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Labour's demands are achieved

I can answer the question - has the Mayor done all the things he says he's done single handedly? Absolutely not!

When the Labour Group agreed to take three places on the Executive, these were some of our demands: pay Borough Council employees the Living Wage, bring more empty homes back into use, and start providing apprenticeships in house amongst the council's workforce.

These have all been achieved. Over two-hundred of our staff are now in receipt of a Living Wage. A full time Empty Homes Officer has been appointed, and more than £2 million will be invested in the compulsory purchase of long-term empty properties.

During the next three years, 45 apprenticeships will be created. I could give countless other examples of councillors quietly getting on with what they were elected to do -- serving the residents of Bedford Borough to the best of their ability, ably supported by hardworking council officers.

Cllr Sue Oliver

Labour Group Leader

Bedford Borough Council

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