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Jas Parmar Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Bedfordshire 2021 (NBLD)

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 also keep up-to-date with news from Jas Parmar, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner in the May 2021 election. You can follow Jas on Facebook, too, at @JasParmar4PCC

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, Lib Dem Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson - please click here.

Recent News

  • Step 1b
    Article: Mar 29, 2021

    Today, Monday 29th March, we enter the second stage of Step 1 of the Roadmap out of Lockdown. People are again be able to meet outside in groups of up to 6 or with one other household. Outdoor sports facilities can reopen and formally organised outdoor sports can restart, while all children will be able to access outdoor childcare and supervised activities.

  • Bedford borough COVID-19 snapshot published 25 March 2021
    Article: Mar 27, 2021

    The latest weekly coronavirus statistics for Bedford Borough have been published. The snapshot now includes vaccination data, with this week's figures showing that 45.1% of the 16+ population had received at least one dose by 14th March.

    The figures show that in the seven days up to March 21st:

    • 2,035 people have been tested (2,004 fewer than the previous week)
    • There were 63 Covid-19 cases (19 fewer than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 36.4 (down from 47.3 in the previous week
  • Cllr Michael Headley
    Article: Mar 25, 2021

    Bedford Borough children from families that receive income-related free school meals are again eligible for a £15 voucher per week each, a total of £30 for the Easter break.

    The one-off funding for the scheme comes from the Department of Work and Pensions' winter hardship support. Bedford Borough Council has received an additional £167,672 from the fund, much of which will be used to provide free school meal vouchers during Easter.

    The free school meals food vouchers scheme is part of the package of support launched by Bedford Borough Council and voluntary sector partners earlier in the school year for families and households. Bedford Borough Council has already provided £337,290 worth of vouchers (over Christmas and February half term) directly issued to parents of 6,609 eligible children and young people to help with the cost of shopping for food. Each voucher is redeemable from a range of local retailers.

    Councillor Michael Headley, portfolio holder for finance said "I am delighted that we've been able to extend this scheme to cover the Easter holiday. A year into the pandemic, many families continue to struggle and I hope that by issuing these vouchers, families can focus on enjoying the break, rather than worrying about where their children's next meal is coming from during this challenging period."

    Children are eligible for the vouchers if their family receives one of the benefits listed below:

  • Cllr Michael Headley
    Article: Mar 23, 2021
    Bedford Borough Council is extending its business support grant scheme to support more local businesses.

    This will provide support to businesses which do not operate from a business premises but which have fixed business costs and have experienced a significant reduction in income due to Coronavirus restrictions.

    To provide support as quickly as possible to as many businesses as possible, a one-off grant payment of £500 or £1,000 (depending on the size of the business) will be made.

    These grants will be made as part of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), which is a fixed amount of funding from the Government and is intended to provide support to businesses right up until April 2022. £2million of the ARG will be put towards these grants.

    These grants are not intended to replace income that has been lost due to restrictions or provide income to the business owner. The Government has put in place other forms of support to assist business owners whose personal income has been affected by restrictions. Rather, the payment is to assist with fixed business costs.
    Councillor Michael Headley, Portfolio Holder for Finance said "We are pleased that we can now extend this support to a wider range of small businesses such as mobile hairdressers, self-employed trades people, driving instructors and taxi drivers. Having a clearer idea about the Government's roadmap out of lockdown has enabled us to extend the support we can give from our limited government funding to help more businesses to meet unavoidable fixed costs. Throughout Coronavirus restrictions we have worked hard to provide as many local businesses with support as quickly and fairly as we can, and we will continue to do so."
  • National day of reflection logo
    Article: Mar 22, 2021
    March 23rd is the National Day of Reflection, a day in which people will come together to remember all those we have lost and those who have been affected by Covid-19.
    There will be a minute's silence at 12noon and at 8pm everyone is invited to come together to light up the night.
    The initiative, from Marie Curie, encourages people to stand outside with a light at 8pm - whether it be a candle, a torch or even a phone. The purpose is to remember someone who's died and show support to people going through a bereavement.
    You can find more details of the initiative on the Marie Curie website at https://mariecurie.org.uk
  • Bedford Borough Covid19 Snapshot published March 18th 2021
    Article: Mar 21, 2021

    The latest weekly coronavirus statistics for Bedford Borough have been published. The snapshot now includes vaccination data, with this week's figures showing that 41.4% of the 16+ population has received at least one dose.

    The figures show that in the seven days up to March 14th:

    • 4,039 people have been tested (711 fewer than the previous week)
    • There were 82 Covid-19 cases (19 fewer than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 47.3 (down from 58.3 in the previous week)
    • 56,644 adults vaccinated with at least one dose
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson planting Midas Pattern trees at Shocott Spring
    Article: Mar 20, 2021

    Local Community Forest charity the Forest of Marston Vale has entered into a 5 year partnership with award-winning company Midas Pattern Company Ltd, planting 500 trees per year near Bedford and selling verified carbon units to cut the manufacturing company's carbon footprint to absolute zero.

    The first of its kind for the Charity, the venture will see Midas become the latest Corporate Friend of the Forest by investing in both tree planting and the purchase of Woodland Carbon Units generated from the young trees already growing in the Shocott Spring Community Woodland. In doing so, Midas have become the first company to buy verified carbon that's already been locked up by the young woodlands growing to create the Forest of Marston Vale. With a commitment to plant 2,500 trees in 5 years, and purchase a further 500 carbon units per year - known as "Pending Issuance Units (PIUs)", relating to carbon this woodland will lock up in the years ahead - the responsible polyurethane moulding company will go beyond their already achieved carbon-neutral manufacturing status, and achieve absolute carbon net zero for all products, benefitting the local environment and aiding national efforts to combat climate change.

  • Compost Bin
    Article: Mar 19, 2021

    This week (March 15th- 21st) is National Compost Week in the UK, with the spotlight turned onto this great way to recycle garden and food waste while creating fertile soil for a healthy garden.

    By recycling various organic materials that would ordinarily be regarded as waste products, composting is an eco-friendly way to make good use of food and garden waste while helping to create fertile garden soil. It also helps to reduce landfil waste and protect our wider environment.