Wandsworth Council recently announced proposed changes to the meals on wheels service which would mean that users would no longer be provided with a hot meal. The changes were then supported by councillors at a committee meeting.
A statement from the council said that residents who use the council’s hot meals service would be offered money instead which they could use to pay the cost of having fresh food and produce delivered to their front door.
Wandsworth Council confirmed that people who use their service would only be able to order frozen meals and would not be able to have hot meals delivered to their door. The Council also announced that 12 part time workers will lose their jobs as a result of this change to the service.
Sadiq objected to these changes and has urged the Council Leader, Cllr Ravi Govindia to reconsider the changes.
A final decision on this will be made on 5th December. Sadiq is determined to fight the change until the last breath.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
"I was outraged to find out that the Council was proposing to stop providing the most vulnerable people in Wandsworth with a hot meal. When this cut was proposed the Council was thinking about saving money and not the vulnerable people who rely on the service.
“In addition to letting down the elderly, if these plans go
ahead 12 people will be made redundant.
“Meals on wheels is a British institution and what the Council is proposing will change the very heart of it, hot meals!
“The Council says this will give users more choice, but they are taking away the right to choose a hot meal. I will continue to fight this until the very end. I would urge anyone concerned to lobby the Council and attend the 5th December meeting to let the Councillors know the strength of feeling"