West Berkshire Council

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

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Physical Activity in Adults

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.


Physical activity and healthy eating form the mainstay in preventing adults becoming overweight and obese. Physical activity can help reduce the risk of developing a major illness, such as heart disease, stroke or cancer. In 2014, 62% of adults in West Berkshire described themselves as 'physically active', higher than the average for England, at 57%.

Currently we promote physical activity in a number of ways including through the provision of the Green Bag scheme which involves sports equipment for hire from local leisure centres, giving adults and families the opportunities to try new sports for free and to be active together. Furthermore, Walking for Health provides a variety of regular walks across West Berkshire, open to all and aimed at varying levels of walking experience.


It is proposed that the budget for the Green Bag Scheme be reduced by £2,000 and the budget for Walking for Health by £4,000. Therefore these initiatives will continue, but with reduced funding. This will result in a total saving of £6,000.

What do we think the impact will be?

The equipment for the Green Bags has already been purchased so the bags will still be available to the general public and so the impact should be minimal.

The reduction in the budget for Walking for Health may impact on the number of walks available. However, we anticipate that the scheme can continue to grow through its voluntary sector involvement. In addition, it will continue to be fully supported by the Physical Activity Coordinator at West Berkshire Council.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We have considered other ways of working, including how the leisure centres can be involved to ensure the continuation of the Green Bag Scheme. A further option would be to subsidise the Green Bags so they remain available, but at a small cost to those who use them.  The continued use of the voluntary sector in the Walking for Health scheme will ensure the service can continue to run at a slightly reduced level as it is presently.

This consultation is closed.

What you told us

We received 2 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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