Reading people have until 6 January 2019 to give their feedback to a council-run consultation on how public health services should be funded in the future.
Around 27 services in Reading are currently funded or supported by a public health grant sent from government to Reading Borough Council, such as smoking cessation, sexual health services, drug and alcohol misuse services, carers breaks for adults, and support for people who are lonely or socially isolated. But the council says continuing to provide preventative and healthy living services is becoming ‘increasingly challenging’ due to government funding cuts.
No breakdown of figures has been provided for the consultation on how much each individual service receives in public health funding and how much of that could be cut in the future. At a consultation workshop held by the council on 18 December 2018, people were asked to debate whether certain aspects of public health should be the repsonsibility of individuals, communities or the state. The council also wants to know whether people would be happy to receive help and advice online.
People can give feedback to the consultation online or call the council’s wellbeing team on 0118 937 2383.