Sustainability for health and social care services can only be achieved by a real commitment to integration, not by the government's chronic underfunding and a crude focus on cuts and closures. That's the message of a forceful recent column by Mayor Dave Hodgson in the Times and Citizen newspaper.
Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the merger of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), which recently received approval from Government.
SEMLEP is a public private partnership set up to drive growth across the South East Midlands, featuring representation from business and local government leaders. Mayor Dave is a SEMLEP board member, and has said that the merger is the right move in order to remove any confusion and possible duplication.
In his column for the September issue of the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written about the bad deal which Bedford's rail users get on the Thameslink line. He calls on the government, which has 'considerable powers at its disposal', to start doing its bit on behalf of beleaguered commuters.
Mayor Dave Hodgson has congratulated Bedford Borough students who received their GCSE results on Thursday.
The initial GCSE results figures from local schools show an improvement overall both in terms of students' attainment and the progress made by students.
Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "My congratulations to all students receiving their GCSEs on their hard work. Congratulations are also due to all of the parents and carers, and teachers and school staff who all contribute in immeasurable ways in supporting students and giving them the opportunity to do their very best. Good luck and very best wishes to all students across the borough on their next steps."
Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the flawed work of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review, which culminated in proposals to close maternity services at Bedford Hospital, must be scrapped altogether and not continued within the successor STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) process.
In his latest monthly column for the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has reiterated his thanks to everyone who took part in the 2016 River Festival, along with everyone who was part of the record attendance of over 300,000 people.
Record numbers attended this year's event, and Mayor Dave writes about how the success of the festival, and that of numerous public events which take place across the Borough, is thanks in large part to the 'herculean efforts' of the volunteers who help make them happen. Here's the full article:
Students across Bedford Borough received their A Level results on Thursday, and there were celebrations as the proportion of entrants achieving at least one A* or A grades rose once again, to nearly one in two. The provisional figures, based on returns from eight upper schools, show that 45.9% of students received at least one top grade, up from 42.3% in 2015. This increase was achieved by students in spite the proportion of top grades nationally decreasing slightly.