Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Lewes, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, has slammed proposals to cut home delivered meals for older people.
It is the subject of a public consultation by East Sussex County Council, which Mr Russell-Moyle has accused of targeting the elderly.
He has already spoken out against proposed cuts to local bus services.
He said: “This is the second announcement in the same number of weeks that will disproportionately affect poorer and older people in our county.
“These cuts are again another sign that we are not all in this together and that the cuts enforced by the Liberal-Tory Government is affecting the most vulnerable.”
He said the proposed full privatisation of what used to be the Meals on Wheels service “could mean that people needing this vital lifeline will be forced to pay for private providers costing up to £30 more per week”.
Mr Russell-Moyle said the consultation was open until September 16. “People should make their voice heard online to ensure that all are protected in our county,” he said.
“Allowing people to maintain a fuller life in their own homes is not only better for the people concerned it’s the best way of spending public money. These cuts are again examples of how the Liberal Democrats and Tories are cutting one thing to end up spending more in the long run and can’t be trusted with vital public services.”
An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “Last month East Sussex County Council’s cabinet approved a consultation into possible changes to the meals in the community service which could see residents being offered more choice, while saving taxpayers money. The consultation is ongoing and we are keen to hear from as many people as possible.
“The meals in the community service is run by a private company and subsidised by the council to the tune of £4.10 per meal.
“As with every local authority in the country, the county council is facing financial pressures and our adult social care team needs to find savings of £27.8million in the three years from 2013 to 2016.
“We need to ensure that we are offering the highest quality and most appropriate service to our residents while making sure that we achieve the best value for money for our taxpayers.” Visit https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/adult-social-care/mic