Borough of Wokingham

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This article is about the local government district of Wokingham, formed in 1974 and given borough status in 2007. For the Borough of Wokingham before 1974, see Wokingham.
Borough of Wokingham
Unitary authority, Borough
Shown within Berkshire
Shown within Berkshire
Coordinates: 51°24′37″N 0°50′36″W / 51.4102°N 0.8432°W / 51.4102; -0.8432Coordinates: 51°24′37″N 0°50′36″W / 51.4102°N 0.8432°W / 51.4102; -0.8432
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Status Unitary authority
Incorporated 1 April 1974
Admin HQ Wokingham
 • 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.)
 • Total 154,900
 • Rank 119th (of 326)
 • Density 2,200/sq mi (870/km2)
 • Ethnicity 88.4% White (83.6% White British)
7.5% Asian
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.[1]

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.


State-funded schools in the Borough of Wokingham include nine secondary schools, two special schools and numerous primary schools. There are also a number of independent schools.

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.


  1. ^ "Annual Monitoring Report December 2007", P.4 bottom, Wokingham Borough Council