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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

  • Councillor Sarah Gallagher in Shortstown
    Article: Oct 18, 2018

    Nominations for the Bedford Local Sports Awards 2018 are now open.

    These Awards acknowledge the achievements of local sports people and recognise the work of local individuals who create experiences and opportunities in sport for others.

    To nominate your sport, club, coach or school all you need to do is fill in a quick and easy online nomination form.

  • Universal Credit
    Article: Oct 17, 2018

    More reports have surfaced, this time from the Landlords Association, confirming Universal Credit is not fit for purpose!

    Rent arrears among claimants are rising and this is no surprise considering Universal Credit is no longer meeting the requirements it was designed for.

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Dean Crofts said "Originally, we were told it was made to look like the world of work, where people get paid monthly therefore welfare payments would be paid monthly. What the DWP and Tory government officials fail to realise is that when you start a tenancy, you are expected to pay your rent in advance and a deposit (often another months rent)."

  • Children
    Article: Oct 16, 2018

    Parents in Bedford Borough are being urged to get their children vaccinated against seasonal flu.

    Flu can be an unpleasant illness causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness often lasting for several days. Flu in children can cause serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and some children may need to go to hospital for treatment. Vaccinating your child will help protect them as well as more vulnerable family and friends by preventing the spread of flu.

  • Back of derelict buildings
    Article: Oct 15, 2018

    National Empty Homes Week is taking place 15th - 21st October 2018 and as part of the campaign, Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to report any homes that are unoccupied and disused.

    Empty homes continue to be a massive waste of resources and a blight on neighbourhoods across the country and can also have a negative impact on the environment. The Council is taking decisive action and nearly £3million has been allocated by the Council to fund the compulsory purchase of properties where owners fail to take action to bring their empty property back into use.

  • apple
    Article: Oct 14, 2018

    The always popular Apple Day is back at Bromham Mill on Sunday 21st October, from 11am- 4pm.

    This celebration of country living is a great day out for the whole family with food, arts, crafts, and of course apples, with plenty of different stalls to browse!

    There are also lots of activities and entertainment on offer with a wildlife display, a sheepdog and duck display featuring 'some of the best stunt ducks in the business', a magic show with illusions and circus skills, and live music.

  • Money
    Article: Oct 13, 2018

    Conservative-run Northamptonshire Council announces £65million of cuts - and that may not be enough!

    After years of Conservative mismanagement the Council are faced with massive cuts of services.

    Conservative Council Leader Matt Golby admitted that there was a "constant need to look for further savings".

  • Homelessness (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Oct 12, 2018

    It was World Homeless Day this week, and we want to thank local organisations and especially their volunteers for all that they do in helping tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in Bedford Borough.

    Last week Mayor Dave Hodgson visited one of those organisations on SMART Prebend Day Centre's open day. You can donate food, clothes and other items to help them support homeless and vulnerable local people, and Lisa from SMART told Dave the items they are looking for at the moment in a video on Dave's Facebook page.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Oct 11, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has praised parents fighting against HEART Multi Academy Trust's 'alarming and extremely damaging plans' to remove Head Teachers and scrap local governing bodies from Cauldwell, Shortstown and Shackleton schools. Mayor Dave's comments came following a huge turnout by parents at last night's Full Council meeting, where over 150 people were in attendance to demonstrate their opposition to HEART's plans.