Public health services in Reading – consultation open until 6 January 2019

Primary interest
Health
A consultation on public health services in Reading is open until 6 January 2019

Reading Borough Council is consulting on the provision of public health services over the next two years, to ensure it focuses on the health and wellbeing issues that are most important to the people of Reading.

Continuing to provide public health services which support healthy, independent living – such as stopping smoking, healthy weight support, school nursing, and sexual health services – is becoming increasingly challenging for the council. Government funding for Reading will have been reduced from nearly £55 million between 2010 and 2020, leaving the Council with a grant of under £3 million.

The council is reviewing how it uses the funding to make sure it is as efficient as possible and addresses the priority health issues for Reading. The council is considering providing some public health support in different ways in future. This could include:

  • Combining support to lead healthier lifestyles in several ways – for example, one service to help people quit smoking, eat well, be physically active and in good emotional health;
  • Opportunities to offer more people support to help themselves by providing services digitally;
  • Strengthening partnership working to commission services delivered with other organisations.

In order to inform the decision taken for Reading’s Public Health Budget for 2019/20 and 2020/21, the council would like to hear from residents, organisations and partners on the approach to supporting health and wellbeing, and the proposed changes to how the funding is used. This will help the council to focus on what areas are most important to the people of Reading.

A report on the response to this consultation will be presented to the Council’s Policy Committee on 18 February 2019.

To take part in the consultation
  • The consultation is available online at: www.reading.gov.uk/publichealthgrantconsultation
  • To receive a hard copy of the questionnaire or for additional support to understand or complete the questionnaire, write to: Wellbeing Team, Level 2, Civic Centre, Reading RG1 2LU, call 0118 937 2383 or email: wellbeing.service@reading.gov.uk
  • There will be a public consultation event on Tuesday 18 December, from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) Global Café, 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS.