Saturday, 3 January 2015

Meals on wheels figures

The Labour Party has released figures it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act which reveal that the number of pensioners getting meals on wheels from councils has more than halved since the Coalition was formed. The drop has been matched with a 22% increase in the average price of each meal, setting back those that still receive daily meals an extra £237 a year. Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, linked the cutbacks to the Government's austerity drive and warned that more savings will have to be made next year. She said: “Councils are trying to protect the elderly from the impact of cuts, often at the expense of other services. But there is simply not enough money in the system to provide the level and quality of care that people deserve.” Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins said that more should be done by councils to save money but that they should “be providing meals on wheels to those who need it as they are responsible for protecting frontline services.”
The Guardian, 

Parking charges "penalty income" can be spent for this.(sac)

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