A vision for a healthier Reading

Reading Borough Council civic offices

The latest consultation launched by Reading Borough Council is on Reading’s new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The mission is set out in the foreword by the chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Graeme Hoskin :

to improve and protect Reading’s health and wellbeing
– improving the health of the poorest, fastest

The 23 page strategy sets out seven priorities to achieve the mission:

  • supporting people to make healthy lifestyle choices, with a focus on increasing physical activity, reducing obesity,  smoking and tooth decay,
  • reducing loneliness and social isolation,
  • reducing the amount of alcohol people drink to safer levels,
  • promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people,
  • making Reading a place where people can live well with dementia,
  • increasing breast and bowel screening and prevention services,
  • reducing the incidence of tuberculosis.

The council’s current round of budget cuts may make delivery of these objectives difficult:

… the financial settlements we have received from central government make it impossible for us to invest as widely in Reading’s health and wellbeing as we would like. Health inequalities are real and widening, and this is a particular concern for us.

Hard copies of the questionnaire in different formats and languages are available on request from the Wellbeing Team . They can also answer questions or provide additional support to complete the questionnaire and can be contacted  by phone on 0118 937 2383 or by e-mail at wellbeing.service@reading.gov.uk.

The consultation can be accessed here and closes on 9 December 2016.


  1. Have your say on a new Vision for a Healthier Reading
  2. Draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-20
  3. Online Consultation
  4. Report on Health and Wellbeing Strategy to the Health and Wealthbeing Board 7 October 2016
  5. Health and Wellbeing Board

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