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  • Cllr Michael Headley
    Article: May 7, 2022

    As part of the government's initiative to help households with rising energy costs, they have announced a £150 Council Tax energy payment for households living in Council Tax bands A to D, as their main home, and Band E where there is a disabled Band reduction.

    Those who do not pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit will receive an 'access code' to get their £150 energy payment.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson visits Harrold Playing Fields Pavilion works
    Article: May 6, 2022

    Mayor Dave Hodgson visit Harrold Playing Fields this morning to see the works upgrade to the Pavilion, which the Council helped to find through the Rural Grants Scheme.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson, Joanna and Ed Davey at Great Denham GP Surgery
    Article: May 6, 2022

    The number of patients per GP across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) has grown to over 2,700, shocking new figures have revealed. This makes the BLMK Clinical Commissioning Group the 6th worst in the country (out of 106 groups) in terms of patients per GP.

    The analysis by the Liberal Democrats, based on research from the House of Commons Library, has exposed the growing shortage of family doctors that is leaving people in Bedford Borough struggling to get appointments. Since September 2015, the number of GPs in the region has fallen from 440 to 397. Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to invest in GP services to ensure people can get a doctors' appointment when they need one.

  • Kilo sale
    Article: May 5, 2022

    The UK's largest vintage kilo sale returns to Bedford this coming Sunday (8th May) from 10:30am to 4pm at Bedford Corn Exchange.

    The buy-by-weight pop-up brings tonnes of retro and branded fashion back into use. Everything is just £20 per kilo.

    The Bedford Flea, Affordable Art and Local Produce Market will also be returning to St Paul's Square on Sunday from 10am and there will be an arts and crafts market in the Howard Centre.

  • Councillor Dean Crofts
    Article: May 4, 2022

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced that Councillor Dean Crofts will join his Executive and fill the position of Adult Services Portfolio Holder following Councillor Wendy Rider's decision to step down.

    Councillor Crofts has been one of the Councillors for Kingsbrook since 2019. Since being elected, he has sat on Housing Committee and has been the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health. Councillor Crofts has had many successes, including working with Councillor Rider on the ground-breaking changes to the Adult Social Care Charging Policy and improving the Borough's mental health service provision and accessibility.

  • Elstow
    Article: May 4, 2022

    The annual Elstow May festival and family fun day will take place this Saturday (7th May) at Elstow Abbey Green between 12-4pm.

    There will be a funfair a procession and a number of stalls.

    You can find out more at the Elstow May Festival event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1184441619029594.

  • Cllr Wendy Rider
    Article: May 3, 2022

    Brickhill Liberal Democrat Councillor Wendy Rider has taken the decision to stand down from her role as the Portfolio Holder for Adult Services. Councillor Rider will be put forward for the position of Deputy Speaker at the Council's Annual General Meeting.

    Councillor Rider has been Portfolio Holder for Adult Services on Mayor Dave Hodgson's Executive since 2019. Since then, Councillor Rider has had many successes in her role, including overseeing the COVID-19 pandemic, revolutionary changes to the Adult Social Care Charging Policy and managing a quality service despite huge pressures and government cuts.

  • The Panacea Charitable Trust
    Article: May 3, 2022

    The Panacea Charitable Trust 2022 grants programme is now live.

    The aim of this grants programme is to provide financial support for projects run by charities and community groups based in, or working for, the benefit of people in the Bedford Borough, particularly with a focus on poverty, sickness and social grants.