VULNERABLE adults with mental health conditions could have a lifeline service removed as Reading Borough Council looks to save money.

Focus House is at the centre of a consultation to slash the adult social care budget in the face of unprecedented Government cuts.

The council is considering a number of cost-cutting measures to change the way Focus House operates without cutting the service entirely.

One service user, who did not wish to be named, said: "Focus house is a care home for vulnerable adults with diagnosed mental health problems.

"It helps people with a range of mental illnesses ranging from sever depression to paranoid schizophrenia.

"We are supported every day in everyday living by a team of mental health professionals who are needed in a variety of ways from dispensing medication to providing help with cooking and cleaning."

Focus House offers services including round the clock support for seven residents. This area of support could be cut by the council. 

Rachel Eden, lead member for adult social care, said: “I know any change for vulnerable residents can be daunting and council officers will be working closely with the people at Focus House, and related service providers.

“The proposal is about changing the way part of the Focus House service is delivered but would mean particular changes for seven residents.

“Council staff would work closely with them to support them. This is not an end to Focus House but a change to the way part of the service is delivered.

“Unfortunately, due to major Government funding cuts, the council cannot continue to support the existing service as it is.

“I would encourage people to take part in the consultation and welcome suggestions for how we can continue to support people recovering from acute mental health issues.”

Visit: to contribute your views to the ongoing consultation.