West Berkshire Council

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

Budget Proposal 2019/20: Eat4Health (Adult weight management service)

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.

Healthy eating, along with physical activity, are the main ways of preventing and managing adult obesity. In 2016/17, 62.7% of adults in West Berkshire were overweight or obese. This is compared to an average of 61.3% in England (Public Health England, 2018).

Eat4Health is a 12 week, group based, weight management course that is available free of charge to individuals in West Berkshire who are over 16 years of age, and have a body mass index (BMI) of over 25, either by GP or self-referral. BMI is a measure of body fat based on the weight and height of the person. A normal range is between 18.5 and 25 (NHS, 2018).

We provide Eat4Health with annual funding of £56,575, and this enables 25 courses per year to be run across West Berkshire in community venues.

Legislation requirements

There is no legislative requirement to provide this service.

What are we proposing?

To reduce the annual funding to Eat4Health from £56,575 to £40,000 (a saving of £16,575 or 29%) from 1 April 2019.

What do we think the impact will be?

The current proposals will reduce the number of weight management courses from 25 to 18 per year. Courses are currently not filled to capacity due to a lack of demand and referrals by health professionals

Whilst the reduction to funding will result in fewer classes being provided across West Berkshire, we expect that a number of individuals seeking weight management support will be eligible for the NHS England's National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP), as evidence shows that individuals who are overweight or obese are at greater risk of developing diabetes. This is a free behaviour change programme that supports individuals who are at risk of developing diabetes.

Individuals will continue to be able to access a range of free online tools and resources provided by the NHS to help them manage their weight. There will continue to be a variety of lifestyle interventions which can assist in promoting a healthy weight which include Activity for Health, NHS Health Checks and Walking for Health.

The government also continues to support people through a range of national initiatives that promote healthy choices and encourage a healthy weight. This includes working with the food and drink industry to improve the nutritional content of the food and drink.

Please refer to the pdf icon Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) Stage One [269kb] 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 13 responses to the consultation. A background to the proposal and outline of the responses can be found in the Consultation Summary Report.

What we did

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

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