Reading Borough Council
|Third of council elected three years out of four|
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|Preceded by||The Council of the Royal County of Berkshire Berkshire County Council|
Mayor of Reading
Leader of the Council
since 28 March 2017
Length of term
|2019 (one third of councillors)|
2021 (one third of councillors)
2022 (whole council on new boundaries)
|2023 (one third of councillors)|
2025 (one third of councillors)
2026 (one third of councillors)
|A Deo et Regina|
|Reading Civic Centre|
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 Jason Brock of the Labour Party. The largely ceremonial post of mayor is held by Rachel Eden.
Since 1986, Reading Borough Council has been led by Labour Party councillors, either governing in minority (1986-1987, 2008-2010, 2011-2012) or with an outright majority (1987-2008, 2012-present), aside from a 1-year period between 2010 and 2011 when it was led by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.
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:
Each ward is represented by 3 councillors, following a boundary review completed in time for the 2022 local elections. Prior to 2022, the previous boundaries were adopted in 2004, making the 2022 elections the first in eighteen years to elect the entire council.