Borough of Wokingham
|Borough of Wokingham|
|Unitary authority, Borough|
Shown within Berkshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Unitary authority|
|• Body||Wokingham Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Phillip Lee, Theresa May, John Redwood, Rob Wilson|
|• Total||69.10 sq mi (178.98 km2)|
|Area rank||174th (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||119th (of 326)|
|• Density||2,200/sq mi (870/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||88.4% White (83.6% White British)
2.1% Black British
2% Mixed Race
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||00MF (ONS) E06000041 (GSS)|
|OS grid reference||SU805685|
The Borough of Wokingham is a local government district in Berkshire, United Kingdom. It is named after its main town, Wokingham. Other places in the district include Arborfield, Barkham, Charvil, Earley, Finchampstead, Hurst, Sonning, Remenham, Ruscombe, Shinfield, Twyford, Wargrave, Three Mile Cross, Winnersh, Spencers Wood, Ryeish Green and Woodley.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 as Wokingham District, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the borough of Wokingham and Wokingham Rural District. It is governed by Wokingham Borough Council (formerly Wokingham District Council), which has been a unitary authority since 1 April 1998, following the abolition of Berkshire County Council under the Banham Review. The district was granted borough status in 2007, following a petition to the Queen.
According to More or Less, Radio 4 programme, Central Government has classified Wokingham as the least needy Local Authority. Government funding is about £120 per head per year. This is the lowest in the country and compares with over £1000 per head in some areas, e.g. Hackney.
The local authority is Wokingham Borough Council. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.
Bracknell and Wokingham College is the main further and adult education provider for the borough, though the main college campus is located in Bracknell. There is no higher education provider based in the area, though the main Whiteknights Park campus of the University of Reading is situated just over the borough boundary.
- "Annual Monitoring Report December 2007", P.4 bottom, Wokingham Borough Council