Category: Bedford Borough Council

More average speed cameras are coming to Bedford Borough

Mayor Dave Hodgson announces further expansion of popular average speed camera programme

Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced another expansion of his popular programme to install average speed cameras where local communities have called for them.

The extension of the programme is in defiance of the government’s refusal to reinvest any of the fines generated to the local area, and instead to hoard the cash in Whitehall.

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Increased night time shelter for Bedford’s rough sleepers

Twenty overnight beds are now available to rough sleepers in Bedford Borough.

Working in partnership with SMART, who run the Prebend Day Centre and extended outreach services, Bedford Borough Council is providing twenty overnight beds which are available every night until 31st March.

These beds are available by referral only, are managed by street outreach teams, and anyone being supported by the Outreach Services is able to register for a bed each night. People who are sleeping rough are encouraged to attend the Prebend Day centre to receive support from outreach teams, which enables them to access the winter beds.

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Bedford Borough Council’s budget 2019 consultation

Bedford Borough Council (BBC) has announced that it needs to identify further savings of nearly £21 million by 2024. Central government cuts and a rise in demand for some of its services means it faces difficult times and some very tough decisions.

In 2016 the Council agreed an ‘Efficiency Plan’ which built on the many savings proposals it has implemented over a number of years.

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Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Investigation into Bedford Borough

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Investigation into Bedford Borough

Special guardians deserve the right advice and support from councils before taking on the role, says the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

The findings come from an Ombudsman report in which Bedford Borough Council unfairly cut the financial support to a couple, after asking them to become special guardians to the children they were fostering.

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Bedford Parents are being encouraged to give their views on SEND facilities in the Borough

Bedford Parents are being encouraged to give their views on SEND facilities in the Borough

Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum (BBPCF) is leading on the engagement with local families to better understand what is important to them and any barriers that families have faced and are holding a number of events in Bedford. The events are open to all those that live in or access SEND services in Bedford Borough.

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Bedford Borough Council to consider Trailblazer programme to innovate against childhood obesity

One in three children leave primary school overweight or obese

The government is asking local authorities to apply to its Trailblazer programme, in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA).

This three-year programme forms part of the second chapter of the government’s childhood obesity plan. This includes the aim to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

Up to 12 local authorities will be supported to develop practical plans, and in spring next year 5 authorities will be selected.

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Bedford Borough Council’s carbon emissions reduced by over half

Bedford Borough Council carbon emissions reduced by over half

In 2011 Bedford Borough Council set a target of reducing carbon by 40% but the Council has gone even further and hit a 53% reduction in carbon emissions since 2009/10.

Works across the Council’s buildings have included lighting upgrades, installation of solar panels, and Borough Hall has been converted from oil fired boilers to a biomass boiler.

Further projects delivered by the Council have seen improved lighting installed at a number of the car parks including Lurke Street, Queen Street and River Street which have already seen huge savings; with a 50% saving in just one year at Queen Street.

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