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Welcome to North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats

Welcome to the website for the North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats for information from the party and the latest news from the Council.

You can also find out how to contact your local Lib Dem Councillor, their surgery details and information about work they are doing for you. You can also follow us on twitter @BedfordLibDems.

For news from the directly elected, Lib Dem Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson- please click here.

Recent News

  • Coins
    Article: Feb 15, 2017

    The Budget proposed by Mayor Dave Hodgson and his Cabinet was passed with overwhelming cross-party support, with 39 votes for and just 1 against.

    The context for the budget is a combination of a massive cut in government funding and a sharp rise in the need for services, especially social care for the growing elderly population. The Council's main government grant is falling from over £30 million in 2015 to just £5.8 million in 2019. By 2020/21, the authority faces a funding gap of £27.5 million.

  • school
    Article: Jan 28, 2017

    Revised GCSE and equivalent results for 2015-2016 have been released this month by the Department for Education (DfE) - and Bedford Borough has come out as top of the region for Progress 8 GCSE results.

    Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: "A huge well done to every young person - and all their teachers - who worked so hard for these results. Bedford Borough being ranked as 1st in the region for Progress 8 is great news."

  • The Higgins Bedford logo
    Article: Jan 25, 2017

    In 2016 The Higgins Bedford welcomed over 42,500 visitors, representing a 24% increase on the previous year and making it the museum's busiest calendar year ever.

    Popular exhibitions during 2016 included Bedford's War Machines, which marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme; The Harpur Trust 450th Anniversary Art Competition Exhibition which displayed artworks by school children from across Bedford Borough; and Picasso and the Masters of Print which continues until April.

  • Bedford i-lab
    Article: Jan 15, 2017

    This New Year Bedford i-lab, based in the successful Priory Business Park, is pleased to welcome a number of new businesses, taking occupancy to record levels post-recession at over 90%.

    Operated by Bedford Borough Council, Bedford i-lab provides flexible and affordable office accommodation tailored towards innovative and exciting businesses including start-ups.

  • Coffee With Art
    Article: Dec 19, 2016

    There was a celebratory event this month to mark the completion of the 'Townscape Heritage Initiative' (THI) Project. The project launched in September 2011 with an aim to offer grants to improve traditional properties that were either derelict, in poor repair and/or vacant.

    The project has made vast improvements to 16 properties in total within the High Street and St Paul's Square area and this, along with town centre events, has helped to further increased footfall figures; with this year's October numbers being the highest for 6 years.

  • Cllr Charles Royden Solar Panels Allhallows bus station
    Article: Dec 10, 2016

    Bedford Borough Council has been announced as National Champion for sustainability at the Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards 2016. The award recognises major investment in green energy production including, solar energy, hydro power and biomass.

    Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said: "Through targeted investment and a commitment to sustainability we have slashed our carbon emissions and have turned the council into a flagship for green energy and environmental good practice. I would like to congratulate everybody across the council who has helped contribute to this national success."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at the entrance to Allhallows Car Park
    Article: Nov 29, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced plans for an extension to the free parking offer in Bedford Town Centre, in support of local shoppers and traders.

    The proposals, which will go to a meeting of Mayor Dave's Executive tomorrow, retain and extend the Mayor's Free Parking Deal, Bedford's flagship offer which gives shoppers two hours' free parking on Saturdays in town centre council car parks, alongside all day free parking on Sunday.

  • Social Care
    Article: Nov 28, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has condemned the Government's disregard for elderly and vulnerable people following an Autumn Statement which included no new funding to tackle the 'full-scale crisis' in the country's social care system.

    Across the health and care sector there is an overwhelming recognition that social care services are massively underfunded and in sore need of additional resources, with patients groups, charities, care providers, NHS organisations and councils all sending the message loud and clear to the government and the Chancellor in the run up to the Autumn Statement earlier this week.