Bedford Borough Labour's Local Pledges

The Labour Group on Bedford Borough Council has been working hard on your behalf since the last election to ensure that frontline services are protected in the face of unprecedented funding cuts by the Conservative Government.

However, we still need to provide for the needy and vulnerable in our communities, to develop the town, to protect essential services, and with a Labour Mayor we could achieve many more of our ambitions. We want to make it easier for residents to get involved and have their say on decisions affecting their Borough.

Labour Councillors are regularly out and about, listening to your concerns and any ideas you may have to improve our Borough.

Our Six Pledges to You

Labour at Borough Hall will

  • Promote quality education and wide ranging training and employment opportunities for all young people.
  • Strive for a decent standard of living for all working age people.
  • Help older residents to live in their homes for longer, safely and securely.
  • Ensure that health & social care services work closely together to help reduce health inequalities.
  • Get Bedford moving by reducing traffic congestion.
  • Develop & promote Bedford Borough’s excellent location as a great place to start, expand and sustain a business.

How we will strive to fulfil these pledges:

Education and Employment for Young People

Pledge: To promote quality education and wide ranging training and employment opportunities for all young people.

  • Negotiating reduced bus fares for 16 – 18 year olds travelling to training or work.
  • Supporting training and apprenticeships which lead to real jobs.
  • Ensuring all children can receive quality early years childcare.
  • Providing strong leadership to work with parents & schools to find a sustainable structure for education throughout the Borough.
  • Encouraging all schools, to work together with the local authority to raise standards and educational performance.

Decent Living Standards

Pledge: To strive for a decent standard of living for all working age people.

  • Becoming a Living Wage accredited authority and working with trades unions to actively support the Living Wage policy across businesses in the Borough.
  • Minimising the use of zero hours contracts for our employees.
  • Providing additional housing by bringing the maximum number of empty homes back into use.
  • Negotiating with developers to adhere to 30% affordable housing quotas and community facility infrastructure.
  • Appointing a Benefits advisor for Children’s Centre networks.
  • Promoting awareness & expansion of the Credit Union so that residents don’t have to turn to loan sharks.

Dignity and Security for Pensioners

Pledge: To help older residents to live in their homes for longer, safely and securely.

  • Allowing home care staff adequate time to do their job.
  • Working with the police and other agencies to encourage home security measures so people feel safe in their homes.
  • Properly funding Disabled Facilities Grants to allow adaptations to homes.
  • Expanding the handy person scheme to provide practical help with household tasks and basic home maintenance.
  • Investing in Telehealth/Telecare using technology to improve health & wellbeing.
  • Developing a befriender scheme to combat loneliness.
  • Campaign to retain availability of free bus passes.

Health and Social Care

Pledge: Ensure that health & social care services work closely together to help reduce health inequalities.

  • Prioritising the safeguarding of all children in the Borough.
  • Campaigning to protect services, patients & staff at Bedford Hospital and supporting decent healthcare being available closer to home.
  • Installing ‘outdoor’ gym equipment for adults.
  • Making the right healthcare accessible to all by clear communication of all available services.
  • Working with charities to offer support to people who are victims of domestic violence, or at risk of drug & alcohol abuse.
  • Monitoring through the education & welfare system of young girls who may be at risk of FGM.
  • Campaigning for better awareness of mental health issues and reinstatement of funding to services.
  • Using community events to promote availability of advice on public health & well-being.

Local Transport

Pledge: To get Bedford moving by reducing traffic congestion.

  • Finding funding solutions for our road network’s bottlenecks and improving junctions & traffic lights.
  • Looking at possible changes to the one way systems to make them more efficient.
  • Working to deliver a good design for a third river crossing and other development projects.
  • Investing in more ‘real time’ boards at bus stops to encourage use of public transport.
  • Working with bus companies to reroute buses to make the most of bus lanes.
  • Reducing term time traffic by developing ‘Park & Ride to School’ schemes.
  • Facilitating a car sharing scheme for people who commute into and out of town.
  • Improving the structure of the cycle network and pavements for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Providing increased cycle parking facilities in all shopping centres, parks and by the
    riverside throughout the Borough.

Local business

Pledge: To develop & promote Bedford Borough’s excellent location as a great place to start, expand & sustain a business.

  • Encouraging more businesses to move to Bedford by reducing business rates, discounting rates for businesses paying the Living Wage, and allowing shorter leases.
  • Holding area-based meetings for local business people.
  • Investigating redevelopment options for the ‘Station Quarter’ to make Midland Road a welcoming gateway to the town
  • Ensuring consistent high standards of street cleaning & maintenance across the Borough
  • Putting the Borough on the tourist map by advertising our diverse heritage & leisure facilities, especially our beautiful parks.
  • Establishing a working party to report within six months on how the Borough can attract employers.

 

Bedford Labour councillors work hard to secure a better standard of living for all of the borough's residents

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