Category: Bedford Borough Council

Mayor Dave Hodgson’s Christmas Card Competition

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson has written to all the primary schools in the Borough inviting pupils to help design his Christmas card.

Mayor Dave said:

“Amidst all the turmoil of this year, I’d like to inject a little bit of normality and I’m inviting all primary-aged children to help design my 2020 Christmas card, with the theme of “A Happy Christmas.”

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Lane closure A6 Paula Radcliffe Way/Clapham Road into Bedford starts on Monday 19 October

Cadent Gas is carrying out essential works to divert gas services that will see a lane closure from the A6 Paula Radcliffe Way roundabout to Clapham Road.

This will see one lane closed travelling southeast into Bedford past Sainsbury’s from 10am. This lane will be reopened by the middle of December, at the latest.

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Bedford Borough businesses awarded £56million in COVID-19 support

Bedford Borough Council has released figures that show that it has awarded £56million of support to local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and restrictions.

This includes £29.5million in cash grants and £26.5million in relief from paying business rates, provided by the Government to support local businesses during the pandemic and administered by the Council.

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Adopt East Alliance launches today

Adopt East Alliance, a regional adoption agency has launched today. It was established to recruit adopters across the East of England.

Adopt East Alliance will work across local authorities in Bedford Borough, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Southend, Suffolk and Thurrock to find families for children who are waiting to find their forever home. Adoptionplus, Barnardo’s and Adoption UK are also part of the partnership.

The Alliance said it will deliver the highest quality adoption service to children and families throughout the region by bringing together the expertise and skills of all its partners.

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Borough Council grant to Bedford Foodbank

Bedford Borough Council has awarded a grant of £23,000 to Bedford Foodbank to help families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding is part of a range of measures to provide emergency assistance to residents in urgent need due to COVID-19.

The money was provided through the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies provided to local authorities by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Black bag rubbish from Marston Vale villages to go to incinerator

With the current contracts to treat residents’ black bin residual waste coming to an end, Bedford Borough Council has jointly with Central Bedfordshire Council awarded the work to Veolia.

The two councils said that Veolia represented the best option in terms of quality and price. As part of the contract, they are intending to treat waste at the energy recovery facility at Rookery South.

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Bedford Borough Council: World Homeless Day 2020

Today (10 October) is World Homeless Day. During the pandemic Bedford Borough Council has worked with many of the homelessness organisations, including SMART CJS and the Kings Arms Project, to ensure that no one has had to sleep rough.

The Council said it has been able to accommodate almost 200 people who either had been rough sleeping or were homeless and not entitled to statutory accommodation over the last six months.

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Bedford Borough: Mental Health Awareness Day

Bedford Borough Council is highlighting how ‘Every Mind Matters’ this Mental Health Awareness Day (10 October 2020).

The coronavirus pandemic, months of lockdown and the continued uncertainty has been tough for everyone, and people’s mental health may have been affected in various ways.

According to recent research conducted by MIND, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown.

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Bedford Borough launches Test and Trace Support Payment

Following the Government’s announcement of a new financial support package for those required to self-isolate due to coronavirus, Bedford Borough Council has launched an online application form for residents who are eligible for support.

This package of support offers a payment of £500 to residents who are on low incomes, in receipt of certain benefits and are required to self-isolate because they have received a positive test result or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is designed to support people on low incomes if they will lose money because of self-isolating, and will encourage people to get tested

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