Author: Euan Duncan, Local Democracy Reporter

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Local Plan clears a significant obstacle on its journey to being adopted

A future development blueprint for Central Bedfordshire is close to clearing a significant hurdle on its way to being adopted.

The inspectors considering Central Bedfordshire Council’s Local Plan 2015 to 2035 have now issued their final report on the document and the examination process is now formally complete.

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Parental concerns need to be addressed as pace of change over Central Bedfordshire Council’s SEND provision appears slow

A planned increase in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision in Central Bedfordshire has to tackle parental concerns, a meeting was told.

“Very little has changed”, SEND parent Amy Ivins, from Dunstable, warned Central Bedfordshire Council’s children’s services overview and scrutiny committee.

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Central Bedfordshire SEND Data dashboard is ‘groundbreaking’

A data dashboard to improve special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) outcomes for children and young people across Central Bedfordshire has been dubbed “quite revolutionary” and “groundbreaking”.
It will include digital information accessible to Central Bedfordshire Council’s SEND partners, including Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

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Central Bedfordshire SEND data dashboard expected to be operational around the end of the year

A vital platform to share information about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) performance across Central Bedfordshire should be operational around the end of the year, a meeting heard.

The SEND partnership data dashboard is based around local needs and uses relevant information to determine current priorities, Central Bedfordshire Council’s children’s services overview and scrutiny committee was told.

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Investment committed to improving mental health provision across Bedfordshire to meet rising demand

New investment of around £37m is planned for mental health services across the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes integrated care system (ICS) by 2023/24 to meet rising demand.
The spending is part of its response to the NHS Long Term Plan, according to a report to Bedford Borough Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee.

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Draft case for change in mental health provision across Bedfordshire

A multi-million pound shake-up of mental health services in Bedfordshire is on track as a draft case for change is presented to the county’s scrutiny health committees.

Under the proposals, a £60m new premises is scheduled for Bedford Health Village, while around £10m would be spent improving the Luton Centre for Mental Health, next to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

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Councillor warns of peril of attack and defence cycle over SEND services in Central Bedfordshire if scrutiny committee’s role neglected

A councillor has warned about falling into “a cycle of attack and defence” over scrutinising Central Bedfordshire Council’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) services.

The local authority has received the second of four monitoring visits, after a critical Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.

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