Reading Borough Council

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Reading Borough Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
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Coat of arms
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Council logo
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1974
Last election
2010 (one third of councillors)
2011 (one third of councillors)
2012 (one third of councillors)
Next election
2014 (one third of councillors)
2015 (one third of councillors)
2016 (one third of councillors)

Reading Borough Council is the local authority for the Borough of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. Berkshire is purely a ceremonial county, with no administrative responsibilities.

Reading Borough Council has adopted the committee system of governance and the current leader of the council is Councillor Jo Lovelock of the Labour Party. The largely ceremonial post of mayor is held by Councillor Sarah Hacker.[1][2]

The area covered by the Borough of Reading is one definition of the town of Reading. However, in common usage, the town often encompasses suburbs that lie beyond the borough boundary, in the adjoining local authority areas of Wokingham, West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire. These suburbs are outside the control of Reading Borough Council.


Reading's councillors are elected by 16 wards:[3]

Of these wards, 15 are represented by three councillors each, with one councillor elected in each of three years out of four. The exception is Mapledurham ward, which has a single councillor elected in one year out of four.


  1. ^ "Councillors". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Our Mayor". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Councillors By Ward". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 

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