An extra 20 carriages for Leighton Buzzard commuters

West Midlands Trains confirmed this week to South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous, that three of the four damaged class 350 trains have now been repaired and returned into service. In addition, two new class 319 trains will be in service in the next couple of weeks.

More South West Bedfordshire residents saving for a pension

28,000 people across South West Bedfordshire are now saving towards their retirement, new figures show, as a result of the Government’s auto enrolment scheme.

Employers must enrol staff aged 22 and over who earn more than £10,000 into a pension.

Cold weather payments welcomed for LU5, LU6 and LU7 postcodes

South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous, has welcomed the £25 Cold Weather Payment payable to residents in receipt of Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance and those on Universal Credit.

£8m new homes bonus allocated to Central Bedfordshire

South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous has welcomed the £8,028,623 allocated to Central Bedfordshire as New Homes Bonus money. Commenting, Andrew said “The main issue my constituents raise with me is that the vital infrastructure needed to go alongside new housing is often provided too late.

Increase in South West Bedfordshire applications to university

The latest Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) figures show that 32% of South West Bedfordshire 18 year-olds applied to university compared with 24% back in 2009. This compares with an application rate of 19% in Ashfield and 62% in Altrincham and Sale West.