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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: Jun 22, 2018

    Stewartby's Liberal Democrat Councillor Tim Hill attended the Council's Environment and Sustainable Communities Overview and scrutiny meeting last night to question both the Environment Agency and Covanta about the proposed Energy to Waste Plant.

    Before Councillor Hill started his questioning, he welcomed the news that a High Court Judge has ruled in favour of Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator (BACI). The Judge said that BACI has identified arguable grounds to have their case heard in Court. Councillor Hill thanked BACI for their work so far.

  • Mayor Dave at an electric charging point
    Article: Jun 21, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced the introduction of 300 electric vehicle charging points, on 150 posts, across Bedford Town Centre for electric cars over the next 3 years, a massive increase on the existing number.

    Working in partnership with Chargemaster, the UK's largest charge point manufacturer, the Council will install the stations on street and within car parks. Both fast and rapid chargers will be installed as part of the project and installations will begin in the coming months.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2018

    Responding to the National Audit Office's (NAO) latest report on Universal Credit, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat DWP Spokesperson Dean Crofts said:

    "The comprehensive report from the NAO is a devastating indictment of the Conservatives' cruel and incompetent roll-out of Universal Credit.

    "Not only is UC years behind schedule and unlikely to either deliver value for money or increase employment, it is also causing severe hardship among claimants, which the Government consistently refuses to acknowledge or address.

    "As is typical with this government, they are reacting to events rather than preventing events happening."

    "The awful situation is unlikely to improve, with the NAO estimating that over 300,000 new claimants will be paid late over the course of this year, inflicting further financial and psychological harm on some of society's most vulnerable people.

    "The Conservatives must re-instate the withdrawn work allowances to reduce hardship for claimants and fix the flaws identified by the NAO before it is too late."

  • Cllr Wendy Rider
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    Bedford Borough Health spokesperson Councillor Wendy Rider has branded the Tory Government's NHS spending plans as an "inadequate sticking plaster".

    Councillor Rider said "The proposed increase falls well short of what the IFS and others say is necessary. It will condemn the NHS and patients to a very uncertain and dangerous future. It means that we won't achieve the vital goal of equality for those with mental ill health and we will continue to fall short of international comparisons on cancer survival rates. It's an inadequate sticking plaster. The IFS said that increases of close to 4% are needed for social care as well as a funding boost for the NHS. Yet Theresa May had nothing to say on this vital issue. She has left a gaping wound."

    Councillor Rider added "The Liberal Democrats are the only party putting forward an immediate 1p increase in income tax - which would raise an additional £6bn a year. But crucially, the expert panel the Liberal Democrats set up nationally recommended a dedicated NHS and Care Tax which could be used to raise the amount that experts say the NHS and social care need. That is what the Government should have done."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson on site to see roads maintenance taking place
    Article: Jun 18, 2018

    An extra £2 million will be spent on road and pavement improvement work across Bedford Borough in the current year, after a further funding boost was agreed by Mayor Dave Hodgson's Cabinet this week.

    The further £1 million investment in roads and pavements was made possible by savings achieved elsewhere across the council during the financial year just gone. It follows on from another £1 million boost for 2018/19 confirmed earlier in the spring.

  • Councillor Michael Headley outside Putnoe Library
    Article: Jun 14, 2018

    Putnoe Councillors Michael Headley and Rosemary Bootiman the Liberal Democrat Focus Team are pleased that the footpath outside Putnoe Library has now been fixed.

    The Councillors reported in problems with the footpath not being level which caused puddles across the whole width of the pavement when it rained.

  • Car Park
    Article: Jun 12, 2018

    Now open - a new public car park on the south side of the river in Bedford, giving visitors to Riverside Bedford and the town centre another parking option. Just like the other town centre council-run car parks, St Mary's Car Park offers free parking every Saturday for your first two hours and all day on Sunday.

  • homeless hero
    Article: Jun 11, 2018

    Crisis have launched a new plan to end homelessness within ten years.

    Their Everybody In campaign calls for emergency accommodation to be available for those that need it, time limiting temporary accommodation, building more social housing, personalised support for all rough sleepers and Housing First to be the default option for anyone who is homeless and have complex needs.