Fears for Meals on Wheels service after substantial price hike

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A 40% RISE in the price of hot food delivered to the elderly by Pembrokeshire County Council’s “meals on wheels” service has sparked concerns about the future of the service within County Hall.

An employee connected to the service contacted the Western Telegraph to draw attention to the steep rise in the cost of the meals – from £3.10 to £4.34 – due to come in this week.

“It just seems so wrong,” said the employee.

“Most of these people have got nothing and they are being used as a stepping stone for the council to make money.”

The employee said his “gut feeling” was the council was attempting to “price itself out of providing the service” with the hike, by causing pensioners to seek out a cheaper means of feeding themselves.

“I’m afraid I will soon be out of work,” he said.

“This may be me being cynical, but I think it’s [the rise] to price the County Council out of providing the service so they don’t have to do it any more.

“There are other companies who deliver frozen meals, but a lot of people who use the meals on wheels service aren’t really capable of heating up food.

“That’s my gut feeling. It’s such a big rise. I have spoken to some of these old folk and they say a rise to about £3.50 would be ok.

“Some of them are worried about how they will pay the new price. I know times are hard, but this is a big jump.”

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire County Council said the authority had to make “substantial savings in the current and next financial year of £20million”.

“To achieve these savings is challenging, but we are on course to deliver them with only minimal disruption to some services provided to the public,” she said.

“We have undertaken a review of the services delivered to establish whether there are some that should either be reduced or discontinued. In respect of the charges for both meals on wheels and meals provided at day centres, it became evident that the existing charge of £3.10 per meal did not cover the actual cost of providing that meal.

“The revised charge of £4.34 per meal will both cover the cost of producing that meal and also ensure that the hot food service can continue to be offered to customers.”

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10:27am Wed 7 May 14

Cymru bach says...

With due respect to the gentleman employed there was a time when voluntary groups such as Rotary and Round Table used to deliver meals free of charge on a rota basis, ( meals were prepared in school canteens etc and put in take away cartons) that was stopped by the Council due to 'health and safety'.

The Council/ Welsh Assembly though seem to have plenty of money to provide FREE breakfasts for schoolchildren regardless of the ability of parents to pay.
With due respect to the gentleman employed there was a time when voluntary groups such as Rotary and Round Table used to deliver meals free of charge on a rota basis, ( meals were prepared in school canteens etc and put in take away cartons) that was stopped by the Council due to 'health and safety'. The Council/ Welsh Assembly though seem to have plenty of money to provide FREE breakfasts for schoolchildren regardless of the ability of parents to pay. Cymru bach
  • Score: 4

10:39am Wed 7 May 14

Gogledd says...

This is getting to be rediculous. So what do we do now starve our elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes. I suppose that solves the age drain on our services problem doesnt it. It seems to me that the world is getting to be an evil and wicked place. Words my grandmother used in past times when people went to Chapel every Sunday and swings in playing fields were locked on Sundays...but I find myself looking at what is going on around me with despair and thinking back to times when people had some sense of what was right and wrong. The fat cats get fatter while people who desperately need these services are left getting poorer and poorer and increasingly isolated. The whole thing has gone mad with health and safety rules. Living is dangerous its a fatal condition our children are getting fatter and fatter because in somepart health and safety regulations that does not allow them the freedom they need to play outside and exercise as they should. Our food comes in clinically sealed packages. Nuts.
This is getting to be rediculous. So what do we do now starve our elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes. I suppose that solves the age drain on our services problem doesnt it. It seems to me that the world is getting to be an evil and wicked place. Words my grandmother used in past times when people went to Chapel every Sunday and swings in playing fields were locked on Sundays...but I find myself looking at what is going on around me with despair and thinking back to times when people had some sense of what was right and wrong. The fat cats get fatter while people who desperately need these services are left getting poorer and poorer and increasingly isolated. The whole thing has gone mad with health and safety rules. Living is dangerous its a fatal condition our children are getting fatter and fatter because in somepart health and safety regulations that does not allow them the freedom they need to play outside and exercise as they should. Our food comes in clinically sealed packages. Nuts. Gogledd
  • Score: 1

11:33am Wed 7 May 14

seaveiw says...

Cymru bach wrote:
With due respect to the gentleman employed there was a time when voluntary groups such as Rotary and Round Table used to deliver meals free of charge on a rota basis, ( meals were prepared in school canteens etc and put in take away cartons) that was stopped by the Council due to 'health and safety'.

The Council/ Welsh Assembly though seem to have plenty of money to provide FREE breakfasts for schoolchildren regardless of the ability of parents to pay.
Get the money from the chief executive that would subsidise the meals for another year.TAKE FROM THE RICH AND GIVE TO THE POOR. Remember a lot of older people are on limited budgets, this council have known of budget cuts for some time but have now woken up to them. Essential services have to be protected cut down the administrative costs of running the council
[quote][p][bold]Cymru bach[/bold] wrote: With due respect to the gentleman employed there was a time when voluntary groups such as Rotary and Round Table used to deliver meals free of charge on a rota basis, ( meals were prepared in school canteens etc and put in take away cartons) that was stopped by the Council due to 'health and safety'. The Council/ Welsh Assembly though seem to have plenty of money to provide FREE breakfasts for schoolchildren regardless of the ability of parents to pay.[/p][/quote]Get the money from the chief executive that would subsidise the meals for another year.TAKE FROM THE RICH AND GIVE TO THE POOR. Remember a lot of older people are on limited budgets, this council have known of budget cuts for some time but have now woken up to them. Essential services have to be protected cut down the administrative costs of running the council seaveiw
  • Score: 1

12:27pm Wed 7 May 14

Welshman23 says...

seaveiw wrote:
Cymru bach wrote:
With due respect to the gentleman employed there was a time when voluntary groups such as Rotary and Round Table used to deliver meals free of charge on a rota basis, ( meals were prepared in school canteens etc and put in take away cartons) that was stopped by the Council due to 'health and safety'.

The Council/ Welsh Assembly though seem to have plenty of money to provide FREE breakfasts for schoolchildren regardless of the ability of parents to pay.
Get the money from the chief executive that would subsidise the meals for another year.TAKE FROM THE RICH AND GIVE TO THE POOR. Remember a lot of older people are on limited budgets, this council have known of budget cuts for some time but have now woken up to them. Essential services have to be protected cut down the administrative costs of running the council
Seaview
The motto for PCC is take from the poor and give to the rich, are our members in the real world. The seem to cut the wrong things start at the top and work down this would be a very popular with Pembrokeshire people.
[quote][p][bold]seaveiw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cymru bach[/bold] wrote: With due respect to the gentleman employed there was a time when voluntary groups such as Rotary and Round Table used to deliver meals free of charge on a rota basis, ( meals were prepared in school canteens etc and put in take away cartons) that was stopped by the Council due to 'health and safety'. The Council/ Welsh Assembly though seem to have plenty of money to provide FREE breakfasts for schoolchildren regardless of the ability of parents to pay.[/p][/quote]Get the money from the chief executive that would subsidise the meals for another year.TAKE FROM THE RICH AND GIVE TO THE POOR. Remember a lot of older people are on limited budgets, this council have known of budget cuts for some time but have now woken up to them. Essential services have to be protected cut down the administrative costs of running the council[/p][/quote]Seaview The motto for PCC is take from the poor and give to the rich, are our members in the real world. The seem to cut the wrong things start at the top and work down this would be a very popular with Pembrokeshire people. Welshman23
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12:29pm Wed 7 May 14

Electra1 says...

PCC has put everything up. Library charges, commission charges for paintings exhibited in the gallery, photocopying charges.

I wonder what time of year council buildings put their heating on?
PCC has put everything up. Library charges, commission charges for paintings exhibited in the gallery, photocopying charges. I wonder what time of year council buildings put their heating on? Electra1
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Wed 7 May 14

Cymru bach says...

And yet there is £8.5 million available to build a new Welsh school in Tenby.

I
And yet there is £8.5 million available to build a new Welsh school in Tenby. I Cymru bach
  • Score: 3

1:53pm Wed 7 May 14

Electra1 says...

I think Welsh language schools have to take priority no matter how few people speak it.
I think Welsh language schools have to take priority no matter how few people speak it. Electra1
  • Score: -3

1:58pm Wed 7 May 14

Electra1 says...

Electra1 wrote:
I think Welsh language schools have to take priority no matter how few people speak it.
And I meant that in a sarcastic way.
[quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: I think Welsh language schools have to take priority no matter how few people speak it.[/p][/quote]And I meant that in a sarcastic way. Electra1
  • Score: 4

5:47pm Wed 7 May 14

Gogledd says...

Cymru bach wrote:
And yet there is £8.5 million available to build a new Welsh school in Tenby.

I
There is plenty of money around for the Welsh Govt to waste on pie in the sky projects such as Marinas which will bring in NO business...like Milford...what a mess...all the WG does it squander our taxes on Rubbish schemes...
[quote][p][bold]Cymru bach[/bold] wrote: And yet there is £8.5 million available to build a new Welsh school in Tenby. I[/p][/quote]There is plenty of money around for the Welsh Govt to waste on pie in the sky projects such as Marinas which will bring in NO business...like Milford...what a mess...all the WG does it squander our taxes on Rubbish schemes... Gogledd
  • Score: 1

12:16pm Thu 8 May 14

Tttoommy says...

Gogledd wrote:
Cymru bach wrote:
And yet there is £8.5 million available to build a new Welsh school in Tenby.

I
There is plenty of money around for the Welsh Govt to waste on pie in the sky projects such as Marinas which will bring in NO business...like Milford...what a mess...all the WG does it squander our taxes on Rubbish schemes...
I agree, the Senedd have big plans but don't want to investigate inefficiencies and alleged "shortcomings" in how the monies are spent or if the projects have been of any added value.

This is I believe would reveal their plans are all smoke and mirrors, it's why Bryn can feather his nest whilst the old and the infirm suffer from Bryns actions (and others like him not only in councils but in roads, the welsh NHS and education) - it truly leaves a nasty taste in my mouth that ppl can be so selfish - GREED IS GOOD eh?
[quote][p][bold]Gogledd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cymru bach[/bold] wrote: And yet there is £8.5 million available to build a new Welsh school in Tenby. I[/p][/quote]There is plenty of money around for the Welsh Govt to waste on pie in the sky projects such as Marinas which will bring in NO business...like Milford...what a mess...all the WG does it squander our taxes on Rubbish schemes...[/p][/quote]I agree, the Senedd have big plans but don't want to investigate inefficiencies and alleged "shortcomings" in how the monies are spent or if the projects have been of any added value. This is I believe would reveal their plans are all smoke and mirrors, it's why Bryn can feather his nest whilst the old and the infirm suffer from Bryns actions (and others like him not only in councils but in roads, the welsh NHS and education) - it truly leaves a nasty taste in my mouth that ppl can be so selfish - GREED IS GOOD eh? Tttoommy
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