Have your say on the meals subsidy consultation

Closed 6 Aug 2019

Opened 28 May 2019


We are proposing to stop paying a subsidy for meals in the community.

Meals services enable people to have hot, chilled or frozen meals delivered to their home on a daily or weekly basis. We have a good range of service providers in East Sussex, which allow people to access high quality, nutritious food.

At the moment, the subsidy is £4.10 per meal and it is not means tested. The full cost of a meal is between £4 and £8. Our proposal would mean that people would need to pay the full cost of their meals if they wanted to carry on receiving them.

Please be assured that no changes would be made before October 2019.

How to take part

The detailed consultation information explains the background to the proposal, how the subsidy works, who is using the service, and how we think they might be affected. You can fill in the survey online or in hard copy, but you can also send us a letter or email – whatever works for you.

If you need this information in another format or you need help to take part please contact us via the details on the right. There is also an easy read leaflet below which explains how you can get help to take part.

  • Fill in the online survey by clicking on the link below
  • Email us your feedback: consultationASC@eastsussex.gov.uk
  • Post us your feedback: ASC Meals Subsidy Consultation, North A Floor, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, BN7 1UE

Why We Are Consulting

We think it is reasonable to ask people to pay for their meals given the budget pressures we face. Most other local authorities have already moved away from subsidising this sort of service.

In line with the Care Act, we would continue to offer information about meals services and help people to access services if they were eligible to receive support from us. It’s also possible that a small group of people may need additional support with their meals due to a disability or because they are particularly vulnerable.

Stopping the subsidy could see savings of £483,000. Whatever decision is made about the subsidy, we would still need to find a way of saving this amount of money.

What happens next?

Members will make a decision in September about what happens next.

Privacy: This survey is anonymous, although we do ask some respondents to complete an optional 'about you' section at the end. You will find more information in the relevant section. Please ensure that any comments you make don't include any names or personal details of you or anyone else. For more information about how the data will be stored and processed by East Sussex County Council please click here.

Consultation information

Read the detailed consultation information here or as part of the various surveys.

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