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Welcome to the website for Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats, where you can find information from the party and the latest news from the council.

You can find out how to contact your local Lib Dem Councillor, and you can also follow us on twitter @BedfordLibDems and on Facebook @BedfordLD.

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

Recent News

  • leisure and activities
    Article: Oct 21, 2021

    We are delighted to announce that Bedford Borough Council is funding a range of active child care activities across October Half Term. All places are FREE for:

    • Children eligible for income related Free School Meals (NOT "any child receiving free school meals" as we know the universal infant free school meals scheme can cause confusion here)
    • Children Looked After by Bedford Borough Council
    • Those with no recourse to public funds (although these children need to be referred by a professional using the attached referral form with proof of this status)
  • Free School Meals
    Article: Oct 20, 2021

    Bedford Borough Council will again be providing vouchers to families with children eligible for income related free school meals.

    Funded through the Household Support Fund, the council will provide households £25 per eligible child or young person in Bedford Borough for half term. On top of the £15 supermarket voucher, this half term a one off £10 will also be provided to help off-set any extra spend utility bills and other household expenses.

  • Allhallows Car Park Bedford Bus Station
    Article: Oct 19, 2021

    There will be no increase in council car park charges from January 2022 thanks to the decision made by Mayor Dave Hodgson and colleagues. Commenting on this decision Mayor Dave Hodgson said "This is great news for our residents who have already been through so much in the last 18 months, freezing car park charges for the fifth successive year is one way in which the council can provide support."

  • Fusion Lifestyle logo
    Article: Oct 18, 2021

    At the September Executive of Bedford Borough Council it was revealed that the Council saved £273,000 as a result of not having to support the leisure facilities managed by Fusion for the last six months of 2020/2021.

    Negotiations between Bedford Borough Council and Fusion have now determined that this support is no longer necessary.

  • Coronavirus Snapshot 20211013
    Article: Oct 17, 2021

    The latest weekly Coronavirus snapshot for Bedford Borough has been published.

    The figures show that in the seven days up to 10th October:

    • 8,951 PCR tests were taken
    • There were 698 Coronavirus cases (14 more than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 399.6 (up from 8.0 in the previous week)
  • Green Flag Park Awards 2021
    Article: Oct 14, 2021

    The Green Flag Award is celebrating its Silver Jubilee, marking 25 years of excellence. Today, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is revealing the names of over 2,000 parks and green spaces across the UK that have collected a coveted Green Flag Award for 2021.

    Bedford Park, Addison Howard Park, Harrold-Odell Country Park, and Priory Country Park have once again been awarded the Green Flag.

  • Cllr Christine McHugh
    Article: Oct 14, 2021

    At a meeting of Full Council last night (13th October), Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats secured a commitment to review the council's planning procedures to protect residents', councillors' and parish council voices in planning decisions.

    Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Christine McHugh moved a proposal to review the issue of 'reserved matters' for large planning applications which can't come to the Council's Planning Committee.

  • GP Shortages
    Article: Oct 13, 2021

    The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes area (BLMK) is one of the worst hit areas in the country by the growing shortage of GPs, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. It comes as many people are struggling to book an appointment with their GP, with services increasingly under pressure from rising demand.