West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2018-11-12
End date: 2018-12-23
Results: 2019-03-05

Budget Proposal 2019/20: Cancer Rehabilitation Programme

This consultation is closed.


This is one of 14 budget proposals for 2019/20. You can view the full list online.

You can also view budget consultations from previous years.

A Macmillan evidence review showed that physical activity is important for cancer patients at all stages of the cancer care pathway. Physical activity:

  • improves, or prevents the decline of physical function without increasing fatigue during treatment
  • helps recover physical function after treatment
  • can reduce the risk of recurrence and death for some cancers, and of developing other long term conditions during and after treatment
  • can help maintain independence and wellbeing for those with advanced cancer

We currently subsidise a programme of exercise classes for individuals living with and beyond cancer, at a cost of £8,290 per year. This covers the cost of the instructor and room hire provided by Legacy Leisure. Individuals can attend a 12 week programme through referral from a GP or Cancer Nurse Specialist, at a cost of £2.80 per week. Classes take place weekly at Northcroft Leisure Centre, and provide individuals with a range of tools and opportunities to enhance recovery from cancer.

Legislation requirements

There is no legislative requirement to provide this service.

What are we proposing?

To cease the annual funding to the cancer rehabilitation programme (a saving of £8,290 or 100%) from 1 April 2019.

What do we think the impact will be?

We expect the impact will be minimal as classes may continue, but with a charge to participants to cover the cost of the instructor's time and room hire. We have looked at other disease-specific exercise classes such as cardiac rehabilitation and respiratory exercises, which also incur a small charge for participants (prices range from £4.35 to £5.35 per class). This proposal will likely bring the class in line with other services that support individuals with long term conditions.

Although the funding for these classes will cease, there are a range of free physical activity opportunities available across West Berkshire to aid rehabilitation including Walking for Health.

Please refer to the pdf icon Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) Stage One [330kb] for more details.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

No other options to reduce expenditure in this area have been identified.

Why we want your views

We would like to know how this proposal might impact you and the wider community, and any views you have on how we can minimise the impact of this proposed change.

All feedback will be considered at the Executive Committee on 14 February 2019. Following this, a final decision will be made at the Full Council meeting on 5 March 2019. The recommendations and your anonymised response will be posted on this page.

Please note: Social media discussions will not be monitored/considered as a valid response. 

What you told us

We received 15 responses (incl. one incomplete response) to the consultation. A background to the proposal and outline of the responses can be found in the Consultation Summary Report.

What we did

An Equality Impact Assessment Stage Two was completed following the consultation.

The Full Council meeting on 5 March 2019 decided to progress this proposal.

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