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Progress on ‘Social Value’ Council Contracts

  • Reading Council is making progress on increasing the number of contracts with explicit social value elements
  • Contracts worth more than £34 million now include explicit social value elements - nearly 14% of the Council's external contract spend
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COVID-19 Pressures Force Garden Waste Collections To Remain Paused

  • Garden waste collections remain paused to protect essential waste collection services
  • Christmas trees can be taken to 11 free council collection sites around Reading
  • Garden waste subscribers will receive an extension to their collection period to compensate for weeks lost
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Stunning drone footage of community swimming pool taking shape

  • Footage of the Palmer Park construction site captured on New Year’s Day 2022
  • The outline of the new pool and steel frame of the entrance and information hub is now visible
  • The new community pool and facilities will open to the public in late 2022
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More Voluntary Sector Funding to Support Struggling Children and Individuals

  • The Council is distributing £91,000 to voluntary organisations in Reading to help individuals struggling this winter
  • It follows food and energy voucher schemes for those eligible
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Reading’s Residents Set To Recycle More Than Ever This Christmas

  • More Christmas recycling expected in Reading than ever before after food waste recycling was introduced in February
  • Glass bottles of any colour can now be put in any bottle banks that have space
  • Free to use Christmas tree recycling points in place at eleven sites around the borough from 4 to 23 January
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Council Moves Quickly To Protect and Vaccinate Those Sleeping Rough in Reading

  • People found sleeping on the streets in Reading will be provided with accommodation throughout the winter
  • Co-ordinated approach will also see easy access given to COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Initiative follows Council recently opening site with 40 modular homes for formerly homeless people
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Council Vouchers Help Struggling Families with the Rising Costs of Eating and Heating this Christmas

  • Food and heating vouchers are now being distributed by the Council ahead of the Christmas break
  • Support for families and individuals more vital than ever with the cost of heating homes and food prices both rising fast
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Support for Displaced Residents and Local Community Continues

  • Displaced residents are being provided with emergency accommodation by the Council and shopping vouchers for basic needs
  • Telephone number for help or support and a dedicated donations page published by the Council today
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Council Leader on Grovelands Road Fire

  • Council Leader Jason Brock says the thoughts of everybody in Reading are with anybody affected
  • He thanks the emergency services for their swift response 
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Residents Urged to Stay Safe While They Wait for Booster Jabs

  • Council advises residents to take sensible precautions while they wait for their booster jabs
  • Vaccination capacity remains stretched at this time
  • RBC has offered to help local NHS colleagues in any way it can
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COVID-19 Pressures Force Garden Waste Collection Pause To Start Two Weeks Early

  • Planned Christmas pause to garden waste collections is beginning two weeks early, on Monday 13 December
  • Decision taken to ensure residual waste, recycling and food waste collections are protected
  • Council aiming for Monday 10 January resumption date