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Candidate Information Pack

Our Council

West Berkshire Council is a unitary authority responsible for the full range of local authority services. It was created in April 1998 when the new Council took on the provision of all principle Council services from the then Newbury District Council and Berkshire County Council.

The Council employs over 1565 staff excluding schools based staff and has three main offices in Newbury; Market Street, Faraday Road and Avonbank House. Smaller offices exist elsewhere in the District.

The Council has 52 elected councillors. A Leader and Cabinet (known as the Executive) model was adopted in May 2001. There is an Overview and Scrutiny Commission and a Health Scrutiny Panel which provide critical challenge to the Council’s Executive. This includes the review and monitoring of the Council’s performance and delivery of the new Local Area Agreement targets.

In support of the Executive, three Policy Development Commissions have been established. These reflect the Local Area Agreement key areas of Children & Young People, Healthier Communities and Older People; and Safer, Stronger and Sustainable Communities. The purpose of these Commissions is to develop and direct policy for the Executive to consider and to review the Council’s Corporate Plan and the West Berkshire Partnership’s Local Area Agreement.

The Council also has the Area Forums which provide the opportunity for community engagement and decision making at an area level. A copy of the current decision making structure is set out on the following pages. Further information is available at www.westberks.gov.uk.

The District of West Berkshire is made up of 30 wards as shown below.

The Council’s Management Structure is currently based around four Directorates;


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