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  • Pile of coins
    Article: Nov 27, 2015

    Following confirmation of massive cuts in funding for local authorities in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement, Mayor Dave Hodgson declared that it was a 'dark day for local services'.

    Lord Gary Porter, Conservative Chair of the Local Government Association, responded to the statement by saying that 'local services which people cherish will have to be drastically scaled back or lost altogether as councils are increasingly forced to do more with less and protect life and death services, such as caring for the elderly and protecting children, already buckling under growing demand.'

  • Fireworks at Bedford's Big Christmas Lights Switch-On
    Article: Nov 26, 2015

    Bedford's Big Christmas Lights Switch-On event is taking place tonight at 7pm, along The Embankment. This free Christmas event run by Bedford Borough Council will feature a spectacular firework display and the switching-on of the lights, to mark the start of a busy Christmas period in Bedford town centre.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Nov 20, 2015

    Figures released this week by a leading children's charity reveal that 12,600 children in Bedford Borough live in families which face a cut in their income due to the Government's callous cuts to tax credits.

    The Children's Society has accompanied the release of the shocking figures with a call for the Government to abandon the planned cuts. Mayor Dave Hodgson has echoed that call, and slammed the government for planning huge cuts in the income of households with people working hard to make ends meet.

  • Bedford Town Centre Christmas Tree at night
    Article: Nov 18, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced that in a further measure to support local shoppers and businesses during the important Christmas trading period, the first two hours' parking in Queen Street multi storey car park will be free every day throughout December.

    The offer is in addition to the hugely successful 'Mayor's Free Parking Deal,' which sees all Council-run town centre car parks offer 2 hours' free parking on Saturdays. The Council's shoppers car parks and on street parking are also free all day on Sunday and on-street parking is free after 6pm.

  • A Classroom
    Article: Nov 13, 2015

    Bedford Borough Council has launched a consultation on plans to deliver a transition from a three-tier education system to a two-tier system with primary and secondary schools.

    Having worked with schools during the applications process for this programme and received their applications, the Council now wants to hear from parents and as many people as possible about their views.

  • Bedford Magistrates' Court
    Article: Nov 12, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that it is 'absolutely essential' that local access to justice in Bedford is maintained, after details of Bedford Borough Council's forceful response to the consultation on the Government's plan to close Bedford Magistrates' Court was revealed.

    In a wide-ranging submission to the Government, the Council has detailed the array of harmful effects this proposal would have on its own operations and resources, on the local administration of justice and on local residents' access to justice.

  • Standard Bearers at the Royal British Legion Armistice Day Commemoration in Bedford
    Article: Nov 11, 2015

    A busy and bustling Bedford Town Centre on market day fell silent earlier today as tribute was paid to members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in service. The Royal British Legion's Armistice Day Commemmoration once again took place on 'Boots Corner' near the junction Midland Road and Harpur Suite, and hundreds of people gathered for a poignant service and an immaculately observed two minutes' silence.

  • The 2014 Remembrance Service at the War Memorial on the Embankment, Bedford
    Article: Nov 6, 2015

    On Sunday, Remembrance Services taking place include the wreath laying and Remembrance Service in Bedford at the War Memorial on the Embankment, and in Kempston at the War Memorial following the Kempston Remembrance Day Service and Parade.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson will be laying wreaths on behalf of the Borough at both events.

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