West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03
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[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Thames Valley Positive Support

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.

Background

Thames Valley Positive Support (TVPS) is a voluntary sector organisation that is funded to give additional support and advice to those testing positive for HIV. They provide support, counselling, condom distribution and prevention (including HIV self sampling).

The rate of newly diagnosed HIV was 2.2 per 100,000 in 2013. 81 people were accessing HIV services in that year in West Berkshire. The rate of HIV infection is higher in black Africans and in men who have sex with men, so these two groups are targeted.

It is important to identify HIV early, since it can be treated and people who are diagnosed early are now far less likely to go on to develop AIDS and need significant NHS and social care services in the latter stages of the disease. Hence the supply of HIV self testing kits will need to be continued.

TVPS receive £13,000 per annum to provide this specialist service for HIV positive residents in West Berkshire though outreach, drop-ins and web based support.


Proposal

It is proposed to reduce the annual contribution to TVPS by £7,000.


What do we think the impact will be?

The HIV self testing kits will still be promoted, especially to the higher risk groups. Individuals who are newly diagnosed will continue to be able to access support and counselling from TVPS and there will be on-line support available via the sexual health IT platform which will be operational in 2016/17. Since the rate of newly diagnosed HIV cases continues to be low in West Berkshire it is anticipated that those needing this help and support will still be able to access it.


What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We are continuing to develop the sexual health on-line support and in our discussions with our main sexual health service providers, Royal Berkshire Hospital, ensure that any patient who is diagnosed with HIV will be adequately supported. 


This consultation is now 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 proceed with this proposal.

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