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Children’s reading given a huge boost this year with successful Summer Reading Challenge

  • 1,529 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2022
  • Over 33 young people volunteered with Reading Library service to support the challenge
  • Young volunteers clocked up a whopping 568 hours and 25 minutes over the summer
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Council Pledges Action In Hate Crime Awareness Week

  • Hate Crime Awareness Week is seeking to bring people together to tackle all forms of prejudice and hate
  • The Council is an active member of Reading's Community Safety Partnership which works to reduce and prevent offences including hate crime
  • Advice for countering hate crime online includes reporting and blocking posts and users on social media
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Jackie Yates Recommended as New Permanent Council Chief Executive

  • Deputy Chief Executive Jackie Yates recommended as the new Chief Executive of Reading Council
  • Permanent appointment set to be ratified at a meeting of Full Council next week
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Council Invites Community Bids to Help Break Down Barriers

  • Second round of bidding for the Council's Small Grants Fund opens today
  • Community groups will share a total of £100,000 to support some of Reading's most marginalised residents
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LGA Review Endorses Council’s Tackling Inequality Agenda

  • Independent review by the Local Government Association has endorsed the Council's tackling inequality agenda
  • Review also recognises the 'great potential' of Reading 
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Property landlords invited to free information evening

  • Free to attend evening on Wednesday 12 October will offer essential help and advice to landlords
  • Attendees can find out about the Rent Guarantee Scheme and Reading Rent With Confidence 
  • Workshops and guest speakers will help landlords stay up to date on a range of topics
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New Directions College awarded £700k grant to boost learning opportunities

  • New Directions College awarded £700k from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and the national Multiply programme to deliver innovative numeracy skills courses
  • Learning to be delivered in libraries, children's centres, churches, and more to ensure maximum accessibility
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Oxford Road stories brought to life in new exhibition – 'Lifespring Stories'

  • New permanent exhibition at the Lifespring Church, Oxford Road
  • The exhibition tells the stories of the people of the Oxford Road
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Work due to begin in October on cycling and walking improvements on Shinfield Road

  • Work due to commence in early October
  • No waiting restrictions (double yellow lines) to commence from 3 October 2022
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Reading celebrates Black History Month 2022

  • October offers a diverse programme of events and activities across Reading
  • Music, art, theatre and debate are all on the menu for Black History Month 2022
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Trading Standards secure successful prosecutions after rogue traders target elderly resident in Reading

  • Energy Guard Insulation Ltd. attempted to scam an elderly resident out of £5,625 through unnecessary building work
  • Following an investigation by Trading Standards, two men were successfully prosecuted in September 2022