Fury at plans to cut meals on wheels

Fury at plans to cut meals on wheels

Fury at plans to cut meals on wheels

First published in News

AN angry councillor has hit out at county council bosses for trying to cut a vital meals on wheels service for the elderly ... while scoffing free meals at County Hall.

A price hike for daily meals, from £3.95 to £4.79, could be implemented if Essex County Council decides to withdraw its subsidy.

The Tory-run Essex County Council has started a consultation with the 1,003 users of the hot food service.

The move would mean the council would no longer subsidise the service, leaving some vulnerable elderly residents £220 a year worse off.

But it comes as a Freedom of Information request revealed in the past two years £68,549 has been spent handing free meals to councillors at County Hall.

Ivan Henderson, county councillor and leader of Tendring Council’s opposition Labour’s group, said: “This is happening at a time when cabinet members making these decisions are here in County Hall almost every day, eating free meals."

The consultation will run until July 7.

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