West Berkshire Council

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

Budget Proposal 2019/20: Relate (Newbury)

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.

Relate is a charity providing relationship support throughout the UK. Services delivered in West Berkshire through Relate include:

Relate have a network of centres across the UK, and a group of licensed local counsellors that provide face-to-face counselling and support. They also provide phone, email and live chat counselling so clients can choose the support that works for them.

Nationally, the average cost of a counselling session is £49, however each centre sets its own charges. There are a network of individual counsellors who work in private practice, but are licensed by Relate and set their own fees. Telephone and webcam counselling is charged at £55 per hour. Live Chat is free, with a session usually lasting about 25 minutes. More information about counselling costs is available on the Relate website.

We currently provide Relate (Newbury) with annual funding of £6,468.

Legislation requirements

These services aren't statutory, but help to support the health and wellbeing of our communities.

What are we proposing?

To reduce the annual funding to Relate from £6,468 to £4,968 (a saving of £1,500 or 23%) from 1 April 2019.

What do we think the impact will be?

The reduction in funding might reduce the number of hours that Relate are able to open. However, clients do currently pay for services, so this may not prove to be the case if Relate choose to review their charges.

We're also aware that there are a range of other counselling services, e.g. Time to Talk and Talking Therapies available across the district, and other Relate services in Reading and Hampshire.

Please refer to the pdf icon Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) Stage One [327kb] 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 eight 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

The responses we received did not indicate that an Equality Impact Assessment Stage Two was needed. The EqIA Stage One has been updated to reflect this.

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

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