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Latest Figures: Government Support for Self-employed South West Bedfordshire

·       4,200 self-employed people in South West Bedfordshire have received support through the second grants available through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
·       In total, more than £160 billion of Government support has been provided to help individuals and businesses in all parts of the UK
New statistics showing the huge Government support to self-employed workers in South West Bedfordshire have been welcomed by local MP Andrew Selous.
4,200 self-employed people in South West Bedfordshire have accessed £12,300,000 worth of Government grants through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’s second tranche. These grants do not need to be paid back and will help to cover lost earnings.
This is in addition to the support given to self-employed workers through the first grant – worth £17,900,00 in South West Bedfordshire.
Self-employed people have had six months of income support during the coronavirus pandemic – one of the most generous schemes in the world.
A first grant, c…

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service goes to the Volunteers of Keech Hospice Care

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Bedfordshire Lieutenancy: HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire presents The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the Volunteers of Keech Hospice Care
Photo: HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis and HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss with Liz Searle, Chief Executive of Keech Hospice Care
On Wednesday 16 September, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Mrs Helen Nellis, made a socially distant COVID-19-friendly visit to Keech Hospice Care to present the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to its volunteers.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Keech Hospice Care provides free specialist care to adults in Luton and south Bedfordshire and children in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Mi…

Ashberry Homes New Showhome Open At Bidwell

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The doors to a new showhome have been opened at a housing development in Bidwell.
Housebuilder Ashberry Homes is building 88 one, two, three and four-bedroom homes alongside public open space at Chalk Fields, off Thorn Road.

The development is part of a new neighbourhood to the north of Houghton Regis, just two miles from the centre of Dunstable. It will provide up to 1,850 new homes when complete.
House-hunters can book a one-to-one appointment with the sales team to visit the new four-bedroom Crawley showhome, with safety measures in place. The showhome is spread across three storeys and features an open-plan kitchen/dining room, a living room overlooking the garden and an en suite shower room and dressing room to the master bedroom on the top floor.
Rhiannon Jones, Head of Sales for Ashberry Homes Eastern Counties, said, “With building work on the homes at Chalk Fields progressing well, we felt it was the ideal time to open a new showhome and give people the chance to gain an insight i…

Additional Funding For L&D Hospital Announced

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Luton and Dunstable Hospital to receive £5.7million to upgrade A&E facilities ahead of winter.
Part of £450 million provided by the Government to upgrade A&Es this winter. Luton and Dunstable Hospital is set to receive an additional £5.7million in order to support Accident and Emergency capacity ahead of the winter months. The news has been welcomed by South West Beds MP, Andrew Selous. 
The £5.7 million will be used to expand and upgrade A&E facilities at the hospital, ensuring they have enough space to treat patients, manage patient flow and improve infection control. 
The funding will be used for the expansion of the department to incorporate current Same Day Emergency Care and children’s assessment unit areas, with the temporary relocation of minor injuries. 
It is part of £150 million to be shared across 25 A&Es, with the money being used to expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles. It is on top of the £300 million provided by the Government t…

New TV Documentary to Feature Whipsnade Zoo

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A new behind-the-scenes documentary will air on ITV – 24 September and 1 October, 9pm
A lioness with a mystery illness, an agoraphobic camel and a sea lion colony prepping for a cross-country move are just some of the stars of a brand-new documentary, airing on ITV this month.

Watch the tv documentary preview

'London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year' is a new fly-on-the-wall series filmed at Whipsnade Zoo and the London Zoo during the nationwide lockdown. Episode one airs at 9pm on Thursday 24 September, with the second airing at the same time on 1 October.  ZSL, the international conservation charity behind the two world-famous Zoos, granted exclusive access to film company October Films within days of the lockdown being enforced. The team were on-site filming right through to the Zoos’ emotional reopening days on 15 June.


The cameras followed the Zoos’ teams as they dealt with the highs and lows of zoo life in the face of a global pandemic. The filming captured how social distancing m…

CBC Urge Residents to Complete Economic Survey

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Central Bedfordshire Council is developing an economic strategy that recognises the short-term impacts of COVID-19 but focuses on the longer-term direction for the local economy and wants residents and local businesses to help it shape the strategy.
Cllr Kevin Collins, Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration said, ‘Along with our Sustainability Plan, the new strategy is an important pillar to support our Vision for Central Bedfordshire.
“Last year, along with a broad range of stakeholders, residents and partners, we began working together to develop a shared Vision for 2050. It seeks to ensure we maintain and enhance what is great about Central Bedfordshire but also embraces the future and how our lives and the world of work are changing.
“We want a prosperous, thriving, innovative economy underpinned by a skilled workforce with a culture of innovation. We want to encourage a diverse range of flourishing businesses along with a digital infrastructure that is fit for the future.
“We…

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