West Berkshire Council

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

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Eat 4 Health

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.


Healthy eating, along with physical activity, forms the mainstay of the prevention and management of adults who are overweight and obese. In 2012, 65.5% of the West Berkshire adult population had excess weight. This is compared to an average of 63.8% in England.

Eat 4 Health is a weight management course that is available free of charge to individuals in West Berkshire who are over 16 years of age and have a body mass index (BMI) of over 25. It consists of a 10 week group based programme.


The proposal is to reduce the funding to the Eat 4 Health course by £7,000. (Correction: £5,000)

What do we think the impact will be?

Despite the relatively high numbers of people who qualify to be able to access this course, take up has been relatively low and it is not therefore considered that the impact will be significant.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We are working with the providers to develop an online platform of weight management support. This would provide similar support but at a lower cost and is preferred by some of those accessing the service.

This consultation is now closed.

What you told us

We received 3 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 proceed with this proposal.

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