Fears for elderly as meal prices almost double

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VOLUNTEERS say that vulnerable people will be worst hit by a 40 per cent increase in the price of Meals on Wheels across the Harrogate district this winter.

North Yorkshire County Council has cancelled its subsidy to the service, following massive cuts in its grant from the Government, with elderly and house-bound people being left to pick up the bill.

The cost of a hot meal and dessert will shoot up from £2.75 to £4.80 from next week, meaning vulnerable people using the service five days a week will pay an extra £10.25, while those receiving meals every day will have to find an additional £14.35 each a week.

Neil Davies, who works at Bluebird Care in Harrogate and volunteers with Meals on Wheels, said: “Going around and speaking to people, they are quite shocked at the increase.

“Seeing the older people in Harrogate who need that support and have had it for some time, it’s quite worrying.

“There are people out there for whom that knock on the door could be their only point of contact. We’ve all got parents and older people in our family and we know what we want for them.

“The older people of Harrogate, they’re the reason Harrogate exists and they deserve better.”

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