A top local Tory has shocked a council chamber by demanding that a meals on wheels service be axed — suggesting instead that vulnerable elderly and disabled residents should make do with cold meals delivered by Tesco.
Deriding the £5-per-day cost of a service which helps keep people out of expensive residential care, Hammersmith councillor and wannabe MP Greg Smith — who sits on the board of the Official Thatcher Fan Club and is pictured with Maggie herself here — sneered:
“It would actually be cheaper to order the Tesco Finest or the luxury Waitrose microwave meals and have them delivered without the users having to pay anything at all.
Clueless Smith has — somewhat impressively — managed to be a councillor for a decade without ever realising that users of such services must first have their needs assessed under the Care Act. In the case of meals on wheels this means that they literally can’t cook.
“If you are unable to heat up frozen meals yourself, and have no-one to prepare meals for you, you may be able to receive assistance from your local council’s meals service
“Depending on the overall level of support that you need you may be eligible for a meal service following an assessment from your local council.
“I warn you not to fall ill. And I warn you not to grow old.”