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Dear Birmingham City Council,

Could you please supply me with the following information for financial years (by year, where possible) from 2008 to present:

1. The number of litter-related incidents reported or recorded

2. The number (and total value) of fines issued in respect of litter

3. The number (and total value) of fines paid in respect of litter

4. The number of cases taken to court and how many of these were successful

5. The cost of pursuing litter-related incidents

6. The current policy on tackling litter (reporting, enforcement, etc)

7. The number of dog fouling incidents reported or recorded

8. The number of fines issued in respect of dog fouling

9. The total value of fines issued in respect of dog fouling

10. The number of fines paid in respect of dog fouling

11. The value of fines paid in respect of dog fouling

12. The current policy on tackling dog fouling (reporting, enforcement, etc)

Yours faithfully,

Mark Smith

Jane Boulton, Birmingham City Council

Dear Mr Smith

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

Reference No:  9355

 

Thank you for your request, which was received on 14 October 2013, for
information held by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  We will respond to you within 20 working days.

 

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Jane Boulton

Secretary to

Head of Environmental Health (North) and

Head of Trading Standards

Regulation and Enforcement

PO Box 15908

N12 2nd Floor

1 Lancaster Circus

Birmingham

B2 2UD

 

Tel:  303 6920

Fax: 303 6994

 

"Locally accountable and responsive fair regulation for all - achieving a
safe, healthy, clean, green and fair trading city for residents, business
and visitors"

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/regulatoryc...

 

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Jenny Millward, Birmingham City Council

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION - REFERENCE FOI 9355

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry (detailed below) for
information held by the Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Please find our responses outlined below.

 

Could you please supply me with the following information for financial
years (by year, where possible) from 2008 to present:

1. The number of litter-related incidents reported or recorded
Although the scope of the term 'litter related incidents reported or
recorded' is not defined, the number of litter incidents recorded as
measured by the number of fixed penalty notices issued for the offence of
littering is publically reported on a monthly basis via the City Council's
Licensing and Public Protection Committee and before April 2012 to its
predecessor the Public Protection Committee. The report is entitled 'Fixed
Penalty Notices'. This information is available at:
[1]www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy

 

2. The number (and total value) of fines issued in respect of litter

The number of 'fines issued' is publically reported on a monthly basis via
the City Council's Licensing and Public Protection Committee and before
April 2012 to its predecessor the Public Protection Committee. The report
is entitled 'Fixed Penalty Notices'. This information is available at:
[2]www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy. The value [penalty amount] of fixed
penalty notices is £75, reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days. Invariably,
almost all fixed penalties for littering are paid at the £50 rate. The
'total value' of fines issued, therefore has two potential amounts i.e.
the total number issued [identified in the council Committee report]
multiplied by the fixed penalty amount of either £50 or £75.

3. The number (and total value) of fines paid in respect of litter
The data specific to litter that is held on actual receipts of fixed
penalty notices for littering is held for the period from 2010/11 onwards
on our database and is as follows: Total Receipts Paid: 2010/11 - £32,650.
2011/12 - £76,640.  2012/13 - £70,827. Number of Fines Paid: 2010/11 -
653. 2011/12 - 1503. 2012/13 - 1336.

 

4. The number of cases taken to court and how many of these were
successful

The information is publically reported on a monthly basis via the City
Council's Licensing and Public Protection Committee and before April 2012
to its predecessor the Public Protection Committee. The report is entitled
'Prosecutions and Cautions'. This information is available at:
[3]www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy

5. The cost of pursuing litter-related incidents

Although the scope of the term 'cost of pursuing litter related incidents'
is not defined legal costs of pursuing cases is publically reported on a
monthly basis via the City Council's Licensing and Public Protection
Committee and before April 2012 to its predecessor the Public Protection
Committee. The report is entitled 'Prosecutions and Cautions' and the
costs are referenced . This information is available at:
[4]www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy

6. The current policy on tackling litter (reporting, enforcement, etc)

The Policy governing all regulatory matters, including litter is set out
in two reports that are published annually via the City Council's
Licensing and Public Protection Committee and before April 2012 to its
predecessor the Public Protection Committee. The reports are entitled
'Enforcement Policy', available at:
 [5]http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/regulatorye... and the
'Regulation and Enforcement Service Plans 2012/13, available at:
[6]www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy

7. The number of dog fouling incidents reported or recorded

The number of dog fouling incidents reported or recorded

April - March 2008/09 - 1,005

April - March 2009/10 - 646

April - March 2010/11 - 621

April - March 2011/12 - 1,031

April - March 2012/13 - 863

 

Total       4,166

8. The number of fines issued in respect of dog fouling

The number of fines issued in respect of dog fouling

 

April - March 2008/09 - 23

April - March 2009/10 - 12

April - March 2010/11 - 7

April - March 2011/12 - 7

April - March 2012/13 - 14

 

Total       63

9. The total value of fines issued in respect of dog fouling

The total value of fines issued in respect of dog fouling

April - March 2008/09 - £1,150,00

April - March 2009/10 - £600.00

April - March 2010/11 - £350.00

April - March 2011/12 - £350.00

April - March 2012/13 - £700.00

 

Total       £3,150,00

10. The number of fines paid in respect of dog fouling

The number of fines paid in respect of dog fouling

 

April - March 2008/09 - 16

April - March 2009/10 - 7

April - March 2010/11 - 4

April - March 2011/12 - 5

April - March 2012/13 - 13

 

Total       45

11. The value of fines paid in respect of dog fouling
The value of fines paid in respect of dog fouling

 

April - March 2008/09 - £800.00

April - March 2009/10 - £350.00

April - March 2010/11 - £200.00

April - March 2011/12 - £250.00

April - March 2012/13 - £650.00

 

Total       £2,250,00

12. The current policy on tackling dog fouling (reporting, enforcement,
etc)

The Policy governing all regulatory matters, including tackling dog
fouling is set out in two reports that are published annually via the City
Council's Licensing and Public Protection Committee and before April 2012
to its predecessor the Public Protection Committee. The reports are
entitled 'Enforcement Policy', available at:
 [7]http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/regulatorye... and the
'Regulation and Enforcement Service Plans 2012/13, available at:
[8]www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy

 

 

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Jenny Millward

Head of Environmental Health (South)

Regulation and Enforcement

PO Box 15908

N12 2nd Floor

1 Lancaster Circus

Birmingham

B2 2UD

 

Tel:  303 6920

Fax: 303 6994

 

"Locally accountable and responsive fair regulation for all - achieving a
safe, healthy, clean, green and fair trading city for residents, business
and visitors"

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/regulatoryc...

 

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