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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

  • Thameslink train
    Article: Jul 2, 2018

    From Friday of last week Thameslink declassified 'First Class' during peak times. Peak times, for declassification, are defined as 6.30-9.30am and 4.00-7.15pm.

    Thameslink has also announced they will have an Interim Timetable in place from 15th July. Once this is in place the First Class declassification will end.

  • Dragoon Boat Racing at the Bedford River Festival
    Article: Jun 30, 2018

    In his column in the final edition of the Bedfordshire Midweek, published this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson has highlighted the reasons why this year's Bedford River Festival will be an extra special event, even by River Festival standards!

    Here's the full piece:

    The Bedford River Festival is a truly unique occasion, and there are several reasons why this year's event on 14th and 15 July is set to be even more special than usual.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2018

    In a keynote housing speech earlier this week the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable called for strict action against empty homes and for reforms to make it easier for young people unable to get on the housing ladder.

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Jake Sampson said "There is little recognition that radical change will be necessary if the crisis in housing is to be properly addressed in our lifetime. There are millions of mainly young people, who despite being in good jobs, struggle to pay the deposits or rents required for satisfactory rented accommodation or to afford home ownership. As we build more homes, millions will continue to live in the existing stock of social housing, privately rented property, and owner-occupied property, many of them faced with poor conditions, unaffordable rents and instability."

    On the challenges for the so-called "generation rent" Jake said "We need an end to exploitative, greedy, negligent or neglectful practices in the private sector, which give the majority of good landlords a bad name. The Liberal Democrats support mandatory licensing with a publicly available database of rogue landlords; promoting longer private tenancies with inflation or wage- linked rents; capping upfront deposits; and banning letting agencies' fees for tenants. For many young people of generation rent, a key issue is the high upfront cost of renting and assembling a deposit. The Liberal Democrats are advocating for loans of up to £2,000 to assist with this."

  • homeless youth
    Article: Jun 28, 2018

    Responding to the Government's announcement revealing there are now more than 79,000 households, and more than 123,000 homeless children, living in temporary accommodation across the country, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Homelessness, Dean Crofts, said:

    "The shocking statistics revealed today demonstrate the need for the Tories to be much more ambitious if they are to help the thousands of families in temporary accommodation. The housing crisis is a human crisis. It is time the Tories stopped taking piecemeal measures to try and solve it. The Liberal Democrats are calling for 50,000 new homes for social rent every year."

  • Hilde Hendrickx
    Article: Jun 27, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to reform the apprenticeship levy.

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats jobs and skills spokesperson Hilde Hendrickx said "Last autumn we saw a big fall in the number of apprenticeship registrations. That fall continued this year, in February they were down 40%, in March they were down 58%. This is not a blip, this is a trend"

    Hilde added "The apprenticeship levy is a classic example of a good idea badly executed. Companies that approached it with the right intentions are losing patience with a system that is bureaucratic, rigid and overly complex. The evidence shows that the levy is not fit for purpose and must be reformed. Responding to the calls of business, the Liberal Democrats have called for the transformation of the apprenticeship levy into a wider 'Skills and Training Levy' to prepare the UK's workforce for the economy of the future. Our replacement levy would also direct a quarter of funding into a 'Social Mobility Fund' for the least skilled parts of the country, and drive upskilling across disadvantaged demographic groups by introducing specific training targets for women, disabled people and those from a BAME background."

  • Sir Vince Cable
    Article: Jun 26, 2018

    Today Vince Cable laid our our plan to end the housing crisis.

    We need a radical new approach. The Government must do much more to provide affordable housing, help Generation Rent, and build more houses.

    You can join the campaign here.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2018

    Responding to the Public Accounts Committee's report 'Delivering STEM skills for the economy', member of the Committee, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson and former teacher, Layla Moran said:

    "It's clear from this report that the Government is woefully ill-prepared for the disastrous impact that Brexit is going to have on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills.

    "This adds to what we already knew - that there have been no serious attempts to provide decent, independent careers advice from an early age to ensure that young people, and especially girls, embrace STEM subjects. It is truly woeful that only 8% of STEM apprenticeships are taken up by women.

    "The Government have already been forced into lifting visa caps for specialist medical staff, researchers and tech specialists. They must now get a grip on their failing STEM skills strategy and provide decent careers advice at a young age, do much more to recruit and retain teachers in these subject areas, and implement sensible immigration policies to meet the skills shortfall across the UK."

  • 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.