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Council seeks increased funding for Meals on Wheels

Funding for Meals on Wheels has not changed for 20 years.

By Latrobe City Council - 6th December 2000 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Council is concerned that funding from the State and Commonwealth Governments for the Meals on Wheels service has not changed for 20 years.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning said that ‘Meal on Wheels’ was a vital service for Latrobe’s older citizens, and that Council provided 31,000 meals per year, to older citizens in all parts of the municipality except Moe and Newborough, where Meals on Wheels are provided by Moe Meals on Wheels, Inc.

“The Meals on Wheels Program is part of the Home and Community Care Program, which is funded by both the Commonwealth and State Governments,” Cr Hanning explained.

“However, whereas funding arrangements have changed over time for other parts of Home and Community Care - such as home help and home handyman services, Meals on Wheels funding has not changed,” Cr Hanning revealed.

“The subsidy provided for Meals on Wheels has remained the same for the past twenty years. It has remained at $1.10 per meal for all that time, despite representations for an increase from Meals on Wheels service providers across the country.

“Twenty years ago, $1.10 would have been a substantial contribution to the cost of a meal, approximately 50% of the cost. Now the subsidy only represents 15% of the cost of providing a meal. Council provides a subsidy of $1.58, and the rest is paid by the client.

“Clients now pay $4.50 for the three course meal in the area served by Latrobe City Council, a significant increase proportionally on what they used to pay,” Cr Hanning said.

“It is unreasonable that the subsidy for Meals on Wheels has not changed in twenty years, and as a consequence, Council will be making representations to the State and Commonwealth Ministers, to argue for a higher level of support for this essential service to older citizens,” Cr Hanning concluded.


Media Enquiries:

Cr. Tony Hanning, Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 373 577

Cr. Brendan Jenkins, Deputy Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 374 590

Ms. Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer,
tel. 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer,
tel. 5173 1468

Source: www.gippsland.com

Published by: latrobecity@gippslander.com



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