Council brings back hot meals service

Byron Taylor

Byron Taylor

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BASILDON Tory councillors backed a motion to bring back a hot meals service to the George Hurd elderly day centre that they scrapped.

The Ukip motion to the council called for the council to “welcome a robust business case from any organisation to provide hot meals at the George Hurd Centre” and asked for council funding to cover their start-up costs.

It came after the Basildon Council-run service in day centres across the borough, including the George Hurd in Audley Way, Basildon, was scrapped by the Conservatives last summer.

It was carried after being backed by UkipP, Conservative and Lib Dem councillors.

However, Labour members, put in their manifesto before the local elections in May that they would “reinstate the hot meals service for local pensioners” abstained on the vote.

Byron Taylor, Basildon Labour group leader, said: “The motion was a spectacular own goal by UKIP. It did nothing more than maintain the situation we were already in.

“After the Tories axed the meals service they said they would reintroduce it if a business was able to put in a viable bid.

“We also abstained because the motion did not call for the service to be brought back to the centres in Pitsea and Laindon which we also want to see happen.”

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4:57pm Sun 27 Jul 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

How is that a UKIP own goal (more like Labour's and I'm a Labour voter). Whilst it may not change the current situation, if and when the service is re-introduced it will be portrayed as being the consequence of a UKIP motion. And as for abstaining...couldn'
t make up your mind?
How is that a UKIP own goal (more like Labour's and I'm a Labour voter). Whilst it may not change the current situation, if and when the service is re-introduced it will be portrayed as being the consequence of a UKIP motion. And as for abstaining...couldn' t make up your mind? GrumpyofLeigh
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11:03am Tue 29 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Sour grapes from Taylor as usual. This was the final tirade from Labour after a meeting in which they were given a thorough drubbing and had to face a few home truths.

One in particular from me during public questions.

Which they failed to answer and stomped off out of the room in a huff, holding up the meeting for the best part of an hour.

Like the spoilt brats they are they deliberately abstained to make a point, rather than support the elderly residents they have pretended to defend and constantly bellyached about for the last few months.
Sour grapes from Taylor as usual. This was the final tirade from Labour after a meeting in which they were given a thorough drubbing and had to face a few home truths. One in particular from me during public questions. Which they failed to answer and stomped off out of the room in a huff, holding up the meeting for the best part of an hour. Like the spoilt brats they are they deliberately abstained to make a point, rather than support the elderly residents they have pretended to defend and constantly bellyached about for the last few months. Kim Gandy
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