West Berkshire Council

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

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

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.


Services delivered through Relate include Relationship Counselling for individuals and couples, Family Counselling, Mediation, Children and Young People's Counselling and Sex Therapy. They also provide friendly and informal workshops for people at important stages in their relationships.

Relate have a network of Relate Centres across the UK and a group of licensed local counsellors that provide face-to-face counselling and support. They also provide phone, email and live chat counselling so clients can choose the support that works for them.

The council currently funds Relate (Newbury) at an annual cost of £6,468.


The proposal is to cease funding Relate from April 2016.

What do we think the impact will be?

People requiring support from Relate may have to access other alternative providers or visit other Relate services. This approach may result in delays in clients being seen.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We are aware that there are a range of other counselling services available across the district and other Relate services in Reading and in Hampshire.

This consultation is closed.

What you told us

We received 5 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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