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The Mayor of Reading's Online Charity Auction

Mayor of Reading to host first online auction for chosen charities

  • A range of local businesses and other organisations have donated items, with a catalogue of over 100 to be available
  • Proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2020-21: No5 Young People, Royal British Legion and Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and Friends of Reading Abbey.  
Leisure funding

Reading Awarded £159K to Support Leisure Centre Recovery

  • Reading awarded £159k to help local leisure centres recover from the impact of the pandemic
  • News comes as Reading prepares to safely reopen sport and leisure facilities in line with Government guidance
Income Gap

Reading Borough Council continues to close gender and ethnicity pay gaps

  • The gender pay gap at the council is lower than the national median and mean figures for 2020
  • The council is is voluntarily publishing its first-ever report on the ethnicity pay gap between its White and BAME employees
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Council Launches ‘Love Your Park’ Anti-litter Campaign

  • 'Love your Park' aims to encourage people to put litter in the bin or take it home – and will promote three quick ways to report full bins for emptying.
  • The increase in litter in Reading's parks last year compared to the year before was roughly equivalent to 75 bull elephants or 250 cars!
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Council Plans to Donate Former ReadyBikes to Local Hotels

  • Council to donate 50 redundant ReadyBikes to hotels in Reading
  • Initiative will support the local tourism sector as it recovers from the pandemic
Accommodation

Council Asks Residents For Feedback On Future Allocation Of Social Housing

  • Allocations Scheme Consultation runs until 12th May 2021
  • Council wants to give existing tenants more chance to move to communities they can invest in
  • Plans to give more opportunities to essential workers and take stronger action against anti-social behaviour
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Council Vison and Priorities Invest in Reading’s Future

  • Council's key priorities for the year ahead agreed at a meeting of Full Council last night
  • Priorities sit alongside work to help Reading to recover from the effects of the pandemic
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Pre-planning Exhibition Launched for Prospect Park Transformation

  • Investment of over £500k to build a new multi-use community hub and activity centre 
  • New draft designs available as part of the pre-planning exhibition for the project
  • Details on proposals to relocate and enhance the children’s playground at Prospect Park
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New Directions College secures funding for over 100 jobs for young people in Reading

  • New Directions College has been approved for a grant to fund 110 job placements with local employers
  • The initiative is part of the national Kickstart scheme, and the Council’s economic response to building back better following Covid-19
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Reading Choirs, Musicians and Singers Invited to Raise Their Voices for Virtual Let’s Sing 2021

  • Mayor’s annual singing competition moves online for 2021
  • For the first time, extended to the talent competition is all musicians and singers