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Labour's local action to support hard-pressed families

Labour's local councillors have come up with a series of initiatives that have helped hard-pressed families in Bedford Borough.

Many households have seen their finances squeezed by the unfair policies of the Conservative-Liberal government, including the scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance, wage freezes, cuts to care and other services. It is the least well-off who have been the hardest hit by the present government.

As part of the fight back against the cost of living crisis, Bedford's Labour councillors have put in place a Living Wage for council employees and are seeking accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

Labour councillors have secured the allocation of £4 million for care homes in the Borough, and they have successfully fought for training and apprenticeship schemes to help with local employment, especially for young people.

Meanwhile, Labour has locally taken action on the housing crisis. £2.8 million has been allocated to purchase empty homes, ending urban blight and bringing them bank into use for local people.

Cllr Sue Oliver, Labour leader on Bedford Borough Council, explained, 'These policies are about trying to make Bedford a fairer and better place for people to live. We have delivered real benefits for local people, and we will continue to do so'.

On the same day as the general election, 7th May, voters in Bedford Borough will have the chance to elect a new council and mayor. Residents are urged to use their votes to elect Labour councillors and Tim Douglas as mayor to put Labour in the strongest possible position to fight for a better standard of life for the people of Bedford.

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