Author: Euan Duncan, Local Democracy Reporter

Delays to rollout of phases of Central Bedfordshire Council’s much heralded Schools for the Future two-tier education programme blamed on impact of COVID-19

Further delays have emerged to the planned switch to primary and secondary schools in Leighton Buzzard and Linslade.

The move towards a two-tier education system is being rolled out in phases by Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) under its Schools for the Future programme.

But the pandemic has influenced the pace of progress during the last year, a council meeting was told.

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“Bigger picture” more important than “little internal attacks”, Central Bedfordshire councillors told after shares issue highlighted at full council meeting

Giving council business contracts to companies Conservative Central Bedfordshire councillors have shares in would be “crazy”, a meeting heard.
The topic was highlighted by Independent Potton councillor Adam Zerny at a Central Bedfordshire Council meeting when he singled out Conservative Stotfold and Langford councillor Steve Dixon’s declaration of interests.
Concerns resurfaced at a social care, health and housing overview and scrutiny committee meeting four days later.

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Serious injuries to two babies in Central Bedfordshire are being looked into by the local child safeguarding partnership

Serious injuries to two babies in Central Bedfordshire are being looked into by the local child safeguarding partnership, a meeting heard.
The situation matches the picture nationally since the pandemic began, Central Bedfordshire Council’s children’s services overview and scrutiny committee was told.

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COVID vaccine roll out to Central Bedfordshire residents in their early 40s may be slower than for previous age groups health manager warns

The rollout of Covid vaccines to Central Bedfordshire residents in their early 40s may be slower than for previous age groups, a health manager has warned.
“The government is extending the vaccination programme to 40 to 44-year-olds this week”, Central Bedfordshire Council’s social care, health and housing overview and scrutiny committee was told.

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Long-term plan to deal with mental health crises in Bedfordshire

A long-term plan to deal with mental health crises in Bedfordshire and to save lives has been accelerated because of the pandemic, a meeting heard.

The project was due to be completed in 2023, clinical director at East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) Angharad Ruttley told Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) health and wellbeing board.

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Rollout of community health hubs in Central Bedfordshire should be welcomed and not pitch one area against another, says councillor

The rollout of health hubs in Central Bedfordshire should be celebrated and not pitch one town or rural area against another, a meeting heard.

Timelines for the delivery of the five integrated health and social care hubs have been set back by about six months because of the pandemic

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Police and Crime Commissioner hopeful sale of former Bedford town centre police station site will progress, as development viability talks reach sensitive stage

Bedfordshire’s outgoing police and crime commissioner hopes the sale of the former Greyfriars Police Station in Bedford will fall into place soon.

Kathryn Holloway promised to direct “a laser like focus” on the borough council last month, as a housing and retail project for the site appeared to be stalling.

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