trading Standards, which falls under the remit of Devon County Council: foioffice@devon.gov.uk 

4. None

None
4945  03.08.17  Public Health Funerals from 1 May 2017 to date

Information which is published on the Council’s website monthly: 

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/viewblob/?DS=2000&ID=FED1E21E-358B-4F7A-A8F3-D3FF4B76F9A6

Sections 16, 21 and 22 of Act
4946 14.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX33 1JZ

Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal

None
4947  07.08.19  Details of LA-PPC and LA-IPPC processes regulated by North Devon Council under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

The applicant noted that this information is available via the Council website but requests confirmation that the information is current

In addition, the applicant also like to requested details of any enforcement notices issued relating to breaches of the terms of the above permits since the last recorded update on 15/02/2016. Where none have been issued the applicant requested confirmation as such

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

As advised in the acknowledgement e-mail, the dataset (link provided below) will be due for updating from 13 September onwards.  The officer that does this has explained that the update takes some time to complete as they have to go through each of the records that are currently on the dataset and check to see if they need to be amended or removed and also check to see if any new ones need to be added on.  Unfortunately the officer is unable to advise how long the update is going to take and whether they anticipate the information to change much from what is already published

There have been no enforcement notices issued in relation to breaches of the terms of the aforementioned permits since the last recorded updated on 15 February 2016

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/viewblob/?DS=2000&ID=1D05F2FE-B56F-4D38-929F-0BDE797C31BB 

None
4848 07.08.17

2016 office print summary data (ie. excluding print from the central print room and print produced outside of the council) including:

a) total volume of Print produced in 2016 on the office printers, photocopiers, multi functional devices, fax and scan devices

b) the percentage of this volume that is colour

c) the number of active users generating this annual volume 

d) the cost of generating this print including the cost of the devices, Consumables, maintenance, servicing, spare parts and other MPS contacts 

e) the number of Print, copy, scan and fax devices that are generating this print volume

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

a)         2016 3,146,115 printed pages

b)         19.68 percent colour

c)         360 active users

d)         42,575 pounds spend

e)         26 devices
None
4949 15.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX33 2EL Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
4950  07.08.17  1a) If your Council is a local planning authority, has your Council adopted the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging powers for development? 

1b) If so, when was this adopted? 

2ai) If you adopted the powers, how much has your council collected since its adoption as a GROSS figure (including CIL amount due, if applicable paid to parish/town councils)?

2aii) If you adopted the powers, how much has your council collected since its adoption as a NET figure (minus CIL amount due, if applicable paid to parish/town councils)?

2b) If you adopted the powers, how much has your council spent in CIL since the adoption?

2c) If you adopted the powers, how many formal meetings of a Community Infrastructure Board (or an equivalent meeting of Councillors to determine CIL spending) have taken place since its adoption?
 

The applicant was advised that the Council currently uses section 106 agreements to secure a range of requirements in connection with planning permissions. The Council is still considering whether to proceed with the introduction of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The Government announced in the Housing White Paper in February 2017 that they would “examine the options for reforming the system of developer contributions”, and that any changes would be announced in the Autumn Budget. The Council will review its position after any such announcement is made

None
4951 15.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX31 4DG Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
4952  08.08.17  Most recent stocklist for Exmoor Zoo Information provided to the applicant None 
4954 14.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX34 0HS Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal None
4955 14.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 7JL Applicant provided with some of the information (where held) None
4956  10.08.17 

1. How many live applications does the Local Authority currently have on its housing list for wheelchair accessible housing?

2. How many wheelchair accessible homes were let to wheelchair users in the years of 2015 and 2017 inclusive in your locality through your general needs housing process?

1. There are 23 applicants on Devon Home Choice (which North Devon Council manages their application) that are in the wheelchair accessible category*. There are a further 31 applicants in the party wheelchair category* (total of 54 applicants) 

Definitions of categories: 

 - Wheelchair accessible – applicant requires fully wheelchair accessible accommodation, into and throughout the property. Applicant is likely to be a full time or regularly use a wheelchair for prolonged periods 

 - Part wheelchair – applicant requires wheelchair accessible accommodation. Applicant may only need to access essential facilities such as one bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Wheelchair access to additional rooms such as other bedrooms is not essential, perhaps because a carer will meet some functions 

2. The number of wheelchair accessible or part wheelchair accessible homes let to applicants assessed as needing a wheelchair accessible or part wheelchair accessible home are detailed below:

2015 = 1

2016 = 2

2017 = 4
 
4957  09.08.17  Further to the letter from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to the Leader of North Devon District Council dated January 2017 regarding the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. Confirmation as to whether North Devon District Council has adopted this definition into its local policies and if so, the web link to the decision

Applicant advised that the definition has not been adopted into North Devon Council’s local policies

The Leader is unable to trace a copy of the letter to which the applicant referred to in the request 

The Leader does however advise that he received an e-mail towards the end of last year from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust asking him to organise a commemorative activity on 27 January 2017, which was arranged by himself and Chairman Cllr Jackie Flynn. A flag was raised and then lowered to half staff for the day. The Leader said a few words to those in attendance
None
4959 11.08.17

1.A list of all private loans the council is currently repaying with the following details: 

Lender name (ie. Depfa, now FMS)

Date loan agreed

Repayment period

Original loan amount (pounds)

Original interest rate percent

Any agreed “step up” rate (if applicable) percent

Date of agreed “step up” rate (if applicable)

Total repayment amount paid in 2016/2017 (pounds)

Interest rate paid in 2016/107 percent

Total principal left on the loan (pounds) 

By private loan, the applicant refers to loans from banks and outside organisations. This does not include borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board 

2. Where Lender Option Borrower Loans the council may have were provided by Barclays, please state if these loans were restructured in the past two years and include any new interest rate percentage on the loans and when the council will begin to make these repayments

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

  1. Nil
  2. Not applicable
None
4960 18.08.17

The following information for the years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17: 

1. The number of staff employed by the council to have been suspended, providing the date that each was suspended

a. Please provide the reason for the suspension

b. Please provide outcome of each suspension eg. returned to work, dismissed or resigned

c. Please note whether the staff continued to receive pay and if so provide the pay bracket of their salary to the nearest 5000 pounds

There were seven individuals suspended by the Council from 1 April 2014 (the information for 2012/13 and 2013/14 is no longer held): 

There were seven individuals suspended by the Council from 1 April 2014: 

  1. 16/09/14 drinking alcohol at work – dismissed
  2. 14/10/14 threatening or abusive language or behaviour – dismissed
  3. 12/02/15 abuse of sickness scheme – resigned
  4. 15/04/15 abuse of sickness scheme – dismissed
  5. 29/07/15 abuse of sickness scheme – dismissed
  6. 23/09/16 dishonesty, fraud or deceit – resigned
  7. 03/01/17 threatening or abusive language or behaviour – dismissed 

All of the staff as listed continued to receive their full pay during their suspension. 

1 x Spinal Column Point (SCP) 4 (12,266 pounds) - 13 (16,419 pounds)

1 x Spinal Column Point (SCP) 11 (15,807 pounds) - 13 (16,419 pounds)

1 x Spinal Column Point (SCP) 11 (15,807 pounds) - 17 (17,772 pounds)

2 x Spinal Column Point (SCP) 14 (16,781 pounds) - 21 (20,138 pounds)

1 x Spinal Column Point (SCP) 18 (18,070 pounds) - 25 (22,658 pounds)

1 x Spinal Column Point (SCP) 22 (20,661 pounds) - 29 (25,951 pounds) 

The applicant replied to the response, requesting that the Council links the details of the suspensions with the salaries, however this information was refused as to provide this level of detail, would allow for the identification of the individuals involved

Those individuals would have no reasonable expectation that their personal data would be disclosed into the public domain this way

Section 40 (2) and (3)(a)(i)
4961 17.08.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 0LB

Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations

None
4962 10.09.17

The cost of all work undertaken to check Council-owned buildings for fire safety, including testing of cladding components, following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14th June 2017, broken down into: 

costs incurred due to sending cladding for testing, costs through inspections and costs through remedial works 

If any additional costs have been paid due to relocation of residents (in hotel rooms or other temporary accommodation), please include and specify this as well 

In the case of ongoing works please simply include the budget set aside for the project(s)

Applicant advised that the Council’s Building Services team confirm that the Council has not spent any money as per the request.  The Council no longer has a housing stock; this was transferred to North Devon Homes Ltd 21 February 2000

The Council has no high rise cladded buildings.  A small amount of money has been spent on routine items such as fire extinguisher checks, fire alarm monitoring improvements etc., however this was not as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire

None
4963 17.08.17

The type of licence, duration and expiry date for all Private Hire Drivers, Vehicle Proprietors, Operators, Hackney Carriage Drivers and Vehicle Proprietors currently licensed by the Council and those past licence holders, in Excel format

The applicant was directed to the Council’s website where some of the information (regarding Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Drivers) is already publicly available, apart from the postal addresses of those licenced by the authority

https://licensing.northdevon.gov.uk/PAforLalpacLIVE/1/WcaHome as they are considered to be personal information which is exempt under Section 40 of the Act 

Applicant advised that the Council does not have a statutory requirement to publish its register of Private Hire Operators, however a redacted copy was provided.  All personal addresses were removed from the list 

With regard to past/expired licences, Licensing confirms that they do not hold this information

Sections 16, 21 and 40 of Act
4965 17.08.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 9DW

Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal

None
4966  14.08.17  Local Authority provided social housing and Local Authority provided sheltered accommodation Applicant advised that the Council no longer has any housing; this was transferred to North Devon Homes Ltd, 21 February 2000 None 
4967 22.08.17

1. What steps the Council has taken to meet its section 40 duties under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 to ‘have regard... to the purpose of conserving biodiversity’ 

2. The total amount spent by the council on promoting biodiversity in the last year for which data is available 

3. How much the Council plans to spend on promoting biodiversity in the coming year? 

4. The name and contact details of the officer responsible for promoting biodiversity within the council (if there is no such person, please provide the name and contact details of the officer responsible for managing the Council’s green spaces)

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

  1. The Council have adopted numerous policies in relation to biodiversity and Various council officers have attended and continue to attend CPD events on or related to our NERC duties in respect of Biodiversity and both Officers and Members those involved in decision making that might impact on biodiversity are aware of our legal obligations. The Council also provides partnership funding to The North Devon Biosphere Partnership, North Devon AONB both of which act to preserve and enhance biodiversity on our behalf and the Council is actively involved within the Devon Local Nature Partnership (LNP) and have a service level agreement with Devon Biodiversity Record Centre (DBRC) in order that we have access to advice on protected species and habitats within the district 
  2. No record of specific funding for biodiversity promotion is held
  3. No specific funding, other than for generic partnership funding is planned, but opportunities to promote biodiversity will be taken as and when they arrive
  4. Whilst we do not have an Officer with a specific responsibility for promoting biodiversity Andrew Jones (Landscape and Countryside Officer) or Mark Saunders (Sustainability Officer) can provide advice on biodiversity implication of planning applications.  Mike Jones (Principal Parks Officer) would be able to answer any specific queries relating to green space management
None
4968 15.08.17

The following information regarding the Business Rates Relief for pubs announced in the March 2017 Budget, of 1000 pounds for pubs with a rateable value under 100,000 pounds: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-business-rate-relief/pubs

a) Whether North Devon Council has already begun distributing to local pubs the funding made available for 2017-18 as part of the Scheme? 

b) If the answer to a) is yes, how much (in pounds) has already been allocated to local pubs?

c) If the answer to a) is yes, what are the names of the pubs that have received relief? 

d) If the answer to a) is no, why not?

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

a)    No 

b)    N/A

c)    N/A 

d)    The Council's Revenues team are awaiting new software which is due later this month, to award the Supporting Small Business Relief followed by the Local Public House Relief

None
4969  15.08.17 

1. How many fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping did the Council issue from May 9, 2016 to May 8, 2017, under new powers brought in by the Government on Monday 9 May, 2016? https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-penalties-to-crack-down-on-fly-tipping

2. How much money was collected from the FPNs issued in the first year of the scheme (May 2016- May 2017)? I would like to know the total amount collected by the council, not the face value or discounted value of the FPNs.

3. Does the council charge for bulky waste collections from households? If so, what are the charges?

4. Does the council charge for garden waste collections from households? If so, what are the charges?

5. How frequently does the council collect residual (black bin) waste from households? If collections vary for different households, please specify

1. Details of any Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN’s) issued by the Council (and would include any regarding fly-tipping) are published on our website within a dataset:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=B51726BB-93ED-47AD-80F1-3E4AB3A25D63&DS=4005

which is updated every 6 months. Applicant advised that the datasets from 1 January 2016 to date have been checked and that there is no record of any FPN issued by the Council for fly-tipping for the as described above. The data for 02.06.17 – 01.01.18 will be published during January 2018, once the data has been prepared

2.Nil, none have been issued for the period requested

3.Bulky collection information is published on the Council’s website: http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/bulky-items/

4.Garden waste collection information is published on the Council’s website:http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/what-goes-in-your-binboxbag/

5. Black wheelie bins/non-recyclable waste collected fortnightly. Details of the recent changes to waste and recycling collections in North Devon can be found on the website: http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/future-changes-to-your-waste-and-recycling-collections-recycle-more/

Sections 16, 21 and 22 of Act
4971 29.08.17

1) The number of applications for Disabled Facility Grants received by the local authority for the years:

a) 2012/13

b) 2013/14

c) 2014/15

d) 2015/16

e) 2016/17 to 25th July 2017 

2) Of these applications received, the number of Disabled Facility Grants that were 

a) Approved

b) Rejected 

by the local authority for the years: 

a) 2012/13

b) 2013/14

c) 2014/15

d) 2015/16

e) 2016/17 to 25th July 2017 

3) For applications rejected, please state the number of these rejections that were overturned at appeal and approved for the years: 

a) 2012/13

b) 2013/14

c) 2014/15

d) 2015/16

e) 2016/17 to 25th July 2017 

4) The average waiting period for an applicant to receive a decision about their application for a Disabled Facility Grant for the years: 

a) 2012/13

b) 2013/14

c) 2014/15

d) 2015/16

e) 2016/17 to 25th July 2017 

5) The average waiting periods for an applicant to receive their first payment after a decision has been made to approve their application for a Disabled Facility Grant for the years: 

a) 2012/13

b) 2013/14

c) 2014/15

d) 2015/16

e) 2016/17 to 25th July 2017 

6) The mean average total Disabled Facility Grant paid by the local authority to applicants for the years: 

a) 2012/13

b) 2013/14

c) 2014/15

d) 2015/16

e) 2016/17 to 25th July 2017

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

  1. a) = 196

           b) = 210

           c) = 170

           d) = 160

           e) = 222

          f) = 52 

2. a) 2012/13 = a) 130 Approved b) 66 Rejected 

    b) 2013/14 = a) 148 Approved b) 62 Rejected

    c) 2014/15 = a) 123 Approved b) 46 Rejected  

    d) 2015/16 = a) 105 Approved b) 55 Rejected 

    e) 2016/17 = a) 162 Approved b) 53 Rejected

    f)  2017/18 to 25th July 2017 = a) 25 Approved b) 0 Rejected 

3. a) through f) = 0 

4. a) = 273 days

    b) = 151 days

    c) = 159 days

    d) = 149 days

    e) = 67 days

     f) = 50 days

5. The following figures relate to the average waiting periods for the contractor to received payment after a decision has been made to approve an application for a Disabled Facility Grant. NB: From Local Authority Approval to Completion of Works - all payments made direct to contractors, not to the applicant: 

a)    = 48 days

b)    = 44 days

c)    = 49 days

d)    = 29 days

e)    = 35 days

f)     = 27 days

6. The following figures relate to the mean average total Disabled Facility Grant paid by the authority direct to contractors:

a)    = 5,777.12 pounds

b)    = 5,367.68 pounds

c)    = 5,844.16 pounds

d)    = 5,908.10 pounds

e)    = 5,744.81 pounds

f)     = 5,414.19 pounds

None
4972  18.08.17  1. The amount of money spent by the local authority on temporary accommodation in each of the following financial years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/2017 

2. The number of households placed into temporary accommodation by the local authority into areas outside of your local authority area in each of the following financial years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/2017 

3. A breakdown of the local authority areas that households have been placed into temporary accommodation by the local authority other than its own, listing the name of the local authority area, and the number of households placed in each, for each of the following financial years: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/2017 

4. The number of households who are living in Bed and Breakfast accommodation arranged by the local authority at the time of this request (15/08/2017) 

5. The number of households who are living in Bed and Breakfast accommodation arranged by the local authority at the time of this request (15/08/2017) AND who have been living in Bed and Breakfast accommodation for six months or more (since 15/02/2017 or before) 

6. For households that were living in temporary accommodation arranged by the local authority at the time of this request (15/08/2017), provide the five longest times that they had spent in temporary accommodation (including any moves between temporary accommodation placements, if calculable under the cost limit)

1.The applicant was provide with the direct link to the information requested under Q1 which is published on the website:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/viewblob/?DS=2000&ID=B374A6E5-9E06-4B73-A981-E54D4255F95D 

2.2012/13 = 11

  2013/14 = 7

  2014/15 = 5

  2015/16 = 1

  2016/17 = 6  Total = 30 

3.2012/13 = 10 Torridge DC  1 West Devon DC

   2013/14 = 7 Torridge DC 

   2014/15 = 5 Torridge DC

   2015/16 = 1 Torridge DC

   2016/17 = 6 Torridge DC 

4. 24 households 

5. five households 

  1. 202 nights
  2. 201 nights
  3. 168 nights
  4. 138 nights
  5. 69 nights
Sections 16 and 21 of Act
4974 16.08.17 List of companies and charities that became liable for NDR between 1 and 17 August 2015

Information which is published on the Council’s website quarterly:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=7ED2F924-B000-4771-B16B-181DB316F4E1&DS=4005
Sections 16, 21 and 22 of Act
4975 17.08.17 Public Health Funerals from 1 May 2017 to date Information which is published on the Council’s website monthly: http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/viewblob/?DS=2000&ID=FED1E21E-358B-4F7A-A8F3-D3FF4B76F9A6 Sections 16, 21 and 22 of Act
4976 30.08.17

In relation to: 

  • libraries
  • leisure centres
  • children centres
  • housing offices
  • one stop shops
  • other council buildings

1. What were the top 10 most frequently lost items handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?

2. What were the top 10 most frequently lost children’s items handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?

3. How many lost children items were handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?

4. How many lost items were handed in at the following places between January 2016 and January 2017?

5. Does the Council keep hold of lost items that have been handed in worth under 50 pounds? 

6. How long does the Council keep hold of lost items that have been handed in before discarding?

Applicant provided with the following in response:

 

 

  • Leisure centres – North Devon Leisure Centre and Ilfracombe Swimming Pool are managed by Parkwood Leisure Ltd, the Council would not hold this information

 

 

  • Housing offices – The Council does not have any housing stock, this was transferred to enquiries@ndh-ltd.co.uk 21 February 2000

 

The information requested is only recorded by the Council’s cemeteries at Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe and Bear Street, Barnstaple: 

  1. N/A
  2. N/A
  3. None
  4. None
  5. Yes
  6. One Year
None
4980 18.08.17 Excel spreadsheet of all charities receiving mandatory and discretionary rate relief including: name, address, rateable value, percentage of relief, property description, property reference number and rates payable amount

Applicant directed to business rates datasets that are published quarterly:http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=7ED2F924-B000-4771-B16B-181DB316F4E1&DS=4005

The datasets do not contain the rates payable amounts.  The only way in which this information could be provided would require a manual search through each of the 5,480 accounts and manually collate the information against the appropriate record which would take approximately 60 hours to provide.  This part of the request was refused as to do so, would exceed the cost limit of 18 hours as set under Section 12 of the Act

Sections 12, 16, 21 and 22 of Act
4981  29.08.17  CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 0JB  Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal None
4983 29.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 0PL Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal None
4984 18.08.17 Procurement card spend by the Council – where is this published on the website? Applicant advised that the Council does not use procurement cards, therefore there is no data to publish None
4985 29.08.17 CON29 information relating to a property in EX39 4PE Some information provided to the applicant. Applicant also directed to other external authorities/organisations None
4986 22.08.17

1. Against how many people did you commence committal proceedings with regard to unpaid council tax in 2012/13 and in 2016/17? 

2. What was the outcome of the council tax committal proceedings identified in question 1 for 2012/13 and 2016/17?

a) How many people were committed to prison for non-payment of council tax for 2012/13 and 2016/17?

b) What was the overall total number of days served in prison by all of the people committed to prison for non-payment of council tax owed to the local authority for 2012/13 and 2016/17?

c) How many people were subject to a suspended committal order for 2012/13 and 2016/17?

d) How many people subject to a suspended committal order in this year were subsequently committed to prison because they did not comply with the terms of the suspended order for 2012/13 and 2016/17?

e) In how many cases did the people subject to a committal order clear the debt and avoid imprisonment for 2012/13 and 2016/17?

f) In how many cases did the people subject to a committal order and imprisoned clear the debt and so reduced their prison term for 2012/13 and 2016/17?

g) In how many cases did people subject to a suspended committal order maintain the required payments for the duration of the order to date for 2012/13 and 2016/17?

3. What was the total amount of council tax arrears owed by people subject to council tax committal proceedings in 2012/13 and 2016/17 when the proceedings commenced?

4. What was the total amount of council tax arrears remitted by the local authority in 2012/13 and 2016/17?

5. What was the total amount of council tax arrears remitted by the magistrates court for your local authority 2012/13 and 2016/17?

6. What was the total cost the local authority of all committal proceedings for non-payment of council tax in 2012/13 and 2017/18?  Please explain how you have calculated this

The applicant was provided with the following in response: 

  1. None
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable
  4. None
  5. None
  6. Not applicable
None
4990 23.08.17

Structure charts for Estates and Facilities, Hotel Services, Capital Projects, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Procurement, Contracts and Supply Chain departments and Executive Management Team

Applicant was provided with a link to the Council’s website where the Senior Management Team details are published:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/council/chief-executive-and-senior-management/ 

Applicant was also provided with a copy of the Resources Structure chart and the following: 

Service functions within the Senior Management Team are as follows: 

Chief Executive – Building Control, Economic Development, Elections, Land Charges, Human Resources, ICT, Ilfracombe Harbour, Planning and Planning Policy 

Head of Environmental Health and Housing – Community Protection, Environmental Protection, Food Safety, Housing, Licensing 

Head of Resources – Accountancy, Benefits, Exchequer, Property Services, Revenues 

Head of Operational Services – Bereavement Services, Cleaning Services, Parking, Vehicle Workshops, Waste Management 

Head of Corporate and Community – Community Services, Customer and Corporate Communications, Design, Print and Post Service, Legal, Member Services 

For your information I attach a structure chart for Resources. The Resources structure chart incorporates detail of the Council’s Estate and Property functions 

The Council does not have designated Procurement, Contracts and Supply Chain departments. The Council maintains a Procurement Manager post. The procurement function is supported by a procurement officer 

The authority does not have a hotel services department

None
4991 30.08.17

CON29 information relating to a property in EX32 7HF

Applicant advised that there is no information to reveal

None
4993 22.08.17

How many public health funerals carried out each financial year dating back to 2010/11 (if possible) and up to 2016/17? 

How much has the Council spent on public health funerals in the whole of each financial year (2010/11 to 2016/17)? 

And, if possible, the average cost of each funeral in 2016/17 compared to the cost of one in 2010

 

Information which is published on the Council’s website monthly: 

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/viewblob/?DS=2000&ID=FED1E21E-358B-4F7A-A8F3-D3FF4B76F9A6 
Sections 16, 21 and 22 of Act
5006  30.08.17   A complete list of companies and charities that have been liable for business rates between 15 and 31 August 2017, including business name, address, date of liability, liable party and property type  

Applicant directed to business rates datasets that are published quarterly:

http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/open-data/?ID=7ED2F924-B000-4771-B16B-181DB316F4E1&DS=4005

Sections 12, 16, 21 and 22 of Act
5009 31.08.17  Details of unclaimed business rate credit balances Applicant made the same request under FOI 4923 that was responded to 26 July 2017.  Applicant referred back to this response as the Council’s position has not changed since.  Applicant also reminded that the credit balance dataset is updated every 3 months and published on the Council’s website.  The dataset will be updated and re-published in October 2017 Sections 12, 16, 21 and 22 of Act
5011 31.08.17

For period October 2014 – June 2017: 

1. Details of all Public Space Protection Orders currently in place, or that have been in place in the time period specified, providing the text of the Order as well as any relevant consultation documents 

2. Number of Fixed Penalty Notices, prosecutions, convictions and fines have there been for not complying with the terms of these Public Space Protections Orders, including failure to hand over or cease drinking alcohol when requested, breaking down these down by the specific Public Space Protection Order to which they relate 

3. Number of verbal or written warnings issued for breach of any of the terms of a Public Space Protection Order? 

4. Number of times alcohol been confiscated under a Public Space Protection Order? 

5. Any demographic information recorded about who has been given these sanctions, particularly the specific ages of each person sanctioned, broken down by the specific Public Space Protection Order to which they relate please? 

6. Apart from the case management system used to record and monitor cases of Antisocial Behaviour, what other databases have people sanctioned for breaching Public Spaces Protection Orders been placed on in the time period specified? Eg. safeguarding, gangs etc.

The applicant was provided with the following in response:

 

  1. None
  2. Not Applicable
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