West Berkshire Council

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

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Healthy Eating in Children

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 in childhood is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle and preventing children from becoming overweight and obese. There is currently a provision to support healthy eating in schools via two projects. One is the provision of training and resources to primary schools on how to address healthy eating through the school curriculum using resources and training - the 'Phunky Foods' programme. In addition, a Healthy Eating in Schools co-ordinator works with local schools, running teaching sessions with year 6 pupils, giving information regarding healthy eating.


The current proposal is to discontinue funding for the 'Phunky Foods' programme, saving £5,000 and to decrease funding for the Healthy Eating co-ordinator, saving £10,000. There will be a decreased number of teaching sessions for year 6 pupils on healthy eating and no further resources for schools to use to ensure healthy eating messages are part of the curriculum.

What do we think the impact will be?

The current 'Phunky Foods' programme has only reached a small number of primary schools locally and therefore has not been very cost-effective. Although this programme will no longer be provided in those schools, there is still the potential for similar support to be available through other sources, such as the Healthy Schools Co-ordinator, School Nurses and from external organisations, such as the Children's Food Trust. Similarly, although the Healthy Eating Co-ordinator will be visiting less schools, healthy eating does form part of the national curriculum.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We have considered alternative ways in which schools can be supported in their provision of healthy eating advice to children. This would involve working with different services, including the school nursing team and Healthy Schools Co-ordinator to ensure that schools can deliver a whole school approach to healthy eating. The Healthy Eating Coordinator will still provide sessions.

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 continue to fund this service at the current level.

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