Working Better With You

News Article

31/10/2011

Working Better With You – The Future

Over 130 Reading residents turned up at the Town Hall on 24 November to hear feedback from the Council’s “Working Better With You” consultation initiative.

Welcoming people to the event, Council Leader, Cllr Jo Lovelock, explained that in difficult economic times, with reducing budgets, it was important to give Reading residents and businesses opportunities to help to set priorities.

Cllr Lovelock said the Council is must make £22m of savings over the three years from 2010-13. This means taking tough budget decisions. But it also means thinking about new ways in which the Council and residents could work better together to ensure that Reading continues to be a great place to live and work. This is what “Working Better With You” is all about.

Cllr Bet Tickner, Lead Councillor for Public Engagement and Health, outlined the results of the "We need to talk" consultations, which included over 30 community events, an on-line and hard-copy questionnaire and a formal Residents’ Survey which attracted more than 2000 responses. Use the link in Related Information (above) for more details about  "Working Better With You" and feedback from the 'We need to talk' consultations. 

The audience then participated in an “Open Space” event in which they suggested key topics for discussion and then formed groups to talk through the issues. Use the link in Related Information (above) for a summary of these discussions.Cllr Lovelock thanked the audience, and the wider public, for their participation in the “Working Better With You” initiative, and stressed that this is an on-going, long-term relationship which will offer many more opportunities for local people to influence Council decisions and suggest new ways we can work better together.