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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: Reduction to Healthy Eating Programme in Schools

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.


In support of the targets to reduce childhood obesity, the Trading Standards service is commissioned, using its knowledge of food composition and labelling, to provide an education programme to West Berkshire primary schools.

This consists of classroom teaching to Year 6 with a view to raising awareness of food and nutrition and how it can contribute to a healthy lifestyle from a young age. This is a popular programme with schools.


The proposal is to reduce the funding by half, saving £10,000.

What do we think the impact will be?

There will be a reduction, by half, in the amount of time spent on providing this area of activity and visits to schools.

There will also be reduced awareness on food labelling, food composition; healthy choices in diet for young people.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We will approach the relevant schools to see whether they would be prepared to pay the £10,000 so that we can continue to deliver the full service.

This consultation is closed.

What you told us

We received 1 response 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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