Councillors’ special responsibility allowances increases agreed but with some changes

Leader of Reading Borough Council (RBC),  Councillor Jason Brock proposed a motion to the full council meeting on 25 June to increase councillors’ special responsibility allowances (SRAs). In the motion, the 183% increase for the leader of the council and lead councillors which had been suggested by the independent review panel was reduced to 164% and 149% respectively.

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Leader and lead councillors’ special responsibility allowances set to increase by 183%

Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) independent remuneration panel has recommended significant increases in the allowances paid to councillors, such as lead councillors and committee chairs, who have additional responsibilities. The basic councillor allowance of £8220 per annum will not change. The report from the panel will be considered at the RBC full council meeting on 25 June.

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After Dark night club licence reviewed in advance of the ‘Reading Riot!’ event on 22 June

This week, Reading Borough Council (RBC) will again review the premises licence for the After Dark night club on London Street. At the last review in April, there had been complaints by local residents of loud music beyond licensed hours, alleged breaches of noise abatement notices, and concern from Thames Valley Police (TVP) about drug use and violence on the premises.

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Reading MP Alok Sharma speaks in Universal Credit debate

Alok Sharma, Conservative MP for Reading West and the minister of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), took part in a debate on Universal Credit and Debt on Wednesday 5 June. The debate had been requested by Ruth George, Labour MP for High Peak and took place in Westminster Hall.

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Reading Labour’s front bench and portfolios for the forthcoming mayoral year

New lead councillor portfolios and appointments were approved at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) annual meeting on 22 May at Reading Town Hall. In a reshuffle of portfolios and responsibilities, Minster ward councillor Ellie Emberson replaced Jason Brock, who is now leader of the council, as lead councillor for corporate and consumer services. Ellie Emberson was first elected in the 2018 local elections. The reshuffle also saw Karen Rowland, another new councillor in 2018, replace Sarah Hacker as the lead for culture, heritage and recreation.

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Councillor Paul Woodward elected Reading Mayor

The Mayoral Party returns after changing into their robes (L to R) Councillor Deborah Edwards (outgoing mayor), Councillor David Stevens (incoming deputy mayor), Councillor Paul Woodward (incoming mayor) and mace-bearer

Church ward councillor Paul Woodward (Labour) has been elected Reading mayor and Councillor David Stevens (Conservative) elected deputy mayor for the forthcoming year. The elections took place at the Reading Borough Council  annual meeting yesterday evening (22 May).

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Greens gain seat in Redlands ward and Labour retain Church, Katesgrove and Whitley wards

The 2 May local election in the south Reading ward of Redlands returned a Green Party councillor and in Church, Katesgrove and Whitley returned Labour councillors. All four wards had three Labour councillors each before the election; one now has two Labour and one Green councillor and the other three wards have three Labour councillors each.

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Liam Challenger, the Labour Party candidate in the Katesgrove local election

Liam Challenger Katesgrove Labour Party local election candidate 2019

Liam Challenger is standing as a Labour Party candidate in the local election on Thursday 2 May. There are four candidates in Katesgrove, and the winner will become a local councillor at Reading Borough Council. We asked each candidate the same eight questions to learn more about them.

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Natalie Greenstreet, the Conservative Party candidate in the Katesgrove local election

Natalie Greenstreet, Katesgrove Conservative Party local election candidate 2019

Natalie Greenstreet is standing as a Conservative Party candidate in the local election on Thursday 2 May. There are four candidates in Katesgrove, and the winner will become a local councillor at Reading Borough Council. We asked each candidate the same eight questions to learn more about them.

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Peter Kinsley, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Katesgrove local election

Peter Kinsley, Katesgrove Liberal Democrat local election candidate 2019

Peter Kinsley is standing as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the local election on Thursday 2 May. There are four candidates in Katesgrove, and the winner will become a local councillor at Reading Borough Council. We asked each candidate the same eight questions to learn more about them.

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