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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

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson over the approach to the Black Cat Roundabout on the A421
    Article: Sep 21, 2018

    In comments following the announcement of the preferred 'corridor' for the route of part of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway road, Mayor Dave Hodgson has warned the Government that communities will not accept its demands for additional growth on the route if it cannot deliver the infrastructure to support it. His comments come after the start of work on the crucial Black Cat to Caxton Gibbett section of the Expressway was delayed by two years earlier this summer.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has echoed the Chief Inspector of Prisons' call for the Government to take 'immediate and decisive action' to improve the situation at Bedford Prison after an inspection revealed more shocking details of disorder and an absence of control. The extraordinary findings come after the Government took the prison into special measures back in May. The Chief Inspector of Prisons has issued an 'Urgent Notification', giving the Government 28 days to respond with the measures it will take to improve matters at the facility.

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Sep 19, 2018

    Bedford Borough Council's online admissions systems is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2019.

    Parents who live within the Borough who have a child in year 6 at primary school or year 8 at a middle school will need to transfer their child to a secondary school or upper school in September 2019. The transfer to Secondary 2019 round and the transfer to Upper 2019 round is available from the 12th September 2018 via the Council website.

  • 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.