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  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Sep 22, 2021

    With Phase 2 of the Bedford High Street improvement works on track to finish ahead of schedule, the next stage of works on the east of St Paul's Square begins.

    In consultation with businesses and restaurants in the area, the decision has been made to carry out this stage of works overnight only from 8pm to 5am. This started at 8pm on Sunday 19 September. It is expected that night works will be complete by the end of October.

  • Cllr Michael Headley
    Article: Sep 21, 2021

    Liberal Democrat Portfolio Holder for Finance Councillor Michael Headley revealed the lack of support for council funded social care from the Government's proposed 1.25% increase in National Insurance contributions at last week's Budget & Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

    Commenting after the meeting, Councillor Michael Headley said "I think local residents are going to be very surprised that the increased National Insurance they are going to be asked to pay by the government isn't intended to cover the costs of increased care needed for an ageing population - with more local people needing care and many with more complex needs. The government have made a clear statement that they expect these costs to come from increased council tax or unspecified efficiencies. The extra National Insurance will support the NHS and changing what people have to pay towards their own care."

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    In 2019/20, 4.9 million women were victims of sexual assault in England and Wales. This statistic is appalling. We must put an end to this.

    The justice system is failing victims of domestic abuse. Only 2.4% of reported rape cases end in convictions. Out of 139,000 rapes estimated by the ONS, only 58,848 were reported to the police.