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  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jul 23, 2015

    New figures have confirmed that the dramatic fall in Jobseeker's Allowance claimant numbers in Bedford Borough is continuing, with the proportion of claimants at its lowest level for more than seven years. Two per cent of working age people are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, a fall of 50% in just over two years, and the lowest level since March 2008.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jul 22, 2015
    Mayor Dave Hodgson has called for an inquiry following news of the closure of the sorry saga of the failed 'NIRAH' project, which will result in just a fraction of funds loaned by the former Bedfordshire County Council and East of England Development Agency being returned to the taxpayer. Mayor Dave has slammed the 'scandalous loss of public money,' and is calling for answers as to how such a massive amount of public funds locally were squandered on a scheme which was never close to coming to fruition.
  • Bedford Magistrates' Court
    Article: Jul 18, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the Conservative Government's plans to close Bedford Magistrates' Court down altogether. The plans have been published this week as part of proposals for the closure of 97 courts across England. It follows the major downgrading of Bedford Magistrates' Court last year, when the majority of cases other than family court cases ceased in Bedford, including all criminal cases, which were moved to Luton Crown Court. The plans propose to move family court cases to Bedford Employment Tribunal, with other cases moved to Luton.

  • Tim Farron speaks to Liberal Democrat party members in Bedford, as Dave Hodgson looks on
    Article: Jul 17, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the election of Tim Farron as the new Liberal Democrat Party Leader, following the announcement last night of his victory in the ballot of all party members.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "Tim Farron will be an outstanding advocate for liberal values as Liberal Democrat leader. As I said during the campaign, Tim is a former district and county councillor, and his innate understanding of the power of local politics to improve people's lives for the better shines through. As elected Mayor and leader of a unitary council, that is extremely important to me."

  • Bedford Town Centre
    Article: Jul 11, 2015

    New figures have confirmed that Bedford town centre is attracting more visitors, independent shops and investors than ever before. Bedford's array of shops, cafes, restaurants and cultural facilities and events are combining to attract growing numbers of visitors and shoppers, with May's footfall figures showing a 9% year-on-year increase. The rise brings the total number of visitors recorded within Bedford town centre in May 2015 alone to a staggering 1.2m.

  • Pile of coins
    Article: Jul 9, 2015

    Recently announced government cuts to local authority budgets in the current financial year are set to strip £500,000 from Bedford Borough Council this year and every subsequent year. The Council's 2015/16 budget was consulted on extensively and was approved unanimously in a public vote in February. It included £10 million of savings, due in part to huge government cuts which have seen the council's main grant cut by a third in just two years.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jul 3, 2015

    In a statement published today, Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced Bedford Borough Council's commitment to supporting schools to change to a two tier system of primary and secondary schools.

    The statement follows meetings held today at Borough Hall between the Council and School Leaders. All Head Teachers and Chairs of Governors were invited by Mayor Dave and Cabint Member for Education Clr Henry Vann to come and discuss directly the Council's plan to provide strategic leadership to ensure that the move to a two-tier system, which is already being pursued by a number of schools across the Borough, is coherent, coordinated and serves the interests of all local children.

  • 1-4 St Paul's Square, Bedford, following refurbishment
    Article: Jun 30, 2015

    Following a stunning refurbishment programme, medieval properties in one of Bedford's most prominent town centre locations which have stood derelict for nearly fifty years are coming back into use this week, as affordable homes. 1-4 St Paul's Square buildings have been transformed into ten good quality afforable homes for rent, to be managed by Aldwyck Housing Association, after the heritage regeneration 'THI' project led by Mayor Dave Hodgson kick-started a partnership project which is breathing new life into buildings last used back in 1969.

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