Stop Tool Theft

Theft from commercial vehicles has a huge impact on tradespeople and small businesses in Reading. Not only is there a high cost in time and money to replace tools and to fix the damage caused, it stops people being able to work, leading to loss of earnings and huge financial …

The Rise in Violent Crimes is Linked to Government Cuts to Police Numbers

Worrying figures released on Thursday by the Office of National Statistics reflect the rise in crime in the Thames Valley Police area which includes Reading and West Berkshire.  Figures from ukcrimestats.comreveal a 17% increase in violent crime, a 29% increase in robbery and a 12% rise in vehicle crime over the year to May …

Access to the park for The Maying

As a Whitley ward councillor Rachel is working with residents of the Swallowfield Drive estate to look at improved access to the park for residents and the emergency services. Local activists have collected petition signatures and Rachel is lobbying the housing association to respond and provide a safe pedestrian only …

#Housingday celebrates social housing but a change of government is needed to save it

Today is celebrated as national Housing Day on social media remembering the positive impact that social housing has on families across our country:  social housing isn’t just a roof over your head.  It’s about creating homes and communities.  Here in Reading our local Labour party is proud to support social housing, …

General Election 2017 – Wantage Parliamentary Candidate

Rachel stood as the Labour and Cooperative Party Parliamentary candidate in the June 2017 General Election in the traditionally Conservative stronghold of Wantage.  Following an active campaign promoting Labour’s socialist manifesto she was proud to increase the Labour vote by 82%, recording the highest number of Labour votes ever in the Constituency.

Care and health services future is bleak unless the government moves from austerity to investment

THE OUTLOOK for care provision and health services in the UK is bleak with Government cuts eating into resources despite rising need for support. A recent report from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), found many councils across the country saying they would struggle to meet their …

Labour IN

As a passionate believer in internationalism and cooperating with our European friends Rachel campaigned strongly for the ‘Labour In’ campaign. It is becoming more and more apparent that the Conservatives have no credible plan for Brexit and Rachel continues to support Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer’s approach of trying to …

Care and Support Conference for Reading – with pics

WELLBEING, scam avoidance, safeguarding and therapeutic poetry are just a few of the topics on offer at the council’s Care and Support networking event on today.The free event, hosted by the council, is taking place at the Town Hall from 9.30am-2.30pm, and brings together service providers and voluntary sector partners, …

Reading Labour is taking action on lettings agents #rdg #rdguk

Following action and pressure from Reading Labour councillors led by Richard Davies, lead member for housing lettings agents and property managers in Reading are being warned to make sure they are displaying the fees they charge or risk a £5,000 penalty. Reading Borough Council believes around 100 letting agents operate …

Hundreds of Households Benefit from £1.8 million Solar Scheme

This is a scheme very close to my heart.  It's a shame it will be hard to replicate in future due to the government's short sighted approach. ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 29 Mar 2016 2:14 p.m.Subject: Hundreds of Households Benefit from £1.8 million Solar SchemeTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: …

Carers Encouraged to Contact New Carers Service #rdg

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 29 Mar 2016 10:29 a.m.Subject: Carers Encouraged to Contact New Carers ServiceTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Carers Encouraged to Contact New Carers Service 29/03/2016 Reading Borough Council Press Release A NEW service providing information, advice and support to local carers launches this week. From Friday …

New Council Owned Housing Company Aims to Help Homeless

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 17 Mar 2016 11:29 a.m.Subject: New Council Owned Housing Company Aims to Help HomelessTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: New Council Owned Housing Company Aims to Help Homeless 17/03/2016 Reading Borough Council Press Release A NEW housing company owned by Reading Borough Council will be created …

Reading’s approach to adult social care praised by British Red Cross #rdg #rdguk

I’m really pleased that a new report authored by the British Red Cross has recognised the work that is going on in Reading to help people stay out of care.There’s more to do on this and my big concern is how we’ll be able to keep focused on supporting people …

South Street saved by #rdg council action – official statement

I'm delighted that the future of South Street has been secured.  Full offical statement below: ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 23 Feb 2016 11:00Subject: South Street to Remain OpenTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: South Street to Remain Open 23/02/2016 Reading Borough Council Press Release SOUTH Street will remain open after …

Protecting people from avoidable fires

I'm looking forward to talking about this on BBC Berkshire just after 5pm ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 16 Feb 2016 13:00Subject: Joint Agency Work to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Avoidable FiresTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Joint Agency Work to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Avoidable Fires 16/02/2016 Reading Borough Council …

Guest post: Jo Lovelock on the government’s panic over local government funding

We were all stunned by the very obviously panicked announcement yesterday of 'transitional funding' for certain parts of local government, perhaps because most councils have already published their budget plans for next year.  However what's even more shocking is the split of which authorities are getting the lion's share (of …

Have Your Say on Adult Wellbeing in Reading #rdg #rdguk

I'm looking forward to discussing the council's approach to wellbeing at a committee meeting on Wednesday, it's core to all that local government should be about – helping people live fulfilled lives and so many council services and activities support this. Council Encourages Residents to Have Their Say on Adult …

Plan coming to Reading Health and Wellbeing board to support community to #endFGM

There are some wonderful people in our local community working to end the horrific practice of Female Genital Mutilation.  I’m really please that this afternoon we’ll be discussing and agreeing (I hope) a joint plan for the council and the health service plan to help tackle and end FGM in …

ellbeing Vision Aims to Narrow the Health Gaps in Reading

Council press release: ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 19 Jan 2016 10:18Subject: Wellbeing Vision Aims to Narrow the Health Gaps in ReadingTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Wellbeing Vision Aims to Narrow the Health Gaps in Reading 19/01/2016 Reading Borough Council Press Release A REPORT going before the Reading Health and …

Carers Encouraged to Put on Their Boots for New Year Walks #rdg

Council Press release: ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 30 Dec 2015 10:17Subject: Carers Encouraged to Put on Their Boots for New Year WalksTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Carers Encouraged to Put on Their Boots for New Year Walks 30/12/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release CARERS and the people they care …

Government cuts to Reading £5m more than expected and weeks to find them #rdg #rdguk

Just a few days before Christmas we have an utterly irresponsible decision from the government both to keep changing the target and to attack local authorities’ ability to find them.  I know my fellow councillors am determined to find ways around this and to keep making a difference for our …

Safeguarding is everybody’s business #rdg #rdg – PLEASE SHARE

//www.youtube.com/get_player Reading should be a good place for everyone to live and we should be free from abuse.  The video here brings home powerfully the importance of safeguarding as the bedrock of this.  If you have a concern about a child the number to call is 01189 373641 if you have …

Christmas activities for older people across #rdg – please share #rdguk

With advent officially starting yesterday Reading’s Older People’s neighbourhood team have put together a listing of events and information for older epople across our town.  As a council Reading is committed to working with the people who make Reading a special and better place and I know the aim is …

Reading Council’s Occupational Therapists get national recognition #rdg

Like the rest of the country, Reading faces huge challenges to ensure we can all live fulfilling lives regardless of our needs. In the face of unprecedented Government cuts to health and social care budgets, I want to ensure the council remains committed to providing the high quality care service …

Get involved in the Reading conversation on End of Life care #rdg #rdguk

READING Council is calling on individuals, groups and organisations across town to work together to improve people’s experiences at the end of their lives. The Council wants to work with residents and community groups, as well as organisations and professionals with an interest in end of life care; such as …

Works Starts on Whitley Rise Supported Living Scheme

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 27 Oct 2015 10:47Subject: Works Starts on Whitley Rise Supported Living SchemeTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Works Starts on Whitley Rise Supported Living Scheme 27/10/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release WORK has started on the Whitley Rise Supported Living Scheme, a Reading Borough Council housing …

End of life care – speaking notes from Reading Citizens’ Advice AGM

I was very lucky to be the guest speaker at last night’s Citizens’ Advice AGM.  My speaking notes are below: Thank you for invitation and thanks for the kind introduction.  As Richard said I’m the lead member for adult social care.  Which means I take political responsibility for services that …

Reading Council H=home for people with mental illness rated ‘Good’ #rdg #rdguk

Reading Council Care Home Rated Good by Care Quality Commission Inspectors 12/10/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release THE SERVICE at Focus House in Castle Street has been rated good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Focus House supports people with mental illness to return to independent living. It has facilities for …

Reading cares – could you?

Networking Event Launches Council’s “Home Careers – We Care, Could You?” Campaign 06/10/2015 Reading Borough Council Press ReleaseA NETWORKING event at Reading College this month will aim to match home care providers with students and members of the public interested in a career as a home care worker and demonstrate …

Free Event to Find Out About Welfare Rights and Benefits for People with Disabilities #rdg #rdguk

Free Event to Find Out About Welfare Rights and Benefits for People with Disabilities 05/10/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release THE Physical Disabilities and Sensory Needs Network (PDSN) is helping people with disabilities learn about welfare rights and benefits at a free information event. Experts from Reading Borough Council and …

A private rented sector charter for Reading @ReadingLabour wants you to have your say

A CONSULTATION has been launched on plans by Reading Borough Council to adopt a Private Rented Sector Housing Charter. Landlords, letting agents and other organisations, such as Reading University Students Union and Citizens Advice Bureau, are being invited to comment on the proposed charter which seeks to raise the standard …

Older People’s Day #rdg 1st October – @mayorofreading

Older People’s Day is a great chance to celebrate later life and the huge contribution older people make to our communities.In Reading we’ll be celebrate older people’s achievements and lives and as well as offering residents a chance to try a variety of interesting activities, promoting a lively social life …

Budget Consultation – One Month Left to Have Your Say #rdg

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 16 Sep 2015 11:03Subject: Budget Consultation – One Month Left to Have Your SayTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Budget Consultation – One Month Left to Have Your Say 16/09/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release RESIDENTS, organisations, voluntary groups and businesses have just one month left …

#Rdg Comes Together to Improve Care and Support – 30th September

 Like the rest of the country, Reading faces huge challenges to ensure we can all live fulfilling lives regardless of our needs. Within the government’s budget cuts, Reading Labour councillors are ensuring that Reading’s Council is committed to ensuring locally we all work together so people receive the best possible …

#Rdg council Submits Funding Bid for Reading Abbey Revealed Project

Council Submits Funding Bid for Reading Abbey Revealed Project 01/09/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Borough Council has submitted its second round application bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for £1.77 million for its ‘Reading Abbey Revealed’ project. The HLF’s decision-making committee will meet in December. If the …

Only 100 days in but the Conservatives’ broken promise on the care cap will hurt people till 2020

With the Labour leadership ballots going out now it’s worth reminding ourselves of the real thing we are fighting.  Only just having had 100 days this Conservative government seems determined to break its pledges in areas from housing to health.  Focusing on just one delaying the cap in care costs …

Planning ahead to support people with #dementia in #rdg to live more fulfilling lives

We need to plan for the future where Dementia and other care needs are concerned, and in the face of the current government’s slash and burn approach to local government it is still possible to take action. Despite the challenging time we face the priority for our town must remain …

Reading & W Berks councils unite & win a small victory against government housing policy

In good news a small, but significant victory has been won against a piece of government housing policy so absurd that that well known bastion of the loony left* West Berkshire council went to court alongside Reading Borough council to stop it. It comes to something when the government is not …

Winner Announced for Reading’s Open Data Challenge

I do some of my work down at Grow@Greenpark – it's great to see some home grown businesses innovating to make life better for all of us in Reading ———- Forwarded message ———From: Reading Borough Council <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 11:47AM, Tue, 7 Jul 2015Subject: Winner Announced for Reading’s Open Data ChallengeTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> …

Ofsted Praises Impressive and Rapid Improvement as Whitley Park Primary Achieves ‘Good’ Rating

I've been re-reading this press release this morning.  So well deserved,  Whitley Park is full of dedicated staff. ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 24 Jun 2015 11:03Subject: Ofsted Praises Impressive and Rapid Improvement as Whitley Park Primary Achieves ‘Good’ RatingTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Ofsted Praises Impressive and Rapid Improvement …

Cooperating with Reading’s voluntary sector – a grown up relationship #rdg

It’s no secret that over the coming months and years Reading Council, like local government across the country will face very tough challenges – financial as a result of the chocies we expect the Conservatives in government to date as well as practical issues – yesterday listening to people with learning disabilities I …

Dignity for care workers and dignity for those receiving #homecare in #rdg

I am so proud that after signing the UNISION Ethical Care Charter last year Reading Council has just ‘gone live’ with its new Home Care Framework.  Any provider who receives business from the council under this framework will have to pay their workers for travel time and offer proper training and …

Free Event to Provide Help and Support for #rdg Carers

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 3 Jun 2015 12:33Subject: Free Event to Provide Help and Support for Reading CarersTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Free Event to Provide Help and Support for Reading Carers 03/06/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release ADULTS and children who care for a friend, relative or neighbour …

Fundraising success of Trust House #rdg

Was nice to take some time put from the campaign on Saturday evening ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Supporters of Trust House Reading” <sarc4reading@hotmail.co.uk>Date: 28 Apr 2015 14:44Subject: News. Fundraising success of Trust House ReadingTo: “rachel eden” <racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: A dedicated team of 20 volunteers descended upon Reading on Saturday night (25th April) for their …

Rogue Builder Prosecuted for Defrauding Elderly Residents: council standing up for #rdg

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 17 Apr 2015 15:48Subject: Rogue Builder Prosecuted for Defrauding Elderly ResidentsTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Rogue Builder Prosecuted for Defrauding Elderly Residents 17/04/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Borough Council’s Trading Standards Service have successfully prosecuted a local builder for fraud in respect of …

Stay Active with Help from the Council Walks Programme

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 14 Apr 2015 11:48Subject: Stay Active with Help from the Council Walks ProgrammeTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Stay Active with Help from the Council Walks Programme 14/04/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Borough Council's Walks Programme is hosting its Annual Walking Forum in the …

Fwd: One Week Left To Register To Vote

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 13 Apr 2015 15:18Subject: One Week Left To Register To VoteTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: One Week Left To Register To Vote 13/04/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release RESIDENTS who want to vote in the up and coming General and Local Elections have just one …

Residents Invited to Give Views on Albert Road Extra Care Scheme in #Caversham #rdg

When the Arthur Clark home and Albert Road day centre were closed many residents were very clear they wanted the site to continue to be used to benefit older people in the Caversham area. There was also a lot of scepticism about whether Reading council would deliver on that. Caversham …

Investment in Day Services for Older People #rdg #rdguk

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 23 Mar 2015 16:17Subject: Investment in Day Services for Older PeopleTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Investment in Day Services for Older People 23/03/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Borough Council is asking residents for their views on activities and centre based day services for …

Govenrment cuts #rdg road Repair Budget by £1 Million – #rdguk

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 5 Mar 2015 14:03Subject: Road Repair Budget Cut by £1 MillionTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Road Repair Budget Cut by £1 Million 05/03/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING will receive £1 million less in Government money to repair and resurface roads in 2015/16 than …

Fwd: Care Act consultation shows support for continuing to provide preventative and direct carers services free of charge

———- Forwarded message ———-From: Reading Borough Council <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 9:30 AMSubject: Care Act consultation shows support for continuing to provide preventative and direct carers services free of chargeTo: Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com Care Act consultation shows support for continuing to provide preventative and direct carers services free of charge …

Free Benefits Advice Sessions for Older People in Tilehurst #rdg

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 18 Feb 2015 16:03Subject: Free Benefits Advice Sessions for Older People in TilehurstTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Free Benefits Advice Sessions for Older People in Tilehurst 18/02/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release THE COUNCIL is encouraging older people and their carers in the west of …

New Older People’s Social Club Coming to Southcote #rdg #rdguk

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 20 Jan 2015 10:21Subject: New Older People’s Social Club Coming to SouthcoteTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: New Older People’s Social Club Coming to Southcote 20/01/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Borough Council is opening a new social club for older people in Southcote. Attendees …

Fwd: Supported Employment Service Opens in Reading

———- Forwarded message ———-From: Reading Borough Council <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 11:00 AMSubject: Supported Employment Service Opens in ReadingTo: Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com Supported Employment Service Opens in Reading 19/01/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release A NEW supported employment service for people with learning and physical disabilities has been given the green …

Fwd: Reading Borough Council moves to ensure investment in nursing care in Southcote

———- Forwarded message ———-From: Reading Borough Council <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 10:30 AMSubject: Reading Borough Council moves to ensure investment in nursing care in SouthcoteTo: Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com Reading Borough Council moves to ensure investment in nursing care in Southcote 12/01/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release DEMENTIA care in Reading …

Fwd: Whitley Wood the Venue for New Older People’s Club

———- Forwarded message ———-From: Reading Borough Council <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 3:00 PMSubject: Whitley Wood the Venue for New Older People’s ClubTo: Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com Whitley Wood the Venue for New Older People’s Club 12/01/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release A NEW social club for the over 50s in Whitley Wood …

Ensuring Better Care and Support for Reading at Conference this Month

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 8 Jan 2015 12:18Subject: Ensuring Better Care and Support for Reading at Conference this MonthTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Ensuring Better Care and Support for Reading at Conference this Month 08/01/2015 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Borough Council is hosting a Care and Support …

Museum’s Collections Put in Online Shop Window #rdg #rdguk – @readingmuseum

This is really exciting for anyone who is interested in Reading's local history! ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 17 Dec 2014 16:53Subject: Museum’s Collections Put in Online Shop WindowTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Museum’s Collections Put in Online Shop Window 17/12/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Museum has created …

National Award for Reading’s Youth Offending Service #rdg #rdguk

For clarity – this team TACKLES youth offending…  great work by the dedicated team! ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 3 Dec 2014 09:33Subject: National Award for Reading’s Youth Offending ServiceTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: National Award for Reading’s Youth Offending Service 03/12/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Youth Offending …

Accessible Christmas shopping evening tonight #rdg #rdguk

DISCOUNTS, prize draws and goodie bags are all part of a special welcome for older and disabled residents during a Christmas shopping evening in the town centre on Monday 1st December, 6-8pm. The festive event, organised by Reading Borough Council in partnership with The Oracle and the British Red Cross, aims …

Opening of Cedar Court this Thursday – first new council housing in #rdg in 25 years

THE MAYOR of Reading will officially open the Council’s brand new extra care housing scheme in Whitley on Thursday(November 27). Reading Mayor Cllr Tony Jones will cut the tape at Cedar Court, the state-of-the-art extra care housing scheme in Basingstoke Road, at10:30am on Thursday, November 27. Cedar Court residents and staff …

Festive Fun at The Maples Grand Christmas Fayre #rdg #rdguk

All are welcome! ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 20 Nov 2014 10:33Subject: Festive Fun at The Maples Grand Christmas FayreTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Festive Fun at The Maples Grand Christmas Fayre 20/11/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release The MAPLES Resource Centre will be hosting a Grand Christmas Fayre on …

Festive Fun at The Maples Grand Christmas Fayre #rdg #rdguk

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 20 Nov 2014 10:33Subject: Festive Fun at The Maples Grand Christmas FayreTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Festive Fun at The Maples Grand Christmas Fayre 20/11/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release The MAPLES Resource Centre will be hosting a Grand Christmas Fayre on Saturday 29th November. …

Helping the Homeless this Winter in #rdg #rdguk

With homelessness and rpugh sleeping still rising across the country and locally it's more important than ever for towns like Reading to act all year as well as in the winter. ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 18 Nov 2014 14:18Subject: Helping the Homeless this WinterTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Helping …

Fwd: Access and Disabilities Working Group Host Q&A Session

I'm pleased that one of the Conservative MPs has agreed to take questions on welfare reform from the members of Access and Disabilities working group.  An open invitation remains, on a date of his choosing to the other. Access and Disabilities Working Group Host Q&A Session 18/11/2014 Reading Borough Council …

#rdg Carers Encouraged to Make the Most of their New Rights at Free Event

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 18 Nov 2014 11:18Subject: Carers Encouraged to Make the Most of their New Rights at Free EventTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Carers Encouraged to Make the Most of their New Rights at Free Event 18/11/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release PEOPLE in Reading who care …

Reading will NOT charge carers for services despite government policy & lconsultation on the Care Act #rdg #rdguk

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 13 Nov 2014 16:04Subject: Care Act Consultation LaunchedTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Care Act Consultation Launched 13/11/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Borough Council is asking residents for their views on social care ahead of changes being brought in by the Care Act. The …

Reading remembers

The civic remembrance day service is always very moving and this year will be particularly special as it is in the town centre.  We’ll be led by the Mayor and the CO of the 7 Rifles in remembering the sorrow of war. READING’S main annual Remembrance Sunday service and parade will take …

#rdg Event Focuses on Leisure Activities for People with Disabilities

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 10 Nov 2014 10:32Subject: Event Focuses on Leisure Activities for People with DisabilitiesTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Event Focuses on Leisure Activities for People with Disabilities 10/11/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release Reading’s Physical Disability and Sensory Needs (PDSN) Network is hosting a free event …

Winter Watch Will Help Residents Keep Warm #rdg #rdguk

———- Forwarded message ———-From: Reading Borough Council <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 2:30 PMSubject: Winter Watch Will Help Residents Keep WarmTo: Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com Winter Watch Will Help Residents Keep Warm 05/11/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release A SCHEME that helps vulnerable Reading residents keep warm through the winter is about …

Developer to be Chosen for Caversham Extra Care Housing

Council press release: ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 24 Oct 2014 16:33Subject: Developer to be Chosen for Caversham Extra Care HousingTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Developer to be Chosen for Caversham Extra Care Housing 24/10/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release PLANS to build new housing for older people in Caversham …

Reading’s Foundation Stage Pupils Outperform National Average

Well done to the littlest pupils in our schools and thier teachers.  More to do to ensure every child succeeds but encouraging news ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 23 Oct 2014 15:03Subject: Reading’s Foundation Stage Pupils Outperform National AverageTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Reading’s Foundation Stage Pupils Outperform National Average …

Better Integrated Support for People Moving on to Social Care from Hospital in Reading

Council press release: ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 3 Oct 2014 16:03Subject: Better Integrated Support for People Moving on to Social Care from HospitalTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Better Integrated Support for People Moving on to Social Care from Hospital 03/10/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING health and social …

Better Integrated Support for People Moving on to Social Care from Hospital in Reading

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 3 Oct 2014 16:03Subject: Better Integrated Support for People Moving on to Social Care from HospitalTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Better Integrated Support for People Moving on to Social Care from Hospital 03/10/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING health and social care agencies are …

Reading Bus Journeys Soar by 1.5 Million @cllrtonypage #rdg #rdguk

Not all of these were me travelling round Whitley, the civic etc! ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 29 Sep 2014 15:03Subject: Reading Bus Journeys Soar by 1.5 MillionTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Reading Bus Journeys Soar by 1.5 Million 29/09/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release THE total number of bus …

Reading one of only 5 local authorities to salvage better care fund bid

After Conservative national government ministers made a complete mess of preparations for the better care fund local authorities who had been committed ot making it work had to delay submissions and do substantial rework.   In the end only 5 local authorities have managed to be in the first wave …

Residents Move into First New Council Properties in #rdg in 25 years

IT'S OFFICIAL! Residents Move into First New Council Properties in Reading in 25 years 23/09/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release THE first residents have just moved into Reading’s first new council homes for 25 years. Cedar Court – the brand new extra care housing in Basingstoke Road – will provide …

Policy Committee @ReadingLabour making big decisions for #rdg

The big media story at last night’s Policy Committee was of course the approval of council House Building in Reading but there were also some very serious budget decisions taken.  On the adult social care budget decisions in my opening comments I said: The situation is verty serious and requires a …

Celebrate Older People’s Day at Free #rdg Town Centre Event #fulloflife

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 22 Sep 2014 09:34Subject: Celebrate Older People’s Day at Free Town Centre EventTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Celebrate Older People’s Day at Free Town Centre Event 22/09/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release OLDER people are being invited to a free celebratory event in Reading town …

Plans for 1,000 New Council Homes Unveiled #rdg #rdguk

Reading Labour Councillors, particularly Richard Davies our housing lead, are determined to tackle the housing crisis caused by national government policy and Reading’s economic success. The proposals below include investment for existing tenants and new build – with land at the Meadway on Conway Close identified as an initial site.  …

Reading Comes Together to Tackle Social Care Challenges

Council press release: Reading Comes Together to Tackle Social Care Challenges 02/09/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Borough Council, service providers, voluntary sector partners and service users will be coming together for a Care and Support Conference, taking place at the Town Hall on Monday 8th September, 9.00 – 4.30pm. …

Bids requested for New Older People’s Housing and Day Activities in #Caversham #rdg

As Caversham cllr and Housing lead Richard Davies says below this is real progress.  I'm really hoping thst we will get some good bids in from partners who share a vision of independence with community spirit for both Extra Care residents and those living in the local community who I …

Council Prosecutes Unlicensed HMO @ReadingLabour taking action for #rdg tenants

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 8 Aug 2014 10:48Subject: Council Prosecutes Unlicensed HMO To: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Council Prosecutes Unlicensed HMO 08/08/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release TWO Reading men have been fined a total of £8,000 and ordered to pay more than £2,000 costs after a successful prosecution …

The Willows Care Home Celebrates Opening of New Garden

The Willows Care Home Celebrates Opening of New Garden 22/07/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release A HEXHAM Road care home is celebrating the opening of its new sensory garden with a party for residents and their families. The new dementia-friendly facilities, funded by a government grant, have been designed to …

A government planning for the next 10 months not the next 10 years

There’s been a lot of talk about localism and empowering of local government this week. There’s also been a perfect example of what the Conservatives really mean by that.   The Better Care fund was always a way for the government to rhetorically suggest that they were ‘protecting’ NHS funding …

Access and disabilities – the open invitation to Reading’s MPs stands #rdg #rdguk

As the Public Accounts Committee has recently reported (and let’s face it something anyone involved in anything to do with disability has known for years), people with disabilities have been really affected by the national government’s policies .  Every week it seems I come across some one in Reading who …

Reading Council brings Adult Sensory Needs Service closer to home

Bringing adult sensory needs in house will help improve a service which is vital to support people with hearing and sight needs in living fulfilled lives.  Council press release below: ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 26 Jun 2014 12:04Subject: Reading Borough Council to Run Adult Sensory Needs …

Fwd: Residents to Have Their Say on Pharmacy Services in Reading

Council press release: Residents to Have Their Say on Pharmacy Services in Reading 25/06/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release PUBLIC Health in Berkshire is carrying out a survey to find out what Reading residents think about local pharmacies. The survey, which has been rolled out across the county, will be …

Successful Prosecution – Reading Labour standing up for private tenants

The latest Successful prosecution of unscrupulous landlord and lettings agents happens to have been for tenants in a property close to Whitley ward, although they have been all over town. As the lead councillor for Housing Richard Davies says in the council press release below this is about standing up …

Water fest

Waterfest is one of the gems of early summer in Reading.  After last night’s dramatic thunderstorm we were a little nervous about whether it would suffer as it has sometimes done from too much water.  Last year I ended up drying out 2 toddlers in the library and I think …

When you take up your entitlements – Reading benefits!

Reading council today launched a benefit take up campaign, initially particularly aimed at pensioners. With the poisonous narrative from certain politicians and some people in the media about ‘benefit scroungers’ and the idea that anyone who receives a benefit is somehow different or less worthy it’s easy to forget that …

Rest and Relaxation for #rdg Carers

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 4 Jun 2014 12:33Subject: Event Offers Rest and Relaxation for Reading’s Carers To: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Event Offers Rest and Relaxation for Reading’s Carers 04/06/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release PEOPLE in Reading who care or have cared for a friend, relative or neighbour …

Councillor Pete Ruhemann – council statement

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 3 Jun 2014 14:49Subject: Councillor Pete Ruhemann To: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: Councillor Pete Ruhemann 03/06/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release It is with great sadness that Reading Borough Council announces that Councillor Pete Ruhemann passed away in the early hours of this morning. Councillor …

Reading Labour manifesto

Labour’s manifesto for the Reading Borough Council elections on 22 May includes promises to keep Reading clean, promote sustainable transport, pursue all ways to provide more housing, invest in more primary and secondary schools, extend 20mph zones, build extra care housing and nursing projects. Leader of the ruling Labour group on the …

New play area up and running

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: 14 May 2014 11:06Subject: New play area now up and running To: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com>Cc: New play area now up and running 14/05/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release Photocall –4.30pm Monday 19th May, Hexham Road play area A £70k revamp of a popular play …

Full list of European candidates in SE #rdg #rdguk

As published by Reading Borough Council today:   The parties are: An Independence from Europe British National Party Christian People's Alliance Conservative Party English Democrats Green Party Harmony Party Labour Party Liberal Democrats Liberty Great Britain The Peace Party THe Roman Party.AVE The Socialist Party of Great Britain UK Independence …

Elections

I have been blogging less than usual, which as ever is a sign of doing more not less! The main reason is that the local election campaign is in full swing.   I'm honoured to be standing as Whitley's Labour candidate again. My specific message to those of you who …

Caversham Park Village the Venue for New Older People’s Social Club

We promised to increase and promote social activities for older peopke in Reading last summer.  This is about working in partnership and bringing services closer to the community. Council press release about the latest result of this new way of working is below: Caversham Park Village the Venue for New …

Have Your Say on Sports and Leisure Activities for the Over 50s

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Mar 19, 2014 9:33 AM Subject: Have Your Say on Sports and Leisure Activities for the Over 50sTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Have Your Say on Sports and Leisure Activities for the Over 50s 19/03/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING'S over 50s are being …

Great news for @readingmuseum exhibition: Victoria Cross of “The Hero with the Shovel” Comes Home to #rdg

Was really pleased to see this council press release – I think this is one of the most moving stories of the 1st world war and it's great that Reading will be able to commemorate it with an exhibition including the Victoria Cross that Trooper Potts received.   Victoria Cross …

#rdg #rdguk Council Tenants Group best in South – and that’s official!

Congratulations to the TACT group!  Before I moved away from the housing brief this relatively new group had just presented it's first report to council officers and me.  Since then they have gone from strength to strength, and winning an award for the whole Southern Region is well deserved.  It's a great example …

Healthy mind and body event on Wednesday at #rdg #rdguk civic centre

THE PHYSICAL Disability and Sensory Needs (PDSN) network is helping people to keep healthy and active through a free information event on Wednesday 19 February, 10 am – 1 pm in the Kennet Room of the Civic Centre. The ‘Healthy Mind and Body’ information session will provide practical advice and free health …

#rdg “most romantic place in UK” as 35 Year Engagement Ends with Valentine’s Day Wedding

I was reading today that Reading was the most romantic place in the UK (according to a commercial company's probably slightly spurious research!), but this can only be confirmed by the press release below.   A bit of light relief for everyone given current circumstances. ———- Forwarded message ———-From: Reading …

Dementia Action Alliance Launches in Reading

Hope lots of people will get involved in this. Council press release below.  Dementia Action Alliance Launches in Reading 11/02/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release READING Borough Council and partners from the statutory, business and voluntary sectors are working together to transform the quality of life of people with dementia. …

Bite the ballot! #NVRD

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> I was with Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Reading West, Victoria Groulef, today and we’ve been encouraging local young people to take part in Britain’s first National Voter Registration Day.  Voter registration is a passion of mine – if you aren’t registered to vote your voice can’t …

Quality for Users of Supported living and a fair deal for support workers

I'm very proud of the proposal announced in the press telease below – it's part of a number of actions Reading's Labour council will be taking to ensure a fair deal for both users of services and those who provide them.  I believe you can't have one without the other. …

Get involved in helping Reading’s Labour council bring Empty Homes Back into Use

My friend and colleague Richard Davies quoted below – nothing to add!Council Helping to Bring Empty Homes Back into Use29/01/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release Reading Borough Council is helping to bring unused accommodation back into use through an on-going empty homes programme. Homes can become empty due to a …

Best in the country: Reading’s A Level Results Top National Exam Tables

Congratulations to all the hardworking students and their teachers! Council press release below:     Reading’s A Level Results Top National Exam Tables 23/01/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release OFFICIAL figures released by the Department for Education today (23rd January) show that Reading is the highest ranking English local authority …

Better support for rape and abuse survivors in Reading – change is happening!

I’ve received an invitation to a launch for stakeholders and interested people ot a launch event for ‘Trust House’ a new support centre for survivors of rape and sexual abuse.  Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever …

Reading’s Labour Council Maintains Grant Support for Voluntary and Community Sector #rdg #rdguk

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Jan 13, 2014 3:19 PM Subject: Council Maintains Grant Support for Reading Voluntary and Community SectorTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Council Maintains Grant Support for Reading Voluntary and Community Sector 13/01/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release THE amount of money the Council gives to voluntary …

Geoffrey Field Junior School Achieves ‘Good’ Ofsted Rating

Well done to a very good Whitley school ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Jan 13, 2014 12:49 PM Subject: Geoffrey Field Junior School Achieves ‘Good’ Ofsted RatingTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Geoffrey Field Junior School Achieves ‘Good’ Ofsted Rating 13/01/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release GEOFFREY FIELD Junior School is …

Don’t Die of Embarrassment – Bowel Cancer Screening Saves Lives

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Jan 10, 2014 3:33 PM Subject: Don’t Die of Embarrassment – Bowel Cancer Screening Saves LivesTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Don’t Die of Embarrassment – Bowel Cancer Screening Saves Lives 10/01/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release A BERKSHIRE-WIDE pharmacy campaign to increase the uptake of …

Could your idea be this year’s beat the street? #rdg #rdguk Funding for Sustainable Travel Ideas

———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Jan 7, 2014 9:49 AMSubject: Second Chance for Funding for Sustainable Travel Ideas To: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Second Chance for Funding for Sustainable Travel Ideas 07/01/2014 Reading Borough Council Press Release CHARITIES, businesses, voluntary groups and residents in Reading are again being invited to …

Local government settlement – unfair but Reading will rise to the challenge

Today was a day that as councillors in local government we’ve been both looking forward to and dreading – looking forward to because it will be an end to the uncertainty about government funding cuts for next year and dreading because the news was likely to be bad.  Apart from …

The Maples Resource Centre Celebrates with Christmas Event

I'm especially looking forward to the 'live' nativity! ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Dec 2, 2013 4:19 PM Subject: The Maples Resource Centre Celebrates with Christmas EventTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> The Maples Resource Centre Celebrates with Christmas Event 02/12/2013 Reading Borough Council Press Release A SPECIALIST support centre for …

Council Set to Ban ‘Pay Day Loan’ Advertising

This follows the council motion that Richard Davies proposed to council in 2012 and its good to get concrete action ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Nov 27, 2013 9:48 AM Subject: Council Set to Ban ‘Pay Day Loan’ AdvertisingTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Council Set to Ban ‘Pay Day Loan’ …

Just lovely!

It’s rare to get a thank you for just turning up and even rarer to get a hand written note so I had to share this!  It’s also a chance to plug the Dementia Friendly Community partnership that Reading is goimg to come together for.  It’s being launched in the …

Information and Support for Older People at Free Town Centre Event #rdg #rdguk

Just giving this a plug, hope it will be well attended and useful.   It's also when the new neighbourhood day services manager will be introduced. ———- Forwarded message ———-From: Reading Borough Council <webmaster@reading.gov.uk> Date: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 4:00 PMSubject: Information and Support for Older People at Free …

Another success for Labour’s Richard Davies pledge to #evictroguelandlords from Reading

#rdg #rdguk Council press release below ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Nov 4, 2013 9:49 AM Subject: ‘Rich List’ Landlord Prosecuted by CouncilTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> ‘Rich List’ Landlord Prosecuted by Council 04/11/2013 Reading Borough Council Press Release A READING landlord has been prosecuted by the Council after failing …

Major Proposals for New Housing and Day Services for Older People in Reading #rdg #rdguk

Very excited and proud to announce this today. ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Oct 31, 2013 11:20 AM Subject: Major Proposals for New Housing and Day Services for Older People in ReadingTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Major Proposals for New Housing and Day Services for Older People in Reading 31/10/2013 …

Phoenix Day Centre Welcomes BP Volunteers

Council press release below.  Great to have corporate volunteers supporting our wonderful day services. ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Sep 30, 2013 9:49 AM Subject: Phoenix Day Centre Welcomes BP VolunteersTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Phoenix Day Centre Welcomes BP Volunteers 30/09/2013 Reading Borough Council Press Release PHOENIX Day Centre …

Inconvenient facts

I know that I and many of my friends and constituents are feeling the squeeze at the moment.  I think it’s important ot remember that it’s not just us, it’s not that we have suddenly got worse at budgeting or less careful about what we put in the trolley (if …

Volunteers Help Launch New Neighbourhood Activities for Older People #rdg #rdguk

I'm really looking forward to celebrating the opening of the new activities club for residents of sheltered accomidation across Reading.  It's a testament to the commitment of Sheltered accomodation staff and the skills and contribution our older residents can offer that this has got off the ground so quickly.  The …

Rene Celebrates 101st Birthday at the Phoenix Day Centre

Council press release below: ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Sep 18, 2013 10:04 AM Subject: Rene Celebrates 101st Birthday at the Phoenix Day CentreTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Rene Celebrates 101st Birthday at the Phoenix Day Centre 18/09/2013 Reading Borough Council Press Release A POPULAR centenarian celebrated her 101st birthday …

Housing Allocations Scheme

The sad fact is that there is a shortage of housing of all kinds nationally and locally.  This particularly applies to social housing where despite government tinkering and attacks tenants largely pay a fair rent for a fair service.  As such rationing of social housing is increasingly prevelant at least …

Charities and campaign groups should be allowed to contribute to the debate –

I am both someone who backs campaigns that lobby government and, at times, the recipient of campaigning emails from residents that are part of a wider national or indeed local campaign.Sometimes I am able to give my personal support to a campaign and have even signed the council to a …

GCSE Results for Reading Students – well done!

Some excellent results for Reading's GSCE students.  Whether you are delighted or disappointed get good advice about your next step! Council press release below Excellent GCSE Results for Reading Students 22/08/2013 Reading Borough Council Press Release Early indicators, as supplied by the schools, show that overall local authority results have …

Tributes to Bill Palmer

Bill Palmer a stalwart member of the Reading Labour Party and the Cooperative Party’s funeral is today.I thought it would be good to reproduce a few tributes that have been paid to him: Reading Labour Councillors have described him as:  “a kind and principled man and a true socialist”.  Reading Coop …

Tackling cost of living and poverty is a campaign issue but Labour councils can also act now

Over the last few weeks and months the issue of the cost of living has kept popping up.  This week it’s felt like the issue is something that even if we wanted to avoid it we couldn’t.  Thames Water announcing they want a sudden extra £30 on top of the …

Accessing the internet – desirable yes, it shouldn’t be compulsory

I’m increasingly concerned about the governments ‘digital by default’ position, which is looking more and more like ‘digital by compulsion’.  I am concerned will leave many people with difficulties accessing benefits, work and information.  This will disproportionately affect older people, people with disabilities and people on low incomes:  the very …

Accessible Transport Event 14 August Palmer Park #rdg #rdguk

I think the event below should be a great chance to find out abpit transport options.  I particularly hope people will have a go on the accessible bike. ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: Aug 2, 2013 10:40 AM Subject: Accessible Transport EventTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> Accessible Transport Event 02/08/2013 …

Love Clean Reading ap

I’ve been using the love cleam Reading ap during the soft launch phase and found it saves me time, and also saves having to contact councillors’ services so often for simple things like graffiti/litter issues. It’s free and it’s a good way to ensure that hte council get searly reports …

NHS: don’t break the chain – 65th Anniversary

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> I’ll be helping Vicky Groulef and the Battle ward councillors  at the Oxford Road fun day later today.  The NHS is certainly not ready to retire and we’re hoping to create a giant paper chain of people’s thoughts about the NHS.  Vicky’s press release is below: …

Great opportunity to find out more about service and activities in Reading for older people, people with learning disabilities, physical or sensory needs

One of my key goals for my, still relatively new role, as lead councillor for adult care is to improve the awareness of the services that are out there to support people living fulfiling lives whatver their needs. The event coming up next week (July 10) is a good way …

Arthur Clark – decision based on evidence but need to support current residents

Last night I voted to close the Arthur Clark care home.  Very rightly residents and their families are concerned and upset.  No-one could make a decision like this lightly and it is a tribute to the dedicated staff how much the service provided at Arthur Clark is valued. We had …

Arthur Clark – doihng all we can for current residents and securing future services for older people in Caversham

I will blog more on this later in the week, but having just got back from committee I wanted to put this on the record straight away. Rachel Eden’s Speaking Notes Re Arthur Clark Care Home – please check against delivery. I want to start by thanking the people who …

‘ACE’ Committee agenda is online – major decisions to be taken

The meeting next Monday of the Adults’, Children’s and Education Services committee is the first one under the new system and will involve councillors of all parties (and the council’s independent cllr) making decisions on a range of major issues. From my own portfolio there are decisions on the future …

There is more to sex than biology and our young people need that message in schools

I am really disappointed that the Conservatives, including my own MP, didn’t vote for an amendment to a bill today that would have put respect in relationships on the national curriculum and ensured our young people are taught about more than the mechanics of sex.  No means no – is …

£500,000 Plan to Tackle Reading’s Pothole Problem

Potholes are one of the most common concernsfor residents in Whitley ward and across Reading.  While this wont be as thorough as a complete resurface it will make a real difference to the condition of the roads across town ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: May 31, 2013 …

Give Your Views on Services for Older People

Council release follows.  As newly lead councillor for Adult Care I'm hoping a good number of people will respond.  We all hope to benefit from these services in the future and it's crucial that they meet people's expectations as far as possible. ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: …

Congratulations to New Directions

Council press release below.  This is great news for a brilliant service ———- Forwarded message ———-From: “Reading Borough Council” <webmaster@reading.gov.uk>Date: May 13, 2013 10:18 AM Subject: New Directions Clinches National AwardTo: <Racheleden.whitley@gmail.com> New Directions Clinches National Award 13/05/2013 Reading Borough Council Press Release THE QUALITY of the advice and support …

51 days and counting for answers on home insurance for residents at flood risk

Reading West’s Parliamentary Candidate Vicky Groulef is standing up for local people on this, but   as she says in her press release (reproduced below) time is running out and the government is failed to renew the agreement that Labour in government came to with the insurance industry. This is shocking and …

Next year’s council administration in full #rdg #rdguk

Labour Press release follows, I’ll blog on how this affects me personally and my close colleague Mike Orton soon: Reading Borough Council Leader Jo Lovelockhas announced the team who will lead the Labour Administration under the new committee system – a system she believes will enable more Councillors to get …

Primary places for #rdg – all children have a place in September, but government needs to act too

At last night’s cabinet meeting the council officers presented on the challenge on primary places for future years.  What struck me and I suspect most in the room was that the government is not only being very slow to respond putting huge strain on local authorities’ ability to plan (for example waiting …

School places in Berkshire, my personal view – thankful that councils are picking up the pieces while national government fails

 I saw the following in the Local Government Daily news digest: Solutions for school places The BBC examines how councils in Berkshire are being forced to innovate to cater for the growing number of children starting school. In Windsor and Maidenhead, the council is searching for “non-traditional” buildings to use as schools. The …

Three timebanks to pilot in Reading #rdg – contact details to get involved

I’m really pleased that I was able to approve the press release today for the launch of three pilot time banks that the council is investing in.  These will hopefully benefit a wide range of people through being able to volunteer time – it’s a great way of giving and …

Letter to Reading Post: Reading deserves better from its MPs

Following the publication in this week’s Reading Post of a letter from Rob Wilson I have sent the following: Dear Editor, I was disappointed by Rob Wilson’s letter in last week’s Reading Post. For those readers’ unsure about what provoked it I can explain.  Public statements by Mr Sharma and …

Below inflation increase in council tax in Reading #rdg – helping to protect vital services

The Reading cabinet will be meeting on Monday and we are considering a recommendation to raise council tax by 1.9% or 47p a week for a band D household.  As the council leader Jo Lovelock said this is not an easy choice and we have been discussing it back and …

Reading Conservatives refuse to provide clarity about their own policies

I received the following email from one of our Conservative MPs late last week  (I have waited a couple of days to put it on in case the other wanted to reply separately). I am somewhat disappointed that he has not only failed to apologise for the misleading statements made prior to the …

Southcote community improvements – neighbourhood working in action!

A council press release has just gone out inviting local people to attend an open day and parties to celebrate the improvements to the Southcote community centre.  This is not just about the improved physical facilities but a bit of a renaissance in terms of the community activities that local …

Rough sleeping figures locally and nationally – why is #rdg bucking the trend?

Today very sad figures were published showing that the numbers of people sleeping rough are up 31% since 2010:  Communities and Local Government department figures show the number of rough sleepers in a single-night snapshot in autumn 2012 was 2,309 up from 1,768 in autumn 2010.Reading Borough’s figures have actually …

RAPE SUPPORT CAMPAIGN TO JOIN FORCES WITH SURVIVORS TRUST FOR QUIZ NIGHT

I’ve just sent the following press release out to various contacts. On 13th February campaigners, local organisations and general knowledge buffs will come together for a fun evening to raise funds and awareness for survivors of sexual abuse.  The ultimate goal is a centre to provide support for rape and sexual …

Campaign for a rape support centre in #rdg – update #onebillionrising

This time last year I was drafting a motion to council in support of the idea of better support for rape and abuse victims in Reading and the surrounding area. Things may have publicly seemed a bit quiet but don’t let that fool you.  A lot of work has been going on behind the …

My open letter to #rdg Conservative MPs on social housing policy

I have sent the following letter tonight.  Before the election Rob Wilson MP and then candidate Alok Sharma demanded an apology from Reading Labour claiming that they “100%” “Absolutely” would guarantee secure tenancies.  Last week Cllr Ballsdon claimed that ‘the country cannot afford to let residents new into social housing have a …

Equal marriage – vote is tomorrow – Reading MPs still not #out4marriage

At Reading Pride 2012 Amazingly the two Reading MPs have yet to confirm how they plan to vote.  I am personally very much in favour of this bill – I believe in marriage (being married myself!) and I see it as a commitment that should be available to people to …

Action not hot air on climate change from Reading council #rdg

Council press release below:The Council made a commitment to reduce its emissions by 4% each year in the current Reading Climate Change Strategy, but in the last financial year (2011/2012) the Council’s emissions were down by a whopping 7.5%.. That is almost double the Council’s target thanks to reductions found …

For the record – affordable housing completions in #rdg historically

This is taken from the council’s official documents 1997/98 1361998/99 2751998/99 731999/00 692000/01 55 During the 2000s 01/02 02/03 03/04 04/05 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09 09/10 TOTAL 173  149    302       360   311   180    302    294   184      2255 Apologies for the …

Do you have a sustainable travel idea for #rdg costing between £500 and £50,000? Read on!

Charities, businesses, voluntary groups and residents in Reading who can come up with innovative ways to get people to consider more sustainable ways of travelling around town are being encouraged to bid for funding from Reading Borough Council. Whether it’s a local community group with an idea to help friends …

No action to improve private renting: Alok Sharma – out of touch again!

There was at late notice short debate on Wednesday on the private rented sector.  Both Reading MPs voted (neither spoke as far as I know).Alok Sharma and Rob Wilson voted against this:That this House recognises the private rented sector’s growing role in meeting housing need; notes that there are 8.5 million people, including more …

Below inflation rent increase for Reading council tenants #rdg

Earlier this evening I asked cabinet to recommend the minimum increase that was consistent with a sustainable business plan.  Wage freezes and job insecurity is still normal for many of us and the welfare reform bill is going to cause further difficulty for many families and working people.  A slightly …

Tenant participation is key for improving housing services #ukhousing

I believe that the opportunities for involvement in the housing service in Reading have been really improved by some focused work that has been done over the last year and a half or so.Part of it has been about clarifying what opportunities there are but particularly the new tenant scrutiny …

Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the bombing of Reading #rdg

Council press release:A plaque commemorating the people killed when a lone German WW2 plane dropped four bombs in Reading town centre is to be unveiled at a special ceremony next month.The simple stone plaque will mark the 70th anniversary of the attack which happened on Wednesday February 10th 1943, killing …

Congratulations to Moira on her 80th Birthday and 7 Decades of service ot the Labour party! @readinglabour

Martin is right – Moira is an inspiration and continues to encourage and support Labour members across Reading. Labour Leader Ed Miliband sent a signed photo and personal letter of congratulation to former Reading Labour Councillor Moira Dickenson who was 80 last week. Moira, who first stood for Labour in …

3 Ways to help Rough Sleepers in #rdg and keep people off the streets

1.  If you know where someone is sleeping rough or have information that might help email or call the St Mungos team who will work with them to help them get support: http://www.mungos.org/services/where_we_work/readingUPDATE: you can contact Reading Street Outreach team on Tel: 0118 958 5002. If you are worried about a rough …

Despite more new to the streets fewer people are sleeping rough in Reading but I’m worried about the future

With freezing temperatures returning, Reading as a town again expects to see an increase in the number of potential rough sleepers arriving in our town. The Council, St Mungo’s and other charities work together in Reading to offer people beds and access to support services which help people off the …

Calling all #rdg council tenants – if your New Year’s resolution is to volunteer read on!

Lots of Reaidng council tenants already volunteer including by helping the council improve the housing service for their fellow tenants.  However with the new year some of these tenants have wanted to attract more people to get involved:  the campaign launching tomorrow has been designed for tenants by tenants and …

BUILDING BRIDGES – this year’s Holocaust memorial day theme

Council press release below, all are welcome in two weeks to the Reading Civic even, details are belowReading will again this year host an evening of reflection to remember victims of the Holocaust with a special memorial event at the Civic Centre on Thursday January 24th.The theme for this year’s Holocaust …

Practical handbook on heat pumps – aimed at social landlords

This will be of most interest to social landlords – whether councils or RSL/housing associations.  However if you are interested in this technology anyone can access the information. http://www.reading.gov.uk/residents/GreenerLiving/ClimateChangeandBusiness/geo-power/ Council press release:Social housing providers in Reading are being given access to a Reading Borough Council guide aimed at increasing the understanding and …

Guest post: Christmas message from Jo Lovelock, Leader of #rdg council

“In tough times we must care for one another, so I want to wish everybody inReading all the best for 2013, and pledge that the Council will strive to keepReading a good place to live. In the week before Christmas, George Osborne confirmed that Reading mustmake around £16Million ‘savings’ in …

@stmungos press release: rough sleeping up 38% in SE down 34% in Reading #rdg #ukhousing

Highly regarded national charity St Mungos are funded by Reading’s Labour council to provide a key outreach service.  I have said this a number of times recently, but Reading can be proud of the partnership between the council, the voluntary sector and others in helping those sleeping rough or at risk of …

Severe Weather – how you can help rough sleepers in Reading @launchpad_RSG @StMungos

I’ve approved this year’s Severe Weather Emergancy Provision in Reading, information about it is below. I know a lot of people at all times of year but especially as it gets colder have concerns about the rough sleepers in Reading so thought it was worth reminding people what you can …

Incentives to bring empty homes back into use in #rdg #emptyhomes

Reading Borough Council is to consider proposals to reduce council tax discount on empty or temporarily unoccupied properties in the town as part of an on-going drive to encourage owners to bring unused homes back into use.At the moment local Council’s must charge at least 50%, and up to 90%, …

Don’t forget to vote on Thursday – or now if you are a postal voter! #rdg

With the elections around the corner on Thursday and what has been described as a ‘shambles’ from the government in terms of organising the elections I think it’s incredibly important to vote on Thursday, not just because I always do but because the person elected will have a huge amount of power …

Public Remembrance ceremonies in Reading #rdg this Sunday @Poppylegion

I will be at Brock Barracks as usual but because Remembrance Sunday is 11th the Forebury Memorial is having a ceremony too.    Ceremonies will take place across Reading on Remembrance Sunday (Nov 11) to pay tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in defence of this country.Remembrance Day falls on …

Reasons to be cheerful

I am sure I am not alone in sometimes feeling a sense of unremitting gloom recently when  thunking about how my community is being changed and damaged by the government.  I am I think considered an optimist – I believe local government can not only survive but be more important …

Cedar Court update

As reported in today’s Reading Chronicle the opening of the Cedar Court extra care housing scheme at Basingstoke Road is being delayed while contractors deal with structural issues. Reading Borough Council identified potential structural issues during its monitoring of the construction work in May this year and immediately called for a technical report from …

Shelter “urge other councils to follow Reading’s lead in confronting rogue landlords” #rdg @Shelter

Reading Borough Council has signed up to a major national campaign aimed at stamping out rogue landlords.The council said it was supporting the campaign by the charity Shelter in a bid to drive up standards in rented housing.In signing up to the initiative, the council has highlighted action it already …

Rough sleeping fluctuating but not rising in Reading but pressure on housing up in Reading #rdg #uikhousing

We were out of time for me to read my answer to Cllr Hopper on homelessness, so I reproduce it here.  He and councillors got a written copy.  He’s welcome to contact me if he has a supplementary question. Thank you for this question on what is a growing issue …

Parliamentary candidate selection – shortlist

Old news now but for the record: READING’S Labour Party has finalised its shortlists of potential parliamentary candidates for the next General Election. The Reading West shortlist is made up of women only and features Buckinghamshire councillor, Victoria Groulef, party activist Christine Quigley and former Reading borough councillor, Debbie Watson. …

Reading Labour parliamentary selections – be the 1st to know

Here in Reading Labour we are currently selecting our parliamentary candidates for both Reading East and West.  It’s an exciting time and members will be voting on the candidates in the next month or two.  If you’re not a member you can be the 1st to know how members have voted by signing …

11-18, Interested in making Reading a better place? The youth cabinet elections are coming up! #rdg

Young people looking to make a difference in Reading are being encouraged to sign-up and take part in the annual youth-cabinet elections.Future politicos aged 11 to 18 years old have until the 5th November to register for the elections, after which they will be given support to put together a …

Details of #rdg police and crime commissioner hustings how here #pcc

Reading residents are being offered the opportunity to grill candidates who will be standing in the up and coming Thames Valley Police Area Police and Crime Commissioner elections.The free ‘hustings’ event will take place on Wednesday October 24th, between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, at Reading Town Hall. Local residents, businesses and …

Got an idea to reduce crime or ASB in Reading – how to get it considered! #rdg

When you’ve seen antisocial behaviour or know about access to property that makes burglarly easier have you ever thought – if only they would make that wall harder for people to sit on or gate off that alleyway? The Reading Labour party is committed to the belief that politics works best when …

Reading Labour Back Shelter’s campaign on rogue lettings agents

Research by housing charity Shelter showed that one in four people across the country had been ripped off by unscrupulous agents charging unfair fees.  I’d recommend to anyone either affected by this or who is interested in fair business dealings (and that includes landlords – I know a number who …

50 days to the Police and Crime Commissioner (#PCC) elections – vote for a candidate who respects the police

With what twitter has dubbed ‘gategate’ or ‘plebgate’* still rumbling on it’s noticeable that the Conservative candidate for the Thames Valley has failed to comment on Andrew Mitchell’s comments to police. Tim Starkey Labour’s candidate here has asked him to distance himself and condemn abusive behaviour towards the police.  Regardless of your political …

Article 4 direction set to be confirmed in #rdg – ensuring new HMOs are of benefit to the area

Council press release:Residents in Katesgrove, Park and Redlands Wards are set to benefit from the introduction of new controls which will see landlords having to apply for planning permission if they want to convert their property into a small house of multiple occupation (HMO).Known as an Article 4 Direction, the …

Guest blog: Leader of #rdg council on council tax benefit abolition

Letter to local press: Dear Sir, I see  that Tory Councillor David Stevens is indignant about the Council’s consultation on the abolition of Council Tax Benefit, claiming that “To say, as Reading Borough Council are, that the government is  ‘abolishing’ Council Tax Benefit is at best a misrepresentation of what …

Working together to make Reading town centre a safer place for all

Council press reelease:An innovative scheme aimed at providing reassurance to people with disabilities has been handed a Promoting Community Safety Award by Association of Business Crime Partnerships (ABCP).Reading Business Against Crime (RBAC) is a partnership between town centre shops, Reading Borough Council and the Police and given the award was …

A Co-operative working hub for voluntary sector and social enterprise in Reading

Reading Voluntary Action have asked me to publicise this.  It’s a great idea – a chance to set up a shared, cooperative working space in Reading – whether you are a small voluntary organisation and would like permanent office space, you are a home worker or social enterprise that needs …

More prosecutions of rogue landlords – shortly to be on @meridiantonight

I was interviewed by ITV meridian yesterday for a story they will be running shortly on private landlords.  Unfortunately it’s not about the positive service that good landlords provide but about two more cases of unsafe accommodation.  I was asked about the fact that it cost one of the landlords £4000 …

Landlords who want to provide decent accommodation are welcome in Reading!

I seem to post relatively often about poor accommodation in the private rented sector and action that Reading council is taking to change this (and I will have yet another update on a prosecution shortly!).  However as I always stress good landlords are welcome in Reading and provide an essential service to …

£20,000 fine for lettings agent – 3rd rogue prosecuted this year in #rdg

In Reading as I’ve blogged many times before we are committed to doing all we can to improve the private rented sector including ensuring a level playing field for good landlords. Extract from council press release below: Tenants had to live in overcrowded conditions with blocked toilets, exposed electrical wires …

When should you outsource? Questions that ought to have be asked before G4S got a sniff of the Olympic contract

I was recently asked by a family member ‘what’s your ideological objection to outsourcing?’.  This was before the G4S scandal took off when I had been worrying about police ‘privatisation’. I don’t really like the word ideological, it can sound like you are abandoned rational debate or that you don’t …

Getting the word out about police and crime commissioners is going to be essential

It was great to be back out and about on the doorstep in Whitley with a team of 8, made up of Reading Labour members along with Victoria Groulef and Tim Starkey, the Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner.  I picked up some good local casework and it was …

Dee Park regeneration – next step demolition on Spey Road #rdg

The regeneration of Dee Park is approaching another important milestone with the launch of Phase 2, which will see a further 106 brand new homes built on the estate.Council press release:On Monday 9th July, senior representatives of Dee Park Partnership, together with Jo Lovelock, Leader of Reading Borough Council, councillors, …

New NHS structure diagram, what ‘less bureaucracy’ appears to mean

We were promised less bureaucracy in the NHS as part of Lansley’s ‘reforms’.  Well we certainly knew that coordination would be fragmented.  Less bureaucracy?  Think about your own experience of the NHS recently.  I certainly haven’t noticed a reduction in bureaucracy, quite the opposite.  But I can’t really blame the doctors, nurses, midwives …

Good news for #rdg – £20.7 million for affordable transport

This money is tied very specifically to sustainable transport so won’t affect our general, very difficult, budget decisions, but it can be used to push forward Reading’s partnership with residents, neighbouring authorities, the NHS and business to encourage sustainable travel.  This will be good news for cyclists and pedestrians especially those needing …

@Shelter are right – time for bold action on affordable housing

Cameron is clearly in a different world to me when it comes to looking at housing policy.  When 93% of new housing benefit claimants are in work, attacking under-25s on housing benefit can’t be the solution to either the housing crisis or the alarmingly high unemployment amongst young people.In fact what is …

Reading will showcase young people at our Olympic celebration

Council press release:Over 160 of Reading’s young people are getting ready to strut their stuff in front of 20,000 people and a special torch.Pupils from Southcote Primary, Geoffrey Field Primary, Caversham Primary, Oxford Road Primary, Brookfields School, Highdown Secondary School, Reading College, along with representatives of the Indian Community Association …

Latest local groups getting grant funding for Olympic or Jubilee related events from #rdg council

At a time when many sources of grant funding are drying up Reading council under Labour has remained committed to maintaining and indeed increasing our funding of voluntary groups.  The latest announcement is groups that are planning projects specifically linked to the Olympics or Jubilee celebrations.  They are:” Reading Repertory …

Free bus travel from 9am to return for #rdg pensioners – @ReadingLabour

This was a local manifesto commitment and a partial restoration of a badly thought through cut from the short-lived Conservative-led administration.  We would like to restore it at all times but we need to make sure this is affordable.  Talking to retired people the loss of the 9-9.30 period was …

Police and Crime commissioners – get informed!

With the candidates for police and crime commissioners starting to come forward it’s becoming really important for everyone to ensure they are well informed about the issues that will matter in this election. Thames Valley Police have helpfully put together a report that gives information about the area they cover, the way they currently …

Whitley councillors’ ‘thank you’ leaflet and views on local elections

We are now putting out our post-election leaflet in Whitley, our top story of course is Mike Orton’s re-election with 65% of the vote.  However we have also gone for a slightly different departure for us by analysing the result and why we think that “coalition” candidates did so badly – …

Your community – your cash: giving tenants real power to improve their neighbourhoods #ukhousing

Last year I was really proud to launch the pilot the “Your community your cash” scheme where decent neighbourhoods funding will be directly budgeted for by local residents.  I believe that the best way to ensure that money to improve neighbourhoods is spent wisely is to get local people involved. …

What would you do to improve housing in Reading or UK generally?

The Labour party is seeking the widest possible input into our policy both at a national level and locally.  The national party is continuing the ‘partnership into power‘ policy discussions.  The general direction of travel is therebut the national policy forum will be discussing more submissions.  Members and non-members, whether …

Housing in multiple occupancy – use of planning tools

Local residents have consistently been calling for the use of planning legislation to control HMO’s in Reading.  This is part of a wider picture as Reading’s Labour run council is determined to support good landlords, ensure decent homes for tenants and pleasant neighbourhoods for all.  You can read more about …

Tomorrow’s elections

If you are reading my blog you probably are interested in politics, so I doubt you will forget to vote.  But obviously don’t forget! It will be interesting to see what happens locally and nationally in the elections tomorrow.  I won’t make any predictions, as ultimately it’s all down to …

Streetclub by B&Q – a pre launch preview! #rdg the national pilot

Yesterday it was great to attend a pre-launch meeting for people interested in getting involved in Streetclub, a site for people to connect with their neighbours and organise things in their local area.  It’s only available in Reading at the moment, and only just become a live site as we …

Andrew Lansley cost the Berkshire West PCT, our local NHS, more than £25 million last year!

In context that is 2% of the entire annual budget set aside for an unpopular and counter productive ‘reorganisation’. .  And apparently it will have to do the same in the coming financial year.  It’s hard to process numbers in the billions – when Andy Burnham was quoting £3 billion plus and the Conservatives …

#rdg Children’s festival program launched!

Really looking forward to this:www.reading.gov.uk/childrensfest.Organisers are getting ready to kick-off what promises to be a celebratory year to remember with a bonanza of free activities for the Reading Children’s Festival.The festival, which celebrates its 23rd year, will deliver a three-week programme full of exciting events, music, drama, sports and arts …

Live in South Whitley, #rdg? Have your say on crime and ASB

Council press release:Safer Reading Partnership is inviting residents of South Whitley to have their say on which three crime and anti-social behaviour issues are concerning them the most.Residents can find and fill in surveys at various shops in the South Whitley area, as well as the Whitley Wood Community Centre …

Reading Labour will work with ‘anyone’ to get the best for our young people

At the moment it feels like the Conservatives in Reading are taking it in turns to say silly things: whether that it’s a myth that doctors are against the NHS bill/act or that the Conservative councillors are ‘a united team’.Now the MP for Reading East has decided it’s high time …

Reading’s Labour Council installs 2,126 solar panels on public sector and community buildings

What a twisted tale this has been, but there is good news at the end of it.  It shows that ambition and vision can still pay off even in these tough times.The Labour group has been pushing this since October 2010 (when in opposition) on this and once back running the council …

Local solicitors are worried about cuts to legal aid

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–> Threatened cuts in legal aid will harm the most vulnerable in our society, unless the Government listens to a powerful coalition of charities and accepts House of Lords amendments when the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill returns to the House of Commons. …

Tomorrow’s cabinet – petition coming on 11-19 school for East Reading

A number of things coming to tomorrow’s cabinet including a very worrying report on the potential impact of the police and crime commissioners. However of very local concern is a petition being submitted regarding the technology based 14-19 secondary school in proposed in east Reading.  Instead petitioners want an 11 to …

New accessible housing in Hastings Close #rdg

Council press release:Disabled residents in Reading are celebrating the completion of three new accessible housing properties in Hastings Close, off Hatford Road, Southcote.A housing development site in Hastings Close, sold by Reading Borough Council to Ability Housing Association, has been developed to create three much needed disabled-adapted affordable homes.The accommodation …

#rdg Conservatives are desperately smearing Labour to distract from their problems- letter from Labour agent to Conservative agent

On 28th March I wrote of the local Conservatives: “This is a sign of a party that is focused on what happens in the council chamber and not on people’s neighbourhoods  A sign of a party out of fresh ideas.   A sign of a party that is out of …

Full list of candidates in #rdg borough elections

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>  Some very interesting candidates.  For example you may spot that both the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have former candidates running against their candidates as independents. STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED AND NOTICE OF POLL Reading Election of a Borough Councillor The following is a statement of the …