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Conservatives and Liberal Democrats Publish Joint Coalition Agreement

The Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups on Reading Borough Council have today released a document setting out the agreements reached between them on a range of issues. 

The key themes governing this agreement are:

  • Better value for our residents
  • Better service to our residents
  • Pride in our town and ambition for its future
  • Fairness for all residents, and in particular addressing the widening gap between the rich and the poor in the town
  • Innovation in all aspects of the council to bring about positive change to its operations and service provision
  • Making Reading greener, by tackling climate change and protecting and enhancing our environment

This is the start of the process.  Further policy agreements will be announced in due course.

In a joint statement Cllr Andrew Cumpsty, Conservative group leader, and Cllr Kirsten Bayes, Liberal Democrat group leader, said “We are delighted to have reached agreement on so many important areas. This is a great start to our coalition that aims to deliver better value for our residents, better services to our residents, instill a sense of pride in our town and have ambition for its future.  Our coalition team is already working hard towards these goals.

The people of Reading asked their politicians to work together to address the dire financial mess left by the last Government.  This is exactly what the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups are doing; working together for the good of our town.”


June 1, 2010 - Posted by | Local


  1. How will you determine the high priority areas for weekly bin collections?

    Comment by Jonathan | June 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. Both parties in the Coalition seem to be keen to make this work. This is refreshing. One might expect the more bile you will get from the Labour group ( you just have to read the local Labour blogs), the more determined this will make you!

    Comment by Jazz | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. How about this Richard, some ideas that the coalition might like to think about:

    “Let the people choose: Councils should organise budget referenda. There are a range of options they could present. The people could be asked to:

    Approve a specific list of departmental cuts as identified by the local authority.
    Approve a specified council tax increase
    Determine cuts of their own choosing from a list of the major local authority spending items etc.
    Facilitate an across the board fifteen/twenty per cent reduction in all council budgets.
    Approve the privatisation/outsourcing of designated services (with a specified cost saving attached to each).”

    Comment by Reading Resident | June 4, 2010 | Reply

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