East Sussex County Council may cut funding to meals on wheels service to save £500,000


Council bosses may stop funding the county’s meals on wheels service to save £535,700.

East Sussex County Council revealed today (Friday, May 23) that its cabinet was looking at ‘new ways of providing a wider variety of hot meals to elderly residents’ at its meeting on June 3.

A spokesperson said, “Any consultation would include the possibility of asking residents to meet the full cost of meals they choose to receive, a move that would save the council £535,700.

“If Cabinet approves the consultation, the outcome and final proposals, based on feedback, would be reported back to members in October.”

Cabinet embers will be asked to approve a consultation among service users and their representatives, people eligible for the service and other relevant organisations into ways of offering residents more choice while potentially saving the council money.

The spokesperson added, “In recent years, the number of people using the community meals service has fallen and since the current contract was introduced in 2008, the number of meals being delivered has dropped by 100,000. The service currently provides hot meals for around 500 people across the county.”

The county council’s community meals contract includes the delivery of hot meals to eligible residents who choose to use the service. The council currently subsidises the meals, contributing £4.10 to the overall cost of £7.50.