Authority to drive up prices for meals on wheels in North East Lincolnshire
THE price of meals delivered to homes and day centres are expected to rise as part of the latest round of budget changes.
The third in a series of six budget setting meetings, The Health, Housing and Wellbeing Scrutiny Panel, was held last night at Grimsby Town Hall, as North East Lincolnshire Council sets out its plan to save £14 million over the next year.
As part of those changes, meals delivered by the local authority to homes will rise from £2.83 to £3.50 starting in April 2013 and, by April 2014, each meal will cost £4.50.
The price of meals provided at day centres will also increase from £2.42 to £3.50 by April and, by the same time in 2014, will rise to £4.
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A charge for each carer provided by the council is also proposed for those who can afford it.
As it stands, if a person requires two carers or more at the same time they are only charged for one.
Under the proposed changes the full cost of the first carer will remain and a 50 per cent charge will be imposed for each subsequent carer.
Those who are at the limit of their disposable income would see no charge and out of the 90 service users that currently require two carers, 10 of those would see an increase.
The changes will generate about £70,000.
Council leader Chris Shaw said: “No matter how we do this budget, there is a certain amount of risk.
“If we thought the changes would adversely affect things we would not be putting them in front of this panel.
“With the level of cuts this council is facing, we do have some hard decisions.”
The council also proposes to make a £200,000 saving by charging outside bodies for training provided by the authority.
A further year-on-year saving until 2015/16 of £114,000 will come from decommissioning under-utilised services across the borough.
These changes will include services that are no longer required and those that can be combined to save money.
See tomorrow’s Grimsby Telegraph for the latest news on the budget.