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  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2020
    Article: Jan 20, 2020

    Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day to remember those killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

    This Day is commemorated on 27th January, the date on which Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. This was the most infamous of the Nazi camps where over 1.1million people were murdered, over 90% of them Jewish.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have today led tributes following the death of Lord Robert Maclennan.

    Lord Robert Maclennan of Rogart, known as Bob Maclennan, was the last leader of the Social Democrat Party before it merged with the Liberal Party. He then became joint interim leader of the new party.

    Bob Maclennan was a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001. Upon stepping down as MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Bob Maclennan was elevated to the House of Lords.

  • Pothole Hitsquad
    Article: Jan 19, 2020

    Bedford Borough Council is drafting in additional pothole crews to help keep on top of pothole repairs this winter.

    Roads across Bedford Borough are becoming damaged, with gritting salt, fluctuating temperatures, and surface water following heavy rains all playing their part, and the Council has seen a high number of potholes and road defects appearing in a short space of time.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2020

    At a meeting of the Federal Board today, the new board made decisions on three key events, the timeline for our upcoming leadership election, the timeline for upcoming elections to party posts and committees and finally the appointment of a Chair of the Election Review and a timetable for that.

    Jump to: Leadership Election | Internal Elections | Election review

  • Bedford River Festival 2020
    Article: Jan 18, 2020

    2020 has arrived which means it is River Festival year here in Bedford Borough.

    There are so many things that visitors to the ever-popular River Festival can expect to see and do at Bedford's biggest event, returning on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2020.

    Bedford River Festival is one of the largest outdoor events of its kind, with around a quarter of a million visitors expected at this free Festival on our beautiful river and Embankment.

  • Money
    Article: Jan 17, 2020

    This week, the Council published the Budget proposals for 2020 -2021, which will be discussed at next week's Executive meeting and then the next Full Council meeting.

    We will be proposing a balanced budget despite facing the need for additional savings at the same time as we are seeing an increase in demand for services.

    We have sought to keep increases in council tax as low as possible, with an increase of 1.85% in Bedford Borough's core council tax.

    The proposals will also include applying the government's Adult Social Care precept of 2%. We believe the government should provide more funding directly to help tackle the social care crisis, but unfortunately they insist these costs are passed on to council taxpayers.

    These increases mean an increase of less than £5 a month for an average Band D property.

    In addition there will be increases from Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue and local parish and town councils where they levy a precept.

    These increases are necessary to ensure we can continue protecting frontline services and supporting the most vulnerable in Bedford Borough.

    We will also be investing additional money in road and pavement resurfacing as well as other investment in improving our infrastructure and providing emergency accommodation for those facing homelessness.

    Despite the ongoing financial challenge this budget protects frontline services and, provides the money needed to care for the elderly and vulnerable and keeps council tax down.

    We continue to bid for various money for other projects to help support our town centres and other significant projects. Whilst town centres are suffering across the country, in Bedford Borough we continue to do as much as we can to support our local shops; leisure, heritage and cultural facilities and encourage more people to use both Bedford and Kempston town centres as well as their village shops.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

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  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    On the floor of the House of Commons this afternoon, local MP Tim Farron made the case for the Environment Agency's flood relief scheme for the River Kent to go ahead.

    Speaking during a debate on the environment, Tim said: "Our communities are still reeling four years on from the catastrophic floods of Storm Desmond. Indeed, in the last decade or so we have been hit by three floods, each of which was classified as a one-in-200-year event. Storm Desmond flooded 7,500 homes and more than 1,000 businesses.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2020

    South Lakes MP Tim Farron is calling for a pause on plans for a coal mine in Cumbria, after a new report undermined the case for it not having a negative effect on the environment.

    A report published today from the independent thinktank Green Alliance, found that there is no evidence that the greenhouse gas emissions of the mining operations would be "broadly carbon neutral", as claimed during the planning process.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2020

    Do you think we care well enough for the more vulnerable in our society?

    Have we figured out how best to care for people who've experienced bereavement, people who get ill in old age, those with mental ill-health or adults with learning disabilities?

    My own personal experience tells me we haven't. Whether in my own life or for many constituents in my advice surgeries over 20 years, all too often the care and support systems either don't work well enough or aren't even there at all.