Wirral Council has announced that grants for pensioner lunch clubs in the Borough are to be scrapped from April.
The move, which has taken place without full consultation, will affect around 200 pensioners, leaving many of them alone at home.
The Council has said the £72,000 saved will then be reinvested in tackling pensioner isolation.
Among the lunch clubs affected are Moreton, Leasowe, New Brighton Community Centre and Vale Park. The clubs, which take place throughout the week are held in local community centres and often run by volunteers.
The Council’s grants help towards the cost of transport for the pensioners and the costs of the meals.
Councillor Bruce Berry (Conservative, Moreton West & Saughall Massie) said: “This decision has been sneaked out without virtually any consultation among the groups affected and there is now less than six weeks to find alternative funds or face closure.
“Not one of the community groups affected by this policy has been asked to serve on the panel that reviewed the spending and the Council has failed to communicate with all the clubs affected.”
“The effect of this policy will have the opposite result to the one the Town Hall claims – instead of freeing up £72,000 to spend on pensioners, the existing 200 or more isolated, vulnerable and often lonely individuals will be left sitting in their own homes. That’s not tackling isolation – it’s creating it.”
You can read what the Wirral Globe says HERE
In the latest review of Wirral Council’s ‘2020 Pledges’, the Town Has has stated ‘Ensuring the most vulnerable among us are safe, and feel safe, is perhaps our most important responsibility.’