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  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 24, 2015
    Responding to to the latest developments in the sorry saga of the finances of the body which is responsible for commissioning NHS services locally, Mayor Dave Hodgson said it would be a 'travesty' if local patients were forced to pay the price of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's financial failings in the form of reduced services. He also slammed the BCCG for the resources it has dedicated to an unjustifiable review which has sought to downgrade local hospital services, while its own finances were spirallIng out of control.
  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 19, 2015

    Following his re-election with an increased majority, Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced changes to his Cabinet. The new Cabinet sees Mayor Dave joined by four Liberal Democrat and four Labour Members, representing groups comprising well over half of the seats won in the recent Council elections. The appointments allow for the continuation of the extremely successful partnership work of the groups on the Cabinet, which, despite huge reductions in the Council's funding, has protected services and cut or frozen council tax for five straight years.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 16, 2015
    Commenting on BBC Three Counties Radio this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson called for an end to the uncertainty and distress caused to patients and staff by the proposals of the CCG-led healthcare review 'Your Health in Bedfordshire'. The £3 million review's long overdue 'Progress Report', published at the end of October, concluded that either Bedford or Milton Keynes Hospitals must be downgraded to become an 'Integrated Care Centre. In practice, it is likely that this would mean a series of urgent care services reduced, with fewer births, for example, and a reduced Accident and Emergency service.
  • Dave Hodgson and Liberal Democrat Colleagues Celebrate his Success in the 2015 Bedford Borough Mayoral Election
    Article: May 9, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has thanked voters across Bedford Borough, after a stunning victory in the mayoral election. Mayor Dave was re-elected with a majority of 8,789 over Jas Parmar, the Conservative candidate in second place, following the re-allocation of second preference votes under the supplementary voting system. The margin of victory was nearly 3,000 more than in the previous mayoral election in 2011.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson shows children from Wootton Lower School the plans for the school's new Fields Road extension site
    Article: May 7, 2015

    Under Mayor Dave Hodgson Bedford Borough Council has invested in the Borough's future, with improved school buildings and facilities, extra capacity created to avert the primary places crisis seen elsewhere and rising school standards. Here are the facts:

    • Ofsted's latest annual report ranks Bedford Borough as one of the top six places in the country for a child to attend lower or primary school, based on the proportion attending good or outstanding schools.
  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 6, 2015

    As Mayor, Dave Hodgson has at all times made clear that he is community's representative on the Council, not the other way round. That's why a series of measures have been taken to make the Council more open and accountable to local residents across Bedford Borough. Here are the facts:

    • Bedford Borough Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to publish payments to suppliers and external bodies online for local residents to inspect. Government civil servants visited Bedford Borough Council to find out more about this local transparancy drive, and the government subsequently made it compulsory for all councils to publish payments in this way.
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Pavenham Solar Panels
    Article: May 6, 2015

    With the introduction of tough action on littering for the first time ever in the Borough, the pioneering Mayor's Climate Change Fund and a huge fall in the Council's own carbon emissions, Mayor Dave Hodgson has a formidable record on the Enviuronment. Here are the facts:

    • The Council did not carry out enforcement against littering before Mayor Dave became Mayor. He has changed that emphatically, with a zero tolerance approach following a public awareness campaign and literally hundreds of fines imposed on those caught littering. Under the radically diferrent regime introduced by Mayor Dave the Council has also shown it will pursue cases right through the courts where people refuse to pay, with dozens of offenders prosecuted and forced to pay fines of hundreds of pounds.
  • The new Bedford Bus Station in operation
    Article: May 5, 2015

    Despite the council's unprecedented financial pressures, Mayor Dave Hodgson has a remarkable record of getting things done for Bedford Borough, with key transport projects promised for decades turned into a reality. Meanwhile, roads maintenance, local bus services and cycle provision have all been improved. Here are the facts:

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