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  • Bedford Magistrates' Court
    Article: Feb 12, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the government's decision to close Bedford Magistrates' Court, saying it will have damaging, long term effects on access to justice for local residents.

    The decision to close Bedford Magistrates' Court follows a severe downgrading of it previously via the 'de-listing' of the majority of cases, a move which Mayor Dave warned looked like the Government's first step towards closure.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2016

    Norman Lamb has commented on the news that the Government is to force a new contract onto junior doctors. He said:

    "It is a mistake to force a new contract on junior doctors when there is clearly still such strong opposition to its terms. There is a serious risk that large numbers of junior doctors will leave the NHS to go and work abroad, which will have serious consequences for the health service and patient safety.

    "Growing demand for services, coupled with a funding settlement which doesn't keep up, are the fundamental problems facing health and care and yet the Government is refusing to take real action to address this.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Feb 12, 2016

    An empty building and former school fields could be transformed under plans which would see the creation of a new public open space alongside homes and care facilities for the elderly.

    The former Putnoe Lower School site, in Overdale, has been empty since 2011 when the school relocated. As required by law, the council had to seek consent from the government for the sale of the site for alternative uses, and this was granted for the area to be sold in March 2015.

  • school
    Article: Feb 12, 2016

    The Executive Committee of Bedford Borough Council has decided unanimously that schools across the Borough will now move to a two-tier system. The decision follows extensive work alongside schools and a public consultation which revealed strong support for the change. The Borough Council will provide strategic leadership and support to ensure a coherent, coordinated transition in the interests of all local children.

  • Cllr Sarah Holland
    Article: Feb 12, 2016

    Bedford Borough Council is asking for local views on its libraries to help shape the future of the service.

    The public consultation will help the Council to develop a Library Strategy which will set out the vision for library services in the Borough over the next few years. To do this the Council is looking at how people use the Borough's libraries: which services are most popular, which services should be prioritised and how money could be saved going forward.

  • Scales of Justice
    Article: Feb 11, 2016

    The Conservative government has today confirmed that it plans to close Colchester County Court and Family Court with effect from early 2017. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has called the programme of court closures "an attack on access to justice."

    According to the Law Society, "Colchester Courts are used by court users in surrounding rural areas, such as Tendring. Those court users would face substantially longer and more expensive journeys if the court closes; 86 per cent of users would have to travel for one to two hours by public transport to reach the alternative court", which could "have a serious impact on the ability and willingness of victims, witnesses, defendants and jurors, particularly those on low incomes, to attend court."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Bromham Lower School Headteacher Virginia Gilks
    Article: Feb 11, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Bromham Lower School yesterday morning, where he met pupils and staff and talked to them about the move to a two-tier schools system. For Bomham Lower, this will mean current Year 3 pupils staying on in September 2017 as the school's first Year 5 pupils, who will then stay on into Year 6 in 2018/19 as the school becomes a fully fledged 4-11 primary school.

  • Young People need your help
    Article: Feb 11, 2016

    Proposals for extra support for young people, and to undertake more road and pavement repairs were tabled at Essex County Council, by the Liberal Democrats in the budget debate this week. However, these were rejected by the Conservatives, who approved a budget containing £75 million of cuts, which will hit vulnerable youngsters and older people.

  • Article 2
    Article: Feb 10, 2016
  • Article: Feb 9, 2016

    Today the Liberal Democrats are leading an Opposition Day Debate on Housing, to highlight the problems of rising house prices and too few affordable homes. Tim Farron has written the following article for Times Red Box:

    Today is a Liberal Democrat led debate in the Commons. I think when you pick a debate like this, the public get to see what kind of party you are and where your priorities lie.

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