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Comments re proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels and Day Centres

November 21, 2013 11:59 PM

Comments - Meals on Wheels.

The Labour party made a firm commitment prior to the 2012 elections to retain 7 day a week Meals on Wheels, in a manifesto that they said was fully costed. It is quite frankly disgusting that they are looking to renege on yet another manifesto promise.

The main cocern here has to be around what assessment will be made of people's needs and what provision put in place for those very vulnerable residents who cannot cope with heating up their meals. Those who have no family or friends who can help them. It is not good enough to say that it is a non-statutory provision and so can be dropped.

The current administration were elected on a promise to keep this provision and residents, and indeed political opponents, have a right to call foul if that provision is withdrawn.

Comments - Day Centres

We recognise that there is no statutory requirement for these centres, and would argue that to provide subsidised meals for over 50s makes little sense.

The value of these centres lies in the fact that they provide a place where people can socialise, and this should not be underestimated. However, it is clear from the usage figures provided that not a great deal of organised social activity takes place in many of the current centres. Other methods of providing this, in conjunction with community groups and the voluntary sector should be explored, but we agree it is not financially viable to continue with the current level of provision.