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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

  • Article: Sep 18, 2018

    Speaking after the Tenant Fees Bill progressed through the House of Commons last week, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Dean Crofts said "Tenant fees are often unreasonable, lack transparency and make the upfront costs of moving extortionate. People should not be punished for moving home. That is why Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a ban on tenant fees with Baroness Olly Grender having previously introduced a Renters Rights Bill.."

    Dean added "While Government amendments did attempt to close the loopholes in this Bill, the language remains ambiguous on what constitutes a "reasonable cost". Moreover, without sufficient funding, local authorities will struggle to enforce the ban. Progress can and must therefore be made on tenant rights."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and other Liberal Democrat Campaigners at Bedfordshire CCG HQ to present the petition to save Putnoe Walk-In Centre
    Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Bedfordshire NHS CCG has announced that the walk-in centre will remain OPEN following the award of a new two-year contract to the Putnoe Medical Centre.

    You may recall that the CCG abruptly halted its recent consultation on its plans to close the centre next year while it was still going on. That was partly thanks to the overwhelming response in support of the walk-in centre, and it's been followed by this welcome reversal.

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Sep 16, 2018

    From September 2017, 30 hours funded childcare has been available for eligible 3 and 4 year olds. 1,337 children across Bedford Borough currently have access to 30 hours childcare, the highest number in the region.

    The 30 hours offer is available for 3 and 4 year olds of working parents in the Borough and parents can apply at the same time as Tax-Free childcare. Children start in their childcare place the term after they turn 3 years old and have received a valid 30 hours code, whichever is later.

  • SH Library Services
    Article: Sep 15, 2018

    Over 7,500 people have signed up to become members of Bedford Borough Council's LibraryPlus scheme which gives increased access to council libraries.

    In September last year Bedford Borough's libraries started working in a whole new way with the start of self-service hours through LibraryPlus at Bedford Central, Bromham and Wootton Libraries.

  • Armed Forces
    Article: Sep 14, 2018

    Commenting on this week's report from the Public Accounts Committee into skills shortages within the armed forces, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Councillor Sarah Gallagher said "The findings of our inquiry are really shocking. Despite a huge shortfall in staff and skills, the Government hasn't got a grip on what needs to be done to recruit more skilled specialists into the armed forces and Ministry of Defence, and to keep the ones we already have.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Bedford Borough Map
    Article: Sep 13, 2018

    The project to replace Borough-owned highway street lights with LED street lights has successfully come to completion this year.

    After winning a competitive bidding process, the Council was awarded £5.3million by the Department for Transport and invested an additional £1million, which has seen over 14,000 LED lanterns installed and over 2,400 columns replaced across the Borough.

  • Vince Cable twitter page
    Article: Sep 12, 2018

    Liberal Democrats have today set out bold reforms designed to spread opportunity, power and wealth more fairly throughout society and to give everyone a stake in the UK's economic success.

    The party expects these reforms to raise an additional £15 billion per year, though this is likely to grow as the rate of wealth passed down increases in the coming years.

    Liberal Democrat members will debate and vote on the proposals at the party's Autumn Conference in Brighton next week.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Sep 11, 2018
    • Mayor Dave Announces Plan to Bridge Funding Gap and Deliver Wixams Station
    • Original Planning Deal Failed to Secure Station
    • In absence of progress under original deal, Mayor Dave has stepped in to rescue the station, with Council set to include scheme in its capital budget

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has stepped in to rescue the planned station in Wixams after the failure of the toothless planning deal to deliver the long-planned project