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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: Oral Health Promotion

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.


The Oral Health Promotion service consists of three elements:

  1. The Brushing for Life scheme encourages the adoption of oral health promoting behaviours in children, namely brushing with fluoride toothpaste, reducing sugars intake and attending dental check-ups
  2. The Smiling for Life scheme is designed to promote good nutrition and oral health in Early Years settings and by Childminders to address poor oral health in 0 to 5 year olds
  3. Training of care home staff in oral health promotion for residential, nursing care and special schools


It is proposed to decommission the service with an annual saving of £24,000.

What do we think the impact will be?

It is proposed to continue to run the Brushing for Life Scheme via Children Centres and Health Visitors and it is therefore considered that the impact of this proposal will be reduced.

In terms of promoting good nutrition in Early Years settings, existing projects with additional support to promote healthy eating and active play in the 0 to 5 year olds will address any gaps in service left by the withdrawal of the Smiling for Life Scheme.

Care home staff who have received the training will continue to support the development of health promoting environments for vulnerable adults and children. No further training is required for this to occur.  

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We believe that existing projects can deliver some of the outcomes of the service. We also believe that the knowledge already gained through delivery of the service in previous years, can ensure the key health messages are still delivered.

This consultation is now closed.

What you told us

We received no responses to this consultation.

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 proceed with this proposal.

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