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Borough Council Elections

 On 1 April 2009 Bedford Borough Council became a Unitary Authority.  This means that Bedford Borough Council is now responsible for all former Borough and County Council services within the Borough, including planning, environmental health, education and social services.

 

There will be 36 Councillors elected to the new Unitary Authority on 4 June 2009 from 26 wards.  Each ward will be represented by one or two Councillors.  Electors vote for the candidates who are standing in the ward they are registered within.  After 2009, elections to the Borough Council are scheduled to take place in 2011 and then every four years thereafter (2015, 2019 etc.)

 

The Bedford (Electoral Changes) Order 2011, to implement recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) for new boundaries in Bedford Borough, was made on 28 January 2011 and was published on 2 February 2011).  New ward arrangements for Bedford Borough came into force at the local elections held on 5 May 2011.  40 Councillors are now elected to the Unitary Authority from 27 Wards.

 

Bedford Borough also has an elected Mayor who is responsible for drawing up the budget for the Council, as well as a large number of key strategies / policies which are then considered for approval by the full Council.  The next election of the Mayor is scheduled for 2015.

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In this section find out about the makeup of Bedford Borough Council and who your local Councillors are. You can also find out how to register for elections, submit FOI enquiries and more.