Sunday, 15 September 2013

Brent Fightback to protest at meals on wheels and care centre meals changes

Brent Fightback is calling a protest at the Civic Centre tomorrow Monday 16th September from 6.30pm to protest at the proposal that Brent Council hand over the delivery of the meals on wheels service to “a range of local charities, communities and businesses” and meals at day care centres will also be supplied by these groups.
The proposal will be discussed at the Brent Executive that evening at 7pm and a member of Fightback will address them about concerns.
Fightback say:
Currently, the meals on wheels service is outsourced. However, rather than a proposal which would cut out the profit-makers, this proposal is purely about cutting cost (by 50%). This decision will lead to cuts in quality of the meals, and pay (are the charities/community groups using unpaid volunteers?), the council's own risk assessment evaluates "Lack of market capacity leads to service users going without meals" = High!
ie. most vulnerable, elderly and sick could be left without access to meals!

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