In 2014 we launched the Innovation Project, which is an
open-ended opportunity for people to suggest ways by which we can
save money, generate income and provide a better service.
This project combines existing methods the Council uses to
gather ideas from the public and employees on how the council could
- Formerly the Red Tape Challenge which asked
members of the public to submit ideas to enable to the Council to
work more efficiently;
- Staff suggestion scheme which encourages Council
employees to provide ideas on ways in which the Council could
operate more efficiently;
- Budget consultations where we have asked
respondents to submit Innovation ideas;
- Citizen’s Panel where we have asked respondents
to submit Innovation ideas.
A report outlining the public response to the Innovation Project
can be accessed below, as well as the original report considering
ideas received through the Red Tap Challenge.
The most common themes from the Innovation Project have been
about staff terms and conditions; waste and recycling;
environmental matters and property.
The Council would like to thank all those who have submitted
ideas so far.
We are still keen to hear more ideas from the people who use our
services and our workforce. We may contact you to discuss
your ideas further. Ideas will be considered by senior officers and
councillors, where appropriate, and a report including the best
ideas will be published on this website.
How to Submit Ideas
Complete an online form: here
By post: CONSULTING
By email: email@example.com
By phone: 01234 276957
In person: Paper
forms are available at any Bedford Borough library, Borough
Hall reception area and the Customer Service Centre.
Tweet your ideas to
The 2016 report giving details of some of the
public responses submitted to the ‘Innovation Project’ can
be accessed below:
The 2014 report giving details of responses submitted to
the Red Tape Challenge can be accessed below: