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  • Coins
    Article: Mar 10, 2017

    In his latest monthly column for the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has laid out the dire funding situation in which the 2017/18 Council budget was delivered, and of the importance of the all-party support it received last month.

    Here's the full text of the piece:

    The combined effect of massive government cuts and rising need for care services is a full-blown funding crisis for Bedford Borough Council. The Council's main government grant is falling from £30 million in 2015 to under £6 million in 2019. By 2020/21, there is a funding gap of £27.5 million.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Mar 7, 2017

    - Mayor Dave calls for community to deliver 'resounding message' in opposition to the plans 'before it's too late'

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has spoken out against new proposals for A&E, Maternity and Paediatric services to each be downgraded in at least one of Bedford, Luton or Milton Keynes Hospitals. He has also called for residents to deliver a resounding message in support of Bedford Hospital in response to the proposals.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Mar 2, 2017

    Councillors of all parties and independents joined Mayor Dave Hodgson in demanding the protection of key services at Bedford Hospital at a Full Council Meeting last week.

    Across the chamber there was unanimity in approving a motion which called for the retention of essential A & E, paediatric and obstetric services in the midst of an ongoing review, the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process. The motion also highlights the fact that elected council representatives have largely been sidelined to date in the process.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Feb 28, 2017

    Speaking on Friday in the wake of Storm Doris last week, Mayor Dave Hodgson praised staff from across the council who were joined by specialist contractors and of course many residents in tackling the difficulties caused by the storm.

    Bedford Borough Council received over 80 reports from residents regarding fallen or damaged trees caused by the strong winds, leading to the closure of many roads across the Borough. Council officers and teams from Bartlett Tree Experts worked throughout the day and into the night in bad weather to reopen roads.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Feb 11, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the Government after leaks released this week suggested that special government support has been given to Conservative-run Surrey County Council to avert its now-reversed 15% Council tax rise.

    Text messages sent by the Leader of Surrey County Council revealed that Government officials were in direct contact with the authority, with one reading: "I'm advised that DCLG officials have been working on a solution and you will be contacting me to agree a memorandum of understanding."

  • Coins
    Article: Feb 8, 2017

    The Budget proposed by Mayor Dave Hodgson and his Cabinet was passed with overwhelming cross-party support, with 39 votes for and just 1 against.

    The context for the budget is a combination of a massive cut in government funding and a sharp rise in the need for services, especially social care for the growing elderly population. The Council's main government grant is falling from over £30 million in 2015 to just £5.8 million in 2019. By 2020/21, the authority faces a funding gap of £27.5 million.

  • A Classroom
    Article: Jan 31, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has repeated his congratulations to schools and students after the final published GCSE results data placed Bedford Borough at the top of the eastern region.

    The government's new yardstick for GCSE performance, Progress 8, measures the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. Under this new official measure, Bedford Borough's results were the very best across the eastern region.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson cuts the ribbon at the opening of Bedford branch of BEW Electrical Distribution
    Article: Jan 28, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodsgon helped mark the arrival of another new business in Bedford Borough this week, at the opening of BEW Electrical Electrical Distributors' Bedford branch.

    In addition to being invited to do the honours with the customary ribbon-cutting, Mayor Dave talked to staff and to local electricians and manufacturers about the new wholesale trader at St Martin's Business Park.

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