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Friday, 13 September 2013
Protest at Brent Council's 'High Risk' Meals on Wheels changes
From Brent Fightback (see my previous posting on this proposal HERE)
Fightback is calling a protest at the Civic Centre this coming 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”.
The Brent Executive is set to approve the proposals at their meeting that evening.
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! http://democracy.brent.gov.uk/documents/s19140/asc-community-meals.pdf
ie. most vulnerable, elderly and sick could be left without access to meals!