Meals on Wheels could be scrapped

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THE Meals on Wheels service in Caerphilly county borough could be scrapped in order to save the local authority more than £250,000 a year.

Caerphilly council councillors met on Thursday, to discuss the possible axing of the Meals Direct, which would affect around 336 people in the area who currently use the service.

A report presented to the authority’s heath social care and wellbeing committee said the move to save £252,000 was down to reduced funding from Welsh Government. The authority faces the unenviable task of making further savings of £6.54 million for 2015-16 and £7.06 million for 2016-17, having already agreed to the £14.53 million in savings for 2014/15.

Another option would be to increase the cost of the service from £2.60 per meal to between £3.10 and £5.10 – the most popular price range among other Welsh local authorities. Delivering frozen meals in bulk to residents is also an alternative.

But the report warns that increasing the price or delivering frozen meals could mean less demand for the service – putting the financial viability of the service in question.

If the service was scrapped altogether, then the possibility of local delivery from cafés and pubs would need to be explored, the report said.

Seven other councils in Wales are also considering scrapping their Meals on Wheels service.

A spokesman for Caerphilly council said: “This is one of a number of savings proposals being put forward as the authority faces unprecedented financial challenges over the coming years.

“These particular proposals have been discussed by members of the council’s health social care and wellbeing scrutiny committee. Those discussions will be fully considered at future meetings of cabinet and full council before any decisions are taken.”

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2:33pm Tue 22 Jul 14

gingertom says...

Caerphilly cbc are a disgrace (please sign):

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
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We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy.
Caerphilly cbc are a disgrace (please sign): https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1031 We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy. gingertom
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8:47pm Tue 22 Jul 14

b3talover says...

We could easily afford this if we recycled money obtained through civil recovery schemes via the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and variations thereof to fund it. Any local recoveries could be injected back into the local community to fund meals on wheels, food banks and school breakfast clubs. Why aren't we using our brains here?
We could easily afford this if we recycled money obtained through civil recovery schemes via the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and variations thereof to fund it. Any local recoveries could be injected back into the local community to fund meals on wheels, food banks and school breakfast clubs. Why aren't we using our brains here? b3talover
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10:42pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

Well a recent report on the North South Wales airlink shows a 42% drop in usage of it which Even at its peak usage was low. The assembly will not admit it but it appear that most users are on the public payroll. Time for this waste of money to be scrapped I think

http://www.walesonli
ne.co.uk/news/wales-
news/ieuan-air-link-
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Well a recent report on the North South Wales airlink shows a 42% drop in usage of it which Even at its peak usage was low. The assembly will not admit it but it appear that most users are on the public payroll. Time for this waste of money to be scrapped I think http://www.walesonli ne.co.uk/news/wales- news/ieuan-air-link- between-cardiff-7474 034 Bobevans
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7:34am Wed 23 Jul 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Bobevans wrote:
Well a recent report on the North South Wales airlink shows a 42% drop in usage of it which Even at its peak usage was low. The assembly will not admit it but it appear that most users are on the public payroll. Time for this waste of money to be scrapped I think

http://www.walesonli

ne.co.uk/news/wales-

news/ieuan-air-link-

between-cardiff-7474

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And today's news of axing of routes from struggling Cardiff Airport is seeming to suggest what we all knew. Buying it for £52m and subsidising it since was a reckless use of public money when there is greater need.
http://m.bbc.co.uk/n
ews/uk-wales-south-e
ast-wales-28425472
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: Well a recent report on the North South Wales airlink shows a 42% drop in usage of it which Even at its peak usage was low. The assembly will not admit it but it appear that most users are on the public payroll. Time for this waste of money to be scrapped I think http://www.walesonli ne.co.uk/news/wales- news/ieuan-air-link- between-cardiff-7474 034[/p][/quote]And today's news of axing of routes from struggling Cardiff Airport is seeming to suggest what we all knew. Buying it for £52m and subsidising it since was a reckless use of public money when there is greater need. http://m.bbc.co.uk/n ews/uk-wales-south-e ast-wales-28425472 Llanmartinangel
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9:14am Wed 23 Jul 14

taffygwent says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Bobevans wrote:
Well a recent report on the North South Wales airlink shows a 42% drop in usage of it which Even at its peak usage was low. The assembly will not admit it but it appear that most users are on the public payroll. Time for this waste of money to be scrapped I think

http://www.walesonli


ne.co.uk/news/wales-


news/ieuan-air-link-


between-cardiff-7474


034
And today's news of axing of routes from struggling Cardiff Airport is seeming to suggest what we all knew. Buying it for £52m and subsidising it since was a reckless use of public money when there is greater need.
http://m.bbc.co.uk/n

ews/uk-wales-south-e

ast-wales-28425472
If we want to support Cardiff airport we can't afford to flights are too expensive .
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: Well a recent report on the North South Wales airlink shows a 42% drop in usage of it which Even at its peak usage was low. The assembly will not admit it but it appear that most users are on the public payroll. Time for this waste of money to be scrapped I think http://www.walesonli ne.co.uk/news/wales- news/ieuan-air-link- between-cardiff-7474 034[/p][/quote]And today's news of axing of routes from struggling Cardiff Airport is seeming to suggest what we all knew. Buying it for £52m and subsidising it since was a reckless use of public money when there is greater need. http://m.bbc.co.uk/n ews/uk-wales-south-e ast-wales-28425472[/p][/quote]If we want to support Cardiff airport we can't afford to flights are too expensive . taffygwent
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