Reading Borough Council continues to face the challenge of the most difficult budget position in its history. Demand for key Council services is rising at a time of unprecedented and sustained cuts in funding for Local Government nationally. RBC are now considering changes to their Council Tax Support Scheme for 2018 to identify further savings where they can. The Council will make a final decision at the end of February 2018. Continue reading Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation
Reading Borough Council will launch the third and last part of a consultation into its Local Plan on Thursday, November 30. The document will act as a guide for development around the borough up to 2036. The consultation is set to last for eight weeks, ending on 26 January 2018, and can be found at www.reading.gov.uk/newlocalplan. Continue reading Reading Borough’s new Local Plan – Third Consultation
Look at old pictures of street scenes in Reading and you will often see the familiar gas lamp on a silver painted cast iron column. In Continue reading Are there any old lamp posts near you?
Reading Borough Council has made an urgent call for more foster carers, to keep Reading children living locally. RBC is asking for more people from all walks of life to explore the possibility of foster caring, so that children currently in care can enjoy the support, guidance and stability of a family life while continuing to live in Reading. Continue reading Foster carers needed in Reading
The 6th annual Get Berkshire Active Awards will take place on Friday 23 February 2018. The awards will recognise the people that have excelled in a sport or physical activity setting throughout the last year. The Get Berkshire Active Awards are a celebration of the people and organisations that promote, volunteer, work, support and take part in all types of sport and physical activity within Berkshire. Continue reading Get Berkshire Active Awards – get nominating!
Refill Reading is a grassroots campaign started by Transition Town Reading. We are aiming to reduce the amount of disposable coffee cups going to landfill by encouraging people in our town to use reusable cups in cafes. This project is running in partnership with local cafes across Reading and has the support of Reading Borough Council. Continue reading Refill Reading reducing coffee cup waste
This week, RVA hosted a workshop on data protection for charities with a specific focus on getting reading for the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force in May 2018. Led by Kellie Peters of Databasix, the sold-out event made a potentially daunting subject more accessible for charities and small organisations. Continue reading Are you ready for GDPR in May 2018?
Community groups could be in with a chance of winning up to £1,000 in a new glass recycling campaign prize draw from re3, the waste management partnership for Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham. To take part in the prize draw, re3 is encouraging schools, charities and voluntary and community sector organisations to make a commitment to increasing glass recycling at bring banks. Continue reading Glass Recycling Initiative – prizes for community groups up for grabs
Reading Community Energy Society is a not for profit community based social enterprise that raised around £300,000 last year to install solar panels on community buildings around Reading. Following its successful first year of operation, RCES is extending its portfolio of buildings to cover a radius of 10 miles from the centre of Reading and is seeking owners of suitable buildings to have renewable energy facilities installed on their buildings at no cost. Continue reading Partner in renewable energy with RCES
Winter Watch is run by the council and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure you do not suffer from cold in your home during the winter months. Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns. Continue reading Winter Watch