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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

  • Cllr Michael Headley
    Article: Sep 21, 2021

    Liberal Democrat Portfolio Holder for Finance Councillor Michael Headley revealed the lack of support for council funded social care from the Government's proposed 1.25% increase in National Insurance contributions at last week's Budget & Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

    Commenting after the meeting, Councillor Michael Headley said "I think local residents are going to be very surprised that the increased National Insurance they are going to be asked to pay by the government isn't intended to cover the costs of increased care needed for an ageing population - with more local people needing care and many with more complex needs. The government have made a clear statement that they expect these costs to come from increased council tax or unspecified efficiencies. The extra National Insurance will support the NHS and changing what people have to pay towards their own care."

  • Recycling - yes please
    Article: Sep 20, 2021

    It's Recycle Week, and Recycle Now are asking us all to 'Step It Up' in the fight against climate change and take action to protect our environment through even better recycling habits.

    Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that almost 9 out of 10 people now recycle.

    However, 55% of households put items in the general rubbish bin that can be recycled; including foil, aerosols, and plastic toiletry bottles (such as shampoo and conditioner bottles), plastic trays, cleaning and bleach bottles. This is where we need to 'Step It Up'. We can all help fight climate change by recycling because recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.

  • Coronavirus Snapshot week ending 12 September 2021
    Article: Sep 19, 2021

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

    The figures show that in the seven days up to September 12th:

    • 7,700 PCR tests were taken
    • There were 455 Coronavirus cases (33 fewer than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 260.5 (down from 279.4 in the previous week)
  • Great Big Green Week 2021
    Article: Sep 18, 2021

    To celebrate Great Big Green Week this year, Bedford Borough Council are holding a number of exciting and interactive events online and in the town centre.

    The Council are working in partnership with the Great Big Green Week Bedford and Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum to bring the events to Bedford Borough residents.

  • Dean Crofts
    Article: Sep 17, 2021

    Commenting on the Government cut to Universal Credit, Liberal Democrat Councillor Dean Crofts said "The decision to rip support from millions of families across the country shows how completely out of touch the Prime Minister really is. He claims that he wants people to live by their own efforts rather than welfare. So either he doesn't know that almost half of those receiving Universal Credit are already in work or he doesn't care."

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Sep 16, 2021

    In 2020/21, 3,465 tonnes of "high quality" glass was collected from over 50 mini recycling sites across Bedford Borough.

    According to RecycleNow, each time just one tonne of glass is recycled, about 580kg of carbon dioxide is saved through the supply chain.

    This would mean that in just one year, Bedford Borough residents have saved over 2 million kg of carbon dioxide by dropping their glass off at local bottle banks, and this high quality sorted glass can be recycled and back on shelves as new bottles and jars within a few weeks.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at the launch of BA Radio
    Article: Sep 15, 2021

    Bedford Academy officially launched their school radio station on Monday. In attendance were Mayor Dave Hodgson, David Morris, CEO of HEART Academies Trust, Christopher Deller, Headteacher and Justin Dealey, BBC 3 Counties radio.

    The radio station was the brainchild of Ms Vinette Hoffman-Jackson, BA STEM Coordinator and Radio Lead. Ms Hoffman-Jackson stated "Equipping our students with effective communication skills will lay the foundation for future successes. Our priority is to provide first class education and support to all students who attend our school through innovations and research"