Wokingham Borough Council

Election results for 2019

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Most Recent

Council overspends children's budget

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Wokingham Borough Council
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Wokingham Borough Council overspent its children's services budget by more than £1.3m in 2018/19.

The figures highlight increasing demand on social care staff budgets and home-to-school transport for children with special educational needs, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The department underspent on providing placements for children by £1.2m.

In February, the council promised £1.1m would be spent on recruiting more staff amid criticism from Ofsted that high staff turnover was causing instability in the workforce.

Wokingham Conservatives choose new leader

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Wokingham Borough Council
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The Conservative group at Wokingham Borough Council has elected a new leader after his predecessor lost his council seat at the local elections.

John Halsall will replace Julian McGhee Sumner, meaning he could also be elected leader of the authority when the full council meets later.

A new mayor and deputy mayor will also be appointed at the meeting, the Local Reporting Service said.

New Shinfield school fails to open a year on

A newly-built school in Shinfield is still empty despite plans for it to open last year, leaving some parents in the area disappointed.

Shinfield West Primary School is part of a major development, with an expected 1,200 new homes once completed.

Wokingham Borough Council has said the new housing development has not generated sufficient additional need to make the new school viable.

Special needs school to open in Reading

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new special educational needs (SEN) school is due to be built in Reading after the council was successful in its bid to the Department for Education.

The school will welcome both students on the autistic spectrum as well as those with emotional and mental health needs.

The bid for a new SEN free school, which is anticipated to open in 2022, was made jointly with West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council.

The school, due to open by 2022, will have a capacity of 150 students and will be shared by the three authorities.