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Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Shopmobility

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17 webpage.


Shopmobility is a network of locally based wheelchair and scooter loan centres. It provides a service for people who have permanent or temporary mobility difficulties. It can be used for shopping trips as well as business and leisure visits to town centres. Shopmobility facilities are available, not only to the permanently disabled, but also to those whose mobility is restricted by age, accident or illness, whether temporary or for a long period.

The Newbury Scheme is managed by the Volunteer Centre. The scheme operates six days a week (Monday to Saturday) 9:30am to 4pm. A charge of £3 is made for a scooter and annual membership is available at £10.

The council currently provides £26,000 of funding towards this service.


The proposal is to reduce the budget by £12,000.

What do we think the impact will be?

The reduction in funding is likely to mean that the hours of operation of the service will be reduced too. Therefore, people may not be able to access the service when they want to.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

There may be an opportunity to keep the service open six days a week but for a limited number of hours each day.

This consultation is closed.

What you told us

We received 17 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on  11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016, all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to continue to fund this service at the current level.

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