Earlier this year the Conservative Council proposed cuts to Bolton’s well-used Meals on Wheels service. The service provides hot meals to vulnerable older and disabled people – something which is a lifeline to many all year round, and particularly during this pandemic. Following a successful campaign the Council has dropped its proposals and the service has been saved from privatisation.
Bolton Labour Leader, Councillor Nick Peel, said “The Conservative cabinet made a decision to privatise meals on wheels. The only reason that this decision has not been implemented is because the Labour Group insisted that further scrutiny takes place (known as a call-in). Lock down then prevented the full scrutiny process from taking place.
You would have had to have been asleep for the last few months to think that going ahead with meals on wheel privatisation is a good idea! They may be talking about deferring the decision for now, but this is not good enough and we are therefore calling on the Tories to make a U-Turn and formally withdraw the proposals.”