A DISABLED Greenock pensioner says it's a 'disgrace' that he is being charged for a lifeline meal service.

Albert Smith, who lives in Campbell Court, suffered a stroke 15 years ago which left him struggling to walk with weakness down the left side of his body and memory problems.

The 69-year-old, who also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, struggles with daily tasks which people take for granted and relies on carers coming in to prepare his food at lunchtime and in the evening.

But Albert, who worked as a nurse for 38 years and was also in the Territorial Army, was shocked when he received invoices for the meals.

Mr Smith had to pay £74 for the period between June 25 and July 22 and £56 for July 23-August 12.

But he believes the service should be provided free of charge by Inverclyde Council.

Albert said: "It's a disgrace.

"I've been a public servant my whole life between the TA and the NHS.

"Having to pay for this will leave me short, it won't give me much leeway."

Mr Smith says it would be dangerous if he tried to prepare his own meals.

He added: "It wouldn't be safe because I have a problem with my short term memory, I wouldn't remember if I had turned the cooker off.

"I would also struggle physically as I struggle to walk and stand up and have weakness in the left side of my body."

Inverclyde Council says Mr Smith's charges are based on what he is able to pay.

A spokesman said: “In each case a full financial assessment is completed – usually by the person receiving the service – and an appropriate charge is set based on income and affordability.

“Anyone with concerns about their charge or wanting further advice is welcome to contact their care manager to discuss.”