Here below you will find everything to do with The Council Accountability & Finance

There is an annual Town Meeting held every March/April where members of the public are invited to come and ask questions of the Mayor and Chairmen of the main committees.

READ THE MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

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This Code was adopted by the Council on 19th April 2016 under Section 27 of the Localism Act 2011

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The Freedom of Information Act allows you to access information held by us (subject to certain exemptions).

Our publication scheme sets out the information that we hold and where it can be found. It also defines exempt material and our charging policy.

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If you can’t find the information you are looking for, please submit a request using the form below.

We will acknowledge your request within 5 working days and aim to respond within 20 working days. Complex requests or requests involving exempt material may take longer.

More information is available at the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

Privacy Policy

The EU regulation known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018 and the Government has confirmed that it will introduce new legislation to repeal the Data Protection Act 1998.  This information will be updated when legislation has been passed.

This privacy policy sets out how Wokingham Town Council uses and protects any information that you give us when you use our services.  

For the purposes of GDPR, Wokingham Town Council is the Data Controller (the holder, user and processor) of this information.

Wokingham Town Council is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Wokingham Town Council may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from April 2018.

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Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure,we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

 The right to access personal data we hold on you

At any point you can contact us to request the personal data we hold on you as well as why we have that personal data, who has access to the personal data and where this data was obtained from. If you require this information please complete the form here

Financial Reports

Click on the links below to download the Town Council’s financial reports.

These are in CSV format which is compatible with all common spreadsheet programs.

Expenditure over £500

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Audit requirements

2018-2019

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2017-2018

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CIL report 62A - CIL_reporting_for_2017_18_for_website.pdf
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2016-2017

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2015-2016

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Final Budget Detail Reports

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Wokingham Town Council sets a precept each year which is collected with the Borough Council Tax and provides the income to fund our services to the town.

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The Town Council owns and/or manages the following properties and land on behalf of local residents.

FREEHOLD ASSETS

Buildings

Town Hall 

Emmbrook Village Hall

Parks

Howard Palmer Gardens

Joel Park & Holt Copse

King George V Playing Field

Langborough Recreation Ground

Leslie Sears Playing Field

Redlands Park Farm

Allotments

Ormonde Road

Latimer Road

Gipsy Lane

Title Number

BK444164

BK152146

Title Number

BK247735 & BK95702

BK247735 & BK297252

BK167542 & BK463373

BK458141

BK171162

BK138424

Title Number

BK461334

BK460265

BK460274

MANAGED ASSETS

Buildings

Woosehill Community Hall

Parks

Viking Field

Allotments

St Paul’s Gate

Owner

Wokingham Borough Council

Owner

Wokingham Borough Council

Owner

Wokingham Free Church Burial Ground

The Council’s business is governed by Standing Orders.

You can download a copy here

Risk is the threat that an event or action will adversely affect an organisation’s ability to achieve its objectives and to successfully execute its strategies.

Risk Management is the process by which risks are identified, evaluated and controlled and is an essential feature of good governance. An organisation that manages risk well is more likely to achieve its objectives.

The Town Council has adopted a structured approach to Risk Management. Click on the links below for more information.

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Using this website

This website is run by Wokingham Town Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. The theme used for this Website is WCAG compliant see WCAG Compliant Theme for more details. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:

  • most older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • the Facebook feed on main page does not respond to text size enlargement

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

  • email – webmaster@wokingham-tc.gov.uk
  • call 0118 9783185

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact: webmaster@wokingham-tc.gov.uk

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Wokingham Town Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Issues with technology

Third Party add-ons such as the Facebook feed do not allow text resizing

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when we next do a major redevelopment of the website, likely to be in 6 months

Issues with text

Some link text doesn’t make sense when read on its own (for example, ‘click here’).

We plan to fix the existing links by November 2019. When we publish new content we’ll make sure link text meets accessibility standards.

Issues with PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader.

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By January 2019, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Issues with images, video and audio

We plan to add alt text to all images on the home page by November 2019. We don’t plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 10 July 2019. The test was carried out by ourselves at Wokingham Town Council. This was only basic testing.

We tested:

  • our main website platform, available at Wokingham-tc.gov.uk

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will carry out more in depth testing including speech recognition & screen reading by November 2019.

This statement was prepared on 9 July 2019. It was last updated on 11 July 2019