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The Council

Bedford Borough Council became a Unitary Authority on 1st April 2009, and provides a vast range of services for over 157,840 residents and 65,000 homes in Bedford, Kempston and 45 parishes.
We have the following key services areas:-

  • Children’s & Adult Services
  • Environment & Sustainable Communities
  • Financial Services 
  • Human Resources
  • Corporate Policy
  • Governance
  • Economic Development & Growth
  • Property Services
  • Public Health

 

Member Structure

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Our Vision

The Council is committed to working with its communities and partners to improve local quality of life. Working together with our partners as part of the Bedford Borough Partnership, we are determined to make the Borough a better place to live, work and visit. Our vision is organised around 7 themes:-

Thriving…

With a strong local economy delivering higher levels of growth and employment for the benefit of the Borough’s existing and future residents.

Greener…

Supporting a natural environment which is valued and enjoyed by all; which encourages biodiversity and contributes to the development of a low carbon community, capable of adapting to the impact of climate change.

Aspiring…

Where all the Borough’s children and young people are able to lead safe, healthy and happy lives and are provided with opportunities to develop their self-esteem, maximise their life chances and realise their full potential.

Healthy…

Where everybody has access to high quality health and social care services when they need them and given the help they need to lead healthy and independent lives.

Safer…

People live safer lives without the fear of crime.

Inclusive…

Where all people, whatever their background, feel part of the wider community and are proud to celebrate its rich diversity.  Where inequalities are reduced and all people are able to participate in the sporting, artistic and civic life of the Borough.

Sustainable…

Where the supply and quality of housing is capable of supporting the anticipated increase in the Borough's population; where housing and economic growth are built on sustainable improvements in the related infrastructure, including transport.

 

Our Values

We are a democratically elected and accountable public body. In carrying out our work we will seek to earn and retain the confidence of our customer, communities, partners and workforce.

  • We respect people’s rights and concerns and act with integrity, courtesy and promptness
  • We seek people’s views and listen and are sensitive to the needs and aspirations of others
  • We recognise the experience and expertise that others bring and work in a way that combines our strengths
  • We embrace diversity and strive to meet the particular needs and aspirations of all
  • We capitalise upon the use of technology in operating and communicating effectively
  • We use all resources in a responsible and sustainable way in order to protect and conserve our environment
  • We foster teamwork, ideas, learning, innovation and excellence and support and develop people to fulfil their potential
  • We can be relied upon to provide a quality, value for money service